Made For You, October 2013

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The “Made for You” section celebrates those items that are created with such high quality of hand workmanship and degree of customization that they become individual to you.

In each issue, our editors will endeavor to bring you special things from anywhere on the globe, choosing them solely on the basis of outstanding quality. Our goal is to give you guidance on the best of everything.


Rat Pack Wear—Harris Reiss Ltd.

You don’t usually see the custom workmanship of made-to-measure shot full of attitude, but Harris Reiss, inspired by a viewing of Ocean’s 11, came up with a thin-lapel, high-gorge suit that he is tentatively calling the Dino. The combination of features, plus a well-executed fitting make for a slimming effect. The cloth is a Super 110 called Filarte, which tailors extremely well. Reiss counsels solid or muted patterns, but you can have it any way you want. After all it’s custom. 646-431-9342

Food for Thought—Modernist Cuisine

We’d say that The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, the coffee table book for gourmands, is a great zero-calorie way to enjoy food, except that we suspect the scrumptious photos inside will have most readers wandering off to the pantry for something real to eat. The photos in this tome are not only beautiful, but thought-provoking with their intricate, close-up views of the things we eat from inside and out, and even when they’re still in the ground (e.g., a crosscut photo of root vegetables).

Skyfall Jewelry—David Yurman

Stone collecting is the obsession of Evan Yurman, design director for the David Yurman men’s collection and some of his latest pieces take it to an out-of-this-world level. The Meteorite Collection includes rings, cuff links, bracelets and tags made from the Gibeon Meteorite, a stone that fell from the sky in prehistoric Namibia. However, the designer also works in materials of decidedly more modern origin as in the Carbon Fiber collection, with its aerospace and automotive materials. The Black Titanium collection uses gemstones such as black diamonds, black onyx and color-change garnets.

Under the Umbrella—Ghurka

A gentleman should always be prepared for any circumstance. The Ghurka Newport Umbrella (no relation to the cigar company of the same name) is an intriguing take on the classic brolly; the three-piece design allows you to swap out the standard handle for an extended piece, complete with stake, for shading loved ones from the sun on a picnic or staking your claim to a rain-free zone while leaving your hands free for other pursuits. The umbrellas, assembled by hand in Italy, are stately and impressive, and come with a carrying case.

Getting Air—Adams Tight Lies

Adams Tight Lies, created in 1995, became a golf industry legend. Today the company has redesigned the hybrid clubs, designed to dig a golf ball from unfriendly territory and get it to the green from around 200 yards away. The new Tight Lies Fairway Woods ($249) features a new, deep channel cut through the head of the club, boosting the trampoline effect of the face and resulting in increased distance. The clubs look slim, long and stylish, and come in lofts of 16, 7 and 5 degrees.

Vintage Rovers—West Coast Defender

Land Rovers have been made for decades, and there’s an undeniable charm and affection for vintage models. To combine history with modern luxury, West Coast Defender takes old Land Rovers and recreates them with posh interiors and modern amenities. Founded by a lifelong Rover enthusiast, the company searches out old Defenders, restoring the old engines and adding navigation systems, leather interiors, Bluetooth, heated seats and sound systems. The company can customize the color to your choosing.

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