With a style described as ‘eclectic elegance’ mixed with a dash of ‘sprezzatura’, One Sotheby’s associate Angel Ramos has been chosen (among 2,000 other contestants) by the fashion editors at Esquire Magazine as 2010’s Best Dressed Real Man in America. Influenced by the classic style of Italian icons such as the late industrialist Gianni Angelli and designer Domenicco Vacca, Angel adds his own unique twist with accessories and the right shoes to create his signature look. Focusing on the sports and entertainment industries, Mr. Ramos does business with a distinguished clientele of professional athletes and celebrities, so it’s a priority to look sharp at all times. He shares his style secrets and tips for closing the deal:
What exactly is “sprezzatura”?
It’s an Italian way of life that I apply to my style philosophy. The term “Sprezzatura” means doing things effortlessly and with a certain nonchalance. When I wake up in the morning I throw on my clothes and go, it’s about having confidence and not trying so hard to make it work. If you have enough confidence in yourself, everything else is an added bonus. Miami has a reputation of being a flashy city so to me it’s better to simplify instead of having too much for no reason.
What are some fashion don’ts that you’ve seen among the real estate industry and what’s your advice to avoid them?
Agents should avoid looking sloppy- it’s all about the fit and looking polished. High profile clients will identify and feel more comfortable doing business with someone who is well dressed and knows quality. Also, always have a good pair of shoes, which can instantly transform a simple outfit. In my closet you’ll find several pairs by Gucci and Testoni. Ultimately though, it has to be the complete package- if I’m in a meeting with a 50 yr-old millionaire or an athlete like Lebron James, they automatically know I understand their needs by the way I’m dressed and how I carry myself professionally.
What websites/blogs do you recommend to find solid fashion inspiration?
I visit The Sartorialist, Suitorial and Sciamat to get ideas and keep up to date with new styles. As winner of Esquire’s Best Dressed Real Man, Angel will receive a $20,000 prize package that includes a complete Kenneth Cole wardrobe, an IWC Chronograph watch, a trip to New York with VIP access to a runway show and a feature in the September issue of the magazine. Make sure to pick up the September issue of Esquire to read more about Angel and follow him on Twitter for an inside scoop on luxury real estate and high fashion @ANGELRAMOSMIATL.