Toe to Head
We’re 100 percent on the 3/4 boot this summer
Author: Chris Connolly | Published: Friday, April 24, 2015
The wingtip is a dapper dandy type-deal—which is fine if you’re a dapper dandy. But something cool happens when you take the top of the shoe and
stretch it up over the ankle. Suddenly you’re looking at a man’s wingtip—like these lace-up boots from Allen Edmonds, $426 at Bloomingdale’s. They’ve been crafted with honest Midwestern pride since 1922 and will play quite nicely with Burberry’s Rohan Tonal Check skinny tie. $165 at Bloomingdale’s
Anchor the Soles
Many of John Lobb’s creations are made to order in a 190-step process the Parisian boot makers have perfected over the last 150 years. The company has a Madison Avenue shop in NYC where readymade boots are available, like the Highgates in plum museum calf leather, $1,510 (also at johnlobb.com); or stick with black, brown, gold-(ish) and even a deep misty blue. When your shoe game is this fundamentally sound it opens up room to take chances in other areas—like this outlandish but compelling anchor print bow tie from Mo’s Bows, $50. Moziah Bridges started the company when he was nine years old and thanks to his entrepreneurship, his designs are available at Neiman Marcus and elsewhere.
Contrast stitching, air-cushioned soles and vaunted durability make Dr. Martens an absolute icon. The brand’s Talib, around $120, is a minimally structured boot in full-grain leather with a waxed finish that’s designed to individualize over time. Protip: “Docs” don’t come in half sizes, but they run big. If you normally wear a 10.5, size down to 10. Complete the look with an ironclad accessory like these stainless steel aviators from Carrera. About $210 at Precision Eyecare, Huntington, (631) 462-2020
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Author: Max Fischer | Published:
Long Island has some fine beaches, but it’s hard to beat the convenience (and clarity) of a backyard pool. Whether it’s a gaggle of kids attempting the first cannonballs of the season or a few tipsy adults celebrating Independence Day, all guests will appreciate the opportunity to rinse away the chemicals in a luxurious outdoor shower. This plug and play Palermo shower does just that while keeping the trail of wet footprints off your hard- wood floors. The lacquered, lauan slatted wood floor allows water to drain away and the 72-inch- tall, semi-circular wall provides privacy. Thread on a garden hose and wash off using the showerhead above or rinse your feet below. Stage with nearby towels, a collection of soaps and shampoos, and you have all the amenities of a pool house for far less. $675; signaturehardware.com
Toren Fundamental Shell
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Toren is a small-scale manufacturer of urban adventure apparel founded in New York and sold directly to consumers via the website toren.is. Designed by ski and mountain climbing instructor Ethan Wishnick, Toren’s high-performance shell is versatile and utilitarian without sacrificing style. This time of year, it’s the ideal jacket to stuff into a back seat just in case. The company is also committed to the idea of bridging the gap between city and country on a social level: A portion of every purchase helps pay for youth participation with the Fresh Air Fund and Big City Mountaineers. Toren.is, $245
One Smart Bangle
Author: aryana herz | Published:
Everyone wants to be smart, this is a girl’s chance to be brilliant. This gorgeous MICA snakeskin bangle adorned by a yellow tiger’s eye disc and two obsidian cabochons is the latest technology accessory. Wearers can text, receive email notices, styling tips and feeds on the sapphire scratch-resistant touchscreen. It lives on the underside of the 18k gold-coated stainless steel band; notifications trigger a vibration. MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory) includes a two-year data plan, a unique phone number and syncs with up to two Google accounts and Facebook calendars. As if that’s not fabulous enough, concierge services are included. A plug-in charger point is hidden in the clasp to keep the Intel chip powered. Available at Barneys, $49
Trendy Jewelery for Mother’s Day
Objects of Desire
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Turquoise is huge this summer and mom will appreciate a gift that’s on trend. This line by Clara Williams features a mosaic mother-of-pearl bead flanked by gold magnets that connect the ends of this 10-strand necklace. It can be worn as shown or long with any of the designer’s charms or tassels dangling at the end. Also shown are Mazza moonstone and iolite Capri bangles in 14k yellow gold.
Find them at Rose Jewelers, Southampton, (631) 283-5757
Any lady can appreciate the rarity of precious gems. A shorter 14k yellow gold multi-stone necklace is the perfect pedigree (choker meets lariat). Pairings for earrings can either go 14k rose gold smoky topaz or 18k yellow gold diamond and turquoise.
All available at H. L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers, Garden City, (516) 747-6666
Brushed gold stands out perfectly against the bright patterns of a summer wardrobe. Its not-too-shiny, not-too-brassy allure is elegant
but still refuses to be ignored. Marco Bicego has developed his Lunaria line in harmony with this fashionable look. The undulating surfaces create a dance of light that adds to the organic look, perfect whether reclining surfside or dining in candlelight. Satin petal necklace, engraved bangle, wide ring and hoop earrings all in 18k gold.
All available at London Jewelers, Manhasset, (516) 627-7475
Colorful gemstones are all the rage this season, but a tasteful lady finds a way to break from the pack. Sedoni Collection’s one-of-a-kind bracelet in hand-cut, honeycomb- faceted aquamarine is accented with diamonds and set in black rhodium. Ideal for casual or elegant attire, as a staple or paired with other accents. Also shown are an aquamarine pendant with raw diamond beads and a mixed metal ring in 18k gold, sterling and oxidized silver.
All at Sedoni Gallery, Huntington, (631) 547-4811
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Rose stone quartz on 14k rose gold, amethyst on 14k white gold, citrine and pavé diamonds on 14k yellow gold and amethyst earrings on 14k filled sterling silver.
All available at Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, Westbury, (800) 6-FORTUNOFF
Sapphires come in virtually every color, but it’s the deep blue that is considered most pure. Show a special lady that your love runs as true as the hue in these diamond and 18k white gold earrings and bracelet.
Available separately at Marinelli Jewelers, Eastport, (631) 325-1812
Devotion diamonds benefit from a patented technology that captures the inner blaze of the stone. Augmented by unique de- signs, these treasures quickly become the go-to pieces of any collection. Cocktail rings are distinct when square, twice as nice in natural yellow and white diamonds set in 18k white gold. Curvilinear bangle in 14k gold is timeless in its art nouveau shape. A new iteration of the infinity ring captures three stones in a unique 18k setting.
All at Devotion, Roosevelt Field, (516) 415-5800
The time for loose silhouettes and summer dresses is near. Your special lady will appreciate the length and natural movement of these necklaces. This 72” tourmaline chain can be worn as a single loop or wrapped up to four times— made all the richer when paired with these amethyst and labradorite strands. Vermeil hoops in 18k gold on sterling are fresh in their oval shape and light as air.
Find them all at The Window Shop, Northport, (631) 261-0436
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