Esquire Spring 2011 Big Black Book

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  1. Imhoff

    Imhoff Senior member

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    Date of Sale at B&N is April 5th. Checked and was disappointed it wasn't available yet.
     
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    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    Just picked it up today at B&N. $9.95.
     
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    ^What b & n did you pick this up at?


    I have a long flight to Frankfurt on Sunday and would love to have some good reading material.
     
  4. Imhoff

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    Hmmmm of course I live in a city that gets these publications late... thanks Phx.
     
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    Found it, flipped through it, put it back on the shelf. Like the last spring edition, there are superficial sections on cars and watches, which I don't care about, and too few that feature clothes I'd wear. They make a noble attempt to explain how to use bold colors such as royal blue and magenta, but my tastes are leaning more toward the CBD thread these days. Wrong point in the SF hype cycle.

    I think, in fairness to Esquire, I'm just too set in my summer clothing ways. I'm more "rumpled linen" than urban peacock.
     
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    J. Crew must have really upped their advertising budget with Esquire. They're featured in what seems like every other "outfit."
     
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    J. Crew must have really upped their advertising budget with Esquire. They're featured in what seems like every other "outfit."

    It is weird I think the best of J. Crew was what they came out with just before their media explosion about two falls ago. A lot of their patterns are overdone and the construction on their pieces is still the same as it has always been; lacking. They are becoming more or less a decent department store. I find myself going in to look at everything that is not J. Crew.
     
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    J Crew in every other outfit? That's surely a "keeper" and money well wasted. I pre-payed online should've waited. I checked few places on the west side in nyc - nothing. In a horrible sea of american fashion magazines BBB is still a fish in a dead sea of overcommercialized monsters. I have to say it, I really like winter 2010 issue. I found something to read + few things surely inspired me. What else can you ask for?
     
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    I flipped through and passed. I'd pay $25 for something like this if it was really good. I suppose that's what Rake or Monocle are for but they aren't available at any bookstores that I'm aware of.
     
  10. JLibourel

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    I just threw out all my old Big Black Books. They're worth a look and maybe buying, but most of the content of abiding value can be found in Esquire's hardbound Handbook of Style they put out a couple of years ago.
     
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    Read it today.


    Meh....quite forgetful. Is this really the best that American fashion/style magazines can come up with?

    Don't waste money buying.


    I have them all going back to the beginning. Really went downhill when they went to 2x a year to make more money. Some of the how-to's an stuff are pretty neat, but nothing you couldn't find somewhere else. I like actual magazine, the stock, the photos, etc... and figure that instead of collecting National Geographic, I will collect these.

    I saw GQ came out with their own version.....
     
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    I can't believe this. How can you have so much time to make it right and so effortlessly ruin it. BBB just lost all the credibility in my eyes. Really wtf is this?
     
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    I flipped through and passed. I'd pay $25 for something like this if it was really good. I suppose that's what Rake or Monocle are for but they aren't available at any bookstores that I'm aware of.


    Monocle is available at Barnes & Nobles.



    I have them all going back to the beginning. Really went downhill when they went to 2x a year to make more money. Some of the how-to's an stuff are pretty neat, but nothing you couldn't find somewhere else. I like actual magazine, the stock, the photos, etc... and figure that instead of collecting National Geographic, I will collect these.

    I saw GQ came out with their own version.....



    Try collecting the Japanese magazines like Men's Ex, Leon, or Mens Precious. These are truly worth "collecting" as they are full of pictures and understanding of Japanese is optional.



    I can't believe this. How can you have so much time to make it right and so effortlessly ruin it. BBB just lost all the credibility in my eyes. Really wtf is this?

    Credibility? [​IMG] Did they even have any to begin with?
     
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    I just threw out all my old Big Black Books. They're worth a look and maybe buying, but most of the content of abiding value can be found in Esquire's hardbound Handbook of Style they put out a couple of years ago.

    Should have out them up on eBay. IIRC the first one was going for about $50 or more.
     
  15. JLibourel

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    Should have out them up on eBay. IIRC the first one was going for about $50 or more.

    Story of my life!
     

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