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The Closet: A coming-of-age story of love, awakenings and the clothes that made (and saved) me

By Teo van den Broeke

Throughout his life, clothes have provided an outlet through which journalist Teo van den Broeke understands both himself and the world around him.

From the blue princess dress he coveted as a child, that first led him to question whether he was ‘normal’, through to the Nike cap and Gucci loafers he wore to impress the men he first desired, fabric has long enveloped and shaped his formative moments.

Using the wardrobe of his past as a lens through which to explore the myriad trials and tribulations of adolescence, The Closet charts Teo’s growth from uncertainty to self-acceptance. Courageously recounting his sexual awakening, the all too familiar hesitancy around his adult future – and his many, often tumultuous, relationships with family and friends – Teo learns that it is only in celebrating our differences that we can learn to fully embrace the brilliance within ourselves.

Format: Hardback
Release Date: 28 Sep 2023
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0-00-850153-2
Price: £18.99 (Export Price) , £18.99, €None
Soho House’s editorial director and former award-winning style director for GQ and style director for British Esquire, Teo van den Broeke, is an expert on style. Teo is also a contributing writer at the Financial Times, a brand consultant, as well as an award-winning podcaster.

”'Witty and original and incredibly touching. I loved this book.” - Andrew Scott

”'Teo van den Broeke’s clever and beautiful memoir is as chic as it is emotional.” - Giles Hattersley, Features Director, Vogue

”'A coming-of-age story that is both completely original and hugely relatable.” - Jess Cartner-Motley, Associate Fashion Editor, The Guardian

”'Both a love letter and an homage to any kid who feels a bit different. A life affirming read.” - Dermot O’Leary

”'A completely original coming out tale that is dressed to kill.” - Dylan Jones, Editor-in-chief, Evening Standard

”'I laughed, I cried, I wanted better clothes. The Closet is a tapestry of pin sharp realisations that unpicks modern manhood.” - Raven Smith, The Sunday Times Bestselling Author

”'Funny, moving, tender and true, this memoir will resonate with anyone who has ever been young, misunderstood, and head-over-heels in love with a pair of unsuitable shoes. That’s everyone, right?” - Alex Bilmes, Editori-in-chief, Esquire