We talk Lake Como and camels with Efe Andre Efeturi

Always dapper and discerning, it's easy to see why London-based Efe Andre Efeturi has built a significant following on Instagram, where he posts images and video of his daily looks at @StileEleganteMan. From styling casual classics to sharply tailored suits, he's got the ultimate eye for detail. We caught up with him to find out where in the world he's happiest and why he's got a soft spot for Pakistan.

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What’s your first travel memory?

As a kid, my parents loved to travel. My first memory is riding camels - it was such a unique experience, and I had forgotten where it was as I must have only been about three, but later found out it was Pakistan. Looking back at the pictures, it was clear I loved it!

Tell us about the last place you travelled to. 

I was in Lake Como, and it definitely lived up to expectations. We went down to Villa Del Balbianello in the south west corner, overlooking the lake, and it was stunning. I loved wandering through the streets of Bellagio and strolling to the waterfront, looking back at the colourful views of the town. The scenery was beautiful. We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel which was the perfect spot to relax after a day of exploring. Luxurious, and totally worth it. Sitting beside the lake, enjoying the gorgeous scenery with a refreshing drink in hand... You can't beat that. The whole experience was so memorable - a definite highlight.

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Where in the world are you happiest? 

I would say my happy place is Marbella. I've been several times now, so I've got to know the area. I like to go as much as possible, especially when I need to take a break from my hectic schedule and relax. The beaches in the main town are perfect for that and the food is always amazing - my favourite spot to eat is definitely Restaurante Los Bandidos in Porto Banus. Delicious. I'd give it 100 stars!

What would be your eighth wonder of the world?

Hmm, that’s a tricky one, but I’ll say the Pyramid of Giza in Egypt because of everything it represents from history. It's staggering to think that it's been around for so long.

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What’s your favourite photograph, that you’ve taken whilst travelling?

I think my favourite photograph has to be the beautiful scenery while in Bellagio, Lake Como.

What’s the most surprising thing you always pack in your hand luggage?

Not too surprising but I never leave home without my travel pillow when I'm flying. It might not be the most stylish of travel accessories but it means I can nap on the plane, and feel refreshed when I arrive. Particularly if it's an early morning flight.

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What do you never leave home without?

I never leave home without my steamer, camera, sunglasses and a hat.

What do you like most about your Clifton suitcase?

For me, there are a few things that stand out. The wheels on the Clifton case glide along so easily and spin in every direction. The swivel handle is so important and if you travel a lot like I do, it makes you realise just how useful this is as it definitely helps ease strain on your wrist. The compartments are really helpful too - you instantly know where everything is.

Quick fire questions

Podcast or paperback? Paperback

Train or plane? Plane

Cut it fine or leave plenty of time? Leave plenty of time

Sightseeing or sun lounger? Sightseeing—definitely!


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