NAME: “Contemporary Menswear,” the book   

HISTORY: Published by Thames & Hudson and penned by Steven Vogel, Nick Schonberger and Calum Gordon, “Contemporary Menswear” offers a comprehensive summary of men’s heritage brands ranging from Engineered Garments and Gitman Brothers Vintage to Grenson. The book also references stores and Web sites that helped shape the men’s market, including in-depth interviews and essays with industry leaders such as Arthur Chmielewski, cofounder of Haven in Vancouver, Canada; Minya Quirk, partner of BPMW p.r. agency, and Jeff Carvalho, editor in chief of Selectism.

“The book is a snapshot, a time capsule. In selecting brands, the three of us decided to pinpoint those independents that filled specific niches in men’s wear — thus you get denim, technical outerwear and workwear tied together. Given that editorial vision, readers should expect a broad view of a moment that draws from a prevailing trend but ultimately speaks to the individual spirit, and drive, of the personalities involved in making contemporary men’s wear what it is,” said coauthor Nick Schonberger.

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“Contemporary Menswear” is a great reference book if you’re not the #menswear nerd.


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