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  • Photograph by Fabrizio Iacomini
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  • The Editors

An addition to features on custom

cars, clothing, and motorcyles, this issue also includes a Private Golf special

section, which, among other golf-related stories, offers coverage of

the best clubs, equipment, and communities. Private Golf fits this issue’s

bespoke theme well, because it reinforces the notion that, when living the

golfing lifestyle, you can have exactly what you want. "In the last decade, golf

communities have been sprouting up by the dozen across the country," says

executive editor Bruce

Wallin, who, along with home and design

editor Adele Cygelman, oversaw the conception and execution of Private Golf. "A

big-name-designer golf course is just the beginning. It’s the entire package—the

homes, the clubhouses, the leisure facilities—that makes these clubs special.

The course is certainly important, but there’s a lot more that goes into

selecting the right private club for you."

Private Golf also includes an interview with Al Geiberger ("Pro File,"), the first golf professional to shoot a sub-60 round in a PGA

Tour event. As Wallin learned while playing a round with the 70-year-old

professional emeritus of the Stone Eagle Golf Club, Geiberger’s approach to the

game has not changed, even with all the technological advances at his

fingertips. "He played for so many years hitting the ball straight and keeping

it in regulation that he’s still going to play smart golf," says Wallin. "But

the new equipment helps him, at the age of 70, to continue hitting the ball far

and shooting low rounds. He has shot below his age a few times at Stone Eagle,

and that’s pretty amazing."

"It’s nice when you’ve spent

decades in this business and you’re still caught up in the emotion of

something," says senior correspondent Paul Dean, referring to the craftsmen

at Autofficina Faralli Restauri, who restore classic cars and, under the aegis

of F&M Auto, build custom cars such as the Antas GT, the one-of-a-kind coupe

pictured on the cover of this month’s issue. "They don’t have any laser

equipment. They don’t have any massive computers to draft their cars," says

Dean, whose visit to the carrozzeria in Tuscany led to his

writing the feature "Rare Bird". "It’s all done by feel and by visual

reference and kind of holding up your thumb at a distance to gauge


The best custom clothiers will

subjugate their own preferences to create wardrobes that suit the tastes of

their clients, according to contributing editor William Kissel in

"Clothiers Make the Man". "Unlike a personal tailor, who might not

want to make [a requested article] because he doesn’t like the concept or the

color, these custom clothiers will fulfill all your fancy whims," Kissel says,

adding that the professionals do not make the clothes themselves, but instead

work with tailors and fabric suppliers to produce items for their clients.

Custom clothiers distinguish themselves from personal tailors

in other significant ways as well. "[Personal tailors] are not going to see the

way you live your life," says Kissel. "They’re not going to be in your home;

they’re not going to see the kind of work you do." By contrast, he points out,

"[a custom clothier] gets a real intimate look at the client." Ultimately, the

difference between personal tailors and custom clothiers is apparent in their

clients’ wardrobes. "Most tailors make a signature suit that they’re known for,"

Kissel says. "These [clothiers] don’t have a signature style; they sell your

style. They fit the style of the customer that they’re selling."

"Fuel is in the air in Southern

California," says contributing writer Marco R. della Cava. "It is a Mecca

for people who like propelled vehicles of any type." The propelled vehicles that

della Cava usually covers travel on four wheels, but this month, in the feature

"The Artists of the Motorcycle", he writes about three Los

Angeles–area builders of custom motorcycles. "As a car guy, I did find myself

really grooving on bikes; I almost wished I was a bike guy when I was hanging

around these guys," says della Cava. "There’s something out in the open about

motorcycles that really captures the imagination, even for someone like me who’s

never had a motorcycle license in my life. You really get sucked up in it and

think, ‘Maybe I should ride.’ "

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