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Nico Bolzico Shares His Best Tips For Buying a Suit

'A suit kind of empowers me. You feel special, especially when it is tailor-made.'
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You may know him for his funny Instagram posts but, aside from humor, Nico Bolzico really knows his suits. He has to, of course, as the brand ambassador of Suit it Up Manila. "He embodies the [Suit it Up lifestyle]," says Suit it Up Manila chief operating officer Franco Ongkingco.

He continues, "He is a successful businessman, part-owner of Chingolo Deli, agri-entrepreneur, influencer, and father. He is an animal lover, environmental advocate, and an all-around good guy. He has been with Suit it Up Manila since its early days, back when social media was still on the up and up."

So, it was a no-brainer that the brand chose Bolzico to appear on the latest campaign "Suiting Forward." The campaign showcases pieces made in partnership with suiting fabric supplier Holland & Sherry. The three key pieces are a black suit, a tuxedo, and a silver suit.

We spoke with the businessman, restaurateur, and Suit it Up Manila brand ambassador about his best suit buying tips, style blunders, and more.

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What are the things you consider when buying a suit?

A suit kind of empowers me. You feel special, especially when it is tailor-made. It is something that you really feel is yours, it was made for you. I look for different things for every different suit. It depends on where I’m gonna go. If it’s going to be at the beach, I like to be comfortable. If it’s going to be a formal event, I like to be outstanding or that you can outshine.

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Have you ever committed a style blunder at a formal event?

For sure! I’m the type that’s always a bit messy and I might have committed a lot of them. You might have to ask my wife exactly which ones because the worst part is, I’m not even aware I did them.

We spoke with the businessman, restaurateur, and Suit it Up Manila brand ambassador about his best suit buying tips, style blunders, and more.

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Do you notice anything different or special when wearing a well-made suit?

[My wife's] first reaction when I come down is wow. That first five seconds when she sees you with the suit, because she’s not used to seeing me too often in a suit. But also because I believe I look way hotter in a suit. So that first five seconds reaction is priceless.

What do you like about working with the team behind Suit it Up Manila?

Suit it Up Manila is a brand but any brand is nothing without the people behind. First, I love that Franco [Ongkingco] is so hands-on, you’re talking to the founder of the company and he might even deliver the suits to you if he has to. We talk a lot, he’s also a friend so it’s nice to work with him, I really love it and I trust him so much. Funny story, a football player friend of mine is getting married and he cannot afford a suit. Basically, the story is, he asked me for the measurements and he sent a suit to him. He's a very humble person who you enjoy talking to. And then you have, of course, everyone else in the team who supports him, they are also great, super flexible. They come where I am to take my measurements, they’re fast, they’re nice.

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We spoke with the businessman, restaurateur, and Suit it Up Manila brand ambassador about his best suit buying tips, style blunders, and more.

Photo by SUIT IT UP MANILA.

What does the brand's "Suiting Forward" campaign mean to you?

I think it’s especially for this era. In 2020, we didn’t have many chances of dressing up or wearing suits. So I think, suiting forward is a way of saying there is an end to this craziness that we have to live in 2020. And we’re gonna get out there, and when we go out there, we’re going to be wearing our suit, we’re going to look our best. And being able to start wearing a suit outside your house means that things are getting back to normal, that you’re starting to see people, that you’re starting to go to events. So it’s a way of saying hang in there, things are coming back. Let’s “suiting forward”! Looking forward to what is coming. When you are wearing a suit, it’s always because there is an event or something to look forward to, so that’s what we’re going to look forward to in 2021.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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