In "The Splurge," tastemakers tell us about their most recent, most extravagant purchases.
As the vice president of design at Bonobos, Dwight Fenton is no stranger to traveling to some of the most expensive cities on the globe in service of his work—how else would he find out what men around the world are wearing, or keep tabs on what his factories are up to? Read on to find out more about what Fenton splurged on in Paris, Tokyo, and from the comfort of his very own computer screen.
What's the coolest thing you've purchased recently
I've got kids, and they seem to get all the cool stuff while I get bills, so my splurges are few and far between. But I did just buy a pair of sneakers I've been eyeballing for a while. I saw these Common Projects sneakers a while back before they were for sale, so I kept religiously checking their site to see when they'd be released. I generally favor high-top sneakers, and they designed the perfect pair: The shade of green suede, the gum sole, the shape—it's like they made them just for me.
Tell us about the last extravagant meal you had.
On a recent trip to Tokyo I was taken to a traditional Japanese ryotei, or geisha restaurant. Fifteen courses at Namimura (in Mukojima, the district for geishas) with traditional dances or musical performances interspersed during the meal. Between performances the geishas would keep you full of saki and laugh at the jokes they clearly didn't understand. We also brokered an important cultural exchange that night when, after they taught us a centuries-old, traditional Japanese saki drinking game, we taught them the American classic one up, one down.
Have you taken any other noteworthy trips?
As a designer, I'm very lucky to get to travel to some of the best cities in the world for work. My job takes me to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Stockholm fairly regularly, which I couldn't appreciate more. Over a two-plus week stretch this past March, I made it to most of those cities. It took me a while to right my internal clock again (not that I expect any sympathy), but all well worth it.
What's been your favorite luxury hotel stay?
My favorite hotel I've stayed in is the old Hotel Ritz Paris. I say old because it's currently undergoing a massive renovation that will undoubtedly change the flavor one way or the other. No flat screen TVs or iPod docks, just old world, Parisian decadence in my favorite area of Paris: Place Vendôme and its surroundings. But even if you don't stay, you should get in a least one late night there at Bar Hemingway, perhaps my favorite thing about the hotel.
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