Fashion

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...
Ttom Ford’s long-awaited menswear collection, which he unveiled this spring, appears surprisingly traditional. Maybe the designer has become more reserved now that he is 45 years old or because his...
For Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli (distributed by IMC Group, 212.750.2990, www.brunellocucinelli.it ), the concept of sportif fashion refers more to a casual lifestyle than actual athletics...
When Ermenegildo Zegna’s remodeled Manhattan store reopens this fall (simultaneously with the brand’s Milan flagship), it will look more like someone’s townhouse than a retail establishment. A grand...
The picturesque harbor in Portofino seemed almost too small and ill-equipped to handle the two dozen 55-foot sailboats that converged on the Italian seaport last May for the final Ermenegildo Zegna...
During a dinner in Shanghai last year, Silvano Lattanzi’s hosts, a group of Chinese clients, spontaneously began singing “O Sole Mio” as a tribute to the Italian bespoke shoemaker. But the chorus...
In the context of men’s apparel, Rome and Naples are famous for their tailors and their handmade suits. Milan, on the other hand, is most closely associated with Armani, Prada, and Versace. “When we...
Although Michael Bastian was only 19 years old when Perry Ellis presented his final collection in 1986, the New York teen already was an avid admirer of the late designer’s work. While Ralph Lauren...
During a group visit to Kiton’s Naples, Italy, factory in 2001, one of the guests questioned whether the suit being shown was among the world’s finest. Company founder and president Ciro Paone rose...
Ciro Paone’s face beamed as he posed between a double-breasted marine blue navy suit and a morning suit that once belonged to Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor. Almost a year from the day that he...
Fashion designer and wardrobe consultant Jack Simpson has long been an enthusiast of 1940s-era fashion and pop culture, particularly the works of Alberto Vargas, a Peruvian-born airbrush artist...
Opposites Attract And last, from our Fashion Statement Department: The Japanese jeans manufacturer Evisu ( www.evisu.com ) has partnered with denim designer Adriano Goldschmied to create a limited-...
Four seasons’ worth of clothes from four American wardrobe consultants. The nearly 600 clothing items will include a tuxedo made from pashmina, two suits of Guanashina cloth, a dozen shirts...
London-based clothier Thomas Pink ( www.thomaspink.co.uk ) has designed a men’s formal shirt to hold a size 6 or smaller cigar. The two-fold Egyptian button-down, which the company has dubbed the...
Tony Gaziano and Dean Girling are challenging England’s bench-made shoe establishment by defiantly cutting the cap toes of their new calfskin oxfords in the shapes of diamonds. They also are twisting...
When in 1759 Col. John Hale, leader of the British cavalry’s newly formed Light Dragoons, conceived the regiment’s death-or-glory insignia, he did so to honor his former commander, Gen. James Wolfe...
Richard hope’s rough and rugged hands suggest that the 63-year-old Scottish textile worker spends his 10-hour days wrestling with the heaviest machinery. But as he knits a delicate single-ply...
Ballantyne and 13 other Scottish yarn spinners, weavers, and knitters—including Johnstons, Alex Begg, John Laing, William Lockie, Peter Scott, and Hawick—compose the Scottish Cashmere Club, a...
Shirtmaker Ignatious Joseph once phoned a client of his every Monday for three weeks, seeking feedback on an orange-and-light-blue Egyptian cotton shirt that he had made for him. “Does it fit well?...
Sometimes the difference indeed is in the details. With clothing, features that might go unnoticed—the lining, the stitching, the buttons—can also be those that place it among the finest. The same...
Gucci has updated its woven GG insignia for its La Pelle Guccissima collection; like a cattle brand, the GG logo now is burned into handbags, shoes, luggage, small leather goods, and gift items with...
With the art of the Trench, a new custom service from Burberry, you can design your own made-to-measure trench coat by selecting the fabric, style, color, and a detachable lining. The program, which...
As much as Jack Smith appreciates the Indigo Island stewards’ ability to provide the resort’s guests with absolute seclusion (“Deep Blue Secret,” page 112), he believes it would be impossible for...
When David Chu sold his Nautica clothing brand in 2003 to VF Corp. for more than $585 million, the designer and businessman envisioned whiling away his days on the golf course. But after only nine...
Selecting a fragrance is a personal exercise, and no scent could be more personal than one custom-made from scratch. Last fall, Jean Patou Paris (+33.1.42.92.07.22) introduced Parfum-Couture, a...
The Monaco Groom Center from Parisian manufacturer Hommage (817.229.0300, www.hommage.com ) could make you actually look forward to a morning shave. In addition to displaying sculptural curves that...
When Italian suitmaker Belvest introduced a new high-button sport coat with shirt-style cuffs, three roomy patch pockets, and an unusual oversize fourth pocket on the back, all but the most...
Color has always been a key characteristic of noticeable neckwear, but brilliant inspiration can come from disparate sources. Before the Forbes collection of imperial Easter eggs returned home to...
With menswear inspired by the layered, tweedy daywear of the leisure-loving country gentleman, you don’t have to be lord of the manor in order to dress the part. Sometimes sporty and occasionally...
Michael Tapia has always considered himself a citizen of the world, and rightfully so. The Mexican-American menswear designer was born and raised in Southern California, earned most of his...

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