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Le Snob Guide to Tailoring Hardcover – 1 Oct 2011


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1742701698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742701691
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.8 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 310,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Crompton is the founder and writer of Permanent Style, the most popular blog on men s classic style in the UK, with over 75,000 visitors a month. The site was recently named one of the top 10 style blogs by The New York Times. He also writes for the Financial Times, Gentleman s Corner, The Rake, and Spice. He lives in London and, of course, has too many suits.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dazzle on 22 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed becoming a snob in tailoring! This amazing book draws on a hefty amount of experience and in depth knowledge about the subject. It is well written, easy to read for someone who already has a certain sartorial interest. If not, it's a great start.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Camus Lights on 2 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
Whilst interesting and suit-ably (pun most certainly intended) portable this book is nowhere near well illustrated or accessible enough to merit a strong recommendation. Depictions of menswear, where they are present are nicely laid out in ink wash with pen lines, but the loosehand style makes it difficult to distinguish what are often subtle variations in suit styles.

There is also an unfortunate gap between areas where the book states the glaringly obvious, and then others where nowhere near enough context is given, or more cripplingly jargon is left unexplained, with there being more than one instance where the glossary at the back does not cover the term, individual person or style that is referenced.

As Crompton himself recommends before all others, Dressing the man by Alan Flusser is a superior, though (non-problematically) American centred study of menswear that supersedes this one in every sense.

For all the criticisms there is interest to be found in this book in discussion of suit proportions and the different styles and respective merits of lapel, cut trouser e.t.c., however I can't imagine the kind of people that are likely to drop a few grand on a a bespoke suit would be likely to turn to this book, rather than the tailors themselves, magazines or word of mouth from their peers. I am thus left slightly confused as to who this book is aimed at, as I suspect the author is too.
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This book is perfect for amateurs and people with little experience in tailored suits. It is full of useful and practical advice. It helps people avoid silly mistakes and make informed decisions in commissioning bespoke tailors.

I look forward to a guide on tailored shirts.
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Great book. Easy to read, the story of tailoring is explained easily, chronologically and with additional information. It is a reference book as well as a guide. Excellent value.
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By Magsw on 7 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Tis is a very useful and informative little book. A perfect present , which is well priced .
The presentation is good. All in all an excellent book.
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