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The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men's Style [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Nicholas Antongiavanni
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23. Mai 2006

"Clothes make the man."

Mark Twain never worked in today's fast-paced workplace, but his observation has never been keener: clothes do make the man. With The Suit, Nicholas Antongiavanni provides a masterly manual on what it takes to succeed: advice on how to dress with style, flair, and an eye toward gaining power. That's because "business casual" has proved itself a one-way ticket to a lifetime in the corporate dungeon. But if you apply the sartorial advice proffered in The Suit to your clothes, you will project elegance, bravado, and success.

Drawing inspiration from Machiavelli's The Prince, Antongiavanni has crafted an essential handbook for the ambitious man who recognizes that smart and stylish appearance is a lever to power. From neckties to footwear, belts to suspenders, lapels to handkerchiefs, The Suit leaves no garment or accessory untouched and will inject a dose of good taste into your closet. The debates over double-breasted vs. single, two-buttons vs. three, English vs. Italian, and many others are settled with wit by Antongiavanni's wealth of knowledge in the art of dress.

The Suit is much more than a simple how-to manual -- Antongiavanni packs these pages with insightful and sometimes stinging commentary on celebrities and the clothes they wear. Leading public figures from David Letterman to Donald Rumsfeld are picked apart at the seams. Antongiavanni uses powerful men in the public eye as entertaining examples of how to dress properly and what garish mistakes to avoid. Whether you are already a corporate Prince -- or if you are a Joe Cubicle aspiring to be something greater -- The Suit will teach you how to make your clothes work for you. No matter what your physical build or your status in the workplace, let Nicholas Antongiavanni be your fashion consultant.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperBusiness; Auflage: annotated edition (23. Mai 2006)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060891866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060891862
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,6 x 13,7 x 2,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 121.687 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)



A practical handbook for ambitious young men anxious to get ahead in the business world covers every important aspect of how to dress for success, offering helpful advice for men of varying builds on how to dress with flair and style, with a goal of gaining power.

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Nicholas Antongiavanni is the nom de plum for a former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. The author currently works for a powerful media mogul and lives in Westchester County, New York, with his wife and small child. A leading expert on men's tailoring, he owns more suits than he would care to admit.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you know! 8. Juni 2006
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Tja. Also erst mal die Zusammenfassung: Ich keine kein Buch das alle wesentlichen Erkenntnisse so pointiert und gut zu lesen zusammenfasst. Definitiv nichts für den Einsteiger (da sollte man sich vielleicht über Rötzel und Flusser "hochlesen"). Erinnert am ehesten an Boyer, aber eben viel aktueller und viel lustiger und auch umfangreicher.

Einschränkung: Es ist kein einziges Foto in dem Buch und setzt also voraus, dass man sich vorstellen kann, worüber gerade geredet wird. Die wesentlichen Fachbegriffe sollte man auch drauf haben. Meiner Meinung nach der Pflichtkauf für jeden, der sich ernsthaft für Anzüge und stilvolle Kleidung interessiert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr amüsante Lektüre 26. Februar 2010
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Wenn man sich gerne den Kopf über Stil zerbricht, schon einiges dazu gelesen hat und in der Früh mit Freude vor dem Kleiderschrank steht, für den ist dieses Buch eine sehr erfrischende Lektüre. Mit einem Augenzwinkern werden hier die essentiellen Stilfragen für den wohlangezogenen Mann abgehandelt und stilistische Dogmen ausgerufen. Das Buch liegt bei mir am Nachtisch und wenn mich gerade kein Buch anspricht, dann schmökere ich mit Wonne darin. Wer jedoch eine Anleitung dafür braucht, wie man sich korrekt bei einer Hochzeit kleidet, den wird das Buch entäuschen. Es gibt keine schönen Bilder darin und es wird auch nicht erklärt wie ein Windsor Knoten gebunden wird.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Tailoring's noble lies 30. Mai 2006
Von Randall Couch - Veröffentlicht auf
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A couple of months ago, the bespoke tailors of London's famed Savile Row, including directors of its most renowned and venerable firms, took to the street (most discreetly and properly, of course) to demonstrate against increases in rent and taxes that threaten this historic English institution. The rise in property-related costs is fueled in part by the desire of multinational fashion corporations to appropriate the prestige of this fabled address for their mass-produced, no-size-fits-any products. The Westminster City Council has responded with zoning plans and other recommendations to help the home of fine tailoring continue to flourish. Whether it can long withstand powerful institutions and market forces is another question.

This feeling that the barbarians are at the gate would have been familiar to the author of The Prince. Spain was newly united and expansionist, France was meddling again, and the great Lorenzo de'Medici was dead. Florence warred with itself as power swung from royalists to republicans and back. Machiavelli feared for the state's survival. Personally, he cared less for whom he worked, and more that he merely be allowed to serve his city. The advice in his little treatise emphasized that the man of virtú - the strong and effective individual - could change the course of history.

Nicholas Antongiavanni clearly sympathizes with this view. His delightful book stands with those who build (or want to build) a personal style based on good fit and one of several aesthetic traditions, rather than being at the mercy of corporate accountants, fickle designers, and depressing statistics about average body measurements. As other reviewers have noted, the book displays wit as well as the deeper pleasures of intelligent parody, including the pleasure of ideas in conversation across disciplines and centuries. The book is indeed a personal project, and that is its virtue. It is not generic.

Antongiavanni has obviously read Flusser and Boyer, and knows both men. So why would he write a book like theirs? The Suit credits its readers with the sense to know that no single book makes an education in any field. Readers will benefit from testing Antongiavanni's propositions against Flusser's illustrations, and from considering the points where authors differ. Antongiavanni's opinions are strongly flavored and forcefully stated. In part this results from the demands of his parodic template, and no doubt in part from his own inclination. Again, this seems to me a feature rather than a flaw.

The Suit is a refreshing addition to the discourse on men's dress. It has two important strengths: First, it is a book that can speak to men with more serious things to do than flip through picture books, and whose worldview is more complex than that of John T. Molloy. Second, it offers those very men, as well as those without experience, a reliable set of principles on which to build an effective personal style of dress. No garment or ensemble praised in this book will ever embarrass its wearer, assuming it is worn on the appropriate occasion. Many things proscribed in this book can, in fact, be both appropriate and stylish on the right man in the right circumstances. But here's a secret: the author knows this. When the reader understands himself, his culture, and the materials and techniques of clothing well enough, he can use the rules or break them--or make them himself. He will then embody the man of virtú.

For those of us on the way, The Suit is entertaining and informative. Its rhetorical stance of infallible authority (and that of its Florentine model) is like the perfectly draped chest or exquisitely shaped shoulder of a well-cut jacket: a noble lie. Beneath is the human frame with its imperfections. But in the hands of a skilled tailor, both ideas and flesh are made to seem - more than in their naked state - truly themselves.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A refreshing change of pace 10. Juni 2006
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Extremely clever and quite enjoyable... really a refreshing change of pace for those of us who like to read about Men's fashion.

Antongiavanni's dry wit might not be fully appreciated by those who are not devotees to the work of Machiavelli but the parody is hilarious to the well read gent with a grasp of matters sartorial.

How refreshing to see a book on mens clothing not targeted to the recent grad on his first interview!

Great read, well thought out and quite entertaining. Antongiavanni pulls off a neat trick by making the book entertaining and useful for those who HAVEN'T read Machiavelli while leaving those who have to marvel at his ability to parody such divergent topics. Well done!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Delightful, Useful, and Hilarious 1. Juni 2006
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I am not a man, and I don't play one on T.V. but I could not put this book down. It is a great read even if you are not familiar with Machiavelli's Prince but, if you are, it is a pleasure of the highest order. My husband is not in any way familiar with Machiavelli (except through common ethnicity) but he found the advice most helpful on a recent shopping excusion. Antongiavanni presents a beaux ideal of what a well-dressed man should look like (taking into account as many particulars as can be examined--even down to deformities) and leaves the application of those rules up to the virtue of the reader. His rules are demanding but virtue is not an easy thing and no good thing is acquired without it. If you cannot accept all his rules or accomodate your virtue to every particular, you will still be a better dressed man for the effort. As a matter of social commentary, most readers will appreciate Antongiavanni's discussion of the difference between style and fashion--the former being the thing to emulate the latter being the thing to eschew. Read it and buy one for a friend. You will have given him (or even her) a better gift than gold.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A solid book about men's apparel for advanced readers 8. Juni 2006
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Unlike, most other reviewers I am going to base this review on the fact if you have NOT yet read the Prince but are a devotee of sartorial arts.

I have not read the Prince and as such cannot compare its writing style. However, I will comment on its content. This is a book certainly aimed for (at least somewhat) advanced readers with a passion for fine men's apparel. The advice given in this book is top-rate & is in the very best of taste, though often it may appear (especially to new readers) as highly subjective or opinionated. The rules and laws explained in this book... that govern the field of men's business wear... are correct and in accordance with how they were established during the golden era of men's wear. You may (as a reader in 21st century) opt to discard these old rules and that is perfectly fine... in fact the author often suggests it. But in any case, you need to know the basics before you can properly discard them and this book provides a decent dose of historic info too.

It's greatest shortcoming is only that WHAT COULD NOT made it into the book, such as lavish illustrations and pictures (but the price certainly reflects this also). But whatever DID made it into this book is (for the most part) as first rate as it gets.

Naturally you would like to ask... how am I suppose to know that the advice is indeed first rate? Well, should you find yourself shopping in the most reputable of men's stores... (may that be your Haberdasher on 5th Ave or your esteemed tailor on Savile Row) discuss with them some of the concepts explained in this book and chances are most of the time... a knowledgeable sales person or your tailor will echo exactly what is said in the book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Worthy Addition to a Style Library 3. Juni 2006
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This is NOT:

* a book for people who want/need everything in bullet points

* a one-stop book for people who are just starting out with style

* a book for people who react negatively to strong opinions about what looks good

This IS:

* an enjoyable read, combining parody and insight

* a wonderful addition to an all-too-small canon of books on men's style

* a real tonic for readers who LIKE strong opinions and can put them in context

As has been noted, this is a very particular book. It is stylistically unique, not heavily illustrated and forcefully states opinions on what is and is not 'proper'. I like that it has the feel of a personal project - there is passion in it, and I think its unique angle will actually help draw in some readers who might otherwise skip books on style.

The writing is very arch in tone, and for some this may become grating. I personally loved it, but did feel that if I did not have a basic grasp of clothing terminology, I might have gotten lost.

If you are passionate about clothes, this book is well worth the cost of admission. The author gives a wonderfully thorough tour of the ins and outs of an elegant style that will carry most men through life with great aplomb. He does some things better and in more depth than other books on the shelves and presents a cogent case for a certain aesthetic.

The opinions given are stated in the absolute, and you may not agree with them, but they ought to be food for thought. I actually like it when the author states an opinion strongly - in doing so, he forces me to figure out where I stand.

If you are looking for a simple, direct guide to 'dressing for success' I would push you towards other books. The Chic Simple series and Flusser's Dressing the Man are heavily illustrated and fairly usable expressions of a similar aesthetic, and are easy to grasp.

This book is best for a sophisticated reader with his own style, but an openness to being challenged. Even for someone just starting out, it is a great complement to one of the basic books -- Antongiovanni does a few areas better than even the greats, and reading it in this new light can help cement what you do and don't like about your own aesthetic.
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