Unbuttoned - G. Bruce Boyer's Life In Clothes
Unbuttoned - G. Bruce Boyer's Life In Clothes
The Hogtown Rake
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.
Nov 5, 2019
10 min
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.
Nov 5, 2019
13 min
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.
Nov 5, 2019
12 min
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.
Jul 23, 2019
31 min
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.
Jul 9, 2019
26 min
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.
Jun 25, 2019
19 min
Chapter Three: lessons in Italian Style
Throughout his life, Bruce has witnessed the rise of Italian Style, starting with post-war cinema and early "Made in Italy" fashions and culminating with the generations of craftspeople he has met. All of which has inspired his own approach to style. Not to mention one of the most used terms in the menswear vocabulary.
Jun 11, 2019
25 min
Chapter Two: visiting London's Savile Row tailors
Bruce Boyer has been visiting London's Savile Row - the birthplace of tailoring - for almost sixty years. He shares stories of some of the tailors he's met along the way and what they revealed about this august and esoteric world.
May 28, 2019
25 min
Chapter One: college life in the 50s and 60s
Bruce Boyer has been wearing Ivy League-style clothes for decades. In this episode, he talks about how he feel in love with the look and why he's stuck with it, through the counter-culture 60s until today.
May 14, 2019
25 min
Prologue - Listen to this one first
Coming May 15, a podcast that explores six decades of menswear through the experiences and memories of someone on the front lines. Stories that reveal not only so much about Bruce's journey, but about the meaning of what we wear.
Apr 17, 2019
3 min