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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On the Street…..Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais, Paris

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Reading List….The Theatre of the Face

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

On the Street…..Via Luca Beltrami, Milan

Monday, January 30, 2012

On the Street…..Via Settembrini, Milan

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Sartorialist: Lunch for 25….Teaser

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vintage Photo


My mother is pictured here at her wedding, right outside the church in Milan back in ’73. While scanning the pictures, I was amazed to see the similarities to color modifications you see in today’s fashion ad campaigns.

 

Matteo

Saturday, January 28, 2012

At Moncler Gamme Bleu, Milan

Friday, January 27, 2012

Where are the Hotels in Milan?

Hey guys– I always like to tell you when I find a great hotel, like the Hôtel Thoumieux in Paris. Unfortunately, I’ve been traveling to Milan for six years and still haven’t found a good, reasonably priced hotel to call my home away from home.

 

I’ve stayed at the Principe- too expensive, too corporate, and when they re-designed the bar they lost me. The Grand is certainly grand and in a beautiful location, but the insanely slow internet makes it difficult as a top choice. Most recently I stayed at the new La Scala, which was too expensive for an upper-mid level corporate hotel with no discernible charm. The AC Milano is too far out of the center, and its neighbor, the Una Hotel Tocq, located in the heart of Milan’s noisiest nightclub district, is loud every night of the week. The Nhow, out in the Tortona art district, is even farther away, in the opposite direction of the AC Milano.

 

I just stayed at the Cusani during Men’s this month; great location and typical corporate atmosphere, but the food simply was not up to par by any Italian standards.

 

So, I’m begging you…please help me find a hotel in Milan!

 

My dream would be old school Italian design, reliable internet, reasonably good food (especially breakfast), and located somewhere in the center of Milan.

 

I’m counting on you guys, I can’t wait to read the responses tomorrow and book my room right away!

Friday, January 27, 2012

On the Street….via Thaon Di Revel, Milan

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Sartorialist is Now on Facebook!

We’ve taken back control of The Sartorialist on Facebook with an official page! [rest assured, nothing will change here on the site] You can ‘like’ us to follow some fun posts… What would you like to see?

Friday, January 27, 2012

On the Street…….Vieille du Temple, Paris

It’s great to see a young lady from Kansas making the streets of Paris look so chic.

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

On the Street……Who Doesn’t Need A Cardigan, Florence

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In the Pit…..Bruno Rinaldi, Milan

Bruno has been shooting fashion week for over 40 years, and only three years ago did he switch to a digital camera.

 

In a current media world that appears to be focused more and more on how quickly unnecessary images and news can be presented, Bruno is that throwback guy. He actually takes his time fine tuning his runway shots, producing a sophisticated image rather than spewing out junk.  While we’re constantly told that things need to be faster, faster, faster, I love that some people can still make a living on refined, quality images.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

On the Street…..Angelika, Milan

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Leaving Lanvin, Part III

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Leaving Lanvin, Part II

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Style Profile… Michael Haar

Current Occupation?

 

Barber and Archivist

 

Which era influences your style the most?

 

My fascination lies in the era of Vaudeville. It was sparked in college when a professor brought in some early 1900’s Jazz & Blues recordings; they blew me away.

 

It was a curious time (approx. 1881-1932) when live entertainment was the primary form of entertainment– there was NO radio or television, and talking pictures wouldn’t take off until 1927!


Where was your first job?

 

The Metropolitan Opera—I sang in the children’s chorus when I was 9 years old. I performed in Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Ghosts of Versailles, and any other with children in them. I did that until my voice dropped.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

On the Street…..Via Faenza, Florence

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tiffany x The Sartorialist: What Makes Love True Video


Here’s the video capturing our ‘What Makes Love True’ shoot for Tiffany– you can upload your own moments of love using the #truelovepictures hashtag with the Tiffany filter…Just in time for Valentines Day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rick Owens Fall/Winter 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On the Street…..Leaving Lanvin, Paris

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Reading List… Back In The Days Remix

 

“These young gangbangers, slightly older than me, were dressed in the latest urban fashions– from beaver hats, playboys, Stacy Adams shoes, expensive leather and London Fog coats, Italian knit sweaters, to sharkskin and tailor-made pants…

 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On the Street…..The Fortezza, Florence

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lanvin Fall/Winter 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

On the Street… Corso Buenos Aires, Milan

Monday, January 23, 2012

My Favorite Shop in Paris

Comptoir de l’Image is my one and only hidden treasure in Paris. As you can see from this photograph, it’s a paradise for any magazine or book lover…

 

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Monday, January 23, 2012

On the Street… Le Marais, Paris

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Vintage Photos

These are my grandparents Pierre and Jeanine Lemmens.  This was taken in the summer of 1950 on the Belgian coast; they owned a small clothing shop in Brussels where I spent all of my childhood… this picture makes me really proud.

 

Nicolas Lavigna

Friday, January 20, 2012

On the Street…..Cafe in Le Marais, Paris

Friday, January 20, 2012

At DSquared, Milan

Friday, January 20, 2012

On the Street….. Le Marais, Paris

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dries Van Noten Fall/Winter 2012

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On the Street… Via Tortona, Milan

Thursday, January 19, 2012

On the Street….. via Manzoni, Milan

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Question For… Camilla Alibrandi

Does wearing a backless dress and heels (like you did here) while shooting a men’s show make you feel powerful?

 

It creates a visual connection between who I am and what the others see.  It makes me feel safe and secure to think that others may understand me better through the image I put forth. For me, it doesn’t depend on who I’m with or what I’m doing; dressing in a sophisticated and feminine way is something too natural for me to detach from.

 

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

On the Street….Via del Giglio, Florence

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Andrea Pompilio Fall/Winter 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On the Street……After Bottega Veneta, Milan

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Style Profile… Angelo Flaccavento

First job?

 

I customized backpacks in high school.  It began with mine, then everyone wanted one. They were quite garish; Disney meets Pollock meets splatter…

 

Current profession?

 

I consider myself a writer; I love words. I think fashion is a fantastic subject as it’s the most immediate, acute, and precise reflection of society. It keeps me excited, because it is constantly changing; the more fashion moves, the more my writing style evolves– a mutual feeding I truly enjoy. A book (already in the making) may be the next step in my career.

 

Who has influenced your journalistic style?

 

I’m a bookworm and spend many sleepless nights reading. I’m particularly fond of Agota Kristof‘s super dry prose, Italo Calvino‘s precise lightness, Giacomo Leopardi‘s grumpiness, and Carlo Emilio Gadda‘s verbal inventiveness. However, I discover new ideas every day, often in the most unexpected places.

 

How has your style evolved over the past 5 years?

 

My choices have become stricter, but my tailoring softer. I’ll be forty soon and have slowly entered a quiet phase, with a few exceptions.

 

Quietness is a state of mind; even my wildest choices, if you look closely, are classic and eminently sartorial– It’s the proportions that sometimes go bonkers.

 

 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On the Street……@ the Fortezza, Florence

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

DSquared Fall/Winter 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On the Street… Best Outerwear After Giorgio Armani, Milan

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Reading List… Dancehall

I love when I find a book that investigates a particular scene or sub-culture.  Beth Lesser’s Dancehall captures the Jamaican Dancehall culture of the 1980s with the same level of sincerity and curiosity that Brassai exhibited while capturing Paris nightlife in the 1930s.

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On the Street… Via Bergognone, Milan

Monday, January 16, 2012

Missoni Fall/ Winter 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012

On the Street…Via della Fortezza, Florence

Monday, January 16, 2012

Style Profile… Adrianna Glaviano

Current profession?

 

Photographer

 

First job? 

 

I was a dog walker in high school. It was great because I love dogs and lived in Brooklyn, on the edge of Prospect Park, so I had an excuse to walk through that beautiful park every day!


Do you have any heirlooms that you cherish?

 

My mother’s gold earring from Africa– It’s a large detailed elephant head. The post goes through the back of your ear instead of the front, curving down so it dangles perfectly. I’ve never seen anything as beautiful in a shop. She had bought only one.


Most memorable gift you’ve received?

 

My sister gave (well, lent) me a Land 195 polaroid camera which I love using! I’m a photographer and collect film cameras.

 

I recorded a cover of a Lee Hazlewood song for my father’s birthday, which was the most fun but time consuming gift I’ve given to someone else.

 

 

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Monday, January 16, 2012

On the Street… Piazza Adua, Florence

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Archive Format!

As promised, the new archive format is offered as full content, thumbnail, or list.  It’s much easier and much more intuitive to navigate.

 

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Prada Fall/Winter 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

On the Street… Grey & Blue, Florence

Sunday, January 15, 2012

On the Street……Just off Viale Piave, Milan

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Vintage Photos

Up until she recently passed, my grandmother – the woman with the beautifully crisp collar – used to tell us stories about studying with Amelia Earhart when she was a student at Purdue.  She kept this photograph in a frame on her dresser – it was her most truly prized possession.

 

Now that I find myself working in a position for someone who’s work I greatly admire, I feel I am finally able to understand the real wonder she must have felt during this valuable time.

 

- Maggie Carson Romano

Friday, January 13, 2012

On Photography… Koto Bolofo

Your photographs reflect a time past, yet feel modern and intimate…


It’s like tight rope walking, when I take photos; if you sway too much to one side you loose your balance and get stuck in a time period.  I sketch in my mind, in silence, when taking photographs to capture the infinite point of timelessness; neither today, nor the past. It’s a fine line to realize in oneself; how to use your eyes as your ears.

 

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Friday, January 13, 2012

On the Street….Via della Fortezza, Florence

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Tiffany & Co. “True Love in Pictures” Project

There’s nothing better than working on a project about love with the one you love.  A few weeks ago, Garance and I  had the opportunity to collaborate on a project capturing ‘true love in pictures‘ for the Tiffany ‘what makes love true’ campaign.  It was cool to play with instagram while shooting some of our friends (like Andi & Jordan above) in both Paris and New York.

 

It was also fun thinking about the small, tender gestures that a couple offers to each other– which are really the fuel that keeps a relationship special. I love that Garance makes my oatmeal for me in the morning while I run out to get our coffee.  They’re both just simple small acts but they make life happy.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On the Street….Hoodie, Florence

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Question For… Sofia Hedstrom

How do you balance athletic style with lifestyle?

 

I’m a marathon runner and I always run in dresses. I started running four years ago, and it was important to still be myself– I never wear pants, so I started wearing dresses to work out.

 

I’ve completed five marathons in dresses and qualified for Boston (will run it in April this year, very excited). I’m happy to ignore rules about what you should wear to be athletic, and inspire others who might not consider themselves traditional athletes.

 

I write about it on Sweedish Elle’s blog: “Sofia springer” (Sophia runs!)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

On the Street… Claudia, Florence

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On the Street…. Lino, Florence

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Style Profile… Bruce Pask

Current job?

 

Men’s Fashion Director at T Magazine.

 

First job? 

 

I was a Newsie in Arizona– I delivered the Yuma Daily Sun (get it?!) on my bike after school. During college I worked at the Gap while interning at museums in Georgetown, then graduated to Esprit the summer after. It was the 80’s after all!

 

First ‘major’ purchase?

 

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch– I bought it when I was hired at Cargo Magazine. It meant a lot to me as a kid from the sticks of Arizona to be able to buy something so substantial as a young adult.

 

Do you collect anything in particular?

 

I’ve saved a Playbill from every Broadway show that I’ve seen since moving to New York over 20 years ago. I have hundreds of them. I find the experience of theater transformative and these are my reminders.

 

What are your wardrobe staples?

 

I always have a pair of Levi’s 501’s in rotation. One pair. I wear it until it’s threadbare. Then I have to find another of the same. The 501XX 1947 model that is thankfully more widely available…It’s a straighter leg, regular rise.

 

Clark’s Desert Boots have been a part of my wardrobe long before they became the go to footwear choice of Williamsburg.

 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

On the Street….. Ilaria, Florence

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

On the Street… Young Italians, Florence

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Reading List…Brassai, The Secret Paris of the 30s

I’ve always been aware of Brassai’s work, but it never really struck me until I picked up this book at the Strand a few weeks ago.

 

Wow– the more you look at an image, the more little details are revealed. The style, the atomsphere, and the special moments that were underground Paris in the 30s are all present in this book.  What also makes it really special is that Brassai wrote most all of the text, so you really get a feeling for what was happening when he was taking the shot. This book might be hard to find at a bookshop but should be pretty easy on Ebay.

I love the high shirt sleeve roll in the top two images.  I don’t think Brassai was trying to shoot “style” but he had a great instinctual eye for it.

 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hey guys– I just landed in Florence, and I’m enjoying my first full day of shooting this year. You’ll start to see the results later today!

 

Although the site has been quiet, we’ve been busy working behind the scenes on some great new features that will continue through 2012; style profiles, book suggestions, interviews, etc…

 

I’ve also been listening carefully to your suggestions on how to improve the site.  Hopefully later this week, if not early next week, you’ll see a more intuitive way to review the archives– followed by some minor updates.

 

Over the next few months, we’ll endure exciting travels;  Milan twice, Paris twice, London, New York… and a few surprise stops in between.

 

So let’s get ready for a great 2012!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Style Profile… Marusya Panchenko

How does your upbringing reflect in your style today?

 

I grew up in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union.  During that time, imported goods from China were all you could buy.  So, I was educated on quality and creativity by my mom, who sewed all of my clothes.

 

She made this dark dress with huge shoulders for my first day of school– I was 7 years old and my hair was cut into a short bob. The other girls had braids… I felt so awkward, but now I realize how cool I looked!

 

Which pieces in your wardrobe do you cherish most?

 

I have this black leather vest that my father gave me when I was 14–  I only recently began to wear it. Actually, you caught me wearing it when you first photographed me!

 

How have you surprised yourself recently?

 

I adopted a huge hairless rat, and I absolutely love him! So many people are surprised and freaked out…

 

It is my second rat– the other one has curly hair. They are actually intelligent and loving pets. When I was a young girl, I bred hamsters and provided them to pet stores.

 

What led you to pursue music?

 

I ignored my Opera singing ability for years.  I realized that everything is given to us on purpose, like pieces of a puzzle; I cannot be happy if pieces are missing.

 

Perhaps singing in the Met one day is an ambitious desire, but it’s another piece of the puzzle…

 

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Monday, January 9, 2012

On the Street…Sixth Ave., New York

Sunday, January 8, 2012

On the Street….Orchard St., New York

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vintage Photos

Friday, January 6, 2012

Need Some Help… Square Dancing!

When I was young, every Friday night my grandma and grandpa would go to the local Scottish Rite Lodge to square dance.  This must have been in the late late 70′s and very early 80′s…they had already retired and had pretty much stopped buying new clothes quite a while before that. There was something so sweet and totally unusal (to my eye) in these clothes that were easily 10 to 15 years old, but worn with such pride and dignity;  I would love to recapture that graceful, small, local community atmosphere that my grandparents and their friends enjoyed so much at those gatherings.  So, I’m asking if you guys have any leads on where to find small, local, ongoing square dance gatherings.

 

I’m not necessarily looking for the best, most fancy, or “dressed up” square dancers…But a small, local place where people go to dance for the sheer joy of each others company, and the comraderie they find there.  Maybe it’s a more American version of the polka dancers I had captured in Milan a few years ago.

As you can see from the photograph, the image isn’t really about dancing.  Dancing is just the culture that brought these people together.   For some reason I imagine traveling to Virginia, or Kentucky, or Nashville for this… but who knows, maybe it’s Montana or North Dakota– that’s the fun and adventure of my job!

 

So, let me know in the comments section any suggestions that you guys may have for me.

Friday, January 6, 2012

On the Street….Union Square, New York

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

On the Street…….Via della Moscova, Milan

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

On the Street….Crosby St., New York