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Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion (Lifestyle) Hardcover – May 15, 2009

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Now available in a newly updated edition, GENTLEMAN: A TIMELESS GUIDE TO FASHION, is like having the best features from the pages of ESQUIRE, GQ and the like all collected into one hefty, Handsome Volume.

I've never heard of "male fashion expert" Bernhard Roetzel, but then again, I'm someone whose shaving cream comes out of an aerosol can, which, as it turns out, is servicable while on the go, but not necessarily the daily ideal. Ah, well. He obviously knows his stuff, and that stuff comprises a little more than 350 thick, full-color, crisply designed pages.

Part tutorial, part celebratory, GENTLEMAN covers all men's fashion issues, literally from head to toe. From styles of underwear and the joy of custom-made suits to stuff I don't even think about much less own like umbrellaas and handkerchiefs, the book schools you on all you need to know about becoming a sharp-dressed man.

Oh, one sticking point: You'll obviously need a healthy salary or well-stocked trust fund to pull this stuff off. That's not me, but a man can dream, can't he? That may be why I'm more attued to the brief essays that wax nostalgic over getting a good haircut at the old-school barbershop or the usefulness of a pocketknife.

One can't take all of Roetzel's words as gossip not when the virtues of cigarettes are extolled but all that's missing from this book are sample cologne strips. --Rod Lott Blog:Bookgasm.com

About the Author

Following his studies in design, Bernhard Roetzel was first a copywriter and ideas man for advertising agencies in Frankfurt and Hamburg, as well as a script editior for a television production company. He has been concerned with the world of classic meanswear for more than 15 years. In addition to this work as an author and editior, he gives talks and seminaars on questions of style

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Ullmann (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0841608938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0841608931
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,187,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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208 of 217 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Centeno on March 24, 2010
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Bernhard Roetzel's book "Gentleman - A Timeless Guide to Fashion" is to put it simply one of the finest books available on menswear. It is comprehensive, full of beautiful images, binded handsomely, and methodically researched. I rate it as one of the three greatest books ever written on mens clothing.

Introduction - Who I am and how do I use this book
My name is Antonio and I own and operate [...], an online custom clothier. I talk with men on a daily basis about how to dress properly, have written over 100 articles on classic men's style, and write for the popular blog The Art of Manliness. I maintain my own personal library on men's style books and have read well over 70 of the most popular ones. I have owned this edition of Gentleman for 6 months, but read the first edition over 8 years ago. I use this book as a source for my writing and every time I read it (5 times now!) I seem to find something new.

Positive - Things I Love about this Book
1. Quality Content - The second edition of "Gentleman" is well researched and most importantly breaks into new thought when it comes to menswear and the lines of thinking in the industry. Where many authors are comfortable just repeating what they have read elsewhere, Berhard has used his experience as a journalist and textile expert to present the reader with a truly unique view fully supported by beautiful images. Within this book you will find information and ideas no other men's clothing expert has articulated. In fact the number and quality of pictures deserves a mention in itself - each page is elegantly laid out and presented so as to be digestible in seconds or chewed on for an hour. He manages to both give you an overview, while offering a deeper insight if you have the time.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By cxlxmx on July 2, 2010
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If you search for Bernhard Roetzel on Amazon, you will find several books that look very similar but not quite the same, including Gentleman's Guide to Grooming and Style (also in hardcover), Gentleman: A Timeless Fashion (with a red cover), and Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion (with a pinstripe cover). I was confused as to whether these were revised and updated editions, re-printings, or what, so I ordered them all. Here is what I found.

Roetzel is a German who makes a living writing about style for outlets with which I am generally not familiar. For some reason, he writes about English style. Of course, Germans--that is German nobility, or German "gentlemen"--had their own styles at one time. Just as there was an English suit and an Italian suit, there is or was a German suit, and some style choices that were considered faux pas in England were acceptable in Germany and vice versa. Perhaps this is no longer the case, but whatever the situation, Roetzel is a German Anglophile and he writes about English style. Accordingly, the first book seems to have been a 1990s-era German book called "Der Gentleman" (I don't have this one) a guide for Germans to the English gentlemen.

Der Gentleman was then translated into English as "Gentleman's Guide to Grooming and Style.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Adam Naumoff on May 28, 2009
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. It is a history book of fine men's clothes. It includes everything from shaving instruments, saville row suit makers, fox hunting uniforms, and classic male celebrities that influenced fashion. It is different than many other books because it is so easy to read and profoundly interesting and inspiring. I can not stress enough how much it will inspire the reader to dress well. It was so interesting my friends and I actually read it cover-to-cover although it is the type you could flip through.
If you are interested in men's fashion, then this is a must read for you.
-Adam Aleksander
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on September 10, 2011
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I must admit that I have a slightly traditional taste for men's wear. This is by far one of the best books out there that you can buy to get a well-rounded idea of what items you should think of when you are at a certain age (like me, just got a job and begin to make some money) to set up your own wardrobe. Of course, maybe not for those who wear jeans or T-shirts five days a week.

I also use this as a reference book. The book helped me set up a good idea of what is a good style. Such as: shoes are one of the most important items you should invest. Why you need a navy blazer, grey flannel trousers. What kind of overcoat you should buy. What's the culture and history behind a Barbour wax jacket. A list of all the best vendors for shoes, suits, neckties etc. The book is well illustrated and have a large number of detailed pictures.

I ensure you that after you read the book, your eyes would be much sharper and you yourself might turn a little bit snobbish when you are selecting clothes for yourself or looking at others' outfits.

Trust me, at this price, it's a wonderful buy. (BTW, I also read Alan's book as mentioned by others. His books, though well written, are mainly on suits and are not as practical as this one.)
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