I will happily sit and look at textile books for hours, but I also like to actually read. For anyone interested in the skill and craft of tailoring and artisan crafts such as silk manufacture and button making that go into bespoke garments, this is a great read. It was of particular interest to me because, John Cutler, the tailor of the story, is based here in Sydney.
Meg Noonan follows the trail of the manufacture of a $50,000 overcoat from Sydney, to Peru, London, Florence and many points in between. It’s a tonic for those who hate mass consumerism. As one reviewer said “it’s a timely love song to things of lasting value in our disposal culture.” I like to think we could say the same about all the things we design and create, whether they be quilts, textile art or embroidery.
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