Accessories with attitude upgrade your look in a stylish snap.
Optimo Hats has been creating stylish toppers for men since 1995.
Crisp leaves mean crisp new autumn looks—and when it comes to menswear this season, accessories take center stage. At James & Sons (1457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-8800), luxe leather bracelets from John Hardy ($495) bring warmth to fall fashion. “It’s really cool seeing men have some fun with jewelry beyond the watch and the wedding band,” says president John Sunderland of the chic triple-wrapped design. For the man looking to merge fashion and functionality, the timeless styles from Optimo Hats (51 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-922-2999) are getting an update for fall with new colors and wider brims ($650–$1,000).
Also new for the brand? Its recently expanded headquarters and showroom. “I’ve dreamt about this for the past 20 years,” says owner Graham Thompson of the new space, which includes a VIP lounge devoted to Montecristi Panama hats. And Chicago-based staple The Tie Bar (918 W. Armitage Ave., 877-888-8437) has big changes in store as well with the unveiling of its first shirt collection (3 for $149). From Tattersall to gingham, the shirts will serve as the perfect “blank canvas” for their bolder fall ties, says Vice President of Merchandising and Design Allyson Lewis. “Texture is a thing we’re really excited about, and we’re playing with it in a lot of different ways this fall.”