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A STEP ABOVE
Bill White’s father wasn’t happy about his son’s interest in fashion. So he gave him a gold ring emblazoned with the family crest—a rooster, which faced west instead of east to let young Bill know he was heading in the wrong direction. As it turned out, his father didn’t know best. Bill went on to found the Scarpe di Bianco brand of luxury footwear. (Scarpe means “shoes” in Italian; Bianco is Italian for “white,” the family name). Each Scarpe di Bianco shoe is 100 percent handmade—even the soles—by a talented team of artisans in a fourth-generation workshop near Naples. Because of their meticulous craftsmanship, no more than 25 pairs of shoes are made each day. Bill believes the elder White approves. “I think he’s come around and likes what I do,” Bill has said. “He wears my shoes, so that’s an endorsement right there.”
In the late 1960s acclaimed photographer Ugo Mulas captured Luciano Barbera wearing a Saxony windowpane suit he had created for himself using luxurious fabrics from his family’s textile mill just outside Milan. The stunning blackand-white image appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, and Barbera’s fate as a designer was sealed. He was soon producing his own timeless menswear collection for the raffinato, or refined gentleman, whose quiet confidence and flair for color and pattern have become the label’s trademark. Today, just as in 1971 when the brand was born, the Luciano Barbera name stands for quality, made-entirely-inItaly craftsmanship and that uniquely Italian quality of sprezzatura. Barbera has described it as “knotting your tie or wearing your jacket in a natural way, leaving behind an effortless impression. The most forceful statement is understatement.” Indeed, Luciano Barbera designs are a study in unobtrusive elegance—a direct reflection of the man himself.
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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.
If you’re a cashmere lover—and who isn’t?—you must get to know Brunello Cucinelli. He is the king of the sumptuous fabric, producing some of the world’s finest cashmere clothing. Although the Italian designer is best known for his sweaters, the Cucinelli collection has expanded over the years to include head-to-toe looks. Shirts, vests, trousers, blazers and sportcoats—all featuring the brand’s signature muted color palette, trim-to-the-body tailoring, casual elegance and, of course, sublimely soft fabrics. Let M PENNER guide you through the Brunello Cucinelli collection, the pinnacle of Italian luxury.
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From Napa with love
The first time Kisha and Jason Itkin visited Napa Valley for vacation, they were smitten. The second trip, they knew it was true love. The couple soon took the plunge and found their own personal piece of heaven on an overgrown plot of hillside land that played peek-a-boo with Mount St. Helena. The idea was to create a vacation hideaway, but the call of wine country was too strong to ignore, and the couple not only found a property that felt like home, but a new venture as well. “It just has this soul,” says Kisha. “You can tell something amazing happens there.” Despite being surrounded by natural beauty from the redwood trees and Douglas firs, the couple has had to do some serious clearing, cleaning and renovating of the property, which includes a schoolhouse, big red barn and other buildings. The schoolhouse was built in 1878 and is part of the couple’s inspiration for the name of their vineyard and wine label, Theorem Wine. Kisha also confesses a love for math and science, making Theorem a natural fit for the endeavor. The Itkins live in Houston and spend time traveling between their home in Texas and their vacation property in California, often doing more renovating than wine tasting. The buildings were in various states of disrepair, but the duo was always pleased when surprises from the past popped up in the present, such as ’60s and ’70s era floors giving way to beautiful hardwood floors. They were also happy to find old vines on the property that, much to their surprise, started producing caber-
net grapes after being cultivated by their team, which includes winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and vineyard manager Josh Clark. The couple and their team harvest the grapes by hand, and after purchasing the property in 2010, were able to harvest a small batch of grapes in 2013. The couple is producing small amounts of wine that are available through their website, theoremvine yards.com, or by contacting the winery for a private appointment. Theorem Vineyards comprises 60 acres of land on the north slope of Diamond Mountain in Calistoga, 1,100 feet above sea level. Twenty acres are devoted to the muchloved cabernet vines and a small number of merlot vines. While they continue to rebuild and reimagine their dream vacation spot and business venture, they savor each new challenge and victory. “There is passion in every little thing here,” says Kisha. “There’s always a story in Napa Valley.” Sounds like the Itkins and their Theorem Vineyards are in for a very happily ever after.
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Just juice it Your best friend’s wedding is a few weeks away and you want to look fabulous in the photos. Consider trying an all-natural juice cleanse—a semi-fast in which you focus on drinking fruit and vegetable juices—to drop a couple of pounds. Don’t know where to start? Head to Flow Juice Bar, where the staff will set you up with a one-to-seven-day cleanse consisting of fresh, unpasteurized, cold-pressed juices to “replenish, restore and revitalize the body.” Start the day with Awaken (a refreshing combo of lemon, ginger, mint and purified water) and end it with Cashew Milk (raw cashews, filtered water and sea salt). A popular choice for midday, according to founder Jerry Lasco: Nutrify, a tasty concoction featuring kale, spinach, celery, ginger, apple and lemon. You can go with the flow at two convenient locations. Flow Juice Bar, 214 Fairview St., 713.528.9206; Equinox, 4444 Westheimer Rd., 281.888.7216; flowjuicebar.com
the m penner guide Mix it up in 2016
Color authority Pantone has “doubled down” this year, introducing for the first time twin “it” colors. The blending of powdery blue “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz,” a soft pink, has been chosen as the Color(s) of the Year. Traditionally used to symbolize male and female, this year’s selections transcend gender, as the cooler tranquil blue and the warmer rose tone have become true unisex colors. Rose Quartz conveys “compassion and a sense of composure,” says Pantone, while Serenity brings “feelings of respite and relaxation.” Together, the pastel pairing creates a sense of calm. Expect the soft hues to pop up in every 2016 collection for spring and summer—you’ll find them as solid tones as well as accent colors in sportcoats and jackets, ties and pocket squares, and polos and dress shirts. Wear both shades with confidence. These colors make a statement: They say you have style.
Ask Mr. Etiquette
Murry Penner explains how to sail through life without giving offense. An otherwise charming colleague wouldn’t dream of interrupting a business meeting to take a cell phone call, but he thinks nothing of texting during a meeting! If this keeps up they’ll put me in prison for what I’ll do, and I don’t look good in either stripes or orange. — Heated in Houston You make an excellent point. Texting during a presentation is just as rude as interrupting a person. You wouldn’t talk over someone else, would you? Texts should be relegated to outside the meeting room—no texting under the table! If you must bring your phone with you into the conference room, set it to silent. (Even phone vibrations can be disruptive.) Another no-no: constantly looking at your cell phone instead of making eye contact.
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We hear there are a few men in Houston who don’t yet have Incotex trousers in their closet. If you’re one of them, please do yourself a favor and stop by M PENNER to try on a pair. This Italian brand is the Maserati of men’s trousers, producing perfectly tailored, uniquely comfortable pants since 1951. It all started, in fact, with the 1951 line, the pioneer of smart casual style, and has expanded over the decades to include a military-inspired collection as well as a fivepocket collection. Details are among the trademarks of Incotex—the signature blue belt hook holder, for example, and the V-split on the belt for maximum comfort. Then, of course, there are the fine fabrics—cotton and linen/cotton blends, chambray, super 130s wool and wool/ cashmere blends—and the wide range of colors. Think red and pink, French and royal blue, green and aqua, violet and purple along with traditional charcoal, stone and khaki. Visit M PENNER to find a hue—or two—that’s right for you.
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The year was 1979. French designer Yves Chareton landed in New York City with visions of creating a collection of vintageinspired shirts—like the kind he could find at Parisian flea markets. Thanks to a manufacturer who believed in his vision, the Hartford brand was born and became an instant success. (Bruce Springsteen and many of his followers were fans.) Fast forward two decades or so, when Chareton introduced his refined yet relaxed aesthetic to women. Think chambray buttondowns, embroidered tops, easy jersey dresses and smart linen skirts. Not wearing Hartford yet? Stop by the store and slip on a few styles. We know you’ll love what you see in the mirror.
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There’s certainly no shortage of shops in Houston that will rent you a tuxedo. So why should you buy one? We can think of four reasons: Perfect fit. When a tuxedo fits properly, you feel more comfortable and look your best. Other people notice that. Dollars and sense. It takes just a few tux-worthy occasions in a decade for this garment to pay for itself. And when you own, you may find you’re tux-clad more often. Top quality. When you buy a tuxedo or other formal attire at M PENNER, you can select from the finest Italian fabrics. They’ll stand the test of time and also have a softer, more sumptuous feel. Personal style. The basic black tuxedo is the hallmark of elegance. You’ll find variations in lapel styles (shawl, peak or notch), number of buttons (one or two) and contrasting fabrics (satin or grosgrain). Most tuxedos have a silk stripe down the length of the trousers. To make a personal statement, choose a subtly patterned black fabric or a midnight blue. A velvet jacket paired with solid trousers and a fancy bow tie is another elegant option. Whatever you choose, your tux can express your style. Let us show you the myriad ways you can customize a tuxedo for the special occasions coming up.
Let’s face it—hopping on a plane to Dallas or Austin can be a real drag, and doing the drive (especially to Dallas, a.k.a. the most boring drive on the planet) is so last year! The way Houstonians travel across the Lone Star State is changing with the recent arrival of Vonlane, the luxe bus that touts itself as a “Private Jet on Wheels.” Plush leather seats, Wi-Fi and refreshments are among the perks Vonlane offers to riders journeying between Houston, Dallas and Austin. The custom coaches are designed with an eye for the upscale and are fitted with conference tables for business travelers who want to work while they roll. Of course, those who ride simply to save the hassle of flying or to avoid sitting behind the wheel will enjoy the same benefits. The buses are all equipped with 22 first-class reclining seats, satellite TV, coat closet, complimentary snacks, open bar and delightful attendants. The buses also include spacious restrooms. Karen Penner (pictured) recently checked out the Houston-to-Dallas route and reports, “It’s the only way to travel between the cities!” Convenient departure/arrival locations include the downtown Houston Hyatt (corner of Dallas and Louisiana), Austin Hyatt on Barton Springs Road and the Doubletree in Dallas near Love Field. Tickets range between $99 and $109. Check out vonlane .com for more details and to book your ticket.
Ferragamo: a legacy of style
When he was nine years old in Bonito, Italy, Salvatore Ferragamo liked to watch the town cobbler tan leather skins, cut patterns, form them around a wooden foot-shaped “last” and sew the pieces together. Two years later, after the sudden death of his father, Salvatore traveled to Naples to study the art of shoemaking. It soon became a family affair, as 16-year-old Salvatore and his three older brothers emigrated to the U.S. and opened a small shop in Santa Barbara, California. In 1923, Salvatore relocated to Los Angeles and launched the Hollywood Boot Shop, which would serve silver screen stars and outfit films like The Ten Commandments. The young designer had arrived. Today, more than 50 years after Salvatore’s death, the Ferragamo name is still synonymous with luxury footwear that defies trends and stands the test of time. And the Italian brand is still owned by the Ferragamo family, including Salvatore’s widow, Wanda. We invite you to stop by the store, slip on a pair and feel the difference. Lace-ups, loafers, moccasins, monkstraps—we’ve got an extensive selection to choose from, in colors that go way beyond basic brown and black, to spice up your summer wardrobe.
The look of Eleventy
You can’t count to Eleventy, but it’s a brand you can count on. Born in Milan, Italy, in 2006 as a small line of polo shirts (with no logos), it has expanded and gained international prominence with collections of meticulously crafted, sophisticated yet understated apparel. “Customers with confidence do not need status logos,” founder Marco Baldessari has said. “The collection is about lifestyle rather than status.” New to the brand? One of our sales associates will introduce you to the refined fabrics, subdued palette and smart details that define Eleventy.
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...in which Murry Penner solves your sartorial dilemmas.
It’s time for a new jacket for spring. What do you recommend? We have a few really stunning jacket options. Isaia makes a silk-cashmere jacket that is very light and elegant. The blended fabric gives a nice luster to the piece, and it’s amazing to the touch. For spending time outdoors—at sporting events or on a boat—I’d recommend an Ermenegildo Zegna windbreaker. Bomber jackets are also in style. The best part about a bomber is its versatility—you can dress it down by pairing it with jeans and a sport shirt or dress it up with a pair of trousers. It’s a great investment. I dread wearing suits to work during the summer. Any suggestions? Two words: tropical wool. It’s lightweight, very breathable and doesn’t hold wrinkles like cotton or linen. When you’re walking
around outside, take off the jacket and drape it over your shoulder. You’ll look cool and feel cool. And remember, you don’t have to wear socks during the summer. We sell no-show peds so that you can pull off the sockless look comfortably. Speaking of looking cool, how can I spice up my sportcoat collection? You’ll definitely stand out in a sportcoat with patch pockets. You can wear it to the office, and for a night on the town it’s nice to dandy things up a bit. The combination of red and blue in sportcoats is also very big now. My wife says I look sloppy when I wear T-shirts during the summer. But they’re so comfortable. Help! T-shirts are OK to wear in the summer, and there’s no need for them to be fitted or tucked in during the warmer months. Or you can wear short-sleeve woven shirts— they’ll keep you cool and comfortable when it’s hot. I’m bored with chinos. What are some other options for weekends?
How about a pair of colorful five-pocket pants or linen-cotton blend pants? It’s a terrific casual yet sophisticated look. Check out our selections from Incotex and PT01. What about casual shoes? I find myself always reaching for sneakers. We offer several upscale sneaker options from John Varvatos, Vince and Magnanni— low-tops and trainers made of super-soft leather that offer the comfort of a sneaker but are much more refined and sophisticated. I love them and wear them all the time. Another strong trend for casual shoes are chukka boots, and Zegna offers a super-lightweight suede chukka that’s hard to beat. I feel like my wardrobe is too “neutral.” Suggestions? Spring is the perfect time to experiment with color. Refreshing colors like lime green, melon, coral and blue are big this season. Kiton offers the most beautiful colorful sportcoats you can find. And when it comes to sportswear, check out Peter Millar’s brightly patterned shirts and boldly colored shorts. If you don’t want to be too bold, you can pair a colorful sportcoat with a more subtle shirt to balance the overall look. And don’t forget about patterns. This season guys are having fun with patterns—checks and plaids and windowpanes. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
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Spring & Summer How to capitalize on this season’s top fashion trends.
The Skinny on jeans Art of Illusion
One of the season’s most engaging trends focuses on what you don’t see. Sheer fabrics add a gossamer feel to flowing tops, and sparkling touches are just the eye-catching details your wardrobe is yearning for. Think sexy but not provocative, understated but never overlooked. Check out favorites from Weekend Max Mara and Fabiana Filippi.
In the Navy Now
While we all love the strong impact of the black and white trend for bold summer looks, it’s navy that’s taking center stage for spring and summer 2016. Paired either with white or cream for contrast or colors and prints for pop, navy is the perfect neutral to add to your summer clothing repertoire.
Trends come and go, but the lean, skinny jean remains a staple this season. Versatile and flattering, a slim sateen jean pairs well with a fuller top, a summer-weight cardigan set or a playful trapeze tank. The skinny jean is an opportunity to show off those new sandals, so leave black shoes in the closet and reach for a subdued metallic in gold or silver for a pretty polished look.
Summer’s Best Dress
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Jackets have a more feminine edge this spring, with body-conscious cuts and shorter lengths from which to choose. When selecting a blazer, look for texture like tweed and seersucker to add dimension and interest. Pair with slim pants or slip on over a sheath, and don’t forget to accessorize with a great printed scarf or a grouping of bangles.
There are summer staples we add to our wardrobe every year, and then there are the standout pieces that make getting dressed even more fun. A long dress that nips in at the waist and goes beyond a basic hue is this year’s absolute must-have. Dubbed the “patio dress,” this summer favorite seamlessly goes from poolside to cruise deck and requires no more than beautiful sandals for a complete and effortless look. Clockwise from top left, Fabiana Filippi, Weekend Max Mara, AG Jeans, Fuzzi, Weekend Max Mara.
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Think you know Jaguar? It’s time to re-think. The F-type S two-seater combines classic inspiration with a sassy new spirit. And in 2016 it comes in a 6-speed manual transmission, delighting those who still prize the art of driving.
hen Ian Callum was a kid in Scotland, he wrote to Jaguar seeking tips on becoming a car designer and got a reply advising him to study technical drawing. It took a few decades and a few other automotive stops along the way, but today he is Jag’s chief designer. This elegantly sculpted two-seater shows that he hasn’t forgotten the brand’s sporty tradition.
The ’16 is the first Jag sports car to use electric powerassisted steering (EPAS), controversial with driving purists. Company engineers believe it now outshines the hydraulic alternative (for example, it can be programmed to adapt to different ambient temperatures) without compromising that sports car feel.
The 3.0-liter engine boasts 380 horsepower at 6,500 rpm; it takes just 5.1 seconds to get from 0 to 60. And when you’re toodling to the gym, won’t it be secret fun to know that if the laws allowed, you could be getting there at 171 mph?
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There’s driver-selectable “active sport exhaust” with center-mounted dual exhaust pipes, just in case there’s any question about this beast’s authority on the road. Vr-rooom!
Customers used to pay extra for configurable dynamic controls (such as interior lighting with five color choices) and 14-way power seats, but this year they’re standard on the F-type S.
This year’s F-type features an upgraded “infotainment” system and an app that lets you simply tap your smartphone to operate locks, windows, remote start, climate control—and a beep-and-flash in case you’ve forgotten where you parked your Jag.
The S is impeccably dressed— right down to the floor with 19-inch Propeller alloy wheels. And thanks to the Jaguar highperformance braking system with black calipers, these wheels can stop almost on a shilling. A recent test put the 70 mph-to-zero braking space at less than 150 feet, competitive with the industry’s best.
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the sporting life
Golf has a Gaelic accent at Lahinch on Ireland’s windy west coast. Just don’t let that medieval castle ruin your game! By Michael Hiller
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he world has plenty of good golf courses—usually big, sweeping swaths of land that hug coastlines, hike up rocky slopes, pierce clouds and creep through timber. But there aren’t a lot of great ones, the kind that grab you from the first hole, squeeze you in the middle and draw you in so deep you can’t imagine playing anywhere better. Lahinch is one of them. Lahinch Golf Club, a 124-year-old golf course on the southwest coast of Ireland, is among the world’s finest. And you don’t go to Lahinch to gamble in a casino, dine in the Michelin-star restaurant or lie on a sandy beach (even though it’s one of Ireland’s foremost surfing locations). You go hoping to find that quintessential Irish golf experience that swirls in the back of your mind: emerald green grasses, salty ocean spray and heavy clouds cracking open with drenching rains that soak deep into your bones and can only be warmed by a peat fire and old whiskey. Standing on the third tee box of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club
recently, the churning Atlantic over my left shoulder and the Number 2 green to my right, I found it easy to pretend that golf originated here, in Ireland, rather than in Scotland, a few hundred miles east across the Irish Sea. A 30 mile-anhour rainstorm whipped in off the ocean, first slapping my ball off its wooden tee, then batting the tee shot into knee-deep rough. I popped the ball back to the fairway on my second shot, where it bounced between uneven patches of turf and soil as if the course were a pachinko machine. I saved par with a punch shot to the left edge of the green, allowing the wind to nudge the ball close to the hole for a tap-in. The rain stopped when my foursome reached the par-5 fourth hole, a narrow fairway that threads to a green tucked directly behind a 35-foot-tall sand dune known as Klondyke Hill. A burly man stood atop the dune, directing traffic. When he waved his red flag, I hit. My approach shot had to fly over the dune then land softly on the other side. “Sorry, lad,” the flag man called to me as I hiked to the
green. “The wind got the best of it.” The par-3 fifth hole is no less of a challenge: a 154-yard blind shot to a sunken green surrounded by yet more tall dunes. “There’s an old Irish saying about golf,” says the innkeeper of the Vaughan Lodge, a popular hotel near the golf course. “It says, ‘There’s no links without the sea, and no golf without the wind.’ And no one knew this better than Old Tom Morris.” Morris, of course, was the original designer of the Old Course at Lahinch (he didn’t take all the credit— he said Lahinch was the finest natural links course he’d ever seen) and also of another classic: the Jubilee Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. By the time my group walked off the 18th hole, we were humbled, sodden, exhausted—yet eager to play it again. But that would have to wait because Lahinch is more than a one-horse town. Across the street from the Old Course lies the Castle Course, a shorter, flatter 18-hole sibling punctuated by the ruins of a 14thcentury castle. And we played that next.
Clockwise from top: The single remaining wall of Dough Castle (1306) provides a dramatic backdrop to the seventh hole on Lahinch’s Castle Course. Famous for golf since the 1890s, Lahinch also has become a popular international surfing destination. Goats have roamed across the links since the early 1900s and continue to be a source of amusement to visitors. Stunningly beautiful scenery is an added bonus. A traditional heavy-on-the-protein Irish breakfast is required before hitting the links. Consider yourself lucky if you get this close. The shorter Castle Course can serve as a warmup for its bigger sibling, the Old Course, across the road.
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f course you look sensational in the suits you’ve purchased at M PENNER. We carry some of the finest labels around, and our tailors are the best in the business, working magic on off-therack garments. But there may come a time when you want to treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind suit made just for you. That’s when we’ll introduce you to the world of Made-to-Measure—your opportunity to create a suit that will fit you like a glove and reflect your personality and sense of style. And here’s the deal closer: A Made-to-Measure suit only costs about 20 percent more than off-the-rack. No wonder it’s quickly becoming the standard way many men buy suits today. Here’s how it works. First, you choose a base style from one of our many fine Made-to-Measure lines—Ermenegildo Zegna, Isaia, Kiton, Samuelsohn or Hickey Freeman. Then one of our expert tailors takes your precise measurements, recording “fit-affecting” details such as posture, arm length and shoulder height. And we’ll talk about your lifestyle,
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Meet four talented chefs from “the four corners of the world” as they present four distinctive dishes. These culinary offerings cross time zones, national boundaries and cooking’s conventional wisdom. Taste them and see!
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Chef Magnus Nilsson Fäviken Magasinet, Fäviken, Sweden
Aged Rib-Eye with onion purée Ingredients n 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided n 2 medium onions, very thinly sliced n ¼ cup low-salt chicken stock n 1 Tb. buttermilk n Kosher salt n 1 Tb. vegetable oil
n 1 28-oz. rib-eye steak (about 2 inches thick), at room temperature for 1 hour n Coarse sea salt n Assorted soft herb sprigs (such as tarragon, flat-leaf parsley and chervil)
directions Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over mediumlow heat. Add onions and cook, stirring constantly, until translucent (do not brown), 10–12 minutes. Add stock and ¾ cup water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and continue to simmer until onions are falling apart, about 20 minutes. Uncover and stir until onions are almost dry (do not brown), about 5 minutes. Transfer onions to a blender. Add buttermilk and 1 tablespoon water. Purée until smooth. Season with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with oil in a large castiron skillet or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak generously with kosher salt. Cook until a deep brown crust forms, 3–4 minutes per side and 1–2 minutes on edges. Place on prepared rack. Roast until a thermometer inserted into steak registers 115ºF. (Steak will carry over to medium-rare.) Let rest for 30 minutes.
etting a seat at The Mind of a Chef star Magnus Nilsson’s restaurant takes a bit of effort. The highly acclaimed Fäviken Magasinet is located in an 18th-century barn on 24,000 acres of hunting grounds in northern Sweden, only 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. And it’s not just the journey that makes dining here difficult: The small space can accommodate only 12 guests a night, so you can imagine the wait list. But, critics say, it’s worth it. Nilsson’s contemporary interpretation of Scandinavian cuisine is both theatrical and avant-garde, focusing on local ingredients, including fish caught by the man himself. Last summer, Nilsson surprised his fans when he bought a campervan and turned it into a hot dog stand, which he runs out of “places that seem like fun.”
Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook until butter browns, about 2 minutes. Add steak and cook for 30 seconds per side, allowing steak to absorb butter. Cut steak into 4 slices. Place 1 steak slice on each plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Spoon warm onion purée alongside. Scatter herbs over purée.
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Chef Martin Benn Sepia Restaurant, Sydney, Australia
Prawn and Buckwheat Risotto
with grain mustard and tarragon Ingredients n 180g raw buckwheat n 900g green (raw) prawns n 60ml olive oil n 30g French shallots, finely chopped n 1½ tsp. finely chopped garlic n 1½ tsp. thyme leaves
n 450ml hot prawn stock n 3 tsp. chopped tarragon n 60g unsalted butter n 30g grain mustard n 30g mascarpone cheese n Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
directions Cook the buckwheat in boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain and set aside. Clean the prawns by removing the heads and peeling off the shells. Devein the prawns by cutting down the back of each and scraping the black vein out with a small knife. Dice the prawn meat and set aside.
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artin Benn somehow managed to make it through almost two decades as a relatively unknown chef in Australia. In 2009, he opened Sepia, and his artfully prepared and playful Japanese-inspired seafood dishes became the little secret of the people lucky enough to visit the new restaurant. Last year his cookbook, Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn, caught the attention of celebrity chef Eric Ripert, who invited Benn to cook on his television show Avec Eric. Since the show aired, Benn has earned fame in the culinary world. His French technique and experience in Japanese cuisine allows him to take full advantage of fresh Australian seafood, which he serves in an Art Deco-inspired setting that is as light and unpretentious as the food enjoyed there.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic and thyme, and sauté until softened and transparent. Add the buckwheat and stir to combine well. Add all of the stock and cook until the buckwheat is tender. Add the prawn meat and stir well to combine. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Add the butter, mustard, mascarpone and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spoon into a bowl and serve immediately.
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Chef Vicky Lau Tate Dining Room, Hong Kong, China
Shrimp and Lemongrass Consommé Ingredients FOR CONSOMMÉ n 500g fresh raw shrimp with shells, washed and peeled n ½ stalk lemongrass n 3g ginger n 1 tomato n 1 clove garlic n 1g Kampot peppercorns n ½ bird’s eye chili
n 350ml distilled water n 5g fish sauce FOR BOTAN EBI n 8 pieces Botan Ebi shrimp, peeled and deveined n 2g chives n 1 lime, zested n 30g caviar n 10g sea urchin
directions For Consommé: In a blender, purée all the ingredients except fish sauce until smooth. Transfer mixture to a heavy-bottom stock pot set over medium heat. Stir constantly until it starts to simmer, then stop stirring. Simmer for 45 minutes— watch closely so that it does not come to a boil. Take the pot off the heat and strain mixture through a fine cheesecloth. Add fish sauce to finish. For Botan Ebi: Rinse shrimp thoroughly in ice water. Pat dry and cut into small pieces. Gently mix with chives and lime zest.
nly in her mid-30s, Vicky Lau has achieved success most chefs only dream of in their lifetimes. In 2015 she was named Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef, and her Hong Kong restaurant, Tate Dining Room and Bar, earned a Michelin star the first year it opened. Her menus are designed to be “edible stories” with each dish—or chapter— adding another layer of complexity to the meal. Likewise, Lau’s career is a collection of vignettes: Her journey to Japan inspired her focus on matcha and other Japanese flavors, and her background in graphic design is evident in her artistically presented dishes, including most famously, a dessert crafted to resemble a Zen garden.
Place a ring mold in the center of a bowl and fill with a spoonful of the shrimp. Layer a small teaspoon of caviar on top and remove the mold slowly. Garnish the top with a sea urchin sliver. Slowly pour the consommé, filling the sides of the bowl. Serve immediately.
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Chef Gabriela Cámara Cala, San Francisco, United States
Ceviche Contramar-Style Ingredients n 6 oz. white fish (such as rock cod), cut into 1-inch cubes n 5g celery, thinly sliced n 1/ 3 cup lime juice n ½ scant tsp. freshly ground black pepper n 1 scant tsp. sea salt n 10g pickled red onions (see recipe below)
n 5g serrano chile, seeds removed and minced n 5g cilantro leaves, chopped n 15g manzano chiles, seeds removed and thinly sliced cross-wise
directions In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the manzano chiles, and let sit for 20 minutes. Next, place the mixture, including the juices, in the center of a large, cold plate. Garnish with manzano chile slices.
Quick-pickled red onions n 1 red onion, sliced thinly in half-moons n 100g vinegar n 365g lime juice n Pinch of salt
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t’s been less than a year since Gabriela Cámara moved across the Mexican border to bring her celebrated seafood dishes to San Francisco with the opening of her new restaurant, Cala, last fall. Although new to the States, Cámara is no stranger to the culinary world—her Mexico City restaurant, Contramar, received praise from U.S. food critics and chefs, including Alice Waters. Cámara’s success comes from her focus on local and sustainable fish (“Cala” is Spanish for “creek”) as well as her fresh tortillas, which she makes daily from scratch. The restaurant’s coastal wines and agave-based cocktails are the perfect complements to Cámara’s famously light, creative dishes; dishes that have earned Cala its instant popularity.
In a large bowl, pour the vinegar and lime juice. Add the sliced red onion and let sit for at least 2 hours. Remove onions from brine and place in a sealable container. Refrigerate.
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Artisanal agave In honor of National Tequila Day, July 24, we serve up a half-dozen of the top tequilas in the world. Salud! By Virginie Boone
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here’s one drink with an eponymous anthem all its own: tequila. Recorded by the Champs in 1958—a time when this liquor was barely available in the U.S.—the sax-driven instrumental with the random yelps of “tequila!” seeped into brain cells as powerfully as a stiff drink. Back then Jose Cuervo was just about the only brand known. How things have changed! Now there’s no drink that’s hotter; nearly 14 million cases of tequila were sold nationally in 2014, and sales keep climbing at an average yearly
Partida Elegante Extra Añejo Gran Reserva The top of Partida’s line, priced at $350 a bottle and limited in production, Elegante is aged a minimum of 40 months in American oak. Complex and velvety, it combines brooding layers of black pepper, toasted oak and dark chocolate around a persistence of almond, caramel, vanilla and coffee. It even suggests the undeniable goodness of maple butter and bourbon. Handcrafted, with each bottle numbered, it comes with a crystal decanter stopper and a sterling silver charm (called the Partida Tequila Spirit Bird) around the bottle’s neck. It makes an impressive gift.
rate of 5.6 percent. Some of that growth has been powered by the priciest bottles—pure artisanal versions with price tags upwards of $300. Tequila is made from agave azul tequilana Weber, or blue agave, a Mexican plant with ties to the lily family that can take from eight to 10 years to mature. (Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from more than 30 varieties of agave, including blue agave.) Just as bubbly must come from the Champagne region of France to officially be called Champagne, tequila must be produced in specific areas of Mexico.
Tequila Ley .925 Ultra Premium Extra Añejo Pasión Azteca It’s the bottle, not the tequila inside, that drives the price of Ley .925. The Diamond Sterling Bottle (or La Ley del Diamante), which boasts 4,000 diamonds set in a five-pound platinum bottle designed by Mexican artist Fernando Altamirano, fetches $3.5 million. A more reasonable option offered by the distiller, Hacienda La Capilla: the $225,000 version pictured, which is handcrafted in gold and pure platinum. Only 33 bottles were made, and each comes encased in a leather box with a series of pictures of the original Pasión Azteca by Mexican painter Alejandro Gomez Oropeza.
Gran Patrón Platinum Silver Tequila Among the producer’s higher-end offerings, triple-distilled and aged in oak to become both smooth and full-bodied, this is a remarkably citrus-tinged drink, with bursts of fresh agave and black pepper. Each bottle is crafted from crystal and hand-numbered, cradled in an elegant black case. It is a sultry sipping tequila priced at $195.
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The spiky succulent is grown primarily in Jalisco, but the official tequila region extends into parts of four adjoining states. To make tequila, the pineapple-shaped piñas (hearts) of the agave plant are harvested by hand with a machete-like knife, cleaned and cut into pieces, then slowly baked, a process that extracts the sweet agave juice, converting its starches into sugars. The piñas are then mashed to separate the juice from the pulp, and the juice is mixed with yeast and fermented into alcohol. Water is used to cut the distillate to about 80 proof. Classifications have to do with how long the tequila is aged. Blanco or white tequila isn’t aged at all; reposado (which means “restful”) spends at least two months in oak; añejo (Spanish for “mature”) is wood-aged for a year or more; and extra añejo (a new classification added in 2006) is barrel-aged for more than three years. Since blanco never touches oak, it delivers the purest notes of agave, while añejo features deeper, woodier, tannic notes layered over the agave. All of the varieties have a place in
Casamigos Reposado Yes, this is George Clooney’s tequila, a partnership with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. More importantly, it’s a damn fine, small-batch, entirely legit tequila, made by a master distiller in Jalisco. The Casamigos team slow-cooks its piñas for three days and gives it an extra slow fermentation as well, looking to further capture the purity and intrigue of the plant. It’s then aged in American oak. The reposado ($50) is a caramel-laden and smoothly textured quaff that will go down easy after dinner, on the rocks, finishing with a hit of cinnamon stick that lingers on the tongue. No salt or lime required.
Herradura Selección Suprema Extra Añejo This caramel-colored concoction ($350) comes entirely from the Casa Herradura estate in Jalisco, the piñas cooked for 26 hours in stone and brick ovens. This is when the plants become dark orange in color and give off an intensely sweet aroma and flavor. After fermentation, the tequila is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for four years. Upon release it becomes a celebration of vanilla, crème caramel and apple pie, with additional seasonings of citrus and allspice. Enjoy over ice.
Rey Sol Extra-Aged Añejo Double-distilled and then aged six years in French oak barrels by Tequila San Matías de Jalisco, this dark-hued tequila in a smiling-face bottle (designed by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante) carries a $250 price tag. The aging lends a smoothness that’s deliciously sublime on the palate, with a taste of chocolate and hazelnut. It’s hearty enough to stand up to red meat—or serve it as an accompaniment to dessert and coffee.
mixology—or can be sipped straight. For a long while, the only brands available in the U.S. were adulterated “mixto” tequilas, which could contain up to 49 percent non-agave sugars—the kind more likely to give you a nasty headache the next day. (Remember those tequila-fueled nights in college? You were probably drinking mixto.) In the 1950s, singer and actor Bing Crosby and his buddy Phil Harris, both of whom knew their way around a tequila bottle, started their own import company specifically to bring in Herradura, a 100 percent blue agave tequila they discovered on a trip to Mexico. It would be the only “pure” tequila available north of that nation for the next few decades, positioned as a sipping tequila rather than a cocktail ingredient. Read about Herradura’s extra añejo at right below—along with five other standout tequilas on these pages. They are all, of course, made with 100 percent blue agave.
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On a hill overlooking Florence, the luxe villa Il Salviatino promises a soothing immersion in the rural charms of the Renaissance. By Everett Potter
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he glories of Florence are legion, from walking awestruck through the Uffizi Gallery to marveling at the Duomo, the 15th-century cathedral with a spectacular dome designed by Brunelleschi that lies at the heart of this Renaissance city. Not to mention daily samplings of the world’s best gelato. But at day’s end, instead of staying in the marvelous but often congested heart of town, the cognoscenti head for the hills of neighboring Fiesole. Barely 15 minutes from the Duomo by taxi (assuming a local is at the wheel), Fiesole offers a tranquil aerie ideal for contemplating the marvels of Florence. And there’s no better place to make your overnight base than a spectacularly restored villa there called Il Salviatino. Long the favored hillside summer retreat of wealthy Florentine families and British writers such as Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Fiesole was the birthplace of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. It features Etruscan and Roman ruins and a Roman theater that is still used today. Il Salviatino dates from the 15th century—it was once the home of the Bardi family of bankers. The years have brought many owners and several additions, including a tower, a conservatory and gardens. But for nearly half a century,
until 2007, it housed students for Stanford University’s overseas branch. That’s when veteran hotelier Marcello Pignozzo bought the run-down villa masquerading as a dorm, hired award-winning architect Luciano Columbo and poured millions of euros into restoring the buildings and the gardens. When they finished in 2010, they had 45 exquisite guest rooms and suites, some retaining 19th-century frescoes, along with public areas festooned with fine paintings and a blend of antique and modern furniture. Think of this as a country house hotel at the edge of the city. There is no check-in desk. Instead, you will be met, escorted and coddled throughout your stay by so-called “service ambassadors,” which is a bit like having a flock of concierges hovering just out of sight. This remarkably restored and reimagined villa has oak floors, red carpets, silver candelabras and a staircase in the entrance fit for a 1940s Hollywood movie. If there’s a favorite room, it might be the grand library, with Chesterfield sofas begging you to sit and read a book or maybe just contemplate the grandeur. The guest rooms are decorated in muted browns and yellows, the look classic and a tad conservative, and the marble bathrooms are opulent indeed. For those seeking a bit
more, there are suites to satisfy every fantasy. The top-floor Ojetti suite is on three levels with a glass-floored rooftop conservatory and a Jacuzzi overlooking the distant rooftops of Florence. There is a terraced pool area with three infinity pools that’s open from mid-April to mid-October, and pampering is available at the Spa Il Salviatino. During the summer, you can dine alfresco at La Terraza, which exudes a certain expected formality with its white linen-covered chairs—even with gravel underfoot. The designated dining room, Le Serre, offers more regimented gastronomy. And when it’s time to go into Florence there’s a shuttle that conveniently leaves you next to the Duomo. Il Salviatino is refreshingly 21st century when it comes to conveniences, and your room will have a Bose sound system, an iPod dock and a full-length mirror that conceals a TV. Yet what you’re likely to remember are not the electronics but the 12 acres of formal gardens and the private park that surround the hotel, as well as distant views of Brunelleschi’s dome framed by ancient pine trees. That is the true essence of Italian luxury. Il Salviatino, Via del Salviatino 21, Fiesole, Florence, Tuscany, Italy (00 39 055 904 1111; salviatino.com)
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Chris Patton’s love of clothing and styling hails back to his college days at the University of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City native worked at Strickland Clothier and soon discovered men’s fashion and retail were in his blood. Chris worked as a manager and buyer for Strickland, honing his skills and his sartorial eye. That first job in Oklahoma City led to opportunities at upscale stores across the United States and eventually, M PENNER. Chris believes camaraderie and professionalism blend at M PENNER to create a “family experience” that further fuels his passion for men’s fashion and retail. Chris is an avid sports fan, who can chat about last night’s game just as easily as pulling together a look. He balances his enjoyment of great restaurants with a dedication to hot yoga, and counts Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and Truluck’s as two of his favorite Houston restaurants.
Butch Layne jokes he’s only working at M PENNER temporarily, but with 30 years of men’s fashion and retail experience under his handmade leather belt, he’s a permanent fixture at the store. Born in Oklahoma City, Butch did what most transplanted Houstonians do and got to Texas as soon as he could. Men’s retail wasn’t always on his career radar, but after falling into the industry, it simply took him over—and he’s never looked back. On the days Butch isn’t at M PENNER, you can find him on a golf course, perfecting his swing. A confessed golfaholic, Butch says he’s consumed with the sport and has an arsenal of stories of golfing adventures to prove it.
Native Texan Belinda Hillhouse has dressed generations of Houston families, drawing on her life-long love of fashion, art and design. Born in Sealy, Belinda started young, styling the members of her family as a child, choosing everything from suits to socks. She furthered that passion as an art major at Sam Houston State and McMurry College, bringing her talents to M PENNER in 1993, where she relies on her ability to use color, pattern and vision for her clients’ custom orders and wardrobing. Outside of M PENNER, Belinda is just as busy, engaging in painting and abstract art. When not in the art studio, you can find her in the kitchen. She’s known for her love of food, wine and cooking—and sharing all three with family and friends. Serving the Houston community is a priority for Belinda, and she’s a member of multiple charitable organizations including advisory board member for HARC & TEACH, a gala committee member for Arc of Katy and president of Friends for Good.
For someone who fell into fashion, Cody Sever has made a happy accident into quite the career. The Lebanon, Pennsylvania, native didn’t grow up contemplating the fashion industry, but when he packed his bags after graduating from Southwest Texas State, he headed directly to The Galleria and began his luxury retail career at Saks Fifth Avenue. His retail path led him to M PENNER in 2006, and the rest has become a very stylish history. Outside of the store, Cody is an avid runner, having completed the Chevron Houston Marathon. He also enjoys going the movies, listening to music, trying out Houston’s restaurants and spending time with friends.
Stephen Skoda was born for fashion and retail. As a boy growing up in Queens, New York, he spent summers working in his father’s coat manufacturing warehouse. Over time, Stephen rose through the ranks from the warehouse floor to the 7th Avenue showroom, honing his style eye and learning the nuances of women’s fashion. Couple his ability with degrees from Long Island University and the esteemed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and Stephen soon found himself selling multiple fashion lines to specialty stores across the southeastern region of the United States. From there his retail path was set, which led him to M PENNER in 2008, where he is the Women’s Boutique expert. Gregarious by nature, Stephen is active outside the store, spending time cycling, cooking, reading and going to the theatre, as well as spending time with family.
Texas native Whitney Wiggins has always had a knack for exploring the more interesting nooks and crannies of life. Born in Port Arthur, Whitney worked for his father, training thoroughbred race horses, followed by serving in the United States Army. After finishing with the Army, Whitney started his retail career in the athletic shoe industry, but discovered his interests lay more in the luxury retail field. After working at high-profile retailers in Dallas and Houston, Whitney found a home at M PENNER in 2009. A true believer in the history and vision of the M PENNER concept, he loves working with and selling the broad array of fine collections carried at the store. A self-proclaimed “sports guru,” Whitney enjoys cycling and other athletic endeavors, but his most valuable time is spent with his wife and three children and participating in their multiple activities such as theatre, modeling, soccer and school functions.
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welcome to our Home From our drink bar to our flat-screen TV, we designed the store to make you feel at home. Even our Made-to-Measure Room is casual and comfortable, with its roomy conference table.
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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!
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.
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.
M Penner 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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Where European elegance meets sophisticated Texas style. More than 50 fabulous places to shop, dine, rejuvenate, sip, crave and enjoy— with easy parking in the middle of the urban Uptown District.
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