Men’s style news from Fendi, Cifonelli and Vacheron Constantin

Fendi reworks the Baguette bag for men, Cifonelli’s new London store and Vacheron Constantin’s updated steel ’50s chronograph. By Tom Stubbs

Fendi’s pebbled leather Sellaria bag in navy, £2,090
Fendi’s pebbled leather Sellaria bag in navy, £2,090

Fendi’s famous Baguette bag was all over the brand’s menswear runway for autumn/winter, reimagined in new shapes, sizes and materials. Regular, extra-large and mini versions are now available, with multiple straps meaning the bags can be fastened in different ways – including cross‑body and belted. For me, the coolest style is the regular in navy Selleria pebbled leather (£2,090), which is saddle-stitched and has palladium-finished metalware, although I’m also keen on the Karl Kollage version in curly sheepskin

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph in steel, £36,200
The Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph in steel, £36,200

The brand-new steel version of Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 chronograph is a sublimely smooth model, with its unobtrusive 38.5mm case. This ’50s style (£36,200) is notably understated compared with most other big-hitter chronographs and its distinct “cow horn” lugs really make it stand out in the stopwatch category. The grey velvet opaline-finish dial is neither busy or bossy, with the white seconds hand making a harmonious contrast. It comes with a patinated calf strap, but I’d love to see it on Nato-style webbing for a sportier feel. 

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Paris tailoring institution Cifonelli has opened a new store on Mayfair’s Clifford Street, offering ready-to-wear, bespoke and made-to-measure. Although still based in Paris, owners Massimo and Lorenzo Cifonelli will pay regular visits to the space, which is set across two floors in a large Georgian townhouse, with an interior mood informed by the house’s signature “La Cigarette” shoulder style. I’m particularly fond of the blue double-breasted braided-wool blazer with low buttoning and a shallow wrap, and the super-natty Gatsby high-soaring peak-lapel jacket

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