The man in yellow clothes seems nice. ....(Some more sentences not including any other men)...... And (A) the man (in yellow clothes) has a Bugari.

If it is certain that the listener will understand who is 'the man' when the speaker only says 'the man' at Point A, it is OBLIGATORY that I not use 'in yellow clothes', or is it just that It is EFFICIENT that I not use 'in yellow clothes'?

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This is a style question. In English, it is not obligatory to omit the repetition of a description, but there should be some reason to repeat it when it isn't necessary. The reason could be esthetic, in poetry, or rhetorical, in a speech. If the repetition occurs at the beginning of sentences or phrases, it is called "anaphora":

American Heritage Dictionary "anaphora"
"1. The deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of several successive verses, clauses, or paragraphs; for example,
'We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills' (Winston S. Churchill)."

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