Fashion

“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...
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-...
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...
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...
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...
When danish optometrist Poul-Jørn Lindberg (800.386.9196, www.lindberg.com ) discovered in the early 1980s that he needed glasses himself, the last thing he wanted to do was draw attention to his...
Ole Henriksen’s botanical fragrances waft through low-ceilinged hallways and nautically themed treatment rooms at the Shutters One spa (310.458.0030, www.shuttersonthebeach.com ) in Santa Monica,...
It was time. With a drop or two of Stewart blood coursing angrily through my veins, and having made repeated visits to Scotland in search of the best in both golf and single malts, I was ready to be...
Christina Oxenberg knows how to hold an audience. The 41-year-old designer regales her listeners with colorful tales of growing up as the daughter of Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia (now Serbia) and...
A. Testoni (212.223.0909, www.testoniusa.com ) has taken its search for unusual raw materials to new depths. The Italian shoemaker recently netted a supply of skins from the Prionace glauca,...
Stephen Kempson (212. 688.2868), the British stylemaker whose personal wardrobing services have been the best-kept secret among the American chief executives whom he dresses, has selected an...
When Italian suitmaker Belvest introduced a new high-button sport coat with shirt-style cuffs, three roomy patch pockets, and an unusual oversize fourth pocket on the back, all but the most...

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