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Tom Brady’s Watches Have a Lot to Say

How did you personally get started down this road?

I’m not really a collector of anything, really. I’m not really into, like, collecting art, or wine, or cigars, or cars. I collected baseball cards when I was a kid. I bought my first IWC when I was 24, and have been collecting watches ever since then. Now, I probably have 20 or so in my collection.

Do you remember what that first model was?

It must have been a GST of some form—it was just a badass steel watch with a light-colored face. Definitely not white, but more of a gray face. And it was probably the watch that I wore for five or six years. It rarely ever came off my wrist and I still wear it today. I had it serviced, and I know a lot of watch collectors don’t like getting them refinished, but for me, I

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Raf Simons Is Reissuing 100 Archival Grails

Raf Simons is one of the keystone designers of our current archival fashion movement, with his late-’90s coats and early-2000s sweaters collected like works of art—often demanding the prices to match. Now Simons is entering that market with a new project: Raf Simons Archive Redux, which will see the designer reissuing 100 classic pieces on the occasion of its quarter-century anniversary this year. “These garments reflect the shifts of time, highlighting pieces that have an instinctive relevance to the world of today,” reads the press release issued Tuesday morning. “There is no hierarchy or system to the choices: they are pure creative decisions.” In other words: This isn’t just about playing the hits. Perhaps you’ll see coats from the landmark Fall 2003 New Order collection, but you’re just as likely to see the flowing trouser from Fall 2005’s History of My World—one is a foundational grail-culture piece, but the

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Yeezy Received At Least $2 Million In Small Business Loans

Kanye West announced his (alleged) 2020 presidential candidacy this weekend, and he’s not done making civic-minded headlines. Today, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released the list of companies that applied for and received money to save jobs and protect wages during the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin initially planned to keep the list confidential, but many Democrats noisily demanded more transparency into the process. As a result, all the companies that received more than $150,000 are named—and loading the publicly accessible spreadsheet opens up a treasure chest of information. Perhaps the most notable name on the list is the company belonging to none other than the galaxy-brained rapper-designer-presidential hopeful, first spotted by NBC News reporter Leticia Miranda.

Yeezy applied for a loan under the Paycheck Protection Program, itself a portion of the CARES Act, which went into effect in late March. The aim of the program

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Plague Doctor Meets Bird of Paradise: Thomas Finney Is Making the Wildest Masks We’ve Seen Yet

When he first put on the Toucan, Thomas Finney felt transformed. He saw the bright orange, green, blue, and red leather beak hanging from his face and he was no longer himself—and, more importantly, for a moment he wasn’t in the middle of this horrific thing. Up to that point, he’d had a tough pandemic. Since 2016, he’d made a living as a made-to-measure tailor, but the made-to-measure business collapsed when the stay-at-home order went into effect. There was no way to meet with anyone, factories were closed, fabric mills weren’t shipping. He’d been cooped up in his studio apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, trying to imagine how he fit into this new world, trying to think up ways to survive. Designers big and small were getting into the mask business, responding with an endless array of maximalist prints, trying to move past the clinical simplicity of N95s and

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When a Postponed Wedding Just Means More Time to Perfect the Fit

The night that Tom Hanks shared his coronavirus diagnosis—also the night it was announced that both the NBA season and international flights would be suspended—it was unlikely that many people were thinking about the save-the-dates posted on their fridges. But for those of us whose names appeared on those cards, a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic caused a different kind of anxiety. My wedding was supposed to be May 30, and in grieving its loss I’ve found relief in a surprising place: obsessing over old celebrity wedding-fit pics.

It started when I discovered that with my new wedding date—May 1, 2021—I’ll share an anniversary with Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Check out The King in a black paisley tux and a crown of slicked-back hair. It got me thinking: Should I use all the time I now have before my wedding to get something similarly elaborate made?

The options are truly infinite, as

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