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Lapo Elkann

Tonga Room, San Francisco.

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The Sweet Escape

On the enduring allure of the tiki bar.

The Write Stuff


The Write Stuff

A dip into the world of luxurious fountain pens.

Sohm looks at the color and how fine the mousse is — the fine streams of bubbles — a sign of great quality.

Wine and Spirits

How to Drink Grower Champagne

Legendary sommelier Aldo Sohm on rarer bubbles.

Well Suited

"I am lucky because I can— and I like to—mix the beautiful Caraceni jackets I inherited from my grandfather with a pair of Tsubi jeans or wear a favorite pin-striped suit from him for more formal occasions. I’m crazy about pinstripes and vintage fifties fabrics. The suit I am wearing is made from a vintage striped fabric." Sartoria Domenico Caraceni, 24 Via Palestro, Milan; Tsubi, 219 Mulberry St., New York;

Focal Point

"Sunglasses are part of a new project of mine called Italia Independent. There are currently two styles: Niro, a classic avia- tor, and Sever, an oversize wrap made from carbon fiber that can be personally inscribed on the inside temples. Italia Independent will include ventures associated with the arts, design, fashion, and issues of the world. You will have to wait to find out about the rest…." Italia Independent,


"I need to make things mine. It annoys me to buy something that is imposed on me. When I have a suit made, I go to the Sicilian tailor Alessandro Martorana in Turin. I like shorter jacket sleeves and often fold the cuffs up. It’s more modern that way." Alessandro Martorana, 39-347/265-0220;

Personal Touches

"I have the Italian flag embroidered onto all my dress-shirt cuffs. I am very proud to be Italian."


"A pocket square must always—always—be white and a bit wild. If it is too prepared, it is tacky."

The Skinny

"I don’t always wear a tie. It depends on how I feel. I like the handmade ones from Finollo in Genova, but a favorite of mine is by the Neapolitan tiemaker Eugenio Marinella. It is blue silk with a little red corno [Italian horn] on it for luck." Finollo, 39-010/562-073. E. Marinella, 287 Riviera di Chiaia, Naples;

Waist Management

"Most of my belts are custom. I like inventive, unusual ones and I love the buckles from jeweler Ugo Cacciatori, like the chrome one he made for me." Ugo Cacciatori,

Head to Toe

"For socks, I go to Gallo and Paul Smith." Gallo, 63 Via Vittoria, Rome; 39-06/3600- 2174. Paul Smith, 142 Greene St., New York;

Sole Man

"Pairing a suit with my John Lobb custom motorcycle boots adds an edge. For a more traditional look, I like leather or suede brogues and boots handmade by Marini in Rome. I also like suede Car Shoes in vivid colors such as sky blue, purple, and green." John Lobb, 680 Madison Ave., New York; Marini, 97 Via Francesco Crispi, Rome; Car Shoe, 1 Via Della Spiga, Milan; 39-02/798-345.


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