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Front Runners December 2015: Royal Treatment

Merino sheep earned the sobriquet “the gift of kings” in the 18th century, when Charles IV of Spain gave several of the fine-wooled animals to fellow royalty in other European nations. Today a wool called the Gift of Kings is the newest material enticement from the luxury clothier Loro Piana ( The superfine wool (12 […]

Get Pumped

An ongoing series of auctions is cause for excitement among petroliana collectors. Kyle Moore owned what is likely the world’s largest assemblage of petroliana and kept it at his house in rural Oklahoma, about 90 miles west of Oklahoma City. He was private about his collection and seldom invited visitors to see it. Dan Matthews, […]

All-American Perspective

From 18th-century weather vanes to contemporary canvases, a fashion mogul has assembled a collection that spans the nation’s history. Jerry Lauren’s Manhattan apartment reflects his life as a whole: It looks effortlessly perfect, but it is the result of decades of toil and thought. First your eye is drawn to the living room, where an […]

Front Runners December 2015: Spheres of Influence

Vasco da Gama is a driving force in the design of the new Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères NightSky Limited Edition (, the brand’s latest timepiece to reference the Portuguese explorer. In the late 15th century, he embarked from Lisbon on a series of voyages that mapped a sea route linking Europe and Asia, and that […]

Air Play

Nearly a decade in the making, the Icon A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft (starting at $189,000) is finally in service and ready to be flown—by new pilots and experienced ones alike—on weekend getaways, lake-hopping excursions, and camping trips. Icon Aircraft, which made its first delivery of an A5 in July, designed the unpressurized, two-seat plane to […]

Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): One Size Fits All

EPC La Historia Regalias d’Celia In 2009, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo moved on from his La Gloria Cubana brand and formed EPC Cigar Company. Five years later he created La Historia—a line of full-bodied, box-pressed cigars—to honor his family. The latest addition to that line, Regalias d’Celia (a 5 7/8 × 58 torpedo), pays tribute to his […]

Front Runners December 2015: Rise and Shine

The British designer Tom Dixon has reimagined every element of coffee service with Brew (, an elegant new set made with satiny vacuum-plated copper. The cafetière, a French-press pot ($185), particularly stands out for its futuristic look, sleek plunger, and looped handle. Other items include a milk pan ($120) for café au lait, a dome-topped […]

Putting On the Ritz

In its 117-year history, the Hôtel Ritz in Paris has been the setting of many a momentous occasion. According to legend, King Edward VII of the United Kingdom once called for assistance while staying at the hotel, having wedged himself too tightly into his suite’s bathtub with a companion who was not his wife. In […]

Front Runners December 2015: True West

Designer Elise Fife presents an American West aesthetic in her new Albion Thorne collection ( Handmade in New York, the line includes this wool twill shirt with decorative panels of Italian lambskin ($1,350). “Our pieces are hand tailor-made with exquisite textural details not commonly found in menswear,” says Fife, whose design embellishments include suede fringe, […]

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