- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Laurence King; 01 edition (23 May 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1856697223
- ISBN-13: 978-1856697224
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 3.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Icons of Men's Style Paperback – 23 May 2011
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About the Author
Josh Sims is a freelance style writer, contributing to the likes of The Financial Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, Mail on Sunday, Channel 4, the BBC, Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper and i-D. He is one-time style editor of Arena and executive editor of Arena Homme Plus. He is also author of Rock/Fashion (Omnibus), A Dictionary of Fashion Designers (Collins), Mary, Queen of Shops (BBC Books) and contributor to several fashion books from Taschen. He has extensive contacts within the style and mainstream press.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, all the praise has been done by the other reviewers, here's some minor issues I noticed while flipping through the book:
- not mentioning the Dehen Knitting Company from Portland, Oregon in the Cardigan-chapter (especially when talking about Varsity Jackets) is, well, some sort of crime.
-it should have been explained not only that but WHY the Fred Perry became a key element in British subcultures (because FP was considered a working class hero having shown it to the Upper Crust on the Wimbledon Grounds).
-Some odd choices in the ACCESSORIES department: Should one have expected the Zippo, hip flask, leather wallet or something - well, what you get is the dunhill rollagas (lighter), the fountain pen and, most strangely: the moon watch. Hmmmmm.
And by the way: Tom Selleck's Magnum never ever drove a Testarossa - it was always a 308 GTS that he borrowed from Robin Masters.
("Magnum" started in 1980, the Testarossa went into production in 1984).
Did you know that desert boots were originally worn by traders in Egyptian markets? Whilst a soldier in Burma, Nathan Clark of Clark's Shoes saw soldiers who'd served in Egypt wearing them. On returning home he used the basic design to develop what is now known as the desert boot. If this sort of information appeals to you, you'll love this book. It's a great pick up and read bits here and there sort of book, though I seemed to get through quite a lot in one go, once I'd got it back from my husband! Just love it. Good fun, fascinating and easy to read.
Some categories are more comprehensively covered (for instance outerwear), while others, such as shoes and accessories could well do with being somewhat expanded (surely the sandal, desert boot, the basketball shoe, the work shoe / boot, loafer, driving shoe and deck shoe are far from covering it - especially not at the more formal side of things; similar for watches - while both the Moon Watch and the diving watch category are solid choices, they fall far short of covering even the basic types).
The individual chapters are from two to four pages long and present a brief description of the garment, how it came about / became popular, in some cases who made it popular, often who some of the main manufacturers are (this area is also far from comprehensive and different readers may well feel that some iconic producers have been left out). This is usually accompanied by several pictures, at least one of which is a full page shot.
So overall definitely a solid book but one you will want to complement with others, going into individual classes more thoroughly / comprehensively, if you are really interested in the subject. Definitely an excellent gift for those, though, who are in the stage of taking their somewhat more seriously, though.
I found it a little outdated in both the quality of pictures and information, and my feeling is it only warrants 3 * as it's continuity also leaves a little to be desired.
As an addition to a collection of books on men's fashion , the cost needs to be outweighed to the information , and there are better books available at the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant! It gives an in-depth explanation and history on the majority of menswear wardrobe staples. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jamie O'Neill
Got this for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loves it! Looks great on the coffee table as well.Published 21 months ago by Katy Cook
Even better than I expected, it's costing me money though because there are items in there that every man needs! Recommended.Published on 13 Jun. 2014 by Paul James
A Christmas book for my boyfriend. He absolutely loves it! It really is a style 'guide' and a wonderful reference bool.Published on 2 Jan. 2014 by Peta Stoddart-Crompton