Women around the world look with envy to the Parisian woman, that eternally chic creature.
But, it must be noted, the men of Paris are far from slouches when it comes to style.
It’s something Hugo Jacomet — founder of the cult Parisian Gentleman website — knows quite well.
His chronicling of the French capital’s sartorial flair has been expanded into a book, one that would make an ideal gift for any man on your holiday list — or the perfect splurge to skim through on a winter afternoon yourself.
“The Parisian Gentleman,” (Thames & Hudson, $75), out Dec. 7, is written by Jacomet, with photographs by Andy Julia. The luxurious hardcover edition is filled with more than 350 illustrations over more than 250 pages.
Travel along to meet 20 leading men’s style-makers, from the most hidden ateliers and tucked-away studios to those more familiar names, including shirtmakers Charvet, shoemakers Berluti and the recently revived trunk-makers Moynat.
The book is an ode to history and craftsmanship, capturing fading traditions and celebrating a bygone approach to fashion that’s once again earned its moment in the spotlight.
As Jacomet shares in the preface, “Following the lead of a few tweed addicts, a bunch of Milanese buttonhole devotees and a small community of shoe aficionados, men seem to have awakened from thirty years of stylistic lethargy and rediscovered the pleasure of beautiful clothes and elegance as a way of life… After the success of such television series as ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ the ‘sartorialists’ created a global movement devoted to classic men’s style.”
For more on “The Parisian Gentleman,” visit thamesandhudsonUSA.com.