Some of the best style guides are in the pages of novels. Take "The Orient Express," Gregor von Rezzori's last book. Loot thought it might be useful and fun to reduce the author’s painstaking literary labors to a depraved shopping list.
In the book, an aging businessman consumed by ennui has boarded the newly refurbished Orient Express and begun to size up his fellow passengers. The following is his assessment of the youngest member of a British family that has doddered into the dining car.
He had the immediate elegance of a Rolls- Royce salesman, and everything about him observed the same standards of quality. One got a whiff of his Floris eau de toilette without its being obtrusive; his hair, chestnut brown except for the snow at the temples, shone from the brisk strokes of Asprey brushes; his chalk-striped suit betrayed the master hand of Huntsman; beneath it, snow-white Turnbull & Asser linen was discreetly visible; his shoes came from the workshop of Lobb. He was just as much a walking testimonial for trademarked consumer articles as any wearer of becrocodiled polo shirts, Levi's jeans, or Adidas shoes; but his status symbols were more esoteric, legible only to the eyes of richer initiates.
Where to Buy It
Floris eau de toilette: $115
89 Jermyn St., St. James's, London SW1Y 6JH
Telephone: 020 7930 2885
Asprey Brushes: The only brushes now available at Asprey are their children's brushes, which retail for $355. Asprey brushes regularly come up at auction, though. A set at Bonham's is estimated to sell for $2,000 to $3,000 in New York on April 25th.
853 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021
Huntsman Bespoke Suit: Men's two-piece suits start at $7,000
H Huntsman & Sons
11 Savile Row, London, W1S 3PS
020 7734 7441
Turnbull & Asser shirt: Starting at approximately $335
Turnbull & Asser
50 E 57th St., New York, NY 10022
Lobb shoes: Starting at approximately $1,265
800 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065