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Esquire's Big Black Book

Esquire's Big Black Book Spring - Summer 2017

It's filled with almost 200 pages of useful information on everything from the proper way to mix the perfect martini to having a custom suit made and more. It is truly the one resource no modern man should be without.

國家/地區:
United States
語言:
English
出版商:
Hearst
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our hyper-evolutionary moment

“FASHION,” RALPH LAUREN ONCE SAID, “IS over very quickly. Style is forever.” For a long time, the latter was all that really mattered to me. Classic and handmade, mostly Italian or English, is where I put my money when I had it, and I was perfectly happy. Then I saw a few fashion shows that made me wonder if there was more to life: Hermès Fall/Winter 2005, a Parisian take on English tweed and corduroy that can be described in just one word—sick; Prada Fall/Winter 2006, the one inspired partly by Paolo Uccello’s painting from 1438 of the Battle of San Romano; and Bottega Veneta Fall/Winter 2007, which unveiled a series of double-breasted and three-piece suits that had all the elegance of Old World tailoring but none of its dusty…

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from runway to (escaping) reality

MYKONOS, GREECE Dan and Dean Caten, founders and designers, Dsquared2 A picture postcard of an island in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is home to a robust nightlife scene—consider it Greece’sanswer to Ibiza. The Caten brothers have vacationed there for the past 25 years. “It’s like our home away from home. We love it there,” they say. “The people, the food, the atmosphere—it’s really all you could ask for.” And whilethe photograph above may feature a placid blue pool, the twins are even more interested in the ocean that lies beyond it. “When we get to the island, we head straight to the beach,” they say. “No matter what time of day.” MYKONOS Neil Barrett, founder and designer, Neil Barrett Barrett has also made Mykonos his go-to vacation spot (as have designers like Valentino and Armani—it’s…

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light show

Featherweight low-tops make for a fresher step.The polyurethane trench, for rainy days when you want to feel PUNK ROCK.When you want the bones of a blazer with NONE of the weight.More holes makes for a lighter load—and gives your goods BREATHING room.Looking for a jacket that wears like a SHIRT? Here it is.Turns out there IS A right WAY to wear mesh.…

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the king of barbaresco

ANGELO GAJA HAS NO TROUBLE COMPETING WITH THE SOUND of cannon fire. In fact, when the first broadside shakes the restaurant, he seems not to notice. As he declaims about global warming, his voice has a similarly thunderous boom, prompting his daughter Gaia, sitting next to him, to suggest that he lower the volume. “No,” he says. “This is my voice.” Gaia looks at me and shrugs while Lucia, Angelo’s wife of 39 years, also sitting nearby, smiles serenely, apparently only half listening. Gaia, I’ve noticed over the years, is a connoisseur of her father’s mannerisms and eccentricities, of which there are quite a few. Later, finished with his jeremiad, Angelo explains to me that the air cannons were installed by the mayor of Barbaresco, a hilltop village in Italy’s Piedmont region, where…

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hitting the big time

less is more There was an era when, at certain key times—like dinner—consulting your POCKET WATCH was considered the height of rudeness, the early-20th-century equivalent of busting out your iPhone too often. The solution? The wristwatch—an elegant accessory that also allowed one to (hopefully) discreetly glance at his wrist. There is little need, when tucking into the consommé, for tachymeters or chronographs. Hours, seconds, minutes will do. Simpler movements mean thinner movements, which make a dress watch easier to slip under a shirt cuff. Unless you go out in a T-shirt, in which case you’re probably not bothered by those subtleties. in THE black Black-cased watches have hit the market hard in recent years—that’s partly a symptom of our current taste for murdered-out everything, but mostly thanks to space-age advances in metallurgy and…

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altitude adjustments

In the age before GPS, timing one’s journey in relation to speed and fuel was a crucial part of flight navigation. (Lindbergh even designed a watch with Longines in 1931.) In space, the Apollo 13 crew used the Omega Speedmaster to time a lifesaving, course-adjusting thruster burst. If accuracy, ruggedness, and a legacy of adventure aren’t enough to make you a watch guy, throw in the white-knuckle experiences of aviators and astronauts. And if those do nothing, well, check your pulse. Fantastic Beasts These are the concept cars of the watch world: mind-numbing, often beautiful, and sometimes WTF? pieces made in such limited numbers (1, 2, 3) that you’ll never see them in a shop window. This rarefied category pushes watchmakers to ever greater heights of precision, innovation, and aestheticism—see: Hublot’s Big…