"A spirited tour of fashion history . . . "The Coat Route" compels us to remember that behind every garment is a deep history and a pair of human hands--whether those hands stitched the dress's hem or pulled a lever that stringed together that $30 must-have jacket."--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Delightful . . . "The Coat Route" celebrates those who work with their hands, creating something beautiful and lasting."--"The Seattle Times"
"[Meg Lukens Noonan's] exploration of the business of fashion is fascinating and thorough, and her examination of bespoke goods redefines the words luxury and obsession."--The Daily Beast
"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"
"Lush writing and eagle-eyed reportage uncloak the insular world of bespoke fashion. . . . Globe-trekking travel writer Noonan is well-equipped to bridge the chasm and bring back a narrative every bit as finely rendered as the title's subject. Outfitted with an infectious curiosity and enviable eye for detail, the seasoned correspondent executes a sartorial odyssey that spans a remarkable portion of the planet. The fantastic journey is both fast-paced and rich."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"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
"An informative joy from start to finish."--Richard Anderson, author of "Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed"show more