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Best Menswear of 2010

PERSONAL BEST

5 LEADERS WITH A PASSION FOR FITNESS

GOLF IN IRELAND Maserati GranTurismo

John Bank Brian Barkley John Bucksbaum Mark Jozwiak Roger Luri

REDBREAST WHISKEY

Triumph T- Bird: Power To Spare

Ultimate Home Theater

Watches For The PrecisionObsessed

TRIUMPH T-BIRD

Nick Faldo’s New Irish Greens

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M A R S H A L L  P I E R C E & C O M PA N Y, N O T E D A S C H I C AG O ’ S L E A D I N G P R O V I D E R O F P REM I ERE Q UA LI T Y J EW ELRY & WATC H ES F O R M O RE T H A N 80 Y E A RS, I S A LI V I N G T E S TA M EN T T O T R A D I T I O N  O N E D EF I N ED B Y C O N S I S T EN C Y A N D C H A N G E , PA S S I O N A N D CO M M I T M EN T.

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Seduction on Wheels

The Maserati GranTurismo delivers it all: Pininfarina looks, performance, comfort and the throatiest engine on the road.

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Dalmatian Holiday

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On Korcula, legendary birthplace of Marco Polo, the Lesic Dimitri Palace offers thoroughly modern comfort in an old-world setting.

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PROFILES

Syd Jerome Stories

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Five of our favorite customers—who also happen to be five of the fittest executives in America—share a passion for personal achievement.

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A Private Theater to Rival the Ritz

Martinis in the monkey bar may make you forget that you’re a guest in someone’s personal cinema.

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This season’s take-charge styles are tailor-made for the confident male. PURSUITS

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T-Bird Rising

A British-built motorcycle with American styling, the 2010 Triumph Thunderbird is an instant classic in the cruiser category.

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WATCHES

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Breitling timepieces are the instruments of choice for aviators, astronauts, athletes—and anyone for whom every moment counts.

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Natural Comfort wool suit, dress shirt and necktie by Canali; paisley pocket square by Ermenegildo Zegna. Photography by Daniel Springston for Syd Jerome.

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The Sporting Life

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Nick Faldo’s championship golf course is just one of the pleasures at Lough Erne, a new world-class resort in the wilds of Northern Ireland.

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Room Key

departments Elements of Style

Invitation to Style Here’s to optimism

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The Syd Jerome Guide Mercedes goes green. … Gifts for your best girl … Alfresco dining at Coco Pazzo … The 30-minute vacation … Feel the (rope) burn. … The art of the bow tie … How to stay dry in style … Sid Shapiro answers your questions.

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Syd’s Picks

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THE SYD JEROME INTERVIEW

Gildo Zegna A full century into its history, Ermenegildo Zegna is a global leader in men’s luxury clothing. Meet the man behind the brand.

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ICON

The right tools for repelling rain, drying tears, corralling your collar, and more

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Accessories Make your presence known with bold neckwear and heavy-metal belts.

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Essentials The perfect neutral sportcoat … Cotton shirts with style to spare … What to wear on the windy lake

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The anatomy of a well-made suit … Express your individuality with a custom shirt.

Sean Connery The actor who made Bond famous is proof that clothes do make the man, and that urbanity can be acquired.

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Part private club and part hotel, the Saint James Paris feels unlike any other lodging in the City of Light.

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Malt Redbreast is a delicious example of the “pure pot still” style—and all the proof you need that the best Irish whiskey is among the best whiskey anywhere.

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Grape Wines from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany are among the most glamorous, and the estate of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia is turning out some of the very best.

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Keeping Well Millions of men take vitamin supplements, but do they really help? An expert on male nutrition has the skinny.

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The Bullpen Meet our staff, your style counselors.

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Finishing Touch Dos and don’ts for the well-dressed man

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SYD JEROME 2 NORTH LASALLE STREET CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60602 (CROSS STREET: MADISON STREET) 312.346.0333 www.sydjerome.com

Store Hours MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. THURSDAY: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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You know the quote from Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope …” More than a century-and-ahalf after Dickens penned those opening lines to A Tale of Two Partners in style: Sid Shapiro, founder of Cities, the world is working Syd Jerome, and Scott Shapiro through a period of wrenching economic adjustment, and the novelist’s words sound as fresh as ever. Whether this is the season of darkness or the spring of hope depends largely on one’s perspective and response to life’s opportunities. At Syd Jerome, we take the optimistic view that things are looking up—that this truly is the spring of hope. For 52 years—sometimes it’s hard to believe that we’re one-third as old as a Dickens novel!—we have run our business on three simple principles: service, selection and quality. We know how hard our customers work, so we strive to provide the best values from the world’s greatest sources of men’s clothing and furnishings, and to deliver them in a club-like atmosphere. Few things feel better than purchasing something you can be proud of from guys who appreciate it, and knowing you got good value for your money. Reflecting our optimism and commitment to quality, we’ve created SYD JEROME Magazine as a special benefit for our customers and friends. You’re holding the first issue. Our aim is to provide more than a preview of the finest new clothing and accessories: SYD JEROME covers other aspects of personal style that dovetail with the world of fashion. These include the most stylish cars to drive, sports travel destinations, even elegant ways to fill your glass. Elsewhere in the issue, for instance, you’ll read about the very fast Maserati GranTurismo, which is now available as a convertible; Nick Faldo’s new championship course at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland; the Tuscan estate of Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, which is producing some of the most glamorous wines in the world; and much more. We hope you enjoy the issue, and we look forward to seeing you in our store soon.

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MARK DOWDEN AMY A. DOWDEN

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Contributing Editors J E N N I F E R C E N I C O L A , LEE LUSARDI CONNOR, LAUREN FORD, STEVEN HIRSCH, JULIA C. IRELAND, T I M O T H Y K E L L E Y, M A R I A L I S S A N D R E L L O , FRANCESCA MOISIN, ARUN OHRI, M.D., E V E R E T T P O T T E R , PA U L R O G E R S Contributing Photographers S O N I A B A R R E T T, D A N I E L S P R I N G S T O N

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LAURA CARAMAGNA

Art Assistant

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Corporate Editorial Director R I TA G U A R N A

Publishing Staff Associate Publisher SHAE MARCUS

Senior Advertising Account Executive JODI LASALA

Advertising Account Executive S T E P H A N I E S TA I A N O

Production Director C H R I S T I N E H A M E L Production Assistant J U L I A N I E D Z W I E C K I Advertising Services Director THOMAS RAGUSA

Senior Art Director, Agency Services KIJOO KIM

Marketing Manager A N D R E A S T R E I S F E L D Accounting A G N E S A LV E S , J E S S I C A S O L L O WAY

Published by Chairman C A R R O L L V. D O W D E N President M A R K D O W D E N Executive Vice President DEBORAH JONES BARROW

Vice Presidents A M Y A . D O W D E N , N I G E L E D E L S H A I N , R I TA G U A R N A , SHANNON STEITZ Circulation Director L A U R E N M E N A

S Y D J E R O M E Magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with SYD JEROME. Copyright © 2010 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, SYD JEROME, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email mark.dowden@wainscotmedia.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions.

SID SHAPIRO

SCOTT SHAPIRO

Who’s this? see page 16

Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, SYD JEROME Circulation Department, PO Box 1788, Land O Lakes, FL 34639; telephone 813-996-6579; email laurenmena@wainscotmedia.com Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

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Known for wild paisley and bold color, the Italian brand Etro is not for the fashion meek. Designer Kean Etro likes to pack his suits and sportcoats with surprises, such as funky linings. If you’re ready for classic tailoring with a modern twist—in fabrics like the pattern-on-pattern seen on page 83 and contemporary cuts as shown at right—then you might be an Etro guy. We invite you to try on Etro at Syd Jerome.

WHAT DO WOMEN WANT? When roses and romance alone won’t cut it, it’s time to bring in the bling, says Celine Fitzgerald of Chicago’s Marshall Pierce and Company. She offers these tips for navigating your weightiest gift-giving occasions: Sometimes a girl needs two best friends. When it comes to new grads, you can’t go wrong with a starter set of diamond studs. For modern girls, look to designers like Dana Rebecca for a contemporary vibe. Oysters aren’t just for dinner. “Pearls make timeless wedding gifts,” says Fitzgerald. They’re also ultra-hot now, so you’ll have plenty to choose from—saltwater and freshwater pearls, white and pastel shades, single and double strands. Consider outdoing yourself. A diamond anniversary calls for ... you guessed it. “Diamond watches and tennis bracelets are great,” says Fitzgerald, “but Oscar Heyman’s new diamond flower pins are stunning. And yellow diamond rings are very special for a big anniversary.” If none of these ideas fills the bill, maybe it’s time to take the bull by the horns: Work with a jeweler to design a one-of-a-kind piece … and prepare for a one-of-a-kind thank-you.

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IRINA CARES what you wear A men’s magazine needs a mascot. … OK, maybe mascot is the wrong word. Let’s call her an editorial assistant. Her name is Irina, she comes from the Ukraine, and she helped us put this issue together. In the pages that follow, you’ll see her here and there, punctuating otherwise masculine content with a woman’s touch. Come by the store, and we’ll tell you more about her.

Vivek Nagrani has no doubt given more thought to men’s underwear than most of its wearers ever have. He made his name as the creator of V.K. Nagrani men’s hosiery, woven of the finest cotton by small factories, in bold, striking designs—and, by all accounts, addictive to men who’ve tried them. Now check out his thinking-outside-the-brief new styles of men’s underwear: There’s the Woody, a “hyper-constructed” boxer brief that works well with trim-fitted trousers. It’s made of Peruvian Pima with Lycra, as is the Johnson, an easy-fit “trunq” that offers medium support. Last and, in a way, least is the Willy, a tailored trim-fit model of 100% Peruvian Pima for the man who “enjoys total freedom,” according to Nagrani. Next time you’re in the store, stop by the accessories department to consider an underwear upgrade.

Dining alfresco at Coco Pazzo Café

The 316 Club: your 30-minute vacation

With warm weather comes the pleasure of alfresco dining and people-watching. One of the best places to do that is Coco Pazzo Café at 636 North Claire Street, just one block off the Magnificent Mile. “It’s my favorite time of year,” says owner Jack Weiss. “When the doors open to the patio, the café radiates with the flavors and colors of spring. It’s a delight to be surrounded by the fun-loving Streeterville crowd.” Designed to be reminiscent of a piazza in Florence, Coco Pazzo Café features fresh Tuscan fare and 15 Italian wines available by the glass. Under the large golden awnings, locals, businesspeople, shoppers and tourists choose from a menu that includes bruschetta with a choice of toppings, insalata Caprese and panzanella, a Tuscan tomato bread salad. Many of the pastas are house-made, and the Rigatoni Buttera—prepared with sausage, peas, tomato, cream and Parmesan—is rivaled in popularity only by the lasagna, made with a creamy béchamel sauce. Call 312.664.2777 or visit www.cocopazzocafe.com.

TO LOOK YOUR BEST, it helps to feel your best. That’s why 316 Barber Spa—better known to its regulars as the 316 Club—features prominently on Chicago’s smartest smart phones. Founders Tony Montemurro and Greg Savarese have a unique vision for their full-service club. “We want to give clients a 30-minute vacation,” Montemurro says. “Men can order a drink, relax by the fire, or shoot some pool before settling into a leather armchair for one of the city’s best haircuts or shaves.” Manager Carmelo Preiti offers a few hot-weather grooming tips: • Don’t cut back on cuts. Hair grows faster in the summer, so touch up short styles every two to three weeks. • Remember: Less is more. Heat, sweat and hair products don’t mix, so take it easy on the gel. • Save roasts for the grill. Be liberal with sunscreen if your skin is fair—and don’t forget your ears. Find the 316 Club at 175 West Jackson. Call 312-880-0316 or visit www.316barberspa.com for details.

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To wear anywhere: ANGELO NARDELLI Classic and refined, but always with attention to contemporary details—this describes the menswear of Angelo Nardelli 1951, named for the company’s founder and the year of its founding. The firm has flourished under the direction of Angelo’s son, Domenico, but so far the label is relatively unknown in the U.S.—a fact that gives it extra cachet among devotees. With artisan-quality suits, sportcoats and accessories, this insider brand also happens to represent great value. To experience the quality of Angelo Nardelli yourself, visit Syd Jerome, exclusive stockist of the brand in Chicago.

THE A-to-Z LIST Syd Jerome features more than 50 designer brands under one roof. See if you don’t find your favorites in our list below. Then stop by the store for a shopping experience you’ll love. Allegri Angelo Nardelli Armani Collezioni Arnold Zimberg A. Testoni Brioni Borgo 28 Canali Cole Haan Corneliani Davek DiBello Donald J. Pliner Ermenegildo Zegna Eton Etro Ermenegildo Zegna

Ferragamo Gardeur Georg Roth Gimo’s Gran Sasso Hickey Freeman Hiltl Hugo Boss Ingram International Laundry Isaia Italo Ferretti John Varvatos J. Lindeberg Joseph Abboud Kolte Luigi Borrelli Maui Jim Mason’s

Nat Nast Oxxford Paul & Shark Perofil Poggianti Raffi Reporter Robert Graham Robert Talbott Sand Santandrea Sanyo Schneiders Salzburg Signum Torino Versace V.K. Nagrani Zanella Z Zegna

Getting an earful Noel Lee, whose job title is Head Monster at Monster Cable, has a motto: “Life’s too short to listen to bad headphones.” Really that should be “through” bad headphones, but let’s not quibble. The folks at Monster Cable, who brought you those egregiously thick speaker cables for your home sound system, have worked their magic on in-ear headphones. Monster Turbine High Performance In-Ear Speakers solve a fundamental problem of the iPod Age: MP3 players don’t have the power to drive lifelike sound through typical ear-buds. Monster Cable has put a powerful-enough driver within the tiny headphones to reproduce music at full dynamic range, without compression or distortion. The improvement is so, well, monster that “Turbines” have quickly become the choice of musicians and sound engineers. Lee is especially proud that Turbines have the bass response of a great subwoofer and excellent transient response—that is, the speed to deliver “the bite of the music, what gives it the ‘you are there’ feeling.” The retail price of Turbines is $180—well worth it if you subscribe to the Head Monster’s motto.

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SYD IN THE NEWS While many think of us as a “Chicago store,” Syd Jerome has regular customers in all 50 states and many foreign countries. We’re an independent menswear shop with an outsized reputation. Esquire Magazine has listed us as one of the Great Men’s Stores of America, and the editors praised our “stellar lineup of European and American designers.” The Wall Street Journal published a profile called “Power Shopping” which focused exclusively on Syd Jerome. The article complimented not only our vast selection of clothing but also our “knowledgeable, frank, well-dressed sales associates” who “tell it like it is.” We’re gratified to be known internationally but we are also proud to be a Chicago institution. “A fashion Mecca for Chicago’s financial and business elite” is how MR Magazine, the menswear industry bible, put it in awarding Syd Jerome its prestigious Uptown/Downtown Award. And in perhaps the ultimate accolade for a business located in the Loop, the Chicago City Council renamed a portion of North LaSalle Street as “Syd Jerome Way” in honor of our 50th anniversary (as seen in the photo above). Whether you work in the Loop or live in Loop, Germany (yes, there is such a place), we invite you to make Syd Jerome the source for all your wardrobe needs.

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7. Gently pull the bow at both folded ends to tighten the knot. Hint: This is exactly the same knot most people use to tie a shoelace.

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8. Adjust to taste. Smooth bow or dimpled? Loose or tight? You don’t want to be too precise; “perfectly imperfect” is the look you’re going for.

Steve’s bat-wing bow tie is in perfect 4. Form the front loop of the bow by doubling up the shorter, hanging end and placing it across the collar points.

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SO WHIPPED Forget that the name sounds like an act you might see during a West Coast junket with a political party boss. Or worse, a class for guys under the thumb of their girlfriends. “Whipped!” is a newly popular circuit workout at Equinox Fitness Clubs’ 900 North Michigan and Lincoln Park locations. “This is cross-fit training, and it’s very big with guys who like to train hard,” assures Tonya Dugger, Chicago Group Fitness Director. “The training involves 10 exercises performed for 30 seconds at a time. Using massive ropes attached to the wall, you make a ‘snake’ with the ropes for 30 seconds at a time. It’s a great upper body workout and a great cardio challenge that doesn’t require you to learn a lot of stuff.” She further reports that you can burn about 10 calories per minute (yes, that is a lot) and improve upper-body definition. No word yet as to whether she will consider changing the name of the class to something with no S&M overtones whatsoever, like “Rope Work.”

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When the weather’s hot and time is short, an easy protein shake is a body’s best friend. The staff of Urban Gourmet (at Equinox Fitness Club, Lincoln Park) developed the recipe below; manager Victor Cuellar reports that it’s an especially popular breakfast item. Throw it together in minutes, then throw it back for plenty of muscle-building protein and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Blueberry Crunch Protein Shake ■ 1 serving whey protein ■ ½ cup blueberries ■ ¼ cup granola ■ 1 tablespoon almond slices ■ 1 cup skim milk ■ 1 cup ice Combine in blender; mix until smooth (just like you).

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Dodging raindrops in style Rainwear and outerwear represent the technical frontier of fashion: These garments drive innovation in textiles and finishes because function is every bit as important as style. At the forefront is Allegri, an Italian company whose tagline, “The Architects of Fabrics,“ reflects its focus on innovation. Available at Syd Jerome, this season’s men’s line incorporates abaca, a plant fiber from the Philippines once used in marine ropes, and Polytravel, a synthetic double-stretch fabric that keeps Allegri jackets wrinkle-free. (Come fall, look for Rain Cashmere, which is exactly what the name suggests.) For all its obsession on keeping dry, Allegri sacrifices nothing on the style front, as you can see from the picture of its new stretch gabardine jacket. To promote its brand in the U.S., Allegri is backing the perfect activity for men who are oblivious to the elements—golf. The Made in Italy Golf Challenge, co-sponsored by Allegri, will take place at 21 U.S. locations through September, including—in conjunction with Syd Jerome—Chicago’s Ruffled Feathers Golf Club on August 7th and 8th. The destination for the final is not too shabby either: Chervò Golf Resort San Vigilio on Lake Garda, Italy.

Let’s get nuts You already know that nuts are a healthy snack, rich in vitamins and low in “bad” fats. But which nuts pack the most punch per dry-roasted, unsalted ounce?

Almonds 167 calories, 14 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 5.5 grams of protein Bonus: High in Vitamin E and calcium

Party-ready shirts A ROBERT GRAHAM DESIGN isn’t just for someone who wants to look

Walnuts 182 calories, 17.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein Bonus: Rich in omega-3 fatty acid ALA

Peanuts 160 calories, 14 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of fiber, 7.5 grams of protein Bonus: Contain resveratrol, thought to protect against heart disease

Cashews 162 calories, 13 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, 4.5 grams of protein Bonus: Rich in copper, necessary for maintaining healthy collagen

good from afar. Each colorful piece has unique embellishments and witty extras—some only the wearer can see—that make it even more distinctive upon closer inspection. To find out more we checked in with Robert Graham’s chairman and founder, Robert Stock: So what takes a Robert Graham shirt to the next level? We design all of our own fabrics—every pattern, every colorway, every trim. Basically, all the ingredients are exclusive to us from the start. Then we add in little extras our customers love to discover, like embroidery inside the neckband or trim under the cuff. We’ve taken the shirt and made it into an art form. What types of customers are drawn to your designs? They’re individuals. They like feeling comfortable in what they wear, and our clothes fit well. Also, our customers know we never do the same thing twice, so when they come back next season there will be something new.

Time grown thin Fashions in wristwatches change slowly, but those big honking trophy timepieces are beginning to feel so twoyears-ago. In the post-crisis economy, thin is in, and there’s none thinner than Piaget’s classic Altiplano range. New for 2010 is the Altiplano Automatic Ultra-Thin watch, powered by the Piaget Caliber 1208P, the world’s thinnest automatic mechanical movement at just 2.35mm thick. Bear in mind this is a mechanical watch, chock-full of layered gears, springs and other moving parts. The ultra-flat movement resides in an elegant white or pink gold case that’s a mere 5.25mm thick but an ample, if not outsized, 43mm wide. This elegant Altiplano gets extra style points for its eccentric (as in off to the side) seconds dial. In short, it’s an ideal watch for business and formal wear, a design that manages to be both classic and contemporary.

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1. Sid Shapiro and the Bob Clifford family 2. Michelle and Michael Kosner 3. Kelly and John Rowady, Billy Cavada, Matt Barnes, Mario Crivello, Nick Delaquila, Pino Tricase 4. Pasquale Bova and Sid 5. Scott and Zack Shapiro, Bob Clifford, Steve Hirsch 6. Denise Bona and Chris Juliano 7. Peter Belsi, Giorgio Canali, Roger Cohen 8. Tim Gittins, David Newlove, Giuseppe Marsocci 9. Lauren Weiss and Jim Shay 10. Will Azer, Sid, Giorgio Canali, George Tsaganeas 11. Flip and Peg Corboy 12. Allison and Scott Shapiro, Scott Lee Cohen, Cissy and Sid Shapiro

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syd jerome guide }

So, what’s the secret to a good fit?

It begins with the salesperson, who needs to have a good eye and an understanding of anatomy. Not every make of suit is right for every man. We’ll steer you to brands that fit your body type as well as your style. Then it comes down to tailoring. A department store will butcher a

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$5,000 suit because the people doing the alterations just don’t have the skills. Every tailor working at Syd Jerome is a true tailor—a custom coat

MEN’S STYLE … in which SID SHAPIRO shows us which end is up, sartorially speaking

maker. We refuse to cut corners on tailoring. We make sure that alterations are “just so.” Is it fair to say that Syd Jerome is like a club?

Yes. It’s not a fancy place, but it is very social. Customers feel that they can come into the store, hang out and chat, and not necessarily buy anything. That’s absolutely part of who we are.

Sid, Chicago used to be home to dozens of men’s clothing

How would you describe your merchandise?

stores. You’ve outlasted virtually every one, and you’ve got a

We have a reputation as the “House of Power Suits.” I be-

thriving business. How do you explain that?

lieve in dressing up; suits have always been our mainstay and

We’ve succeeded by keeping things simple, offering quality merchan-

will continue to be. But as men have become more fashion

dise, excellent customer service, great tailoring and a big selection.

conscious, we have evolved. We’re selling more sportcoats and sportswear. Again, we give customers what they ask for.

It also helped that we were the first in Chicago to in-

What are some current trends?

troduce Italian fashion. We’re always scouring the fashion world for new designers and new trends. We’re very

In suits, more fitted cuts continue to be popular. You know

quick to embrace up-and-coming designers. We like to

the look: narrower, soft shoulders; shorter jackets with higher arm holes, high button stance, high notch or peak

be first in that regard. Somehow I think there must be more to it than

lapel; side vents are typical, as are flat-front pants. We’re seeing

you’re letting on. You mentioned a big selec-

more interest in double-breasted suits. For sportcoats, lighter fabrics and lighter construction are

tion. Elaborate.

Syd Jerome has a much bigger selection than you’ll find at any department store. We have 100

in—even unlined, unpadded, unconstructed jackets, especially for warm-weather wear. Printed and embroidered shirts, especially floral

suits in stock in your size right now, give or take. That level of choice is unheard of today. We’re

prints, have been big for a few years, and the patterns

really an enigma among menswear stores.

and colors are only getting wilder. Brightly colored ties

An enigma—now we’re getting closer to

and pocket squares are very popular, as are bright, pat-

what makes Syd Jerome special. How

terned socks. Do you have a point of view on how men

loyal are your customers?

Massively loyal. We’re serving three genera-

should dress?

tions of men and boys in some families. Loyalty

Of course! You’re never out of place in a beautiful

is a two-way street, of course: We get close

suit with a shirt and tie. For business, it’s essential.

to our customers. I couldn’t tell you how many

Beyond that, you should dress to succeed in your

customers’ weddings I’ve attended.

profession, and each profession has subtleties of

Do you have a formula for building that loyalty?

style that you ignore at your peril. Firms hire me

I have a philosophy, which is to wait on every customer

to lecture to their employees on this topic. But I’ll

like it’s his first time in the store. No matter how many

give you the advanced course for free if you drop

years he’s been shopping with us, we always treat

by the store.

him like a first-time visitor. This means listening to the

A great warm-weather suit

What about dressing for casual occasions?

customer and giving him what he wants. We do not try

by Zegna; Etro party shirts;

It’s always better to be over-dressed than under-

to sell him something just to make a sale. If a guy wants

the new look of double-

dressed. And no matter what, you should always

us to keep tailoring an old suit to keep it in service, we’ll

breasted, by Canali.

look neat and stylish. Like it or not, people judge you

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by your appearance wherever you go. How do you feel about casual attire in the office on Friday?

It has no place in the professional world. You’re judged by appearance. So why would you pretend otherwise one day a week?

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Basic gear updated Repel rain, dry tears and perform other civilized feats with the right tools Some days call for the clean lines of a cotton pocket square instead of silk. A cotton hank is also handy: Use it to mop your brow, make a tourniquet or dry a lady’s tears. Perofil cotton hanks with hand-rolled edges.

Like socks in the dryer, collar stays have a way of losing their mates. This key-ring device solves the problem. Set of mother-ofpearl luxury collar stays in four lengths.

From our collection of cufflinks, these sterling silver designs by Robert Talbott feature contemporary lines and points of interest such as rotating onyx spheres.

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Jim aviators with world-class optics.

street-vendor umbrellas. What you want is a Davek folding umbrella— a precision instrument that won’t go to pieces in a storm.

Personal question: Do women like the way you smell? They should and they will, when you wear About that stream of brilliance flowing from your mind to pen to paper: Don’t trivialize it by wielding a sorry-ass writing instru-

our own brand of cologne.

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Make your mark with boldly patterned neckwear

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Neutral states Ermenegildo Zegna sportcoat, Poggianti 1958 dress shirt, Gruppo Artigiani necktie and Armani Collezioni pants

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Easy does it Washed cotton plaid by Arnold Zimberg, top, and richly striped shirts by George Roth

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Poggianti 1958 shirts, made in Italy, come with a little something extra: hand-painted flowers and splatter details.

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Stripes are stars in this rugby shirt with Yacht Club insignia and navy-and-white polo.

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SUIT Hand-tailored details are the hallmarks of a fine jacket— and the keys to superior fit and durability

Undercollar A hand-stitched felt undercollar with turned tipping is a centuries-old tailoring tradition.

Hand-stitched sleeve lining Hand stitching assures Peninsula interior pockets

that the shoulder and

Internal pockets are framed

sleeve fit comfortably

with the external fabric to

and move with ease.

reinforce the pocket and

A well-made jacket

secure the treasures kept

uses hand stitching at

therein close to your heart

all points of friction,

and chest.

as the hand stitch is more pliable than the machine chain stitch.

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COLLARS Multiple collar

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Choose from a full array of

classic point to an English

colors to personalize your shirt.

spread. Collars are all sized individually to ensure a perfect fit!

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CUFFS French cuff,

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{ the syd jerome interview }

GILDO

ZEGNA

What clothes do you pack for travel?

I am very practical and I pack light. Our Traveler collection, created for the man on the go, is probably the collection I personally influenced the most—every pocket on every jacket is where I would like it to be. Last season we launched the Cool Effect blazer, which offers protection against the heat produced by natural sunlight, by reflecting the sun’s rays. The classic high-performance woollen fabric is given an exclusive wash treatment. This enables the surface of dark fabrics to replicate the properties of white fabrics, reflecting 80% of direct sunlight where they would normally only reflect 20%. Also, my Elements jacket is with me all the time.

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BY FRANCESCA MOISIN

In the future, what do you imagine the Zegna suit will look like and be made of?

No matter how much innovation we bring to the table, I strongly believe that natural fibers will always be the main source of material used in our clothing. Superfine wool AS SYD JEROME CELEBRATES its 52th

raw materials. Today, Zegna is

anniversary, one of our mainstay brands,

a global leader in men’s luxury

Ermenegildo Zegna, is celebrating

clothing. The current Ermene-

its 100th: It was in 1910 that young

gildo Zegna, known as Gildo,

Ermenegildo Zegna founded a textile

recently sat down with SYD

company in his hometown of Trivero,

JEROME to discuss his role

Italy. He aimed to create the highest-

as fourth-generation leader of

quality fabrics from the world’s best

the brand that bears his name.

is in our DNA. The look will slowly evolve, and we will be there to lead that evolution. How do you control the quality of the fibers used in your clothes?

We have a long history when it comes to selecting the best raw

Was it inevitable that you would join the

around the world. So when I have a

family business?

quiet moment, I enjoy the small town

developed close relationships with

I was never forced to join, but I did grow up

and Lake Lugano, and on weekends,

growers. We also participate in

with it. I have a vivid memory of my grand-

the mountains of St. Moritz.

It may not have been a given, but it was very natural that I joined the company.

government-subsidized awards for the best growers; we give the annual

father showing us around our mill in Trivero.

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materials, and over the years we’ve

You say you travel

Trofeo awards to the best growers, and

a lot. How much?

in exchange we get their best products.

I travel practically half of the time, but

And we have expert technicians who

Where do you live?

I love it. We are a global company, and

In Lugano, a quiet city in the Italian part of

there is no better way of understanding

TRADITIONAL TAILORING MEETS MODERN STYLE IN

Switzerland. I work in Milan and travel a lot

what is going on than being there.

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RIGHT, A SPORTCOAT FROM ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA’S SARTORIAL COLLECTION; FAR RIGHT, THE ZEGNA OASIS IN THE BIELLESE ALPS; BELOW, A PLAID SUIT (NOTE THE PERFECT PATTERN MATCH) AND A LOOK FROM THE UPPER CASUAL COLLECTION.

make sure our superior

company that has my name

There is not one ideal man,

standards are always

on the door. I’m responsible

but common threads are confi-

maintained.

for the more than 7,000 people

dence, personality, success

working for us. This is both

and a great sense of style.

How would you describe

challenging and very rewarding. What should American

your personal style of dress?

What are some of your

men wear this spring

I am classic, but I like to

favorite places in the

and summer?

have some fun with acces-

world, and why do you

I suggest our Upper

sories. I particularly like

like them?

Casual Collection,

knit ties from our

I love skiing and playing

which is the

Montenapoleone 27 line.

golf, so I visit the Alps in

sophisticated

the winter and go to my

and chic

Is your wife, Elena,

country house on the lake

expression

involved in the family

in the summer.

of our

business?

leisure

She is not directly involved

What can’t you leave

wear. This

in the business, but having

home without?

season the

been by my side for over

I read a lot, so I like to bring

wardrobe

25 years, she plays a much

books. When I’m on a plane

essentials

bigger role than you might

or on vacation I have time

are light-

imagine!

to catch up on my reading

weight,

without interruption, so I try

decon-

You have been called

to take advantage of those

structed

an environmentalist.

moments.

blazers in

How so?

cotton or a

My ancestors were envi-

cashmere-

ronmentally conscious long

the natural environment.

tening to these days?

silk blend

before it was fashionable. In

Today we also have the

I like music as a background

offered

the early 1920s they planted

Fondazione Zegna, which

sound, so I listen mostly to

in a soft color

half a million trees on the

promotes environmental,

classical and lounge music.

palette of grays

hills behind the factory. This

cultural, social and scientific

was the seed that eventu-

initiatives around the world.

What’s your all-time

ally led us to establish the

It was established in 2000

favorite film?

If you weren’t CEO

Oasi Zegna [Zegna Oasis],

and is presided over by my

La Dolce Vita, the

of Ermenegildo Zegna,

a conservation area in the

sister Anna.

quintessential portrait

what would you

of Italy.

be doing?

Biellese Alps that covers

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and beiges.

about 100 square kilometers.

What’s the best part

It incorporates the Bielmonte

about what you do?

How would you describe

I don’t have any unfulfilled dreams. This is who

Ski Resort, which was con-

The best part is also my

your customer—the

I am and what I do, and I’m

structed without damaging

biggest responsibility: I run a

“Zegna man”?

very happy in my shoes.

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Sean Connery on the set of the 1964 film Woman of Straw, in which he co-starred with Gina Lollobrigida. In the film, which came out just after he made it big as Bond, Connery plotted to murder his wealthy uncle. A rare villainous role for him, it helped cement his sophisticated, sexy image.

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SEAN CONNERY Ask the women in your life about Sean Connery, and odds are

donned in From Russia with Love, the three-piece (complete

they’ll confirm that they find him irresistible. The man who

with lapelled waistcoat) made famous in Goldfinger. So com-

uttered the unforgettable line, “The name is Bond … James

fortable has he become with fashion that this spring, for the

Bond” (in 1962’s Dr. No) was voted Sexiest Man of the Century

eighth year in a row, he hosts the Dressed to Kilt New York

by People magazine in 1999. Recently, at age 79, the actor

fashion show, created to highlight Scottish designers. And

scored 90 percent in “Woman Magnetism” in an online poll.

Louis Vuitton chose him as a style icon for the brand’s ongoing

What’s Sean Connery’s secret? At least to some degree,

Core Values campaign.

he is proof that clothes do make the man, and that urbanity

In the end, it’s not just what Connery wears, but the way he

can be acquired. A foul-mouthed ex-milkman and Mr. Universe

wears it that makes him the emblem of innate cool. Here is a man

finalist from Edinburgh, Connery was an unlikely choice for

with presence. From his 007 days to The Hunt for Red October,

the role of Bond. Producer

in roles ranging from Indiana

Harry Saltzman claimed he

Jones’ father to a reclusive

chose Connery for the role

professor (in Finding Forrester),

after watching him walk

he strikes the perfect bal-

down the street. But not

ance of suavity and swagger,

only did Ian Fleming him-

charm and confidence. His

self have doubts—he called

shoulders stay squared, his

Connery

“Glaswegian

arms are held slightly away

truck driver”—so did Dr.

from his body, his stance is

No director Terence Young,

relaxed. And as Bond, he

who schooled Connery in

exemplifies the “dark triad”

the ways of the well-bred.

of traits study-proven to get

Young reputedly made Con-

the girl: narcissism, a pen-

nery wear a suit around the

chant for thrill-seeking and an

clock—even to bed—to get

easy comfort with deceit.

a

used to the feel.

Assuming that in real

And get used to it he

life, Connery—Sir Sean since

did. Connery exuded style

2000—is no more egotistical

whether sipping a martini

or deceitful than your average

or facing imminent death

bloke, how then can we sum

by laser beam. He looks

up his enduring appeal?

utterly at ease in the sleek

Venerable film critic Pau-

gray suit (narrow notched

line Kael seems to have

lapels, angled slit pock-

nailed it: “Women want

ets) he wore in Dr. No, the

to meet him, and men

seven-stripe glen plaid he

want to be him.”

Connery is proof that clothes do make the man, and that urbanity can be acquired.

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The Maserati GranTurismo delivers it all: Pininfarina looks, performance, comfort and the throatiest engine on the road

BY MARIA LISSANDRELLO

JUST A GLANCE AT THE MASERATI GRANTURISMO in all its curvy glory tells you

this two-door 2+2 coupé is a modern-day classic. No surprise, given its lineage: From nose to tail, the car is a stylish paean to its aerodynamic ancestor, the

original 1947 GranTurismo. Known as the AG 1500 GT, that Pininfarina gem was the first Maserati built for the road, not the raceway, and today’s version follows suit with bold fenders arching closely around 20-inch wheels, a long nose with strong V-shaped lines and dramatic wide-set headlights. As for its most distinctive feature—the trident studding the large concave grille—it arguably stands as the automotive world’s most elegant emblem. But looks aren’t the only thing that makes the GranTurismo so damn, well, sexy: In a 2008 study by British luxury car insurer Hiscox, a whopping 100 percent of female participants had a marked biological response to the mere sound of Maserati’s V8 engine. Turns out the same sexy snarl that gets

With its sophisticated design and superior balance, the GranTurismo owns the curves—both visually and literally. State-of-the-art suspension means smooth driving even at high speeds, but the GT also functions as an elegant touring machine.

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Design in the details: This page, in the new GT Convertible, you can go from enclosed comfort to the joy of open-top motoring in less than 30 seconds; next page, clockwise, on the GT S Automatic, each rear light cluster has 96 LEDs; the 4.7-liter engine sits behind the front axle for superior weight distribution; the passenger cabin is beautifully appointed in the owner’s choice of wood and leather.

the GranTurismo going also sends women’s testosterone levels

the base model and the “S,” but it has the same larger engine and

soaring. (Biology refresher: Women also rely on the “mostly male”

gives up none of the performance. In addition to fully automatic

hormone for a libido lift.) In short, firing up the spectacular GT may

mode (which is surprisingly fluid), the six-speed can be driven in

be literally the most powerful seduction strategy on earth.

semi-manual mode. No clutching is required; the gears are changed

The Trident Marque made the car still throatier last year when it introduced the GranTurismo S. Engine displacement got bumped from 4.2 liters to 4.7, via added bore and stroke. This change ratcheted the

via column-mounted paddles (“down” on the left side of the steering wheel and “up” on the right). No matter your pick, the 4,000-pound machine performs admira-

horses to an ample 440, compared with 405 hp for what is now the

bly, whipping around corners, hurtling up hills, braking at will—with-

base model.

out lurching, rolling or hesitating in the slightest. Credit goes not

Maserati also launched an automatic model of the GranTurismo

just to the smooth transmission but also to the Skyhook adaptive

S in 2009—joining most other high-end makers in a move consid-

suspension system, which makes more than 100 accommodations

ered sacrilegious by some sports-car purists. This is the model we

per second based on every bump in the road to guarantee a ride that

tested. With a sticker starting at $125,900, it’s mid-priced between

is at once stable and thrilling. The true personality of the car emerges in sport mode, with

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the simple push of the “sport” button. Flaps in the dual exhaust

food and culture.

open, producing an even throatier thrum when the engine is idling.

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Under way, there’s an immediate difference in feel: The steering is

19 exterior colors and six brake-caliper color options, the Gran-

tauter—the suspension, too—and the shifts from the gearbox are

Turismo is one of the most customizable ways to show off your

quicker. Sport mode rules! What of comfort? It often yields to performance in the sports-car world, but not here. The interior of the GranTurismo is downright sumptuous. Poltrona Frau and Alcantara (or peccary) leather seats cradle the body for the long haul. The leather (available in 10 colors) snakes around the door and dash and can be combined

automotive personality.

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HOLIDAY SAIL ALONG THE DALMATIAN COAST OF CROATIA, and you’ll see more than a thousand islands. Scat-

tered like gemstones, with the mainland mountains as a backdrop, they’re part of one of the most scenic coastlines in Europe. Some are no more than rocky outcroppings, while others are topped with pine forests or vineyards, islands that are home to fishing villages and lively port towns. You could spend many summers sailing the beautiful waters of the Adriatic, seeking paradise. But you could save yourself time simply by asking a well-traveled native to name the most beautiful of all of the islands. Chances are, the reply would be “Korcula.” Twenty miles long and no wider than five miles, Korcula lies about 100 miles from Dubrovnik and just a mile off the Croatian coast. It was once covered with pine trees and thus called Kerkyra Malaina (Black Corfu) by Greeks, who settled here around 400 B.C. When you board a ferry in Orebic or Split to make the journey, you’re crossing to an island that is the essence of fairy-tale Europe, a place you imagined existed in the past but had long since disappeared. That fairy-tale CONTINUED . . .

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Korcula’s Old Town is surrounded by thick stone walls, circa 14th century. The landmark Cathedral Sveti Marko is the island’s tallest structure.

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quality endures, which may explain why

Korcula has many small and

Korcula, and especially its namesake me-

secluded coves for those seeking

dieval town, has emerged as one of the

privacy, as well as bigger, family-

choicest getaways in the Adriatic.

friendly beaches. Above, the

Crossing the Peljesac Channel and

gorgeous colors in Zitna Bay’s

approaching the marina, you’ll see a fleet

water are the result of its sandy

of vintage fishing boats and the fortress

sea floor. Right, an exterior view

walls of Korcula town. As you disembark,

of the 18th-century Lesic Dimitri

try to ignore the bustle of the dock area

Palace. The town’s streets are

shops and cafes, and go for instant im-

arranged in a fish-bone pattern as

mersion in the past. Climb the19th-

protection against strong winds.

century Grand Staircase with its 15thcentury Revelin tower and walk through the 14th-century Land Gate, built to celebrate the island’s successful defense against the Ottoman navy in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Now you’re in the heart of medieval Korcula, with its tiny streets, winding alleyways and terra-cotta-tiled houses in the Renaissance and Gothic styles. The well-preserved stone buildings may well remind you of

old town is located in a restored 18th-century bishop’s palace and five

Venice. That’s no surprise, given that the Venetians ruled Korcula, an im-

cottages that date from the 15th and 16th centuries. The one- and two-

portant outpost on the spice route, at various times throughout the Middle

story buildings lie on either side of a narrow street that runs from the

Ages. Korcula has even greater fame as the reputed birthplace of the

town center down to the sea.

great explorer Marco Polo, though honestly, there’s nothing to document that assertion. But after a few days here, you’ll come to believe it yourself. Later on, you can walk to the main square, the Pjaceta, overlooked

Lesic Dimitri is less a hotel than a series of six self-contained suites.

by the town hall, and the 17th-century Church of St. Michael. But be-

For example, there is no central lobby per se. Each unit is a luxury

fore you explore the hilly streets and shops, pause to check into one of

apartment. The bigger units have living rooms, private courtyards or

the finest properties in Croatia.

balconies, and as many as four bedrooms apiece.

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Left, oysters, mussels and all manner of seafood are regular features on island menus—often washed down with, a local dry white wine. Above, a lightfilled room in the Arabia residence; right, the Venice residence, with its red-stained ceiling, pays homage to Marco Polo’s Venetian roots.

of grk, a local white wine from the nearby village of Lumbarda. And yes, the word “grk” means Greek, a reference to the grapevines that those early settlers brought centuries ago. On a hot afternoon at the bar, the pace is positively medieval. At night, it’s even quieter. You come to Lesic Dimitri and Korcula for luxurious 13th-century Silk Road. Hence, they are called India, China, Venice, Ceylon, Arabia and Korcula, respectively. The two-bedroom India residence,

relaxation, not nightlife. While you can explore the town and the island on your own, you can

for example, is completely white, and has stone floors and beams, along

also elect to have one of the hotel’s guides take you to local landmarks such

with a Jacuzzi in the room and a private courtyard. The one-bedroom Ara-

as the Korcula Museum and the 14th–century St. Peter’s Church. If you’re

bia has a white, tent-like ceiling, Moorish patterns, a large, low-slung divan

lucky, you’ll be on the island when the Moreska Sword Dance is being

and 360-degree views that encompass the Peljesac Channel and the red

performed. This is pure 15th-century street theater, where 20 costumed

roofs of the town. The three-bedroom, three-bath Venice residence has a

men with swords perform a mock dance/battle that tells of two kings who

private carved wood balcony.

compete for the love of a princess.

While the décor may be varied, all of the residences are elegant,

Have a car and driver take you to the best vineyards on the island,

understated and delicately themed, their tone and taste reminiscent of

passing olive groves and fields of lavender. Or have someone drop you

a Four Seasons property. There’s nothing splashy here. The designer

off at one of the better beaches, such as Vela Przina at Lumbarda. On

has wisely let the architecture speak for itself.

another day, you can hop a ferry for the hour-long trip to Hvar, a hip is-

This is the only luxury hotel within the walls of the old town, and

land that has the air of the Riviera and a harbor full of gleaming yachts.

it is staffed by native Korculanis. Service is gracious, the bathrooms

Or head the other way and ferry to the island of Mljet, which has a

appointed with locally made lavender products. While every residence

national park and two saltwater lakes.

has a kitchen as well as multiple plasma TVs and iPod docking stations, these 21st–century conveniences almost seem beside the point.

But perhaps the best excursion of all is to arrange a day on the Lesic Dimitri’s vintage wooden sailing boat, Vipera. It’s a lazy day spent exploring

There are two Thai masseuses on staff (a coy reference, perhaps, to

the coast of Korcula and other nearby islands, with a trained skipper at the

the Silk Road), and they offer massages in your residence—a fine interim

helm and cold drinks on board. Plan on jumping into the Adriatic when the

solution until the LD Spa opens later in 2010 with four treatment rooms.

mood suits, and lunching on board or at a remote seaside restaurant. It’s a

The hotel’s restaurant also will open this summer, so breakfast is

voyage that Marco Polo himself would have envied.

served in your room. But the LD Bar—a wine bar on the seafront below the hotel—already has become a hit. The drink of choice here is a glass

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stories Five of America’s fittest executives share their strategies for looking and feeling their best OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SHARP. WE KEEP THEM LOOKING THAT WAY.

They’re leaders in their fields, the kind of men who make Chicago—and the nation—run. They’re well-traveled, well-educated and, as you’ll see on the following pages, devoted to keeping their edge, professionally and physically. We make it easy for them to look their best—with the finest clothing, of course, but more importantly, with individualized service provided on their own personal timetables. But don’t take our word for it; let five of our favorite customers tell you their stories. And if you haven’t already become part of our Syd Jerome family, please stop by the store and let us show you what we can do for you.

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I’ve loved to ride ever since childhood, and I now think of cycling as a lifestyle. When the weather is warm, I’m on my bike anywhere from five to six times per week training for the Tour de France, which I’ve ridden in for the past 12 years. Being physically fit helps me feel good, and so does dressing well. I don’t dress to get compliments, but I usually do—and for this I credit Sid Shapiro. He truly knows how to put things together in a special way. I enjoy shopping. Suits, shirts and ties are not something you can buy every day, but if I could, I would. Syd Jerome has the most complete selection of suits, sportcoats, pants, socks—you name it, they have it. It’s all of the finest quality, and it’s updated continually. I’ve never seen a shirt or tie that I recognized from my last visit. But that’s no problem, because each member of the staff is extremely knowledgeable about the merchandise and about fashion. Just by walking through the door, you can feel their good energy.

John Bucksbaum

Chairman, General Growth Properties

A 12-time competitor in the Tour de France, John Bucksbaum cycles almost every day to maintain his edge. Above, he looks crisp in Armani.

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John Bank

Chairman and CEO, Phoenix Electric Mfg. Scott Shapiro is my best friend; we met when we were 10 years old. I remember going to Syd Jerome on Saturday afternoons when we were kids to visit Scott when he worked with his dad in the store. For me, walking into Syd Jerome feels like I’m home. I bought my first suit, and ultimately the entirety of my suit collection, from Syd Jerome. They really understand what the modern man is looking to wear. They personalize what they offer to each customer according to his preferences and what would look best on him. My passion is mountaineering; I’ve climbed mountains all over the world and in 2008, I fulfilled my goal of climbing the 70 highest peaks in the U.S. It’s important for me to stay physically fit year-round, and when we’re both free, Scott and I still run, bike and lift together. Your personal style is an extension of healthy living, encompassing what you do, what you eat and how you dress, because it all determines self-confidence and physical persona.

Climbing is John Bank’s passion. The inset shows him during his Swiss Alps expedition last summer. In the larger photo, he wears clothing made in the foothills of the Alps by Ermenegildo Zegna.

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Brian Barkley & Mark Jozwiak CEO, Access One; President, Access One

Brian Barkley: The people at Syd Jerome have literally dressed me for every occasion: family parties, Vegas and even my wedding. Patrick, Scott and Sid know my taste and I always love what they pull as suggestions for me. Mark and I have a strong relationship with Scott because we’re all members of the executive locker room at Equinox Fitness. I take fitness classes every day, anything from kickboxing to resistance bands or kettlebells. I’ve lost 65 pounds in the past two years. Sid Shapiro is really an inspiration to us. I hope we can run our company for 52 years and still be number one in the country, like Syd Jerome. Mark Jozwiak: My first suit from Syd Jerome was Hugo Boss; it was my favorite suit for many years. I spend a lot of money on clothing because fine fabric, precise tailoring and quality service are important to me. I like a classic look, brands like Isaia, Armani, Polo and Oxxford. When I walk into a room, I want to own it—like Daddy Warbucks. I’m trying to gain weight, so I have a trainer three days a week and the other days I work out on my own doing strength and core training. I try to be healthy by staying physically fit, eating right and feeling good, and this includes dressing well in my Syd Jerome suits. Brian Barkley (standing, wearing Isaia) and Mark Jozwiak (sitting, wearing Angelo Nardelli) are fitness partners as well as business partners. In the inset, they hit the heavy bag with their trainer at Equinox Fitness Club.

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I started shopping at Syd Jerome about 25 years ago. Back then, I was at the peak of my kickboxing career and it was near impossible to find a suit that fit my broad shoulders. I went to Syd Jerome and was amazed how everything looked and felt great. Currently, as head instructor at Degerberg Academy, I teach classes, mentor black-belt instructors and students and practice my own individual martial arts workouts. My two sons, Vincent and Luis, have been doing martial arts since age 3 and I love to see them enjoying the sport. Martial arts is really

Roger Luri President and CEO, Metro HomeChicago part of my overall being—body, mind and spirit—and it’s a great way to be healthy. Sid Shapiro is the man, and that’s why he’s been in business for so long. He’s very knowledgeable and has a great eye, so he can dress men of any body type and style. The fit and selection of clothing at Syd Jerome attract a lot of athletes, but it’s really a store for all men.

A seventh-degree black belt, Roger Luri is one of the most accomplished martial artists of our time. The inset shows Luri (back turned), a former U.S. kickboxing champion, in the ring. He won that bout—and all others—by knockout. In the larger photo he wears Canali.

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The preeminent architect of home theaters, Theo Kalomirakis, conceived “the Ritz” as a secluded haven of Art Deco sophistication

A PRIVATE THEATER TO RIVAL

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PRIVATE THEATERS designed by Theo Kalomirakis, who

originated this specialized genre of residential architecture 20 years ago, can rival even the most opulent movie palaces of Hollywood’s golden age. His New York-based company, Theo Kalomirakis Theaters, handles as many as 100 installations per year. Clients are concentrated in metro New York and Los Angeles, as you might expect, but the business is worldwide. “Our theaters average about a quarter-million dollars,” says James Theobald, vice president of the firm. “Five to 10 projects per year break the $1 million mark, and costs can go way up from there. A particular client in Dubai or Moscow or elsewhere may spend tens of millions of dollars.” These high-end projects are not merely plush theaters equipped with the finest audiovisual technology. They tend to involve multiple rooms based on an artistic or nostalgic theme. The theme may be developed through unique designs for murals, sconces, furniture, mosaics, radiator grills, bronze coffered ceilings and more. And those designs

IN THE LOUNGE, ART DECO HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH CONTEMPORARY FLAIR. THE OSVALDO BORSANI CONSOLE IS AN ORIGINAL FROM THE EARLY 1930S, WHILE THE CUSTOM CLUB CHAIRS AND MIRRORED TABLE ARE NEW.

THEATER DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE BY THEO KALOMIRAKIS THEATERS, NYC.

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MAHOGANY COLUMNS FRAME THE LOUNGE SEATING, ABOVE. THE ARMLESS CHAIRS ARE BY NANCY CORZINE. BELOW, JOHNNY WEISSMULLER AS TARZAN BECKONS VISITORS.


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IN THE CIRCULAR MONKEY BAR, DRY MARTINIS ARE THE ORDER OF THE DAY. THE JUNGLE MURAL BY ARTGROOVE WAS INSPIRED BY PIERRE BOURDELLE’S 1933 MURAL AT UNION TERMINAL IN CINCINNATI.

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WITH ITS INTRICATE COMPASS ROSE DESIGN, THE TERRAZZO FLOOR IS A VINTAGE ART DECO DETAIL.

Ritz, designed by Kalomirakis for Martin and Janet Smith and shown on these pages, is just such a space. “Martin is the kind of guy who wants the best,” says Hershel Cannon, the couple’s interior designer. “And he wants it to exude sheer class and sophistication.” Martin brings this point of view to his collecting, which ranges from Ferraris (neighbors may not even know about them) to wine to art. Displayed in the theater’s powder room, for example, is a museum-quality collection of pre-Columbian jade. Reflecting the Smiths’ evolved tastes, the Ritz is not a slavish recreation of an Art Deco movie house. Deco elements mingle with contemporary design, such as furniture by Nancy Corzine, to produce an effect that is elegant, up to date, and wholly original. The visitor meanders from the lounge, where chocolate-colored mohair flecked with silver

THE HALLWAY THAT LEADS TO THE RITZ (LEFT) HAS LIMESTONE BLOCK WALLS, CREATING THE ILLUSION OF A STREET ENTRANCE.


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thread covers overstuffed club chairs, to the Monkey Bar, where a mural of monkeys swinging from vines lightens the mood. From the bar, the next stop is the theater itself. Here details include mahogany pillars, a hand-painted frieze and backlit ceiling panels. Throughout the Ritz, black-and-white portraits of bygone stars line the walls, recalling an era when actors and actresses were more like the Smiths—gracious and private off-screen—than the tabloid celebrities of today. For the Smiths, in fact, privacy is paramount. “The whole reason we did the cinema was for privacy, so we don’t have to go out for entertainment,” says Martin. The Smiths’ lucky guests may feel quite differently, for who wouldn’t want to venture out for an evening at the Ritz?

LIFE-SIZE PORTRAITS OF JUDY GARLAND AND OTHER STARS LINE THE ENTRANCE CORRIDOR. THE BRONZE DOORS ARE A CUSTOM DESIGN.


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IN THE THEATER ITSELF, EVERY SURFACE ADDS TO THE SENSE OF DRAMA. PAUL MANSHIP’S FOUR ELEMENTS SCULPTURES, WHICH ORIGINALLY ADORNED THE AT&T BUILDING, WERE MODELS FOR THE ARTGROOVE MURALS.


Peak-lapel suit, dress shirt and necktie by Oxxford

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T-Bird Rising The 2010 Triumph Thunderbird is an instant classic in the cruiser category

MARLON BRANDO TERRORIZED A SMALL TOWN —and made his bike the ultimate

symbol of rebellion—when he showed up on his 1950 Triumph Thunderbird in

the film The Wild One. Since that time, the Triumph motorcycle brand has had its ups and downs in the marketplace. But it’s safe to say that, with the reintroduction of the Thunderbird this year, the cruiser has regained its iconic status. Triumph put muscle in this model: Its water-cooled, 1600cc engine puts out 85 horsepower and 108 foot-pounds of torque. Unique among cruisers, the engine is a parallel-twin rather than the expected V-twin. And instead of a chain drive, Triumph uses a belt drive—its first since 1922—to transfer all that torque from the engine to the wheels. The rap on cruisers is that they don’t handle well, but the T-Bird, voted Cruiser of the Year by Cycle World magazine, has earned widespread praise for its acceleration, maneuverability and braking. And then there’s the matter of looks. British Triumph tapped American designer Tim Prentice to craft the appearance of the new T-Bird. The result of the threeyear project is a clean-lined bike—with long exhaust pipes and plenty of chrome, of course—that highlights the uncluttered engine. The teardrop fuel tank, a defining design detail of any cruiser, is especially fat, curvaceous and just plain beautiful.

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Breitling timepieces are the instruments of choice for aviators, astronauts, athletes— and anyone for whom every moment counts

PRECISION Swiss watches are known for their accuracy, but only 5 percent

engine, which required perfect accuracy and reliability in

of them receive the ultimate designation of “certified chronometer,”

its timing mechanisms.

meaning the timepiece has been tested by the official Swiss chro-

When Léon’s son Gaston took the helm of Breitling in

nometer testing institute, the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chro-

1914, the age of flight was under way. Gaston presented

nomètres, or COSC, and has met its rigorous standards.

the first wrist-worn chronograph for pilots a year later. He

The only major watchmaker that chooses to send the COSC all of its movements, mechanical and quartz-driven alike, is Breitling.

the crown, which handled all three chronograph functions—

The company took this step a decade ago, continuing a path of fa-

start, stop and reset. In 1923 this system was perfected by

natical devotion to precision that can be traced back to the founder,

separating the start and stop functions from the reset; the

Léon Breitling.

reset function was moved from the push piece to the crown.

When Léon launched his family enterprise in 1884 in Saint-

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This patented innovation made it possible to perform several

Imier, Switzerland, his aim was not to make watches that served

timing operations in a row without having to reset the hands,

merely to record the time, but to make measuring instruments for

thereby making it easy to add up total time elapsed. In 1934,

science, sport and industry. His obsession coincided with the second

Léon’s grandson Willy gave the chronograph its modern

industrial revolution and the ascendancy of the internal combustion

face by adding a second independent push piece at

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4 o’clock—a style that was instantly copied by other makers and has remained the worldwide standard. It was in the 1930s that Breitling began manufacturing timing instruments for the cockpits of aircraft. The Royal Air Force was an early customer, as were many of the great aircraft manufacturers of the mid20th century—Douglas, Lockheed, Vickers. Commercial airlines followed suit—American, Pan-Am, United, BOAC and KLM among them. The ubiquity of Breitling chronometers in cockpits earned the company the title of Official Supplier to World Aviation. Breitling also developed the definitive pilot’s wristwatch, the Navitimer. Introduced in 1952, the watch incorporated a circular slide rule that allowed pilots to perform all flight-plan calculations. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the world’s largest pilot group, made the Navitimer its official watch. A version of the Navitimer, the Cosmonaute, went into space with Scott Carpenter in the Aurora capsule in 1962. Willy Breitling continued to innovate late in life, introducing the first self-winding chronograph movement, the Caliber 11, in 1969. A decade later, in 1979, ownership of Breitling passed to another family when Ernest Schneider took over. While continuing Breitling’s technological leadership in mechanical chronographs, Schneider also gained for Breitling a leading position in electronic watches, with models such as the Emergency. The Emergency wristwatch has a built-in radio transmitter that can

Top left, the “Breitling girls” promoted the brand in a 1940 advertisement; bottom left, Raquel Welch wore a Breitling Co-Pilot when she played a skydiver in the 1967 film Fathom; below, a vintage Countdown chronograph for bombardiers, circa 1940.

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be activated by the wearer. The model used in civilian aviation broadcasts on the 121.5 MHz distress signal, while the model for military users broadcasts on the 243 MHz military frequency. On flat land or calm seas, the signal can be picked up 90 miles away. TV viewers of Man vs. Wild can spot survival expert Bear Grylls wearing a Breitling Emergency in many episodes of the show. And the watch can indeed save one’s life. Two R.A.F. pilots, Steve Brooks and Hugh Quentin-Smith, activated their Breitling Emergency watches after their helicopter crashed in Antarctica. A Chilean aircraft found them by homing in on the signals from their wrists. The inherent accuracy of the quartz watch—which nearly spelled the death of the mechanical timepiece in the late 20th century—is not accurate enough for Breitling. A quartz watch typically varies two to three minutes per year. In 2002, Breitling introduced “superquartz.” Its thermal compensation sensor minimizes temperature’s effect on the quartz movement, resulting in an average yearly variation of just 15 seconds—fully 10 times better than standard quartz.

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Clockwise from top left, the dial of this model from the Bentley Flying B series has hour-markers crafted from mother-of-pearl; at the Breitling Chronométrie, the company believes that the timekeeper/watchmaker, as well as machinery, is crucial to carrying out the 40 tests required during assembly.

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Breitling was an originator of the “big” wristwatch for purely functional reasons. When big watches became a design statement as well, Breitling upped the ante, introducing the Breitling for Bentley line, in collaboration with the automobile maker, in 2003. The lead model, the Bentley Motors watch, has an imposing 48.7-millimeter case with a knurled bezel reminiscent of Bentley’s instrument controls. True to the spirit of both brands, the watch also boasts two exclusive functions: The center hand sweeps once around the dial in half a minute rather than 60 seconds, enabling an accurate read-off to the eighth of a second. The watch also has a unique “variable tachometer,” which calculates average speed regardless of time elapsed, distance covered or speed achieved. Today Breitling is led by Ernest Schneider’s son Theodore, making it one of the rare large Swiss watchmaking firms (Patek Philippe is another) that remains in family hands. This independent status gives Breitling the luxury to pursue the most challenging innovations, indulging a passion for precision that began five generations ago. L A U R E N F O R D is a freelance writer based near Chicago. She writes about

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Style Counselors The staff of Syd Jerome are dedicated, expert and, not incidentally, a hell of a nice group of guys who make shopping for menswear enjoyable. To help you get to know them, we posed a few relevant questions. Here are their answers, along with their email addresses in case you have questions of your own. The guys are in the store—along with Sid and Scott Shapiro, of course—ready to serve you. Drop by anytime!

Billy Cavada

Mario J. Crivello Jr. YEARS IN MENSWEAR: 11 FAVORITE BRANDS: Canali, Isaia FAVORITE WARDROBE ITEM: Ferragamo shoes BEST FASHION ADVICE: “Shine your shoes often. People notice.” MOST MEMORABLE SYD JEROME CUSTOMER: “John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems.

He just walked in off the street and asked for me; he was referred by a friend. I didn’t know his identity until he paid for his purchases. Nice guy—very unassuming.” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AT SYD JEROME: “My first day. I had never seen so many suits and sportcoats in one place! It was awesome.” CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL: mario.sydjerome@yahoo.com

YEARS IN MENSWEAR: 15 FAVORITE BRANDS: Canali, Isaia, Zegna FAVORITE WARDROBE ITEM: “I love my dress shirts. The brand I wear is Eton from Sweden, which we sell at Syd Jerome.” BEST FASHION ADVICE: “Never under-dress for an occasion. It’s better to be overdressed, and you can always make your look more casual on the spot by, say, removing your necktie.” MOST MEMORABLE SYD JEROME CUSTOMER: “I serve a lot of customers from the music industry, the movie world, a lot of pro athletes. I couldn’t single out anyone as most memorable, but if you come to the store, I’ll tell you some stories!” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AT SYD JEROME: “Attending our 50th anniversary party.” CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL: bill@sydjerome.com

Patrick Katen YEARS IN MENSWEAR: 35 FAVORITE BRAND: Brioni, for its impeccable quality and consistency FAVORITE WARDROBE ITEM: Isaia charcoal pinstripe suit BEST FASHION ADVICE: “Keep your wardrobe fresh with new shirts and ties. They

show wear first and can make even a new suit look old.” MOST MEMORABLE SYD JEROME CUSTOMER: “Luke Longley. I measured him for

a custom suit by Brioni, and I needed to stand on a stepstool!” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AT SYD JEROME: “The great day Sid was honored by

Gary Palay

the city of Chicago, and North LaSalle Street was renamed Syd Jerome Way.” CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL: patrick.sydjerome@yahoo.com

YEARS IN MENSWEAR: 31 FAVORITE BRANDS: Armani, Canali, Isaia, Zegna FAVORITE WARDROBE ITEM: a gray-and-blue pinstripe suit in super-140s wool BEST FASHION ADVICE: “Dress in a sophisticated manner, even when you’re wearing casual clothes.”

Willie Juarez

MOST MEMORABLE CUSTOMER: “A wonderful family had to move up their son’s wedding

by two months due to a serious illness. In just one day, we helped six family members pick out suits, shirts and accessories, and get fitted and tailored. Everything was completed perfectly, and the best part of the whole deal was the young man’s unexpected, complete return to health.” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AT SYD JEROME: “The moments that stand out for me— and they happen all the time—are when a customer discovers the joy of shopping at a world-class haberdashery.” CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL: gpalay@comcast.net

Juan Farfan

YEARS IN MENSWEAR: 15 FAVORITE BRAND: Isaia FAVORITE WARDROBE ITEM: Ferragamo shoes BEST FASHION ADVICE: “Keep up with fashion trends. Little changes in the cut of

suits, the width of ties, shoe styles—people pay attention to what you’re wearing. Ladies sure do. You want to look up-to-date.” MOST MEMORABLE SYD JEROME CUSTOMER: “Derrek Lee, the Cubs first baseman. I’m a huge fan.” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AT SYD JEROME: “I’d say our 50th anniversary celebration. It was a real blowout!” CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL: williej.sydjerome@yahoo.com

YEARS IN MENSWEAR: 15 FAVORITE BRAND: Ermenegildo Zegna FAVORITE WARDROBE ITEM: Shoes BEST FASHION ADVICE: “Make sure your tailored clothing fits well. Fit is key to looking great. If you gain or lose weight, bring your clothes to the store and have them altered. Or if you just want to buy new clothes, that’s good too!” MOST MEMORABLE SYD JEROME CUSTOMER: “Bob Clifford, the attorney. He’s larger than life, and he really knows how to dress.” MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT AT SYD JEROME: “Being part of our 50th anniversary celebration.” CONTACT HIM BY EMAIL: juan.sydjerome@yahoo.com

Irina says, “I’m really into leather. Shoes, that is. When a guy wears a well-polished calfskin shoe, it draws my gaze right downward. My favorite is Ferragamo. Their designs all have an elegant, long sweep from vamp to toe.”

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The Faldo Championship Course is just one of the pleasures at this new world-class resort in Northern Ireland

Lough Erne B Y PA U L R O G E R S

WELL BEFORE TIGER WOODS took his indefinite leave from

least populated county in Ulster and one of the least

professional golf, avid followers of the sport widely

populated in all of Ireland. Fermanagh has been largely

agreed on who was poised to become its next great

known—to the extent that it’s been known at all—for

star: the gifted young Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy.

the opportunities to go fishing, birding and canoeing

In keeping with golf’s global reach, the cap that McIlroy

among the 150-plus islands that dot its waterways.

wears over his bushy hair bears the name of a hotel

Some of these islands, including Devenish and White,

group based in Dubai. But on his golf bag, emblazoned

offer the added appeal of visiting age-old ruins.

under his name, appears an ad for a destination which

Such attractions remain, but golf now beckons

for McIlroy is much closer to home, Lough Erne Golf

as well. Lough Erne developer Jim Treacy hired Nick

Resort (pronounced Lock Earn).

Faldo, the architect, TV commentator and six-time

Just as McIlroy is gaining renown, so, too, it seems

major champion, to design the resort’s flagship course.

safe to say, will this beguiling new getaway in a remote

(Lough Erne also has a modest though scenic second

corner of his native land. The resort sits magnificently on

course, Castle Hume, which was built on the site of

a 600-acre peninsula between two lakes, Lower Lough

a World War II U.S. Army training camp and which

Erne and Castle Hume Lough, in County Fermanagh. Fermanagh (pronounced Fir-MAN-ah) is the

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Far and away: Sir Nick Faldo on the 17th hole of the lakeside

southwestern-most of the six counties that make up

course he designed at Lough Erne. It was ranked third in Golf

Northern Ireland. Home to just 54,000 people, it is the

magazine’s Best New Courses of 2009.

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Treacy acquired as part of the development.) Treacy told Faldo he wanted

respect: an emphasis on strategy over might. From the back tees, the

tion from Loch Lomond Golf Club on the fabled bonnie banks in Scotland.

par-72 layout may stretch to a lengthy 7,167 yards, but most if not every

Given the quality of Ireland’s seaside links, convincing international

hole presents a choice of shots to play.

travelers to play an inland layout is no small feat. Northern Ireland, after

Take the 565-yard, par-five 16th, which begins a rousing—and

all, boasts two of the world’s finest links, Royal County Down and Royal

watery—closing stretch. Standing on the elevated tee, the player faces

Portrush, the latter being the only course outside of Scotland and England

a decision: Drive up the left side, challenging a large fairway bunker in

ever to host the British Open (in 1951). Nearer to Lough Erne lie a few

hopes of setting up a clear approach to the green, or opt for the safer

more seaside treasures: County Sligo Golf Club, also known as Rosses

route to the right. The second shot poses another question: Go for the

Point; Enniscrone Golf Club; and Donegal Golf Club at Murvagh.

green despite the threat of water to the right and bunkers beyond the

Lough Erne’s Faldo Championship Course, which opened last year,

putting surface, or lay up to avoid the trouble. At Lough Erne, says Direc-

holds no pretensions of being a links course. Faldo and his design team

tor of Golf Andy Campbell, “it’s not a game of muscle necessarily; you

eschewed trappings, such as ragged-edged bunkers and tall fescues,

must plot your way around.”

that have been used so commonly on non-links sites in recent years as to become cliché. Instead, they fashioned a course very much in keeping with its

Another engaging feature is that the course has two four-hole stretches—one on the front nine, one on the back—that go as follows: par three, par five, par three, par five. Guy Hockley, the lead architect for

bucolic surroundings. The fairways are lush and green. Many of them

Faldo Design, describes this as a “syncopated rhythm.” The designers

flow from a central spine on the property down to either the massive

didn’t set out to do this, he says. They discovered while walking the site

Lower Lough Erne or the much smaller Castle Hume Lough. Some

that the land lent itself to these rather unusual runs.

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The Faldo Course does borrow from the classic links in one key

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Rock around the lough: clockwise from left, boasting year-round playing conditions, Lough Erne also prides itself on signature touches, such as the 101 Irish whiskeys at the Blaney Bar; the 595-yard 6th hole is a par five; an aerial view of the resort. In construction as well as maintenance, great care is taken to preserve the environment and natural habitat of swans, red squirrels and Irish hares. Below, far left, the resort’s “golf team”: Andy Campbell, Director of Golf, Peter Smyth, Golf Operations Manager, and Dave Peden, Golf Sales Manager.

of spectators turned out for an exhibition between McIlroy and fellow

offers a grazing menu and an exhaustive collection of Irish whiskeys.

Irishman Padraig Harrington in July 2009. The players arrived by seaplane

Rounding out the amenities is a state-of-the-art Thai spa.

and were enthusiastically followed during their match, which McIlroy won by two strokes. Lough Erne’s creators knew, however, that it would take more than

All of which has helped earn Lough Erne the Automobile Association’s (AA) first five-star rating for a hotel in Northern Ireland. What’s more, it would be an opportunity missed to visit the resort

a well-designed course to draw serious attention. The conditioning also

and fail to explore the islands of Fermanagh. Devenish Island is home to

would have to be superb, a challenge because of the area’s frequent rain.

a hundred-foot-tall round tower believed to date back to the 12th century.

So they trucked in tons of sand to cap the fairways and near-roughs to

On White Island, treasures include quartzite carvings of tunic-clad church-

make them drain better and thus allow for year-round play.

men, thought to have been made between 800 and 1000 A.D.

The appeal of Lough Erne also extends well beyond the golf. The

Just how much staying power Lough Erne will have remains to be

resort offers a luxury experience that carries through to the accommoda-

seen. But, like McIlroy, who last year notched his first victory as a profes-

tions: 120 tastefully appointed guest rooms. Visitors can stay in either a

sional at age 19, the Faldo Championship Course and the encompassing

country manor house or one of 25 full-service two- and three-bedroom

resort are each off to an impressive start.

lakeside lodges, several of them designed with cylindrical walls and conical roofs to evoke an old dovecote on a neighboring property. The dining, too, is first-rate. Catalina, the resort’s most ambitious

LOUGH ERNE GOLF RESORT Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

restaurant, has been recognized nationally for its emphasis on local ingre-

www.loughernegolfresort.com

dients and authentic Irish cuisine. The Blaney Bar, a more casual option,

THE FALDO COURSE Architect: Nick Faldo, 2009. Yardage: 7,167. Par: 72. GETTING THERE The resort is two hours by car from Belfast International Airport and

P A U L R O G E R S is a New York–based writer whose work has appeared in

two-and-a-half hours from Dublin International Airport. It’s minutes away from the Enniskillen

numerous magazines. He is a former senior editor of Travel + Leisure Golf.

(St. Angelo) Airport, a private airfield for small planes and helicopters.

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Arrondissement, the Saint James Paris has the air of a London club and a name to match. That’s no accident. The château-like hotel, built in 1892 as a residence for France’s best students, was converted to a private club in the 1980s by Peter de Savary, the English entrepreneur. This was part of a string of Saint James Clubs worldwide, which he later sold to finance the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Scotland. The French family that bought the Saint James Paris from de Savary continues to run it as a private club and also as a luxury hotel. Its 48 guest rooms and suites were created by Andrée Putman, the doyenne of French interior design. When I stayed at the Saint James last Christmas, my favorite room was the library bar, pictured at left, where 8,000 volumes co-exist with a slightly smaller selection of cognacs and whiskies. Although it long ago passed from his ownership, de Savary still calls the Saint James Paris Set back from the street, the Saint

his favorite lodging in the world, which says a lot

James Paris looks more like a

about the special atmosphere of the place. It is

château than a city lodging. Stately

like a London club, a family-run Paris hotel and a

rooms such as the library bar, above,

country estate rolled into one.

suggest a gentlemen’s club in London;

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the hotel does in fact double as a

SAINT JAMES PARIS

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BY M A R K D O W D E N

GET YOUR IRISH UP

Beautifully balanced and complex beyond reason, Redbreast is proof that the best Irish whiskey is among the best whiskey anywhere ALTHOUGH THE IRISH ARE SAID to have invented whiskey,

tilled twice), smooth and, many Scotch lovers

their product gets little attention in a world of connoisseur-

would say, bland by comparison.

ship that revolves around Scotch. It’s a pity—and surely

The IDG closed its three historic distilleries

bound to change—because Irish whiskey is enjoying a

and in 1975 opened the New Midleton Distillery

renaissance. Forget any preconceptions about Irish be-

in County Cork. Thus there came to be a single

ing best used to flavor coffee. That’s a fine use for

licensed distillery, albeit a massive one, in all of

Jameson, but it would be a waste to mix Red-

the republic, plus Old Bushmills in the North.

breast, Green Spot or Black Bush with any-

Today the Midleton facility is owned by Pernod

thing other than soft water.

Ricard (yes, the French control most Irish whis-

The commercial history of Irish

key), while Old Bushmills is owned by the other

whiskey follows a curious arc. In

global beverage giant, Diageo. A third player,

the late 19th and early 20th centu-

Cooley Distillery, opened in 1987—independent

ries, Irish outsold Scotch around the

and Irish-owned, by God! In addition to its plant

globe. Then the industry was hit by

in County Louth, Cooley recently reopened the

the double-whammy of Prohibition in

Old Kilbeggan distillery, which had been shut-

the United States and independence

tered for more than half a century.

from the United Kingdom. The break

This brings the number of Irish distilleries

from the U.K. meant that the far-

to only four today—compare that to 90 in Scot-

flung Empire market for Irish whiskey

land—but these four are producing an impres-

dried up completely and swung over

sive range of whiskey styles. The three main

to Scotch. Irish production crashed

categories are malt, single grain and pure pot

and never recovered.

still, the latter a unique Irish style made from

By the 1960s, only three distill-

a mash of malted and unmalted barley. Most

eries remained in Ireland. They were

Irish brands are blends, and some combine

Jameson, Powers and Cork Distill-

two or all three of these styles. Here’s an over-

ers, which banded for survival into

view of the brandscape:

the Irish Distillers Group. In 1972,

Midleton Distillery produces Jameson and

Bushmills in Northern Ireland joined

Jameson’s premium reserve range (of which

the IDG. The members bought into

there are currently six expressions), Powers

the strategy of making a product as

and Midleton Very Rare, which is vintage-dat-

unlike Scotch as possible, and so

ed. These brands are all blends of pot still and

all Irish whiskey for a time was un-

grain spirit. Also made at Midleton are Paddy

peated, triple-distilled (Scotch is dis-

and Tullamore Dew, which add malt whiskey to

Redbreast is a “pure pot still” spirit, the most traditional style of Irish whiskey. Its distinctive flavor profile is reminiscent of the best Speyside Scotch.

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These pot stills at the sprawling Midleton Distillery produce brands ranging from Jameson to Redbreast. The old water wheel (right), which dates to 1825 and once provided the power for all distillery operations, is still turning today. The map below shows the four extant distilleries in all of Ireland.

the blend, and two pure pot still whiskies, Redbreast 12-year-

it around the mouth, and all kinds of flavors

old and Green Spot.

come welling up—malt, ginger, toffee, even cinnamon. The finish is long and oily,

Old Bushmills produces triple-distilled malts

with a faint licorice tail.

under the Bushmills brand (including Black

All of this mouth drama comes

Bush, which is blended with Midleton grain whiskey and has a sherried finish)

as an exceptional value. If you

and post-1994 vintages of Knappogue

drink much single-malt Scotch,

Castle single malt.

you may have noticed that prices have shot skyward in the past

The leading brand from Cooley,

two years, financial crisis be

which specializes in reviving old styles and marks, is Connemara, a

damned. Redbreast 12-year-old,

peated single malt that seems un-

by comparison, is a great deal at

Gaelic but in truth harks back to the

about $50 per bottle. (I should add

golden age of Irish whiskey. Cooley

that the same is true of some of the best bourbons.)

also makes the superb Tyrconnell

Does it get any better? Well,

unpeated single malt; Kilbeggan, a blend; and Greenore, the only

yes: Redbreast 15-year-old is com-

Irish single grain whiskey.

ing. This older expression, which

Not long ago, I uncorked

was only released once, in very

a bottle of Redbreast, the pure

limited quantities, in Europe, will be

pot still spirit frequently cited

available in the United States this fall. Meantime, find yourself a bottle

as Ireland’s best. Pure pot still

of the 12-year-old and raise a glass to

as a style has a characteristically

County Cork’s pure pot still perfectionists.

oily mouthfeel and a distinctive

As they say over there, “Up Cork!”

flavor profile. There’s no mistaking Redbreast for an American whiskey, although it is plenty sweet. You might well peg it for a Speyside Scotch, given the fruit and floral notes. Displaying tremendous complexity on the nose and palate, this whiskey requires some quiet time (in my case, by the fireside during a snowstorm) for one to plumb the developing aromas and tastes. There is ripe fruit on the nose, some sherry and vanilla, and a resinous, linseed-like tang. I also found a pleasing note of rye spice, although no rye is used in the mash. Redbreast is positively fat on the tongue. Roll

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TASTING NOTES REDBREAST 12-YEAR-OLD IRISH WHISKEY C O L O R | Deep amber N O S E | Spice cake, nuts, sherry, cream soda, meadow flowers and grass, honey, cherries, linseed oil, rye-like overtones. PA L AT E | Silky mouthfeel, with tastes of ginger cake and treacle sponge, malt, butter, maple syrup, a hint of cinnamon. It’s simultaneously redolent of a Vermont breakfast and a sticky English dessert. Sweet but not cloying.

M A R K D O W D E N , a native of Kentucky who was educated at the

F I N I S H | Oily, spicy and long, with honey, sherry and licorice.

University of St. Andrews, is a fan of all whiskey.

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Raiding the Wine Cellar In a region of Tuscany known for glamorous wines, the Ornellaia estate is turning out some of the best Recently I had the great pleasure of dining at the

Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot.

renowned Vivere restaurant with Alex Belson, sales

The estates of Bolgheri started to develop in the

and marketing director of one of the most prestigious

early ’80s, and in the ’90s gained real prominence for

Italian wine estates, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia. The Ornel-

producing some of the finest wines anywhere. Today the

laia estate is located in the Bolgheri Superiore DOC

wines of this very small, Mediterranean-influenced region

(Denominazione d’Origine Controllata) in Tuscany. This

are among the most glamorous wines of the world.

region has grown to become one of the most presti-

Our luncheon with Alex started out with a reception

gious in not only Tuscany, but in all of Italy.

and very rare opportunity to taste Ornellaia’s extremely

The traditionally great and notable wines of

limited-production white wine made from the Sauvignon

Tuscany have been the Sangiovese-based wines of

Blanc grape and called Poggio Alle Gazze. Sauvi-

Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico and Vino Nobile

gnon Blanc is very unusual for this area, but the

de Montepulciano. The loamy and sandy soils of Bolgheri, however,

Poggio Alle Gazze was quite lovely. The wine is ex-

are excellent for growing the Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet

tremely clean, with refreshing acidity partnered with lovely and exotic aromas and intense fruit flavors. This was followed by the non-estate-bottled Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, paired with a very delicate and extremely well prepared duck prosciutto. The In the Bolgheri region of Tuscany, Bordeaux grape varieties thrive. The Ornellaia estate, pictured above, is making some of the area’s best wines.

Le Volte is a blend of primarily Sangiovese and Merlot, with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was deliciously full and opulent. Very complex and intense fruit dominated the La Volte’s expressive aromas, followed by intense fruit flavors

of wild berries and sweet spice. We then were treated to what is known as the second wine of Ornellaia: Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Bolgheri DOC Rosso, which comprises equal percentages of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a strong percentage of Cabernet Franc and a small percentage of Petite Verdot. This was paired with delicious cheese-filled cappellacci pasta. The wine was very impressive, with intense color and complex aromas of red fruits and sweet spices. It was very silky and elegant, with excellent structure and fresh, sweet fruit flavors. Next came the star of the afternoon, the 2007 Ornellaia, Bolgheri DOC Superiore. This masterpiece of a wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a good amount of Cabernet Franc and a small percentage of Petite Verdot. Paired with a most flavorful roast leg of lamb, the wine was simply brilliant. The aromas were incredibly complex, dominated by fully ripened dark wild berry fruit and spice. The wine was smooth and impressive with harmonious fruit flavors. The finish was extremely long with velvety yet healthy tannins to indicate some very promising development. While not inexpensive, the wines of Ornellaia are absolutely worth the experience. STEVEN HIRSCH is president of Heritage Wine Cellars, an importer

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Dr. Jeffrey A. Weller Q. What are some new and innovative treatments your practice offers? A. Cosmetic dental implants are one of the greatest new procedures available today. Utilizing custom designed attachments we can replace one tooth or multiple teeth to make them feel and look exactly like natural teeth.

Q. What is your area of expertise? A. I have been practicing dentistry for 24 years with a focus on cosmetic and full mouth rehabilitation. I have had specialized training at NYU in cosmetic dentistry, which has given me an advantage over most dentists in creating beautiful, natural looking smiles. Dental implants, as I mentioned, are also an area that I remain extensively involved in. Utilizing dental implants has helped rebuild many of our cosmetic and full mouth rehabilitation cases.

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Q. What sets your practice apart from others in the Chicagoland area? A. The number one thing would be the detail that goes into every case. This starts by listening to the patient’s wants, and setting up a patient’s proper expectations. We then look at the health and function of one’s mouth in order to make the proper recommendations. Every detail goes into the design aesthetically and functionally to complete each patient’s dream smile. The patient is very involved. The end result is natural, beautiful, comfortable, and long lasting.

Q. Any unique features at your practice? A. My staff is fabulous. Everyone that works in my office must make the commitment to excellence. I have an advantage—my sister Jamie has been my office manager for over 12 years and my wife Tina is our head treatment coordinator. They both have a special commitment to me and my patients. They are here to help make everyone feel great about the dentist and make their experiences in our office timely, efficient, and enjoyable.

Q. What are your key strengths? A. When it comes to a smile I am very creative, which is necessary to develop complex cosmetic cases or even simple cosmetic fixes. I am also committed to continuing education. I want to be able to offer any and all advancements in dentistry today and be in the forefront of modern dental techniques. I am a perfectionist as well, so I give 100% to making each smile be the best it can be.

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{ keeping well } SPOTLIGHT ON:

Vitamins “Consuming a multivitamin supplement is no substitute for a healthy diet,” says Arun Ohri, M.D., a Chicago-based internist, gastroenterologist and authority on male nutrition. “The old adage ‘Eat your vegetables’ still rings true.” Still, Americans spend $20 billion a year on vitamin supplements. But how many of us really know how these nutrients help? Here, a rundown of what various vitamins do, and how much is too much.

VITAMIN

HOW IT HELPS Helps night vision; promotes growth and repair of bones, skin and hair; may prevent acne breakouts and dry eyes

A

Helps build red blood cells and fight infections; alleviates hormone-related

B-6

fluid retention

B-9

Helps build DNA; prevents birth defects

B-12

Protects the nervous system; helps build red blood cells

Promotes healthy skin, bones, muscles and blood vessels; regulates

C

metabolism; aids in wound healing and iron absorption

D

Helps build strong bones and teeth; aids the nervous system (also, see below)

E

Helps protect eyes, skin, liver and lungs; protects against free radicals

SAFE UPPER LIMIT FOR ADULTS* 3,000 micrograms

100 milligrams

1,000 micrograms (synthetic)

not determined

2,000 milligrams

50 micrograms

1,000 milligrams not determined

K

Helps blood clot and helps keep bones healthy

(do not use if you take blood thinners)

*SOURCES: National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, Harvard School of Public Health, Institute of Medicine. Maximums are often lower for children.

DON’T BE D-FICIENT!

DID YOU KNOW? You should take supplement tablets with room-temperature water, as vitamins’ benefit can be compromised by hot or cold drinks. Also, avoid coffee or tea for 15 minutes before and after, as caffeine is believed to inhibit the absorption of some vitamins.

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Recent studies point to a surprising array of benefits we may all get from vitamin D, already known for building bones and regulating calcium in the blood: Protection against colds. In a study of nearly 19,000 American adults and teens, those with low blood levels of vitamin D were 40 percent more likely to have respiratory infections. Muscle power. In a British study of 99 girls ages 12 to 14, the ones with lower D levels— even if not deficient—had weaker legs than others and couldn’t jump as high. A brain boost. Another British investigation tested 1,766 adults over 65 and found that those with lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to be cognitively impaired. Fat-fighting. In a study of 90 Southern California women ages 16 to 22, 53 had vitamin D insufficiency—and were also heavier, with more body fat.

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Dos and don’ts for the well-dressed man Dos Do keep your suit jacket buttoned when standing or walking. Do make sure your socks are high enough to keep your shins covered when you cross your legs. No flashes of bare skin, please (unless you are sockless). Do wear brown shoes (in calfskin, cordovan, alligator, peccary or even suede) with a gray or navy suit. Do, for a change, wear monk-strap shoes or low, formal boots with a suit. Do match the color of your belt and shoes. Do wear a pocket square with your suit or sportcoat, whether or not you’re wearing a tie. Do wear a printed shirt, either alone or with a sportcoat or suit, for an up-to-date, sporty look. Do wear colored or patterned socks with a suit (but watch out for pattern conflict). Do carry both a credit card case and money clip if necessary to avoid carrying an overstuffed, hold-everything wallet. Do wear a linen, cotton or silk pocket square with a tuxedo. Do have your hair trimmed subtly and often. Do wear a boldly patterned necktie with a dark suit.

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Don’t experiment with dress in important business situations. Don’t wear a matched set of necktie and pocket square. A little variation in color or pattern is key. Don’t wear a short-sleeved shirt with a suit jacket or sportcoat. Don’t wear a button-down collar with a double-breasted jacket. Don’t wear penny loafers with a business suit. Don’t let your t-shirt peek out from an open shirt collar. Don’t remove your jacket when you’re wearing a necktie. Don’t wear the same cologne as everyone else. Distinguish yourself with a unique scent, such as our own Syd cologne. Don’t neglect your casual wardrobe and risk being mistaken for a hobo. Don’t rent a tuxedo. You should own one—or more—of your own. Don’t mix grosgrain and satin facings on your tuxedo and accessories. Stick to one style of silk. Don’t wear a black stud set with white tie and tails. Don’t wear black shoes with seersucker. Don’t wear your sunglasses on top of your head. If you need to remove your glasses, hold them in your hand.

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Do wear a white dinner jacket to a summer black-tie affair.

Don’ts

Don’t wear clothes that you find uncomfortable.

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