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“At Syd Jerome, our customers care about the small details involved in making fine clothing. At NEFF of Chicago, it is attention to details like stitched leather trim, soft close racks and drawers with tempered glass that creates a Custom Valet Closet System unique to every customer. That’s why I’m delighted to be able to let my customers know about NEFF of Chicago’s Custom Valet Closet System.” Scott Shapiro, Owner - SYD JEROME

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features Just what the doctor ordered | 38 These medical professionals rely on Syd Jerome’s expertise to help them look as smart as they are.

THE CAT’S MEOW | 44 Think you know Jaguar? It’s time to rethink. The F-type S two-seater combines classic inspiration with a sexy new spirit.

IN SEARCH OF SHANGHAI | 60 The top metropolis in the world’s biggest land sparkles with history, culture and nightlife.

4 x 4 | 66 Meet four talented chefs from “the four corners of the world” as they present four distinctive dishes.

CAREER COUTURE | 86 These four high achievers know that being comfortable with how they look is a professional must.


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On a hill overlooking Florence lies an exquisitely restored 45-room villa—Il Salviatino.

If the suit fits

Piece together the perfect outfit with these standout spring looks.



On the cover: Sportcoat, shirt and tie, all by Isaia.

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departments MEMO | 8 Our passion for great style.

THE SYD JEROME GUIDE | 13 Jump into Swims style...slip on Marcoliani...Edward Armah pocket rounds...the skinny on silk...who’s got the buttons...Lollapalooza...Ask Mr. Etiquette...and more!

grooming | 18 Forehead creases and under-eye bags getting you down? Don’t worry, there’s an “injectable” for that.

THE TECHIE | 20 You really don’t need a drone or a new set of speakers, but you’ll probably want one of these cool gadgets.

MUSIC | 22 These genre-bending artists are making music that sounds bang up to date.

CLOTHES TALK | 24 Sid Shapiro forecasts a season full of fashionable choices for when things get hot.

ESSENTIALS | 26 Stock up on must-have basics for spring and summer.


Johnny depp | 32 He’s a rascal with style who thinks outside the box on screen and in his personal presentation too.


ON THE RUN | 36 This season’s offerings from Canali make the case for elegant nonchalance.

GRAPE | 72 A beachy bastion of celebrities, Malibu is gaining new fame for the wines it produces.

SPIRITS | 77 In honor of National Tequila Day we serve up a half-dozen of the top tequilas in the world.

The SPORTING LIFE | 80 Golf has a Gaelic accent at Lahinch on Ireland’s windy west coast.


PURSUITS | 84 From land-locked Austria comes the most versatile vessel—the Kormaran. It’s four boats in one.

THE BULLPEN | 92 Fashion advice from the style pros at Syd Jerome.

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Our passion for great style

2 North LaSalle Street Chicago, Illinois 60602 (Cross Street: Madison Street) 312.346.0333 Store Hours Monday, Tuesday, 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.

was seeking When Giorgio something better. Armani stated, Now those stores “The difference are gone and Syd between style Jerome is regarded and fashion by the industry is quality,” he as one of the top must have had men’s retailers in Syd Jerome in the country. mind. Because This magazine while Mr. acts as a Armani was testimonial to still dressing the brands that windows and we carry and the selling clothes at customers that La Rinascente, we represent. Sidney Shapiro It depicts the was creating a evolution of the men’s clothing mecca for men’s style. sneak peek industry. We remain committed to When Sid opened his first store our core principles and will continue in 1958 he had one goal in mind— dressing men in style. Take a look at to help men dress for business with the latest spring suit and sportcoat stylish reserve. He recognized that styles in our fashion story beginning on the Chicago men’s style market was page 46, and find out which essential underserved. So he sought out the items you’ll need for the warm weather finest designers from all over the globe. on page 26. The things they all had in common sock it to me! What else is in this issue? Eight Syd were elegance, style and exceptional p. 13 Jerome customers share their shopping quality. This mindset can be attributed stories and explain why they keep to Sid’s modest upbringing. He has coming back to the store for more. We report on always said that he “was too poor to buy cheap.” the style of Swims and Moncler, and give you the While other stores brought in cheaper and lower skinny on silk. You can also read about Jaguar’s quality fashion merchandise to serve the pricesexy new two-seater, a quintessential Gaelic golf conscious consumer, Syd Jerome maintained its experience, six of the world’s top tequilas and core philosophy. In fact, while other stores were much more! trading down, Syd Jerome was trading up. While We hope you enjoy reading this magazine as other stores were opening more units, trying to much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. attract new customers, the discerning consumer

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Editor Mark Dowden Art Director stephen M. vitarbo Executive Editor rita guarna Managing Editor carol bialkowski Senior Editor timothy kelley Associate Editor Darius Amos Contributing Editors Virginie Boone, Liz Donovan, Danielle Gallo, Michael Hiller, Everett Potter, josh sens Contributing Photographers Andrew Collings, Daniel Springston Publishing staff Publisher Shae Marcus

Associate Publisher Amy B. Weiss National Brand Manager Monica Delli Santi Senior Account Executive karen azzarello Director of Production and Circulation Christine Hamel Advertising Services Manager jacquelynn fischer Senior Art Director, Agency Services Kijoo Kim Production/Art Assistant Alanna Giannantonio Accounting agnes alves, megan frank Published by Chairman Carroll V. Dowden President & CEO Mark Dowden Senior Vice Presidents sHAE MARCUS, Carl Olsen Vice Presidents Nigel Edelshain, Rita guarna, christine hamel

Syd Jerome magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with SYD JEROME. Copyright © 2016 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 The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, syd jerome Circulation Department, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.573.5541; email Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or

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syd jerome guide How dry you’ll be

Sockless, for all they know

The sockless look may appear cool and trendy, but it’s murder on your feet. So what’s a fashion-conscious fellow to do? Enter “invisible” socks from Marcoliani. OK, they’re not really invisible, but they sit extremely low and won’t be noticed by the fashion police. They’re a perfect complement to summer footwear, such as sneakers, boat shoes or any other low-profile shoe. Crafted in a soft pima cotton blend with a touch of spandex, they’re constructed for good absorption and a snug fit. The people at Marcoliani know their stuff—they’ve been manufacturing luxury socks since the 1950s. Their socks are produced completely in Italy and combine handmade craftsmanship with high-tech innovation. Now you can keep that clean-cut look, but lose the sweat and calluses.

Scientists say about 60 percent of each of us is water, but that’s not supposed to be true of our shoes, socks, pants or coats. That’s why waterproof or water-resistant attire comes in handy— especially in springtime in the Windy City. (What’s the difference? “Water-resistant” is defined as “resisting though not entirely preventing the penetration of water,” while “waterproof” surfaces must be completely impervious to the wet stuff.) Fortunately, the folks at Swims have water-resistant all figured out. They’re Norwegian, and people in that seacoast land have water-smarts in their DNA— Swims excels at keeping our feet dry with its water-resistant footwear. Want waterproof? Turn to the 40-yearold Italian firm Paul & Shark. (Funny, it doesn’t sound Italian!) Its patented Typhoon 20000 technology features an ultra-soft membrane that keeps out every drop, and a special manufacturing process assures that every square centimeter of fabric can withstand a 20-meter column of water and gale-force winds. After a visit to Syd Jerome to check out these and other brands, spring rains whipping off the lake will hold no terrors for you.

A focus on sports

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There’s much more drama in sports than the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, and Marc Aspland captures a lot of it in The Art of Sports Photography (Prestel, $49.95). In this gorgeous book Aspland, chief sports photographer at The Times in London for more than 25 years, shares more than 100 rarely seen images from his personal collection. Prominent figures such as David Beckham, Usain Bolt, Roger Federer and Mike Tyson adorn the pages in exciting action shots and penetrating portraits that tell a dramatic story. Iconic moments from some of the world’s most important sporting events—FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, the Tour de France, the Olympics—are also featured, alongside images that simply show the joy sports brings to people around the globe. See, for example, page 58, where three young siblings play soccer in South Africa. The goalkeeper leaps through the air to deflect a shot while his brother and sister act as human goalposts. Whether you’re a sports fan, a photography enthusiast or simply someone who appreciates striking imagery, you’ll be captivated by Aspland’s remarkable work.

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the syd jerome guide Who’s got the buttons?

The skinny on silk

Long ago in China, if you smuggled silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country, you’d be put to death. Makes those shirts and sheets seem more precious now, huh? Silk has always been prized; it has even been used as currency. Greek and Roman nobles valued silk so highly that they reserved it for themselves. But let’s clear up a misconception: Silk is made by silkworms, but the silk itself is actually never alive. Just as a spider spins a web, silkworms spin cocoons, which are collected and made into silk fabric. Because silkworm cocoons are small, collecting them to make silk fabric is very hard work; it’s one of the reasons silk is still relatively expensive. While we’re spinning silk facts: It takes 5,500 silkworms to produce 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs) of raw silk. A silkworm spins a cocoon around itself in three to four days, and 2,500 to 3,000 cocoons are needed to make just one yard of woven silk fabric. To translate that into sartorial-speak, about 110 cocoons are required to make a tie. No wonder the ancient Chinese frowned on pilferage!

We know you’re serious about how you look. (Look what you’re reading!) You carefully color-plan your ties, belt, socks and shoes, matching or contrasting for the effect you seek to create. But what about buttons? The talented tailors at Syd Jerome can take it to the next level by customizing buttons and buttonhole thread in a wide variety of hues—blue, grey, purple, orange, green. Such touches are not just for tuxes. Picture a smart Eton shirt, maybe the brand’s white solid twill with contrast trim, set off by colored buttons. (Burgundy would look sharp, wouldn’t it?) Now you’re serious!

Let the head-banging begin

Can baby boomers, Gen-Xers, millennials and today’s kids all enjoy the same musical event? No way, you’d think—but get ready for that annual miracle to happen once again at this year’s Lollapalooza, set for July 28th to 31st. Jeans and T-shirts will be the favored attire. (But there’s no rule against distinctive ones!) Get your tickets for this open-air music-and-more festival, which has become a Chicago institution these last 13 years. Wellknown bands appearing this year include Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and LCD Soundsystem. Mark your calendars for an extra day this year, as the usually threeday festival has added a fourth day in honor of its 25th anniversary. As usual, it will take place in Grant Park, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Music—including alternative rock, heavy metal, punk, hip-hop and electronic dance— is of course the main attraction, but there’s also an art market, a general store and Lolla Cares, a gallery of good causes. For ticket info and lots more details, go online to

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Get a round

If you’ve ever tried to fold a pocket square precisely, you’ll appreciate this. The squares’ newfound cousin, pocket rounds by Edward Armah, have been making the, um, rounds recently, and you can find them at Syd Jerome. As well-dressed gentlemen have long known, a bright spot in the pocket can make the difference between being seen as just another guy in the crowd or as someone who exudes polish and sophistication. Now pocket rounds give you a subtle twist on a classic look—and they’re designed so you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to fold them. But you’ll still look pretty smart wearing one.

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the syd jerome guide Mix it up in 2016

Color authority Pantone has “doubled down” this year, introducing for the first time twin “it” colors. The blending of powdery blue “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz,” a soft pink, has been chosen as the Color(s) of the Year. Traditionally used to symbolize male and female, this year’s selections transcend gender, as the cooler tranquil blue and the warmer rose tone have become true unisex colors. Rose Quartz conveys “compassion and a sense of composure,” says Pantone, while Serenity brings “feelings of respite and relaxation.” Together, the pastel pairing creates a sense of calm. Expect the soft hues to pop up in every 2016 collection for spring and summer—you’ll find them as solid tones as well as accent colors in sportcoats and jackets, ties and pocket squares, and polos and dress shirts. Wear both shades with confidence. These colors make a statement: They say you have style.

Ask Mr. Etiquette

Scott Shapiro explains how to sail through life without giving offense. A friend invited me to a party I couldn’t attend. Sometime later, when I bumped into her in the grocery aisle, she was sore at me—not because I didn’t show up at the party, but because I never told her I wasn’t coming. Really? — Baffled in Bensenville Yes, really. When an invitation says RSVP, you must respond. Accept or decline; don’t say “maybe,” and don’t be silent. And don’t give your answer at the last minute, or you’ll mess up the host’s planning. Stick to your word. The worst mistake of all is to say you’ll attend and then not show. This costs the host money and prevents your spot from being filled by some lonely heart. It may also cost you a friendship.

Is hi-blue for you?

There’s nothing wrong with navy blue, and there never will be. But some smart male dressers today are being seen in a brighter, more vibrant hue called hi-blue—it’s used in tuxedos, suits, sportcoats and more. Hi-blue originated in Italy, and perhaps was inspired by the Italian national soccer team, the Azzurri, with its bright blue uniforms. One brand that has embraced hi-blue and really run with it is Corneliani, which puts its 50-plus years of experience into high-quality suits and sportcoats that include this lively color. Check it out at Syd Jerome.

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If you order a beer in any respectable bar in America, the malted beverage you’re offered will likely have a name like “Mephistopheles Stout” or “Dead Guy Ale.” Chances are good it will have been brewed not in big steel vats in St. Louis but in small batches two towns over. Freestyle American craft beers made by small, independently owned breweries are the rage all across the U.S. You already know the fab four, but here are some obscure facts about each that you might not know: Lager Whoever coined the phrase “pop open a cold one” was probably drinking a lager, a name derived from the German word “lagern” meaning “to store.” Lagers are both processed and stored at low temperatures before they’re sold. Try Sierra Nevada’s Nooner Pilsner—chilled, of course. Pale Ale Something borrowed, something brewed. One of the most popular craft beer varieties in the U.S. today, pales actually date back to early-1700s England. Back then, malts were roasted with coke (the fuel derived from coal, not the beverage). For a great American pale ale, pop open a Deschutes Brewery’s Mirror Pond Pale Ale and enjoy! Amber Call it the pursuit of hoppiness. Once synonymous with pale ale, amber made the jump to the next level when brewers in the early 1900s began to add more hops, a flowery and flavorful preservative, to their recipes. For a burst of flavor, be sure to try Tröegs Nugget Nectar. Stout You may feel full with this heavy brew, but you’re not drinking a day’s worth of calories. The average stout contains just one more calorie per ounce than most mainstream light beers. So go ahead and have another. Give Firestone Walker Brewing’s Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout a try. Check out the selection at 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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You... only better Are those forehead creases and under-eye bags getting you down? No worries. There’s an “injectable” for just about everything. Forehead: Wrinkle relaxers—Botox, Dysport, Xeomin— block the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, “freezing” muscles and temporarily reducing the appearance of crinkles and creases. To maintain your smooth new look, repeat the procedure every four to six months. Between eyebrows: Botox and its cousins also are the injectables of choice for lessening vertical frown lines ’tween the brows—as well as crow’s feet. Results last about six months.

Under eyes: Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane are often used to fix the furrows that can come with aging, and their effects last six months to a year. Cheeks: Voluma from Juvéderm, another hyaluronic acid filler, restores contour around the cheekbones in a matter of minutes. Added bonus: You won’t need another injection for two years. Around the mouth: Juvéderm, Restylane and Radiesse are all effective at softening “smile lines” (a.k.a. nasolabial folds). Radiesse lasts the longest of the three—a year or more. Another option is the collagen filler Bellafill. And here’s something to smile about: Its effects can last up to five years.

Neck: A relatively new injectable called Kybella has recently been approved by the FDA for treating double chins. One caveat: It can cause an uneven-looking result. A long-lasting improvement is hoped for, but time will tell.

What price, vanity?

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Neuromodulators (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport) Price: $400 per area Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (Restylane, Juvéderm) Price: $500 to $800 per syringe Volumizers (Voluma) Price: $800 to $1,200 per syringe Kybella Price: $1,000 and up per treatment

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YOUR OWN DRONE You probably won’t want your kids to play with this “toy.” The DJI Phantom 3 Professional 4K quadcopter drone is like a flying tripod with a stabilized camera, allowing you to shoot 4K video at up to 30 frames per second and capture 12-megapixel photos. You can track its location on a live map and bring it back to you with the touch of a button. Just stay away from the White House lawn. $1,259


Gadgets & Gear


SOCIAL MEDIA ACCESSORY See how many “likes” your photos get when you use use the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens with your iPhone 6/6S or iPhone 6/6S Plus. The fish-eye and wide-angle lenses are perfect for snapping group selfies (or photographing landscapes), while the 10x macro and 15x macro lenses let you capture crystal-clear closeups. You’ll be the talk of Twitter. $79.99


Of course you really don’t need a drone or a new set of speakers, but you’ll probably want one of these cool picks.

WAY BETTER THAN BEATS It’s a tradeoff no more: The new Sennheiser Momentum on-ear wireless headphones let you leave the cables behind and still enjoy the same crisp, high-def sound. They’re easy on the eyes too, sporting sleek stainless steel sliders and super-plush ear cushions. $399.95


VIRTUAL REALITY BECOMES REAL The long-awaited Oculus Rift arrives in July. Prepare to have your visual cortex hacked. As far as your brain is concerned, there’s no difference between experiencing something on this revolutionary virtual-reality headset and experiencing it in the real world. There’s not much more to say, except that it’s Windows-compatible only. $599



SOUND SHOWCASE Estelon takes speaker design to a new level with the Extreme, a towering (more than six-and-a-half-feet!), curvaceous sculpture that delivers rich, dynamic, immersive sound. Close your eyes and you’ll think you’re listening to a live performance. $260,000 a pair




NOW THAT’S A WINE OPENER Want to have a glass of wine without committing to the whole bottle? You can—with the Coravin Model Two Wine System, which lets you pour wine without removing the cork! A thin, hollow needle passes through the foil and cork; the bottle is pressurized and the wine pours. Afterward, the cork reseals itself and what’s left in the bottle never comes in contact with oxygen. It just may transform the way you drink wine. $349.95

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STEALTH SECURITY You will sleep better at night—and worry less during the day—knowing that the Amaryllo iCamPRO FHD is on duty in your home. The security camera tracks moving objects (read: intruders) and monitors sound, sending you a text message (and taking a snapshot) when the motion or audio sensors are triggered. And, thanks to its 360 degrees of rotation, you can place it anywhere in a room and maintain the correct viewing angle. $249.90

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Reinterpreting traditional styles and borrowing freely from the past, these artists are making music that sounds bang up to date. By Mark Dowden

Carrie Rodriguez

Raised to play classical violin, Texas native Carrie Rodriguez used to have no interest in singing. That changed some years ago, and the 37-year-old went on to success as a singer-songwriter of roots music. She finds full voice on the new album Lola, which contains half a dozen original songs, plus five Mexican folk tunes of the genre known as ranchera. Among these is “Perfidia,” which was a pop hit for dozens of American artists in the 1940s and ’50s. Her version, sung in Spanish, is the perfect update. The album: Lola Go-to song: “Perfidia.” Love that steel guitar. Deeper dives: “Llano Es-

Just as there was no performing artist named Marshall Tucker (or Lynyrd Skynyrd for that matter), the band Dawes has no member of that name. Their debut album brought them instant notice for reviving the Laurel Canyon sound of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and Crosby, Stills & Nash. But Dawes front man Taylor Goldsmith says he and his mates had no such goal. Rings true, as Dawes’ chill stylings are unstudied, uncommercial and fresh. The album: All Your Favorite Bands Go-to song: the title track, with Goldsmith’s perfect lyrics Deeper dives: “To Be Completely Honest” and “Now That It’s Too Late, Maria”

tacado,” a Spanglish-inflected track from Lola, and “Whiskey Runs Thicker Than Blood” from the album Give Me All You Got

Nathaniel Rateliff

Growing up in rural Missouri, Nathaniel Rateliff taught himself guitar and began to write songs as a teenager. He earned critical praise for early albums and toured with Dr. Dog and The Lumineers in 2013, but it wasn’t until 2015 that he broke out with the self-titled album, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. The infectious, rollicking single “S.O.B.” was conceived by Rateliff as a kind of call-andresponse tune in the Gospel tradition, but its narrator seems more at home in a dive bar than a church choir. The album: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Go-to song: “S.O.B.” Like the man says, give me a drink! Deeper dives: “Howling at Nothing” and “Look It Here”

Catherine Russell A member of David Bowie’s band, Catherine Russell pitched in on guitar, keyboards, percussion and background vocals. After Bowie stopped touring in 2004, Russell concentrated on a solo career as a jazz and blues singer. She has consistently delivered a new album every two years, and does an especially fine job of reviving old standards. That’s her singing “Crazy Blues” on the soundtrack of Boardwalk Empire. On her latest album, Russell goes large with a swinging 10-piece band. The album: Bring It Back Go-to song: “Aged and Mellow” Deeper dives: “Lucille,” written by

her father, who was Louis Armstrong’s music director, and “After the Lights Go Down”

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Bloody Yes! Sunday brunch at my place has two requirements: Bloody Marys and music. Some-


times the mood calls for Billie Holiday or Bach, but when I have a high-energy crowd and want to encourage dancing, I go for the musical equivalent of Tabasco. A playlist like this one fills the bill. “Run On” by Moby “Put the Message in the Box” by World Party “Wild Child” by Lou Reed “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse 22

“I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket” by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong “Groove Me” by King Floyd “Empty Pages” by Traffic “Sitting in Limbo” by Jimmy Cliff

Amy Winehouse

“Genius of Love” by Tom Tom Club “Tipitina” by Professor Longhair “Caroline” by Old Crow Medicine Show “A Quick One, While He’s Away” by The Who

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of men’s style which Sid Shapiro forecasts a season full of fashionable choices when things got hot.

What type of jacket do you recommend for spring? We know how cool and windy it can be sometimes, so we have a few stunning and classic jacket options. Isaia makes a silk-cashmere jacket that is very light and elegant. The blended fabric gives a nice luster to the piece, and it’s amazing to the touch. For spending time outdoors— at a Cubs game or on a boat along the lake—I’d recommend a classic Moncler windbreaker. Bomber jackets are also in style; we have amazing options by Paul & Shark and Luciano Barbera. The best part about a bomber is its versatility—you can dress it down by pairing it with jeans and a sport shirt or dress it up with a pair of trousers. It’s a great investment.

What kind of suit should I wear to the office this summer? Try on a suit made of tropical wool. It’s lightweight, very breathable and doesn’t hold wrinkles like cotton or linen. When you’re walking around outside, take off the jacket and drape it over your shoulder. You’ll look cool and feel cool. And remember, you don’t have to wear socks during the summer. Slip on some no-show peds so that you pull off the sockless look comfortably. What should guys wear to the office on Fridays? It’s no longer called “Casual Friday.” Now, we think of it as “Fashion Friday” for a reason. A guy might wear an upscale sportcoat with a colorful dress shirt, a sharp tie, a nice pair of pants and maybe a colored shoe. It’s not a suit, but he still looks polished and pulled together.

What type of casual shoes can I wear this spring? We have a fantastic line of upscale sneakers by John Varvatos—low-tops and trainers made of super-soft leather. You get the comfort of a sneaker, but they’re much more refined and sophisticated. We also have fantastic slip-on loafers by Swims and Donald J Pliner. For a dressier look, we have a large selection of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. With wedding season coming up, what should a man consider when buying a tuxedo? A tuxedo is an investment—every man should own one. Many prefer a oneor two-button with a peak lapel, and the trending colors are grey and blue. When not wearing solid bow ties that match the satin color of their tuxedo, men are venturing out and wearing four-in-hand ties in a variety of colors with a collared shirt.

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From left, Paul & Shark, Luciano Barbera, Ermenegildo Zegna, Moncler and Salvatore Ferragamo

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street style

Stock up on must-have basics for spring and summer.

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If you need the perfect pants for work, play or a relaxing weekend, pick up a pair of jeans by Agave, MAC or Robert Graham or trousers by Meyer. They come in just the right colors and styles for all your needs.

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You’ll look and feel cool when you dress your upper half with this colorful collection: clockwise from top left, polo by Moncler, sport shirt by Paul & Shark, polo by Psycho Bunny, sport shirts by Eton, sweater by Gran Sasso, sport shirts by Taccaliti, polo and sweater by Gran Sasso.

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Mix and match your shoes and accessories: clockwise from top, a trio of loafers by Swims, polka dot socks by Marcoliani, woven loafer by Donald J Pliner, silk ties by Italo Ferretti, sunglasses by Maui Jim, couture pens by THINK, pocket circles by Edward Armah, low-top sneaker by John Varvatos, belt set by Salvatore Ferragamo.

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the leading man

Rascal with style Actor Johnny Depp likes to ignore the rules and lose himself completely in a role. This abandon is reflected in his personal style too. By Timothy Kelley


above. And even when it’s theoretically a bit too much, he’ll somehow look great. On occasion, Depp’s film roles provide inspiration for his sartorial choices—consciously or not. When he turned up at the recent premiere for the movie Black Mass wearing a high-decibel, peach-colored suit, people wondered if he’d taken the role of gangster Whitey Bulger too much to heart. But he has also incorporated a pirate motif suggested by his costume as Captain Jack Sparrow, the character he’s played in the popular Pirates of the Caribbean series since 2003. “There’s only one man who can look red carpet-ready in a pirate kilt, caftan, handkerchief and cowboy hat, worn all at the same time and topped off with a gold chain or eleven,” wrote Details magazine not long ago. “And that man is Johnny Depp.” Like any true original, Depp is an exciting, unpredictable amalgam of influences. And he’s always worth watching.

There’s a bit of the rocker in film star Johnny Depp, who played guitar in garage bands before he ever memorized lines from a script. But there’s also a soulful intensity—seen in this hatted, necklaced, bespectacled and tattooed Depp of 2013—that makes him a potent performer in demanding movie roles.

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f attitude is all you’ve got, watch out. But if you’ve got attitude plus integrity and tons of talent, let the world watch out. That’s the way it is with Johnny Depp. This handsome, sometimes feisty actor first caught our eye in the ’80s Fox police show 21 Jump Street. Since then he’s ruffled feathers from time to time—and worn them too. As an actor he’s known for going deep, for being less concerned with box office than with thinking— and playing—outside the proverbial box. And he’s similarly intense about what he wears. “There’s something that’s authentic about Johnny, and you can see it in his eyes,” said Council of Fashion Designers of America President Diane von Furstenberg in 2012, when the group made Depp the first male recipient of its Fashion Icon Award. “He’s nice and naughty.” Depp’s affinity for accessories is well known. He’ll sport a hat, a scarf, a necklace, a bracelet, a bandana, purple sunglasses or maybe all of the

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With luxurious textures and smart silhouettes, this season’s offerings make the case for elegant nonchalance.


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child’s first glimpse into a kaleidoscope—like the first time he spins and makes himself dizzy—can be a mind-expanding moment of discovery. “I still remember the sense of wonder I felt,” says Milan-based designer Andrea Pompilio, now heading into his third year as creative consultant for Canali. That’s why he showed different-sized slow-mo videos within a fragmented kaleidoscope image as a backdrop at a recent Fashion Week as his models strode across the catwalk to show off the line’s spring/summer 2016 offerings for men. That way, people could appreciate the overall impact of each jacket, sportcoat, suit or other garment while also seeing Canali’s relentlessly meticulous attention to fine tailoring and detail. Indeed, this family company has been a synonym for tailor-made Italian luxury since it was launched in 1934. Today it boasts ultramodern manufacturing facilities and some 1,800 employees worldwide, but it remains the essence of what makes “Made in Italy” a cherished label. For Canali, the values of wearability and comfort are always in harmony with the ideals of top-quality materials and precise craftsmanship. The Canali man? He’s a creature of kaleidoscopically changing moods, as the images at left suggest. “He’s a free spirit, audacious and unconventional, who plays with a casual elegance rich in details and opulent textile fabrics,” Pompilio has said. There’s always room for whimsy, but never for the haphazard. And a constant emphasis on innovation keeps the brand’s vision fresh, as it surely is for this season.

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Just what the doctor ordered

These medical professionals rely on Syd Jerome’s expertise to help them look as smart as they are.

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believe clothing should be both elegant and reflective of one’s style and values. For 10 years I’ve been shopping almost exclusively at Syd Jerome. The customer service there is unparalleled. My sales rep is Willie, but everyone there has an astute ability to remember what I’ve bought before and understand what I like. What I love most about shopping there is that all of the salespeople weigh in on the items I’m choosing, and I really benefit from that collective perspective. I work as a forensic psychologist, meeting with clients and testifying in court, so I typically prefer conservative clothes that are classic and timeless and have a rich texture. But once I was hosting a fundraiser and the guys very appropriately suggested I step out of my comfort zone. They picked out a blue Corneliani suit that had a subtle plaid pattern and paired it with a tie and pocket square in a complementary blue. I wore it at other events after the fundraiser and always got compliments. No matter what I’m looking for, I am consistently able to get it at Syd.

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or more than 20 years, my work clothes were limited to scrubs or business casual—the operating room doesn’t lend itself to many fashion choices. So when I recently decided to branch out by joining my friend Sunil Wagle in developing WikiReviews, an online review site, and Serendipity, a social app, I needed to look the part in meetings with potential investors. I donated about 75 percent of what was in my closet, and asked the sales reps at Syd Jerome to help me fill the gap. Scott and Patrick welcomed me like royalty and had a plethora of clothes laid out for my choosing. They turned me on to brands like Isaia, Canali, Belvest and Boglioli, and helped me style the clothes with accessories—like belts, shoes and cuff links by Ferragamo. Scott turned me on to some shoes that were modeled after cycling shoes—I would have never picked them out myself. They then helped me combine all the garments I purchased with the few items I kept in my closet for a completely new wardrobe.

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Prasant Atluri, M.D. Hand to Shoulder Associates


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started shopping at Syd Jerome after I joined a hand surgery practice where everyone dressed well. What I love best about the store is that it feels like an old-school barbershop or clubhouse. Everyone there knows you and looks out for you. The stereotype is that there’s a certain attitude that goes along with upscale clothing. This store is the opposite—it’s more a social experience than a shopping ordeal. Patrick, my sales rep, knows what I like and is also able to push me to try other colors and patterns that are more in fashion. He once talked me into a suit by Oxxford with an elaborate pattern—it became my go-to suit for the next few years. I typically dress conservatively—I prefer brands like Brioni and Isaia, and for ties I wear almost exclusively Ermenegildo Zegna. For shirts, I prefer Syd’s custom brand. In addition to the sales team, the tailors are incredible. They have taken apart suits for me and redone them to make them fit better. I don’t know of anyone in Chicago who can do what they do. That’s what I love—at Syd, everyone has one agenda: making you look great.

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Thomas Cartolano, D.o. Advocate Christ Medical Center


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don’t wear suits very often because I’m a trauma surgeon, but I enjoy shopping at Syd Jerome for flashy sportswear and business casual items. I love a lot of prints and colors—brands like Etro and Canali especially. I believe if you’re confident in what you’re wearing, it shows outwardly. And it’s easy to find clothes I love at Syd because shopping there is such a comfortable process. I will often text my sales rep, Billy, in advance to see if he’ll be in when I plan to come by—when I arrive, he has a whole selection lined up for me. He’s taken the time to get to know me and understand what I like. When I happened to stop at the store last fall, he immediately told me about a new Etro sportcoat that had come in. And when I was there a few weeks ago, he brought over a Canali suit, which I bought. I love how easy it is to find clothes and get them tailored—the whole experience is seamless. Even when I have left the area for a time I’ve always found a reason to come back and go to Syd.

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the cat’s meow

Think you know Jaguar? It’s time to re-think. The F-type S two-seater combines classic inspiration with a sexy new spirit. And in 2016 it comes in a 6-speed manual transmission, delighting those who still prize the art of driving.


hen Ian Callum was a kid in Scotland, he wrote to Jaguar seeking tips on becoming a car designer and got a reply advising him to study technical drawing. It took a few decades and a few other automotive stops along the way, but today he is Jag’s chief designer. This elegantly sculpted two-seater shows that he hasn’t forgotten the brand’s sporty tradition.

The ’16 is the first Jag sports car to use electric powerassisted steering (EPAS), controversial with driving purists. Company engineers believe it now outshines the hydraulic alternative (for example, it can be programmed to adapt to different ambient temperatures) without compromising that sports car feel.

The 3.0-liter engine boasts 380 horsepower at 6,500 rpm; it takes just 5.1 seconds to get from 0 to 60. And when you’re toodling to the gym, won’t it be secret fun to know that if the laws allowed, you could be getting there at 171 mph?

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Matte black and chrome exterior trim helps give this Jaguar its elegantly assertive look.

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There’s driver-selectable “active sport exhaust” with center-mounted dual exhaust pipes, just in case there’s any question about this beast’s authority on the road. Vr-rooom!

Customers used to pay extra for configurable dynamic controls (such as interior lighting with five color choices) and 14-way power seats, but this year they’re standard on the F-type S.

This year’s F-type features an upgraded “infotainment” system and an app that lets you simply tap your smartphone to operate locks, windows, remote start, climate control—and a beep-and-flash in case you’ve forgotten where you parked your Jag.

The S is impeccably dressed— right down to the floor with 19-inch Propeller alloy wheels. And thanks to the Jaguar highperformance braking system with black calipers, these wheels can stop almost on a shilling. A recent test put the 70 mph-to-zero braking space at less than 150 feet, competitive with the industry’s best.

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Piece together the perfect outfit with these standout spring looks from Syd Jerome. Photography by Daniel Springston

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Blue suit by Samuelsohn, aqua dress shirt by Stenstrรถms, gold and blue striped tie by Italo Ferretti, pocket circle by Edward Armah.

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Purple plaid sportcoat, purple dress shirt and striped tie all by Brioni, pocket square by Italo Ferretti and blue trousers by Incotex.

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Navy suit by Pal Zileri, blue and white checked shirt by Taccaliti, yellow and navy polka dot tie and yellow pocket square both by Italo Ferretti.

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Brown and orange unlined sportcoat and white sport shirt both by Circle of Gentlemen, pocket square by Brioni, brown trousers by Incotex.

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Blue windowpane suit, dress shirt and polka dot tie all by Canali, pocket circle by Edward Armah.

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At left, black sportcoat and black and white sport shirt both by Armani, black jeans by Agave. At right, black plaid suit and black and white sport shirt both by Etro.

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Blue suit by Corneliani, blue and pink dress shirt by Stenstrรถms, striped tie by Ermenegildo Zegna, white and pink pocket circle by Edward Armah.

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Tan and blue suit, plaid dress shirt, brown and blue polka dot tie and brown pocket square all by Isaia.

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Grey and red plaid sportcoat by Ermenegildo Zegna, striped dress shirt, polka dot tie and pocket square all by Isaia, red pants by Meyer.

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At left, brown plaid sportcoat by Boglioli, white and brown sport shirt by Stenstrรถms, tan trousers by Incotex, scarf by Paolo Albizzati. At right, green plaid sportcoat by Robert Talbott, blue and tan checked shirt by Circle of Gentlemen, gold tie by Ermenegildo Zegna, white and yellow pocket circle by Edward Armah, pants by Meyer.

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Blue plaid sportcoat and sport shirt both by Sand, pocket square by Paolo Albizzati, red pants by Meyer.

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Grey plaid sportcoat by Belvest, white and blue windowpane shirt by Stenstrรถms, navy tie by Ermenegildo Zegna, grey trousers by Incotex.

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Navy tuxedo jacket by Hickey Freeman, white formal shirt by Eton, red pocket square by Italo Ferretti.

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in search of shanghai

Yes, it’s the top metropolis in the world’s busiest land. Did you know it also sparkles with history, culture, shopping and nightlife? By Everett Potter


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hen I first visited Shanghai in 1984, it was a cramped, backward-looking place still awakening from its long slumber under the reign of Chairman Mao. The hotels were musty, having for decades served mostly visiting Communist bureaucrats and diplomats. The Shanghai Museum of Art had dusty exhibit cases of antiquities, somnolent guards and few visitors. The streets were thronged with bicycles and the occasional VIP in a red-flagged limo. The old “concessions”—neighborhoods

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By some measures the world’s most populous city, Shanghai, China, has been a key commercial hub for centuries, but only in recent decades has its architecture soared so dramatically. Here’s the skyline at sunset.

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once administered by foreign powers—had been reduced to warrens of shambolic mansions in which dozens of families dwelt with clotheslines running out of windows. Memorably, I saw a jazz band of elderly Chinese gentlemen who played nightly at the venerable Peace Hotel along the Bund. (A bund is an embanked thoroughfare fronting a river.) The bar had hosted the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Noël Coward in the 1930s, and you could feel it. Was it the same city when I went back just last year? Well, yes and no. Shanghai is still a fascinating patchwork of China’s history, with many visible remnants of its imperial past and its expansion by the British more than 170 years ago as a base for selling opium to the natives. But today it styles itself “the City of the Future”—indeed, it’s a metropolis of futuristic towers filled with newly minted multimillionaires and conspicuous consumption of every brand name from Hermès to Ferrari. And the eight-minute ride on the magnetic-levitation train from the airport reaches 267 mph and makes you feel you’re rushing headlong into times unknown. The best place to bask in Shanghai’s 21st-century excess is the Pudong financial district, with as many skyscrapers as 20 Manhattans and a neon display that for sheer exuberance outshines Times Square. Structures such as the 1,380-foot Jin Mao Tower (finished in 1999) and the Shanghai World Financial Center (1,614 feet, 2008) were superseded last year by the 2,073-foot Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest building. The symbol of this megacity, the 1,535-foot Oriental Pearl TV Tower, seems to be made from giant Tinkertoys. For young, rich Shanghai residents, luxe brands are the rule. You’ve got to wear Prada, drive a Mercedes and smoke Cuban cigars. Dior, Versace and Hugo Boss wares fill the upscale malls. Shanghai shopping is nonstop on the pedestrians-only Nanjing Road and the equally popular Huaihai Road. The good news for traditionalists like me is that the Old City still offers a veritable maze of lanes that are well worth exploring on foot, with small markets and glimpses of street life. So does nearby Yuanmingyuan Road, which has some wellpreserved turn-of-the-last-century buildings. Want to go further back? The Square Pagoda was built in the Song Dynasty, about 1,000 years ago. This grand cultural relic looks like a wedding cake; it’s surrounded by ancient buildings and gardens. The former French Concession is also home to Fuxing Park, where old men follow a Far East custom, This page, from top, a guest room and a lobby reception area at the Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Hongkou in a northern Shanghai neighborhood; a characteristic Shanghai contrast between old and new. Opposite, Shanghai’s Pudong financial district was an ambitious riverfront development project on the Huangpu River.

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bringing pet birds in bamboo cages to hang on tree branches to sing while the men smoke and gossip. What has changed most, perhaps, is the arts scene. The Shanghai Art Museum now has one of the world’s best collections of ancient bronzes, ceramics and calligraphy. The Rockbund Art Museum, a restored 1932 Art Deco building, is the place to go for strikingly fresh exhibitions. And the West Bund, becoming a world-class culture hub, includes an art center that is the site of an annual art fair, and the Yuz Museum, with contemporary works. The Long Museum West Bund was China’s largest private art museum when it debuted in 2014; this year, DreamWorks studio opens its $2.5 billion Shanghai DreamCenter, with an animation studio and an entertainment complex with performance venues. When it comes to dining in Shanghai, be sure to drink tea in the garden at the Ming Dynasty-era Guyuan Teahouse on Fuxing Zhong Lu in the French Concession. Cha’s Restaurant, a traditional cha chaan teng (tea eatery) is owned by a Hong Kong movie producer. Din Tai Fung offers some of the city’s best soup dumplings (xiaolong bao), with a delicate skin wrapped around a juicy pork or crab filling. Jia Jia Tang Bao, in the Huangpu District, also has great dumplings. Jishi is small and crowded but serves classic Shanghai food, from tofu skin with mushrooms (fuzhu) to sweet-and-sour spare ribs (tangcu paigu) and crab with vermicelli sheets (xiefen fenpi). At night, head to Shouning Lu, which has street food cooked on portable grills, food carts and the aromas of roast duck and crayfish. Post-dinner bar hopping is one of the best ways to get a handle on current Shanghai residents. The clubby rooftop Bar Rouge at Bund 18 is great for people watching. As for lodging, Shanghai has an ever-expanding roster of the world’s best luxury hotels, from Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong to Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai and The Peninsula Shanghai. I’m partial to the Park Hyatt Shanghai, an oasis of calm in a frenetic city. I also like Waterhouse at South Bund, a new 19-room boutique hotel in a former 1930s warehouse—and an antidote to high-rises. But I confess that my heart belongs to the old Peace Hotel along the Bund, now the completely redone Fairmont Peace Hotel. It’s sleek, sophisticated and modern, but luckily the management has restored the Jazz Bar, where a combo of Chinese gentlemen age 80 and up plays jazz standards nightly. Cocktail in hand, I can almost be persuaded—once again— that I’m back in the Shanghai of the ’30s. spring/summer 2016

This page, clockwise from top, Hokkaido sea urchin in a lobster jelly; fried pigeons on sticks at a market in Shanghai’s Qibao Old Town; barbecuing lamb skewers at the weekly Uyghur Street Market. Opposite, Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus presides over Fifty 8° Grill at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai.

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Meet four talented chefs from “the four corners of the world” as they present four distinctive dishes. These culinary offerings cross time zones, national boundaries and cooking’s conventional wisdom. Taste them and see!

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Chef Magnus Nilsson Fäviken Magasinet, Fäviken, Sweden

Aged Rib-Eye with onion purée Ingredients n 6 Tbs. unsalted butter, divided n 2 medium onions, very thinly sliced n ¼ cup low-salt chicken stock n 1 Tb. buttermilk n Kosher salt n 1 Tb. vegetable oil

n 1 28-oz. rib-eye steak (about 2 inches thick), at room temperature for 1 hour n Coarse sea salt n Assorted soft herb sprigs (such as tarragon, flat-leaf parsley and chervil)

directions Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over mediumlow heat. Add onions and cook, stirring constantly, until translucent (do not brown), 10–12 minutes. Add stock and ¾ cup water. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, cover and continue to simmer until onions are falling apart, about 20 minutes. Uncover and stir until onions are almost dry (do not brown), about 5 minutes. Transfer onions to a blender. Add buttermilk and 1 tablespoon water. Purée until smooth. Season with kosher salt. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with oil in a large castiron skillet or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak generously with kosher salt. Cook until a deep brown crust forms, 3–4 minutes per side and 1–2 minutes on edges. Place on prepared rack. Roast until a thermometer inserted into steak registers 115ºF. (Steak will carry over to medium-rare.) Let rest for 30 minutes.


etting a seat at The Mind of a Chef star Magnus Nilsson’s restaurant takes a bit of effort. The highly acclaimed Fäviken Magasinet is located in an 18th-century barn on 24,000 acres of hunting grounds in northern Sweden, only 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. And it’s not just the journey that makes dining here difficult: The small space can accommodate only 12 guests a night, so you can imagine the wait list. But, critics say, it’s worth it. Nilsson’s contemporary interpretation of Scandinavian cuisine is both theatrical and avant-garde, focusing on local ingredients, including fish caught by the man himself. Last summer, Nilsson surprised his fans when he bought a campervan and turned it into a hot dog stand, which he runs out of “places that seem like fun.”

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Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook until butter browns, about 2 minutes. Add steak and cook for 30 seconds per side, allowing steak to absorb butter. Cut steak into 4 slices. Place 1 steak slice on each plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Spoon warm onion purée alongside. Scatter herbs over purée.


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Chef Martin Benn Sepia Restaurant, Sydney, Australia

Prawn and Buckwheat Risotto

with grain mustard and tarragon Ingredients n 180g raw buckwheat n 900g green (raw) prawns n 60ml olive oil n 30g French shallots, finely chopped n 1½ tsp. finely chopped garlic n 1½ tsp. thyme leaves

n 450ml hot prawn stock n 3 tsp. chopped tarragon n 60g unsalted butter n 30g grain mustard n 30g mascarpone cheese n Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

directions Cook the buckwheat in boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain and set aside. Clean the prawns by removing the heads and peeling off the shells. Devein the prawns by cutting down the back of each and scraping the black vein out with a small knife. Dice the prawn meat and set aside.

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artin Benn somehow managed to make it through almost two decades as a relatively unknown chef in Australia. In 2009, he opened Sepia, and his artfully prepared and playful Japanese-inspired seafood dishes became the little secret of the people lucky enough to visit the new restaurant. Last year his cookbook, Sepia: The Cuisine of Martin Benn, caught the attention of celebrity chef Eric Ripert, who invited Benn to cook on his television show Avec Eric. Since the show aired, Benn has earned fame in the culinary world. His French technique and experience in Japanese cuisine allows him to take full advantage of fresh Australian seafood, which he serves in an Art Deco-inspired setting that is as light and unpretentious as the food enjoyed there.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot, garlic and thyme, and sauté until softened and transparent. Add the buckwheat and stir to combine well. Add all of the stock and cook until the buckwheat is tender. Add the prawn meat and stir well to combine. Cook for 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Add the butter, mustard, mascarpone and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spoon into a bowl and serve immediately.

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Chef Vicky Lau Tate Dining Room, Hong Kong, China

Shrimp and Lemongrass Consommé Ingredients FOR CONSOMMÉ n 500g fresh raw shrimp with shells, washed and peeled n ½ stalk lemongrass n 3g ginger n 1 tomato n 1 clove garlic n 1g Kampot peppercorns n ½ bird’s eye chili

n 350ml distilled water n 5g fish sauce FOR BOTAN EBI n 8 pieces Botan Ebi shrimp, peeled and deveined n 2g chives n 1 lime, zested n 30g caviar n 10g sea urchin

directions For Consommé: In a blender, purée all the ingredients except fish sauce until smooth. Transfer mixture to a heavy-bottom stock pot set over medium heat. Stir constantly until it starts to simmer, then stop stirring. Simmer for 45 minutes— watch closely so that it does not come to a boil. Take the pot off the heat and strain mixture through a fine cheesecloth. Add fish sauce to finish. For Botan Ebi: Rinse shrimp thoroughly in ice water. Pat dry and cut into small pieces. Gently mix with chives and lime zest.


nly in her mid-30s, Vicky Lau has achieved success most chefs only dream of in their lifetimes. In 2015 she was named Veuve Clicquot Asia’s Best Female Chef, and her Hong Kong restaurant, Tate Dining Room and Bar, earned a Michelin star the first year it opened. Her menus are designed to be “edible stories” with each dish—or chapter— adding another layer of complexity to the meal. Likewise, Lau’s career is a collection of vignettes: Her journey to Japan inspired her focus on matcha and other Japanese flavors, and her background in graphic design is evident in her artistically presented dishes, including most famously, a dessert crafted to resemble a Zen garden.

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Place a ring mold in the center of a bowl and fill with a spoonful of the shrimp. Layer a small teaspoon of caviar on top and remove the mold slowly. Garnish the top with a sea urchin sliver. Slowly pour the consommé, filling the sides of the bowl. Serve immediately.


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Chef Gabriela Cámara Cala, San Francisco, United States

Ceviche Contramar-Style Ingredients n 6 oz. white fish (such as rock cod), cut into 1-inch cubes n 5g celery, thinly sliced n 1/ 3 cup lime juice n ½ scant tsp. freshly ground black pepper n 1 scant tsp. sea salt n 10g pickled red onions (see recipe below)

n 5g serrano chile, seeds removed and minced n 5g cilantro leaves, chopped n 15g manzano chiles, seeds removed and thinly sliced cross-wise

directions In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients except the manzano chiles, and let sit for 20 minutes. Next, place the mixture, including the juices, in the center of a large, cold plate. Garnish with manzano chile slices.

Quick-pickled red onions n 1 red onion, sliced thinly in half-moons n 100g vinegar n 365g lime juice n Pinch of salt

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t’s been less than a year since Gabriela Cámara moved across the Mexican border to bring her celebrated seafood dishes to San Francisco with the opening of her new restaurant, Cala, last fall. Although new to the States, Cámara is no stranger to the culinary world—her Mexico City restaurant, Contramar, received praise from U.S. food critics and chefs, including Alice Waters. Cámara’s success comes from her focus on local and sustainable fish (“Cala” is Spanish for “creek”) as well as her fresh tortillas, which she makes daily from scratch. The restaurant’s coastal wines and agave-based cocktails are the perfect complements to Cámara’s famously light, creative dishes; dishes that have earned Cala its instant popularity.

In a large bowl, pour the vinegar and lime juice. Add the sliced red onion and let sit for at least 2 hours. Remove onions from brine and place in a sealable container. Refrigerate.

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made in malibu

This beachy bastion of celebrities is gaining new fame for the wines it produces. By Josh Sens


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n the early 1980s, while working as a studio musician in Nashville, Elliott Dolin did his share of California dreaming. But those reveries involved the Beach Boys, not buttery chardonnay. “All I pictured was fun, fun, fun, with lots of surf and sunshine,” says Dolin, 65. “Wine wasn’t even in the back of my mind.”
By the middle of the decade, though, Dolin had left behind his life as a versatile bass player, recording with such legends as Johnny Cash and John Prine. He’d embraced a new existence in Los Angeles, where he took a job as a real estate broker and fell in with a group of wine enthusiasts. Over regular business luncheons, Dolin saw his wine horizons widen. His palate sharpened. A passion developed. In 1998, he and his wife Lynn moved to Malibu, the upscale seameets-mountains city just north of

Santa Monica. Now better known around the world as an affluent hideaway for celebrities, Malibu was once recognized as a bright star in the wine world—it welcomed its first vineyards in the early 1800s. Though most of those vineyards were lost during Prohibition, the climate and the soil remained ideal for grape growing. The Dolins understood that promise when they planted 900 vines of chardonnay on a small, southwardfacing plot behind their home. Their first year of production, in 2009, was a bootstrapping test run, carried out at a custom-crush facility just up the coast. The result was so successful that the couple upped their ante, hiring a respected winemaker from the Santa Ynez Valley to help fine-tune their operation. Mission accomplished. Their second release, a 2010 Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards chardonnay, won a coveted Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco Chronicle, beating

out such iconic Napa Valley labels as Rombauer and Cakebread. “Before you knew it we’d made that leap from ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be nice to have a vineyard?’ to ‘Let’s try to make a serious go at this,’” Dolin says. Not that Malibu wines were a slamdunk sell. “When people think Malibu, they tend to think of movie stars and celebrities in big homes by the beach,” Dolin says. “But I always say if you turn your back to the beach you’re staring up at the mountains, and that’s an entirely different side of Malibu.” Joining forces with other Malibu vintners, the Dolins worked to raise the profile of a region whose temperate coastal climate and volcanic soils are comparable to swaths of Napa and Sonoma. As part of their efforts, they applied to have Malibu recognized as its own grape-growing appellation—a designation that was awarded in the summer of 2014. At 46 miles long and

Clockwise from top: Colcanyon Estate has made its mark with award-winning merlot, cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-varietal blends. Elliott Dolin of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards rocks out on the bass guitar during the first annual Malibu Wine Festival. Flowing wine is always a welcome sight for enthusiasts. Dolin shows off a bottle of pinot noir from his vineyard. The stunning view of Dolin Malibu Estate Vineyards. The perfect pairing: great wine with fresh fruit, cheese and crackers. Wine tasting has become a favorite pastime in Malibu.

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| grape eight miles wide, the Malibu Coast American Viticultural Area stretches through the Santa Monica mountains, its boundaries touching on Hollywood, Thousand Oaks and Beverly Hills. It includes such noted wineries as Montage Vineyards, a respected producer of chardonnay and pinot noir, and Colcanyon Estate, a property that has made its mark with award-winning merlot, cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-varietal blends. To drive the winding roads through the coastal mountains here is to stumble on delightful day-tripper destinations like Malibu Wines, where a tasting room opens onto sylvan picnic grounds. With Malibu real estate prices at a premium, vineyard acres aren’t easy to come by, so a number of local vintners acquire additional fruit from beyond the appellation. The Dolins, for instance, make a subtle pinot noir with grapes from Santa Barbara, as well as a Central Valley-sourced rosé. But their estate chardonnay, drawn from their original Malibu plantings, remains a Dolin signature, a complex wine that holds up as nicely as a summer sipper as it does as a companion to food. “If you told me all those years ago that this is what I’d end up doing, I never would have believed it,” Dolin says. It just goes to show that you never know where a dream may take you.

TASTING NOTES 2013 Dolin Estate Chardonnay $39 Judicious use of oak lends dimension to this well-structured white, which exudes hints of pear and vanilla on the nose. Those flavors give way to pineapple and citrus on the palate and resolve into a clean, smooth finish. A great warm-weather wine, perfect with seafood or grilled vegetables. 2009 Colcanyon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $39 This lush, full-bodied red suggests ripe plums and dark cherries on the nose but plays on the palate in a medley of oak and summer berries. With its fruit-forward profile, it pairs beautifully with hearty roasts and braises.

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2011 Montage Vineyards Seven Sons Syrah $45 An intriguing dark red in color, the supple wine gives off complex aromatics that mingle hints of blueberry with clove and other wintry spices. Its round structure feels almost silky on the palate, which gives way to a long, smooth, berry-inflected finish. Clockwise from top: Malibu grapes have produced several awardwinning wines. Everyone knows the beverage of choice in this sea-meets-mountains city. This merlot from Colcanyon Estate won a bronze medal at the San Francisco International Wine Festival. Wine connoisseurs enjoy the Malibu Wine Festival. Jim Palmer shows off a gold medal winner from Malibu Vineyards.

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Artisanal agave In honor of National Tequila Day, July 24, we serve up a half-dozen of the top tequilas in the world. Salud! By Virginie Boone


here’s one drink with an eponymous anthem all its own: tequila. Recorded by the Champs in 1958—a time when this liquor was barely available in the U.S.—the sax-driven instrumental with the random yelps of “tequila!” seeped into brain cells as powerfully as a stiff drink. Back then Jose Cuervo was just about the only brand known. How things have changed!

Tequila Ley .925 Ultra Premium Extra Añejo Pasión Azteca It’s the bottle, not the tequila inside, that drives the price of Ley .925. The Diamond Sterling Bottle (or La Ley del Diamante), which boasts 4,000 diamonds set in a five-pound platinum bottle designed by Mexican artist Fernando Altamirano, fetches $3.5 million. A more reasonable option offered by the distiller, Hacienda La Capilla: the $225,000 version pictured, which is handcrafted in gold and pure platinum. Only 33 bottles were made, and each comes encased in a leather box with a series of pictures of the original Pasión Azteca by Mexican painter Alejandro Gomez Oropeza.

Gran Patrón Platinum Silver Tequila Among the producer’s higher-end offerings, triple-distilled and aged in oak to become both smooth and full-bodied, this is a remarkably citrus-tinged drink, with bursts of fresh agave and black pepper. Each bottle is crafted from crystal and hand-numbered, cradled in an elegant black case. It is a sultry sipping tequila priced at $195.

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Partida Elegante Extra Añejo Gran Reserva The top of Partida’s line, priced at $350 a bottle and limited in production, Elegante is aged a minimum of 40 months in American oak. Complex and velvety, it combines brooding layers of black pepper, toasted oak and dark chocolate around a persistence of almond, caramel, vanilla and coffee. It even suggests the undeniable goodness of maple butter and bourbon. Handcrafted, with each bottle numbered, it comes with a crystal decanter stopper and a sterling silver charm (called the Partida Tequila Spirit Bird) around the bottle’s neck. It makes an impressive gift.

Now there’s no drink that’s hotter; nearly 14 million cases of tequila were sold nationally in 2014, and sales keep climbing at an average yearly rate of 5.6 percent. Some of that growth has been powered by the priciest bottles—pure artisanal versions with price tags upwards of $300. Tequila is made from agave azul tequilana Weber, or blue agave, a Mexican plant with ties to the lily family that can take from eight to 10

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years to mature. (Mezcal, on the other hand, can be made from more than 30 varieties of agave, including blue agave.) Just as bubbly must come from the Champagne region of France to officially be called Champagne, tequila must be produced in specific areas of Mexico. The spiky succulent is grown primarily in Jalisco, but the official tequila region extends into parts of four adjoining states. To make tequila, the pineapple-shaped piñas (hearts) of the agave plant are harvested by hand with a machete-like knife, cleaned and cut into pieces, then slowly baked, a process that extracts the sweet agave juice, converting its starches into sugars. The piñas are then mashed to separate the juice from the pulp, and the juice is mixed with yeast and fermented into alcohol. Water is used to cut the distillate to about 80 proof. Classifications have to do with how long the tequila is aged. Blanco or white tequila isn’t aged at all; reposado (which means “restful”) spends at least two months in oak; añejo (Spanish for “mature”) is wood-aged for a year or more; and extra añejo (a new classification added in 2006) is barrel-aged for more than three years. Since blanco never touches oak, it

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Rey Sol Extra-Aged Añejo Double-distilled and then aged six years in French oak barrels by Tequila San Matías de Jalisco, this dark-hued tequila in a smiling-face bottle (designed by Mexican artist Sergio Bustamante) carries a $250 price tag. The aging lends a smoothness that’s deliciously sublime on the palate, with a taste of chocolate and hazelnut. It’s hearty enough to stand up to red meat—or serve it as an accompaniment to dessert and coffee.

delivers the purest notes of agave, while añejo features deeper, woodier, tannic notes layered over the agave. All of the varieties have a place in mixology—or can be sipped straight. For a long while, the only brands available in the U.S. were adulterated “mixto” tequilas, which could contain up to 49 percent non-agave sugars—the kind more likely to give you a nasty headache the next day. (Remember those tequila-fueled nights in college? You were probably drinking mixto.) In the 1950s, singer and actor Bing Crosby and his buddy Phil Harris, both of whom knew their way around a tequila bottle, started their own import company specifically to bring in Herradura, a 100 percent blue agave tequila they discovered on a trip to Mexico. It would be the only “pure” tequila available north of that nation for the next few decades, positioned as a sipping tequila rather than a cocktail ingredient. Read about Herradura’s extra añejo at right below—along with five other standout tequilas on these pages. They are all, of course, made with 100 percent blue agave.

Casamigos Reposado Yes, this is George Clooney’s tequila, a partnership with friends Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman. More importantly, it’s a damn fine, small-batch, entirely legit tequila, made by a master distiller in Jalisco. The Casamigos team slow-cooks its piñas for three days and gives it an extra slow fermentation as well, looking to further capture the purity and intrigue of the plant. It’s then aged in American oak. The reposado ($50) is a caramel-laden and smoothly textured quaff that will go down easy after dinner, on the rocks, finishing with a hit of cinnamon stick that lingers on the tongue. No salt or lime required.

Herradura Selección Suprema Extra Añejo This caramel-colored concoction ($350) comes entirely from the Casa Herradura estate in Jalisco, the piñas cooked for 26 hours in stone and brick ovens. This is when the plants become dark orange in color and give off an intensely sweet aroma and flavor. After fermentation, the tequila is aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for four years. Upon release it becomes a celebration of vanilla, crème caramel and apple pie, with additional seasonings of citrus and allspice. Enjoy over ice.

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the sporting life

emerald greens

Golf has a Gaelic accent at Lahinch on Ireland’s windy west coast. Just don’t let that medieval castle ruin your game! By Michael Hiller


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he world has plenty of good golf courses—usually big, sweeping swaths of land that hug coastlines, hike up rocky slopes, pierce clouds and creep through timber. But there aren’t a lot of great ones, the kind that grab you from the first hole, squeeze you in the middle and draw you in so deep you can’t imagine playing anywhere better. Lahinch is one of them. Lahinch Golf Club, a 124-year-old golf course on the southwest coast of Ireland, is among the world’s finest. And you don’t go to Lahinch to gamble in a casino, dine in the Michelin-star restaurant or lie on a sandy beach (even though it’s one of Ireland’s foremost surfing locations). You go hoping to find that quintessential Irish golf experience that swirls in the back of your mind: emerald green grasses, salty ocean spray and heavy clouds cracking open with drenching rains that soak deep into your bones and can only be warmed by a peat fire and old whiskey. Standing on the third tee box of the Old Course at Lahinch Golf Club

recently, the churning Atlantic over my left shoulder and the Number 2 green to my right, I found it easy to pretend that golf originated here, in Ireland, rather than in Scotland, a few hundred miles east across the Irish Sea. A 30 mile-anhour rainstorm whipped in off the ocean, first slapping my ball off its wooden tee, then batting the tee shot into knee-deep rough. I popped the ball back to the fairway on my second shot, where it bounced between uneven patches of turf and soil as if the course were a pachinko machine. I saved par with a punch shot to the left edge of the green, allowing the wind to nudge the ball close to the hole for a tap-in. The rain stopped when my foursome reached the par-5 fourth hole, a narrow fairway that threads to a green tucked directly behind a 35-foot-tall sand dune known as Klondyke Hill. A burly man stood atop the dune, directing traffic. When he waved his red flag, I hit. My approach shot had to fly over the dune then land softly on the other side. “Sorry, lad,” the flag man called to me as I hiked to the

green. “The wind got the best of it.” The par-3 fifth hole is no less of a challenge: a 154-yard blind shot to a sunken green surrounded by yet more tall dunes. “There’s an old Irish saying about golf,” says the innkeeper of the Vaughan Lodge, a popular hotel near the golf course. “It says, ‘There’s no links without the sea, and no golf without the wind.’ And no one knew this better than Old Tom Morris.” Morris, of course, was the original designer of the Old Course at Lahinch (he didn’t take all the credit— he said Lahinch was the finest natural links course he’d ever seen) and also of another classic: the Jubilee Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. By the time my group walked off the 18th hole, we were humbled, sodden, exhausted—yet eager to play it again. But that would have to wait because Lahinch is more than a one-horse town. Across the street from the Old Course lies the Castle Course, a shorter, flatter 18-hole sibling punctuated by the ruins of a 14thcentury castle. And we played that next.

Clockwise from top: The single remaining wall of Dough Castle (1306) provides a dramatic backdrop to the seventh hole on Lahinch’s Castle Course. Famous for golf since the 1890s, Lahinch also has become a popular international surfing destination. Goats have roamed across the links since the early 1900s and continue to be a source of amusement to visitors. Stunningly beautiful scenery is an added bonus. A traditional heavy-on-the-protein Irish breakfast is required before hitting the links. Consider yourself lucky if you get this close. The shorter Castle Course can serve as a warmup for its bigger sibling, the Old Course, across the road.

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Shape Shifter From land-locked Austria comes the sea’s most versatile vessel—the Kormaran. It’s four boats in one. By Michael Hiller


ames Bond has driven a Lotus Esprit that could transform into a missile-launching submarine, piloted a submarine disguised as an iceberg and helmed a rocket-propelled fishing boat that fired heatseeking torpedoes. If he’s smart, his next boat will be a Kormaran. The new watercraft from the company of that name sets an entirely new bar for versatility afloat. Among the Kormaran’s many unique features, the titanium and steel hydraulics can transform the carbon-fiber boat from a monohull to a catamaran, a trimaran or a hydrofoil—even while it’s in motion—which makes it an ideal tender. Press a button to open the butterfly wing doors. Then press another to fold the outrigger hulls together into a monohull configuration when you want to sunbathe on the teak deck or float in

the bay at sunset. If the wind picks up, splay the hulls akimbo to engage catamaran mode. When it’s time for speed, fire up the 900 hp engines and deploy the hydrofoils, which lift the hull three feet above the water and rocket the Kormaran to 44 mph. The ship’s carbon-fiber construction and innovative hydrofoil technology take design cues from Formula One race cars and America’s Cup yachts, cutting water resistance by 80 percent, decoupling from the waves for a smoother ride and permitting the Kormaran to navigate shallow waters easily. When you’re docked for cocktails at night, your guests will appreciate the craftsmanship of the black-jointed teak, leathertrimmed interior and luxury LED lighting. We’re sure even Agent 007 would be impressed.

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This 23-foot multiple-personality speedboat, which retails for about $1.5 million, feels like a water-borne sports car—indeed, its design and construction drew on the precise techniques of the German automotive industry, as well as those of aviation.

The catamaran mode employs both hull engines for a stable, powerboat-like ride.

Deploy the hydrofoils and aircraft engines to fly over the water at speeds up to 44 mph.

At low speed, the trimaran mode offers the Kormaran the maneuverability of a glider.

Opening the bathing platform and butterfly wing doors transforms the Kormaran into a luxury lounge.

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These four high achievers know that being comfortable with how they look is a professional must. That’s why they keep coming back to Syd Jerome. Photography by Andrew Collings

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Tinos Diamantatos

s an attorney at an international law firm, I’m in court in front of judges and juries. I’m in a suit every day—it’s a lawyer’s uniform. I’ve found that the more comfortable I am with the way I look, the more it helps the substance of what I’m saying. I first went to Syd Jerome about 17 years ago when I was attending law school downtown. I was trying to find the best boutique in the city, one that offered a high-caliber experience. A friend had told me about Syd Jerome and that it had been around forever. I’ve been seeing Patrick since I first walked into the place. And guys like Scott, Billy and Gary—they all know me and my style. Patrick won’t pick a tie for me that he knows is pushing the boundaries of what I like. They also know what I’ve purchased for the past several seasons. These guys understand how I dress, what I’ve got in my closet and what I need next. My favorite brands? First and foremost, Isaia, which Patrick turned me on to. The lightness and feel! I’m in a suit 15-plus hours a day, and yet I’m as comfortable as if I were in a pair of sweats at home—it’s that well made and well tailored. Also Ermenegildo Zegna—they make great pieces. One time Syd Jerome really came to my rescue. As a former federal prosecutor, I got a call a couple of months ago from the local ABC-TV affiliate to comment on the Dennis Hastert case. Of course this was the day—the 10 percent of the time—when I wasn’t wearing a full-blown suit to work; I had on something I wouldn’t be comfortable wearing on camera. So I walked a couple of blocks over to Syd Jerome and said, “Patrick, here’s what I need. Here’s what it’s for.” And I walked out maybe a half hour later with a perfect shirt, a perfect tie and a perfect sportcoat. I appeared on camera and it looked great.

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Cory Lipoff

’ve known the folks at Syd Jerome for about 30 years. They’re on LaSalle Street, where I once worked. Now I’m a principal in a financial services company that values and monetizes virtually every category of assets. My portion of the business is buying troubled companies and doing liquidations in the retail sector. I travel all over the country, and I have an office in Australia that I visit three times a year. In light of my professional life, I believe it’s important to present an appropriate professional image in everything I do. Clothing selection and impeccable tailoring are elements of that. My style is one I’d define as contemporary and clean. I like clean lines. I most often wear Armani because it fits me better than almost anything else. I’m totally addicted to Eton shirts, and when I’m going casual I wear pants by Mason’s. (My non-business passion is wine, the wines of Burgundy in particular.) Working in the retail world, I know something about product selection. Syd Jerome carries an edited collection that is chosen with a great deal of thought. That’s extremely important to me. One of the cool things about Syd Jerome is that the people there suggest brands that are new to me—I didn’t know Eton or Mason’s before they introduced me to them. And they can do things quickly. I don’t have a lot of time, and they’re very efficient. Their service is fantastic. I’ll always remember a Brioni raincoat I bought because Scott thought it was perfect for me. While walking down Michigan Avenue wearing that raincoat, I was stopped by a fashion photographer. He took pictures of me as a “man in the street” because he thought I looked so professional and the raincoat was extraordinary. I’ve used that picture in all my contact photos and in my social media. Well, Scott literally made me buy that raincoat. He wouldn’t let me leave the store without it!

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Executive Vice President & Principal, Hilco Merchant Resources

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Seth Darmstadter Attorney, K&L Gates


’ve known Sid Shapiro my entire life. He and my maternal grandfather are cousins. For a time, while growing up, they lived in the same house; my great-grandparents helped raise Sid. And I’ve always admired him. Nobody works harder; nobody cares more. His store is made up of a group of professionals who have weathered every storm, every recession, every trend. Syd Jerome is an institution that has served generations of high-performing professionals with an attention to detail and service that is second to none. The clothing I wear reflects my personal brand. I’m an attorney and my clients are the world’s most sophisticated consumers of professional services. Sid and his team understand my work and help me develop a physical presence to complement it. The way I present myself in a meeting—always in a suit or trousers and a sportcoat, with pops of color via a pocket square and socks—conveys my brand. I regularly push the fashion envelope with colors, patterns and unlikely combinations. I own lots of blazers by Sand and Circle of Gentlemen; I also like Corneliani suits and Zegna, Armani and Brioni ties, and I’m partial to Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. Shopping at Syd Jerome is a multi-dimensional experience. It’s about how you feel from the moment you’re greeted until you swipe your credit card. It’s about comfort. It’s about people knowing your name and how you like to dress. It’s about Scott asking me about my kids, Sid asking me about my parents and grandparents, and Billy talking to me about his kids and his golf game. You don’t find that anywhere else.

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Chief Executive, Global Occupier Services

ne day last year I was at work and had to go out of town that night. I was wearing a suit and—wouldn’t you know it?—split my pants. What was I going to do? I ran over to Syd Jerome at lunch, and the folks there grabbed a pair of pants for me and altered them on the spot. They saved me! I started going to Syd Jerome about 15 years ago because I knew the store had been around a long time and had a great reputation. Since I moved back from Europe about three years ago I’ve become a much more frequent customer. I’d grown accustomed to the cut of European clothing, and the store had the kind of garments I’d come to prefer. I don’t have an exclusive brand, but I favor Ermenegildo Zegna, along with Canali. I have Brioni and Belvest too. But it’s less about the brand and more about what I’m looking for. I would define my style as classic, but modern classic. I don’t go over the top with crazy stuff, but I like to push the classic edges a bit when it comes to patterns. Looking good is a big part of my job. I’m in front of clients and give a lot of presentations. And it’s like anything—feeling good about yourself is projected in your demeanor and the confidence you show. I’m also confident that when I walk into Syd Jerome I’ll come away with the look I want. The selection is fantastic. Even though I usually have a pretty good idea of what I’m looking for, Billy has a sense of my style and what I like. So he’ll show me a few extra things. That’s why I love the service—it’s just right. They don’t get pushy, yet they’re really accommodating if I need to get something quickly. With alterations— where I see a lot of other shops fall down—they’ve been great. In my business I do a lot of traveling. I’m with customers that range from the dot-coms in Silicon Valley to New York’s financial district. Of course, there’s a huge variation in the way people dress. In Silicon Valley having long pants on is being dressed up, but in New York you’d better have cuff links. Syd Jerome’s selection helps me pivot from working in an environment that’s cazh (casual) to one that’s very dressy. It’s important to be able to flex with the client environment, and Syd Jerome flexes with me.

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the bullpen

advice from the

Style Pros

The staff at Syd Jerome is dedicated, expert and, not incidentally, a hell-of-a-nicegroup of guys who make shopping for menswear fun. To help you get ready for spring—and get to know the staff better—we asked them a few relevant questions. Check out their answers, then stop by the store to chat with them in person. The guys—along with Sid and Scott Shapiro, of course—are ready to serve you.

Mario Crivello

Billy Cavada

Gary Palay

Willie Juarez

Patrick Katen

How does one upgrade his weekend look to go from running errands to grabbing lunch? The Moncler nylon waist jacket over a polo with Agave slim-fit jeans. Any suggestions for shoes that can be dressed up or down? Ferragamo Muller calfskin loafers look great with a suit or cotton trousers. What’s new in jeans this season? Are colored jeans still cool? White? Colored jeans and any jeans in slim fit are still strong. ’Tis the season of weekend getaways! Give us a packing list so we’re ready to go and tell us the best bag to put it all in. A soft constructed blazer from Luigi Bianchi, blue gingham dress shirts from Eton, Meyer cotton trousers, monk strap Ferragamo shoes, Saxx boxer underwear, iPad Pro, Maui Jim aviator sunglasses and Moncler polos packed in a Ferragamo leather duffel bag. When friends come to visit where do you take them? The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue. What’s the one new MUST purchase clothing item this season? Any sportcoat or suit in an electric blue. What’s your favorite restaurant? Take Me Out in Pilsen.

How does one upgrade his weekend look to go from running errands to grabbing lunch? Sand shirt with a pair of Meyer pants, Donald J Pliner shoes without socks. What are your vacation plans? None. I’ll go on road trips, but I’m waiting for college football season to begin! Any suggestions for shoes that can be dressed up or down? Donald J Pliner. What’s new in jeans this season? Are colored jeans still cool? White? White is nice with a Boglioli sportcoat and John Varvatos shoes without socks. ’Tis the season of weekend getaways! Give us a packing list so we¹re ready to go and tell us the best bag to put it all in. A bag of Corneliani clothes and a bag of Red Bull! When friends come to visit where do you take them? Eataly. What’s the one new MUST purchase clothing item this season? Buy a bunch of Ermenegildo Zegna ties in a lot of colors. What’s your favorite restaurant? Chicago Cut Steakhouse and C Chicago.

How does one upgrade his weekend look to go from running errands to grabbing lunch? You don’t have to dress down to run errands. Nice cotton pants by Meyer and a couple of Paul & Shark shirts should do the trick. What are your vacation plans? Mexico for the beach, a pool, the ocean and, of course, drinks! Any suggestions for shoes that can be dressed up or down? I might sound like a broken record, but you can’t go wrong with a Ferragamo loafer. What’s new in jeans this season? Are colored jeans still cool? White? This season seems a little quiet on the jeans front. A nice pair of unstressed plain jeans are great with a terry cloth-like stretch to them. ’Tis the season of weekend getaways! Give us a packing list so we’re ready to go and tell us the best bag to put it all in. A lightweight unstructured sportcoat, Meyer pants, an Eton shirt and polo shirt and jeans. When friends come to visit where do you take them? The best pizza, pasta, steak and sushi restaurants I know. What’s the one new MUST purchase clothing item this season? A custom-made holster for your gun. What’s your favorite restaurant? Too many to choose from!

How does one upgrade his weekend look to go from running errands to grabbing lunch? Try putting on a cool pair of Donald J Pliner shoes. That along with properfitting jeans (any color) will elevate that weekend look. What are your vacation plans? Hope to get to Switzerland later this summer to visit family and gaze at some of the best scenery in the world. What’s new in jeans this season? Are colored jeans still cool? White? Whether high shades or regular blue jeans, all should have that 2 percent stretch. It allows for a more comfortable, fitted look. When friends come to visit where do you take them? The Chicago Architecture Boat Tour never disappoints my guests. What’s your favorite restaurant? Chicago Cut Steakhouse is consistently awesome and my guilty pleasure, and Paradise Pup in Des Plaines is great for an outstanding burger.

What are your vacation plans? I’m planning to go to Xela, a little town south of Guatemala City. Any suggestions for shoes that can be dressed up or down? Simple—a pair of driving shoes. What’s new in jeans this season? Are colored jeans still cool? White? White is still cool. Agave has some new colors for summer—light greens, mint and, of course, white. ’Tis the season of weekend getaways! Give us a packing list so we’re ready to go and tell us the best bag to put it all in. Any duffel bag you can carry on the plane will do. Pack jeans, T-shirts, shorts, cotton pants, gym shoes and dress shoes, and don’t forget a pair of dress pants and a nice dress shirt. When friends come to visit where do you take them? Navy Pier, Millennium Park, museums and, of course, to eat at 90 Miles Cuban Cafe or Lou Malnati’s pizza—it depends on their mood. What’s the one new MUST purchase clothing item this season? An unconstructed blazer—it can be worn with pretty much everything. What’s your favorite restaurant? Dee’s chinese restaurant.

How does one upgrade his weekend look to go from running errands to grabbing lunch? Simple: Wear a blazer. What are your vacation plans? Going to Florida with family. Any suggestions for shoes that can be dressed up or down? A pair of tan monk straps. What’s new in jeans this season? Are colored jeans still cool? White? It’s all about color, and white is good when the time is right. When friends come to visit where do you take them? Dinner. What’s the one new MUST purchase clothing item this season? A high-blue suit or sportcoat. What’s your favorite restaurant? Joe’s.

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tuscan treasure

On a hill overlooking Florence, the luxe villa Il Salviatino promises a soothing immersion in the rural charms of the Renaissance. By Everett Potter

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he glories of Florence are legion, from walking awestruck through the Uffizi Gallery to marveling at the Duomo, the 15th-century cathedral with a spectacular dome designed by Brunelleschi that lies at the heart of this Renaissance city. Not to mention daily samplings of the world’s best gelato. But at day’s end, instead of staying in the marvelous but often congested heart of town, the cognoscenti head for the hills of neighboring Fiesole. Barely 15 minutes from the Duomo by taxi (assuming a local is at the wheel), Fiesole offers a tranquil aerie ideal for contemplating the marvels of Florence. And there’s no better place to make your overnight base than a spectacularly restored villa there called Il Salviatino. Long the favored hillside summer retreat of wealthy Florentine families and British writers such as Robert and Elizabeth Browning, Fiesole was the birthplace of Renaissance painter Fra Angelico. It features Etruscan and Roman ruins and a Roman theater that is still used today. Il Salviatino dates from the 15th century—it was once the home of the Bardi family of bankers. The years have brought many owners and several additions, including a tower, a conservatory and gardens. But for nearly half a century,

until 2007, it housed students for Stanford University’s overseas branch. That’s when veteran hotelier Marcello Pignozzo bought the run-down villa masquerading as a dorm, hired award-winning architect Luciano Columbo and poured millions of euros into restoring the buildings and the gardens. When they finished in 2010, they had 45 exquisite guest rooms and suites, some retaining 19th-century frescoes, along with public areas festooned with fine paintings and a blend of antique and modern furniture. Think of this as a country house hotel at the edge of the city. There is no check-in desk. Instead, you will be met, escorted and coddled throughout your stay by so-called “service ambassadors,” which is a bit like having a flock of concierges hovering just out of sight. This remarkably restored and reimagined villa has oak floors, red carpets, silver candelabras and a staircase in the entrance fit for a 1940s Hollywood movie. If there’s a favorite room, it might be the grand library, with Chesterfield sofas begging you to sit and read a book or maybe just contemplate the grandeur. The guest rooms are decorated in muted browns and yellows, the look classic and a tad conservative, and the marble bathrooms are opulent indeed. For those seeking a bit

more, there are suites to satisfy every fantasy. The top-floor Ojetti suite is on three levels with a glass-floored rooftop conservatory and a Jacuzzi overlooking the distant rooftops of Florence. There is a terraced pool area with three infinity pools that’s open from mid-April to mid-October, and pampering is available at the Spa Il Salviatino. During the summer, you can dine alfresco at La Terraza, which exudes a certain expected formality with its white linen-covered chairs—even with gravel underfoot. The designated dining room, Le Serre, offers more regimented gastronomy. And when it’s time to go into Florence there’s a shuttle that conveniently leaves you next to the Duomo. Il Salviatino is refreshingly 21st century when it comes to conveniences, and your room will have a Bose sound system, an iPod dock and a full-length mirror that conceals a TV. Yet what you’re likely to remember are not the electronics but the 12 acres of formal gardens and the private park that surround the hotel, as well as distant views of Brunelleschi’s dome framed by ancient pine trees. That is the true essence of Italian luxury. Il Salviatino, Via del Salviatino 21, Fiesole, Florence, Tuscany, Italy (00 39 055 904 1111;

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Always in season Known for its superior winter wear, Moncler makes quite a statement in springtime too.

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Most of us associate Moncler with staying warm (and simultaneously looking supercool) on the slopes or on the windy streets. But that doesn’t mean you should abandon the French-born brand in warmer weather. Au contraire! Stop by the store and try on Moncler’s sleek windbreakers and bombers, which include handy utilitarian details like hoods and zippered pockets. Constructed in Moncler’s signature techno-fabric, they’re just what you need to repel spring showers in style. And the brand is more than just outerwear. Moncler covers all of your spring and summer sartorial needs with a complete collection of polos, T-shirts and knitwear.

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Syd Jerome: Spring/Summer 2016  
Syd Jerome: Spring/Summer 2016  

Syd Jerome: Spring/Summer 2016