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The Finest Menswear in the World

Written by renowned UK journalist Simon Crompton, The Finest Menswear in the World is his analysis of the craft that lies behind the finest makers of different items of menswear. The beautifully photographed and written book features fourteen chapters, each one on a different item and a single maker.

  • Pre-order with delivery mid-October.
  • Hardcover, coffee-table format with 200-odd pages.
  • Beautiful photography by Andy Barnham.
  • Published in the United Kingdom by Thames and Hudson.

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Published by Thames & Hudson September 2015, the hardcover, coffee-table book profiles the raft that lies behind the finest makers of different items of menswear. With over 200-odd pages, the book is full of beautiful imagery from Andy Barnham and some rather in-depth writing from Simon Crompton.

Each of the 14 chapters runs through the aspects of an item of menswear that make it perhaps the finest in the world. So it explains the benefits in cut of a bespoke suit; then the benefits in make of a bespoke suit; it explains how styles vary between houses; and then that Cifonelli has all of those, plus perhaps the finest finishing and greatest creativity.

Brent Black makes some of the finest panama hats in the world because he hires the best weavers and doesn’t let them work for anyone else. Loro Piana makes among the best knitwear because of its quality control and often access to exclusive materials. Begg has an intrinsic advantage in focusing just on scarves.

Some of these points are necessarily subjective; often you are picking among pretty similar, high-end makers. But these distinctions are always clearly highlighted. And by running through all the objective points (a slip stitch on a tie; a hand-attached collar on a shirt), it educates the reader, helping them to make discerning choices wherever they buy.

Most books with a brand per chapter are little more than PR puff. They tell the story of the company and explain what they do, but there is no context, no relative analysis. There is a great deal more to The Finest Menswear in the World, its methodology and its writing.

Customers who confirm their order by October 1 have the option for their copy to be personalized by Mr. Crompton himself at an additional cost of $15 USD (essentially the cost of shipping the books here from the United Kingdom).

Full list of brands featured:

Anderson & Sheppard (sports jackets)
Begg & Co (scarves)
Brent Black (panama hats)
Bresciani (socks)
Cifonelli (suits)
Cleverley (shoes)
Drake’s (ties)
Dunhill (bags)
Kapital (jeans)
Kiton (shirts)
Loro Piana (knitwear)
Talarico (umbrellas)
Zilli (leather jackets)
Zimmerli (underwear)

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (14 Sept. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0500518092
ISBN-13: 978-0500518090
Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 25.7 cm

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