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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‘Costume designers are storytellers, historians, social commentators and anthropologists. Movies are about people, and costume design plays a pivotal role in bringing these people to life’.
‘Hollywood Costume‘ is an exhibition takes place in London, at Victoria & Albert Museum (20 October 2012 – 27 January 2013) and explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling.
Bringing together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters such as Dorothy Gale, Indiana Jones, Scarlett O’Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader.
In you’re in the City don’t miss it!
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Contrassegnato exhibition, London
The Tweed Run bicycle jaunts have come and gone in London and San Francisco, but don’t let the spirit of the ride end now. These peacock provisionsare are both functional and handsome, whether you’re cycling to the market or just taking a Sunday stroll.
Plus, you’ll be prepared for next year’s Tweed Run!
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While the fashion shows in Paris, London and Milan last weeks were showing the best of the upcoming collections for men, it seems even the men on the street were refined and showed their best about smart and original style.
The looks outside the shows and down the street in summer days were dandy with a mix & match of elegant details such as bow, ties, pocket square, but worn with denim blazer jacket, colored chinos pants, tatoos and big bags.
Get inspired and buy what you need here…
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If you’re emotional about products, adverts, toys and gadgets of your childhood go to visit to the orginal and brand new Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising.
Evocative and inspiring, it’s a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands: featuring over 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie Collection, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is a recent addition to the museums in London, located just off the famous Portobello Road in Notting Hill.
The history of consumer culture is revealed though household products and shopping basket favourites in our ‘time tunnel’, which charts a nostalgic journey from Victorian times to the present day…
Museum of Brands
2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road,
Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR
Tel: +44 (0)20 7908 0880
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Contrassegnato London, museum