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The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London Hardcover – 5 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500516316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500516317
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 2.5 x 35.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author and broadcaster James Sherwood is the author of Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke and Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style and The Perfect Gentleman: Timeless Elegance in London all published by Thames & Hudson. His new book James Sherwood's Discriminating Guide to London is published in September 2015. He has edited the Louis Vuitton Guide to London for eight years including 2015 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 was a design 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 fashion history editor 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 has curated a museum for the Savoy hotel. He is working on a biography of Royal shirt maker Turnbull & Asser.

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A beautifully turned-out book, itself the epitome of dandyism in the publishing trade … a finely researched book which resonates with great names, brands and places and their histories. --Birmingham Post

The perfect coffee-table book …a sumptuous picture book elegantly examining the history of British luxury goods --Attitude

A treat for modern dandies …a complete guide to masculine chic --Elle Decoration

A work of art in its own right, The Perfect Gentleman…celebrates those men who make their attire their art…This lavishly illustrated book delves into London's finest workshops and wardrobes, providing a scintillating insight into the city gentleman's social world. The perfect present, whether complimenting on fine style, or subtly suggesting a new look. --Fabric

This lavish publication celebrates the gentleman's search for the perfect sartorial detail, the ideal accessory, or beautiful gift for a loved one. --The Chic Geek

A beautifully turned-out book, itself the epitome of dandyism in the publishing trade … a finely researched book which resonates with great names, brands and places and their history. --The Birmingham Post

Throw away those ideas of socks and pants and soap on a ropes for Christmas and birthdays from now on, for there now is something to buy for the man - or rather, The Gentleman - who has everything. --The Food Travel Company


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As with James' previous book on Savile Row, the obvious passion for the subject and meticulous research is self-evident and in a format large enough to do the typography & superb images real justice.
This is a volume you'll want to keep on display for a long time - really excellent. As a possible next project it would be great if James could produce something along the lines of the ultimate guide to a gentleman's lifestyle/wardrobe essentials etc - just a thought.
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Bought as a gift and was a great success. Great for any man who loves clothes and fashion. Well worth the money.
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I was expecting more emphasis on sartorial style but this is still a luscious book which celebrates the great luxury brands that have passed the test of time.
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By K. on 30 Mar. 2013
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Historical and sartorial knowledge in abundance. A perfect tome detailing the history of London's mercantile goods, their excellence and pedigree. Brilliant!
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anyone who is not into trainers and tee shirts will enjoy this book. a bit of a history book + a guide to top quality establishments. Of interest to any man interested in his appearance.
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