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“I try not to think of my time at the restaurant as work. Amaranth feels more like a big dinner party with friends. So I always wear a blazer and prefer Domenico Vacca and Luigi Borrelli. They are both cut in the Neapolitan style with a soft shoulder—it’s elegant but not too formal.” Domenico Vacca, 212-759-6333. Luigi Borrelli, 212-644-9610.
“I still have not found tapered tailored pants in America. When I’m back home in Como, I stock up at a store called York. In New York I buy Incotex or Borrelli trousers and fix them. Or Loro Piana. The tailor there, Umberto Carluccio, gets it exactly right.” York, 9 Via Giocondo Albertolli, Como, Italy; 39-031/278-041. Incotex at Barneys New York, 212-826-8900. Loro Piana, 821 Madison Ave.; 212-980-7961.
“When I’m not working, I trade my trousers for Ralph Lauren jeans and my shoes for vintage Frye boots or Adidas SL 72 Starsky & Hutch sneakers. And maybe a pair of Ray-Ban aviators.” Boots, What Comes Around Goes Around, 212-343-9303. Sneakers, adidas.com.
One Perfect Thing
“The only jewelry I ever wear is a watch. My latest is a vintage Rolex with a red face that I got at Barneys.” 660 Madison Ave.; 212-826-8900.
Tying the Knot
“I am very particular about my ties. I like the 7-Fold by Domenico Vacca with a big knot, worn—always—very loose at the collar.”
Amaranth is located at 21 East 62nd Street, New York (212-980-6700).