Meet Mr. Cavaliere: Jonathan Cavaliere

Learn about our founder’s rebellious beginnings and why he would love to kick a ball around with David Beckham.

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Why did you start Mr. Cavaliere?

I started Mr. Cavaliere out of revolt and necessity. Back in 2011, while studying fashion business at Humber College, one of our course prerequisites was to get an internship for the semester. As a menswear enthusiast, I thought what could be more interesting than apprenticing with a tailor and learning the art of bespoke suit-making. To my dismay, I found the trade extremely slow-paced and after a couple of tries, I decided it was time to make a change. The only issue was that I was four weeks into the term and had to find a new internship ASAP if I wanted to collect enough hours to graduate.

After searching for menswear related internships and failing, I devised a plan; I was going to start a men’s fashion blog and pretend that I had found an internship. From that point on, every day I would dedicate hours to that site and get my mother (who was my “boss”) to sign off on that time spent. Thankfully, I made it out of the program scot-free, but in hindsight it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Other than to graduate, the goal of the site was to give my friends simple style tips. I would post outfit photos and write pieces on how to get the looks. After winning Canada’s Sharpest Man, working as a personal shopper and learning the business inside and out, I decided to take Mr. Cavaliere on full-time in 2013 and I’ve never looked back.

Why did you make the change from a blog to an online publication?

The Mr. Cavaliere brand has truly given me some incredible experiences and has taught me so much. While I still believe that style is the cornerstone to living a better life, I have always wanted to expand in other areas in which I was also interested. With this in mind, I decided to find experts in those fields to collaborate with and create a trusted source that men can turn to with various questions they have.

Mr. Cavaliere will now be a platform where a variety of individuals can expect expert advice on style, food, culture, travel and ultimately living life better.

What’s your background and where were you born?

I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario to my French/Irish-Canadian mother and Italian-Canadian father. The Italian way of life has definitely been a dominating force in my life and when I was 8 years of age, we moved to Woodbridge, Ontario, where I currently reside.

How would you describe your style?

My style is a blend between classic American style and Italian sprezzatura. I often say that my look resembles John F. Kennedy… if he were Italian.

Who is your style icon?

I take inspiration from everywhere – from people walking down the street, to a handful of the impeccably dressed men on Instagram. However, if I had to name someone whose style I quite admire, it would be Robert Rabensteiner of Men’s Vogue Italia.

What’s one thing people may not know about you?

I’m a huge sports guy. In fact, when I was 15, I was scouted to play soccer for a club team named Cruziero in Belo Horizonte, Brazil!

What are the top 3 places on your bucket list?

– Tokyo, Japan

– Stockholm, Sweden

– Melbourne, Australia

If you had to eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

It would definitely be a tough decision between a Greek souvlaki dish or a plate full of sashimi.

If you could hang out with one person dead or alive, who would it be?

Hands down, David Beckham. As a boy, Beckham was the epitome of cool. What’s more is that he made it widely acceptable for guys to care about their appearance. I can honestly say I felt confident to experiment with my style because of him. I also wouldn’t mind learning how to bend the ball like he famously did for 21 professional seasons.

What are your 3 favorite Instagram accounts?

There are so many! However, here are three that I find inspiring:

@IamGalla

@SohoHouse

@The_AdventuresOfUs

Lastly, what type of content can we look forward to seeing from you?

As the founder and creative director of Mr. Cavaliere, everything that makes its way on to the site and on social media will most likely be in some way shape or form guided by me. I’m so excited for you all to see what we have in store.

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