Fashion

The right accessories distinguish a man’s personal style and provide an opportunity for a little self-expression. Despite this important role, accessories can too easily be regarded as afterthoughts—...
Instruction booklets caution against carrying cell phones too close to the heart because of the radiation and electromagnetic fields that they may generate. But adhering to such warnings means...
Dr. Giovanni di Massimo, an unassuming Florentine perfumer and apothecary, was sorting through the mess left in his ancient shop’s basement after the devastating 1966 flood when he unearthed a...
Chie Imai’s (800.957.3808, 212. 588.0555, www.royalchie.com ) distinctive designs are characterized by dyed strips of fur that are cut and sewn to achieve a basket weave effect, which she calls...
High in the Andes mountains of southern Peru, a skittish herd of deerlike vicuñas madly dashes from left to right in formation, desperately seeking a break in the circle that is slowly closing in...
In the 1964 Rat Pack musical Robin and the 7 Hoods, 1930s-era Chicago gangsters played by Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra plan to open a swank nightclub. Upon realizing that their financial partner (...
Over the years, Martin Dingman (870.422.7151, www.martindingman.com ) has applied his talent for working with leather to everything from belts and wallets to footwear and watch straps. Recently the...
The road to prosperity has been a rocky one for British shoemaker Edward Green (+44.207.499.6377, www.edwardgreen.com ). His once-successful business fell into decline under the management of his...
The newest store in Chicago furrier Hana K’s rapidly growing signature chain is not only the smallest, it is also the most unconventional. The tiny boutique is sandwiched between a gold neoclassical...
At first glance, John Allan’s resembles a typical private men’s club. A dozen leather chairs line the room populated with men smoking cigars and sipping draft beer while waiting for a chance to...
A Washington, D.C., Microsoft executive who attends an exhaustive number of black-tie functions recently called upon Jack Simpson of Oxxford Clothes to put an end to his formal fashion boredom by...
When Ermenegildo Zegna acquired Agnona (310.770.5166, www.agnona.com ) in 1999, many assumed the men’s clothing giant would use the small Italian textile mill to establish a foundation in the women’s...
An elderly gentleman walked into J.W. Cooper at Florida’s Bal Harbour Shops mall recently wearing a distinctive Western-etched three-piece belt buckle set that immediately caught the attention of...
The stench of death lingers inside a series of stone buildings that were built during the French Revolution just outside of Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat in the heart of the French countryside. Here, in...
Standing tall in his signature Panama straw hat and toting the tools of his trade—scissors, straight-edge razor, and almond soap—Antonio Boellis cut a dapper figure on the streets of early–20th...
Alexander Julian (800. 432.8713, www.alexanderjulian.com ), the designer behind one of menswear’s best-selling brands in the 1970s and ’80s and the recipient of five Coty Awards for his expressive...
An extra inch here or there can make an enormous difference, especially when it comes to the fit of a man’s necktie. The problem is, the average 55- to 58-inch necktie with a 3.25-inch blade is too...
Longtime competitors Ermenegildo Zegna and Salvatore Ferragamo, two of Italy’s most prominent fashion dynasties, have formed a remarkable joint venture to launch a shoe collection that will carry the...
With novelties such as authentic reproductions of 19th-century French army jackets and cashmere pea coats lined in stripes, Arnys has long attracted nonconformist clients, including Lost Generation...
Many credit Scottish coat makers with inventing the concept of reversible clothing in the early 1900s. In an attempt to prevent their heavy wool Harris Tweeds from soaking up rain (and with it,...
Men are often creatures of habit, especially when it comes to grooming. This is why Fresh Inc. (800.373.7420, www.fresh.com ), part of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group, looked to the past...
For years, New York investment manager Ed Shugrue III traveled to England on a regular basis to have his suits custom-made on Savile Row and his bespoke shirts fitted on Jermyn Street. Although he...
This fall, fashion reflects on its past and discovers that many of the style tenets defined over the last century are still relevant, if not more so, in the modern world. On the surface, fall’s most...
Sherlock Holmes used to say, “The little things are infinitely the most important.” It doesn’t take a detective, however, to grasp the significance of distinctive accessories in a man’s wardrobe...
A personal wine cellar, a men’s club, a classic car—the simple luxuries of a modern gentleman’s world, according to Ralph Lauren—served as the inspiration for the latest and most exclusive fragrance...
A scrub jay chirps as it soars overhead while I sit comfortably upright, immersed in the ancient practice of mindful meditation. “Notice the bird as it passes by,” offers instructor Linda Cammarata,...
Although Dunhill may have shuttered its U.S. stores (with the exception of the New York flagship), the company has not abandoned retailing altogether; it recently reopened the doors of its oldest...
Menswear designer and avid golfer Luciano Barbera criticized the colorful, casual clothing that had come to define golfwear a decade ago, suggesting that a proper gentleman would not wear anything...
Every golfer worth a darn uses clubs personally fitted for size, shape, and swing angle. Now the customization trend has finally arrived in footwear. We are not talking about shoes made from the...
Elements Spa and Salon (323.933.0212), the chic hair salon located in Los Angeles’ new deluxe shopping plaza, The Grove at Farmer’s Market, has created a shave fit for a king. In the salon’s Barber...

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