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life design music photography home us film art fashion global notes archive links VHCLE MAN Hardy Amies said that “accessories should be more expensive than your basic [outfit], which, in this way, can achieve some reflected glory from them.” Few of us will ever be able to purchase a $3000+ bespoke suit, but by purchasing quality accessories you can add a layer of polish and elegance to an otherwise unremarkable outfit. By choosing items that are both stylistically dynamic as well as well-constructed, you aren’t simply making purchases, but rather investing in items that should last for years to come, not just a season or two. I try to choose items that are interesting, but not garish or overcomplicated. You want to turn heads, not stomachs. Here are some of my personal favorites that will allow you to experience the finer things in life without completely breaking your bank. A / FORAGE BOW TIES
Forage bow ties are made by hand in Philadelphia in very small quantities, so you don’t have to worry about running into someone wearing the same one as you. But you do need to snatch them up if you see one that you like.   E / MAGLIA UMBRELLAS
I know an umbrella isn’t exactly the first thing on most people’s shopping lists, but nothing gets my blood pumping quite like a good brolly. Maglia’s are arguably some of the best in the world. Produced by hand in Milan, they feature single-stick construction and have a range of different options for canopies and even leather handles with contrast stitching. For those of you feeling extra jaunty, they also have a bespoke option where you can select every detail yourself. B / BELTS BY HARRIS
Looking for a belt that won’t warp and bend after wear? Look no further. These are solid, simple belts, made by hand out of quality leather in Florence. Available in a range of colors from your basic blacks and browns to more eccentric teals, blues, and greys. C / LOAKE BURFORD 2
Every guy needs a pair of wingtips. These boots in a light tan color will work with anything from a navy suit to your favorite pair of selvedge denim. Keep them polished and get them resoled when they need it and they’ll last you forever.   Recommendations by tony bader / San francisco
 
 
 
 
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2011: ISSUE 7 VHCLE MAN / TONY BADER
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D / PERSOL 649s
Steve McQueen wore a pair of Persol’s in the Thomas Crown Affair in 1968, and they still look awesome today. These 649s look very similar to the 714s that McQueen wore, except they’re a bit bulkier and don’t fold in half. E