Pocket Guide: Olof Nithenius

Contributing Editor to Plaza Uomo magazine, Olof Nithenius harnesses an appreciation of Italian tailoring and a playful approach to classic British style. 
Pocket Guide: Olof Nithenius
Banker, freelance writer, contributing editor and men’s style consultant, Olof Nithenius could have strolled straight off a Wes Anderson set. This is not solely due to his effortlessly sophisticated attire or his faultless colour co-ordination, but also his whimsical and playful approach to art, design and style – three elements he has combined for his latest business venture, a small capsule collection of accessories including hand-made pocket squares and tweed bucket hats.   As for his own style, the Swede champions a classic and timeless elegance that is not overly formal. “I am not dressing to impress other people and I try not to fall for the short-term trends. I prefer soft tailoring and I’m not afraid of colours, even though they are rarely bold.” His recipe for such an immaculate yet subtle turnout? “British cloths, Italian tailors, brown shoes and less formal ties and pocket squares; what the Italians call stile inglese, a classic british look seen by an Italian.” Nithenius’ ever-growing online presence on Instagram and as a highly regarded voice of menswear only takes up a small portion of his daily grind. The rest of his hours are either spent on wealth management or on his role as Contributing Editor to Plaza Uomo Magazine and Manolo, the Sweden-based menswear website. We decided to meet the connoisseur and entrepreneur who manages to balance multiple jobs whilst remaining rakishly dressed at all times.
Olof is a great advocate of bespoke garments for their individuality, and this sports coat, made by friend and tailor Maciej Zaremba, is one of his many examples. “Zaremba’s preferred house style is more Neapolitan with a soft spalla camicia shoulder, but I asked him to make this with a soft roped shoulder. The fabric is a lightweight worsted club check fabric from Fox Brothers, my favourite supplier of fabrics.”
“This shirt is made by my favourite bespoke shirtmaker Luca Avitabile, who is a true gentleman and amazing at his craft,” Olof tells The Rake. “He created the perfect fit on my first shirt and has made a few more since. It is pale blue which is the colour I probably wear four days a week.” In line with Olof’s playful approach to traditional dress, he adds unique accessories to his attire such as this knitted silk tie by Parisian brand Robert Kerr. “I had been looking for a well-made tie of this material that was seven to eight centimetres wide for a long time, and after asking my Instagram followers for suggestions I came across this store. Since then I have bought three ties from them. I love Instagram!”
Displaying his admiration of Italian tailoring, Olof’s trousers are made by Sartoria Corcos in Florence. “Kotaro, the young owner and tailor of this small sartoria, is very careful and leaves no garment until it’s 100% perfect. The fabric is vintage and was found in his treasury shelf that has a multitude of stunning cloths.”
“My shoes are made-to-order from Stefano Bemer. They are made in their classic C last and in a brown meleze calf leather.”
“I am wearing a Longines Heritage Conquest watch, a new remake of a classic timepiece from their rich history. The real watch aficionados won’t find it that fun but I love it,” admitted Olof. “It has the perfect size and look for me and is equipped with a shell cordovan strap in cognac that I was given as a gift from my friend Andreas Weinas.”
“My credit card case is vintage leather and was given to me as a gift about fifteen years ago. It has only aged with beauty.”
With his own flair for design and craftsmanship, Olof worked with with Frank Clegg to adjust the brand’s tote bag to better suit his needs, giving it shorter handles and adding a zipper. “When it comes to bags, I am very fond of totes. This is a luxury version in tumbled fine calf leather. It’s their classic signature tote that I have re-designed to make my own.”