For the second part of the A Boston Blazer x Jordan Lane Gilmore series (first part here, in case you missed it), we took to Boston’s own hub for learned souls and dusty pages, the Boston Public Library.
To complement that vibe, we took the chance to wrap up some of the best (…and weirdest) books in the menswear genre. Some of these look to educate, others just to provide a well for sartorial inspiration – regardless of what you’re looking for, these would each be a welcome addition to your coffee table.
From A Boston Blazer
How to Be a Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern Gentleman: Written by the unmatchable Glenn O’Brien, How to Be a Man is a modern day bible for those looking for style, behavior and life advice from GQ’s own Style Guy. Penned with O’Brien’s own sardonic wit as a foundation, this book is a killer choice for anyone new to the sartorial game. Buy it here.
Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion: Ok, to be honest, I haven’t read this one. However, it’s made the top of every single list I consulted when researching this article. Dressing the Man skips the frills and trends associated with most menswear journalism and newer books in favor of focusing on two pillars of fashion: proportion and color. Buy it here.
Rowing Blazers: This beautiful coffee table book, written and published by Jack Carlson and shot by F.E. Castleberry (the photography master that inspired this very blog), is a feast for the eyes. Featuring Fred’s images of Rowing Blazers from around the world, and a hefty portion of history to back it up, this one will stay front and center on your coffee table for the foreseeable future. Buy it here:
From Jordan Lane Gilmore (guest editor)
Fuck Yeah Menswear: Fuck Yeah Menswear (#FYMW) may go down as a classic introduction to the menswear game of the generation. Perhaps difficult to categorize by genre, this is heavy with poetic satire... a sing-songy ping-pong between caricaturization and a celebration all things swag to sprezza. Buy here.
A&H Magazine, First Issue: In the face of the seemingly impending doom of print, we have here the product of some serious pioneers in style. Not about menswear only but about a culture of style, this magazine showcases issues, art and influencers that inspire and challenge personal expression, whether it be a creative director's philosophical approach to taking risks, an entrepreneur's aesthetic to restaurant development, a commentary on our (America’s) humiliating style habits or the personal journey of those taking the bold leap into the print space via this publication. Buy here.