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Taylor Richards & Conger and TRC W are proud to present the inaugural edition of TRC Digital, an online version (and only version) of our Fall 2016 magazine. We’ve made this bold move away from print because we believe you are ready for something new in the world of style. TRC Digital embodies a fresh look that’s unique and creative in its way of presenting our products, just as you’ve come to expect whenever you visit our shops for the latest in men’s and women’s clothing. In “Write Your Own Story,” not only will you see our best picks for the season, but you’ll also get a behind-the-scenes peek at how our photo sessions take place. In addition to still shots you’ll see our models in action, moving through the sets and interacting with our photographers. Through digital imagery you’ll understand how our clothing drapes and flows and get a better sense of the uniqueness of these pieces. I’m particularly taken with the way this new technology allows you, our reader, to become part of our “magazine.” You’ll get lost in the powerful “Road Warrior” video that allows you to virtually test-drive the new Mercedes-
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The AMG GT S boasts a 503-horsepower, 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Its massive torque reaches its 479 lb-ft peak at just 1,750 rpm and holds it all the way to 4,750 rpm, letting you go from zero to 60 in a scorching 3.7 seconds.
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boast no classier screen hero. But Caine’s class isn’t upper—despite his knighthood, conferred in 2000. He was born Maurice Micklewhite in 1933 a few blocks from the Thames, and his accent remains less Oxbridge than London Bridge. “When I became a success I sort of shoved it down their throat and continued to talk the way I did,” he’s explained. “I wanted to say to young people, ‘You can do it; it doesn’t matter how you speak.’” But it does matter how
In Alfie, which is set in the Swinging Sixties, Caine plays a womanizing chauffeur. In the larger photo, Caine wears a navy mohair sportcoat tailored by Doug Hayward.
In his screen demeanor and the way he wears a suit, British actor Michael Caine is the epitome of smooth.
Caine with co-star Giovanna Ralli on the Spanish set of 1968’s Deadfall. The actor gave up his 80-a-day cigarette habit at the urging of Tony Curtis in the ’70s. In the larger photo, Caine wraps an arm around Ralli during a Deadfall scene.
The actor as a magician in Now You See Me. In the larger photo, Caine’s linen jacket shows just the right amount of rumpling.
Caine, pictured with co-star Julie Walters, wore tweedy sportcoats for his role as a professor in the 1983 drama/comedy Educating Rita. In the larger photo, Walters’ hairdresser gives Caine’s professor a trim.
The always sharp-looking Caine on the city streets he knows so well. In the larger photo, the Oscar winner strolls with a hand in the pocket of his suit.
Film icon Michael Caine looks intimidating as the title character in 2009’s action-thriller Harry Brown. In the larger photo, the actor in another scene from the film.
Woody Allen’s no fool. When in 1986’s Hannah and Her Sisters he cast British actor Michael Caine as a lovestruck middle-aged neurotic stumbling into an affair, he was having a bit of fun. Fact is, moviegoers know Sir Michael isn’t the stumbling type (though the role won him an Oscar). He’s a striding definition of suave. Caine “has been personifying British cool since the Swinging Sixties,” says CNN. Indeed, queen and country
you look. Caine has put his six-foot frame and handsome, heavy-lidded puss to splendid sartorial use ever since he portrayed a crook- turned-spy in The Ipcress File in 1965 and womanizing Cockney chauffeur Alfie in ’66. In 1969’s The Italian Job, a garage door memorably slides open to reveal superthief Caine in a dove grey, three-button sharkskin suit. And in Get Carter (1971) the title-role gangster sports a single-breasted,
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two-button, three-piece suit of blue Dormeuil tonik mohair. Fittingly, for years Caine’s personal tailor was the late Doug Hayward (reputedly the model for Alfie’s character), a fellow working-classer whose unacceptable accent had kept him off Savile Row. Hayward won renown in the Carnaby Street era, shocking the Establishment with the notion that machine-sewn buttonholes might be cricket after all, and he married classic English suit design with
an Italian touch. Of course, no mere clotheshorse wins Oscar nominations in each of the five decades starting in the ’60s (a distinction Caine shares only with Jack Nicholson), or holds one’s own (as he did in 1972’s Sleuth) with Olivier. But for half a century we’ve watched what this cool customer wore. And he’s worn very well indeed.
Lightness, softness, quality. This season’s collection transforms the finest fibers into luxe layering pieces.
to be effortlessly paired. For men, the neutral-toned collection is built around the ever-practical jacket, offered in lush, supple fabrics but constructed to keep its shape—and edge—whether in the boardroom or out on the town. Designer Brunello Cucinelli believes a well-fitting men’s jacket has the power to instill confidence and instantly define a look. To complement this, the brand added a wide range of pant styles, from more formal, fitted trousers to alternatives of denim or jogger-inspired cozy cashmere leggings. For women, there’s a leitmotif of modern, masculine design details. Front and center is an array of comfortable trousers featuring pleats and tapers meant to complement the female silhouette. Here, the pants are paired with fabrics and textures common to high-end menswear
There’s an air of easy yet elegant nonchalance surrounding every new offering from Italy-based Cucinelli. Yet the renowned brand’s 2016 fall/winter collection delivers more than that—it’s replete with breezy but comfortably tailored fabrics and pieces meant
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suiting. While the collection is infused with retro attitude, the pieces don’t feel too heavy or forcefully laced with machismo. Cucinelli finds balance by juxtaposing the generous sizing and boxy proportions of his coats with a small batch of full, flowy skirt forms, more-fitted blouses and light-weave sweaters intended for layering. The secret to making this lineup work together? Using only the finest, most gorgeous fabrics, according to Cucinelli. At a glance, one will find threads of alpaca, mohair and his signature cashmere, among others, resulting in pieces as comfortable as they are warm and luxurious.
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aimed at families, with beginner and intermediate slopes that are well-groomed runs. Baqueira has some intermediate runs and a few expert runs. It’s a good place to test your legs in the morning on runs such as Muguet, which stretches far out into a bowl, and Solei, where long straight cruisers took the edge off my jet lag. On the third day, I explored Bonaigua, which is an area that beckons experts. It lacks snowmaking, and runs are not always groomed. It is also steeper than the other parts
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Mention Baqueira-Beret to most Americans skiers and you’ll get a blank stare. Tell them this resort is located in the Spanish Pyrenees and that won’t help much, since few Yanks realize that this mountain range along the France–Spain border harbors more than three dozen ski resorts. Yet Baqueira-Beret is Spain’s largest ski resort, well known to well-heeled residents of Madrid and Barcelona, and none other than King Juan Carlos himself has a ski home here. Talk about your best-kept secrets. Why ski the Pyrenees? Abundant snow and the opportunity to experience a radically different ski culture are the prime reasons. Where else can you enjoy a ski day with a luxuriously lazy 11 a.m. start, take a 6 p.m. siesta and have dinner at 11, with a nightclub visit around 1 a.m.? (If you dine at 8, you dine only with other Americans.) I checked into the Hotel Val de Neu, the only five-star luxury hotel in the heart of the Baqueira-Beret resort, next to an upscale shopping center and a short walk to the lifts. The hotel is a bastion of comfortable luxury and high design, minimal in style, with lighting that highlights the local stone and wood used throughout. Black-and-white photographic artwork that pays homage to the resort is judiciously displayed. There are nice touches, like a welcome of hot chocolate and churros, and a pillow menu to ensure a good night’s sleep. Cookies or small cakes awaited me after a day on the slopes. The hotel is a few minutes’ walk to the slopes and has ski lockers in the gondola building, so there’s no need to lug your gear. At day’s end, my mission was to clock some time at the spa, with its series of thermal pools of varying degrees of heat. The skiing here is truly alpine, which is to say above tree line, vast and open with views that go on for miles. The 4,700-acre resort, larger than Breckenridge or Snowmass in Colorado, has three distinct areas. Beret is
After a long afternoon of skiing it’s time to hit the thermal pools at the Hotel Val de Neu.
At 4,700 acres, Baqueira-Beret is the largest ski area in Spain. Six peaks are served by 33 lifts, with a 3,450-foot vertical drop, which is similar to Vail, Colorado.
In the mood for some adventure? Try heli-skiing. Some 155 square miles of the Pyrenees can be your own snow playground.
challenging. So I signed up for a day with Pyrenees Heliski, based in the valley town of Vielha. A day with five runs costs $896, which in the rarefied world of heli-skiing is something of a steal. We ran through our transceiver and safety training—they use the ABS or Avalanche Balloon System here—and were outfitted with backpacks, shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver before we lifted off on a bluebird morning. It was as exciting as previous heli-ski experiences I’ve had at Revelstoke in the Canadian Rockies, with the pilot able to choose from a staggering amount of terrain, in this case some 155 square miles of the Pyrenees, as a snow playground. At each “drop,” as they call them in Europe, we jumped out in a crouched position, clicked into our fat powder skis and followed the guide as he made heroic figure-eights down the meringue-like slopes. Now, five runs might not sound like much until you add up the vertical, since we chalked up roughly 11,400 feet of vertical that day, comparable to any operator in the American West. By day’s end, my thighs were craving those thermal pools back at the Val de Neu. In the evening, tapas is always on the minds of tired skiers. In the town of
The Hotel Val de Neu enjoys a privileged location—just 50 yards from the ski lift and close to new shopping opportunities in Baqueira.
It’s not the country you think of first for skiing, but Baqueira-Beret in the Pyrenees will make you think again.
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The wide valley that Baqueira-Beret inhabits extends for nearly 25 miles, with France at the other end.
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of the resort, and there are challenges that would be familiar to anyone who has skied Jackson Hole with its chutes and couloirs. But the real appeal for experts in this area is the off-piste skiing, with countless opportunities to dive off the groomed stuff. The most famous of these is called Escornacrabes, which means “where goats tumble.” I looked, but had no ambition to mimic a mountain goat on a fatal fall. By day four, I was ready for something a little more
Vielha, eateries like Basteret Bar-Restaurant let you savor prawns, cheeses, sausages and much more. In Arties, with its charming old streets, there are countless tapas bars, such as Tauèrnes Urtau, which I loved. Move on to a late dinner at Eth Restilhè, where you might find local trout on the menu and typical Catalan desserts such as crema catalana, the local version of crème brûlée. One night, post-tapas, I ended up in the more formal Ticolet in Baqueira, which has been gastronomic ground zero for 40 years, and even had a sighting of a minor royal, according to a local dinner companion. A week of this and I was an easy convert to the Spanish way of ski life: a late start, enough runs to work up the first of many appetites of the day, and a sleep as deep as I could wish for. Skiing Pyrenees style is one of the most enjoyable ways I can think of to spend a winter week in Europe.
Beer lovers won’t want to miss Birreria Eth Refugi at the base of the gondola; it features microbrews from more than 70 countries.
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CONTEMPORARY INNOVATION: Today, a pisco producer called Campo de Encanto (which translates to Field of Enchantment) uses grapes from Peru’s Ica Valley. San Francisco bartender Duggan McDonnell and sommelier Walter Moore, in collaboration with Peruvian distiller Carlos Romero, drew upon five types of old-vine grapes to develop the line of pisco products, each with its own variety of flavors.
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HOW IT’S MADE: Grapes are harvested February through April, the Southern Hemisphere’s autumn harvest time, and the seeds and stems removed. The remaining fruit is crushed into juice and fermented using native yeast. Pisco then rests for a minimum of 90 days in “neutral” vessels, with oak never in the picture. The remaining fruit is crushed and fermented using native yeast. Nothing further is added—no water, no sugar, no caramel. Pisco then rests for a minimum of 90 days in “neutral” vessels, with oak never in the picture.
FAMOUS FANS: Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling and other literary figures enjoyed Pisco Punch when it was all the rage in San Francisco in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And, as New Yorker founding editor Harold Ross recalled, it “[tasted] like lemonade but had a kick like vodka, or worse.”
HOW TO DRINK IT: Enjoy pisco neat, with a twist of lime, or in cocktails such as the Pisco Sour, a combination of the liquor with lime juice, sugar syrup and a shaken egg white. This is a drink that’s refreshing and protein-rich, smooth and sweet. Or consider Encanto’s Pisco Punch mixer, the Bank Exchange Pineapple Cordial, named for the saloon on San Francisco’s Montgomery Street that famously served pisco cocktails in the 19th century.
THE HISTORY: Pisco traces its roots to the 1500s, when Spanish missionaries in Peru and Chile began planting grapes to make wine. The grapes were varieties like Muscat, Torontel and Pedro Jimenez, and the vines grown at fairly high elevation. As the French did with Cognac, South Americans figured out how to make pisco from these crops, fortifying the wine by distilling it in copper pot stills.
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It was popular during the Gold Rush, and now pisco is enlivening cocktails across the country.
BEN BRIDWELL After launching Band of Horses in Seattle, front man Ben Bridwell returned to his native Charleston, S.C., where he lives with his wife and four daughters. “I feel like the best stuff that connects people to Band of Horses are these songs that have these discordant, quirky elements and weird-ass tunings that make no sense to anybody else,” he has said. Affable and self-effacing (he claims he’s a lousy musician), Bridwell writes catchy, often upbeat tunes, many of which are sublimely tinged by themes of loneliness and alienation.
LAURA MVULA Birmingham, England has turned out many fine musical acts—Electric Light Orchestra, Traffic, The Moody Blues and UB40, to name a few—but have you heard Laura Mvula? You should, and you will. She got her start in an a cappella group, a gospel choir and church choirs. As a substitute teacher, she began writing songs on her laptop. Her 2013 debut album was followed this summer by a new LP, The Dreaming Room, that’s soulful and exultant.
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By Mark Dowden
Four of today’s best singer-songwriters draw you into their finely limned realms of heartache and exaltation.
STURGILL SIMPSON Kentucky native Sturgill Simpson doesn’t fit neatly into the country music mold. He’s often compared to Waylon Jennings (although in truth he’s more like Merle Haggard), but that comparison misses his strangeness and originality. IndieWire got it right when it described Simpson’s sound as “a mesmerizing and sometimes bewildering mix of traditional country sounds, contemporary philosophy and psychedelic recording-studio wizardry.” His first major-label release, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, positively soars.
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COURTNEY BARNETT Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett meandered through musical styles before making it on her own: She played second guitar in a garage grunge band in Melbourne; she next played slide, mostly, for a psych-country band, and then graduated to lead guitar on her girlfriend Jen Cloher’s studio album in 2013. That was the year Barnett herself achieved critical notice with her own double EP. Her witty lyrics, deadpan delivery and bitchin’ accent combine in a distinctive, highly likeable act.
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