A dose of inspiration from the influential elite. Matthew Zorpas shares his A-List of everything, from his favourite film to his go-to hotel
Words: Calum Donoghue
One of London’s most dapper influencers, Cyprus-born Matthew Zorpas has been putting even the most stylish of sartorial gents to shame since he launched The Gentleman Blogger almost a decade ago. With the likes of Bentley, Breitling and Brooks Brothers sliding into his DMs for collaborations, Matthew has carved a name for himself amongst the best-dressed elite. Adding lecturer and creative consultant to a long list of strings to his bow, the charming and passionate entrepreneur is a force to be reckoned with. Here, he shares his ultimate A-List with Pillow.
A destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil A charming and vibrant city, Rio is best discovered by foot; take in the sea air along the 4km of Copacabana beachfront or stroll through the Botanical Gardens, considered one of the most important and richest in the world. A melting pot of dancing, sports, music and culture, there is nothing quite like the carioca way of life.
A hotel: KENOA Resort in Barra de Sao Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil When you check in to eco-chic beach villas at Kenoa Resort, you can’t help but take a deep breath and relax. This paradise offers complete escapism and tranquility: to the north lies the exquisite panorama of miles of virgin Atlantic outback, while the east boasts the turquoise enchantment of the open sea. Located in the centre of the resort is Kaamo restaurant, with original cuisine by the insanely talented Cesar Santos, one of the finest chefs in Brazil. Kenoa Resort
A restaurant: Gloria, London A 70’s Capri-style and all-day-long trattoria in the middle of Shoreditch run by a team from the 'Bel Paese' and the sunny coast of Naples. An explosive menu mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Andrea. From the oozing pesto-heart burrata and Girella (ravioli filled with soft rabbit ragout and Italian polenta), to the Neapolitan Pizza heated in the gigantic Marana oven and the Italian gelato made with love (and Bronte pistacchio or Nocciola del Piemonte), everything is 100% fresh and authentically home-made. Gloria, 54-56 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3QR
A fashion accessory: Baroque print bathrobe, £450, Versace A beauty product: Neroli Portofino all over body spray, Tom Ford, £55 An album: H.E.R. by H.E.R., 2017, listen on Apple Music and Spotify
A tech product: Flos Last Order table lamp A rechargeable table lamp designed by M. Anastassiades that diffuses light through a transparent solid crystal base whose shape references the architectural typology of the ancient column. The top cover comes in a combination of different metal and colour finishes: stainless steel, brass, satin copper or green opal coating. Flos
A book: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner The 1971 novel follows Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history, who has lost touch with his son and living family and decides to write about his frontier-era grandparents. Despite being wheelchair-bound from a crippling bone disease, Ward embarks on a search to rediscover his grandmother, who made her own journey to Grass Valley nearly a hundred years earlier. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972. Available on Amazon, £11.65
A film: 8 1/2 by Federico Fellini 8 ½ is a 1963 Italian surrealist comedy-drama by Federico Fellini. Troubled Italian filmmaker Guido Anselmi, played by Marcello Mastroianni, suffers from a lack of creativity as he attempts to direct a science-fiction film. 8 ½ won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Costume Design (black-and-white).
A worthy cause: HabitsofWaste.org At Habits of Waste, their goal is to activate large numbers of people with accessible behaviour changes to collectively have a greater impact than a few people doing it 'perfectly'. As social change makers, they believe in the power of the individual to make small changes within their daily lives to protect the planet and combat climate change. HabitsofWaste.org