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Five Reasons to Hit Gallery Aesthete

You might have heard about Gallery Aesthete, the new high-end men’s clothing store on Oak Street that opened this weekend. It has cool leather jackets, amazing high-top sneakers and also... pleated man skirts (er, kilts) from Japan. To help you find the wheat from the kilts, here is our list of the five essentials.

Well Hello, Slim, Dark and Handsome
THE SUIT

Well Hello, Slim, Dark and Handsome

The perfect suit should meet the challenge of being powerful in boardroom meetings during the day and enhancing your personal charm in the evening. This slim—but not severe—number pretty much nails it. But you will still have to supply the ruthlessness/witty repartee.

Raf Simons Slim Cut Wool-Blend Suit, available (like everything here) at Gallery Aesthete, 46 E Oak St, 4th Fl, 312-265-1883

Going for Brogue
THE SHOES

Going for Brogue

This pair of leather brogues embossed with reptile skin is just a hint of funky without being avant-garde. Translation: when after-work drinks turn into midnight dance parties, you’re not going to look like that dude still wearing his work shoes.

Comme des Garçons Brogues

Sweater Season May Now Officially Begin
THE SWEATER

Sweater Season May Now Officially Begin

It’s fall. Maybe you noticed. Leaves on the ground. Pumpkins everywhere. We know, until you find your absolute perfect autumn sweater, you can’t enjoy any of it. This wool, black-speckled crewneck has been waiting for you to take it on a fall color tour.

Raf Simons Wool Crewneck

Motorcycle Not Included
THE JACKET

Motorcycle Not Included

Leather jackets. Usually safe. But, oh, just one wrong move and you’re in a land populated by ’80s hair bands. Luckily, this Rick Owens is more Steve McQueen on a Moto Guzzi than Sebastian Bach in 1987—and you really need leather pants to pull off that look, anyway.

Rick Owens Leather Jacket

Tough Times Call for Soft Leather
THE SHOULDER BAG

Tough Times Call for Soft Leather

Now to the last and most dangerous piece for any Euro-inspired clothing store: the satchel. The man bag. The—dare we say it—murse. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this soft-as-butter leather number. It’s both handsome and masculine—but only if you never wear it with your kilt.

Ann Demeulemeester Bag

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