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FALL FASHIONS THE VOW

HOUSTON’S ULTIMATE FASHION BOUTIQUE

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contents

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departments

road warrior | 24

Memo | 4

The Mercedes-AMG GT S has serious rock star presence that transcends its elegant design.

Heritage and the state of the specialty store.

A curated fashion spread | 27 Looks from our array of topshelf brands, fashioned by M PENNER’s style experts.

the art of charcuterie | 48 For enthusiasts of this newly resurgent cooking style the meat is cured, but not the addiction.

On the cover:

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The M Penner Guide | 7 Eleventy goes global…elegant L’Agence…road trip to Sweden… fashion advice from Murry Penner… Stephen’s selects for fall and winter… and more.

the vow | 42 How will you prepare for the big day? Come to M PENNER’s formal department or custom shop, of course!

pursuits | 46 Confederate Motors’ new ’cycle, the G2 P51 Combat Fighter, sounds (and feels) like something airborne.

grape | 54

Peter wears a sportcoat by Luciano Barbera, sweater by Ermenegildo Zegna, shirt by Isaia, tie by Kiton and pocket square by Etro.

After a ho-hum era, vintners on historic Sicily are winning new respect.

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the bullpen | 58 Our style pros share gifts they’ve received, what’s on their wish lists and holiday gift ideas for you.

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events | 62

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Selections from M PENNER were a hit at the Recipe for Success program.

directory | 64 Your guide to the M PENNER experience.

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Heritage and the state of the specialty store As a small business, M PENNER founder this is an all-hands-onMorris B. Penner opened deck store. We’re always our first store at the here to jump in at any corner of Post Oak and time, for any reason. San Felipe in 1974. With We’re here for you and a background in family we’re here for each other. retail hailing from his Our Mission Statement San Antonio days, he is our guideline, and we designed his vision of want to share an excerpt the perfect men’s store of it here: and gathered family n M PENNER is a men’s and friends to share their hammers and their and women’s luxury muscle as, together, they specialty store that is literally built the original nationally recognized as store. Morris (Sonny, as a leader in the fashion he was known to friends industry. n We cater to the most and family) is credited with bringing European discerning customers, fashion to Houston’s men’s specialty store scene. providing quality and value in every product sneak peek With the help of his hand-selected sales staff and service we offer. n The foundation of our business is based on and the inclusion of a full tailor shop, he created a unique store with a niche in high-end custom the sincere relationships we have with our and off-the-rack European clothing. customers, our employees and the Houston Between then and now the store has community. n Our core values are honesty, integrity, relocated twice, we’ve taken the reins, and we’ve added a wonderful Women’s Boutique. credibility and courtesy. listen up! What hasn’t changed? Our unwavering Whether you’re a longtime customer p. 10 focus on taking care of our customers, our or someone who’s never been to the store, passionate dedication to discovering new and exciting we look forward to showing you our beautiful fall merchandise and introducing it to our Houston clientele, collections from the 100-plus brands we carry, maybe our commitment and loyalty to our staff, and our to help you with a custom suit sewn from one of the continuous support of our community. And that’s what top brands in the world and, most importantly, to give a specialty store is all about. you a wonderful experience.

1180-06 UPTOWN PARK BLVD. HOUSTON, TX 77056 713.527.8200 mpenner.com Store Hours Monday to FRIDAY: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Editorial Director magui hurt Editor Mark Dowden Art Director stephen M. vitarbo Executive Editor rita guarna Managing Editor nicole lupo Associate Editor Darius Amos Contributing Editors michael ardizzone, Liz Donovan, timothy kelley, josh sens Contributing Photographers jereme brown, fulton davenport Publishing staff Publisher Shae Marcus Associate Publisher Amy B. Weiss national brand manager monica delli santi Director of Production and Circulation Christine Hamel Advertising Services Manager jacquelynn fischer Senior Art Director, Agency Services Kijoo Kim Production/Art Assistant Alanna Giannantonio Accounting agnes alves, MEgan Frank Published by Chairman Carroll V. Dowden President & CEO Mark Dowden Senior Vice Presidents shae marcus, Carl Olsen Vice Presidents Nigel edelshain, rita Guarna, christine hamel

— With best wishes for a wonderful fall, Murry & Karen Penner

M PENNER Magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with M PENNER. This is volume 11, number 1. Copyright © 2016 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, M PENNER, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email mark.dowden@wainscotmedia.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions.

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Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, M PENNER, Circulation Department, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.573.5541; email christine.hamel@wainscotmedia.com. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae. marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Saturdays until 6 p.m. Sundays and after hours, by appointment

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Out of Africa

On a visit to Kenya, Dallas lawyer Ashley Pittman was impressed by the artistry of the local craftspeople and, from that, her eponymous jewelry company was born. The pieces are simple yet powerful; each is completely handcrafted using repurposed horn, bronze, semiprecious gemstones and materials indigenous to East Africa. One of the company’s guiding purposes is to give back, so Ashley Pittman donates 10 percent of all profits to help fund a rural health center and a primary school in Kenya.

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m penner guide Heavenly Eleventy New to M PENNER last spring, Eleventy continues to garner interest from everyone who sees it. This made-inItaly contemporary collection is relaxed and easy, with just the right amount of edge. We know customers will especially like Eleventy’s new soft-tailored jacket offerings for fall— lightweight with a bit of stretch, resulting in outstanding comfort. In Houston, Eleventy men’s is available exclusively at M PENNER.

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If you’ve shopped at M PENNER for any length of time, chances are you own a pair of Gravati shoes. Aside from being made from spectacular skins like kangaroo, deer and our favorite, peccary, there’s no “break-in” period with Gravati; they are made to assure maximum comfort from the moment you put them on. Made entirely by hand at the familyowned factory in Vigevano, Italy, Gravati shoes are a must-have for anyone who appreciates the finer things in life.

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the m penner guide Scent of royalty

Of all the ingredients that go into each bottle of Creed perfume and cologne, one is paramount: the family name. Seven generations of Creeds have run this family company since 1760, when James Henry Creed launched the business as a tailoring shop in London’s West End. The Creeds created custom fragrances for King George III, Queen Victoria and Napoleon Bonaparte. And while not everything those monarchs did passed the smell test, Creed certainly did. Now Paris-based, Creed maintains its commitment to excellence, producing finely handcrafted fragrances that bring together the world’s finest flower, fruit and herb essences. The result: a brand that makes good scents. For men, there’s the top-selling Aventus, which was inspired by the dramatic life of Napoleon Bonaparte and is meant to celebrate all that makes a man successful. It brings together accents of black currant, bergamot, apple, pineapple, jasmine, patchouli and other essences. Another masculine scent, the spicy, sporty Green Irish Tweed, is reputedly a favorite among Hollywood hunks. For women, Jardin D’Amalfi evokes the floral groves of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, artfully blending citrus, woods, apple and rose. Stop by M PENNER and let us take you on a scent-sory tour of Creed.

A side of spectacular

Be it Sunday brunch on the porch with the pooch or an elegant rehearsal dinner beginning with a champagne toast at sunset, dining “treehouse-style” on the banks of Buffalo Bayou at The Dunlavy is a simply breathtaking experience. The Clark Cooper Concepts venue has recently received a Zagat mention for its “Veggie Sandwich” and is open daily for breakfast and lunch. The event space is also available for private events and can accommodate a variety of events—truly, your imagination is your only limitation. The dunlavy, 3422 Allen Pkwy., Houston, 713.360.6477; thedunlavy.com

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Honored by Esquire

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For more than three-quarters of a century, Esquire magazine has been advising men on how to look great, and for four decades M PENNER has been doing the same. Once again, M PENNER has earned a spot on Esquire’s prestigious Gold Standard list, which recognizes the finest men’s specialty stores in the country. Come see why we’re one of the few stores to consistently receive this honor.

The A–Z List M PENNER features dozens of the world’s finest designer brands under one roof. See if you don’t find your favorites in the list below. Then stop by the store for a shopping experience you’ll love. 2UNDR 34 Heritage AG Jeans Alexandra de Curtis Altea Anderson’s Belts Ashley Pittman Autumn Cashmere belstaff brax Chan Luu Christys’ of London Colombo Creed Culturata D. Exterior Davek Umbrellas Derek Rose Di Bianco Eleventy Elizabeth Irvine Elizabeth Martin

Ermenegildo Zegna Eton Etro Eyebobs Fabiana Filippi Fuzzi Geoff Nicholson Graf von Faber Castell Gravati Hanro Hartford Heather Henry Beguelin Herno Hickey Freeman Hiltl Hugo Boss Incotex Inis Meáin Isaia Kinross CASHMERE Kiton L’Agence Ledbury Lola & Sophie Luciano Barbera Magnanni Majestic Filatures Manready Mercantile Martin Dingman Marzullo Master & Dynamic Maui Jim Metalli 925 Millianna Milly Moore & Giles MZ Wallace Pantherella Peserico Peter Millar Phantasmagoria PT01 Robindira Unsworth S’well Salvatore Ferragamo Samuelsohn Scojo Gels Strong Suit Suzi Roher Tateossian Taylor & Tessier The Art of Shaving Trina Turk Uno de 50 Veronica Beard Vince VK Nagrani W. Kleinberg Weekend Max Mara Würkin Stiffs Z Zegna

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the m penner guide What’s new at M PENNER? M PENNER is always on the lookout for innovative lifestyle accessories our customers will enjoy. Here are five recent additions just in time for fall: n Raleigh sunglasses will give you “that look.” (It’s hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.) Lightweight yet strong, with adjustable nose pads and frames forged from nickel silver alloy, they’re a modern take on the classic aviator. Let M PENNER outfit you, then finish off your killer look with a pair of Raleighs. You’ll be ready for anything. n Shoe pockets, check. Garment bag, check. Weekender, check. This bag, from Hook & Albert, is packed full of utility and passes as a carry-on. If you’re tired of being that guy who can’t seem to figure out how to attach his dry cleaning to his roller carry-on, or even worse, if you’re still stuffing your shirts into one, then this is the bag for you! It’s made from a waxed canvas and available in a variety of colors. And you can get yours at M PENNER. n Master & Dynamic is a New York City–based, premium audio brand that’s obsessed with sound and creativity. They have a passion for building beautifully crafted, richly appointed, technically sophisticated sound tools for creative minds. It’s no wonder that, according to the Financial Times, “celebrities are falling over themselves” to get them. Surely, you’ll want

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to drop by M PENNER with your smartphone and plug in for a test drive! n A new era for men’s briefs has arrived with 2UNDR. It’s a stretch boxer-brief designed to offer more support than a standard brief. Inspired by the kangaroo-pouch, 2UNDR features a “Joey Pouch” to separate a man’s most valuable assets from bodily contact to reduce unwanted skin-on-skin contact. These high-performance briefs are especially popular with athletes, including Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey and PGA tour winner David Toms. n We all remember Faber-Castell as the maker of the yellow Number 2 pencil, right? In fact, this classic brand is much more. In addition to making world-class art supplies and writing instruments since 1761, its luxury line, Graf von Faber-Castell, offers pens that are the product of meticulous craftsmanship and can be found at M PENNER. Slip one into your coat pocket for the perfect punctuation to your sartorial style.

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Effortless. Sophisticated. Feminine. Timeless. All these describe the beautiful offerings from L’Agence. Launched in California in 2008 by fashion talent agent Margaret Maldonado, the collection sources luxurious, feminine fabrics like washed silks and Italian cottons. Though L’Agence doesn’t follow trends, it’s designed for a forward-thinking, modern woman’s sophisticated wardrobe and we think their fall ’16 collection is the best yet. Stop by and take a look!

These bottles are S’well

Around the world, an estimated 200 billion plastic bottles are dumped in landfills each year. So in 2010, S’well was started with the mission of ridding the planet of plastic bottle waste. S’well bottles are composed of non-leaching and nontoxic stainless steel that is meant to be recycled, not discarded. They’re beautiful—and effective. While most thermal bottles keep your drink cold for up to 12 hours, a S’well keeps it chilly for 24 or hot for 12. S’wells are stocked at M PENNER in a variety of colors and in sizes small enough for morning coffee and large enough for a bottle of your favorite wine.

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the m penner guide She’s the boss now

Luciano Barbera has been called the most elegant man in the world. And now his daughter, Carola, has taken the reins as creative director of his eponymous company—with new capital and a youthful point of view. (Happily, Luciano still serves as chairman emeritus.) “The Luciano Barbera brand has a superb aesthetic—with great taste and attitude,” says major fan Murry Penner. All the garments are entirely made in Italy, from woven fabric to the final stitch. Luciano Barbera is available in Houston exclusively at M PENNER.

the new Hickey Freeman

Still housed in its 19th-century “Temple” in Rochester, N.Y., this iconic American brand has been reinvigorated and is now available at M PENNER. The look is more youthful and new fabrics are being used. “This is not the sack coat of yore,” notes Murry Penner, “but a contemporary coat with a more contoured, current fit. We love to support American companies that are creating something special, and what they’re producing now at ‘the Temple’ is very special. In particular, Hickey’s Madeto-Measure service is terrific, offering great value considering the construction and the high quality of the fabrics.”

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We’ve all come to know and love The Tasting Room for their extensive wine and beer selections at prices that fit any budget, and it’s been great watching this once smallish wine café explode to its current 9,000-square-foot-plus footprint in Uptown Park (which includes the perfect patio featuring local live-music—weather permitting, of course!). Last year, Jerry Lasco and his team at Lasco Enterprises expanded the meaning of “tasting” to include their Champagne and Oyster Bar—an instant hit. Now, once again, as culture and trends have shifted, The Tasting Room has stepped up, adding artisan and small batch spirits to their libation offerings. If you haven’t been by recently, you simply must stop in.

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murry’s musings

curated... not dictated

The benefits of shopping at a multi-brand store

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The Etro store, the Kiton store, the Vince store, the Canali store, the Cucinelli store…and so it goes, with fashion labels spewing out brand stores in Houston and globally in the 21st century. Their positioning is that, in order to be considered a “player” in the world of brands, they must build dedicated brand stores throughout the world. I refer to these shops as their brand billboards, where you can go and see, almost without exception, a pristine, easily duplicated display of product representing the brand’s “look”—the way they see themselves. And these offerings are pretty much the same whether you’re in their Houston brand store, their brand store on Rodeo Drive, or their brand store in Milan or Dubai. These concept stores are nice, and they do give you a sense of what the brand is about, but I’m still a firm believer that the best way to create a great look that reflects your personal style is with the best merchandise from great brands rather than a large selection from a single vendor. If you’re a “Zegna” guy, we’re happy to dress you from head to toe in Zegna. But with more than 100 designers represented in our store, you just might find that the coral printed Kiton tie we have and the chocolate peccary lace-up from Gravati in our shoe department are the finishing touches that elevate your outfit from excellent to extraordinary. And the whole look might become a home run with just a spritz of Aventus from

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Creed, one of many fragrances we offer. And then there’s custom. You could walk into an Etro store and fall in love with a velvet jacket, but Etro’s fit and your frame may not be in sync. You can come to us and we’ll make a velvet jacket to your exact specifications with details like lapel and lining preference, pocket styles and buttons of your choice. In other words, multi-brand stores, and especially locally owned stores like M PENNER, offer a distinct advantage to customers. With thoughtful consideration of our local culture, our climate and our customers’ preferences, we bring together a carefully curated selection of merchandise from around the world. Our seasoned style experts carefully listen to your needs and preferences and then help you create a look that is uniquely yours.

Counterclockwise from top left: Sportcoat and pant by Eleventy, shirt by Luciano Barbera, tie by Isaia, pocket square by Roda; Moore & Giles bag; a fitting at M PENNER; Kiton tie, Scarpe di Bianco shoes.

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Stephen’s Selects for

fall & winter

How to capitalize on this season’s top fashion trends. I know you’re going to love the beautiful fashion we’ve highlighted in our photo shoot and, rest assured, that’s just the tip of the iceberg here in the Women’s Boutique at M PENNER. I can’t wait for you to drop by so I can give you my “tour de lour” of everything fun and fresh for this fall. This season, in addition to special items, I want you to take stock of your basics. Highlighted here are some staples I think every stylish woman should have on hand for any event that comes her way:

Ryan Blouse from L’Agence This loose fitting ¾-sleeve silk blouse fits just about any body type and looks just as good under a classic suit as it does over a pair of jeans. I keep it in stock in both basic and seasonal colors. Once you own one, trust me, you’ll want another…and another!

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Whether you sling Marlena over your shoulder or wear this fabulous backpack square on your back, the iconic MZ Wallace bag exudes both city trend and fantastic function. In classic MZ Wallace style, this stylish backpack comes prepped with perfectly positioned pockets to store all of your prized possessions!

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Waxing or waning, the crescent moon is on the horizon with this exquisite necklace. The lariatstyle, silver-plated chain links to a pearl setting. Handmade in Spain and available in white or grey, this is the perfect punctuation to any top or sweater for fall… or winter…or spring…

This is THE PERFECT TURTLENECK for Houston! It’s made from Majestic’s signature viscose/elastine “soft touch” anti-pill, antimicrobial, breathable, colorfast and machine-washable fabric that feels absolutely amazing when you wear it. Even better, it’s so light that it’s the perfect layering piece for our climate. Stocked at M PENNER in both long-sleeve and half-sleeve in a myriad of colors, this may well be your favorite fall staple!

The perfect cami Marlena Backpack

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Only Hearts’ adjustable strap cami is a year-round must-have for everyone. Layer it under sweaters and blazers or just wear it as a top. The fabric feels fantastic! Available in black, white and nude.

AG BrookS wash Are you a quintessential skinny jean in a perfect ankle-length “Stilt” girl or do you prefer the classic cigarette cut with medium-rise “Prima”? Whichever your fit preference, the must-have wash in every ladies’ closet is the “brooks.” This 10 oz., super-soft stretchy blue denim has just a hint of wear and looks great dressed up or down.

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A College Road Trip

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Murry and Karen Penner were among the most recent elite group of specialty store retailers to attend Eton College—the Eton College of the eponymous shirtmaker in Sweden, that is. In addition to experiencing the breathtaking scenery in Stockholm and Gånghester (where Eton’s headquarters is located), the Penners were immersed in Swedish culture by their hosts as they studied Eton’s rich heritage, toured its factory and learned about the company’s unique manufacturing and finishing process. Highlights, according to Karen, included a seminar on what goes on behind the design of every shirt by the brand’s creative director, Sebastian Dollinger, and learning how to open a bottle of champagne with a sword.

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“Elegance is not to be seen by everyone. Elegance will be recognized only by the people who know what elegance is.” Luciano Barbera

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The new Mercedes-AMG GT S has serious rock star presence that transcends its elegant design. It was literally handcrafted by racers to own the road. If you’ve a need for speed, this svelte sports coupe effortlessly scoots its way to a top speed of 192 mph. Comfortably. But more than that, it’s fully equipped with racinginspired controls, and designed to perform exactly as a supercar should.

The AMG GT S boasts a 503-horsepower, 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Its massive torque reaches its 479 lb-ft peak at just 1,750 rpm and holds it all the way to 4,750 rpm, letting you go from zero to 60 in a scorching 3.7 seconds. “Dial in” the car’s performance character with the twist of a knob on the console. Choose from four preset modes—comfort, sport, sport+ and race—plus an individual mode that you can configure yourself. LED headlamps with stylized “eyebrows” as daytime running lamps, side lights and indicators—as well as three separate high-beam reflectors—give the GT S its distinctive look. Some 260 grill pins, capped in chrome and individually sized and spaced by the car’s designer, add an air of elegance to the exterior.

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The weight distribution of 47 to 53 percent between the front and rear axle, coupled with the car’s low center of gravity, translates to extremely agile handling and high cornering speeds.

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The body of the GT S is almost entirely composed of aluminum (more than 97 percent), and its spaceframe weighs just 514 pounds—a class benchmark. Among the non-aluminum components: a radiator support made of lightweight magnesium. Inside, drivers will find deeply contoured leather seats, a 10-speaker Burmester surround sound system and a pair of high-resolution screens displaying entertainment, navigation, audio and other features. Standard are high-performance tires staggered in both width and diameter (19 inches in the front, 20 in the rear) for maximum power delivery and super-sharp steering response.

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$131,200 Reserve your car today from Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land, 281.207.1500; mbsugarland.com.

A leather-wrapped, multifunction steering wheel offers easy access to the vehicle functions you use most often. Note the racing-inspired side grips.

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Fully variable exhaust flaps let you vary the engine sound depending on the preset mode you select—comfort, sport, sport+ and race.

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The enormous 15.4-inch front discs are grasped by powerful six-piston fixed calipers finished with eyepopping red paint and the AMG logo.

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Drive your desire.

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On Irena: Dress: Milly Handbag: Carlos Falchi Necklace: Fig Tree Bracelets: Millianna Earrings: Metalli 925 Rings: Uno de 50 On Peter: Sportcoat: Isaia Shirt: Kiton Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna Pocket square: Etro Pant: PT01 Bracelet: Tateossian Styled by: Belinda Hillhouse

A CURATED FASHION SPREAD Featuring looks from our array of top-shelf brands, fashioned by our style experts. Photography by Fulton Davenport

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Welcome to fall fashion at M PENNER. With our “Curated, Not Dictated” theme this season, we saw the obvious association with art and chose The Museum Tower, one of Houston’s most unique luxury apartment buildings located in the middle of the city’s Museum District, as the backdrop for our fall looks. Richard Bado, Director of the Opera Studies Program at Rice University and Chorus Master at the Houston Grand Opera, was one of several M PENNER customers and Museum Tower residents who opened their beautiful apartments to us to photograph our looks among their own “curated” art collections. Our style experts created looks from mixed brands, presenting a special collection uniquely M PENNER.

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This page, on Irena: Duster: L’Agence Jeans: AG Top: Majestic Paris Coffee: Illy

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On Peter: Loungewear: Derek Rose Headphones: Master & Dynamic Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey: Blood Oath

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Opposite page: Sweater and shirt: Eleventy Tee: Derek Rose Jeans: Ermenegildo Zegna Scarf: Etro Styled by Murry Penner

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This page, on Peter: Sweater, shirt: Peter Millar Corduroy pant: Hiltl

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Opposite page, on Irena: Fabiana Filippi Belt: W. Kleinberg Jewelry: Ashley Pittman Styled by Stephen Skoda

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This page, on Peter: Sportcoat, pant: Eleventy Shirt: Luciano Barbera Tie: Isaia Pocket square: Roda Styled by Cody Sever

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Opposite page, on Irena: Jacket: Veronica Beard Camisole: Ted Baker Cargo pant: L’Agence Sunglasses: Maui Jim Ring: Uno de 50 Backpack: MZ Wallace

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This page, on Irena: Jumpsuit: L’Agence Jewelry: Ashley Pittman, Elizabeth Martin and Metalli 925

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Opposite page, on Peter: Sportcoat, pant: Luciano Barbera Sweater: Ermenegildo Zegna: Shirt: Isaia Tie: Kiton Pocket square: Etro Styled by Whitney Wiggins

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This page, on Irena: Blouse: L’Agence Jewelry: Ashley Pittman Opposite page, on Peter: Sportcoat, vest, cargo pant and scarf: Eleventy Shirt: Giannetto Tie: Ermenegildo Zegna Pocket square: Eton

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On Irena: Sweater: Fabiana Filippi Blouse: Veronica Beard Pant: Peserico Scarf: Suzi Roher Jewelry: Fig Tree, Ashley Pittman and Uno de 50 Styled by Stephen Skoda

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This page, on Irena: Topcoat: Luciano Barbera Scarf: Etro On Peter: Sportcoat: Hickey Freeman Turtleneck, pocket square: Etro Pant: Luciano Barbera Shoes: Gravati Styled by Chris Patton Opposite page, on Peter: Sportcoat: Ermenegildo Zegna Shirt: Luciano Barbera Pant: Incotex Shoes: Magnanni Duffel: Moore & Giles Styled by Butch Layne

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On Irena: Sweater: Autumn Cashmere Jeans: AG Backpack: MZ Wallace

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Every season, Houstonians look to M PENNER for their formalwear and wedding needs. We offer everything from tuxedos and shirts to personalized ties and pocket squares. Visit our fully stocked formal department or the custom shop to create signature garments and accessories for your special day. This page, clockwise from top left: Elizabeth & Dr. Justin Douglass in Ermenegildo Zegna (Jules Bower, photographer); Sarah Morgan & Oscar Brown in Ermenegildo Zegna (Kassidy Love Photographer); Terrell & Spencer Branch in Ermenegildo Zegna (J. Cogliandro Photography); Melissa & Stephen Golding in Samuelsohn. Opposite page, top row: Marian & Dillon McCarty in Ermenegildo Zegna (Pierce Lifestyle Photography); Rima & Ryan Soroka in Ermenegildo Zegna (Philip Thomas Photography). Middle row: Lindsey & Matthew Putterman in Strong Suit (Reg Campbell, photographer); Brittany & Matt Steitz in Samuelsohn (M. Wang Photography); Amanda & Logan Sherman in Strong Suit (Perez Photography). Bottom row: Cristhel & Tracy Sue in Isaia (Joseph West, photographer); Norma & Beto Cardenas in Ermenegildo Zegna (Khanh Nguyen Photography).

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Rebel Without A Pause Confederate Motors’ relentless new ’cycle, the G2 P51 Combat Fighter, sounds like something airborne. Kinda feels that way too. By Timothy Kelley

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otorcycles aren’t for blending in, playing along or even getting ahead. They’re about freedom—with a dash of attitude. Why not ride one that’s built in that spirit? The folks at Confederate Motors in Alabama obviously aren’t into politically correct nomenclature. But while other motorbike makers come and go, this scrappy little company has reached the quarter-century mark—that’s six times as long as the real Confederacy endured. It has reportedly sold vehicles to the likes of Brad Pitt, Nicolas Cage and Bruce Springsteen. And its new G2 P51 Combat Fighter hints thunderously at why. Here are 200 horses of pure Johnny-Reb menace, and when they go roaring by they can make a bobblehead turn. But we’re not talking just noise and shine. This is an admirably designed and constructed machine. A notable advance from the P120 Fighter released by Confederate in 2009 (it’s lighter, with more power), the P51 features a monocoque structure that elegantly binds engine, fuel tank and transmission in a single unit built of 6061-T6 aerospacegrade billet aluminum. Speaking of aerospace, if the phrase “Combat Fighter” reminds you of the wild blue yonder, that’s OK. Officially the P-51 moniker reflects the 51-millimeter intake ports installed by

head designer Jon Kaase. But as company founder/CEO Matt Chambers notes, it also tips its hat to an airborne namesake: North American Aviation’s famous World War II workhorse, the P-51 Mustang. This groundbound Combat Fighter features new cylinder heads and an ingenious new air-induction system. Engine geeks will appreciate its 132-cubic-inch S&S X-Wedge air/oil-cooled overhead camshaft V-twin motor with two valves per cylinder. (Last time we checked, S&S was in that northern state known as Wisconsin, but why quibble?) The bike boasts a five-speed stacked gearbox with Andrews gears and can reach speeds above 176 mph—though you might not wish to aim for that mark this side of the Bonneville Salt Flats. Its 180 ft.-lbs. of torque constitute, as the manufacturer modestly confesses, “the greatest amount of torque as a percentage of weight ever achieved in all of motordom.” Only 61 will be produced, and each will be engraved with a number signifying the order in which it was purchased. Don’t miss your moment.

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Form hitches a ride with function in the ruggedly eye-pleasing Confederate G2 P51 Combat Fighter, starting at $125,000. Company founder/CEO Matt Chambers has described this machine’s design philosophy in terms that can’t be fully quoted here, but that include the phrases “it’s fighting against convention” and “flicks the finger at the established order.”

The rowdy rebel cuts a slender figure in your rearview mirror— but watch out anyway.

The seat, 28.5 inches high, is said to be comfier than those of earlier Confederate muscle bikes.

The Pirelli Diablo Rosso II rear tire accounts for nearly all of the vehicle’s width.

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For enthusiasts of this newly resurgent cooking style the meat is cured, but not the addiction. By Liz Donovan

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t long last, being a carnivore is “in” again. For years, many of us have yielded the high ground to our vegetarian friends, remarking to one another only sotto voce that they’re missing a lot of good eats. But now the ancient European tradition of charcuterie—finely honed techniques for preparing cooked or processed meats such as sausages and patés—is making a big comeback among discerning chefs right here in the U.S.A. With a respect for nature and an abhorrence of waste, they’re making culinary history. So hold your heads high, meat eaters! And meet three top practitioners of this tasty art.

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Chris Consentino Boccalone and Cockscomb, San Francisco

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This celebrity chef says meat is his muse. Popularly known for his TV appearances—for example, on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and as winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters—he has made a name as a leader in charcuterie’s resurgence. As executive chef at Incanto in San Francisco, which closed in 2014, Chris Consentino hosted an annual “head-to-tail” dinner in which he’d make a point of using an entire animal, even serving pork’s blood with chocolate for dessert. This philosophy, he says, was inspired by his friend, French chef Jean-Louis Palladin, who taught him “to be realistic and respectful about the path an animal takes from farm or forest to plate.” At Incanto, Consentino created a house-cured charcuterie plate that included mortadella and fennel salame. When guests asked where they could purchase Incanto’s meats, Consentino and Incanto owner Mark Pastore opened a salumeria (Italian delicatessen) called Boccalone, also in the City by the Bay, in 2007. (The slogan on its T-shirts: “Tasty Salted Pig Parts.”) There and at farmers’ markets, customers can purchase Consentino’s meats, including the bestselling mortadella hot dogs and cured salumis, such as capocollo, a neck meat aged with spices; guanciale, a salt-cured pork cheek used in Carbonara dishes; and even orange and wild fennel salame. (Customers enjoy getting a selection in the store’s popular “meat cone” dish.) Besides Boccalone, Consentino focuses his attention on his newest restaurant venture, Cockscomb, and his blog, OffalGood.com, which highlights his passion for cooking offal, the parts of an animal that are not skeletal muscle. (It literally means “off fall”—the pieces that fall off the animal during butchering.) But don’t expect him to rest on his laurels—this creative chef is constantly reinventing. “The possibility of catching lightning in a bottle, or within a salami casing, is enticing,” he has said. “That’s what will forever thrill us about the art of cured meats.”

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Zach Allen B&B Hospitality, Las Vegas Meat making is part passion and part tradition for Zach Allen. While he was growing up, his Germanheritage family gathered each fall to create a big batch of smoked sausages. His interest in working with cured and smoked meats professionally was piqued on a trip to Italy, where he met prosciutto makers and was inspired to learn charcuterie. At that time, Allen was preparing for the opening of Mario Batali’s Otto in New York City; he was determined to cure all meats—from those served as antipasti to the pepperoni on the pizzas—in-house. To learn the craft, Allen worked with Armandino Batali, Mario’s father, who runs the famed Salumi in Seattle, and took formal training at Iowa State University’s Meat Lab, where he discovered the chemistry and technology behind meat curing and smoking. “You need to know the science,” he explains. “Why you need the salt, the sugar, the nitrate and so on— and you need to be careful using them to make sure you’re safe.” Through Allen, Otto became the first New York City restaurant to have a cured meats plan approved by the city’s Health Department for HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points), a food-safety system pioneered by NASA. Pig parts some chefs would discard engage Allen’s imagination. The loin, which is lean with a little fat but “not marbled like a shoulder,” he says, can be turned into lonza. “We season with salt and a little sugar and let the sweetness of the meat sing,” he says. Meanwhile, he handles the fattier shoulder by rubbing it first with salt and sugar, then rolling it in ground black pepper, fennel and cayenne to make coppa. Ankles, which contain tough meat, need a little extra work to become a succulent full-flavored cotechino. “We’ll season it with a lot of fall spices— black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne and clove—poach it really slowly in Prosecco for two to three hours,” he says. “Add all the skin and fat and it becomes tender.” As for overall guidance, “it’s important to respect and look at the animal,” Allen says. “Take what the pig gives you and make it from there.” He oversees 10 restaurants with B&B Hospitality, and has helped Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich open 17 properties in the United States and abroad. He brings in thousands of pounds of pork from Heritage Farms USA, which provides the restaurants with pigs bred and raised exclusively for them. “If you’re going to eat meat, this is the best way,” Allen says. “You’re using the animal to its fullest. You’re not wasting anything.”

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Jamie Bissonnette Coppa, Boston; Toro, New York, Boston and Bangkok; Little Donkey, Cambridge, Mass.

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This meat genius actually spent many years as a vegetarian and vegan. Eventually, his culinary ambitions prompted a diet change. Jamie Bissonnette recalls that a one-time boss “said I was a good cook, but I’d never be a great cook unless I started eating the food.” In 2011, Bissonnette won $10,000 on the Food Network show Chopped; in 2014, he was awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for the Best Chef Northeast and also published The New Charcuterie Cookbook: Exceptional Cured Meats to Make and Serve at Home. Today he owns five restaurants, having added Cambridge’s Little Donkey just this summer. Writes celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern of Bissonnette: “He can take ordinary food, even odd bits, fifth-quarter stuff (the pluck, the viscera, ‘the nasty’ to some) and make angels weep.” The rabbit mortadella in the book earned Zimmern’s praise; ambitious home chefs can also find recipes for Bissonnette’s duck prosciutto and Vietnamese bologna, or Cha Lua. For those hoping to get a taste of the chef’s own creations, an array of salumis, patés and sausages is available at Coppa. Toro, a Barcelona-style eatery that focuses on seafood, finds room on its menu for Bissonnette’s carnivorous creations in tapas dishes, such as smoked beef heart and seared foie gras. Those vegan days are long ago, but this chef’s respect for animals endures. He began experimenting with offal after seeing parts of the animal go to waste once the popular cuts were butchered off. “When I made the change from vegetarian to omnivore, I wanted as little waste as possible,” he says. He also insists on knowing where his meat comes from and only sourcing ingredients from sustainable providers, advising people not to cook with meat they don’t know anything about. “I only use people I can get to know and speak with about the pigs and how they were raised,” he says. For would-be charcuterie enthusiasts, Bissonnette has simple advice: “It’s not something you can learn on a stage. It’s something one has to be really dedicated to. But it’s delicious.”

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n the map, the island of Sicily looks as if it’s about to be drop-kicked by the Italian boot. Indeed, its abundant wines have long been kicked around—known more for quantity than for quality, with flabby reds, listless whites and assorted sweet wines like Marsala and Moscato di Pantelleria that were good for cooking but not much else. Till recently, says Brian Larky, owner of wine importer Dalla Terra Winery Direct in Napa, Calif., “when people thought of Sicily, they thought of mafia and Marsala. But it’s so much more.” In fact, the island is home to more than 70 native grape varietals, with winemaking roots that run millennia deep. And vintners today are drawing on that tradition, leaning on ancient grapes such as Grillo and Catarratto with a distinctive sense of place. “Sicily is a place of great diversity, in its climate, its soils and, of course, its grapes,” says Alberto Tasca d’Almerita. “It’s also full of history and culture you can see and touch and taste.”

After a ho-hum era, vintners on this historic wine-producing island are winning new respect. By Josh Sens

At 44, Tasca d’Almerita is a vintner of noble breeding—a count, no less, who is married to a princess (literally) and belongs to “the first family of Sicilian wine.” His bloodlines in the industry trace to the 1830s, when forebears planted grapes in the center of the island. With father Lucio and brother Giuseppe, he oversees five of Sicily’s most respected wineries: Tenuta Regaleali, Capofaro, Tascante, Whitaker and Sallier de la Tour. For the family business, the mid- to late-1900s brought robust growth, during which Lucio emerged as a pioneer, implementing a range of modern farming practices. He was the first Sicilian vintner to use a tractor and to dig a reservoir to catch rainwater. But he also held firm to traditions, championing indigenous varietals that were becoming vanishingly rare. Other wineries followed suit, among them Benanti, Ceuso, COS and Cusumano. To sample the finest Sicilian wines today is to appreciate their wildly diverse profiles, by turns lean and feisty, lush

and complex. They’re reflective of a Sicily that contains multitudes, its topography ranging from stark volcanic peaks to sun-kissed inland valleys to low-lying flatlands cooled by coastal fog. With five estates scattered across Sicily, the Tasca d’Almerita family makes wines in all of those settings, and their portfolio captures that wide-ranging terroir. It’s evident in stunning releases like Tenuta Regaleali’s 2014 Lamuri, a fruit-forward wine made from Nero d’Avola grapes grown in a rolling inland region, and Capofaro’s 2013 Didyme Malvasia, a bright white derived from fruit in vineyards stitched along Mt. Etna’s volcanic slopes. As the managing director of the family business, Alberto is the widely recognized public face of all these labels. He and his wife, Francesca Borghese, show up on glossy Italian society pages. But his family’s wines, he says, are the true stars. “People are getting more curious about indigenous grape varietals everywhere,” he says. “In that regard, Sicily is the biggest treasure in the world.”

Clockwise from top left: Vintner Arianna Occhipinti’s SP68, her blend of Nero d’Avola and Frappato; the vineyard at the Tasca d’Almerita family’s Capofaro Malvasia & Resort on the isle of Salina, north of Sicily; majestic Mt. Etna rises above a Silican town; the dapper Alberto Tasca d’Almerita; the Grillo grape, a variety favored for Marsala winemaking; harvesting the Nero d’Avola grape varietal at the Feudo Montoni estate; a bottle of Tenuta Rapitala Grillo 2013; a lush bunch of Nerello Mascalese grapes, named for the Mascali area of Catania, where it’s believed they have originated.

Tasting notes Tenuta Regaleali Lamuri Nero d’Avola, 2014 Retail price: $20 Lush aromas of black cherry, vanilla and tobacco give way to velvety tannins on the palate in this nuanced, foodfriendly wine. Tenuta Regaleali Rosso del Conte 2010 Retail price: $70 A rich ruby color is complemented by deep flavors of cherry and stone fruit that resolve in a long, smooth finish. Tascante Buonora 2014 Retail price: $20 Aged in stainless steel, this wine has hints of grapefruit and understated minerality as well as a lean, clean finish; these qualities help make it a wonderfully refreshing warmweather white.

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the gift of

Style

Our style pros share gifts they’ve received, what’s on their wish lists and holiday gift ideas for you.

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What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I got a black BMW from my parents when I was 18. It was an awesome car! What’s on your holiday wish list this year? I love to hop in my car and take road trips to Austin, Galveston, Oklahoma or pretty much anywhere, so the Yeti Hopper cooler would be the perfect accessory for my car and next adventure. What do you suggest as perfect gifts from M PENNER? For something really special, I suggest a silk Made-to-Measure dinner jacket from Ermenegildo Zegna. It’s a special gift and something a man will truly love having in his closet for special occasions. This is personalization and luxury at its finest. Plus, it only takes four weeks to make! We have everything you need to dress your special someone, from clothing to the bare necessities. We introduced a new brand of performance underwear this season called 2UNDR, and it’s been a big hit. 2UNDR uses the most advanced construction techniques and materials, and it’s the perfect combination of comfort, fit and style. It’s a great, affordable gift that fits anyone’s budget.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? A pair of brown Acme cowboy boots that my sister gave me when I was 11 years old. She saved the money from her first job and gave them to me for Christmas. I put them on right then and there, and was so proud of them. What’s on your holiday wish list this year? I’ve been referred to as a golfaholic. I play on my days off and really enjoy playing on courses all around the country. So, it’s logical that I want a new set of clubs. I’ve also been eyeing a chocolate brown leather, alligator-printed, brass-trimmed ottoman that would look great at my place! What do you suggest as perfect gifts from M PENNER? For the person on your list who loves listening to music, Master & Dynamic headphones are a stellar mix of sound, style and craftsmanship. They look great and have the sound quality to match. Davek Umbrellas are excellent gifts too. Everyone should have a really good umbrella, and Davek’s are a great combination of durability and metropolitan style. Go ahead, Houston…rain!

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What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I was adopted when I was three days old, so I would definitely say my parents. What’s on your holiday wish list this year? I love to be active when I’m not working. In fact, I have a few Houston marathons under my belt. With that being said, I would love a GPS running watch, bike or workout clothes—all the necessities for a great workout. What do you suggest as perfect gifts from M PENNER? For the man who wants to be unique and go for the ultimate look, I would have to say a Kiton sportcoat. I love the lightweight 100 percent cashmere offerings we have at M PENNER right now, made in a flattering silhouette with beautiful patterns. Kiton produces a limited number of coats worldwide from each fabric, and our offerings are outstanding. Also, I recommend Incotex for their trousers with impeccable cut and fit, and my personal favorite, the Di Bianco double monk strap shoe because of its classic look with a modern twist.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? I’ve received many wonderful gifts and especially remember the best one I’ve ever given. My grandmother was driving in from Kerrville to spend Christmas with me and wrecked her car on the way to Katy. I surprised her on Christmas morning with a new car. She couldn’t believe it. She squealed with joy, laughed and cried—all at the same time! What’s on your holiday wish list this year? I’m blessed with a wonderful husband, son and great friends who always give me thoughtful gifts. I don’t ask for a thing! What do you suggest as perfect gifts from M PENNER? Make it personal! We can personalize Made-to-Measure suits, sportcoats and custom shirts with your special someone’s name. When it comes to luxury writing instruments, look no further than Graf von Faber-Castell. Their monogrammed initials will look great on ebony wood or sterling silver pens. Finish any look with a W. Kleinberg sterling silver belt buckle with his initials engraved too—all thoughtful and meaningful gifts he will treasure and keep for a lifetime.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? My parents gave me a Schwinn bicycle when I was 10 years old. It came with all the bells and whistles. I rode that bike until it fell apart! What’s on your holiday wish list this year? My love for riding bikes didn’t end when I was young; I bike every morning around the bayou and downtown Houston. The new Kona Honzo CR trail bike is on my list this year. It will pair very nicely with a Blaze Fitbit too! I love GPS tracking during my workouts. What do you suggest as perfect gifts from M PENNER? Etro scarves fly out of the store every holiday season—we can’t keep them in stock! Unique patterns in luxurious silks and cashmeres are why Etro’s scarves are among the best. I suggest pairing an Etro scarf with a Fabiana Filippi V-neck silk and cashmere sweater to create an elegant look for just about any occasion. These sweaters are very lightweight, which means that they’re perfect for our Houston weather. Finish the look with a one-of-kind Metalli 925 handcrafted sterling silver bracelet.

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What’s the best gift you’ve ever received? Shortly after I got out of the military, I returned to playing golf. My parents gave me a really nice set of clubs. What’s on your holiday wish list this year? Most mornings I bike between 10 and 30 miles, so a new road bike and cycling gear are at the top of my list this year. What do you suggest as perfect gifts from M PENNER? Anything from Luciano Barbera! This season we have a cashmere duo-fabric topcoat that would be a great addition to any man’s wardrobe. This beautifully constructed coat looks great when paired with formalwear and businesswear, or casualwear. You’ll also never disappoint with an Isaia sportcoat, renowned for its expert craftsmanship, luxurious fabrics and iconic red coral logo. If you’re stumped on what to give and aren’t sure about shirt or pant sizes, I highly recommend Creed, the crème de la crème of fragrances. My top picks are Millesime Imperial and Green Irish Tweed.

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The skies were blue outside on April 12, but inside, it was Raining Men We Love! This year’s Recipe for Success event honorees Arthur Baird, Bill Baldwin, Jonathan Blake, Roland Garcia, Rudy Guerra, Aashish Parekh, Dean Putterman, Larry Wagner and Haresh Yalamanchili, M.D. donned event sponsor Davek umbrellas and wowed the crowd with spring fashions from M PENNER, drawing explosive applause and nods of delight from the crowd. The fashion show was followed by an unforgetable Avion tequila tasting and dinner pairing at Añejo. To learn more about Recipe for Success and the wonderful things they’re doing, visit their website at recipe4success.org.

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welcome to our Home Going above and beyond for our customers is the heart and soul of M PENNER. We believe great mechandise and great service is truly the best way to exceed our clients’ expections.

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expertise A central part of the M PENNER experience is superlative service. When you need expert, individualized attention, you’ll get it—instantly and for as long as you want. Our knowledgeable staff is well versed in all of the brands we carry, the trends of the season and how to fit every body type. They stand ready to advise you on all matters of wardrobe and accessories.

As a family-owned business, we take a lot of pride in everything we do at M PENNER. We have the finest sales professionals that you will find anywhere, and our experienced tailoring staff works diligently to make sure that you look great. Our commitment to our customers goes beyond the sale. Service impacts every part of our business, and our goal is to constantly exceed your expectations. Here are some of the things we do to take care of you. Of course, special requests are always welcome!

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Houston’s a big city, and parking is often a challenge. At M PENNER we provide plenty of free parking, right at the front door.

Exceptional fit is essential to impeccable style. We have a whole room created for you to design your own suits, sportcoats, shirts and trousers, where we will take your measurements and help you select fabrics, styles, buttons, etc. from the finest companies in the world.

Delivery We understand that sometimes it’s a challenge to get to the store to pick up your alterations. Just let us know when and where, and we’ll be happy to deliver them to you.

that’s a wrap! We’re here to make your life a little easier, remember? So, you pick the gift and we’ll take care of the wrapping on all non-sale purchases at M PENNER. Of course, all you have to do is ask and we’ll pick the gift out for you too!

Closet Cleaning Sometimes it’s hard to part with old friends. We can help. When you shop for your new seasonal wardrobe, our sales associates will come to your home and let you know which items are worn or out of style, and suggest how to coordinate your existing clothes with new additions. We’ll even take your old clothes and donate them to a local charity on your behalf.

Picture This Sure, all of your new clothes look great at the store, but sometimes, once you get home, it’s hard to remember what goes with what. Just ask and we’ll be happy to photograph your ensembles.

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Special Orders Whether it’s a suit, sportcoat or a pair of shoes, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just let us know. We’ll do our best to find it from one of our many resources.

Complimentary Alterations Our reputation is sewn into every garment we sell. To make sure you always look your absolute best, we provide complimentary alterations on non-sale items purchased at M PENNER. We even perform routine wardrobe maintenance: Should a button become loose or lost, we’ll be happy to replace it—and press your garment—while you wait.

shopping by appointment Just give us a call and we will pre-select clothing to meet your needs. Items will be ready to try on upon your arrival, during or after store hours. Can’t find the time to stop by? We’ll be happy to come by your home or office.

Brownies on Saturdays M PENNER brownies, made from a recipe passed down for generations, are required at all Penner family events. When we built the store in Uptown Park, we added a kitchen so we could make them fresh for you every Saturday.

gift cards M PENNER gift cards are available in any denomination and can be purchased at the store or over the phone. Just give us the word and we’ll be happy to send them for you as well.

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• When times change, change with them.

2016 has seen many changes in the market, in our neighborhoods and in the city as a whole. Where many may see uncertainty, we see opportunity. So that’s how we spent this year—looking for opportunity. Opportunity to grow, to strengthen, to get better. Everything does change because everything is cyclical. Draw from experience, but constantly be looking ahead. In some ways, that is the definition of momentum: in moving forward, we are necessarily propelled by our past.

In this spirit, in early 2017 we will say goodbye to our magnificent Queen Anne-style office on Heights Boulevard and relocate to a larger, state-ofthe-art new office still in the Heights. I can’t wait to invite you to that space, and I will always cherish our memories made at 1545 Heights.

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