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FEATURES 4 Welcome Letter 6 Grand (Re)Openings 28 Jewelry at Wilkes Bashford 72 SFJazz Gets a New Home
375 Sutter Street San Francisco 415.986.4380
450 Stanford Shopping Center Palo Alto 650.322.7080 RETAIL EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Wilkes Bashford CONCEPT /CREATIVE DIRECTOR
FASHION 18 Friends & Trends 26 Q&A with Manolo Blahnik 34 The New “Luxury Casual” 36 Spring Magic 56 Colorized 74 6 New Rules for Business Casual 82 It’s Time for a New Tux
Andrew Mitchell-Namdar MERCHANDISING DIRECTOR
Tyler Mitchell EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Karen Alberg Grossman DESIGN DIRECTOR
Hans Gschliesser MANAGING EDITOR
Jillian LaRochelle PROJECT MANAGER
Lisa Montemorra DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION
Peg Eadie PREPRESS
Dot Generation, Stamford, CT WILKES ART DIRECTION & COPY
WSAA, Inc., Westport, CT BUSINESS JOURNALS FASHION GROUP
DEPARTMENTS 10 Happenings 70 Spirits: Bespoke Booze 84 At Your Service
Stuart Nifoussi PRESIDENT AND CEO
Britton Jones CHAIRMAN AND COO
Mac Brighton CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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so you can see textiles in natural light. We’ve created beautiful service bars on every ﬂoor, so we can welcome you to our home with an elegant hot or cold drink. Our Penthouse boasts a stunning lounge, complete with a ﬂatscreen and a cozy ﬁreplace. As we strive to always improve, please give us your input.
One thing that hasn’t changed is our associates, the heart and soul of our stores. Spring is a time for new beginnings... Come ﬁnd an associate or one of us and let us show you around!
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FOOSBALL & ISAIA FASHIONS MATCH! Above: Alex Turner, Tyler Mitchell, Brian Wilsey, Joey Cannata; Below: Chris Qvale, Alan Malouf, Jason Goldman; a friendly foosball competition.
What an amazing night! Guests gathered in the Penthouse at Wilkes Bashford San Francisco to catch a glimpse of the latest Isaia creations, hang out with their associates and enjoy fun and games all night. A percentage of proceeds from the evening beneďŹ ted the Steven D. Cannata Scholarship fund. Thanks to all who attended!
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SIMON FASHION NOW IN PALO ALTO
Models present the season’s hottest fashions, jewelry and accessories.
Luncheon and laughter made this an event to remember.
Wilkes Bashford partnered with the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Simon Mall to host an exciting afternoon to remember. Guests were “taken away” by the exciting clothes, jewelry and accessories at this past fall’s Simon Mall Fashion Show.
THE LOCKET COLLECTION Every locket reveals a story. Whatâ€™s your story? From left to right: four-image locket in 18k gold (also available in sterling silver without diamonds), two-image rectangular gate locket designed in sterling silver and 18K gold, two-image oval gate locket with diamond border in 18k gold, two-image teardrop locket in 18k gold, two-image vine locket designed in sterling silver and 18k gold, and two-image stone locket designed in 18k gold and sterling silver.
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Bedazzling in black, Stephanie Mitchell and friends model the latest jewelry trends; Paul Morelli; Tyler Mitchell and Mayor Willie Brown; customers peruse the jewelry counters.
Champagne, caviar, and jewelryâ€Śthe perfect mix for a spectacular night out in San Francisco! Scores of local fashionistas gathered at Wilkes Bashford San Francisco in support of PAWS, a privately funded organization focusing on the healing impact of animal companionship. Thank you to Paul Morelli, Oscar Heyman and Yossi Harari for helping us support this cause!
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SAN FRANCISCO BALLET LAUNCH GALA Wilkes Bashford and the San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary partnered up to host a cocktail reception celebrating the San Francisco Ballet 2013 Opening Night. Guests toasted to the past San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Gala Chairs while sipping cocktails, noshing on hors d’oeuvres and wrapping up some holiday shopping… all for a great cause! A percentage of the evening’s proceeds beneﬁted the SF Ballet. Wilkes Bashford and Tyler Mitchell with Jennifer Brandenburg; guests enjoy modeling the latest jewelry trends.
Mary Beth Mayo, Rosemary Baker, Kimberly Hooper, Jennifer Brandenburg, Karma Roberts, Kate Morrow, Guest, Claire Kostic
TRUNK SHOWS & EVENTS 3/1-2 3/2-3 3/8-9 3/12-13 3/15-16 3/15-16 3/21-23 4/5-6 4/24-25 4/25-28
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WILKES BASHFORD FOR JEWELRY? INTRODUCING JEWELRY AS EXCITING AS OUR LEGENDARY FASHIONS
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FROM THE WORLD’S MOST TALENTED DESIGNERS...
EXPANDED JEWELRY COLLECTIONS FOR LIFE’S GREAT OCCASIONS!
One of the most anticipated additions to our newly renovated stores is the major expansion of our jewelry departments! We invite you to discover cases and cases of world-class diamond, ﬁne and designer jewelry... all specially chosen to suit the tastes and lifestyles of our discerning customers. Our GIA-Certiﬁed jewelry buyers have years of experience, longstanding relationships with many of the world’s top jewelry houses and an eye for spotting up-and-comers. Our highly knowlegable jewelry experts are here to help you make just the right selection for that special gift, special outﬁt or special occasion. We are humbled by the extraordinary talents of the designers you will see in our stores! Whether you’re looking for an heirloom-quality necklace of rare colored diamonds or fun bangles for your next vacation, you will ﬁnd it in our new jewelry departments!
MEET OUR NEW JEWELRY SPECIALISTS! LEFT: MARYAM BOODIANI, PALO ALTO RIGHT: OLIVIA BAZIW & HANK STENNER, SAN FRANCISCO
NEW & ARTISTIC WAYS TO SHOW YOUR LOVE... PRESENTING
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GIFTS THAT WILL ADD SOME MAGIC TO HER LIFE...
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J>;D;M ¼BKNKHO97IK7B½ Gone are the days when a man’s wardrobe consisted of a few suits and some jeans and khakis. Following the lead of women’s wear — which long ago shifted from suits to separates — as the workplace has become more casual, a new way of men’s dressing has emerged. Many men who once wore suits every day now reserve a suit for special occasions... but that doesn’t mean they dress for work as if they were going to a ball game. Hence, the evolution from suit to “luxury casual.” When is “luxury casual” worn? For the well-dressed man, a large percent of the time. It’s ideal for the office or the board meeting, whenever a suit is not required. It’s perfect for a nice dinner or a country club. It has the sophistication to take you to the theater, a party or an art opening... you get the idea.
The key pieces in “luxury casual” are a mix of various components. The sport jacket is most important element of “luxury casual.” It is unconstructed and may be cashmere, linen, leather, suede, velvet or even a ﬁne wool/cashmere sweater. The pant ranges from wool or linen dress slacks to cords or cleaner, darker denim. The shirt is a sport shirt that may be layered with a “dressy” tee and/or polo. A zip-neck cashmere sweater often makes the scene, or sometimes a great vest. Accessories have also joined the evolution. The standard men’s go-to shoe wardrobe used to consist of dressy wingtips and docksiders. Today, great boots, dressy casual shoes and a pair of brown suede shoes are a must to complete your relaxed and casually elegant look. Men’s lightweight scarves, popular in Europe, are
starting to ﬁlter in here as well. Which designers to look for? In our stores, the leaders in “luxury casual” are Loro Piana, Brunello Cucinelli, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kiton and Brioni. Loro Piana, a major innovator in this space, represents timeless luxury.... it’s about buying classic pieces of the ﬁnest materials that you can wear for a long time. Brunello Cucinelli’s styling is more fashion-driven, with trimmer ﬁts, sumptuous ﬁbers and earthy palettes with pops of color. Ermenegildo Zegna’s brand of “luxury casual,” as you’d expect, is more of a direct evolution of the suit, with sleeker lines and slightly more structured sportcoats. Kiton, which is from Naples, is more “high fashion,” while Brioni, from Rome, is a bit more elegant and dressier.
D;M8HKD;BBE9K9?D;BB?"BEHEF?7D7";HC;D;=?B:EP;=D7"A?JED8H?ED?8EKJ?GK;I Discover our stunning new Brunello Cucinelli, Loro Piana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Kiton and Brioni boutiques! Our boutiques include expanded “luxury casual” collections from each designer. Ours will be the newest generation of Loro Piana’s signature boutique and the only one of its kind in San Francisco. Our Zegna boutique is designed by world-famous architect Peter Marino. All of our new boutiques are custom built by Italian craftsmen!
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SAMPLING FINE AND RARE WHISKIES (OR STORING YOUR OWN COLLECTION), ARE INCREASINGLY POPULAR. BUT THEY DON’T ALWAYS COME CHEAP.
Single malt fans have more options than ever to customize their drinking. By Robert Haynes-Peterson It’s an excellent time for connoisseurs of single malt Scotch whisky. Distilleries are expanding, production is up, with more iterations of fine and rare releases than ever before. For those seeking even more unusual drinking options, a cottage industry of whisky clubs and concierge services has arisen to assist in customizing your whisky experience like never before.
1494 Club: A New York-based whisky club directly targeting high earners, 1494 honors the private social clubs of the 19th century. Founder David Clelland has secured an undisclosed townhouse in Manhattan where members can convene for tastings and curate their personal collections. Founding Members ($175,000) gain access to Scotland distillery and golf course trips via private jet, while Collector memberships ($25,000 and up) also boast many perks. “I wanted to offer an experience, and a lifetime commitment for collectors,” says Clelland.
The Whisky Dog: Founder Nicholas Pollacchi is an affable, stylish young Scotsman who has worked all angles of the whisky trade. What he felt was missing were private tasting events customized to meet a company’s or individual's needs. Meet The Whisky Dog. “We’re all about sitting down with the client and creating the kind of experience they want to create. Is it focused on high-end, rare product, or is it a one-to-one Scotch 101 seminar with younger executives?” asks Pollacchi. In addition to offering a large range of specialty whiskies, Pollacchi can customize events to include extras like fine cigars, a bespoke tailor, food pairings and musical entertainment.
Branded Whisky Clubs: Groups like the Glenlivet Guardians, 1801 Chivas Brotherhood and the Custodians of The Dalmore provide extra perks for your favorite brands. Sign up online and gain access to early releases of new expressions, private tasting events and more. The Glenlivet Guardians, for example, have sole access to the Guardian Single Cask Edition (about $300), and to a threeday "Whisky School" at the Speyside distillery, including the opportunity to bottle your own whisky.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America: This branch of the popular Edinburgh-based Society allows members the opportunity to sample and buy rare single-cask expressions, custommade for SMWS. Bottles are identified by number (i.e. Cask No 106.18) rather than distillery, to allow the whisky to speak for itself. The date of distillation, number of bottles and tasting notes are printed on each bottle. Membership is $229 (which includes a kit with four sample whiskies), and an annual renewal fee of $60. Members also get discounted admission to tasting events.
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The Center was designed by awardwinning architect Mark Cavagnero, acoustician Sam Berkow, theater designer Len Auerbach, and constructed by lead contractor Hathaway/Dinwiddie. The Center includes its main performance venue, the state-of-the-art Robert N. Miner auditorium, which adjusts from 350 to 700 seats, the 80-seat multipurpose Joe Henderson Lab, café and bar from Charles Phan of The Slanted
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Door, digital learning lab, retail shop and administrative offices. Conceived to be a home for artistic conversation and exploration with events that incorporate other arts, including poetry and visual arts, into a jazz context, the SFJAZZ Center is truly one of the most exciting and innovative arts institutions in San Francisco and the world. For more information or to buy tickets, go to SFJAZZ.com.
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NEWRULES FOR BUSINESSCASUAL You heard it here first: Casual Fridays are becoming less casual, even on Fridays, even in the summer! The new Business Casual is just as relaxed but nowhere near as sloppy. Clothes that fit. Colors that flatter. Luxury fabrics that beg to be touched. (Well, maybe not in the office…) Score points with the boss, with the women, with your mother… PERFORMANCE Look better, feel better, perform better. Here, in the pages to follow, the new rules for ENHANCING Business Casual.
shirt CALVIN KLEIN tie J.S. BLANK suit BRUNELLO CUCINELLI shirt ETON tie J.S. BLANK suit BRUNELLO CUCINELLI bag MOORE & GILES
IMPORTANT: IT’S OKAY TO LOOK LIKE THE BOSS! You’ll never be denied an opportunity because you look too professional. On the other hand, clothes that work for the gym or backyard could very well hold you back. As the saying goes: Dress for the job you want, not the one you’ve got…
v-neck GRAN SASSO jacket ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA pant MASON’S
A SPORTCOAT IS ALWAYS APPROPRIATE!
Why not try a modern unconstructed version, (unlined, minus the padding) worn with a lightweight knit top or shirt and tie? (Bows are back, especially for young guys!) Note too the five-pocket pants in nondenim fabrics. Fit is key!
shirt ETON bow tie ETON jacket CANALI trouser BOSS
shirt HUGO BOSS pant ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA shoe BRUNELLO CUCINELLI pant ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA shirt HUGO BOSS
BEST FOOT FORWARD.
Women know, and guys are learning: it’s all about the shoes! For spring 2013, we love lace-ups in soft leather or suede; have fun with color!
FOCUS ON ACCESSORIES.
Cool socks: check! Perfect watch? Essential. Bracelet? Adds personality. A great bag or backpack? Of course! And don’t overlook your belt and wallet. Make sure they convey the impression you want to make.
shirt ETRO jacket ALLEGRI watch HERMÈS belt, pant HUGO BOSS bag MOORE & GILES
INVEST IN A GREAT SPRING JACKET!
Since you donâ€™t need a whole wardrobe of them, pick something really special. (Suede in the spring is very Italian!)
scarf ISAIA jacket CANALI pant ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA
v-neck ROBERT GRAHAM jacket ISAIA jeans ETRO shoes TO BOOT shirt, tie ETON jacket ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA jeans AGAVE shoes MAGNANNI
MODELS: KERSCH, Q MODEL MANAGEMENT; PIERRE BARERRA, RED MODEL MANAGEMENT
JEANS IN THE OFFICE:
Unless you’re meeting with formal clients, jeans are okay. Just make sure you’re wearing perfectly fitted premium denim in an even-tone dark wash. Paired with a sportcoat, a cardigan, or even a shirt and tie, dressed-up denim is fine with us. (Just ditch the big baggy stuff and wear great shoes!)
?J¿IJ?C; <EH7D;MJKN If you are like most men, you may be under the assumption that if you’ve ever bought a tuxedo, as long as it still ﬁts, you can wear it for life. Unfortunately, this notion has led to the advent of many men walking around in some very dated-looking formalwear! Like in men’s suits, there has been a big shift in the way a modern tux should look and fit. Today, tuxedos also have the new, more form-fitting silhouette, which includes a slimmer leg and jacket, a shorter jacket and a flat-front pant. (Pleats are out!) Lapels are narrower and still may be shawl, peak or notched. Three buttons are another tell-tale sign of an outdated tux, while either one or two buttons are fine.
While most tuxedos are in the standard black, elegant midnight blue tuxes have also made a nice comeback and are a great-looking alternative. Tuxes may also still feature decorative trim in either satin or grosgrain.
So if your tux is looking boxy or baggy, the pants have pleats, the shoulders big pads or there are three buttons... come in and see our stunning men’s formalwear in a broad range of designers and price points.
J?FI<EHFHEF;HBO799;IIEH?P?D=OEKH<EHC7BM;7H Vest or cummerbund? Either still works. Bow tie or “regular” tie? While a bow tie is still the more classic formal choice, a “regular” tie is also a great modern look, but it should be a dress tie, rather than a tie you would wear to work. A dress tie should be a solid black, white, gray, silver or the color of your choice, in silk. Do I still wear my shiny shoes? Today’s dress shoe also has a slimmer silhouette, so they’re okay, as long as they’re not chunky or boxy. Today, most men wear a great black suede or formal black leather shoe... Dedicated “tux shoes” are no longer needed!
Plain white dress shirt or pleated or bibbed shirt? More ﬁtted, pleated or bibbed shirts are very much in style. Some tux shirts are simpler with less detail, but a plain white dress shirt is not appropriate to wear with a tuxedo. Studs and cufﬂinks? Yes! It’s your opportunity to have fun and show your personality! We have a stunning selection of unique cufﬂinks and studs. Is a black suit passable as black tie? If you want to be a bit less formal or more “creative” in your black tie, a good black suit may be worn, but dress it up with more formal accessories.
Should I wear a pocket square with my tux? You may and if so, a simple white square will do the trick.
at your service CLOSET CLEANING
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.
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.
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.
A Wilkes Bashford 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 onsite team of world-class tailors is ready to assure that you always bring home a perfect ﬁt.
SERVICE IS PARAMOUNT.
COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP
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.
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.
Developing lasting personal relationships helps our sales associates select items that they know you will enjoy, and ease your shopping experience.
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 our stores for more information.
It impacts every facet of our business, from our ability to bring you world-class 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.
WILKES BASHFORD FORUM SPRING 2013