The Perfect Gentleman, The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London, is a very interesting book by James Sherwood that essentially presents the remaining bespoke shirtmakers, shoemakers, jewelers, gunmakers, stationers, umbrella shops and other related purveyors of gentlemen’s requisites in London.
It is full of gorgeous photos of elegant shops, their merchandise, and their emblematic customers like Astaire, Churchill, the Duke of Windsor and the Duke’s grandfather Edward VII reappear with enough frequency to become almost tiresome.
The Perfect Gentleman discusses each shop in individual chapters of several pages of prose studded with interesting factoids and sensuously shot pictures. Perfect in length and depth for the purchaser to peruse for inspiration or aspiration over his morning coffee. Charmingly, however, each set of chapters forms a chronological section, framed with a short history of the styles and fashions of the period during which the shops giving rise to his subtitle’s “timeless elegance” were founded, from the Restoration to the past century.
The Perfect Gentleman commences its survey of stores with the hatters James Lock, founded in 1676, and finishes with discussions of the contemporary shoemakers Gaziano & Girling and the jeweler Shaun Leane. Afterwards follow short pieces on the shopping arcades, hotels, restaurants and men’s clubs that the notional perfect gentleman would patronize, with no surprises.
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Bresciani is an world-wide known and appreciated Italian men’s hosiery brand, which has made the attention to high-quality materials the focus of their products: the finest Egyptian cotton, the lightest linen, but also the best cashmere, hemp, silk and wool are used in the creation of their socks since 1970.
The value of the products is strenghten on an international level and by prestigiuos stylists and designers also thanks to the rigorous quality controls, to the highly skilled craftmanship and to the best electronic technology, which provide a great attention to details and to the manufacturing.
The Bergamo-based factory has thus gained an international market distinction and it’s distributed in leading menswear stores not only in Europe, but also Asia, North and South America and Africa, proving to be a high-quality Made in Italy brand.
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Contrassegnato Bresciani, Pitti Uomo, socks
What kind of men will we become the next spring summer?
The scorching heat has not dampened the enthusiasm that reigns at Pitti Uomo 84.
This summer edition sees still increasing foreign buyers, while holding the levels of 2012 Italians: the international fashion market meeting in Florence asks and gives confidence.
And the style is always impeccable.
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Described as “your Summer 2013 pilgrimage” by GQ, the Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion is the ultimate exhibition you really need to attend this season.
As the title itself states, this exhibition doesn’t want to define the very debated and poliedric figure of the dandy, on the contrary it rather explores the wide range of the figures, personas and styles that this category consists of.
The RISD Museum in Providence is therefore presenting a wide variety of artistic manifestations regarding this subject, both from the past and from more recent days, ranging from old caricatures, to the pictures of John Waters or Stephen Tennant, from the legendary Andy Warhol’s silver wigs, to the possibly last remaining shirt owned by Oscar Wilde himself, from a great collection of tailored-to-perfection garments to the pictures of Waris Ahluwalia or Patrick McDonald in their whimsical suits, and the list goes on.
With the contribution of other organizations from all over the world and the donations of private individuals, this exhibition manages to deeply explore the dynamic, ever-changing figure of the dandy and the result is not just a frivolous depiction of dandyism but it’s culturally relevant and highly “erudite and charming” (Style.com).
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Contrassegnato dandy, exhibition