Robb Report

Robb Report March 2020

Luxury Without Compromise. Every issue of Robb Report transports you into the world of luxury as never before! Delve beneath the surface to explore the thoughts and inspirations of the engineers, artisans and entrepreneurs behind the most sought after products, luxury escapes and services the world over. With in-depth looks at the next generation luxury automobiles…to world-class travel adventures..wines, spirits, collectibles and some much more.

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Benjo Arwas A photographer and director who lives in Los Angeles and often travels to New York, Arwas has contributed to L’Officiel Hommes México, Elle México and Vogue Taiwan. For Robb Report, he captured the season’s best earth-toned fabrics against a Southern California desert backdrop in “Rock Show” (p. 100). “We shot over two days in freezing, 30- to 40-degree weather—the winds reached up to 20 miles per hour!” he says. “It was challenging—we ended up hiking to elevations of over 3,000 feet to get some of the shots—but it was one of my favorite assignments.” Hannah Seligson Seligson is a regular contributor to The New York Times, among other publications. For Robb Report, she unpacked how one might travel sans suitcase in “The Harrowing Joy of the No-Luggage Vacation” (p. 44). To…

editor’s letter

The suit is dead. Long live the suit. We hear so many mixed messages these days about which fashion is in fashion, it can be beyond confusing trying to keep up. (Maybe that’s why fashion editors always seem to be wearing three outfits at once.) And to complicate matters further, there are myriad variations on the work uniform now, so who knows what the rules are? The truth is, some of you will still want to wear a suit to the office; in certain circles it confers status and seniority, and is a necessary shorthand for getting business done. And it’s easy, right? We can all throw on a two-piece and get out the door without feeling like we’re in some reality-TV makeover show. That said, as we discover in “Tailoring’s New Tastemakers,”…


Reinvented Wheel Richard Mille’s watches are instantly recognizable: Their tonneau-shaped dials have become the brand’s trademark. But for those who prefer the company’s more traditional (if anything at Mille can be called such a thing) round-faced timepieces, the RM 33-02 offers a (relatively) conventional shape with all of the brand’s unconventional materials, like its proprietary ultra-light Carbon TPT and an open-face dial that shows off the complex geometry of the movement. $145,000, richardmille.com Peacocking It’s not hard to see the inspiration behind designer Marc Ange’s Il Pavone throne (pavone is Italian for peacock). Ange’s trip to the bird’s native country of India left him enthralled. In particular, he cites the bird’s unabashed, proud beauty as the impetus. Rendered in bright fabrics and brass, Ange’s loud and majestic statement piece became the star of…

the duel

Though it was a legend on the track long before it became one at the bank, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO eventually became the most expensive automobile sold at auction. The 2019 Bugatti La Voiture Noire, however, saw dollar signs right off the line, breaking the record for the highest-priced new car ever released. Each has its technical merits: In its heyday, the GTO was a lean racing machine, while the La Voiture Noire’s beast of an engine is its million-dollar selling point. Both are the stuff of a collector’s dreams. FERRARI 250 GTO FRONT SHOT, ENGINE, AND SPARE TIRE: PATRICK ERNZEN/RM SOTHEBY'S; 1961 FERRARI 250 GT SWB, LV SPEEDY BAG: SHUTTERSTOCK…

tailoring's new tastemakers

In Paris, Husbands is giving the suit its mojo back. “Today, the suit is all about sex appeal,” says Husbands founder Nicolas Gabard. “We want to give men a reason to ditch their chinos, and to show that suits can still be elegant and cool.” If anyone is currently making the case for tailoring’s enduring charisma, it’s Gabard. A former lawyer and ad man, he founded Husbands in 2012 with the express purpose of making tailoring sexy, particularly suits. His designs put a modern spin on louche ’70s looks, with cuts inspired by old photographs of Mick Jagger, Bryan Ferry and Serge Gainsbourg from the golden era of Studio 54. They’re best worn simply, with open-collar shirts, turtlenecks and loafers; Gabard often wears his with Cuban-heel zip-boots. Elsewhere, other European indie brands are reexamining…

the valet stand

In our contradictory era of Second Gilded Age excess and enlightened, joy-sparking minimalism, a gentleman’s valet can seem out of place on either side of the divide: an ornate appliance for the clotheshorse that nonetheless lacks the utility or opulence of a walk-in closet. But good clothes are an investment and must be treated as such. Proper care dictates you allow suits and separates to air out after wearing, before being brushed (you do own a clothes brush, yes?) and returned to the wardrobe—and, no, tossing your Loro Piana blazer over the back of a chair doesn’t cut it. The best versions, like this Classical Valet Stand (about $4,446) from Honorific London, are designed to be as useful in the mornings as in the evenings: The multi-tiered design allows you to examine…