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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

The gangster / jazz great look is a hard one to pull off with any measure of success. Too often practitioners err with exaggeratedly-cut or outlandishly-fabric’d suits, overly large or oddly-hued hats, ridiculous neckties, or just generally odious accessories and embellishments. The trick is to keep things as elegantly simple and classic as possible, perhaps even a little austere if you really don’t want anyone thinking you’re on your way to a costume ball.

Actor and musician Terrence Howard obviously understands this principle perfectly. The other night at the premiere of a new Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ *Cat on a Hot Tin Roof* that he’s starring in, Howard shone in two pieces of a three-piece black pinstriped suit, a generously-cuffed and collared white dress shirt, a black silk pindot tie, and a classic black fedora, all custom-made by Californian bespoke tailor David Heil of David August. It was dramatic without being theatrical, an important distinction for any aspiring MOTH to master.

-J.P.S.

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  • Jared Paul Stern

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Photography by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan