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The Aran Islands – Another World

My first introduction to the Aran Islands was through the photography of Bill Doyle. Doyle, who passed away last year at the age of 85, was often referred to as Ireland’s Cartier-Bresson and had a knack for artfully capturing the scenes of the world around him. During his trips to the islands, he was able [...]

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Harris Tweed – From Land to Street

From the forward to Harris Tweed – From Land to Street: “Harris Tweed has always resonated in the minds of the few. But increasingly the people of Harris and their traditional ways are striking a chord with the many. It is hard to think of another product so deeply connected to both the landscape in [...]

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19th Century British Military Uniforms

Plate scans from British Military Uniforms by James Laver, published in 1948.

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A Volume of Duels

“Haven’t you heard of the duel going on ever since 1801?” Browsing the Elliott Bay bookstore this last weekend led me to a collection of short novels written by five different authors but all under the same title – The Duel. Recently released by Melville House Publishing as part of its larger Art of the [...]

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The Elements of Style, Illustrated

While I still prefer my ragged dog-eared paperback edition of The Elements of Style, this nicely bound hardcover version is nice to flip through on occasion for inspiration and is always within arm’s reach on my desk. Its illustrator Maira Kalman has also worked on other notable projects and was recently featured in the WSJ [...]

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Rogue’s Gallery Illustrations – Part 2

More illustrations from Rogue’s Gallery (an old children’s book) – Part 1, for reference.

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The Day of the Peacock

The Day of the Peacock was released last month and it’s been fun to go through. Covering the extravagant dandy styles of the 60′s-70′s, the author skips over the celebrities of the time and instead focuses on the men who were directly influencing fashion – often the tailors and couturiers themselves. Legendary figures such as [...]

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Jeans of the Old West

First published last year, Jeans of the Old West is by far the most fascinating and in-depth book on the history of denim that I’ve come across. Packed full of pictures, drawings, and old patents, the author spends an incredible amount of time exploring over a dozen companies and the denim they created (Levi Strauss [...]

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The Vass Book

Technically under a different title, Handmade Shoes for Men is generally referred to as the Vass book. Written by László Vass (of Vass shoes) and Magda Molnar, it aims to illustrate and describe the art and process of making handmade shoes to the layman – after going through it, you will probably not be able [...]

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Bespoke – The Book

“Tome” and “encyclopedic” are great words to describe this book, get it if you can.

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