Kempt Man of the Hour: Michael Chow
*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*
The restaurants bearing the Mr. Chow moniker are known as much for their *haute-chinois* cuisine and glittering clientele as their sophisticated, understated elegance. Small wonder then that the real Mr. Chow embodies the latter perfectly.
We've never had the pleasure of dining at the original London location, opened in 1968, but the super-stylish New York outpost on E. 57th St. is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The man behind it all, Michael Chow, is also an actor of note and an art collector *extraordinaire* whose portrait has been painted by David Hockney and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others.
The other night at his Beverly Hills branch, Chow hosted a party for Julian Schnabel following his opening at the Gagosian Gallery. He looked smashing in his trademark Cutler & Gross specs and a bespoke three-piece black pinstripe suit with a ticket pocket, white dress shirt, and solid blue silk tie, all custom-ordered from Hermes. And he was cleverly shod to boot - by bespoke bootmaker George Cleverly of London, that is.
- Jared Paul Stern