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  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
    Stefano Ricci safari jacket and hat Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
    Stefano Ricci safari jacket and hat Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
    Alden suede desert boot Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
    Alden suede desert boot Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
    Bell and Ross WW1-92 Heritage (left); BR03-92 Military Ceramic watch (right) Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
    Bell and Ross WW1-92 Heritage (left); BR03-92 Military Ceramic watch (right) Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson; Styling by Mark Washburn
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  • Jill Newman and James D. Malcolmson

This season, other menswear designers merely dabbled in safari style, but Stefano Ricci actually took to the wild. An avid hunter, Ricci spends several weeks each year in Africa, and his experiences in the bush bring bold accents to the collection of functional clothing and accessories he created for spring. The pieces reflect his spirit of adventure and appreciation of elegant details, such as this superbly tailored cotton safari jacket and hat, both trimmed with crocodile, and subtly contrasting cotton shirt (prices upon request). “The safari style,” Ricci says, “is a must-have for the gentleman who loves to travel.” Stefano Ricci, 212.371.3901, www.stefanoricci.com —Jill Newman

The practical desert boot earned its name during World War II, when British soldiers wore the short, lightweight footwear during the North African Campaign. Recently, this classic has regained its former popularity, adding polish to jeans or khakis and a stylish edge to slacks and a sport coat. The New England shoemaker Alden created one of the best versions for spring in light, flexible suede ($486). Alden, available at Leffot, 212.989.4577, www.leffot.com —J.N.

Bell and Ross’s rugged timepieces are inspired by military gear. For all-out toughness, the BR03-92 Military Ceramic watch (right, $4,500) is equipped with a virtually scratchproof ceramic case and a strap made from the type of canvas webbing used by military personnel to secure heavy cargo loads. (The timepiece also is available with a rubber strap.) For those who prefer a sense of history on their expeditions, the company’s WW1-92 Heritage (left, $3,700) is styled after the watches worn during far-flung campaigns nearly a century ago. Bell and Ross, 888.307.7887, www.bellross.com —James D. Malcolmson

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