1. Michelle Bobb-Parris

    October 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

    You know, the colours are pretty awesome. Does he know he is totally working the camel/grey/head wrap?



  2. Lee Oliveira

    October 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

    A true New York worker. Love it. What is that exactly on his head. Look a bit like a turban?

  3. Rafael Franco

    October 13, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I love the shoes and the ring. It's really a worker with style LOL

    kisses from Brzail*


  4. The Sluice Box

    October 13, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful combination of subject and background.


  5. The Photodiarist

    October 13, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I am sure he meant for his look to be more practical than fashionable, but that only shows his innate sense of style, no? Great shot, Scott. I like how you are mixing it up on the blog these days.


  6. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 8:50 am

    HE is Simply COOL. This is the proof that you don t need to be all branded to be stylish, I love this kind of looks!
    Thanks for not beeing Obvious, who cares of seeing a total look you can find by window shopping? Style is much more interesting!

  7. Petey

    October 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Sart, you have a real fascination with home improvent workers lately! Are you and Garance looking to remodel? Or shall we change your name to The Contractor?

  8. Noumia's papers

    October 13, 2010 at 9:14 am

    A new yorker, you know. I like that :)



  9. Maryanne

    October 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

    half & half.
    the bottom is work.
    the top is fashion.

  10. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

    So bitchin! Love your shots of non-office workers. Thanks Scott.

  11. Francesca

    October 13, 2010 at 9:48 am

    love his ring


    http://lekisskiss.blogspot.com <– Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  12. Ylenia

    October 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    pretty face! I love the gold ring detail. It's amazing to see how many interesting people are around. :-)


  13. Lizzy

    October 13, 2010 at 10:06 am

    what an amazing photo. I love the unique and fresh perspective on style with this particular photograph.


  14. Karen Wallace

    October 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Beautiful face and love the colors. Warmly, Karen

  15. Artfully Awear

    October 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Love the bling!


    October 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I love the pants!


  17. Thando

    October 13, 2010 at 10:33 am

    This guys' look, could inspire a whole collection. Scott has a good eye.

  18. Camilou

    October 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

    ahhhhhh real life AND style, a lens into a spectrum of realities that overlap one another.

    Sartorialist always gets it. It's that simple!


  19. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I'm sorry I don't see it. Isn't your blog named The Sartorialist?

  20. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Partly it's his smile, partly the turban. It's so informal and works well with his shirt. I like the colour combination of grey and tan as well.


    October 13, 2010 at 11:03 am

    great look…Beautiful combination…As always you can find fantastic outfit

  22. beths

    October 13, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Beautifully posed and shot, getting the ring, the cracked stoop, and background placed just so. Top is fashion, just like the bottom half–probably a grey tee protecting hair from plaster, paint & dust.

  23. TussahSilk

    October 13, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Love the turban. Both the colour match with his sweatshirt, and the way he has tied it. Great photo.

  24. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

    He's working that headwrap… and the wrap works. Perfect marriage of form and function there.

  25. Nolita

    October 13, 2010 at 11:48 am

    So relaxed and cool!

    –Nolita Vintage–

  26. Cecille

    October 13, 2010 at 11:54 am

    he's cool!

  27. Edgar C

    October 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    This totally rocks.

  28. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    "A young youth, yo rockin' a gold tooth…"


  29. Fran

    October 13, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    BRAVO! The Sartorialist is the only blog that still posts pictures of unknown people from all different environments, unlike most other bloggers who have eneded up just posting pictures of people outside fashion shows or who work in the industry Great, I cannot congratulate enough for this!

  30. Les Ismore

    October 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    I LOVE the t-shirt wrapped around his head. He looks like a drywall guy, a common practice in that field to keep the dust out of his hair, but WOW, the way this guy has wrapped it is so chic!

  31. Isis Diaz

    October 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    This looks like a whole collection can be inspired by this look .. i love it!


  32. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    To "Anonymous" at 10:57AM –
    Open your eyes!
    This site doesn't limit itself to designer labels and status symbols. Sometimes people merely have style or some other indescribable quality which merits their photos here. I praise the sartorialist for recognizing this.

  33. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I too like the shots of real people doing everyday things but it cracks me up when commenters try to elevate it to something more than it is. This guy isn't rocking a turbin. He has a t-shirt over his head to keep the paint or whatever out of his hair. End of story.

    Sometimes I think you could post a photo of a few leaves on the ground and people would say "wow, such effortless style! love it!". Rant aside, this is a great photo!

  34. Alessandro

    October 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    All the comments here about style, I think, are totally misplaced; this picture has nothing to do with style, it's simply an interesting picture, one that you would find in a National Geographic magazine, possibly involving the adaptation of Sikhs to New York in the construction sector. The grey sock around hi head, is probably a turban protector. It's funny how so many people insist on talking about personal style.

  35. Bianca Le Mouel

    October 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    So glad you reposted this! I think he look fantastic!!

  36. Deniz

    October 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    This is culturally some real groundbreaking stuff – I presume this fellow is a Sikh? If so, his look is an incredible combination of East and West. Fabulous.

  37. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Almost every piece of his work outfit could be translated to a very fashionable look. I plan to copy the great headwrap.

  38. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Did anybody notice how his cool eyebrows really stand out…? Must be the headwrap! I love his ring as well. It's tricky to look stylish while being practical… :)

  39. That's Not My Age

    October 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Like the colours he's wearing and the tonal background. Nice one.

  40. Kiki Von Glinow

    October 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    The paint stained trousers make look


  41. Sydney

    October 13, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    It's different. I like it. And that guy can work with a head wrap.

  42. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    He looks to me like he is from the Horn Of Africa region. He also looks like he is a hardworking man earning an honest living :D His family should be proud.

  43. Eryl

    October 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    On his head he put a t-shirt that matches the rest of his outfit, both tonally and texturally, to keep out the debris, and tied it just so. Surely this is where the story begins.

  44. Tristan

    October 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Crosby st… I volunteered at the book shop there when I was a interning in NYC. New York Housing Works!

  45. Vikki

    October 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm

  46. jdit

    October 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Although I know he is at rest from drywall construction work I almost expect him to get up, after his smoke, and part that heavy tarp to go into a rough studio – grab a brush, liberally dipped in paint, and go at it against a wall sized canvas…

  47. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I love hot tradesman

  48. fshnvctm

    October 13, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    What one can do with a all cotton t-shirt! He wraps it with such swag! Great face.

  49. Baek

    October 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    oh~~~~i like it much!

  50. anny c.

    October 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    this photo speaks a true depiction of new york life. i commend him.

  51. eljovendario

    October 13, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Style is all around us, I´m sure the pant has a label, no doubt about the cigarrette brand too. ;)

  52. Anonymous

    October 13, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    dear the sartorialist, i love that you chose to put this picture on your blog. he is obviously a construction worker and that is the first impression you get from this shot. then you realize the small nuances like the gold ring and his his matchy neutral colors. the grays match each other perfectly. maybe his turban is the same shirt he is wearing. the ring definitely catches your attention. this shows you can put style into what you wear. and i think this man is proud to be who he is.

  53. Siblings

    October 13, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    diggin' the turban!

  54. desiderata87

    October 13, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    This is why I love your blog so much. You see style where others don't even look twice.

  55. David A.

    October 14, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Haha, I would bet that this man is of West Indian descent, perhaps Guyanese or Trinidadian even! Finally!

  56. Lioko

    October 14, 2010 at 3:42 am

    There is something sweet about him :)


  57. Annushka

    October 14, 2010 at 9:27 am

    It is the best style!!! Extremely)))
    Super post!!!

  58. Dreaming of Palm Trees

    October 14, 2010 at 9:48 am

    so awesome.

  59. mofo

    October 14, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Guys this is going to be the next LANVIN look!
    Believe me you MoFos!

  60. proletarian Great Gatsby

    October 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Why i love those stairs?

  61. ada

    October 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    his style is great
    he's looking like he doesnt give a shit about hard work, just enjoying the cigarette.
    the photo is great as well

  62. alinea

    October 14, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    A new worker! A real one! He could be from new york or new delhi…

  63. Emma Howard

    October 14, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Tradesmen wear t-shirts wrapped around their heads to keep hair clean.

    Functional clothing worn by hard working wo/men generates feeling of everything-is-ok in us, that things are being taken care of.

  64. Anonymous

    October 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Work-casual chic, if you know what I mean.


  65. Harriet

    October 15, 2010 at 10:21 am

    too good.

    i wonder if he knows…there's always something about workers' dusty trousers and sunfaded colours isn't there?

  66. vintage1944

    October 15, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Those eyes and that smile.The whole composition of this photo.Excellent.P.S. I think that might just be another sweatshirt tied about his head.

  67. Anonymous

    October 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    His hands work.

  68. Anonymous

    October 18, 2010 at 12:41 am

    I don't know about anyone else, but the first thing that caught my eye were his gold rings and his (possibly?) gold tooth. I love the very simple colour palette and the touch of shine with the gold pieces. Wish they actually made shoes like that though….

  69. Anonymous

    October 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    SO GOOD !

  70. Anonymous

    October 19, 2010 at 1:41 am

    I think he wears his smile best.

  71. ivylee

    October 20, 2010 at 3:06 am


  72. Anonymous

    October 21, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I maybe wrong on this one but this dude reminds of me a guy I met in Boston, a fellow Somali. Perhaps the sartorialist can confirm. If not, I must say its good saying other cultures also wear gold tooth for its a dying trend at least in my culture/heritage. Cheers all.

  73. Jeanette

    October 21, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Indoafrican chic…you know he's talking to a woman..Love the gelee.

  74. Jeanette

    October 21, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Infoafrican chic…love the head piece and the smile lets you know he's talking to a woman.

  75. Anonymous

    November 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm


  76. Faith Cummings

    November 23, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I think those who don't see the fashion in this photo have missed the point. Even though it appears as if this doesn't follow fashion he is still dressed in a number of runway trends. The photo makes an important statement on how you can find fashion in the everyday, and style in the unconventional. Fashion is more than those who are making a point about getting dressed up. It's everywhere we look.

  77. Me, myself and I

    March 1, 2011 at 4:53 am

    love the composition, the colors.

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