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Definitive "Books on Menswear" Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    The strand has a copy of Flussers Clothes and the Man for $35. It's a good out of print reference.
     
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    Regarding those titles that have multiple editions, do you gents think it's crucial to read the latest one? For example, there is a cheap copy of style and the man on ebay, but its the 1996 version.
     
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    I can't speak to every title, obviously, but of the titles I've own multiple copies of -- in different versions -- they've more or less been the same across the board. I have found that the latest versions of Roetzel are better than old ones, but only really worth buying if you don't mind spending the money, or if you haven't owned the older versions. Almost every other title has been too similar to care about (between versions).

    The exception are guides to perfumes and fragrances, which must be updated because houses change formulas. So, if you're reading an old version of a book, the description and rating of some scent might not properly reflect what you might buy on the market.
     
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    I would go with the 1996 Style and the Man. It has an outdated but interesting section on stores that isn't in the more recent edition.
     
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    Thanks fellas. Order placed [​IMG]
     
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    I received it yesterday, finished reading it today. The book is mostly a collection of occasional pieces by Boyer, with some chapters written expressly for the book. Some of them appeared in Will Boehlke's "A Suitable Wardrobe" blog. There is no particular system or sequence to the book. For example, the first chapter is devoted to "The Ascot" (with some general discussion of men's neckwear). Chapter 2 is on "Boots," Chapter 3 on "Bowties." The chapters are scarcely proportionate to the subjects. For example "Turtlenecks" merit six pages, "Suits" a little more than seven! The book could have stood more rigorous fact-checking and proofreading, e.g., "hoards [sic] of men."

    However, it is by Boyer, which means that it is knowledgeable, perceptive, informative, witty and entertaining. Does it live up to its claim of being "The History and Principles of Classic Menswear"? Probably not. Do I regret having purchased it and read it? Emphatically not! I shall probably be re-reading many of his chapters quite a few times in the months and years to come.
     
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    Chapters are actually arranged alphabetically.
     
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    I've been working on my collection of these:

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    Have you found inspiration from Apparel Arts? I've browsed a copy or two before and didn't find it that useful. There are only a few pages in each edition that is interesting. I think the many of the best ones may have been scanned in already because the picture in the copies I saw weren't that great.
     
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    That's an interesting question. I don't necessarily pattern an outfit after something that I saw in a Lawrence Fellows drawing, but on the other hand many issues include fabric/patterns carousels that are definitely interesting and can give you ideas on pattern matching (the carousel will have a suit fabric at the center; if you select a certain shirt fabric, the carousel has corresponding tie and hosiery selections). From a historical perspective, I think the books are fascinating. One article from 1935 was on the best men's clothing stores in London - it was interesting to see which companies were still in business and which were not).

    http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2013/10/through-these-portals-pass-best-dressed.html

    Another article featured the best dressed men of 1935 as selected by Apparel Arts writers, with another list selected by industry insiders. In both cases, it was interesting to note how many sporting men (ie gamblers?) were featured on both lists ahead of "typical" names like Douglas Fairbanks and Fred Astaire. For the record, a fellow named William Goadby Lowe was featured on both lists:

    http://uptowndandy.blogspot.com/2015/06/two-galleries-of-best-dressed-men.html

    Many of the issues that I've found feature original fabric swatches for suits, shirts, ties, and socks - aside from the tie patterns, I'd say very little has changed when it comes to what men wear now vs the 1930s.

    That being said, the artwork is great too!
     
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    METORA by David Marx was just released. Great read on Japans post war fascination with US Ivy Style and how and why things evolved to include preppy and denim/workwear. Excellent background on the evolution of style and quality manufacturing as well as the importance of magazines in promoting certain looks and styles to each generation. Styleforum even gets mentioned in the last chapter or two.
     
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    I didn't see Richard Anderson's 'Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed' - the story of his Savile Row apprenticeship mentioned in this thread. (I might have missed it). It's an amusing read and very informative on suit construction in particular.
     
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    Mosst (or all) of the books listed are on english/american suit styles.

    Is there a book about the italian/neapolitan suit styles?
     
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    First is about classic, tailored clothing. Second is slightly broader in scope (although, still kind of a traditional view of style). Third is even broader and probably the most practical for guys who don't wear tailored clothing every day.
     
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    Received this book for Christmas from the misses.. it's really well writte which makes it an enjoyable read and very informative!

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    I can definitely recommend it!
     
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