NOTHING BUT THE BEST by Thomas Girtin

NOTHING BUT THE BEST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the ubiquity of made to order specialities for gentlemen in Edwardian days to their near obliquity currently this surveys the achievements of the English craftsmen with their catering to their demanding customers and the ""erosion of the economic soil in which the craftsmen grew and flourished"". The making of suits, pajamas and ties, waterproofs and gloves, saddles and shoes, guns and coaches, hats and assorted luxuries, is followed through their successive stages, and the techniques of the masters of each craft are given in detail. The ""spacious, heedless times"" and their elegance are a background for the many interesting activities -- in London and far afield- within the trades, for stories of the individuals, some of whom still use their talents, for the careers of famous firms -- Lobbs, Peal, Pool, Burberry, etc.- and for the eccentrics who patronized them. An area of social history is here investigated with a delight in its uniqueness that should appeal to all gentlemen of taste.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1960
Publisher: McDowell, Obolensky