For every timeless item essential to the well-dressed man's closet — from the panama hat all the way down to the brogue — there's an origin, a history, and, most likely, a famous image to go along with it. Compiling all those threads of fashion culture is the new handsome by journalist Josh Simms, Icons of Men's Style. Available tomorrow from Laurence King Publishers, Icons tours through the staples of the gentleman's wardrobe, providing detailed backstories to classics like the duffle coat, breton top, and deck shoe and how they came to sartorial prominence. Along with Simm's informative text are visual histories of the featured items including vintage photographs of early examples of the flight jacket, moon watch, and sack suit and the many celebrities who helped make them famous by donning them. Bogart appears in his trench, Connery in his tux, and Selleck in his Hawaiian shirt. View the slideshow above for an exclusive preview of the many arresting images Sims and the publishers have collected. Note that we didn't caption the photographs because we know you'll recognize almost every subject instantly — and with a book titled Icons of Men's Style, shouldn't that be the point?
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