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E. M. Reitz

Erin Reitz has spent the past 20 years in the fashion industry as an in-house designer for many brands we know and love, such as Alabama Chanin. Now she has set out on her own with E. M. Reitz, a smart collection of women’s shirting (and the occasional shirtdress) that is handmade in New York City’s Garment District. The style names are evocative—the Tailor’s Tunic, Baker’s Apprentice, A Clear Day—and the designs of these 100 percent cotton pieces are highly detailed and ever so slightly unexpected. There’s a lot to love; a soft shoulder here, a wide sleeve there, plus the occasional nips and tucks of pleating. Our current favorite is Lunch at Quo Vadis, a tapered, collarless French tuck finished with elegant double buttons. It’s so good, either on its own or under a single-button blazer, that we’ve been forced to inform the less inspired shirts in our closet that their services are no longer required. ($540, —Ashley Baker


L’Altra Gloria

Around 2010, Emanuele Della Valle, a creative director, asked a then 19-year-old Diana Louise Bartlett to shoot a campaign for Tod’s. She said no. A student at Parsons School of Design, Bartlett said she was “not quite ready to take on consequential projects,” and offhandedly asked Della Valle to come back to her in a decade. Bartlett went on to work with brands such as Hermès, Chanel, and Miu Miu, among many others, and, almost exactly 10 years later, Della Valle got back in touch. They came up with a different photography project: L’Altra Gloria. Imagined as a love letter to Le Marche, the hilly, central region of Italy where Della Valle was born, the photography book, shot by Bartlett, offers intimate looks at locals in a region that “hasn’t branded its Italian-ness to the world,” as Bartlett puts it. The stunning book, published by Della Valle, is the first of many that the two intend to make. ($34, —Jensen Davis


Sid Mashburn

Sid Mashburn (the man) has long been one of the best-dressed individuals in the retail-fashion world, thanks in part to his ability to effortlessly blend the best of East Coast prep with sprezzatura. For years, his eponymous store in Atlanta has held a special place in the hearts of the style-conscious—it’s a shop not to simply buy clothes but to be inspired. So it’s no wonder that New Yorkers in the know have been beating a path to Mashburn’s new Manhattan outpost, located just steps from the Carlyle hotel. There’s a great selection on hand, but I recommend the Sid Mashburn Slim Straight 5-Pocket Pant in timber corduroy. They have the durability of the Levi’s cords of the 70s and 80s, but are cut with greater care and in a softer fabric. Even better, they might be the most versatile pant you can get, as they are as comfortable as jeans but have a bit more polish. They pair well with a sweater or a sport coat. (Sid has plenty of those too.) You’ll find they will soon become a wardrobe essential. ($150, —Michael Hainey


Officine Universelle Buly

Officine Universelle Buly’s Baume des Muses is no ordinary lip balm. Made with only natural, plant-based ingredients (shea butter, plum-kernel oil, and rice bran, among others), the reparative formula is a tonic for both the lips and the eyes, thanks to the elegant boîte in which it arrives. Small enough to slip into any purse or pocket, it’s coated in leather-like paper, available in a wide range of tones and textures, from marbled marmalade to pebbled periwinkle. For no added cost, have le petit plaisir hand-embossed with the gilded letters of your choosing. Should you find yourself in Paris, stop by the apothecary’s Left Bank boutique, where you can also indulge in tortoiseshell combs and ceramic-bottled bath milks. ($26.50, —Zoe Ruffner



Scrolling through unaffordable real estate has long been a passion of the millennial set. There is something sadistically and voyeuristically satisfying about it. It’s part of the reason the Modern House, a U.K.-based agency that lists only the most sumptuously styled and architecturally significant homes, has been such a success. In 2005, school friends Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill took their enthusiasm for design and turned it into a hugely successful business. It’s also why they’re expanding their brief by venturing into historic country homes via a second agency, Inigo. What is perhaps most refreshing about both businesses is that they are not always about the largest or most expensive properties. Instead, the duo is more interested in uncovering hidden gems, with no thatched-roofed cottage or coach house left unturned. ( —Bridget Arsenault


Roger Vivier

We’re going to avoid the Great Ugg Debate, at least for now. But we can’t deny the reality that shearling-lined slip-on boots are considered winter essentials for those who live in (or frequent) colder climates. The Viv Snow boots from Roger Vivier tick all those boxes. They’re made from water-resistant, crinkled patent leather, and their rubber soles are game for whatever precipitation is headed their way. The rhinestone-encrusted buckle, a house signature, adds the right amount of flair. And the soft shearling lining ensures that these boots can be slipped on and off with abandon. They’re great for walking the dog, wandering around Saint-Moritz, or simply shuffling right along at home. ($1,695; —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 182
January 7, 2023
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Issue No. 182
January 7, 2023