Perfect Gentleman

The Perfect Gentleman

The Pursuit of Timeless Elegance and Style in London

  1. James Sherwood
  2. Foreword by Terence Stamp
  • ISBN 9780500516317
  • 34.50 x 27.50 cm
  • Hardback
  • 224pp
  • 294 Illustrations, 238 in colour
  • First published 2012

The pursuit of elegance inevitably leads a gentleman to London’s historic West End. Since 1666 Mayfair, Piccadilly and St. James’s have been colonized by hatters, shoemakers, jewellers, shirtmakers, perfumers and hosiers.

The Perfect Gentleman

‘A treat for modern dandies … a complete guide to masculine chic’ – Elle Decoration
'… a sumptuous picture book elegantly examining the history of British luxury goods’ – Attitude

Today, this enclave of excellence has the highest concentration of firms trading in luxury goods for the well-appointed male. Here the modern gentleman who values quality and craftsmanship can still walk in the footsteps of such as Beau Brummell, Edward VII, Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire, Prince Charles and, latterly, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

James Sherwood has been given access to private archives and unpublished material, and has commissioned new photography to provide a rich insight into the companies and their crafts today. The London gentleman’s social world, 
from shopping arcades and hotels to members’ clubs and dining rooms, is brought to life through vivid texts, intimate portraits and lavish images.

The Perfect Gentleman showcases the historic houses and the great patrons who have upheld the highest standards for hundreds of years alongside a new generation of craftsmen and -women who are keepers of the flame.

James Sherwood is an author, broadcaster and curator based in London. He is the author of Savile Row: The Master Tailors of British Bespoke and Fashion at Royal Ascot: Three Centuries of Thoroughbred Style. He is the archivist at Henry Poole & Co., a consultant for Anderson & Sheppard and the Savoy hotel, and has edited the Louis Vuitton City Guide to London since 2005. For over two decades, he has written about fashion, style and the diamond business for international broadsheets, and is now editor-at-large for The Rake and contributes to the Telegraph and World of Interiors. He was the BBC fashion critic at Royal Ascot for eight years and regularly appears as a royal style and fashion critic on British and American television.

Terence Stamp is one of Britain’s great film actors and a sartorial idol for generations of men worldwide. He was BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated for his 1962 screen debut, Billy Budd, and has subsequently starred in over sixty films, including Far from the Madding Crowd, Modesty Blaise, Superman and Superman II, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Limey.