I just wanted to remind everyone that the second issue of Classic Style magazine is on the stands and I am happy to say it’s worth the $5.95. The magazine has filled an interesting niche for those who love the past but aren’t necessarily trying to live there. It’s not a magazine for reenactors, rather, it’s for those guys who understand that back in the 20s, 30s, and 40s, men knew how to dress. How to really dress. With this excellent followup to its maiden issue, the editors and writers have successfully created an homage to that golden age of men’s style without making it feel like a retro set piece. The reader is shown how to create his own perfectly modern classic, and classy, wardrobe.
The primary theme of this issue is the suit. Now, a lot of magazines do this kind of spread and often they all look pretty much the same. Here, however, basic information like cut, style, fit, and fabric is blended with jazz age sensibility to provide a road map to real and distinctive style. Nicholas Antongiavanni’s article on bespoke suits and sidebar on choosing the right cloth are on the money, fun to read, and informative. By pairing these with Glenn O’Brian’s piece on buying off the rack, both halves of the suit buying world are equally addressed. For the most part, the styles presented are distinctive but not forced or old fashioned. I can even see myself wearing the clothes in the “Fashion’s Power Play” layout. If this second issue speaks to where Classic Style is heading, we can look forward to great – and snazzy – things.