Wear It Well by Allison Bornstein

Cover of book Wear It Well by Allison Bornstein

I’m embarrassed to say I hadn’t heard of Allison Bornstein but I’m following her now. She’s a stylist, wardrobe consultant and TikTok wardrobe whisperer who makes helpful shop-your-closet videos. But the big news is she’s publishing a how-to styling book and it sounds great.

Wear It Well: Reclaim Your Closet and Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed* is based on methods and systems of making your wardrobe work harder while retaining the pleasure of expressing your style. (more…)

Coming soon: Sofia Coppola Archive

Sofia Coppola Archive book

Is it too early for holiday gift planning? Sofia Coppola’s first coffee table book is available for pre-order, landing in September.

Archive, published by MACK is a kind of time capsule of film storyboards, scripts, photos and ephemera, charting the creative life of the one-time designer, 90s It girl, influential director and all-round style icon. (more…)

Luis Venegas on the underrated craft of designer catalogues and printed matter

Luis Venegas by Fede Delibes

“Every six months, when the season was changing, I took the train from my little hometown to Barcelona and spent a whole afternoon going from Armani to Versace to Donna Karan, all the fashion luxury stores, collecting that season’s paper footprint. I was 13 or 14 years old and carried around a backpack full of catalogues. As for the brands we didn’t have in Barcelona, such as Yohji Yamamoto, I would flick through magazines and go to the gutter, the brand credits: usually on the very last pages, I would discover the telephone number of this or that store. I would ring from the house telephone to Paris or Milan – God knows in what language, some kind of English I hope – and I would request these catalogues. Even though I was a child, they would send them to me.” (more…)

Quote of the day: Maggie Bullock on J. Crew and the legacy of prep

J Crew book by Maggick Bullock - with a New Yorker prep explainer by Hua Hsu

“A man who confidently strolled into class or an office in well-scuffed bucks didn’t have to worry he’d be held back by some bourgeois triviality. He knew where he stood. So did everyone else.”
J. Crew chronicler Maggie Bullock, New Yorker

A fascinating explainer on J. Crew and the history of prep. New Yorker writer Hua Hsu reviews Bullock’s new book, deep-diving into the status signifiers of Brooks Bros, J Press and the rest, and their significance on society at large. (more…)