One could argue there is a canon of literature on men’s dress. G. Bruce Boyer is a gentleman who would certainly have at least one of his books in said canon, in short he is a legend in the world of menswear literature. Over the years he has worked on Town & Country, GQ and Esquire as well as his own books. His book Rebel Style is one of my favorites, I stumbled upon it in a random Covent Garden bookstore this summer and immediately bought it. Well, Mr. Boyer has struck again. This time he penned a booked titled Gary Cooper: Enduring Style. The book is 95% pictures of Mr. Cooper over the years, and great pictures they are. I should note there is also a forward by Ralph Lauren and a note from Maria Cooper Janis (Gary’s daughter).
Last night I was able to attend a book signing by Mr. Boyer and Mrs. Cooper-Janis at Leffot. The book is not to be released until November 29th but advance copies were on sale last night. Naturally, I picked one up. It was an honor to meet and talk briefly with Mr. Boyer, who is one of my inspirations for starting this blog. I was also able to meet Alan Flusser who is another household name in the menswear world and Christian Chensvold of Dandyism.net and Ivy-Style.com (Ivy-Style being one of my favorite blogs) who is another gentleman whose content I greatly respect. All in all the event was a nice one, my personal highlight being the below picture. But I do recommend that anyone with a keen interest in classic menswear pick up a copy November 29th.
As Mr. Chensvold, Mr. Flusser and Mr. Boyer do; keep up the good fight,