My dear friends have a book out, which will be in stores next week.
It’s called Buttoned-Up, and is about the pleasures and meanings of wearing a shirt fully fastened.
Without a tie.
The book is, in fact, a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
Penguin asked various figures to create a book responding to a particular line.
Fantastic Man were inspired by the fashions favoured by gentlemen in the districts serviced by the East London Line.
Here’s the cover.
It’s dedication is obviously the greatest dedication in any book, ever.
It begins with the first of a series of images of East London street corners.
And the first of many images of East London men in their done-up shirts, as photographed by Benjamin Alexander Huseby.
It’s followed by an essay I’m looking forward to reading by Sir Paul of Flynn.
Many other delights follow, including editor Jop van Bennekom’s thorough and exhaustive survey of shirt collars.
The back page.
It’ll be available from next week from book retailers either in stores or sent through the post from the vast unfathomable warehouse of electronic retailers Amazon in Bedfordshire.
Obviously, much jollier if you buy it from a store.
Especially the bookstores of East London.
Like Donlon Books.
If Conor’s stocking it.
I’m sure he will be.
So there you go.
And OMG is next week the week that Alice Rawsthorn’s new design book is out?
Let’s play Read-a-long-a-Alice!
A chapter a day.
And OMG when’s the new Fantastic Man out?
It must be soon…