This lavish publication celebrates the gentlemans search for the perfect sartorial detail, the ideal accessory, or beautiful gift for a loved one. Presented through the eyes of a connoisseur looking for quality and bepoke goods in Londons key stylistic historic periods, it tells the stories of the personalities, shop-keepers and mastercraftsmen who have animated the business of luxury goods for centuries. The book is arranged chronologically in six chapters, each followed by three or four profiles of British luxury marques. A reference section presents the London gentlemans social world, from the shopping arcades to classic hotels and the members clubs and antiquarians in between. This is the perfect book for the man who has everything.
Author, broadcaster and curator James Sherwood is the author of Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke and Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style. His new Thames & Hudson title The Perfect Gentleman is published in November 2012. He has edited the Louis Vuitton Guide to London for seven years and was the BBCs fashion critic at Royal Ascot for eight. Having been invited by the last of the Gieve family to curate the archive at No 1 Savile Row for Gieves & Hawkes in 2008, he is now archivist for Savile Row founding father Henry Poole & Co and a consultant for Anderson & Sheppard. Sherwood has written about the luxury goods business for international broadsheets such as the Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, the Independent and Daily Telegraph for over twenty years and is now editor-at-large of The Rake. He regularly broadcasts on British and American television about royal style, the diamond business and bespoke tailoring. In 2007, James Sherwood curated the first retrospective exhibition of Savile Row bespoke tailoring at Palazzo Pitti in Florence titled The London Cut and wrote an accompanying book of the same name. The exhibition subsequently travelled to the British Ambassadors' Residences in Paris and Tokyo. He is a consultant for the Savoy hotel and curator of the Savoy Museum.