Everybody would like to be Cary Grant

August 12, 2006

'Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style' cover

Despite the pedigree of the author, and the threat of a foreword by fashion dimwit Giorgio Armani (a man who wouldn’t know style if it came round his house and polished his tassled loafers for him), the forthcoming ‘Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style‘ by Richard Torregrossa will be an essential purchase for me.

Throughout the 1940’s, and into the ’50’s, Grant eptomised stylish, sophisticated manhood. If extracts published in the September 2006 edition of ‘Town & Country’ magazine are anything to go by, this book will provide a new level of detail about his enviable and timeless style and how it evolved.

“I got a phone call one day, and the voice on the other end said, ‘Good morning, this is Cary Grant. I am going to send you an evening shirt that I would like a new neckband put on. Is that okay?’ I said, ‘Yes’” When the shirt arrived, Lachter was amazed. “The label in our shirt had the old Prince of Wales coat of arms on it, which meant that the shirt was actually made before Edward VIII became king, probably around 1934 or ’35. Yes, He really did send me a forty-year-old shirt to repair!”
Stephen Lachter (former manager of Hawes & Curtis, London)


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