Most stylish New Yorkers: Orlando Rene Palacios

The haberdasher demonstrates his appreciation for fine craftsmanship---and his flair with fabric.

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    Palacios designed this dapper three-piece suit himself. "It's bespoke from Worth & Worth," he tells us. "It was my take on a peacoat gone dandy, and there are hidden elements in the lining and construction, such as special cell-phone pockets within interior pockets."

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    A navy blue pin-striped three-pocket vest demonstrates Palacios's affinity for custom tailoring, and incorporates pick stitching and a peak lapel. His silk printed scarf is also a part of his company's collection, while the crisp white shirt is from Dior.

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    The haberdasher shows off "The Doc," one of his label's creations: a gray porkpie crown with a pencil-curl brim.

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    This studded black leather belt, which features "a silver melange of warthogs," was designed and gifted to Palacios by his friend and client Patrick Mavros (patrickmavros.com).

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    The Hell's Kitchen resident kicks up his heels in a pair of Duckie Brown for Florsheim spectators that he acquired from Saks Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Ave between 49th and 50th Sts; 212-940-2818, saksfifthavenue.com).

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     For an unexpected accent, the resourceful hatmaker adheres a silver pushpin to his vest using a piece of loose red thread.

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    Taking on a harder edge, Palacios assembles his "reconstructed punk rocker" outfit---a graphic Dior T-shirt, a Worth & Worth vest and chalk-stripe wool paratrooper pants.

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    This dark gray wool vest, which is being produced for Palacios's fall 2011 collection, uses stitching as graphic representation of what's there and what's yet to be stitched.

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    Palacios handcrafted this bracelet from leather, rooster feathers, suede and silver conic studs.

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    Another handmade cuff---fashioned out of a deconstructed waistband with chains and safety pins---appears on his other wrist.

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    In this instance, Palacios's footwear blends "practicality and fashion." Purchased at an army-navy store in Los Angeles, the paratrooper boots initially had broken zippers. The solution? Palacios wrapped scraps of pin-striped fabrics around the shoe tops to hold everything together.

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    Palacios's Worth & Worth headgear, the Jakob, is crafted from 100 percent beaver.

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    The craftsman describes this ensemble as "Ike [Eisenhower] meets a Scotsman at the rodeo in Central America." The international look comes together with an olive-and-brown plaid Scottish wool kilt procured from Rags-a-GoGo (218 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves; 646-486-4011, rags-a-gogo.com) and Marc Jacobs black pants.

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    Opening his Ike by Worth & Worth jacket, Palacios reveals a vintage blue wool sweater he reconstructed himself, his favorite white Dior button-down and a silver alligator Patrick Mavros belt.

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     Accents include a rust-colored Worth & Worth Venezia hat, as well as a multihued plaid scarf given to him by designer Yigal Azroul (yigal-azrouel.com).

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     Wingtip boots from a cobbler on London's King's Road lend European flair to his globally inspired aesthetic.

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Palacios designed this dapper three-piece suit himself. "It's bespoke from Worth & Worth," he tells us. "It was my take on a peacoat gone dandy, and there are hidden elements in the lining and construction, such as special cell-phone pockets within interior pockets."

Orlando Rene Palacios, "fortysomething," haberdasher for Worth & Worth (hatshop.com), Hell's Kitchen

His personal style: "Wild and refined."

His inspirations: "Humor, irony and weather."

Favorite NYC stores: "I love all the kitschy treasures, like black Santas and colored troll pins at Jack's 99 Cent (locations throughout city; visit jacks99world.com for more info). The books at Assouline (Plaza Hotel, 768 Fifth Ave at 59th St, mezzanine; 212-593-7236, assouline.com) are inspiring, and I enjoy sitting at the window viewing them. When I'm feeling kooky, I walk into the dressing rooms at Dior (21 E 57th St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-421-6099) and pretend I'm in a M.C. Escher lithograph. Beckenstein (32 W 20th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-366-5142, beckensteinfabrics.com) is a treasure of textiles."

His signature item: "My hat. I have this wild hair underneath it, and I was sick of people—mainly ladies—asking me if they could touch it, so I bought a hat at flea market. Not many people were wearing them [20 years ago], which made me the distinguished outsider and protected."

Favorite local designers: "VPL (vplnyc.com). [Victoria Bartlett] has great composition and a twisted irony to her designs."

Favorite New York style icon: "Patti Smith; she's comfortable in her skin."

How his style has evolved: "I bathe a bit more regularly."

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