Federico Galeotti and Seth Kelley are serial entrepreneurs which have been involved in a range of businesses from Real Estate to Restaurants. Federico Galeotti is still part owner of a gourmet panino restaurant chain as well as a partner in 1st Degree Advisors, a high-end real estate and travel firm which specializes in off the market properties and travel. Seth Kelley owns a construction company in the Hamptons building high end custom homes for clients. As long time friends they have shares one unique passion; vintage European motorcycles. Riding them, collecting them and the fascination with the multitude of unknown European motorcycle companies that had existed and closed in the early 1900’s. Reviving and trademarking each one, they launched their new apparel company VINTAGE MOTORI based on those long lost logos. Approached with a clean and pure eye, the reinterpretations appeal to both vintage racing enthusiasts and guys looking for something different and eye-catching to wear.
Your greatest inspirations or influences?
FG: Renzo Russo owner of Diesel and Paul Newman SK: Mike Ness (Social Distortion), James Dean, Le Corbusier
Favorite retail stores?
FG: NYC Motorcycle Federation (NYC) the store I have always wanted to have, Energie (Rome) Inexpensive meets Rock n Roll, Belstaff (Milan) Most elegant motorcycle clothing out there.
SK: NYC Motorcycle Federation - motorcycles and espresso my two favorite things. Rube (Amagansett) One way to describe it: Bohemian Billionaire. Bamford & Son, London perfect blend of style and elegance Dream dinner guest would be?
FG: Steve McQueen (Of course we would ride our motorcycles to the restaurant :) SK: I would have to agree with Federico on that one
Challenges of what you do?
FG: To be super dad in front of my daughter’s eyes and to turn a passion into reality SK: Opening people's eyes to the realities of poor design and execution whether its in fashion or construction.
Designers and fashion icons you love?
SK: RRL- appeals to my inner cowboy. but I prefer anything vintage or custom tailored. Not big on labels.
- FG: www.amanresorts.com <http://www.amanresorts.com> <http://www.amanresorts.com> , www.springwise.com <http://www.springwise.com> <http://www.springwise.com> , www.thecoolhunter.net <http://www.thecoolhunter.net> <http://www.thecoolhunter.net> , www.falconmotorcycles.com <http://www.falconmotorcycles.com> <http://www.falconmotorcycles.com>
- SK: http://southsiders-mc.blogspot.com/
Favorite areas of NY
FG: I'm a downtowner, anywhere below 14th street. If I go any higher, as any true New York downtowner knows, you just get a nose bleed. SK: lower east side, meatpacking pre-2000, certain blocks in Hells Kitchen.