Most writing about new technology sounds painfully outdated within a few years. It’s hard to evoke the thrill of a new device or technique which will soon be commonplace, harder still to capture its effects on the society which anxiously welcomes it.
The world does not need another clothing book, let alone one purporting to collect “icons,” as does this one. Fortunately, this book, the second by Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson, is as refreshing and original as his first, the entertainingly vivid memoir Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed.
I love a book whose author dares to actually assert a viewpoint. In clothing, this means more than simply asserting “style is eternal” or “nice clothes are nice”, as most books on the subject seem to do.
The regular posting of pictures of his daily, weekly or at least most memorable outfits has become the staple behavior of the modern clothing blogger. It has been satirized by blogs of outfits worn by a Shiba Inu and contributed to a sort of democratization of fashion-setting.
Coincident with the widespread realization in Europe and the United States that almost everything they consume was made elsewhere came a movement to buy domestic production. More recently, as the bourgeoisie of those same areas have found themselves increasingly distanced not only from the means of production but the means of earning a living through the socially accepted credentialing of education, a younger generation has rediscovered the apparent pleasures of buying local and of learning, or at least affecting, a craft.
English-speaking lovers of that receding Atlantis known as classic #menswear have their totem in the form of Arnold Gingrich’s Apparel Arts. That magazine’s 1930s clothing illustrations and articles effectively chronicled and set what we now call classic.
“A peacock among pigeons” is the common refrain of a new book with the unwieldy title Turnbull & Asser: Made in England 130 Years. Authored by #menswear hack-for-hire James Sherwood, it’s the second vanity publication in 20 years about British shirt- and tiemaker Turnbull & Asser.