The Indispensable Guide to Classic Men’s Clothing


Author: Josh Karlen, Chris Sulavik

ISBN: 9780966184716


Publication Date: 2007

Number of Pages: 196

Size: 5" x 8"

Format: Paperback

Price: $15.95

Distributor: Midpoint Trade Books

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Few “indispensable” guides are ever just that, but this title comes close to hitting the mark, even though much of the information provided can be found in similar guides, such as Paul Keers’s A Gentleman’s Wardrobe (1988). Karlen, an attorney and editor, and Sulavik, a journalist, use a question-and-answer format (e.g., “Should a dress shirt have a pocket?”) that works well, and the candid remarks provided by dozens of clothing experts are an interesting feature…. most public and academic libraries should have at least a few good men’s grooming guides like this one on their shelves. —Library Journal

This volume answers hundreds of questions about classic articles in a man’s wardrobe, from ascots to wingtips. It describes, in practical language and through dozens of illustrations, the rules of attire that every man should know for occasions ranging from Casual Fridays to Black Tie. Leading experts on men’s clothing-from Brooks Brothers and Paul Stuart, to Britain’s famed Turnbull & Asser and France’s venerable shoemaker J.M. Weston- have contributed their knowledge to this concise yet exhaustive volume, which explains how to put together a wardrobe of timeless, impeccable style. Plus, the finest custom suit makers, shirt makers and shoemakers describe the fine points of their craft and provide tips on how to recognize quality clothing.  It has been featured in GQ magazine and Wedding Bells magazine.