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Mr. Classic by Jeremy Hackett

Keith T

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Sorry if I have missed any previous thread on this subject, but I get the occasional recommendation email from Amazon, and this book caught my eye. I am not familiar with the author and was wondering if anyone could shed any light on this one. Appears that it is coming out in April:

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Book Description
A guide to classic English men's fashion, for would-be dandies everywhere.

Today, classic English tailoring is admired worldwide, and rightly so. There is nothing quite like a pair of well-polished brogues, a tailored dinner jacket, or even a set of freshly laundered striped cotton pajamas. And when it comes to top-drawer tailoring, there is nobody quite like Jeremy Hackett.

Hackett takes us on a grand tour of the world of Bentleys and polo, bicycles and picnics, bow ties and Sussex spaniels. Along the way, he muses on sartorial codes: why plus twos beat plus fours, the ideal length of sock, the pros and cons of cufflinks, the art of monogramming, how one should dress for a hunt or a shooting party, and how to get that bow tie looking "just so."

Brimming with anecdotes and observations as sharp as his suits"”as well as nostalgia for a time when a man knew how to dress for an occasion"”this is a book for those who appreciate the finer things in life. 136 illustrations, 49 in color.

About the Author
Jeremy Hackett is Chairman of the clothing label Hackett. His Mr. Classic columns in The Independent on Sunday have a large following. Garda Tang is a London-based photographer whose work can be found in leading fashion magazines throughout the world.
Product Details

* Hardcover: 200 pages
* Publisher: Thames & Hudson (April 9, 2007)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 0500513333
* ISBN-13: 978-0500513330
* Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 11 x 0.9 inches
* Shipping Weight: 4.37 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
* Amazon.com Sales Rank: #210,804 in Books (See Top Sellers in Books)
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It's a very large format picture book with full-page illustrations from (?) Hackett catalogues (or shoots) of moody young English men. The short texts - in very big print - come from JH's column in the Independent on Sunday and have the quality of 'ramblings'. The texts do not relate in any way to the pictures they are positioned next to (or indeed to any others in the book). I am afraid they are pretty insubstantial and the book in no way compares with Roetzel or Flusser. I can't imagine who it is intended for.

See http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...lassic+hackett

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Originally Posted by Percy Trimmer
It's a very large format picture book with full-page illustrations from (?) Hackett catalogues (or shoots) of moody young English men. The short texts - in very big print - come from JH's column in the Independent on Sunday and have the quality of 'ramblings'. The texts do not relate in any way to the pictures they are positioned next to (or indeed to any others in the book). I am afraid they are pretty insubstantial and the book in no way compares with Roetzel or Flusser. I can't imagine who it is intended for.

See http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...lassic+hackett

Trimmer

I saw this book at a Hackett shop in London, and had a pretty much identical reaction.
 

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Remember the rambling prose in those J Peterman catalogs that read like a page of a script from a Film Noir? That's it, with Abcrombie looking models in morning wear and trainers, or walking around in bowlers with brollies. Ok reading if you don't overpay.
 

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Originally Posted by SUPER K
Remember the rambling prose in those J Peterman catalogs that read like a page of a script from a Film Noir? That's it, with Abcrombie looking models in morning wear and trainers, or walking around in bowlers with brollies. Ok reading if you don't overpay.
In an interesting move, all editions are "large print" editions for the nearsighted or the short attention-spanned. Pads out the Hackett ads nicely.
 

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Thanks for the "warnings", Trimmer et al. I had missed that AAAC thread. Looks like I will pass on this one.
 

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