Is this the end for the banker’s suit?
We live in an increasingly dressed-down world, with Silicon Valley’s laid-back style spreading to the finance hubs of New York, London, and Hong Kong. In June, J.P. Morgan began allowing employees to wear business-casual attire (with the caveat that “if you’re seeing a client, you should dress for that client”). And while I’m relatively certain that 270 Park Avenue hasn’t suddenly transformed into a backyard barbecue, there’s something notable about the largest U.S. bank giving the okay to a polo instead of a pinstripe.
With this in mind, we present our fall fashion issue, which brings the best of a range of formality, from a shearling bomber jacket to polka dot ties to, yes, a double-breasted, custom Italian suit.
Your clothing should, of course, reflect your personality. Our cover star, Ewan McGregor, has a passion for motorcycles, so we’ve dressed him accordingly—a sleek leather jacket by Tom Ford, lace-up boots by Tod’s, Illesteva sunglasses that have a whiff of James Bond. At 45, McGregor is entering a new phase of his career; his directorial debut, American Pastoral, premieres in October. Yet when it comes to riding, the star’s enthusiasm remains youthful. “I’ve never gotten over that I’m allowed to do it,” he told our car columnist, Hannah Elliott.
A leather jacket has a time and place. So does a made-to-order masterpiece. To that end, we sent writer David Coggins to Italy for a bespoke adventure. He visited the legendary Naples atelier Rubinacci, which creates luxurious custom suits in just a week. The house style is a more relaxed fit with softer shoulders, and the process takes three fittings and 54 man-hours. The craftsmanship of the final product shows the effort, and you’ll look better for it. So while you may be able to wear a polo to work, should you? As Tom Ford says, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.”
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