Ovadia & Sons

Vibe: Traditional dress apparel (suits, shirts, ties, and accessories) that recalls Dad's wardrobe—only more tailored and refined (upper left).

Backstory: Brooklyn-born twins Ariel and Shimon Ovadia applied the expertise they'd gleaned from their father, a children's-clothing designer, to launch their own line two years ago.

Favorite piece in the collection: Shimon: "The tweed jacket with suede elbow patches. I could see myself wearing it for the next 50 years. I want it to be in someone's closet, and one day their kids will take it out and be like, 'This is crazy!'"

Trend that needs to go away: Shimon: "Slim suit lapels and skinny ties. It's time for a change. Plus, you can't be a muscular guy wearing a super-slim tie."

Ian Velardi

Vibe: Refined, preppy sportswear—including sweaters, jackets, and trousers—with an outdoorsy bent (upper middle).

Backstory: The designer ventured out on his own in 2010 after stints at Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, and Rogues Gallery; his first collection is out now.

Favorite piece in the collection: "The navy herringbone double-breasted topcoat, which is totally unconstructed and unpadded, is really sophisticated and comfortable—almost like wearing a blanket."

Unlikely style inspiration: "Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Vacation: Lacoste polos, slim khakis, Members Only jackets. Everything he wears is what people are trying to reinterpret today."

Dana Lee

Vibe: Classic menswear shapes and silhouettes in unexpected shades—think dark-orange work shirts and wide-wale burgundy cords (upper right).

Backstory: After receiving attention for A-Z Collection, her conceptual menswear label, Lee launched her more accessible epony­mous line in 2009.

Favorite piece in the collection: "The waxed alpaca-lined deck jacket. The luxury is in the way it feels when worn—a bit like a heavy lead jacket with a warm liner."

The one item every man should own: "Something with an unusual pop of color: plain high-quality socks, a shirt, chinos, or a cashmere sweater. The trick is to complement the piece with warm neutrals like khaki or olive rather than a starker black or white."




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