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The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London [Hardcover]

James Sherwood , Terence Stamp
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5 Nov 2012
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.

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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: 35.1 x 28.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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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5.0 out of 5 stars James does it again.. 20 Dec 2012
By ericgj
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea! 7 Jan 2013
By Jackie7
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Informed! 30 Mar 2013
By K.
Format:Hardcover
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A luxurious book 7 April 2014
By Tony C
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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Very dissatisfied 5 Jan 2013
By StuC
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very old fashioned, not what I expected. Full of old shops not relevant to today would not recommend at all
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