What’s Your Favorite? With Stefano Aldighieri

A new topic on Long John is What’s Your Favorite? In this topic, we ask denim professionals within the industry, or true denim aficionados his, or her, favorites as it comes to denim brand, denim jacket, food, music, store, and so on.

The first editions are already online;

The new edition is with Stefano Aldighieri, a successful consultant in the denim industry.

This topic is made in collaboration with Denimhunters.

Stefano Aldighieri

Photo by Brian Engblad (@oddhunt) & Denimhunters from the ‘Blue Blooded Portfolio’.

  • Name: Stefano Aldighieri.
  • Location: California, Palm Springs, U.S.A.
  • Profession: Help brands, retailers, manufacturers on branding, marketing, design and general strategy. Mostly in denim and denim related areas.

What’s your favorite denim brand? 

I really dig and respect the original ones, who created the history of jeans (not hard to guess). There are also a few good contemporary ones out there, I don’t want to leave anyone out, so I will just leave it at that.

What’s your favorite pair of jeans?

In general, I think it is hard to beat the original 501, and many of its iterations over the years. Personally I now tend to wear jeans that I designed or have had tailor made.

What’s your favorite denim jacket?

There are really only 3 denim jackets, the Levi’s Trucker, the Lee 101-J and the classic Wrangler, these 3 have inspired all the ones that came after; my preference goes to the 101-J.

What’s your favorite footwear brand?

I have to name at least 3, Converse, Clarks and Red Wings.

What’s your favorite retailer?

So many great ones around the world, how does one choose? I really always like Dover Street Market….

What’s your favorite Instagrammer or person in the denim industry?

These 3 are the denim designers who shaped the industry: Adriano Goldschmied, François Girbaud and Pierre Morriset.

What’s your favorite accessory?

I have a love-hate relationship with cell phones, but nowadays I find my Samsung Fold a really useful tool/accessory. Otherwise, right now my favorite sunglasses are from Yohji Yamamoto. A vintage Rolex watch is also almost always on my wrist.

What’s your favorite food?

I gave up meat almost 30 years ago, I am almost vegan now; I will eat from any cuisine, but my favorite comfort food is still a good neapolitan pizza.

What’s your favorite music?

I used to work as DJ in clubs and radio stations before I joined the apparel industry, so my taste is pretty varied; if I had to pick one, it would be any good old Miles Davis.

What’s your favorite book?

I have always done a lot of reading, not sure I have ONE favorite. ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance’ springs to mind….

What’s your favorite quote?

“You can find inspiration in everything, and if you can’t please look again”, I saw it first  at a museum exhibit dedicated to Paul Smith’s design and it stuck with me.

  • This topic is made in collaboration with Denimhunters. You can jump to their site for more Q&A’s about Stefano Aldighieri here.


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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.