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  1. While visiting Paris in 1851, a Swiss ribbon salesman named Carl Franz Bally picked up a dozen pairs of ready-made shoes as a gift for his wife. When only two actually fit, she insisted he return to...
  2. This fall, give a tie a personal touch with the Hermès My Message service. This new program allows shoppers to create a custom tie, choosing from up to five different patterns and about 70 to 75...
  3. Last year husband-and-wife business partners Ed and Gable Shaikh moved their Hadleigh’s Bespoke clothing boutique out of the poolside cabana of their Kessler Park home and into a private upstairs...
  4. It was one of those perfect New York City evenings, where the crowd was as fabulous as the food, and the champagne flowed endlessly. In early June, Krug Champagne hosted an intimate dinner for a...
  5. William White developed a passion for high-end men’s footwear while working as a sales representative for the Italian shoemaker Sutor Mantellassi from 2004 to 2008. This year, he’s launched his own...
  6. Furniture craftsman Robin Wade believes in leaving well enough alone. He runs a “slow studio” in Florence, Ala., by which he means that each bench, chair, and table—whether console, coffee, dining,...
  7. Convention has never defined the work of Christian Lacroix. Before his famed fashion house fell into bankruptcy in 2009, the couturier paraded everything from 18th-century-inspired courtesan dresses...
  8. Conceived by CEO Maximilian J. Riedel, whose family has operated its namesake Austrian glassware company for 11 generations, the Riedel Mamba ( www.riedel.com ) contoured vessel allows wine to aerate...
  9. One of the most prominent brands in women’s shoes, Jimmy Choo now offers the Jimmy Choo Men’s Collection ( www.jimmychoo.com ). The Italian-made shoes are priced from $595 to $1,295 and range from...
  10. Add to the long list of accessories designed for tablet devices the $19,000 LL2 Lounger ( www.bonettikozerski.com ), an ergonomic rocking chair by Bonetti/Kozerski Studio in New York. At one end, the...

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