Fashion

Although Michael Bastian was only 19 years old when Perry Ellis presented his final collection in 1986, the New York teen already was an avid admirer of the late designer’s work. While Ralph Lauren...
During a group visit to Kiton’s Naples, Italy, factory in 2001, one of the guests questioned whether the suit being shown was among the world’s finest. Company founder and president Ciro Paone rose...
Ciro Paone’s face beamed as he posed between a double-breasted marine blue navy suit and a morning suit that once belonged to Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor. Almost a year from the day that he...
Fashion designer and wardrobe consultant Jack Simpson has long been an enthusiast of 1940s-era fashion and pop culture, particularly the works of Alberto Vargas, a Peruvian-born airbrush artist...
Opposites Attract And last, from our Fashion Statement Department: The Japanese jeans manufacturer Evisu ( www.evisu.com ) has partnered with denim designer Adriano Goldschmied to create a limited-...
London-based clothier Thomas Pink ( www.thomaspink.co.uk ) has designed a men’s formal shirt to hold a size 6 or smaller cigar. The two-fold Egyptian button-down, which the company has dubbed the...
Four seasons’ worth of clothes from four American wardrobe consultants. The nearly 600 clothing items will include a tuxedo made from pashmina, two suits of Guanashina cloth, a dozen shirts...
Tony Gaziano and Dean Girling are challenging England’s bench-made shoe establishment by defiantly cutting the cap toes of their new calfskin oxfords in the shapes of diamonds. They also are twisting...
John Winston, an artist who prefers to go by simply Winston, recently carved a 391-carat chunk of turquoise into the shape of an American bald eagle. The piece is an impressive example of his work,...
Custom clothing may enable the wearer to express his unique sense of style, but of the more than 100 custom shirts that Louis Bershad orders each year, the ones he relishes most are distinguished by...
An American Dream, Norman Mailer describes Las Vegas of 1965 as “a jeweled city on the horizon, spires rising in the night, but the jewels were diadems of electric and the spires were the neon of...
PROVING THEIR METAL First we had the Bugatti Veyron watch from Parmigiani—coinciding with the introduction of the $1.2 million Bugatti 16.4 Veyron supercar—and now comes the Safe Bugatti...
On California’s Monterey coast, in a cavernous building constructed out of reclaimed barn wood, Myong Yang, a seamstress for Robert Talbott for the last 23 years, gently folds a kite-size length of...
Italian designer Stefano Ricci questioned his sanity more than once while transforming a run-down Chinese restaurant on New York’s Park Avenue into a multilevel Florentine fashion palazzo. “I thought...
Sport And Dress Shirts Luigi Borrelli Neapolitan shirtmaker Luigi Borrelli went into its century-old archives and emerged with the concept for this year’s Luxury Vintage label, a collection of dress...
While most brands tweak the same silhouette from one season to the next, Kiton tries to define the suit shape of the future. For fall, it has introduced the AD model, named for Kiton co-owner Antonio...
When in 1759 Col. John Hale, leader of the British cavalry’s newly formed Light Dragoons, conceived the regiment’s death-or-glory insignia, he did so to honor his former commander, Gen. James Wolfe...
Richard hope’s rough and rugged hands suggest that the 63-year-old Scottish textile worker spends his 10-hour days wrestling with the heaviest machinery. But as he knits a delicate single-ply...
Ballantyne and 13 other Scottish yarn spinners, weavers, and knitters—including Johnstons, Alex Begg, John Laing, William Lockie, Peter Scott, and Hawick—compose the Scottish Cashmere Club, a...
Italian clothing maker Corneliani (800.222.9477, www.corneliani.com ) recently obtained a small cache of Super 210 fabric woven from wool fiber measuring an almost microscopic 12.9 microns. The...
Gucci has updated its woven GG insignia for its La Pelle Guccissima collection; like a cattle brand, the GG logo now is burned into handbags, shoes, luggage, small leather goods, and gift items with...
With the art of the Trench, a new custom service from Burberry, you can design your own made-to-measure trench coat by selecting the fabric, style, color, and a detachable lining. The program, which...
As much as Jack Smith appreciates the Indigo Island stewards’ ability to provide the resort’s guests with absolute seclusion (“Deep Blue Secret,” page 112), he believes it would be impossible for...
Sometimes the difference indeed is in the details. With clothing, features that might go unnoticed—the lining, the stitching, the buttons—can also be those that place it among the finest. The same...
Shirtmaker Ignatious Joseph once phoned a client of his every Monday for three weeks, seeking feedback on an orange-and-light-blue Egyptian cotton shirt that he had made for him. “Does it fit well?...
The Monaco Groom Center from Parisian manufacturer Hommage (817.229.0300, www.hommage.com ) could make you actually look forward to a morning shave. In addition to displaying sculptural curves that...
Selecting a fragrance is a personal exercise, and no scent could be more personal than one custom-made from scratch. Last fall, Jean Patou Paris (+33.1.42.92.07.22) introduced Parfum-Couture, a...
When David Chu sold his Nautica clothing brand in 2003 to VF Corp. for more than $585 million, the designer and businessman envisioned whiling away his days on the golf course. But after only nine...
Brioni’s experimentation with jacket design dates to the 1950s, when it introduced the Ordine Dorico, or columnar look, which became the first of a generation of long, side-vented, narrow-waisted...
Umberto Angeloni went to a lot of trouble and great expense to express his views on how important the polo shirt will be to fashion this spring. Last summer, the chief executive of Brioni had 200 of...

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