Class Act

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Esquire, 1933. Laurence Fellows

When Esquire magazine launched in 1933, Time hailed it as a “publisher’s dream.” Finally, there was “a ‘class’ magazine for men—like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue for women.” On its color pages, the beautiful illustrations of men’s haberdashery produced between the 1930s and 50s by Laurence Fellows, Leslie Salburg, and Robert Goodman illustrated the boulevardier styles of the time and remain vital references for men of classic tastes today.

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Esquire, November 1934. Laurence Fellows

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Esquire, November 1935. Laurence Fellows

The definitive word on the topic and the essential reference work by those who follow sartorially resplendent gentlemen is to be found in the pages of Men in Style The Golden Age of Fashion from Esquire by Woody Hochswender. Hard to find, but well worth it as Hochswender describes in his introduction:

“the crisply explanatory writing, dictatorial without being annoying, [arising] from a time when standards of behavior were inextricably linked to conventions in clothes. The editors were extremely uncompromising in their point of view, but at least they had one.”

 

Visuals: Black Watch

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 06/08/09.

4 Responses to “Class Act”

  1. I love these illustrations and would you believe I got a copy of this book about a year ago through Powell’s for a fraction of what you’d pay now. They should think about doing another print run — it’s that good. Thanks for the post.

  2. how fantastic! i LOVE these.

    ps your weblog’s layout is so gorgeous! have i *typed* that before?!

    • PP,

      I can’t think of anyone whose approval I could welcome more, particularly on matters of layout and style. Your eye, taste and sensibilities are an inspiration. Thank you so much for finding your way here and taking
      the time to post and praise.

  3. Stunning! Where ever do you find these things?

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