Men's fashion illustration portrait of Benedikt Fries. The founder of Shibumi Firenze.

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Where is home for you?
Well, I live in Florence, but my heart is home in Japan.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

If you could only have one pair of shoes, what color would they be?
Chocolate brown (suede, of course).

Podcasts or audiobooks?
I don’t like both of them. I buy or borrow only real books; preferably used ones with notes or credits of the previous owner. The best are books with forgotten receipts of the library inside with a list of books the prior person also borrowed. Beta version of amazon’s “customers also bought…”.

Extroverted or Introverted?
Strange mix of extroverted and shy at the same time.

If you were a dragon, what would you hoard?


Has one piece of art, literature or music helped shape who you are today?
Would be easy to give a cool answer to that and name something cheesy like The Great Gatsby. But to be honest, no, only one piece didn’t shape me; the entirety of everything, yes, sure.

Do you prefer to learn from other's mistakes, or make your own mistakes?
Definitely to learn from other’s mistakes. I can’t believe that anyone who’s saying the opposite is telling the truth. Learning and improving is always great and important, but honestly, making mistakes will always make you feel bad.

If you had to choose a different career, what would you be doing?
NBA player, but my tailors never wanted me to grow that tall, so I decided to keep being short and work in the menswear business instead.

What are you most proud of in your own life?
I’ve never did ice skating.

Sketchbook open to page with men's fashion illustration of Benedikt Fries, founder of Shibumi Firenze.