Now let’s talk about somebody I want you to meet. This page is roughly supposed to be about well-dressed men, but it's dedicated to one—the best of them all, right up there with Fred Astaire—but not as well remembered today. This is Anthony Drexel Biddle Jr., or A.J., all-around winning fellow and definitely among the top 3 most stylish men the US has ever produced.
I recently had a conversation with A.J.’s nephew Tony Duke, himself the epitome of dash, American sportsmanship, and kindness at 94 years of age. Tony remembered his relative very vividly and with a certain amount of tenderness, too. The sum of the stories told by him about A. J. made it clear he was a great male character, and got better with age. We barely talked about clothes. My favorite story: during the war, A.J. took his nephew Tony to lunch at the London Ritz. Afterwards he said, “I want you to come meet a nice fellow.” He took him to US Army HQ, and it turned out the nice fellow was Eisenhower. Tony, being so close to A.J., was warmly received, and D-Day was five days later