“Travel with luggage you can be proud to bring to a breakfast meeting before your morning flight home.” --Pete Lafferty
One of our favorite movements in America right now isn’t the “Occupy” movement, it’s the “Swagger” movement. Gents, got swagger? The days of American men only wearing jeans, shit kicking shoes, wife beaters, drinking beer out of a koozie, and making your girlfriend or wife carry your stuff in her purse, are becoming a distant memory. The days of men caring about their appearance, style, and carrying “man bags” are upon us and it makes us hornie. Errrrr we mean happy.
Celebrating the social, economic, and environmental tenets of "Made in USA," brothers Matthew, Adam, and Peter Lafferty have created a luxury lifestyle brand for men. Made with custom Horween leather, signature suited wool lining, heirloom-quality materials and handmade construction give Libero Ferrero’s collection a clean, simple and masculine profile. Designed equal part form and function, each piece in the collection sacrifices neither quality nor aesthetic to bring a fresh look and feel to men’s accessories.
Wardrobe Wire got the opportunity to ask Pete Lafferty a few questions about Libero Ferrero. Listen Up:
"Libero is an Italian word for Liberation. Liberty. Freedom." What is freedom to you and how do you celebrate this through your designs?
The same way our grandfather's parents celebrated freedom when they named their son Libero. We wanted to carry his name into our project because of his story; an orphaned son of immigrants that worked himself through trade school and workshops - ultimately to retire from a successful small business he ran with his siblings. So we try to design the same way… patiently, deliberately, and collaboratively. I see his thoughtfulness in the simplicity of our designs.
Your brand is a homage to your grandfather. What is the greatest impact he left on you? Style and otherwise?
Character and humor. Also an appreciation for quality and construction. My brothers and I actually have a lot of his clothes. Like yesterday; I wore this mid-century "Country-Western" shirt he had for Montana elk hunting trips. It has bulls embroidered on the chest pockets. Pretty rad.
How do three brothers work together and still make a cohesive brand? I'm sure you are all different, where do you each get to bring in your personal touch?
Respect. When one of us has an idea, we all listen. If we don't like it, they listen. We get to better answers that way. A lot of our influence comes from our environment; Adam in LA tends to like things more neutral and subtle. Just like Chicago, Matt tends to focus on architecture and engineering. And I try to bring in the energy of New York.
How do you define your personal style?
I have respect for classic silhouettes and shapes. I like nice fabrics, but I am also looking for something unexpected to wear.
Wardrobe Wire is big on traveling. What are your style travel tips? What can you not travel without?
Travel with luggage you can be proud to bring to a breakfast meeting before your morning flight home.
How would you describe the type of man that uses Libero Ferrero products?
A man that sees value in quality.
What can we expect from Libero Ferrero in years to come?
Many more handsome pieces of functional design.
Where can we buy Libero Ferrero?