With timing undoubtedly influenced by what was to have been the release of the film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps before its delay to later in the year, May 11 will bring us the release of an updated version of Alan Flusser's 1996 book Style and the Man.
Flusser is a permanent member of the International Best-Dressed List and one of a handful of the most knowledgeable men in the world on all aspects of men's dress. As the book jacket points out, he attracted national attention in 1987 for Michael Douglas's wardrobe in the original Wall Street, a film that did much to recreate public awareness of classic dress after the depredations of the decade that preceeded it.
The original Style and the Man combined how to information about dress with a guide to the finest men's clothing stores in the world. That latter information is gone from the new edition - Flusser pointed out that many of those stores are gone now and have not been replaced. What remains is a slim guide to buying and wearing men's clothes that has been updated to take into account the changes in fit and silhouette that have occurred in the years since its original release.
Like the original, Style and the Man contains chapters on the elements of dress from tailored clothing to neckwear, with information on quality, fit and how to put together successful combinations. It complements Dressing the Man, Flusser's much more comprehensive guide to the same topic, with all the basics at a third of the cost of the larger work. That makes it a perfect graduation gift for young men who will be entering the professions this year as well as a not-quite-small-enough-for-a-pocket guide for their fathers.