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Michael Bastian on JFK Jr. and Smoking in Hotel Rooms

Michael Bastian

Michael Bastian knows menswear. Between his years at Bergdorf and Ralph Lauren and his current post overseeing two of the best-loved lines in menswear, he feels the ebbs and flows of style better than nearly anyone—which makes him the perfect guide for the whirlwind of Fashion Week. We caught up with him a few hours before his Gant show yesterday to talk about his favorite icons, going gray and the genius of American style.

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Michael Bastian’s Checked Blazer

Gant by Michael Bastian Blazer

The checked blazer is looking more and more essential each week. (As of last night’s football game, even Bob Costas was getting in on it.) And most importantly, it’s not just an Italian style anymore.

This sport coat comes from Gant by Michael Bastian, and in keeping with the rest of the line, it’s firmly planted in midcentury America. That means more Pendleton than Pitti Uomo—a homey spin on an otherwise jetsetting style. The matching scarf can’t be far behind.