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WOODBURY MENS SHOP THE DB11 ASTON MARTIN’S HANDSOME MODEL

FALL FASHIONS

MADE-TO-MEASURE 5 THINGS TO KNOW

THE PERFECT FIT

SIPS AROUND THE WORLD

MICHAEL FASSBENDER

SWISS BLISS SKI VERBIER

SKIING IN SWITZERLAND THE ASTON MARTIN DB11

BREAKING THROUGH

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CONTENTS fall/ winter 2018

FEATURES beauty is a beast | 26 The Aston Martin DB11 is loaded with a monstrous V8 engine that takes you from 0-60 in four seconds—because you can’t get there on looks alone.

gone to the dogs | 28 Can’t imagine vacationing without your pet? These luxury hotels go out of their way to keep Fido’s tail wagging.

Discover made-to-measure | 44

THE LEADING MAN

michael fassbender | 16 Even as a bad guy, actor Michael Fassbender has got the goods.

Essentials | 18 Stock up on all the must-have pieces for any casual, special or formal occasion.

on the road | 24 Woodbury Mens Shop travels to Florence for Pitti Uomo.

fitness | 46 In truth, yoga has never been just for women. Now a new, tougher type makes that super-clear.

the sporting life | 48 Verbier is the resort for you if you’re a royal— or want to ski and party like one.

pursuits | 50 Meet the Surefly—part personal helicopter, part drone and all high-flying fun.

spirits | 54

The world is your oyster | 52

grape | 60

DEPARTMENTS Memo | 4 We are grateful for you at Woodbury Mens Shop.

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From the “moonshine roots music” of Valerie June to the cosmic Americana of Sun Seeker, these contemporary artists are guaranteed to put you in good headspace.

Here’s what you need to know when you shop beyond off-the-rack for a suit that perfectly suits you.

’Tis the season to enjoy these briny beauties from the sea, and these tips will have you savoring every last slurp.

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Music | 14

Four who excel in the making of liquor reveal where they go for a well-made drink.

In California, knowing the rules but choosing to break them has yielded some wonderfully unusual wines.

style pros | 62 Our panel of fashion experts lets you know what’s hot for the season.

grooming | 64 Charcoal is gritty, grimy and the hottest skincare trend for men.

The WMS Guide | 7

You may not need any of these high-tech toys, but you’ll certainly want them!

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Regal style by Borrelli...Poggianti 1958’s attention to detail...dry-cleaning secrets... and much more.

the techie | 12

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ON THE COVER: Plaid sportcoat by Luciano Barbera, blue sweater by Gran Sasso, blue shirt by Taccaliti, patterned tie by Fiorello, pocket square by Edward Armah.

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MEMO

We’re Grateful For Everyone

WOODBURY MENS SHOP 8025 JERICHO TURNPIKE WOODBURY, NY 11797 TELEPHONE: 516.802.5280 www.woodburymensshop.com 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 creative Director STEPHEN M. VITARBO senior Editor DARIA MEOLI senior Associate Editor DARIUS AMOS assistant art director YVONNE MARKI Contributing Editors MICHAEL ARDIZZONE, LEE LUSARDI CONNOR, STEPHEN GARNER, TIMOTHY KELLEY, HALEY LONGMAN, DONNA ROLANDO, JOSH SENS Contributing Photographer DANIEL SPRINGSTON PUBLISHING STAFF group Publisher SHAE MARCUS

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o all of our wonderful friends, we hope you enjoyed your summer. The seasons change and life evolves. We have the utmost gratitude for all of your support and friendship over the last six years. We strive to continue to give you impeccable service and the finest menswear from around the world. We had the pleasure to visit the Pitti Uomo fashion shows in Florence, Italy earlier this year. There, we saw the latest styles and discovered new brands—many of which we brought back to the store and are happy to share with you. Like every season, this fall you will find a spectacular selection of menswear that will make you look (and feel) your best. We’re so proud of our incredible team. On behalf of the staff, we are excited to share with you this personalized magazine. Please call your favorite stylist for an appointment or just stop by. We are looking forward to seeing you. For the past 30 years, it’s been an honor to be part of the greater Woodbury community. As always, remember that a referral is the best compliment you can give us. Sincerely, Marco, Jim and Rich

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account executive CHERYL FRYER Director of Production and Circulation CHRISTINE HAMEL Advertising Services director JACQUELYNN FISCHER graphic designer, ad services VIOLETA MULAJ 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 W O O D B U RY M E N S S H O P Magazine is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Woodbury Mens Shop. Copyright © 2018 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, W O O D B U RY M E N S S H O P Magazine, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645; telephone 201.782.5730; email rita.guarna @wainscotmedia.com. The magazine is not responsible for the return or loss of unsolicited submissions.

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director of sales MONICA DELLI SANTI

Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, W O O D B U RY M E N S S H O P Magazine, 8025 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797; telephone 516.802.5280. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

Woodbury Mens Shop Magazine, Copyright 2018. Woodbury Mens Shop Magazine is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or associated with Woodbury magazine.

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CLOTHES FIT FOR A KING

MADE IN ITALY, PERFECT FOR US

Style, substance, detail and design. For 60 years, that’s what has made Poggianti 1958 handmade shirts from Italy stand out. It’s more than just the colors and the look that make the brand a must-have for the man attentive to style. It’s the feel and the fit of the elegant up-to-date shapes of the collar styles and the sartorial details of the shirts. Cottons are alternated with velvets and silks, and the embroideries give movement to the energetic and iconic prints. The shirts are produced by the expert hands of Poggianti’s seamstresses, and all the production takes place within the company’s factory walls. The “art of the made in Italy” is Poggianti’s motto. Try on the innovative and quality fabrics yourself at Woodbury Mens Shop.

At Woodbury Mens Shop we’ll dress you like royalty—and we’re not just saying that. The Luigi Borrelli menswear brand, for example, is the official supplier to the Royal House of Savoy, the royal family that dates back to 1003 and was instrumental in unifying Italy in the 19th century. Of course, Italy is a republic now, but tradition lives on. The brand was officially launched in Naples in 1957 when its namesake founder drew on already decadesold techniques learned from his tailor mom. Today it helps to define Italian sartorial excellence.

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You know the lifestyle: fast cars, exotic escapades, dapper suits, cunning quips and, of course, dry martinis. Whether the fictional James Bond was exposing a would-be assassin in Goldfinger or charming a villainous double agent in Casino Royale, he always had a drink in hand. Fans may not get to race an Aston Martin down a Monaco mountainside, but they can mix a cocktail fit for 007. In Shaken: Drinking with James Bond & Ian Fleming (Mitchell Beazley, $20), readers will find scenes from Bond creator Ian Fleming’s books with cocktail recipes to match. Author Edmund Weil, the British bar industry insider who opened London establishments Bar Swift, Nightjar and Oriole, is more than a master mixologist—he is a relative of Fleming, who died in 1964. Weil pours out top secret intel on how to craft 10 classic drinks from the pages of the spy novels, including the classic Vesper martini (shaken, not stirred). He’s also concocted 40 new cocktail recipes inspired by the people, places and plots of the original books.

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THE WOODBURY MENS SHOP GUIDE THE A–Z LIST Woodbury Mens Shop is proud to feature more than 60 designer brands! See if you don’t find your favorites in the list below. Then stop by the store for a shopping experience you’ll love. ALBIZZATI BALDASSARI BEGG BELVEST BORRELLI BRACKISH BRAX BRESCIANI BUGATTI CALIBAN CARROT & GIBBS CIRCOLO 1901 CITIZENS OF HUMANITY COPPLEY DONALD J PLINER DORIANI EDWARD ARMAH FABER-CASTELL FIORELLO FLANNEL BAY FLY3 GALLO DI BIANCO GIMO’S GIONFRIDDO GOODLIFE GOOD MAN BRAND GRAN SASSO HARRIS WHARF HAUPT HILTL INGRAM INIS MEÁIN ITALO FERRETTI JACK OF SPADES JACKSON PAYNE JAN LESLIE JOE’S LATORRE LUCIANO BARBERA

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MAC JEANS MARCOLIANI MARTIN DINGMAN MASON’S MIRTO M. SINGER NICWAVE NIGEL’S ORTO PARISI PAL ZILERI PÁNCHIC PAOLO VITALE PAUL & SHARK PAUL TAYLOR PESCAROLO PIACENZA POGGIANTI 1958 PORTO PRESIDENT’S PT01 PT05 RAVAZZOLO SPIVEY STEFANO PIAZZA STENSTRÖMS SUNSPEL TACCALITI TINTORIA MATTEI TRUSSINI WATERVILLE W. KLEINBERG WOOD XACUS ZANELLA

SECRETS OF A LONG ISLAND DRY CLEANER ASK MR. ETIQUETTE

Jim Foley explains how to sail through life without giving offense. When is it appropriate to wear sneakers? —Overwhelmed in Oyster Bay Fashion keeps evolving, so there are more circumstances when it’s acceptable to wear sneakers. Pairing them with a soft sport jacket and jeans is the latest trend, and it’s a great look. Leather lace-ups in rich shades of brown or gray are perfect for fall and winter. For spring and summer or when you’re vacationing in a warm location, lighten up your look with gray, tan or white sneakers. You can’t go wrong with Italian-made sneakers by Gallo Di Bianco, Donald J Pliner or Good Man Brand. Remember not to get carried away with a colorful running sneaker—save those for the gym. And never wear sneakers with a suit!

Andrew Briller of Andrew Howard Dry Cleaners & Tailors in Syosset shares advice and expertise with Woodbury Mens Shop customers. Why did you dry clean my shirt? Customers ask this question more than any other. The truth is we didn’t dry clean your shirt; we washed it and hand ironed it. Commercially laundering your shirt is more economical, but is it the right process? A properly cared for shirt will look its best and last considerably longer without commercial laundering. Manufacturers’ care labels often say machine wash but do they actually mean commercial laundering? The answer is no. What is commercial laundering? The commercial laundering process is an economical alternative for washing and ironing shirts. The process begins with washing shirts in large washers, usually 60 to 70 shirts at a time. Next, the wet shirts are placed on heated steel plates that expand, iron and dry the shirts in seconds. It’s quick and effective. The process was designed for man-tailored, white, cotton dress shirts. What is hand finishing or “Dry cleaning?” It simply means washing the shirts delicately and ironing them by hand. The advantages are many. Delicately washing a shirt protects the buttons and fabrics from excess wear and tear during the washing process. Ironing a shirt by hand avoids stretching the shirt and creating a shine. The attention to detail in hand finishing far exceeds that in commercial laundering. Knowing your fabrics Various fabrics are not ideal for commercial laundering. Many shirts now contain Spandex and Lycra—these garments should never be commercially laundered as the fabrics can lose their shape and elasticity. Other fabrics, such as silk, linen and most synthetics, can be damaged when commercially laundered. A quality dry cleaner should always recommend hand finishing dark and vibrant colored shirts to help

preserve the color and prevent shining the shirt. Should i use starch? Starch is used to stiffen the fabric of a shirt. The myth about starch is it prevents wrinkles. Just the opposite is true. Think of a piece of paper which is stiff versus a soft tissue. If you crease a piece of paper it stays creased, but a tissue is less likely to stay creased. Starch also shortens the life of shirts by breaking down the weave. Starch has an accumulative effect; each time a shirt is starched it adds another layer. Instead of starch, we recommend using a synthetic spray sizing, which adds body to a shirt without accumulating and making the shirt feel stiff. Shrinking & buttons Washing a 100 percent cotton shirt— custom or off the rack—will shrink the garment approximately 2 to 3 percent. Allowing for a little extra room in the collar and sleeves is always a good idea. To remain profitable, commercial laundries must handle massive numbers of shirts per hour. This can come at the cost of quality. Inspecting a shirt for stains and taking proper care of the buttons are often sacrificed. Quality dry cleaners who offer hand-finished shirts should take their time to carefully inspect each shirt. Covering and removing delicate buttons should be a priority. Collar stays If your shirt has collar stays, you should remove them when possible before commercial laundering and/or hand finishing. Collar stays can lose their shape during washing. They also can melt in the heat during commercial laundering, which can damage your shirt beyond repair. Collar stays also can leave impressions in your collar if they are not removed. A quality cleaner should always remove and replace collar stays before and after hand cleaning a shirt. ANDREW HOWARD DRY CLEANERS & TAILORS, 151 JACKSON AVE., SYOSSET, 516.496.7962; ANDREWHOWARDDRY CLEANERS.COM

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NOW, THAT’S THE LAST STRAW From Union Square Café in New York City to the Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp along the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, mixologists are forgoing plastic straws in favor of more sustainable options, such as bamboo or paper. Turns out that’s less a loss than a creative opportunity. Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Oak Long Bar & Kitchen in Boston serves up highball drinks with Hay! Straws made from natural wheat stems that are 100 percent biodegradable. “We found that Hay! Straws enhance the drinks; they actually look better,” General Manager Patrick Mitchell told boston.com. “These are slender, elegant straws.” At Nayara Springs, the Costa Rican resort named one of the 50 Best Resorts in the World by Condé Nast Traveler, guests sip cocktails crafted with local fruit through bamboo straws while lounging poolside. At the Doyle Collection’s luxury London hotels—The Marylebone, The Kensington and The Bloomsbury—drinks are served strawless or with festive paper straws. Marriott International has announced plans to remove plastic straws and stirrers from all of its hotels worldwide by next year. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, plastics in the ocean will outweigh all fish by the year 2050—and straws are a major contributor to the plastics problem. Global momentum in the hospitality industry to ban plastic straws arose from social media campaigns using hashtags like #StrawsSuck and #TheLastStraw. Even Queen Elizabeth II has gotten into the act—earlier this year she issued a royal decree banning plastic straws and bottles from all royal estates, including the cafés and gift shops.

STYLE BY DESIGN

Style By Design events 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 events:

THE BEST IN SITE

Like a new season’s collection, the redesigned Woodbury Mens Shop website has now been rolled out, with improvements aimed at helping you better navigate our products and services. Short on time? An online chat function offers assistance from one of our experienced salespeople. Look for a pop-up window that says, “Welcome to our site. If you need help, simply reply to this message.” Under the Executive Services tab you can learn about our Closet Consultations, Corporate Gift Services and more. The Made-to-Measure tab will walk you through our custom and MTM services. And don’t overlook our blogs, where you’ll get a heads-up on upcoming events, fashion tips and even some insider info. See you at woodburymensshop.com!

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Belvest Made-to-Measure with Angelo Tsaganeas Taccaliti Custom Shirts Italo Ferretti Custom Ties SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 Made in Italy Style by Design Ravazzolo Made-toMeasure Trussini Made-to-Measure Gallo Di Bianco BenchMade Shoes Baldassari and Doriani with Michal Sestak SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 Coppley Made-to-Measure with Bill Deschler Stenströms with Anders Hjarne SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 Magazine Launch Party Paul Taylor Sportswear with Jon McKinney Aston Martin Cars with Alexandria Schnepf SATURDAY, OCT. 6 Bugatti Sportswear with Sebastian Leta WMS Made-to-Measure with Enzo Licata

SATURDAY, OCT. 13 W. Kleinberg Belts with Marybeth Walsh MAC Jeans with Galina Mironoff Borrelli Handmade Shirts with Luca Spano SATURDAY, OCT. 20 Luciano Barbera Sportswear with Lael Wheeler SATURDAY, OCT. 27 Haupt with Kate West Faber-Castell Pens with Beth Epstein SATURDAY, NOV. 3 Anniversary Party & Formalwear Event Carrot & Gibbs Formal Accessories with Michael Ford SATURDAY, NOV. 17 Begg Scarves with Misha Mayers Gimo’s Outerwear with Bill Foy

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EAT TO LIVE LONGER

Mediterranean diets are all the rage. Studies show that they can help you live a longer, healthier life. So after you’ve shopped at Woodbury Mens Shop, grab a bite at Krinti Mediterranean Grill, just down the road on Jericho Turnpike. The place has a wonderful homey feel, and the food is to die for—oops, we mean to live for! KRINTI, 8285 JERICHO TURNPIKE, WOODBURY, NY; 516.224.4661; KRINTI.COM

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Fall/ Winter 2018 Collection

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

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

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

No one truly needs these hightech toys, but it sure would be fun to have them!

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

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

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

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

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MUSIC

HYPNOTIC GROOVES

From the “moonshine roots music” of Valerie June to the cosmic Americana of Sun Seeker, these contemporary artists are guaranteed to put you in good headspace. By Mark Dowden

VALERIE JUNE

“Organic moonshine roots music” is how Tennessee native Valerie June Hockett describes her body of work, but there’s nothing imitative about it. A skilled songwriter and musician, she effortlessly blends blues, bluegrass, folk, soul and classic pop into original ballads that are at once earthy and ethereal. Her voice, too, is one of a kind—high, light and twangy, raw, achy and emotive. That voice alone makes her recent release, The Order of Time, an absolute treat. The album: The Order of Time Go-to song: “Love You Once Made” Deeper dives: “If And,” as well as the powerful “Workin’ Woman Blues” from the album Pushin’ Against a Stone

SUN SEEKER

Lilting, starkly melodic, whimsical and sometimes psychedelic, Sun Seeker is one of the more inventive current bands to emerge from a Nashville basement. Alex Benick (guitar), Asher Horton (bass) and Ben Parks (drums), now 22, have been hanging out and collaborating since eighth grade. Like one of their 1960s inspirations, The Band, these guys possess the poise and musicality to sound polished at a young age. They call their sound “cosmic American music,” and you’ll find it highly listenable. The album: Biddeford, their debut EP Go-to song: “Won’t Keep Me Up at Night” Deeper dives: “Might Be Time” and “Sunny Day Girls”

R.L. BOYCE

Mississippi Hill Country blues is a loose boogie style that can have a hypnotic effect on listeners. One of its foremost masters is R.L. Boyce, a protégé of the great R.L. Burnside. Although he started as a drummer, Boyce was destined to sing and play guitar, which he does with improvisational abandon. Every track on the album Roll and Tumble was recorded in one take, capturing the backyard-jam ethos of the Hill Country. Boyce’s extemporaneous lyrics are awesome. The album: Roll and Tumble Go-to song: “Been Around the World” Deeper dives: “Child of God” and “Going Down South”

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER

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After partying through his 20s and playing in a punk band, Californian M.C. Taylor moved to North Carolina to reboot and study folklore at Chapel Hill. A folk-rock breakthrough followed. Hiss Golden Messenger, with its shifting guest lineup, revolves around Taylor as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Through funky tunings, he blurs the line between minor and major keys, “so that the weight of the emotion rests solely on the vocal melody and the lyrical content,” he explains. Hear the sublime results on his latest. The album: Hallelujah Anyhow Go-to song: “When the Wall Comes Down” Deeper dives: “Gulfport You’ve Been on My Mind”; “Saturday’s Song” from Lateness of Dancers

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POINT COUNTERPOINT The core of this playlist comprises chill female vocals, from the narcotic quality of Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star to the shifting falsetto of Joni Mitchell. A nice counterpoint is supplied by some iconic male voices—Sly Stone, Brian Wilson and Steve Miller. “Teenage Talk” by St. Vincent “Love and Mercy” by Brian Wilson “The Fall” by Rhye “I Summon You” by Spoon “California” by Mazzy Star “Ruby, My Dear” by Thelonious Monk

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“One of These Mornings” by Moby “Baby” by Ariel Pink “Family Affair” by Studio Rio and Sly & the Family Stone “The Flight Tonight” by Joni Mitchell “Black Orpheus” by Arturo O’Farrill “Take the Joker and Run” [Acoustic Demo] by The Steve Miller Band

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FABULOUS SPORTSWEAR, COCKTAIL DRESSES, EVENING GOWNS, JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

Upcoming Trunk Shows WOODBURY LOCATION STEPHEN YEARICK Fabulous Evening Gowns • September 27th – 30th

JOSEPH RIBKOFF Modern Lifestyle Sportswear & Dresses October 3rd (GREENVALE) • October 4th & 5th (WOODBURY)

RENE RUIZ Luxurious & Sophisticated Gowns • October 4th – 7th

ELEANORA FERRAGATTA From Canvas to Collection • October 6th

FOUY CHOV Couture Ensembles & Gowns • October 11th – 14th YSA MAKINO Elegant Evening Gowns • October 18th – 21st ELLA ZAHLAN Sophisticated Gowns Designerd to Shape the Body October 25th – 28th

TINA DIMARTINA Elegant Evening Wear • November 1st – 4th

GRAYSE Sequined & Embellished Tops & Dresses • November 10th

JUST CAVALLI Exotic Prints/Exotic Jeans • November 24th

KEVAN HALL Exciting Collection of Dresses & Separates November 29th – December 2nd The Designers/Assistant Designers will be present to assist with your selection

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THE LEADING MAN

Sheer Magnetism Actor Michael Fassbender exerts a powerful pull on and off the screen. Even as a bad guy, he’s got the goods.

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Dangerous Method and Rochester in Jane Eyre, and his full-frontal-nude scene as a sex addict in Shame set tongues wagging that nature had not shortchanged him. Critics say Fassbender is endowed with real talent too— despite recent clunkers like The Snowman and Assassin’s Creed—and works his best screen magic with roles calling for intensity. Indeed, Fassbender has a personal magnetism even Magneto might envy. People watch what he does and what he wears—he’s known to favor such brands as Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada and Louis Vuitton and has been seen in photo shoots in jeans, polos and designer shirts. Folks clamor for news of his personal life too, though there he’s a bit more guarded. “I’m not going to talk about my private life with a total stranger until I feel the need to,” Fassbender once told a reporter. “Why would I?” Well, we’re curious! Word has it that Fassbender lives in Portugal with his wife, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (an Oscar winner for 2015’s The Danish Girl), whom he met during the 2014 filming of The Light Between Oceans. The couple would surely have been swarmed by paparazzi when they wed in October 2017 on the Spanish island of Ibiza—but they managed to keep news of the ceremony secret until afterward. What more will we learn in years to come about this dynamo, on and off the screen? Whatever it is, it’s bound to be intense.

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Whether he’s donning a polo shirt and jeans or a double-breasted chalk stripe suit, actor Michael Fassbender always knows how to look good—even when he’s playing the bad guy on screen.

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ou’re forgiven if the name Michael Fassbender brings to mind his portrayal of the archvillain Magneto in the X-Men movies, starting with X-Men: First Class in 2011. That was an indelible performance—even though the star has dismissed it as merely “some dude shouting.” But you can’t find all of this versatile actor’s tricks in the pages of Marvel comics. He’s played everything from Apple founder Steve Jobs (in the eponymous 2015 movie) to a vicious slaveowner (in 12 Years a Slave, 2013)—to cite two roles that have earned him Academy Award nominations. Now 41, Fassbender was born April 2, 1977, in West Germany. But early on, his family traded an industrial neighborhood for Ireland’s County Kerry, where his parents ran Killarney’s West End House restaurant. At 17, after being cast in a play, Fassbender knew drama was his calling. So, it was off to the Drama Centre in London to learn his craft—until he dropped out in 1999 to tour with the Oxford Stage Company. His film debut as a Spartan warrior in the 2007 fantasy war epic 300 proved he was on the right track. (Before that, you’d recognize him only for his role in a Guinness commercial.) And his adherence to a 600-calorie-a-day diet to prepare for the role of IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008) shows how far he’s willing to go for an epic performance. The year 2011 was especially big: That’s when Fassbender portrayed psychoanalyst Carl Jung in 2011’s A

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ESSENTIALS

GO INTO DETAIL Update your look with these fall must-haves. They’re perfect whether you’re headed to the game room, boardroom or ballroom.

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On model: vest by Waterville, sport shirt by Haupt, jeans by MAC, boots by Pànchic. Clockwise from top: sport shirts by Luciano Barbera, Paul & Shark, Taccaliti; sweaters by Luciano Barbera; socks by Marcoliani and Bresciani; boots by Pànchic; sneakers by Gallo Di Bianco.

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On model: suit by Ravazzolo, dress shirt by Taccaliti, tie and pocket square by Fiorello, suede monkstrap shoes by Gallo Di Bianco. Clockwise from top left: pocket squares and ties by Italo Ferretti and Fiorello; dress shirts by Borrelli, Taccaliti and Ingram; exotic leather belts by W. Kleinberg; loafers by Gallo Di Bianco; socks by Marcoliani and Bresciani.

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FOR THE LOVE OF FLORENCE If you’re looking for European perfection—rich history, wonderful people, delicious food and the premier fashion festival—you’ll find it in Florence, Italy. The team at Woodbury Mens Shop discovered all of that and more during its trip to Pitti Uomo this year. Pitti is the essential stop on the menswear circuit, with the world’s best designers showcasing their new collections. In addition to the memories of an amazing trip, we are proud to bring many of the fabrics, looks and styles back to our customers.

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1. Members of the Threadwize group enjoying a rooftop cocktail 2. Paul Taylor’s flagship store 3. The Baldassari family estate in Tuscany 4. The Duomo in Florence 5. Reviewing the Inis Meáin collection 6. Jim Foley with Louis Costa and Bill White from Gallo Di Bianco 7. Rich O’Boyle 8. Opening night dinner 9. A view from the Uffizi Museum 10. Jim Foley with Andrea Ravazzolo 11. Jim Foley and Rich O’Boyle networking at the opening night dinner

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BEAUTY IS A BEAST

Engineers loaded the Aston Martin DB11 with a monstrous V8 engine that takes you from 0–60 in four seconds—because you can’t get by on good looks alone.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grocery shopping in an Aston Martin? Of course! The DB11 now comes equipped with a foot-activated trunk release, making it a heck of a lot easier to load packages.

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

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

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

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rom coast to coast, there are elegant hotels that not only treat you like a king, but respect your pup’s royal pedigree too. Pets are welcomed—not just allowed—in these luxe lodges, which pamper them with treats, concierge walking, lush grounds for romping and other perks. Five standouts are spotlighted on the following pages. Truth be told, it may cost a little more to take Fido along. But is your best friend worth it, or what? And think what you’ll save on kennel costs!

Can’t imagine vacationing without your pet? Don’t worry— some luxury hotels go out of their way to keep Fido’s tail wagging.

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Dogs will know they’re getting the luxe treatment when they’re served grilled chicken in a doggie bowl. But what could be more appropriate for an establishment co-owned by actress and animal rights activist Doris Day? Right in the heart of Carmel, this historic landmark inn with 1920s-era Spanish architecture has been called the nation’s most dog-friendly hotel. But it’s not only the inn that loves our furry friends. The city, too, is simpatico and puts out a dog-friendly guide to its attractions. For instance, dogs can run along the beautiful Carmel Beach or stroll on a leash through the quaint village where store owners are ready with a doggie treat and water. Other highlights—for humans—are king suites with fireplaces, live music in the hotel’s cozy living room and breakfast with fresh fruit and baked goods. Also check out Terry’s Restaurant & Lounge for Moroccan chicken, grilled rack of lamb and other fare made with fresh local ingredients. Is the lodging industry going to the dogs? Que será, será!

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, Houston, Texas

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Ruff will feel like a VIP (Very Important Pet) when he stays with you in this swanky spot in jumpin’ downtown Houston. The hotel’s pet policy, says management, is designed so that owners are stress-free and don’t have to worry about their pets. A concierge handles daily dog walks, and amenities like special bowls, toys and water bottles all to make the place seem like home. And if you prefer to take your own dog for a longer walk, nearby Discovery Green is a great option. Humans can find their luxury pampering at Four Seasons’ Spa & Fitness Center. Discover a variety of massages to nurture your body, or have some fun with yoga and wine at a group exercise class. This spa, with many eyecatching features, made the cover of American Spa magazine in 2016. Then there’s the spacious, newly renovated lobby, which not too modestly calls itself “Houston’s Living Room,” ready for sipping, socializing or just relaxing. Also, don’t miss the chic bourbon bar, Bayou & Bottle, or the Topgolf Swing Suite, featuring golf simulators. While your dog lives the life of Riley at this raved-about facility, maybe you can focus on your game.

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THE ST. REGIS ASPEN RESORT, Aspen, Colorado Want to trade walking the dog for relaxing poolside with a strawberry daiquiri or spend more time on the powdery slopes? At this resort you have only to whisper your wish, and guilt is gone. The staff at the redesigned St. Regis is happy to take the leash for a while, and also provides bowls, treats and a doggie bed while you leave your cares behind at the Reméde Spa. (Try the soothing waterfall, oxygen lounge or the cold-and-warm plunge pools.) There’s also a fitness center and gift boutique. Although most people come for the slopes, that’s only part of the outdoor fun in a region also known for horseback riding, bicycling and whitewater rafting. By day, take Rover for a romp at Ruby Park only a few minutes away. By night, Mountain Social beckons you to sip a cocktail by the fireplace and reflect on this best-ever vacation for you and your four-legged friend.

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THE PENINSULA HOTEL, New York, New York

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Right down to its location—just four blocks from Central Park—The Peninsula is a pooch paradise. While you might visit for the abundant shopping and entertainment in Midtown Manhattan, your pet will love the park and the pampering that starts with a personalized welcome card and water bottle. Any dog 60 pounds or under is welcome. Fido will have all the comforts of home—a doggie bed, bowl and treats—and (if you’re in a suite) a collar, leash, bandana and small toy, all with the Peninsula logo. He’ll wag his tail and you’ll be worry-free as you discover the awardwinning Peninsula Spa, the cutting-edge fitness center and the glass-enclosed pool. Perhaps, after a day of hitting the stores, your much-deserved rest will come on the sun terrace with its panoramic city views, followed by a taste sensation at The Peninsula’s signature Clement restaurant, and when the sun sets, a toast in the rooftop bar, Salon de Ning.

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THE COTTAGES AT NANTUCKET BOAT BASIN, Nantucket, Massachusetts For a laid-back beach experience both you and your pet will love, this inn offers 17 “Woof Cottages” that are often in demand. Dogs are greeted by their own pet concierge, a lab/spaniel named Bailey, who knows this famous island like the back of his paw. Guests and their pooches have all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen to make favorite meals, doggie beds, personalized pet tags and nautical chew toys—just right for lodgings with views of the blue harbor. Dog-walking services are available, but visitors also may enjoy taking a long trek with their pet at neighboring Sanford Farm. After making their pet happy, visitors can indulge themselves with a first-class massage or spa treatment at the nearby White Elephant Spa, where the scenery rivals the serenity you experience. Or hop on a complimentary bike for a tour of the town, perhaps stopping for a bite at one of the many eateries. There’s also a free bus to Nantucket’s beaches—a not-to-be-missed destination. FALL/WINTER 2018

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Blue cashmere sweater by Doriani, patterned shirt by Ingram, jeans by MAC Jeans.

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Sweater by Paul & Shark, plaid shirt by Taccaliti, jeans by Pescarolo, sneakers by Di Bianco.

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Cashmere zip-up sweater by Doriani, plaid shirt by Xacus, jeans by PT05.

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Button-up coat by Luciano Barbera, patterned shirt by Ingram, cotton pants by Brax, belt by W. Kleinberg.

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Windowpane suit by Coppley, shirt by Taccaliti, tie and pocket square by Italo Ferretti, belt by W. Kleinberg, shoes by Di Bianco.

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Navy sportcoat by Harris Wharf London, denim shirt by Paul & Shark, knit tie by Paolo Albizzati, pocket square by Fiorello.

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Gray plaid sportcoat by Luciano Barbera, pullover sweater by Gran Sasso, pink dress shirt by Stenstrรถms, pocket square by Paolo Albizzati, trousers by Zanella.

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Plaid sportcoat by Luciano Barbera, blue sweater by Gran Sasso, blue shirt by Taccaliti, patterned tie by Fiorello, pocket square by Edward Armah.

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Blazer by Belvest, sweater by Gran Sasso, patterned shirt by Luciano Barbera, pocket square by Edward Armah, trousers by PT01, loafers by Di Bianco.

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Seeking a suit that’s more you? Look beyond off-the-rack and discover the world where you get precisely what you want.

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

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

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only the best fabrics The fabric you choose for your made-tomeasure garment comes from a curated selection of mills. Narrowing the group of mills used as sources helps make sure that you receive the best and most luxurious fabrics.

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FITNESS

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

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

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THE SPORTING LIFE

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Verbier is the resort for you if you’re a royal—or want to ski and party like one. By Everett Potter

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Only the savviest American skiers seem to have a clue about the Swiss resort Verbier. For Alpine ski culture, most of us think first of Zermatt, Austria’s St. Anton or maybe the Les Trois Vallées region of France. Typically, as in my case, it’s only word of mouth, often from British friends, that leads to a visit to Verbier. So here’s the report in a nutshell: For any traveler with a keen sense of style, a desire to be on the cutting edge of the European ski scene and a yearning for challenging pistes and chic accommodations, Verbier is the hands-down choice. The youngest of the major Swiss ski resorts, Verbier attracts an international community of rich and perhaps not-quite-so-rich vacationers. The daily drill is simple: ski all day, party all night and then repeat. “Go big or go home” is the unofficial rule for skiing and après-skiing in Verbier. In my experience, it’s a place to bring your spouse, partner or best friend and leave the kids at home. Dubbed “the Aspen of the Alps,” Verbier does bear a resemblance to that Rocky Mountain spot. This moneyed, French-speaking Suisse Romande resort attracts a youngish crowd to its discos and on-mountain restaurants, its luxury shops and chic hotels, as well as its challenging slopes. The Brits love it, often referring to it simply as “Verbs.” If you’re stargazing, you may catch a glimpse of such royals as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate); the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and new bride Meghan); or Sarah, Duchess of York (Fergie, who was once employed here as a “chalet girl,” a wintertime babysitter and chef, and co-owns a chalet with ex-husband Prince Andrew). Such non-royals as singer-songwriter James Blunt, singer Diana Ross and entrepreneur Richard Branson are also fair game for sightings. Those glimpses could be at lunch at Le Carrefour or amid the flashing disco

lights at The Farm Club, which still sets the tone for nightlife 45 years after its founding. THE SKIING

Located in southwestern Switzerland in the canton of Valais, about a 90-minute drive or train ride from Geneva, Verbier is one of the largest lift-linked areas in the world. There are 93 lifts and an astonishing 256 miles of ski runs. Set at 8,200 feet, Verbier has reliable snow when lower-altitude resorts are running out of the stuff. With such a vast area, there’s a nearly endless menu for skiers. On a clear morning, after a few warm-up runs, I love heading up to the top of Mont Fort by cable car. Here at the resort’s highest peak, about 10,500 feet, there is a quite literally breathtaking panorama that includes the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe at 15,774 feet. From here, I like to ski down into the moguls with a guide—by far the smartest, safest way to ski offpiste in Verbier—in areas like Tortin, Gentianes, Mont Fort and Plan du Fou. There are far tougher off-piste areas, but they are best left to far more agile skiers. Come for the Freeride World Tour in March and you can see them throwing themselves off cliffs in a staggering display of athleticism and daring. After a challenging morning, I like nothing better than a languid alfresco lunch at Chez Dany with classic fondue or perhaps Swiss rösti at La Marmotte, with the obligatory glass or two of the local Fendant wine. THE VILLAGE & THE W VERBIER

Verbier may look as if it’s been around for centuries, but in fact it was only really developed after World War II. It is a spacious resort with bright, uninterrupted views of the mountains. The W Verbier is the essence of Verbier. Forget your notions of an urban W hotel. This property is

a cluster of four low-lying chalet buildings, linked by glass atriums and incorporating local wood and stone—as cutting-edge design-wise as anything in the Alps. The W is close to Place Blanche, and most of Verbier’s shops, restaurants and nightspots are along the road between here and Place Centrale. The W appeals to a well-heeled crowd ranging from ages 30 to 50-something, nearly all couples, and most of its 130 rooms are designed for a maximum of two guests. Those rooms are spacious enough, with large wooden balconies, blissful beds and floor-to-ceiling windows, with a gas fireplace visible from the bathroom as well as the bedroom. The essence of the W Verbier is that you get smart style as well as a two-minute walk to the gondola in the morning. The hotel’s AWAY Spa features an indoor pool that flows into an outdoor pool overlooking the Verbier Valley, a sauna, a hammam Jacuzzi and a fitness center. I’m partial to the Balinese massage, but the spa also has such esoteric rituals as a Bamboo & Lotus Scrub and even a Caviar Body Treatment. The Catalan flavors at the Eat-Hola tapas bar are courtesy of culinary director Sergi Arola, whose Madrid eatery won two Michelin stars. It is by far my favorite option, but there’s also Carve Sushi and W Kitchen on offer for diners. I rarely stay up all night anymore but if you’re so inclined, the W’s Curve nightclub makes it happen just a few minutes away from your room. How good is the hotel? In 2017, the World Ski Awards chose it as the World’s Best Ski Hotel. That’s a lofty pronouncement, so I’ll let you be the judge. But I would gladly return with my K2s and settle in for a week of the most rarefied Alpine pleasures in the world. And if there’s a royal at the table next to mine at Chez Dany, so much the better.

Opposite page, clockwise from tip: The Verbier Ski Resort boasts more than 250 miles of ski runs, many of which require equal amounts of athleticism and fearlessness to conquer; dining options abound at the W Verbier hotel, including the Eat-Hola tapas bar—which is under the leadership of Michelin-starred culinary director Sergi Arola; Swiss mountain towns host Bell Dorado festivals, in which the loud tone of cowbells are said to drive away evil spirits and ensure green pastures; the guest rooms at the hotel feature a large wooden balcony and gas fireplace; known as the “Aspen of the Alps,” Verbier offers lively discos, challenging slopes and luxurious shops that attract a crowd ranging from age 30 to 50-something.

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PURSUITS

Droning On! With confidence built into its name, Surefly is the ’copter that doubles as a drone. By Timothy Kelley

It’s like nouvelle cuisine cooked up a ’copter. Planned for a 2019 debut at a price under $200,000, the Surefly from the Workhorse Group is powered by a BMW 600-cc, twin-cylinder generator engine that responds to joystick commands. You’ll need a pilot’s license to fly it, but because it’s classed as a light-sport aircraft, that credential requires fewer hours of training than does a standard helicopter pilot’s license.

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on’t yawn next year when your neighbor opens his garage to show off his self-driving car—and by all means don’t ask with a snarky smile, “How high does it fly?” Fact is, by 2019 your own garage could be home to a self-driving vehicle that soars way above traffic. It’s the Surefly from the Ohio-based Workhorse Group, and it’s either a reimagined helicopter that can give you and your sweetheart a lift or a drone you can send home alone like a horse that knows the way. You decide. Set to hit the market next year for a close-to-the-ground price of under $200,000, the Surefly VTOL (vertical-takeoff-and-landing) craft has been building buzz since its debut at the 2017 Paris Air Show. It’s not the only “air taxi” in development, but while the others use electric motors alone, Surefly is powered by a gas combustion engine. It boasts a range of 70 miles, an hour’s flight time per tank and a maximum lift

capacity of 400 pounds—that’s two adults, or one adult and some stuff— thanks to eight propellers fixed in contra-rotating pairs on four arms. And to give you peace of mind that this is not your last adventure, its makers make triple-sure of Surefly. There’s full computer and electrical redundancy, and if the gas-powered generator fails, two 7.5-kilowatthour lithium-ion battery packs take over to assure a safe landing. If those balk too, there’s even a ballistic parachute to waft you to the ground. Did we say “garage?” With a fuselage and propellers crafted of carbon fiber, this nimble 1,100-pounder (for a helicopter, that’s svelte) can indeed fold its arms down to fit snugly into a standard car garage. And how high can Surefly fly? Workhorse puts its flight ceiling at 4,000 feet. For a personal vehicle so compact and nimble, that’s a lift for the spirits even in this tech-jaded age.

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the world is your oyster Open up and explore all the flavors these beautifully briny bivalves have to offer. By Daria Meoli

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ou’ve got to hand it to the oyster; it’s nothing if not diverse. The marvelous mollusk comes in more than 150 varieties, each with its own distinct taste and texture. For those looking to expand their oyster horizons or try these slippery little suckers for the first time this season, here are a few—forgive us—pearls of wisdom. While these gems of the sea can be enjoyed year-round, oyster aficionados agree that the briny bivalves are at their peak flavor between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. From the Hog Island Sweetwater to the First Light, the clever names for oyster varieties seem to go on forever. This nomenclature reflects where the oysters live, the type of water they filter and the way they are handled. However, there are only five distinct species of oysters found in the U.S.: Pacific, Atlantic, Kumamoto, European flat and Olympic. Geography matters too. Oysters raised on the West Coast, such as the Kusshi, Raspberry

Point, Goose Point and Royal Miyagi varieties, tend to be sweet, creamy, round and plump with deep edges. Their East Coast counterparts, including Wellfleets, Blue Points, Salt Ponds and Ram Islands, are usually brinier, chewier and narrower. Avoid an oyster if the shell is cracked, has holes or is open and will not close to the touch. Once the mollusk passes the shell test, the oyster meat should be plump and juicy and have a healthy sheen. To really taste each variety’s nuances, eat oysters raw. Whether you are ordering them at an oyster bar or preparing them at home, they should be kept alive until the moment before they are consumed. If you buy a bag of freshly harvested oysters and some are dead, all is not lost. These oysters can be grilled, fried or enjoyed in a stew or chowder. What to quaff with oysters? During the Civil War, Union General McClellan’s slowness caused Lincoln’s Secretary of War to

grumble that he was goofing off instead of pursuing Rebs. “This champagne and oysters on the Potomac must be stopped,” said Edwin Stanton—but even he couldn’t kill that classic pairing. Besides champagne, Vinho Verde or even Sauvignon Blanc are other good mollusk matches. But so are beers, such as India pale ales or fruity wheat beers—or porters, which offer a delicious break from the norm. A dry martini also pairs nicely. Whether you choose to savor these salty treats with a splash of lemon, with a hint of hot sauce or smothered in mignonette, there is one rule for eating oysters: Do not swallow them in one gulp. Oysters should be chewed to enjoy all the tightly packed taste. In the center of the oyster is a disc of muscle with a sweetness similar to scallops, and the belly pops with salty liquid. Chewing will mix these flavors together nicely. One last tip: Eating oysters can feel awkward, but slurp with confidence and don’t waste a drop of the salty goodness.

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Originally a Japanese cultured oyster, this fruity and firm variety is now common in the Northwest. The Kumamotos are mild and sweet and have a melon-like flavor that makes them ideal for first-time oyster eaters. Home: Washington

Belons, a type of European flat, were originally brought to Maine in the ’50s by scientists hoping to repopulate the region’s oyster beds. Today they are flourishing off the Atlantic coast. Maine Belons are harvested by divers and have a strong flavor with a metallic-tinny finish. These bivalves are not for the faint of heart. Home: Maine

Grown off the West Coast of Australia, Coffin Bay King oysters grow for six years instead of the usual 18 months and have up to 10 times more meat than the average oyster. While currently available only in Australia, Europe and Asia, this expensive delicacy (about $74 for one) can make for a sweet indulgence on overseas trips. Home: Australia

Wellfleets are exposed to the open air on the beach as the tides recede. This forces them to hold their shells closed tightly until the tide returns, giving their meat a firm texture. It takes between two to three years to cultivate these wild, potent, briny oysters. Home: Massachusetts

These Gulf Coast oysters are harvested right off the bulge of the Florida panhandle. This area has been called one of the “oyster miracle places.” Apalachicola is the last place in the United States where wild oysters are still harvested by fishermen in small boats using tongs. Home: Florida

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4 X4 4 X4 POUR IT ON!

Four who excel in the making of liquor reveal where they go for a well-made drink.

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ith the possible exception of the ocean, alcohol is the most cosmopolitan liquid there is. That’s why a producer of bitters in Munich can tell you where to bend your elbow in Denver, while a New York distiller directs you to a Barcelona barstool. Drawn from the recent book Straight Up: The Insiders’ Guide to The World’s Most Interesting Bars and Drinking Experiences, here’s where four top booze-makers like to go for a splendidly concocted cocktail. Jared Brown of Sipsmith Gin Distillery pours classic martinis.

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Allen Katz New York Distilling Company, New York City

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BOOZY BACKSTORY: Before co-founding the New York Distilling Company in 2011, Allen Katz had experience in both the food and beverage industries. He helped run Toscana Saporita, a cooking school in Tuscany; he worked with Slow Food USA, which promotes local food and traditional cooking; and he was the director of spirits education and mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits, one of the country’s largest distributors. He even hosted a show called The Cocktail Hour on Martha Stewart’s now-defunct Sirius XM satellite radio station. BEST KNOWN FOR: The distiller’s Dorothy Parker American Gin and Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye spirits are now considered part of the canon for mixologists and are stocked behind the bars of many discerning alcohol alchemists. Katz has been called the modern face of New York City’s distilling scene. FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: Barcelona’s Boadas, a bar that “sings of the romance of cocktail culture. The rhythm of the thrown cocktails, the vibrancy of Las Rambla [a street in the Spanish city] and the daydream of generations of happy drinkers.” Katz also enjoys throwing back a few at Death & Co in New York City, Dukes Bar in London and French 75 in New Orleans. TIP FOR GETTING TOASTED: At McSorley’s Ale House (shown above right), thought to be the oldest bar in New York City, Katz’s advice is to “go in the afternoon and spend the evening with a good friend. The time passes simply and joyously in a perfect pub environment that exudes the classic character of the city.” ONE FOR THE ROAD: The New York Distilling Company produces three types of gin, a rye and a whiskey. So, when Katz gets thirsty, what’s his poison? A rye whiskey Manhattan, straight up with a lemon twist.

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BOOZY BACKSTORY: If Guinness is good for you, Bellfield is better. Kieran Middleton (shown above left) is the brewer and business development manager at this Edinburgh, Scotland-based craft-beer maker he helped launch in 2016. Middleton and his team spent months locked away in a tiny kitchen experimenting with gluten-free, vegan beers until he cooked up a recipe to rival any glutenfull suds on tap. BEST KNOWN FOR: Cracking the code for making gluten-free beer that tastes like actual beer. Bellfield Brewery is the U.K.’s first microbrewery to use traditional brewing methods with nontraditional ingredients to ferment India pale ales (IPAs) and pilsners for gluten-averse brewski fans. These beers also are certified by the Coeliac U.K. and the Vegan Society. FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: Middleton’s hometown recommendation is Staggs Bar in Musselburgh, Scotland. “The beer is why you’re here,” he says. “Unlike many modern craft bars, this one treats beer with reverence and celebrity. The star of the show is Oakham Ales Green Devil. At 6 percent, you can easily have too much of this pale and intensely hoppy beauty.” Middleton also recommends Bad Martha in Martha’s Vineyard, Warpigs in Copenhagen and Covenhoven in Brooklyn, N.Y. TIP FOR GETTING TOASTED: Middleton says the world of craft beer can be a bit of a minefield; he recommends sticking to the style of beer you like. Still, you can experiment with sours and exotic combinations when you fancy a change and feel brave. ONE FOR THE ROAD: This craft brewer is partial to craft whiskey too. “I love the development of all things produced in small batches by Scottish artisan producers—Scottish malt whiskey, gins with interesting botanicals—and I love a bit of Pinot Noir,” Middleton says.

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Stephan Berg The Bitter Truth, Munich BOOZY BACKSTORY: Disappointed with the available selection of what he calls the unsung ingredient of the dandy drink scene, this former Munich bartender hand made his own bitters for years. Then, in 2006, Stephan Berg cofounded The Bitter Truth. Today, his distillery is credited with revolutionizing the cocktail scene with uncommonly good bitter flavors. WHAT HE IS KNOWN FOR: Being the godfather of the German bitters milieu (yes, such a milieu exists). FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: American Bar at The Savoy in London (shown above left), says Berg, has “a great team, great hospitality and more than 100 years of history.” Others include Dante in New York, Williams & Graham in Denver and Lobster Bar in Hong Kong. TIP FOR GETTING TOASTED: Make the most of your travels by checking out local mixology touches. “Trends still veer toward very classic-style drinks, but local ingredients play into the modern bar scene,” Berg says. ONE FOR THE ROAD: Ex-bartender Berg seeks out the rock stars in his former profession. That’s why you’ll find him sipping highballs at one eponymous Munich tavern—“a melting pot of locals, artists and fashionistas all held together by Charles Schumann. It has warm hospitality, fantastic drinks and even better food.” FALL/WINTER 2018

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BOOZY BACKSTORY: Among firewater aficionados, Jared Brown is known as a respected cocktail historian, European bon viveur and master distiller at Sipsmith, London’s first gin micro-distillery in more than two centuries. But this man who— along with Sipsmith co-founders Sam Galsworthy and Fairfax Hall—is credited with igniting a full-blown British gin craze is actually a Yankee, originally from Upstate New York. BEST KNOWN FOR: Reflecting the spirit of old England by making gin the oldfashioned way—in one shot (meaning the botanicals are steeped in the fermented sugar water or a neutral spirit like tea), in a copper pot and in small batches. FAVORITE WATERING HOLES: Tops is El Floridita in Havana. Brown says he and his wife, fellow spirits expert Anistatia Miller, asked the El Floridita bartender to make them whatever he was in the mood to mix. He poured the couple their very first Jai Alai, a cocktail made of gin and sweet vermouth topped with soda and a lemon wedge. “It is a wonderful drink that actually predates the Negroni,” says Brown. He also enjoys bellying up to the bar at The Drifter, a Prohibition-era speakeasy with eccentric nightly entertainment and a tarot card-inspired cocktail menu tucked away in the basement of The Green Door Tavern in Chicago; the Paradiso, a modern-day speakeasy reached through a refrigerator door in a pastrami shop in Barcelona; and The Kingham Plough, a favorite hometown pub in The Cotswolds, England. TIP FOR GETTING TOASTED: “When I go into a bar, the first thing I look for is the greeting,” Brown says. “It tells me how the service is going to be.” ONE FOR THE ROAD: When Brown was a broke college student living in New York City, he’d walk 50 blocks to school to save his subway money for food and one luxury: a monthly martini at the Ty Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel (shown above left). “I would be treated with as much respect as the billionaires,” he recalls.

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Rebels in red and white

In California, knowing the rules but choosing to break them has yielded some wonderfully unusual wines. By Josh Sens

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hen most winemakers describe their work, they lean on artsy or scientific terms. They talk about terroir or malolactic fermentation or the handmade magic required to coax the most out of their fruit. But Scott Sampler is not like most vintners. He speaks of spaghetti sauce. “That was the association I had from the start,” he says. “I was thinking of cooking low and slow, like the Sunday dinners my mother used to make.” Those dinners were served in the Silver Lake and Los Feliz neighborhoods of Los Angeles, where Sampler grew up. His father was a noted graphic designer. His mother was an actress of Italian descent. Among her specialties was pasta smothered in long-simmered tomato and meat sauce. Whatever the meal, wine was always on the table, and Sampler’s father often slipped him sips, developing his son’s appreciation for the stuff. But that didn’t make a winemaker of him. After college at UC Berkeley, Sampler returned to LA and worked as a script writer and music video director. It was the emotionally taxing end of a romantic relationship in the early aughts that sent him on a new path. Traveling around on what he calls a “breakup tour,” he wound up crashing with a friend whose home sat in the mountainous folds of the Malibu. Looking at the steep-sloped property

around him, Sampler thought, “Why not plant grapes and start making wine?” Fast-forward to the present. Sampler is the driving force behind the Central Coast Group Project (CCGP), a collaborative—and iconoclastic—winery that produces startling vintages in anything but the old-fashioned way. From his first release, in 2012, he has opted for what he describes as a “neo-primitive” approach. Another way to put it is that he makes his wine the way his mother made sauce— low and slow. He lets the grapes stay in contact with the skins and stems for anywhere from a month to six months. He stirs frequently throughout the process, tasting as he goes, not unlike an Italian home cook hovering over a stove. In the early goings, Sampler’s many wine-world acquaintances were skeptical of his process; they thought it sounded like a recipe for vinegar. It turned out to be a blueprint for beautifully subtle vintages that marry wonderfully with food. No matter the wine—a boldly structured Syrah; a red Rhone varietal red; a bright everyday white—Sampler stuck to his rule-breaking methods: long maceration, little sulfur, no new oak. There was no arguing with his results. CCGP wines have been embraced by sommeliers and have found a home at acclaimed restaurants from Le Coucou and Racines in New York to Craft and Spago in LA. “There is a certain amount of risk to

making wine this way, because a lot can go wrong,” Sampler says. “But I’m working in small batches, and I’m watching things very, very closely. I’m basically living with the wines, and I know what I’m after, which is a clear, honest expression of whatever varietal I’m working with.” In his departure from convention, Sampler is unusual. But in California, he’s not alone. Elements of his rustic, low-sulfur approach are mirrored at wineries such as Piedrasassi, a Lompocbased producer of unvarnished Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc, among other varietals; and the aptly named Lo-Fi Wines in Los Alamos, where Mike Roth and Craig Winchester rely on native yeast and little to no sulfur to produce irresistibly drinkable Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc. Like Sampler, Roth, a former chef, draws inspiration from his favorite kitchens, where the idea was to gather great ingredients and then not fuss with them. His wines, he says, aren’t meant to be collected, but to be enjoyed. To make them, he relies on just a few rules: They shouldn’t be overmanipulated, overripe or overpriced. “Ultimately, the standard is deliciousness,” Roth says. “Forget about the process for a minute. In the end, you want wines that are like food—so good you don’t want to stop eating. The wines should be so gulpable, you want to pour yourself another glass.”

Clockwise from top left: Lo-Fi Wines founder Mike Roth doesn’t fuss much with the ingredients of a good wine; Scott Sampler is the driving force behind the Central Coast Group Project, which produces wines that can be found in restaurants across the country; Zach Jarosz and Ian Sergy focus on Rhonestyle varietals at Archium Cellars in Santa Barbara County; enjoying a glass of red wine; Mutt Lynch Winery produces a family of reds for its Dog Series; enthusiasts participate in Blendfest, held annually in Paso Robles; Lo-Fi Wines’ Pét-Nat Rosé is made from hand-harvested and sustainably grown grapes.

TASTING NOTES Lo-Fi 2017 Santa Barbara Cabernet Franc, $24 Bright, brambly fruit runs through this medium-bodied wine, a vintage so versatile it marries with almost anything from soup to steak. Delicious lightly chilled, it can even be enjoyed with a salad. Central Coast Group Project 2013 Fauve Syrah, $75 An opulent wine with a silken texture, it emanates aromas of wild berries and pink peppercorns, with just the right acidity to splice the lushness. Wonderful with roasts of all kinds. Central Coast Group Project 2013 Barrington Hall Wine Dinner Special Cuvée, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, $75 Notes of concentrated spice and fruit mingle with hints of rosemary, thyme and bay leaf in a wine that pairs beautifully with poultry.

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THE BULLPEN

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STYLE PROS

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. They are all ready to serve you.

JIM FOLEY

What is the biggest change you have seen over the years in menswear? Men are wearing fewer suits for business. For most of our guys, the suit has become a “special occasion” garment that is usually replaced when the next big event comes up. What have you done to replace the suit business? We have adjusted to our customers’ lifestyles by offering more formalwear and sportswear. Soft sportcoats, for instance, can dress up jeans. And we are always looking for the next hot sportswear collection, such as Paul Taylor, Circolo, Waterville, Luciano Barbera and Paul & Shark. We have also become the go-to store on Long Island for formalwear. Whether you are looking for the perfect tie or tuxedo, we have the best. What sets Woodbury Mens Shop apart from other men’s stores? Service and selection. Everyone in our store has extensive experience and a great taste level. We all love what we do. I have searched the world for the finest menswear to keep our styles current. Our three tailors make sure everything fits immaculately. I couldn’t be more proud of our team. What has been the highlight of your summer? Our trip to Italy was business and pleasure. The Pitti Uomo show in Florence was so inspiring. I can’t wait for you to see the new Italian collections. And our side trip to Venice was just breathtaking. Besides the menswear business, what else do you like to do? Fire Island has become a very special place for me. It’s a place to spend time with Rich and our three kids, family and friends. Our house has become a labor of love—there’s always a project in the works. Nevertheless, the beach helps me unwind.

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MARCO DESTEFANO

What is the most exciting thing to happen this year? We welcomed my first grandchild, Juliana Rose. Friends and clients who were already grandparents would tell me the feeling is unbelievable. Well, I found out myself on July 16. If you were not in menswear, what other line of work would you consider? Menswear is all that I know—but maybe investment banking. Then I would be able to shop at Woodbury Mens Shop. Just kidding! I would try carpentry. I love working with tools and being creative. What is your favorite pastime? My new favorite pastime is visiting my granddaughter. I’m lucky that my son and daughter-in-law live 30 minutes away. I can’t wait until I start babysitting. What is your favorite time of year in your business? It’s fall because of the great outfits. I love soft fabrics like cashmere and brushed wools, while earth colors mixed with blue, navy and gray make for great fabrications in sportcoats and suits. And sport shirts with brushed or flannel cottons layered with a sweater or knit keep you warm. Finish the outfit with funky socks and suede shoes. What do you enjoy most about the business? I see many of our clients at restaurants or events wearing outfits created by Woodbury Mens Shop. I love greeting my clients and seeing others admiring how they look. The best smile comes when I’m introduced to their friends who have not shopped with us. Now they know where to go for their clothing needs. What are you most proud of in all your years in this business? I’m proud to say that I have dressed grandchildren of clients who started with me 40 years ago—three generations! I feel like I’m part of the family, and they feel the same way about me.

HILARY EARLY

What do you recommend for a “formal look?” I see so many different takes on formal attire at awards shows and on the red carpet. It’s always fun to play with trends like a charcoal gray tuxedo with a shawl collar. But I prefer the timeless elegance of a black peak lapel tuxedo—it’s a classic, sophisticated look that will never go out of style. What is your favorite fall weekend activity? I love getting up early on the weekend to visit the farmers markets. The beautiful fall flowers and vegetables are great cooking inspiration. How do you dress comfortably for unseasonably warm weather and still look appropriate for the fall? Fall months have been warmer in the past few years. My favorite way to style for these times is a casual cotton PT05 pant with a Xacus sport shirt and Waterville vest for layering. The cotton pant and shirt will be cooler in the sun, but throwing on the vest over it will keep you warm when it cools off at night. What is your favorite thing about dressing for the season? I love that the cooler weather allows for heavier knits for layering. Wearing sweaters, coats and vests is so cozy. The different layers give you an opportunity to mix complementary colors and patterns. What are the latest fall denim trends? My favorite fall denim is from S.M.N. The straight and narrow leg and the soft but substantial fabrications are comfortable and modern for fall. What are your upcoming travel plans? My husband and I are excited about our friend’s destination wedding. We have never been to Colombia and are looking forward to exploring Cartagena and celebrating with our friends.

TIM NOLAN

What is the most overlooked wardrobe item? Most certainly shoes! If clothes make the man, then I would say that shoes finish the man! Styles today range from dressy leather sneakers that you can wear with jeans and a sportcoat, to burnished loafers and monk straps for special occasions and the office. Don’t forget fun socks to accent them! What have you been doing outside of work? Well, I’m never bored. I keep myself busy working on my house, gardening and decorating. Recently, I treated myself and finally went to Paris and Italy. What can I say? It was fabulous—maybe the best trip I’ve ever taken. Any advice for building a wardrobe for wintering in Florida? Freshen up your polo shirts every two years—they tend to either grow or shrink. And don’t forget about light sweaters and sportcoats when eating out in chilly air-conditioned restaurants. What is your favorite new style trend this season? The vest. Everything old is new again. Vests have come back big time these few past seasons, mostly for sweater vests and casual sportswear. The vested suit is also cool, especially with a complementary fabric. More recently, the cool new look is the outerwear vest in quilted cloth or wool with cool accents and trims. You can layer it over a sportcoat or wear it with just jeans and a sport shirt. What are your go-to restaurants these days? I love going out to eat as much as possible. It is a very special event for me when I bump into customers and make new acquaintances. My top four places are Osteria da Nino, Red, Jonathan’s and Cassis.

MARC FENSTER

What do you do with your free time? I enjoy golfing, sunbathing and eating. Now that I’m semi-retired, I’ll probably golf, sunbathe and eat a little bit more. Now I have the time to smell the roses! Florida or New York? I have spent half of my life going down to Florida. Now I’ll spend the other half traveling back to New York. Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker. I’ve cultivated great friendships over the years, and I couldn’t fathom the thought of leaving them behind. I truly treasure my friends and look forward to continuing my relations. Any favorite places to enjoy these friendships? My girlfriend and I enjoy time at our friends’ pools and barbecues. And it’s always a pleasure to eat out at such restaurants as Testarossa, Bryant & Cooper, The Capital Grille and casually at Bar Frites. In addition, we enjoy local travel to the Hamptons or down to the Jersey Shore in Long Beach Island. Do you believe in classics? There really are no such things as “classics.” Every style can become a classic. I believe that the individual wearing his own style creates a classic look of his own. Whether it’s a polka-dot tie with a striped shirt and a plaid suit or an ivory dinner jacket with black pants and bow tie— they are all classics. What is “casual attire?” This is a very broad area: It can be a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, a pair of jeans and a pullover, or a sport shirt and casual slacks. I dress casually with jeans, a light sweater and a sportcoat with a pocket square. That allows me to carry all of my necessities and still feel free to move about. A sportcoat is not necessarily a dress item. There’s nothing wrong with looking good and being casual.

EDDIE MANNIX

What has you most excited about this new fall season? The fabric weights of the new Trussini collection give a sense of luxury while still being comfortable. Trussini is an excellent resource for made-to-measure double-breasted and vested suits. What is your favorite sportswear look this season? Luciano Barbera elevates sportswear with Italian styling and beautiful fabrics. For fall, I like layering a turtleneck sweater under a sportcoat or a soft sport jacket. Vests are an excellent top layer for those cool evenings. How did you get started in men’s fashion? We dressed up for home and away games when I played high school basketball. That’s when the fashion bug hit me. Basketball is in my blood—my father played in the early pro days, and my son has kept up the passion for the game. What hobbies do you have outside of work? One of my pleasures is fine dining. My favorite local Italian restaurant is The Basil Leaf in Locust Valley. I believe a well-dressed man wears a jacket when dining out. What aspect of Woodbury Mens Shop interests you the most? For the last several years, I have grown my knowledge of the made-to-measure business. The Woodbury Mens Shop has always been known as the leader in made-to-measure on Long Island, so I’m excited to be part of the best team in the business. Tell us a little about your family. My children Brittany and Ryan are the joys of my life. My daughter will have her master’s degree in special education this fall. My son starts college this fall, and his dream is to play college basketball. My wife keeps me grounded, and we enjoy a lot of social time with friends and family.

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Charcoal’s Hot!

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

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ere’s the kind of “facial” a guy can face: Charcoal, known for the briquets with which you barbecue and the sticks artists use for sketching, is being boosted these days as a skin-saving health and beauty treatment. Charcoal that’s “activated”—that is, heated with oxygen added—is said to absorb up to 200 times its weight in impurities, and that has inspired a craze several Hollywood celebs have embraced. Many spas, for example, offer a treatment that incorporates crushed black charcoal in a soft powder mask. It employs a black, pudding-like substance that is applied to the face with a brush and left there for 15 or 20 minutes. It is believed to remove toxins, unclog pores, clean out blackheads, peel away dead skin cells and leave you feeling super refreshed. Scientific proof of the efficacy of this stuff? So far,

it’s more or less in the spirit of Tug McGraw of the ’73 New York Mets, who said, “You gotta believe.” But dermatologists seem to agree that it does no real harm, and media folk who’ve tried it report they did come out feeling rejuvenated. There are medical precedents of a kind, as emergency room doctors sometimes administer a charcoal paste for certain types of overdoses, relying on the porous charcoal to trap toxins and keep the body from absorbing them. And some studies have shown that activated charcoal supplements may help reduce indigestion and intestinal gas. Fans of charcoal’s “beauty” benefits praise the cleaning and exfoliation effects of charcoal masks, and of course—this being the age of specialization—there are different treatments with different emphases: a mask aimed primarily at absorbing oil,

for example, another that’s all about optimal skin texture and a third that’s a big-time acne cop. (If you have facial hair, you’ll want to exempt those zones of the face.) And the treatments require no downtime afterwards. Does the hot trend stop with the skin? You know it doesn’t. Some blogs insist that sprinkling a bit of black charcoal powder on your toothbrush before you brush can actually make teeth whiter. There are charcoal-fueled shampoos for shimmering hair, deodorants to banish B.O., and carbon peels to reduce disfiguring spots of pigmentation. (You’ll need to consult a dermatologist here.) Is charcoal worth the fuss? They say “beauty”— or rugged handsomeness—is only skin deep. But after all, it’s your skin—and hair and teeth—that people see.

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