Made For You

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.



Personal Flyer—Icon Aircraft

Looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer? How about a personal aircraft? The Icon A5 ($189,000), a two-seat amphibious plane that lands and takes off on land or water, is a sci-fi dream come true. With limited payload, it’s more like a sports car, but the wings fold up, so you can tow it with your car and stow it in your garage. Easy to fly—with a spin-resistant frame—it also has a parachute that softly lands the entire plane if things really go wrong.


Well Shod—Ferragamo Tramezza

The most prestigious line in Salvatore Ferragamo men’s footwear—Tramezza—just got better. Now you can purchase the top of the line shoes, with their elegant styling and premium materials, on a custom basis. Ferragamo Tramezza Made to Order program recently opened in all Ferragamo stores and offers an online option. As well as choosing from a wide range of new styles, customers can select such custom options as material, color and buckle finish, along with personalized lettering on the sole.


Bucolic Biking—DuVine

Forty miles in a day on a bike isn’t always easy. A gorgeous setting salves the sting, as does fine wine. Gourmet food at the finish line makes it a vacation. Such is the concept of Andy Levine’s DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. Founded in 1996, DuVine leads tours throughout the world, with an emphasis on such wine regions as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany and Napa. The trips are high luxury: you show up, DuVine takes care of the rest, providing top bikes like Cannondale, luxe lodging and great food and wine at the end of the trail. Opt for the shorter or longer courses on each day, depending on your ability—and how much amarone you enjoyed the night before.


Princely Pants—Galvin Green Ventil8

Galvin Green Ventil8 slacks might be the most comfortable pair of pants you’ll ever wear on a golf course, and with that ease comes a great deal of style. Made of ultralight, moisture-wicking high-tech fabrics, the trousers give as you bend down to read a putt, but maintain their sharp look through 18 or even 36 holes, despite the conditions. These slim-cut pants are made to keep you looking good—even as you slice your drive out of bounds on the right.


The Caviar Hierarchy—Sturgeon

Do you prefer the flavors of young, freshly fished caviar or the marine austerity of an aged, refined caviar? If you’re not sure, Sturgeon’s Sturia collection can acquaint you with all grades of these edible pearls ranging from its Apprentice level to its Connoisseur line. The French company raises its sturgeons for eight years in fish farms fed by natural streams in France’s Gironde and Charente-Maritime regions. The eggs are then harvested and delicately salted for caviar with perfect balance and distinction no matter the age. Sturgeon will even deliver it to your home.


Taking The Air—Chevalier Wine Glasses

Because concentrated wines need to open up before being served, it’s wise to decant ahead of time to let them breathe. Because we don’t always plan ahead, we have aerators. Because the process can always use a bit of theater, we suggest the Chevalier in-glass aerator. It contains a glass within the glass into which you pour the wine. Tiny holes in the pre-glass act as spouts, allowing the wine to cascade into the main glass and catch air immediately before you drink up ($64 a pair, $75 with cedar gift box).

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