Chic

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? 

The Rake, May 2011: ALAN FLUSSER CUSTOM

The Rake, May 2011: ALAN FLUSSER CUSTOM

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