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CONTENTS fall/ winter 2017



naples meets the world | 18

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The third-largest city in Italy offers charming hospitality, savory food, aromatic wine and timeless fashion selections.

feel the breeze | 22 Named after the Andean god of wind, the Pagani Huayra Roadster is a perfect blend of performance and style that will leave its drivers breathless.

the camera’s eye | 24 Renowned photographer Harry Benson has captured iconic images of celebrities ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to the Beastie Boys, and now he’s telling the stories behind some of his most wellknown photos.

the gorgeous galapÁgos | 30

a man of means

Reboot your wardrobe with fall’s finest fashions.



In this Pacific archipelago you’ll dodge iguanas, swim with sea lions and commune with Darwin’s ghost.

dogged design | 48 Some fussy homeowners may insist on a “no pets” policy, but others are happily sharing their abodes with man’s best friend.

Raise your glass | 56 These off-the-beaten-path vintners are making decidedly distinctive champagnes.

Celebrating 5 years of service and selection.

The WMS Guide | 7 Exceptional style courtesy of Inis Meáin...the history of bow ties...a shopping spree for her...Ask Mr. Etiquette...and much more.

gadgets & Gear | 12 These high-tech toys might not be a true necessity, but need-schmeed— we want ’em!

Essentials | 14 Client meeting? Night out? Day trip? Woodbury Mens Shop will make you stand out at your next event. THE LEADING MAN

TOM HARDY | 20 On or off screen, there’s a rebel streak in this British actor-producer.

the sporting life | 54 For those who love the slopes, there’s a surprisingly satisfying destination: Japan!

made-to-measure | 58 One of these five shirt collar styles can complement your look, your mood and even your face. Which one is best for you?

Room Key | 60 After a $100 million restoration, Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess is looking—and feeling—more splendidly regal than ever.

the bullpen | 62 The staff at Woodbury Mens Shop is dedicated, expert, and, not incidentally, a hell-of-a-nice group of folks who make shopping for menswear fun.


Grooming | 64


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These cutting-edge procedures can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, banish unwanted hair, remove that embarrassing tattoo and more.

ON THE COVER Louis wears a black herringbone tuxedo with peak lapel by Belvest, French cuff formal shirt by Taccaliti, crystal bow tie and pocket square by Italo Ferretti, stud set and cufflinks by Spivey, patent leather formal shoes by Gallo DiBianco.

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Our 5th Anniversary


Luxury Menswear

8025 JERICHO TURNPIKE WOODBURY, NY 11797 TELEPHONE: 516.802.5280 STORE HOURS MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. THURSDAY & FRIDAY: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. SATURDAY: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. SUNDAY: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Editor RITA GUARNA Art Director STEPHEN M. VITARBO managing Editor LANCE DEBLER Associate Editor DARIUS AMOS Editorial assistant ALENA WOODS Contributing Editors TIMOTHY KELLEY, EVERETT POTTER, MARISA SANDORA, JOSH SENS Contributing Photographer DANIEL SPRINGSTON PUBLISHING STAFF

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Five years have gone by in a flash, and plenty of things have changed. Some of us have more grey hair; some of us have less hair. Suits and sportcoats have become slimmer, and our sales team has grown younger. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to quality relationships—the core of every great business. Our continuous dedication and loyalty to our team, customers, peers and our partners is what sets us apart in this competitive retail environment. We have added two talented young men to our veteran sales and tailoring team: Amir Moradi and Chris Gick. Both bring a keen sense of style and creativity for clients of all ages. As we dress another generation of leaders and business professionals, it reminds us of the trust that our customers have placed in us over the years. Being a part of the Threadwize group of stores helps us “up our game” with insights from other top retailers around the country. We continue to thrive by bringing you the

finest menswear from the world’s top designers and manufacturers, fulfilling our commitment to bringing the very best to our discerning customers. With online shopping for so many products increasing, we’ve heard that “retail is dead.” We can assure you that only mediocre retail is dead. The social experience of shopping among friends and being styled by experts can’t be replicated by clicking a mouse or swiping a screen. Face-to-face interactions will never go away. This season’s merchandise is spectacular—the best-fitting jeans, a sweater of Italian cashmere, a perfectly tailored sport shirt, outerwear in leather or cloth, the suit or sportcoat for any occasion, the most elegant tuxedo or the perfect accessories to finish any outfit. Our team of professional stylists and tailors will make sure you look your best and give you an experience like no other. Whether you are already a loyal customer or someone who has never been to our store, we hope that you enjoy this magazine and we look forward to seeing you soon for a little “retail therapy.”


Sincerely, Jim, Donald and Marco


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Publisher SHAE MARCUS National Brand Manager MONICA DELLI SANTI Director of Production and Circulation CHRISTINE HAMEL Advertising Services Manager JACQUELYNN FISCHER Senior Art Director, Agency Services KIJOO KIM Production/Art Assistant ALANNA GIANNANTONIO Accounting AGNES ALVES, MEGAN FRANK Published by Chairman CARROLL V. DOWDEN President & CEO MARK DOWDEN Senior Vice Presidents SHAE MARCUS, CARL OLSEN Vice Presidents NIGEL EDELSHAIN, RITA GUARNA, CHRISTINE HAMEL W M S Magazine is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Woodbury Mens Shop. Copyright © 2017 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, WMS, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email rita.guarna@ 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, WMS, 8025 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797; telephone 516.802.5280. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or

WMS Magazine, the magazine of the Woodbury Mens Shop, Copyright 2017. WMS is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with Woodbury magazine.

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Like many wardrobe staples, the bow tie has military origins. It was part of the Croatian army uniform in the 17th century, as a strip of scarf to hold shirt collars together. When well-dressed Frenchmen got hold of it (their word cravat gained currency in centuries 18 and 19) it evolved into the bow we know. In the late 1800s, “black tie” attire featuring a black bow gained popularity among wealthy members of the Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Nowadays, of course, men wear bow ties with suits and sportcoats too, not just tuxedos. Ready to become a bow tie guy? Woodbury Mens Shop has an upto-date collection of formal bow ties in stock or custom bow ties for any special occasion.

Don’t sacrifice comfort this winter for exceptional style. At Woodbury Mens Shop, you’ll find designers like Inis Meáin that create luxurious merchandise that will keep you warm and cozy—even during a rough Long Island storm. The Irish brand’s knitwear is inspired by the country’s landscape and heritage and pays homage to the fishermen who brave nature’s elements each day. Their fisherman-style sweaters are made with Donegal wool and soft cashmere, a combination that exudes a sense of sophistication and coziness. The best part? Each item is finished by hand to ensure you are getting the highest-quality garment. You can get Inis Meáin now at Woodbury Mens Shop.



If being Italian were a matter of expertise, fashion guru Hugo Jacomet would be right there with pasta and that leaning tower. His new book, The Italian Gentleman: The Master Tailors of Italian Men’s Fashion (Rizzoli, $53) gives an in-depth look at the designers, tailors and artisans who for generations have defined Italian style. In its lavishly illustrated pages, more than 50 iconic Italian menswear fashion houses are celebrated for creating the world’s finest men’s clothing—with neckwear, shoes and accessories very much included. Surely we can forgive Hugo for being, you know, French.

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A trip to Woodbury Mens Shop means fine fashions for you, but what’s in it for her? Turns out, quite a bit: While you peruse the latest looks, the lady in your life can enjoy a shopping spree of her own just down the road: Tallulah, a specialty boutique located at 8285 Jericho Turnpike, offers women’s daywear, eveningwear, accessories and jewelry—and owner/buyer David Ostrove says the shop has plenty in store for fall. “We’re extra-excited about MAC and Cambio jeans in velvet,” he says. “Right now, velvet is hot—stretch velvet pants as well as velvet jackets and tops.” Also flying off the shelves at Tallulah: Repeat sweaters in rich colors like wine and olive, plus Talbot Runhof and Rachel Gilbert eveningwear. And what about accessories? “A print scarf always completes the look, but let’s not underestimate the power of a modern pearl necklace,” Ostrove advises, just before giving one last tip for fall. “Try something new, but don’t sacrifice your own personal style—and always look for clothes that have a fabulous fit.”



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

Everyone loves a party! You’re invited to the Woodbury Mens Shop on Saturday, Oct. 28, when we’ll be celebrating five years in Woodbury. Join our team— dressed to the nines in formal attire—for a glass of wine or Scotch and delicious hors d’oeuvres. While you enjoy the festivities, Michael Ford will introduce you to one of our favorite brands, Carrot & Gibbs, and present formal accessories from the designer. Hope to see you there!

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How a man folds his pocket square speaks volumes about his mood. Feeling traditional? A classic presidential fold is the way to go. This sharp, clean, no-nonsense rectangular shape suggests simple elegance. Bold and brazen today? Try the more intricate three-point crown fold. It takes a bit of practice, but its eye-catching design is worth it. A more free-form puff fold could be just the thing for a creative mood—it’s easy and gives off a casual vibe. And if you’re feeling romantic, a rose fold (pictured) makes an ardent statement. Prefer a silk square? Here’s a tip for you: Use a small piece of balled tissue paper with the pocket square to keep the accessory in place all day long. With pocket squares, each day is a chance to be someone new.

Whether you’re the CEO or you’re on the fast track to the corner office, let Woodbury Mens Shop help you put your best foot forward. We offer fine garments from the world’s best designers at all price points: Our $995 madeto-measure suit and $795 sportcoat will fit your style and budget. “Looking your best has never been easier,” says Chris Gick, Woodbury Mens Shop’s new director of Executive Services. “Those of you already familiar with us know our reputation for carrying an exquisite collection of luxury menswear, with the best options in classic and contemporary luxury menswear on Long Island. Our taste level is second to none.” And because success comes with a busy schedule, gentlemen can enjoy the WMS experience in a

manner that works best for you. “I’ll meet you at your work or home to discuss your wardrobe needs, take your personal measurements and present the latest fabrics and styles available from some of the best made-tomeasure suiting brands in the world,” says Chris. Get to know Chris and the team at WMS. Call 516.802.5280 today to schedule your personal appointment.

TRUNK SHOWS Trunk shows at Woodbury Mens Shop give you the chance to meet representatives from some of your favorite designer brands and have clothing, shoes and other items custom-made for you. Mark your calendar for these upcoming events: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 Belvest Made-to-Measure with Roberta Cocco Gallo Di Bianco bench-made shoes SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Coppley Made-to-Measure with Bill Deschler Stenströms with Anders Hjarne



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The name sounds as American as apple pie, but Paul Taylor is the Italian brand started by designer David Naman in 2007. Originally launched in select countries overseas, it recently hit the U.S.—and Woodbury Mens Shop jumped aboard! Paul Taylor complements Naman’s eponymous label, catering to well-traveled men who refuse to live a sedentary lifestyle. The pieces, from double-breasted topcoats to sportcoats with patch pockets, find common ground between storied Italian craftsmanship and English sartorial edge. And the impressive sportswear line will make you feel elegant but relaxed—and it fits right into your lifestyle. New to Paul Taylor? Let the staff at WMS introduce you during your next visit.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 Made in Italy Made-to-Measure event with Pal Zileri, Ravazzolo and Trussini MAC Jeans with Galina Mironoff SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Luciano Barbera sportswear with Anna Segarra Zanella trousers SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 WMS Signature Collection Made-to Measure Event with Enzo Licata Pal Zileri Made-to-Measure with Riccardo Fiamengo

LOVE THE LOOK OF FLANNEL BAY When we talk about Flannel Bay at Woodbury Mens Shop, we’re not recalling the Seattle grunge look that teetered off by the end of the ’90s. For more than 40 years, the Laezza family has been at the helm of Flannel Bay, an Italian maker that uses fabric from the best mills in Italy to hand-craft sportcoats and suits. What makes Flannel Bay stand out? Craftsmanship is a priority. Approximately 60 tailors at the factory just outside of Naples follow a strict check system to guarantee the finest merchandise. They also pride themselves on training: Through a company initiative, veteran tailors take time to teach young talent and ensure expertise is passed from one generation to the next. That’s great news for Woodbury Mens Shop customers! Stop by the store and try Flannel Bay.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Bugatti sportswear with Sebastian Leta Haupt shirts with Kate West SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Baldassari, Sealup and Inis Meáin with Michal Sestak SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Fifth Anniversary Party Formal accessories with Michael Ford SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Gimo’s Outerwear with Bill Foy

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LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE Half sculpture and half light, Flo’s Serena table lamp is a sight for sore eyes. The energy-efficient lamp casts and focuses light from two positions: upright for broad illumination or downward for a soft yet direct beam. Choose which color to light the way—the elegantly shaped reflector comes in black, aluminum or copper. $595.


SMART SIGHT They say seeing is believing, so view a whole new world through Osterhout Design Group’s R-9 augmented/virtual reality smart glasses. They’re powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and offer 1080p resolution, meaning you can watch movies and interact with your surroundings as clear as day. $1,799.


HERO OF THE DAY Whether you’re skydiving from the edge of space or recording your puppy leaping into the pool, capture every moment using the GoPro Hero5. The waterproof camera shoots 4K video and 12MP photos in single, burst and time-lapse modes. You’ll be glad to have all of your memories in highresolution. $350.

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Gadgets & Gear


A NICE RING TO IT Let’s face it: Wearing a fitness monitor on your wrist isn’t as fashionable as wearing a Shinola watch. Thankfully, Motiv has developed a titaniumencased fitness tracking ring (available in slate or rose gold) that counts steps and calories and even monitors sleep. You’re gonna wanna put a ring on it! $199.


BREATH OF FRESH AIR Whether you believe in global warming or not, Plume Labs’ Flow will tell you the truth about air pollution. Attach it to your bag or belt with the leather strap, and monitor indoor and outdoor air quality, humidity and temperature. It then connects with mobile devices to alert users of current conditions and suggests routes to safer surroundings. $150.

These high-tech toys might not be a true necessity, but need-schmeed­— we want ’em!




THRICE IS NICE Good things come in threes—a trio of 17-inch monitors, that is. The Project Valerie by Razer is the world’s first laptop with three monitors, and it also comes equipped with a top-of-the-line graphics card and technology that ensures the multi-display action is perfect. Of course, the machine will pick up Wi-Fi, so feel free to spread out when you set up at the coffeeshop. Price not available at press time.


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WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED Client meeting? Night out? Day trip? Woodbury Mens Shop will make you stand out at your next event.



On model: blue suit by Ravazzolo, purple shirt by Taccaliti, striped tie and pocket square by Italo Ferretti, brown alligator shoes by Alan Payne. Clockwise from top right: pocket squares by Silvio Fiorello and Italo Ferretti, bags by Calabrese, belts by W. Kleinberg, rock and animal cufflinks by Spivey and Jan Leslie, ties by Calabrese and Luciano Barbera, shirts by Taccaliti.


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dressy sportswear...

On model: charcoal coat by Maurizio Baldassari, sweater by Gran Sasso, shirt and pants by Luciano Barbera, double monk strap shoes by Gallo DiBianco, scarf by Silvio Fiorello. Clockwise from top right: scarves by Silvio Fiorello, belts by W. Kleinberg, loafers by Martin Dingman, trousers by Luciano Barbera, sweaters by Gran Sasso.


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On model: cardigan sweater by Luciano Barbera, shirt by Culturata, jeans by MAC, loafers by Martin Dingman. Clockwise from top right: scarves by Begg & Co., jeans by MAC, sneakers by Gallo DiBianco, belts by Paolo Vitale, shirts by Ingram, Luciano Barbera and Tintoria Mattei.

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Naples, Italy is an experience like no other: charming hospitality, savory food, aromatic wine and pristine views of Mount Vesuvius and the Gulf of Naples. The Italian Trade Commission recently invited Woodbury Mens Shop’s Jim Foley and a hand-picked group of 60 retailers from around the world to tour this South Italian city. From humming modern factories to hushed tailor shops, Naples is a hub for artisan designers. “It gave us the opportunity to import exciting handmade tailored clothing and accessories that will be exclusive to the Woodbury Mens Shop,” Jim said.

From top left: Paul & Shark is one of our favorite sportswear collections; the Cathedral of San Gennaro; dining with new friends; visiting factories to see Neapolitan artisans at work; a view of the harbor and Mount Vesuvius; Jim Foley makes selections to import to the Woodbury Mens Shop.


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Hardy Soul On or off screen, there’s a rebel streak in British actor-producer Tom Hardy.


Still, Hardy’s badness wasn’t just image. In youth he got caught in a stolen Mercedes with a friend—and a firearm. And his drug problem, till he got sober in 2003, was serious. “Tom, you need to wake up,” he says he told himself. We’re all jarred awake when he bares his chest—he’s seen to that, having tattooed himself with everything from Buddha to the London skyline. (Reportedly his Oscar nomination lost him a bet with DiCaprio, obliging him to add “Leo knows everything” in script to his muchdecorated bod.) But he’s interesting in clothes too. Often seen casually wearing a leather bomber jacket, ripped jeans and a T-shirt (perhaps one showing him choking Revenant director Alejandro Iñárritu—he had such shirts made as a gag after a disagreement), he also cleans up with flair, as the premiere proved. The two-time dad just turned 40, and a guy does change. But even a mellower Hardy will always love outré haircuts, brass snake belt buckles and juicy villain roles. And as an actor, he’s not bad.

Clockwise from top left: Hardy cut a dapper figure at the premiere of Legend, wearing a three-piece suit and skinny tie; Hardy’s piercing blue eyes have won him legions of female fans; for the UK premiere of The Revenant, Hardy chose a grey double-breasted Burberry suit; often sporting an unkempt beard, Hardy is known for his scruffy facial hair.


s moviedom’s “bad boy” mellowing? Actorproducer Tom Hardy’s trademark feistiness about directors was AWOL in July at the London premiere of the World War II actioner Dunkirk. Wearing a three-piece, diamond-printed Gucci suit with a burgundy pocket square and a whitecollared, vertical-striped blue shirt, he purred praise for director Christopher Nolan: “I’ll do anything for him—within reason.” Maybe it’s the characters he plays. The brawny Brit left a bloody Leo DiCaprio in the woods to die in his Oscar-nominated turn in 2015’s The Revenant. But his RAF pilot in Dunkirk only assaulted the enemy from the cockpit of a Spitfire. Or maybe Hardy’s always been a secret pussycat. The son of an artist (Anne) and an ad executive/comedy writer (Edward “Chips”), he grew up in the London suburb East Sheen and oozed into acting at London’s Drama Centre, snagging 2001 roles in TV’s Band of Brothers and the movie Black Hawk Down. He’s even collaborated on projects with Dad, though his career proves he’s more than a block off the old Chips.

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Named after the Andean god of wind, the Pagani Huayra Roadster is a perfect blend of performance and style that will leave its drivers breathless. Italian maker Pagani blew the roof off of the Huayra Coupe to create its airier, lighter and faster cousin. The Roadster is a true combination of innovative design and sheer power (a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged Mercedes AMG V12 ensures the latter), and it’s the ultimate ride to get from point A to point B—if your intention is to turn heads and get to your destination as fast as possible.

Because every part of the Huayra Roadster is hand-built, production of each car is expected to be slower than most. Company founder Horatio Pagani says it’s the most complicated project he’s undertaken—and that’s the reason only 100 of these supercars will be manufactured.

At 2,821 pounds, the Roadster is 176 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the Huayra Coupe. With less weight and new carbon-titanium paneling, the Roadster can complete the 0–60 sprint in a blistering sub-3 seconds. Whew!

For comfortable driving in a variety of conditions, a state-of-the-art electronic stability control system (ESC) features five modes: Wet, Comfort, Sport, Race and ESC off.

Four movable flaps—two in the front and a pair in the back—improve downforce and help maintain stability, especially when the top is down.

Pirelli developed P Zero Corsa tires specifically for the Huayra Roadster. Pagani says the tires enable 1.80 g of lateral grip—a major factor for that 0–60 time.


A large, fresh air intake and a front-end splitter help generate speed. Both were designed to optimize the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

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Circular taillights on both sides of a bank of four exhaust pipes play up the curves and rounded edges of the car’s body.

The centerpiece of the Huayra Roadster’s interior is the seven-speed, single-clutch paddleshift gearbox.

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The rear-mounted twin-turbocharged MercedesAMG engine was designed and built specifically for Pagani. It generates a breathtaking 754 horsepower at 6,200 rpm. Now that’s some giddy-up!

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Two removeable roof types give drivers an open-air experience: A carbon-fiber top with large glass panel offers a coupe-like appearance when installed, and a carbon-fiber frame with fabric can be stowed away in the car and attached when needed.


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Harry Benson took this striking photo of the late Amy Winehouse at The Savoy hotel in London in 2007. He remembers being impressed by the singer’s “European, old-fashioned manners.”“There was no coarseness,” says the photographer, who’s the subject of the Magnolia Pictures documentary Harry Benson: Shoot First, available on Netflix. “She served a cup of tea to everyone on the shoot and poured herself a cup last.”

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the camera’s eye FALL/WINTER 2017

Renowned photographer Harry Benson has captured iconic images of celebrities ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to the Beastie Boys and has photographed every president since Eisenhower. Now, with his upcoming retrospective book, Harry Benson: Persons of Interest, he’s telling the stories behind some of his most well-known photos.

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Above: Benson was there when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. He had also photographed it going up. Right: Benson was standing next to Robert Kennedy when he was shot in 1968 in Los Angeles and captured this heartbreaking image of Ethel Kennedy. “While I’m changing film, other people were shot around me,” Benson remembers. “I was the last photographer to leave.”

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Above: Benson took his famous photo “Berlin Kiss” in 1996. “A good picture is a glimpse,” he says. “It’s a moment.” Opposite page: The photographer captured Paul McCartney sweetly singing to his daughter Stella in 1975. By that time, Benson was already more than familiar with the world-famous singer: A decade before, he was a part of The Beatles’ inner sanctum as they approached world domination. Benson’s photos from that era are featured in his book, The Beatles on the Road 1964-66, recently reprinted by Taschen.

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the gorgeous Galápagos


In this Pacific archipelago you’ll dodge iguanas, swim with sea lions and commune with Darwin’s ghost— and that’s only part of the magic of these “enchanted” islands. By Rita Guarna

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The Pacific Ocean crashes against Darwin’s Arch, a rock formation just off of Darwin Island in the background. The island is one of the smallest in the Galápagos archipelago, with an area of just one square kilometer.


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t first I was reluctant. This was a cruise, and a cruiser I’m not. I cringe at the thought of prescribed mealtimes, lounge acts and forced fun, and I also tend toward motion sickness. So a proposed journey to the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific didn’t immediately float my boat. But reports of that destination’s stunning beauty and unrivaled glimpses of nature—going all the way back to 19th-century English naturalist Charles Darwin— were so persuasive, you could say my thinking evolved. I convinced myself that this once-in-alifetime journey would be worth it. Nature is indeed the Galápagos’ raison d’être. So it stands to reason that there are strict environmental regulations here and that there’s nary a golf course or chain restaurant to be found. Never mind. You can golf again when you’re back in an ordinary place. Named Las Islas Encantadas—the Enchanted Islands—by the first explorers to arrive in the 16th century, the Galápagos provides an otherworldly experience. For one thing, it’s remote: This archipelago of 19 islands (not to mention some 100-plus islets and rocks) straddles the equator more than 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Volcanic eruptions formed these parts between 3 million and 5 million years ago, making conditions quite harsh. Still, you’d have to say indigenous life adapted resourcefully; roughly 2,000 plant and animal species found here exist nowhere else in the world. This is a wildlife-watching destination on steroids, where humans play second fiddle to the all-star animal cast. Where else besides a zoo can you see penguins and tortoises on the same trip? My cruise-phobia quickly waned. It helped that we set sail on the MV Origin, a 20-passenger yacht launched last year that is part of the Ecoventura fleet. (The company has been in the expedition cruising business some 20 years and knows these islands.) Plus, we didn’t exactly have to rough it: Our stateroom was spacious and featured panoramic windows perfect for spying the area’s unique topography. And there’s a roomy Jacuzzi and fitness center on board and a library. Add to that twice-daily excursions led by certified naturalists (10 passengers per guide to ensure an intimate experience), nightly briefings and the use of wet suits (you’ll need them as the water is cold several months of the year), snorkel equipFrom top, the blue-footed booby lives mostly on water but uses land to breed and rear young. Nearly one-half of the world’s breeding pairs nest on Galápagos Islands and islets like Punta Pitt. Tourists can take a wooden staircase to the summit of a dormant volcano on Bartolomé Island, a small isle off the tip of Santiago. The Galápagos giant tortoise, which can weigh up to 920 pounds, is native to seven of the Galápagos Islands and can readily be seen in their natural habitat at Rancho El Manzanillo on Santa Cruz.

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Sea stacks such as Kicker Rock can be reached by small boats, kayaks or snorkeling. Cruises around the Galรกpagos Islands take one of two routes and are under strict monitoring.


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This page from top, snorkelers can swim with sea lions just off the olive-sand beach at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. A view from the top: a unique look at Las Tintoreras and Isabela. After a day of island hopping, dinner awaits aboard the MV Origin. Opposite, curious and friendly manta rays are some of the pleasant surprises of the sea.


ment and kayaks, and you have the makings of a perfect trip. From our first minutes on San Cristóbal, we were confronted with creatures completely unperturbed by humans. We were told to keep our distance and not to touch them (or anything, for that matter), but they heeded no such warning about us. As if on cue, a large land iguana swaggered onto the path, its resplendent yellow skin glowing in the sunlight. Actually, it’s tough to keep clear of the lizards, tortoises and even sea lions that co-exist with us. They’re a fearless and curious lot, and while it’s a tad disconcerting at first, soon these face-to-fauna encounters are not only welcome, they’re almost expected. You can’t help but wonder if this is how Darwin felt back in 1835, when after weeks of studying the native plants and animals the young naturalist developed his theory of evolution and in so doing introduced the islands to the world. It wasn’t until 1959, however, that the archipelago became Ecuador’s first national park, and the islands were

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named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Only time will decide which of our extraordinary encounters remain with my fellow passengers and me. Will it be the turtles gracefully swimming alongside us or our front row seat as sea lions and dolphins performed what appeared to be a carefully choreographed dance? Then there were the marine iguanas, sea snakes and sharks—yes, sharks that abounded. The islands are home to some two dozen types of sharks, from whale sharks and hammerheads to black-tip and Galápagos sharks. I’m not sure when exactly it dawned on me that this is what it means, truly, to commune with nature. On one snorkeling “tour,” for example, a manta ray swam up to me and flitted about before gliding into the deep. There’s the comical gait of the blue-footed boobies, the nimble prancers, aka Sally Lightfoot crabs, Darwin’s finches, the waved albatross, and of course, the frigatebird, whose wrinkled throat can inflate like a bright red balloon. Was it my imagination, or did these creatures all seem to share a buoyant spirit just this side of gloating? That would make sense. After all, they get to live there, while I’m reduced to obsessively plotting my next cruise.

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This page from top: Whether in a stately room or on deck, views from the MV Origin are breathtaking. Fine dining and freshness are guranteed on the boat and on the islands. After a long day of exploring the land and sea, take a relaxing soak in the Origin’s Jacuzzi to unwind. Opposite clockwise from top: The Galápagos land iguana can be found in places like South Plaza, a small uplift with tall cliffs just off of Santa Cruz. During breeding season, the male frigatebird will inflate its wrinkled throat to attract potential mates. Darwin’s finches vary in size, from 10 to 20 centimeters. Sea stacks, tuff formations and smaller islands are accessible by kayak, available through the Origin.

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a man of means Reboot your wardrobe with fall’s finest fashions.


Photography by Daniel Springston

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Brown and grey suit by Belvest, sweater by Gran Sasso, brown and blue custom shirt by Mel Gambert, navy knit tie and pocket square by Paolo Albizzati and belt by W. Kleinberg.


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Light blue cable knit sweater by Gran Sasso, blue plaid shirt by Luciano Barbera, jeans by MAC.

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Black and blue sportcoat by Ravazzolo, dress shirt by Taccaliti, tie by Calabrese, pocket square by Stenstrรถms, pants by Pal Zileri.

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Navy shawl collar sweater by Luciano Barbera, sport shirt by Culturata, olive green pants by Mason’s.

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Dark blue windowpane suit by Coppley, blue and white striped shirt by Ingram, tie by Italo Ferretti, pocket square by Paolo Albizzati, belt by W. Kleinberg.


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Brown plaid sportcoat by Belvest, winter white sweater by Gran Sasso, dress shirt by Stenstrรถms, pocket square by Italo Ferretti, brown pants by PT01.

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Navy peacoat by Gimo’s, sweater by Inis Meáin, blue and orange checked shirt by Culturata, jeans by Pescarolo.


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Brown and blue sportcoat by Belvest, blue dress shirt by Taccaliti, tie by Calabrese, pocket square by Stenstrรถms, trousers by PT01, brown leather belt by W. Kleinberg.

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Navy shearling and suede jacket by Gimo’s, plaid shirt by Taccaliti, olive jeans by MAC.


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dogged design Some fussy homeowners may insist on a “no pets” policy, but others are happily sharing their abodes with man’s best friend—including some who create flawless spaces for a living. In her new book, At Home with Dogs and Their Designers, Susanna Salk presents several top interior decorators who have no fear of fur-dotted furniture—and, unapologetically, let their homes go to the dogs.


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Mary McDonald shares her Los Angeles abode with five roommates—Jack, Lulu, Boris, Eva and Violet. When the pugs aren’t frolicking outside, they can be found relaxing indoors on anything cozy, from a plain overstuffed pillow to an ornate ottoman, complete with paw-like feet.


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This page: FoxyLady—aka Jonathan Adler’s pup—splits her time between NYC and Shelter Island (in between occasional retreats to Palm Beach). And while the pooch has a fancy Lucite dog bed, she often can be found lounging on some of Alder’s mod furniture and blending in with the carefully curated artwork and decor. Opposite page: Betsy Burnham says her dogs—Lola, Nina Garcia and Felix— are “totally spoiled.” And, apparently, they enjoy entertaining: When visitors arrive, Nina and Felix are always first to run to the front door, traipsing across the home’s dark hardwood floors and a vintage zebra hide, which Burnham describes as the perfect entry rug.


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This page: Carolyne Roehm’s pack of pups has taught her the art of amnesty: She’s learned to forgive them when they gnaw on her belongings—even the carved stretcher of a signed piece of 18th-century furniture. When the precious pooches aren’t chewing up Roehm’s Sharon, Conn. home—which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has a name itself, the Weatherstone— some can be be found taking up space in the reading/television room in front of a giant fireplace. And, as you can see, at least one likes to cuddle with a 19-century bust of a Roman emperor. Opposite page: Steven Gambrel’s Labradoodle, named Sailor Anderson Gambrel, favors the library of his NYC townhouse as a hangout but is shown here on the abode’s orginal staircase. Covered in red sisal, it’s good for traction and readily forgives muddy paws.


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ski the rising sun

For those who love the slopes, there’s a surprisingly satisfying destination: Japan! By Everett Potter



apan is famous for so many things, from ancient temples to day-after-tomorrow tech, that typical American skiers can be forgiven if they don’t think of flying halfway around the world for snow. Ah, but what they’re missing! Among avid skiers and snowboarders like myself, “Japan” has become essentially a code word for “powder.” I have skied all over the United States, South America and Europe, but I’ve never encountered deeper, lighter, fluffier powder than I did in Japan, day after day. Mecca for me and other Japan-bound skiers is the northern island of Hokkaido, which lies east of the Russian mainland, just across the Sea of Japan. That combination of northerly latitude and cold sea creates a series of winter storms that deliver ungodly amounts of light powder to the mountains of Hokkaido, leaving as much as 600 inches in a very good year. The resorts around Niseko are the sweet spot, but nearby are quieter locales like Kiroro that also benefit from the nearly 50 feet of snow that piles up throughout the winter. I went in January, the month in-the-know powder fanatics focus on, when snowfall seems virtually constant. So many fellow skiers have caught the January Japan fever that the terms “JaPow” and “Japanuary” have entered skiers’ slang. Getting to Hokkaido is relatively easy, with a flight to Tokyo followed by a four-hour ride in the Shinkansen, or bullet train, north to the Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. I loved that train, but on the return I chose to fly to Tokyo from Sapporo, site of the 1972 Winter Olympics Games and close to the slopes.

Of course, I had to ski Niseko when I was there, almost as a badge of honor. Yet while it gets the powder, it also gets the crowds, so I chose to stay in the smaller resort area called Kiroro Snow World, which many Japan fanatics consider the region’s hidden gem. Here I found that the five-star Kiroro, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, was the ideal base camp for my Japanese skiing adventure. This Starwood property has clean-lined modern rooms that verge on minimalist, with the airy white duvets beloved by Japanese hoteliers. I chose a conventional room, but you could elect to sleep in one of the traditional Japanese-style suites with tatami mats and futons on the floor. A shuttle bus runs frequently between the hotel and the ski slopes of Kiroro, a mediumsized resort spread over two mountain peaks. The resort has 21 runs, which the Japanese call “courses,” with trails for beginners, intermediates and experts. There were wide and long red slopes such as Nagamine Course 2-C that were ideal for a morning leg-warming cruise even if they’d been buffed out to perfect corduroy. There were also more challenging back slopes such as Asari Course 2-A to venture to once I found my footing. Kiroro is not a dramatically challenging mountain, but there is tree skiing as well, which is always a thrill. What the mountain lacks is crowds and lift lines. As for precipitation, the snowfall was more of the “Snow Falling Gently on Cedars” variety than a full-blown whiteout, which was ideal. As I made my way down the mountain, I felt as if I were skiing inside a classic Japanese woodcut. Lunch was a highlight every day, usually a bowl of

udon or soba noodles, or maybe tempura. Three days into my stay, I ventured an hour away to Niseko. I found it packed with skiers, with loudspeakers on lift towers making too many announcements for my taste. I quickly learned that getting off the piste and into the trees was the way to go. Skiing in Japan turned out to have one other major advantage: lack of altitude. Niseko is only about 4,200 feet high, Kiroro about 3,200 feet. Consider that the thin-aired villages of Vail and Aspen sit at around 8,000 feet and that their lifts take you upwards of 11,000 feet, and you’ll quickly appreciate the difference. Back at the Kiroro Hotel, I discovered the classic Japanese relaxation comforts that are antidotes to hours of acrobatic turns through all that powder. The Kiroro has both an indoor and an outdoor onsen, a classic Japanese style communal thermal bath that is ferociously hot, just as it should be. There you’re segregated by sex, your garb consisting only of a very small washcloth. There’s also a separate onsen area in the Kitanoyu Spa and an even odder Japanese offering, the hot stone sauna, where you lie on stones heated to (or beyond) 115 degrees Fahrenheit. When I followed this with a cold draft Sapporo, I was barely capable of getting to dinner. Fortunately, the hotel has five eateries, including a very good sushi restaurant. Nightlife, short of a karaoke lounge, doesn’t exist. After a day in deep powder and a late afternoon soak and sauna, it was all I could do to order sushi and contemplate the next day’s heroics.

Clockwise from top: The abundance of powder in Japan in January has entered skiers’ slang as “Japanuary;” a deluxe king room at the Kiroro Hotel features clean lines and a minimalist feel; a major perk of skiing in Japan? Getting to enjoy Japanese food every day; after a long day on the slopes, a soak in the hotel onsen (a classic Japanese style communal thermal bath) is a must; the famous “snow monsters” at Zao Onsen Ski Resort are fir trees clumped with ice and snow; the lights of Niseko’s Hirafu village shine brightly at the base of the mountain.


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raise your glass

The bubbly reserved for special occasions is having a festive, toast-worthy time of its own. By Josh Sens



n the fall of 2014, music mogul Jay-Z put his ample money where his mouth was when he purchased Armand de Brignac, the storied company behind his favorite bubbly. For pop culture watchers, the acquisition was a shimmering sign of champagne’s street cred. But for serious wine lovers, what gives the fizzy stuff its contemporary cool isn’t rappers and hip-hop stars rhyming about their cork-popping celebrations. Nor is it even the grand producers—“grandes marques”—that have long dominated the global champagne market. The big news is being made at the margins of the fabled Champagne region in northeast France, where a younger generation of winemakers has been putting a new stamp on the effervescent wine. Pardon our French, but champagne is in the midst of a renaissance. “It’s always been thought of as a wine for special occasions, and of course that’s still true,” says Paul Einbund, a respected sommelier who owns The Morris restaurant in San Francisco, which boasts one of the city’s most comprehensive bubbly collections. “But you now also have a growing number of producers who are using different grape varietals and playing around with styles within the tradition. As a result, you’re getting a lot of very interesting options, some of them quite affordable. It’s really an exciting time in champagne.” To appreciate the hubbub in champagne’s present, it helps to know a bit

about its past. As once dictated by tradition and now mandated by law, sparkling wine can only be called champagne if the grapes are grown, bottled and fermented within the region (about 100 miles east of Paris) of the same name. Though seven kinds of grapes are approved for use in champagne, three varietals have long played a dominant role: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. Since World War II, the majority of champagne consumed around the world has been produced by the grand champagne houses, big names like Krug, Moët & Chandon and Dom Perignon. But in recent years that landscape has been shifting, its profile altered by a bumper crop of grower-producers who have set aside fruit to make distinctive champagne of their own. Among them is Charles Dufour, a scruffy-faced vintner who farms six certified-organic hectares in an off-the-beaten-path corner of the Champagne region. Dufour’s vineyards are composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, two of the Big Three varietals in the region. But he also cultivates old-vine Pinot Blanc, which his grandfather planted in the 1950s. Pinot Blanc is a rare find in Champagne. But like Chardonnay, it is capable of a great subtlety and balance, as evidenced by its influence in Dufour’s Le Champ du Clos Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs, a champagne made with white grapes only. Dufour produces this blanc de blancs through natural methods—no filtering, no added sugar, only wild yeast—the better to showcase the

wine’s inherently complex traits. “I try to avoid things my father and other vintners used to add to their wines, like sugars and dried yeasts and enzymes to clarify juices,” Dufour says. “I do this not only for fun, but also so I can better understand what is really happening with the wines without intervention.” Dufour is not alone in his less-is-more approach. Or in his reliance on unheralded varietals. He has a kindred spirit in Michel Laherte, the fifth-generation vintner who runs Laherte Frères. As part of his explorations in Champagne, Laherte has recreated one of the family’s long-lost plots, planting a mix of fruit that sprang from the soil centuries ago. One of the releases, Lahore Frères Les 7 Extra Brut, is a lively bubbly that lives up to its name: It’s a blend of all seven champagne grapes. Another attention-grabbing bottle on the market comes from the venerable champagne house Tarlant, whose roots reach back to 1687. In the centuries since, three grape varietals—Pinot Blanc, Arbanne and Meslier—have grown vanishingly scarce in champagne. But siblings Benoit and Melanie Tarlant have put them to good use in Tarlant BAM! Brut Nature, an uncommonly delicious bubbly. For years, the three grapes in Tarlant BAM! had been nearly forgotten in champagne. They now serve as a reminder of what’s changing in a region where it seems everything old is new again.

TASTING NOTES NV Charles Dufour Le Champ du Clos Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs ($70) Delicate notes of stone fruit give way to hints of toasted almonds, with a refreshing minerality to the finish. NV Lahore Frères Les 7 Extra Brut ($94) A beautifully subtle bubbly with a clean, dry finish, brightened by hints of lemon and grapefruit along the way. NV Tarlant BAM! Brut Nature ($175) Just-so oak-aging gives this balanced champagne a nice round body, its butteriness complemented by hints of tart plum.

Clockwise from top: Jean-Mary and his son Benoit work together in their family’s vineyard, Tarlant; Tarlant’s vines are suspended between maritime and continental climates; as its name suggests, Lahore Frères Les 7 Extra Brut blends all seven champagne grapes; Dufour’s blanc de blanc is made with white grapes only; champagne is still the perfect pour when celebrating, but these days, you don’t need a special occasion to drink bubbly; Tarlant’s BAM! Brut Nature is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Arbanne and Meslier, hence the name BAM! and, says the family, it also stands for Benoit and Melanie.


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Hot Under The Collar One of these five styles can complement your look, your mood­—and even your face. Which one is best for you?

This style is known as fashion’s safest bet—from the way its points perfectly meet and then disappear into a sportcoat to its crisp look even when you’re not wearing a tie, the spread collar is suitable for any occasion. It can also help a thinner man look more proportioned. How? The collar’s wide look is the perfect counterpoint to long facial features.


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The most popular style of collar, found on some 90 percent of all men’s dress shirts, the point is best for men who prefer a medium to small tie knot. Perhaps most important, it’s extra-flattering on a man with round features, as its elongating effect will visually lengthen (and hence slim) his face. Conversely, a man with a thin face may want to avoid the point collar, as it’ll only elongate his mug.

This style gained popularity in the mid-19th century when England’s Eton College was looking for a way to distinguish its students’ uniforms from that of other educational institutions. It eventually became known as the club collar to convey an air of sophistication, and enjoyed a revival when period TV shows began featuring characters in them (think Mad Men’s Don Draper). They’re best for a cocktail party or an elegant event, when you’re feeling adventurous and want to mix poise with a bit of playfulness.


Sometimes referred to as a Windsor collar—because it provides plenty of room for a Windsor tie knot—this style emerged in the 1930s and is considered a more pronounced version of the spread collar. Wear one for a jaunty look that sets you apart with a bold, yet nuanced fashion statement.

A hallmark of more casual shirts, this collar is perfect for the man who’s forgoing a necktie for the day and still wants a crisp, clean look. Not ready to toss the tie? Wear one with a button-down collared shirt for an instantly preppy vibe.

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royalty reborn

After a $100 million restoration, Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess is looking— and feeling—more splendidly regal than ever. By Rita Guarna



sn’t it every girl’s dream to be a princess? It was almost as nice, I can report, to spend a few days living like one—at the Hamilton Princess on the beautiful island of Bermuda. I’d stayed at Bermuda’s other “Princess”—the Fairmont Southampton, formerly the Southampton Princess—decades ago and vowed to check out her sister urban luxury resort someday. What better time than right after a comprehensive restoration? The Hamilton Princess sits on the outskirts of Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital and financial center, and first welcomed guests in 1885, two years after a real-life princess, Louise, a daughter of Queen Victoria, was enchanted by the island. It was Louise who inspired the five-star resort’s name. No doubt she’d be equally pleased with its recent $100 million facelift. Only the best for royalty! The Pink Palace, as the hotel has been called, does not disappoint. While I was still awed by its classic exterior, there, suddenly, was a contemporary lobby with jaw-dropping, museum-quality pieces by noted artists. Lots of hotels have fine art, but this one makes you feel as if you’ve walked into a world-class gallery. Any old dame is sure to feel like young royalty feasting on cuisine by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson or taking a curated art tour, ogling the more than 60-piece collection by the likes of Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Tom Wesselmann, or lying semi-submerged on beach hammocks suspended over vibrant blue waters, or unwinding at a new Exhale-branded spa, a sprawling—8,200-squarefoot—yet serene spa and fitness center overlooking the harbor. Less than two hours from the U.S. East Coast, Bermuda is part of a 21-square mile, 180-island archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic. It’s perfect for those craving prim-and-proper British civility (think afternoon tea and cricket matches) amid gorgeous beaches and friendly people clad, of course, in the shorts that share the island’s name. It’s no wonder the resort is popular among both vacationers and businesspeople: It’s amazingly well-

run; soon after arriving I felt that here all my needs would be met. Rooms and suites come with harbor, garden, pool or city views. Ours overlooked the harbor, and I must admit that sipping a cocktail on the balcony above the 60-berth marina and watching the comings and goings of superyachts can be hypnotic. Bathrooms are modern marble marvels with a lovely line of Le Labo Rose 31 toiletries. When it’s time to dine, the Hamilton Princess offers choices that put to shame the cookie-cutter eateries at many resorts. The 1609 Bar and Restaurant, named for the year the first colony was established here, is the only one at the new marina and offers fresh-from-the-boat seafood, salads, sandwiches and burgers. We loved the charred octopus, crispy conch fritters and fish tacos for lunch. For breakfast, the Crown & Anchor boasts a huge buffet (a la carte choices too), and you can dine alfresco. The hotel’s crowning culinary glory is Marcus’, Chef Samuelsson’s ode to island fare. The “Ol’ Man’s Shrimp & Grits” was lick-your-plate good; the “Steak Frites” a carnivore’s delight. We ate there twice, and both times were wonderful: fresh, delicious food (think multilayered flavors), great service and perfect people-watching. While you can easily lounge around the hotel and feel completely content, a playground beckons. For one thing, Bermuda is a golf lovers’ dream, with more courses per capita than anywhere else in the world. One award-winning course, Robert Trent Jones’ Port Royal, has stunning views of the ocean. In fact, the 16th hole requires a 235-yard shot over the Atlantic. As one would expect, Bermuda is one of the best places to sail (no wonder the island played host to the 35th staging of America’s Cup this summer, beating out respected sailing venues like Newport and San Diego). You don’t need to be a professional contender to enjoy the sport: The island’s Great Sound, with warm water and perfect wind—usually around 10–15 miles per hour—makes it ideal for an afternoon of zipping along the sea. Lazier types will delight in one of the pink-

tinged sand beaches (the hue comes from crushed coral from the nearby reef) that line the 75 miles of coastline. Most of the action is at sea level, of course, but if you want to see everything, head underground too. The Crystal & Fantasy Caves in Hamilton have beautiful natural rock formations that are reflected in the caves’ 55-foot-deep pool, giving it an otherworldly feel. History buffs will rejoice in the maritime heritage of this British naval stronghold. Some 91 old forts dot the island and many are open to the public. The Royal Naval Dockyard (it’s been there since the 17th century) is interesting but a tad touristy, as it’s close to the cruise ship port. Check out Fort Hamilton in Pembroke Parish for a less crowded look at old military might. Another fine choice, Fort St. Catherine, is located in St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was founded in 1612. You’ll be exploring on foot, as no car rentals are allowed. If you must have wheels, rent a scooter (remember to “drive” on the left). Or, better yet, buckle up in one of the Hamilton Princess’s two-seat Renault Twizy electric vehicles. The narrow, four-wheel Twizy, a compound of “twin” and “easy,” was designed by Renault’s Formula One racing team and can travel up to 50 miles on a single charge. We found it perfect for touring St. George and drove it to Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, one of the oldest cast-iron lighthouses in the world. All that exploring is sure to make you hungry again. Why not try the fish chowder, which is about as close to a national dish as you’ll find? It’s a Manhattan-chowderesque number prepared with tomatoes and onion and seasoned with black rum. Should you get thirsty, every bar proudly serves the Dark ’n Stormy, the island’s signature cocktail. Made with dark rum and ginger beer, the tipple is trademarked by Gosling’s Rum, the oldest and largest export business on the island. It’s a refreshing concoction that in no way resembles the cloyingly sweet rum punches we’ve all tried on other islands. Raise your glass to offer a royal toast—not so much to this delightful visit, but perhaps, to your next.

Opposite page, from top, left to right: Watching yachts taxi in and out of the marina is a leisurely activity at Bermuda’s Hamilton Princess; famed Chef Marcus Samuelsson created a menu inspired by island fare for his restaurant, Marcus’; the iconic hotel offers rooms and suites overlooking the ocean, garden, pool or city; visitors can take in the oceanfront view from Marcus’ or enjoy the more than 60-piece art collection by renowned artists likes Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and Tom Wesselmann.


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The staff at Woodbury Mens Shop is dedicated, expert, and, not incidentally, a hell-of-a-nice group of folks who make shopping for menswear fun. To help you get to know the staff better, we asked them a few questions about style advice and their everyday lives. Check out their answers, then stop by the store to chat with them in person. We are all ready to serve you.

DONALD JIM O’CONNOR FOLEY What type of outfit makes for a special fall look? Start that special outfit with a sportcoat made of cashmere or merino wool in a deep, rich color such as plum, charcoal grey or chestnut brown. Pair it with a cool V-neck sweater, button-down cotton shirt and a fabulous pair of MAC jeans. How can you make a tuxedo ultra-elegant? We offer many fabrics for your tuxedo in black and midnight blue. Match it with a tone on tone Italian cotton French cuff shirt and a fantastic designer bow tie. Finish the outfit with a pair of great formal shoes in velvet. What’s new in coats? Our buyers have brought in the most wonderful collection of outerwear this season. We offer a great selection of coats to the knee, as well as short coats with fantastic detail. Many are also water repellent for rain or snow. What is your favorite getaway for the fall? Cathy and I love apple season out east. There’s nothing like a day of fresh air and a pie from Briermere Farms. Summer is giving us the last of the beautiful, warm days. It was a great summer season. We look forward to seeing our friends return from vacations and their summer homes. Nothing beats reuniting with friends.

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What’s exciting in men’s fashion this season? Soft sportcoats with a natural shoulder in beautifully knitted fabrics. They’re perfect to wear with jeans, a great sweater, shirt and maybe a knit tie. What do you love the most about being in retail menswear? I love styling my guys. When I see my guys smiling and looking great, I know that my hard work has paid off. It’s the finished product. How do you reinvent yourself every season? Being a part of the Threadwize group of nine of the best luxury men’s stores in the country inspires me. We learn from each other in all aspects of the business. Besides menswear, what else are you passionate about? Fire Island is my favorite place to spend time with my family and friends. The beach, exercising, gardening, dancing, BBQs—it’s all there for me! After 35 years in retail, do you ever look back? Yes, to learn from my mistakes and to remember everything I have learned from this amazing journey.

MARCO HILARY DESTEFANO EARLY What color combinations in sportcoat fabrics do you like this season? My favorite color combinations are the high blues and navy colors with shades of brown tones; vice versa, I like the brown or tan sportcoats with hints of high blue and navy. How would you like to see men change the way they dress? Men ought to wear a sportcoat more often when dining out at a restaurant, whether with jeans or slacks. Save the shorts and T-shirts for the diner. How does the outerwear look for fall and winter? I love the new fabrication of mixing knits with shearling or leather. Gimo’s has combined knit sleeves with a super warm shearling body and soft cashmere lining. What do you find most rewarding at the Woodbury Mens Shop? The best reward is seeing a hard-to-fit man leave the store with a happy face. Our team comes together with flattering style suggestions and expert tailoring. What are your favorite sports teams? I’m a lifelong fan of the Islanders, Mets and Jets. Can you believe in two years it will be 50 years since the Jets won their one and only championship?

What is your favorite new brand for fall? Harris Wharf sportcoats! They are made in Italy using beautiful fabrics, and their soft construction makes them an easy piece to throw on over any casual outfit. What’s new in shoes? Scarpe diBianco’s sneakers are comfortable and smart-looking. In tan, pebbled leather or navy flannel with cognac calfskin–—dress them up with jeans and a sportcoat. What do you suggest for a casual Saturday outfit? Start with a weekend staple—denim—like SMN Studio jeans with soft fabrics and a great modern fit. Layer a suede Waterville vest over a shawl collar cashmere sweater and finish with a cozy pair of slip on loafers, and you are ready to go! What is your favorite fall day trip? My husband and I love to pack a picnic lunch and drive upstate to Storm King Art Center. It’s a bit of a ride, but the beautiful scenery with the large-scale installation art is breathtaking and gets more beautiful as the foliage changes. Where do you eat out? I usually cook dinner at home five days a week, but when we do go out, one of our favorite places to eat is Kurabarn in Huntington. Their delicious sushi has helped make them a Long Island institution over the last 30 years.


What’s trending in fashion this season? In clothing, checks and plaids have been big in sportcoats and shirtings for the past few seasons. They have moved into suits big time for fall. The winter fabrics—wools, flannels, etc.—show them off very nicely. For accessories, sock it to me! To wear or not to wear? A lot of younger men have been going sockless, or so it looks. They are really wearing the “no sock” sock—a low cut sock that covers just the part of your foot that touches the shoe. It’s a fun look for now, or plain old fun socks are very “in” right now. As far as belts go, very cool belts are in vogue right now. We are seeing colors such as blue, olive and green, and of course all shades of brown. Our buyers have found all kinds of gorgeous skins and textures. And what can I say about pocket squares? If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing. It’s fun. Get out of the box! What have you been doing outside of work? Well, I’m never bored. I keep myself busy working on my house, gardening and decorating. But recently I did treat myself and finally went to Paris and Italy. What can I say? It was fabulous—the best thing I’ve ever done.


How do you like to dress on your days off? I’m a creature of habit. Although casual and comfortable are my mainstays, I always wear a sportcoat of some sort. It enables me to carry my wallet, phone, glasses and money, knowing where they are at all times. Besides, it looks good! What’s your favorite Long Island destination? We are blessed to be surrounded by some of the best golf courses in the country. It’s always a pleasure to get in the car and find a new course to play. What do you enjoy most about menswear? For me, it’s a passion. After 45 years it comes second nature. It’s more than just the style and fashions. I am blessed with some of the nicest customers who have since become extremely close friends. What item from your wardrobe is your fave? Well, because I wear jeans extensively, I would venture to say my skinny jeans. Whether it’s to work or to go out casually, I always feel that I’m dressed in vogue. At my age, I don’t want to be wearing baggy polyester jeans! Where do you take out-of-towners when they visit? I like showing off our great restaurants and beaches. Although most want to see the city, I suggest exploring the East End.


What is the master key of your wardrobe? Sportcoats in solid, natural colors are the key because you can dress them up with a tie and trousers, or you can wear a sport shirt and a pair of jeans for a Saturday night dinner. What do you think about mixing and matching patterns? It’s a little tricky. If you want to do it for the first time, just make sure each pattern is a different size and simply replace your solid-colored top with a monochromatic pattern in that same color. Do you agree with the tradition of wearing dark colors in the winter? It’s like saying you don’t drink hot coffee in the summer! You can wear bold colors in the fall and winter depending on the occasion. How are your studies going? I’m so excited. I just have to finish my final project in school for my Master’s in Green Building Design. What is your dream car? My dream car is an all- black Bentley Continental GT. I can picture myself sitting in the driver’s seat and listening to that beautiful 6.0 liter W12 engine all day long.


Where do you see men’s style going in Fall ’17? More sartorial expression. Softer shoulders, wider lapels and greater attention to details like “surgeon cuffs” (working sleeve buttonholes), personalized linings and luxurious button materials. There’s more mixing of patterns and textures as well. Word of warning: It’s easy to go overboard with the details when doing made-to-measure. Discretion is key. What is the most underrated element of a gentleman’s suit? The pocket square. An empty chest pocket is a missed opportunity for expression. From a tidy “Pesko Fold” to the eye-catching “Crown Fold,” the pocket square is an essential tool to pull together a complete look through complementing colors, patterns and textures. If you don’t wear a tie, the pocket square is even more crucial in adding interest to your look. What’s the best part of your job? I love when a client puts on an outfit that I tailored and styled for him. It’s an “aha” moment. He stands taller, feels more comfortable and projects his best self. Aside from work, how do you spend your time? I absolutely adore my beautiful wife and two incredible daughters (4 & 3)! They keep me plenty busy when I’m not helping guys look their best.

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TO LOOK LASER SHARP These cutting-edge procedures can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, banish unwanted hair, remove that embarrassing tattoo and more.

THE ISSUE: SUN SPOTS Sure, you rocked that glorious tan back in the day, but now that we’re all grown up, we know sunbathing often results in one thing: dark spots. Fortunately, Photorejuvenation, which uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology, can banish such skin transgressions by targeting melanin (the brown pigment in freckles and sun spots). When the IPL hits the offending area, the melanin is absorbed by the body, making it less visible. You’ll need about three to five treatments, spaced a month apart. The pros of the procedure: IPL can be performed anywhere on the body, and the results are long-lasting. The cons: Crusting may occur and last up to 10 days, and you’ll have to stay out of the sun after each treatment—but c’mon, you should have been doing that all along!

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THE ISSUE: THAT REGRETFUL TATTOO When Johnny Depp was madly in love with Winona Ryder (remember 1989?), he had the phrase “Winona Forever” inked on his right arm—but when the relationship went south, he had a tattoo artist change the inscription to “Wino Forever.” That was certainly a creative way to fix the problem, but the Pirates of the Carribean star could have opted for laser tattoo removal. The PicoSure laser, for one, breaks up pigment colors with a high-intensity beam; black absorbs the wavelengths best, meaning it’s the easiest color to remedy. You’ll need more than one treatment, and the number of sessions will depend on the age, size and color of your ink, but seriously— anything’s better than being a wino forever.

THE ISSUE: EXCESSIVE HAIR Ask your girlfriend: Furry backs aren’t hot. And unfortunately, laser hair removal has been tedious and time-consuming­— until now. The LightSheer Duet laser features an extra-large treatment tip, meaning expansive areas like the back, chest and shoulders can be smoother in a jiffy. Some men are even opting for LightSheer to clean up necklines their and reduce pesky five o’clock shadow. The best part? Patients typically need between three and four sessions—half of what was required with older methods—and many men fit in an appointment during their lunch break.

THE ISSUE: ACNE SCARS The bad news: Acne scars can never be completely removed. The good news: Fractional lasers, like the MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 Laser, can significantly reduce their appearance. What’s so special about the MiXto? Energy is delivered in a scanning pattern rather than a continuous beam, which means there’ll be less unnecessary heat build-up in the skin and higher energy levels can be applied. The skin’s top layer will then vaporize and peel off, providing visible improvement in terms of skin quality; the laser also stimulates collagen growth, which will give your face a smoother appearance. Some patients need just one treatment; those with deeper acne scars may require two or three.

THE ISSUE: BROKEN CAPILLARIES It doesn’t matter how you got those reddish-purple lines on your nose and face, be it from wind- or sunburn, trauma or even rosacea. The bottom line is they’re a bummer. To the rescue: pulsed dye laser treatment. The Vbeam laser, for one, is known for being almost painless and the least likely of any treatment to leave a residual mark or scar. It’s also considered safe to be used around the eye, although caution is advised. Depending on how many broken blood vessels you have, you may need just one treatment, but it takes four to six weeks to see final results.

THE ISSUE: FINE LINES AND WRINKLES Fraxel, a fractional laser treatment, is being heralded for its ability to reduce wrinkles plus fine lines around the eyes and even on the eyelids. But that’s not all: It can diminish acne and surgical scarring, age spots, sun damage, enlarged pores and even stretch marks. Fraxel can be performed in two ways: ablative (meaning the top layer of skin is removed in a more invasive procedure) or non-ablative (lasers heat up the underlying skin tissue without marring the surface). The former requires a recovery time of a few days to a few weeks, while patients who choose the latter are typically good to go in just one to three days. A series of three to five treatments are usually performed, depending on the patient’s needs.

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WMS - Woodbury Mens Shop: Fall 2017  
WMS - Woodbury Mens Shop: Fall 2017