Style Interrogation

The city’s tastemakers indulge us with their must-have fall picks for guy style, home and more

Barry Avery
Owner and lead designer, Fontaine, and event specialist

About Fontaine: “There’s something here for everyone and it’s a fantasy land. Beauty and creativity is so much a focus in my life. People come in here to get inspired. They walk through and feel like they’re at home. They love the layers, fabrics, walls and all the natural curiosities—the fur, fins, feathers, bones and all that kind of thing, and seeing what they can find.”

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The cowhide is back again and it doesn’t have to be used only in an ‘up north’ way like in a room with bear, moose and pine furniture. It’s used in very modern and sophisticated interiors.”

“When the temperature changes I’m looking forward to getting up north to Manitowish Waters for three or four days. It’s peaceful, pure and clean. It’s so laissez-faire and laid-back.

“In design, it’s very inspired by men’s suiting right now. Charcoal ticking, stripes, glen plaid, wool plaid, cashmere, houndstooth and worsted wools. We are mixing that in a room, and it’s very clean, modern and crisp, but still luxe.”

“The tux jacket is updated. And it’s being brought into every aspect of dressing from casual to formal. It’s Dad’s old tux jacket no longer! We’re taking red velvet and piping it in black, we’re seeing different shades of charcoal … we’re deconstructing that jacket. And we’re dressing it up with that hot, expensive pair of shoes.”

“I was just at Osteria Papavero and had the duck ravioli with butter sauce and fried sage, and it was amazing! And I had an oyster literally the size of my head—it was the biggest oyster I’ve ever seen. It was wonderful. I would love to go back and have the ravioli again—it’s a very fall dish.”

“There’s a pendulum swinging back to off-whites and whites. It’s crisp and clean but very casual. It’s mixed with charcoal and graphite and has an almost organic feel, using soapstone, steel and slate. People are willing to spend a little more to feather their nest.”

“The temperature is cooling down and I’m looking forward to nesting at home and the pumpkins, beets, root vegetables and all of that being ready to harvest. I love when we can bake and roast.”


Nir Patel
Vice president of Lands’ End Canvas

About Lands’ End Canvas: “I’m responsible for growing the business strategy and the brand. I’m essentially the head of the brand, so I’m involved in all aspects from merchandising to design to if we ever open up stores. I’m [in charge of] making Lands’ End Canvas a really important part of Lands’ End.” 

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"I love travel. I’m going to London and Tokyo soon and in Tokyo there’s this brand called Haversack, which is a small Japanese brand. I’m excited to see that brand. They are absolutely one of the leaders of this movement that’s into vintage military. Their outerwear pieces blow my mind. [Locally] Context is one of the only places in the U.S. that carries it! So what I love is that I can literally walk right down the street and see it.”

“I get really excited when fall comes and the air gets crisp. For this season our Lands’ End Canvas men’s line is all about chinos. Denim has been the go-to bottom for guys and that’s not going away, but we see the market going to chinos. So we have a new collection of chinos in denser fabrics, new colors, fits and styles. [For example] we’ve got a slim cargo—cargos used to be baggy. And we’ve got new colors. We’re telling guys it’s OK to wear color.”

We’re really into ties. They’ve become kind of a staple for us. We’re doing the traditional skinny tie, but we also added wool ties and we squared them off. [They come] in cool patterns like argyle and stripes.”

Wovens are a big part of our collection. So in fall we’re starting with classic shirting fabrics—oxford, twill, flannel—and we brushed them. Brushing them creates this rich, warm texture, and for us, fall means color and texture. We got inspired from classic menswear patterns like traditional buffalo plaids and old-school plaids.”

“I get into college football—that’s something I grew up with in Tennessee. I’m an SEC football guy. I tend to go where they’re playing Alabama football, and that’s at the Avenue Bar on East Washington. My eating habits revolve around football and during Badger season it’s my second home—they play the Alabama games for me, too.”

Shayna Miller is associate and style editor of Madison Magazine.

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