268 (1).jpeg


Let's go inside some of the industry's greatest closets off the runway and off camera.  Everything on this site is handpainted by the author. Follow me on Instagram @theclosetinterview and @annthaden.



Today I'm meeting Álvaro in Positano.  Between jetsetting to islands with his husband for dinner at Lo Scoglio, he is hard at work designing swoonworthy shoes fit for your next tropical getaway.   With his experimental textures and materials,  Álvaro sandals are truly one of a kind.  Find out more about this incredibly talented shoe designer that has worked for the likes of Valentino, Jimmy Choo, Loewe and Tod's to name a few and be sure to follow him @Álvaro.official .  You can find his shoes here and exclusively at Barneys.

alvaro raffia sandal

What’s your favourite coat or jacket? Where and why did you buy it?  A double-face cashmere coat by Raf Simons for Jil Sander from around 2009/2010.  It's the essential design statement and classic technique, light as a feather and Raf at his best

Are you a morning or night person? What do you wear early in the morning or late at night? Early in the morning I wear gym gear - Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Drawstring Shorts from Mr Porter, cotton tee and a pair of Betrue Flyknit Racer Nikes.

What did you wear the last time you went out to dinner?  Álvaro sandals, Officine Générale pale blue pants and a Margaret Howell navy cotton round neck t-shirt.


Loro Piana cotton trousers in slate blue

Where did you go and what did you order?  We took a speed boat from the Il San Pietro Hotel in Positano to Lo Scoglio in Massa Lubrense and ate delicious vegetables from their orto or kitchen garden and great fresh seafood.


Lo Scoglio restaurant

What is your favorite beverage of choice?  Cantina Antinori for reds and Gewürztraminer from Cantina Tramin in the Alto Adige for white.


Tramin Wine

What music do you like to dance to?  Flamenco, I am Spanish.

Where was the last place you traveled to?  I went to New York for a couple of days showing the new Spring Summer 18 collection.


Alvaro red Raffia slide

Where did you go shopping? I love looking for treasures at the flea markets in the city and carry an empty Marimekko bag to bring all the treasures I find.


Marimekko Bag

Who in your family member has great style and how would you describe them?  Apart from my husband Nick who is well known for his chicness, I would say that my mother in the 60’s and 70's as her style was casual relaxed and elegant 

What is something one of your friends has in their closet that you want to borrow and never return?  Rather than their closets I would raid some of friends; vintage pieces for my archive

Who would star as you in a movie about your life and most importantly, what would they wear? Steve McQueen - he would wear his own clothes and of of course Álvaro sandals.

Margaret Howell striped shirt

Fill in the blanks regarding your closet!

I should throw away this Prada cashmere and silk three button sailor sweater but I could never part with it.

I spent too much money on Hermès but saved a lot of money on crocodile belts as I make my own.

I would love to attend New York Fashion Week and sit in the front row of Calvin Klein by Raf Simons.

I wear this body cream by Aesop but I love smelling this fragrance on my husband.


Aesop Body Cream

Thanks for letting me interview your closet,  Álvaro! I’m glad I got to know you better too.  Now would you mind if I borrowed everything in your upcoming collection? A girl or guy can never have too much Álvaro  in their closet!

A Postcard from Positano
Spencer Neville

Spencer Neville

Cozy Boy Lenz

Cozy Boy Lenz