Fashion

Having spent nearly three decades establishing itself among the top manufacturers of machine-made suits, Pal Zileri began testing its mettle against the best hand-tailored clothing makers seven years...
After Savile Row loungewear maker Derek Rose (available through Nap Inc., 212.481.5000, www.derek-rose.com ) acquired the late Duke of Windsor Edward VIII’s well-worn crimson and navy dressing gown...
Ever since Gucci and Burberry recaptured and then eclipsed their former glories, countless other fashion brands have attempted comebacks. Next spring, the Scottish cashmere firm Ballantyne will seek...
Simone Schedoni has firsthand experience with the fanaticism that Ferraris can engender. In his family’s Schedoni leather-goods factory in Modena, Italy (which is also home to the prancing-horse...
When Michael Toschi worked for Reebok in the early 1990s, he helped create progressive sneaker technology such as built-in air pumps and a trampoline heel system that balanced and cushioned the foot...
“The French understand how to live much better than we do.” This pronouncement issued from an acquaintance who, recently and literally, basked in the practical benefits of that superior knowledge,...
“Give me the luxuries of lifeand I will willingly do without the necessities,” wrote Frank Lloyd Wright in his 1932 autobiography. Vernon Swaback, principal of the Scottsdale, Ariz., architectural...
Jhane Barnes built a faithful following with her boldly colorful sportswear, but the New York designer has encountered difficulty establishing a foothold in the more conservative suit business...
After demonstrating a golden touch with his youthful tailored clothing, Gianluca Isaia (888.996.7555) is mining a new market with his Argento sportswear label. Argento (which means “silver” in...
To prepare for the fashion shoot that would become “ High-Fashion Fliers ”, Los Angeles–based photographer Susan Anderson went to the movies. To be more precise, she visited the library at the...
Fashion imitates art at Dolcepunta’s New York showroom, where a gilded picture frame showcases a colorful silk necktie that has been turned inside out, butterflied, and pinned to reveal the numerous...
A wardrobe staple of Ivy Leaguers in the 1950s, the colorful and coarse Harris Tweed wool sport coat eventually lost its cachet when its popularity with the upper crust led to a deluge of lower-...
When a young inventor named Alfred Dunhill inherited his father’s saddlery business in 1893, he recognized that horses were about to become obsolete and that automobiles represented the future of...
A native of central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred country, Carl Meyers grew up in a family that had outfitted riders for decades. At the age of 6, he wandered into his father’s equestrian clothing factory...
Barneys in Beverly Hills is home to several of the world’s most coveted fragrances, but none occupies a more stimulating space than Frédéric Malle’s Editions de Parfums ( www.editionsdeparfums.com...
Designs on Relaxing Two years ago, an official from the European branch of Jacuzzi invited Pininfarina, the 75-year-old Italian design company that has shaped Ferraris, Maseratis, and Alfa Romeos, to...
Rapid growth and prolific experimentation often can work to a company’s disadvantage. Ermenegildo Zegna, though, has learned from its zealous drive to diversify that sometimes the best design ideas...
TAILORED CLOTHING Cesare Attolini By perpetually tweaking the armhole, narrowing the shoulders, and streamlining the construction of the quintessential Neapolitan suit that his father, Vincenzo,...
SHIRTS Finamore The second-oldest shirtmaker in Naples has extremely limited distribution in the United States and maintains a very low profile, but the anonymity of the fourth-generation family-...
While working as a designer at Pro Moves (the now-defunct sports apparel brand owned by Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ wide receiver Tim Brown), Calvin Stewart met a number of NFL players whose physiques...
Laureano Garmany fled Cuba in 1974 after Fidel Castro became what Garmany describes as a “99.9 percent partner” in his family’s fashion retail business. He immigrated to New York City, where he...
With tees, gloves, balls, and other accessories to pocket, golfers long have been burdened with the battle of the bulge. This spring, Italian pant maker Incotex (through Glazer Imports, 212.582.0042...
Italian entrepreneur Claudio Del Vecchio was among the legions of Brooks Brothers loyalists who watched with disapproval and disappointment as the American menswear brand abandoned classic tailored...
Relying on his three decades of experience as a menswear designer and wardrobe consultant, Alan Flusser will transform you into a candidate for the world’s Best Dressed list. This two- to three-week...
Two years ago, as British brands Burberry and Paul Smith were ringing up record sales, the menswear buyers at Saks Fifth Avenue met with several of Savile Row’s storied suitmakers to find a partner...
w. somerset maugham’s 1944 novel The Razor’s Edge, one of the principal characters, Elliott Templeton, exits Paris’ Ritz Hotel and crosses the Place Vendôme to a store called Charvet. Inside the...
Renowned silk maker Mantero has added to the allure of Italy’s Lake Como region with La Tessitura (+39.031.321.666), a new store that pays homage to the area’s 500-year-old silk trade. Rather than...
The Art of Shaving (800.493.2212, www.theartofshaving.com ) has spent eight years introducing men to the pleasures of old-fashioned barbershop shaves at its “barber spas” in New York, Miami, and Las...
In the fable The Emperor’s New Clothes , a pair of con artists posing as tailors dupe his royal majesty into believing that his new wardrobe is made from cloth so refined that it appears invisible to...
Tremors continue to be felt throughout the fashion world as the Brits seek to reclaim their positioning as sartorial leaders, and 8 Savile Row is the movement’s epicenter. This is the address of the...

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