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The best dressed man in the room

A Gangster Story. From "BeSpoke - The Chic&Cool" n. 8

by Virginia Ricci
June 10th, 2014
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They were the Great Gatsby years, the Roaring Twenties and no-holds-barred jazz age dancing, when America moved to the rhythms of dance steps, willing victim to constantly evolving music and fashion.

But it was not just bands of smart, wild young men who livened up the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Chicago. In the forefront of those dictating this authentic and virile style were the men of the outskirts areas of these very cities, bound together twice over by an absolute loyalty to their clans professed with the impeccable charm of businessmen. These are stories of the great charismatic gangsters brought back to life now in this latest book by Daniele Delerme Flores, “The Best Dressed Man in the Room“, in which we discover that fashion too quickly became a question of honour for these characters.

A few names? Certainly – Harry Strauss, the ‘Beau Brummel of Brooklyn’, known by the New York Daily News not only for his brutality but also for his perfectly creased trousers and ever present Chesterfield
overcoat.

Appearing at police headquarters for questioning in an unsolved murder, it was the police commissioner who pronounced him “the best dressed man in the room.”

Undoubtedly…

DON’T MISS THE REST OF THIS “GANGSTER STORY” ON “BESPOKE – THE CHIC & COOL” n. 8

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