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#1 Sator

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:22 AM

Man About Town was something of recent discovery for me. It seems that at some point in time, The Tailor & Cutter decided that it would publish a magazine intended to be read by clients rather than by tailors. It is basically very similar to something like GQ Magazine or Men's Vogue today, only it is very English and has a strong emphasis on bespoke tailoring in addition to the usual lifestyle articles. The magazine still exists today but it is obviously no longer owned or published by The Tailor & Cutter. Vintage issues of this magazine are extremely expensive and rare. I have seen them selling eBay for over 60! I must say I paid a pretty penny for a couple of issues and it was worth it.

I have decided that I will share these with everyone here. Because even the old ads are fascinating, to preserve the character of the magazine I have decide to scan everything from cover to cover.

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More to come!

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:43 AM

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 01:58 AM

amazing stuff, great looking ads and funny articles
thanks

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 10:06 AM

amazing stuff, great looking ads and funny articles
thanks


Isn't it good?

It's a bit like a bespoke tailoring version of modern men's fashion magazines. You can see why it is considered so classic and why these rare issues fetch over 60 a copy. See all of those ads for cloth merchants eg Holland & Sherry, Harris tweed mixed for ads for British made watches and men's clubs! :B)

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 10:32 AM

As you can see there are some genuine sartorial tips interspersed amongst the general chatter that you get in these sorts of magazines.

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 05:38 PM

they used much more fabric covered buttons than we do today
I think I like them especially for waistcoats

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 06:09 PM

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:36 AM

Tremendous find, Sator! :clapping:
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:35 AM

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 02:07 PM

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:21 AM

Excellent! Brings back memories of my earlier days, we used to read some of these in the cutting room (pity I never held on to them, probably went in the bin).

I noticed an ad from John G. Hardy, I won a promotional contest by them once, the prize was six suit lengths of your own choice, (beautiful cloths).

The Soho article was very interesting. Also there is a page on buttons would be handy for some of the beginners!

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 12:22 PM

we used to read some of these in the cutting room (pity I never held on to them, probably went in the bin).


Oh dear! Just think, if you had ten issues you could sell them for 600 now.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 12:31 PM

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 12:40 PM

Is it just me or does this man here:

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..look exactly like A.A. Whife?

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 12:46 AM

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 12:48 AM

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#17 J. Maclochlainn

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 02:11 AM

Haggis and tattoos, doesn't get better than this :D
Silly Cognoscenti, Drape is for windows!

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:56 AM

I was surprised to see Max Dietl (German tailor from Munich) pictured in a DB!

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I also enjoyed reading about the differences between man and woman, especially this part and in particular the last sentence:

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Does that mean that men are indeed the better tailors?

"Nur der ist Meister seiner Kunst, der immer sucht, das Gute zu verbessern und niemals glaubt, das Beste schon zu haben."
"Only he is a master of his art who always seeks to improve the good and never believes to have the best already"

http://www.dressedwell.net/ It's snarky, but fun.





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