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Friday, January 30, 2009

On the Street….Gianpaolo, Milano

Thursday, January 29, 2009

On the Street….Green Gloves, Florence

Thursday, January 29, 2009

On the Street….Yellow Shoes, Paris

Thursday, January 29, 2009

On the Street….Black Coat, Stockholm

Thursday, January 29, 2009

On the Street….Mom’s Montana, Stockholm

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the Street….Front Row Fashion, Stockholm


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the Street….Northern Mix, Stockholm


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the Street….Red Legs, Stockholm


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the Street….Nails, Stockholm


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the Street…Mixed Pattern, Stockholm


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On the Street….Skate, Stockholm


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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On the Street….Black + White = Grey

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On the Street….Le Marais, Paris

Monday, January 26, 2009

On the Street….Outside Old England, Paris

Monday, January 26, 2009

At Lanvin, Paris

Sunday, January 25, 2009

On the Street….Argylian, Florence

Sunday, January 25, 2009

On the Street….Layered, Paris

Friday, January 23, 2009

On the Street…Rue de Castiglione, Paris

Friday, January 23, 2009

On the Street….Gold Buttons, Florence



Thursday, January 22, 2009

On the Street….Via Savona, Milano

Thursday, January 22, 2009

On the Street….Camel Coat Alternative, Florence


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On the Street…Luca Rubinacci, Florence


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

On the street….Mother & Daughter, Milano

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On the Street….Camel Coats, Florence p.2


Variation on a theme

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On the Street….Red & Green, Milano

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On the Street….Camel Coats, Florence p.1

Monday, January 19, 2009

On the Street….Via Tortona, Milano

Monday, January 19, 2009

On the Street…..Slim Accessorized, Florence

Sunday, January 18, 2009

On the Street…..Cycle Style, Florence

Sunday, January 18, 2009

On the Street…..Black & White, Milano

Friday, January 16, 2009

On the Street….Socks – The Finishing Touch, Florence

Friday, January 16, 2009

On the Street….Gloves – The Finishing Touch, Florence



Thursday, January 15, 2009

On the Street….Navy & Green, Florence


I love the idea of an army surplus jacket thrown casually over a very “bespoke-ish” navy DB sportscoat, navy turtleneck and crisp white jeans.

It just seems like a perfect balance between sporty and proper.

FYI – he was wearing black lace-up shoes, but easily could have gone with dark chocolate brown or even a cognac brown shoe.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

On the Street….Sand, Grey and Brown, Florence

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the Street…. Spinning Class, Florence


I hate thinking of titles for each post, but I thought this one was pretty good.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the Street….The Gesture, Fabio Borrelli, Florence


I chose Fabio to be on my first page in GQ two years ago because of total unconscious style like this. “Unconscious Style” that sounds like a good phrase.

Anyway, Fabio is just full of these little quirks and it is so charming. He almost tries to hide them (if you can hide walking with your hand in your coat?) because he is actually very shy. If you notice I haven’t shot him standing still in quite a while because he hates posing for pictures so much.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the Street….That Smile, Florence


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the Street…. Florence, Italy

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the Street….For a Smaller Waist Go For Strong Shoulders, Florence



We have gotten into a groove of wearing small clothes to portray a vision of a smaller, leaner body. For some people this works, but for most of us we just look like we are stuffed into a “too small” suit.

This gentleman creates the illusion of a slim waist by wearing a coat with a slightly extended shoulder. The back belt helps to heighten this illusion.

I have to add that this gentleman was very proud of being 52 years old and in great shape due to boxing. If you still have it at that age then flaunt it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the Street….Layered Greys, Florence



When you are doing a minimalist look don’t forget the importance of texture. Here we see one color, but 5 textures of that color – cashmere cardigan, structured base knit, heathered scarf, woven coat and silk lining. Each element complementing the others, and yet so subtle that they might individually be missed. I think the key here is that each layer is so thin that they don’t create a lot of extra bulk.

I hope the guys can also take a little inspiration from this look – I know I have.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Changing Times, Florence


I’m an American, and a New Yorker at that, so I am all for change – but I was really saddened yesterday to see that this very romantic old store has been turned into just another big name jewelry boutique.

Let’s put aside that this was a fur shop, that is a different argument for a different day. The interior of this place was pure 50′s Italian, all wood-lined and fixtured. The kind of shop that you just don’t see very often anymore, and really remember when you do see it. (Actually, I don’t know what exact period this shop was built so if any of our Florence friends know anything about the history of this place we would love to hear.)

The main reason I took this shot was not just the the dramatic lighting, but while I was admiring the store signage this little old lady’s head popped around the curtain to take a look at something down the street.

I love the shot the way it is – stoic, silent, elegant, reeking of old world glamour and the little movement in the curtain keeps it from being too stiff. However, if I’d been able to get the shot with the lady’s head in the window it would be hanging on my wall at home. The picture, not the little lady’s head – did I make that clear?

Monday, January 12, 2009

On the Street….Fashion Forward Florence


What I really liked was that this reads as a coat, but with the curved front it is actually more like a very extended sportscoat.

I was going to say that I also loved the fact that if you looked quickly you might think that this was shot in NYC, but on second thought, I’m not sure it’s a great thing that Florence is beginning to look like any other big city.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Sartorialist – The Book!

So, the reason I was in London last week was to sign the contract and work on my first book!

It will be published by Penguin and be around 500 pages of images with a little writing.

I have received many offers in the past about doing a book, but I held back until I felt the right offer was at hand. This was the right offer.

The main reason I feel so excited about this project is that Penguin will publish the book in paperback, and a special limited-edition “bespoke” version simultaneously. This was very important to me because as a photographer I wanted a beautiful book to showcase my images – but I didn’t want to do just another expensive coffee table book that would be too expensive for many of my readers. I think this creative method will be the best of both worlds.

The publishing date, as it stands now, is September 2009 – and will include a small book tour in cities like London, Paris, Dublin, a few cities in Australia, and a few cities in the US. As we get closer I will, of course, keep you updated about the specifics of the tour.

Monday, January 12, 2009

On the Street….Half Plaid, Paris

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Here We Go!!!

So The Sartorialist 2009 starts for me today in London!

I’m in London for a meeting today and then tomorrow I’ll do a fitting for my first real “bespoke” suit by Savile Row legends Anderson & Sheppard.

I will try to keep a little diary on the progress of the suit and the some of the issues involved in ordering such a fine work of hand craftsmanship.

Of course my first concern was not about double-breasted or Super 120′s – but how much should I workout before my fitting.
Do I want my suit to be for my “Winter body” or my “Summer body”?
I decided i would rather go in at my high weight and come back later for a “bespoke” tweed swimsuit for my summer body (maybe with a matching vest!).

Anyway, after London I will go to Florence for Pitti Uomo and then on the to…well, below is the schedule – or as they say in London “schedule” (I guess you have to hear me say it for that to be funny).

London January 7th – 9th
Florence January 10th – 16th
Milan January 17th – 20th
Paris January 21st – 25th
Stockholm January 26th – 29th
Rome January 30th – February 2nd

It’s a long trip but I hope to get lots of great images.

This Sunday I might take the train to Modena and Bologna for the day. Any suggestions for great menswear shops in those two cities?

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

On the Street….French Cut, Paris

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

On the Street….Left Bank, Paris

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Pressure Irons

I don’t know how these slipped onto the market without me noticing (oh right, I don’t really love to iron), but they sound great.

I used to use an industrial version of this type of iron (Sussman?) for my tailoring classes in college. Since then, though, I have suffered through with low quality commercial irons. It kinda took the fun out of ironing (if there ever was any).

So, does anyone have one of these and what do you think about it?
I am very seriously considering buying one of these so I would love to hear any input.

On a related note, when I go on a big trip that will include Milan I always iron just enough shirts to get there – and then have the shirts pressed at my hotel, the Hotel Principe di Savoia. They do the most incredible shirt pressing ever. Incredible to the point that I had to go down to the laundry room and have them explain how they did it.

Their secret is that they have a big industrial steam iron (in the manner of the irons below), BUT after the steam iron passes over the shirt a blast of cold air comes up from under the shirt and quick sets the pressing.

I have worn shirts for almost a full day with barely a wrinkle anywhere except for high movement spots.

This concept is related to why I keep my aftershave in the vegetable crisper of my refrigerator – but that is a whole different post.


Rowenta Pressure Iron and Steamer $169.99
Continuous high-powered steam is available at the touch of a button making ironing fast and effortless. You’ll be smoothing out the toughest of wrinkles and pressing the sharpest of creases. For the sewing enthusiasts, you can easily press seams, smooth fabric and pre-shrink fabrics that can’t be washed. The vertical steam option enables you to remove wrinkles from hanging garments or drapes, while the variable steam allows you to adjust steam output based on fabric type. Features an extra-large water tank that holds up to 33 ounces for up to 1 1/2 hours of ironing. Stainless steel soleplate glides easily over clothes and has high scratch resistance. The stable compact base fits on most ironing boards and has an iron rest for convenient storage of iron. 1800 watts. One-year limited warranty.


Rowenta Expert Steam Generator $299.99
Ironing system is perfect for the home, yet provides all the efficiency of commercial ironing systems and the professional quality results. A 6-foot steam hose provides pressure steam on demand, and the compact base and 12-foot power cord provide convenience. Extra-large continuous fill water tank holds up to 33 ounces for up to 1 1/2 hours of ironing autonomy and can be filled any time while in use. The continuous high powered steam is available at the touch of a button and makes ironing fast and effortless. Allows you to smooth out the toughest wrinkles and press the sharpest creases with ease. Vertical steam is ideal for removing wrinkles from hanging garments and drapes, and the stainless steel soleplate provides high performance glide with high scratch resistance. The stable compact base fits most ironing boards. Also features variable steam control.

Monday, January 5, 2009

On the Street….Big Bad Plaid, Bowery


I always think that a big plaid will make everything look too square, but the cut of the coat (above) and the size he chose to buy really help to reduce the bulk of the overall look.


I love how the color of the red buffalo plaid cap and blue scarf really make this outfit standout or outstanding.

Monday, January 5, 2009

On the Street….Pink & Grey, Paris