Retail Therapy November 2013
Author: Ariana Herz | Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
This year’s bootie is not a bootie. Clockwise from top: Pedro Garcia’s Rowan, $590, is a sporty take on kicks that is straight from the perforated leather often used to make supercar interiors. Burberry’s combat boot, Manners, $850, is ready to fight for the right to party, hard. Rachel Roy brings us Bette, $195, a souped-up loafer-tailored shoe. And Jimmy Choo delivers Ballad, $1,195, for everyday elegance.
The fingerless look is part and parcel of the nail polish craze and it’s working manicurists overtime. For a rebel yell slip on Michael Kors studded shorties, $98, or shiny leather hand warmers, $85, and flash that fire engine red polish. Lauren Ralph Lauren takes the trend mainstream with black and white tartan in cashmere and leather, $40, and easy-to-wear camel driving gloves in wool, $38—either will complement a preppy French mani.
NECK ‘n NECK
Our favorite brands are giving fall’s go-to accessory a twist. Clockwise: Burberry has been experimenting with white and this Colour Check square scarf is its opus: A winter white beauty embellished with the label’s iconic red and black pattern, $295. Marc by Marc Jacobs made a big splash in neckwear this season with bold patterns and his epic muted colors, $198, to lend any look an urban twist. Robert Graham has been making a foray into ladies’ attire and this scarf embodies the style and whimsy the designer is known for, $78.
Winter is coming, which means your wardrobe will be taking a turn for the dark and bulky. Balance the look with a bag that is everything the clothes aren’t: Sleek, architectural and bright. Clutches are practical, lightweight and limit baggage to the necessities. New this season are patterns and materials that recall the nature of warmer weather in fun colors and neutrals. Clockwise from top: Steven by Steve Madden Steven box clutch, $88; Pour la Victoire Clemence calf hair minaudiere, $195; Expressions NYC metal honeycomb clutch, $50; Vince Camuto emerald Mira, $158; French Connection VIP Party wood minaudiere, $168.
Stuff Men Want November 2013
Author: Ariana Herz | Published:
RACK ‘EM UP
Few things are as masculine and intriguing as pool or billiards. The slow, concentrated measure of angles across the felt—stick to cue to ball to pocket—are an ideal way to while away an evening with an old friend, loving mate or even solo. For the man whose castle is already outfitted with a table, tournament balls are the ideal complement. The density and weight of the veneer orbs is a game changer. The sound of the clack, the spin of the colors and the ease of the movement is why pros prefer this Belgian maker.
Shown here courtesy Thomas Grimaldi Pool Tables, Farmingdale:
Aramith billiard ball set, $170.
Pool rack, $30.
Known as the thinking man’s game, meant to exercise strategic and lateral skills, there are a few things that differentiate the pros from the pretty boys. For tournament play, boards have markings to keep track of moves, though it’s not a necessary element. The pieces, good ones at least, are weighted with lead to stabilize them. Staunton design is considered tournament design—the knight is a 90-degree shape, the king has a cross, queen has a crown, bishop has a slit in the hat and the rook is a tower.
Shown here courtesy Your Move Chess & Games, North Massapequa:
3” ebonized Velites by The Mark of Westminster, $99.
14” exclusive solid wood walnut and maple board, $179.
No man cave is complete without the games of a favored watering hole. Dartboards are perfect because you get to throw a sharp implement, but also because they don’t take up a lot of room. A good board is constructed of sisal fiber (the cork-like part), razor-thin wire and little to no staples holding the sections of the rings together. The ideal dart is a tungsten barrel because it’s denser, meaning it can be both heavier and thinner to make for stronger flying and tighter groupings on the board. The flights are all pretty much the same, made of a thin, lightweight plastic, but it’s where personality comes through (they’re easily changeable).
Shown here courtesy Regal Billiards, Hicksville:
Viper steel-tipped darts with a spinster—the flight will spin when thrown, $79.
Viper razor back board, no staples and thin wires, $55.
Words: Aryana Herz
Photos: Luke Hanscom