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WOODBURY MENS SHOP SPRING FASHIONS

Luxury Menswear

POOL ARTISTRY

AN EVENING IN VENICE

SOUTH AFRICAN PINOTS

BRITISH INVASION MCLAREN 570GT

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CONTENTS

FEATURES british invasion | 22 The McLaren 570GT is a high-performance sports car with everyday comfort and drivability.

Venice by twilight | 24 Early evening in the “city of canals” brings a special magic the daytime tourists miss.

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The art of the pool | 38 Fine craftsmanship goes into every inch of your home. When the same attention to detail is applied to your pool, the results can be stunning.

DEPARTMENTS Memo | 4 What makes Woodbury Mens Shop special?

Guide | 9 Ravazzolo style...the perfect summer sip...black-tie advice... Ask Mr. Etiquette...and more!

the techie | 14 You may not need any of these high-tech toys. But you’ll certainly want them!

If you only have time for one drink in these storied European cities, let it be in one of these classic bars.

Grape | 58 You can find splendid pinot noirs down south— South Africa, that is.

Room Key | 60

Whether you’re going to a ballroom or ballgame, there are accessories to finish every look.

Find creature comforts galore, redesigned public spaces and heavenly Mediterranean cuisine at The Lowell in New York City.

Fitness | 44

If the Suit Fits | 62

Essentials | 16

Heed these five routines we’ve finagled from fitness experts, aimed at crafting the sleekest, most presentable you.

Sporting Life | 46

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Spirits | 48

Located at the bottom of the Emerald Isle, Old Head of Kinsale will soar to the top of your favorite golf locales.

Take your wardrobe to the next level with Woodbury Mens Shop’s made-to-measure service.

The Bullpen | 63 Advice from the style pros.

Service Directory | 64 Your guide to the Woodbury Mens Shop experience.

ON THE COVER: Orange and blue plaid sportcoat by Ravazzolo, striped shirt by Ingram, pocket square by Paolo Albizatti, tie by Stenströms, navy trousers by Trussini, brown leather belt by W. Kleinberg. This page: Orange and blue plaid sportcoat by Ravazzolo, plaid shirt by Luciano Barbera, pocket square by Paolo Albizatti, light blue jeans by MAC, brown leather belt by W. Kleinberg

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Whatever comes your way, you’ll exude confidence and look great in the season’s latest styles.

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What makes us special?

MEMO Woodbury Mens Shop

Luxury Menswear

8025 Jericho Turnpike Woodbury, Ny 11797 telephone: 516.802.5280 www.woodburymensshop.com Store Hours Monday & Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to 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 Associate Editor Darius Amos Art Assistant Yvonne Marki Contributing Editors michael Ardizzone, Lee Lusardi Connor, Everett Potter, marisa sandora, Josh Sens Contributing Photographer Daniel Springston Publishing staff Publisher Shae Marcus

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ith the help of our hand-selected sales staff and the inclusion of a full tailor shop, we’ve created a unique store with a niche in high-end made-to-measure and off-the-rack European clothing, sportswear and formal attire. We take pride in our unwavering focus on taking care of our customers and our passionate dedication to discovering new and exciting merchandise and introducing it to our Long Island clientele. What else sets us apart? Our commitment and loyalty to our staff and our continuous support of our community. That’s what a specialty store is all about. As a small business, this is an all-handson-deck store. We’re always here to jump in at any time, for any reason. We’re here for you, and we’re here for each other. Our Mission Statement is our guide, and we want to share an excerpt of it here: n Woodbury Mens Shop is a men’s luxury specialty store that is nationally recognized as

a leader in the fashion industry. n We cater to the most discerning customers, providing quality and value in every product and service we offer. n Our overarching goal is to ensure that our customers look their best, whether in the boardroom, ballroom, country club or on the town. n The foundation of our business is based on the sincere relationships we have with our customers, our employees and the Long Island community. n Our core values are honesty, integrity, credibility and courtesy. Whether you’re a longtime customer or someone who’s never been to our store, we look forward to showing you our beautiful spring collections from the 100-plus brands we carry, maybe to help you with a custom suit sewn by one of the top brands in the world, and most important, to give you a wonderful experience. Sincerely, Jim, Donald and Marco

Associate Publisher Amy Weiss 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 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 © 2017 by Wainscot Media, LLC. All rights reserved. Editorial Contributions: Write to Editor, WOODBURY MENS SHOP, 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. Subscription Services: To change an address or request a subscription, write to Subscriptions, Woodbury Mens Shop, 8025 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797; telephone 516.802.5280. Advertising Inquiries: Contact Shae Marcus at 856.797.2227 or shae.marcus@wainscotmedia.com.

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WOODBURY GUIDE JUST IN, JUST FOR YOU THE PERFECT SUMMER SIP

The Negroni is still enjoying its moment. The classic Italian aperitif, made with equal parts Campari, sweet vermouth and gin, is served over ice with an orange peel for garnish. Two industry trends have fueled its growth: the rise of bartenders as craftsmen and a shift in people’s preference for a more bitter drink. In fact, there are more bitter liqueurs on the market now than anytime during the past 60 years, notes Warren Bobrow, author of Bitters and Shrub Syrup Cocktails. The bitter part of a Negroni comes from the Campari, of course, but mixologists have gotten creative and are making variations of the drink using other bitter liqueurs like the lighter and more orangy Aperol, Braulio, an herbal Italian amaro, and the complex, spicy China China from Bigallet. Traditionalists who prefer the classic Campari version will be glad to know it’s now even easier to enjoy: Campari released a bottled Negroni last fall. As of press time, the premixed cocktail was available in a few markets nationwide (New York City is one), but if it’s a hit, you’ll soon find it coast to coast.

What’s new in men’s fashions at Woodbury Mens Shop? A lot! Here’s a quick rundown of brands and designers we’re excited about. Ravazzolo: Blood runs deep, especially in a craft like tailoring. Andrea Ravazzolo, the 30-something president of Ravazzolo, can trace his lineage back 120 years to tailors who plied their trade in northern Italy. The Ravazzolo brand that exists today has been around almost half of that time—an impressive pedigree. From the beginning, Ravazzolo has taken the path of craftsmanship over expedience. Yet, with all their history, Ravazzolo has evolved for the 21st century. For 2017, the 7/24 travel line of suits and blazers sports a new wrinkle-free fabric that they developed. Their clothing isn’t widely available—it’s for a discerning audience—but it is featured at Woodbury Mens Shop, for customers like you. In addition, we’re proud to present Della Ciana Sweaters. These are some of the finest sweaters made in Italy. Also from Italy is Jacob Cohen, luxury jeans for the guy who wants the best! Also in casual wear is A Fish Named Fred, a fun line of sport shirts and bathing suits with geometric prints. Finally, for all your formalwear needs, check out WMS Tuxedos, made from elegant toneon-tone Italian fabrics in the most modern silhouettes.

PORTRAIT OF A BASEBALL GREAT

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Yankee hero Joe DiMaggio rarely granted interviews, carefully crafting a public persona that maintained his legacy while fiercely guarding his personal life. But in his last decade, the Yankee Clipper befriended a fellow Italian-American: Dr. Rock Positano. The good doctor shared his memories of DiMaggio with his lawyer-cum-writer brother, John Positano, who penned Dinner With DiMaggio: Memories of An American Hero (Simon & Schuster; $26), shedding light on the enigma that was Joltin’ Joe. Positano, a foot doctor, successfully treated the center-fielder, and the two became close despite the fact that Positano was 40 years younger. Dinner With DiMaggio follows the story of their friendship from its star-struck beginning in 1990 through all its highs and lows over the next decade. Positano’s accounts of their times together reveal DiMaggio’s many rituals and quirks: the same meals at the same restaurants, the same pals, the same look—sportcoat and tie everywhere. DiMaggio also opened up about his relationship with Marilyn Monroe and his falling out with Frank Sinatra. Positano shares never-before-told stories of the famous people DiMaggio rubbed shoulders with. Positano’s loving tribute of a complicated man brings the baseball great to life and will have fans of the national pastime engrossed from cover to cover.

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the woodbury 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. ORDEAN ORIGINAL PAPERBACKS PAOLO ALBIZZATI PAUL & SHARK POGGIANTI PT01 RAVAZZOLO SEALUP SMN JEANS SPIVEY STAMP STENSTRöMS TACCALITI TINTORIA MATTEI TOSCANO FIRENZE TRUSSINI UMBERTO VALLATI URBAN CAMO VALENTINI VERNIZZI BELTS WATERVILLE XACUS

A few miles down the road in South Huntington, the 10-acre ELIJA Farm aspires to create a sustainable future for transitioning adults with autism spectrum disorders. With rich soil and responsible growing practices, they provide an abundance of vegetables, herbs and flowers to dozens of local families and organizations. Founded by special education expert Debora Thivierge in 2016, this non-profit continues a family tradition of organic farming and sustainable stewardship of the land. Young adults with autism age out of traditional school programs at age 21 and are faced with a shortage of adult-focused services. “As individuals with autism age, many still need intensive instruction to learn essential work and life skills,” Thivierge says. “The ELIJA Farm provides quality services, training and support for this unique demographic.” The ELIJA Foundation. 11 Laurel Lane, Levittown, NY. 516-216-5270. www.elija.org

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Corporate culture demands that the successful executive perform at the peak of his ability. Properly fitted suits, shirts and sportcoats look better and will help you project an image of sophistication and competence. At Woodbury Mens Shop, we always go the extra mile to provide you with the finest quality luxury menswear. We can update your wardrobe; organize the suits, ties and shoes in your closet; design custom shirts and made-to-measure suits and sportcoats. Busy schedule? We will meet with you wherever and whenever it’s most convenient for you: your home, your office or our shop during regular business hours or by appointment.

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THE WOODBURY GUIDE TURN OVER A NEW LEAF IN 2017 King of color Pantone has dubbed “Greenery” the color of the year. The yellow-green hue (specifically Pantone 15-0343) symbolizes a return to nature. If you’re not the outdoorsy-type, go ahead and pick the color anyway. Green is, after all, the shade of money—certainly an important factor in our lives. The company has chosen a color of the year since 2000, and the hue tends to influence trends in automotive and interior design, architecture and fashion. So look for Greenery in clothing and accessories, in solid tones as well as accents. The color was already spotted on runways this season. Expect to see more of the hue in everything from sneakers, sweaters and shades to polos, ties and wallets. To freshen up your look, add some Greenery to your wardrobe.

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Special, distinguished apparel goes hand in hand with special occasions. Dressing for a black-tie event is about projecting confidence through a polished and refined look. That’s where the style pros at Woodbury Mens Shop come in. Rely on our decades of experience to ensure that you look your best—whether attending an awards ceremony, wedding, bar or bat mitzvah, charity event, or other special celebration. Remember: The perfectly fitted tuxedo is the fashionable gentleman’s gold standard. So let us help you stand out—in a good way—at a formal event by paying careful attention to your choice of shirt, vest, braces, tie, cuff links and shoes. Our formal department features tuxedos for the groom, best man, groomsmen and fathers; suits and sportcoats for rehearsal dinners and services; custom shirts and ties to coordinate and complement groomsmen’s gifts; and wedding day valet services.

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 MARCH 4: FORMAL EVENT Carrot & Gibbs w/Michael Ford MAC Jeans w/Galina Mironoff SATURDAY MARCH 11: Coppley w/Bill Deschler Donald J Pliner w/Jimmy Richmond Stenströms w/Anders Hjarne SATURDAY MARCH 18: Belvest w/Roberta Cocco Gallo DiBianco Shoes SATURDAY MARCH 25: Ravazzolo Made to Measure Suits & Sport Coats Emanuel Berg Shirts SATURDAY APRIL 1: Trussini Made to Measure Suits, Sport Coats & Tuxedos SATURDAY APRIL 8: Haupt Shirts w/Kate West SATURDAY APRIL 15: Baldassari Sportswear Doriani Sweaters Sealup Outerwear w/Michal Sestak SATURDAY APRIL 22: Paul & Shark Sportswear & Outerwear w/Eric Hansen SATURDAY APRIL 29: Luciano Barbera Sportswear w/Lael Wheeler

ASK MR. ETIQUETTE

Jim Foley explains how to sail through life without giving offense. I have been invited to a “Black Tie Optional” function. Since I don’t own a tuxedo, what should I wear? —Perplexed in Plainview Usually this means that a host would like to have a black-tie event but is trying to be considerate to those who don’t own a tuxedo and may not want to rent one. Whether it is a wedding, bar/ bat mitzvah or charity event, I would suggest wearing a black suit and accessorizing with a white French cuff shirt with cuff links, a black or silver long tie or bow tie, and a dressy black shoe. This way you will not stand out to everyone else wearing a tuxedo, and most people won’t notice that it is a suit rather than a tuxedo. Your new black suit can be worn again on any dressy occasion. Still, you might consider investing in a classic tuxedo for this function and other black-tie events in the future.

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Ride of your life Unlike anything on two wheels, VanMoof’s new SmartBike will make you rethink the phrase, “It’s like riding a bike.” Integrated LED lighting, an anti-rust chain and puncture protection tires will please veteran cycling enthusiasts, while luxuries like an anti-theft tracking system, keyless lock and smartphone compatibility appeal to all riders. $1,398.

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Fire it up! Your grilling game doesn’t have to end when daylight fades, especially when the evening is still young. With the BBQ Grill Light and Fan by Sharper Image, your cookout can go well into the night—its four LED lights perfectly illuminate your grill, while dual fans pull the smoke you can’t see away from your space. Now that’s what’s cooking! $89.

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Head of the pack Wish you can ride your bike to work but can’t stomach storing your helmet all day? Then you’ll be happy to know Morpher has come up with a practical and safe solution. The company has created a foldable helmet that’s flexible, so it fits flat in your office briefcase or gym bag but is strong enough to meet U.S. and European safety standards. It had yet to reach stores at press time, but you can snag one online if you don’t want to wait. $119.

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

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Worth a look Not looking forward to the in-flight movie? Pack the Avegant Glyph personal theater headset for your next trip and watch your digital content or streaming video on the crystal-clear screenless display. The retinal imaging technology, including LED projection onto 2 million microscopic mirrors, is said to replicate natural eyesight. $549.

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Get into the swing Now here’s a golf coach who won’t yell or make you feel bad the next time you bogey. Hook up with Zepp’s Golf 2 Swing Analyzer, it’s a sensor that attaches to your golf glove and analyzes every swing—club speed, tempo, length and more. Results are immediate: Evaluations will be sent to your smartphone while you’re on the course. The only thing it won’t do is carry your sticks. $150.

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elevate your driving game You might not hit for distance off the tee, but you’ll want to travel far in the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Cart, which debuted last season at the British Open. The battery-operated “sports-cart” has a carbon-fiber roof and rear spoiler, as well as the types of amenities you’d expect from the luxury automaker—a mini fridge, 10-inch touchscreen, windshield heater, wipers, an 80-mile driving range on full charge and more. Price unavailable at press time.

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IT’s all in the details Whether you’re going to a ballroom, boardroom or ballgame, there are accessories to finish every look.

Vintage silk suspenders by Sartorous.

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Handmade feather bow ties by Brackish.

Cufflinks by Jan Leslie and Spivey.

Patent leather formal shoes by Gallo Di Bianco.

Navy herringbone tuxedo by Trussini, formal shirt by Taccaliti, bow tie and pocket square by Carrot & Gibbs.

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boardroom... Double monkstrap shoes by Gallo Di Bianco. Spring silk and linen scarf by Paolo Albizzati.

Ties by Paolo Albizzati and Stenstrรถms.

Pocket squares by Stenstrรถms.

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Exotic skin belts by W. Kleinberg.

Charcoal windowpane suit by Trussini, blue shirt by Ingram, blue paisley tie by Ravazzolo and pocket square by Paolo Albizzati.

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Socks by Bresciani and Marcoliani.

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Multi-color plaid shirt by Paul & Shark.

Quilted vest by Waterville, plaid shirt by Paul & Shark, belt by W. Kleinberg and pants by Meyer.

Tumbled suede shoes by Donald J Pliner.

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What do you get when you cross a sports car with a vehicle built for everyday comfort and driveability? The McLaren 570GT, a high-performance yet refined ride. McLaren’s new 570GT features a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, lightweight carbon fiber chassis and aluminum body, allowing an impressive power-to-weight ratio that lets you go from zero to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. But compared with the 570S, it’s more refined and practical, with a softened suspension, more headroom and more luggage space.

That powerful engine pumps out 562 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. The car features a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, but there is also a manual mode controlled via steering-wheelmounted rocker-shift paddles.

Compared with the 570S, the GT’s suspension firmness is relaxed by 15 percent in the front and 10 percent in the rear to make it more comfortable to drive. But don’t worry, the GT still handles like a sports car, hugging the road and feeling impressively responsive.

Going shopping? The 570GT has almost 8 cubic feet more storage space on the back ledge of the car than the 570S (for a total of 12 cubic feet of carrying capacity with the trunk in front). You can even buy McLaren luggage designed to make maximum use of the added space.

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The GT cast alloy wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch rear) are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires, which minimize unwanted road noise with noise-cancelling foam technology.

The uncluttered interior features a “floating” center console with a 7-inch vertical touch screen plus heated memory seats and sumptuous leather trim.

The rear spoiler sports a higher lip (10 mm over the standard-issue 570S) that provides added downforce and stability.

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The 570GT comes with dihedral doors to make getting in and out easier. The doors gently latch when closing, thanks to the soft-close mechanism.

The panoramic roof makes the roofline slightly taller than the 570S and it stretches back further to the rear, offering more headroom and amazing views. (Stargazing, anyone?)

The low nose is set off by highintensity LED headlights.

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venice by twilight Early evening in the “city of canals” brings a special magic the daytime tourists miss. By Everett Potter

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ou’re intrigued, no doubt, by the Venice that draws travelers—the historic city of canals, the place that inspired Shakespeare and Thomas Mann, the venerable city-state that 800 years ago was a trading power with no peer. So yes, sightsee as much as you like during the day. But twilight is when this magical place—the best walking city I’ve ever visited—becomes a stage set with a glorious role for you. The ochre walls seem to glow, the lights of the palazzos go on and there’s little doubt that you’re in the most romantic city in the world. continued

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Evenings in Venice are known more for their lively cafes than crowded nightclubs. Venetians are known to partake in highly ritualized consumption of light cocktails and food throughout the night.

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of prosecco from the Veneto blended with white peach purée and served ice cold. It’s beyond delicious, and having just one requires willpower. You’ll be in good spiritual company here—Truman Capote, Orson Welles and Charlie Chaplin all haunted Harry’s, as did Ernest Hemingway and the heiress and art patron Peggy Guggenheim. Today there will be well-dressed Venetians inside and perhaps too many tourists. So visit Harry’s at least once. But for a true giro di ombre, head to other places for a tipple as the sun goes down, to bacari that are more local and more chic. Wander the streets as the many church bells mark the time, with a backdrop of kids shouting in a square as they thump a soccer ball off a thousand-year-old wall. One memorable night I stood outside of La Fenice, the fabled opera house. The performance was sold out but you could hear opera emanating from the windows and doors, filling nearby streets with a performance too big to be contained within four walls. No other city is quiet enough for quite this experience. Your next stop could be Al Prosecco, which is on Campo San Giacomo all’Orio, one of Venice’s great neighborhood squares and away from the wellworn tourist routes. Here you can watch the locals on the square and sip some of the city’s finest prosecco, even sampling the slightly more sophisticated prosecco fermo, a non-effervescent version. Venice is remarkably safe after nightfall. I’ve always thought that for that reason it’s the best city on Earth in which to get lost. Eventually you’ll find your way to wherever you’re going, thanks to the kindness of strangers or maybe a street map from your hotel stuck into a back pocket. (Note that your phone’s GPS may not work well in the stone maze.) I know from experience about getting lost. One night I left a restaurant with a group of friends, offering to lead everyone back to our hotel. I pride myself on my innate sense of direction, and so we walked left and then right, down one passageway and then another, into a square and beyond, as they talked and I

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Feel those cooling breezes wafting in from the lagoon? Pretty soon you’ll notice that the masses of day trippers have departed with the sun—budget tourists who’ve left for their hotels on the mainland in Mestre. That’s fine. Now the curtain has risen and Venice has become your secret show. But this isn’t Berlin, Rome or Prague—it’s not a place for partying. The fact is that restaurants are stacking their chairs not long after 10 p.m., while many bars close by 11. It’s the rare boîte that stays open until midnight. So I prefer to be in league with the locals, who choose twilight to leave their homes for a local bar or café for an aperitivo. In Venice, that drink is a highly ritualized one and is typically either an ombra or a spritz. An ombra is a tiny glass of red or white wine that is tossed back quite quickly. A spritz is an aperitivo of white wine, Campari and a shot of seltzer or sparkling water. Prosecco, the bubbly white wine made in the hills of the Veneto region, is also a favorite. This is also when classic Venetian wine bars, or bacari, offer snacks called cicchetti, the Venetian version of tapas. They can include baccalà mantecato (creamed salt cod) on warm polenta, or polpette (breaded morsels) of meat, cheese or tuna. There could be sardele in saor (sardines with sweet and sour onions and sultanas) or ovosodo con arringa (hard boiled egg topped with herring fillet). My favorite is seppioline alla griglia (grilled baby squid). The best way to enjoy these true Venetian cicchetti is to do as many locals do and engage in a giro di ombre, literally an ombra-crawl, hitting various small bacari. In this twilight ritual you literally rub shoulders with a wide range of Venetians relaxing. And after a while you realize you’ve also eaten dinner—there’s no need for a formal meal. It’s a cool melange of sightseeing, dining and drinking. But where to go? For decades, the favorite tourist haunt for an aperitivo has been Harry’s Bar, which opened in 1931 and claims to have invented the Bellini, named after the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini. The cocktail consists

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navigated with confidence. Less than 10 minutes later, we found ourselves standing in front of the restaurant we had just left. Was it a touch too much prosecco? Or had we been bewitched? So throw caution to the wind. For a glimpse of the real Venice, head to Osteria al Squero, which has a terrific northern Italian wine selection and a creative array of cicchetti. It’s across a canal from one of Venice’s last remaining squeri, or gondola workshops, and you can watch this ancient craft while sipping your wine. Then head back to the labyrinth of canals big and small, of twisting alleys and winding passageways leading in and out of myriad squares. Even at twilight, it’s an architectural feast for the eyes, with stone doorways and balconies and elaborate stairways, worn by hundreds of years of footsteps and weather. If you want to go really local, squeeze into Osteria alla Ciurma in the Rialto. It will be jammed with regulars standing, or perched on a stool if they’re fortunate, under a ceiling hung with vintage fishing boats. Have an ombra, order some cicchetti and try to blend in. For a hipper locals’ place, go to Al Merca, also in the Rialto. A bar by default, it serves ombra and cicchetti but there’s nowhere to sit. You can stand on the edge of the square and rub shoulders with some of the city’s cooler kids. Feeling full now? Just walk some more. The Adriatic laps at the city’s feet and the crush of visitors has left its mark, but never has decay seemed quite so splendid. By this point, the need for gelato has probably kicked in. Lots of small shops sell it, but I love Gelateria Nico on the Dorsoduro, which is ridiculously good. I like to end my evenings in Venice by walking across St. Mark’s Square. It’s when the Café Florian is emptying and it’s a good time to sit, listen to a budding Vivaldi playing to the nighttime crowd and have a final glass of wine or a coffee. Then to the pier to be transported like an Italian film star in a vintage wooden launch to the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, which lies across the Grand Canal on the island called Giudecca. I first stayed here 25 years ago—it dazzled me then and it still does. It has extraordinary views of the Doge’s Palace and the Venetian Lagoon. There are rooms with balconies overlooking the water and the hotel’s private garden, as well as suites in various sizes, all decorated in an opulent, gilded style. Few places in Europe can rival the sense of grandeur here. Outside there are elaborately tended gardens along the water and the only swimming pool in Venice, remarkable especially for its Olympic size. The legend is that the measurements were mistakenly given in meters rather than feet; hence the gargantuan dimensions of this salt water pool. It will be spotlit when you return late at night, so head to bed and arise by midmorning for a palatial breakfast. Then join the gathering sunbathers around its perimeter in midmorning. Put on your hippest shades and relax, for this is the ultimate spot in Venice to recover from the previous evening’s giro di ombre.

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Opposite, from top: Visitors of the Belmond Hotel Cipriani can dine with a magnificent view. Seafood Antipasti is a popular dish at A Beccafico. This page: Even after a long day, a gondolier works into the evening and seeks his next riders.

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This page, blue suit by Taccaliti, blue and white striped shirt by Ingram, orange tie by Paolo Albizzati, pocket square by Italo Ferretti and brown leather belt by W. Kleinberg. Opposite, gray sportcoat by Luciano Barbera, purple cashmere sweater by Gran Sasso, white linen shirt by Paul & Shark, purple pocket square by Paolo Albizzati and pants by Luciano Barbera.

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This page, tan windowpane jacket by Coppley, white linen shirt by Luciano Barbera, pocket square by Paolo Albizzati, belt by W. Kleinberg and jeans by MAC Jeans. Opposite, red and blue windowpane jacket by Ravazzolo, blue shirt by Stenstrรถms, paisley tie by Italo Ferretti, pocket square by Paolo Albizzati, black leather belt by W. Kleinberg and pants by Luciano Barbera.

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This page, blue bomber jacket and red and blue tattersall check shirt by Paul & Shark, belt by W. Kleinberg and white pants by Incotex. Opposite, outerwear by Gimo’s, sport shirt by Luciano Barbera, belt by W. Kleinberg and cotton pants by Brax.

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This page, printed shirt by A Fish Named Fred and orange shorts by Mason’s. Opposite, spray dyed Tshirt by WMS, bathing suit by A Fish Named Fred and shoes by Frye.

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the art of the pool

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You expect fine craftsmanship to go into every inch of your home. When the same attention to detail is applied to your pool—indoors or out—the results can be stunning.

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A pool tucked under the stairs? It’s possible, as evidenced by this striking lap pool in London. The client wanted a gym, changing area, spa and pool space in the same narrow room under the glass staircase off the entrance hall, so controlling humidity was key, as was using low-chlorine cleaners, to avoid dampness and harsh smells affecting upper rooms. The original arched brick wall gives the space character.

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This Eastern-themed pool in the basement of an urban home was designed as an escape from the hustle and bustle of life upstairs. Three Buddha heads inspire calm, as does the darkness of the area. A grid of recessed lights pulls the eye upward and makes the ceiling appear more distant. The walls and pool were covered in Portuguese limestone, unifiying the space and making it seem larger than it really is.

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This isn’t your average saltwater pool. Designed by its owner as a basin for thalassic therapy, this pool on the coast of St. Barts in the Caribbean is emptied and refilled with fresh seawater every two days (a small electric pump does the job). A series of stepped teak decks provide space to sit or sunbathe.

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A glass screen separates an outdoor kitchen from the lap pool that runs along the outside of the building. Indoor-outdoor pools can extend the use of the pool and function as a dramatic water feature.

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In this outdoor retreat on the southern cape of South Africa, water falls from the top of a concrete retaining wall that projects dramatically into the pool. Eucalyptus fencing poles were used to create rotating screens along the front of the house and poolside.

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Striking while it’s hot. Mixed martial arts (MMA) is among the fastest-growing sports in the world, thanks in part to the sculpted physiques of superstars like Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey. “MMA fighters have broad shoulders, slim waists and well-defined arms. A lot of people want to train to look like that,” says Patrick Henigan, an American Council on Exercise (ACE)certified trainer and owner of Jacksonville Fitness Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. “Some elements of MMA, like wrestling and jiu jitsu, are too dangerous for the average person,” he says. “However, the ‘striking’ sports—boxing and kickboxing—provide an opportunity to learn a new skill, burn a ton of calories and sculpt your body.” While most people think boxing is mostly a matter of arm strength, Henigan explains, it actually involves the entire body—shoulder, rib cage, hips, legs. The same is true for kickboxing, a combination of karate and boxing.

HIIT with a twist. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training—workouts of 30 minutes or so that include short bursts of intense activity punctuated by brief recovery periods. HIIT has been gaining in popularity as new research supporting its benefits is published, according to Pete McCall, ACE senior exercise scientist and San Diego-based certified personal trainer. Now some HIIT offerings tap into the energyboosting powers of music: The Zumba company has partnered with ACE to create STRONG by Zumba, a non-dance, HIIT-inspired workout that emphasizes music more than choreography (and that the company hopes will bring more men into the Zumba fold). Similarly, the popular Masala Bhangra program based on Indian dance has just launched a 20-minute HIIT-inspired workout. Called Transformation, it combines classic moves like burpees and squats with intervals of Bhangra and Bollywood dance moves. A downloadable version is available for $11.99 at masalabhangraworkout.com.

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Putting the “fun” in functional. If you define a “summer-ready body” as one that’s fit for active fun, consider functional fitness training. This workout emphasizes core stability and motions needed for daily life. “It’s old-school stuff—picking things up, putting things down, doing pushups and squats—but it’s gaining in popularity,” says Tricia Brouk, owner of Brouk Moves, an in-home personal training company based in New York City. “Really, it’s what people pay tons of money to do at CrossFit classes.” One of Brouk’s favorite moves is the Farmer’s Carry. “I could give you two kettlebells and, if you carry them correctly for 100 feet, you will be working on posture, core, balance, strength and endurance, all at the same time.” To get your functional moves down, you could hire a personal trainer, or take a few sessions with a trainer at a gym. “Most important, grab someone—a friend, a partner, a spouse—and make yourself accountable,” Brouk says. “You’ll be more inspired to do functional training if you have somebody to throw a ball at.”

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videos and online workouts for quite a while, but now we have instructor-led group classes that are live-streamed from the studio for the home screen of your choice. “You get the energy of a live class from the comfort of your own home,” explains McCall. If your time zone or schedule don’t sync up with a live class, many services offer video-ondemand libraries of classes that you can access at your convenience. “Some people are just more comfortable working out at home rather than going to a gym,” McCall says. “On the downside, you won’t necessarily have access to all the equipment, such as medicine balls or dumbbells, they might be using in the class.” Check out dailyburn.com, which offers more than 600 kinds of workouts; booyafitness.com, with everything from Yoga Boxing to Body Weight Sculpting and beyond, including personalized workout plans; or lesmills.com, which offers every type of on-demand workout imaginable, including its own trademarked classes like BodyPump, Sh’Bam, and BodyAttack.

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your workout time? Then don’t focus on isolation movements (like bicep curls and bench presses) that develop specific “glamour” muscles. Instead, go for complex movements—those that use two or more joints, such as pulling a sled or doing a full-body row, advises Jason Walsh, Hollywood’s go-to action trainer, who has worked with such A-listers as Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Climbing is one of the most effective complex movements, Walsh says, and it’s the basis of a group cardio concept he founded called Rise

Nation (rise-nation.com). The program mainly uses the Versaclimber, a machine that provides a fast “vertical workout” that simulates climbing. “It burns twice as many calories as any other piece of equipment out there, and it recruits more muscles as well,” Walsh says. “It’s effective and efficient— and you can get in better overall condition by doing a workout for as little as 30 minutes, three times a week.”

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“Are there courses with better bunkering? More artistry in their architecture? Greater prestige on the global stage? Sure,” says Joe Passov, chief architecture critic for Golf magazine. “But for the sheer sense of thrill, even an element of danger, there was and is nothing like Old Head. It’s a golf course setting more awe-inducing than any you’ll see.” In keeping with its priceless vistas, a round at Old Head does not come cheap. The pair of Irishmen behind the project, Patrick O’Connor and his late brother, John, dreamed up the course as a high-end getaway for golf-loving globetrotters. Accordingly, green fees top out at 260 pounds, or roughly $325, during peak season. The majority of guests come from overseas, happy to pay prime rates for a chance to cross the course off their bucket list. As a return on their investment, golfers are treated to a layout with the improbable features of an Escher painting. Several tee shots and approaches encourage heroics, with long, forced carries over sheer cliffs and chasms. At Old Head, hazards take on a new meaning.

Consider what awaits you on the second hole, a 402-yard par-four whose unforgiving fairway elbows sharply along a bluff. Take a few steps from the tee box, and you’re peering at a dizzying 200-foot drop. When the fog blows in at Old Head, golfers are warned not to wander for obvious reasons; the next step could be a doozie. Better to wait until the visibility clears. Not that staying put at Old Head is much of a hardship. The course is part of a luxury resort, with a spa, 15 well-appointed cliff-side suites, and a clubhouse bar and restaurant overlooking the Atlantic. Nor is it the only local attraction. Nearby, sits the community of Kinsale, a historic fishing port-turned-tony resort town that is regarded by many as the culinary capital of Ireland, brimming with fine restaurants, wine bars, cafes and pubs. Every October, the town plays host to the Kinsale Food Festival, a three-day celebration of wining and dining marked by foodie walking tours and elaborate tasting menus. But enough about food. The stars of this golfers’ paradise will always be the scenic course and fabled layout of Kinsale.

Opposite page, clockwise from top: A focal point of the coastal panoramic, a 17th century lighthouse is visible from each green and tee box of Old Head Golf Links. Too much slice or hook off the tee might send your shot into the sea—talk about a water hazard! Power up before your round with a traditional Irish breakfast, including bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes and more hearty treats. With its variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and pubs, the nearby town of Kinsale is considered the food capital of Ireland. The late John O’Connor, along with his brother Patrick, designed the award-winning golf course at Old Head.

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I’ve been haunting European watering holes for decades, but I don’t think I’ve ever sat in a more spectacular drinking establishment than the Connaught Bar. It’s located in the five-star Connaught Hotel, London’s most sublime cocoon of luxury. I used to meet friends at the hotel’s lively, clubby and more casual Coburg Bar, which is still there. But in 2008, designer David Collins oversaw the construction of the dramatic Connaught Bar, an Art Deco temple to all cocktails and a nod to the hotel’s heyday. Collins was essentially given carte blanche to go over the top, and he did just that, inspired by English and Irish Cubist art of the 1920s. The result is a palace with textured walls of platinum silver leaf, mirrors galore, low lighting and leather banquettes, and it feels like a set with you at center stage, a throwback to the glorious, dandified 1920s. You might well think of Brideshead Revisited, and indeed, all the Bright Young Things of today are the habitués. You might go with a drink like Vieux Connaught, made with Ron Zacapa 23 rum, Bulleit Rye, a blend of dry vermouths, Bénédictine, saffron smoke, and Angostura and orange bitters. Or go gaga over the limited-edition champagnes, spirits and liqueurs. You can even speak with Agostino Perrone, director of mixology at the Connaught Bar, if you want something more extravagant.  But the classic reason to settle in here—apart from a celebrity sighting like Gwyneth Paltrow, a frequent visitor—is to order a drink from their legendary Martini Trolley. It’s martini as sacrament, painstakingly prepared tableside, using made-in-house bitters and vermouths. These martinis are always stirred, never shaken. Little wonder then that the Connaught Bar took home the “World’s Best Bar” award at 2016’s Tales of the Cocktail festival. 

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Dry Martini and Speakeasy Barcelona The concept of Dry Martini and Speakeasy, which opened 30 years ago, might have been dreamt by a Spanish surrealist like Salvador Dali. It starts with a bar called Dry Martini. Now, hidden in the backroom of this classic cocktail bar is a very small restaurant called Speakeasy. So the bar is in the open, quite public, and the restaurant is hidden. Got that? Speakeasy started as an informal restaurant for bar-goers who needed a little sustenance after a few martinis too many. A password was even needed to gain entry. It’s no longer password-protected, so you can now safely reserve a table there. It’s still charming and has a playful air of mystery, vaguely recalling a romanticized version of New York and Chicago speakeasies during the Prohibition Era. There are just a handful of tables in a handsome setting, with walls of stacked liquor and wines, all backlit. But for my money, Dry Martini is the main attraction. It’s all about green leather, velvet drapes and brass fittings. There’s a wooden bar and wooden paneling, and it looks and feels like a classic English hotel bar from the 19th century. It began life as a so-called “Martineria” serving only martinis. It serves other cocktails now, but you will do well to stick to the original, because you will rarely have a tastier one anywhere in the world. Waiters clad in white jackets make an absolutely perfect signature dry gin martini, presented on a silver tray, poured from a shaker right in front of you into a classic martini glass. These guys are masters of the martini art, which is why Dry Martini was singled out as one of the best gin bars in the world by industry journal Drinks International. It’s long been considered the best bar in Barcelona, and I like it because you rub shoulders with lots of locals here, not just wide-eyed visitors.

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Harry’s New York Bar Paris Generations of Americans have made a beeline to this venerable watering hole since it opened in 1911 as “The New York Bar.” The first bartender, Harry MacElhone, ended up owning the joint and more than a century later, his family still does. Long a haunt of writers, artists and expats—Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald drank here, along with other members of the so-called “Lost Generation” of the 1920s—it’s still quite clubby. I can still recall the first time I saw the ad for Harry’s in the back pages of the International Herald Tribune, decades ago, long before the Internet came along. It gave the bar’s name and in parentheses read “Sank Roo Doe Noo.” Code? Well, sort of. It’s a phonetic pronunciation of the bar’s address, 5 Rue Danou. The ad ran for years in the IHT, and it was designed so that a newly arrived Yank in Paris, unfamiliar with the French language but eager to go to the storied Harry’s, could shout it at a taciturn Paris cab driver and get there in a hurry. Even today, the bar itself is a set director’s dream—think Midnight in Paris— dimly lit, with wooden walls lined with a century’s worth of memorabilia. This is a classy drinking establishment, and there’s a piano bar downstairs with red banquettes, a space where George Gershwin is said to have penned “An American in Paris.” In the 1940s, Harry’s was a favored haunt of British novelist Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. In Casino Royale, in fact, Bond referred to Harry’s as the best place in Paris to get a “solid drink.” Solid drinks are still what to expect here, and the food is completely beside the point. Harry’s claims credit for inventing both the Bloody Mary and the Sidecar. In this dimly lit bar, the bartenders in white coats will look at you sideways if you ever utter the term “mixologist.” The best advice is to man up and go for one of the preferred tipples: a Manhattan or a dry martini.

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Prinzipal Kreuzberg Berlin You can call it time travel to the Weimar years, to a burlesque bar with tassleclad women on trapeze swings. Prinzipal Kreuzberg is a self-proclaimed “Rabbit Hole” where Alice in Wonderland and Lord-knows-who-else might be found in anything-goes Berlin. On weekdays, it’s a decent and classy bar that offers cocktails and jazz. But on Saturday nights, it becomes something else—Cabaret with a side of David Bowie, with elaborately costumed and un-costumed participants who might keep you out until dawn. In this small, packed space with blinking lights, there’s a touch of Moulin Rouge Paris of the 1920s mixed with the Berlin portrayed by Joel Grey and Liza Minnelli. It’s all a bit raunchy, as the Weimar years were. Entrance is through an unmarked doorway on Oranienstrasse in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighborhood. Think lots of crystal glassware, bowtie-wearing bartenders, mirrored walls and the odd sense of being inside a burlesque star’s dressing room, which, in fact, you might be, since the doors to those rooms are usually open. Waitresses in corsets and feather boas serve you drinks that use syrups, infusions and bitters that are all made in-house. They have bizarre concoctions like the Bloody Betty, made with vodka, Scotch, house-spiced tomato and white balsamic. They get even stranger, like the Eflatun Royale, with cognac, lavender, lemon and crémant. There’s also the oddly named Potion of Sykei, with gin, fig-infused vermouth and blue cheese. Of course, not everything may be what it seems. Berlin has long been the mistress of the tease, documented so well by Christopher Isherwood in his Berlin Stories, the very basis of Cabaret. So while there are plenty of femme fatales disrobing on stage, other “ladies” may well be something else indeed. A Saturday night spent here is decadence writ large.  

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Jerry Thomas Speakeasy Rome The Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, a hidden boîte in Rome, is sort of the anti-Rome, the last thing you’d expect to find in the city. The bar, which opened in 2010, is named after a legendary or possibly fictional 19th-century American bartender. That’s sort of beside the point. Getting inside is the challenge. In a 21st-century version of the old speakeasies, where entry was provided only to those who knew the password, the password for Jerry Thomas Speakeasy comes from a multiple choice question on the bar’s website. The question always has something to do with some aspect of the cocktail, and it changes all the time. Recently the question was, “Which one is the most known drink by Trader Vic?” You could choose from Zombie, Mai Tai or Suffering Bastard, though most Americans of a certain age would know that the middle response was the correct answer. Armed with the password, you can now make a booking for the same evening. But where is this place? In Vicolo Cellini, an otherwise nondescript street near Chiesa Nuova. Inside it’s small, dimly lit, and jammed with about 40 people. It’s a bit of a squeeze, but I’ve always felt that the best bars are small spaces. If you can’t find a spot on one of the vintage leather couches, you’ll be perched on a barstool, filling out the requisite membership card and paying in cash for the privilege of drinking with Roman hipsters with perfect stubble to the sounds of jazz. The downside is that it can be awfully smoky. The upside is that if you’re one of those Yanks who think that dinner in Trastevere and a stroll along the Tiber is the real Roma—I count myself among them—it’s a passport to a side of the Eternal City that you never knew existed. Plan on sticking to classics like Manhattans, Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds, because the entire place is an homage to the American cocktail. The hours are restricted to Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

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South Africa, that is, where you might not expect to find such splendid pinot noirs. By Josh Sens

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n recent decades, as oenophiles awakened to emergent wine regions around the world, South Africa remained largely out of sight and mind. Blame politics and preconceptions. The country’s Apartheid-era isolation didn’t help. But even after the boycotts ended, South African vintners faced stiff competition from a global market that paid their labels relatively scant attention. Asked for impressions of South African wine, outsiders were apt to mention Stellenbosch, the heat-baked region outside Cape Town that has staked its claim with such sun-worshipping varietals as grenache and cabernet sauvignon—if they knew to mention anything at all. But as with so much else in South Africa, the country’s wine-making reputation has changed. It is now seen as a hotspot for pinot noir. Actually, cool place is more like it. At first blush, that might sound unlikely. Pinot noir, after all, is a notoriously temperamental grape that performs most willingly in cool-climate settings like Burgundy, Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the fog-blanketed Sonoma Coast. It can stand some heat but doesn’t tolerate relentlessly high temperatures, and South Africa, of course, gets a ton of sun. Yet the country is also home to microclimates with just the sort of traits that pinot noir prefers.

Consider the appellation called the Cape South Coast, which stretches southeast of Cape Town over rolling terrain, close to the Atlantic Ocean, covering a collection of grape-growing wards and districts including Elgin Valley, Walker Bay and Hemel en Aarde. The soil here, rich in clay and shale, is primo for pinot, and so are the climatic conditions, freshened by the ocean’s kiss. More than 60 wineries operate around the Cape South Coast. Many are small and family-run, and the finest of them share in the conviction that the smartest way to treat pinot noir is pretty much to get out of its way. “When you are harvesting quality fruit, it’s not necessary to manipulate the wine,” says Jean-Claude (JC) Martin, head winemaker at South Cape Coast winery Creation Wines. “What you do instead is guide it gently through the process so as to preserve the sense of place.” Like many winemakers, Martin recognizes pinot noir as “the heartbreak grape,” a nod to its fragility and beauty. But he loves it fearlessly. Born in Switzerland, he first fell for the varietal in his late teens while working his family’s vineyards on the slopes of Lake Bienne. In 2002, he and wife Carolyn, a native of South Africa, purchased the land where their winery now sits, on

Hemel en Aarde Ridge, transforming what had been a sheep farm into a happy place for pinot noir. Creation’s vineyard grows at nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, less than 10 miles from the Atlantic. A combination of the clay soil and the ocean’s cooling influence gives rise to elegant wines that favor bright fruit flavors and fresh acidity over weighty oak and tiresome tannins. “That’s what we think pinot noir should be,” Carolyn Martin says. “Ageworthy wines that pair wonderfully with food.” Pinot noir of similarly splendid subtlety and structure can be found at respected estates throughout the South Cape Coast. They include venerable properties like Botanica and its Elgin Valley neighbor, Boschendal, a winery whose roots reach back to 1685, as well as relative newcomers like Stellar Winery, whose delicate, fruit-forward River’s End pinot noir is made with organic grapes. Stellar released its first wines in 2003, one year after JC and Carolyn Martin established Creation. At the time, South African pinot noir flew largely under the radar. But those were the old days. The world is changing quickly. And one of the truths of our brave new age is that undiscovered wine regions don’t remain that way for long.

Clockwise from top: Founded in 1685, the picturesque Boschendal is one of the oldest wine estates in South Africa. Ginny Poval, Botanica’s winemaker, is a self-taught American who relocated to South Africa and planted her first vineyard there in 2009. Take a sip of Creation’s Pinot Noir and you may detect red berry aromas, elegant vanilla and a whiff of wood spice. Botanica’s vineyards, where grapes for The Mary Delany Collection are grown. Visitors are treated to dramatic mountain views at Boschendal. Boschendal’s Elgin Pinot Noir comes from one of the highest planted vineyard sites in the Elgin Valley.

Tasting notes Creation Estate 2013 Pinot Noir, $30 This balanced, elegant pinot noir opens with bright berry notes and gives way to a clean, refreshing finish. It marries beautifully with mild fish and poultry. Boschendal Elgin 2014 Pinot Noir, $35 A complexly structured wine, this pinot noir has hints of cranberry and red cherry on the nose and notes of clove and spiced oak on the palate. It’s a wonderfully food-friendly wine. Botanica Mary Delany Collection 2013 Pinot Noir, $25 Starting with crisp acidity and refreshing berry notes, this delicate pinot noir shows a feisty character with a bright and spicy finish. It has slight undercurrents of the oak in which it is aged. Try it with roast chicken or shellfish. Stellar Winery, 2014 River’s End Pinot Noir, $14 On the nose, this organic wine gives off woodsy hints, almost like a morning walk through a dewy forest. But given time to open, it becomes a medley of blackberries and ripe cherry, with just enough tannins for a dry and elegant finish.

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ROOM KEY

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Inside The Lowell, you’ll find creature comforts galore, gorgeously redesigned public spaces and heavenly Mediterranean cuisine. Oh, and you can step outside too. By Rita Guarna

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he glories of Gotham are almost endless, from marveling at the works of art along Museum Mile to walking the winding trails of Central Park—and of course there’s the Great White Way. Not to mention some of the world’s finest restaurants. But at day’s end, instead of staying in teeming, touristy Times Square, those in the know head to Manhattan’s residential Upper East Side, where well-kept townhouses dot quiet, tree-lined streets. The picture of classic New York style, The Lowell is one of the best places in town to lay your head. And fill your belly. Built as a luxury apartment house in the 1920s, it’s a sophisticated home-away-fromhome, with its 74 rooms and suites designed by residential designer Michael S. Smith, who is known for his work in the White House—he decorated former President Obama’s private residence—and his modernist take on traditional design. Think of it as a well-appointed pied-àterre where you’ll want for nothing. There is 24hour room service, a fitness center and a fireplace attendant (you don’t think they’d expect you to fan your own flames, do you?). Most of the hotel is dedicated to spacious suites that are perfect for families—complete with terraces, kitchens and, yes, those cozy wood-burning fireplaces. In March, Charles Masson, one of the country’s most respected restaurateurs, and chef Christian Delouvrier, the legendary epicurean, opened Majorelle at The Lowell. Named after the iconic garden in Marrakech, it features a seasonally driven menu with such treats as Delice au Foie Gras et Pomme Fondante (foie gras with warm apples) and Ris de Veau sur Lit de Mache

et Truffes (veal sweetbreads, mache salad and truffles). Masson is best known for his role at the family-owned French restaurant La Grenouille. Delouvrier, renowned for his cuisine at fine restaurants in Paris and in such Manhattan eateries as Lespinasse and La Mangeoire, offers a French menu accented by flavors from Morocco and elsewhere in the Mediterranean. A five-star boutique hotel privately owned by the Chartouni family, The Lowell is the brainchild of Dina DeLuca Chartouni, a city-born and -raised woman, who wanted to create a haven, but one that would make a major statement. She called on Smith and Mark Pinney, the Londonbased architect for the Armani and Burberry stores, to help her realize her vision, which most recently guided a two-year renovation of the hotel’s public spaces. And, ah, those spaces. The design’s centerpiece was put in place with the long-awaited opening of Majorelle. The restaurant is framed by marble columns and features a custom-patterned grey and ivory marble floor, vaulted wood arched ceilings, and deep blue silk velvet on the chairs and banquettes. And there’s a retractable roof over the adjacent terrace that makes indoor/ outdoor dining possible year-round. (It’s also the place to be to enjoy Masson’s passion for floral artistry, including exotic plants and fountains!) Connected to Majorelle is Jacques, an intimate bar with French oak wood paneling, an antiqued mirrored ceiling and a marble bar. Here you’ll imbibe expertly crafted cocktails such as the Bleu de Marjorelle—my favorite—consisting of

Bombay Sapphire Gin, elderflower, cucumber and basil. It’s the perfect guests-only hideaway for entertaining over cocktails and light fare from noon to 4 p.m., when The Club Room opens to the public. That space features a library of art books surrounded by French oak parquet flooring, hand-painted paneling and a wood-burning fireplace. Was indulgence ever so civilized? Staying at The Lowell almost derailed my plan for a city weekend getaway. The hotel is so perfect that I was tempted not to leave at all. But leave—at least for a little while—you must, as there is art to see, music to hear and a great city to experience. Recently opened is The Met Breuer, a satellite space of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the shell of the old Whitney Museum. The Marcel Breuer-designed edifice was acquired to expand The Met’s more contemporary works. And spring is the perfect time for the New York Philharmonic to usher in new talent alongside its repertoire of standbys. New talent too is showcased at The New York City Ballet’s Here/Now Festival in May. On Broadway there are the thought-provoking new musicals Dear Evan Hansen and Come From Away. Or see a revival, say, Allison Janney in Six Degrees of Separation or Kevin Kline in Present Laughter. Of course, don’t forget about fair-weather fun. After strolling Central Park, take to the water on a paddleboat or monkey around in the zoo. If you’re too tired to walk back, just tell the cabby to take you home—to The Lowell. THE LOWELL, 28 EAST 63RD ST. AT MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N.Y. (212.838.1400); LOWELLHOTEL.COM.

Clockwise from top: There’s plenty of room to spread out in a Deluxe Junior Suite complete with a terrace. In the 1,000-square-foot Hollywood Suite, decorated with one-of-a-kind artwork and memorabilia, there are two large seating areas, one with a wood-burning fireplace, and one with a large dining or meeting table. Book the Penthouse Suite for a romantic evening, where you can enjoy views from the 17th floor. Charles Masson, managing director of the hotel’s new restaurant, Majorelle, is a veteran of famed eatery La Grenouille. The gorgeous Garden Suite features two private terraces, one with a fountain, pictured here, and one with a dining area. The entrance to the hotel is on a quiet, tree-lined street off Madison Avenue.

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MADE-TO-MEASURE

If The Suit Fits

Want to take your wardrobe to the next level? Try made-to-measure on for size. Sure, you look sensational in the suits you’ve purchased at Woodbury Mens Shop. We carry the finest labels in the world and our tailors are the best in the business. But there may come a time when you want to treat yourself to a one-of-a-kind suit made just for you. That’s when we’ll introduce you to the world of made-to-measure.

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PERSONAL DETAILS

TROUSER CHOICES

Evening fundraiser? Wedding? Office? Wherever you’re going, there’s a lapel for that. The classic day-to-day look of a notch lapel is perfect for single-breasted suits and sportcoats. Often found on double-breasted suits, peak lapels can be identified by their edges, which point upward toward the shoulders, and are equally suited if you’re headed to work or a blacktie affair. The rounded-edge shawl lapel is commonly found on dinner and tuxedo jackets and worn at formal occasions such as weddings, galas and black-tie events.

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OVERALL FIT

There’s a reason an off-the-rack suit may not feel right when you try it on—it’s not made specifically for you. A made-to-measure suit, however, is constructed according to your body measurements. How should it fit? Jackets should have smooth lines that follow the contours of your body, with sleeves ending at the wrist bone. The top button of a two-button suit, or the middle button of a three, should hit at the navel and never below. If a buttoned jacket creates X-shaped rippling, it’s too tight. There’s a lot to consider when finding the right garment, but not to worry—just allow our tailors to take your measurements, and we’ll handle the rest.

There’s an endless number of ways to give your suit a personal touch. Experiment with a variety of cuffs, stitching, lining and vents to satisfy your tastes and add style. Buttons are small but can play a large role in your suit’s overall appearance—change the type and color of your buttons from basic to an exotic material like horn or bone to enhance your look.

Choose materials and patterns that suit you (and the season) best. For Long Island’s warm spring and summer temperatures, choose more breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. If cold temperatures are in your future, garments made of wool and cashmere will keep you warm. And don’t forget to show your personality—colors and patterns, plaids and pinstripes will make your suit pop.

A lot of detail goes into the suit jacket, but don’t forget your lower half! You have plenty of trouser options from which to choose—pleats or flat-front, with or without belt loops. But what shouldn’t change is the fit: Trousers should sit at the top of your hipbones, slim downward and then taper below the knee. Your seat and thighs should be hugged comfortably by fabric and show no wrinkles or divots. The bottom hem should graze the top of your shoes, so about 1 to 1½ inches of ankle (or sock) show when you walk or sit.

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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.

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If you had a time machine, what year would you travel to and why? I would travel to November 1, 2017, and buy a newspaper. On October 31, 2017, I would play all the Lotto games and bet on all of the wining horses. What is the best advice you have ever been given? One of my high school teachers wrote in my yearbook: “Don’t worry, everything will get tougher.” What is your favorite food? My favorite food is Italian, particularly seafood. What do you do on your days off? I enjoy working in my yard and landscaping. What materials can add texture to your wardrobe? I like wearing suede shoes and a suede belt. The texture lends itself to a more casual outfit, but the quality makes the outfit stand out nonetheless. When wearing a suit, how can you elevate it from the ordinary? A man in a suit projects confidence. When I add a vest, I feel that the suit is more special. What is your preferred casual outfit? I love to wear jeans and a sportcoat when out for play, but only occasionally will wear jeans and a sportcoat to work.

What do you do to stay fit? I try to start my day with at least a half-hour yoga practice. It feels great to stretch and helps me get centered and ready for the day ahead. What is your favorite trend for spring 2017? For this season, the market has been full of soft shouldered, unlined sport jackets. Pair one of ours from Circolo with jeans or cotton pants for a clean, casual look. What is your favorite place in the world? The answer seems to change as I do more and more traveling, but I’ve fallen in love with the Virgin Islands, Tortola in particular. The vibe of the island and personality of the locals is just so warm and welcoming. The beautiful scenery doesn’t hurt. Any style advice for this season? I say this all the time, and it is seasonless: Don’t be afraid of pattern mixing! You can wear stripes with plaid as long as they are in the right proportion. What do you do on your days off? I love the outdoors. From sailing off Shelter Island in the summer to hiking at Caumsett State Park in Lloyd Neck, I just want the fresh air! What is one item you suggest for the summer season? A pair of soft suede loafers from Donald J Pliner. They can be dressed up with a sportcoat and slacks, or dressed down with a pair of shorts. They look great and are very comfortable!

How can men develop their own personal style? Guys have to wear what they are comfortable in. I always wear a simple, but cool sportcoat with easy jeans. The look will always come off as dressy, but is really easy to wear. What is your favorite place in the whole world? I’ve always enjoyed my travels but learned early in life that home is my favorite place in the world. What will we be seeing in the fashion future? We have been seeing suits getting a little fancier. Pinstripes are slowly coming back, as are double-breasted suits. What do you do to stay fit? I am very handy at home. I enjoy doing all of the yard and pool maintenance. It is very therapeutic, both monetarily and physically. Why is made to measure a plus for everyone? No matter what your size, a made-to-measure garment not only gives you a large choice of patterns and colors, it will fit you the way a garment should. Everyone should try it at least once. What do you do on your days off? Work around the house. I really do love it!

MARC FENSTER

How do you spend your days off? Days off are usually spent golfing, doing outdoor activities and, of course, shopping. What is the best advice you have ever been given? My best advice is something my father wrote in his yearbook: “A day spent without learning is a day wasted.” What is your philosophy on life? I live by what Abraham Lincoln said: “It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years.” What is your favorite place in the world? My favorite place is the South Pacific. After spending a year in Bora Bora and the surrounding islands, I tell everyone it’s absolutely paradise. What is your personal style philosophy? Those who know me understand that I have a unique look. I don’t dress according to tradition, and I don’t dress for the season. I dress for myself! How can men develop their own personal style? When putting together your wardrobe, try to see what colors look best on you. Almost every man looks good in blue. Don’t be afraid of pastels. What is the top “look” that men should be sporting today? The number-one look in today’s world is the sportcoat, sweater and jeans. Make that a priority. Stop by—I’d love to dress you!

AMIR MORADI

What do you do on your days off? Making digital art drawings is my favorite thing to do on my days off. What’s new in suits and sportcoats for 2017? I like the slightly wider lapel on sportcoats, as well as double-breasted suits. You will see more plaid in suits and paisley in formal dinner jackets, with brighter, festive colors. What is your favorite book? Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson. It helped me a lot when I was getting my first job. What are your favorite style trends? I’m not into trends. I try to have my own style. Minimalism is my favorite. If you follow a few straightforward rules, you will be fine. Self-confidence never goes out of style. What is the best advice that someone has given you? It’s not important what type of job you have. Focus on that and be the very best at that job. What’s the best way to wear a suit without a tie? A suit without a tie looks best when the collar is a little stiff so that it stands up on its own. In lieu of a tie, try a pocket square that is creatively folded. What do you do to stay fit? I love cheeseburgers with bacon on top, french fries and … but I don’t eat them. Can I wear a black belt with brown shoes, or vice versa? Definitely not, unless they are both so dark that it won’t be noticeable.

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What do you like to do on your days off? With three teenaged kids, if it’s not homework, running to sports events, or going to Costco to keep the refrigerator stocked, then I try to get out to Fire Island to recharge. What’s new for fashion this spring? It’s all about luxury fabrics: Washed sweaters with summer cashmere, cotton and silk; sportcoats with blends of linen, silk and wool; lots of beautiful colors in dusty shades; and suits in Italian-made fabrics such as Loro Piana, Barberis and Scabal. What is the best advice you have ever been given? My father showed me how to work hard and always be on time. What’s the most important accessory when building a wardrobe? Shoes. It is important when wearing a great jean or gorgeous suit to make sure that you have the right shoes. What do you do to stay fit? I try to work out at the gym five or six days a week. I stay away from sugar and processed carbs, but I indulge in a good margarita to stay sane. What’s your favorite collection this season? In my opinion, Luciano Barbera is the most elegant sportswear out of Italy. It’s a full collection, including gorgeous sportcoats, shirts, knits and slacks. What is your favorite place in the world? The culture, architecture, history, food and fashion of Florence, Italy, inspire me.

TIM NOLAN

SPRING/SUMMER 2017

What do you do on your days off? I love being outdoors, including doing gardening projects with my wife, Cathy, and taking long walks on the beach. When wearing a suit, how can you elevate it from the ordinary? Color! The “new blues” are wonderful. Show your personality with color. What do you collect? I have a thing for table and wall clocks from different eras. What materials can add texture to your wardrobe? The softness and light weight of solid and patterned linens are my summer favorite. What is your favorite collection of the season? Belvest. Wow! The details of workmanship, fabric and design are extraordinary. What is the best advice someone has given you? It’s OK to follow your heart, but take your brain with you! What are your favorite foods? Italian. I love Franina Ristorante in Syosset. It’s difficult to recommend a dish. They are all fantastic. How can men develop their own style? For spring and summer, add color. Make a statement with pastel ties and pocket squares for your suits and jackets.

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the Service Directory Woodbury Mens Shop Experience

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Just as our designers take great pride in the clothing that bears their name, we are extremely proud of the amenities and services that make shopping at Woodbury Mens Shop a pleasure. Our philosophy is that first-class customers deserve firstclass care from the moment they walk through our doors. We aim to transcend the traditional retail customer relationship, creating instead a bond that exceeds expectations. Please take advantage of any and all of the services described here as part of your Woodbury Mens Shop experience. Visit Woodbury Mens Shop at 8025 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, NY, or call us at 516.802.5280.

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Private Shopping Service You don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to get the red-carpet treatment at Woodbury Mens Shop. Our private shopping service will enable you to sample your favorite designer collections at leisure with a knowledgeable member of our staff.

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Gift Certificates: A Flattering Fit A gift certificate from Woodbury Mens Shop guarantees your gift will be the perfect style, size and color. Purchase one in the store in any denomination you choose for a remembrance that will dazzle any lucky recipient.

Made-toMeasure Service As talented as a local tailor may be, he can only provide the limited patterns and materials on hand. At Woodbury Mens Shop, our Made-to-Measure service takes advantage of the relationships we have established with Italian manufacturers to deliver a suit that is smart and sexy—and a good value—in as little as a few weeks. You won’t find a better short-term plan to look your best.

you on the platform at 9 p.m.? No problem. Shopping by appointment allows us to give you the personal attention and shopping time you need, when your schedule permits.

Closet Consultations Sometimes it’s hard to part with old friends. We’re here to help. Woodbury Mens Shop consultants will go through your existing wardrobe, helping to identify out-of-date pieces. We’ll also offer suggestions regarding new outfit ideas and what new pieces you may want to incorporate into your wardrobe for upcoming seasons.

Corporate Gifts Let Woodbury Mens Shop help you select the right corporate gifts for holidays or special occasions.

Expertise A central part of the Woodbury Mens Shop experience is superlative service in a relaxed atmosphere. If you want to browse in private, you’re more than welcome. When you need expert, individual attention, you’ll get it—instantly and for as long as you want. Our knowledgeable staff is well versed in all of the brands we carry, the trends of the season and how to fit every body type. They stand ready to advise you on all matters of wardrobe and accessories.

Shopping by Appointment If our store hours don’t fit your schedule, call us. If you’re a morning person who finds 7 a.m. the ideal time for your Woodbury Mens Shop experience, we will arrange to be here. Does the commute put

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