Versace. Valentino. Salvatore Ferragamo. The world of luxe is filled with bold names and, sometimes, even bolder prices. So how do you know if an item is truly worth the investment? Assistant Buyer (and expert in all things luxury) Michael B. explains his top three picks. And why they’re worth every penny.

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Navy Suit: Unlike less expensive options, luxury suiting is tailored to perfection and constructed in quality wool – which means it should last for up to ten years of sporadic wear. To keep things current, Michael recommends go-with-everything navy paired with a light blue dress shirt for a tonal look.

Bit Loafers: If you’re investing in a shoe, it’s best to invest in a versatile one. And no other shoe is more easily dressed up or down than the loafer. Pick a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo’s Gancio Bit versions to convey instant status, then condition the leather and have a cobbler resole to exude it forever.

100% Silk Tie: Stiff synthetic fabrics are prone to wrinkles. But this fine weave? It will always hang straight and hold a dimple under the knot. Try jazzing up your look with a classic stripe or polka dot. The pattern adds more interest than a solid without venturing into full-on print territory.

Knock these classics off your to-buy list. Shop The One-Stop Luxe Shop: Versace & More for Men Boutique, which opened Tuesday, September 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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September 16, 2014

There are shoes you buy and replace – like those sneakers you ran 500 miles in – and then there are shoes you invest in. The ones you take to the cobbler, resole, and wear over and over again. The pairs below? They’re in that latter category. Here’s why you should own them. And how you can wear them.

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TOD’s Gommino Loafer
Why We Love It:
 This iconic driving shoe gets its name from the 133 gommini – rubber pebbles – embedded in its soles. When Diego Della Valle founded TOD’s in the late 70s his goal was to “make more relaxed shoes that are also elegant and chic,” as he told Telegraph. He succeeded.
How to Wear It: Live in this loafer come the weekend with casually cuffed jeans, no socks, and a lightweight button-front.

Salvatore Ferragamo Gancio Bit Loafer
Why We Love It: Much like a fine wine, the high-quality Italian leather of these classic loafers actually gets better with age (you know, rather than basically disintegrating into nothing). Plus, the shoes are accented with Salvatore Ferragamo’s instantly recognizable Gancio bit.
How to Wear It: With a suit. Tailor your pants so they have little-to-no break. You’re not going to want to conceal these shoes.

Start building your wear-forever shoe collection. Our Men’s Italian Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo & More Boutique opened Tuesday, July 29, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 30, 2014