SPRING 2014 THE LIFESTYLE
TROPICAL HIDEAWAY UNDER THE RADAR IN THE FLORIDA KEYS
RIPE TROPICAL HUES, BOLD NEUTRALS & LOTS OF CHECKS!
MITCHELLS RICHARDS MARSHS
Su Misura Made to Measure is the Art of Personal Elegance
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GREETINGS FROM THE MITCHELL FAMILY
WE’VE BEEN BUSY ALL WINTER CREATING A PROPRIETARY TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM THAT WILL BRING CUSTOMER SERVICE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL...
EXCITING CHANGES ARE IN STORE FOR SPRING! Spring has always been the perfect time for new beginnings. So we are thrilled to announce that we will be rolling out an exciting new program, designed to help us serve you better. M-Pix, an electronic photo inventory system, is being introduced in all ﬁve of our stores. Your favorite sales associate will be happy to show you how it works. Meanwhile, shipments of stunning new collections for spring/summer 2014 have been arriving daily. Come see the latest creations from our spectacular roster of clothing, accessory and jewelry designers! We look forward to serving you better than ever this season! With hugs,
The Mitchell Family
WHAT IS M-PIX? M-Pix is a new electronic platform, developed by Mitchells Family of Stores, to enable associates to make visual wardrobing suggestions, both in the store and electronically. We are digitally photographing our inventory across all five stores. Your associate, who is familiar with your wardrobe, lifestyle, events and needs, will be able to “zap” you custom “curated lists,” recommending pieces hand-picked for you... or send pics to quickly satisfy your requests, when you are looking for something. M-Pix also allows them to give you a 360-degree view of our inventory while you’re shopping to complete your look to perfection. This system was created to enhance your shopping experience and make it easier to visualize and gain immediate access to our collective inventory.
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Bob Mitchell DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
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THE CALIBRE DE CARTIER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH COMBINES THE POWER OF ITS DESIGN WITH A CARTIER FINE WATCHMAKING MOVEMENT, THE 1904-CH MC. FITTED WITH A DOUBLE BARREL AND A COLUMN WHEEL, IT GUARANTEES EXCEPTIONAL TIMEKEEPING. ESTABLISHED IN 1847, CARTIER CREATES EXCEPTIONAL WATCHES THAT COMBINE DARING DESIGN AND WATCHMAKING SAVOIR-FAIRE.
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Luncheon guests wore their pink Manolos in honor of breast cancer!
BCA STEPS OUT FOR PINK The 18th Annual BCA Fashion Show and Luncheon invited guests to “Kick Up Your Heels!”
Pop-up Manolo Boutique at the luncheon
Left: Scott Mitchell and Andrew Mitchell-Namdar celebrated survivor Tomomi Arikawa; Below: Suzette and Nanette Andrews with Pat Battle
Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik created two styles of BCA-inspired pink heels that were sold exclusively at Richards to beneﬁt breast cancer research. Richards hosted a pop-up shoe boutique alongside the designer’s trunk show at the BCA event held at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, CT. Keynote speaker Pat Battle, who received a standing ovation, spoke to the group, and a Richards runway fashion show, where survivors shared the limelight with professional models, showcased fall fashion.
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BLACK+BLUE WEEK Mitchells, Marshs and Richards showcased one of the season’s biggest trends with pop-up shops featuring black and blue merchandise including bags, shoes and apparel.
Outrageous colbalt wigs, local art by artist Joseph Dermody, and Lillian August furnishings created the boutiques’ ambience.
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Metamorphosis, an HermĂ¨s story
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Metamorphosis, an HermĂ¨s story
Two-button jacket in cotton poplin Straight trousers in cotton and linen gabardine ÂŤ Dressage chronograph Âť in steel, silvered dial, matt alligator strap
Metamorphosis, an HermĂ¨s story
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Mary Nicolia and other chic “ladies who lunched”
Moto chic, black & blue and borrowed from the boys are just a few of the top 10 season’s trends highlighted at the commentated fashion show and luncheon. Guests heard and saw how moto chic can mean anything from a motorcycle leather bomber jacket to a Valentino studded clutch. Sometimes reading about trends is not as effective as hearing someone speak about them, and seeing them demonstrated on models in beautiful outﬁts.
Janis Passy, Betsy Woodall, Marjorie Wolff and Mitchells’ emcee, Sandy Ceppos
We do not learn for the school, but for life
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PHILANTHROPIC EVENINGS During the holiday season, Mitchells Family of Stores traditionally hosts multiple shopping nights to beneﬁt worthy causes. This year we hosted these philanthropic giving events at each of our stores, partnering with local charity and cultural groups to beneﬁt community causes. Board members and guests of the organizations came to shop, mingle and celebrate the glorious giving season. From medical research organizations to nearby hospitals and arts centers, we are more than happy to support these meaningful causes.
NEAR & FAR Near & Far is an all-volunteer organization that funds programs to address the causes and effects of poverty in Fairﬁeld County.
Above right: Anna and Paolo Costagli with Michele Romano; Below: Joan Panagos and Paolo Costagli; Near & Far friends
GREENWICH HOSPITAL Greenwich Hospital is part of the Yale New Haven Health system, where highly skilled surgeons, advanced technology and personalized care get patients back to their lives.
WESTPORT PLAYHOUSE The Westport Country Playhouse is a nationally recognized, not-forproﬁt, professional theatre with a mission to enlighten, enrich and engage a diverse community of theatre lovers, artists and students.
Richards’ holiday decor; Barbara Coleman and Sabrina Forsythe; Guests
NEPHCURE Nephcure is committed to exclusively supporting research seeking the cause of the potentially debilitating kidney disease FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome, improving treatment and ﬁnding a cure.
Paul Kayaian and Michele Romano; Jeanette Kordiak and Roseanne Zudekoff
Clockwise from top left: Margie Treesman and Clarissa Moore; Josh Tuchman, Westport Steinway Gallery associate and Debra Cilingin; Angie and Mark Graham with Bogie; John Goodrich, Karen Parrella, Elizabeth Marks Juviler, Patricia Goodrich and Jill Miller; Ann Sheffer, First Selectman Jim Marpe and wife Mary Ellen with Bob and Jack Mitchell; Bob Mitchell, Margaret Preston and Darlene Krenz
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THE UNITED WAY: RECIPE FOR SUCCESS Left: Guest speaker, award-winning Chef Jacques Pépin; Below: Bill Mitchell introduced Chef Pépin to the crowd
United Way’s Giving Tree
An award-winning chef was the perfect recipe for a successful United Way donor evening. Jacques Pépin wowed the guests with humorous anecdotes, cooking tips and general crowd-pleasing fun. Local restaurants supported this always-important organization, and the United Way took the time to personally thank their donor attendees at this sold-out event.
Chef Jacques Pépin’s book, Essential Pepin
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC From across a crowded room they sparkle. Before your eyes, they are nothing less than spectacular. Adorn yourself with Kwiat diamonds and be positively transformed.
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STAPLES GRID IRON MIKE & MARCE GET HIGH RATINGS! ESPN host and commentator Mike Greenberg and Westport’s Staples High football head coach Marce Petroccio had a casual sit-down conversation about football and growing up in a town like Westport. The conversation turned to the topic of inﬂuencing and teaching young male students. Clockwise from top: Mike Greenberg (center) with Marce Petroccio and his players; Bill Mitchell and Tammy Zelkowitz accepted a Pink Aid donation from the team’s Pink Aid fundraising; ESPN host and commentator Mike Greenberg and Westport’s Staples High football head coach Marce Petroccio
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS! Mitchells and Richards continued their tradition of hosting St. Nick for all to meet. Guests enjoyed sharing a photo and a cup of hot chocolate on holiday weekends... Ho! Ho! Ho!
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THE ART OF CARTIER Guests of Mitchells previewed the exclusive Cartier Precious Timepiece Collection at our annual Cartier holiday cocktails evening. This year’s event, Cartier Savoir Faire, featured limitededition timepieces with the theme of ﬂora and fauna. Greenery and ﬂoral walls were backdrops for these incredible watches showcased in dark purple ombre vitrines.
Mitchells jewelry specialist Jay Hanna showcased the luxe timepieces.
LAMBDA LEGAL Lambda Legal celebrated their 40th anniversary with a beneﬁt at Mitchells. Guests watched as models walked the runway in the season’s best and enjoyed cocktails, brunch and a silent auction to beneﬁt the organization’s work.
Above: Silent auction bids were tallied; Left: Co-chairs Bryan Morris, John Stafstrom and Andrew MitchellNamdar with honoree Diane Marini
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Top right: Todd Reedâ€™s Kim offered his expertise; Above: Paul Morelli, Claire Gladstone, Sonia Spencer and John Walker
Todd Reed, Sylva Yepremian and Paul Morelli showcased Shimmering Offerings at our annual Fall Jewelry Designer Luncheon at Mitchells. Carrying through a museum-like theme, the artisan designs were displayed on museum pedestals centered between the rows of gorgeous metallic-designed tablescapes for the luncheon guests to admire. Each designer shared their inspirations and one-of-a-kind collections with the fashionable crowd.
Left: Designer Sylva Yepremian; Below: Michele Romano, buyer Jennifer Farrington, Sylva Yepremian, Kim Meyer and Patrica Kaylor
PA U L M O R E L L I
all designs ÂŠ 2014 paul morelli
photo: j. pushnik
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PINK AIDâ€™S 3RD ANNUAL LUNCHEON & FASHION SHOW
Right: Keynote speaker, author Jane Green; Below: Brunello Cucinelli and his interpreter in live feed from Italy.
President Amy Katz, co-chair Susan Robison, founders Renee Mandis, Andrew Mitchell-Namdar, Amy Gross and co-chair Tammy Zelkowitz
Above: Jeffery Selden, caterer, sponsor and generous partner to Pink Aid; Left: survivors walked in the fashion show
Pink Aid put a global twist on its 3rd Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show at Mitchells: a live feed straight from Solomeo, Italy featured the master himself, Brunello Cucinelli, welcoming the ladies with his style philosophy and pure Italian charm. The guests enjoyed a fabulous Brunello Cucinelli fashion show and took time to remember why they were all there. The emotional climax of the event was the Celebration of Survivorship fashion show, featuring 14 local breast cancers survivors modeling fall fashions while a famous and personal quote from each ďŹ‚ashed on projection screens behind them. A moving and hilarious keynote address by charming best-selling author Jane Green helped to raise an astounding $500,000plus to aid breast cancer patients during their treatments, and also supply much needed preventative breast cancer mammogram screenings.
SAVE THE DATE FOR PINK AID 2014...OCT 9th
Van Cleef & Arpels Necklace, 1975
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MITCHELLS & ZEGNA UP THE ANTE! Miller Motorcars Masseratis on view
The last two standing: first and second place winners, doctors and friends, Dr. Robert Moskowitz and Dr. Jeff Green
One hundred guests at our Zegna-sponsored Texas Hold â€˜Em Poker tournament tasted wines (compliments of Saugatuck Grain and Grape) while enjoying Italian pastas and antipasti from Marcia Selden catering. Miller Motorcars and Zegna offered 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes to the lucky winners, including a Zegna gift certiďŹ cate, and use of a Masserati Quattroporte for a weekend. Thanks to all our supporters for making this evening of camaraderie so exciting.
Jack Mitchell joked with poker table full of friends
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FAB FASHION GORGEOUS GEMS AMAZING ART Kimberly McDonald, Scott Mitchell, Jennifer Farrington and Bob Mitchell
Kimberly McDonald treasures; Mary Beth Wise and her mother, Dorothy
A line-up of modern mannequins in the foyer and live models on pedestals throughout were eye-candy for the guests. Yigal had fun with a guest
Fashion designer Yigal Azrouël and jewelry artisan Kimberly McDonald were the main attraction at the home of Richards' clients Mary Beth and Peter Wise in Greenwich, CT. This modern art-ﬁlled home shared center stage with the designer collections; its drama and exquisite interior design were the perfect backdrop for the modern designs.
Yigal Azrouël, Mary Beth and Peter Wise, guest, Norberto Barroso and Kimberly McDonald
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SPRING 2014 TRUNK SHOWS
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This season, our designers have been hard at work (or more like play!) conjuring up tantalizing motifs that are fun, fanciful and deconstructed in oh so many ways... think fabric, silhouette and texture. With warm weather comes a perfect opportunity to allure and delight with sheer fabrics, cutouts, pleats and other whimsical surprises. Ladies, get your spring on!
Photography: Sergio Kurhajec Hair/Makeup: Claire Bayley Styling: Wendy McNett
Skirt & Blouse: STELLA McCARTNEY
Dress: YIGAL AZROUﾃ記
Handbag: REED KRAKOFF
Dress: HERVE LEGER Earrings: EDDIE BORGO
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Dress: RALPH LAUREN
Leather Jacket: CHLOE Skirt & Corset: STELLA McCARTNEY Clutch: PROENZA SCHOULER
#snake#lizard#alligator Shoe: MANOLO BLAHNIK Clutch: GUCCI
donâ€™t be shy to show some skin
Blouse: DEREK LAM Perforated Top: HELMUT LANG
wear what u choose when u choose WYTVIQIGSRﾃ？IRGI #instantly recognizable
Scarf (worn as dress): KENZO Leather Jacket: IRO
#pleats Blouse: CHLOE Skirt: ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Handbag: LIPO
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Sweater & Skirt: MICHAEL KORS Sandal: MANOLO BLAHNIK
Dress: PHILLIP LIM
Dress: PROENZA SCHOULER Handbag: TOD’S
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Gown: MICHAEL KORS
FRESH OUT OF LONDON
PRESENTING VICTORIA BECKHAM READY-TO-WEAR! For spring 2014, we are thrilled to be introducing award-winning designer Victoria Beckham to our Mitchells and Richards stores! As you may have read, Victoria Beckham ready-to-wear was launched in September 2008 to great acclaim at New York Fashion Week. The collection is entirely handmade in the United Kingdom. Victoria Beckham’s fashion label represents “modern luxury” and is conceived by Victoria and developed at her studio with the same aspirational, chic and reﬁned aesthetic that is at the heart of her creative vision. Her label represents “only the ﬁnest in design, fabrication, material and construction.” Among many accolades she has received as a new designer, in 2011 Victoria Beckham won Best Designer Brand at the British Fashion Awards. We look forward to introducing you to this exciting, fashion-forward line!
“THE INTERPRETATION OF SHAPES AND HOW TO APPLY THEM BOTH LITERALLY AND CONCEPTUALLY WAS MY STARTING POINT THIS SEASON. “EXPLORING NEW PROPORTIONS HAS ALLOWED ME TO FURTHER DEVELOP MY SILHOUETTE AND I HAVE SET BOYISH ELEMENTS AGAINST A SENSE OF FEMININITY THAT IS MANIFESTED THROUGH THE USE OF LINES, WAVES AND TEXTURED OVERLAYS.” VICTORIA BECKHAM
HAVE YOU NOTICED BILL’S NEW LOOK?!
FATHER/SON MAKEOVER BILL MITCHELL “GETS HIS STYLE ON” WITH AN UPDATED LOOK BY SON TYLER. MAYBE YOUR DAD OR HUSBAND COULD USE THE SAME?
Tyler Mitchell had been perturbed by his father’s style. “Anyone who knows my dad knows he has this incredibly fun, engaging, upbeat and inspiring personality. None of this was reﬂected in his clothing.” So, careful to select pieces that were fashion forward, yet appropriate, Tyler got to work... starting from top to bottom, eyewear to footwear. Bill had been wearing khakis and a navy blazer or other expected basics for as long as Tyler could remember. To start, Tyler chose a three-piece suit, a current trend, in the new updated ﬁt and a fabric with the right splash of personality. Next, the white shirt and wide tie were replaced with a beautiful, richly colored blue shirt and a narrower silk tie. For the shoes, Tyler selected a classic cap-toed laceup that is elegant and transcends age. “I would wear those shoes!” Tyler complimented Bill. Finally, the eyewear. Bill hadn’t changed the style of his glasses in years, so Tyler brought him into Specs, where they found some thicker frames that Tyler feels are “bold, like Dad’s personality.” Tyler proceeded to edit Bill’s wardrobe and has worked with him on his casual and sporty looks as well. The results? Bill is delighted and doesn’t know why he didn’t think of this before, hanging out where he does everyday! If you see Bill, you’ll probably notice a new spring in his step...
HOW CAN I GET TO LOOK MORE LIKE YOU?
IMPOSSIBLE... JUST KIDDING, LET’S GET TO WORK!
ALL IN THE... DETAILS BILL’S HEAD-TO -TOE
MAKEOVER INCLUDED A NEW SUIT, SHIRT, TIE, SHOES AND EYEWEAR. TYLER IS PLEASED THAT BILL’S LOOK FINALLY MATCHES HIS PERSONALITY!
three-piece suit, tailored ﬁt
FASHION Q & A
LOCAL DESIGNER WITH GLOBAL ACCLAIM
THE AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER ON DRESSING THE FIRST LADY, TRUSTING YOUR INSTINCTS AND HOCKEY WITH BOB AND RUSS MITCHELL. How did you ﬁnd fashion design? (Or did it ﬁnd you?) Growing up, I was inspired by my mother’s work in interior design and always had an appreciation for color and form. I grew up playing ice hockey in Weston and there were moments when I thought I wanted to be a professional ice hockey player. I also studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but after studying fashion at Parsons in New York, I knew my passion was truly for fashion design. What was your greatest encouragement to start your own line? After designing for 20 years in the fashion industry, my own aesthetic and point of view seemed relevant and many of my colleagues and editors were supportive of me, so I felt it was time
for me to create a brand that was more personal and direct. What inspires your work? When I’m designing a collection, I always think about the women wearing my clothes, but for me it’s less about her age or individual style and more about who she is as a person. I envision a modern, working woman who is conﬁdent and reﬁned but also feminine and sexy. For me, fashion is about selfexpression. What is your philosophy as a designer? To create a unique and personal vision. In life? Trust your instincts. What have been the biggest milestones in the ﬁrst 20 years of your career? Being honored three times by the Council of Fashion
Designers of America as the Accessory Designer of the year, being able to dress First Lady Michelle Obama for the 2013 inauguration, swearing in ceremony, her second official White House portrait and the April cover of Vogue have been some of the biggest milestones to date. I’ve also recognized how fortunate I am to love what I do every day. What are your favorite pieces you’ve ever designed? Some of my favorite pieces I’ve designed are from the pre-fall 2014 collection. A royal blue Atlas satchel made of viper, a crocodile Anarchy chain bag, tall Oxford boots in black painted python, a pair of black and white mixed exotic loafers I designed in collaboration with J.M. Weston, a nude castor beaver fur vest paired with a black and nude painted python skirt, a pair of black painted python Oxford ankle boots and a Bionic Anarchy chain bag. I love to mix luxe exotic materials in a way that is tailored and edgy, yet soft and feminine. What are you most excited about for your spring 2014 collection? Each collection is a new chapter, an opportunity to start fresh and tell a different story. What was it like growing up in Weston, Connecticut? How did your childhood inﬂuence your work? Growing up in Connecticut was the perfect blend of being near New York City, the epicenter of culture, and being in Fairﬁeld County, which has a great mix of historical culture and colonial architecture.
Favorite travel destination? Paris. Hotel? The Plaza Athénée in Paris. City? It’s always changing. Next summer, I’m spending time in Istanbul with my family. Movie? I watch a lot of documentaries. I like Black White + Grey, about Robert Mapplethorpe, and The Mystery of Picasso, by HenriGeorges Clouzot. I want to understand... not someone’s life but why they do the things they do; what is the process that gets them there? It’s about all the things you don’t see when you see an end product. I ﬁnd it really helps me when I get stuck creatively. Book? I’ve been collecting books since high school. Mainly, I’m interested in books on design, art, architecture, photography and sculpture. I’ve actually created a number of books over the years including Fighter: The Ultimate Fighters of the UFC and Women in Art: Figures of Inﬂuence. I’ve also contributed to books by French sculptors Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne and Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti. Author? John Richardson is my favorite author. He’s one of the world’s leading experts on Picasso. Restaurant? I much prefer to eat at home. My wife is a great cook. In the winter she cooks an amazing beef bourguignon. I don’t go out to eat a lot, but I love Bond Street, Le Bernardin and Daniel. Color? Constantly changing. What are ﬁve things you can’t live without? My family of course, but from a practical aspect: black Pentel pens, blank white paper, A.P.C. jeans, John Lobb shoes and black coffee.
What advice would you give to young people starting their careers? Trust your intuition, work hard and ﬁnd a muse who embodies the aesthetic you’re working towards. For me, it’s my wife Delphine. What causes are you most passionate about? I’ve been a longtime supporter of BCRF and Parsons School For Design.
Were you aware of Mitchells as a child? Describe your relationship with all the Mitchells stores and their customers. Absolutely. In fact, I grew up playing ice hockey with Bob and Russ Mitchell and I got to know the whole Mitchell family. Many of my friends worked at the store when I was growing up, so it was very much a part of my life.
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LUSH, EXOTIC & UNDER-THE-RADAR: THE MOORINGS VILLAGE & SPA
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Islamorada or “purple island,” named for its violet sunsets, sits midway between Miami and Key West, in the upper part of the string of islands known as the Keys. The former stomping grounds of Zane Gray, Jimmy Stewart and many presidents, Islamorada is known for legendary sportﬁshing and its remote yet easy-to-reach location. Set on a tropical former coconut plantation, the Moorings Village & Spa is a welcome departure from what most people expect from a Florida vacation. Frenchman Hubert Baudoin purchased the original property in 1987 and by 1989 bought 14 adjacent acres. He has painstakingly transformed it into a calming paradise in an effort to preserve the architecture, vegetation and “vibe”
of the Florida Keys of the 1930s and ’40s. Baudoin’s vision was to create an elegant, under-the-radar resort, where everything lies below a lush tree canopy. A resident botanist tends to a magniﬁcent array of banyans, coconut palms, hibiscus, gardenia, jasmine and countless other specimens that scent the property and give guests the feeling of being in a pristine tropical jungle. Most of the accommodations are freestanding plantation-style houses, with two bedrooms upstairs and living space downstairs. There are larger houses as well, including the three-bedroom Plantation House and the grand Blue Charlotte. All have covered verandas on which to sit and savor the setting. The vegetation is so spectacular that the Moorings is a sought-after location for photo shoots. In an on-site studio, you can peruse iconic images that have been photographed there by Cartier, Ralph
Lauren, Versace and Gap, to name a few. Vogue, Elle and other magazine covers grace these walls, as do two issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. The gracious, yet unobtrusive service is “on demand,” there when you want it, and invisible when you don’t. There is no room service or 24-hour desk, but someone is on call 24/7 to get you what you need. The property has two restaurants: Morada Beach Café for barefoot-friendly seafood and burgers, and Pierre’s for French fusion. Coastal Highway 1, a short walk away, is spotted with restaurants, shops and all the fun kitsch you’d expect to ﬁnd in the Keys plus all the Key lime pie you could ever eat. A common local debate abounds over who makes the best version. Kayaks, paddle boards, ﬁshing poles, bicycles, a spa, gym and tennis courts are all available on-site. If you get serious about ﬁshing, the staff will turn you on to colorful guides for on- or off-shore ﬁshing. Most local restaurants offer an option to bring in your catch for them to prepare. Islamorada is also known for some of the ﬁnest snorkeling and scuba in the east, and the Keys have the only real reefs in Florida. Get certiﬁed in scuba if you’re so inclined. The Moorings isn’t for everyone. If you want a bustling scene, go elsewhere. But if you’re seeking quality family (or extended family) time, father-son time, motherdaughter spa time or guy ﬁshing time... there are few places that offer its unique charms, so easy to get to, without going through customs or crossing borders.
A TASTE OF ISLAMORADA: KEY LIME PIE FROM PIERRE’S CHEF, JOUVENS JEAN ingredients for crust • 1-1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs from 9 (2 1/4-inch by 4 3/4inch) crackers • 2 tablespoons sugar • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
ingredients for filling • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk • 4 large egg yolks • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh or bottled Key lime juice ingredients for topping • 2 egg whites • 4 tablespoons sugar • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F. make crust: Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in a bowl with a fork until combined well, then press mixture evenly onto bottom and up side of a 9-inch (4-cup) glass pie plate. Bake crust in middle of oven 10 minutes and cool in pie plate on a rack. Leave oven on. make filling and bake pie: Whisk together
condensed milk and yolks in a bowl until combined well. Add juice and whisk until combined well (mixture will thicken
slightly). Pour filling into crust and bake in middle of oven 15 minutes. Cool pie completely on rack at room temperature (filling will set as it cools), then allow pie to chill for at least 8 hours. make topping: To make the meringue topping beat egg whites until frothy; gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla or other flavoring. Spoon onto pie, spreading to crust edge to seal filling in. Bake at 325° for 15 to 18 minutes, until nicely browned.
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You trust them to help you choose your clothing, outerwear, shoes and accessories. They understand what you like when it comes to gifts, fashion and style. So, it would only make sense that our “lifestyle experts” would also have some great tips when it comes to some of the other ﬁner things in life... like travel, restaurants, beaches and day trips. Here, we’ve asked a panel of staff and associates to share some personal recommendations.
Blue Beach, Vieques, Puerto Rico
LISA PRISCO BERMAN MARSHS
Mallory Square, Key West
For people-watching and sunsets,
My favorite beach is Blue Beach in
I love Mallory Dock in Key West.
Vieques, Puerto Rico. It is completely
There’s something different going on
unspoiled and you need a four-wheel
every night, and a big applause as the
drive vehicle to get there. It’s like your
sun dips below the horizon!
own private beach, and the snorkeling is great!
GINGER KERMIAN RICHARDS
King’s Road, Chelsea, London
My favorite local restaurant: Baang
Favorite sunset: Naples, Florida.
in Greenwich. I would kill for their
My favorite cocktail is a Champagne
calamari salad. My favorite beach is
and Canton over ice, which I love to
Watermill in the Hamptons, beautiful
enjoy as I unwind on my back terrace.
in the fall. Best people-watching place:
My favorite day trip is to Brooklyn
King’s Road in Chelsea, London.
Heights — and I am always up for an island getaway in Turks & Caicos!
Island with two parks, and the sunset
is amazing… I pinch myself every time
of Northport. We have the nicest harbor on the North Shore of Long
I go down! Favorite local restaurant: Tim’s Shipwreck Diner in Northport has been in business for probably 60 years. The decor is the inside of a boat Favorite day trip: The High Line in New
turned upside down. The waitresses
York City. Every time my wife Lori
are grumpy just as you would imagine,
and I go, it is always different for each
but the waffle maker has been handed
season. We eat at Chelsea Market,
down from Tim’s father Otto, who
which has many great choices for lunch,
was the original owner, to Tim. They
and go to Dos Caminos for dinner.
are fantastic and my family’s favorite.
Best sunset: I live in the small Village
Nothing like a Sunday at Tim’s!
Marco Island, Naples, Florida.
ROCCO MESSINA RICHARDS
Favorite restaurant anywere: Polpo,
Favorite farmstand: Green Acres
Greenwich. Favorite beach/best
in Catskill, New York. Favorite
sunset: Bonita Beach, Florida.
hotel: Hyatt, Greenwich. Favorite
Favorite day trip: Mystic Aquarium.
island: Marco Island, Naples,
Special wine ﬁnd: Beringer’s Red
Florida. Best people-watching:
Muscato. Favorite spa: Muse Spa,
Miami. Best happy hour:
Sundown Saloon, Greenwich.
Piazza Navona, Rome
Sunset Beach, Long Island
Favorite place on Earth: There is
the Piazza Navona, one of our favorite
something magical about Rome. My
places on earth. We enjoy walking,
husband jokes that for us it’s going
checking out the vendors’ treasures,
home to the “Motherland” — but it’s
watching the artists draw pictures
the people, the old-world atmosphere,
of the tourists and listening to street
the fashion and style and of course,
musicians play everything from rock to
the food! We always ﬁnd ourselves in
opera, while we dine on the piazza!
good and the frog legs are exceptional. she would say not as good as hers—
but, shhh, I say it is! Best sunset: Sunset
Now, being that my mom is Belgian,
Beach, Shelter Island, Long Island. From the beach, to the hotel, to the restaurant, you can’t get any better. The European vibe transports you out of Favorite restaurant: Le Soir
the Hamptons onto the Mediterranean
Restaurant, Bayport, Long Island. The
coast. The people-watching is not too
most authentic Belgian food one can
shabby; often proprietor André Balazs
ﬁnd on Long Island, nestled in a quaint
has a table going with the “it” people
artistic town. The food is consistently
of the moment.
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Favorite local restaurant: Pink Sumo.
Favorite beach: Amagansett. Favorite
Favorite restaurant anywhere: Asanebo
island: Little Palm Island off the coast
in Studio City, California — the best
of Florida. Best people-watching: An
authentic Japanese, where Nobu
outdoor table at Claufoutis on Sunset
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Favorite local restaurant: With my Texas roots and love of Mexican food, I love Bodega in Fairﬁeld. Do not miss the roasted pistachio guacamole or the burnt brisket tacos! Favorite restaurant anywhere: Fontalina Beach Club ristorante in Capri, Italy. What a setting… straight out of the Grace Kelly/Cary Grant era! Favorite place to get lost: The Streets
Eden Roc, St .Barths
of Paris. Best place to people-watch: Les Deux Magots sidewalk café, Saint
beach: Westport Compo, for a wind-
Germain-des-Pres, (Left Bank) Paris.
down sunset cocktail, or Eden Roc,
Favorite island: St. Barths. Favorite
St. Barths for lunch on the beach.
Chinese chicken salad; Cristal Room
Baccarat in Paris, for the black crystal chandeliers; Slanted Door in San Francisco, for the chicken clay pot; Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, where I had the best meal of my life; Made In China, Beijing, where I had the spiciest peppers ever; Salt Lick BBQ in Austin, for the best brisket and boch. Best place for a Favorite local restaurant: Colony
walk: Sleeping Giant, Hamden, for
Grille, Stamford, for the sausage hot
the foliage in the fall. Favorite beach:
oil pie or Rouge Brasserie, Byram, for
Tahiti Beach, St. Tropez, for people-
the life-changing onion tart. Favorite
watching and drinking rosé. Favorite
restaurant anywhere: Chinois on
hotel: Hotel Costes, Paris, for the
Main, Santa Monica, for the original
music and their signature scent.
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FRIED CHICKEN GETS DRESSED UP. By Donald Charles Richardson
SO WHAT IF VERSIONS OF FRIED CHICKEN have been eaten since ancient times in Europe and Asia, chicken fried in palm oil has been a longstanding staple in West African cuisine, and the Scots were early proponents of frying chicken in fat? (Some even credit them with introducing the technique to the United States.) Despite its worldly history, fried chicken has become an inimitably American dish. After all, how many other countries celebrate National Fried Chicken Day? (July 6th, FYI.) It’s almost impossible not to love fried chicken. It’s crispy, satisfying, delicious, and like all great comfort foods, it can even evoke nostalgia: memories of Sunday family dinners, summer picnics or late-night refrigerator raids. (Few things
in life are quite so satisfying as discovering an overlooked chicken leg.) Although fried chicken has always been popular, these days it’s become so fashionable that even elitist gourmets are crying fowl. And cooks all over the country are keeping abreast of this current passion for poultry. Raised on a farm, Mildred Cotton Council spent years learning and creating her recipes. In 1976, she finally opened Mama Dip’s Kitchen (Mama Dip was her childhood nickname) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she continues to turn out some of the best fried chicken in the country. “I’m a country cook. I can tell how a chicken is raised by the taste,” she asserts.
Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc
When asked if she has a special recipe, Mama Dip explains that she has “never called it a recipe” before sharing her prep routine: she soaks the chicken in a big tub filled with salt water, then rinses it off, dips it in flour and adds black pepper. “Best not to freeze for fried chicken,” she cautions. “People get chicken on sale and put it in a freezer, [but you] need a fresh chicken to begin with. Every day we get a delivery.” Chicken and waffles at Birch & Barley
different dipping sauces, including buffalo hot, satan spicy, homemade ranch buttermilk, barbeque and honey mustard. It stands to reason all the attention on this essentially simple American dish was eventually bound to ruffle the feathers of famous chefs. Renown for the gastronomic experiences he creates at his legendary French Laundry and Per Se restaurants, Thomas Keller salutes home cooking with Ad Hoc in Yountville, California. Here, chef de cuisine Katie HaganWelchel treats chickens like poultry royalty. Using only local birds no larger than 2.5 pounds (to promote even cooking), the chicken is cut into 10 pieces and spends 12 hours in an
Mama Dip always serves her fried chicken with biscuits. Another tip she’s generous enough to reveal: “I started making biscuits with plain self-rising flour with a little extra baking powder mixed in there. It’s really good.” Other restaurants, vying for the cock of the walk title, have come up with their own inventive methods of making fried chicken. In Portland, Oregon, David Kreifels, one of the three partners who’ve created Simpatica and Laurelhurst Market (named in 2010 as one of the best new restaurants by Bon Appétit) says they only serve fried chicken from the butcher shop on Tuesdays at Laurelhurst Market, and at brunch on Sundays at Simpatica. The chicken is soaked in buttermilk overnight, dusted with a blend of curry powder, flour, salt, pepper and paprika, then fried in oil. The spice coating allows the chicken to develop a nice crisp at a lower oil temperature. It’s allowed to “rest” after frying and Kreifels says, “As it cools the crust gets crispier… and the crust stays on because of the lower heat.” Their chicken is served with waffles in fruit syrup. In Washington D.C., Birch & Barley’s fried chicken and waffle dish is so popular that husband and wife team Kyle (chef) and Tiffany (pastry chef) Bailey have opened another restaurant, GBD (Golden, Brown & Delicious), that highlights fried chicken along with their gourmet doughnuts. You can actually order a fried chicken sandwich with a doughnut as the bread. (Truly, you can!) GBD uses 100 percent hormone-free chickens plunged into a buttermilk brine then fried fresh to order. It’s served with sides like crème fraiche biscuits, scallion potato salad, pimento mac ‘n cheese, creamed kale and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and presented alongside 12
IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LOVE FRIED CHICKEN.
herb-lemon brine (to help the meat stay juicy). It’s air dried to room temperature then dredged in flour mixed with garlic, onion powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Next it’s dipped in buttermilk, then returned to the flour mixture and finally fried in peanut oil. Chef HaganWhelchel uses two different fryers—one for white meat, another for dark—pointing out that dark meat takes longer and she prefers to cook it at a lower temperature (320 degrees) than the white (340 degrees). Fried chicken at Ad Hoc is on the menu every other Monday and served with corn bread and seasonal vegetables. It’s also available in a box lunch at Addendum in the garden behind Ad Hoc, from Thursday through Saturday. When you get right down to it, whether simple or sophisticated, fried chicken at its best is soul-satisfying food you eat with your fingers while having a really wonderful time. “Fried chicken somehow emotionally resonates with everybody,” says Hagan-Whelchel. “It’s a thread through all of us… it just makes you feel good.”
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CALLING ALL FASHIONISTAS! WE’D LIKE YOU TO MEET SOME OF THE MOST DARING & INVENTIVE DESIGNERS IN THE WORLD TODAY AT OUR STORE-WITHIN-A-STORE. ON THE PAGES THAT FOLLOW, CATCH A GLIMPSE OF WHAT THEY’VE BEEN UP TO.
IRO IRO, a Paris-based fashion house, was founded by brothers Laurent and Arik Bitton in 2005. With a background in the music industry, Laurent and Arik decided to channel their love for music into fashion. Inspired by fashionable women from their inner circle, they created a clothing line that has a distinct vintage feel and at the same time mirrors a nonchalant, easy-chic style.
STELLA MCCARTNEY McCartney’s designs combine understated seduction, sharp tailoring, natural conﬁdence and sexy femininity. This season, look for ﬂirty silhouettes that experiment with transparency and opacity.
LANVIN Creative director Alber Elbaz’s spring collection is all about over-the-top shine and surprising silhouettes. “I think that freedom is luxury and luxury is freedom,” he states simply.
RAG & BONE Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s brand has become synonymous with very wearable clothing that innovatively melds classic tailoring with an edgy yet understated Downtown New York City aesthetic.
TULAH JEM Designer Sally Kruteck-Siegel creates casual luxury jewelry, mixing pavé diamonds with gold, leather, fabric and gemstones. This mixture gives the line a timeless and sexy elegance that moves seamlessly from informal to red carpet.
THE ROW Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen design for “an ecentric, very well-dressed nomad,” taking inspiration and garments from their travels around the globe. The spring collection references Arabia, Northern Africa, Russia and other exotic locales with its rich patterns and shapes.
L’AGENCE Creator Margaret Maldonado strives to combine the best quality fabrics with classic forms. She uses washed silks and Japanese and Italian fabrics to create luxurious, yet well-priced pieces. Every season is meant to complement the next, a fresh interpretation of classic styles.
DEREK LAM “Design-wise, my tendency is to look at clothes in a minute way. This season, my challenge was to allow playfulness.” In Derek Lam’s 10th season, pulling back lends his clothes an appealing and iconic minimalism.
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN In this collection, Sarah Burton was inspired by “a cultural merger between African tribal and early 20th-century art,” while cross-referencing the McQueen ’90s street style. A mix of elaborate details and luxurious textiles is what this season is all about.
VALENTINO Valentino’s famed accessory designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are now co-creative chiefs of the legendary fashion house. The duo continues to bring a sexy edge to their classic designs with their iconic Rockstud accessories collection.
YIGAL AZROUËL After a few more “exploratory seasons,” Yigal Azrouël is staying true to his signature style... offering stunningly polished, bodyconscious clothing with a streetwise vibe.
SYLVA & CIE Sylva Yepremain, a passionate collector of antique jewelry, alludes to vintage looks from the Art Deco period as a source of inspiration for her modern-day collections. Each piece she creates combines nature and the environment with molten metals and colorful jewels, respecting their organic and unreﬁned beginnings.
ALLTIED UP! THE FINISHING TOUCH THAT MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
hose in the know view ties first and foremost as fashion accessories, divorced from the dress codes of 30 years ago. While ties paired with suits are still mandatory in some corporate office environments, many guys don’t see them that way: to younger generations, ties in narrower widths and materials like cotton or wool are fashionable accessories that go just as well with jeans and an unconstructed blazer... or no jacket at all. Take note that ties have been steadily slimming down over the last 10 years, from an average of 4 inches in 1994 to 3.25 inches today. Several widths (as illustrated above) are now acceptable, as long as they’re in proportion to your jacket lapel. With the pressure off, you’re free to add neckwear to almost any outfit, for almost any occasion. There’s no better way to show your unique personal style.
PHOTOGRAPHER: JENS INGVARSSON. STYLIST: WILLIAM BUCKLEY. TAILOR: JASON SANTIAGO. MODEL: EMANUELE @ MAJOR MODELS
LITTLE-KNOWN NECKWEAR FACTS 1.
Louis XIV began wearing a lace cravat at the age of seven, igniting a trend that spread across France.
In the early 1700s, leather collars called “stocks” were worn around the neck to protect major blood vessels and encourage soldiers to hold their heads high during battle.
Published in 1818, Neckclothitania or Tietania contains the first printed use of the word “tie” in reference to neckwear.
The long, thin necktie style still used today was born during the industrial revolution, when factory workers needed simple, unfussy neckwear that wouldn’t come undone.
When soldiers returned home from WWII, the Bold Look (characterized by ties that were up to 5 inches wide) showed their eagerness to break free from the conformity of military uniforms.
Since September 2007, doctors in British hospitals have been banned from wearing neckties because they are laundered less frequently than other clothing items.
In their book The 85 Ways to Tie a Tie, physicists Thomas Fink and Yong Mao assert that there are exactly 85 possible ways to knot a conventional necktie. Of these, Fink says, “just over a dozen are sufficiently handsome or different from each other to be worn.”
International Necktie Day (or Cravat Day in Croatia) is celebrated each year on October 18th.
Necklaces: LORI ANN
allows you to create your own signature looks.
CURATED JEWELRY COLLECTIONS At Mitchells Family of Stores, we like to think of the exquisite collections of ﬁne jewelry you see in our cases as “an everyday exhibition” for our customers to visit, peruse at their leisure and enjoy. These collectible pieces represent the groundbreaking creativity and impeccable craftsmanship of many of the ﬁnest jewelry artists in the world today. As with any piece of art, we encourage you to take your time and discover pieces that “speak to you.” Whether your style is romantic, classic, modern, abstract or downright surreal, our experienced Jewelry Specialists look forward to helping you to ﬁnd your masterpiece.
Cage Rings $5,500-$7,500
SYLVA & CIE Designer/ Friend Since 2010 With over 20 years of experience, Sylva Yepremain creates highly distinctive hand-crafted ﬁne jewelry. Sylva & Cie is based in an old-world manufacturing house in the heart of the downtown Los Angeles jewelry district. Sylva, a passionate collector of antique jewelry, alludes to the vintage looks
from the Art Deco period as a sizeable source of inspiration for her modern-day collections. Each piece Sylva creates combines nature and the environment with molten metals and colorful jewels, respecting their organic and unreﬁned beginnings. Born in Lebanon, Sylva spent many years in Paris, and at the
age of 16 moved to Los Angeles. Sylva also received training from her father, who was a master jeweler for The Maison Cartier in Paris. Every piece Sylva designs is a limited-edition piece that is hand-wrought and hand-faceted in Los Angeles.
Golden Ring Collection $1,950-$7,200
TEMPLE ST. CLAIR Designer/ Friend Since 1997 Temple St. Clair Fine Jewelry was founded in 1986 in Florence, Italy by designer Temple St. Clair Carr. Her ﬁrst collection debuted exclusively at Barneys New York in the fall of 1987. Temple St. Clair expanded to luxury retailers throughout the United States, becoming an essential for an in-the-know clientele.
From the signature rock crystal amulets to collectible cocktail rings, Temple St. Clair is known for modern classic style, an impeccable use of ﬁne colored gemstones and distinctive gold work. The philosophy of the company is to offer the highest quality in ﬁne jewelry while introducing collectors to timeless
design, exquisite colored gemstones and gold craftsmanship, for which Temple St. Clair is known. Temple St. Clair presents new seasonal collections every spring and fall. The company’s unique pieces are regularly featured in top fashion and lifestyle magazines worldwide.
Designer/ Friend Since 2008
Oscar Heyman’s founding brothers trained in the rigorous workshops of Fabergé before leaving Eastern Europe for New York in 1906. At the company’s inception in 1912, there were three brothers, Nathan, Oscar and Harry, who brought with them not only their rariﬁed skills, but an abiding passion for gemstones and an old-world approach to gracious customer service. The Heyman family has run the business for three generations, each imparting centuries-old skills and technical know-how to the next. Today, members of the second and third generations work together with dedicated and skilled employees who continue to make jewelry of the highest standards for connoisseurs of the 21st century.
Platinum and Diamond Bracelet price upon request
Gold and Diamond Bangles $8,100-$34,500
CAROLINE ELLEN Designer/ Friend Since 2001 A New York City native, jewelry designer Caroline Ellen originally planned to study ﬁne arts until she began a career as a model. Inspired by the vibrant creativity of the fashion world, Caroline began to design jewelry. She then studied at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York, where she learned classical goldsmithing
techniques and developed a love for highquality, hand-crafted jewelry. Caroline soon developed a large clientele that included artists, models, photographers and actresses. She designs in 22 and 20 karat gold, and uses diamonds, sapphires, rubies and other precious and semi-precious stones.
Caroline is inspired by geometric shapes found in nature and the timelessness of ancient jewelry. For inspiration, she travels to explore jewelry and artifacts in museums around the world. She approaches each piece of jewelry as a small sculpture or work of art. Caroline’s design philosophy is “to ﬁnd beauty in simplicity.”
Rough Diamond: the artistry of nature meets the creativity of man (& woman).
Earring: SUTRA Ring: SYLVA & CIE Bangle: SUTRA Cuff: TODD REED
Pavé Diamond Pendants $1,300-$4,500
TULAH JEM Designer/ Friend Since 2013 Tulah Jem designed by Sally KruteckSiegel is a direct reﬂection of her lifestyle. Her love of fashion mixed with a passion for outdoor pursuits was the inspiration and driving force in designing the line. Tulah Jem incorporates the use of leather, suede, silk and ﬁne gold to accent
original pavé diamond and gemstone designs. This mixture gives the line a timeless and sexy elegance that makes it possible to move seamlessly from informal to red carpet. Sally started her career at Vogue which led to styling and dressing celebrities,
then to costume design for ﬁlms. Whether she’s spending time in Westport, New York City, Malibu or Aspen—surﬁng, skiing or cycling— she’s constantly ﬁnding new ways to keep her designs relevant, chic and wearable.
A CRASH COURSE IN EASY ELEGANCE, FROM THE WORLD’S MOST WELL-DRESSED MEN.
PHOTOGRAPHER: JENS INGVARSSON. STYLIST: WILLIAM BUCKLEY. TAILOR: JASON SANTIAGO. MODELS: EFREN @ MSA, JHANELLE @ MAJOR, EMANUELE @ MAJOR.
Brown Shoes PAIR PERFECTLY WITH GRAY OR NAVY SUITS IN A MODERN SLIM FIT.
Spring Layering GETS YOU THROUGH THE SEASON IN STYLE, WHILE WHITE TROUSERS BALANCE COLOR ON TOP.
Tailored Outerwear DOUBLES AS A BLAZER WHEN WORN WITH A DRESS SHIRT AND TIE.
Prints & Patterns IN BOLD COLOR (AND SKIP THE SOCKS).
Lightweight Knits LEND AN EFFORTLESS COOL TO SLIM COLORED CHINOS.
Knowledge. Wisdom. Truth
CRAFTING THE WORLD’S FINEST SHIRTS. By Karen Alberg Grossman
SEVERAL BUYERS FROM MITCHELLS recently had the wonderful opportunity to visit Eton headquarters in Ganghester, Sweden and its design studio in Stockholm with a select group of upscale menswear merchants from the U.S. and Canada. Knowing Eton is one of the hottest brands in the luxury market, we were eager to experience firsthand the culture, commitment and quality-obsessed artisans at this amazing company. As with most great companies, success starts at the top. Eton CEO Hans Davidson (third generation, the company was founded by his grandparents in 1948) and senior advisor Jan Borghardt were incredibly candid about their journey. As Borghardt explains it, “The Swedish mindset discourages arrogance: you should never think you’re too great. For many years, Hans and I were making all the decisions and it was hard for us to let people contribute. But we soon realized that we might be the problem, so we gradually established a team-building culture that encourages creative thinking. An intense passion now permeates the
company; our people love coming to work…” Eton is a vertical business, managing every stage of the shirt-making process from cotton production to creative to sales. They use only extralong staple cotton (Pima from California and Giza from Egypt) renowned for its luster, durability and softness. (Only 0.7 percent of the world’s cotton is ELS.) They then partner with top mills that spin the cotton and weave the fabric. “We work with mills in Italy, Switzerland and France,” explains Eton creative director Sebastian Dollinger, a talented young artist whose inspiration wall for spring 2015 includes a Hindu magazine cover from the 1950s, a Led Zeppelin album cover, and various images of airplanes, flamingos, vintage pinball machines and Mexican skulls worked into a cool paisley.
The most interesting part of the trip was seeing the commitment Eton has made to excellence. Our customers buy Eton shirts for the fit, the crispness, the variety of styles and the value. It’s a small price to pay for this level of luxury and quality.” furnishings buyer Noella Duh 107
“We work with our weaving mills very early in the process and buy up their capacity far in advance. It’s all about trust based on long-term relationships.” What first put Eton shirts on the map was their notable crispness, thanks to a special process that allows wrinkle resistance in the most ecologically safe way possible. “Cynics say it’s impossible to attain our level of wrinkle-free without chemicals,” Davidson explains. “But with our finisher in Switzerland, we invented a (40-step) method that actually rearranges the fibers of the cotton rather than coating the fabric with chemicals. It’s been said there are more chemicals in a cup of British tea than in an Eton shirt…” In conclusion, Mitchells’ Christopher Herde sings the praises of Eton’s quality, style and durability. “Eton is absolutely the BEST dress shirt we sell here at Mitchells! The wrinkle-free cotton, the built-in collar stays, the perfect button placement that allows for wearing an open collar... Eton stands alone.”
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FAST FACTS ON ETON: • The collection is sold in only the finest stores in 42 countries. • An Eton shirt is ecologically correct, from growing the cotton (using crop rotation) to dyeing the yarns to packaging and shipping. • Eton uses more cotton per square millimeter than most luxury brands. • They are famous for color clarity (there are 250 different shades of red alone!) and exclusive designs (they use no fabrics available on the open market). • Eton offers a variety of different fits and stocks numerous styles in each. The fit is exceptional because all measurements are carefully graded across sizes. • Eton collars and cuffs are unique: the founders invented an exclusive method of sewing them inside out. • Buttons are made of pulverized mother of pearl that Eton re-casts for added strength, and they’re strategically placed to allow for open collar-wearing. • Each shirt requires at least 100 minutes of cutting and sewing.
Sebastian Dollinger poses with his spring inspiration board.
• Much of the machinery used in the production process was conceived by Eton, and much hand craftsmanship is involved. • Eton ties are also exceptional, made at the finest factories in England and Italy.
My favorite part was seeing how the shirts are made: I couldn’t believe the amount of time and actual hand-work put into each garment. Who would think a collar could have that many steps? What an experience, and what a shirt!” menswear specialist Christopher Herde 108
• The male model who is currently the face of Eton has a notable scar on his cheek. “Patrick represents adventure and risktaking,” explains global brand director Robert Inghamn. “He’s the James Bond-type of guy that women love: always stylish and cool, even when facing extreme danger…”
T H E U LT I M AT E T R O U S E R
On the UPSWING
All across America, the popularity of jazz is hitting a high note. By Donald Charles Richardson
Around 11:30 at night, several stories up in a high-rise building adjacent to Central Park, a crowd gathers for one of the most exciting experiences available to people who live in or visit New York City. Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (named for jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie) is part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. According to general manager Roland Chassagne, “Dizzy’s has been open for close to 10 years and reached a level of being one of the top jazz clubs in the world. We provide the trifecta as we say: great music, great food and great views.” Regular evening performances feature famous jazz artists, and Late Night Sessions present new and innovative performers, attracting aficionados
who knowledgeably toss around the names of both famous and littleknown musicians, couples on romantic dates, and some who simply like the music. Michael Mwenso, curator and programming associate at Dizzy’s, hosts Late Night Sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays. “We showcase young bands, young musicians… we give them a chance.” At the other end of the country, in San Francisco, is SFJAZZ. Randall Kline, its founder and executive/artistic director, has booked the finest jazz musicians in the world for nearly 30 years and built this organization into a year-round institution that gives more than 200 concerts annually and treats jazz as a major art form. The recently opened free-
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
“YOU HAVE LIVE MUSIC RIGHT AT STREET LEVEL. PEOPLE WALKING BY ARE A PART OF IT.” — Randall Kline, founder of SFJAZZ
Brazilian vocalist Leny Andrade
standing concert hall, the first of its type in the U.S., is located in the heart of San Francisco’s cultural and creative district. “A standalone [facility] affords jazz a profile it hasn’t had before,” explains Kline. “You have live music right at street level. People walking by are a part of it.” In these two major institutions as well as at small clubs and large theaters, festivals and concerts all over the world, the renewed popularity of jazz is hitting a high note. Jason Olaine, director of programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center, says, “More people are consuming jazz today than ever before. Jazz is on the upswing. Some people get it… Others just appreciate it from the standpoint of pure musicianship.” One of the best musicians in the business is Joshua Redman, whose primary instrument is the tenor saxophone. (Walking Shadows, his latest album, has received superb reviews.) “I want people to come to jazz with open minds and open hearts,” says Redman. “It’s very intense and complex music. It’s not the easiest music to penetrate immediately. But jazz musicians are looking to express themselves and play music with spirit and soul. Come [to a jazz club] without expectations. Truly listen and it can be a very intense and rewarding experience.” Along with this juxtaposition of discovery, appreciation and enjoyment, it’s the spontaneity of jazz that can generate a uniquely exciting experience for the audience. “They’re creating right in front of [the audience],” says Seth Abramson, artistic director of the popular Jazz Standard in New York City. “At their best it’s as if they don’t even know the audience is there.” Laurent Saulnier is vice president of production and programmation at Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, the biggest jazz festival in the world. He reveals that during the festival, jam sessions take place every night from 11 to 3. “Famous musicians will jump in and just play. And you never know what will happen during those sessions.” Mwenso echoes the sentiment: “You never know how the night might go [at Dizzy’s Late Night Sessions], but sometimes there’s pure magic.” These moments, when the jazz group is, as Abramson terms it, “swinging,” are remarkable. And Kline points out that “it’s live. It’s not going to be the same every evening.” “Being in the zone, feeling the spirit, feeling connected,” is how Redman describes the experience. “We don’t often speak about it because we don’t want to lose the mystery of it. It happens when our training and study and hard work and time and discipline and practice all take a backseat… in the moment of inspiration, something magical happens.” Olaine recalls an unforgettable moment when Grammy Award-winning Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba played for the first time with drummer Tony Williams (a longtime drummer for Miles Davis). They had just met and started to play Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage. “They played [the first section] with such delicate care and tender finesse…” Olaine remembers. “They extended that out for such a period of time, the hairs on your arm were just standing straight up. When they moved to the next section, the crescendo was so gradual you could have heard a pin drop.” “Moments when all the musicians are in sync are rare… musician’s nirvana,” says Saulnier. The most difficult is getting the entire audience to have that moment at the same time. He remembers a couple of years ago when Leonard Cohen performed at the festival. When he started the song Suzanne, “there wasn’t a single breath in the room. We cannot program that special moment,” Saulnier adds, “but individuals will have their own moments at different times.” “Just listen,” says Redman. “It’s not science. There are complexities in jazz that rival the most complex science, but it’s about listening. It’s yours when you listen.”
RESORTS AND RESTAURANTS OFFER GUESTS ONE-OF-A-KIND DRINKING EXPERIENCES. BY ROBERT HAYNES-PETERSON
THE LATEST TREND: CUSTOM BARREL SELECTIONS AND BLENDS EXCLUSIVE TO SPECIFIC RESTAURANTS, BARS AND RESORTS.
IT'S NO LONGER ENOUGH to order a standard blended whisky, or even an 18-year expression of your go-to Scotch before dinner. The latest trend: custom barrel selections and blends exclusive to specific restaurants, bars and resorts. Such custom and one-off bottlings have been around for years through high-end liquor stores and private tasting societies. But as the cocktail and fine drinking scenes evolve, more bars and restaurants are clamoring for a customized spirit. Woodford Reserve Bourbon offers two programs for restaurateurs and beverage managers: A single-barrel selection, and an unusual two-barrel blend, which sees the venue working directly with master distiller Chris Morris to create an exclusive whiskey, the selections winnowed down from over 100 possible barrels. "As far as I know, we have the only program like this," says Morris. Destinations like The Cloister at Sea Island (Georgia), The Edison in Los Angeles and the St. Regis in Atlanta have taken advantage. "It's so fun to watch the dynamics of each account: Some want a sweeter blend, some spicier. It's always unique; you can't replicate a two-barrel batch." Michael MacDonnell, beverage director at the Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, concurs: "Uniqueness is one of the top selling points. Nowhere
else in the world has it, and when it's gone, it's gone forever." The resort offers an exclusive Knob Creek single-barrel reserve Bourbon and is now offering the first-ever Russell's Reserve select single barrel from Wild Turkey Distiller Jimmy Russell. Often the restaurant will craft a signature or private selection cocktail. Chef Marc Murphy's bar/restaurant Kingside, in Manhattan's luxe new Viceroy Hotel, features a custom Michter's Whiskey (aged in a custom deep-char barrel) in its own barrel-aged Manhattan. At Emeril Lagasse's Las Vegas venues, he drops a custom Buffalo Trace Eagle Rare single-barrel reserve into three seasonal cocktails: The NOLA Mule, the Bourbon Milk Punch and the Autumn Pomme. Bam! Such exclusivity isn't reserved for whiskeys: Herradura tequila offers a Buy the Barrel program to restaurants around the country, including several Richard Sandoval properties in New York; at contemporary Japanese eatery Shibuya in Las Vegas, you'll find exclusive sakes dubbed Neo-Tokyo and Hachiko; and at Four Seasons Milan, you can order a custom Italian (sweet) vermouth. "It's wonderful to see people come back and select new barrels for seasonality or specific food pairings," says Morris. "Restaurants and resorts are finding they're selling out so fast that they're saying, 'we've already got to do this again.'"
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Known for a super-soft hand, luxurious fabrics and vintage washes, AG’s jeans are American made and manufactured in its 400,000 sq. ft. Los Angeles factory. For spring 2014, AG is stepping up its game with cutting-edge styles for both men and women. Here, we highlight the must-have items for spring 2014.
COLORED SELVEDGE: AG is injecting its signature style into the selvedge denim craze that’s currently trending in menswear. (Selvedge refers to denim woven on a shuttle loom with a finished edge to prevent fraying.) AG uses a dyeable, comfort-stretch fabric (unique because most selvedge denim is not dyeable and raw). Key colors for spring are blues, greens, khakis, washed-out blacks and whites. As AG’s men’s sales manager Jake Campbell explains, “White denim is very cool and poised to make a comeback for spring. It looks great with sportswear and has that elegant nautical feel.” Also exciting is the brand’s “double indigo” jean; it’s twice-dyed so when you roll up the cuff, it’s blue rather than white. LUXE CHINOS: Non-denim pants are the hot item for spring. AG’s super-luxe colored chinos are made of Italian fabrics in sueded cottons, giving these pants the most luxurious look and feel. This modern, tailored-fit chino is offered in both five-pocket and trouser styles. These versatile pants can be dressed up with a blazer, or worn like jeans on the weekend. This season’s casual palette will feature colors like soft grays and khakis.
MEN’S MUST-HAVES Every man’s closet should have a mix of denim and non-denim bottoms. Color is king, but not as bright as past seasons. Think earth tones: grays, beiges and greens.
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WOMEN’S MUST-HAVES The theme for spring is sophisticated-chic in a neutral monochromatic color palette (creams, beiges, whites). MOTO-INSPIRED: Moto styles were a huge trend for fall/holiday, and will only gain popularity for spring. AG is updating the trend with The Reagan, a moto-inspired style with chic seaming and zipper details. Pick up a pair in one of this season’s must-have muted tones like beige, nude and white. TWILL TROUSERS: Relaxed silhouettes are gaining traction in women’s fashion, and a more sophisticated style is the twill trouser. AG’s trouser fit is available in essential twill and has a slim, tapered leg. This twill style looks great in the season’s muted monochromatic colors as well as gray and faded black. —Elise Diamantini
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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.
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.
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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.
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.