Tuesday, 2 May 2017

London Sartorial: Men's Style From Street to Bespoke

London Sartorial: Men's Style from Street to Bespoke

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Dylan Jones
Release Date:
March 13, 2017

 Reviewed by:
Jeffrey Felner
Many a book on the subject of London and its contribution to men’s fashion has been written and expounded upon, but few have found a truly unique way to tackle the topic and stay the course. Dylan Jones attacks the topic from a decidedly original point of view, so if you are looking for a history of Savile Row or of the Carnaby Street from the peacock era ... well, then you are out of luck. This is an educational, entertaining, and astute examination of British menswear.

Jones has chosen to examine this mecca of men’s sartorial habits and quirks via the ever expanding retail topography of menswear purveyors. While doing so he proffers how the merchandise and buying habits, at both the retail and wholesale levels, have evolved since that peacock revolution of the sixties. He explores the rising interest in streetwear as well as the mindset of men whose interests lean toward the of the moment trend-worthy in addition to those who lean toward the more the au courant  of classic styles.

The first half of the book includes a wonderful photographic essay that concerns itself with all the various styles and influences that London offers. The second half includes interviews and a photo essay of sorts that concerns itself primarily with specific designers of London while further focusing on those who show during London Fashion Week Mens. It is here that it should be noted that Jones is the chairman of that event and has been awarded an OBE for services to publishing and the fashion industry.

London Sartorial: Men's Style from Street to Bespoke is a book that speaks to those who have a genuine and profound interest in men’s fashion and especially to those who revel in all things sartorial, especially of the British variety.

Jeffrey Felner is a dedicated participant and nimble historian in the businesses of fashion and style. Decades of experience allow him to pursue almost any topic relating to fashion and style with unique insight and unrivaled acumen.

London Sartorial: Men's Style From Street to Bespoke
Written by Dylan Jones

Pub Date: April 4, 2017

Format: Hardcover
Category: Design - Fashion & Accessories
Publisher: Rizzoli
Trim Size: 8 x 10
US Price: $45.00
CAN Price: $60.00
ISBN: 978-0-8478-5866-8

The new looks, updated traditions, and influential designers defining men’s fashion today, from the world’s capital of gentlemen’s style.

Combining the unique heritage of gentlemen’s tailoring with a progressive approach to street style, London is fast becoming the world’s capital of men’s fashion. For this book, Dylan Jones presents a discerning sartorialist’s guide to the capital, from London’s coolest neighborhoods to the studios of its most influential designers and beyond.

Beginning with an exploration of London’s chicest urban villages, the book reflects the extraordinary eclecticism of the city’s street style—from envelope-pushing streetwear in Shoreditch to classic tailoring in Mayfair. Forays into the coolest and hardest-to-find menswear shops in the city at once reveal the sources of the fashions on display and capture the atmosphere of the capital. At the heart of the book are profiles of London’s top designers—from world renowned brands to up-and-coming names, these are the designers whose work is shaping the future of menswear.

Legends such as Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood, whose flair for subversion colors their refinement, sit alongside younger designers such as Christopher Shannon and Agi & Sam, pioneers of bringing graphics and pattern to luxury streetwear. Icons of classic elegance such as Tom Ford and Burberry contrast with a new generation of designers, from Nigel Cabourn to Mr. Hare, whose redefined silhouettes and innovative materials take the traditions of Savile Row into the new millennium.

About the Author

Dylan Jones is a British journalist and author and former editor of i-D and Arena magazines, and has been the editor of GQ magazine (UK) since 1999. He is chair of the British Fashion Council’s Menswear Committee and a founding chairman of London Collections: Men.

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