HOMESPUN – True Tales of Tweed
Named among Most Highly Anticipated Books of 2022 by Men’s Journal
How Tweed Won the Hearts of Every Generation and Conquered the worlds of Fashion, Film, Stage and Interior Design
“In a world of mass-produced fabrics of heightened performance but an absence of soul, tweed stands apart. Joseph Pastrana’s inspired and well-researched book weaves real-life narratives of past and present personalities to uncover the human element that imbues tweed with not only history and social significance, but a larger sense of importance in our modern world. This book will truly change the way you look at tweed.” – Sandra Nygaard, former Fashion Director at Men’s Health magazine
(New York, NY) – “Homespun – True Tales of Tweed” by J.Joseph Pastrana from New York literary imprint house Thane & Prose is now available in hardbound worldwide. A page-turner for true fashion fans or anyone and everyone with an interest in history and style, the non-fiction book delivers a comprehensive and entertaining look at the rich legacy of tweed while exploring contemporary use of the fabric in fashion, costumes for film, television and stage, accessories and interior design. It takes readers along pivotal moments from its humble beginnings to becoming essential to couture runways, the wardrobes of royalty and the very rich, as well as becoming today’s hopes for sustainability and inclusivity.
Learn the captivating stories behind tweed’s use by Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. Read first-person accounts from designers such as Alan Flusser and Joseph Abboud, as well as from leading creatives of iconic menswear labels Paul Stuart, Cordings, and Ralph Lauren, costume and interior designers including Peter Sandel and Jane Greenwood, Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons’ Patrick Grant, and innovative sources Dashing Tweeds, Linton Tweeds and Magee1866. From the haunting landscapes of Scotland to the dynamic prefectures of Japan, from the soundstages of Hollywood to the footlights of Broadway, from the cobbled streets of London to the towering skyscrapers of New York City, it’s an unforgettable journey of style through the past, present and future of this iconic fabric. “Homespun – True Tales of Tweed” by J.Joseph Pastrana ($27.99) is available in hardcover at fine bookstores worldwide or order online at Thane & Prose.com, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.com
ABOUT THANE & PROSE
Founded in 2014 by Thane Boulton, this New York literary imprint house is dedicated to publishing exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Thane & Prose titles are made available in finely crafted hardcover editions worldwide as well as in audio and digital formats across popular sites including Amazon and iTunes. Its previous acclaimed titles include celebrated American poet Lucas Hunt’s deeply personal and introspective “Iowa” and “Hamptons”, and The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University professor Dr. Mario Garcia’s “The Story” trilogy, which details insights on being a steward of news, and how production, management, harnessing the latest technology, and decisions paths must accommodate today’s shifting reader habits and needs.
Early reactions to “HOMESPUN True Tales of Tweed”:
“Homespun is not just a story about the historic importance of tweed. In this delightful, engaging, and clever book Joseph Pastrana shows how tweed transcends political and cultural divides to reveal how we view style as an extension and an expression of our individual and collective identity” – Steven M. Gillon, Historian and Author of the New York Times bestseller “America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.”
“A very engaging must-read for those who are interested in the history of modern fashion and how one fabric has withstood the test of time” – John Bartlett, CFDA award-winning designer
“In his book Homespun, Joseph Pastrana weaves together the threads of tweed’s history, manufacturing process, and its use in the fashion, interior design, and movie industries into an educational story that is as captivating and colorful as tweed itself” – Stefan Steil, principal Steilish Interiors & Architecture
“Homespun is a meticulously researched and brilliantly woven account about a time-honored textile. The book delves deep into both the fabric’s rich history and the fascinating and often touching personal stories of those who create, employ or proudly wear tweed today” – Christopher Blomquist, U.S. Contributor for Sportswear International, and Adjunct Professor of Fashion Journalism at Parsons School of Design, The New School
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