Fashion

Orazio Luciano (305.569.9970) claims that his signature label handmade suits require more time and handwork than Kiton’s exclusive 50-hour K model. He ought to know: During the 20 years that he...
With their leather flame patches and contrasting cobra and crocodile skins, George Esquivel’s custom shoes have always been a bit racier than the average pair of brogues or bluchers. Now that he has...
There is a whiff of battle in the air at Louis Vuitton. “When we are at war, we cannot talk about the strategy,” Patrick Vuitton says with the conviction of a plotting general, referring to the...
Andrea Artioli has spent the past few years devising a way to bring breathability and enhanced comfort to his custom- and ready-made Artioli footwear. The secret, says the third-generation Italian...
For years, suitmakers have sought to lighten wool suits for summer by removing the linings. Next year, with the same goal, Brioni, Canali, Kiton, and Pal Zileri will go a step further and remove the...
When venerable London bespoke suitmaker H. Huntsman & Sons Ltd. announced earlier this year that it would make cutting-edge tailored clothing for fall bearing the signature of designer Alexander...
These nine leading retail executives live on the front lines of the fashion world, traveling the globe year-round to select the garments from which discerning dressers will assemble their wardrobes...
Every woman knows that you can’t be fully dressed without the finishing touch of distinctive accessories. The same holds true for the well-dressed man. Just as power ties express confidence, a pair...
Critt Rawlings is not accustomed to driving on the left side of the road, which explains why the chief executive of America’s finest suitmaker, Oxxford Clothes, sometimes skips over a curb while...
Anyone who has ever sought out the water jets in a hot tub to relieve back, muscle, or joint pain will immediately appreciate Watsu, a massage treatment that is rooted in Japanese shiatsu and is...
Valerie Louthan’s baby-skin-soft Scottish-made men’s sweaters are made from more than mere cashmere. Her classic designs use the fine underhair carefully combed from three to four Mongolian goats for...
Brioni is best known for its impeccably tailored suits, but it’s possible to go from the boardroom to the bedroom without sacrificing any sartorial style in the transition. Taking its cue from...
If you haven’t been to a spa lately, you’re in for a surprise. Push open the door and you will enter the men’s grill of the new century—an elegant, relaxed place to recharge after a great morning on...
Martin Carstarphen has spent the last five years investing his money, time, and talent in reintroducing genuine Sea Island cotton to the lexicon of luxury fashion. The silky 300-year-old fiber...
The creations for the human foot from Silvano Lattanzi, the master of Italian shoemaking, display a brilliant palette of hues drawn from his observations and travels. Whether it’s the inner fire of a...
Shirt Story You could say that Robert Talbott’s handmade cashmere and cashmere/ mink Estate Collection sport shirts were 50 years in the making. Launched in 2000 to coincide with the California...
It’s easy to understand why Luciano Barbera has garnered a reputation as Italy’s reigning prince of style. “Understated and deluxe, like Italian cashmere” is how one associate describes him. “He is...
Oxxford Clothes A quick look at the lapels is all it takes to gauge whether a suit has a superior pedigree. A perfect lapel is not pressed flat but instead has an attractive natural roll and a gentle...
Advance Team While other suit makers remain content with superfine fabrics and quality workmanship, Kiton continues to raise the style bar. The Naples, Italy, company that is known for its old-world...
George Glasgow and John Carnera never worked for George Cleverley, the late venerable British bespoke shoemaker under whose signature they now produce men’s bespoke footwear. In fact, they met their...
Finishing Touches Silvano Lattanzi wants it known that he uses genuine, top-grade cordovan leather in his new footwear collection. The bespoke shoemaker located in Sant’Elpidio a Mare, Italy, feels...
In 1995, American fashion’s Renaissance man Ralph Lauren decided to build on his clubby aristocratic image by introducing a premium-priced collection of men’s suits and sport coats. To set this...
Midas Touch Tom Ford’s creative vision and marketing acumen put Gucci back on the map and 4 million shares of the company’s stock in his pocket when the 81-year-old Italian luxury brand was delivered...
Craig Caplan did not want to cut down royal palm and rare black palm trees to embellish his limited edition eyewear, so he brokered a deal with the Waorani tribe, which controls 2 million acres of...
Two years ago, Italian dress shirt maker Luigi Borrelli touched off a sartorial feud with suit maker Kiton by hiring the latter’s best tailor, Errico Formicola, and enlisting him to develop the first...
Tuscan Perfumer Lorenzo Villoresi receives patrons by appointment only. From his garret overlooking the cupolas, bell towers, and tiled rooftops of Florence, he crafts some of the most exquisite,...
In the 1930s, a middle-aged Italian tailor named Vincenzo Attolini made an indelible mark on the international men’s fashion scene. While working for the legendary tailor Gennaro Rubinacci, Attolini...
My college roommate, Ira, knew how to live well. “Come on!” he said one day as he dragged me into an old barbershop in Providence, R.I., that I had walked by hundreds of times, and ordered each of us...
Enduring, traditional, practical. By its very definition, the word classic defies the fleeting fancies of fashion, a realm driven by ever-changing and often recycled trends. The simple, approachable...
In 1999, couturier and fragrance czar Paco Rabanne held his last couture show in Paris and ceremoniously announced his retirement. Apparently, the life of leisure didn’t agree with the 67-year-old...

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