Book Review: Scott Schuman’s The Sartorialist: Closer

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL. While the name Scott Schuman might not be familiar to you, if you follow fashion on the Internet, then you no doubt know about his wildly popular blog

He started the blog after he left a fashion sales job to take care of his daughter in 2005. He began carrying a camera around with him at all times to snap photos of the interesting people with unique fashion sensibilities he constantly ran into on the streets of New York City. People quickly flocked to his blog, thanks to Schuman’s excellent photography and his eye for finding fashionable folks amidst the crowd.

His work has had an immeasurable impact on both the world of fashion journalism and people’s perceptions of street fashion. He now travels the world, photographing fashionistas all over the globe. In 2009, he published an anthology of his favorite shots from around the world in a book simply entitled The Sartorialist. After the enormous success of that book, Schuman is now back with a completely new collection, The Sartorialist: Closer (Penguin), featuring beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention.

It emcompasses the diverse styles and visual attitudes of people from as far afield as Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond, and includes nearly forty exclusive images. The limited-edition hardcover edition features a gorgeous slipcover, colored endpapers, and sewn pages, with each one individually numbered.