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8 Essential Coffee Table Books For The Man About Town

There’s just something about a coffee table book. Whether you use it to decorate, to act as a doorstopper, or as actual reading material, a coffee table book adds a certain something to your home – something that says you’re a suave, sophisticated man who can do elegance in the home just as well as he can when he’s dressing himself. Here are 8 of our favourite coffee table books, guaranteed to bring pleasure to you and any ‘special guests’ who come to visit:

Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
Coffee Table Book #1 – Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion

Alan Flusser’s name is synonymous with taste. In his latest book, Dressing the Man: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion, he combines his encyclopaedic knowledge of men’s clothing with his signature wit to bring you the definitive guide to looking stylish (well, after us, of course). Flusser offers sage wisdom on how to acquire “Permanent Fashionability” by focusing on physical trademarks instead of seasonal trends in this user-friendly guide.  (Price: $37.50 BUY)

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

Coffee Table Book #2 – Kate Moss by Mario Testino

What could possibly look better on your coffee table than Kate Moss? But since the real thing probably isn’t coming over for a nightcap anytime soon, you’ll have to settle for Kate Moss by Mario Testino instead. Trust us – it’s hardly settling. The book celebrates one of fashion’s greatest collaborations and most enduring friendships with over 100 images in black-and-white and colour, including many previously unseen private photographs.  (Price: $68.43 BUY)

Tom Ford

Coffee Table Book #3 – Tom Ford

If you can’t afford to rock Tom Ford like Jay-Z, you can at least rock the Tom Ford book on your coffee table. Follow the designer on a trip down memory lane, as he catalogues his design work for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. Tom Ford features more than 200 photographs by Richard Avedon, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritts, Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Todd Eberle, and numerous others.  (Price: $92.12 BUY)


Coffee Table Book #4 – The Sartorialist: Closer

There’s no going wrong with The Sartorialist, or in this case The Sartorialist: Closer. After the huge success of his first book, Scott Schuman is back with a new collection of images of the stylish men and women who have caught his attention over the years and across continents. Choose from one of two covers: one featuring a woman and the other featuring a man.  (Price: $22.23 BUY)

Coffee Table Book #5 – Porsche 911 Book: 50th Anniversary Edition

Automotive history changed for good in 1963, when the Porsche 901 made its debut. Though it had to be renamed after a dispute with Peugeot, the 911 let nothing stand in the way of its destiny: to become one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. Famous automotive photographer René Staud celebrates the 50th anniversary of that extraordinary car in the Porsche 911 Book: 50th Anniversary Edition.  (Price: $83.38 BUY)

American Fashion Designers at Home

Coffee Table Book #6 – American Fashion Designers at Home

Get a peek behind the curtain and step into the private quarters of more than 100 American designers. Couture’s most celebrated names – including Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Betsey Johnson and Donna Karan – all make appearances in Rima Suqi’s beautifully shot book. Fashion’s most creative minds clearly take their work home with them – and now you can, too.  (Price: $51.82 BUY)

Coffee Table Book #7 – Icons of Men’s Style

The name alone is reason enough for this to belong on your coffee table. Icons of Men’s Style is a rich history of men’s fashion staples, from the biker jacket to the deck shoe. The book examines, garment by garment, the most important and famous of these products, walking you through their history, stories of their design, and how the item shaped the way men dress today. (Price: $22.25 BUY)


Coffee Table Book #8 – American Beauty

Photographed by Vogue alumna Claiborne Swanson Frank, American Beauty features over 100 portraits of quintessentially American women and accompanying texts by Genevieve Bahrenburg. Between the covers you’ll find everyone from artists to titans of industry, including Lisa Mayock, Lily Aldridge, Solange Knowles and Jenna Lyons. The only problem with having this on your coffee table is that you might never leave the house.  (Price: $47.19 BUY)

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