SPRING 2015 THE LIFESTYLE
ONLINE SHOPPING A WHOLE NEW eTAIL EXPERIENCE!
STRANDED IN STYLE FASHION MEETS NATURE IN TULUM
GREETINGS FROM THE MITCHELL FAMILY
INTRODUCING OUR EXCITING NEW OMNI-CHANNEL APPROACH TO SERVING YOU BETTER!
IN-STORE & ONLINE: DELIVERING ONE INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE Happy spring! We hope youâ€™ve been enjoying and getting familiar with our new online shopping site. While it may look like we were a bit late to the e-tail party, we deliberately took our time in devising how to deliver an online experience that would match, fully integrate with and ultimately elevate the level of service for which our stores are known. Unlike most retailer/e-tailers, our unique business model is meant to be fully omni-channel, blending our inventory and services together into one singular shopping experience. For example, if you see something you like online, you can zap it to the same Style Advisor you work with in store for advice, and then order it online or reserve it at your favorite store. Across channels, our prices are the same, everyone has faster access to the same collective inventory, there is no competition, and you can buy in store or online at your whim. More details can be found later in this issue. We look forward to seeing you in store and at mitchellstores.com. We hope you enjoy the added ease and service it is designed to provide! With Hugs,
The Mitchell Family
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ONLINE SHOPPING MEETS IN-STORE SERVICE SEVEN WAYS OUR NEW MULTICHANNEL SITE OFFERS A UNIQUELY INTEGRATED EXPERIENCE. In creating our new online shopping site, our objective was to offer user-friendly functions that would enhance and complement the service we offer in-store. To that end, we have created several proprietary features to offer a fully integrated and unprecedented in-store/online experience! Several of these custom features live in a section we call “MWorld.” These include your account information, personal invitations and message box, virtual wardrobe, recommendations from your Style Advisors, alterations status and more. We encourage you to register in MWorld to fully enjoy this highly personalized service. We hope you enjoy exploring our site and the added convenience and service it offers. As always, we welcome your input on how we can serve you better!
1. Log in & SET UP AN MWORLD ACCOUNT to enjoy a unique suite of custom services 24/7!
4. Within your MWorld, your online VIRTUAL CLOSET enables you or your style advisor to see your wardrobe anywhere, anytime.
2. Enjoy access to the COLLECTIVE INVENTORY of our ﬁve stores plus our web inventory.
3. PRE-SHOP! If you like something online, you can RESERVE IN-STORE & we’ll hold it in your favorite store.
5. You can buy an item online & bring it into a store for FREE ALTERATIONS & check your alteration status online!
6. When you buy online you can RETURN ONLINE OR INSTORE. Whatever’s easiest!
and the pi`ece de rĂŠsistance...
7. You can work online or in-store with the same STYLE ADVISOR!
Select your store of choice and choose a Style Advisor.
If you have an occasion, email your Style Advisor what youâ€™re looking for.
Email online selections to your Style Advisor for input before you buy.
Your Style Advisor can view your virtual closet to make recommendations. Receive curated lists in your MWorld account with suggestions from your Style Advisor.
Purchase online or have your Style Advisor hold items at your favorite store!
All things come from the Earth XENOPHANES
P E R F O R M A N C E
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LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!
MITCHELLS FAMILY OF STORES HELP RAISE $2,000,000+ FOR BREAST CANCER CHARITIES ESPN’s Mike Greenberg was the keynote speaker for the BCA event.
The headline says it all! We are excited to have helped raise over $2 million with our 4th annual Pink Aid fashion show and luncheon at Mitchells, our inaugural Pink Aid Long Island event at Marshs in Huntington and our annual Breast Cancer Alliance/Richards fashion show and luncheon held at the Hyatt in Greenwich. All three events together brought this important cause to the attention of over 1,500 women in 2014. Pink Aid co-founder and one of the co-owners of the Mitchells Family of Stores, Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, acknowledges his feeling of gratitude for the commitment of all the volunteers and the courage of all of the survivors. The amazing efforts of Pink Aid committee members and volunteers were well worth it to create these three wonderful events. The BCA fashion show and luncheon was the primo fashion event for the fall season in Greenwich — spotlighting a record crowd of almost 900 supporters and breast cancer survivors.
The 19th Annual BCA Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency; survivor models celebrate after their victory walk on the runway to a standing ovation from the audience of over 900.
This year, Italian designer Brunello Cucinelli’s fashions graced the BCA runway. Bob Mitchell poses with Natasha and Massimo Caronna, USA President of Brunello Cucinelli.
Above: Committee members and co-sponsors; keynote speaker and CBS foreign correspondent Lara Logan. Below: Pink Aid founders in front of the Wall of Compassion; survivors triumphantly walk in the Warriors Fashion Show; a beautiful luncheon was presented by Marcia Selden Caterers.
Above: Some of the Pink Chair auction items; co-chairs Jo Levinson and Elida Gollomp; gorgeous spring creations from renowned Michael Kors.
LUNCHEONS & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!
PINK AID LONG ISLAND INAUGURAL EVENT Fundraising for breast cancer charities continues on “Strong” Island!
Pink Aid LI Giving Tree
Liz Schupler and friend Beth Lee walk the runway.
The excitement and success of the annual Pink Aid events at Mitchells of Westport inspired the Long Island team and store manager and co-owner Chris Mitchell of Marshs of Huntington to create a Pink Aid Long Island event. His wife Ali spearheaded the event, along with co-chairs Tammy Winter, Diana Mitchnick and Bonnie Williamson.
Marshs’ Chris and Ali Mitchell with daughter Haley
Keynote speaker Geralyn Lucas, bestselling author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, wowed the crowd with her funny and encouraging speech. The crowd was overcome with optimism and support as breast cancer survivors — Warriors — walked the runway with family and friends, some having recently completed treatment while others have spent years in remission.
Left: It was standing room only as the guests mingled among the auction items. Below: guest speaker, best-selling author Geralyn Lucas.
Pink Aid founders and the Pink Aid Long Island team celebrate!
Breast cancer survivor models shared the spotlight with an important person in their treatment journey. President and CEO of Daniel Gale Sothebyâ€™s Realty, center, with team.
Jamie Samuel, Sharyn Shannon, Stacey Kantrowitz, Diana Mitchnick, Laurie Cohen, Lisa Ente and Jennifer Weisbrot.
A stunning fall Must-Haves fashion show by Marshs delighted everyone.
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ROCK N RUNWAY AT “CLUB M”
The patio at Mitchells was transformed into “Club M,” awash in fuchsia and rockin’ tunes. The 50-plus staged mannequin “crowd” watched as the movers and shakers of Fairﬁeld County arrived in droves to kick off the fall season with this hip event. An elevated and lit platform housed New York DJ MKL and created a cool club atmosphere. Bartenders and waiters dressed in cool black tees with the Rock N Runway logo passed colorful cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to friends of the store. All in all, we think you will agree, a very photogenic moment!
A creative approach to the runway: Mitchells’ fashion “show” on mannequins displayed trends of the fall season.
Event photos by Joe Crawford
Local residents driving by the store on Route One were intrigued by the colorful patio and rockin’ sounds.
“Club M” servers offered cool drinks and hors d’oeuvres — both in the store and on the patio — while New York DJ MKL spun tunes for the crowd.
TH STT THEE LIS THE LLIST LIIST
LLUNCHEONS UN LUN LU & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE!
SUCH EXOTIC TREASURES TO BEHOLD! “Exotic Treasures” was the theme of the annual Jewelry Designers’ luncheons at Mitchells and Richards. The designers showcased their stunning pieces with gorgeous place settings inspired by their individual collections. Rich golds, platinums and seaside turquoise enhanced the tablescapes as the designers spoke about their travels, inﬂuences and creative collections. Luncheon guests explored all the designers’ treasures and enjoyed personal consultations to ﬁnd the perfect piece.
Assael necklaces featuring cultured pearls
Jewelry buyer Jennifer Farrington, Caroline Ellen, Angela Cummings and Adam Heyman and Richardsâ€™ Scott Mitchell at Richards
Jewelry buyer Jennifer Farrington, Mattia Cielo, Mitchellsâ€™ chairman Jack Mitchell, Temple St. Clair and Yossi Harari at Mitchells
Scott Mitchell with Adam Heyman
The Richards event featured collections from Oscar Heyman, Assael and Caroline Ellen.
The Mitchells event featured collections from Yossi Harari, Temple St. Clair and Mattia Cielo.
Temple St. Clair
Designer Angela Cummings for Assael
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LLUNCHEONS UN & FASHION SHOWS & CHARITY EVENTS & MORE! LUN LU
RESCUE YOU, RESCUE ME... WOOF!
An adorable furry friend poses on the red carpet.
Above: Honoree Jill Rappaport and her real hot dog, Rubie. Below: Event sponsor, Moffly Media publisher Gabriella Mays, event co-chairs Sallyan Zenko and Amanda Ruisi with Mitchells’ Sandy Ceppos.
Available rescues were the featured guests “seated” in runway chairs via photographs and pictured on the stage backdrop. Right: Discovery Channel’s Richard Weise.
Mitchells’ ﬁrst Pet Rescue event, created in conjunction with Moffly Media, was a huge success! The proof was in the incredible amount raised to beneﬁt two local no-kill shelters: WASA and PAWS. Over $100,000 was donated to aid these helpless animals. Richard Weise, star of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-winning Born to Explore, was the program’s emcee, while Jill Rappaport, animal advocate and former NBC correspondent, was honored for her tireless efforts for pet rescue. Auctioneer Bob Mitchell, co-CEO of the Mitchells Family of Stores, raised the bar with some great auction items along with a paddle (paws) raise for further donations. Local rescue heroes, men and women who have helped make strides in the rescue arena, were honored and walked the runway wearing the season’s hautest trends from Mitchells. Lead sponsor Miller Motorcars displayed new automobiles for guests’ viewing, and Blue Buffalo and Cornell Veterinary had tables of merchandise and service materials to peruse. The Festivities-catered luncheon was enjoyed, as were the beautiful ﬂowers from Botanica’s Rick Garcia.
Westport resident Lisa Di Donato leads a special rescue pooch down the runway to applause for her tireless efforts Event photos credit Mark Smith at PAWS.
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TRUNK SHOWS & TRUNK SHOWS & MORE TRUNK SHOWS
SPRING 2015 TRUNK SHOWS 3/5-7 3/6-7 3/6-7 3/7 3/7 3/7 3/13-14 3/13-14 3/14 3/14 3/14 3/14 3/14 3/20-21 3/20-21 3/21 3/21 3/27-28 3/27-28 3/28 3/28 3/28 3/28 4/2-3 4/4 4/9-11 4/9-11 4/11 4/11 4/11 4/14-15 4/17-18 4/17-18 4/18 4/18 4/18 4/18 4/22-23 4/24-25 4/25 4/25 4/25
KITON WOMEN’S TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS CANALI SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARSHS ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS CAROLINE ELLEN TRUNK SHOW AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS TEMPLE ST. CLAIR TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARSHS BRIONI SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS DONNA DEGNAN SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS CANALI SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARSHS INDIVIDUALIZED SHIRTS SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS PAUL MORELLI TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS TEMPLE ST. CLAIR TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS/RICHARDS CANALI SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS WES GORDON FALL TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS BRIONI SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS SAMUELSOHN SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARSHS BRUNELLO CUCINELLI MEN’S & WOMEN’S FALL TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS DEREK LAM FALL TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS COPPLEY SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARSHS ETON SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS ISAIA SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS SAMUELSOHN SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS/RICHARDS CAROLINA HERRERA FALL TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS COPPLEY SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS BRUNELLO CUCINELLI MEN’S & WOMEN’S FALL TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS DEREK LAM FALL TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS CAROLINE ELLEN TRUNK SHOW AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS HICKEY FREEMAN SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS/RICHARDS PAUL MORELLI TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS BRUNELLO CUCINELLI WOMEN’S FALL TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MARSHS KITON WOMEN’S TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS LELA ROSE FALL TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS INDIVIDUALIZED SHIRTS SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS ISAIA SPRING TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS KITON MEN’S TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS TEMPLE ST. CLAIR TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS/MARSHS MICHAEL KORS FALL TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS MICHAEL KORS FALL TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS CAROLINE ELLEN TRUNK SHOW AND PERSONAL APPEARANCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RICHARDS ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA SPRING TRUNK SHOW. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS/RICHARDS TEMPLE ST. CLAIR TRUNK SHOW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MITCHELLS
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SPRING 2015 FASHION TIPS FOR HIM I’m so confused about tie My staple clothing item for widths: how wide should spring is a navy blazer: what Q: Q: they be for 2015? more do I need? It is a bit confusing since there are various widths that are now acceptable, depending on the width of your jacket lapel and the type of shirt collar. One thing is certain, however: acceptable widths have been narrowing for the past several years. We like 8.5 cm (3.35 inches) as a good go-to width for most of today’s suits and sportcoats (the hipster look is decidedly narrower); just a few seasons back it was 9.5 cm (3.75 inches). Visit us for some new neckwear that will keep you up to date!
You’ve got the right idea! A navy blazer can take you virtually anywhere: throw it over a polo shirt for lunch at the golf club or over a dress shirt for a nice dinner out. What more do you need? How about a brighter shade of blue for an upbeat summer alternative, and/or a lightweight cashmere blazer (once again, go blue) for that extra touch of softness and style? While three blue blazers might seem excessive, trust us: you’ll get so many compliments, you just might come back for more.
I noticed lots of young guys I have a formal wedding walking around without coming up this summer: do I socks last summer. Aside from the hygiene aspect, is this no-sock look need a new tux or can I wear what’s in my closet? sartorially acceptable? (Won’t If you haven’t purchased a tux in a few guys ruin their shoes, not to years, you definitely need a new one. mention their feet?)
It’s definitely a fashion look among trendsetters, so much so, in fact, that we now sell no-show socks that hit below the ankle and give a sockless appearance while protecting both your shoes and your feet. If you’re going for this trendy look, we suggest buying some no-show socks. That said, we prefer the look of a classic or whimsical sock with both dress and casual shoes (and sport socks with athletic shoes). Especially in 2015 when there are so many fashionforward options in color and pattern, why not make a sock statement? Let your hosiery reflect your personality!
Today’s models are slimmer, lighter weight and more comfortable than the ones you own and the fabrics are more beautiful. Lapel options are numerous (peak, shawl, traditional) so try on a few to see which is most flattering. Another way to modernize: try navy instead of black.
IMAGE BY GMD THREE STUDIOS; TIE BY ETON
Slim down your neckwear for a more modern look.
what’s NEW Our buyers’ picks on what’s trending this season... SPRING 2015
Introducing 28-Year-Old Sensation...
WES GORDON Sensual Sophistication We are thrilled to introduce Wes Gordon in Mitchells, Richards, Wilkes Bashford and at mitchellstores.com! The New York-based, Atlanta-born designer infuses the luxury and timeless sophistication of his southern heritage with the youthful edge and energy of New York City. Launching his ﬁrst collection upon graduating college, this season the designer has more clearly identiﬁed his woman. “She’s uppercrust, but she lives in Tribeca,” says the designer. Mixing luxe fabrics like cashmere, silk and chantilly lace, his clothes combine an elegant pedigree with a sensual and artsy ﬂow and vibe.
MY SHOES ARE L I K E H I TC H CO C K B LO N D E S . L I K E K I M N OVA K A N D G R AC E K E L LY, T H E Y H AV E A D I ST I N C T LO O K T H AT I S M YST E R I O U S A N D B E AU T I F U L . E AC H O N E T E L L S A STO RY.
After a brief hiatus, Bettye Muller is back and better than ever. From easy espadrilles to chic sandals, Muller has it covered. Muller’s shoe collection reﬂects her love of luxe fabrics and travel. In styles that range from ’50s modern to the ’20s and earlier, Bettye Muller shoes are inspired
by vintage fabrics and intense colors that create a sense of fantasy for women. Attracting modernday blondes from Katie Couric to Cameron Diaz, the artist says that women who wear her pieces have a great sense of self and a distinct style. “They’re a statement, so the women
who wear them must be conﬁdent.” The beauty of her shoes lies in the details: faux fur-lined interiors, vintage brocades and vibrant beaded accents are just a few special touches that distinguish her footwear. “They’re original, and I always want to keep them that way,” says the designer.
FRESH FROM ITALY!
PT01 OUR “MOST ACCESSIBLE” MEN’S SLIM CUT DOESN’T SKIMP ON THE DETAILS. We are pleased to have recently added Pantaloni Torino’s PT01 slim cut line to all of our stores. The highly sought-after Italian brand is getting lots of fans, due to its elegant fabric and construction and innovative use of special details. We ﬁnd it to be the most accessible slim ﬁt in the market. While the clean ﬂat-front basic is our best seller, we also carry stunning models designed for golf and travel!
Jonathan Simkhai: Jonathan Simkhai is a born-and-raised New York City original. Since the launch of his ﬁrst women’s wear collection in 2010, he has delivered a unique take on sophisticated dressing for the modern, cosmopolitan woman. Simkhai likes to blur gender lines, taking cues from menswear and translating them into sexy and feminine silhouettes. A favorite of celebrities ranging from Jessica Chastain to Kim Kardashian, we are particularly taken with his fresh and highly wearable interpretations of the midi!
MEN’S MUST-HAVE FOR SPRING!
designer SNEAKERS No women’s OR MEN’S wardrobe is complete this spring without a great-looking pair of designer sneakers. The ultimate marriage of style and comfort is everywhere... and takes you just about anywhere (well, almost). Add edge and sophistication to your casual look. We have a feeling this trend will be around for the long haul!
Growing up with archaeologist parents, Ulla Johnson developed a sensibility for comfortable elegance that moves. Flowy skirts and bell-bottoms are often mixed with more tailored pieces. Retro touches like crochet, eyelet, gypsy pantaloons and ponchos give a nomadic-chic feel to her work. Designed for the woman who globe-trots or is simply on the run in her own town, Ulla Johnson stresses not to fuss with her clothes. A little rumpling is ﬁne! Come discover her fun and highly wearable creations in Marshs or at mitchellstores.com!
The Ultimate Unstructured Men worldwide can be thankful that 10 years ago, Pierluigi Boglioli had the big idea of taking the structure out of jackets. Today, this renowned family design house from Brescia in Northern Italy is the world’s best maker of soft jackets. Each coat is garment dyed and washed by hand. Their mastery of ﬁt and feel is like none other in the market.
NEW TO OUR STORES: FRANK & EILEEN
CRINKLY PERFECTION Venice, California-based designer Audrey McLoghlin named her shirt company for her grandparents Frank and Eileen. The brand celebrates the story of their grand romance and her fond memories of visiting them in Ireland as a child. Frank & Eileen is known for shirts that stand the test of time. “We marry ﬁne Italian fabrics with California design and production to make the highest quality product while also creating jobs locally,” says McLoghlin. The company employs a “secret wrinkle-wash to give the shirts a slight worn-in and lovable look that will never go out of style.”
McQUEEN From Skulls to Studs to Geometric Prints! We are thrilled to announce we have added Alexander McQueen handbags to our ready-to-wear collections from the designer. Quirky, creative and fabulous as only McQueen can do it, a McQueen handbag will add excitement to your day and spring to your style!
Live Life Beautifully
HUG YOUR CUSTOMER, AGAIN! AND AGAIN! IN OUR TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN ERA, THE RE-RELEASE OF THIS 10-YEAR-OLD CLASSIC REINFORCES THE VALUE OF RELATIONSHIP SELLING. BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN but, in a very real sense, a manual for a more meaningful life. I reviewed the book when it first came out 10 years ago and find the new edition even more relevant and life-affirming. “The heart of the re-release is the same as the original but with a new preface and, ironically, a new take on technology, the very thing that many predicted would put specialty stores out of business,” says Jack. Since the book’s original publication, the Mitchells purchased two more iconic stores 3,000 miles across America during the worst recession of our time, and more recently launched a highly personalized interactive website that somehow manages to convey their culture of hugging through cyberspace. (Personalized selling on the internet? If anyone can do it, it’s the Mitchells!) The essence of the book is tough to sum up; it’s Jack’s wonderful anecdotes that bring it to life. Among my favorites: the time he opened the store on a Sunday just so a woman could buy her irate husband new underwear. (They were in the process of moving and she had inadvertently packed and shipped all his boxers…) It Jack Mitchell never set out to write a book. For that was a small sale but Jack was delighted to make it, theorizing matter, he never intended to be a retailer. With a that he might have saved a marriage! (Editor’s note: How did this stranger reach master’s degree in Asian studies and hoping to work the store owner on a Sunday? A family member’s for the U.S. embassy in China, he graduated personal phone number is always on the store’s just at a time when the U.S. and China broke answering machine after hours.) off relations. With zero demand for U.S. And the time when the CEO of a luxury cruise ambassadors in China and desperately needline was complaining to Jack about dinner attire ing a job, he halfheartedly went to work for on his ships: the women would show up looking his father’s small clothing store in Westport, glamorous and the men like slobs. To solve the Connecticut. problem, he and Jack came up with a program to About 10 years ago, he wrote a little book lend tuxedos to male passengers (and also offer on customer service, the hallmark of his on-board alterations) in order to raise the bar on family’s atypically successful apparel busidress code. The concept worked brilliantly ness. The inspiration for the book was an (despite the fact that they didn’t provide industry conference that predicted online footwear; guys would show up for dinners in retailing would soon put brick-and-mortar their elegant tuxes worn with brown boat shoes stores out of business. Jack was one of the or scuffed sneakers). Still, once seated, they speakers but didn’t buy into the premise: his looked great in the professional photos. The elefamily’s two apparel stores were among the vated mood among passengers jumpstarted most respected in the country, if not the sales in the casino and throughout the ship, as world. Yet their secret was neither high tech Giorgio Armani well as bookings for future cruises. nor profound: treat customers first as peoThinking out of the box, cooperation instead Chairman and CEO, The Armani Group ple, then as clients. Caring inspires loyalty of competition, creating a hugging culture, chalinspires increased sales. lenges not problems, the power of new: there’s much to learn from the new ediThe initial version of Hug Your Customers is in its 17th printing, selling well tion of this fabulous book. “I’ve added some fresh insights and new stories,” over 200,000 copies in North America and tens of thousands around the world notes Jack, who defines a hug as any personal touch that impresses or delights. (Brazil, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, the UK, even Estonia!). What’s more, Jack “But the key message I want to convey is that hugging worked 10 years ago, it’s suddenly became a highly sought-after motivational speaker who’s presented at working today and I believe it will work 100 years from now. So try it! It might more than 200 conferences around the globe. Why? In this writer’s opinion, the book is not just a guide to personalized selling start out as a business strategy but ultimately becomes a way of life.”
“It is increasingly important to provide customized solutions, including offering customers a unique experience. In his stores, Jack Mitchell has always pursued this goal by focusing on the one real added value: the human factor. An inspiring example that is worth following, at work and in life.”
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STYLE Two of nature’s greatest gifts are soon to arrive: spring and summer! Time to come out of hibernation and that cocoon of warm layers and move around in lighter, more carefree style. Whether you’re staying local or casting away to a remote desert isle, a few simple, luxurious pieces in elegant natural ÁFIVW [MPP OIIT ]SY IEW] SR XLI eyes and light as a summer breeze.
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JEWELRY AWARD-WINNING CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
MATTIA CIELO REVOLUTIONIZING FINE JEWELRY DESIGN materials, no matter how precious, should enhance design and not the other way around. Cielo believes his design partner Massimiliano Bonoli is the most talented in the ﬁeld. This was proven immediately when one of their bracelets won ﬁrst place at the 2010 Design Awards, shortly after launching their jewelry brand. We are delighted to offer Cielo’s groundbreaking and stunning contemporary creations at Mitchells, Richards and at mitchellstores.com.
Mattia Cielo has been a jeweler all his life. His ﬁrst memories as a little boy were working at his father’s desk by sorting stones to set in jewelry. The 32-year-old designer’s father, Sergio Cielo, is one of the key players in the Italian goldsmith sector and founder of Worldgem, now known as Cielo Venezia 1270, one of Italy’s leading jewelry ﬁrms. After growing up in a large family jewelry business, Cielo studied ﬁnance and business management, ﬁrst working in ﬁnance in London and then the jewelry business in Spain. After these experiences, traveling the world and learning several languages, he returned to Italy with a more
globally informed perspective and a grand vision: to revolu-tionize the design standards for ﬁne jewelry. Cielo is passionate about the signiﬁcance of innovation in jewelry design and believes it should evolve, experiment and strive to break new ground as is done in other disciplines, like architecture and painting. He considers his jewelry to be “a modern industrial design object,” citing ergonomics and movement as being at the core of his design philosophy. To this end, Cielo is constantly experimenting with techniques and materials. He believes
FASHION LEGEND OSCAR DE LA RENTA
A LIFE LIVED ELEGANTLY: OSCAR DE LA RENTA REMEMBERING THE ICONIC DESIGNER WHO DRESSED FIRST LADIES, FILM STARS & ROYALTY
The fashion constellation lost a bright and shining star with the recent passing of Oscar de la Renta, the legendary Dominican designer. Credited for creating “First Lady Fashion,” he has famously dressed First Ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michele Obama for inagurations, galas, state dinners and any event where high glamour was on the menu. Most recently, Mr. de la Renta created Amal Alamuddin’s dress for her storybook wedding to George Clooney, to rave reviews from the fashion
press. He ﬁtted her himself only weeks before his death from cancer. Oscar de la Renta was born and raised in Santo Domingo until age 19, then left to study painting in Madrid, which led him to an apprenticeship with Spain’s most renowned couturier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, whom he considered his mentor. De la Renta next became a couture assistant at Lanvin and was later the ﬁrst Dominican to design for a French couture house at the House of Balmain. His worldrenowned eponymous family-run fashion
house will continue under the helm of son-in-law Alex Bolen and step-daughter Eliza. The Mitchell family has enjoyed a long relationship with the Bolens and we have no doubt they will beautifully uphold the designer’s legacy and vision. “He died exactly as he lived: with tremendous grace, great dignity and very much on his own terms,” they stated. He is also survived by his second wife, philanthropist Annette Reed, an adopted son and two other step-children. Celebrities of fashion, press and politics, from Anna Wintour to Michael Kors, issued beautiful statements about his friendship and talent. “His singular talent and exquisite taste elevated American fashion, and his warmth and friendship will be missed by our family and all whose lives he touched,” read a statement by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
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FILMS ON ART & FASHION
REMEMBERING THE ARTIST ROBERT DE NIRO’S LOVING TRIBUTE TO HIS FATHER — A TALENTED, COMPLEX, LARGELY UNDISCOVERED ARTIST. Remembering the Artist is a son’s heartfelt tribute to his father, who died of prostate cancer at age 71 in 1993. Actor Robert De Niro provides an engaging, often moving, ﬁrsthand account of what it was like to live with a talented artist as a father. Robert De Niro, Sr. was part of the abstract expressionist movement that put American painters, including Jackson REMEMBERING Pollock and Willem THE ARTIST: de Kooning, in the ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. spotlight. HBO Films The ﬁlm is Directed by Perri Peltz intensely visual. & Geeta Gandbhir Shots of De Niro’s studio, which his son preserved, dominate most frames. The artist’s rich, colorful canvases are displayed throughout. Snippets of home video provide an intimate look at an extremely gifted, yet largely unknown man. Interviews by Robert De Niro, Jr. as well as De Niro, Sr.’s friends help paint a picture of the artist as a person. One of De Niro’s friends recalled that he “loved to dance the jitterbug” and was a funny and very lively man. His son also reﬂects on the darker periods of his father’s
life, including his struggles with his homosexuality and depression that lasted throughout his life. Sadly, homosexuality wasn’t so widely accepted at that time and DeNiro, Sr. never came out. De Niro studied under famed Germanborn painter Hans Hofmann in the 1930s, which is where he met his wife, fellow artist Virginia Admiral. Hofmann apparently had said that Bob De Niro and Virginia Admiral were the best students he had in his class. While Admiral was
the ﬁrst of Hofmann’s students to achieve success, she stopped painting after she had children. De Niro, Sr., however, painted up until he died. His early work was featured in an exhibit at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century Gallery in New York, along with the work of other abstract expressionist painters. Abstract expressionism was the ﬁrst speciﬁcally American movement to achieve international inﬂuence and put New York City at the center of the western
A RISING STAR IN THE 1940s & ’50s NEW YORK ART SCENE, ROBERT DE NIRO SR.’S ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM FELL OUT OF FAVOR UPON THE ARRIVAL OF POP ARTISTS, LIKE ANDY WARHOL & FRANK STELLA.
Clockwise from top right: Seated Figure, Orange Shirt, Guitar Case, a promotional poster of the ﬁlm featuring the artist and his son.
art world, a role formerly claimed by Paris. While De Niro was part of the abstract expressionist movement, he didn’t identify with the other artists. The individual artists’ work differed greatly from each other. And by the 1960s, a new kind of art burst onto the scene. This new wave of pop art was dominated by a young generation of artists led by Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. De Niro was personally opposed to this new form of art, because the artists suppressed the painterly quality in their work, whereas De Niro relished it. In the meantime, De Niro divorced his wife because of his homosexuality. He was struggling ﬁnancially and moved to Paris to work on his painting. De Niro, Jr. recalls his father’s battle with depression while he was living in Paris. When he went to visit De Niro, Sr., he carried his paintings through Paris to different galleries, struggling to get his father to leave his apartment. Later, when De Niro, Sr. was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he resisted going to the doctor. De Niro, Jr. tearfully admits that he regrets that he didn’t follow through “with certain things with his parents” and didn’t push
hard enough to make sure his father was getting treatment. De Niro says that it is his obligation to document his father’s work because he never got the recognition he wanted. Said the actor, “The thought of what he’s done, all his work... I can’t not but make sure that it’s held up and remembered... So I just want to see him get his due. That’s my responsibility and he used to always say that artists are always recognized after they’re long gone.” The strength of Remembering the Artist is in the personal accounts of his son and friends, which provide a glimpse into the complicated character that was the artist. While there could have been more focus on the contents of De Niro’s paintings and the inﬂuence his work had on the modernist movement, the ﬁlm was gripping because of its emotional component. The visuals of the paintings themselves, with their vibrant colors, in contrast with the rest of the shots, mostly black and white, were stunning. Whether you’re a De Niro fan or an art junkie, Remembering the Artist, produced by HBO, is a must-see.
FROM FASHION TO JEWELRY, OUR DESIGNERS “PAINT” WITH THE SEASON’S MOST SUMPTUOUS COLORS.
celestial & ethereal by KATHLEEN DUGHI JEWELER Top to bottom: Reve Diamond, Lilac Spinel and Morganite Earrings in platinum and 18K rose gold; 9.11ct Blue Sapphire and Half Moon Diamond Ring in platinum — handmade, one of a kind; Nebula White Coral Necklace with blue sapphires in 18K white gold.
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under the sea The visual poetry that is summer color knows no bounds. From the muted, sun-drenched tones of beach and sea to the brilliant hues of an exotic garden or a ďŹ eld of wildďŹ‚owers, this season our designers capture summer in their bedazzling palettes.
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by TEMPLE ST. CLAIR Top to bottom: 18K Large Flower Earrings with rose cut blue and white sapphire (5.92cts), $2,850; 18K Classic Ring with peridot (8.02cts) and diamond granulation, $15,000; 18K Crown Ring with royal blue moonstone (6.00cts), $6,500; 18K Bombe Ring with royal blue moonstone (11.25cts) and diamond (0.12cts), $7,500.
enchanted gardens, blazing with color by OSCAR HEYMAN Multicolor Pastel Rosecut Sapphire Necklace with diamonds in platinum. Price upon request.
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THE DESIGNER/MUSE RELATIONSHIP, A GRAND TRADITION
FASHION MUSES PAST & PRESENT Since antiquity, captivating “goddesses” have given artists endless inspiration from which to create — be it music, poetry, painting or any art form. Today, the magic of the muse is often found in the world of fashion, where designer/muse relationships may last for one season’s collection or result in many years of collaboration.
MUSES PAST Hubert Givenchy & Audrey Hepburn
Valentino Garavani & Jackie Kennedy
Yves St. Laurent & Loulou de la Falaise
The beloved actress and her couturier have one of the most famed designer/ muse relationships in history. They met when he was costume designer for Sabrina and worked together on many ﬁlms, most notably Breakfast at Tiffany’s, for which he designed her iconic little black dress. Said Givenchy of Ms. Hepburn, “She was someone unique. She was real. She could do everything. She could do Shakespeare or other grand writers. She had it all.”
Shortly after the death of President Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy saw a friend from Italy wearing Valentino and was so struck she ordered six black-and-white dresses from the designer, which she wore through her year of mourning. From then on, she was a devoted client and friend, even having Valentino design her gown for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis. “Jackie Kennedy, she was a fantastic muse to me!” Valentino said.
Known for her free-spirited nature, the unintentional muse captivated YSL when she began modeling in the 1960s. Over the years they collaborated and YSL designed iconic pieces for her, including his ’70s Rive Gauche collection and his legendary Smoking tuxedo. Said YSL of de la Falaise, “She has an extraordinary lightness of touch, along with a faultless critical view of fashion. Intuitive, innate, individual. Her presence at my side is a dream.”
and the way people dress worldwide. In the earlier days of fashion, couturiers would work with celebrities from the worlds of politics, the arts or society for years, building lifetime relationships and collaborating to create iconic looks that were integral to the celebrity’s identity. One of the most famed collaborations was Audrey Hepburn with Givenchy; others include Bob Mackie and Cher, and Madonna and Jean-Paul Gaultier. One of the world’s most unwitting muses is British actress-turned-Parisianchanteusse Jane Birkin, for whom Hermès’ eponymous Birkin bag was designed. Birkin met Hermès chief executive JeanLouis Dumas while sitting next to him on
an airplane. She lamented the challenge of ﬁnding a good weekend bag as the contents of her straw bag spilled out onto the ﬂoor. The rest, as they say, is fashion history. The Birkin soon became one of the hottest and most collectible handbags in the world. In today’s more ﬁckle world, with such a dirge of designers and celebrities, muse/designer relationships often last for little more than a collection or two. Many designers cite the models they have signed for their upcoming season as their muses. However, some designers still latch onto that special someone who captures their imagination throughout their career. As long as there’s fashion, there will be modern-day goddesses that inspire it.
Manolo Blahnik & Sarah Jessica Parker
Akris’ Albert Kriemler Jason Wu & & Princess Charlene Diane Kruger
It was “love at ﬁrst sight” when Manolo Blahnik met SJP in Madeleine Gallery on Sunset Boulevard, and his shoes were made a recurring “guest star” on Sex in the City by the on- and off-screen fashionista. Their two names have appeared together ever since. He’s named shoes after her and they are collaborating on a new shoe line together. Said the designer, “Ms. Parker gave me a huge push all over the world, so until I drop, I’m very grateful to her.”
Princess Charlene, the South African Olympic swimmer-turned-royalty upon her marriage to Prince Albert of Monaco, often looks to Swiss fashion house Akris for her glamorous appearances.... from the Oscars to affairs of state to Monaco’s famed Grand Prix. The feeling is apparently mutual and has given creative director Albert Kriemler his ideal woman for whom to design. “When I design a collection I always think of her,” Kriemler told In Style Magazine.
The original muses found in Greek mythology were the nine daughters of Zeus, who were the goddesses of the inspiration behind literature, science and the arts. Ever since, a muse has been known as someone who inspires and inﬂuences any type of artist or creator, and in so doing, becomes the image and vision that drives an artist’s work. In the world of famous fashionistas, there are few things more ﬂattering and exciting than being a fashion designer’s muse. Most celebrities work with stylists who choose their clothing and help deﬁne their signature look. When a designer’s entire collection or long-term vision is at stake, being a muse is an opportunity to have one’s personal style inﬂuence fashion
Jason Wu, who is inspired by strong women, jumped into the spotlight for designing both of Michelle Obama’s inaugural gowns. For his spring ’15 collection, he cites Diane Kruger and Charlotte Rampling as his muses. “They have impeccable style,” Wu says of the actresses, 30 years apart in age. “I imagined them in every single piece.” His fashion house calls German actress/model/“it girl” Diane Kruger his “perennial muse.”
THIS SEASON, DESIGNERS PAY HOMAGE TO A DECADE WHEN ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS “LET THEIR FREAK FLAGS FLY” AND BROKE GROUND IN EVERY WAY.
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Bell Bottoms Go-Go Dresses Fringe Tassels Patch Pockets Stacked Heels Chunky Rings Trippy Prints Circle Earrings Flower Power Summer of Love!
Key parties. Peace rallies. Hair! Get ready for some ’70s-style fun! For spring/summer ’15, the world’s top designers take us back to the Summer of Love. We can’t think of a more liberating and sexy way to get the party going this summer!
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photographed events of the year, attracting such superstars as David Bowie, Madonna and Sarah Jessica Parker, who wowed the crowd last year in an extravagantly trained black-and-white dress by Oscar de la Renta. (The benefits are overseen by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, for whom the Met’s Anna Wintour Costume Center is named.) This year, expect Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence to stand out (literally and figuratively) on the Met’s steps as one of the co-chairs of the May 4 benefit, which precedes the opening of China: Through the Looking Glass. The show will run from May 5 to August 16. Under the guidance of curators Harold Koda and Andrew Bolton, and the artistic direction of filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, this groundbreaking exhibition will feature more than 100 pieces of ready-towear, avant-garde clothing and haute couture (including pieces by Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, Paul Smith, Yves St. Laurent and Vivienne Westwood) set alongside Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains and film stills. “From the earliest period of European contact with China in the 16th century, the West has been enchanted with imagery from the East, providing inspiration for many designers, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia and make-believe,” says Bolton, who is eager to take all of us through this particular looking glass to provide new reflections on the world of Easterninspired fashion. Start making room in your closet.
THROUGH THE MET’S LOOKING GLASS FASHION AS ART OR ART AS FASHION? BY BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON
JOHN GALLIANO FOR HOUSE OF DIOR, FALL/WINTER 1997-98; IMAGE BY NICK KNIGHT, NICK KNIGHT / TRUNK ARCHIVE COURTESY OF THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
This summer, there’s a good chance we may be wearing qipaos, cheongsams and Zhongshan suits—even if we’ve never heard of them before. The reason has nothing to do with visiting diplomats from China or the newest blockbuster; instead, look to the remarkable influence of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute (and its annual benefit gala) on fashion trends. The museum has become the “ideal place to explore the rich complexity of the innovative work of a designer like Charles James,” says the museum’s CEO, Thomas Campbell, referring to last year’s popular show Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The exhibit not only resurrected the name and reputation of the great American couturier but reminded viewers of how James’ sculptural creations could flatter the body. True, the Costume Institute has been putting on fashion-related exhibitions for over 50 years, including such landmark shows as The World of Balenciaga, Rock Style and Extreme Beauty: The Body Transformed. But its beautifully curated displays have risen to prominence in the last decade, and the result has been a renewed two-way conversation between consumers and the fashion industry. For example, by August 2011, a record-shattering 661,000 visitors had taken in the aptly-named Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, leading to a newfound understanding of—or for some, an introduction to—the intricate creations of the late British designer. Meanwhile, the Met’s annual benefit has become one of the most
Photography: Sergio Kurhajec Hair/Makeup: Claire Bayley Styling: Wendy McNett
white on white For spring & summer 2015, we can’t get enough white! Layered, cut out, crocheted, fringed, feathered, opaque, sheer, bright “off” & now, head-to-toe, nothing is cooler in the hot sun than white-hot white.
Dress with Fringe: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Sweater Dress: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI Silver Belt: MICHAEL KORS
Eyelet Dress in Chalk: JASON WU
Origami Sheath Dress with Belt in Optic White: MICHAEL KORS
sheer, knitted & metallic
Sheer Chiffon Body Tee in White: RAQUEL ALLEGRA White-Over-White Crochet Tank: RAQUEL ALLEGRA Silk Pant in Tan: BRUNELLO CUCINELLI
Halter Dress in Aluminum/Ivoire: J. MENDEL
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Crochet & Pleated Dress in White: ROBERTO CAVALLI
sensual sheath & cinched,
Tunic: RAG & BONE
Faille Blouse in Ivory: CAROLINA HERRERA White Jean: IRO JEANS
Fringed Top in White: IRO
Knitted Top in White: ROBERTO CAVALLI Perforated Leather Bag in White: DOLCE & GABANNA White Jean: IRO JEANS
KICKTIONARY DEFINING THE TRENDS YOU’LL SEE WALKING DOWN THE RUNWAY
1. THE TRAINER Sneaker inspired by the traditional cross trainer, laces up with a tread sole and a mix of luxe materials. Use: “These Cucinelli trainers are great for work, errands, events and anything that requires you to look chic effortlessly.” Not intended for use during actual workouts, except if your goal is to have the best shoes in the room. See also: Brunello Cucinelli + glitter fabric = super-sport luxe.
2. THE SKATE Glammed up slip-on sneaker inspired by those worn by skateboarders. Use: “I live in my lace skates from AGL— maybe I’ll even get married in them…” See also: Brunello Cucinelli, Ferragamo, Stuart Weitzman, Jimmy Choo.
3. THE ESPADRILLE Hybrid shoes, mixing 1 part woven rafﬁa with 1 to 3 parts rubber, leather, suede, and/ or fabric. Can be a lace-up, slip-on, high or low-top. Use: “What is metallic and suede and casual too? My new favorite Jimmy Choos!” See also: Gucci, Bettye Muller, Tod’s.
4. THE LOW-TOP Lace-up sneaker that hits below the ankle. Thick laces make for an updated look that says “I’m not trying too hard but I still know what’s going on.” Use: “These frayed satin Pedro Garcia low-tops are so sporty luxe.” See also: Lanvin, Saint Laurent.
5. THE WEDGE High-top with a lift; the original fashion sneaker. Use: “I’m about to take a walk on the wild side of this trend with these snakeprint Zanotti sneaker wedges... and I’m not coming back.” See also: Wild-side fabrics from Lanvin, Gucci.
THE ULTIMATE SOUTH PACIFIC RETREAT
MARLON BRANDO’S SECRET HIDEAWAY THE BRANDO: A NEW ECO-HOTEL ON TETIAROA, THE PRIVATE TAHITIAN ISLAND THE RECLUSIVE ACTOR VISITED TO ESCAPE IT ALL. Hailed as the ﬁnest actor of his generation and one of the greatest of all time, Marlon Brando was equally known for his controversial behavior, often as stormy as his performances. When Brando ﬁrst caught sight of the Tahitian island of Tetiaroa, he was fully primed to get far away from Hollywood. His second marriage was falling apart. He was becoming increasingly known as an ornery, misbehaving prima donna, who tried the patience of his colleagues and blew budgets with his bad habits and petulant demands. Passing up the lead in Lawrence of Arabia, he opted instead for Mutiny on the Bounty, in which the main character highjacked a ship to Tahiti. Despite seven Oscar nominations, the 1962 ﬁlm was a commercial ﬂop. Mirroring his character in the ﬁlm, Brando highjacked the production itself, causing it to come in catastrophically over budget. Also like his character, he fell in love with Tahiti and a (19-year-old) Tahitian woman. Brando also fell in love with the Tahitian people and way of life. In 1966, he purchased the island of Tetiaroa for $267,000 as his second home. An environmentalist ahead of his time, the actor rechanneled his angst and the acting brilliance for which he was known into a passion for cleaning up the island
and preserving its natural gifts. He soon built a modest, ecofriendly lodge, where he even ocassionally hosted visitors from Hollywood. However, with beastly heat, it was hard for many to tolerate the lack of air conditioning. Brando became determined to build a hotel that would have 100 percent self-sustaining renewable energy. Investors and developers at the time told him it was impossible given the lack of infrastructure on the island, but he was relentless. While he put years of effort into the project, Brando never got to experience the ultimate realization of his vision. Developer Laurent Darcy, however, painstakingly imagined Brando’s response in every decision made in completing the resort. The 35 1,033 square-foot private villas combine Tahitian materials with Danish modernism and a hint of Malibu, each with an outdoor plunge pool. The main patio includes many sitting areas and panoramic views of much of the South Paciﬁc and Tahiti. The beaches are an untouched electric blue in the sun, and
the all-inclusive resort features cuisine by Parisian chef Guy Martin, and Bob’s Bar, named for Brando’s original bar there. On-site is an “eco-station” with two labs. Marine biologists and students come to study specimens and conservation. Starting at $2,500 per night, the resort is breathtaking in every sense of the word. Most importantly, the Tahitian locals and all involved believe the resort would do Brando proud.
BRANDO’S GRAND, GREEN VISION TO BUILD A SELF-SUSTAINING RESORT ON AN UNDEVELOPED ISLAND WAS REALIZED WHEN THE BRANDO OPENED IN 2014, 10 YEARS AFTER THE ACTOR’S DEATH.
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ORLEBAR BROWN: A SHORT YOU CAN SWIM IN You might say that Orlebar Brown was founded by accident. Creator Adam Brown was on vacation in Rajasthan, hanging out with friends around the pool when he noticed how amazing the women looked… but not so much the men. “They were all wearing brightly patterned, baggy boxer-style shorts, briefs or board shorts,” he explains. “The idea for Orlebar Brown came to me when, after sitting by the pool, we had to change for lunch in the bar. Transition and versatility are central to everything we do: beach to bar, work to play, day to night, home to hotel.” Orlebar Brown is now a full lifestyle collection of resort wear, still rooted in the idea of Brown’s original tailored swimsuit, or as he calls it, “a short you can swim in.” The British company’s designers were inspired by an underwater theme for spring 2015. The tropical palette features colors like dark ebony and coral with pops of pink, tangerine and a beautiful dive blue with electric undertones. The focus for tops is on easy, classic knits like pima cotton T-shirts, mélange polos and photoprinted T-shirts. Orelbar Brown prides itself on its timeless designs, luxurious fabrics, attention to detail and quality construction.
RELWEN: TRANSCENDING FASHION Relwen was always a dream for founder Jamie Rupp. Even while working for Bergdorf Goodman and Abercrombie & Fitch, the idea for a menswear brand was always on his mind. “My aim was to build enough experience and knowhow to one day make it happen with my own vision for the product,” explains Rupp. He finally made it happen in 2007 with a brand that he says “transcends fashion and defines great style.” Rupp describes the Relwen aesthetic as “full of the character, authenticity and detail that define iconic clothing. I love real product, stuff with heritage, collectibles, items that have endured the test of time. Quality is always at the root. We all have a deeper experience and connection with things that are truly well made and built with real purpose.” Must-have items for spring include super-light and soft cotton knits like polos, fine-gauge Henleys and knit button-downs. In bottoms, Rupp says the Relwen Commando short is “distinctly the best of its kind and possibly the most authentic in the market.” Functional outerwear like the Trail trench, a hybrid mountain biking rain jacket that is equally adept in the city, is also key. “It has a longer length for sitting or covering tail when riding, or just being out in the elements,” he says. The CPO jacket is another hit: this classic military shirt jacket with combo zipper and button front is a definite essential.
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new & noteworthy FAHERTY: TWICE AS NICE Twin brothers Alex and Mike Faherty launched Faherty in 2013 as a luxurious weekend-wear brand. Mike was a designer for Ralph Lauren’s RRL brand, so he brings that casual luxe vibe to the collection. Faherty’s fabric patterns are all designed by Mike, and as Alex (who handles the business side) explains, “They’re colorful and appealing to a wide range of guys. Our shirting is soft and buttery; our washes make new shirts feel old but still luxurious.” For spring, Faherty is evolving from its beautiful woven shirts to knits like indigo polo shirts that feel “manly and traditional.” Another must-have is the brand’s All Day short. The brothers developed a quick-dry fabric for a short that acts as a hybrid between a cotton chino and a swimsuit. Available in five colors (olive, khaki, charcoal, baby blue and Nantucket red), this short will quickly become an essential part of your weekend wardrobe.
JACOB COHEN: DENIM, ITALIAN-STYLE Jacob Cohen was founded on the idea of re-interpreting jeans in a way that’s both stylish and comfortable. This Italian brand makes its jeans from rare Japanese denim on original vintage looms in Padova, a small area of the Veneto region. In addition to the incredible tailored fits, Jacob Cohen denim offers remarkable extras like silver-plated rivets, pony hair labels in a variety of colors, selvedge details, embroidered accents, pockets lined in shirting fabrics and an extra spool of thread. But most impressive are the various washing and finishing techniques that the denim goes through in the company’s own wash facility. Must-haves for the spring season include denim in clean, sophisticated washes and cotton chinos in rich, approachable colors. Beyond denim, the collection has recently expanded into suits and shirting made from luxurious fabrics like cottons, wools and cashmere blends.
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Experience life’s little luxuries. THE LATEST SCOOP Ice cream is one of the great joys of spring and summer. (Actually, it brings joy all year.) Perhaps you’ve heard of High Road Craft Ice Cream, considered by many foodies to be the best in America. Chef Keith Schroeder originally created the artisanal treats just for chefs, but word spread and fascinating flavors such as Pistachio Honey Ricotta, Mango Chili Lime and Bourbon Burnt Sugar, along with elevated classics (think Vanilla Fleur de Sel), are now available to the public. What you might not know is that High Road also crafts bespoke ice cream. You can request your favorite ingredients, or if you’ve discovered a rare chocolate or happen to grow pecans in your backyard, supply your own. May we suggest chocolate with chocolate topped with chocolate?
MOSEY OUT WEST AND SIT A SPELL
Feel a hankering to get away from it all? Looking for peace and serenity? Big Sky Resort in southwest Montana, between Bozeman and West Yellowstone, is famous for skiing in winter and also offers a tranquil getaway during the warmer months. Half Hitch Home, one of the resort’s Signature Lodging Properties, is a three-level log house that boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two full kitchens, a theater room with seating for eight, an exercise room, a game room, a spacious sunroom with hot tub, and three living rooms decorated in the western style. A private concierge will arrange transportation and deliveries of groceries and liquor (a wine connoisseur chooses wines from the resort’s impressive selection), schedule a masseur and book a Montana-trained chef who specializes in preparing wild game such as bison, elk and pheasant. Sounds as fine as cream gravy.
A HISTORICAL FEAST Tugu Kunstkring Paleis in Jarkarta is celebrating its 100th anniversary (it was inaugurated in 1914 by the Dutch governor). Now under the management of Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group, this legendary structure includes a gallery for art exhibitions, Suzie Wong bar, Ban Lam wine shop, bread corner and a restaurant that offers the Betawi Grand Rijsttafel, a sumptuous social feast that used to be celebrated by the Dutch plantation landlords when they hosted honorable guests in the 1900s. This special menu arrangement consists of 12 to 24 different dishes, presented by 12 waiters dressed in costumes from the period of colonial Java. Somehow, they find time between courses to perform traditional dances.
THE SHOW GOES ON The Signature Theater in Arlington, Virginia is renowned for its definitive Sondheim productions, inventive adaptations of overlooked or forgotten works, and fresh new projects. The theater takes big musicals and presents them in an intimate setting (with seating for only 275) without stripping down the cast or the orchestra. Signature also offers education and outreach programs that engage the area’s increasingly diverse population and target those traditionally underserved by the arts. As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, this spring Signature Theater is putting on quite a show, presenting the world premiere of Soon by Nick Blaemire, Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, and Simply Sondheim, a brand-new Stephen Sondheim revue featuring six performers and a 16-piece orchestra. Bravo… bis.
THE ONLY WAY TO FLY If first class leaves you feeling a little cramped, reserve the Residence on Etihad Airways. Measuring 125 square feet, the Residence provides a living room, separate double bedroom and shower room, all with luxurious appointments. A touchscreen control unit operates the ambient lighting and window shading, adjusts seat position and firmness, and activates the in-seat massage functions. You’ll have access to broadband with internet mobile and data capability, live TV, HDMI, an AC outlet and USB ports. A butler, combining the roles of concierge and maitre d’hotel after training at the Savoy Butler Academy in London, handles the details and plans your menu. To ensure a really cozy night’s sleep, the Residence will even provide jammies.
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HOT TREND: BRACELETS
Spring is the season to show off your wrists as bracelets become the latest trend in men’s accessories. You can be creative with styling this look, as there’s no one way to wear them and there’s no one bracelet to wear. Mix and match different styles and materials—from metals to leathers, beads to stones. Stack them with your watch or call attention to the opposite wrist. The options are endless, so roll up your sleeves and have fun with it. —EMD
Men of the Cloth, a poignant documentary about Italian master tailors directed by Vicki Vasilopoulos, is must-see viewing for anyone who appreciates fine men’s clothing. This story of artistry, passion and pride is sure to inform and inspire. The painstaking process of creating a hand-crafted suit that conforms to the body and enhances the male form is broken down step-by-step by dedicated old-world craftsmen who fear that this expertise will vanish when they do. Fortunately, today’s resurgence of popular interest in artisanal craftsmanship as an alternative to mass production provides hope for the future of this venerable art form. Check out MenofTheClothFilm.com for screenings; the film will also be available on DVD and streaming from iTunes and Amazon. —KAG
COOL SCHOOL Brunello Cucinelli is making it cool to learn the art of tailoring. He’s investing in young talent with his launch of the Solomeo School, a tailoring academy for the next generation of apprentices. In order to open the school, Cucinelli acquired the business branch of Sartoria d’Avenza, an Italian specialty maker of men’s ready-to-wear and made-to-measure suits. There are four programs offered at the Solomeo School: two for Cucinelli’s direct business (Mending and Linking, Cutting and Assembly) and two to aid in the future of Solomeo (Horticulture and Gardening, Masonry). Cucinelli says, “The school is meant to be a vivid and concrete experience in which learning a craft occurs in an environment imbued with humanistic values… Like workshops back in the Renaissance, these are a noble expression of craftsmanship, halfway between art and technique; they complete the human, cultural and spiritual training that, I hope, might stir in our youth the desire to grow up and question itself, the honesty to admit one’s mistakes, the ability to use manual skills to serve intelligence and to be ‘concretely creative.’” The first program runs from October 2014 to June 2015. By training craftsmen for the future, Cucinelli intends to keep the quality in the craft, and in his apparel collections, for years to come. —EMD
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A DRIVER’S DREAM
ROAD TESTING THE BEST NEW AUTOMOBILES OF 2015. BY DAVID A. ROSE
A real car guy never thinks of his automobile as transportation. For him it’s the thrill of acceleration, the sense of control as he traverses through a tight turn, the throaty sound of his car’s exhaust note. These are what bring him joy. His sports car may not be the most pragmatic machine on the road, but it likely reflects his personality and sense of style. The car guy—and he who desires to become one—is the guy I’m addressing here. At the magnificent Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York, I had the opportunity to drive almost all the newly released 2015 car models as part of the International Motor Press Association’s test days. This happens each year as the new models are about to go on sale, so that automobile journalists can ascertain an impression of each one. In this car guy’s opinion, these six models represent the cream of the crop.
2015 Camaro ZL1 With a top speed of 184 MPH, 0 to 60 in four seconds and the ability to travel a quarter-mile in just 11.96 seconds, you might say this car was built to impress. The original Camaro was introduced in 1967, and this 2015 ZL1 more than lives up to its iconic heritage. The vehicle has it all: speed, looks and comfort. The 6.2 liter supercharged engine delivers 580 horsepower with 556 foot-pounds of torque. Taking cues from its racing past, the Camaro ZL1 is a driver’s machine; it’s strictly for the guy who wants all the grunt he can get from a street car.
2015 Corvette Stingray This eight-speed paddle-shifting convertible boasts 460 horsepower with 465 foot-pounds of torque. The exhaust note of the V8 engine is equivalent to the lyrical tonality of a brass band. Unlike earlier Corvettes (which tended to under-steer with hard cornering), this car is very neutral and quite nimble. Truly a world-class sports car, comparable to a Ferrari 458 Italia but at less than half the price.
2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe
2015 Jaguar F-Type
2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4
2015 Maserati Ghibli S Q4
handling, looks and appeal, this is the car that does it all. The Jaguar F-Type lives up to it pedigree and provides its owner the feel and sound of a racecar—even when shopping for groceries.
Comparing this Maserati to most muscle cars is akin to comparing Swan Lake to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. But its elegant looks can be misleading. When you put the hammer down on this fourdoor sedan, I promise you won’t be disappointed. It may not have the brute power of a Camaro ZL1, but the 404 horsepower and 404 foot-pounds of torque delivered from its three-liter twin-turbo V/6 will take it from 0 to 60 in under five seconds (it tops out at 165 MPH). This impressive performance is even more enjoyable since the car still provides the driver and passengers with a smooth and luxurious ride.
2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe Stepping out of a Corvette and into a four-door hatchback may sound like a downgrade, but to my surprise and delight, this car was fun to drive. It offers great handling, an aggressive exhaust sound, and of course, the sensibility of four doors with hatchback storage. And it’s plenty quick. The four-cylinder, two-liter turbo engine produces 240 horsepower, capable of launching this 3,700pound car from 0 to 60 in less than six seconds while achieving 27 miles per gallon.
2015 Jaguar F-Type It may have taken 40 years to follow up on the extraordinary EType Jaguar of the 1960s and ’70s, but let me tell you: It was worth the wait. The Jaguar F-Type embodies all the feline superlatives one would expect from a two-seater Jaguar sports car. There are three engine options, all of which are supercharged. The standard F-Type three-liter V/6 delivers 340 horsepower; the F-Type S three-liter V/6 delivers 380 horsepower; and the F-Type V/8 S produces 495 horsepower. In terms of all-around performance,
2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe This is not your father’s Cadillac. It’s a dignified automobile with proper Cadillac refinements, but with the added element of performance. The 3.6 liter V/6 produces 321 horsepower, enough to make a Sunday drive in the country something special. Clearly, this is a good year for car guys. Expand your collection, get out on the road and celebrate spring!
T H E U LT I M AT E T R O U S E R . . . AND JEANS
BOTTLE ART While you’re probably familiar with the wine and cheese served at art gallery openings, or jazz concerts held on winery lawns, you may not know how significant a role fine alcohol plays in supporting and promoting fine arts and fashion. There are the sponsorships: Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, Coachella, Art Basel and so on. Some brands go beyond hosting after parties, as Stoli did in 2012: it partnered with designers at Sachika to create gowns inspired by the vodka's newest flavors. And of course, Absolut introduced the concept of bottle as art in 1986. Andy Warhol suggested creating a piece that incorporated the nowiconic bottle, thus launching the first of the Swedish vodka’s innovative print ads. The brand reportedly has a massive storeroom of Absolut-inspired or sponsored artwork to rival the government warehouse where the Ark of the Covenant was stashed in Indiana Jones. Other producers take their involvement to the next level. This past November, The Macallan single-malt Scotch whisky released the fifth in its series of Masters of Photography collaborations, this time highlighting the work of fashion photographer Mario Testino. With each collaboration, Macallan commissions original works from the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Elliot Erwin and others centered around a relevant theme (Erwin shot around Scotland, Leibovitz incorporated Scottish actor Kevin McKidd’s chiseled looks into a variety of drinkworthy settings). Macallan’s whisky maker Bob Dalgarno crafts unique expressions of Macallan inspired by the theme and the images. This year, Testino interprets Macallan’s ‘‘Six Pillars’’ of
craftsmanship (small stills, oak casks, natural color, spiritual home, finest cut and the whisky itself) through four iconic images. One thousand Mario Testino editions were made, costing $3,500 each. That price bags you one of the Testino images, a unique expression of Macallan specially blended from six special casks, minis of the six individual casks, and a lacquer box also designed by Testino. Bottle closures have become a popular venue for partnering with woodworkers, jewelers and sculptors. DeLeon Tequila (relaunched this year by hip hop mogul Sean ‘‘Diddy’’ Combs) boasts an ornate (and heavy) silver bottle cap crafted by ‘‘biker jewelry’’ designer Bill Wall. Last year, Patrón teamed up with Evan Yurman, design director for David Yurman timepieces, to create a limited-edition bottle stopper for Patrón Añejo tequila. The $55 metal die-cast stopper is designed to look like the handle of a samurai sword, electroplated in gunmetal and 24K gold. Not every affiliation requires direct involvement with the bottle. Two years ago, Chivas partnered with luxury automobile designer Pininfarina to craft the Chivas 18 Mascherone, an edition of five streamlined sculptures/display cabinets selling for $100,000 each. And last year, Italian leather company Poltrana Frau was inspired to create a special edition of the company’s 1919 wingback chair, inspired by winemaker Lamberto Frescobaldi’s Luce della Vite wine. Dyed an intense Sangiovese red, it features an oak-lined cupholder attachment (for your wine glass) and monogrammed brass plate.
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ALCOHOL BRANDS SUPPORT THE ARTS AND FASHION. BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
WOULD YOU PASS THE
MODERN FIT TEST? ANSWER THE QUESTIONS BELOW TO FIND OUT IF YOUR SUIT IS MAKING YOU LOOK OLDER, HEFTIER, OUT OF SHAPE, OR SIMPLY OUT OF DATE.
The width of the shoulders (point to point) should complement your body. If padding is extending the suit shoulders beyond your natural shoulders, then your suit is too old.
Sleeves are trimmer and armholes higher than before. This is how Europeans have been wearing their suits for years, allowing for arm movement so you don’t lift up your entire jacket each time you raise your arms.
Lapels are slimmer, though your personal style will dictate how slim. If you can make the leap, try combining slim lapels and narrower ties for a sharp, stylish look. You’ll be surprised at how this takes years off your perceived age.
4. Take the button test. If, when you button your two-button suit, the bottom button hits at or below your waistline, it’s definitely time to shop for new clothing. Also, with your arms down, the bottom of your jacket should reach your knuckles, not your fingertips.
5. Modern dress pants should sit a bit lower on the waist and end higher off the ground than before, so forget the old rules about where pants should break. We like to say that the bottom of the pant should “caress” the top of the shoe. The good news: people can see more of that fabulous footwear you’re now wearing.
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If you failed this test or have any questions, come in and try on some modern clothing. We guarantee that you’ll see, and appreciate, the difference.
Our legendary Style Advisors have been with us an average of over 10 years and are passionate about developing trusted relationships with customers and advising on all clothing, jewelry and accessory matters. They always go the extra mile to ensure that your shopping experience is efficient and enjoyable and that you are fabulously well dressed.
In all of our stores, we are known for our extraordinary Made-to-Measure Advisors, who will help you create bespoke suits, shirts, sportcoats and more. Choose from exquisite fabrics, buttons, linings and details from the world’s top fashion houses. Custom shoes, leather goods and other items are also available by request.
COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP
The only thing nicer than buying our merchandise is gifting it. We make it even nicer with complimentary wrapping. You choose the perfect gift… we’ll do the rest.
To help you integrate new purchases with old, enjoy a complimentary closet consultation. A Style Advisor will visit your home and make suggestions on how to edit, mix and match your wardrobe. An expert tailor can be on hand for adjustments. If desired, we will also create a photo catalog of your wardrobe for future reference.
As a full-service jeweler, we offer custom design services and can help you design the piece of your dreams. You can work with your own sketch, or with a famed design studio such as Kwiat or Oscar Heyman, to turn what’s in your head into something on your neck... or wrist... or ears... or ﬁnger!
CLOTHING DONATIONS Service is important to us, not only in our stores, but also in our community. We will help you clear out unwanted items in your closet, while providing for a local charity. We coordinate the donation and will even make the delivery for you.
FASHION EMERGENCIES You never know when a fashion emergency will strike, so we’re always prepared, even after hours — just dial your main store number and follow the prompts to be connected to one of our family’s homes, and we’ll come to your rescue!
VIRTUAL CLOSET Through our new MWorld services, we keep a visual electronic inventory of your wardrobe to remind you and your Style Advisor of what you have and in what size. A wardrobe is a serious investment. There is no substitute for building it wisely, with the guidance of someone who takes the time to know your wardrobe, lifestyle and needs.
COMPLIMENTARY ALTERATIONS Whether you purchase in-store or online, we offer complimentary expert alterations on all regularly priced merchandise. Down to the last detail, we ensure that each article is tailored masterfully just for you. Alteration fees apply only on sale items 40% off or more.
RETURN & EXCHANGE POLICY We want you to be 100% satisﬁed with everything you buy. If you are not completely happy with a purchase, feel free to bring it back within a reasonable period of time. We want to make sure you love your new items as much when you get home as you did in the store!
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HOME DELIVERY We understand you have a busy schedule and want to do all we can to lessen the demands on your time. This is why we provide local delivery if you live in a reasonable proximity to our stores.
REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT We understand how precious your time is. Call or email your Style Advisor for an appointment and we’ll get you in and out with record speed!
To ensure your shopping experience is as stress-free as possible, at many of our stores we provide you with ample complimentary parking that is both convenient and secure.
A loose thread or button can be just the thing that unravels your day. Bring in any suit or outerwear with buttons that need repair and we’ll re-attach or tighten them for you, on site and free of charge.
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In this hectic world, sometimes a hot cup of coffee is just what you need... Cold drinks, snacks and M&Ms are always on hand for a pick-me-up, too.
Make a favorite old pair of shoes or handbag (almost) new again. Through our relationships with designers and world-class leather and skin craftsmen, we can bring new life to a tired treasure. Charges apply for these services. Call our stores for details.
FAMILY FRIENDLY As a family business, we feel it is essential to create a shopping experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family. At all of our stores, we provide interactive play areas so your time with us can be relaxed and your children can have fun. Treats and soft drinks are always on hand.
FUR CLEANING, STORAGE & REFURBISHMENT We offer a full array of fur services, including climate-controlled storage and fur makeovers through Oscar de la Renta Furs. Come for a free consultation and see how we can transform a dated fur into a new favorite.
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