March 01, 2018

New ABA book offers men advice on how to dress professionally for work

CHICAGO, March 1, 2018 — When it comes to how to dress in the office, business norms are changing: “casual Friday” has given way in many offices to the full-time casual workplace. With so many options, today’s businessman needs advice to make the appropriate choices.

The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman,” a new American Bar Association release, is an exploration from leading fashion lawyer Douglas Hand into how to dress professionally with the goal of not only enhancing the reader’s career, but enriching his life. Witty, bright, charming and informative, the book is at the same time a striking visual resource with more than 40 illustrations created by renowned fashion illustrator Rodrigo Saldana. In addition to the author’s 54 “laws of style,” the book includes short introductions to highlighted designers relevant to each law. More than just a simple dress-for-success guide, Hand’s erudite, creative, elegant and whimsical narrative style is a fitting tribute to the laws he has created to assist readers in establishing and elevating their own style — both professional as well as personal.

Hand is one of the pre-eminent fashion lawyers in the United States. He is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards Guild, which votes on the designers to receive CFDA Awards. Hand is also on the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Couture Council. He is an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at both New York University and Cardozo School of Law.  Hand has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, the ABA Journal, Women’s Wear Daily and The Business of Fashion.  Before becoming a founding partner of HBA LLP in New York City, he was an M&A lawyer at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Title:                             “The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman”
Publisher:                    Ankerwycke, ABA Book Publishing
Pages:                         296
Product Code:             1620747
ISBN:                            978-1-63425-896-8
Size:                              7 x 10, hardcover
Price:                            $29.95
Orders:                        800-285-2221 or

What others have said about “The Laws of Style”:

“Douglas is a rare animal, a man able to move as comfortably in New York fashion circles as he does in the sober world of the law. That he can do that gives him an unparalleled platform from which to advise men on dressing for work to both fit in and stand out at the same time.” — Nick Sullivan, fashion director, Esquire magazine

“The Laws of Style is a must-read book offering the best advice on dressing professionally for work.”

—Steven Kolb, president and CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America

“To approach Douglas Hand is to behold style. Smart, handsome and gracious, Douglas also has the additional advantage of knowing how to ‘put himself together’ for any occasion and conditions. In the endless speculation about who might be the first American to play James Bond onscreen, I submit Hand. Doug Hand.” –– Alec Baldwin, actor

“When I envision how my clothes are going to look on a capable man, Douglas is that man.” –– Todd Snyder, menswear designer

“Douglas Hand is the dapper-est dude in my hood. The Laws of Style is fascinating, obsessive and insanely useful.” –– Simon Doonan, creative ambassador, Barneys New York

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Dean Pappas at If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Dean Pappas, ABA Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654. For editorial inquiries please contact: Meg Carlozzi, publicist for Douglas Hand at

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