There is no denying that among observers and experts of international masculine elegance, there are still, and to our great dismay, only but a few meaningful feminine voices.
This is why we are particularly glad to introduce a new book by our friend Yoshimi Hasgawa, Japanese author/reporter who we met in Tokyo on June 1st for the screening of La Beauté du Geste.
Yoshimi is a respected and recognized author in both Japan and England, where she lives half of the year, for her articles in masculine press on prestigious labels such as Harris Tweed or Aran (the famous knit label of the eponymous Islands), and for books including The Purveyors to the Royal Household: The Lesser-known World of Royal Warrants (Eikoku oshitsu goyotatsu shirarezaru roiyaru waranto no sekai) published by Heibonsha.in Japan.
Yoshimi’s latest offering about Savile Row, A Glimpse into the World of English Tailoring explores 11 bespoke tailoring shops representative of all trends currently sweeping the Row, from the most traditional to the most modern, from the most conservative to the boldest: Richard Anderson, Anderson & Sheppard, Dege & Skinner, Ede & Ravenscroft, Timothy Everest, Gieves & Hawkes, Huntsman & sons, Norton & Sons, Henry Poole, Spencer Hart and Walsh & Jefferies.
Beyond the obvious refinement in the matter, this splendid coffee table book also stuns with a very high level photography work made in partnership with London photographer Edward Lakeman. The beauty of the photographs alone could rather easily justify purchasing the book even without knowledge of the Japanese language.
But add the efforts made by Yoshimi and her publisher to provide an English translation for the chapter on military tailoring and the presentation of each label, and the book becomes a must for anyone interested or passionate about the wonderful world of bespoke. Here is the link to the Japanese Amazon where Savile Row, a Glimpse into the World of English Tailoring can be bought for 36 euro, not including shipping.
A beautiful labor of love of more than two years by Yoshimi Hasegawa, whose name we are bound to hear again in these pages…
God save British Tailoring, more than ever.