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THE MODERN MAN: BEST NEW LOOKS ASTON MARTIN’S HANDSOME MODEL— THE DB11 KEEP IT NEUTRAL THIS SEASON’S COOL HUES

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DEPARTMENTS

FEATURES TAKE TWO: MODERN MAN

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Key fall pieces create a sleek new vibe.

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DETROIT IRON

The Newport Car Museum is a time machine for vintage cars.

FASHION’S SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

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THE NEW NEUTRALS

Cozy up to warm knits and flattering dresses in the season’s most versatile shades. 30

MADE TO MEASURE

Look beyond off-the-rack to get precisely what you want.

Luxury brands are getting more environmentally responsible. 42

YOGA MANS UP

Men (and women) are flocking to a muscle building practice of yoga.

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FOOT LOOSE

A guide to building a footwear wardrobe every modern man needs. 36

BEAUTY IS A BEAST

The Aston Martin DB11’s V8 engine that takes you 0–60 in four seconds.

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Luxury brands are getting more environmentally responsible. ON THE COVER: Brunello Cucinelli

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The Rodes Welcome

Find out what’s in store for fall. 4

The Rodes Guide

Our stylists’ fall picks…upcoming events…and much more.

The Techie

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You may not need these high-tech toys, but they sure are fun! 8

Designers

In just five years, Alex and Mike Faherty have catapulted to success. 10

Ask Jim

Fashion tips for him, including business casual for the boss. 16

The Gentleman’s Essentials

The must-have clothing and accessories for fall and winter. 22

Ask Susan

Fashion tips for her, including wearing white after Labor Day. 44

Grooming

Charcoal is gritty, grimy and the hottest skin-care trend for men. 46

At Your Serice

Above and beyond service is the heart and soul of Rodes’ culture. 48

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Take some self-help advice from 2,000 years ago.

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WELCOME

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502.753.RODES (7633) rodes.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Rita Guarna ART DIRECTOR Hans Gschliesser MANAGING EDITOR Jillian LaRochelle SENIOR EDITOR Daria Meoli SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR Darius Amos ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Yvonne Marki CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Lee Lusardi Connor FOUNDING EDITOR Karen Alberg Grossman PUBLISHING STAFF PUBLISHER Shae Marcus NATIONAL BRAND MANAGER Monica Delli Santi SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES Karen Azzarello, Christina Ferrero DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION AND CIRCULATION Christine Hamel ADVERTISING SERVICES DIRECTOR Jacquelynn Fischer SENIOR ART DIRECTOR, AGENCY SERVICES Kijoo Kim PRODUCTION/ART ASSISTANT Alanna Giannantonio ACCOUNTING Agnes Alves, Megan Frank PUBLISHED BY

What’s in store for fall Change is in the air, and not just the changing of the seasons and fashions. We are proud to invite you to see our newest makeover at Rodes For Him. We have created a new men’s lifestyle studio with magnificent collections of casual sportswear, outerwear and accessories all curated from your favorite designers. We also have transformed our men’s shoe department for an enhanced shopping experience. It’s time to renew, recharge and reboot! As we approach our 105th anniversary, we look forward to helping you rediscover your personal style. Visit us soon to find the latest fall collections from the world’s most admired brands and service tailored to the amazing person that you are. See you around town,

CHAIRMAN Carroll V. Dowden PRESIDENT & CEO Mark Dowden SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS Shae Marcus, Carl Olsen VICE PRESIDENTS Nigel Edelshain, Thomas Flannery, Rita Guarna, Christine Hamel

RODES magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with RODES. Copyright © 2018 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, RODES, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email rita.guarna@wainscotmedia.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, RODES Circulation Department, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.573.5541; email christine.hamel@wainscotmedia.com. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

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A Contemporary Shopping EXPERIENCE You expect to see something new every time you walk into Rodes. But, on your next visit, you will find a whole new approach to shopping—a special menswear section curated for a contemporary lifestyle. The world has gotten more casual, and men—whether they are 25 or 52—are spending less time wearing suits. The 450-square-foot studio houses everything a modern man needs to look good, including shoes and accessories. This curated menswear section evolves as seasons change. The studio puts together some of Rodes popular contemporary brands, such as Adriano Gold-

schmied, Joe’s, Hudson, J Brand, Boglioli, Eleventy, Michael Bastian and more, to help our customers explore small departures from their usual styles. “These are all brands that we’ve been carrying, but this section allows us to show them with a new spin and a new attitude,” says Jim Porter, Rodes’ style advisor and men’s buyer. “We aren’t going to be trendy, but will be fashionable. There won’t be anything our guys are afraid to buy—tasteful but a click different from the traditional sportcoat and trousers.” Visit Rodes and put a new spin on your look.

Pick Pockets When it comes time to update your fall and winter wardrobes, versatility is a virtue. For men whose schedules demand their outfits truly take them from day-to-night, workday-to-weekend, the five-pocket trouser is the answer. Because the styling of these pants is less preppy than chinos and more formal than jeans, five-pocket pants work for a variety of personal styles. They can be mixed and matched with sweatshirts and sneakers as well as with blazers and loafers. Cotton fivepocket pants are great for transitional weather because they’re lighter weight than denim. But as the temperatures drop, move on to wool stretch or even cashmere. This season, PT05 created soft-brushed cotton five-pocket pants in several cool autumnal shades, such as golden khaki, and a fine, tight cream and brown check pattern. Both styles are available at Rodes, and Porter suggests pairing them with a sweater and sneakers. We love the versatility and elevated casual look of five-pocket styles, but we wondered what is that tiny fifth pocket for? It turns out the little pocket is a relic from the late 1800s when men used it to hold their pocket watches. While today’s man is more likely to sport a wristwatch or smartwatch, the little pocket serves as a distinctive detail.

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September 13 SAMUELSOHN FALL TRUNK SHOW September 13 & 14 MEASURE UP CUSTOM SHIRT SHOW September 21 & 22 ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA WEEKEND SHOWING in the Zegna Shop @ Rodes October 13 GRAVATI CUSTOM SHOE SHOW October 19 & 20 ETON SHIRT WEEKEND in the Eton Shirt Shop @ Rodes PANTALONI TORINO (PT) TROUSERS TRUNK SHOW

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September 27 - 29 CRESCALA FASHION DEVELOPMENT (CFD) YOUNG DESIGNER SHOWCASE Featuring Buy Now, Wear Now apparel from these designers: Nha Khanh, Landero, Snider, Julianna Bass, Wai Ming and Essie Et Cie October 4 - 6 LOURDES CHAVEZ FALL TRUNK SHOW October 11 & 12 CLARA WILLIAMS JEWELRY SHOW October 11 - 13 J. DOSI FALL SHOWING of Buy Now, Wear Now CARTISE FALL SHOWING of Buy Now, Wear Now October 18 - 20 MILLY SHOWING Fall Buy Now, Wear Now LAPETITE ROBE FALL

SHOWING October 25 & 26 NATURA BISSE’ FACIAL CLINICS October 25 - 27 VINCE FALL SHOW of Buy Now, Wear Now KINROSS CASHMERE FALL SWEATER SHOW HUDSON DENIM SHOW VINCENT PEACH JEWELRY SHOW CHRISTINE MOORE FALL HAT SHOW November 8 - 10 ST. JOHN SPRING 2019 TRUNK SHOW November 15 - 17 ALGO SPRING 2019 TRUNK SHOW ORLANDA OLSEN COUTURE JEWELRY SHOW November 30 & December 1 DONNA DEGNAN SPRING 2019 TRUNK SHOW DIOMI SHOWING Buy Now, Wear Now Furs

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October 11 SIP & SHOP Benefits National Stem Cell Foundation October 18 RODES GOES RED “SIP & SHOP” Benefits Go Red for Women December 1 RODES’ CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY CINDY BORDERS JEWELRY SHOW

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Our Personal PICKS

These Rodes personal stylists specialize in keeping you looking fresh for fall.

Jordan Hocker My new favorite designer is…

Brandon Maxwell, but I have always loved Oscar de la Renta. The must-have piece for fall is…a piece of outerwear you can feel great in, dress up or down and makes a statement. I describe my personal style as…functional and classic with a twist. My male style icon is…Ryan Reynolds. My female style icon is…Iris Apfel. One piece of style advice is…be true to you. When you wear what you feel comfortable in, your confidence will shine through and everyone will think you look fabulous. Follow me on Instagram @jedoug07

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Chris Burns

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cashmere turtleneck, denim and a fall sportcoat.

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My favorite designer is…Chanel. The must-have piece for fall is…over I describe my personal style as…

young, edgy and fun. My male style icon is…Cam Newton. My female style icon is…Olivia Culpo. One piece of style advice is…don’t be afraid to wear what you love! Follow me on Instagram @Carter. Kenn.

My favorite designer is…Isaia. The must-have pieces for the fall are…

I describe my personal style as…

trendy, dapper and casual. My male style icon is…

David Beckham.

One piece of style advice is…be willing to step out of your comfort zone! Follow me on Instagram @chris_burns05.

My favorite designer is…Zac Posen. The must-have piece for fall is…updat-

I describe my personal style as… contemporary, colorful and classic chic. My male style icon is…Brad Goreski. My female style icon is…Rachel Zoe. One piece of style advice is… it never hurts to be the best-dressed person in the room. Follow me on Instagram @ mmapp105.

Ask Mr. ETIQUETTE Jim Porter explains how to sail through life without giving offense. I’ve prepped myself for a job interview more aggressively than Presidential candidates practice for televised debates. Now, what do I wear to telegraph a I’m-serious-about-this-job look? —Confused in Kentucky A suit. An interviewee should dress conservatively, in either navy or charcoal, solid or with a subtle plaid or stripe. And fit is important, so your suit should be properly tailored and pressed. On that acceptable foundation, give yourself some leeway for self-expression. Your dress shirt should be solid, striped or with a small check. Go for soft colors that complement your skin tone. Choose an attractive tie that makes you stand out without appearing showy. Shoes should be brown. Look at your prospective employer’s website for an idea of what executives are wearing in their photos. LinkedIn profiles also will help.

The A-Z List

Rodes is proud to feature more than 100 designers. See if your favorite brands are among them! AG JEANS ALEX BEGG & COMPANY ALEXIS BITTAR ALGO ANATOMIE ACQUA DI PARMA ART OF SHAVING AUTUMN CASHMERE BADGLEY MISCHKA BELFORD BELLROY BLACK HALO BOGLIOLI BRACKISH BRODIE BYRON CAMBIO CANALI CARTISE CHELSEA AND WALKER CHRISTINE A. MOORE MILLINERY CINDY BORDERS CINZIA ROCCA CLARA WILLIAMS CO. COCO CHANEL

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BRAIN POWER Make way for the future of neuroscience. Halo Sport headphones, created by Halo Neuroscience, are designed to improve your brain’s natural plasticity, which in turn makes your training more efficient. The headphones’ attachable nubs send electrical pulses to your brain’s motor cortex and prep your muscles for physical activities. The result is more powerful and precise movements, helping you to better play an instrument, shoot a basketball or sink a putt in a game of golf. $749.

Gadgets & GEAR No one truly needs these high-tech toys, but it sure would be fun to have them!

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SAY CHEESE! Up your Instagram game with the new Olloclip Lens for iPhone X. This handy piece of tech lets you take DSLR-quality photos with your smartphone—and best of all, it’s small enough to fit into your pocket or bag. The Olloclip extends the reach of your phone’s camera for a wider and more zoomed-in field of vision. It’s finally time to say goodbye to those storage-gobbling editing apps that have been cluttering your home screen. $100.

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THE GOLD STANDARD Devialet’s Gold Phantom speaker gives you the powerful experience of a high-end sound system but in a sleek, modern unit. It delivers 4,500 watts of power and lets you wirelessly play music without saturation or distortion, even when the volume is cranked high. And if you’ve got the space, you can sync up to 24 (yes, two dozen!) of these bad boys using the Devialet Dialog connector, which is sold separately, and play the same tunes in multiple rooms. $2,990.

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HUSTLE FOR THAT MUSCLE PowerDot is the world’s first muscle stimulator and couldn’t be easier to use during your next exercise session. Simply connect to the accompanying app, pair the Bluetooth pods and select the muscle groups you’d like to target. Electronic muscle stimulation painlessly activates your muscles, increases blood flow to certain areas and helps your body recover faster after a particularly intense workout. $449 for two.

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SAFE AND SOUND Ubtech’s newest robot, the bipedal Walker, made a big splash at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The bot can walk a security patrol in your home and responds to voice commands—but it also knows how to have fun. Walker can dance and play games, and Ubtech is hoping to create movable arms for the bot before its 2019 release. Price TBA.

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LISTEN UP! When packing for your next trip, you don’t have to worry about squeezing the ultra-compact Ultimate Ears Wonderboom speaker into your carry-on. This completely waterproof device is perfect for the pool or beach because it can float along with you in the water. The speaker has a hanging loop for extra portability—it can easily attach to any bag or bike for a day outdoors. And if you get it dirty? No worries—you can rinse it off and keep on playing your favorite tunes. $100.

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FUN FOR FIDO Hate leaving your dog or cat for the day? PetCube Bites Camera lets you stay connected with your furry friend while you’re away. The camera has two-way audio, so you can tell Buddy to stop misbehaving or praise him for his good behavior— and make sure to fling him a treat remotely with the built-in food dispenser. $249.

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Alex and Mike Faherty left their corporate careers to create a successful brand.

Oh, BROTHERS! In five years, twins Alex and Mike Faherty have catapulted their apparel company to national success. By Brian Scott Lipton

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Just as young authors draw from their own lives as inspiration for a first novel, then-30-year-old twins Alex and Mike Faherty looked no further than their own clothing needs back in 2013 when they gave up their careers in finance and design to launch an eco-friendly men’s swimwear collection. Five years later, Faherty has evolved into a fast-growing men’s and women’s contemporary apparel business, with $25 million in gross revenue (almost all of the profit goes back into the company). Retails range from $55 for a T-shirt to $400 for a cashmere sweater, with the average item costing about $120. “There’s no question the brand is an extension of us,” says Alex. “Mike and I think of ourselves as regular guys, so we make clothes that we—and our friends—want to wear. Of course, we’re always trying to give them a little extra style or a fresher color palette. Newness and modernity are definitely among our key words.” Adds Mike: “While other new brands worry about being the coolest guys on the block, we’re more worried about comfort. We know that’s what the majority of our customers, especially guys, look for—not how ‘beautiful’ the clothes are. We develop our own fabrics in China and India. When people feel our clothes, they immediately notice the softer hand. It helps us stand out.” As the brothers readily admit, their journey has been largely trial and error. “We had no idea what we were doing at first,” confides Alex. “We had our mobile store-cum-trailer that we drove around the country to do in-store appearances. We basically fought and clawed for the first two years to make our way in an industry that isn’t always welcoming to new brands.” What helped them most was their strong belief in customer service. “It sounds corny, but customer satisfaction is what we live for,” says Mike. “It’s why we offer a lifetime guarantee. Nothing eats us up more than if we get a complaint. And I think people respect the fact that we’re still very hands-on. We spend time in the stores; we respond to our own Instagram account; there’s a level of authenticity to our business that our customers seem to appreciate.”

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Ask JIM

Fall 2018 fashion tips for him

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After years of wearing suits most days, I’m ready to go more casual. What are the key pieces for a business casual look?

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If you aren’t ready to start showing up to the office in a pair of jeans, opt for a pair of 5-pocket chinos. They have the cut of jeans making them a great transitional piece to ease you off the suit. Pair a zip-front sweater with either a bold color or plaid button-up shirt, and you’ll have the essential basics for a business casual wardrobe. Invest in a pair of leather Chelsea, heritage or chukka boots to complete the look.

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A lot of the guys who work for me wear soft blazers, jeans and sneakers to work. Are there any pointers for how the boss can pull off this look?

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In today’s casual world, relaxed sportcoats, denim and sneakers are appropriate office attire for men of any age and rank. Think of your shirt as the focal point of the look. You can use bold prints or bright colors paired with a neutral, unstructured jacket. A great denim shirt is a super versatile option that can be dressed up or down. As the temperatures dip, long-sleeve knit shirts look refined and casual at the same time. When selecting a jacket, there are

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many styles that look more polished, such as the Boglioli K-jacket. As for sneakers, Nike and Vans are far from your only options. In fact, many luxury brands are doing leather trainers, which have both sophistication and maturity. At Rodes, we carry Common Projects sneakers that are a mix of utilitarian design, luxury materials and a hybrid of casual and polished styles in shades of black, gray and olive.

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What outerwear and layering pieces will take me through fall and winter?

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Let’s start with outerwear. There are great options for casual and tailored looks. A puffer will become your go-to in a few months. This year, try sporting one in a color other than black and matching it with a simple beanie made from luxury wool. We also are seeing check and plaid overcoats as a subtle statement-making top layer. For fickle fall weather, trenches are still very much on trend and can be layered over a vest to be more cool weather appropriate. Leather bomber jackets add a rugged touch. As for layering, the cardigan is having a moment (again) and looks great over a shirt and tie or layered under a sportcoat. Wearing a turtleneck may feel dated, but layering a turtleneck—especially one in a neutral color—under a sportcoat is very modern. For a more casual, yet still upscale look, wear a cashmere hoodie under a blazer or even a denim jacket on the weekend.

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Ask SUSAN

Fall 2018 fashion tips for her

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I want a go-to look for work this fall that is versatile and chic. What are the must-have business casual pieces?

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For a polished and chic business or casual look, the suit is back! Not quite back to the days of the 90s power suit, but rather a sophisticated plaid with ankle-length pants. We have seen striking plaids from head to toe creating a beautiful silhouette. The jacket paired with jeans is another great look. There are no rules when it comes to the jeans, whether it’s clean or deconstructed, acid washed or dark rinse, denim paired with a jacket is on trend for the season. We also love a long flowing blouse hanging below the jacket to soften the structured look or the simplicity of an unstructured jacket paired with a basic T-shirt and a long necklace for ease and comfort. This style flows easily from day into evening. By changing to a bold earring and a sexy pump, you are ready for happy hour, any night. (Denim is a must, come to Rodes to choose from your favorite brands including Hudson, Paige, Joe’s, J Brand, Parker Smith and Cambio)

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White after Labor Day, is it a rule or a myth?

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Fashion designers for the last few seasons would like us to embrace white as a year-round color. So where did the rule of wearing white only from Memorial Day to Labor Day begin? I have been contemplating this arbitrary rule

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just for you! These two holidays are unique to the U.S. European women are not confined by these dates so they are not as compelled to put away their whites for the colder seasons. I am convinced that the tradition started with white Mary Jane shoes, worn for the Easter holiday then placed back in the box until Memorial Weekend or until the snow melted. If white shoes were really to come back into fashion I may not wear them much into the fall season, but why not wear white jeans? During the winter months of black and gray, mixing in bright white on a sunny day gives a beautiful, striking contrast. Don’t shy away from whites to brighten your day.

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If I want to update my fall outerwear, what type of coat or jacket should I have?

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I love outerwear! The fall 2018 outerwear will not be disappointing! The winter coat has become the fashion finisher and not just meant to keep out the cold. We love the Vince trench featured in basic colors or a fun plaid. Milly is fur-ocious with a faux fur coat in cobalt or cheetah! I’m loving leather in every form from Vince, Joie, and a new leather line, AS by DF, offering fresh motos in distressed rose gold and metallic gray. Remember that Churchill Downs is hosting the Breeders’ Cup in November. We have beautiful classics from Cinzia Rocca with pressed baby alpaca coats and cashmere wraps that are perfect for the occasion. The must have for the unpredictable track weather is the reversible hoodie from Diomi. Then, for the perfect stretch run, top it off with a beautiful felt hat from Christine A. Moore.

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a tight fitting room. Once tailors have confirmed your measurements and design selections at the initial meeting, your job is essentially done. Madeto-measure requires few fittings, or in some cases none at all. (That’s more time to shop for ties, pocket squares and shoes!) But be patient: The turnaround time for a suit can range from two weeks to two months.

5ForgetONE AND DONE about spending hours trying on clothes in

Made-to-measure programs have dozens of items you can customize—from buttons to linings to pockets and more—so scan your closet and decide what you need and what you want. Not sure what’s in style? Trust your made-to-measure specialists to help guide you to make the best decisions.

4 WHAT’S YOUR FANCY? Windowpane pattern, notch lapel, pleated pants.

garment comes from a curated selection of mills. Narrowing the group of mills used as sources helps make sure that you receive the best and most luxurious fabrics.

3The ONLY THE BEST FABRICS fabric you choose for your made-to-measure

select a base pattern that most closely matches your numbers. This base is then altered to correspond with your measurements, ensuring that your suit or shirt will fit to a T.

2 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BASE After your measurements are taken, tailors will

the-rack garments, and they can create memorable looks. But face it—they don’t fit like a made-tomeasure suit or shirt. Not every guy is an average Joe, so standard retail sizes and designs won’t always cut it. Because made-to-measure is based on your measurements, each piece is guaranteed to fit perfectly.

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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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BEAUTY IS A BEAST Engineers loaded the Aston Martin DB11 with a monstrous V8 engine that takes you from 0–60 in four seconds—because you can’t get by on good looks alone. Leave it to Aston Martin to figure out a formula proving that eight isn’t always less than 12. The legendary British automaker has reinvented the mighty DB11, creating a lighter, easier-tohandle (who knew that was possible?) alternative to the previous 12-cylinder model. The new DB11—as well as its drop-top Volante trim—is powered by a German-made, 503-horsepower V8 engine that does the 0-60 mph sprint in a blistering four seconds—only one-tenth of a second off its sibling’s pace. And, of course, it’s packed with all the gadgets associated with the Aston Martin brand. Spoiler alert: This car is expected to make a bang in 2019’s Bond 25.

Choose Aston Martin Q, the bespoke treatment that will outfit the car with soft textured surfaces, patterned stitching, custom colors and more.

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Say goodbye to chrome! Dark exterior trim, including the black detail of a purselipped grille, is a style 180 for Aston Martin.

The lightweight design of MercedesAMG’s twin-turbo V8 engine—tuned to Aston Martin’s specs— ensures the new DB11 has as much pep as its V12 sibling (though 503 horsepower also comes in handy).

The engine, combined with a new and unique exhaust system, creates the glorious roar that exotic sports car owners crave.

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Luxurious details cover every square inch of the interior, from fullgrain leather seats to an automated up-andaway steering column. Even closing the door is an event, thanks to suede pulls.

Radio and climate controls are adjusted through the MercedesBenz COMMAND infotainment system. In addition to the 8-inch display, the car’s other electronic highlights include a 360-degree camera and Wi-Fi.

A pair of hood vents and a black bezel around the LED headlamps are two of this beauty’s distinguishing features.

This performer is also practical. Folding side mirrors are fully automatic and have hidden LED indicator lamps.

If this car isn’t sexy enough, opt for the Volante V8. It has the same ride and features—in a convertible.

The DB11’s sculpted body is matched by the various cuts and styles of its 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels.

Whether the lights are on or off, smoked-out blade taillights give followers an aggressive stare.

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Detroit IRON Vintage models, historic town, classic cars. By David A. Rose

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here was a time when automobiles were considered just a means of transportation. They were normally black and constructed sparsely. As these machines evolved to include covered wheels, fixed tops, windscreens and comfortable interiors, they also began to come in various colors. After World War II, American auto makers even initiated two-tone paint jobs. Thus began the heyday of automobile design. All cars back then came with white wall tires and were adorned with lots of chrome. At the end of the 1950s came fins, as Detroit capitalized on the country’s fascination with jet airplanes and rockets being launched into space. These days, we have automobiles which, for the most part, all look alike. Car buyers used to anx-

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iously await new models from car makers, but today the models barely change from year to year. Granted, current cars boast exceptional technological features, remarkable performance, handling, safety and comfort. But something seems lacking in design. For those of us who have warm memories of automobile splendor from the past and wish to revisit the icons, there are nearly 100 U.S. automobile museums and numerous private collections where they may still be seen. One of the newest, The Newport Car Museum, focuses mostly on what car folks affectionately refer to as “Detroit Iron.” This museum also happens to be located in one of the country’s most colorful and historic towns: Newport, RI. It’s best known for its grand mansions, its jazz festivals and its colonial history. Now, add cars to its long list of

Above: This gallery at The Newport Car Museum showcases the evolution of Chevrolet’s Corvette designs from 1954 through 2017.

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“I have had an interest in cars since I was very young,” says Gunther Buerman, who with his wife Maggie founded the Newport Car Museum. “I remember before the days of television how I used to listen to Yankees games on the radio, and afterward I read magazines. Whenever I came upon an advertisement for a special car, like a Mercedes 300 SL, I would draw it. When I was a teenager I inherited a Mustang convertible from an uncle of mine, and as time passed I kept adding cars to my collection. “Years later,” he says, “while Maggie and I were sailing our boat, I said to her, ‘We’re spending most of our time sailing, so we should either sell the cars or open a museum.’ Her instant response was, ‘Yes, let’s open a museum!’” The building the couple chose, a former Raytheon campus on 17 acres, boasts a 50,000 square foot exhibit area plus 5,000 square foot event space for corporate banquets and cocktails. “We’ve been open for less than a year and have already had more than 22,000 visitors from 25 different countries,”

“Our goal from the beginning was to present visitors with a different kind of experience than they were expecting. We don’t have velvet ropes around the cars; we let people get close to look inside.” Buerman reports. “People appreciate the museum’s design, especially our mid-century furniture, which is from the same era and complements the cars on display.” On average, visitors spend two hours exploring the museum’s six galleries and experiencing its racing simulators. Its casual feel mimics the surrounding resort-town attitude, so most people come dressed in T-shirts and ready to have fun. The biggest draws are primarily the muscle cars from the 1950s and 1960s. With the Audrain Automobile Museum already in Newport, car aficionados now have two compelling reasons to visit. Jay Leno is reportedly moving to Newport, adding his own magnificent autos to the town’s growing collection. “Our goal from the beginning was to present visitors with a different kind

of experience than they were expecting,” says Buerman. “We don’t have velvet ropes around the cars; we let people roam the area on their own and they can even get close to look inside the cars. Once a month we have what we call ‘hoods up’ so gearheads can come to admire the engines of these machines. What gives us pleasure is to know that despite the divisive world we now live in, when people come here they can all enjoy the experience. We love to hear them say, ‘Wow!’” The Newport Car Museum was named as one of the “Top 10 Best New Attractions in America” by USA Today (2017) and “Best Specialty Museum” by Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England (2018). Visit NewportCarMuseum.org to learn more.

For many years, the Corvette was known as “America’s sports car.”

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fashion’s future is

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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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Why not embrace an enhancedvalue, sustainable and fashionable lifestyle when fashion companies make it easy by doing the work for us?

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

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 provides water and improved eco-sustainability for the area where the treasured Vicuna 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.

Brunello Cucinelli

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In truth, the ancient practice has never been just for women. Now a new, tougher type makes that super clear.

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or many men, working out means pushing ever harder, building strength and muscles and sweating a lot. That’s why so many are taking up yoga. Yoga’s physical benefits are well documented. They include better sleep, improved cardiovascular function, heightened immune-system performance and weight loss. Oh yes, and increased sexual stamina. Still, for years, fitness aficionados regarded yoga as a “feminine” practice. “For many, the idea of yoga has had an airy-fairy, stretchy, skinny, dancer, female-body connotation,” says Virginia Gallagher, founder and owner of the Hot Asana Sweat & Soul chain, which has locations in North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire and Colorado. “While a yin-style practice does have a meditative quality, a yang-style targets the muscles and blood and is a more ‘power’ approach. That’s the entry door the U.S. male population needs to get into yoga.” And ever more yoga studios are finding ways to open that door. Fierce Grace is a new yoga system that blends strength and flexibility and has taken off in the U.K. It recently opened its first U.S. studio in New York City. The hot yoga classes are geared to either gender and any age or ability level, says Kelly Isaac, co-owner of the New York studio. “Still, knowing that a lot of guys feel intimidated about attending a yoga class, we made our branding a bit macho and tongue-in-cheek—for example, photos of tattooed guys in leather doing yoga poses,” she says. “Our space is cool, open, not too pretty, and our practice is strong, and that is more appealing to guys.” Military personnel make up a big chunk of participants in Hot Flow and Heated Power Vinyasa classes at Hot Asana’s Southern Pines, N.C., studio near Fort Bragg. Gallagher also created the 21Day Power Yoga Course for Men’s Health magazine at the behest of one of her devoted clients, a sergeant in the Special Forces. “For military personnel, our approach is intense enough that it doesn’t feel unmasculine in any way,” Gallagher says. Warrior Sculpt, “a soulful yet fierce fusion of yoga and weights” offered at the national fitness chain Life Time, was also created with a holistic approach in mind. “This class filled the space in between kinds of workouts people tend to gravitate to,” says Katie Haggerty, group fitness national brand manager, who developed the program.

“There are people who wouldn’t dream of entering a yoga studio, and people who do yoga or related exercises but don’t ever get their heart rates above a certain level. In Warrior Sculpt, we have cardio and core conditioning but also yoga breath, body awareness and flexibility.” Participants are guided through equal-length segments, with a music playlist curated to motivate and inspire. “By the end, you’ve had all the benefits of mindfulness and breath-body connection—and you’re a sweaty puddle,” says Haggerty. Indeed, sweating and heat are common themes in the power yoga movement. Sweat provides the physical evidence of exertion some fitness fans crave, and heat facilitates stretching and dilates the vascular system. “Vasodilation lets blood flow more easily through the body, which is the way the body delivers nutrients to all its tissues,” Gallagher explains. Temperatures in hot yoga studios vary, but the ideal heat index—which is a calculation of the room’s air temperature and percentage of humidity—is around 110 to 112°F, Gallagher says. (The American Council on Exercise recommends drinking a lot of water and wearing comfortable form-fitting clothing that allows easy movement. Some conditions—heart or lung disease, for example—may make hot yoga inadvisable; check with your doctor.) Perhaps counterintuitively, all that exertion leads to a calmer, more peaceful approach to the rest of the day. “One woman wrote me a note telling me how her husband had changed since he began taking Warrior Sculpt,” says Haggerty. “He used to come home from work and be strict with the kids and harp about things in the house, but through the class he learned awareness and how not to bring a stressful job home with him.” Fierce Grace’s Isaac says she has seen similar effects in the executives in her own classes. “If only we could get every member of every board of every corporation to do yoga before meetings, board meetings would be much more productive—and nicer,” she says. Similar benefits are reaped by military personnel at Hot Asana, Gallagher reports. “They do incredibly challenging work, and yoga has a huge impact on the mind and spirit as well. It’s a holistic approach that, even if it can’t be articulated, is deeply felt.” Bottom line? “Drop your bias and give yoga a go,” says Gallagher. “I just turned 49, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen guys at the back of the room look at each other like, ‘Mind blown. This woman is handing me my butt, and I didn’t expect that.’”

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grooming

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It’s gritty. It’s grimy. And it may be just what you need to remove impurities from your skin, hair and teeth.

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pudding-like substance that is applied to the face with a brush and left there for 15 or 20 minutes. It is believed to remove toxins, unclog pores, clean out blackheads, peel away dead skin cells and leave you feeling super refreshed. Scientific proof of the efficacy of this stuff? So far, it’s more or less in the spirit of Tug McGraw of the ’69 New York Mets, who said, “You gotta believe.” But dermatologists seem to agree that it does no real harm, and media folk who’ve tried it report they did come out feeling rejuvenated. There are medical precedents of a kind, as emergency room doctors sometimes administer a charcoal paste for certain types of overdoses, relying on the porous charcoal to trap toxins and keep the body from absorbing them. And some studies have shown that activated charcoal supplements may help reduce indigestion and intestinal gas. Fans of charcoal’s “beauty” benefits praise the cleaning and exfoliation effects of charcoal masks, and of course—this being the age of specialization—there are different treatments with different emphases: a mask aimed primarily at absorbing oil, for example, another that’s all about optimal skin texture and a third that’s a big-time acne cop. (If you have facial hair, you’ll want to exempt those zones of the face.) And the treatments require no downtime afterwards. Does the hot trend stop with the skin? You know it doesn’t. Some blogs insist that sprinkling a bit of black charcoal powder on your toothbrush before you brush can actually make teeth whiter. There are charcoal-fueled shampoos for shimmering hair, deodorants to banish B.O., and carbon peels to reduce disfiguring spots of pigmentation. (You’ll need to consult a dermatologist here.) Is charcoal worth the fuss? They say “beauty”—or rugged handsomeness—is only skin deep. But after all, it’s your skin— and hair and teeth—that people see.

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the art of

LIVING

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

When we complain that our educational system

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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