15 Books For Style-conscious Men To Read Right Now

23 March 2020
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From Dylan Jones' London Sartorial to Supreme by Supreme

The late Karl Lagerfeld once said, “For every book you buy, you should buy the time to read it.” And now, while we enter a time of uncertainty, we all seem to have invested in some unexpected extra time. So why not fill your time with reading? Better yet, why not swot up on your fashion knowledge?

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Whether you work in the industry or not, there's going to be an aspect of it that will grip you. Whether it's what happens in order for a Met Gala to take place, the pre-catwalk show process or how football has influenced fashion (even David Beckham in his sarong), there's a tome out there to indulge your sartorial passions with.

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Below are the books we're reading right now.

Soccer Style: The Magic And Madness by Simon Doonan

The unapologetic and unbridled style choices of today's soccer stars offer a fascinating window into the heart of the game, as well as having an effect on the way each and every one of us dresses. This book details the longstanding relationship between fashion and the sport, from George Best to David Beckham and from fans to the managers. $27.14 at abebooks.co.uk

Vintage Menswear: A Collection From The Vintage Showroom by Douglas Gunn, Josh Sims, Roy Luckett

The Vintage Showroom in Seven Dials is a vast collection of rare 20th-century pieces that visitors need to pay to view. Now though, you can have a glimpse into the showroom without even having to leave your sofa. This book features 130 of the most influential examples of 20th-century and earlier European, American and Asian utilitarian tailoring and design. It's spread across 300 pages, and has been split into three sections: sportswear, militaria and workwear. $17.43 at waterstones.com

The Lives Of 50 Fashion Legends: Visual Biographies Of The World's Greatest Designers by Fashionary

This book is filled with historical information about the brands and biographies of some of the biggest designers and fashion influencers in the world, from Coco Chanel to Karl Lagerfeld and Cristóbal Balenciaga. It explores each of the legend's life choices, how they adapted to trends and adversities and how the fashion industry has changed over the years. $21.50 at waterstones.com

London Sartorial: Men's Style From Street to Bespoke by Dylan Jones

GQ Editor Dylan Jones has penned a book detailing how London has become the menswear capital of the world. As well as street style shots from people across the capital, the book profiles legends such as Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood, alongside younger designers such as Christopher Shannon and Agi & Sam. $24.39 at blackwells.co.uk

Fashion Climbing: A New York Life by Bill Cunningham

The late Bill Cunningham was the man who started an obsession with street style: Anna Wintour even said, “We all dressed for Bill,” in the fashion documentary on his life. A Financial Times Book Of The Year 2018 and New York Times bestseller, this book is his personal memoir. Cunningham became one of the most celebrated hat designers of the 1950s, creating elegant town hats for movie stars and playful beach hats for the summer set. However, when women stopped wearing hats, Cunningham explored another route and worked as a fashion journalist, touring the couture houses of Europe. $11.62 at waterstones.com

Camp: Notes On Fashion by Andrew Bolton

Last year's Met Gala was co-chaired by Harry Styles, Lady Gaga, Serena Williams, Alessandro Michele and Anna Wintour and drew from Susan Sontag's seminal essay of the same name. This book explores the meaning of camp and its expression in fashion from its origins to today. In it you'll be able to see all the looks that were shown at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Oh, and it'll look pretty fabulous on your bookshelf or coffee table, thanks to its dusty pink cover. $40.68 at waterstones.com

Supreme by Supreme

Supreme is one of the biggest brands in the world. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, it has gone from struggling skate brand to Louis Vuitton collaborator. Featuring more than 800 stunning images, from photographers such as Larry Clark, Ari Marcopoulos, and David Sims, this book details the very best of the box logo brand. $40.68 at waterstones.co.uk

Icons Of Men's Style by Josh Sims

This book takes a look at the icons of men's fashion, but not in the way you think. Rather than focusing on the big designers and influencers, this book focuses on the humble products in your wardrobe. You'll learn more than you ever thought there was to know about the T-shirt – beloved by James Dean and created for US Navy personnel at the turn of the 20th century – and Levi's denim jeans, which we all have a pair of. $15.10 at waterstones.co.uk

1000 Sneakers: A Guide To The World's Greatest Kicks, From Sport To Street by Mathieu Le Maux

This encyclopaedia of footwear showcases sneakers through time from early Air Jordans, the original Air Force 1 and Adidas Superstars. It also features iconic contemporary designs by pop culture figures such as Kanye West and cool fashion designers including Yohji Yamamoto and Martin Margiela. $23.19 at waterstones.co.uk

Garçon Style: New York, London, Milano, Paris by Jonathan Daniel Pryce

Jonathan Daniel Pryce (AKA Garçon Jon) is the man behind some of the most beautifully shot street style pictures out there. The street style photographer of choice for Vogue, Pryce's best pictures are featured here, including images of our very own Fashion Director Luke Day and GQ Style Fashion Editor Ben Schofield. $29.05 at waterstones.com

House Of Nutter: The Rebel Tailor of Savile Row by Lance Richardson

This book focuses on Tommy Nutter, the Savile Row tailor who reshaped the silhouette of men's fashion – and his rock photographer brother, David, who captured it all on film. Worn by everyone from Bianca Jagger to The Beatles – who immortalised Nutter's designs on the album cover of Abbey Road – he was a key figure in the changing menswear landscape in the 1960s and before. With illustrations of his look – very similar to those worn by Harry Styles today – against vivid backdrops of the Blitz, the birth of disco and the devastation of the aids crisis, this isn't a book to leave gathering dust. $29.05 at waterstones.com

Tom Ford by Tom Ford and Brigid Foley

The ultimate coffee table book, it's so good we actually pick our editions up and give them a read. Inside you'll find details on how Tom Ford changed the fortunes of Gucci, from an accessories-centric label to the sexiest brand in the world, as well as showing a catalogue of looks from his time at Yves Saint Laurent between 1994 to 2004. This presents 416 pages of fashion history. $98.79 at waterstones.com

This Is Not Fashion: Streetwear Past, Present And Future by King Adz

In this book, King Adz and Wilma Stone recount how subcultural movements have been incorporated into a multibillion-dollar global industry and taken over both the high street and high-end fashion. It highlights punk, Ivy League preppies, the hip-hop kings and queens of Harlem, the movement born out of British football culture, the skater scene of California, the paninari scooter-brats of Milan and more. $29 at waterstones.com

Sneaker Freaker: The Ultimate Sneaker Book by Taschen

Simon "Woody" Wood, the owner and founder of Sneaker Freaker, began the magazine in 2002 as a means of getting free kicks. The independent publication has documented every collab, custom, limited edition, retro reissue, Quickstrike, Hyperstrike, and Tier Zero sneaker released over the last 15 years, and this book brings it all together in more than 650 pages jam-packed with insider knowledge and his own irreverent observations. $49.49 at waterstones.com

Gods And Kings: The Rise And Fall Of Alexander McQueen And John Galliano by Dana Thomas

This book focuses on the lives and careers of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, two men who were at the forefront of the fashion industry. Spanning the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Gods And Kings tells the story of these two charismatic figures and how the fashion industry changed over this time period. $15.10 at waterstones.com