Designer, icon of quirky elegance and creative force Lapo Elkann is one of the most stylish men on the planet, with a car collection to match.

And although he inherited a lot of panache from his famous grandfather, dashing Fiat chairman Gianni Agnelli (above), he also learned the value of standing on your own two alligator loafers.

Lapo Elkann’s lessons from grandfather Gianni Agnelli

“My background? I’m tremendously proud of it,” Lapo, who’s now running Ferrari’s customization program, tells British GQ. “I love my grandfather as I love the [Agnelli] heritage, the story, the energy.

“But there is also a big part that has to just be me if I’m going to be healthy. Otherwise I will always be a satellite of someone else, and that will never give you satisfaction.

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“I will only be the grandson of Gianni, and that would be a nightmare. Then you are just a Eurobrat.”

Becoming the man he is today “took some blisters, some scars and a knockout,” Lapo notes.

“You can look great on the outside and feel shitty on the inside.”

Becoming who he is took “some blisters, some scars and a knockout”

But his grandfather helped teach him that “success doesn’t fill your heart, soul or mind.

“You can have all the money in the world but if you don’t have spiritual or mental health, then you are just a rich idiot.”

And we say anyone who dismisses our man Lapo as such is the real six-cylinder nitwit…

What Lapo Learned from L'Avocatto

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