For our second installment of Inside My Locket, we meet Louis Angelo, a friend, partner, father and celebrated editorial hairstylist. Louis has worked with high fashion clients around the world, all the while rocking his signature utilitarian sleek look and old world kindness. He exemplifies that men can also "carry love" in the form of a Devon Woodhill locket, and more than certainly rock a monogram.
Louis Angelo, Master Hairstylist
Which locket do you wear?
I wear the Silver Square Trefoil Locket. To me it's masculine, sleek and chic. The locket was gifted to me by a very special person in my life and I was surprised , thrilled and excited to receive it.
When I first unwrapped it, I remember thinking to myself, "Wow! I've never had a square silver pendant before". I had been walking around all week with my "pendant", not knowing what was inside of it. A few days passed and I phoned my incredibly thoughtful friend to thank her personally for my beautiful square pendant. I asked her if I could possibly get my initials engraved on it and if she could refer me to the proper person. She replied, "Sure you can have it engraved....but did you look inside yet?". I was very confused and told her I didn't know what she meant by 'looking inside' my pendant. Upon realizing my confusion, she instructed me to turn my pendant sideways and look for an almost invisible seam. I was astonished to be able to open it up, revealing two perfect pictures: my parents at Christmas circa 1950, on one side, and my partner, son and even our parrot, on the other.
I was instantly overcome with emotions and sobbed on the phone. My wonderful friend was so thoughtful to personalize my locket with two special photos of the most important people in my life, including my parents who are no longer with me. It was a joyous, heartfelt and personal gift. It's truly the most special gift I have received in my life. It's priceless, beautiful, timeless and it represents LOVE to me. Love from my friend, love from my parents and love for my own family. Feeling it on my chest or catching a glimpse of it in the mirror is a constant reminder of the Abundance of Love I am living in on a daily basis. It keeps me grounded. This Locket will remain next to my heart forever.
Who - or what - do you carry inside your locket?
I carry the abundance of love in my locket: my parents and my own family. They are all very dear to me . I am an extremely sentimental person, so this gift hit the bullseye! Sometimes I just play with it between my thumb and index finger and I am reminded of the love my parents had for one another, for me, and for the love I have for my own family.
How would you define your aesthetic?
I like my personal style, physical objects, accoutrements to be masculine, timeless, understated, elegant, sleek and chic. I look for things that are quality, intentional, and understated.
Symbol or motif that holds most meaning to you?
The peace sign has a deep true meaning to me. Coming of age in the late 60s and early 70s - the peace symbol seemed to be everywhere. It's simple, pure message of peace and love need no explanation. If everyone could give and receive more peace, I whole-heartedly believe that we would all live more fulfilling lives.
Who do you plan to pass your lockets onto?
I definitely plan and intend to pass my locket onto my son.
When do you feel most inspired?
I feel most inspired once I have done some physical exercise and sweat, followed immediately by taking time to pray or meditate. This ritual connects me to my spiritual energy, through which I feel I can be my best to others, for others and with others.
If your life were a film, what would the title be?
"Don't Rain On My Parade"
Words to live by?
Always keep moving figuratively and literally. Always be kind to others; You never know what someone may be going through.