The iconic 80s power look Alan created for Gordon Gekko in Wall Street has aged remarkably well — probably because it was well-aged to begin with.
The Anglo-American special relationship in silk has a third, less well-known Continental acquaintance: the Arny’s tie. The signature namesake of what had been since 1933 one of Paris’ most whimsical and storied men’s boutiques, these ties carry decadently bold stripes two or three times wider than those found on their English-speaking cousins.
Perhaps best defined as “fashionably refined with a soupçon of Francophone attitude,” chic is a somewhat suspect virtue for many male dressers precisely because we tend to eschew fashion. This aversion usually takes the benevolent form of avoiding designer trends, fetishizing what we hope is timelessness, and methodically assembling fine classic wardrobes like so many blue chip stock portfolios. Sometimes, however, this anti-fashion attitude can carry a sharper edge, becoming a curmudgeonly, even reactionary rejection of stylishness itself. Who are you trying to impress in that black suit?
Over the past 25 years, Alan Flusser’s journey in the custom clothing business can be neatly summarized by his changing taste in footwear. Flusser used to wear brown suede shoes almost exclusively, whereas today he’s most likely to wear Belgian Shoes that are as black as a moonless midnight. By Christian Chensvold
I had tried my best. I wore the chalk-stripe suit. But the verdict was that the shoulders were both too narrow and unnecessarily padded. It turned out that my shirt collar was too low for someone with a long neck. And the one-and-a-half-inch trouser cuffs were deemed meager for someone 6 foot 2 with size 11 feet.