In 1993, a book titled “Men in Style” was released at the Rizzoli New York book store on 57th street.
The book was published under the auspices of Esquire and the authors were Woody Hochswender and Kim Johnson Gross.
Many of the fashion books of today are loaded with well-photographed male models looking good in their clothing with a caption and a bit of commentary below the caption.
This book differs in that it is all illustrations of well-dressed men from the thirties, forties and the post war era, which is considered by many to be the golden age of fashion.
The detailed illustrations form the template for much of men’s fashions in the last fifty plus years. To be honest this book has been my mainstay when it comes to dressing. I bought this book back when it was released in 1993 and when I went to get a second copy for a friend that same day, they were all sold out and the store employee did not anticipate any more copies coming in.
I still have my copy, and would not sell or trade the book because it provides slick and sharp ensembles that I can mimic today. If you are lucky enough to get a copy, keep it protected from your buddies, they will want to borrow your copy most likely they will have a hard time finding a copy of it.
At present the book can be purchased privately for about $249.00 and up (ouch!) at Amazon by private sellers. I have my original copy and it is just as good as the day I bought it for $25.00 at Rizzoli!
When my friends who like to dress see my book, its like seeing Ivan pavlov’s dogs, the book makes them salivate over the fine dressing tips as well as how to throw pieces together quite quickly while detailing the fabrics and patterns that work well together.
So while I have many original ideas, sometimes you just need a good book!
Your Editor and Dapper Dan,