Fashion

During the height of the French Revolution, Queen Marie Antoinette gave her most precious perfume flask—a floral blend known as Black Jade—to her close friend, Madame de Tourzel, as a testimony of...
London-based boot maker John Lobb opened the Mark Shine, a new shoe-shine service on the ground floor of Manhattan’s Mark hotel on East 77th Street and Madison Avenue. Hotel guests and nonguests...
In honor of the 10th anniversary of his Robert Graham clothing label, American designer Robert Stock unveiled X Collection, consisting of 40 intricately designed shirts ($178 to $228). The shirts are...
While visiting Paris in 1851, a Swiss ribbon salesman named Carl Franz Bally picked up a dozen pairs of ready-made shoes as a gift for his wife. When only two actually fit, she insisted he return to...
This fall, give a tie a personal touch with the Hermès My Message service. This new program allows shoppers to create a custom tie, choosing from up to five different patterns and about 70 to 75...
Last year husband-and-wife business partners Ed and Gable Shaikh moved their Hadleigh’s Bespoke clothing boutique out of the poolside cabana of their Kessler Park home and into a private upstairs...
William White developed a passion for high-end men’s footwear while working as a sales representative for the Italian shoemaker Sutor Mantellassi from 2004 to 2008. This year, he’s launched his own...
Like Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco, Mitchells in Greenwich, and Jeffrey in New York, Scott Hill has been an iconic retailer in Los Angeles for more than 20 years. So it came as somewhat of a...
In the crowded high-end sunglass market, Morgenthal Frederics distinguishes itself with its signature one-of-a-kind buffalo horn frames that are handmade by master craftsmen in Germany. In...
Patrick McDonough caught the knitting bug four years ago when his good friend, Michigan-based handbag designer Barbara May, offered to teach him a few simple steps. “I just had an emotional...
Eyewear designer Alain Mikli is known for his extravagant use of color and avant-garde styling, but his newly launched MATT collection of sunglasses proves he’s also adept at working in high-tech...
Contemporary English shoemaker Harrys of London, known for its super-soft loafers, and venerable Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes , maker of traditional tailored clothing and military uniforms,...
In the 11 years since Loro Piana introduced its World Wool Record Challenge Cup competition aimed at rewarding merino sheep breeders who cultivate the world’s finest wools, the Italian fabric and...
Olga Berluti is the kind of talented footwear designer who can reinvent the classics simply by changing the materials and finishes. The fourth-generation French shoemaker did just that this year with...
Cesare Attolini (212.246.0085, www.cesareattolininewyork.com ) continues to create unconstructed jackets with a fit like none other. 2nd from Right : Wool flannel windowpane suit, $6,400, tie, $250,...
Kiton ( www.kiton.it ) , a master of handmade suits, offers a more structured, 1960s-style shoulder in its Cipa collection. Far Right : Cashmere-and-cotton suit, $7,295, shirt, $695, tie, $240, scarf...
Tom Ford (212.359.0300, www.tomford.com ) has shaped wider lapels and a looser 1940s styling for fall. 2nd from Left : Silk-and-rayon Micro-Herrington suit, $3,570, shirt, $495, tie, $220, and pocket...
Ralph Lauren had a busy year, to say the least, from opening stores in New York and Paris, to receiving the Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, to presenting...
Ermenegildo Zegna (888.880.3462, www.zegna.com )delved into its archives for rich tweeds and also developed new lighter materials. Far Left : Wool suit, $2,695, shirt, $325, tie, $185, pocket square...
Brioni is best known for the exceptionally tailored, classically cut suits it has been making since 1945. But in the last few years, it has also become a surprisingly inventive maker of sportswear...
Stefano Ricci (212.371.3901, www.stefanoricci.com ) sportswear stands out for its inventive mix of materials and key pieces. 2nd from Left : Cashmere bomber jacket with silk lining and mink collar,...
Hermès (800.441.4488, www.hermes.com ) proves it is more than just an accessories house, with menswear that delivers style and performance. 2nd from Right: Waterproof cashmere trench coat, cashmere...
Canali (212.767.0205, www.canali.it ) remains a must-have for its broad range of fabrics and colors, and practical silhouettes. Far Right: Cashmere bomber jacket with mink collar, $2,995, and cotton...
Brunello Cucinelli (212.813.0900, www.brunellocucinelli.it ) continues to set the standard for luxurious sportswear, be it denim or cashmere. Far left: Cashmere-and-wool peacoat, $4,495, cashmere-and...
Tardini (212.246.0085, www.tardini-accessories.it ) offers one of the best-made alligator dress shoes. The inventive designer even created casual alligator-and-suede sneakers. Far Right: Shiny...
George Cleverley (310.289.0008, www.gjcleverley.com ) creates new shapes and details for his growing collection. 2nd from Right: Reuben antique calf wingtips, $850.
John Lobb’s (212.888.9797, www.johnlobb.com ) new “by request” service offers more custom options. 2nd from Left: Redmire one-buckle leather shoes, $1,660.
Silvano Lattanzi (212.734.2962, www.silvanolattanzi.com ) artistically combines fashion and innovation with old-world craftsmanship. Far Left: Alligator shoes, $14,500.
When Charles Hall, the vice president of sales and marketing for Hommage, wants an end-of-week indulgence, he gets the Ultimate Facial at Manhattan’s latest spot for men’s grooming, Hommage Atelier...
Clothing makers have been adding shimmer to their designs for years hoping that trace amounts of real gold, silver, or platinum would ultimately translate to green at retail. The latest entry comes...

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