Monday, May 28, 2012

Read Smarter: The Measure of a Man

JJ Lee's The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit is new to Paperbook this month on Amazon ($13.45).  Lee, a Chinese-Canadian men's fashion writer, has woven three great stories into one narrative: his relationship with his charismatic but abusive father, his year-long apprenticeship at a Vancouver custom suit shop, and the history of men's suit from the Middle Ages to the present.

So you'll learn not just about how tough it was to grow up as a Chinese immigrant in 1970s Montreal with a messed-up family, but also how to use an invisible railroad stitch to alter suit jacket shoulders and how everything you see in men's suiting today is influenced by Edward VIII and Heidi Slimane.  Good stuff.

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