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The Man of the Hour of the Year

As 2010 draws to a close, we feel a solemn duty to break from our weekly MOTHing and name the single best-dressed man of the year. It was a good year for lots of gentlemen of style—Mr. Ronson, Mr. Almodóvar, even Kanye had his moments—but we’re giving the crown to someone a bit less widely known…

Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Peter, a retired chef in Berlin with a badass walking stick and a penchant for purple trainers.

He popped onto our radar thanks to Stil in Berlin (one of our favorite finds of 2010, not coincidentally), and he manages to cram nearly half a dozen unorthodox moves into one outfit. It’s the kind of exuberant dandyism that makes us happy about the whole enterprise of style—and all the more so since he’s hardly the type you’re likely to see on a runway.

Shine on, sir.

Put a Bit of Stick About

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Once upon a time, in a more graceful age, a gentleman wouldn't dream of leaving the house without certain items, including a hat of course but also of equal importance, a walking stick. This had nothing to do with infirmity, though it wasn't always purely ornamental either. There was a thriving trade in walking sticks of every description, some ingeniously made to conceal all manner of items a gentleman might find useful on his travels.

The walking stick, considered»