If my CasaMinimus was on fire, after I got Roxanne Burgess dressed and out the door, one of the next things I’d grab and sling off the balcony would be my cache of Apparel Arts books. The MSRP on those babies just keeps getting higher.
Oh, and I reckon the next thing I’d grab would be my copy of that twee little distillation of a book that Woody Hochswender wrote…Men in Style: The Golden Age of Fashion from Esquire. Reason is that the little Woody book is going for close to three-hundred bucks! Crazy. Don't believe me, check for your damn self. I don't care. If anybody wants my Woody book, I'll sell it to you for two-fiddy. If ya just lookin' for woody, well.
|Photo of SRS by my friend Rose Callahan of Dandy Portraits fame who has never bothered to take a photo of my dandified ass.|
Well our man Sven Raphael Schneider has done all of us a favor by creating a digital compilation of some of the best of the best of Apparel Arts visual treats. Gentlemen of Style – Men’s Fashion Illustrations in the US in the Thirties is Raphael’s eBook creation and it is hands down better than the Woody book and the pdf costs you nothing. Here, I’ll let him tell you about it and you can go here to get it. Just sign up for his newsletter and he’ll send you a link for downloading the eBook.
“Over the past weeks, we have published fewer articles because we were working on our very first eBook – Gentlemen of Style. This book focuses on men’s clothing in the US in the 1930′s as worn by elegant Gentleman using Apparel Arts Fashion Illustrations from Fellows, Saalburg, Oxner, Hurd etc.
The goal of this book was to show the degree of elegance in men’s clothing at the time, and to point out things that you may improve in your very own outfits. Overall, I discussed more than 30 fashion illustrations from the early 1930′s Apparel Arts magazines, most of which have never appeared online anywhere.
Moreover, these illustrations are large unlike the tiny pics you usually see. In combination with the commentary, it is more details than the book Men in Style and features considerably more information about the golden age of menswear the 1930′s.
Best of all, instead of spending $200 – 600 on Men in Style, my book will be available exclusively to subscribers to the Gentleman’s Gazette Newsletter for a limited time for free.”
Onward. Friday-ish. Gettin' ready for my Dandy Portrait. Rose? Oh Rose?