- Hardcover: 360 pages
- Publisher: h. f. ullmann; 1 edition (February 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0841601623
- ISBN-13: 978-0841601628
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.6 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,575,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gentleman: A Timeless Fashion Hardcover – February, 2008
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For many people the question will be whether to choose this or Allan Flusser's 'Dressing the Man'. The answer is really that they serve different purposes. If you quickly want to know how to look your best for a job interview in a suit then go for Flusser, as his book best explains suits in greater detail, and better still, tells you how to coordinate it with the shirt and tie. Roetzel tends to be more segmented and tells you less about how to coordinate the different items.
However, Roetzel great strength is that he has countless little tips jam-packed into his book that Flusser never touches on. One point at which Roetzel thoroughly surpasses Flusser is in his section on shoes, which is by far and away superior. The plethora of full colour photographs of different shoe types and on what occassion they should be worn has superior clarity to the brief and poorly illustrated overview dealt the topic by Flusser. Other places that Roetzel surpasses Flusser is his discussion on items such as sport coats, overcoats, socks, as well as with extremely useful tips such as how to fold a suit jacket when travelling, and even the best way to iron a shirt.
One point worth mentioning is that the book is orientated towards an English ideal of what a 'gentleman' is.Read more ›
The book is not perfect, and Mr. Roetzel has some rather quaint and outdated ideas (such as the kind of clothes worn by students at Ivy League universities.) Overall, however, the book is an excellent roadmap for those who wish to live a cut above the norm in this too-fast, hyper-casual, overly-efficient, mass-produced, machine-made, often-shoddy world.
Good as this book is, it is not without some shortcomings. First of all, the author has a decidedly British outlook. Italian and American tailors and shirtmakers get short shrift, the Americans disturbingly so. There is more to American fine clothing than Brooks Brothers (Robert Talbott, Oxxford Clothes, and Hickey-Freeman can hold their own with anything off the rack from Britain, to say nothing of American custom makers such as Alexander Kabbaz), but you wouldn't know it from reading this book. Given that the author is German, it really isn't that surprising that he's Anglocentric in his clothing ideas, but he could at least acknowledge that the United States does have something to offer. Secondly, there are times (especially in his description of the shoe-making process) when the author's prose becomes muddled and hard to understand. This may be because of the inherent arcanity of the subject, but it still is unfortunate.
All in all, however, this is an excellent book. While it does not eclipse Alan Flusser's books, it is their equal is many respects and their superior in many more. Despite whatever minor shortcomings it may have, I recommend it whole-heartedly to anyone who has any interest in men's clothing whatsoever.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of useful information, but also a lot of history, which many people might not care. The bottom line: useful reference. Highly recommend it.Published on October 25, 2013 by Macky
I bought two of these books,one for a friend as gift,and another one for myself.I like the information in every details on wardrobes etc;however,it's written in german,but you can... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by KGSTYLEGENTLEMEN
I appreciated this book very much. It has given me a basic understanding of the different aspects of men's fashion. Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Steve
I found this book from one of my friends, read through it and decided it was an awesome book! I ordered it for my husband because he's into all the GQ stuff and whatnot. Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by yourjukebox
This is not a «how to» book, but a «look what you've been missing 'cause you ain't got the dough -nor the taste- for it» book. Read morePublished on May 10, 2010 by Paco Calderón
'Gentleman' is a good overview for any man wishing to emulate the components of a (British) gentleman's style. Read morePublished on October 3, 2009 by Sirin
Don't waste time on this book, too grandiose but too little useful advice ... A price of US$ 5 would be sufficient for the content, lots of waffle ... Read morePublished on June 20, 2008 by Curry Mojo
This book is actually a must have for the true gentleman, it has all the knowledge that a men need to know to be in perfect shape for every ocassion, from the shaving, the hair,... Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Raul J. Alonso Gonzalez