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MARIO BISIO STARTED BUYING menswear for his family’s Portland store in 1973. When his father died two years later, he gave the brand a more fashion-forward European perspective that he carried up to Seattle in 1982. This month, the Mario’s mini-chain—a third store in Tigard, Oregon, opened in ’06—celebrates 50 years of proving that Italian tailoring and New York designers are a perfect fit for the Northwest.


Personal style in (almost) three words Classic with a twist.

The jacket I love the soft construction, shorter length, and color of this Brunello Cucinelli blazer. I find myself wearing a navy sports coat, well…a lot. I think every guy should have one that he can pair with both jeans and slacks.

A different way to wear flannel Gray flannel pants can be conservative, but the cardigan vest and knit tie twists the look. They’re the perfect neutral for this fall.

Fancy footwork I love the brick-red rubber sole on these brown suede shoes. I rarely wear black shoes; in Italy, men only pair them with tuxedos.

Fashion rules Feel comfortable, have fun, and understand the basic guidelines so you can then break them. For example, your socks don’t need to match your pants if you’re wearing a color-blocked Paul Smith pair.

The all-important “pop” Add a great cotton pocket square in a deep berry shade. Wear it with your sport coat and a pair of jeans. Show a little spirit, but keep it subtle. This way they’ll notice you, not your clothes.

Fall essentials In the Northwest we’re really cognizant of fabric weights. Most men don’t go for sweaters because they’re afraid they’ll overheat, but we bring in 18-gauge merino wool and cashmere blends from a few different designers every year at this time. They’re the ultimate layering piece.

Love, Italian-style I always send friends and clients to Assaggio restaurant. Mauro, the owner, is the best hugger in Seattle. The food is great and the staff makes everyone so comfortable.


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