I am very happy to say that Classic Style magazine is at it again. The summer issue just came out and, at the risk of sounding like a shill for the publisher, it is great. Shifting gears little bit, this issue broadens the editorial content to touch on style and etiquette with “But These Are My Good Sweats”, and a review of venerable shoe-maker Allen-Edmonds – ” AE Means ‘American Excellence’ “.
This issue also has a great write-up on the art and science of getting a close shave of the strait razor variety. I have had a few of these and regardless of how many blades my Gillette may have, there really is no comparison.
Interspersed with a brief “must have” buying guide, sidebar drink recipe (the “Ad Lib”), and quick retrospective on the ever-classic Chris-Craft boats, this issue presents a tighter, more focused Classic Style. This feeling follows through to the main photo spread, which highlights the summer wardrobe, touching on the classic influences of English style and Great Gatsby luxe. These images are some of the best presented in the the albeit short life of this publication.
The stylist’s choices are dead-on; classic in a retro sense but eminently wearable today. Some of the pieces chosen are more of a modern take on classic cuts, which helps to broaden and modernize the outfits’ overall feel. My favorite picture (p.69) captures perfectly the spirit of what classic style means. The shot could have come right off Scott Shuman’s The Sartorialist blog. Frankly, I’d like to get her outfit for my wife; the addition of the Jack Spade man’s bag perfectly balances the visual weight of the image.