In our series All I Want For Christmas, we ask men we like what style item they’d like to get for Christmas.
Nick Sullivan is the editor of Esquire’s Big Black Book, and writes Ask Nick Sullivan for Esquire.com. Unfortunately, Esquire.com is kind of hard to navigate, so the best link for that we can give you is this page of pieces he’s written. He’s also a supremely nice guy, though it should be noted that we’ve extrapolated that piece of information solely from the fact he sent us a nice email about our first video. So, what does a fashion editor want for Christmas? Three things, as it turns out.
BRUNELLO CUCINELLI BROGUES
Just as its clothing sits in a unique niche entirely of its own making between dressy and casual,
Brunello’s soft hued brogues span the gulf between proper grown up shoes and trainers. There is nothing hybrid about these shoes but they are extremely comfortable, and they knock the stuffing out of a suit and add they chutzpah – or whatever the italian word for it is – to jeans or khakis.
VINTAGE BARBOUR INTERNATIONAL
Less the huntin shootin fishing style of the traditional Toffs outerwear, the Barbour International was conceived for and worn as a two piece suit by motorcyclists from the 30s on and adapted for use by World War II Submarine captains, and later even up to the present day by NATO
Cut shorter and slimmer than the country coats, it also had assymmetric pockets on the chest for ease of access when astrid a BAS or Triumph.
SMART TURNOUT MILITARY SOCKS
Stripey socks are my schtick. Lurid combinations of pink and yellow, red and blue, lime green and orange. I wear them with jeans and occasionally with suits. I should point out that since I have never served in the The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, nor occupy my mis-spent youth at Eton, Harrow or Stonyhurst, I don’t technically have the slightest right but damn do I like those colors. Somehow for me, in America, socks are ok. But ties are not.