In recent weeks I have tipped off about my personal favorites when it comes to web shops which all have a style that appeals to me. Today I want to present the person who is perhaps my main role model both as a style icon and fashion writer namely Bruce Boyer.
He is a legendary journalist with a penchant for the timeless classic style. For over 35 years he has worked as a writer for magazines such as Town & Country, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Forbes, The New York Times, The Rake to name a few. Alongside this, he has published some books on the theme of fashion and taught at the university. He has also helped a number of big brands with their promotional materials and editorial texts.
I have had the pleasure to interview Bruce at one point and was struck then by how incredibly likable he is as a person. To me, he personifies really what is meant by a real gentleman. There will be no comprehensive text today, but the idea is to inspire you by showing you some pictures of the style that Bruce by his own admission embraced the age of 15 and that today is the same as trends come and go but the classic style consists. He told me that he was at an early age got her inspiration from contemporary movies and persons Cary Grant, Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Fred Astaire favorite.
Large parts of the interview I made were about the difference between fashion and style. I would finally reflect how Bruce looked at just that for no one I’ve met have said it better:
“There is a big difference between style and fashion. Fashion is what other people, designers and the media tell us to wear. This can change quickly. Style however does not change much over time. A stylish person refines himself and knows himself well. Fashion can be superficial and short-term while the style is personal, long-term and self-reflective. “
For those who wish to do so, we recommend reading the books Bruce Elegance, eminently Suitable, Rebel Style – Cinematic Heroes of the fifties and Fred Astaire style.
Right now, he completed a book of his collected essays, scheduled to be released in the fall, and a book is a historical study of men’s clothing in the 1950s, which will be released next year.
We thank the Brooklyn-based photographer Rose Callahan that we have borrowed several of her pictures of Bruce. We would also like to suggest Rose’s inspired blog Dandy portraits.