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Esquire: The Big Black BookEsquire: The Big Black Book

Esquire: The Big Black Book Spring/Summer 2015

The Spring/Summer 2016 edition of The Big Black Book, the style manual for successful men, is out now. From the makers of British Esquire, the luxuriously-produced, hard-backed edition covers everything you need to know for the upcoming season, and plenty more besides.

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Hearst Magazines UK
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foreword

The Big Black Book, in case you picked this up only because the racks in the business lounge are out of complimentary copies of Bloomberg Businessweek, dammit, is a magazine about luxury for men. Every six months, we aim to supply the best in men’s fashion and accessories, and associated products — cars, watches, technology, interiors — as well as some sharply tailored writing on art, design and lifestyle. Plus maybe pets or whatever to keep it just that little bit, you know... weird. As a result of this relatively narrow focus, when we’re not at home in England, where men’s tailoring was invented and perfected, we tend to spend quite a bit of time in Italy, that other crucible of traditional men’s style. Also France, home to so many of…

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the business

THE ALFRED DUNHILL TOTE BAG CARRIED BY CHRIS MORTON FOUNDER AND CEO, LYST Manufacturer of British luxury menswear and leather goods since 1893, Dunhill began life as a motoring accessories brand, and now offers a wide selection of impeccably made suiting, accessories and luggage. It remains a renowned leather specialist and its roomy Duke Large Zip Tote is constructed from calfskin that is both vegetable- and chrome-tanned, making it supple, robust and guaranteed to age beautifully. To accommodate the modern gentleman’s travel requirements, it features zip closure, detachable buckled strap and padlock. Internal stowage includes hanging pockets and a zipped hanging pocket. “Duke is inspired by a traditional kit bag from the Dunhill archive,” says creative director John Ray. “It is the very definition of British style.” £3,900, dunhill.com THE KILGOUR SUIT WORN…

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the watch

The very best in watches, hotels, motoring, accessories and wine Limited Editions No. 01 Given the name of Cartier’s new watch collection, the Drive de Cartier, you could be forgiven for thinking it has something to do with cars. At least one respected watch blog has already revealed how the guilloché on the Drive de Cartier’s dial “is inspired by old radiator grilles”, noting that the crown took its design cues from “the bolts used to hold a car together”. The result, it suggested, gave a “sporty, elegant” feel — something beautiful, refined but above all masculine. “No, no, no,” says Pierre Rainero, Cartier’s image, style and heritage director. “The inspiration is not at all the car industry. The ‘drive’ reference is to ‘drive’ in the meaning that you monitor your life yourself,…

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the hotel

Hound Lodge has upped the ante on weekends in the country. Located on the Goodwood Estate, this 19th-century sporting lodge was built mainly for the dogs participating in the then Duke of Richmond’s hunting events, as well as their handlers. But don’t let that fool you — the Duke thought far more of his hounds than he did humans, so this is not your average kennel. Indeed, after painstaking refurbishment, it is now a sumptuous, 10-bedroom country retreat. What sets this place apart isn’t the 24-hour butler service or the lavishly stocked humidor, or even the luxury wool from the neighbouring South Downs’ flocks that make the plump beds so comfortable. No, sir, it’s the extensive range of activities at your disposal on the 12,000-acre estate. Think of Goodwood and cars will…

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the sunglasses

Beer goggles may suit the common herd, but for the sophisticated gentleman, 2016 is all about whisky sunglasses. In a unique collaboration with Scotland’s much-admired single malt Glenmorangie, the handcrafted eyewear company Finlay & Co is producing limitededition, wooden-framed sunglasses made from the ex-bourbon barrels that give Glenmorangie Original its inimitable flavour. “We wanted to support an up-and-coming British company that thinks about wood the way we do,” explains Glenmorangie’s head of distilling and whisky creation Dr Bill Lumsden, “plus, Finlay & Co has Scottish roots, too.” Styled with Finlay & Co’s classic Fifties look, personally engraved and limited to 1,843 pairs — to match the year the Glenmorangie distillery was founded near Tain in the Highlands — each is hand-finished to display its own individual character based on the grain of…

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the car

Cliché suggests that SUVs were once the preserve of country folk, horse owners and yummy mummies who wanted an elevated view of the road and space for all their kiddy baggage. Then along came the premium brigade of automotive brands, which invented hitherto unimagined realms of luxury for the practical Sports Utility Vehicle, turning it into a 4WD supercar in many cases, with a price tag to match. While we wait for offerings from Maserati and Rolls-Royce to come to fruition, this spring we are presented with the most luxurious, fastest and powerful SUV to date: the Bentley Bentayga. Purist fans of the British marque wept into their silk scarves when Bentley announced this departure from grand tourers and performance sports cars last year. Talk to the designers and engineers from…

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