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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 proportion.”

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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