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Gentleman: A Timeless Fashion [Paperback]

Bernhard Roetzel
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Konemann (1 Dec 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3833110619
  • ISBN-13: 978-3833110610
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 22.1 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a comprehensive handbook of classic and timeless men's attire for every occasion and any time of day for the modern man of the world. Some call it style, others a matter of taste - that certain "touch" some men have that lets them pick out and combine just the right suits, shirts, ties, and shoes. Actually, there is no trick to dressing stylishly as a man. You just have to become familiar with the tried-and-true classics and their history. Peruse this richly illustrated guidebook and take a peek into the studios of the best tailors and shoemakers on the international fashion scene. Read which shirt Gianni Agnelli wears, and what kind of underwear Andy Warhol preferred. In a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience you will learn all there is to know about fabric, cut, patterns, colour, and the optimal care and clothing of a man from head to foot. From the perfectly placed tie knot to custom-made shoes, from casual sweaters to a top hat, everything you need for the appropriate outfit is explained in detail - and in the process, you'll become an expert in the finer points of life.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dress in style 19 Aug 2006
This is a fantastic book on how to dress in a stylish way, it covers everything from grooming tips and aftershave to the best makes of shoes and shirts. Unlike some other superficial books on the market this has real substance to it, you can actually read this book and know exactly what to go out and buy. This isn't a book on the latest fashions but how to develop a wardrobe that will stand the test of time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Style 3 July 2008
This book is for men looking for _classic_ style, not fly-by-night fads of fashion. If you are a dedicated follower of all the new trends and colours, this book is not for you.

But if you, like me, want to understand the origins of style and get an insight into what should be worn when, and how it should be worn, this book is for you.

It covers all aspects of mens wear, from underwear to overcoats, and does it in a very readable manner. It can be dipped into, or if you like me, read from cover to cover and then read for nuggets of advise when necessary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A priceless bible of good taste! 13 Sep 2000
By A Customer
This is a wonderful book for those who still care about taste. I disagree with the previous reviewer who said that it should concentrate on the "English gentleman", the beauty of this book is that it is truly international, therefore helping people dress well in a style that is suited to them and their environment. Not everyone can get away with wearing pin-stripes and bowler hats! The reviewer who said that this book only caters for James Bond has got the purpose of this brilliant book completely wrong.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, good value book 7 Dec 2005
This book gets 5 stars because it is superb value for money – a hardback book of 350+ pages packed with beautiful colour pictures for less than 10 pounds!

Curiously, this book is written by a German, though it is hard to tell if it is a translated text.

I say curiously since Mr Roetzel looks outside of the borders of his own land for most of his inspiration for this work. He speaks with great authority on such prototypes as the English gent, the stylish Italian man and the American matinee idol. The quirky anthropological style highlights the passion the author has for his subject matter.

This book is indispensable to any man who aspires to be a well-dressed gent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Splendid work. 3 Nov 2010
With business-like aplomb this book steers you by the brolly through the outfitters, outer-wear and the outrageous mistakes that should not be made in the sartorial department. You could almost consider it a Letts guide to personal presentation. It gives insight into what to look for and how the garments with which you adorn yourself are constructed, types of millinery, how shoes are hand-made and generally gives a well illustrated and delightfully simple guide to that higher form of masculine existence.
Now just to find a suitable lady for pleasant companionship....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book 19 Jun 2008
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This is a must read book for all the men wanting detailed information about the way to dress well, with some style and importantly, the history of why we dress in a particular way. It is the detail the author goes into regarding the history that I found most interesting. I also liked the comparisons between the English, continental / Italian and the American styles of dress code. It also gives very helpful information on grooming. Altogether a very good book and one I can't recommend highly enough.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guide to elite man clothes and attitude 26 April 2002
By A Customer
A fantastic book on all the elements of male style and class. Helps for choosing stores and purchase srategies. Very practical clothes maintenance tips. MUST HAVE if you want to be part of a certain elite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative. 21 May 2001
This is a really comprehensive book on all points of dress and accessories. However, the shops that are recommended are all a little expensive, but if you want to choose the best....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read...
This book covers the fascinating history of men's fashion. It has easy to read sections and a lot of good pictures.
Published 7 months ago by RHM
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, not very good shape
The book itself is classic, must have not only for older gentlemen but also for wanna-bes (my case). Read more
Published 15 months ago by JinK
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Cheerful!
I am very happy with the condition of the book as i bought it second hand. A very helpful book if you want to know how the upper class and the upper middle class dressed and still... Read more
Published 16 months ago by George Constantine
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I had been looking for something like this for quite a while and this seems to fit the bill. Some good tips and a bit of history thrown in - what's not to like? Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by Paul Devine
2.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough
The book is richly illustrated and colourful, but the really good points are scarce, and many topics are only superficially discussed. Read more
Published on 20 July 2006 by Mathias Vestergaard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love this book, it contains a wealth of knowledge and information and is written in an authoritative style that is neather pompus or condescending. Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Good volume with minor flaws
This book gives you a fairly exhausting walk through of a modern gentleman's appearance. Physical that is. Now, as we all can imagine, serious gentleman lore comes from England. Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2002 by Marque Pierre Sondergaard
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