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House of Maus

Brioni jeans

Izzy just returned from a wonderful holiday in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, where he made sure to visit the finest men’s shops Florida offers. Among those stores was Maus & Hoffman, which since 1940 has been specializing in materials and colors appropriate to tropical sun and swamp-like humidity. The sort of place that offers trousers in every shade of sherbet, they even carry dungarees made by Brioni, suitmaker to James Bond. If one must wear jeans, they might as well be this luxurious.

Refugee Chic

refugee chic

Perhaps Izzy is reading to much into this fashion show, but is he right to see more than a hint of children-immigrating-for-their-lives, a la The Sound of Music?

Nuts

glittery Mister Peanut

Mr. Peanut gets competitive with silver Jordan almonds.

Wide Society

really wide tie

New York Social Diary is a useful way to gawk at Gotham’s high society. Without it, Izzy might never have seen a tie so wide it’s virtually a well-knotted scarf.

Conspicuous Consumption

Joseph Schumpeter

The Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter, who popularized the the idea of “creative destruction,” notoriously once claimed:

Early in life I had three ambitions. I wanted to be the greatest economist in the world, the greatest horseman in Austria, and the best lover in Vienna. Well, I never became the greatest horseman in Austria.

Who knows whether Schumpeter lived up to his boasts, but the photograph on the cover of a new biography does prove that he was at least the most dapper economist in the world, and conceivably the most arrogant.

The Law of Non-Contradiction

Jude Law in micro collar

As a matter of principle, Izzy objects to Jude Law’s micro collar and sliver of a tie. But at the very least they should have been complemented by a shorter jacket sleeve.

A Case of the Blahs

Badgley Mischka

Due to their unadorned dark suits and white shirts, Izzy finds designer duo Messrs. Badgley and Mischka guilty of inciting boredom.

An Officer and a Generalissimo

Elton John in uniform

On their way to what the British call a fancy dress party, Elton John’s significant other does a fine imitation of a dutiful Marine, while Sir Elton himself conjures a tin-pot dictator. Izzy is shocked to find such a display of honesty in attire.

The Well-Traveled Weekender

Kaufman.Stanley Switzerland bag

Izzy finds something enticing about this bag’s juxtaposition of suede with a purple patina leather. For the adventurous only, it’s crafted by Kaufmann.Stanley Switzerland, which is of London oddly enough.

Gone Batty

cricket haircut

First it was soccer that was inspiring topiary hairdos; now it’s cricket. In so many ways, however, it’s just not cricket.

Wings of Desire

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Izzy recently discovered Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont, whose online store has the greatest selection of handmade bow ties he has ever seen. Not only do they have an impressively wide choice of styles and fabrics, but the ties can be ordered in widths ranging from very slimline to butterfly.

Gross Indeceny

A little old Jewish lady is walking home after leaving work in New York’s Garment District. A man in a trenchcoat approaches her, blocking her path. Suddenly, he opens his coat, exposing himself.

She peers forward intently and says, “You call THAT a lining?”