As fashion director here at Men's Health I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit incredible, breathtaking travel destinations around the world, looking for great style – and now The Arctic Circle is also included. Mercedes-AMG invited me to visit their driving school in Arjeplog, Sweden. I had the opportunity to see their breathtaking new fleet of 2019 sports cars on frozen lakes on the edge of the Arctic Circle in action. In addition to the lusty high-performance sports cars, there was another layer of style – Santoni, one of the best quality brands for footwear, has teamed up with AMG to produce a special collection of driving shoes in the fall.
With both luxury brands, attention to detail is truly remarkable in their quality product, making it a perfect pair. For the man who values style and function alike, AMG and Santoni prove that it is not necessary to sacrifice one over the other. My absolute highlight was to recognize the parallels of the design with both luxurious automotive and fashion items.
The shape of a beautiful sports car along with an extremely attractive interior design often attracts consumers to a vehicle, but for true automotive fans, the engine and its performance play a crucial role in deciding what's right for them. With the exterior style and engine performance in mind, I often regard the dashboard as the essential design element of a car that is important for both aesthetic comfort and driving experience. And these new AMG models achieve the best ratings for what a man expects from a top-of-the-range sports car.
Testing these cars on snow and ice made me very impressed with how they handled the difficult terrain. Whether front-wheel, all-wheel or rear-wheel, each series style was characterized by how he handled the elements, reacted and responded to the elements, and showed that they are more than just hot cars.
Not many are likely to travel around the Arctic Circle, but knowing that you have a car built to withstand the harshest weather patterns is an added bonus you're grateful for.
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