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GQ May 2019

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1 min.

BRETT MARTIN Correspondent As part of his quest to uncover the best new restaurants in America this year (page 74), Martin traveled to 20 cities in just three months, stopping at 103 spots along the way. So what should a restaurant not be doing? “Charging for olives,” he says. “Other than that, I’m pretty much wide open—which, by the way, is what I consider the most important, possibly the only, qualification for my job.” Office Grails STEPHANIE HURTADO Bookings assistant “Someone called me Stevie Nicks while I was wearing these pants, and now they’re my favorite.” SIMON ABRANOWICZ Deputy art director “I like wearing futuristic fabrics and shoes that speak volumes.” CODIE STEENSMA Deputy managing editor “This Veda dress is stark but romantic—woodland nymph meets Tribeca mom.”…

2 min.
same suit, different socks

THE OTHER MORNING, in the locker room at my gym, I noticed a difference between the way I get dressed relative to the businessy guys who have lockers nearby. We both put on our pinstriped suits one pant leg at a time, but then they comb their hair and leave while I spend an extra 60 seconds or so doing what I call “putting on all my shit.” A watch, a necklace, a coordinated bracelet and ring, a key chain that hooks onto a special little loop my tailor puts above the right butt pocket of all my suit pants. My combs have my name on them. My glasses, too. Two generations ago, having a host of personal effects was more common. These days, I guess, it’s eccentric. My locker-room neighbors…

1 min.
the new first-class status symbols

Rimowa Lands at LAX The fashion world’s favorite hard-sided suitcase now comes in an on-trend ombré colorway, thanks to artist Alex Israel, who overhauled the aluminum carry-on in his signature L.A.-sunset motif ($2,800; that’s Israel’s painting Sky Backdrop in the background). A Highly Evolved Blazer Z Zegna’s ace travel jacket is crafted from super-lightweight, sweat-wicking, and machine-washable Techmerino wool fabric (from left, $1,595 and $1,495). Recycling Looks Good on You Stella McCartney stays on the cutting edge of environmentally responsible fashion by making these wear-anywhere sweaters from regenerated Italian cashmere ($615 each). Time Flies The business-class corps are fighting over Rolex’s new “Batman” GMT-Master II, which is engineered to keep track of both home and away time ($9,250). The Great Getaway Shorts If your go-to swim trunks walked into an old-school boxing gym, you’d get these quick-drying water–to–watering hole…

3 min.
fly like nic cage: the incredible timeliness of ’90s airport style

FOR ALL THE obvious indignities of modern air travel, there still remains some wonder in it. It’s a sublime dichotomy. If you’ve ever flown on a plane, you know the feeling—disoriented but ebullient, demoralized yet posh, dehydrated and a little bit glamorous. It is a miserable, thrilling experience to be transported so far so quickly, one that has begotten an entire genre of fashion: the airport fit, the ultimate expression of high-low style. Air travel has always demanded particular attention to wardrobe—from Amelia Earhart’s legendary androgynous transatlantic flying kit to the crisp business attire you’d find on the smoky Boeings of the ’50s and ’60s. But the airport fit truly arrived in the ’90s, when mass-market demand for celebrities doing things created a paparazzi gold rush. And for enterprising photographers hunting…

4 min.
art dad, art son

“ALL THOSE CHEMICALS?!” actor Ashton Sanders asks, leaning over the picnic table where he’s seated with Rashid Johnson, the acclaimed multi-media artist. “Hell no. We need that natural shea.” It’s a Sunday in Brooklyn, and the two are practically yelling about fancy face creams—specifically their distaste for certain artificial ones. I had asked about moisturizing and about whether they’ve traded in their shea butter for something a bit pricier now that they’re both, if not meteorically rich and famous, at least tastefully, artistically comfortable. That got them going. “Still using shea butter,” says Johnson, laughing a warm rumbling bass line. “It’s also an African product. You know, those Negroes figured out way early—” “It’s a spiritual thing,” says Sanders, cutting in, which he rarely does when Johnson is speaking. But this is a…

2 min.
noah’s hard-core environmentalism

SUSTAINABLE FASHION IS one of those terms—like “streetwear” or “chic” or “DJ”—that seem so recklessly applied that they’re practically meaningless. I have no idea what it is. I just visualize a deeply uncool graphic tee with a tag bearing a vicious message like “Made from 100 percent recycled rubber bands.” Brendon Babenzien, founder of the cult menswear brand Noah, which has turned elevated sportswear into a platform for environmental activism, is also flummoxed by the term. “Does it mean that everything you make can be completely, 100 percent re-used?” he muses. “I don’t know if there’s really much clothing in the world that can do that.” This is surprising, because Noah donates one percent of its sales to environmental nonprofits, and it’s made capsule collections to raise awareness about environmental issues.…