For our second installment, we asked more of the italist staff to reveal their style philosophies and favorite brands

As a follow-on to the first insider picks post published back in December, we tapped four more members of the italist staff to discuss their background, their style inspirations, and which pieces they’d choose from the site.

As before, their tastes are diverse and reflect both the multicultural representation of italist staff as well as the wide selection of brands and aesthetics on our site—from rock-and-roll-inspired looks to the five staple hoodies for any fashion-loving techie.

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italist insider picks staff style giulia bacci
italist insider picks style giulia bacci givenchy bottega veneta saint laurent stella mccartney isabel marant


italist insider picks staff style tim mansfield
italist insider picks staff style tim mansfield cp company dolce gabbana dsquared2 dries van noten desa 1972
  • When I’m heads-down hacking away on some code, I really want to be able to focus on the screen and melt into a “nerdvana” flow state. This hoodie from C.P. Company in Italy supports the quest for focus with an excellent pair of built-in goggles. I can only assume “C.P.” stands for “Computer Programming.”
  • In terms of everyday businesswear for a programmer, every day is Casual Friday. That’s why my go-to hooded jacket for the office is this one from DSquared2, made of denim and leather. The tough leather sleeves stand up to many hours of elbows on conference tables in technical design and prioritization meetings.
  • For slightly more-upscale occasions such as special date nights or reliving the roaring ’20s at fancy hotel bars, my go-to hooded jacket is this one from Dolce & Gabbana, sporting a synthetic-silky feel that makes me feel like 1.0 x 106 bucks.
  • Nothing says “spring has sprung” quite like a bunch of flowers. Or at least that’s what my dear mother always says. That’s why I celebrate the season with a lushly-embroidered floral hoodie from Belgian designer Dries Van Noten.
  • Conversely, nothing says “fall has fallen” quite like a brown hooded jacket that looks like a very soft, fallen leaf. A leaf that’s made of suede. Such as this jacket from Desa 1972. I like this brand in no small part because 1972 was the year that Pong was released by Atari.


italist insider picks staff style tiger
italist insider picks style tiger herno saint laurent zegna orciani dolce gabbana


italist insider picks staff style giuseppe sacco
italist insider picks style giuseppe sacco saint laurent

Saint Laurent is my favorite brand because it relives the rock years of the 1960s and 1970s in a modern key, taking inspiration from some of my favorite bands such as the Rolling Stones.

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For more recommendations from within italist staff (and names to know in fashion), check out Malone Souliers and BY FAR.

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About the Author

Alex English is the Head of Content Marketing at, building on a lifelong passion for fashion and luxury. After publishing a lifestyle blog for nearly ten years and obtaining an MBA in Milan at SDA Bocconi, one of Europe’s top business schools, he joined the italist team in 2019. His work since then has focused on upper-funnel messaging, brand storytelling, establishing italist as a thought leader in the space, and enriching the customer experience on the platform. Find him on LinkedIn.