Cherished items passed down from father to son

For this upcoming Father’s Day, we speak to a few friends of The Rake who share with us a few memorable items passed down to them by their fathers.

Luigi Cordone Jr. and his father.

 

Luca Rubinacci

“In my early twenties, I started asking my father questions about the watches he wore. He was a lover of vintage timepieces, and one day he decided to take me to a Sotheby’s auction in New York. I began by leafing through the catalog of that review and immediately fell in love with a Vacheron Constantin 4072 in pink gold, hand-wound chronograph. Not thinking I would be the owner of that watch after the auction, my father in the moment was able to buy it. It is not just a beautiful watch, but I discovered the importance of being in the right place at the right time, and the fact I was with my father in that moment, makes the gift extra special. Suddenly being the owner of such an exquisite object in my early twenties, it taught me to take special care of the things you love and cherish.”

“A different type of gift, about ten years ago my father decided to part with many of his jackets and trousers. They were mostly styles from the 1970s, and considering our sizes were quite different, it was never on the agenda to pass them down. But I thought, if they don’t fit, that is no problem, so I asked him not to throw them away, and I instead had them altered by a tailor. It is quite funny because the way in which they were originally cut for my father, Mariano, and the style that belonged to him in those clothes, looks very different on me. In many ways, they have more vintage flair now than they did in the 1970s because they have been adapted so much.”

Contributor

Freddie Anderson

Published

June 2021

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