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On Our Radar: M. de Phocas

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M. de PHOCAS

Twenty-six-year-old Alexis Zambrano and 25-year-old Jesus Torres might have only launched their whimsical men’s accessory range, M. de Phocas, two years ago, but the collaboration was a long time coming. As teenagers, they both left Monterrey, Mexico, for boarding school in New Hampshire. And while they parted ways after graduation—Zambrano jetted east to study the culinary arts in Paris, while Torres drove south to pursue architecture in Brooklyn—the pair reunited in 2011. It was then that they formed their kitschy but elegant brand, whose name is derived from Monsieur de Phocas—the 1901 novel by Jean Lorrain, who was considered by many to be one of the modern era’s original dandies.

“Historical figures, nature, and pop culture,” said Zambrano of what informs Manhattan-based M. de Phocas’ vision. Think: tiny violin cuff links, vivid orchid tie bars, and cheekily splayed banana-peel pins, all painted in bright enamels, and often dotted with diamonds. Their work is eye-catching and playful—a tiny little library that’s as dandyish as it is dainty. Continue Reading “On Our Radar: M. de Phocas” »