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post #91 of 146
Received Loos' Why a Man Should be Well-Dressed the other day. I've only read a few chapters and skimmed the rest, but would say it's overall not terribly recommendable. There are a few amusing paragraphs, and it's nice to hear someone's voice about this subject from over a hundred years ago, but the historical material is thin and there aren't any practical or useful tips. Neither Esquire's Encyclopedia nor Flusser's Dressing the Man. Not bad if you're fine with spending ~$15 for a book you can finish within two hours or so, but probably not something you'll ever pick up again for reference.
post #92 of 146
Of potential interest

Reviews at Cutter and Tailor forum say there are bunch of problems with the text, but it's potentially worth reading.
post #93 of 146
Thread Starter 
Just finished Nothing but the Best by Thomas Girtin. It's definitely not a beginner's book in the sense that it gives no practical information on what to wear or how to combine items. There is some information about the construction of the various items that it considers, but not enough to be really valuable by itself in that respect. For example, there's a cursory description of the shoemaking process - the acquisition of leather, the fitting, the last creation, the clicking, etc.. You get a sense of the process but not near the level of detail that's in, for instance, the Vass book.

More than anything it's a book about the people and cultures of the various crafts that England has been known for, from suits to shoes to umbrellas. There are plenty of entertaining anecdotes about this or that odd request from a famous client, the feats of alcoholism performed by various outworkers, and the effects of modernizing society and shifts in wealth from aristocracy to industry. If you wish you could have spent more time hanging out and chatting at Huntsman and Lobb in the 50s, then you'll enjoy this book.
post #94 of 146
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I recently finished 'Today there are no gentlemen' by Nik Cohn and wrote up a review here:

http://ivorytowerstyle.tumblr.com/post/44240837343/book-review-today-there-are-no-gentlemen-by-nik-cohn
post #95 of 146
Nice review, Unbel.

Adding: Mack has a nice thread on Oleg Cassini's autobiography. Tons of great quotes

http://www.styleforum.net/t/83013/the-memoirs-of-oleg-cassini/0_20
post #96 of 146

Guys what are regarded as 'the classic books' on menswear? 

post #97 of 146
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Guys what are regarded as 'the classic books' on menswear? 

Uhhhh...you mean other than the ones listed in the first post of this thread?
post #98 of 146
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Guys what are regarded as 'the classic books' on menswear? 

Here is a link to a thread you might find helpful

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309344/definitive-books-on-menswear-thread
post #99 of 146
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Uhhhh...you mean other than the ones listed in the first post of this thread?


Flusser and Roetzel are, most of the others are not. 

post #100 of 146
Thread Starter 
Well, you seem to know the answer to your question already!
post #101 of 146
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post

Here is a link to a thread you might find helpful

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309344/definitive-books-on-menswear-thread

I'd also check out this thread:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/309344/definitive-books-on-menswear-thread

(Sorry, couldn't help myself. peepwall[1].gif)

Gentleman's Gazette also has a good summary that you might want to peruse:

http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/mens-fashion-book-library-guide/
post #102 of 146
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Well, you seem to know the answer to your question already!

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post #103 of 146
Potentially of interest: The Language of Clothes
post #104 of 146
I flipped through the thread and saw a few references to Apparel Arts. While individual issues are pretty rare, I think the Italian 3-volume set from Gruppo GFT might be even rarer - since, as I understand it, it was a limited edition that was never actually offered for sale.








You can see more of my shoddy photography and incessant rambling here:
http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2013/03/apparel-arts-italian-3-volume-set-from.html
post #105 of 146
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^Awesome post, thank you. I've bid on that set on eBay a couple of times but have yet to win it.
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