Meet the sports suit: Courtesy of Enzo Caruso

I’ve written about Los Angeles tailor Enzo Caruso before. He is not only at a stage in his career where his technical skills are superbly honed, but he also grew up in a milieu of well-dressed men who executed their style with skill and variety. Consequently, he is well-positioned to offer stylistic suggestions that go …

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Style icon: Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011)

As far as I know, Mr. Fermor has never been nominated as a “style icon” although he has been described as “a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene.” But Fermor’s passing away makes clear, to me at any rate, why this superb, idiosyncratic writer of travels and journeys should rank highly in …

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1920s style: Sartorial lessons from The Broadway Melody

The Broadway Musical (1929) was the first talking musical for MGM as well as for Hollywood. The men’s suits were almost assuredly bespoke and you will see superb examples of formalwear (below, Charles King and Anita Page) and “lounge suits” (i.e. business suits in modern nomenclature) across a variety of physiques. Take double-breasted suits for …

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A well-dressed past: Jil Sander on Hamburg

Designer Jil Sander on growing up in Hamburg: I was born in Hamburg, a trading city with a big port. It’s very English because it’s close to London. The saying is that when it’s raining in London, they put up their umbrellas in Hamburg. And so the men are very gentlemanly, with proper tailored clothes. …

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Well-dressed musicians: Riccardo Muti

I had the pleasure of attending the Chicago Symphony concerts this weekend at Carnegie Hall. The Saturday concert featuring Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique and Lelio was simply superb. Riccardo Muti, who is originally from Naples, directs the CSO.     Obviously I was there principally for the music-making but I was curious to see what …

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