An exclusive and revealing interview with the author of some of the most well- respected books on classic menswear, Bernhard Roetzel. Gentleman. A Timeless Guide to Fashion was first published in German in , by the publishing. For a Nordic man, reviewing a book by Bernhard Roetzel is an intimidating task. As I’m a Finn, doubly so. It can be argued that with his book.
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It is not an every day that a small, almost unknown menswear blogger like myself has the opportunity to interview a menstyle icon like Bernhard Roetzel. Bernhard is the author of several classical style books for men, but he is probably best known for Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion. I have to say Bernhard has been nothing but a true class act ever since he agreed to do this and for that I extend my absolute gratitude to him. Bernhard, first of all, it means a lot for me that you agreed to be interviewed for My Dapper Self.
It is not a common circumstance that a style icon such as you is part of this site. You published this book back inthat makes 18 years since the book was made available.
Do you see an improvement in the way men approach style in these 18 years that have passed since you first published that book? Especially young men are very often extremely keen to learn about classical style. If you could go back in time and change something from the first edition of Gentleman. A Timeless Guide to Fashion, what would it be? Have you changed on your mind on anything that you initially wrote for that book?
I was asked to revise the book for the first time in and I found hardly anything that I wanted to change because I had completely focused on timeless style when I wrote the book. I revised the book again in and in and I mainly updated addresses and other facts.
For the present edition we added 20 new pages including some about Vienna and Milan. First of all you need a concept for your personality. A vision of what your style is supposed to express. Then you can execute gentlemqn concept or genfleman with the help of clothes and accessories. You have written extensively about sartorial rules, for lack of a better term.
Yet, when speaking about developing a personal style, a few of these rules will have to be bent or broken. How can men find the perfect balance between respect for the timeless guidelines and personality? We often here that you need to know the rules before you start breaking them.
I agree with this saying to some extent. Knowledge is always an advantage but you should be careful about a lot of these rules because some of them are only of historical interest. The most important rules are those of proportion because they are the foundation of tailoring. If you had the power to eradicate, right now, just like that, a certain formal menswear trend that is happening these days, which one would that be? You have inspired and motivated thousands of men to start caring about the way they present themselves.
But who inspires you? Not necessarily your youth style icons you looked up to, but present day menswear personalities that have truly made an impact on you and push you to keep looking for new horizons. I find inspiration in the style of men who are unknown to the public or by men who work in other fields. The other day I met a friend who is a German who works in Russia.
He collected me at the airport in Moscow wearing a dark green worsted two-piece suit made by his tailor in Naples. I loved the idea of a green suit. How would you describe the current state of classic menswear? In the moment we have a strong interest in truly classical menswear and a trend towards the very fashionable, exaggerated version. The audience is free to choose from both options.
Southern Italian style dominates the scene which I find a bit boring. Are you excited about the subsequent changes in the classic menswear industry? Would you say you are fearing the worst or expecting the best? I am neither excited nor worried. We are presently in a situation that allows men with a small budget to dress well because of low cost manufacturing in several places of the world.
On the other hand I notice a big interested in handmade clothes that are produced locally. I have no idea what the situation will be like in ten years. I guess a lot of production will come back to Europe and China will become much more sophisticated and real challenge for Italy.
I own about ties but I wear only 10 of them regularly. The shoes gengleman be harder to replace because a lot of the models that I own from my favourite supplier Eduard Meier in Munich are presently not being made.
What are the future plans for you, Bernhard?
Anything new or exciting you would like to share with the readers of this site? I think that 99 percent of what we read in the internet is completely redundant because it has all been written before just gehtleman everything has been written about Italian cuisine. I think that personal appearances and speeches about menswear will be more important in the future roetzle personality cannot be imitated.
This is the direction that I will go to in the future. Nevertheless I hope to publish more books, presently I am working on a new book about handmade and Goodyear welted shoes.
I think that a clean shaven face and polished shoes are very important. Get your copy of Gentleman: A Timeless Guide to Fashion by clicking here or get a copy of Gentleman: The Ultimate Companion to the Elegant Man by clicking here.
You can follow Bernhard on his official Instagram account as well as on his Facebook page. Interview With A Gentleman: Bernhard Roetzel On Roetezl Menswear. Please enjoy the interview. Anything else you would like to add? Thank you very much, Bernhard. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.
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