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It was nice to step into Barneys on Madison Avenue after all of the glitz and glory at Fashion Week. Greeted by the smiles of the employees and the expensive Italian leather smell of the accessories section, we were happy to be back in our native environment: retail. Nonetheless, the goal of today was (unfortunately) not window shopping. Our eyes were set on the new SartoriaLUST display in the men's section on the third floor.
Compiled by The Sartorialist himself, Scott Schuman, the pop-up shop is created with the sophisticated man in mind. Schuman hand-picked items from the department store that went with his vision of timeless style. Among his most selected designers were names like Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, APC, and Ralph Lauren. Scarves were elegant knits in sophisticated plaids by the brand RODA (starting at $175), and the ties on display were by Petronius, starting at $165. Two-button blazers are suiting the Sartorialist's taste these days, and so are double-breasted jackets. Our favorite pieces were those with attitude; Phillip Lim and Neil Barrett's leather jackets were nice surprises, and so was the cotton t-shirt (even if it was $165).
The book ($25) is definitely a worthy read: plenty of information from a venerated style-source. And the SartoriaLUST line was exactly what you would expect: fine leather on bags, adorable handkerchiefs, and some exquisite scarves. Although we may not opt for sporting $95 cotton boxers anytime soon, the bags are a worthy investment. The mini messenger (in a rich orange color) was $595, and one briefcase-looking shoulder bag also caught our eye (for $1,095). Certainly, prices are high, but the value lies in the attention to detail and timeless sophistication for which the Sartorialist is famous. Overall, the line is luxury, and we may just resign to doing exactly what the name says we should: LUST.—Phillip Picardi
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