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Rat Pack Fever

  When the 125-year-old Chicago-based retailer (and Obama suit maker) Hart Schaffner Marx wanted to refresh its look, its designers took cues from the company’s own history. Once the brand of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, HSM brings back their timeless silhouette (think thinner lapels and flat-front trousers) with the launch of the American Modern … Read more

Beard BeGone

Jim Wetzel, co-owner (with former Jake partner Lance Lawson) of the upscale general store Space519, searched high and low for an inexpensive product that could deliver a close, irritation-free shave. Men, meet Cremo Cream ($10), an air-free formula that lets nothing but highly emollient lubricating conditioners get between you and the razor’s edge. Available at … Read more

All Teched Out

Balani Custom Clothiers (balanicustom.com) goes high-tech when its second Loop location celebrates its grand opening on September 15th. The new storefront at 55 West Monroe Street lets walk-ins take all the what-ifs out of the designing process: Customers can manipulate digital “lookbooks” at iPad stations to uncover what works best for them. Want to know … Read more

Auction Packed

On September 16th, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers (1338 W. Lake St.; lesliehindman.com) kicks off its largest-ever vintage couture and accessories auction, featuring more than 700 lots of rare designer pieces. The big-ticket items? A covetable wardrobe selection from the late Eunice Johnson, cofounder of Ebony magazine, including the fashion icon’s sharp Mario Valentino faux leopard pony-hair … Read more

Build-A-Coat

Couture meets utilitarianism with the Cube, MaxMara’s new frigid-weather hybrid. The Italian line’s ingenious invention features a flock of add-on accessories (fox and mink collars and cuffs, belts, hoods, and shrugs) for a reversible parka available in four lengths and six colors. Bonus: The coat’s sumptuous Siberian goose down filling is so microcompressible it easily … Read more