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Below the interview in the Magazine JFK Man

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“As a football player, you have a limited shelf life, but you are an entrepreneur forever.”

TEXT FLEUR BAXMEIER PHOTOGRAPHY COOPER SEYKENS

 ITALIAN ROOTS

"Around 1800, my Italian ancestors moved to the Netherlands. I am therefore, very much a Dutchman, but I founded Mannen in Stijl and regularly holiday in Italy. I recently started a course in Italian because that is important for the connections I make there. The average Italian speaks limited English. Italian culture appeals to me very much: the socializing, the outdoor life. I also recognize myself in their temperament and the pride they have about them. Italians stand for something."

FATHERLESS

"My parents divorced when I was two years old. Since then, contact with my father has never really gotten off the ground. Perhaps that made me more independent. I wasn’t an easy going kid, but I wanted to help my mother. She was alone with three children—something I look back on with respect, especially since I now have two daughters myself and know what a challenge parenting is."

MONEYMAKER

"After school and during the weekends as a young boy, I could often be found at the local shopping mall in The Hague with a rug full of old 'rubbish'. Miraculously, I always managed to sell everything. I usually bought sweets from the earnings. A few years later, I bought a newspaper route with a fake ID. I thought it was important from an early age to earn my own money: it gave me a sense of independence, freedom and pride."

CHAMPIONS

"It has always been my dream to become a professional football (soccer) player. I trained around five to six times a week and was involved in football during my free time. At nineteen, I was scouted by Feyenoord and I was stationed at Excelsior. I did not make it to professional football in the end. Afterwards, I played seriously with the amateurs for years, but ultimately you have to accept that this wasn’t going to happen. Then you go and adjust your goals."

 CREATIVITY

"After studying Facility Management, I started working as an account manager. From that moment on, I wore a suit everyday, but matched it with pink socks or a special tie, for example. I could devote my creativity to that. I got quite a lot of comments from the people around me because in Friesland – where I lived for several years – you quickly notice when you go off the beaten track. For me, that confirmed exactly that I had to do something with those accessories. That’s how, in 2012, Mannen in Stijl came into being. "

 TINTIN ON AN ADVENTURE

"Given my Italian background, the accessories had to come from Italy. No idea where to start, so I began Googling suppliers and then flew to Milan. Without a real fashion background, I bought my first collection there. My peers have always been critical, but I had a healthy dose of individuality and I was confident that Mannen in Stijl could become successful, although that might take a while.”

OWN FASHION LABEL

"Nowadays, I sell socks, ties, scarves and belts. Online, but since a few months ago, also at exclusive menwear stores. In the meantime, I am working on the launch of my own label: Carlo Lanza. That will be my most important achievement. My label stands for craftsmanship, personal service and exclusivity. It is a life goal to make this successful. As a footballer you have a limited shelf life, but you are an entrepreneur forever. It determines, to a large extent, who I am and what I do. "

 

Name: Carlo Lanza (34) Occupation: Founder Mannen in Stijl Residence: Heerenveen Marital status: Domestic partnership, two children First job: Newspaper Route Achievement: That he will set up a new accessory label in January Motto: "Believe in yourself."