Wardrobe: Top Drawer
For 20 years, Michael Reslan was Brioni’s top salesman and executive vice president in the United States, traveling around the country helping high-powered executives build custom wardrobes. With his charisma and strong-shouldered sense of style, Reslan also became a friend and confidant to many of them: "When you eat and drink and fly with the customers and stay with them in their homes," he says, "they consider you a friend and seek you out for advice."
Now Reslan has a luxurious place to call his own, in the former Fifth Avenue penthouse of cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden. Opened in late 2010, the appointment-only boutique is elegant and chic, with oak-paneled walls and antique oak floors, sleek leather sofas, a hidden bar, and an expansive terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyline. It seems almost incidental that racks of Reslan’s signature-label, handmade Italian suits, Swiss cotton shirts, and seven-fold silk ties are artfully displayed throughout the five-room, 5,000-square-foot space. Reslan wanted his atelier to feel like a sanctuary for his clients, and indeed it does.
His designs are a bit quieter than Brioni’s, with straight trousers, shoulders that are slightly less padded, and an overall ultra-polish, often finished with bright silk accessories. All of the pieces are produced by Reslan’s network of manufacturing partners throughout Italy, which include Kiton, Santandrea, and d’Avenza for sportswear and suits (starting at around $3,000); Italo Ferretti and Dolcepunta for neckwear; Silvano Lattanzi for shoes; and Bresciani for socks. Nearly every item can be customized to a client’s preferences. In addition to his ready-to-wear line, Reslan offers Italian made-to-measure suits (starting at $3,200), which can be produced in about four weeks. Among the men who wear his designs are BlackRock chairman and CEO Larry Fink and BHP Billiton chairman Jacques Nasser. "I let them look at fabric and color swatches and be a part of what they are going to put on in the morning," says Reslan, who nonetheless remains at the ready to render fashion advice as needed.
Michael Reslan, 212.207.9207, www.michaelreslan.com