The Perfect Gentleman an etiquette book by James Sherwood

The Perfect Gentleman an etiquette book by James Sherwood

GB Book Review- The Perfect Gentleman: The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London, James Sherwood

                 “Luxury Gentleman’s Entertainment” “Luxury Gentleman’s Art”

•                Reviewers name- Aleksandra Burdzy

•                Title- Gentleman’s Butler, luxury blog and lifestyle services provider

•                Review description- Book Review ‘The Perfect Gentleman’, James Sherwood

•                Date – 07 December 2012


The Perfect Gentleman -
The Perfect Gentleman –

1 – Service

James Sherwood’s publication, ‘The Perfect Gentleman’, is virtually as lavish as his state-of-the-art work on Savile Row. This Luxury book is a high quality, glossy, very well presented hardback with high resolution clear images- providing one with a truly enjoyable reading experience. The layout is simple, smart, elegant, and easy on the eye. It is very well researched, sectioned into relevant sections and refers to all things “Gentleman”.


2 – Description

The book features six chapters from the historical Regency era to the present- each of which presents classic British brands including: Shoemakers, Jewelers, Shirt and Tie Makers, Cloth Makers, Perfumers, Hatters, and Vintners. The final chapter showcases the new generation of designer-artisans who are redefining concepts of quality and handwork in the period of globalization and digital technologies. A reference section introduces the social world of a London Gentleman- from shopping arcades to hotels, member’s clubs and antiquarians.

‘The Perfect Gentleman’ is an illustrated celebration of the makers and labels behind the world’s most enduring objects of desire. It mentions iconic names, brands and places- from John Lobb, Smythson and Penhaligon’s to James Smith & Sons and Garrard. It features in-depth profiles of historical marques that explore their enduring appeal and exclusive status, as well as exhibiting the new generation of British craftsmen and women. The author was given access to private archives and previously unpublished material. Specially commissioned photography spreads provide a rich visual insight into the companies and their crafts.


3 – Suitability for Gentlemen

This lavish publication celebrates the Gentleman’s search for the ideal detail or the perfect accessory. Presented through the eyes of a expert looking for quality and bespoke goods in London’s key stylistic historic eras, it tells stories of the personalities, shopkeepers and master craftsmen who have specialized in the business of luxury goods for centuries. This is the perfect book for the man who has everything. In an age of globalization in which fashion trends change daily, the quality and workmanship of British luxury brands endure and flourish like never before. Valued for their craftsmanship, superlative quality, exclusivity, and the status they confer on their owners, these “heritage houses” have been synonymous with the finest production for hundreds of years.


4 – Gentlemans Butlers Rating – 90%


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