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The three stylish gents, pictured wearing their own spin on The Polo Suit: (from left) Yale Breslin, Kyle Rancourt and Ian Bradley

Three dapper gents, three distinct ways to wear The Polo Suit

A generation ago, the suit was a uniform. Now, it’s an expression of style.

With that in mind, we tapped three well-dressed gents, each with his own sense of style, to put his own spin on The Polo Suit for our newly launched shop. Then we asked each to submit to a sartorial questionnaire…

Kyle Rancourt

Kyle, with a friend.

 

Occupation: Vice president and cofounder, Rancourt & Co. Shoecrafters
Hometown and residence: Lewiston, Maine
No one wore a suit better than… Cary Grant. He embodied effortless, timeless style.
What occasions require a suit? Weddings, funerals, New Year’s Eve parties.
Preferred pocket-square fold: One point.
Cuff or no cuff? No cuff.
Socks or no socks? Socks from October through May, no socks June through September.
Preferred footwear with a suit: Oxford or brogue boots in the fall and winter, loafers in the spring and summer.
What was your first suit like? And how old were you when you got it?
My mom bought my first suit for me when I was 17 so I could work in our shoe store. It was navy blue, pinstriped, with pleated and cuffed pants. It was terrible.

Ian Bradley

A popped collar, sunglasses in lieu of a pocket square: Sometimes the best styling touches are the ones you pick up on the fly

 

Occupation: Fashion stylist
Residence: New York
Hometown: Potomac Falls, Virginia
No one wore a suit better than… Eddie Murphy in Boomerang.
What occasions require a suit? When you want make a good impression—i.e., when you’re trying to “stunt on ya haters.”
Preferred pocket-square fold: The square fold.
Cuff or no cuff? No cuff.
Socks or no socks? Socks—I love a statement sock.
Preferred footwear with a suit: Sneakers
What was your first suit like? And how old were you when you got it?
A pastel-colored suit in my toddler days... Easter Sunday realness.

Yale Breslin

Is it the suit that’s dressing up the denim shirt? Or the shirt that’s dressing down the suit? Either way, it works.

 

Occupation: Editor in chief, INDUSTRIE
Residence: New York City
Hometown: Toronto
No one wore a suit better than… Lapo Elkann. He always manages to add his own personal twist.
What occasions require a suit? A wedding, a formal affair, dinner at the Carlyle—which is top of mind as I was there last night. It’s always better to be a bit overdressed than underdressed.
Preferred pocket-square fold: Straight across and flush with the chest.
Cuff or no cuff? Cuff me, baby!
Socks or no socks? It depends on the weather, but given the choice, my suits are a sockless zone.
Preferred footwear with a suit: Proper dress shoes, like monk-straps or brogues. I have a few pairs, and they seem to add that extra finishing touch to tie together a classic outfit.
What was your first suit like? And how old were you when you got it?
I must have been 10. I remember going to buy it at this store in Toronto that specialized in uniforms for boys who went to private schools in the neighborhood. It was a black two-piece suit. I remember the first time I wore it, I rocked black low-top Converse.

 
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