As the editor of a luxury magazine, I’m inundated with news about the most over-the-top products. Diamond-encrusted shoes; $50,000 headphones; a $317 million yacht with two helipads and three iguanas (for sale now!). So it’s refreshing to meet someone like Tomas Maier, the creative director of both global giant Bottega Veneta and his own boutique namesake label, which focuses on upscale weekend wear for men and women. Maier, profiled by writer Drake Bennett, is all about understatement. In his work he avoids trends, and at home he wears a uniform of dark jeans, white button-downs, and simple sweaters—“I would rather sit and read the paper for 10 minutes longer than figure out some elaborate outfit,” he says. Maier believes that one’s personality, rather than his clothing, should be the main attraction.
Maier’s minimalism is admirable; on the other hand, what’s the harm in a little overindulgence? Our cover subject, director Zack Snyder, creates colorful, fantastical comic book movies. He’s a tattooed workout end and personally demonstrates stunts to his cast. During his interview with writer Devin Leonard, Snyder wore a floral shirt, gray vest, and jeans. On someone else the ensemble might not have worked—the clothes wearing the man, etc. But on Snyder, whose favorite word is “awesome,” the combo felt just right.
For most of us, life lands somewhere between reading the paper and showing Batman how to jump off a building. Our aim at Bloomberg Pursuits is to bring you a bit of both—elegance and exuberance; smart spending and that extravagant splurge. For inspiration, check out six glorious watches, or just look at Snyder’s Aston Martin on the cover. He’s got a collection of them—you can start with one.
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