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COPENHAGEN’S COOLEST BROTHERS: THE MARFILS

NEW EDITORIAL: Italy in Copenhagen. That is almost how you feel when you meet the Marfil-brothers. See how they dress and read what they have to say about their impeccable style. 

All photos by Victor Jones.

When we first noticed the two brothers our thoughts immediately went to Italy. The country that invented no-show socks. The country where all men wears a blazer and a shirt. Where men do not wear sneakers. The two brothers, David and André, with roots coming from the Philipines, which explain the edgy look they both have, is almost like pot and pan. And they admit that. They have a admirable relationship with each other and both enjoy to think about what to wear – and how to pair the different style components. We hooked up with the cool cats to create an editorial and of course asked them about how come they actually dress the way they do.

Guys, it’s pretty obvious that you don’t dress like most Danes. Tell us a bit about how this dressing style started for you?

We’ve always been focused on the way we dressed. Before we were more into a laid back street style, wearing sneakers, snapbacks, colorful oversized flannel shirts and such. Remembering being inspired by hip-hop musicians and skate culture, our style evolved around comfy colorful pieces not always in the “right fit”, but we liked it that way.

Wearing skinny jeans, plimsolls, skull beanies and knee-high socks took the same amount of effort as our style does today. We put a lot of thought to it, but our focus was mostly on the clothes, not necessarily dressing accordingly to our personal values and ideals like today. Today there’s a certain amount of coherence between the way we express ourselves style wise and the personal values that lies behind.

And how long have you dressed like this?

We started engaging this way of dressing about 4 years ago. With that being said, we started  off easy, taking small steps by combining shirts with pullovers and slowing wearing more accessories such as ties, bow ties and so forth. To begin with, dressing this way was a bit intimidating, because we knew that it wasn’t a common thing to dress like we do, especially in the small town we grew up in.

Being brothers, having a blog together, dressing the same way etc. You seem pretty close connected. How come?

Since we can remember we’ve always been very close. Despite the four year age gap we always seemed to get along well, and always have had the same interests, hobbies, taste in music and food in common. Our relationship has also been a driving force in the projects we’ve engaged together. Being sartorial partners in crime is a great factor whenever we’re doing things.

Why we’ve always been so close, probably has something to do with the way we were raised as kids. Our mother made a great deal out of teaching us the privilege of having a sibling. A lot of it can be traced back to the family in the Philippines, where family values is prioritized on a whole other level.

Tell us a bit about what your Philippine roots means for you?

We have a close connection to our Filipino heritage, even though we only visited The Philippines 7 or 8 times throughout the years. Our Filipino heritage really means the world to us and we take a lot of pride of being able to add Filippino values to the equation. Being able to experience a culture totally different from the Danish gives an extraordinary amount of perspective to the lives we live in Denmark. For us Filippino culture is about loving thy neighbor, humbly approaching your environment with an open welcoming mind and being grateful.

These two amazing cultures give us an unique way of viewing and experiencing life, whether it’s regarding work, studies, our projects or just daily situations. Being granted with the opportunity to combine values of both worlds truly is a gift.

Favorite things in your wardrobe?

Tough question… Hmm. it’s always hard to pick out favorites, because what defines favorite? Is it the most used item or is it the item with most affective value?

Our first Trashness shirts represents great affection, because Trashness sort of kickstarted our interest in classic menswear. Back then, Trashness hosted a menswear blog, that opened our minds to dressing this way. Viewing men dressing well, not necessarily for a specific job or function, but just for the joy of it, sparked something that later turned out to be our passion for classic menswear. Later they became our first sponsor.

And then there is our two 7-ties from Al Bazar di Lino Ieluzzi. The legend himself represents the elegance of Italian sartorialism. André had the honor of meeting him in the year 2016, in his Milan-based shop. For us, 7-ties represents the apex of the Italian way of dressing classic; simple, elegant, functional and flamboyant without being too loud.

Any advice for those who want to dress a bit more flamboyant, but can’t seem to find the courage?

Be bold! Find your personal style, and take small steps at first. It’s super cliché but the same thing goes for a lot of other things that may seem intimidating in life. Having an open mind is a great way to experience things and stumble upon matter that you normally wouldn’t. The journey doesn’t seem that far and dangerous when cutting it down into smaller bits.

A good way to begin is to establish a fundamentally strong wardrobe. Basic items, that can be matched into a ton of outfits; navy & grey trousers, black & brown shoes, blue & white shirts. A navy blue blazer will go with almost anything, so make sure that one is locked in. From there you can start adding some of the more flamboyant things like tassel loafers etc. To quote Andrew Weitz: “Everyone so scared… Don’t be scared.