The world wide web is a good invention. Things become accessible, or “democratized”. One of the latest gains in the menswear field is Esquire Classic. The whole archive of Esquire magazines from 1933 and onwards is now accessible online at the site Esquire Classic, if you register with the site. The old scattered collection of drawings by Laurence Fellows and other Esquire illustrators, which has meant so much to the current bespoke world starting with Alan Flusser’s Dressing the Man (1999), is now complete, and you can browse the collection easily.
I’ve done a run-through myself the other night. What made the largest impression perhaps were the menswear plates of fabric collages. I had almost forgotten them. Inspite of the coarse collage technique the plates appear so accurate, vibrant and even poetic. The present plates come from the months of September, October, and November in 1934.
Source: Esquire Classic