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Meg Noonan – “The Coat Route: Craft, Luxury & Obsession on the Trail of a $50,000 Coat”

meg-noonanWhen journalist Meg Lukens Noonan learned of an unthinkably expensive, entirely handcrafted overcoat that a fourth-generation tailor had made for one of his longtime clients, she set off on an adventure to understand its provenance, and from that impulse unspooled rich and colorful stories about its components, the centuries-old bespoke industry and its traditions, and the master craftsmen whose trade is an art form. As Noonan comes to realize, these craftsmen, some of whom find themselves on the brink of retirement with no obvious successors, have increasing reason to believe that their way is the best way—best for their customers, best for the environment, and best for the quality of life of all involved.  The Coat Route was named “Best General Nonfiction Book of 2013” by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. The Coat Route is part travelogue, part fashion history and part love song to things of lasting value.