Here is my very breif description of events (I had to get going to work on a rush freelance project):
The Venanzi store is just off 5th on the West side, right by Bendel and Takashimaya. Venanzi's is quite nice, the exterior and interior are best described"”or as best as I can describe"”as regal, simple and elegant. On the way in, I was greeted by a number of people (friendly staff?). I now have the store on my to-do list for a return visit to learn more about what they offer.
After moving quickly towards the back of the sotre, I found where most of the people were assembled. In the back of the store and down about three steps is a room surrounded with shelves of bolts suiting of fabric. In the middle of the room is a large work table with a marble (?) top. All around the room (and all over the store) were well-dressed gentlemen chatting while enjoying wine and bubbly water. Everyone seemed quite at ease, I was very sorry for the fact that I had no time to meet anyone or find out who was who from this and the other forums. At the head of the work table "”or atleast the opposite end facing the enternce to the room was the man of honor signing books.
I thought I saw a line, but I was mistaken, it was fine gents chatting and perhaps meeting face-to-face for the first time. Realizing there was no line and seeing Manton without a book to sign I walked over and handed him my book (as I mentioned in an earlier post, I had intended to buy a book at the store, but when I thought I may not make it to the party, I pruchased one at B&N). Manton was dressed in a blue suit of a shade that really made him stand out from the crowd"”yes, even a crowd of such well dressed men. It was a little loud and I'm not one for small talk so I had my copy signed, said my thanks, and then headed out so i could work on my project.
Congrats to Manton.
I have not gotten too far in the book as of yet, but I can tell it is going to filling a lot of gaps for me on fine dressing.
As a graphic designer I can say the cover is wonderful (I would expect nothing less from Mucca, the studio that did it). The interior is nicely done as well too"”I think Jan Tschichold would approve. (FYI"”I'm as picky about design as Manton is about suits, so if I lost you, those are big complements from me for both the interior and cover the book).
OK, back to work for me.