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Henry Poole - Founders of Savile Row: The Making..

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chorse123, Dec 18, 2004.

  1. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    shameless bump. The book looks interesting--especially the fact that it is illustrated--but I'm curious if it is worth the dough.
     


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    I recommend it highly. I would first purchase Richard Walkers Illustrated History of Savile Row. His is the best book on Savile Row, and it will give you a background for the Poole book although the Poole book stands on its own feet and can be read by a novice. The Poole book is a detailed history of the firm and the family. It will be appreciated by Poole customers and non-custormers since the history of Poole's is the history of English custom tailoring. It gives one an appreciation of the fragile fortunes and glories of many of the old firms. Cheers.
     


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    I got it free from Poole's - so you can probably get it there for $3000 or so, and they will throw in a suit for free.

    I liked the book. It is more about the company, and the individuals who created it, rather than about the styles, but it does give you a nice idea of the history of bespoke tailoring. The author had extensive access to the archives, and as it is more a company biography, than a comprehensive history, there is not a lot of detail. Definitely worth a read.
     


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    Thanks for the responses. I think I'll add both to my reading list.
     


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    chorse123,

    Unfortunately, unlike others, I can't recommend this book.

    I purchased and read it, but find it very... boring.

    There are no useful information, just history of Poole's, written in dry, boring language.

    The most interesting are photos; but there are much more of them in Walker's "Savile Row".

    Andrey
     


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