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The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London

by James Sherwood
     
 

For the man who has everything, and for the luxury industry trying to seduce him: a rich insight into what makes a product endure and bring pleasure to all who possess it
In an age of globalization with fashion trends that change by the day, the quality and workmanship of the great British luxury brands endure and flourish like never before. Valued for their

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For the man who has everything, and for the luxury industry trying to seduce him: a rich insight into what makes a product endure and bring pleasure to all who possess it
In an age of globalization with fashion trends that change by the day, the quality and workmanship of the great British luxury brands endure and flourish like never before. Valued for their craftsmanship, superlative quality, exclusivity, and the status they confer on their owners, these “heritage houses” have been synonymous with the finest production for hundreds of years. This lavish publication celebrates the gentleman’s search for the perfect sartorial detail or the ideal accessory. It features six historical chapters, from the Regency period to the present, each of which presents classic British marques, including shoemakers, jewelers, shirt and tie makers, cloth makers, perfumers, hatters, and vintners. The final chapter showcases the new generation of designer-artisans who are redefining notions of quality and handwork in the era of globalization and digital technologies. A reference section presents the London gentleman’s social world, from the shopping arcade (Burlington) to hotels (The Savoy) and the member’s clubs and antiquarians in between.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
“Well-organized social history, filled with anecdotes describing what defines a gentleman. . . . Elegant and lavish, and has both substance and style.”
Vol. 1 Brooklyn
“[A] glimpse into a totally different world that’s still there, but maybe not as appreciated as it once was.”
The Austin Chronicle
“An elegant coffee table book. . . .[It’s] not so snobbish as to dismiss the new wave and the author is savvy enough to know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. The pursuit of exquisite luxury never changes.”
San Antonio Express-News
“[A] lavish publication.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500516317
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/12/2012
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,209,993
Product dimensions:
11.10(w) x 13.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

James Sherwoodis the archivist at Henry Poole & Co. and a consultant for Anderson & Sheppard and the Savoy hotel. He is editor-at-large for The Rake and contributes to the Daily Telegraph and World of Interiors. He was the BBC fashion critic at Royal Ascot for eight years and regularly appears as a royal style and fashion critic on British and American television. His previous books include Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke, Fashion at Royal Ascot, and The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London.

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