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SPRING 2011 THE LIFESTYLE

FASHION HEATS UP! LIVED-IN LUXURY

IT’S ALL ABOUT SOFT...

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WELCOME

GREETINGS FROM THE MITCHELL FAMILY

OK, IT’S OFFICIAL. AFTER SOME PRETTY ROUGH TIMES, FOR SPRING 2011, THE BUZZWORD IS “FUN!”

LET THE FUN BEGIN! At the Mitchells Family of Stores, we believe fashion should be fun. Picking out some great new pieces for spring can spruce up your spirits as well as your look! We strive to make your shopping experience a welcome respite...some time to be creative and lose yourself in the anticipation of the warm weather ahead. This spring, a new joie de vivre is permeating our stores. From stunning product arrivals to exciting designer and charity events including our second annual Flower Show, hugs and surprises abound! This season, even the fashions are more fun. Aside from our timeless designer collections, many of spring’s new looks are rich with wit and whimsy. Eastern tunics, jostling skirts, chambray sportcoats and every shade of fuchsia, coral and tangerine are just some of the fun looks that await you. Our magazine is more fun, too! Rebranded as M Lifestyle, as you can see our magazine is now oversized and packed with a lot more exciting women’s fashion. We hope you enjoy!

And what is “fun” without a party to go to? Whether you’re planning a graduation or a wedding, going to a gala or a holiday weekend barbecue, we’ll make sure that you’re dressed for a great time. With the crocus coming up and spectacular product coming in, we have a spring in our step… and are warming up

for what promises to be an extraordinary season. If surveyed, most people (well, at least women) would say their favorite pastime is shopping. So as they say, “let the fun begin!” With Hugs,

The Mitchell Family

EXCITING NEW DESIGNER BOUTIQUES ARE OPENING IN OUR STORES. This season, we’re opening some spectacular new boutiques in our stores, in which we’ll be featuring comprehensive collections from some of your favorite designers! In Greenwich, we’re re-opening a stunning new Ermenegildo Zegna boutique (pictured, right). Redesigned by world-renowned architect Peter Marino, the Richards Zegna boutique is opening in March 2011.

In Marshs, we’re opening a beautiful new Canali boutique, in which we’ll have expanded formal and casual wear from the famed Italian designer. SAVE THE DATE! Join us on May 11 for a Michael Kors fashion show at Mitchells. The designer will be making his first in-store appearance in Westport! We hope you’ll come and meet him!


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Karen Alberg Grossman DESIGN DIRECTOR

Hans Gschliesser MANAGING EDITOR

Jillian Sprague

FEATURES

PROJECT MANAGER

4 Welcome Letter 15 Social Network: Fun on Facebook 30 Community Supported Agriculture 68 Meet Our Jewelry Designers 88 Drink: A Wine by Any Other Name 96 Inspiration: The Warhol Look 100 Indulgences: Shutter Release

DESIGNERS

Lisa Montemorra Jean-Nicole Venditti CONCEPT /CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Andrew Mitchell-Namdar MERCHANDISING DIRECTOR

Bob Mitchell DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION

Peg Eadie DIRECTOR OF PREPRESS

Hugh K. Stanton CREATIVE DIRECTION

FASHION 36 46 48 52 56 58 60 82

RETROspective A Season of Celebrations! Designer Profile: Hugo Boss Accessories: Ode to the Pocket Square Designer Profile: Canali Style: The Finer Things Brighten Up! Celebrating the Iconic Blue Blazer

DEPARTMENTS 8 Happenings 22 Fashion Q&A: Advice from Our Experts 24 Friends & Trends 50 Humor: The Shopping Gene 90 World Scene 104 In-Store Services

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HAPPENINGS

LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!

SPRING 2011

TRUNK SHOW & EVENT SCHEDULE 2/28 - 3/2 3/3 - 3/5 3/4 & 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/5 3/10 - 3/12 3/11 & 3/12 3/12 3/12 3/12 3/12 3/19 3/19 3/19 3/19 3/19 3/25 & 3/26 3/26 3/26 3/26 3/26 3/31 4/1 & 4/2 4/1 & 4/2 4/2 4/2 4/2 4/8 4/8 & 4/9 4/8 & 4/9 4/9 4/9 4/9 4/9 4/12 & 4/13 4/15 4/15 & 4/16 4/16 4/16 4/23 4/30 5/6 5/6 5/6 - 5/7 5/6 - 5/8 5/7 5/7 5/7 & 5/8 5/10 5/11 & 5/12 5/13 & 5/14 5/13 - 5/15 5/18 & 5/19 5/20 & 5/21

ESCADA CRUISE & SPRING CARAVAN-WOMEN’S ESCADA CRUISE & SPRING CARAVAN-WOMEN’S BRIONI-WOMEN’S TEMPLE ST. CLAIR-WOMEN’S ZEGNA-MEN’S COPPLEY-MEN’S ESCADA CRUISE & SPRING CARAVAN-WOMEN’S BRIONI-WOMEN’S SAMUELSOHN-MEN’S ELIZABETH LOCKE-WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALIZED CUSTOM SHIRTS-MEN’S ZEGNA-MEN’S HICKEY FREEMAN-MEN’S POMELLATO-WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALIZED CUSTOM SHIRTS-MEN’S KITON-MEN’S SAMUELSOHN-MEN’S MICHAEL KORS PRE-FALL-WOMEN’S CAROLINE ELLEN PERSONAL APPEARANCE-WOMEN’S BRIONI-MEN’S INDIVIDUALIZED CUSTOM SHIRTS-MEN’S HICKEY FREEMAN-MEN’S ST. JOHN PRE-FALL-WOMEN’S MICHAEL KORS PRE-FALL-WOMEN’S DONNA DEGNAN-WOMEN’S COPPLEY-MEN’S ST. JOHN PRE-FALL-WOMEN’S OXXFORD-MEN’S TEMPLE ST. CLAIR-WOMEN’S BRUNELLO CUCINELLI FALL-WOMEN’S DONNA DEGNAN-WOMEN’S ISAIA-MEN’S KIMBERLY MCDONALD COPPLEY-MEN’S PAUL MORELLI-WOMEN’S BRUNELLO CUCINELLI FALL-WOMEN’S TEMPLE ST. CLAIR-WOMEN’S BRUNELLO CUCINELLI FALL-WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALIZED CUSTOM SHIRTS-MEN’S DONNA DEGNAN-WOMEN’S INDIVIDUALIZED CUSTOM SHIRTS-MEN’S LOREN JEWELS-WOMEN’S CAROLINE ELLEN PERSONAL APPEARANCE-WOMEN’S LOREN JEWELS-WOMEN’S PAUL MORRELLI-WOMEN’S TEMPLE ST. CLAIR-WOMEN’S POMELLATO-WOMEN’S LOREN JEWELS-WOMEN’S TEMPLE ST. CLAIR-WOMEN’S MICHAEL KORS PERSONAL APPEARANCE & FASHION SHOW MICHAEL KORS FALL-WOMEN’S MICHAEL KORS FALL-WOMEN’S ESCADA FALL-WOMEN’S ESCADA FALL-WOMEN’S ESCADA FALL-WOMEN’S

For a complete list of events, go to

mitchellstores.com & marshs.com

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HAPPENINGS

LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!

Graff Dinner at Mitchells

Padma Chef Event /Jewelry Trunk Show at Clarke Showroom, South Norwalk

Graff Dinner at Morello Bistro Graff Preview of Rare Gems & Fine Jewels at Morello Bistro in Greenwich

Kwiat/Vik Muniz “Diamond & Divas” Jewelry & Art Luncheon at the Aldrich Museum

Cartier Jeweled Watch Event & Oscar de la Renta Trunk Show at Mitchells

Ralph Lauren Fashion Show & Luncheon at Mitchells

Breast Cancer Alliance Luncheon & Fashion Show at Greenwich Hyatt

Valentino Luncheon at Rebecca’s, Greenwich

Manolo Blahnik Book & Shoe Signing at Richards


When tools meet inspiration

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Crossover jacket and mĂŠtis lambskin straight-leg pants. Bridle leather belt. Lambskin and felt hat.


When tools meet inspiration

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Nuage alligator “Lindy” handbag. “H-Our” watch in steel with double tour Epsom strap.


Available only at Mitchells and Richards

Summer twill giant scarf.

When colors meet inspiration

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SOCIAL NETWORK

FUN ON FACEBOOK!

BE A “MITCHELLS FAMILY OF STORES” INSIDER... FRIEND US ON FACEBOOK. You get our catalogs, our magazines and our mailings. But did you know we’re also on Facebook? And that due to the inherent limitations of printing and snail mail, following Mitchells Family of Stores on Facebook is the fastest way to get the latest news on all of the exciting things going on in our stores! Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to follow us on Twitter or FourSquare quite yet...but on Facebook, it couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is go to mitchellstores.com and hit “become a fan” on our homepage, and you’ll automatically be privy to the most upto-the-minute news at all our stores. You’ll also be informed of some special “Facebook Only” offers from time to time...now that alone makes it worthwhile!

Another way to follow our news and happenings is by following our “Hugs, Etc.” blog at mitchellstores.com. At Mitchells, we believe that a

connected consumer is our most savvy customer. And now, it couldn’t be easier to stay on the inside track. Become a fan and join the party!

3 REASONS TO FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: “JUST ARRIVED...” When it comes to designer clothing and accessories, as our customers know, we only stock a select number of pieces in our stores. The designers we carry offer limited production and this way our customers don’t see their favorite purchases “coming and going” around town. With “Just Arrived...” you’ll see what comes in as it gets here, giving you a chance to be the one to snag the season’s hottest

items before someone else beats you to them! “GET THE LOOK” Not sure if that miniskirt is in or out? Whether your tie is too wide or narrow? If that choker works in the wake of all those long layered necklaces? Check out our “Get the Look” for great tips on how to dress and accessorize today. And don’t worry if a great piece you own and love is not completely “of the moment.”

When you purchase the kind of quality we sell at our stores, most everything is timeless. And if something you own seems a bit trendy, hang onto it! We guarantee you’ll be wanting to wear it again before you know it! “HUGS & HAPPENINGS” At the Mitchells Family of Stores,

we have almost as many events and happenings as there are days of the year! Get reminders of trunk shows, designer visits, charity events and sales as they happen! Read about news in the lives of our associates, designers and friends. And best of all, see yourself in pictures!


HAPPENINGS

LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!

THE ULTIMATE CHEF SHOWDOWN What a delicious night it was! Mitchells and Richards, along with Connecticut Cottages and Gardens hosted The Ultimate Chef Showdown with special guest Judge Padma Lakshmi, host of Bravo’s Top Chef.

Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, Padma Lakhsmi and DJ Carey; Padma and guests; Padma’s amazing jewelry. All proceeds from the event went to raise money for the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

Guests enjoyed tastings from local chef contestants while viewing a special trunk show of Padma’s amazing jewelry collection that we sell in each of our stores. Competing chefs included Pedro Garzon from Café Manolo in Westport, Christian Petroni from Barcelona in Greenwich, Robin Selden from Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning, Matthew Schmalle from The Capital Grille in Stamford, and Matt Storch from Match in South Norwalk. Each chef sampled items off their fall menus, but presented to three judges: Padma, Andrew Mitchell-Namdar and DJ Carey, editor-in-chief of Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, a signature tasting dish that had to include five key ingredients: shrimp, orange, greens, peppers, something crunchy. Clarke Kitchen Showroom in South Norwalk was the perfect venue for the event as each chef was able to have their own luxurious kitchen to cook for the 200+ guests. Each chef rose to the occasion and created unique, inspiring dishes and it was a tough decision. In the end, Christian Petroni from Barcelona Greenwich was named the Ultimate Chef, with Robin Selden from Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning being named runner up. Thanks to all involved for making it such an amazing and delicious evening.


HAPPENINGS

LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!

RALPH LAUREN & HARPER’S BAZAAR TREND LUNCHEON

Models presenting Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2011 Collection.

Spring was in the air in mid-November. Ralph Lauren Black Label and Harper’s Bazaar hosted a luncheon and fashion presentation at Mitchells showcasing the best of spring 2011 along with a full trunk show of their entire collection. On-hand was our good friend and Greenwich resident Avril Graham, executive fashion and beauty editor for Harper’s Bazaar magazine, who highlighted all the major trends and must-haves from Ralph Lauren’s spring collection. If you weren’t able to pre-order at the trunk show, this stunning and colorful collection is arriving daily now into Mitchells and Marshs, so swing in to check it out.


HAPPENINGS

LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!

MANOLO BLAHNIK STEPS INTO GREENWICH What an honor to have Manolo Blahnik choose our store for his one local personal appearance this season. In town from London to promote his new book, Manolo’s New Shoes, Drawings by Manolo Blahnik, the book features more

Manolo Blahnik signing a customer’s favorite shoe; Clients and friends with their new Manolo shoes; Manolo’s new book; Our staff with Manolo Blahnik & George Malkemus, President of Manolo Blahnik.

than 130 of Blahnik’s exquisite drawings and is organized thematically to express his interests and passions—art history, film (including his renowned designs for Sofia Coppola’s film, Marie Antoinette), theatre, flora and fauna. While at Richards, he mingled, chatted and signed books for throngs of loyal fashionistas. Shoe connoisseurs also brought along their favorite pair of heels which Manolo happily also signed with his signature flair. Our favorite point of the evening was when a customer brought in a single shoe for him to sign, telling him the mate of her favorite pair (from several seasons ago) fell victim to their new puppy. Manolo refused to return the shoe to the customer, instead keeping it with him so his factory in Spain could reproduce the missing mate, as he could see just how much the customer loved the shoe.


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Pink gloves raised high in support; two looks from our fashion show; this year’s event cochairs Jill Ciporin, Paige Montinaro, Julia Dunn & BCA President Margaret Sinclair.

Starting with one strong women, Mary Waterman, and five friends, the BCA now raises over $1 million each year to support breast cancer research as well as basic breast care for underserved women at the local level. We have had the honor of providing for five years the fashion show for the event, and have loved every moment of our involvement. Norma Mitchell, our mother, grandmother and also one of our founders, passed away from Breast Cancer and we are so thrilled that the board this year designated $100,000 for what is known as the Norma Lies Mitchell Exceptional Grant at Yale University. This grant will fund the work of Deepak Narayan, MD whose project proposes advanced concepts in breast reconstruction surgery using a patient’s own stem cells. We are so honored and know she is smiling from above. Happy Anniversary to an amazing organization that we are so proud to work with and thanks to the many volunteers and patrons of the BCA. If you haven’t been in the past, make sure you join us next October. Check www.breastcanceralliance.org for more information and the date of next fall’s event.


FASHION Q & A

ADVICE FROM OUR EXPERTS

FASHION ADVICE TO HELP FINE-TUNE YOUR LOOK Q. WHEN WEARING A 3-BUTTON BLAZER, WHICH BUTTONS SHOULD I CLOSE?

Is there a fashion question you always wanted to ask? If so, e-mail andrewm@mitchellstores.com, subject: “Fashion Q&A”

A. Just always remember the simple phrase “sometimes, always, never” and you’ll be good to go... The top button is optional, so you can button it “sometimes.” The middle button is “always” closed and the bottom button... “never!”

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CARE FOR AND EXTEND THE LIFE OF GOOD QUALITY SHOES?

ALWAYS keep good shoes on a shoe tree. Shoe trees pull the moisture out of the shoe and hold the shape of the shoe. They are a small investment that can actually double the life of a good shoe. I also recommend a professional shoe polishing for each pair of shoes at least once or twice per season.

OB ON EN’S FASHION Bob M Mitchell, Co-President of the Mitchell Family of Stores, is known for his Mitch impe impeccable sense of style.


Q. DOES IT WORK TO WEAR A FEW DIFFERENT NECKLACES TOGETHER?

A. Absolutely. Layering necklaces is very much in style and a great way to show your individuality. I would keep them all either silver, yellow gold or rose gold, unless they’re tied in together with some two or three-toned pieces. Just make sure they are different lengths. It’s also great to mix chains of different weights and throw in some beads and/ or a great charm. If you’re not sure if your look is working, bring your necklaces in and our jewelry experts will help you with your layering...or help you find the right missing piece to pull a stunning look together.

Q. ARE MY SHOES SUPPOSED TO MATCH MY HANDBAG?

A. Not necessarily. I’m not a fan of being overly “matchy-matchy.” Sometimes, it’s more stylish and creative when shoes and handbag work well together, even if they’re different colors. However, if mixing different colors, like brown shoes with a black bag, I’d try to

keep the hardware the same color (silver or gold) to help pull the look together. Feel free to mix neutral patterns and color between your shoes and handbag. As with most fashion, the key ingredient to what works is often the confidence with which you wear it.

ELLEN ON WOMEN’S FASHION Ellen Finlayson, who gets to go to Milan and Paris and all the hottest runway shows, is Co-General Merchandising Manager for the Mitchells Family of Stores.


“ASYMMETRY IS HOT FOR SPRING! A LOT OF DESIGNERS ARE PUSHING THE LIMITS WITH SHAPES, ANGLES AND BALANCE... AND ONE-SHOULDER TOPS AND DRESSES ARE STILL VERY POPULAR.” Marlowe Malouf & Linda Mitchell Buying Fabulous Fashions for Our Customers since 1993 & 2006

friends trends YOUR FAVORITE BUYERS & ASSOCIATES PICK THEIR FAVORITE TRENDS FOR THE SEASON.

Lifestyle Photography by Robert Norman, Still Life Photography by Carin and David Reilly and Gus Cantavero


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“CHAMBRAY CHIC

LIGHT BLUES AND INDIGOS, COZY

DENIMS AND COTTONS FEEL GREAT, MIX WELL AND ARE EVERYWHERE THIS SEASON!” Judy Brooks/Richards Making Greenwich Simply Gorgeous for 10 Years

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1.Tibi double-belted shorts

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2. Brunello Cucinelli cap-sleeve blouse with floral embellishment 3. Bettye Muller wedge sandal

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4. Brunello Cucinelli cotton/ silk pleated pocket skirt 5. Phillip Lim blazer 6. Rebecca Minkoff handbag

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7. Michael Kors shirt dress

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“SHOW YOUR STRIPES

THIN STRIPES, BOLD

STRIPES, STRIPES OF ALL COLORS... AND WE’RE SEEING MORE AND MORE HORIZONTAL.” Barbara Evans/Marshs Matching Clothing with Accessories for 4 Years


“BACK TO THE ’70s

CRAZY PUCCI PATTERNS,

BELL-BOTTOMS, WEDGES AND SATCHEL BAGS... MIX WITH MUSIC BY THE CARPENTERS!” Cecilia Thomas/Richards New at Richards & loving it! 1. Henry Beguelin belt 2. Kimberly McDonald colored diamond earrings

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3.Pucci ruched floral dress 4. Vincent flare jeans in midnight blue 5. Theory tent tank 6. Manolo Blahnik pump 7. M Missoni dress

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“BOLD BLOCKS OF COLOR

BRIGHT COLORS

AGAINST LIGHT COLORS IN ANY KIND OF GEOMETRIC PATTERN MAKE A STATEMENT THIS SEASON.” Michelle Romano/Mitchells Adding Sparkle to Your Lives for 10 Years


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“GO BOHO!

OVERSIZED AND UNSTRUCTURED TOPS, SKIRTS AND DRESSES,

BEAT-UP LOOKING HANDBAGS AND LOTS OF FRINGE... SHOW YOUR INNER BOHEMIAN!” Gail Sheriff/Mitchells Keeping Fairfield County Fashionable for 14 Years

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1. Brunello Cucinelli handbag 2. Veronica Beard tunic dress 3. Sam Edelman fringe sandal 4. Padma Orchid earrings 5. Faliero Sarti sheer scarf

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6. Brunello Cucinelli layered top set

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7. Etro sheer pponcho

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“SHEER LAYERING

LOOSE AND FLOWY TRANSPARENT PIECES

OVER BODY-FITTING TANKS, SKIRTS OR LEGGINGS ARE SEXY AND COOLING IN WARM WEATHER.” Nina Prodromidis/Richards Making Fashion Fun for 5 Years


“CASUAL ELEGANCE

EVERY MAN NEEDS A PAIR OF CASUAL

SHOES FOR JEANS... AND ZIP-NECK SWEATERS CAN TAKE YOU FROM BUSINESS CASUAL RIGHT THROUGH THE WEEKEND.”

Frank Gallagi/Richards Helping the Fashion-Challenged Man Since 1966

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1. John Varvatos suede boot 2. Peter Millar zip pullovers

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3. Agave Pragmatist jeans 4. Lacoste polo shirt

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5. Fullum & Holt belt 6. Vilebrequin swim shorts 7. Zegna Sport performance fleece

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“SPORTING STYLE

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THE DAYS OF RIPPED T-SHIRTS AND OLD

SWEATSHIRTS ARE OVER. A MAN CAN LOOK GREAT FOR GOLF, BEACH OR JUST KNOCKING AROUND.” Jim Foley/Marshs Helping You Define Your Look for 25 Years


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“SLIMMER SILHOUETTES

THE SLIMMER CUT

CONTINUES TO GAIN MOMENTUM IN MEN’S SUITS, JEANS, SHIRTS, EVERYWHERE!” Christopher Herde/Mitchells Making Sure You Look Sharp Since 2006

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1. Hugo Boss Jam Sharp suit

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2. Hugo Boss ties 3. Ermenegildo Zegna sweater 4. Tod’s Barca Moccasin 5. Eton wrinkle-free shirts 6. Moore & Giles overnight bag 7. Ermenegildo Zegna Cool Effects blazer

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“TRAVEL-READY WARDROBE

TRAVEL-FRIENDLY

CLOTHES, LIKE WRINKLE-FREE SHIRTS AND SPORTCOATS AND GREAT CARRY-ONS ARE MUST-HAVES.” Debra Gampel/Mitchells Giving Men Some Female Guidance Since 1991


COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)

MAKE THE WORLD GREENER: BUY LOCAL FARM GOODS More and more people in our communities are choosing to get their farm products from CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). CSAs are a great way to support local farming and get fresh foods directly from a farm. The way most CSAs work is that participating local farms each offer a certain number of shares to the public. Consumers buy a share (or 1/2 share) of the farm’s production and in return receive a box (or bag or basket) of seasonal items each week throughout the farming season. Depending on the farm’s output, consumers can choose a CSA to suit their eating habits. Shares usually include produce and/or dairy products, but other products including organic chickens, meats, homemade breads, fruits and flowers are sometimes offered. Many farms offer a degree of choice in what shareholders can order.

BENEFITS TO THE FARMS When farmers run their farms as CSAs, it enables them to market their goods early in the year, before they become immersed in the farming season and its requisite 16-hour days in the field. Receiving funds from members prior to the season helps with a farm’s cash flow and gives farmers an opportunity to get to know the people who eat their foods. CSAs also allow farmers to share the risk with their communities; all benefit from high-yielding seasons and slightly leaner seasons are not as disabling to the farms. BENEFITS TO CONSUMERS Shareholders get to enjoy very fresh food that has a quicker farm-to-table turnaround with all of the associated flavor and nutritional benefits. They get to discover new vegetables and expand

their culinary horizons. Shareholders often like to visit their CSA farm at least once each season, and often find that their kids start to favor food from “their farm”—even vegetables they’ve never been known to eat! BENEFITS TO THE PLANET Instead of consuming farm products that have to travel around the globe and use the associated energy to make the trip, CSAs save the earth a lot of resources. CSA farmers and shareholders alike are community-minded. They enjoy the camaraderie associated with common goods and goals and find the whole process... fun! Together they support local hunger projects, as overproduction and anything that is not picked up gets sent to local food banks. Join the fun: join a local CSA!

A MODEL OF SUSTAINABLE FARMING: THE WESTPORT GREEN VILLAGE INITIATIVE In an effort to make Westport a model of what is possible, a group of committed locals have founded the Green Village Initiative (GVI). Westport GVI is a volunteer-based grassroots non-profit, established to support Westporters passionate about creating local environmental and community change. With land donated by the town at the

historic Wakeman Farm (adjacent to Staples High School), the GVI is teaching the community about sustainable farming and living more responsibly. The site is intended as a model which has already begun to travel outside of Westport! The GVI meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Westport Library. Everyone is welcome!


FIND A CSA NEAR YOU Below are just a few of the many local farms that offer CSAs with drop-off points in our surrounding area. Look at their websites for more information on their offerings and on which communities they serve.

CONNECTICUT/WESTCHESTER

LONG ISLAND

Stoneledge Farm www.stoneledgefarmny.com

The Golden Earthworm www.goldenearthworm.com

Stone Gardens Farm www.stonegardensfarm.com

Green Thumb www.earthspaces.com/greenthumb

Gazy Brothers Farm www.gazybrothersfarm.net

Garden of Eve www.gardenofevefarm.com

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“STICKING TO A TRIMMER SILHOUETTE CAN MAKE ANY MAN LOOK INSTANTLY YOUNGER.”

FORWARD THINKING THEY MAKE GREAT CLOTHES, BUT HUGO BOSS IS MUCH MORE THAN FASHION. BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN These days, as luxury companies strive to update product and image, one company stands as a paragon of all that is modern, edgy, urbane. Hugo Boss, founded in 1924 and headquartered in Metzingen, Germany, has long been the essence of international style and the source of directional lifestyle trends. How to maintain this distinction? For Hugo Boss, it’s a focus on not just fashion, but also art, culture, sports, celebrity, philanthropy, all key elements of fine living. Here, we speak with their U.S. president Mark Brashear about current and future business.

What are the most important items and trends for men in spring 2011?

What are the most exciting things going on at Hugo Boss these days?

What’s next on the horizon for BOSS?

We just signed a multi-year sponsorship of Madison Square Garden and The New York Knicks, which will greatly increase our exposure and brand awareness.

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Two important directions are: 1) denim-driven sportswear from BOSS Orange, and 2) BOSS Green, which is active, technical sportswear.

What do most men do wrong when dressing? How can guys attain better style? Men tend to want suits that are a size too big, thinking that loose is comfortable. They don’t realize that oversized is not flattering. Sticking to a trimmer silhouette with flat-front pants can make any man look instantly younger.

We’re using market intelligence to ensure that we offer our BOSS customers all that they expect from our brands. We have undertaken several initiatives to support this effort. The ability to execute well and to deliver on our promises is cornerstone for today and tomorrow.


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SOMETIMES, STYLISTIC NUANCES DO MATTER.

The Shopping Gene ’ve figured out the main difference between men and women. It’s not that men can’t watch TV without tapping the remote, not that women prefer foreplay to actual sex, and not that men can’t communicate (though these things may be true). After getting gradually crowded out of every closet (and every drawer in

every dresser), the difference is clear: Women are compulsive shoppers. It’s more than a passion; it’s an addiction. Last week, as we were dressing to go out, I watched helplessly as my wife tried on a dozen pairs of black pants, ripping each off her body as she became increasingly frantic. “Nothing works!” she cried in frustration, as she asked me which looked best. Knowing this was a trick question, I told her only that they all looked fine. She eyed me skeptically like I was denying a felony charge for which she had hard evidence. “The skinny pants make me look fat; I don’t have the right boots for the boot cut pair; the flannel trousers are too heavy for this weather! How can you possibly say they look fine?” Now I’m starting to understand: she not only discerns difference among them, but she actually believes these nuances matter! Perhaps this explains why she owns dozens of black jackets and white blouses and infinite pairs of jeans, not to mention the shoes and handbags.... The following Saturday evening, I put on a pair of gray trousers. They have lots of pleats, and suddenly, I’m not feeling so many pleats. I pull out another pair, which seem fine until I put them on and notice that the cuffs are dragging on the floor. (Either the pants grew or I shrunk….) Since there are no more gray pants in my closet, I take out some black ones, only to notice that the fabric has become inexplicably shiny. And when I throw on the navy blazer, it’s obvious (even to me) that it would look much better with gray pants. At that moment, my wife walks in from shopping, exuberant and exhausted. “I’ve found the perfect black pants,” she exclaims with a sense of joy I’d not heard from her since I proposed 20 years ago. And for the first time in all those years, I understand her excitement. “Next time,” I suggest, with a fair amount of trepidation, “maybe I’ll come with you....”

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ITS ASSETS ARE ENDLESS AND ITS DRAWBACKS FEW. BY JILLIAN SPRAGUE Unexpected Edge The classic way to don a pocket square is with a beautifully tailored suit. Here, it’s white linen in a three point fold. (Three and four point folds also pair well with double breasted blazers—a growing trend— since pointy peaks highlight the jacket’s architectural construction.) Extra style points to the man confident enough to add a small bloom to his lapel.

Casual Cool Proof positive that pocket squares don’t have to be stuffy. Worn with a soft coat and linen shorts, the small peek of pattern is fun and makes the outfit feel finished. If you haven’t yet mastered the art of polished casual, it’s time to bring your wardrobe up to speed.

“Pocket squares are like the mood ring of men’s fashion!” —Tyler Mitchell

Fashionable men agree

that accessorizing is the make-it-or-break-it of great style, and pocket squares are an effortless way to add interest to your look. They can be worn on almost any occasion (see the proof here) and they come in an incredible array of fabrics, patterns and colors.

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THE IDEA IS TO SHOW THE EXTREME VERSATILITY OF THE MODERN SUIT, WHICH IS NO LONGER CONFINED TO THE OFFICE.

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when Italy was coming out of a long period of political and economic turmoil, Federico Fellini’s fashionable masterpiece La Dolce Vita brought a new sense of optimism and helped propagate the country’s reputation as an axis of sophistication and elegance. “I like to think of that period as the golden age of Italian style,” says Elisabetta Canali, whose family-owned brand took fashion cues from the 50-yearold classic film. “The suits worn by Marcello Mastroianni had a certain sophistication, but they were not stiff looking at all,” explains Canali, the company’s third generation global communications director. “We wanted to put this vintage sense of style in our [spring] collection, but reinterpreted in a much more contemporary way.” Such innovation has been in the brand’s DNA since cousins Giovanni and Giacomo Canali established the label in 1934 with the first 2-button notch lapel suit, constructed to be easily adaptable to any body type. Over the years Canali has evolved to include detail-driven sportswear, outerwear and accessories, while retaining its technical prowess for superior suit making. The brand often presents its tailored clothing as sportswear, pairing dress slacks with silky polo knits, and two-piece suits with casual sport shirts and even lightweight sweaters. The idea, says Canali, is to show the extreme versatility of the modern suit, which is no longer confined to the office. “It’s what I refer to as informal elegance,” says Canali, noting that even the classic DB blazer can be contemporary if worn with jeans or 5-pocket chinos. “Of course the silhouette is slimmer, the buttons are higher and the shoulders are more natural,” she says, “but the double breasted is timeless and one of the most elegant expressions of a jacket a man can own.”

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New to Canali are the “S” model jacket (a slimmer, shorter, sexier silhouette), and the completely unlined and unconstructed Kei jacket that’s cut like a sportcoat but wears and feels like a sweater. Canali also launched Canali Exclusive, a line of made-toorder tailored clothing made from the rarest super wools.


style FORMALWEAR RULES TO FOLLOW. BY CARL SLESINGER

THE FINER THINGS THE LIFE OF YOUR TUXEDO WILL ALWAYS BE LONGER THAN THAT OF YOUR WIFE’S GOWN.

When considering an investment, it’s wise to weigh the pros and cons. But when deciding whether to purchase a tuxedo, there is simply no plus side to renting. Formalwear is for life’s milestone events: do you really want to spend your important moments in some other guy’s tux? Whether at a wedding, charity gala or professional event, looking and feeling your best is priceless. Besides, the initial cost will be amortized after only a few wearings. Follow these simple pointers to ensure you make the right choice.

occasions call for tails paired with a white pique tie and matching vest. Full dress is only appropriate after 6 o’clock in the evening and is generally requested at weddings, balls or diplomatic events. COLOR: Black formalwear is classic and the most widely accepted, but navy can be worn at festive events, by those brave enough to pull it off with confidence. Historically, white dinner jackets are appropriate between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and are also generally acceptable on cruises. (If you’re traveling south of the equator, remember that summer runs from late-December through March.) STYLE: The tuxedo was originally designed with a peak lapel. The shawl (rounded) lapel, worn by waiters and the maitre d’, has recently grown in popularity and can be spotted on Hollywood’s red carpets. The notch lapel, styled like a suit, is also an option. Regardless of shape, tuxedo lapels should always have a satin or silk faille facing in the same color as the suiting fabric. CARE: If you’ve been wild and crazy and have soiled you tux, send it to the cleaner right away. If it’s only wrinkled and you aren’t using it again for at least a week, put it on a contoured hanger and let the wrinkles hang out. If you’re not planning to wear it again until “I don’t know when,” hang it, cover with a clothing storage bag that’s open at the bottom, and keep in a dry place. This should keep dust off the shoulders and protect it until your next wearing. As long as your tux fits, you should continue to wear it. Minor alterations can easily be made by a skilled tailor at our store. And when it finally becomes time again to invest in an updated model, this should reassure you: the life of your tuxedo will always be longer than that of your wife’s gown.

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ETIQUITTE: Events touted as ‘black tie’ require a tuxedo. ‘White tie’ or ‘full dress’


Photographed by JON MOE Produced by SUSAN F. SIDOR

BRIGHTEN UP! SPRING 2011 IS A SEASON TO LIGHTEN UP, BRIGHTEN UP AND HAVE SOME FUN. ENERGIZE YOUR WARDROBE (AND YOUR LIFE) WITH A SPLASH OF COLOR!


LIGHTEN UP!SOFT WASHED FABRICS IN PALE SUNDRENCHED SHADES REFLECT INNER PEACE AND SERENITY. IT’S TIME TO RELAX!


CHEER UP!BOLD COLORS ELEVATE YOUR MOOD. ONCE IN AWHILE, IT’S OKAY TO LIVE DANGEROUSLY…


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LOOKING UP!MIX COLOR WITH WHITE FOR A CRISP CLEAN LOOK THAT’S MODERN, FRESH AND OH SO SEXY. IT’S WHAT YOU NEED NOW…


Platinum/18k rose gold pink & white cushion-marquise ring; 4.39ct cushion E VS1 center, .21tw fancy pink marquise sides, .19tw round brilliant, .17tw fancy pink Signature InďŹ nity Fashion Bands from left to right: Platinum; 1.40tw Platinum/18k rose gold; 1.05tw, .35tw fancy pink Platinum/18k yellow gold; 1.05tw, .35tw fancy yellow Platinum/18k fancy yellow radiant cadillac ring; 6.21ct fancy yellow IF radiant center; .67tw cadillacs, .66tw Prices upon request

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18k white gold Grande cushion scroll ring; 18.15ct cushion amethyst, .48tw round brilliant, black rhodium 18k white gold Corinth pastel dome ring; 10.58tw multi-color round brilliant diamonds, black rhodium 18k white/18k rose gold Cornith oval scroll ring; 20.05ct green quartz; .47tw RBC Prices upon request


From the Silver Rocks Collection: Sterling silver ring with 18k gold $255 Sterling silver bracelet with a double button closure $595

Lagos

“The clean, no-nonsense silhouettes of Silver Rocks are innovative and architecturally advanced. In this collection, you will see the design influenced by the structure of men’s suiting with a rock & roll edge without losing any appreciation for the woman wearing the piece. For me, this spring season is about multifaceted femininity. It’s about a modern, simple and very elegant design—an understated ease with diverse twists. Because I know that each LAGOS customer wears our jewelry in her own way.”


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14k gold and sterling silver three drop pavé diamond earrings 6.70 tcw $4,000  18k gold and sterling silver pavé diamond bangle bracelet 15.73 tcw $7,775

Sterling silver macramé bracelet with pavé diamonds 12.54 tcw $5,315


Padma “Inspired by a nostalgia for the newly emancipated woman of the late ’60s & ’70s, my new collection evokes such style icons as Cher, Faye Dunaway, Shacheen Littlefeather and Crystal Gale.”

14k gold and blue sapphire sapphirre cascading necklace $2,700 14k gold and slate silver short fringe earring $465 Slate silver cuff with 18k dangling beads $925


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H.Stern 18k yellow gold earrings in textured gold with diamonds 18k yellow gold earrings in textured gold with diamonds 18k yellow gold ring in textured gold with diamonds 18k noble gold ring with diamonds Prices upon request


MEET OJ EUWR E L R Y DESIGNERS RS T to bottom: Top Hammered bronze 1” H bangle $285 b Bangle with turquoise B stones in light or dark st horn $465 h Bronze link chain 36” $495 B Sunburst medallion with S turquoise and aquamarine tu in light horn $775 Hammered bronze plate H bangle in light horn $225 b Snake charmer bangle in S light horn $345 li Hammered bronze 1” H bangle $285 b Ring with turquoise in dark R horn $335 h 3-stone turquoise cuff in 3dark horn $695 d Single stone turquoise cuff S in dark horn $445

Ashley Pittman “My y designs d reinterpret the simplicity si & power of cen centuries-old African jewelry. My new collection jewel features natural horn carved by a women’s women’ cooperative, fair-trade semi-precious gemstones, bronze semi-pr and oth other materials indigenous g to East Africa.”


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Assorted 18k gold 34â&#x20AC;? necklaces with semiprecious stones $10,560 - $19,000


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Renee Lewis “The combination of the sun’s power + jewels ignites magic!!”

18k white gold moonstone, aquamarine & opal stone chain necklace $9980 18k white gold opal, aquamarine, white diamond, color diamond, moonstone & turquoise “shake” necklace $15,980 2pt 18k white gold synthetic sapphire & aquamarine earrings $11,980


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NAUTICAL EASE INTO SPRING WITH A KNIT BLAZER FOR THE ULTIMATE IN COMFORT AND COOL. PAIR IT WITH FURNISHINGS THAT POP, CRISP WHITE TROUSERS AND CLASSIC BOAT SHOES. YOU’RE READY FOR THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE


PREP COOL MIMINUM EFFORT, MAXIMUM IMPACT IN AN ITALIAN VERSION OF THE NAVY BLAZER, BOLD PIQUE KNIT POLO, ROLLED-UP TROUSERS AND CLASSIC SNEAKERS. DON’T FORGET THE EYEWEAR: BIGGER IS BETTER THIS SEASON


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EURO-LAYERED PILE IT ON, BUT GENTLY! START WITH A SOFT WHITE POLO, ADD A FINE COTTON SHIRT, SLIMCUT BLAZER, CARGO PANTS AND SUEDE WINGTIPS. CASUALLY DRAPE A CASHMERE SWEATER FOR GOOD MEASURE. MAGNIFICO!


SARTORIAL THE CLASSIC NAVY BLAZER PAIRED WITH BOLD SHIRT AND TIE, ELEGANT TROUSERS AND BROWN SUEDE SHOES TAKES YOU ANYWHERE AND EVERYWHERE, SCORING POINTS ALONG THE WAY


MODERN YOU CAN TRY THIS AT HOME! MIX A GREAT BLAZER WITH PREMIUM DENIM (DARK IS BEST), A PATTERNED SHIRT AND FABULOUS SHOES. FLAUNT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE AND MAKE THE BLAZER LOOK YOUR OWN


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A FEW BAD APPLES (OR IN THIS CASE, GRAPES) GAVE A GOOD WINE A NOTSO-GOOD REPUTATION.

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CAN SOAVE REGAIN ITS PLACE AS THE MOST POPULAR WHITE WINE IN AMERICA? BY JILLIAN SPRAGUE

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back to the Middle Ages, and many of the familyowned vineyards have not changed hands for centuries.

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n the 1970s and ’80s, Soave was synonymous with Italian white wine, much as Chianti was the Italian red. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal points out that Soave had even been described as “America’s favorite white Italian wine” in 1984’s The Signet Encyclopedia of Wine. But mass production of cheap, low-quality product flooded the U.S. market (most blame the Bolla cooperative) and tarnished the Soave name. Thirty years later, wine culture has become a huge part of our culinary experience. Though more Americans today are wine drinkers, those who don’t have a negative perception of Soave have likely never heard of it at all. A challenge for the region’s wine producers, but also a rare opportunitiy to introduce this generation of wine lovers to something “new.” Located just east of Verona at the base of the Lessini Mountains, Soave is a small town that, despite its size, is home to over 3,000 wine producers. It has a proud tradition of winemaking dating


In Soave, like much of the Veneto region it is a part of, houses, roads and olive trees are the only things left uncovered by vines. A few wild poppies scattered among the neatly planted rows are the only contrast to the lush green. Of the 12,000 hectares of land between Verona and Venice, 8,000 are planted with vines. Each hectare contains between 3,500 and 5,000 individual vines, resulting in the most concentrated coverage in all of Italy. So it’s no surprise that Soave still produces the largest volume of white wine in the country, and is the third largest wine producing area overall. 60 to 70 million bottles are produced each year, about 60 to 70 percent of which are exported. With so many growers and such a large output, there are obvious challenges to controlling standards of production. The Consorzio di Tutela Soave is an organization of producers dedicated to doing just

that, as well as promoting Soave wines throughout the world. Over the last five years, they have redoubled their efforts to increase quality and recapture the hearts (and palates) of American wine drinkers. Says Giovanni Ponchia, the consortium’s oenologist, “Good wines have been made here all along, and enjoyed in many parts of the world. We want to keep doing what we do best but always improve the balance between the volume of output and the quality of the product.” Production of Soave is, in fact, tightly controlled. Grapes are carefully grown in well-defined regions according to strict traditions. 70 percent of the wine must be comprised of the Garganega grape, and the other 30 percent can be made up of Chardonnay or Trebbiano. (The trend in recent years is towards Trebbiano, and the highest quality wines are often 100 percent Garganega.) Most growers in the

region use the pergola veronese trellising method, in which wooden canopies two meters tall train the vines upward, then outward. This allows the clusters to spread out, so the wind can blow between each grape to keep them dry without knocking them off the vine. Once bottled, wines are aged for an average of one to three years before being released onto the market, and are meant to be drunk young (though under the right conditions some have aged surprisingly well). Soave wines range in color

from pale to straw yellow and have a fruity-floral nose, with notes of citrus, balanced acidity and a strong finish. Soave pairs well with aged cheeses and light seafood dishes, and the consortium hopes to convince American consumers that their wines are a fresh alternative to Pinot Grigio, whose market in the U.S. has become oversaturated and overpriced. Ponchia says that 2009 was one of the best growing seasons in the past 10 years, which means some excellent wines are hitting the shelves now, and well worth a try at pricepoints around $20. “We don’t have to ignore history,” he says. “We can’t take anything away from Bolla; they were, after all, the first to introduce Soave to America. But we want to bring back order and seriousness to the business of winemaking. We’ve learned from our mistakes. For those who appreciate and recognize quality, now is the time to give Soave a second chance.”

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ommelier Richard Patino from The French Room, at The Adolphus in Dallas, offers perfect pairing suggestions for your upcoming barbecues. For a wonderful white, there’s Francois Pinon Cuvée Silex Noir, Vouvray 2008, a Chenin Blanc from France’s Loire Valley that is slightly “off-dry” but retains bright acidity to complement sweet honey BBQ sauce. Another is Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2008, which matches well with chicken or shellfish. For summer reds, try d’Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2008, a 100 percent Shiraz from Australia. This wine has red fruit aromas with spicy undertones, so it pairs well with short ribs. For beef or pork, drink A. Rafanelli Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 2008, with characteristics of jammy fruit and a hint of black pepper. At fancy occasions, Patino suggests Domaine De La Solitude, Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2009. But, he says, the perfect BBQ wine is Lambert Bridge Forchini Vineyard Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 2007. This versatile Zinfandel is equally amazing with baby back ribs, brisket, or cheeseburgers.


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LEFT TO YOUR OWN DEVICES The CEO of a Fortune 500 company wanted a TV he could view from his bathroom sink, but didn’t want to see it when not in use. Joshua Rich, president of Rich AV Design, which specializes in unique and one-of-a-kind electronic installations, created a vanity mirror that turns into a television. When the TV is off, it’s a regular bathroom mirror; when the TV is on, a portion of the mirror becomes a 19” HDTV. Rich has also handled the installation of custom anamorphic movie screens that adapt to the varying aspect ratios of movies and TV shows, and arranged media rooms with motorized chairs and automated lights. He can even make a ‘butt remote,’ a simple control that powers on your entire home theater when you sit on the sofa. It gives the term ‘smartass’ a whole new meaning.

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TODAY’S MERGING OF ART AND FASHION IS IN LARGE MEASURE THE LEGACY OF ANDY WARHOL.

The Souper Dress, paper 1966-67 expansive and popular. It was controversial. It was iconic, yet contemporary. And it constantly changed to reflect the times...just as Warhol had hoped. His diversity of styles (those he created through his art as well as embodied in appearance and demeanor) still offer limitless inspiration for today’s artisans. Pop Art has been “embraced and disseminated by the fashion industry,” says art historian Marco Livingstone. Warhol’s bold color palette, strongly influenced by his vast Fiestaware collection, is considered at the same time nostalgic and nouveau. And his glamorous subjects—Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Edie Sedgwick to name but a few—still fascinate and inspire designs on and off the runway. According to Alice Mackrell’s book Art and Fashion, designer Yves Saint Laurent considered his great friend Warhol to be “inspiring in everything he did.” For Betsey Johnson and other accomplished designers, the Warhol Look was manifested in dresses made from paper, plastic and metal. Other prominent examples include Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s vibrant dresses printed with Warhol motifs, Gianni Versace’s “Marilyn Monroe” dress and Philip Treacy’s limited

edition collection of hats and bags featuring iconic Warhol images. And at spring 2011 New York Fashion Week, Diane von Furstenberg channeled her very own Andy Warhol portrait through blaring pink lips on the otherwise fresh faces of her runway models. “At some point in the creative process we pulled the picture,” noted von Furstenberg on stylelist.com. “I was young in the ’70s and all these clothes remind me of my youth.” Warhol’s influence reached further than fashion, to commercial and fine art, filmmaking, and publishing. In fact, his Interview magazine is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the artist’s obsession with style. “Interview was the first pop culture magazine,” says Paige Powell, its former associate publisher. “It set trends rather than followed them. It was in the moment, not dated.” Not surprisingly, Warhol’s passion for celebrity led to his creation of Interview. “He wanted to be part of the city in a bigger way…and felt if he had a film magazine, they would let him into the premieres. And they did!” Moreover, The Warhol Look (the catalog supporting the 1997 to 1999 exhibition of the same name) also established that

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“today’s merging of art and fashion is in large measure the legacy of Andy Warhol” and that “fashion is the connective tissue joining what previously appeared as disparate elements” in his work. The Andy Warhol Museum, which organized the exhibition The Warhol Look, is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. At the end of their 15th anniversary celebration, the museum’s former director, Tom Sokolowski, and archival staff provided the following examples to give us a deeper appreciation of Warhol’s expansive footprint.

MODELS & MUSIC In the mid-1960s, Warhol featured many fashion models in his films. This was especially evident in his series of Screen Test portrait films that included blonde “Baby Jane” Holzer (a sought-after fashion model among David Bailey and other top photographers and the woman who introduced Warhol to Mick Jagger), leggy Donyale Luna (the first African-American supermodel), icy Nico (a former model turned musician with ties to Bob Dylan, Brian Jones, and ultimately, The Velvet Underground), and Ivy Nicholson (a top cover girl of the early 1960s).

GLAMOUR & FILM In 1965 Warhol made more than 10 films (and numerous public appearances) with Edie Sedgwick, the trendsetting tragic beauty who is still regarded as a fashion icon. The films include Beauty #2, Poor Little Rich Girl, Face, Lupe and Kitchen, among others.

DESIGNERS & TELEVISION After years of socializing with fashion designers such as Halston (whose cocktail dress of light, slinky fabric was printed with Warhol’s bold, bright 1965 Flowers image), in 1979 Warhol produced a multi-part television series titled Fashion, which focused on the work of the top designers of the day. In later TV series in the mid-1980s, Andy Warhol’s TV and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes, Warhol continued to present the work of (at the time) current designers such as Stephen Sprouse, who based an entire season’s line on Warhol’s Camouflage paintings. To learn more, visit The Warhol in downtown Pittsburgh, or go to www.warhol.org.


indulgences THE LEICA M9 TITANIUM, DESIGNED BY WALTER DE’SILVA, CHIEF DESIGNER FOR THE VOLKSWAGEN GROUP, AND THE CREATIVE GENIUS BEHIND VARIOUS ALFA ROMEOS, AUDIS AND VWS.

shutter RELEASE chief designer for the Volkswagen Group, and the creative genius behind various Alfa Romeos, Audis and VWs. Again the camera is trimmed in leather—this time using hides typically reserved for the interiors of premium Audi automobiles. The body is made from solid titanium and each comes with a Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens, meaning that your photos, no matter how poorly composed, will come out crystal clear and razor sharp. The camera’s grip is enhanced by a specially designed and embossed diamond structure. Which is good because at $26,500, you wouldn’t want to drop this baby. Magnanimously, Leica upped the limited edition to 500 units, so you might actually stand a chance of procuring one. But if you want to get your hands on the Hasselblad Limited H4D Ferrari Edition, you need to move a bit faster: they limited production to only 499....

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LIMITED EDITION DIGITAL CAMERAS RESTORE PHOTOGRAPHY’S ALLURE. BY JOHN JONES

Hasselblad’s Limited H4D Ferrari Edition

IMAGES COURTESY OF LEICA CAMERA AND HASSELBLAD

hen Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up premiered in 1966, the life of a “shooter” was depicted as glamorous, exotic—and expensive. Fortyfive years later, disposable digital cameras can be had at the corner drugstore for 12 bucks, the top-rated Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot costs around $250 and even a decent single lens reflex camera can be had for $500. Throw in some free online software and anyone can be the next Ansel Adams. Photography’s allure has become positively democratic. Where’s the glamour in that? In an effort to reinstate the camera as a luxury accessory, German optics company Leica partnered with French luxury goods firm Hermès to create the Leica M7 Edition Hermès last year. Only 200 were produced, each encased in Hermès’s signature orange or “étoupe” brown Swiss calfskin, retailing for about $14,250. Needless to say, at this point, it’s too late to get one. Never fear. Set your sights on the Leica M9 Titanium, designed by Walter de’Silva,


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In order to help you better integrate your new seasonal purchases with the old, we offer our clients a complimentary closet consultation. One of our professional sales associates will personally visit your home to inventory your closet, providing suggestions on how to creatively mix and match your existing wardrobe. One of our experienced tailors can also be on hand, to provide any fitting or re-adjustments you may need. And if you so desire, we will provide a photographic catalogue of your wardrobe for further reference.

Our long-term sales associates have been with us for an average of 16 years, and are passionate about counseling our customers and advising them on all clothing and accessory matters. They are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your shopping experience is a pleasant one, and they’ll even take a trip to your home or office to give you a personal closet consultation, providing suggestions on how to creatively mix and match your existing wardrobe.

In the hectic world in which we live, many simple pleasures are lost. Sometimes a hot cup of coffee, or a friendly, familiar face is the best comfort for the soul. We’re happy to provide both, and more.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

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COMPLIMENTARY ALTERATIONS

Developing lasting personal relationships helps our sales associates select items that they know you will enjoy, and ease your shopping experience.

A Mitchells/Richards/Marshs gift card is the gift that always fits! Our gift cards are available for purchase in store or over the phone, in any denomination. If you can’t make it to the store, just give us a call — we’ll wrap the gift card up and ship it to the recipient for you!

In order to ensure that the fit is just right, we offer complimentary alterations on all of our clothing. Down to the detail of the stitching, we ensure each article is tailored specifically to you. Our on-site team of world-class tailors is ready to assure that you always bring home a perfect fit.

HOME DELIVERY We understand your busy schedule and want to do all we can to lessen the demands on your time. This is why we provide local delivery to your residence, or anywhere in the United States. If you need it in a pinch, count on us to be there.

ABUNDANT PARKING To ensure your shopping experience is as stress-free as possible, we provide you with ample complimentary parking that is both convenient and secure — a real luxury in downtown Greenwich.

PICTURE PERFECT Trust our professional sales associates to put together the ultimate outfit and coordinate you from head to toe. To alleviate confusion when you get home, we will happily photograph your ensembles, providing a catalogue you can refer to time after time.


SERVICE IS PARAMOUNT. COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP

RETURN POLICY

We offer complimentary gift-wrapping for your purchases, on any day you want. You concentrate on choosing the perfect gift; we’ll do the rest.

We have a liberal return policy, where you can bring your purchases back if you are not satisfied with them within a reasonable period of time. We want to make sure you love your new items when you get home, as much as you do in the store.

CLOTHING DONATIONS Service is important to us, not only in our store, but also in our community. We will help you clear out those unwanted items that have been cluttering up your closet, while providing for a good cause. All discarded items will be donated to a local charity — we will coordinate the donation and make the delivery ourselves.

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As a family business, we feel that it is essential to create a shopping experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family. At Mitchells, Richards, and Marshs we provide interactive play areas so that your time with us can be more relaxed, and your children can still have fun.

Our personal shoppers are available to make your experience here as effortless as possible. For your convenience, they will pre-select a wardrobe to fit your clothing needs, placing the garments in a private fitting room. Once our associates have learned your style and needs, they can keep an eye out for specific items you might be looking for in the future. Call Debbi O’Shea at 203.622.0551 for more information.

IN AN EMERGENCY If you find yourself in a pinch after hours, dial the main store number and follow the prompts to be connected directly to one of our family’s home numbers. We’re always available to come to your rescue!

A loose thread or button can be just the thing that unravels your day. Bring in any suits or outerwear with buttons that need assistance, and we’ll re-attach or tighten them for you, on site and free of charge. We like to see you looking your best, down to the details.

It impacts every facet of our business, from our ability to bring you worldclass fashions to the friendly, knowledgeable sales associates who help and guide you. You, our customers and friends, are ultimately at the heart of all that we do, and we strive to constantly exceed your expectations. If for some reason you feel that the level of service we provide does not meet your expectations, please let us know.


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