While the immediacy of the internet makes it a great tool for inspiration and advice, there’s something authentic about a traditional book. What’s more is that the longevity of a hardcover tome has the benefit of staying around forever, not disappearing into the digital ether. And despite a downturn in some areas of publishing as readers move to Kindles and iPads, photo-heavy books have remained just as popular, proving a great gift idea – even for yourself. Here, we present the best new menswear books, just in time for Christmas.
The Parisian Gentleman
by Hugo Jacomet (Thames & Hudson)
While France’s style capital has, at long last, embraced streetwear, there nonetheless persists longstanding sartorial traditions, with craftsmanship an important quality to the city’s best tailoring and accessories brands. In The Parisian Gentleman, a weighty hardcover book by journalist Hugo Jacomet, the makers of some of the world’s finest menswear are celebrated, from shirtmaker Charvet to shoemaker Berluti.
The Finest Menswear in the World: The Craftsmanship of Luxury
by Simon Crompton (Thames & Hudson)
Simon Crompton is well known for his men’s tailoring blog Permanent Style, in which he details the process of bespoke creations alongside advice on classic dressing. In his latest book, the author profiles the best brand in each important category of menswear – shoes, scarves, suits and bags, for example – and documents, in stunning visual detail, the craft behind their business. While the list will no doubt be heartily debated, it celebrates brands dedicated to quality above all else.
Bottega Veneta: Art of Collaboration
by Tim Blanks and Tomas Maier (Rizzoli)
Since 2002, Italian luxury brand Bottega Veneta has used its seasonal campaigns as a platform for creative expression, inviting a different artist or photographer each time to present their interpretation of the new men’s and women’s collections. In more than 650 pages, those collaborations are celebrated in spectacular visual detail, with imagery from the world’s leading photographic talents including Lord Snowdon, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and Nick Knight, at once offering a concise history to the brand as well as coffee table eye candy.
The Mr Porter Paperback (Slipcase Edition)
by Jeremy Langmead and John Brodie (Thames & Hudson)
It’s well known as a destination for designer and luxury menswear, and Mr Porter has further asserted itself as an authority on the subject with a series of informative books over the past three years. Offering advice and guidance on just about everything a man might need to know – from how to care for your suit, to dancing at wedding. Ahead of Christmas, it has packaged all three books into a stylish slipcase, bringing them together as a perfect gift.
The Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands
by Horst A. Friedrichs and Simon Crompton (Prestel)
While it looked set to fall into the annals of history with the rise of cheaper offshore manufacturing in the likes of China and India, Britian has re-emerged as a superpower for high quality craftsmanship, with many brands returning to the United Kingdom to create their wares. From the world-famous Barbour in South Shields in the north of England to John Lobb in London, The Best of British documents and celebrates these companies and their traditional production techniques.
Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics
by David Fung and Yena Kim (Workman Publishing)
It’s hardly the most serious of those compiled in this list – the suiting looks featured in it are modelled by a Shiba Inu dog, after all – but this book nonetheless comprises some valuable fashion advice. Whether an illustrated guide to tying a tie knot or the secret to a perfectly fitted suit jacket, The New Classics is a light-hearted and entertaining read, made all the more fun by everyone’s favourite dog on the internet, Bodhi.
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