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Perhaps resembling an extra from an Alexander Payne film while running the loop in Central Park isn’t your thing. But for the rest of us, there’s Tracksmith, a Massachusetts-based maker of sporty and yet, somehow, dressed-up leggings, baselayers, and outerwear that just might get you by the doorman at the Knickerbocker. I discovered this brand in London, of all places; they recently opened a pop-up shop across the street from the Shreeji newsstand (a collaboration with Air Mail). After impulse buying and then test-driving a Van Cortlandt undershirt and matching shorts, I’m going back for more. A waffle-knit merino polo, perhaps? ($68 for the singlet; $68 for the shorts) —Ashley Baker


Bulgari x Save the Children

For the past 15 years, Bulgari has teamed up with Save the Children to support dozens of long-term initiatives that provide food, medication, and educational services to millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. Now, to celebrate this milestone, the house has released a new pendant necklace (and a #WithMeWithYou campaign to accompany it), inspired by Bulgari’s signature B.zero1 Rock collection. Its key feature is a round pendant punctuated by metallic studs and stamped with the NGO’s logo. For every piece sold from the Bulgari x Save the Children collection, around $100 will be sent to the charity, ensuring that the good work will continue well into the next phase of this formidable partnership. ($760, —Ashley Baker


Le Prince Jardinier

Is there anything worse than asking someone where he or she procured an item of clothing, only to be told, “Oh, this little store in Europe”? Well, eyes are rolling all around the world because I’ve now become one of those people. Last time I was in Paris, I popped into Deyrolle, the taxidermy shop on Rue du Bac, and was delighted to stumble upon this gilet from Le Prince Jardinier. I typically avoid outerwear of the sleeveless variety; my arms are not my best feature, and, in my mind, vests should be reserved for those who work in finance. Yet this is not your typical vest. The herringbone fabric is sublime, the interior has multiple secure pockets (perfect for a passport or notebook), and the Mao collar will have you looking more like an aristocrat and less like a Midtown East office drone. Everywhere I go, I’m asked where it’s from. And I don’t even have to crush any dreams, thanks to international shipping. I might even order a cotton version for spring. ($233, —Michael Pescuma


True Believer

American political life has its tragedies, and the 1960s brims with them. Take Hubert Humphrey, the crusading young mayor of Minneapolis in the 1940s who became a segregation-busting senator in the 1950s and helped pass the Civil Rights Act. He had the misfortune of serving as Lyndon B. Johnson’s vice president, a role in which he was not only constantly belittled by his boss but that tied him irretrievably to the Vietnam War. Humphrey’s loss to Richard Nixon for the White House, in 1968, should have swept him into history’s bin, but as James Traub argues in his perceptive and beautifully written new biography, True Believer, Humphrey’s return to the Senate, in 1970, opened a new crusade for economic justice that he hoped would win back the blue-collar voters who had deserted the Democratic Party. It is a prescription since embraced by the Bill Clintons and Joe Bidens of the world, but Humphrey got there first. ($42, —Jim Kelly



Everyone is wondering whether or not Taylor Swift will make it to Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium to cheer on her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, at the Super Bowl tomorrow night after her concert in Tokyo today. But few people are wondering what she’ll wear. Perhaps it’s because they don’t have to. Cookie Cohen, the creator behind @youbelonginthis—a personal-styling Instagram parody account with nearly 20K followers—has already done the heavy lifting. Dedicated to transforming Swift’s real-life, less glamorous looks into curated haute couture ensembles, Cohen has crafted several options for the big day. As an unabashed Swiftie, Cohen invites fellow fans into an alternate universe where Taylor effortlessly flaunts Versace dresses paired with Jimmy Choo shoes. As a playful sign-off on her reels, Cohen always adds, “Please, Taylor, call me!” I second that. ( —Carolina de Armas


Mystery Ranch

If you work a desk job, you probably shouldn’t be carrying a backpack to the office. They tend to convey a “Just get me to the weekend” vibe. But while camping and hiking, there’s no substitute for a backpack that you can slip on and forget about. For that reason, you come to appreciate those that are thoughtfully designed and constructed—as charming as an old canvas rucksack might seem, if you try to put anything heavier than a change of clothes in one, you risk slipping a disk. That’s where Bozeman, Montana–based Mystery Ranch comes in. The company makes packs for hotshot firefighters, soldiers, and serious hunters but also has the slightly less daring among us in mind. Theirs is a classic nylon hiking backpack that can hold up to 150 pounds and opens on the back rather than at the top, so you can easily get to those granola bars that have slid to the bottom without having to empty the bag. And in case you’re hauling around a particularly large load, the pack separates from its frame so you can strap on bulky items without sacrificing space inside. Just don’t try to bring it into the office or your colleagues might look at you strangely. ($399, —Nathan King

Issue No. 239
February 10, 2024
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Issue No. 239
February 10, 2024