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July 18, 2008 at 11:33 am
the beard is rockin’ and the rolled up sleeves are hot!
wouldn’t have taken a second look at him two years ago. now, he’s rugged, manly and handsome!
July 18, 2008 at 11:36 am
i’d have to say that everything about the bottom one is amazing, the glasses, the beard, the super rolled up sleeves, and those incredible pink shoes. love love love it
July 18, 2008 at 11:38 am
What a 180! I think both looks are great, but I sort of prefer the militant casual look he sports now (love them pink shoes, too). And I must say I admit to an extreme case of bear envy.
July 18, 2008 at 11:39 am
um, the new pics are smokin hot!
July 18, 2008 at 11:41 am
Looks like a superhero in picture 3!
July 18, 2008 at 11:43 am
Wow! That last look is so Steampunk Lawyer he ought to be running for office. Candidates, take notice:)
July 18, 2008 at 11:46 am
He looks MUCH older with the big beard. He looks a lot more p*ssed off in the lower pics too.
July 18, 2008 at 11:48 am
You sure this is the same guy?
I love the last outfit! I can not help to ask, is that Terrell Owens in the background to the left?
July 18, 2008 at 11:53 am
July 18, 2008 at 11:57 am
oh wow, what a man!
July 18, 2008 at 11:59 am
That is quite a transformation. I love the rolled up sleeves and the beard. Such a great combination of formal and informal wear. Side note, is it just me or is that Terrell Owens in the white T shirt in the left background of the bottom pic??? Has Terrell been Sartorialized?
July 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm
Great character, love the bottom one with the rolled up sleeves and tie
July 18, 2008 at 12:02 pm
so cool! I love that people can change their entire look and still keep their good sense of style.
July 18, 2008 at 12:06 pm
i’m in love with the roled up sleeves
July 18, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Oh, the overgrown beard ages him so greatly…unfortunate. His new look is definitely edgier, but a bit over the top, I’d say. Tatoos are passe.
July 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm
The pictures are from different seasons–they really shouldn’t be judged one from the other.
July 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm
I think I just fell in love with that beard, glasses and vest combination.
July 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm
My god – that is incredible. I love the way people can change so very dramatically. It’s unusual to find a guy who looks so good in a classical suit and yet also looks comfortable in ‘rough and ready’ getup, too.
Both looks are delicious, but I am swaying towards the pumped-up look of the last two. What a sexy guy. If I saw that coming down the street towards me… arugh!! *shiver shiver* Yum!!
July 18, 2008 at 12:21 pm
He does the rolled sleeve with dash!
July 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm
Maybe he is on vacations, or just finished a bad relationship and needed to change things in his life.
First off, that is totally Terrell Owens in the back. Secondly, it is great to get to see the evolution of someone’s personal style like this. Someone who gave himself over to his fashion instincts and allowed his personal style to develop. Bravo to him and to you Sart!
July 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm
July 18, 2008 at 12:29 pm
He looks 15 years older with the beard. He looks handsome without it. With it is more of a bad ass look. Which I dig. Interesting carryover of accessories between the two vastly different beard looks: chains, horseshoe belt buckle, beads, the central vest. What does he do for a living?
July 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm
thats Kevin Stewart!
January 26, 2013 at 12:10 am
I met Kevin in the 90′s in NYC … I was working with his wife at AX Armani Jeans … I was a nobody and he was a somebody.
He was probably one of the most gracious people I have ever met working in the fashion world.
July 18, 2008 at 12:35 pm
The rolled-up sleeves are super sexy with the vest!!
July 18, 2008 at 12:37 pm
I actually love every look this guy has. when i turned to your page i thought the feature picture was the shot 2 years ago. but then he just got better and better. love the belt buckle, and especially his tribal inspired metal necklace.
July 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm
Holy hotness – in the last pic. Lookit those arms!
July 18, 2008 at 12:42 pm
What I love is that you can just look at the pictures and feel the confidence that he exudes. Great looks.
July 18, 2008 at 12:47 pm
Suddenly my beard is not long enough. Thanks Sart for giving inspiration for not just our clothes, but our faces too. Awesome.
July 18, 2008 at 12:49 pm
ahahaha! The 3rd photo is the greatest thing I have ever seen!
July 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm
Ouch, what happened in the second picture? He looks like someone who needs mental help..
The third picture, in contrast, looks amazing. Like a super hardcore marxist intellectual.
July 18, 2008 at 12:53 pm
Wow I can hardly stop staring at this man.
July 18, 2008 at 12:55 pm
i saw this picture up on men.style.com a couple of weeks ago and thought i was crazy because i thought it was TO in the background too! it’s funny that he made such a drastic change because i went totally the other way- from huge ass militant bush and combat boots to tailored blazers, selvedge denim and bench-made shoes. those last pictures make me think about doing it again though…
July 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm
Cool…and Terrell Owens in the left of frame (white tee) is noticing his style also!
July 18, 2008 at 12:59 pm
The bottom picture is astounding. He’s created an Afro-prep-funk-safari fusion unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And if my arms looked like that, I’d never unroll my sleeves!
July 18, 2008 at 1:01 pm
Wahou, he looks older now…..! We can barely see his eyes and his new look just scares me !!!!!
He was so lovely 2 years ago…
July 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm
i’m so…. confused.
July 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm
he looks great in all 3. boy has he changed. wonder if his life has too.
July 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm
I love the fact that The Sartorialist has a strong ESPN fan following as well. Glad we settled the fact that T.O. has officially made it on “The List”
July 18, 2008 at 1:48 pm
from snooze can-he-be-any-more-boring to suited-up vengeance…i love this man's transformation & the severe panache of his grey beard.
July 18, 2008 at 1:49 pm
I love how both looks are so different; he’s definitely unafraid of taking risks.
July 18, 2008 at 2:06 pm
jesus christ that guy is tough as f*ck.
How fitting is it that the woman behind him in the photo where he’s wearing the camo pants, is wearing an Obama shirt saying ‘CHANGE’? Superb photo, Scott.
And yeah, it’s Terrell Owens in the transformation #2 photo.
Bob Lob Law
this guy is the business!Love the shirt sleaves. x
July 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm
life has hardened him. or maybe it was the tattoos and suddenly you have a damn it all attitude. or maybe he’s pissed because he looks so good. still, it could just be the sun in his eyes.
July 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm
This is what I love about NYC, a brotha can do his thang! Great pix once again! And I agree that has to be Terrel Owens in the background?
Im gonna go buy that outfit right now. hahah DIGG!
Looking amazing today imitating the power of Morpheus. Such individuality, such style. Superb transformation.
July 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm
Love the new look. The pink shoes! But what happened to his smile?
Who IS this arresting individual? He is so uniquely charismatic, so coolly capable of mixing influences–part pirate, part gentleman, part Annie Hall–into a truly personal style.
July 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm
The botton picture is defenitly a great one, the style, the confidence the galsses, the beard the loo in all…. I also ejoy the first picture, it is superb conbination ang great look. The one in the midle I am not so sure!
July 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm
July 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm
Top one: younger, softer, sweeter
Bottom two: older, harder, wiser.
Amazing what a transformation a few key elements can make. It would be interesting to hear what has been going on with this gentleman in the past two years. His style seems to be an outward manifestation of inner changes. A tale told through clothes, accesories and the like.
Jorge from W Palm Beach
July 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm
I dont think it is so much the beard that ages him but he seems to have lost some fat on his face (notice cheekbones). Although I am WAY over cargo pants, I think pictures 2 and 3 show how this gent can take basics (such as the chino vest, JCREW? and a dress shirt and tie) and pair them with completely unexpected items, such as the pink shoes (love) and the unique buckle. Have to say, I LOVE the woman in the background with the change t-shirt, and not for political reasons- perfect proportions and great sunglasses! Jorge from W Palm Beach
July 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm
woww what a change!!
July 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm
I think he went crazy
July 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm
I loove the rolled-up sleeves in the last picture.And in the second to last I love the lime green hat, nice :)Anddd I really do like the first picture as well. How many men do you seen in an olive green suit?
July 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm
Rolled up sleeves!
Here's the deal: the first pic is a polished look. Very clean, well groomed style, but can easily fade into the background like everyone eles. The second and third pics look like he's found his true character, or has gone through a change where he's developed into the person that's been there and now can speak for himself.Beards add character, age, & wisdom (even if you think it). He now commands attention with his new look, (more so in the third in a respectable way).I suggest everyone try a new look for one day and step out of our regular shoes. Be it with small details, or a complete outfit.
July 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm
Am I the only one who prefers the first look?
July 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm
Unbelievably awesome. Like the man featured earlier this week, this man clearly thinks about his presentation and has no fear of change or reinvention of self. Speaking of change, an aside–the woman in the background of the 2nd picture is wearing the “Change” shirt which is growing increasingly ubiquitous in my city…very interesting!
The Obenson Report
July 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm
The very bottom pic – super bold! I’m inspired!
July 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm
Bravo for fearless fullfillment of a thought. Plus, PINK SHOES!!
This man has serious sex apeal.
July 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm
The pink shoes kick ass!
July 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm
I like him better with the beard. More character. But what I really want to know is if that is Terrell Owens in the background on the lefthand side of the last picture? Just curious.
July 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm
By the way, the fellow on the left of the last picture, wearing a white tee-shirt and blue jeans, looks just like Terrell Owens!
July 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Dayum, what an awesome transformation. Very sexy and strong. Kind of blew me away.
July 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Is that Terrel Owens in the background of the bottom pic?
July 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm
I’m in the minority, i guess – i think he looks more attractive in the first picture. Less edgy, but also younger and less angry.
How did you even realise this was the same guy? Between the dramatically bushy beard and the tattoos (which i never would have guessed were under that tweed jacket), i never would have recognized him!
July 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm
Digging the beard and the pink wing tips. What what really impresses me is his body language in the third photo. A completely different presence than the first photo from two years ago.
July 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm
What a huge transformation! I really like the last picture. However, he looks older with the beard. He actually looks like a completely different person!
July 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm
That’s quite an extreme change! I love his new look, but it almost makes me wonder what life event pushed him towards this more militant style…
July 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm
Those pink shoes rocks./Ghost
July 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm
What’s his Superhero name?
July 18, 2008 at 4:39 pm
Can we ship the two years ago version to me?
July 18, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Wow, incredible. I love how he rocks both.
July 18, 2008 at 5:12 pm
Both looks are perfection! The first picture is so perfect though, I can’t help but favor that one. But I am definitely a fan of the top and bottom pics!
July 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm
Wow he aged a lot in two years..but I like the fits…
and i think that is terrell owens in the last picture..
July 18, 2008 at 5:31 pm
Maybe the schizophrenia kicked in.Which is a good thing, for he was bland before.
July 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm
Is that Terrell Owens in the white shirt and blue jeans in the background?
July 18, 2008 at 5:34 pm
wow! I’m loving the before/after pictures! He looks cool but I still love his before look though, I must admit!
July 18, 2008 at 5:40 pm
He looks stylish in both, but he looks so harsh now. Maybe it is because he is smiling in the old one, but the sense of character is different.
I suppose that only illustrates how important your personal style is to how you are perceived.
July 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm
closet gay finally embracing his orientation.
i love the rolled sleeves, beard and glasses.
July 18, 2008 at 5:44 pm
HOT HOT HOT!!!
Now THAT is a man. Mmmmmmmmm….
July 18, 2008 at 6:21 pm
i really dont think that they are the same man. He looks so much older in the bottom 2 than the first pic…i seriously dont think its him
July 18, 2008 at 6:38 pm
Quite a transformation…he lost a so much weight and became so hard looking. He no longer has warmth and softness.
July 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm
I just loved the 1st and the last looks. Specially the beard.
July 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm
my favorite When First We Met. please keep this theme up if you can!
July 18, 2008 at 6:53 pm
I like everything EXCEPT the beard. I guess I spend too much time in Stamford Hill.
-h of candid cool
July 18, 2008 at 7:21 pm
um…wow. id be curious to know what prompted such a drastic change?and how did u recognize him? did he tell u? or do u know him?
and speaking of drastic change, what ever happened to the little blond girl that you were going to make over?
July 18, 2008 at 7:37 pm
No way!! He barely looks like the same guy! And yet he has wonderful style in both…that is what I call multi-talented. And I ADORE that last look, can’t even get over it
July 18, 2008 at 7:56 pm
He’s definitely trying to look tough, but those soft eyes give it away.
July 18, 2008 at 7:58 pm
Killer! On the new photo that’s saying something too because the 2 guys behind him look purty darn good too. Day-um!
July 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm
Actually, I like the first one best. Very understated, though it needs something — not sure what.
Picture number two — um… no. Just… no.
Picture number three — much better than picture number two. The pink shoes do nothing for me. With those cargo pants I’d almost rather see an open collar than the very uptight upright collar and tie. Or better still, the same shirt with pants that have no cargo pockets. But I very much like the colors, and the dark navy tie against the lighter hues.
July 18, 2008 at 9:33 pm
Imagine! – d.
July 18, 2008 at 9:53 pm
I highly doubt that is TO in the backround…the guy pictured has some minor gut going. I love the pics, but I need some context for the whole before/after…are these folks all models?
July 18, 2008 at 10:19 pm
He looks amazing, but those cargo pants are poking my eyes out, as are the pink shoes (nothing wrong with them, but they certainly don’t suit those pants).
July 18, 2008 at 10:49 pm
it is really cruel to post such a transformation and not let us in on the catalyst.
I am dieing to know what happened to him…it had better be something intense like we all expect
i hope that this is not just a costume
July 18, 2008 at 11:02 pm
Please continue this theme..”when we first met” my fav satorialist post!
I guess I’m in the minority here, but…his style didn’t develop, it devolved.
July 18, 2008 at 11:06 pm
did anyone notice the gold necklace in the 2nd pic?BOSSSSSSSS!!
July 18, 2008 at 11:43 pm
i think he looks great now. there’s nothing sexier than a guy with his own personal style.
July 19, 2008 at 12:00 am
i don’t think this guy is “trying” to look tough. you can usually tell/sense when someone is “trying” too hard. and this, apparently, comes natural to him. i, too would like to know what happened in his life for such a change…a “tough” change (which it is)…especially this BIG in only a 2 year period, it must have been profound. however, he still is fashion-inspiring whatever the catalyst was.
July 19, 2008 at 12:43 am
I must say i’m very impressed with Sart’s organisational skills! (besides loving the b/a shots obv.) How do you keep your files so that you can easily find these pics from 2 years ago?
July 19, 2008 at 1:13 am
If your arms look that good, you can wear anything you want. In fact, you should. I love the forceful stride that accompanies the second two. The first photo has its qualities, but the second two are really adventurous. The pink shoes with camo and a lawyers shirt and tie… the bronze necklace with a John Deere cap… This guy seems funny and extremely intelligent. And, of course, sexy.
July 19, 2008 at 3:03 am
this guys is such a badass. he looks villainous. i’m thoroughly impressed. he needs to be in movies.
July 19, 2008 at 3:42 am
Drastically different. It’s quite a transformation. He can really rock a beard.
July 19, 2008 at 4:11 am
Love love love love!!
July 19, 2008 at 5:16 am
he seems nice and talkable two years ago. now he seems scary. in the last two pics, his pose is saying – BACK OFF.
July 19, 2008 at 5:57 am
this man is great. who is he? i specaily love the photo n3. why? i like that is capture when he was in a pace, and i love llove love his outfit.
July 19, 2008 at 6:08 am
July 19, 2008 at 6:18 am
Though I’d generally go for the look in picture one.. am totally wowed by the third. The Woman at the back of picture 2 sums it up perfectly!!
July 19, 2008 at 6:43 am
Beautiful hacking jacket in pic No.1, and the rest of the outfit isn't bad either (except for the specs).
Pics 2 & 3, dear God what a mess. I'm trying to decide which is the worst: the combat trousers? the trucker cap? cargo pants? pink shoes? the beard you could lose a badger in?
July 19, 2008 at 7:12 am
I prefer his two-years-ago look. He looks intelligent and approachable there.
July 19, 2008 at 7:29 am
I love when you make these posts. I love to see the change of style, more of this!
July 19, 2008 at 8:38 am
This is Kevin Stewart and he has worked in fashion for many years as a stylist and fashion editor for major magazines. He’s ALWAYS been stylish and inventive and intense.
July 19, 2008 at 9:22 am
pink shoes with khaki is inspired
July 19, 2008 at 9:36 am
Scary!!!From sober elegance to couture Schwarzenegger!I’m finding difficult to believe that such a change came only from the desire of being fashion-forward…
July 19, 2008 at 10:03 am
I seem to be the only one saying this here, but he looks much more accomplished and handsome 2 years ago–like a movie star. Now he looks like a homeless man who has lost weight and gained a beard. This isn’t a positive change for him. It makes me wonder: is he unemployed/underemployed? On drugs? Divorced? Midlife crisis? The gang-bang hip hop look doesn’t look good on middle age, people!
July 19, 2008 at 10:45 am
the man from two years ago looks soft spoken and innocent; the second two pictures, he looks as though he’s seen the burning bush and come back to walk to streets of Manhattan.
(and forget Terrell Owens and check out the figure in the pink shirt in the background of pic #3. nice)
July 19, 2008 at 11:25 am
July 19, 2008 at 11:39 am
i’m really not sure if he looks “older” in as much as he just looks completely different. i would want to listen to whatever he has to say.
i have to agree with the poster who said that a beard adds character. the funny thing is, he just looks confident in the last two photos.
“He looks intelligent and approachable there”….Funny!I do desagreeif you mean the second and 3rd are oposite to that.If it was for the first image, I would not like to aproach him, beacause the style is average, is even BORING. His look now says to me: this is sound style baby! he’s a genious! That is for me more convincing than a tame man in glasses. Exelent example of style evolution.
July 19, 2008 at 11:43 am
are they the same guy? I’m only saying that since in the top pic he looked pretty you and in the bottom pic his beard is graying.
July 19, 2008 at 11:54 am
wow!! that is what taking risks is about, everything about him in the first photo is conformist. His change seems to emerge from within, a change of attitude. I think he is fabulous!! Very powerful. Rock on!
July 19, 2008 at 12:07 pm
“… he lost so much weight and became so hard looking. He no longer has warmth and softness.”
I once saw someone who perfectly embodies that quote and as with this subject, I would love to understand what happened in his life -within a 2 years span- to force such a transformation…
July 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm
Is there a story behind this? The transformation is so extreme, like two different people.
I’m most impressed that one person could have this many looks. The way he uses the vest for different effects in pics 2 and 3 is inspiring. I won’t be copying this approach anytime soon but I applaud his sense.
July 19, 2008 at 12:24 pm
^just me–though i can understand your opinion that this man looks less approachable in his more recent looks, i can’t imagine that he looks any less intelligent. to present himself in such a specific way reveals this man’s intelligence as well as creativity, i think.
July 19, 2008 at 12:41 pm
I love that he wears the same waistcoat in two very different ways/looks. Who knows? He could even be sporting it in the first picture under the scarf.
July 19, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Those pink shoes look like they once were white. So cool. Did he color them himself?
This chap is a rock star.
PS – Uhm, who’s Terrell Owens?
July 19, 2008 at 1:18 pm
Love the last photo except for the Pepto-pink shoes. Visually, white bucs would have been a better selection, while still giving a little wink, in light of the cargo pants and other casual elements.
July 19, 2008 at 2:34 pm
so hot i touched myself, several times.
July 19, 2008 at 3:04 pm
what an amazing transformation!!!
July 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm
Sart, please, please give us some clues on why that man has gone thru such an amazing transformation, physically, stylistically, psychologically (it seems). :)
July 19, 2008 at 3:24 pm
I can’t believe it’s the same guy!!!Anyway what really caught my eye is the bottom picture : the style is so worked up…yet so relax!And the top picture of course : clever way of using a lined scarf…it’s giving me ideas.
July 19, 2008 at 3:42 pm
It’s my first post – thanks Sart! you pictures are so beautiful, sometimes even amazing! you have a good eye for true style!Now about the guy whom people think as TO – TO is probably most ribbed human being – and this guy look more like Magic Johnson.All three picture show that thid guy have his own style and now his style is really unique – esp. the 3rd picture! Marvellous! Something like from 20. – someone coming or going on safari – classy and elegant, yet sporty and tough and this dandy shoes. Well done on the beard – I got a beard but not that long and bushy – maybe in 2 years? ;)Bart, UK
July 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm
You are kidding me! Look how accommodating he looks at top. He’s got a well-dressed-lawyer-on-the-weekend thing going and it works nicely. But then in the next two he is totally transformed into an artist and it’s crazy sexy.
How interesting that in pic 2 the lady behind him has the Obama “Change” t-shirt on…. For these pictures “change” means a whole other thing.
Dude’s personal style is hotter than July. Even Terrell has to check him to get a few pointers.
I love the accessories and even the rolled-up sleeves. They work with his beautiful arms.
And PINK SHOES!! This brotha rocks them in the manliest way one can…. It’s definitely not a move for amateurs so I hope this doesn’t start a trend.
A black, shaved-headed Leon Trotsky. My dream guy. If I see him on the street I will kiss him. He better watch out!
July 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm
Fierce! Everything about the third picture is incredible.
July 19, 2008 at 5:06 pm
Good looking two years ago! Not now.
July 19, 2008 at 6:26 pm
it’s morpheus’ angry grandfather!
July 19, 2008 at 7:04 pm
July 19, 2008 at 7:22 pm
Third photograph equals hotness.
TO and pal look hot, too. (Albeit a different kind of hot.)
July 19, 2008 at 7:26 pm
Love Kevin Stewart’s cool pink shoes, but who is Terrell Owens and why is everyone talking about him?
July 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm
that third picture is the epitome of old gentleman sexiness. beautiful beautiful, man, beautiful doesn’t cover it!! LOVE IT
July 19, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Hello, hottie!I love everything in the third picture, he just looks amazing.And the beard suits him fine.
July 19, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Wow, he looks amazing! He looked quite nice before, but he’s developed a very unique and effective signature style in those two years that really make him stand out.
To the posters complaining that the beard makes him look older: I disagree, but even if it does–so what? What the hell is wrong with looking older? “Youth” and “style” are NOT synonymous.
July 19, 2008 at 9:23 pm
so sexy i got aroused!
July 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm
commenting on the second photo: first off, i’m sorry but cargo pants are a no-no. secondly, the whole look is a little too overdone; too many bracelets, belt buckle, the chain, the beard, the rolled up sleeves, the pink shoes. that said, if he refined this look a bit it could be much more effective.
July 19, 2008 at 10:06 pm
the force and deliberation/intent behind the change is shocking, overwhelming. a most fine example of how internal transitions are externalized? it is very encouraging to all those who look to fashion not only a set of stylistic choices, but as an art of expression.
katherine in LA
July 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm
YES! Finally a transformation that goes from boring to awesome instead of the other way around!
July 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm
All I have to say is WOW to the difference in appearance! I wonder was there any reasoning for such a change. And how did you even recognize him the second time around?!?
He looks lovely in the first picture…you would never think he’d have tattoos!
July 19, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Damn he’s fine. I like his look a lot better now. He’s got something going that’s just hard to top.
..and I know it’s been said, but he seriously does look so badass in the third one.
pretty kitty publishing
July 19, 2008 at 11:38 pm
I’m thinking this man must be an artist. How he owns all three looks is quite telling.
What is the story?
Who is he?
Whoever he is, he should know that he is an inspiration to those who would second-guess their own attempts at originality.
July 19, 2008 at 11:56 pm
The middle picture conjures daydreams of Spike Lee on ‘roids and ‘shrooms 20 years from now.
July 20, 2008 at 12:24 am
He looks good… I sometimes miss coats and warm clothes.
Panda Gets Bear
July 20, 2008 at 1:36 am
Wow.. I love all these looks, but that beard really ages him.
Regardless… this is a great before/after-ish post. Very interesting. Meanwhile, my look is beyond stagnant.
July 20, 2008 at 3:21 am
Wow, he went from classy and refined, to an old man going through a midlife crisis trying to look like a twenty year old, please, get away from the LA look and go back to the refinement of your past.
July 20, 2008 at 6:08 am
Such interesting development!He looks as if he speaks less and knows more in the third photo. Perhaps he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit? (I had to invent a story for him…)
July 20, 2008 at 6:12 am
“He looks intelligent and approachable there”, sorry, but i guess that is a reflection on what you consider to look/be intelligent and approachable. his transformation really does challenge that statement. and thank god the Sart still thought he looked “intelligent” and “approachable” even after the transformation in order to share this with us.
July 20, 2008 at 6:37 am
What an extreme case of transformation! But indeed a very nice one… the picture with the girl in the background having a Obama t-shirt saying just – Change is just CLASSIC!
July 20, 2008 at 8:25 am
I love people who turn everything up side down and CHANGE.Inspiring !
July 20, 2008 at 10:42 am
These “When First We Met” posts are like that early Russian experiment in film that illustrated the principle of montage: put two or three pictures in a sequence and people WILL make a narrative out of them! I’ve always liked your shots where the subject is in motion, seemingly captured on the fly. These are great!
July 20, 2008 at 12:50 pm
One word. Dope. I have to say the first picture is pretty status quo, but not that there’s anything wrong with that. I prefer to see the boldness of the latter photographs. He’s a bit of a street wear dandy in the latter two photos. Butter.
July 20, 2008 at 1:11 pm
It’s wonderful to see the evolution of people through their style changes. I myself have changed a lot through the last years, and I keep on my metamorphosis. I think the outfit is nothing but a way to show the world who you are. And the man in the pictures shows us how he’s changed. The last look is just brilliant, specially because of the sleeves and those incredible shoes.
July 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm
I absolutely LOVE the pink shoes…..
July 20, 2008 at 3:23 pm
let’s the get the negatives out of the way first: one tattoo would maybe be ok, but multiples plus bracelets is too much going on. nothing wrong with a bit of a wild beard but that one is a mess.
(oh and p.s. who is terrell owens? whoever he is, he dresses boring.)
on to the positives, love the multiple bracelets, the arms are definitely made for rolled-up sleeves, there are some people who can still get away with cargo pants, and love the pink shoes (ditto some people can get away with….)
July 20, 2008 at 3:46 pm
BTW, if this is how “gay” men dresse, hetero guys could you please get on look and learn. This is stylish and hot.
July 20, 2008 at 4:12 pm
the first thing that came to my mind was “jesus, how did he skip two decades in two years?”. apart from that, in the last photo, the clothes looked so pulled together although exuding different themes. the tie/hard collar bit looked very business-like. then theres the rolled up sleeves which (if you ignore the collar/tie) would look like a holiday shirt. the waistcoat and the pants give a casual feel and the shoes.. very subtle and complementing. Very impressed.
July 20, 2008 at 4:59 pm
seriously?the transformation is incredible.and even though the beard adds on about 20 years, he looks so much better with it.or maybe it’s just because it’s so different..
July 20, 2008 at 5:21 pm
Not to argue the points of this man’s style evolution, but… does anyone else find the quiet sense of genuine kindness in the man’s expression in the 1st photo just as appealing as the “badass” quality of his style in the 2nd two?
July 20, 2008 at 6:00 pm
What comes through now is his strength. It’s wonderful.
July 20, 2008 at 7:15 pm
Hi Mr. Sartorialist,
I am loving this new “When We First Met” series! I like seeing the style evolution of your subjects. Fashion can be ephemeral and definitive at the same time, so it is great to celebrate those contrasts!
I am laughing to myself right now, thinking of what I was wearing 2 years ago…oh dear!
July 20, 2008 at 7:54 pm
Just assumed he moved to NYC 2years ago,Look what nyc does to you!
I still love the city though…
July 20, 2008 at 9:10 pm
This is what keeps life interesting.
July 20, 2008 at 10:29 pm
woowwwwwww what a change!!he’ always charming though
July 20, 2008 at 10:49 pm
“Perhaps he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit? (I had to invent a story for him…)”
-anonymous from above
lol b/c he is a rugged black man, right? Nice, anonymous. Nice. but anyway, good laaawwdy he is a whole lot of delicious! I love his use of jewelry and the pop and surprise of his pink shoes (and bright green hat). This man really knows how to dress, he has a presence all his own! Bravo for catching this on film.
July 20, 2008 at 11:33 pm
coolest cat ever
July 21, 2008 at 12:30 am
looking at the third picture again, i just realized that his shoes are not pink sneakers, but pink leather oxfords! that just elevated this look to a whole new level.
July 21, 2008 at 1:10 am
There is an insane amount of man candy in that last photograph.
Oh yes, and the gentleman — wow. Just wow. I love what he’s done here. And umm, c’mon you guys who are trying to make up a story for him — clearly he’s spent the last two years at the gym.
July 21, 2008 at 5:30 am
what’s his name? he’s interesting.
July 21, 2008 at 6:26 am
I always think it weird that people all of a sudden want to change their style 180°. School kids yeah, but adults… Wonder what made it happen ?
July 21, 2008 at 6:27 am
What a big difference, it’s seems to me too much older.KissesVivi
July 21, 2008 at 6:55 am
i like ‘two years’ ago photo the best…but he does look a lot more confident in his style and pose now….i like these before and after shots!
July 21, 2008 at 8:11 am
He’s in disguise….
July 21, 2008 at 8:46 am
180 people with incredibly bad taste.
July 21, 2008 at 9:16 am
I’m with the minority. I don’t like his transformation one iota. The beard…I just can’t get over the glasses and beard . I fear that squirrels will come in the night and harvest bits with which to line their nests. But, I do like his outfit in the last photo. What an attitude he brings to it, he’s dandified, but at the same time so tough and contemporary.
July 21, 2008 at 9:46 am
Not only is that T.O. in the background but also Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns in the pink shirt and shorts.
July 21, 2008 at 9:48 am
I enjoy the uniqueness of all of his looks, but the bottom picture is great! The strong masculine look, yet classically dressed, The pink shoes are iffy for me, but I think all together he made it work. KUDOShttp://www.yumebkny.blogspot.com
July 21, 2008 at 11:26 am
So this is what happens when you move to NYC. :-P
My only thought is, are these all the same man?
The first picture is understated beauty. The second, is homeless chic. The third, is turn of the century (the last not the present)badd ass, which I like. Does it come in female lite/
July 21, 2008 at 11:44 am
For those of you who don’t know who terrell owens is, I hope it is not because you feel that you are “above” sports. I really can’t stand when fashion types feign a lack of interest and are proud to act as though they do not know who someone like terrell owens is.
July 21, 2008 at 12:14 pm
He went from kind of boring/conservative, to holy shit!
July 21, 2008 at 1:08 pm
I think the same thing happened to him as mark jacobs…;)
July 21, 2008 at 1:09 pm
That is WITHOUT QUESTION Terrell Owens. and good call on Boris Diaw whoever got that one.Interesting change here…I’d like to hear what Scott has to say about it.
July 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm
I dony know if anyone has noticed.. but isn’t that Terrell Owens in the last pic?
lol i guess i like boring and conservative looks. he looked good before. he looks really angry now… but he still looks really good. The detailing is great before and after. It’s just very different and he looks A LOT older.
and no amount of gym time takes someone from conservative blazers to a complete 180 in style. Something must’ve provoked such a change. Although I would think it would be more accurate to compare winter vs winter or summer vs summer style.
July 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm
I just don’t get the appeal at all of the current presentation. Old homeless guy beard, pseudo-intellectual glasses, Hammer pants and tatoos? Just don’t get how anyone fings this hot. Makes me happy to be bourgeois.
July 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm
wowsa! all are stunning, however that beard/sunglasses combo with those shoes, fantastic!
July 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm
One of my favorite all time pics. Incredibly bad ass with the rolled up shirts, just the amount of jewelry and the shoes make the outfit. Side note, that is definitely Terrel Owens to the left, which is pretty sweet as well.
July 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm
That beard ages him about 10 extra years. I love the clothes, tats, etc. Just not a fan of alot of facial hair.
July 21, 2008 at 4:18 pm
Andre 3000 meets Dennis Rodman
July 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm
haha awesome change!!! :)
July 21, 2008 at 7:07 pm
Very Melvin Van Peebles in the recent shot
July 21, 2008 at 7:59 pm
what a magnificent beard! I love this man!
July 21, 2008 at 10:31 pm
Everyone has commented on this Terrel Ownes and the main reason I don’t know who he is other than a badly dressed man, is not because I am a fashion type, but because a big part of the world does not really watch American sports, and the only reason why I think he is an American sportsman is because it has been alluded to here. So please anon 11:14, to be so presumptuous is just plain dangerous.
On the man’s outfit, I just think that transformation is the most extraordinary thing! The bottom picture rocks, despite the ghastly beard and those cargo pants that should not, but just really fit.
July 22, 2008 at 5:13 am
*pheeew*that 3rd pic is the one that catches me the most for sure! Most notable thing i love are those sleeves!
I’m really not sure about the second pic… maybe it’s just the pants getting to me?
but it’s weird how in two years his two looks seem to shout he’s been through some serious learning times? like odd experiences have made him a more interesting and definately complicated.
July 22, 2008 at 5:23 am
it’s not just the beard that ages him – he’s gotten leaner, which will make a person’s face lose a lot of it’s softness.
two years ago: innofensive, pleasant but forgettable. now: whoa mama.
quite the head-turner i’d say.
July 22, 2008 at 5:29 am
p.s. is it possible to suggest him for a future style profile post? he’s definitely one of the most memorable-looking people featured on your blog so far.
p.p.s i covet his necklace in the second photo.
July 22, 2008 at 9:30 am
oh my gosh! I love it when you post these “Past and Present” images. Makes me wonder if I will progress over the years or be stuck in time. I also wonder what happened in this guys life to change his look so drastically. Are you sure it is the same man?? Dd
July 22, 2008 at 9:37 am
wow!! I would love to know what happened in his life as well. I thought he looked nice in the first pic. Handsome but boring.
That last pic….LOVE IT.
July 22, 2008 at 10:04 am
what a great look! he looks like himself in that third picture – someone absolutely comfortable in their own skin.
July 22, 2008 at 10:19 am
Um yeah, I didn’t know who Terrell Owens was until I wiki-ed him…because I’m Australian. People outside the US DO use the internet you know, Anonymous 11:14. The transformation is quite formidable, especially in the third photo, as most people seem to be commenting on. This photo proves that it’s really how you wear your clothes that affects how other view you. However, his beard – someone please shave it for him.
There have been other amazing transformations on this blog before…anyone remember Kelly, I think it was? Complete hippy-skater chick, and she morphed into this sleek, sophisticated lady.
July 22, 2008 at 10:24 am
sorry, but who the eff is t.o.? dear americans, please apologize – but i’ve never heard of the guy!
July 22, 2008 at 11:15 am
Everyone has commented on this Terrel Ownes and the main reason I don’t know who he is other than a badly dressed man, is not because I am a fashion type, but because a big part of the world does not really watch American sports, and the only reason why I think he is an American sportsman is because it has been alluded to here. So please anon 11:14, to be so presumptuous is just plain dangerous.10:31 PM———————————i have no idea who terrel owens is either (i don’t live in the u.s. or watch american sports), but i googled him. it took less than five minutes out of my life, but i could easily have just ignored it just the same. no danger in that.
July 22, 2008 at 12:00 pm
sorry, this is definitely the last comment on the sportsman when this is supposed to be about that other guy in the picture…. just shortly: yes, it takes you 2 secs to google T.O. – and you find what: he’s an NFL star. well, how ridiculously ignorant of all non-americans here not to know him….. err…. well, sweeties, shall we start about premier league stars? yes? see how fast you are “revealed” as ignorant fashion addicts who don’t care about anything else with, errr again, substance.
and now back to fashion, please!
July 22, 2008 at 12:15 pm
I would like to know who made that spread club collar shirt. If anyone knows pray tell please.
July 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm
to anon 8:46:
“180 people with incredibly bad taste.
A difference of opinion and of aesthetics does not mean that we have bad taste.
July 22, 2008 at 7:01 pm
i love the after! He looks so rugged and handsome. I like to think of myself like that. Meaning I can be conservative when I need to be but able to switch up my style when I feel like it. Maybe he was going for an interview or something at first and had to clean up for it. I’d love to know what caused such a change. Or does he always switch it up…
July 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm
July 23, 2008 at 8:59 am
Make under alert!
I prefer the way he looked in the first photo.
July 23, 2008 at 12:20 pm
yes, indeed, it would seem that he now knows himself. the first bit of knowledge on the road to self-fulfillment and happiness
July 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm
The first one is excellent. He looks confident, superb, clean. I would buy insurance from that guy.
The second looks absolutely awful – baseball cap, sleeveless and odd pattern pants? Just wrong. He could fit right into any small town flea market.
The third looks like quite a style, but he looks like an old guy trying to be hip past his prime. There’s nothing hip about it.
July 23, 2008 at 10:40 pm
Okay, so this man is clearly a God.
July 24, 2008 at 3:45 am
July 24, 2008 at 4:34 am
wowwhat two years could make a differencei wouldn’t know that he’s the same person
July 24, 2008 at 8:44 am
To my fellow commenter “anonymous at 2:48 pm”
Regarding part 3 of your comment “but he looks like an old guy trying to be hip past his prime. There’s nothing hip about it.”
Hey, what do you want older people to do….? Put on wooly cardigans and orthopedic shoes once they hit40??? This guy, although not my style, makes the world a more interesting place.
How boring it would be if only twenty-somethings had the right to dress well?
This man is obviously still in the prime of his life. He’s interested and interesting.
Agism isn’t hip.
July 24, 2008 at 11:03 am
The second photo is incredible!What a mixture of styles! I didn’t know if I should laugh, cry or just stay astonished. Brutal!
July 24, 2008 at 11:32 am
I love the new look. The first one was chic but…boring. The new look is so individual. I LOVE the last picture.
July 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm
oh my god what kind of event did he go through to transform like that
July 24, 2008 at 5:44 pm
he’s magnificent!he commands the street.
July 24, 2008 at 10:44 pm
The people you see in the background are Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys, and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks.
You can see the video here:
July 25, 2008 at 12:51 am
Yes, most of you are correct, I have had a drastic change internally. I am now living with MS. This would cause anyone to change inside and out. And Yes, I am and artist. I get dressed for my own amusement, every morning.
I will change many times in this life. I just can’t bore myself to death
July 25, 2008 at 6:25 am
That’s Terrell Owens and Al Horford(Atlanta Hawks) in the back!
July 25, 2008 at 6:34 am
Hi Superhero !!! Why don’t you come over to Paris so we can check out your look from closer !! Just to be sure it’ s really you ….
July 25, 2008 at 9:15 am
Looks like nobody reads the other comments first.
One or two “hey, isn’t that whatisname?” is fine, not 60 or 70.
July 25, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Kevin Stewart, thank you very much for sharing your story with us and still finding a way to keep things interesting. Good Luck with life and everything else.
July 25, 2008 at 3:06 pm
Kevin I am so sorry to have read youhave MS. You are an outstanding person and your individuality shines!The best of luck and life for you in the future.
July 25, 2008 at 5:17 pm
That is TO in the white shirt. The guy in the longish shorts and pinkish polo is Al Horford, who plays in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks I believe.
July 25, 2008 at 10:22 pm
that is awesome, love everything about the last pic.
July 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm
He looked HOT two years ago but he probably nabs a little more attention with his not so mainstream look now. The beard really ages him.
July 27, 2008 at 3:14 pm
Yes, he is a very handsome guy.
What happened to him?
Is he fine? Looks very agressiv in the last pic and very lost in the second.
July 28, 2008 at 5:13 pm
WOW loving the last look. steampunk ahoy!
July 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm
To Kevin Stewart – thanks for responding to all the queries. And thanks for sharing a little bit of your story with us.
July 29, 2008 at 3:01 pm
say whaaaaat?! WHO happened to him?!
Sad eyed lady of the lowlands
July 30, 2008 at 10:32 am
This man in heavensent!!! He is a style God!!!!
The strenght, the elegance, the quiet eloquence of his presence….He looks intelligent, well read, informed, refined, deep. And more than anything, he looks confident, as someone who knows who he is, who understands himself, and knows what he wants in life.
He looks like a sociology professor in the third picture.
Gravitas. Creativity. Individuality.Fearlessness sense of expression.
July 30, 2008 at 10:35 am
And I have absolutely no idea who this Terry Owens person is, because I do not live in the US
(I am a major sports fan)
July 30, 2008 at 10:38 am
Thanks Kevin for sharing your story. Those pictures of you are mesmerizing and breathtaking. Food for thought.
Good luck in everything, best wishes, love.
Dr. Jean Grey
August 18, 2008 at 1:39 pm
Kevin Stewart, you are an inspiration. Seems like you’ve traveled down quite a path and have a story to tell, and it’s one i’d love to read *hint hint*
Best of luck in life, and please, keep being the superhero you clearly are.
And monsieur Sartorialist, THANK YOU for finding and sharing him.
September 23, 2008 at 4:28 am
The bottom picture has earned him the nickname “Professor Badass” on a popular comic book image board.They even made up an occupation for him.
“I imagine that he stands in the center of the NYSE trading floor, all by himself with a radius of 5 feet around him respectfully kept clear. He says nothing. He moves nothing. He just stands there. He makes $12 million a day.”
October 12, 2008 at 3:34 am
Who is this man?
October 12, 2008 at 6:58 pm
“Tatoos are passe.”
Yeah, you’re right, they’ve only been around for tousands of years but suddenly right now, in the year of our lord 2008, they’ve become passé.
I’d do him.
November 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm
That is surely T.O.! awesome!
ILL littl3 Robot
February 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm
that is wonderful, I love it that is an amazing turn around, I want a beard like that now. plus his clothes are fresh, especially in that last pic, I simply love it
March 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm
3rd pic is the sickest outfit ever. Kudos.
May 10, 2009 at 9:13 am
100% that’s T.O in the white T-shirt and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks ….thinks….51% sure
September 10, 2009 at 9:59 pm
Wow, that's quite a transformation! I do like the new look(s) better than the first. He looks good and polished in the first photo, but has much more character in the later shots.
September 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm
Great original, so männlich!