Stan Gellers wrote a regular DNR column from 2001 to 2008. Here, in his trademark conversational tone, are excerpts from his weekly observations on the industry he covered professionally for 52 years.

You know what I think looks great at the office if you don’t have a heavy-duty appointment with a customer? Try something like a drop-dead dress shirt, maybe a Charvet or a Thomas Pink worn as a sport shirt, with a pair of Zanella cashmere flannels and a Martin Dingman alligator belt. Now that’s power dressing 2002-style, and don’t think for a moment that this outfit won’t get the looks and respect that a Canali or Zegna suit will. If I’ve opened a can of worms, that’s exactly what I have in mind. — April 1, 2002

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