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Esquire March 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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1 min.
rule no. 854

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That’s the mentality Dior Homme brought to its newly imagined cologne, leaning into a modern iteration with more of the woody and gutsy elements. A few spritzes and you’re diving into a deep, sophisticated feeling—without losing the sort of freshness you need in an everyday fragrance. Need an endorsement? Just ask Robert Pattinson: “You don’t really notice you’re wearing a fragrance at all.” For more from him on his personal style, turn to page 38.…

3 min.
this way in a letter from the editor

“Fame, fame, fatal fame It can play hideous tricks on the brain. But still I’d rather be famous Than righteous or holy Any day Any day Any day.”—The Smiths, “Frankly, Mr. Shankly” RECENTLY, WHILE HUNGOVER, I CAUGHT UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS. MY young children were down for a nap, befuddled by why helping them put together a Hello Kitty puzzle had nearly made Dad’s eyeballs explode. I was nestled up beside my wife on the couch; she was watching an Easter episode of Keeping Up with… in which Kris Jenner, the matriarch of reality TV, hosts a Sunday-afternoon party for the family’s mostly famous friends. Somewhere around the egg hunt, it dawned on me: A decade ago, many halfway-respectable people—including a few in the pages of this magazine—dismissed the Kardashians as famous…

6 min.
john krasinski isn’t trying to be your red-state hero

ON MARCH 9, 2018, JOHN KRASINSKI AND HIS WIFE, Emily Blunt, were in the back of a car in Austin heading to the world premiere of A Quiet Place, at SXSW. Krasinski was terrified, and Blunt could tell. He had been working on the final sound mix of the movie (which he cowrote, directed, and starred in alongside his wife) until 5:30 that morning. He left the studio and flew directly to Texas. “Emily was holding my hand, and she was like, ‘You should eat something,’” Krasinski remembers. “And I said, ‘What do you mean? We just had lunch.’ And she goes, ‘John, you didn’t eat lunch.’ I totally didn’t realize how the nerves were coming out.” Blunt told him to focus on one thing. And he said he’d be…

1 min.
wings is better than the beatles

I want you to try something after a stressful day. Pour yourself a drink and put on the Beatles. It’s … fine. A perfectly good collection of songs you’ve heard three million times that are now mostly background. But the Beatles don’t quiet your brain. Then cue up Wings, the band Paul McCartney formed with his wife Linda after the Fab Four broke up. It’s pure, uncut Paul: buoyant pop that’s often saccharine and occasionally weird. Wings is what happens when John Lennon isn’t there to raise an eye-brow. McCartney without Lennon transports you. (“Haaands across the water …”) Wings is what it feels like when you come home to your wife and kids after a couple happy-hour drinks. (“Love doesn’t come in a minute!”) Wings lights up the part…

2 min.
stay gold, ponyboy

I don’t want to completely blow your mind [extended bong rip], but have you ever really considered the nature of the self? Are we born with immutable characteristics that define us throughout our days on this planet, or do we reinvent ourselves constantly—sometimes so totally that the “you” you are now isn’t the same you as, say, last year? What I’m really trying to ask here is: Am I the kind of guy who can wear a gold chain? Sure, I’m physically capable of draping one around my neck. But that’s not the challenge. A necklace is a necklace, but I’d never been able to get past the idea that a string of precious-metal links is more than that. It’s a statement. Of wealth. Or confidence. A desire to let the world…

1 min.
a sneaker for the fearless

“ONE OF A KIND” IS A TERM THAT MIGHT SEEM LESS powerful in an era when you can buy printed-on-demand T-shirts declaring your fandom of trucks, Texas, and Grey’s Anatomy from a Facebook ad. But when you’re talking about intricately hand-painted Italian sneakers, created by a collaboration between a fashion mogul and a hip-hop superstar … well, that’s something else entirely. The shoes are part of the new capsule collection from Swae Lee, 50 percent of the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, and Giuseppe Zanotti, the founder of the eponymous fashion label with a penchant for bold leather jackets and flashy sneakers. The shoes just hit stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, and there’s a lot to see. “What drew me to Swae Lee is his fearlessness,” says Zanotti, who gave the musician…