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Today sees the launch of Patrick Grant’s book, Original Man – The Tautz Compendium of Less Ordinary Gentlemen. Perhaps the most articulate designer of his generation, what I’ve always appreciated about Patrick is his ability to tell a great story, from the beautifully compiled notes given out at E.Tautz shows to his recent TV work, so I’m guessing that his first book will be full of charm, well-chosen epigrams and the occasional LOL (the list of gentlemen featured includes Olly Reed and Ozzy Osbourne after all).
Published with the commendable intention of “inspiring readers to lead a less ordinary life” the book showcases more than 80 original men (including some personal heroes of mine like Yves Saint Laurent and Quentin Crisp), selected not for their sartorial prominence (there are more than enough rather obvious coffee table books of that type around), but in recognition of their genuine uniqueness and determination to live life to the full.
Men’s fashion media is full of the same recycled icons and purported heroes so I’m looking forward to having a flick through the book this evening and encountering a few more controversial characters within its pages.
About the book:
Original Man – The Tautz Compendium of Less Ordinary Gentlemen
Editor: Patrick Grant
Format: 21 x 26 cm
Features: Full color, hardcover, 240 pages