Friends, I am not really a vintage menswear fetishist. And yet...
I just picked up a copy of the recently published coffee table-sized book Vintage Menswear: A Collection from the Vintage Showroom by Sims, Luckett, & Gunn (Laurence King Publishing Ltd: 2012) from the library and it is gorgeous. Do the words "D-2 mechanic's parka," "Buckle-back work trousers" or "Paratrouper jump jacket" make your blood pump faster? If so, this book is for you. I placed a reserve on it based on Urbandon's recommendation and I am glad I did. I'm also the first one to borrow it -- always a nice feeling!
The splendid color photography includes lots of detail photos (garments are often photographed inside-out) for those who like to see things close up. The text is minimal but very informative -- this book is really about the images, as it should be. It's especially interesting to see with what care some of these garments were mended by their owners.
Vintage Menswear focuses exclusively on utility wear: clothing for sports and leisure activities, military endeavors, and old-fashioned physical labor (i.e. work). It's not about vintage "fashion" though obviously these garments have inspired a lot of contemporary men's (and women's) leisurewear and outerwear (think jean jacket). Some of these clothes have hardly changed at all, the military clothes in particular.
If you or someone you love makes men's clothes or collects the vintage originals, you'll appreciate Vintage Menswear. It's not an especially costly book (roughly $30 USD) considering its size and the quantity (and quality) of photographs in it. You can purchase a new or used copy on Amazon here.
You can see more full-color photos from Vintage Menswearhere.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!