Expert gift ideas for the fashionable man in your life

Mark Friedman is manager of John Varvatos at Bal Harbour Shops. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas
Mark Friedman is manager of John Varvatos at Bal Harbour Shops. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas

Looking casual and cool are key for Mark Friedman, general manager of John Varvatos at Bal Harbour Shops. A foodie who appreciates fine art, architecture and music, Friedman is most comfortable in a crisp white shirt, jeans and a pair of boots — “I have about 12 pairs.” He’s a Northeast transplant who loves Miami’s beaches for their relaxation qualities and who has found ways to keep casual and cool in spite of the heat.

Here are his six gift suggestions for men who are (or want to be) as cool as he is. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions

1. Prada Messenger Bag

Prada messenger bag

“I travel often, and my Prada messenger bag has been all over the world with me. It has many pockets, but it’s not bulky.”

$1,260. Prada at Miami Design District, 180 Northeast 40th Street, Miami; 305-438-2280;

2. John Varvatos Leather Jacket

John Varvatos jacket
John Varvatos.

“The John Varvatos leather jacket is a staple for my wardrobe. Black, lightweight and vintage-looking, you can dress it up or down, in warmer climates or cooler.”

$1,898. John Varvatos at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-501-4900;

3. Chrome Hearts Sunglasses

Chrome Hearts.

“I collect Chrome Hearts Sunglasses. My favorites are called The Beast. I have them with ivory trim and absolutely love the look and quality, the lenses and the handcrafted design.”

From $1,000. Chrome Hearts at Miami Design District, 4025 Northeast Second Avenue, Miami; 786-953-7384;

4. Creed Aventus

Creed Aventus

Creed Aventus is perfect for my body chemistry, and it’s strong enough that it stays all day but doesn’t overpower the room.”

From $315. Neiman Marcus at Merrick Park, 390 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables; 786-999-1000;

5. Tod’s Driving Loafers

Tod’s driving shoes

“These are made to be worn in Miami, not New York City. Tod’s Gommino suede driving loafers are comfortable and easy for all-day weekend wear.”

From $445. Tod’s at Miami Design District, 139 Northeast 39th Street, Suite 130, Miami; 305-576-8132;

6. iPhone X

Apple iPhone X.

“My go-to for everything. Yes, I am getting the new iPhone X!”

From $1,000. Apple at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura; 305-914-9826;

The Expert: Mark Friedman

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Mark Friedman. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.