Fashion

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...
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...
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...
In their goal to develop more comfortable dress footwear, men’s shoemakers began creating leather dress loafers with rubber soles typically found on sport shoes. For fall, Ermenegildo Zegna is taking...
Domenico Vacca is a colorful individual: When he opened his signature store next door to Cipriani in Manhattan in May 2002, he aimed to offer American men the opportunity to own the same handmade,...
If soft, natural shoulders, unusually high-notched lapels, and suppressed waists do not make suits and sport coats from Cesare Attolini ( www.cesareattolini.com ; available through Ellegi, 212.246...
When Tom Ford returned to fashion last year after a three-year hiatus, he did so in a way that was completely unexpected to those who had followed his 14-year career at Gucci. Rather than spotlight...
Makers of custom shoes might employ centuries-old techniques, but their footwear still can appear surprisingly modern. Take, for instance, the shoes made by Tony Gaziano and Dean Girling of England’s...
Nader Zadi, a manhattan optician who owns the bespoke eyewear company CustomEyes, used to notice fellow subway passengers and restaurant diners tugging at their reading glasses as they looked up from...
The skiwear company Spyder ( www.spyder.com ) has introduced body armor for bicyclists. The fabric used to make the Spyder Freeryde d30 Armored Top ($350) and Ultimate Chamois Short ($270) contains...
After his parents were killed in 1997, during a civil war, a then-14-year-old Sudanese boy named Sefedin found his way to a base camp for Doctors Without Borders, which placed him in a school for...
When Thierry Hermès opened his saddle shop in 1837, in Paris, the cobblestoned streets rang with the clip-clop of horses’ hooves. Today, the window of the brand’s recently opened Broad Street store,...
If a tie’s pattern does not readily identify it as one of Italo Ferretti’s designs, then its construction should. Ferretti, a 64-year-old tie maker from Silvi Marina, Italy, has been producing...
The sounds of rapping hammers and buzzing saws echo through Solomeo, Italy, as they have for much of the past two decades. On this summer day, construction crews are on schedule to complete the...
Chuck Vodicka describes himself as "very fussy." When Vodicka, who lives in Miami and is a partner in an independent insurance company, needed a new briefcase, he knew exactly what he wanted but had...
From slow food, the anti-fast-food movement that a group of fellow Italians initiated to promote locally grown artisanal foods, brothers and business partners Roberto and Marzio Compagno derived a...
Dunning Golf Performance Apparel ( www.dunninggolf.com ) cannot fix your swing, but it can improve your appearance on the course. For a fee beginning at $10,000, Ralph Dunning, a tailor in Markham,...
The smoke is suffocating inside Stefano Ricci’s office, where he puffs away on a cigarette while sitting behind an enormous glass-topped desk. Towering over him is one of his prized hunting trophies...
San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford once vowed he never would open a store in any location where he could not be accessible in person to his clientele. So when he took over the former Saks Fifth...
Over the course of his 25-year career as a bespoke shoemaker in London, Jason Amesbury has crafted footwear from almost every skin imaginable: calf, ostrich, crocodile, snake. But a request from a...
Custom clothiers bring their tape measures, fabric swatches, and refined tastes to your door to create a complete, personalized wardrobe. They never handle a needle and thread. Their talents lie in...
Italian tailors have been chipping away at Britain’s suitmaking legacy for decades. First they appropriated the classic English silhouette with its cinched waist and fitted shoulders, and then they...

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