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FrontRunners: Montblanc

The Editors

When Montblanc issued its first limited-edition pen, a tribute

to Lorenzo de’ Medici, in 1992, Barry Rubin became a man possessed. Since then

the former CPA has collected more than a thousand rare and limited-edition

writing instruments, or as he calls them, "art, five inches tall." Along with

Montblancs, pens from Cartier, S.T. Dupont, David Oscarson, and Visconti belong

to Rubin’s collection, which he showcases at his new by-appointment-only pen

gallery, Ink

(www­.penstore.biz). Located in

Minneapolis, the gallery features items such as those shown here (left to

right): a $5,500 Krone Art of War, a $27,000 Montblanc solid rose gold fountain

pen, and a $3,350 Montegrappa Aphrodite. . . . The Shak at Stanley

Korshak (www­.stanleykorshak.com)

presents casual alternatives to the tailored clothing for which Korshak is

better known. The new 11,000-square-foot space, located near his original shop

in Dallas, highlights the best of the runway from John Varvatos, Polo Ralph

Lauren, and other labels. The Shak’s clothes might be casual, but the store is

serious about customer service. It offers personal shoppers and in-home closet

cleaning.

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Courtesy of Shakespeare and Company - Paul Foster Books - the NY Antiquarian Book Fair
Photo courtesy of Klein Sun Gallery, New York; Li Hongbo