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

When it comes to upgrading your wardrobe, there’s no need for a complete overhaul. Mixed into your everyday look, a high-end accessory or two goes a long way. Here’s where to start.

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The Luxe Tie
Unlike synthetic fibers, 100% silk maintains a smooth, flexible surface. Which means? It hangs straight and holds that all-important dimple under the knot. People will notice.

The Luxe Briefcase
Besides the fact that you can say, “It’s Dolce & Gabbana,” this statement piece just ages well. The leather is thick. It’s often cut and stitched by hand. You’ll carry yours (quite possibly) forever.

The Luxe Belt
Quality leather holds up to daily wear. Invest in two belts – one brown and one black, to coordinate with your shoes – then hang them vertically and away from sunlight so as to not dry out the leather.

The Luxe Pair of Shoes
You won’t find glue or cardboard here. Designer shoes are constructed to last, which means all they need is a quick trip to the cobbler to be good as new again. Go for black oxfords – they’ll never go out of style.

Our Amp It Up: Pair Luxe Extras with Dapper Clothing Boutique is now open.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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March 8, 2014