Crocodile Dandies

James T. Murray

Tough-skinned accessories that make a statement.

The most classic men’s furnishings are getting exotic. Take the Gucci horsebit loafer in terracotta croc ($1,850;, introduced this year to honor the 60th anniversary of the iconic style. Or turn to New York fashion designer Nigel Curtiss for customization. His Dopp kit ($5,500;, shown here in a rich oxblood alligator, can be created in practically any color, using gold-plated or titanium zippers and your choice of pocket size and lining material (mink is an option). The document holder (price upon request; in striking blue matte croc from Zagliani Atelier, the bespoke arm of the Italian brand founded in 1947, was handmade in its workshop in Milan. Choose from 60 shades of crocodile, python, ostrich or galuchat, and if that’s not personalized enough, monogramming is also available.