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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008 -- Matthew Curtis and Chris Lutes

(Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Courtney Hollands
Globe Staff / November 18, 2008
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Matthew Curtis

Age: 43

Residence: Cambridge

Job: Co-owner of Middlesex Lounge, Cambridge 1, Audubon Circle, Miracle of Science, and the soon-to-open Tory Row

In 2004, Miracle of Science was named the "top nerd bar" by Popular Science. How did you feel about that? We're good with it. I mean, look at all these people wearing intelligent-looking glasses now. The manager of the Tampa Bay Rays [Joe Maddon] is wearing stylish glasses. A few years ago, you wouldn't see a sports guy in architect-like glasses. . . . Intelligence is its own style.

You own restaurants in Boston and in Cambridge. Are people more stylish north or south of the river? Cambridge has people with more personal style, for sure. In Boston, there are more fashionistas. If a pink Burberry raincoat is important to have, you'll see it all over Boston. But in Cambridge, people wear every color throughout the year and do their own thing.

What's on your iPod? My iPod is neglected now that I have an iPhone. Lately I've been listening to Spanish and Latin music; it's inspiring when I'm running on the river.

What's your go-to outfit? Levi's Capital E jeans. I'm all about the little details. I like Lacoste shirts, but not the ones with the banded arms. I like the hemmed arms. Oh, and cuffs from John Lewis jewelers on Newbury Street.

Where do you shop? I shop in fits and starts. In Boston, I go to Barneys or Patagonia. It's James Perse if I'm in New York or LA - he should have a store in Boston.

Any past fashion faux pas? When Miracle of Science was under construction, I was 24 and I'm sure my judgment was impaired by youth. One of the carpenters threw away his belt and I picked it up and wore it on a date. My date totally called me out on how silly it was. . . . It wasn't like the Village People, but it was a big, chunky belt.

Chris Lutes

Age: 47

Residence: Roslindale

Job: Co-owner of Middlesex Lounge, Cambridge 1, Audubon Circle, Miracle of Science, and the soon-to-open Tory Row

Do you consider yourself stylish? Yes. I think everyone has style, but some people have more than others. My style is simple and time-tested, consistent.

How is your personal style reflected in your restaurants? The design of our restaurants is simple and true to the materials we use. We design them with the test of time in mind. They aren't trendy. They look good now and they'll look good in 20 years.

In 2004, Miracle of Science was named the "top nerd bar" by Popular Science. How did you feel about that? It's totally great. I was a nerd in college and I still am. Nerds are great customers.

You own restaurants in Boston and in Cambridge. Are people more stylish north or south of the river? I have to say Boston, though I'm sure Matthew will say Cambridge. Boston's a little more business, a little more basic, a little more old school.

What do you think about trends? Trends are for people who haven't found their personal style yet.

Where do you shop? I rarely shop. Twice a year, I go to Brooks Brothers and Kittery Trading Post, which is like a poor man's L.L. Bean.

Have you committed any fashion crimes? Once. Maybe I wore white pants after Labor Day.

Who should be on this list next year? Nick Winton. He's an award-winning architect based in Cambridge. . . . His style is simple and he's true to himself. He's not flashy.

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