Any book that includes a picture of Steve McQueen in The Great Escape or Get Carter-era Michael Caine or Connery model Bond gets short shrift in these parts. Nothing against the blessed trinity of cool of course, just that other publications have that area well covered.
The new Icons of Men's Style includes all three. What saves it from the not-on-your-nellie pile is the fact that it is authored by long-time friend of Wallpaper* and one of the UK's most respected and measured men's fashion journalists, Josh Sims. And that Sims takes apart the staples of the male wardrobe in forensic detail and with real vim and vigour.
We learn, for instance, that the modern brogue is the descendant of a shoe first worn by Irish and Scottish agricultural workers. And the holes in the upper were originally intended to allow the shoes to dry after a hard day in the bogs. That the storm flap on the shoulder of a trench coat was originally designed to cushion the kick of a rifle and that Crombie supplied the Confederate Army with over coats during the American Civil War.