Re­fresh your cof­fee ta­ble

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So you’ve got a life, a house, pos­si­bly a do­mes­tic part­ner? Maybe you even have a cof­fee ta­ble, but what to put on it? May we rec­om­mend some books, three to be spe­cific: first up is

Oliver Peo­ples: Cal­i­for­nia As We See It, pub­lished by As­souline (£60) on 1 March 2019. The 240-page hardcover of­fers a sepia-tinted vis­ual jour­ney through the brand’s his­tory, along with 100 pages of beau­ti­ful im­agery of Los An­ge­les and Cal­i­for­nia proper. This is how Oliver Peo­ples sees it, and it looks lovely. Next, we have Trav­ellers’ Tales: Bags Un­packed, by Ber­til Scali, Pierre Le-Tan and Louis Vuit­ton, out now from Thames & Hud­son (£75). It fea­tures more than 50 charm­ingly il­lus­trated es­says re­count­ing some of the most mem­o­rable jour­neys un­der­taken in the mod­ern era, from Hem­ing­way to Hep­burn, and the trusty LV lug­gage that proved a com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor through all of them. Fi­nally, train­ers. Sure, you like them, but how much do you really know about them? En­ter Sneaker Freaker: The Ul­ti­mate Sneaker Book! by writ­ten by Si­mon Wood and pub­lished by Taschen (£40) and also on sale now. A 15-year­an­thol­ogy of the cult mag­a­zine Sneaker Freaker, it also acts as a 650-page bi­ble on all things in trainer cul­ture. You’ll be a card-car­ry­ing, overnight-queu­ing hy­pe­beast in no time at all.

Eight­ies’ Nike ad­ver­tise­ments, in­clud­ing Moses Malone wear­ing Air Force 1s, fea­ture in Taschen’s Sneaker Freaker: the Ul­ti­mate Sneaker Book!

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