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WHETHER THEY SPEND THEIR DAYS FINESSING MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR PORTFOLIOS, COOKING UP NEW RECIPES OR ROMANCING DAMSELS IN DISTRESS ON TV, THIS YEAR’S SARTORIAL SUPERLATIVES SHOW US THAT STYLE SUCCESS CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED WITH INDIVIDUALITY, CONFIDENCE AND A COMMITMENT TO QUALITY IN YOUR CORNER. Pink linen suit and loafers by ANGEL | BESPOKE, T-shirt by Burberry, and watch by IWC Schaffhausen. Bespoke Montecristi hat was handmade in Ecuador. ANGEL RAMOS THE SARTORIALIST We might call it style or taste, but Angel Ramos calls it sprezzatura. Head of the ANGEL | BESPOKE brand, the 34-year-old Ramos worships at the altar of tailors, and his chosen profession couldn’t be more intertwined with his day-to-day life. “Like me, my customer is a menswear enthusiast who desires and favors classic tailoring,” says Ramos. “He’s not only commissioning me for a suit, but he’s also asking me to help create a whole lifestyle, if you think about it.” It’s not hard to see why: Ramos’ suits (which take six to eight weeks to complete and are priced from $3,000 to $6,000) are a true labor of love, handmade by artisanal tailors with Italian and English threads. This dedication to fashion is nothing new to the Brooklyn-born designer, who launched his company in Miami in 2012. Selected as an Esquire Best Dressed Real Man in America in 2010, Ramos defines his personal style as heavily Neapolitan-influenced with a dash of Americana. Though the former minor league slugger often sports RETROSUPERFUTURE eyewear and IWC Schaffhausen timepieces, and pulls inspiration from designers such as Thom Browne and Brunello Cucinelli, as well as style icon Nick Wooster, he’s quick to note that big-name labels take a back seat to finely tailored garments. “Without the proper fit, nothing works,” he adds. “That’s all there is to it.” True to his word, indeed. Angelbespoke.Com ON HIS STYLE “The clothes I wear allow me to hold my weight everywhere I find myself—from a business meeting to a lunch with friends. Tailored and elegant is my mantra, and even in the hottest of Miami days, I strive to wear looks that are always on point.” Linen tuxedo jacket by Dolce & Gabbana, lapel pin by Fleur’d Pins, light pink tuxedo shirt by Burberry, bow tie by Brioni, black tuxedo pants by Hugo Boss, and Diagono steel-and-rubber watch by Bulgari KHOTAN FERNANDEZ THE LEADING MAN “I’m an actor, so I’ve learned how clothes make you behave a certain way,” says Khotan Fernandez. “For example, putting on different types of shoes might influence you to walk a certain way. It may sound odd, but I’m serious.” The Mexico-born Fernandez would know, having worn everything from period costumes to modern-day formalwear throughout his career. After starring in a variety of Spanish-speaking productions, Fernandez, who also dabbles in painting, is now focusing on American TV roles. He was a regular on USA’s Royal Pains and was recently tapped to co-star in Epix’s first-ever scripted series, Graves, alongside Nick Nolte and Sela Ward, set to premiere this summer. Whether he’s playing a suave love interest or a rugged bad boy, the 42-year-old Fernandez’s off-camera style stays true to his “Latin joie de vivre,” as he calls it, which is heavily inspired by the city he calls home. “Living in Miami, you wake up and see an unbelievable sunrise and the beautiful sea,” he says. “It’s impossible for that not to influence you, and for me, that means more color in my wardrobe.” Oh, and what color: Fernandez’s closet includes a regular rotation of brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Alexander McQueen, Rag & Bone and Michael Bastian. But it’s not about making a statement with hefty price tags. “Expensive clothing isn’t a shortcut to being stylish,” he adds. “A $15 T-shirt can look sharp if it’s the right fit. I mean, look back at David Bowie’s daring choices; at Salvador Dalí’s bravura. My favorite piece of advice is by Vivienne Westwood: ‘Buy less, choose well, make it last.’” Sounds like sage advice to us. Khotanstudios.com ON HIS STYLE “When it comes to fashion, I’ve made mistakes by listening to other people’s opinions over my own. Then I’ve seen the photos two weeks later and thought: What was I thinking? I’ve learned not to bow to trends anymore... and to trust myself.” Jacket by Burberry Prorsum, shirt and pants by Burberry, and shoes by Lanvin CRAIG KOKETSU THE GOURMET Chef and restaurateur Craig Koketsu approaches his fashion the same way he does his food: classic with a twist. “There has to be something that’s fun about what I’m wearing, something that makes it slightly off and interesting,” says the 45-year-old partner of Quality Meats. “It’s the ability to put my own spin on those classics that I enjoy most, which is the same approach I take with my cuisine.” We wouldn’t expect less from a man known to incorporate corn creme brulee into his menus. Busy overseeing Quality Meats locations in Miami Beach and New York (as well as Quality Italian, set to open in Denver later this year), Koketsu also requires functionality from his wardrobe. “My travel schedule is quite intense and I’m in and out of places all the time, so I need clothes that are utilitarian and can get me through the day no matter where I am,” he says, noting that garments from A.P.C., England-made boots by Tricker’s and Rolex watches can take the heat in the hottest and most chaotic of kitchens, and easily transition from site inspections to business meetings. In his own time, Prada is a must for more formal matters, while the edgy appeal of Maison Margiela suits him just fine for more laid-back pursuits. For advice, Koketsu is quick to admit he often turns to his wife, designer Juliana Cho—after all, the two co-own the boutique Annelore in Manhattan, so style runs thick in the family. “The way I see it, fashion is meant to last and resist trends,” he adds. “It’s about feeling good in what you’re wearing.” qualitybranded.com ON HIS STYLE “For me, dressing up is a special time. It’s my opportunity to present myself to the world outside of the kitchen, so I tend to gravitate toward brands that have a great sense of history and garments with superior craftsmanship.” Bespoke navy shawl tuxedo jacket by Vitale Barberis Canonico, shirt by Tom Ford, tie by Stefano Ricci, white jeans by J Brand, and shoes by Magnanni OTI ROBERTS THE POWER PLAYER Financial advisor Oti Roberts’ work life is rather unpredictable. One day he’s in the office crunching numbers and figuring out investments, while the next he might find himself on a yacht in Europe closing a multimillion-dollar deal before jetting off to a gala. The way the managing director at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management sees it, he has to dress for the unexpected. “My job gives me a passport to experience different things,” says Roberts, whose team works with ultrahigh net-worth families with $100 million and up in assets. “But, no matter where I’m at, I like to keep things simple.” Anyone who’s seen Roberts sport a doublebreasted tuxedo at many of Miami’s most prevalent fundraisers and balls knows that “simple” is open to interpretation... and never boring. A self-proclaimed James Bond fanatic with an unabashed fondness for Tom Ford garments and custom pieces, the 36-year-old reveals that the man who influenced his dressing proclivities the most was one who never ran a fashion house or took bows at runway shows. “It was my father, who was an oral surgeon in Nigeria, and he instilled in me a belief in quality above all else,” he adds. “I remembered a pair of Bally shoes that he had for 25 years! He kept getting them re-soled because he loved their construction so much. That always stayed with me. To this day, I still wear his ties and have my tailor construct my suits exactly the way he wore them.” After all, why mess with perfection? Db.com ON HIS STYLE “I know it’s not much of a style mantra, but here it is: I like to wear things that I feel comfortable in and inspire me to feel good. That’s all there is to it.” Vintage wool jacket and T-shirt by Giorgio Armani, techno jersey pants by Emporio Armani, loafers by Church’s, and vintage gold watch by Rolex DANILO DI MICHELE THE AESTHETE In the world of high design, looking the part is as important as selling the lines. That’s why it’s not surprising that Danilo Di Michele, the 51-year-old president of DDM (an advertising, public relations and branding firm that represents some of the world’s most luxurious furniture brands in Miami and much of the United States), doesn’t ever take his wardrobe for granted. “At our offices, an elegant dress code is mandatory,” says Di Michele. “And by elegant, I don’t mean over the top or serious. It’s much more subtle than that.” Translation: Well put together, edited and always tailored. Professional skills aside, Di Michele’s approach has worked out well for him. He’s even caught the eye of the mighty Milan Furniture Fair (known as Salone), the behemoth furniture trade show that takes place every April and which this year tapped him to be its representative for all American press. Seeing him glide confidently through the Design District, it’s not hard to see why. His fashion finesse—aided by labels like Prada, Allegri, Ermenegildo Zegna and Berluti—is effortless. But, of all the Italian brands in his arsenal (and there are many), there’s a particular one that resonates the most with him: “If I could, I would present myself in Armani from head to toe every single day of my life,” he says with a laugh. “I admire the label’s mix of simple style and high quality because that’s the same approach I strive to deliver to every one of my clients.” ddmadvertising.com ON HIS STYLE “For me, less is more when it comes to dressing. That does not mean not trying. It means quality. I need to feel and relate to the clothing and its quality of production before I make it part of my wardrobe.”
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