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Styling and style

The Finer Things

Slippers may spring from a proud British tradition, but these days they’re part of the international language of masculine style. Just ask Marco de Cunha, co-founder of the Portuguese Dandies.

“I have the simplest of tastes.” Oscar Wilde once said. “I am always satisfied with the best.” For a fashionable group of tailors, bloggers and influencers in twenty-first century Lisbon, that sentiment has inspired the creation of a sharp-suited menswear collective.

The Portuguese Dandies first took Pitti Uomo by storm in 2016, blending finely-tailored three-piece suits with immaculate grooming and flamboyant splashes of colour. It’s a playful, yet sophisticated approach that gives classic style a distinctive Iberian (and individual) twist, from clashing fabrics to dashing headgear, and from two-tone brogues to de Cunha’s bespoke midnight-blue slippers adorned with the collective’s logo — a pair of tailoring shears adorned with a moustache and witty top hat. As de Cunha himself says, “Life is too short to wear boring clothes.” We’ve no doubt Oscar Wilde would agree.