FRIDAY  /  JANUARY 08, 2021

Welcome to Issue No. 46

Featured Artist: @senhorfato


DOPPIAA stands for Alain and Albert.

DOPPIAA stands for the double initials of an imaginary style alphabet.

DOPPIAA is for gentlemen of all ages, people who find pleasure in distinguishing themselves by wearing high-quality clothes of great originality, while always remaining true to their aesthetic.

Like a time machine travelling through generations of elegant men, DOPPIAA dresses the grandson and the grandfather, the uncle, the father and gentlemen of all ages.

The style is for a wide range of men in command of their aesthetic who wish to be recognised for the original, wellmade and high quality clothes they wear. This style is as authentic as its wearers.

The way DOPPIAA divides each collection into specific branches with a characteristic total look and distinguished outerwear is a highly effective tool to present a mood of style to each diverse, multigenerational target audience.

The offerings – from relaxed elegance to extreme sophistication – are coherently complementary in their distinctiveness. All carry the brand’s characteristic values and distinct aspects.

Dry January


"Total  abstinence  is  so  excellent  a  thing  that  it  cannot  be  carried  to  too  great  an  extent.  In  my  passion  for  it  I  even carry it so far as to totally abstain from total abstinence itself."
- Mark Twain

The holidays are a time to take stock. To assess ourselves against the person we were last year and to aim for better in the year to come. Regardless of how we measure up, January is a chance to wipe the slate clean and to start again. Perhaps in the new year we’ll learn another language; write that novel; buy less, but better; perhaps we’ll stop drinking for a month — perhaps not. I'm all for self-improvement but “Dry January” seems to the path to something else.

Hitler of course was a famous abstainer, Bond-Villain Goldfinger and other megalomaniacs too. To abstain from drink is sadist perversion, undertaken by the joyless. It is self-flagellation and therefore unbecoming a happy life — surely the reason one might consider not-drinking in the first place. To abstain for a month is to put life on hold, not improve it. To set one up for disadvantage. To dawdle out of the blocks of the year rather than chase a dream with vigour.

If you want a better life then start living it. Start a new one today. Perhaps put on a tie — even if you don’t normally wear one. Give the day your best and when you’re done pour yourself a dry martini as both reward and fuel for continued optimism.
There isn’t a life that didn’t sparkle that little bit brighter with a martini in it. It used to be that to start again people emigrated to America — the land of optimism and possibility.  America and its heroes are all about reinvention and self-improvement  —  it’s where Dick Whitman becomes Don Draper, Vito Andolini Vito Corleone, James Gatz Jay Gatsby.

The martini has been noted as the great American invention. It is the embodiment of those United States. In a martini, émigré British gin (or Polish vodka) meets French vermouth and is elevated to the level of royalty. Pure, simple and yet somehow complex  —  a multifaceted enigma in glassware.

Use this coming year to know yourself and what you’re capable of  — even if it’s just how to make a great martini. If you do learn a new language and have cause to speak it, then at least you’ll have something worth talking about.

The Long Goodbye


I’m forever amazed by men who collect shoes like an art dealer buys Rembrandts. Curated in a corner of their wardrobe: a loafer, a sandal, an espadrille or a brogue from this or that brand – in crocodile, chestnut, and two-tone.
Thirty pairs, mostly different. They must have them (cannot do without them) and yet only two are ever frequently worn beyond a bi-annual outing, owing to a sore heel.

I buy shoes so sparingly that by the time I’ve found another pair I like, those on my feet are already tatty, torn, and offensively weathered – soles awaiting to join their astral plane.

Some call it sustainable shopping. I call it habit. And this Christmas, I bid farewell to boots I’d worn almost every day since 2015, and optioned in a pair from Scarosso to replace them. It’s been a while coming. The Italian brand, based in Marche, has been on my radar for quite a while (I’ve written about them twice).

Founded in 2010, Scarosso has built its following largely online, owing to the high standard of craft and design that goes into each pair, married with relative affordability. At first, the tempting choice was their popular tassel loafers, which on any typical January would be seen at the heels of the most stylish men at the annual Pitti Uomo fair.
But it was the boots I wanted. And besides, Pitti would be postponed this month until loafer-worthy Summer.

You can measure a shoemaker’s quality by their boots; the one shape that absolutely must be as durable and comfortable as they are stylish. And so far, so good. The Scarosso team was incredibly helpful in helping me pick the right size, and the shoes have already broken in quite nicely for my daily hour-long walks. For the first time, I chose a commando-style with grained leather, in anticipation that they would need to do a lot of work but hide any scuffs.

And as with raw denim, I’m looking forward to seeing how the patina develops over the foreseeable future with frequent use. Sure, having a carefully curated chocolate box of shoe choices can be heaps of fun.
But sometimes, less is more.

... for the next generation


The first picture that always comes to mind when the topic is heirlooms (and watches), is Christopher Walken as Captain Koons in “Pulp Fiction”, who in his own peculiar, however very descriptive, fashion, recites this famous monolog, capturing the essence of an heirloom.
Pulp Fiction - The gold watch monologue
Well, figuratively speaking that is – an heirloom does not have to be transported around for 7 years in unmentionable places, to mean something special.

An heirloom comes in any form and its symbolic gesture is very personal. When I addressed a small number of gentlemen, whose opinions I value greatly, on how they perceived the meaning and acknowledgment of an heirloom, their answers were very similar: it is an item of great personal value (not necessarily monetary) but the provenance, scars and life lived are all encapsulated in this items, and you are the person who has been chosen to carry on this item and add your own story and scars to it.

It gives you a feeling of sharing your future endeavors, with the person from whom you have received the heirloom. Almost every inch of my house is filled with them – everything from an old shaker in my home bar, paintings, a transportable 3-flask-carrier (now portable handheld negroni-bar) to watches from both my father and grandfathers; I love to share the stories with every person who asks (and also those who don’t) – even my daughters, reluctantly, have to listen to my tireless storytelling.
But to me, heirlooms are a part of our story.

Both my daughters “have a watch coming” at some point! Klara’s Longines Heritage Conquest Chronograph was ordered immediately after her birth, in the restroom of the hospital (NOTE: no further connection to Captain Koons here!).

Frederikke’s Tag Heuer 1000 Professional was bought around her first birthday and has the engraving “I love you this much” on the case back from the previous owner (that story did not end well it seems).
Both these watches have a peculiar back story to them besides the ones I and they will give them.

@iheardthat hits the nail right on the head here: “An heirloom is in essence what binds us together as families”.


Stories from around the web

Omega’s iconic Moonwatch just got its first new movement in 50 years
Omega has upgraded its Speedmaster Moonwatch, made famous on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist during the first walk on the lunar surface in 1969, with the first new movement in 50 years.
→ Read on Robb Report

Back to the Present? A Car Designer just gave the DeLorean DMC-12 a modern makeover
It’s long been rumored and reported that the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 would be receiving a reboot, but the lofty plans have never come to fruition. Now, one Spanish car designer has taken matters into his own hands and penned a next-gen DeLorean concept fit for 21st-century drivers.
→ Read on Robb Report

How to spend your money for maximum happiness
The idea that materialistic values can obstruct our path to happiness dates back hundreds of years. The Buddha encouraged a balance between asceticism and pleasure; early Christian monasticism preached spiritual transformation through simple living; philosopher Lao Tzu warned that if you chase after money, “your heart will never unclench.”
→ Read on Popular Science

1,273 people share their best life lessons from 2020

Even if 2020 was one long dumpster fire of a year, we sure learned a lot about ourselves. Here's what nearly 1300 people had to say about it.
→ Read on Mark Manson

Stuff we're eyeing

997 Sneaker
Todd Snyder x New Balance
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