SYD JEROME SPRING FASHIONS
syd THE DESIGN PORTFOLIO FROM SYD JEROME MENSWEAR
SPRING / SUMMER 2018
THE PERFECT FIT
PAR FOR THE COURSE STREAMSONG’S GREAT TRIO
A TOAST TO JAPANESE WHISKY
INDIAN ISLANDS RETREAT
THE FERRARI GTC4LUSSO
FERRARI’S PRACTICAL PERFORMER
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the season’s hottest looks for work and play
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FEATURES A practical performer | 38 Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso is packed with groundbreaking tech, 680 ponies under the hood and seating for four—placing it in a class of its own.
out of india | 54 With lush rainforests, white-sand beaches and eye-popping coral reefs, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a scenic retreat like no other.
gardens of paradise | 60 Boasting gorgeous greenery and lush landscapes, these spots have attracted admirers from all over the world.
ready for your close-up? | 66 Of course you are when you’re a Syd Jerome man.
welcome home | 76 When these professionals finally settled into the Windy City, the guys at Syd Jerome made them feel like part of the family.
Filipino is the new thai | 82 Get ready: The exotic flavor of the Philippines is coming to a restaurant near you.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
There’s no contest when you need a winning look—Syd Jerome is No. 1 by a mile!
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ON THE COVER: Blue windowpane suit by Luigi Bianchi, shirt by Stenströms, striped tie by Italo Ferretti, paisley pocket square by Edward Armah.
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DISCOVER THEIR STORIES AT HICKEYFREEMAN.COM/HEROESANDLEADERS
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Navy Reserve | Patriots Long Snapper | Business Major
Marine Veteran | Team Rubicon | Sandy Responder
Army Veteran | Non-Profit CEO | Best Selling Author
CONTENTS s/s 2018
DEPARTMENTS Memo | 8 It’s a pleasure serving our customers at Syd Jerome.
The Syd jerome Guide | 13 All about Armani…Happy Socks’ playful patterns… best ballparks to visit this spring…Ask Mr. Etiquette…and more.
Grooming | 18 Need a makeover? These treatments are so quick, they’re the epitome of a “lunch-hour procedure.”
music | 20 The best cure for a fakenews hangover in this age of discontent: Spin some mindcleansing tracks from these up-and-coming artists.
clothes talk | 22 Sid Shapiro talks about planting his roots in the fashion industry and reveals what every man needs in his closet.
essentials | 24
pursuits | 74
As the mercury rises, don’t sweat it. You’ll be ready with these hot new looks from Syd Jerome.
Can-Am’s Maverick X3 Turbo gobbles terrain— sandy, rocky, muddy or just plain rough.
THE LEADING MAN
spirits | 86
ryan reynolds | 32 The ladies’ man may have finally settled down, but he’s still continuing a love affair with three women: his wife and two daughters.
the perfect fit | 64 Discover the differences between bespoke and madeto-measure.
Sporting life | 70 Streamsong’s two quirky tracks have been smashing the clichés about Florida golf. Now there’s a third course to play.
fitness | 72 Is your workout routine on the ropes? Here’s a remedy.
Kanpai! We’re serving a half-dozen top Japanese whiskies.
Room Key | 92 Napa Valley’s wines are world-class—and so, as savvy travelers are discovering, is its newest boutique hotel, the Archer.
style pros | 94 The staff at Syd Jerome is dedicated, expert and, not incidentally, a hellof-a-nice group of guys who make shopping for menswear fun.
style smarts | 96 Packing for another trip? Here are some handy hints to get what you need in your carry-on.
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Meyer-Hosen AG is one of the leading European specialists for menns trousers with over ,,,, trading partners in over countries. Founded in , our family owned company has been providing premium German trousers with the utmost quality in our own production facility.
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SYD JEROME 2 NORTH LASALLE STREET CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60602 (CROSS STREET: MADISON STREET) 312.346.0333 WWW.SYDJEROME.COM STORE HOURS MONDAY, 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.
What excites us most sneak peek
purple reign! p. 14
navy man! p. 26
The most exciting event in my workday is when a new customer walks through the door. I want to know everything about that individual: where they are from, where they work, where they shopped before and what brought them to Syd Jerome. The prospect of developing a new customer is exhilarating. However, the most gratifying part of the workday is seeing a repeat customer. In the 60 years that we have been in business, we have developed quite an impressive portfolio of loyal repeat customers—some of whom have been shopping here for the full 60 years. Just the other day, a lady visiting from out of town stopped in to buy some fun socks as a gift. While she was completing the transaction, she commented what a great store she was in.
A customer, overhearing, decided to join the conversation. He told the lady that when he graduated law school and passed the bar exam, his first employer brought him to Syd Jerome to purchase his first good suit. Sid, recognizing that he could not afford it, gave him the suit at a discount. Sid told the astounded young attorney not to worry, that the store would make it up with his continued support. That was 31 years and hundreds of suits ago. We are proud to say that this is just one of thousands of similar stories. Hopefully, 30 years from now, the woman who was buying the socks will be telling a new customer about the time she walked into this great store and the experience made her a customer for life.
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Editor RITA GUARNA Art Director STEPHEN M. VITARBO Associate Editors DARIUS AMOS, JUAN FARFAN editorial assistant ALENA WOODS Art Assistant YVONNE MARKI Contributing Editors MICHAEL ARDRIZZONE, LEE LUSARDI CONNOR, LANCE DEBLER, NANCY MATTIA, MARISA SANDORA, JOSH SENS Contributing Photographer ANDREW COLLINGS, DANIEL SPRINGSTON PUBLISHING STAFF Publisher SHAE MARCUS National Brand Manager MONICA DELLI SANTI Senior Account Executives KAREN AZZARELLO, CHRISTINA FERRERO Director of Production and Circulation CHRISTINE HAMEL Advertising Services director JACQUELYNN FISCHER Senior Art Director, Agency Services KIJOO KIM Production/Art Assistant ALANNA GIANNANTONIO Accounting AGNES ALVES, MEGAN FRANK PUBLISHED BY Chairman CARROLL V. DOWDEN President & CEO MARK DOWDEN Senior Vice Presidents SHAE MARCUS, CARL OLSEN Vice Presidents NIGEL EDELSHAIN, THOMAS FLANNERY, RITA GUARNA, CHRISTINE HAMEL
SYD JEROME magazine is published twice a year by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with SYD JEROME. Copyright © 2018 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 email@example.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, SYD JEROME Circulation Department, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.573.5541; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or email@example.com.
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With Victory Comes Preparedness
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SYD JEROME GUIDE WHAT’S IN A NAME? A LOT!
WEAR WORKS OF ART
The average 150-pound person absorbs more than 1.5 million pounds of step impact through his feet every day. Ouch! It’s time to put a smile on your feet and ask your Syd Jerome associate about Happy Socks—specifically the colorful, creative and exuberant socks that feature the bold designs of the late pop artist Keith Haring. The soft and vibrant pieces of this box set, available at our store, will make your feet feel good on the outside while giving you a, well, happy feeling on the inside. So do something for your feet today—wear art on them. Then maybe they’ll forget about all the pounding they take.
There is a small handful of people on the planet whose name alone speaks volumes. Among the many remarkable brands we carry, we’re honored to include one of the most recognizable and respected names in the industry: Armani. Immediately you think of the highest Italian quality and luxury. Syd Jerome features Giorgio’s Black Label—his premier collection. This line of tailored suits, separates and coats is the one worn by A-list celebrities on Oscar night and revered throughout the fashion world. Want to look and feel like Hollywood’s elite? Visit our store, and we’ll set you up in Armani’s best.
Sneakerheads, rejoice: In a book simply titled Sneakers, author Rodrigo Corral offers what’s been called the “definitive exploration” of casual footwear and the cultural phenomenon it created. Spread over 320 pages, the tome offers not only a seemingly endless collection of photos but also interviews with celebrities, sports figures and industry gurus. One of its most fascinating tales? Designer Jeff Staple recalls how one of his collections actually incited a riot on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2005. Meanwhile, ad genius Jim Riswold talks about making some of Nike’s best-known commercials (he’s the one who paired Michael Jordan with Bugs Bunny and created the “Bo Knows” campaign featuring Bo Jackson); Adidas’ Rachel Muscat and Jon Wexler chat about their superstar collaborator, Kanye West; and tennis champ Serena Williams makes a surprising revelation (sorry, no spoilers here). We think it all makes for an immensely enjoyable read. It’s available in bookstores—and ready to entertain any and all footwear fanatics.
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THE SYD JEROME GUIDE PURPLE REIGNS
BEST BALLPARKS TO VISIT THIS SPRING
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On a business trip and have an afternoon to play hooky? You know taking in a ball game will provide nine innings of bright green stress relief. But in some towns, it’s not just the team that is the attraction—the ballpark itself is something to enjoy. Here are five standouts (including one in our own backyard) to put on your baseball bucket list: San Diego’s Petco Park: The Padres’ performance hasn’t lived up to the awesomeness of its stadium, sadly, but that’s beside the point. Opened in 2004, this park features spectacular views of the San Diego skyline and excellent local food and drink options—and there are plenty of bathrooms and beer stands. You also can’t beat the San Diego weather. Chicago’s Wrigley Field (pictured): Home of our beloved Cubbies, Wrigley is known for its ivy-covered brick outfield wall and the iconic red marquee over the main entrance, this 104-year-old ballpark retains its nostalgic appeal even after an extensive renovation that followed the 2014 season. If you haven’t been there in a while, go now! New concession stands in an improved concourse have opened this year. Pittsburgh’s PNC Park: The Pirates’ home has an intimate feel, with the highest seat in the stadium only 88 feet from the field. And every seat (except in the bleachers) features spectacular views of downtown and the riverfront. Opened in 2001 and built in the style of classic stadiums, PNC Park features archways, steel trusswork and a natural grass playing field that pleases purists, but also the latest amenities like a wide range of food options for fans. Boston’s Fenway Park: Catching a game at Fenway is a must for any diehard baseball fan, but to get the best local color and history of MLB’s oldest park, sign up for a tour, available year-round. You’ll see the iconic ballpark that has been home to the Boston Red Sox since it was built in 1912, and you can sit atop the Green Monster (its high leftfield wall) and check out the press box, the rooftop garden and a small museum. San Francisco’s AT&T Park: The Giants’ home opened in 2000, replacing iconic Candlestick Park. And the great views of San Francisco Bay are only part of the appeal of this award-winning stadium. Expansive concourses that feature top-notch dining options, an interactive play area for children and adults, the world’s largest baseball glove and boatloads of Willie Mays memorabilia are all part of the fun.
Take a quick look in your closet. Don’t see much purple? That’s about to change. Color experts at Pantone have named Ultra Violet the 2018 color of the year, and the purplish hue is quickly showing up on everything from interiors to the clothing of celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. “We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination,” say the Pantone people, who link these qualities with a color they say “takes our awareness and potential to a higher level.” Artists Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix wore purple to express individuality and unconventionality, so maybe donning this vivid hue also will spur us to push boundaries and make our creative mark in the world. Purple has long been the color of royalty because the dye originally used to produce it was very rare and costly. So working more purple into your wardrobe just may make you feel like a king or a queen! Not ready to commit to head-to-toe purple? Try Ultra Violet separates such as a sweater or velvet pants. Wear them with a neutral like black or navy to tone down the overall look. Feeling bolder? Try a suit, a dress or a statement coat. Pairing this vivid hue with red, pink or green will definitely turn heads and make a fun fashion statement.
LET’S FACE IT
Like many fashion trends, men’s hairstyles come and go. From Einstein to Elvis, Jimi Hendrix to John Lennon, David Beckham to Donald Trump, we’ve seen some memorable mops (as well as some we’d like to forget). The stylists at The Gents Place not only know the do’s and don’ts of grooming today, they also know what has staying power and can suggest styles to match a guy’s physical features and attitude. “We make men look and feel confident,” says owner Peter Terracina, who adds that shorter haircuts and tapered beards are hot for the summer. For the man who hasn’t experienced The Gents Place but has an itch to try it, Terracina recommends the 7 Course treatment, which includes a personal consultation, cut and style; neck, shoulder, hand and scalp massages; hot lather neck shave and more! Think of it as more than just a salon for men—it’s a clubhouse! And among its members is our very dapper Sid Shapiro. THE GENTS PLACE, 175 W. JACKSON BLVD., CHICAGO, 312.880.0316, THEGENTSPLACE.COM
PAMPER YOUR CAR We like to give props to local businesses that show a commitment to quality. When it comes to your ride, trust it to River North Hand Car Wash and its owner, Mike DeMaio. The car spa and detailer has been around since 1990; that’s a sign that they’ve stood the test of time. “Many of our customers have been coming back for decades,” says DeMaio. “We build trust because we have direct communication and interact with our customers.” But they do more than wash and wax—DeMaio also runs a top-notch body shop (it’s a 5-star business, according to Google reviews), whose services include window tinting, dent removal, body work, wheel refinishing and more! River North can keep your car looking great, and Syd Jerome can make you look great. You’re officially ready for the weekend. RIVER NORTH HAND CAR WASH, 356 W. SUPERIOR ST., CHICAGO, 312.335.9669, RIVERNORTHHANDCARWASH.COM
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THE A-TO-Z LIST
Syd Jerome features more than 50 designer brands under one roof. See if you don’t find your favorites in the list below. Then stop by the store for a shopping experience you’ll love. AGAVE DENIM ARMANI COLLEZIONI BELVEST BORSALINO BRIONI CANADA GOOSE CANALI CASTANGIA COLMAR CORNELIANI DAVEK UMBRELLAS DIBELLO DONALD J PLINER EDWARD ARMAH ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA ETON ETRO
FABER-CASTELL FLY3 GIMO’S GRAN SASSO GRUPPO ARTIGIANI HAPPY SOCKS HERNO HESTRA HICKEY FREEMAN INCOTEX INDIVIDUALIZED SHIRTS ISAIA ITALO FERRETTI JOHN VARVATOS LLOYD SHOES LUCIANO BARBERA LUIGI BIANCHI M. COHEN MAC JEANS MARCOLIANI MASON’S MAUI JIM MEYER JEANS MEZLAN MONCLER ORIGINAL PENGUIN OXXFORD CLOTHES PARAJUMPERS PATRICK ASSARAF PAUL & SHARK PSYCHO BUNNY PT01 PUMA RAFFI RED SOX APPEAL ROBERT JENSEN ROBERT TALBOTT SALVATORE FERRAGAMO SAMUELSOHN SAND SANTANDREA SANTARELLI SANYO SARTORI SCHNEIDERS SALZBURG SAXX SILVIO FIORELLO STEFANO CAPALDI STENSTRÖMS SWIMS TACCALITI TATEOSSIAN THINK PENS TORINO TRAFALGAR UMBERTO VALLATI WATERVILLE WIGENS ZANELLA
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THE SYD JEROME GUIDE GET LINKED IN
There’s no easier way to express your personality and mood than with a pair of cufflinks. This small accessory—used to replace buttons on a French cuff dress shirt—will add some flair to your outfit and speak volumes about you. But as varied as they are in design, material and color, did you know there are many different types of cufflinks too? Read this definitive guide, and all you’ll need to worry about is deciding which pair to wear today.
ASK MR. ETIQUETTE
Scott Shapiro explains how to sail through life without giving offense. How can I wear a cool shirt untucked without looking messy? —Confused in Kenilworth Any sport shirt can be worn untucked (but never a dress shirt). It can be comfortable and sexy with the right fit and paired with the right jean or casual pant, and sportcoat. The shirt must be tailored perfectly— tapered so that it doesn’t look sloppy, but not too tight where it may be pulling. Make sure the length of your sleeves is correct so you have the option of rolling them up. The most common mistake with an untucked shirt is the length. The back of the shirt should hit just at the bottom of the pant pocket, and the front just below the zipper. It should be scalloped with a tail, not straight across. Once your sport shirt has all of these elements, make sure your jean or pant also has a nice trim fit with a narrow bottom and moderate break. To dress up this style, go with a knitted soft sportcoat with a natural shoulder. It will have a hip, cool look, and you will be ready to go out on the town.
Whale Back: These cufflinks feature a flat head, a straight post and a whale tail that flips flat against the post, allowing you to easily put it through the button hole before flipping it out again to secure. Bullet Back: This popular style features a narrow cylinder of metal that folds up to nest inside the frame of a hollow post. Once the cufflink is through the button hole, the metal bullet is flipped back out to secure. Stud, Button or Fixed Backing: These links can consist of a large head, a straight post and a smaller interior backing, or they can have identical ends. They are very durable because they have no moving parts. Chain Link: The two ends, usually identical, are connected by a short chain, resulting in a looser fastening than other styles. Ball Return: These links usually feature a curved post and a small ball shape opposite the decorative head. Silk Knot: Great for less formal occasions, this style can add a pop of color to your outfit and is less expensive than others. Locking: This innovative type is based on a hinge and secured with a dual-locking system similar to a wristwatch.
CHICAGO’S SHINING STAR CHEF
It was a Chicago hot spot for 18 years. But even though Naha has closed, the story isn’t over. Award-winning chef Carrie Nahabedian shuttered the Michelin-starred restaurant but has plans to reopen its successor “not too far away” in the fall of this year. (We at Syd Jerome keep tabs on Carrie since she’s like family to us and her restaurants are exceptional.) Citing the need for a new start, she promises that it won’t be an extension of Naha, but something brand new. In the meantime, you can enjoy the fancier Brindille, known for its fine French fare, run by Carrie and her cousin Michael Nahabedian, just a few blocks away. Mick Jagger stopped in there earlier this year, so it has impressive cachet. (We bet he finally got satisfaction!) As for the yetunnamed restaurant, keep your ears open and your mouth salivating. It’s coming soon and will be worth the wait for reservations.
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The Male Makeover
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Unhappy with the mug you saw in the mirror this morning? These treatments are so quick, they’re the epitome of a “lunch-hour procedure” — and they’ll easily help you love the way you look.
Just how important is a nice smile? In a survey conducted by Match.com, 71% of women said that when it comes to a potential date, the first thing they look at is his teeth. If that isn’t reason enough to polish your grill, here’s one more: It’s easy. Your dentist can provide an in-office laser treatment and lighten your teeth anywhere from six to 12 shades in just one visit, which will take about 30 minutes. You can also try an at-home whitening treatment— Crest, for one, has six options in its 3D White line, including the Luxe Professional Effects kit that promises to remove 14 years of stains. Meanwhile, Go Smile offers an alternative to strips: Its Super White Snap Packs contain capsules of whitening formula that are applied in the morning and at night before bed for seven days. If you’re feeling extra DIY, try brushing with the contents of an activated charcoal capsule: Just as the substance absorbs impurities in your gut, it can also draw stains right off your teeth.
First, the bad news: That double chin you’re getting may be genetic, and any extra time in the gym won’t help. The good news: You can get rid of it with CoolSculpting. The procedure is modern technology’s update on liposuction, offering a non-invasive way to remove fat deposits (see ya, scars!) in a session that typically lasts from 35 to 60 minutes. So how does it work? A precisely controlled cooling treatment actually freezes—and kills—fat cells; in the following weeks, your body will naturally process and eliminate them. You may feel mild pinching, tugging, stinging and aching during the treatment, but those sensations will decrease as the area becomes numb. Afterward, you might experience temporary redness, swelling or bruising and a sensation of fullness in the back of your throat, but those side effects should disappear in a few days. Many patients see dramatic results between one and three months after a session; some see an improvement after just a few weeks.
You may have gotten away with au natural eyebrows so far, but men in their late 20s and 30s often develop a new (and decidedly different) hair growth pattern that can result in a messy look or, worse, the dreaded uni-brow. Fortunately, there’s a solution (and it doesn’t have to do with wax, because we all remember that scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Threading is an ancient Indian hair removal that uses—you guessed it—a thread to pull along hair in a twisting motion; that, in turn, traps the hair in a mini-lasso and lifts it right out. The method is ridiculously precise, and because hair is removed straight from the follicle, it won’t come back for about six weeks. Even better: The entire procedure can take as little as two minutes. Oh, and if you’re like Andy (aka that infamous onscreen virgin) and want to rid your chest of its fur, don’t think you’ve found a new way to avoid a wax job: Threading is generally done only on the face.
Already seeing a few lines? Consider microdermabrasion, a non-invasive, non-chemical remedy that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the superficial layer of dead skin cells on your face and stimulate the production of new skin cells that come with higher levels of collagen and elastin (the stuff that lets skin stretch and bounce back). The results: the debut of your younger, healthier-looking face. Microdermabrasion can improve a number of other skin conditions too, including light acne scars, clogged pores and rosacea. The procedure is pretty painless and, best of all, it takes about 30 minutes and will only leave your face with a healthy pink flush afterward—so you can head back to the office with no one the wiser.
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Best cure for a fake-news hangover in this age of discontent: Spin some mind-cleansing tracks from these up-and-coming artists. By Mark Dowden
Proudly Southern, gay, Christian, post-punk, recovering from addiction and just months out of her teens, Julien Baker embraces what to some would seem contradictory strands of identity. Her songs are raw and intimate, giving the listener the sense, as writer Rachel Syme put it, of “eavesdropping on someone else’s prayers.” Concerned with themes of brokenness and redemption, Baker’s lyrics are fresh and honest. This latter-day pilgrim also happens to be highly listenable. The album: Turn Out the Lights Go-to song: “Appointments” Deeper dives: “Sour Breath.” Also check out “Blacktop” from Baker’s first album, Sprained Ankle.
Their hiatus may not set a record, but close: Slowdive, an English “shoegaze” band, went 22 years between recording sessions. The reunited band’s self-titled album, released last spring, shows the benefits of aging—or maybe just the benefits of creating art outside “The Scene That Celebrates Itself,” which the music press turned into a pressure cooker. On the new Slowdive, you’ll find meticulous songwriting and musicianship combined to produce a beautifully textured collection of tunes. The album: Slowdive Go-to song: “Sugar for the Pill” Deeper dives: “Slowmo” from the new album, “Celia’s Dream” from Just for a Day
ROSTAM As the musical leader and producer of Vampire Weekend, Rostam Batmanglij employed hand drums, harpsichord and strings to create a cheery, distinctive, genre-blurring sound. As the solo act Rostam (preferring to be mononymous), he brings the same signature techniques to his debut album, Half-Light. Rostam’s vocal style—somewhat hushed and often near-mumbling—is decidedly un-Vampire, but it’s pleasing and well-suited to his lyrics, which paint soft images of past memories. The album: Half-Light Go-to song: “Bike Song” Deeper dives: The short, haunting “I Will See You Again.” Also sample “In a Blackout” from Rostam’s collaborative album with Hamilton Leithauser.
The title Aromanticism, or the inability to experience romantic love, telegraphs this album’s bleak lyrical point of view. But singersongwriter Moses Sumney’s mood isn’t one of despair. In the solitary life, he seems to find both comfort and challenge. And so he wraps his blues in a package that sounds downright romantic, compact of dreamy harmonies, warm strings and Sumney’s own emotive, falsetto crooning. The songs may pack a series of existential bummers, but they also have the power of sonic seduction. The album: Aromanticism Go-to song: “Self-Help Tape” Deeper dives: “Plastic” and “San Fran,” both from the EP Mid-City Island
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PLAYLIST RULE #1: DO NOT BE BORING
There are two kinds of playlists—the kind that makes an unobtrusive background soundtrack (meh) and the kind that keeps you on your toes, reaching to adjust the volume with each new song. This is the latter kind, with recordings that span seven decades and cover genres from R&B to trip-hop. “Jenny of the Roses” by Hiss Golden Messenger “Little Sally Walker” by The Rivingtons “Let Me Go” by Cake “Roadless” by Frightened Rabbit “Witness” by Benjamin Booker “Foggy Day” by Beegie Adair
“Barefoot Desert” by King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard “I Must Be in a Good Place Now” by Bobby Charles “Salt Pork, West Virginia” by Louis Jordan “Lebanese Blonde” by Thievery Corporation “Sunshine Superman” by Donovan “Girlfriend” by Matthew Sweet
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OF MEN’S STYLE … in which Sid Shapiro discusses Syd Jerome’s roots in the fashion industry—and how the store keeps them firmly planted—and what every guy needs in his closet this season. You’ve been in the business for nearly 80 years. Where did you get your start in the fashion industry? I began as a Smoky Joe’s stock boy at the age of 12. It was a family operation: their father and two sons, and me. The store did big business in the high-end fashion industry and sold thousands of shirts. I was with them through high school and college, then I got married and eventually went off to the service. But when I came back, Smoky Joe’s had a job waiting for me. The company and the kind way the family treated me served as inspiration to start a business myself. That’s when a friend, Jerome Frishman, and I started Syd Jerome in 1958. So why is it “Syd” and not “Sid” with an “I” instead? (Laughing) I tell people that I thought the “Y” looked better on a sign. You and Jerome did all the heavy lifting, but was there anyone else who helped Syd Jerome get on its feet? Arthur Rubloff was the most dynamic
Realtor at the time, and I’ll never forget him. He made a deal with me that helped us open our first store. I went to him without a bank statement or a financial backer, and he said to me: “You do have balls, kid.” And all the manufacturers and everyone else treated us similarly and never asked for a statement. It turns out that it takes a lot of people to help a self-made man. There must be some tricks of the trade. What have you and Syd Jerome done over the years to keep customers coming back? It’s very simple: We’re not a store that sells. Of course we sell, so what does that mean? Our customers put themselves in our hands. We give them the service they deserve and do what’s right for them. We don’t want people coming in and thinking we just want a sale. Our business is not all about selling—it’s about how a man wants to dress and what he wants to project. And I think people know we’re not trying to hustle them, and they respect that. Do you remember your first suit? I bought my first suit when I was 13 years old. I actually designed it and had it custom made—it was the old boogie-woogie suit, single-breasted and light grey. What is your favorite go-to suit now? Well, I don’t think I can pick just one. I love everything we have in the store, from Canali to
Samuelsohn, and I wear everything that we hang. If I wouldn’t wear it, I won’t sell it. What are the essentials that should be in every man’s closet? I like to say that my average customer buys expensive overalls. He should have a change of clothes for a minimum of two weeks—so that’s 12 to 14 suits or sportcoats. When seasons change, men should replace two or three suits. Let’s talk a little about this season. Spring always brings a certain dilemma: finding that in-between coat. What do you recommend? The right outerwear is very important in Chicago. This season, we have an enormous collection of lightweight quilted jackets from Paul & Shark and Waterville that are perfect for cool evenings or when the wind and rain pick up. Speaking of rain, which shoes are best for a rainy Chicago day? We always give our customers new and interesting selections, and our sneakers are great for any weather. I’d recommend styles from Salvatore Ferragamo, John Varvatos and Swims—especially the styles with cool blue soles. In your opinion, which current celebrity has the best sense of style? Many of today’s celebrities, whether they’re actors or singers, are underdressed. What about the icons? Who was the bestdressed man in all of Hollywood history? Clark Gable’s style always gave him such presence, wherever he was. He was one of the best dressed and was always well kept and groomed.
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With Father’s Day coming up, what’s the perfect gift for dear old dad? Any dad would love to receive a sport shirt from Eton or a pair of casual pants from Meyer. Better yet, spoil him and get both. He deserves it!
But what do you want for Father’s Day? I’m a guy who doesn’t need anything anymore. I’ll take a kiss on the cheek from Scott. From left, Canali, Samuelsohn, Paul & Shark, Eton
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On model, soft black puffer jacket, black quarter-zip sweater and plaid shirt by Paul & Shark, tan pants by Meyer, slip-on sneakers by John Varvatos, blue polka-dot socks by Marcoliani. Clockwise from top right, sunglasses by Maui Jim, white linen shirt by Taccaliti, black pants by MAC, black sneaker by Salvatore Ferragamo, dog print socks by Happy Socks, belt by Salvatore Ferragamo, grey vest by Gran Sasso.
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Chicago’s popular business casual restaurant stuns guests with its atmospheric wedding and special event venue CHICAGO HAS some of the most distinguished architecture in the country, and one of the city’s gems is home to Pazzo’s @ 311. From the moment the restaurant opened its doors at the 311 S. Wacker location, the magnificent atrium became a beloved wedding destination. The restaurant is known as one of the Loop’s most popular power lunch destinations, and when you see Pazzo’s you can’t leave without imagining what it
would be like to hold an event in the majestic marble-clad space. Pazzo’s has made that vision a reality for hundreds of couples, along with corporations, charities and schools that have also held special functions in the space. The breathtaking atrium, with a direct entrance to Pazzo’s, is elegant without having to try, with its soaring ceilings, rows of columns and skylight windows with beautiful views. Just as perfect as the backdrop
is Pazzo’s great food, top-notch service and flexible packages. The restaurant prides itself on the fresh approach to food and authentic Mediterranean cuisine. From ceremony to reception to Pazzo’s famous late night wedding reception snacks, a professional, patient wedding and special events coordinator will help take your function far beyond your expectations. Offpremise catering and services are also available.
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THE LEADING MAN
Ladies’ Man Ryan Reynolds may have finally settled down, but he’s still continuing a love affair with three women: his (very famous) spouse and their two daughters. By Lance Debler
Wilson, who acquires a superhuman healing factor that enables him to survive unfortunate events like decapitation—in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The role brought him a new level of fame: People magazine named him one of its Sexiest Men Alive twice before bestowing the top honor upon him in 2010, and fashion bloggers began obsessing over his dressed-upyet-laid-back sense of style. For the Origins premiere, he ditched the jacket of his black three-piece suit and cut a breezy figure, the sleeves rolled up on his dress shirt. It’s a relaxed look that has stayed on constant display: In 2016, when that X-Men role finally turned into what’s sure to be his franchise goldmine with the release of the official Deadpool film, he showed up in a camel-colored suit, no belt and enough “dapper” to drench the red carpet. By then, of course, he’d met and married Lively and spawned the aforementioned two daughters, James, now 4, and Ines, 2. So will Reynolds begin embracing his dad status and lay back even more? Could be. While promoting Deadpool in London, he hit the press trail with mostly grey hair, a matching salt-and-pepper beard and a pair of thick-rimmed black glasses. Of course, no one seemed to mind his mature new look: Courtesy of style watchers, Twitter users and just about everyone else on Earth, Ryan Reynolds was officially proclaimed Hollywood’s newest silver fox.
Opposite page, clockwise from left: Ryan Reynolds strikes a dapper pose in a three-piece suit at a Hugo Boss event, gets laidback in leather for a photoshoot, hits the red carpet in a V-neck sweater and blazer combo at the 2009 premiere of The Proposal and gets totally casual while posing on a Harley-Davidson.
ith a wife and two young daughters at home, you might assume that Ryan Reynolds is ready to build an impassable man cave and retreat to it frequently. But you’d be wrong. “I’m just fine being surrounded by estrogen,” the 41-year-old (and better half of actress/lifestyle maven Blake Lively) once told an interviewer. “I grew up in a house full of testosterone. I’m the youngest of four boys, and my dad was a cop—and that’s intense. For whatever reason, I always got along great with girls.” No kidding. Before he settled into domestic bliss with Lively—they exchanged vows at a South Carolina plantation in 2012—he romanced several wellknown women. One of his most serious (but often forgotten-by-the-masses) relationships: a three-year union with angst-ridden rocker Alanis Morissette, to whom he was even engaged. Those looking for insight on the split need look only as far as Morissette’s 2008 Flavors of Entanglement album; she’s said it was inspired by the pain of the breakup, with the song “Torch” specifically based on Reynolds. The Canadian-born actor, meanwhile, rebounded quickly: He soon began dating Hollywood goddess Scarlett Johansson (the two were wed by 2008, with a divorce following three years later). Professionally, his career soared. In 2009, he first appeared as Deadpool—aka mild-mannered Wade
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With groundbreaking tech and 680 ponies under the hood, Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso is in a class of its own. And there’s seating for the entire family! Don’t let the spacious trunk and wagon-like silhouette fool you, this is every bit a Ferrari as Magnum P.I.’s 308 GTS—and it might be better! The legendary Italian luxury sports car maker has revamped its old FF model and renamed it the GTC4Lusso (one word, Ferrari says). Casual drivers will love the trunk space and seating for four. But enthusiasts will appreciate the power, falling for the 680-horsepower V12 engine and all-wheel drive/four-wheel steering combo—a first in the gran turismo class. Undoubtedly, this is a Ferrari!
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A front-mounted 6.2liter V12 engine cranks out 680 horsepower at 8,000 rpm. (That’s a big roar!) All that muscle catapults the Lusso from 0–62 mph in 3.4 seconds; it has a reported top speed of 207 mph. Catch your breath before you read on.
The big coupe obeys every steering command thanks to 20-inch front and rear wheels. The 117.7-inch wheel base, wide like other sports coupes, provides extra stability.
A sports coupe for the snow? Not only does the Lusso feature a rugged AWD system, but its four-wheel steering (when needed, the front and rear wheels will steer into a turn) gives it top-notch handling and control.
From sculpted sides and chiseled crease lines to aggressive angles, styling on the Lusso—which translates to “luxury”— earns higher marks than its predecessor, the Ferrari FF.
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A 10.3-inch touchscreen is mission control of the infotainment system. Together with the knob-and-button interface, the audio, phone and ventilation systems are intuitive and easy to navigate.
Like Formula 1 racers, Lusso drivers can control the car without taking their hands off the wheel. Controls for ignition, headlights, turn signals and windshield wipers are mounted on the front of the steering wheel. Rotary switches for the audio system are built into the back of the wheel spokes.
The Lusso’s two rear seats aren’t just for looks—two people can fit snuggly in the back. It’s unlikely that a pro basketball player can squeeze in (this is a sports coupe, after all) but this car has 16 millimeters more legroom than its predecessor.
The company’s trademark twin rear lights broaden the horizontal lines of the rear profile. Tailpipes remind those who follow behind the car of its raw power.
With an AWD drivetrain and ground clearance higher than any other sports car, driving in everyday conditions (including nasty potholes) is a breeze.
Unlike many luxury sports coupes, the Lusso provides ample trunk space. Pop the hatchback and stow your groceries, luggage or even a couple of golf bags. Going skiing? Fold down the 50/50 split rear seats to fit all your gear.
Ferrari’s prancing horse emblem is mounted front and center on the large single grille, which provides all the necessary air intake to cool the mighty V12 beneath the hood.
Double pane glass is used throughout the vehicle, including an optional panoramic moonroof, giving riders a sweeping view of the surroundings. Though noise is an expected quality of Ferraris, the glass, coupled with an improved exhaust system and extra soundmuffling fiberglass, keeps the cabin quiet.
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let the games begin! There’s no contest when you need a winning look— Syd Jerome is No. 1 by a mile!
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This page, wool windowpane sportcoat and striped shirt by Etro, navy pants by Mason’s. Opposite, blue windowpane suit by Luigi Bianchi, shirt by Stenströms, striped tie by Italo Ferretti, paisley pocket square by Edward Armah.
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This page, navy windowpane suit by Corneliani, plaid shirt by Taccaliti, yellow patterned tie by Robert Jensen, pocket square by Edward Armah. Opposite, tan windowpane sportcoat and blue shirt by Giorgio Armani, polka-dot pocket square by Eton, navy pants by Canali.
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This page, blue check suit by Canali, plaid shirt by Taccaliti, polka-dot tie by Stenstrรถms, houndstooth pocket square by Edward Armah. Opposite, plaid sportcoat floral shirt and polka-dot pocket square by Isaia, brown pants by Incotex.
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This page, plaid sportcoat by Samuelsohn, blue crewneck sweater by Canali, striped shirt by Stenstrรถms, floral tie by Paolo Albizzati, blue pants by Sartore. Opposite, navy suit and silver striped tie by Brioni, blue check shirt by Taccaliti, patterned pocket square by Edward Armah.
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This page, blue suit and floral tie by Ermenegildo Zegna, pink check shirt by Eton, pocket square by Edward Armah. Opposite, plaid sportcoat and blue knit polo by Luciano Barbera, patterned pocket square by Edward Armah, tan jeans by MAC.
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This page, brown windowpane sportcoat by Santarelli, check shirt by Taccaliti, pocket square by Edward Armah, white jeans by MAC. Opposite, blue pinstripe suit by Castangia, white check shirt and floral pocket square by Eton, pink patterned tie by Italo Ferretti.
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This page, grey suit by Belvest, check shirt by Eton, blue striped tie by Italo Ferretti, paisley pocket square by Stenstrรถms. Opposite, blue windowpane sportcoat by Hickey Freeman, purple sweater and houndstooth shirt by Robert Talbott, purple tie by Robert Jensen, plaid pocket square by Edward Armah, grey trousers by PT01.
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With lush rainforests, white-sand beaches and eye-popping coral reefs, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer a scenic retreat like no other. By Nancy Mattia
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A villager rides one of the famous swimming elephants, originally hired to help with commercial logging in area forests.
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This page, clockwise from top left: The on islands that are off-limits to tourists. f your bucket list includes vacationing on a remote island private villa at Jalakara, a boutique hotel, As for the isles you can visit, be forewarned: It takes where the water is blue and clear and the white sand is built into the hill and outfitted with a double hammock for resting or just time, patience and more time to reach them. To get sparkles like tiny diamonds, then pack lots of sunscreen gazing. The infinity pool at Jalakara is to Havelock Island, for example, you typically fly into and head to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a far-flung lined with Italian mosaic tiles and Indian granite; a French filtration system keeps New Delhi or Mumbai (14 hours nonstop from, for archipelago off the coast of India. the water clean, hygienic—and chilled. Sunsets like this that brilliantly color the example, Newark Liberty International Airport), take Considered one of the most gorgeous out-of-the-way sky are as mesmerizing as they are comanother flight to Andaman and Nicobar’s capital city, destinations in the world, this group of small islands mon on Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Grilled tiger prawns from local waters Port Blair (four hours), then get a boat ride (90 minutes admittedly doesn’t have the trendiness of St. Barts or the make a healthy and delicious dinner. by speed catamaran or two-and-a-half hours by ferry). glamour of Fiji. But think a minute: Isn’t that an addiOpposite: Take a stroll on the bottom of the Andaman Sea for a glimpse of colorful You will be amply rewarded. tional advantage? marine life, such as the striped IndoPacific sergeant. Scuba-diving is big on Havelock, especially from The UN doesn’t keep jaw-dropping statistics, but a first January to May, when the waters are calmest and the surface conditions glimpse of the stunning beaches here surely sets a high international mark best. Want to try something more laid-back? Go snorkeling in the sea for facial muscles gone slack. On 44-square-mile Havelock, one of the biggest and prettiest islands on the archipelago and the place you’ll likely spend around the Island, and you’ll get a close-up view of the colorful life that lies beneath, such as turtles, sharks and rays. There’s also an activity at the most time (Nicobar is still recovering from the 2004 tsunami), you’ll see Elephant Beach called Sea Walk that the whole family (ages 7 and up) some of nature’s finest work, including lush rainforests and exotic flora and can enjoy together. It involves strolling on the bottom of the Andaman fauna. If you want to delve deeper, literally, into this wonderland, there are excellent snorkeling and scuba-diving opportunities to satisfy that urge. And Sea and getting a close-up view of fauna, coral and tropical fish; a specially designed helmet allows you to simultaneously breathe and see yes, it’s just as gorgeous under the sea as above it. the fascinating sights around you. Calling the Andaman and Nicobar Islands “remote” is no exaggeration: Ever thought you’d go to jail on vacation? On these islands, it’s the thing These beauties are tucked between the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, to do when you need a break from paradise. Ross Island is as famous for its with India to the west and Myanmar to the north and east. Though they breathtaking beauty and scenic views as it is for its ruins of a penal colony comprise almost 600 isles, only 36 are inhabited and just 17 are accessible to established in 1858 and active during the British occupation of India. But tourists. Jacques Cousteau, the legendary undersea adventurer, was so taken before those infamous days, Ross Island had an opulent life as a colonial with this area that he filmed a documentary here in 1991 called Andaman: base for the British military. Walk around the area today and see remnants of Invisible Islands. He studied not only the spectacular sea life but also the happier times, such as a bakery, a church, tennis courts, a swimming pool, mysterious tribal people who still live a Stone Age life (not just no Netflix; a bazaar, gardens and a ballroom. And while you’re doing the history thing, no running water either). They reside in the dense jungles and rainforests
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This page, clockwise from left: The or TV but do suggest guests “log on” to the beautiful visit the so-called cellular jail, a popular national meFestival of Panguni Uthiram is a colorful tropical surroundings, go swimming in the on-site pool morial monument in Port Blair where political prisoners annual event in Port Blair that celebrates the importance of relationships to Hindu or get a massage at the spa. Though remote, it’s close were incarcerated back in the early 20th century. followers. A scuba diver swims around a enough to go snorkeling at Elephant or Turtle Beach, Until recently, Andaman was the proud home of colorful coral reef deep down on the ocean floor; the Andaman and Nicobar Islands take in the pretty scenery at Radhanagar Beach, or hike Rajan, an elephant who famously swam in the gentle are renowned for their scuba-diving sites, considered some of the best in India. through the jungle, kayak or birdwatch. Since the British waters around the islands and became a YouTube star. Visitors enjoy navigating the tranquil owner, Marko Hill, is also a chef, there’s no doubting the How did he get there? Back in 1883, elephants were waters around the islands in small boats. Opposite: Rajan, the last of the swimming food—it’s fabulous. Seafood such as spiny lobster with brought to the islands to help with timber extracelephants, frolics in the Bay of Bengal a tasty nimbu hollandaise and sugar-cured tiger prawns tion for the burgeoning logging industry. Swimming, alongside a snorkeler; the three-and-a-half ton animal became a beloved tourist attops the daily dinner menu, and fruits and vegetables which elephants excel at, was the most efficient way for traction before his death in 2016. grown locally are used in dishes like the signature “threethe animals to go from island to island. But in 2000, way” papaya and coconut curry. logging was banned on Andaman, making the elephants obsolete. Most Though it hasn’t opened yet, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa on Radhanwere shipped back to the mainland but a few, like Rajan, remained. Sadly, agar Beach plans to make future travelers’ dreams come true. Spread out though, in 2016, he passed away at age 66—but his legacy and those of the over 30 acres, the resort has 75 villas whose design was inspired by an other waterborne Babars remain a part of the islands’ history. indigenous tribe’s real-life huts, but they’re filled with luxury amenities— Where to stay in this magical world? With scenery so mesmerizing, this isn’t a camping trip, after all. By day, go for a scenic kayak ride; at night booking accommodations in a ramshackle hut would be a downer. Fortueat by candlelight at one of the resort’s fine dining establishments. Make nately, there’s Jalakara, an intimate boutique hotel on Havelock Island with time at the Taj’s holistic spa, where offerings include a detoxification called just six rooms and suites and a private villa, including the “Sky Room,” a Abhisheka; it starts with a body cleansing using the Holy Ganges water and teak pavilion with glass-paneled walls that’s accessed via a private staircase. is followed by a signature massage. Just ask the resort’s butlers what’s on ofWith an outdoor balcony overlooking the main villa lily pond and an en fer—they’re at your beck and call to make your getaway something special. suite bathroom with views of the jungle, even your moments spent inside When you arrive home after vacationing on the Andaman and Nicobar will give you an up-close and personal visit with Mother Nature. Like Islands, it may be difficult to make the transition back to the real world of everything about the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jalakara is distant, set crowds, noise and daily duties. But, fully renewed and rejuvenated, you high in the jungle and backing a rainforest. The property’s owners make a won’t regret your time in this faraway paradise. serious attempt at creating a relaxing environment—they don’t offer Wi-Fi
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With gorgeous greenery and lush landscapes, these spotsâ€”located across the pondâ€”have attracted admirers from all over the world.
Dating back to 1100 A.D., Hindringham Hall is surrounded by one of the only complete moats left in the Norfolk, England area. Amid winding, narrow paths and a stately bridge, a Formal Garden features a pergola with scented clematis and roses; in contrast are less manicured areas like the Wild and Bog gardens with a dense planting of hosta, primula, daylilies and hellebores.
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Sharply trimmed hedges and topiary surround the main house of The Woolbeding, a 25-acre property in Midhurst, West Sussex, England. Less formal gardens, meanwhile, are filled with narcissi, crocuses and tulips shaded by oriental plane trees.
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Four years after a restoration that began in 1995, The Aberglasney in Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, Wales opened to the public. At the center of its 10 acres is an Elizabethan cloister garden, plus a Jubilee Woodland and a circular Upper Walled Garden.
Reprinted with permission from Dreamscapes by Claire Takacs. Published by Hardie Grant Books (2017).
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Rich wildflower meadows are a hallmark of Great Dixter in Northiam, East Sussex, England. It was the home of legendary gardener and garden writer Christopher Lloyd until his death in 2006.
Several different garden rooms and stepping stone paths can be found at Long Barn in Sevenoaks Weald, Kent, England. Plantings in pink and grey tones are plentifulâ€”along with plenty of green, of course.
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LIMITLESS OPTIONS The client can select any detail—subdued or extravagant, simple or complex— that he desires. (Color-accented buttonholes, anyone?)
HAND CUT AND SEWN A tailor uses measurements to prepare fabrics for suit assembly.
FABRICS Bespoke shops have a library of fabrics, usually scores of them from a selection of more than 10 mills.
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LIST OF OPTIONS Clients pick from a checklist of choices— for instance, number of jacket buttons, pocket style, vent options, pant pleats and cuffs.
MACHINE CUT AND SEWN Fabric is prepared in a factory, though some work is done by hand.
FABRICS Most shops offer a curated selection of fabrics from one to two mills. Using fewer mills guarantees price point and quality.
MEASUREMENTS There are fewer measurements taken than bespoke. Sales associates or made-to-measure specialists obtain numbers, then send them to a factory.
PATTERN These are based on standard suit sizes. The tailor or house cutter will modify standard patterns based on body shapes, such as shoulder width and jacket length.
PATTERN A new pattern is created for each gent. Because standard or base patterns are not used, the design is truly based on the customer’s body.
MEASUREMENTS The tailor will take as many measurements as needed for a perfect fit. Often numbers are recorded at the client’s home or office.
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BESPOKE VS. MADE kn
PRICE Starting at $5,000
TURNAROUND TIME From two to six months
PRODUCTION TIME Tailors can spend between 50 and 100 hours on one suit.
ALTERATIONS Extra material is hidden inside the suit to allow for extensive alterations.
FITTINGS A bespoke suit requires several fittings. Tailoring takes place in stages, so clients can expect multiple fittings throughout the production.
PRICE Starting at $1,000
TURNAROUND TIME From six weeks to two months
PRODUCTION TIME Factory workers and tailors usually need 10 to 20 hours to complete a garment.
ALTERATIONS Adjustments and tailoring can be done, but the options are limited when compared with bespoke.
FITTINGS These are limited. Clients may be called in for a fitting once during the production and for a final fitting after completion.
STITCH TENSION Stitch tension is uniform throughout the entire garment.
STITCH TENSION Tension is adjusted where the body moves most, maximizing overall comfort.
E -TO-MEASURE know about two approaches used to make timeless garments.
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Soft puffer jacket by Waterville, white and black knit shirt by Umberto Vallati.
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THE SPORTING LIFE
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Streamsong’s two quirky tracks have been smashing the clichés about Florida golf. Now there are three courses to play. By Josh Sens
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n a lush swath of central Florida, at a triangle point between Tampa and Orlando, the flat terrain begins to wrinkle like a rumpled bedsheet. The air is warm, but a breeze is blowing as white-sand dunes rise into view. In the near distance, down a sleepy turnoff south of the city of Lakeland, a modern wood-stone-and-glass clubhouse stands lonely sentinel, its windows glinting in the daylight. Behind it stretch green fingerlings of fairway, bent and knuckled, fringed by knobby mounds and native grasses. Welcome to Streamsong, a slice of Scotland in the Sunshine State. From the day it opened in 2014, this upscale resort has upended preconceptions about Florida golf. While the stereotype features geezers riding golf carts on cookie-cutter courses carved through gated subdivisions, Streamsong offers something wild and otherworldly. Its location alone sets it apart—on a former phosphate mine, far removed from any residential sprawl. Here, there are no houses. But the land itself has plenty of life, marked by shaggy hillocks and sandy gouges, with elevation changes that are hard to come by elsewhere in the state. At its inauguration, Streamsong cut the ribbon on two courses, the Blue and the Red, designed, respectively, by Tom Doak and the duo of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. If you’re looking to name-drop in golf architecture circles, the names don’t
get much bigger than those three. True to their reputation as rugged minimalists, Doak and Coore/Crenshaw crafted layouts that required little earth-moving. On both the Red and Blue, the holes buck and roll with the dips and rises that phosphate mining left behind, their imprint lying gently on the land. Before you could yell “Fore!” Streamsong gained acclaim as a pleasure ground for purists, celebrated for its throwback style of golf. Unlike many Florida layouts, which require blunt-edged aerial assaults, the Red and Blue encourage creative play. You can launch high shots. But you can also bound your ball along the firm, wide fairways, making use of the quirky humps and hollows. Though the two tracks are a long way from identical—the Blue has larger greens; the Red has tighter tee shots, among other distinctions— both are shaped by a similar aesthetic. They are reminiscent of British links, except that they are nowhere near the sea. Although walking isn’t mandatory, it’s highly recommended, just as it is throughout the British Isles, where the philosophy holds that a caddie beats a golf cart any day. “As public-access, two-course complexes go, there’s none better in the United States,” raved Joe Passov, Golf magazine’s chief architecture critic, after seeing the property for the first time. That assessment was correct but it needs
updating: Today there aren’t two courses at Streamsong, but three. Last fall, the already sprawling resort expanded further with the opening of Streamsong Black. Designed by Gil Hanse, another noted architect, whose heralded course credits include Castle Stuart in Scotland and the 2016 Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, the Black is a kindred spirit of the Red and Blue—with magnified features. Located a mile southeast of its two siblings, it spreads across a larger footprint. It has broad-shouldered fairways, cavernous sand traps and dunes that loom like scale-model Himalayas. It’s a course that calls for power but also precision, as evidenced by the holes such as the short par-four 14th, with a green that’s reachable from the tee—if you can laser your drive along the proper line. As a complement to its time-capsule golf, Streamsong rolls out refined accommodations, its lodge honeycombed with 216 custom-designed guest rooms and suites. There are four casual and fine dining restaurants. There’s a full-service spa. There’s a convention center’s worth of conference rooms and meeting space. Inside, you’re coddled by contemporary comforts, just as you would be in a luxury hotel in Tampa or Orlando. Outside, though, the mood is different. Step onto the first tee and click your spikes. You get a funny feeling you’re not in Florida anymore.
Opposite page, clockwise from top: The Blue course features multiple elevation changes, fairways navigating wild grasses and deep-water ponds; the Red course boasts decadesold sand dunes, lakes and natural bunkers; the resort’s Lodge has a quiet loft/lounge area, along with a grotto-style, full-service spa and a fitness center; the Black course is known for its sand ridges akin to the Sand Belt Region of Melbourne, Australia; the Red course was designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw; guestrooms have floorto-ceiling glass with custom louvers, with many offering stunning water views.
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roped in Is your workout routine on the ropes? Here’s a “badass” remedy.
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f spring fever has you battling a case of workout boredom—or waging war on waistline expansion—battle ropes could be your answer. The practice of waving, thrashing and slamming thick ropes provides a fast, high-intensity workout with a big payoff. “Battle ropes are a great alternative for upper body training,” says Rob Sulaver, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and the founder of Bandana Training in New York City. “That’s why boxers and martial arts experts love them.” Football players are also drawn to the workout, says Franklin Antoian, founder of the top-ranked online personal training website iBodyFit. “It builds the skills they need—quickness, agility, power, speed and strength—in short bursts,” he says. Amateur athletes are drawn to battle ropes for the hard-core aspect they add to a workout. The concept was developed by John Brookfield, a renowned fitness expert who holds a number of world strength records (including one for bending 520 penny nails in about 90 minutes). Despite this fearsome lineage, battle ropes are an accessible workout. “It’s like learning to jump rope or ride a bicycle,” Antoian says. “It looks really challenging, and in the beginning it is—but you quickly get the hang of it. It’s great for both men and women, and you can do it no matter what fitness level you’re at.” The ropes are generally 30, 40 or 50 feet long and from 1.5 to 2 inches wide. They weigh between 25 and 50 pounds and can be made of polyester, rubber or even plain old hemp. The most common move—and the one you can find on numerous YouTube videos—is The Wave, in which two equal lengths of rope, secured by an “anchor” (such as a heavy piece of equipment), are made to undulate in ocean-like swells. This lends a play-like, graceful aspect to a super-challenging workout. The demands on muscles, as well as the intense cardio exertion, can make a 20-second interval feel endless. Studies have shown that a battle ropes workout burns as many as 112 calories in 10 minutes. There are technique variations within the Wave category— Tsunami, SideWinder and Rainbows, to name a few. But rope exercises can also consist of pulling, slamming or twisting, often while the user simultaneously does lunges, squats or even jumping jacks. “Battle ropes movements aren’t limited to a single plane of motion—they’re three-dimensional, and you can easily flow from one exercise to the other,” says Sulaver. “That lends itself to a lot of variety, and athletes find that interesting and fun.” Battle ropes newbies should combine 20- to 25-second work intervals with 20-second rest intervals, according to the American Council on Exercise; more experienced or highly conditioned individuals can use 30- or 35-second work intervals and 15-second rest intervals. In either case, a typical battle ropes workout should last no more than 15 to 20 minutes. While battle ropes are becoming increasingly available at gyms—many locations in national chains like Crunch and Equinox offer them—they also work well at home. “When I design a home gym for a client, battle ropes are always on the list because there are so many exercises you can do with them,“ Sulaver says. “They’re relatively inexpensive, and when you’re done you can put them away and they don’t take up a lot of space.” Battle ropes are also a good option for workouts in the backyard, where they can be anchored by a small tree or sturdy deck support, Antoian reports. “People who want a badass feel to their workouts tend to go for battle ropes,” Sulaver says. “Plus, the exercises look really cool. They give you great pictures to post on Instagram.”
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Do The Dunes! Can-Am’s Maverick X3 Turbo makes it look easy as it gobbles terrain— sandy, rocky, muddy or just plain rough. By Timothy Kelley
alk about your misleading monikers. Maverick is a gambler’s name, but here’s a sure thing. With the Maverick X3, Can-Am—the allterrain vehicle branch of Quebec-based Bombardier Recreational Products—has written a new chapter in side-by-side history. It’s a blissful union of traction and maneuverability. And for 2018, it’s available at $20,000. Hey, if “smooth” were all you cared about, you wouldn’t be out there in the wild. You’d be oozing down the avenue in a luxury limo with tinted glass. But you want the whole rugged world. Thus, a vehicle craftily constructed to take rocks, ridges, mud flats, dunes and dirt trails in stride very smoothly indeed. Just imagine where you’ll go next. This bodacious super-buggy, which goes from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, boasts a 120-horsepower, turbocharged, electronic fuel-injected 900-cc Rotax ACE (Advanced Combustion Efficiency) three-cyl-
inder, liquid-cooled engine. There’s an ultralight, rigid chassis of tubular steel that the manufacturers say offers “53 percent better torsional stiffness” while “20 percent lighter than its closest competitor.” The transmission is shiftless (but not lazy!), and there are 14 inches of ground clearance and a four-link TTX suspension. Count on 28-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 six-ply tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels. And the shocks are by Fox—2.5 Podium HPG Piggyback with position-sensitive internal bypass technology that prevents harsh bottoming. Translation for all that? Exceptional performance! You’ll sit low to the ground in four-way adjustable seats in the heart of the vehicle, switching from two- to four-wheel drive while under way. This Maverick X3 is a two-seater, so take along a witness you’d like to impress. (Just remember not to look too goggleeyed yourself.) Heck, you may give up roads entirely. Was 20 grand ever so grand?
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Your date with Lady Luck begins the moment you take the Maverick X3 Turbo out to try some tough turf. It enjoys maximum ground-hugging stability with a 64-inch width, and its turbocharged engine is tuned for torque.
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The super-buggy is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
An ultralight, rigid chassis of tubular steel offers 53 percent better torsional stiffness, according to manufacturers.
There are 28-inch Maxxis Bighorn 2.0 six-ply tires on 14-inch aluminum wheels.
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When these professionals finally settled into the Windy City, the guys at Syd Jerome made them feel like part of the family.
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VICE PRESIDENT OF WEALTH MANAGEMENT AT GCG FINANCIAL AND FORMER NFL PLAYER Chicago is a giant magnet that keeps pulling me back, even when I’m forced to leave for one reason or another. I’m 52 years old and have only spent 10 years away from Illinois: four years for college in Philadelphia and six years in Minnesota while playing football. Before entering the world of finance, I played for the Chicago Bears and then the Minnesota Vikings. When I retired from the NFL, I moved back to Chicago and needed to replenish my professional wardrobe for my new position. I always joke that the only article of clothing I owned during my football career was my underwear—everything else was lent out by retailers. Luckily, I knew just who to go to for wardrobe help, and that man is Gary from Syd Jerome. I’ve known him since I was 12 years old and living in the Chicago suburbs. He actually sold me my bar mitzvah suit. During football’s off-season, I’d come back and visit Gary—that’s how much of a relationship I’ve built with him and the store these past 40 years. Now, Gary helps me pick out the sportcoats and suits I need for work. He recently introduced me to a black Canali suit that I now wear for all of my important meetings. At Syd Jerome, there’s no question that you’ll get the best of everything: tailoring, quality of clothing and overall shopping experience. Gary knows my size and taste, and the store’s tailors are the best in the city. I try and introduce everyone I can to Gary, and whenever someone compliments my outfit, I direct them to Syd Jerome.
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EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR AT RIVERON CONSULTING Despite growing up and going to college in Wisconsin, I consider Chicago to be my home. It’s where I’ve spent my entire professional career, where my children were born and raised, and it’s the place I always yearn to come back to after time on the road. As a business consultant, I spend a lot of time traveling throughout the continental 48 states, with many visits to New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas. It’s nice to have a city like Chicago to call my “home base,” and even better, to have a store like Syd Jerome to help me prepare for these business trips. I get all of my shopping done for the year in a three-hour time period. I swear I spend more money on my wardrobe than I do my mortgage! I’ll show up to the store, and Gary will have a ton of options laid out for me, which I then choose from. When I travel, I pack for my destination, and my wardrobe has to reflect the climates of the different places I’ll be visiting. I recently picked up a beautiful copper-brown cardigan from Syd that I wear beneath coats in colder cities and a pair of Meyer pants that are comfortable for traveling. Even though I have strong ties to Wisconsin and spend much of my time on the road, Chicago will always be home.
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MANAGING DIRECTOR, OPERATIONS AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER AT DOLAN MCENIRY CAPITAL MANAGEMENT From growing up in Dixon (a suburb two hours west of Chicago) to earning my finance degree from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am an Illinois native through and through. I eventually moved to Chicago for the career opportunities in its financial market, and the city has been my home for 15 years. My time at Dolan McEniry extends back to 2004. Our offices are very close to Syd Jerome, and I walk past the store almost every day. I remember the first time I actually went into the storeâ€”I had been admiring an Isaia coat in the storefront window. When I finally stopped in, Scott Shapiro mentioned that he had seen me admiring the coat and worked with me to ensure its size and tailoring were flawless. I have been a loyal customer since that day six years ago, and now I work exclusively with Billy Cavada. They help find me both professional pieces for work and casual clothing that I can wear during my time off. I spend my summers boating on Lake Michigan and running along its shoreline. Chicago offers the perfect balance of city and outdoors, and Syd helps dress me for both of these lifestyles.
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REGIONAL PRESIDENT AT FIFTH THIRD BANK I’m originally from Baltimore but moved to Chicago in 1995 after graduating from Howard University and working in New York City for a few years. My wife and I moved here together, and we now live in Evanston with our two daughters. Besides being a great place to settle down, Chicago offered the opportunities I needed to follow my dreams: to have a very successful career in banking and get involved in the civic community. I currently serve on the Chicago Urban League, which is one of the oldest and largest civil rights communities in the U.S. I’ve also been a board member for the Lurie Children’s Hospital and Goodman Theatre. Due to the professional nature of these various positions, I have to present myself in a certain way, and that’s where Syd Jerome comes in. The staff has an eye for current trends, but the guys remain true to classic and well-tailored looks, which are essential for people who are in positions of leadership and work in more conservative professions, like banking. When I’m at the store, I shop with Willie—I’ve actually known him for more than 15 years and followed him from his old job to Syd Jerome because I enjoyed working with him so much. He helped me find my favorite winter coat, a beige cashmere piece from Pal Zileri, that I usually take with me while traveling. Despite having to leave Chicago occasionally for work, it’s my favorite city, and I can’t imagine living, working and shopping anywhere else.
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FILIPINO IS THE NEW THAI Get ready: The exotic flavor of the Philippines is coming to a restaurant near you. By Darius Amos
hile cuisines from mainland countries like China, India, Korea and Thailand have made their marks on Western cultures, Filipino food always seemed to lag behind. But thanks to internationally renowned chefs-turned-TV-stars like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, we’ve caught a glimpse of the good and tasty plates from the Philippines. Our thoughts now? Lemme try some of that! To prepare you for the influx of Filipino restaurants in a city near you, we provide the 411 on four Filipino staples (pictured on opposite page) that you’ll likely find on any menu. Enjoy!
The Philippines’ national noodle dish, pancit (PAHN-sit or PUN-sit) resembles Chinese lo mein in appearance, but it awakens different tastebuds when eaten. And depending on the home or restaurant, you’ll find different versions. The most common, pancit canton, combines an Asian egg noodle with a variety of chopped vegetables, meat (chicken, Chinese sausage and fish cake are popular options), soy sauce and a tangy splash or two of calamansi. In pancit bihon, chefs use a translucent rice noodle as the base for the mix of veggies and meats, and they often enhance it with a few sprinkles of patis (a savory sauce made of fermented fish and salt). A third kind, pancit palabok, features a thick rice noodle topped with a golden shrimp sauce, hard-boiled egg, chicharrón (crushed pork rinds) and other garnishes. Mastery of chopsticks not required!
Many Filipinos eat rice with breakfast, lunch and dinner—and a good number will even have it for dessert! Biko is a glutinous rice (short-grain, sticky rice) cake that’s mixed and topped with a delectable syrup consisting of coconut milk and brown sugar. And contrary to the name of its main ingredient, biko does not contain gluten, so those with Celiac can enjoy! Because it’s best served warm—though still appealing served at room temperature—biko is considered a comfort food and might feel as good as an affectionate hug from a loved one.
When translated to English, kinilaw literally means “eaten raw.” This raw seafood delicacy is closely related to ceviche or poke—it’s even eaten as a snack or appetizer—but there’s one major difference. In kinilaw, the acid in vinegar is used to “cook” the seafood, which is usually octopus, tuna, swordfish or mackerel mixed with calamansi juice, salt, ginger, chili peppers and other spices. Ceviche dishes, on the other hand, rely on lime juice. Tip: Check the description before ordering. Filipino cuisine includes a similarly named dish called “kilawin.” Some restaurants will use the names interchangeably for the raw seafood plate, but traditional kilawin features cooked goat, pork or beef instead of seafood.
Typically consumed as an appetizer, these savory spring rolls are just as palate-pleasing served hot as they are cold. And like pancit, there are several varieties that will satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike. The most popular is deep-fried lumpia, a rice wrapper filled with meticulously chopped vegetables like bean sprouts, carrots, string beans and, if you choose, morsels of meat (chicken, shrimp, pork). The non-fried fresh lumpia can include those ingredients plus lettuce, coconut hearts and crushed peanuts along with a dipping sauce made of crushed peanuts, stock and garlic. For the true snacker, bite-size lumpia Shanghai is stuffed with ground pork or beef, minced onion and zesty Asian spices, fried and then enjoyed with either a spicy dip or sweet banana sauce.
Opposite page, clockwise from top left: pancit, the traditional Filipino noodle dish; biko, a glutinous rice cake dessert; kinilaw, a raw seafood appetizer that resembles ceviche; lumpia, a deep-fried rice wrapper containing chopped vegetables and meat.
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EASTERN PROMISE In honor of World Whisky Day on May 19, we’re serving up a half-dozen top Japanese whiskies. Kanpai (“cheers”) from the Land of the Rising Sun! By Nancy Mattia
etter watch out, Macallan. Japanese whisky, with its distinctly silky texture and smooth taste, is so popular right now that even producers in Scotland are attempting to emulate it with Scotch aged in casks made from Japan’s Mizunara oak. Well, what took them so long? Whisky (that’s the preferred spelling in the Land of the Rising Sun) is nothing new to Japan—the Suntory company built the country’s first whisky distillery in Yamazaki, on the outskirts of Kyoto, back in 1923, and it’s been joined by other well-respected producers since then. Check out our guide to six must-try varieties of this sophisticated sip. If you like what you taste, feel free to explore more— it’s hard to find a so-so pour.
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THE YAMAZAKI SINGLE MALT 12-YEAR-OLD
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This is the stuff whisky dreams are made of. The award-winning spirit—produced by the Yamazaki Distillery, the first to be built in Japan—is made from malted barley and distilled in casks made of Japanese, American and Spanish oak, which contribute to its rich flavor. It’s aged for 12 years, and the wait is worth it. You’ll find the aroma is pleasing, even intoxicating: floral with a hint of fruit, including honeydew, plus spice and hay. When you sample it for the first time, close your eyes. Can you detect notes of toffee, stone fruits like plums and even buttered toast? The finish to each sip is intense and lasting.
HIBIKI SUNTORY JAPANESE HARMONY
With a name like “Harmony,” it should come as no surprise that this whisky is blended. (The Japanese word for “harmony” is—you guessed it—“hibiki.”) Its pedigree comes from malt and grain whiskies from three different distilleries. As its producer, Suntory, notes, it’s “blessed with the riches of Japanese nature and craftsmanship.” And it really does all work together to produce a mild, well-balanced whisky with an abundance of flavor. Take a whiff and you’ll detect rose, lychee and rosemary, along with woodsy notes of pine and sandalwood. When you take a sip, hold it for a moment—you’ll likely taste honey, cinnamon, candied orange peel and white chocolate. The finish is subtle yet tends to linger and delivers a hint of Mizunara (oak).
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His family owned a sake brewery but Masataka Taketsuru was more interested in whisky so, in 1918, he took off for Scotland’s University of Glasgow and became the first person of Japanese heritage to study whisky-making. No wonder he’s called “the father of Japanese whisky.” He turned his passion into profit and eventually founded the Nikka company, which launched its first whisky in 1940. Named after its pioneering head, this full-bodied spirit is distilled in sherry casks, bourbon barrels and American oak. It gets high marks for its mild, blended malt flavor, aromatic fruitiness (plums, cherries, papaya, lemon) and well-balanced taste. A key feature of a worthy whisky is how it tastes on your palate, and the Taketsuru delivers coffee, almonds and a touch of spicy clove. The finish is lush or, as it’s been called by admirers, “fruit salad in a glass.”
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SUNTORY WHISKY TOKI
Toki means “time” in Japanese, and that concept inspired the creation of a whisky that represents how tradition meets innovation. You’ll find that it takes no time at all to appreciate how this light-bodied blended whisky tastes. Made from selected malt and grain whiskies from three different Suntory distilleries, this clear gold spirit offers a nose treat of green apples, honey and basil with palate-pleasing flavors of green grapes, grapefruit, peppermint and thyme. The refreshing citrus notes lead to a sweet and spicy finish that teases vanilla oak, ginger and white pepper. The affordable price of this smooth, versatile whisky also goes down easy. Once you’re hooked on enjoying it as a highball, neat or on the rocks, try it as a hot toddy.
Fun fact about Kikori Whiskey: It’s made from 100 percent rice that’s grown in nutrient-rich soil in a rice paddy along a river in a volcanic area of Kumamoto in southern Japan. And get this: The rice has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. The rice and pristine groundwater flowing over the rocks contribute to its pleasing flavor and aroma. Smooth and suave—and spelled with an “ey” because it’s aimed at connoisseurs in the United States, where “whiskey” is the preferred spelling—Kikori is aged for more than three years in oak barrels and sherry casks, which your nose knows is a good thing. You can also taste flavorful notes of cinnamon, apples, melon and almonds. The all-important finish? Clean and bright.
If you want a whisky you can drink every day and still pay the mortgage, this one’s for you. A light blend of Japanese and foreign-produced malt and grain whisky, this affordable Eastmeets-West spirit offers an especially fruity nose with apricots, dried fruit and a hint of honey. It’s smooth with an inviting aroma of smoke and ash. Since it’s not full-bodied like other Japanese whiskies, it’s the bottle to pull off the bar when making a highball or other cocktails. The distillery was founded more than 100 years ago, but it was only in 1984 that the White Oak company built a new distillery dedicated to whisky—and that’s how White Oak blended whisky was born.
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The valley’s wines are world-class—and so, as savvy travelers are discovering, is its newest boutique hotel, the Archer. By Rita Guarna
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id you ever think doing good could be as easy as drinking a glass of wine? The wildfires that spread through California’s Napa Valley this past fall destroying towns in several counties are now the stuff of legend: They forced some 100,000 people to evacuate their homes and burned nearly 250,000 acres; 40-plus people lost their lives, and more than 6,000 buildings were destroyed. While many of the area’s vineyards survived unscathed, nearly two dozen were damaged or destroyed. The region’s ability to bounce back depends in part on tourists, and the message is clear: Napa Valley is open for business and not shy about letting folks know it’s counting on the roughly 4 million thirsty visitors who travel there each year. From Highway 29, the main artery that runs through the valley’s heart, the world seems to consist of just one thing: row upon perfectly symmetrical row of waist-high grapevines. Indeed, there’s hardly a red or white wine that hasn’t been cultivated in Napa since grapes were first grown here in 1838. Yet it’s the Cabernet Sauvignon (known as “the king of reds”) that lures most imbibers, and visitors can sample countless varietals at the roughly 400 wineries. One of the region’s great moments came in 1976, when wines from Napa beat their French counterparts in a blind, side-by-side tasting, stunning the world. The competition came to be known as the Judgment of Paris, and it forever changed wine lovers’ perceptions of Napa, solidifying its reputation as a producer of some of the world’s best wines. First, get oriented by hopping aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Yes, it’s touristy, but this threehour ride gives you glimpses of town centers and wineries in Napa, Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena through oversized windows. And the 140-seat train, which departs from downtown Napa, makes stops at various wineries. Or take off for a bird’s-eye tour of the area: A Balloons Above the Valley flight promises sunrise views with coffee and pastries followed by a champagne brunch. There are many wonderful places to stay, but kudos to the Archer Hotel, a luxury boutique hostelry
located in Napa’s downtown on First Street, for opening in November so soon after the devastation in the area. It’s cool enough to take your mind off fires. If hotels run a gamut from palaces to cozy hideaways, put this brand-new, five-story gem somewhere between, in happy medium territory. Savor the impeccable modern design along with an experience that is curated to a fare-the-well. There are 183 luxurious rooms including 40 balcony-blessed suites, some with cozy private gas fireplaces. Rooms feature beds outfitted with down duvets and down pillows (hypoallergenic ones available) and in-room laptop-size safes. There are Frette bathrobes, Ursa Major face wipes and Malin+Goetz bath amenities. (That means eucalyptus deodorant, bar soaps of lime, rum and peppermint, and a longhandled bath brush that reaches your everywhere.) You’ll enjoy complimentary Nespresso, Wi-Fi of course, a work desk and (when in Rome, you know) a wine refrigerator with temperature control. Opening very soon is a rooftop spa created by the famed Francis & Alexander design team, which promises to pamper you with amenities galore and a panoramic countryside view of this oenophile’s paradise. That brings us to Charlie Palmer Steak, an eatery captained by executive chef Jeffery (yes, it’s spelled that way) Russell, a Culinary Institute of America grad who once worked at Manhattan’s Michelinstarred Aureole and more recently delighted discerning diners in D.C. and Denver. Locally sourced ingredients and artisanal American beef claim the spotlight here, though of course the menu’s Wagyu options take their inspiration from the Far East. Try the Bone-On Tomahawk for Two or the 18-ounce ribeye. (You’ve got non-beef alternatives, too, such as the Snake River Farms Pork Chop or the Pan-Roasted Black Cod.) Don’t dally overtime at the Archer, however— there’s too much exploring to do. Downtown Napa, on the banks of the Napa River, is filled with shops, bars, restaurants and—yes, wine, at several wine bars. Start by taking a stroll and admiring the art courtesy
of the Arts Council Napa Valley; every year, it curates a new set of sculptures from top artists as part of its Napa ARTwalk program. Also downtown is the historic Napa Valley Opera House. Another landmark, but of a far different variety, is the Oxbow Public Market. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., it sells everything from fresh fish and produce to kitchen gadgets and ceramic gift items. Besides getting your fill of good eats, you can listen to live music, watch a cooking demo and—yes again, partake of wine tastings. Fact is, there’s beer there too, but you didn’t come here for beer. For the winery experience you did come for, it’s wise to do a little advance research to see which locations best match your interests. But you might start your day at the Beringer estate. Founded in 1876 by German expat Jacob Beringer, it’s the oldest continuously operating winery in Napa. In addition to a tasting of wines, you can poke around the Rhine House, a Victorian manse. Check out the stunning stained-glass windows, which in 1884 cost a then-whopping $6,000 to install. Serious oenophiles might opt for Cliff Lede, considered among the best Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. Plus you’ll sip your wine amid the owner’s favorite art pieces, including “Twin 6’ Hearts” by Jim Dine and Tony Scherman’s “Grace Kelly.” Or make an appointment to visit Dana Estates in Rutherford, home to some of the most highly rated cabs around. If you want to know what made Napa famous, visit Robert Mondavi. Established in 1966, it was the first major winery to open in the valley after Prohibition, and its eponymous founder is credited with doing more to put Napa on the map than any other viticulturist. Before he came along, wine wasn’t the staple in American households that it is today. In fact, even you—after this visit—may never think of wine in quite the same way. “Voting with a visit” for the future of Napa is surely one of the tastiest, most warming ways you’ll ever do a public-spirited deed. Despite the fires of 2017, the wise betting says it won’t be long before Napa is better than ever. We can all raise our glasses and drink to that.
Opposite page, clockwise from left: A Balloons Above the Valley flight will ensure a bird’s-eye view of the area; the Napa Valley Wine Train offers a three-hour ride and stops at several wineries; the Archer Hotel’s rooftop is perfect for relaxing in either the sun or umbrella-provided shade; the Charlie Palmer Steak eatery offers artisan American beef and locally sourced ingredients; the Archer’s suites feature down duvets and pillows, along with Frette bathrobes and Malin+Goetz bath amenities; and Charlie Palmer’s Doughnut Wheel is the perfect ending to any meal.
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The staff at Syd Jerome is dedicated, expert and, not incidentally, a hell-of-anice-group of guys who make shopping for menswear fun. To help you get to know the staff better, we asked them a few questions about their everyday lives. 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.
Text or phone? I like to see everything on text—I don’t like confusion. Single- or double-breasted sportcoat? I go with double-breasted. The style is sexier. Hors d’oeuvres or sit-down dinner? Because I always fill up too fast on hors d’oeuvres, I prefer a sit-down dinner. Trousers: cuff or no cuff? Pants without cuffs look better with my height. Wine or cocktail? I don’t drink so I’ll pass on both. Oxfords or loafers? Loafers. I love them with “invisible” socks. Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? Neither. In shirts: checks or stripes? Checks go better with more combinations. Takeout: pizza or Chinese? Chinese, just because. SUV or sports coupe? SUV, of course. They’re a more manly car.
Text or phone? I do both but texting is the way to go! It’s convenient, fast and gets you a quicker response. You don’t want to leave a voicemail or email in the chance that it won’t be listened to or checked. Single- or double-breasted sportcoat? Double-breasted is best for the extreme fashion forward customer. If you want a more mainstream look, you should opt for single-breasted. Hors d’oeuvres or sit-down dinner? I like hors d’oeuvres because you get a variety of options. Trousers: cuff or no cuff? No cuffs are still the best option. But if you choose to do cuffs, they need to be worn shorter with slight to no break at all. Wine or cocktail? Despite mixology and craft beers dominating the spirits market, I still like my wine! Ernest Hemingway once said, “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural...and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” Oxfords or loafers? I like loafers, which are technically a low shoe with no laces. It shares the same name with a person who does not work hard. Interesting! Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? I’m really not a fan of either but Jack is the man! He’s done pretty much every kind of role. In shirts: checks or stripes? Checks are still our best-selling pattern and my personal favorite. Takeout: pizza or Chinese? Chinese, because the options have fewer carbs and are probably a little better for you. SUV or sports coupe? SUV, since I need something bigger than a two-door, two-person vehicle. I have young kids and need the room.
Text or phone? I’m a texter. Single- or double-breasted sportcoat? I go with single-breasted on sportcoats. They’re much easier to wear with either dress or casual pants. Hors d’oeuvres or sit-down dinner? Nothing beats a nice sit-down dinner...if you have the time, of course! Trousers: cuff or no cuff? I prefer no cuff—it’s just a nice visual with slimmer pants. Wine or cocktail? It’s hard to argue with a nice glass of wine. Oxfords or loafers? My general rule says wear oxfords with suits, loafers with pant separates. Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? Jaaaccckkkk! In shirts: checks or stripes? Check shirts look particularly good against a pinstripe suit. Takeout: pizza or Chinese? Mandarin as a change of pace, but pizza is a no-brainer. SUV or sports coupe? Bowing to our weather issues, I’ll take the SUV.
Text or phone? Text. It’s easier to communicate that way. Single- or double-breasted sportcoat? I prefer single-breasted because you can wear it any time, any day. Hors d’oeuvres or sit-down dinner? I’d choose a sit-down dinner. Trousers: cuff or no-cuff? For me, it’s a no-brainer: no cuff. Wine or cocktail? Wine. I think you can enjoy it any time. Oxfords or loafers? Loafers, because you can wear them with just about any pants. Jack Nicolson or Heath Ledger? Jack Nicholson is one the best actors ever. In shirts: checks or stripes? Stripes, because you can wear them with suits or just trousers. Takeout: pizza or Chinese? Pizza. It’s always a good go-to for lunch or dinner. SUV or sports coupe? A sports coupe is easier to drive around, and you can park it almost anywhere.
Text or phone? I go with a text. That way I know the other party gets my message. Single- or double-breasted sportcoat? Single-breasted sportcoats: They’re it’s easier to wear. Hors d’oeuvres or sit-down dinner? I like to relax at a nice sit-down dinner. Trousers: cuff or no cuff? For me, I like a cuff for a suit trouser, but no cuff for a cotton pant. They each have a different look. Wine or cocktail? Cocktail. Oxfords or loafers? I usually wear oxfords with a suit, loafers for casualwear. Jack Nicholson or Heath Ledger? Nicholson. He’s a legend! In shirts: checks or stripes? Checks are easier to work with, either on a suit or sportcoat. Takeout: pizza or Chinese? Chinese because it’s healthier. SUV or sports coupe? Can I have both?
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PACK LIKE A PRO Another trip, another bag to fill. Here are some handy hints to get what you need in your carry-on. By Darius Amos
There are some travel tricks that might never be solved, from getting around long security lines at the airport to avoiding baggage check-in fees. But a trip with less stress is indeed possible, and it begins when you’re packing at home—because whether you’re away for business or pleasure, you don’t want to get stuck ironing a dress shirt in the hotel room or discovering that you need another pair of trousers. How do you avoid those conundrums? With careful and thoughtful packing, you can fit everything you need into your suitcase without overstuffing it.
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Start with a great bag, then think about what you’ll actually use. Are you going to meetings all day and dinners at night? What will the weather be like? Sort out the outfits that you’ll be wearing each day, choosing pieces that can be mixed and matched in case plans (or moods) change. Another just in case: Add an extra pair of socks and underwear. Now comes the fun: maneuvering and fitting your pieces into the bag. Shoes go first, taking their
proper place at the bottom of the bag. The heaviest items should go above the wheels, if your suitcase has them; otherwise, they should be next to the hinge that attaches the lid. And use those Ferragamo shoes to maximize space—before slipping footwear into their protective shoe bags, fill them with small things like socks, belts, ties and jewelry. WHAT’S YOUR METHOD?
Of the three most popular clothes-packing methods—rolling, folding or bundling—none is the hands-down best option. Regardless of which you choose, each has its pros and cons. Tightly rolled clothing is the best way to maximize your suitcase’s real estate, and it works best for items like T-shirts, shorts, pajamas and sweats as well as those made of synthetic fabrics such as nylon. But alas, rolling can create unwanted creases in some of your garments. So if you’re packing a couple of Eton dress shirts or Incotex pants, consider folding them along the creases they’re supposed to have. Folding is also the easiest and most familiar method but not necessarily the most space efficient, as it might leave
gaps between clothing stacks. That brings us to bundling—which is the strategic folding, almost origami-like, of all your garments into one package. The trick is to put pieces that wrinkle easiest on the outer layer and those you don’t mind being crumpled on the inside. For example, lay a jacket flat face down and arms extended, then place dress shirts and trousers flat on top of it. Finish the pile with sweaters, T-shirts and a core item in the middle such as a toiletry bag. Now the fun: Work backward tightly folding each item around the core until you have, ta-da, a completed bundle. If you’re a bundling rookie, you’ll likely need some time and practice before mastering this method. STASH THE SPORTCOAT
There is a way to effectively pack a sportcoat in a carry-on. Fold the sportcoat in half, shoulder to shoulder, then turn one shoulder inside out over the other so the lining is facing outward. For a suit, place the folded jacket in the middle of the outstretched pants and fold trousers around it. Voilà—you’re ready to go!
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