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CONTENTS

fall/ winter 2018

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26 FASHION 10

WOMEN’S TRENDS

Our women’s buyer, Lyndsie Frost, focuses on all things hot and happening in fashion. 12

FALLING FOR COLOR

Break the rules with bright hues for fall. 26

WEAR WITH ALL

Get the most from your suits by rethinking which sportswear and outerwear pieces you can pair them with.

TRASK: MUST-HAVE FOOTWEAR

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Run, don’t walk, toward the hottest shoe styles of the season. 38

WHAT TO WEAR NOW

Discover fall/winter must-haves for him.

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FEATURES FASHION’S FUTURE IS SUSTAINABLE

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See how our favorite brand partners are bettering the planet.

TO DIVE FOR

Roatán’s world-class reef makes for a spectacular scuba experience. 50

GOLF: KEEPING COOL

Learn about life and golf in an interview with pro-golfer and Peter Millar ambassador Hudson Swafford.

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Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer talks about what to look for in a vintage watch.

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FESTIVAL FUN!

Start planning now for 2019’s biggest celebrations around the globe.

MAGNANNI: FOOT LOOSE

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DEPARTMENTS

For Pascual Blanco, shoemaking is in his DNA.

FIRST PERSON: THE PLAY’S THE THING 44

Fashion writer Christian Chensvold reflects on releasing your inner child.

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Welcome Letter Ask Forum End Page: The Art of Living

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elcome to our fall 2018 issue of Malouf ’s!

Fall is my favorite season. It’s the time of year associated with the richest fabrics and colors, which is why I’m so excited to present our fall issue—full of great seasonal fashion to inspire you—as well as articles on how to enhance your look. See our instructional fashion feature (page 26), for example, to learn how to maximize and modernize your suit style. We also bring you an interview with Pascual Blanco, third-generation owner of Magnanni, on building a footwear wardrobe (page 32). We hear a lot about sustainability nowadays. The fashion industry is one of the more challenging industries in terms of expending energy and resources during the production process. Designers we represent, such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Eton, weigh in on what they are doing to minimize their manufacturing and distribution footprint while maximizing the health and welfare of their employees (page 18). For our travel features, we have included a breathtakingly beautiful article on scuba diving in Roatán, one of Honduras’ Caribbean Bay Islands (page 46) as well as a tantalizing look at exotic events taking place all over the world in 2019 (page 52). Get your passport ready and your bags packed to experience some of the most fabulous foreign festivals, from the Carnival of Venice to the Pingxi Lantern Festival in Taiwan! For golf fans, there’s an interview with Hudson Swafford, last year’s PGA Tour winner and a Peter Millar aficionado, where he shares what inspired him to become a golfer, how he felt after the PGA win, his strengths and weaknesses and other personal revelations (page 50). Last but not least, we get asked by many of our customers about finding a dry cleaner they can trust to handle their fine clothes appropriately. Turn to page 24 for our top eight tips to help you in your search! Enjoy this issue of Malouf ’s magazine with our thanks for your loyalty and friendship. This is our 69th year in business, and it wouldn’t have been possible without you. We are committed to working every day to make our customers look their very best. Happy fall 2018!

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Tennis shoes have been the big footwear trend in New York since most people have to walk everywhere! The style has now worked its way to Texas, and we couldn’t be happier to offer this cute and comfortable option to our customers. We’ve got them in glitter from Tory Burch, and we’ve got them with rhinestone emoji detailing from one of our favorite new lines, Lola Cruz. Tennis shoes are surprisingly versatile; the right pair can be worn casually with jeans or dressed up with a miniskirt and sweater. You can even wear your frilly summer dresses far into fall by adding a cropped leather jacket and feminine satin tennis shoes.

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Throw on a basic black coat every day from November to February and you’re likely to come down with a case of seasonal style depression. Lighten up with our options from Milly and Trina Turk, featuring colors and prints along with fabulous tailoring and feminine details like bell sleeves. Trade in your boring topper for something fun, and watch your mood lift!

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Plaids are so quintessentially fall that we’ve come to consider them a neutral. If your closet needs a fresh dose of this classic pattern, try one of Bella Dahl’s new styles in our fave redand-black color combo. Or consider a midlength plaid duster that can be worn as a dress or open over a cami with jeans and booties.

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WOMEN’S TRENDS:

LYNDSIE’S LIST OF WHAT’S NEW, NOW AND BEST IN STORE AT MALOUF’S.

Winter White

See BY CHLOÉ

This fall, we’re thrilled to be introducing handbags and clothing from See by Chloé. As Chloé’s sister brand, you can expect the same unique, feminine sensibility featuring high-end design elements like lace and tulle­­—but at a more affordable price point. See by Chloé is also more trend focused, so look for fun colors like lime green on bags, as well as fashion-forward tops in black and earth tones. We’re the only place in Lubbock you can find it, so stop in and let us show you why we fell in love with the line!

Over the past few years, we’ve had more and more customers asking for winter whites. With your desires in mind, we’re now stocking several options for ladies of all ages, from a heavier knit trouser by Lafayette 148 to a wide-leg flare from Milly. We offer shades from stark white to off white (which is slightly more forgiving) and plenty of tops to pair them with. Whatever your style, you can’t go wrong with a black turtleneck or romantic silk blouse.

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fashion’s future is

SUSTAINABLE By Laurie Schechter

2018 has proved to be a benchmark year.

Sustainability, according to The Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company report The State of Fashion 2018, is an ever-increasing driving force for innovation in the fashion industry. The vigor hails particularly from the luxury sector, by individual brands and large conglomerates alike. Abundant energy and resources are being applied in ambitious efforts toward a more sustainable fashion world, on many levels and with varying degrees of focus, including supply chain traceability and transparency; efficient use of water, energy and chemicals; low-impact material use and a reduction of material waste; promotion of economic health; and employment for workers. AG, for example, takes the denim manufacturing challenge, a typically notorious water, chemical and energy waste offender, and attacks it on multiple fronts. Ozone Technology minimizes chemicals and energy while cutting water consumption by 50 percent. Fabric yardage is maximized in cutting patterns to reduce fabric waste while scraps are recycled; up to 1,400 pounds per week are repurposed as home and car insulation. Eton’s belief: “The first step to a more sustainable clothing industry is to promote durable and timeless products.” In practice they closely control their supply chain, nurture long-term relationships with select manufacturing partners, employ uncompromising efforts to foster fair labor and utilize fabrics with less environmental impact and prolonged life. Fabrics they oftentimes source from high-quality finishing suppliers, certified by Sustainable Textile Production (STeP), an independent certification system for sus-

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Ermenegildo Zegna Oasi Cashmere features colors derived from a dyeing process using only natural elements such as flowers, herbs, wood, leaves and roots.

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Eton utilizes fabrics produced with less environmental impact. Brunello Cucinelli emphasizes cashmere’s ability to last and even be passed down to future generations.

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tainable manufacturing processes in the textile industry. Many brands aim to include a human as well as a merchandise aspect. Their philosophies, policies and actions integrate environmental, social, human and economic goals, bred into their company DNAs. Two notable Italian brands are among them: Brunello Cucinelli and Ermenegildo Zegna. Ermenegildo Zegna founded the brand with the view that high-quality product was closely tied to the beauty of the environment and the wellness of the people involved. This ideology lives on through Fondazione Zegna, promoting international humanitarian initiatives conserving environmental and cultural resources, cultivating sustainable development in local communities near and far, supporting scientific and medical research, and educating and training young people. Their Peru by the Fondazione Zegna program provides water and improved eco-sustainability for the area where the treasured Vicuña are raised. Even Zegna’s global stores, designed by Peter Marino, include blonde wood interiors reconstituted from sawdust. Oasi Cashmere brings a new dimension in eco-sensitivity for Ermenegildo Zegna. The collection features colors derived from a sustainable dyeing process using only natural elements, such as flowers, herbs, wood, leaves and roots. Inspiration came by way of the company’s Oasi Zegna, a 100-square-kilometer natural pre-

serve founded in 1993 in the mountainous region surrounding Trivero. Brunello Cucinelli’s early life in the countryside without running water or electricity, working the land with his family, planted the seed for his future sustainable pursuits and formed the very tenets of his business. “The great dream of my life has always been to work for the moral and economic dignity of mankind,” says Cucinelli. His company’s emphasis on cashmere reflects not only its focus on high quality but also cashmere’s ability to last, the symbol of its value. “It is something you can pass on to your children,” he says. Along the way he has created a corporate culture that emphasizes the community and enhances the quality of life wherever his work takes him. Whether revitalizing an entire Italian village close to home or cultivating the hyperlocal production, handcraftsmanship and sustainable sourcing of the cashmere from Mongolia and Northern India, Cucinelli is practicing his “humanistic capitalism.” Why should we care? Fashion’s status as the second-most polluting industry after the oil industry, for starters. Studies also report over 60 percent of global Millennials would spend more on brands that are sustainable. Cleaning up the fashion cycle, closing the loop from design to disposal and making it sustainable, is good for our future and good for business. So why not embrace an enhanced-value, sustainable and fashionable lifestyle when luxury designers make it easy by doing the work for us? Your future fashionable self will thank you.

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Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer on the value of vintage watches. By Karen Alberg Grossman Ben Clymer launched Hodinkee, his now famous website, in 2008 simply to ignite consumer interest in horology. At first, it was just a blog for watch lovers. In 2016, Hodinkee began selling vintage watches and, soon after, new releases from premium brands. (Just recently, the company began collaborating on exclusives like the very cool TAG Heuer Autavia, a tribute to a rare racing chronograph combining vintage-inspired design with a modern in-house movement.) Here, we chat with Clymer about his passion for watches. What first piqued your interest in watches?

How does one invest in vintage watches?

Buy what you love. I would never suggest you buy a mechanical watch just to make money because you never know what will appreciate. But in general, vintage Rolex and Patek watches tend to perform well at auction. (But remember: We hear only about the wins, not the losses.…) What’s more, we’re still in the early days of collectible watches. Both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have incorporated watches into their auctions; so in terms of investment potential, they’re on par with $100 million paintings and $50 million cars. Few other category segments are comparable in either investment value or ego/hubris/machismo (which is a big part of why people collect).

My father was a photographer who once gave me a light meter and thus began my fascination with mechanical tools. I started out collecting What drives the value of legacy objects like Paul compasses but when my grandfather gave me Newman’s Rolex Daytona that sold for $17.8 his Omega Seamaster on my 16th birthday, I million at auction? fell in love with mechanical watches. Years latThat was simply a perfect storm: a combination er (2008), I was working for Shearson Lehman Ben Clymer of provenance, celebrity and design (stainlesswhen the banking world exploded so, out of intense boredom, I started a blog. Pre-internet, consumer inter- steel chronograph in the perfect size and great condition). And est in watches had been dormant, but it proved explosive when there was only one of them: Rarity trumps all else and brings in the highest prices. watch lovers finally had a vehicle to share their passion. Can you explain America’s fascination with mechanical watches?

Collectors are multi-generational and include everyone from John Mayer to J.J. Redick to Jay-Z. Mechanical watches are cool because they’re the antithesis of all our digital devices that need to be replaced regularly.

How many watches do you own and which are your favorites?

I probably own about 30 including a Patek 3940, a Rolex Submariner 5512 and, best of all, my grandfather’s Omega Seamaster. In my opinion, when it comes to collecting watches, sentimental value trumps all else.

Time Travelers: Breitling, Tudor, Rolex and Patek Philippe, from the 1940s onward

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ASK FORUM

What’s the best way to find a quality dry cleaner? What happens to my expensive clothing if I use one that’s not so great?

To answer this all-important question, we asked Mark Neighbors, a former upscale menswear merchant who now runs Parkway Cleaners, a widely-respected family dry-cleaning establishment in Edmond, Okla. Here are his top eight tips:

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1. The first thing you must do is meet the owner. If he wears unkempt, worn-out or out-of-style clothes, then he probably doesn’t understand what you want. The best way to appreciate the value of good clothes is to wear them. 2. Does he actually work in the dry-cleaning operation or is he an absentee owner? I’ve never seen a good dry cleaner with an absentee owner. Dry cleaning is a hands-on business, so the owner needs to be around the produc-

tion area every day. Few dry-cleaning establishments are large enough to pay enough money to get a good-quality production manager. 3. Is the owner enthusiastic about what he does or just trying to make a living? Like in the men’s clothing business, there are people who just own stores, and then there are merchants. Merchants take pride in what they do and are always looking to improve themselves, their staff and their business. Enthusiasm is an easy way to judge who these people are. 4. How high is the turnover of the staff? High turnover means a low-skilled staff that will not have the experience to properly take care of your clothes. The average dry cleaner turns its staff 100% to 200% a year. We at Parkway have a 12% to 15% annual staff turnover. 5. Does the owner treat his people well when you see them interact? The staff are really the ones taking care of your clothes. They will give the same respect to your clothes as the respect they are given by the management/owner. 6. Those cleaners that use a hydro carbon (petroleum-based) solvent, liquid CO2 or K4 solvent are usually better dry cleaners. These solvents are gentler on your clothes but involve more work for the dry cleaner. There are some very good cleaners who use a solvent called perc, but almost all of the bad dry cleaners also use perc. 7. Never go to a discount dry cleaner: They cut corners and will ruin your clothes. Good dry cleaners call these the “bang ’em and hang ’em” cleaners: They bang the press head down on the clothes before hanging since they rely on volume to make a profit. 8. If the operating plant where your clothes are actually cleaned is dirty or in disrepair, then they probably take little pride in their operation and will not take pride in cleaning and pressing your clothes. Just as you’d never eat in a restaurant with a dirty kitchen, why trust someone in a dirty facility who’s supposed to be cleaning your clothes?

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STONE ISLAND PARKA, HICKEY FREEMAN SUIT, ISAIA SHIRT & TIE

Make sure your coat always hangs a bit longer than your suit jacket. To keep it feeling dressed-up, go for neutral shades like gray, navy or olive and steer clear of sporty details like big patches.

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Stick to a monochromatic color scheme and make sure your turtleneck fits like a glove. Opt for a breathable, lightweight fabric, steering clear of chunky cable knits.

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ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA, MARTIN DINGMAN BELT

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Keep each piece (shirt, sweater, jacket) fitted enough so it doesn’t add bulk, but comfortable enough so that the layers don’t restrict your movement. Try adding sneakers to this look: business on top, party on the bottom.

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For a new—and warmer—take on the three-piece suit, consider a lightweight quilted layering piece in luxe suede. This versatile vest can get double the wear paired with your sportswear pieces.

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Select a medium to dark wash and avoid any Western detailing. Wear under a suit with texture for a bit of contrast, and add a tie to keep the look polished.

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FOOT Loose! A modern man’s guide to building a footwear wardrobe. By Karen Alberg Grossman No one knows more about shoemaking than the Blanco family, for shoemaking is in their DNA. Here we chat with Magnanni’s third generation, Pascual Blanco, about the perfect shoe wardrobe for fall 2018. Can you give us a little background on your company?

Shoemaking has been part of the Blanco family for three generations. It began when our grandfather, Sebastián Blanco Aldomar, started his own workshop on the ground floor of his house in Almansa in the region of La Mancha, Spain. His small home-based operation employed only five shoe artisans. Our grandfather’s only son, our father Pascual Blanco Sr., started studying shoe design at age 14 and quickly became the head designer of his father’s company. My father was inspired by the romance and feel of early-American cinema, so he created more refined and elegant shoe designs that define the Magnanni aesthetic. We are now in our 64th year and Magnanni continues to be family-owned and operated by my five siblings and me. Our youngest brother,

Luis, is our head designer; he is continuously improving and evolving the shapes and lines of our shoes while implementing new technologies. Our oldest brother, Miguel, is in charge of creating new hand-antiquing methods and new colorways to highlight and complement Luis’ designs. We each have a role that reflects our strengths.

What are the key styles men must have in their footwear wardrobes for fall 2018?

The Magnanni Man has an elevated taste level and a worldly lifestyle, so my top picks from our autumn/winter ’18 collection would be: a comfort dress shoe, a contemporary fashion monk strap in perhaps a tobacco shade, a dress sneaker (why not cognac?), an athleisure sneaker, a fashion dress shoe, a dress/casual hybrid, a fabulous boot (we love gray!) and a formal shoe, perhaps in navy. But which is the must-have shoe this season?

It’s hard for me to pick just one, but I absolutely love what we’ve been able to create with our new Diversa comfort dress shoe line. Diversa means “diversified fit and feel from your

If the Shoe Fits: Always make sure your style is appropriate for the occasion.

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{ “My father was inspired by the romance and feel of early-American cinema.” average dress shoe.” Our goal was to create a collection of dress shoes with all the Magnanni DNA (beautiful lasts, modern designs, unique colors) but with the feel of a sneaker. After a long road of research and development, we’ve achieved this, which is so rewarding. This is the most comfortable dress shoe I’ve ever worn! Your thoughts on the now-ubiquitous sneaker trend?

Magnanni has embraced and intertwined the sneaker into our overall selection for the customer by offering many subcategories: dress sneakers, retro runners, modern hybrids and fashion high-tops. Sneakers have become a go-to item for men in both work and casual lifestyles. What type of shoe works best with a suit? With jeans?

The style that best works for a suit depends on the suit’s intended purpose. For example, if we are starting with a classic navy blue suit with a tailored fit, we would recommend pairing with a fashion dress style. The shoe will accentuate the lines of the suit from top to bottom. I would choose a shade of brown or tobacco; for a more formal setting, a cognac shade really makes the navy

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Well Heeled: The right dress shoe (nothing too formal) adds a touch of class to dark denim.

pop. However, if our starting point is the same suit paired with a casual tee, a sneaker like our Elonso Lo Cognac would be perfect for a modern, laid-back feel. The same thinking applies to denim: If I’m wearing a sportcoat with a dress shirt to the office, I’d wear a dress/casual shoe; if I’m going to a fútbol match with my son, I’d wear our Merino sneaker with my jeans. What mistakes do men most often make when coordinating footwear with apparel?

For me, traditional rules no longer apply. Dress shoes and sneakers in today’s fashion climate are now interchangeable and can be worn with everything from suits to denim. My only steadfast rule is to make sure I’m dressed appropriately for the occasion. Why are shoes so expensive these days?

Shoe prices are derived from many variables including R&D, design, marketing and production costs like raw materials and labor. Our family’s approach has always been to control every aspect of the business to enable the best product, at the best price, while providing tremendous value to the end customer. It is said that women judge men by their shoes: What are they looking for exactly?

A man wearing a great pair of shoes gives women insight into his taste level, attention to detail and sense of style. However, no matter what shoe a man wears, it has to be polished and well maintained to show he knows how to take care of the finer things in life.

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By Christian Chensvold

Like many New York City neighborhoods, my slice of the Big Apple has a martial arts studio on almost every block. Not long ago, I passed one with large windows; peering in, I spotted two boys in the middle of the room sparring away—with headgear and pillowy gloves—like a couple of tousling puppies. But here’s the twist: One kid was the archetypal bully, towering 6 inches over his opponent, the archetypal scrawny pipsqueak. It was a David-and-Goliath matchup straight out of Hollywood—except the tiny one was doing flying Superman punches and taking knocks on the head like it was just a game of tag. Having taken up boxing myself (coincidentally, also with a 6-inch height difference between partners), I found the little one’s courage astonishing and admirable. Not only was he fearless, but there was no anxious adult ego holding him back. In thinking about him (both that day and afterward), I realized that the more we mature in other aspects of life, the more we lose that precious gift we had as children: the ability to learn and experiment in a judgment-free state of mind. As adults, we too easily succumb to paralysis by analysis, berating ourselves with self-criticism fueled by an insecure ego, terrified of how we will appear in the eyes of others and, more importantly, ourselves. Worse, we lose the idea of being the “divine child,” which as authors Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette wrote in their seminal 1990s book, King, Warrior, Ma-

gician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine, means we also give up the chance “to seize opportunities for newness and freshness.” Fortunately, not every man succumbs to that attitude. Indeed, the best-dressed men in history all stayed closely in touch with that “divine child” through their sartorial quirks. Throughout his life, the Duke of Windsor braved ridicule for his innovative style, from the brown suede shoes he paired with town suits to the Fair Isle sweaters he incorporated into a gentleman’s golf wardrobe to the peacock-like colors and patterns he mixed into his resort wear. And what about Fred Astaire, with his necktie improvised as belt or blousy oxford button ups that could have fit three of him inside? Or Gianni Agnelli, with a watch worn over his shirt cuff and necktie hanging outside his sweater? What’s particularly great is how these men executed their ideas without conforming to contrived fashion dictates (e.g. monk strap shoes worn sockless with a suit in winter). In their own ways, these men were much like the young child I saw, who had probably been told, time and again, to just sit down, shut up and follow the rules. I now vow to be more like him—whether it’s dressing however I want, pitching a crazy idea at work (which might just be brilliant) or accepting my spontaneous sense of play. Who knew peeking into a local martial arts studio could yield such divine inspiration?

Absolutely Fabulous: The Duke of Windsor never neglected his style, even for a casual outdoor afternoon.

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“Was that a shark?!” I enthuse, a City Fish fresh out of water. “Suckerfish,” mumbles Mayan Divers’ head divemaster, Mark. Mayan Divers, housed within the Mayan Princess Resort in Honduras’ Roatán Island’s West Bay area, is where I chose to get PADI (aka scuba) certified. Six of us spend the morning diving the Meso-American Reef (the world’s second-best place to dive after the Great Barrier Reef). After exploring El Aguila shipwreck, we poke around the Three Brothers divespot, site of the aforementioned dorsal-finned Jaws doppelgänger. Certainly survival would have been more thrilling had that sucker been a shark, but discovering eagle rays, spotted moray, loggerhead turtles and schools of parrotfish, damselfish and trumpetfish wouldn’t disappoint even the most seasoned divers. Roatán’s diving is world-class thanks to its proximity to Pixar-quality marine life. Top diving locations can be reached merely by swimming from the beach. Others are a 10-minute speedboat ride away. (In Belize, accessing that same stellar reef involves a boat ride of up to an hour. In Cozumel, the conditions permit only drift diving.) To descend into Roatán’s waters is to witness every cinematic cliché imaginable. Technicolor schools of angelfish breeze by. Polka dots and plaids, magentas paired with cyans and yellows—has the fashion world been ripping off these fish for

runway looks? A lurking eagle ray in shallow waters causes an out-of-water glittery arc as sergeant majors make their escape— for now. Floating through the anthropomorphic symphony of swaying sea fans and rising sponges, Finding Nemo’s friendly shark, Bruce, comes to mind. His declaration that “fish are friends, not food” becomes my mantra. My certification teacher, Paul—my very own neutrally buoyant Buddha—calms anxieties through mimed Zen poses and deep breathing. I mimic him, eyes closed until I regain my own natural buoyancy. Only when it is time do we make the gradual ascent to the surface, that first push up into the air a gentle, breezy jolt back to reality. With so many dive outfits and tourists far more interested in snorkeling and drinking frozen Monkey Lalas, Roatán is a learning diver’s dream. Groups are small and classes often one-on-one. In less than three days, I complete my open water dives (four) and shallow water drills. Rather than sit in a classroom in the Caribbean for two days, I took the knowledge portion online before departing. My aquatic credentials mean I can now dive anywhere in the world up to 60 feet below the surface. Suddenly a new fear enters my mind: With such vivid dives in Roatán, does that mean everywhere but the Great Barrier will pale by comparison? “You’re just getting started!” Patient Paul quickly assures.

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ith last year’s PGA tour win (his first) under his belt, pro-golfer Hudson Swafford maintains a remarkably positive attitude despite a slew of injuries in 2018. Here, we chat with him about lessons learned.

What first piqued your interest in the game?

I think it started about the time I first learned to walk. Swinging some plastic clubs that my parents gave me for Christmas, I broke off all the heads; I remember my dad saying, “We might just have something here….” I grew up playing sports: My first golf tournament (9 holes) was when I was 7 or 8. I played both golf and baseball competitively and then at 16, when I had to focus on one, I chose golf. Like everyone else at the time, I was really swept up in the Tiger movement…. Any other early heroes?

Davis Love. Like all southern boys, I adored him, and got to know him personally when I started coming over to Sea Island in high school. He’s still my role model. Could you talk a bit about your big win last year?

2017 was a breakout year for me. I was playing solidly all year and then to throw a PGA win into the mix and finally get over that hump—it was super-exciting, a dream come true. I think it was a lot about my confidence coming down the stretch: I birdied three of the last five holes! It was almost surreal, but now that I know I can win out there, I’ll do it again. And this year?

It’s disappointing. I was driver testing at a Callaway facility in San Diego and I suddenly felt this tweak near my rib cage. I didn’t think much about it but it stayed with me. I took some time off when it happened, played really well at Honda, then tried to play catch-up too many weeks in a row and reinjured it. It’s frustrating but I’m now accepting the fact that it’s a waiting game that requires patience. And rehab. Is there a correlation between how much you practice and how well you play?

I used to think so when I was in college, but I’ve learned on tour that it’s more about practicing smart, being efficient, conserving your energy. Do your drills and then give your body time to rest. I’m not 22 anymore: I can’t always stand on my feet all day. Plus to focus mentally for seven to eight hours can be challenging. I like to play more than I like to stand around hitting balls, so my practice incorporates a few drills to focus my mind on one or two things I need to work on and then playing the course to learn what I’ll run into. What do you consider the strongest and weakest parts of your game?

My strength is my driving: I generally hit long and straight, which gives me lots of opportunity on tour with the roughs we face. I get wedges in my hand a lot more than most so I’d say this is a strength (although it hasn’t shown this year). My putting has also become a strength: I’ve gotten good at making a few monumental

“This game can beat you down; it’s built around losses. How you move forward is key.” putts to keep my round alive. My weakness: my short wedge game and chipping. I’m always working on that! What can you learn about a person from playing golf with him?

A lot! Body language, attitude on the course, how they respond to a shot, whether they’re upbeat and jovial or expressionless or seriously angry, their reaction reflects who they are. You can learn so much about a person in the heat of the moment: The inner self comes out. You live on beautiful Sea Island, which is a golf community. Do you ever feel your life is too much about golf?

No, it’s perfect, the best of all worlds. I live on the beach with boating and fishing. I have hunting 45 minutes away; the weather is great year-round; the community truly embraces the golfers. My wife Katherine and I really love living here! Two questions on golf attire: Does what you wear affect how you play? And how did you become an ambassador for the Peter Millar brand?

What you wear absolutely affects how you play. When I used to golf in heavy cotton polos and thick pants, you’d see me walking down the fairway drenched in sweat. Now with Peter Millar’s performance fabrics, I’m always comfortable (important since I’m often in uncomfortable situations on the course!). I got involved with the brand when someone from Sea Island gave me a few shirts and I started wearing them on and off the course. I love the colors, the fit, the weight. These days I especially love their five-pocket performance pants: I can wear it on the course and then out to dinner. What’s your best advice to young aspiring golfers? To old frustrated golfers? The best advice you’ve received?

To young golfers I’d say: Never give up. You never know when you’ll catch your break. This game can beat you down; it’s built around losses. How you deal with it, how you move forward is key. Unless you’re Tiger Woods (and even he has problems), you’re not winning every week. So never give up on your dream: It can become a reality when you least expect it. To old grumpy golfers I’d say: Take two weeks off and then quit. If you’re not having fun on the course, then what’s the point? The best advice I’ve ever gotten: Don’t evaluate yourself after a tournament; look at the big picture and evaluate the whole year. There will be bad weeks no matter who you are! If you can look back and say you’ve improved in certain areas, you’re that much closer to your goal.

ON HUDSON SWAFFORD Age: 30 Size: 6’ 3”, 200 pounds School: U of Georgia Home: Sea Island, Ga. Went Pro: 2011 FedEx Rank: 147 Scoring Average: 71.8 Top 10 Finishes: 7 Career Win: 2017 Career Low Round: 62 Interests: hunting, fishing, U of Georgia football

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PARTY CITIES

Pack your bags, grab your passport and go experience 2019’s most exotic celebrations in far-flung destinations. By Lesley Rubenstein

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FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS Cayman Cookout, Cayman Islands: JANUARY

Imagine sipping a glass of chardonnay while watching cooking demonstrations by world-renowned chefs like Emeril Lagasse, Dominique Crenn and José Andrés with the blue Caribbean as the backdrop. Well, no need to imagine: This exclusive five-day culinary event at the gorgeous Seven Mile Beach at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman features interactions with these talented chefs, as well as local tours and the chance to sample exquisite food, wine and cocktails. World Gourmet Summit, Singapore: APRIL

Fine cuisine prepared by Michelin-starred chefs from around the world and pairings by notable wine masters make this a perfect event for foodies and wine aficionados. Among its other enticements are celebrity-filled dinners, themed lunches and brunches, chef talks and gourmet golf experiences. Bordeaux Wine Festival, Bordeaux, France: JUNE

Every two years, wine lovers head to the Bordeaux Fète le Vin to sample the luscious libations from Bordeaux and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. In addition to visiting pavilions set up along a one-mile stretch of the Garonne river, one can attend workshops and meet with winegrowers, take boat rides on the Garonne, indulge in a side trip through nearby vineyards, enjoy musical performances ranging from classical to rock and take in a fireworks show. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Melbourne, Australia: JULY-AUGUST

The land Down Under is more than just cuddly koalas and shrimp on the barbie. Among the more than 300 events at this famed festival, which is dedicated to the wine, beer and food from the country’s Victoria region, are delectable three-course breakfasts with drink pairings, al fresco lunches at long tables throughout the city, international chef-prepared dinners, cocktail tastings and performances by local artists and musicians.

MUSIC FESTIVALS

comedians, performance artists and visual artists in a luxurious setting. Patrons sit comfortably at round tables shaded by umbrellas on the lawn or under a cool, covered grandstand for the shows, or they can walk around the grounds to view art installations. Food ranges from small bites to three-course meals that will satisfy any gourmet, while your thirst can be quenched at the The Moët Champagne Bar and the many pop-up bars along the Thames. Guests not ready to go home after the performances may choose to visit the festival’s after-hours club, Pure Heaven. Best of all, 20% of the festival’s proceeds go to several charities benefiting children and young adults.

ARTS FESTIVALS

Art enthusiasts will enjoy these all-encompassing festivals that highlight contemporary and modern art by over 4,000 artists from 32 countries. In addition to viewing the various booths, performance art, special exhibitions and sculpture gardens, all-day “Basel Conversations,” films, art talks and debates complete the activity offerings. Stars of the White Nights, St. Petersburg, Russia: MAY-JULY

Iceland embraces its unique heritage during the summer solstice at this four-day, family-friendly festival where musicians from around the world play on stages named after Viking gods. In addition, special concerts and events are held in such unusual venues as a 5,200-yearold lava tunnel and a geo-thermal pool set in the middle of a glacier. Naturally, a variety of food and libations are also available throughout the festival. Henley Festival, Oxfordshire, England: JULY

Vienna Festival, Vienna, Austria: MAY-JUNE

This five-day cultural experience is a formal affair and hosts a variety of internationally known musical acts,

Above: Bordeaux Wine Festival, France; Henley Festival, England

Art Basel, Hong Kong, China: MARCH Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland: JUNE

At this special event, which honors the summer solstice, one can take in opera, ballet and classical music performances by international artists at the Mariinsky Theatre, Hermitage Theatre and the Conservatoire. Meanwhile, the visual arts are celebrated during the Night of the Museums, which occurs several days before the official opening of the festival; however, many art exhibits take place throughout the White Nights. At the end of the festival, the city celebrates with music and fireworks as the Scarlet Sails, a large ship with red sails, moves down the Neva River.

Secret Solstice Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland: JUNE

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Going back as far as the Shang Dynasty and Babylon, people have gathered to celebrate events such as the new year, the new moon and wthe new planting season through music, dance, storytelling, art, food and drink. gious five-week festival, which attracts artists who fearlessly elevate their art forms. Where else can one see performances by the National Theater of Korea, Christoph Marthaler, Wael Shawky, Susanne Kennedy and Dries Verhoeven on the same stage?

CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS Chinese New Year, Hat Yai, Thailand: FEBRUARY

To celebrate the Chinese New Year, the city of Hat Yai is draped in red with red lamps strung throughout the city and red paper couplets framing the doorways. Meanwhile, musicians and dancers from around the country perform throughout this multi-day celebration, while tables full of food and floral offerings to ancestors are set up on the sidewalks. In addition, the smell of incense is prevalent everywhere, as are the sounds of firecrackers and drums used to scare away evil. Guests and residents alike visit local temples to pray and gather in the streets to watch the dragon dancers. Above: Art Basel, Switzerland RIght: Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan

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Semana Santa, Antigua, Guatemala: MARCH-APRIL

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is celebrated here by a parade filled with long processions of beautifully decorated floats, often months in the making, with scenes that reflect the lows and highs of Easter. As it is one of the most popular festivals in Central America, reservations for hotels should be made a year in advance. Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival, New Taipei City, Taiwan: FEBRUARY

The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival is a beautiful threeday event that commemorates the last day of the Chinese New Year. Thousands of people gather to release more than 100,000 different-colored lanterns into the sky, many of which are decorated with wishes. When the lanterns are released, hopes and lights are lifted to the sky. There’s also plenty of traditional Taiwanese fare available, including tangyuan soup containing rice balls with special centers: Think ground peanuts or black sesame paste.

Carnival of Venice, Venice, Italy: FEBRUARY-MARCH

Don an elaborate mask and costume to join the revelers on the streets of Venice in this ancient festival filled with music, parties, balls and plays. Many activities occur along or on the Rio di Cannaregio, while St. Mark’s Square is the perfect place to watch everyone parading in their masks and costumes.

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LIVING

Self-help from 2,000 years ago. By Christian Chensvold

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doesn’t equip young people with the skills they need for life, we usually mean pragmatic things. You know, stuff that reflects the ever-fluctuating needs of the job marketplace and innovations in technology. And since there’s only so much time in the school day, it usually means cutting back on the arts and humanities, because, as many argue, what good does that stuff do in the real world anyway? It turns out quite a bit. You can have the most mar-

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ketable business skills in the world, but it won’t matter if you can’t manage life itself. It’s the game we all have to play—a kind of decathlon of work, love, friends, family, meaning, purpose, etc.—and being great at one and terrible at all the others won’t bring you peace and happiness. Fortunately, there’s a life manual written nearly 2,000 years ago with some of the most timeless wisdom ever committed to parchment. It’s the one self-help book everyone should own, and a powerful argument for the value of what was once known as a liberal education. The wise sage is named Epictetus (pronounced epicTEET-us), and he lived in the Roman Empire during the second century AD. He’s associated with the school of thought known as Stoicism, which encouraged one to take a detached attitude toward life, withstand adversity and pursue the highest virtues. Its chief shortcoming is an emotionless means of coping with worldly attachments. Lost your wife in a tragic accident? Well, she had to go sometime, and you can always find another. You get the idea. But at its best Stoicism provides the kind of practical everyday advice that will keep your temper intact, blood pressure low and digestion running smoothly. And nowhere is it better expressed than in the precious thought of Epictetus, which was taken down by one of his pupils. A few years ago, the work was given a freeform interpretation by Sharon Lebell under the title The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness. Consisting of pithy tidbits of wisdom, it’s the perfect book to keep ever-handy and take a minute to read each morning before venturing out into the world. Here are some samples: Things themselves don’t hurt or hinder us. Nor do other people. How we view these things is another matter. It is our attitudes and reactions that give us trouble. As you think, so you become. Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people’s weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mob who indulges in such pastimes. Your life is too short and you have important things to do. Regardless of what is going on around you, make the best of what is in your power, and take the rest as it occurs. As you see, the crux of Epictetus’ thought centers around one very simple premise: taking responsibility for that which you can control, and letting go of that which you can’t. Epictetus’ belief that while you can’t control external events, you can control your internal reaction to them, would resurface in Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the line, “Nothing’s good or bad but thinking makes it so,” and in the middle of the 20th century would become the foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in the field of psychology. So take charge of your life and give Epictetus a try. It should quickly become clear where you should be spending your time and energy.

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