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Esquire Winter 2020

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Esquire is a funny, informative, connected magazine that covers the interests of American men—all the interests of the American man: Politics, style, advice, women, health, eating and drinking, the most interesting people of our time. All that and it’s the most-honored monthly magazine in history.

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in this issue

3 min.
this must be the place

We’ve reached the end of a very weird decade. A failed-businessman-turned-reality-TV-host is the leader of the free world. A social network once used to look at photos of your cousins’ kids has hobbled our democracy. A nifty DVD-home-delivery service has Hollywood’s major studios on the ropes. It’s all enough to make a man feel…unrooted. For me, the ’10s were momentous: I got married. Moved to New York. Had two kids. Landed my dream job. (This one!) After the longest drought in the history of major league sports—108 years—the Chicago Cubs, my hometown team, won the World Series. Yet there’s something about adulthood—even in my late thirties, with a family to feed, a staff to lead, and bills to pay—that feels transient. Like this life could disappear overnight. Maybe that’s because as many…

1 min.
tie one on

If you’ve ever felt inclined to wear your bathrobe outdoors, you are not alone. Every weekend, on coffee runs across America, millions of men feel the same longing. But they don’t have to, thanks to one cozy bit of seasonal outerwear: the belted overcoat. Outside of looking rather chic while you grab your morning paper, for designers, belted overcoats are a playground for texture and color. Here’s why we especially love this (very warm) one from Paris-based Alexandre Mattiussi’s label, Ami. It’s supremely versatile. This is your perfect night-to-day piece. You can dress it up for an evening out, layering it with a jacket and trousers or jeans and a sweater, then throw it on over sweats and a tee to snag a bacon-egg-and-cheese the next morning. Who’s that handsome devil…

1 min.
the case for normal-ass sneakers

The vicious cycle goes something like this: You see some super-hyped sneakers. Maybe they’re limited-edition. Maybe they’re a collab. Whatever the case, life will not be complete until you get those shoes. After dealing with a lot of hassle or spending a lot of money (or both—probably both), you buy them, wear ’em a few times, spot a new pair out in the world, and the process starts all over again. Good news: You can break out of this death spiral. It’s easy. Just grab a pair of clean, low-key sneakers and walk away. They could be anything from $100 Adidas Gazelles to $400 Common Projects Original Achilles. No matter the price, the best ones are comfortable enough to run a 40-yard dash in but sharp enough to rock with a…

1 min.
more camel? more camel.

If you’ve come across camel hair before, chances are it was in one of those all-enveloping polo coats favored by suit-and-tie guys in the teeth of a New York winter. That’s because camel hair is ridiculously warm. But camel hair is also insanely soft. Great for coats, but why stop there? This season, the Italian brand Stile Latino has created a range of tweedy jackets in 100 percent camel hair that bring the fabric out of the cold and into your wardrobe in a much bigger way. They’re expertly tailored—they should be; founder Vincenzo Attolini is the grandson of the Vincenzo Attolini, the tailor widely hailed as the progenitor of the butter-soft Neapolitan style of tailoring—and they balance a rough-hewn look with all the comfort of cashmere. You shouldn’t layer three…

1 min.
wait, am i a loafer guy now?

I have a thing about loafers. By which I mean I don’t wear loafers. I was dimly aware of them as a teenager in southern England, when they became a mainstay of the mod-revival dressing. That ought to have been enough to get me into a pair of Bass Weejuns, but it didn’t (partly because I wasn’t a mod long enough to save up for them). Later, as I got into fashion, loafers got lower, meaner, leaner, and posher, becoming an obsession of bankers and other upwardly mobile types. But they still weren’t for me: too casual to wear with a suit, too casual even to wear with chinos or jeans. But G. H. Bass’s latest incarnation of its classic penny loafer (above, $95), executed in oxblood and with a…

1 min.
silk-shirt swagger, bottled

“I wanted to create something unique, a collection of fragrances that felt like they are made-to-measure.”—DONATELLA VERSACE Deep down, I think every guy wants to be the type who can pull off a Versace silk shirt—or at least possess that kind of swagger. But maybe you haven’t fully tapped into the swagger center of your brain yet. (It’s near the amygdala.) Enter Atelier Versace, a new luxury fragrance collection that channels all that cool confidence into something every guy can easily wear. “That’s why we are launching these unisex fragrances…so you’ll find the one that is made just for you,” says Donatella Versace. There are six scents in the collection, and each one is transformative. With a spray of Figue Blanche, a sunny, sultry blend of Mediterranean citrus, you’re in never-ending…