Fashion

Following in the footsteps of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo, Rickard Shah has, over the past decade, slowly attracted an A-list Hollywood clientele for its sexy stilettos. Now the Italian footwear...
When the Canadian Arctic begins to thaw in the spring, dozens of Inuvialuit, one of the region’s indigenous peoples, scour the tundra for the downy underwool known as qiviuk (pronounced kiv-ee-uck )...
The problem with monogrammed cuff links is that your initials are not unique. Your fingerprints, however, are. While experimenting with wax for his jewelry, James de Givenchy, of James de Givenchy...
George Cleverley began making men’s footwear in Edwardian London and opened his signature company in London in 1958. When he died 33 years later he passed the use of his name and the wooden lasts...
Suit makers have been touting the benefits of cashmere sport coats for decades, but now Scabal, the Belgian cloth maker, has made cashmere acceptable for suit making as well with the creation of...
A reverence for all things automotive drove the design of the new Ralph Lauren Black Label Duffle ( www.ralphlauren.com ). Composed of durable but lightweight Italian nylon, with leather trim, the...
David Chu believes that it is not just clothes that make the man, but also what you pack those clothes in. "How you travel is an extension of your personality," says Chu, the executive creative...
Tired of packing and repacking your luggage, lugging eveningwear outfits to important occasions, or organizing an entire family’s wardrobe for a ski vacation? Garde Robe, the New York-based luxury...
For men who cannot wait the obligatory four to six months for Béatrice Amblard’s custom-made leather goods, there is good news. The Hermès-trained artisan has launched a ready-made line of men’s...
Back in the 1960s and early 1970s many fashionable Italians vacationed in the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi as much for the sea as for nightly dancing at the famed Capannina beach club. This season...
When Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana set out to distance themselves from other mass-marketed designer brands, they decided to offer an exclusive range of limited-edition and custom-made products...
When Robert Valdes-Rodriguez was working as a Wall Street banker he wore a lucky designer-made tie that he credits with helping him close deals with numerous corporate chief executives, hedge-fund...
Although Italian sportswear designer Brunello Cucinelli only recently announced plans to launch his first men’s tailored clothing collection for spring 2009, his distinctive style has subtly...
Italy’s Tardini family has a long-held passion for cold-blooded creatures—or, at least, for the hides of one in particular: Alligator mississippiensis. Yet Giuseppe Tardini’s pursuit of perfect skins...
Kiton’s reputation rests on its superbly constructed, handmade tailored clothing; but in recent years the Naples, Italy–based suitmaker has applied this craftsmanship and attention to detail to other...
For nearly a century, Ermenegildo Zegna has pioneered proprietary fabrics and technologies that have redefined modern menswear. In 2006, Zegna Sport debuted the iJacket, which boasts a built-in touch...
Herb and Norma Fink were a pioneering power couple back in 1969 when they were among the first to open a luxury retail store, Theodore, on the then-sleepy Rodeo Drive. Along with Jerry Magnin, from...
Alfredo Argiro, the quirky Italian designer of the Avon Celli cashmere collection, had airline baggage restrictions on his mind when he created his innovative Kit Box. The clear Plexiglas box...
In creating its first new men's fragrance in nearly a decade, Cartier was inspired by its most iconic men’s watch, the Roadster. The Roadster fragrance uses a mineral fougère: a classic fern-based...
A glass of red wine that accidentally spilled on his trousers prompted Italian fashion maverick Gianluca Isaia to explore the possibility of creating a waterproof fabric made entirely of natural...
With all eyes on Washington, D.C., these days, the man of international affairs must cultivate a variety of impeccably tailored looks to fit any situation, whether he is lobbying for change on...
A rendezvous along the Pacific Coast calls for a multifaceted wardrobe of distinctive sport coats and stylish casual wear. Photo 1. On him: Dunhill suede jacket, $2,450, plaid shirt, $270, wool vest...
Intricate Elegance. It is often the small, discreet details that define true quality. A closer look reveals the subtle design nuances and delicate workmanship required to create these extraordinary...
Daring Duffels. Once relegated to the locker room, the duffel bag has emerged in versions that serve as tasteful travel carry-ons or computer bags. In deference to their freshly elevated status, the...
Singular Style. To help their clients dress from head to toe in a comprehensive style, menswear designers are crafting ever-expanding ranges of unique and personalized accessories that complement...
Steven Taffel wants you to stop suppressing your footwear fetish. "Men enjoy great shoes as much as women do; they just don’t talk about it," says Taffel, who recently opened Leffot ( www.leffot.com...
Pedestrian Perfection. In his quest to redefine men’s footwear, Italian accessories designer Cesare Paciotti created perhaps this season’s most intriguing hybrid—a cap-toe dress shoe with a high-top...
Contributing fashion director Joseph DeAcetis produced the annual fall fashion section in this month’s issue. "We wanted to reflect the changing attitudes of American men today," says DeAcetis, who...
For the last 15 years, tucked away in a discreet studio in Orange County, California, George Esquivel has been providing a European-style bespoke men’s shoe service that not only offers customized...
When d’Avenza relaunched its illustrious label this year after more than a decade’s absence from U.S. stores, the upscale Italian suitmaker did so with just three jacket styles: the British Warm, the...

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