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    DescriptionIn today's world of fast fashion, is there a place for a handcrafted $50,000 coat? When journalist Meg Lukens Noonan learned of an unthinkably expensive, entirely handcrafted overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor had made for one of his longtime clients, she set off on an adventure to understand its provenance, and from that impulse unspooled rich and colorful stories about its components, the centuries-old bespoke industry and its traditions, and the master craftsmen whose trade is an art form. In "The Coat Route, " Noonan pieces together the creation of the coat in question, tracing its elements to their far-flung sources, from the remote mountains of Peru, where villagers shear vicunas--whose soft fleece is more coveted and rare than the finest cashmere--to the fabulous Florentine headquarters of Stefano Ricci, the world's greatest silk designer; from the family-owned French fabric house Dormeuil, founded in 1842, which drapes kings, presidents, and movie stars to the 150-year-old English button-making firm that creates the ne plus ultra of fasteners out of Indian water-buffalo horn and the workshop of the master hand engraver who makes the eighteen-karat gold plaque that hangs inside the coat's collar. We meet the dapper son-in-law of an Australian wine baron who commissions the coat's creation, and we come to know John Cutler, one of the top bespoke tailors in the world, who works his magic with scissors and thread out of his Sydney shop, redolent of cedar and English wool. Featuring a cast of offbeat, obsessed, and wildly entertaining characters, "The Coat Route" presents a rich tapestry of local masters, individual artisans, and family-owned companies that have stood against the tide of mass consumerism. As Noonan comes to realize, these craftsmen, some of whom find themselves on the brink of retirement with no obvious successors, have increasing reason to believe that their way is the best way--best for their customers, best for the environment, and best for the quality of life of all involved. "The Coat Route "is a love song to things of lasting value. Praise for "The Coat Route" " " "A fabulous story, brilliantly told . . . I couldn't have enjoyed it more."--Bill Bryson "As captivating as any mystery or thriller, "The Coat Route" demystifies the rarefied universe of bespoke tailoring and provides a lens into the culture that covets it. It educates and inspires. I couldn't put it down!"--Tim Gunn "If there's anything as unlikely--or as unnecessary--as a $50,000 overcoat, I'm not aware of it. But if there's anything more interesting than a book about the worldwide network of vicuna ranchers, button makers, silkworm breeders, gold engravers, pattern weavers, and master tailors who make such a coat possible, I hope someone as talented and as companionable as Meg Lukens Noonan writes it. For me, "The Coat Route" was a delightful journey."--Daniel Okrent "[A] lively journey . . . Traditions of bespoke tailoring (and other related crafts) are skirting the edge of extinction. Noonan's delightful story makes us hope they endure."--"Publishers Weekly" "An informative joy from start to finish."--Richard Anderson, author of "Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed"


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    Title
    The Coat Route
    Subtitle
    Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Meg Lukens Noonan
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 244
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781400069934
    ISBN 10: 1400069939
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T General Subject: 140
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BEA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.3
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: KND
    Libri: I-FG
    Ingram Subject Code: FG
    BIC subject category V2: AKT
    B&T Approval Code: A97603600
    LC subject heading: ,
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17870
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 11, 74
    BISAC V2.8: TRV000000, DES005000
    B&T Approval Code: A33801500
    BISAC V2.8: BUS070090
    B&T Approval Code: G45703600
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 338.4768714
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 338.4/768714
    LC classification: HB841 .N66 2013
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 338.4768714
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Spiegel & Grau
    Imprint name
    Spiegel & Grau
    Publication date
    16 July 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Meg Lukens Noonan spent ten years as a correspondent for "Outside "magazine and has written for "The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, Men's Journal, Vogue, "and many other publications. She lives in New Hampshire.
    Review quote
    "A fabulous story, brilliantly told . . . I couldn't have enjoyed it more."--Bill Bryson "As captivating as any mystery or thriller, "The Coat Route" demystifies the rarefied universe of bespoke tailoring and provides a lens into the culture that covets it. It educates and inspires. I couldn't put it down!"--Tim Gunn "If there's anything as unlikely--or as unnecessary--as a $50,000 overcoat, I'm not aware of it. But if there's anything more interesting than a book about the worldwide network of vicuna ranchers, button makers, silkworm breeders, gold engravers, pattern weavers, and master tailors who make such a coat possible, I hope someone as talented and as companionable as Meg Lukens Noonan writes it. For me, "The Coat Route" was a delightful journey."--Daniel Okrent "[A] lively journey . . . Traditions of bespoke tailoring (and other related crafts) are skirting the edge of extinction. Noonan's delightful story makes us hope they endure."--"Publishers Weekly" "An informative joy from start to finish."--Richard Anderson, author of "Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed"