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Bespoke: The Men's Style of Savile Row Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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“His illustrated book traces the history of Savile Row and its influence on men’s fashion over the past two centuries….For those seeking a definitive treatise on the power of dress, look no further.” ~OUT Magazine
 
"...a new tome as handsome as its subject." ~New York Times

"With engaging text accompanied by hundreds of photos and illustrations, Sherwood delivers a portrait of modern Savile Row..." ~Metro Source

"...lavishly illustrated and encyclopedic in scope" ~Luxist.com

About the Author

James Sherwood writes for the Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune. He curated "The London Cut", an exhibition shown at the Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the British embassies in Paris and Tokyo.

Tom Ford, former creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, opened his eponymous fashion house in 2006. He directed his first feature film, A Single Man, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; First edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847834980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847834983
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.2 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a coffee table book by definition. The thing is huge; opening it makes me feel like a Mediaeval scholar-monk ready to work on his calligraphy. But it's also full of information. Glossy pictures and in-depth information, good photography and good journalism walking hand in hand... I like it. The book offers a succinct introduction to Savile Row if that's what you're after, but if you're after just looking for big glossy pictures of well-crafted suits, this book offers quite a few yummy photographs of the best bespoke has to offer for you to drool over.

Only caveat? The author, like everyone else who has written about the world of Savile Row, was too selective. Why did he choose the particular tailors that he showcases in the book and not others? I found no reasoning in the book for this. Before buying it, know that, while it is a great "eye candy" book and also full of accurate information (a rare and good thing), it's by no means the definitive guide to Savile Row. For that, I will point you to Savile Row Story: An Illustrated History -- lots of meat, less sheen, although it does contain some very interesting photographs. However, it is rather outdated, as it was released in the 1980s. Buy them both and you'll have a solid Savile Row library!

In summary, this is a book any tailoring enthusiast will enjoy, but my only complaint is that when I pay a steep price for a book I always expect a certain "Bible" aspect, a sense that I will need not buy another book on the subject since this will last a lifetime. Rather like the feeling of walking away from a tailor with a bespoke suit....
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When talking about tailoring as an art form it must be illustrated. This book does a wonderful job at taking the reader to the row and allows them to experience its past, present and shows incite into the future. If you enjoy the finer things in life and really appreciate the mastery that constructs the perfect suit this book is for you!
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The epitome of men's tailoring, a bespoke suit from Savile Row is where you want to get to if your into men's suits and proper fashion. I like the history of the tailors and what each brings to the table when discussing their vision on the subject.
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James Sherwood delivers the goods with this detailed history of the tailors of Savile Row. Beautifully photographed and always entertaining I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the finer points of men's clothing. No well dressed man should be without this book!

Isidro Gonzalez
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As the man of fashion interested in dress is keenly concerned in the "appearance" one presents of oneself, anyone interested in fine modern menswear will love the pretty pictures illustrating this detailed large-format book.

All of the major players in Savile Row are featured, including some of their most illustrious and notorious clientele.

One sees 19th century fashion plates (including one for the livery of one's servants), military tailoring and how to buy anything from court dress to a shooting jacket. The various incarnations of the men's jacket (from severe Brummelian tailcoat to the American Tuxedo), the modern spin on the oft ignored waistcoat, the cutting rooms, and unique fabrics and cuts: it's all here.

Fine for the coffee table or the library of a scholar of men's fashion, this book is filled with color photographs of the last word on men's bespoke tailoring. This book is a must for anyone interested in the history of clothing and costume.
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Members of the Royal Order of the Dandy will love this tome of timeless textiles. It's big and beautiful and make sure your coffee table is worthy of it. Buy it.
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This book has many photographs in it showing fine English haberdashery. It also gives a lot interesting background information. I really like this book and would highly recommend this book to anyone seriously interested in becoming familiar with the proper etiquette for fine men's haberdashery.
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