G. Bruce Boyer is the preeminent menswear journalist, writer and historian of our time. He has written six books on men's style and worked as an editor for Town & Country, GQ and Esquire. And while he’s written about silk ascots, Savile Row suits, bespoke shoes and much more, he’s never told his own story. Until now. Hosted by Pedro Mendes.
Bonus Episode: Beards and Jeans
Bruce has sported a beard since the 1960s and he explains how that gives him more in common with the counter-culture than you would have thought. Plus, an excerpt of Bruce's thoughts from "The Problem with Jeans" documentary.
Bonus Episode: Vitale Barberis Canonico
Bruce and I both have a long relationship with the Italian mill VBC, as journalists, collaborators and friends. In this special episode, Bruce shares his experiences with the maker, their mill and their creative director.
Bonus Episode - Anderson & Sheppard
Bruce Boyer has been commissioning suits, jackets and trousers from London's famed tailoring house Anderson & Sheppard for over four decades. In that time, he has gotten to know the house, and its cutters and tailors, quite well.
Chapter Six: fashion journalism in the 70s and 80s
Almost fifty years ago, Bruce Boyer left the world of academia to pursue a career in menswear writing and journalism. Since that time, he's witnessed the fashion magazine industry change from an editorial focus to an "advertorial" one. But he never lost his passion for exploring what and why we wear what we wear.
Chapter Five: America's greatest tailors and shirtmakers
Bruce Boyer has worked with an awful lot of craftspeople over the last sixty years. Some, as a customer or collaborator. Some, as a journalist and documentarian. And almost all, as a friend and fellow sartorialist. He's been lucky enough to hear stories and share moments in workshops and cutting rooms that he wouldn’t have otherwise. But it isn’t just great memories, it’s also great lessons.
Chapter Four: Hollywood's greatest style icons
In the first three chapters of this podcast series, we discovered Bruce Boyer's founding inspirations: Ivy League, Savile Row and Italian Style. But what was missing is not the clothes he wears but how he wears them. And a lot of that, his personal style, was heavily influenced by one place: Hollywood.
An amazing memoir spanning men’s fashion like I’ve never heard before
The absolute breadth of Bruce Boyer’s life and career is beautifully explored in this short and sweet series. The only thing more mesmerising than his experiences is Boyer’s rugged and rustic voice. Hoping desperately for a second season
Classic Sartorial knowledge presented in an informed and entertaining manner.
I know of Mr Boyer through his written work and find him an engaging and knowledgeable writer. To have this series of podcasts where he engages in a culturally erudite & entertaining discursive fashion is one of life’s added bonuses. Highly recommended and I await the return season. An utterly fantastic podcast.
Excellent insight into the history of clothes, style and menswear fashion.
Even greater insight into how we have progressed as a global society.