(Art)Books we love | Best of British

Writing for #artbookfriday is already a little habit of mine and one of my blogging highlights every week. To present a great book is sharing one of my passions and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. We also would love you to join the project on your own blog to spread the word about great books, especially art books!

So this week’s book is one I truly love and I am so happy I got a review copy. It was published just a few weeks ago and it’s a must have for every history, culture or fashion lover. “Best of British” is a book about Britain’s iconic brands. Iconic as in old (>100 years), quality, history and tradition. By highlighting the stories of these legendary brands, both new and old, the authors show how relevant these companies and their traditional production techniques still are. As I am partly British my fascination of the timeless British style is in my blood, but it’s also something all of us know even if not by brand names. The book gives you a behind the scenes tour of fashion icons like the Barbour, shoes by John Lobb, custom-made suits by Anderson & Shepherd or gloves by Dents. If like to stay classy in style these are things you need to know about and this book tells you why they’re special. Some of the brands are older than 200 years and were worn by queens and kings.

The authors picked 14 of the most iconic and important brands for the book and visited all the places for amazing behind the scenes pictures. You find pure beauty in this book. Unfortunately it’s just about men’s clothes and they expect everyone to know every brand. Because of that reason you get a great story at the beginning of each chapter but they won’t tell you a lot about the brand itself. If you don’t know them all you probably start googleing a lot when you read it for the first time. That’s the only negative thing I have to say about the book. They really could have been more into historic details! That would have made the book even more interesting. Well, it’s still a must-have in my opinion but I would have really appreciated that. Very positive is the appendix at the back where you find a little fashion and tailoring vocabulary and a timeline with the establishing dates of every brand. That’s a nice extra to have.

The book itself as an object is also pretty cool. It has a half cloth binding which is really elegant and one of my favorite binding types. The whole cover has great haptics and a varnish embossing. That’s something I like! The paper is a thick glossy one which is perfect for the great photographs. So all in all this is a really neat book which will look perfect on your cupboard or coffee table.

The Book

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#book | Best of British: The Stories Behind Britain’s Iconic Brands

#author |Horst A. Friedrichs, Simon Crompton, Toby Egelnick

#publishing house | Prestel

#language | English

#ISBN | 978-3-7913-4946-6

#pages | 216

#published | 2015

you can get your copy here.

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