The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury, and Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat

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By (author) Meg Lukens Noonan

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  • Publisher: Scribe Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 18mm | 264g
  • Publication date: 30 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Carlton North
  • ISBN 10: 1922247596
  • ISBN 13: 9781922247599
  • Sales rank: 13,591

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In today's world of fast fashion, is there a place for a handcrafted $50,000 coat? To answer that question, Meg Noonan takes readers to the Sydney studio of John Cutler, a fourth-generation tailor; to the mountains of Peru, where villagers shear vicunas (a rare animal known for its soft fleece); to the fabulous Florence headquarters of Stefano Ricci, the world's greatest silk designer; to the esteemed French textile company Dormeuil; to the English button factory that makes products out of Indian buffalo horn; and to the workshop of the engraver who made the 18-carat gold plaque that sits inside the collar. These artisans create a rich tapestry of bespoke tailoring, which began in 17th-century London, but their dedication to their craft is about more than tradition; they believe that their way is best - for customers, for the environment, and for the workers involved. Fascinating, surprising, and entertaining, The Coat Route is a timely love song to things of lasting value in our disposable culture.

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Meg Lukens Noonan has written for many publications, including Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Travel + Leisure, Esquire, Men's Journal, and The New York Times. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters.

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"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