Sharp Suits, By Eric Musgrave – Book Review

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I have been “into fashion” and dressing what I believe to be my best for a long time now.  Working with many custom clothiers, reading blogs, etc…I have picked up a fair amount of “knowledge” and I’m sure my fair share of old wives tales too.  This year I decided to start Bespoke Unit, and offer men like myself a place to learn and contribute about their interests in dressing and living well.  Not only looking good but appreciating the heritage of dress, and further celebrating what it means to be a gentleman of yesteryear’s standards and that of today’s. With all that being said, I myself am on a journey of becoming the best gentleman I can be. Part of that journey is to learn as much as I can about the interests that sparked the development of Bespoke Unit itself.

Sharp Suits

I’m a big fan of the suit and sports coat. There development is rooted in not only function, but form to make any man look and feel his best. The author of Sharp Suits does a great a great job of walking the reader through the early stages of the suits development, and its further development across the three major hubs of; Britain, Italy, and America.

Buy From Amazon: Sharp Suits

Book Sections

The book is broken organized into eight sections.

  1. Convention or Fashion?
  2. A Question of Balance
  3. Prince Among Men
  4. The Italian Job
  5. US Male
  6. Passion From Paris
  7. Lost In Music
  8. The Magic Of The Movies

Being from Britain, I especially enjoyed the “Prince Among Men” section as it was a very informative chapter that was not only focused on the suit but how the interest in fashion shaped some of the countries leaders.

Sharp Suits Book Cover

More Than Just Pretty Pictures

Well it does have a shed load of those! Which I was pretty much expecting the book to be throughout, more of a coffee table book, that one could flick through and just admire some well dressed fellows through time. But to my surprise the author has managed to intertwine the history of the suit and how it has arrived at its place today, from global influences. And that place is a good one right now! (which I’m oh so pleased about. I would suggest that this may in part be attributed to the rise of social media such as Instagram, etc… but that’s a thought nugget for a later post)

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Origins & History Of The Boutonniere / Lapel Flower

Final Review – 5 Stars!

Although this review has been light on direct content, the book is a pure pleasure to read and will deepen/or ignite any man’s interest in the suit and what it can do for his confidence and life thereafter.  I wanted to keep it this way for you all to enjoy its information packed pages and fantastic images. (Note: with that being said, it’s an easy and quick read. I managed to just about finish it during one full day at the beach) Please let me know your thoughts, and recommend any books that you think I should read/review below. (You can buy the book here)[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.

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  1. Alex September 12, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    I recently finished “Gentleman” by Bernhard Roetzel, and that’s highly recommended in my opinion.

    Looking forward to more book reviews in the future.

  2. Paul September 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Hey Alex,

    Thanks for the recommendation. That is funny enough one of the next ones on my list! I shall let you know how it goes….

    – Paul

  3. Stephanie Alcorn September 16, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I got my boyfriend “Gentleman” for his birthday last month. He hasn’t started it yet, but I’ll let you know what he thinks!

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