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This snap comes from a Diane Von Fustenberg opening in Sao Paolo—prime fodder for MOTHing, by any standards.

The gentleman in the middle is one Carlos de Souza, a socialite jeweler and prime example of a southern hemisphere dandy. This particular outfit caught our eye not because of the gray sharkskin suit—which works far better than we’d expect—but because he provides a master class in our favorite sartorial quirk, the neckerchief.

He’s wearing this one in true under-tie mode, stringy and simple enough to be taken for pure functionality. It’s hot out there, after all, and if you’re keeping your neck dry, you’d rather have cotton than silk. It might be the least luxurious part of his outfit, which is only right, since it’s got a job to do.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt if you’re in gaucho country.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom