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February 1, 2008 at 9:19 am
haha your caption made me laugh.
but it’s so true!
I wish I looked that chic when I was his age!
One pin is Dark Side of the Moon, not sure what the other is. This is all very normal looking – very well put together. Almost seems effortless. He doesn’t take himself too seriously. How refreshing!
February 1, 2008 at 9:24 am
Ah, the freshness of youth to enliven a pinstripe jacket. Just gorgeous.
February 1, 2008 at 9:29 am
Well Sart, life is a compromise, and given the number of creative guys who started in Indiana, Bill Blass, Cole Porter, James Dean, Bobby Short..and I could go on…there must be some value to hanging around all those cornstalks in your youth. Spend a few evenings with spoiled aimless Park Ave, 5th Ave NYC kids and you’ll long for what they seek..integrity, which is the not so secret to the success of your website. The people are REAL and you catch them doing real things. Somethings tells me however this kid is enjoying life; I wonder what the buttons on his topic say.
February 1, 2008 at 9:48 am
He is so young and beautiful. And relaxed too. I like the fact that his shoes are so shiny and well kept.
February 1, 2008 at 9:58 am
They are SO chic! I love this kid.
February 1, 2008 at 10:03 am
chic, yes. but maybe a little too old of a look for him? i can’t make up my mind.
February 1, 2008 at 10:09 am
Judging by his right pant leg it looks like the boot goes up to the knee, which would be an interesting combination with those tight jeans. Honestly I think this guy would look good in just about anything.
February 1, 2008 at 10:20 am
Sart, I live and love in Indiana. This look could actually be pulled off here. It’s stuff that’s even available! I think increased exposure to fashion and style is making the midwest more fashion focused.
February 1, 2008 at 10:31 am
How old is he? 14-15?Hat off!But I am sure, he is not shining his shoes himself (and that is why he is laughing so worriless)
February 1, 2008 at 10:33 am
Nice haircut, nice jacket and great shirt. But it goes down hill from there starting with the buttons.
February 1, 2008 at 10:57 am
the laugh is the best part. Joy!
February 1, 2008 at 11:33 am
The midwest sucks, i’m sorry to say.
February 1, 2008 at 11:35 am
I grew up in indiana too and i think sometimes that getting over the um backwardness of indiana helped us become the creative dressers we are today. if i did not shop all the thrift stores in gary and nearby areas, i would have never found my first real alligator bag, or learned to hem and alter things for myself. i think what didn’t turn us into midwestern slobby drones made us stronger.love, a fellow former hoosier(i live in chicago now) oh, and that guy is great. there was always one of those kind of guys in my high school.
February 1, 2008 at 11:38 am
I love his laugh!It makes the outfit more lively.
February 1, 2008 at 11:44 am
ah yes I hate that about my city too. I feel like I can’t take any big fashion risks or statements without others staring at me like I’m some alien!
oh dear me!
February 1, 2008 at 11:46 am
I want you to know how much you inspire me. I’m a freshmen at a high school in Indiana, and I don’t fit the mold of a mid-west child at all. You give me a glimpse of freedom in the world. Hopefully one day I can come close to being where you are. Hats of to you!
February 1, 2008 at 11:48 am
where is part 1?
February 1, 2008 at 11:53 am
You are sooo brilliant at what you do because of Indiana–Keep that fresh perspective!
February 1, 2008 at 11:57 am
i AM his age and i wish i was this chic…
February 1, 2008 at 12:02 pm
I love his expression.
hoosier turned chicagoan
February 1, 2008 at 12:03 pm
This post makes me remember with tremendous appreciation the people I grew up with in Indiana who managed to create personal style with limited resources. After seeing “Pretty in Pink”, two of my classmates were inspired to start re-purposing and re-sewing whatever old garment they could find. And there were a few friends who got crazy with Rit dye and DIY haircuts. Poor things, they got ridicule at school–but they didn’t let it quash their experimentation with style!
I visited Bloomington in October, and saw quite a few young people who were dressed wonderfully!
February 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm
I know exactly how you feel! I’m 17, and I just got back from a short trip all over France, including Paris, over my winter vacation from school. I kept saying, “Why was I born in Illinois?” Everyone in France was so much more put together; they made some Americans look like slobs. Even if they weren’t necessarily “fashionable,” for the most part they just presented themselves much more professionally, and chic, in their appearance.
February 1, 2008 at 12:21 pm
This is actually a fairly sophisticated outfit for one so young… but, I think what makes it work is the addition of the pins, the popped collar, and the rough/torn hem on the pants. All of those small, seemingly innocuous items make the overall look young and hip. Kudos to him.
February 1, 2008 at 12:31 pm
February 1, 2008 at 12:50 pm
I wouldn’t say this kid is chic – he looks like he’s wearing an outfit of someone 15 years his senior and it looks strange on him. Especially that turtleneck…
February 1, 2008 at 12:58 pm
I think your talent is all the more remarkable for having grown up in Indiana, Sart.
And this kid makes me long not for his clothes, but that absolutely fantastic hair.
February 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm
He is a gem. How old are we talking, Sart?
the child prodigy
February 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm
wow i wish you had included his number!
sometimes i dream about boys here that dress like that….
*sigh* if only, if only
February 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm
I miss Paris.
February 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm
il est super, la classe!
February 1, 2008 at 2:21 pm
He is such a cute boy in his jacket and boots.
February 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm
a lanky youth in narrow black pants and boots like that is an unbeatable look. kind of rock and roll.
February 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm
you should take a trip to montreal, us kids are tres chic.
February 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm
I want his shoes!!! Loving the entire outfit altogether.
February 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm
I’ve been in both places and one feels more ideal “in formal terms” than the other. But to say that there is an utmost superior upbringing in one location just cause of the surface of the place…is well called: extremism.
February 1, 2008 at 3:53 pm
I adore the knee high boots, a fabulous extra touch. The laugh makes this for me though. So lighthearted and wonderful.
February 1, 2008 at 3:56 pm
What a charming expression. Lovely!
February 1, 2008 at 3:59 pm
adorableand I love his shoes :)
February 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm
i want to eat him!!!I LOVE HIM!!! can someone pass this on to him coz i really love him!!!
February 1, 2008 at 4:20 pm
the addition of the band pins (even though his taste in music is questionable) really livens up what might otherwise be too old a look for him.
i always enjoy slapping some small pins of my favorite bands on a classic, expensive and/or tailored jacket.
February 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm
I love the buttons, they add that extra flair that makes you look twice.
February 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm
Hey Sart! Indiana is a great place! Home of two of the greatest modern music icons (and sartorialists)ever: Cole Porter and Wes Montgomery. Let me praise the Midwest! Chicago, home of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright – the birthplace of modern American Architecture. The birthplace of electric blues. Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. In spite of mercilessly disappointing sports teams, it is home to many kind and generous people. Sart, of course you are from the Midwest! The integrity of your photos is witness to this.
Anon 11:33 – wtf? Nuff said.
T.(for the perfect dialog of architectural and sartorial perfection, visit Brooks Brothers in The Rookery in downtown Chicago)
February 1, 2008 at 4:44 pm
105% bourgeois. His look oozes affluence.
February 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm
But is the hem on his left trouser leg frayed?
February 1, 2008 at 5:58 pm
THIS IS IT! Style – natural, of course. No effort, no exagerated poise, the elegance you can find anywhere among the inhabitants of our planet. AND YOU are a master in finding it, people of all ages and places. BUT THIS is beautiful!
February 1, 2008 at 6:03 pm
I feel the same way looking at your photos! Growing up in Indiana was tough enough, but realizing that the youth in all other parts of the world have such an incredible fashion sense is just down right saddening!
February 1, 2008 at 6:10 pm
i’ve lived in michigan for almost my whole life.i’m sure some people don’t even know where or what michigan is, that’s how middle-of-nowhere this state is…i love his coat! if only the boys at my school dressed like that….
February 1, 2008 at 6:38 pm
You guys kidding? This guy is gorgeous! Him and the outfit lol. And hes got such a great smile you could throw him in a paper bag and he’d still look good. But the outfit is good, 1000 times better than the kids who dress like Corey Delaney. This guy looks around Corey’s age, maybe a bit older, but hes a million times more stylish.
February 1, 2008 at 8:33 pm
I grew up in NYC and I nor anyone I knew would never have been considered chic. Spent years with an orange mohawk and safety pin held together clothing! Just goes to show you that chic-ness starts from within. And this kid has got it!
February 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm
Re spygirl: Everyone wants to be American? Please. LOL. You are so naive.
The Boston Foodie
February 1, 2008 at 9:23 pm
If that is not the epitome of youthful joie de vivre I certainly don’t know what is. Splendid photograph! Are all Parisians born with style? It does really seem so effortless.
February 1, 2008 at 9:25 pm
In terms of your comment, I know what you mean. As a kid growing up in North Carolina, I can’t help but want to live in a place where the number one fashion accessories aren’t camo and Nascar racing caps.
I love the effortlessness of his style. It’s nice to see someone that doesn’t take himself too seriously.
February 1, 2008 at 10:51 pm
I’m from Asia and went to IU Bloomington for studies in the late 90s, when I first landed I went nuts! Everyone was wearing or hankering after J Crew, Abercrombie, or Gap, and those big quilted Eddie Bauer Jackets. School Uniform? I remembered anyone with a little fashion sense stood out by a lot. I think coming out of a place that this makes you more appreciative and sensitive to diversity in fashion.
February 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm
i CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I’VE THOUGHT THE EXACT THING YOU TYPED UNDER THIS PHOTO! ::grumbles at desk::
HONESTLY – not ONLY do they grow up in the chicest society BUT they ALSO grow up multilingual based entirely on their locality (if only every US state had a different language … NOT :)).
February 2, 2008 at 12:30 am
he looks like reese’s whiterspoon baby twin.
Asian Models Blogger
February 2, 2008 at 12:50 am
I agree with 4:44 PM.
February 2, 2008 at 1:22 am
so so so so so cute.
February 2, 2008 at 1:44 am
Indiana can’t be that bad?
February 2, 2008 at 2:34 am
So cool he should be ashamed of himself.
The coat, the pants and especially the boots.
It’s a bit Mick Jagger, a bit ‘the Specials’.
Timeless, beautiful. Nice smile too.
February 2, 2008 at 3:45 am
@ spy girl : how can you seriously think we wished to be Americans? Don’t missunderstand me because I know your country quite well and I’m no anti-americanist at all. You would never meet a franch or italian person saying that kind of stuff about you wishing to be someone else. Very strange statement you made.
February 2, 2008 at 4:09 am
sart,are you TRULY mad at the fact that indiana is perhaps provenical or are you upset at yourself by not allowing full self expression for fear of being ridiculed as the odd man out?part of being chic and stylish is taking a risk without fear thwarting you based on how the general public may perceive you. to me that kind of attitude is quintessentially fashion anywhere. the lack of that attitude is what i would consider provencial (or bridge and tunnel).
February 2, 2008 at 5:08 am
Well lets not beat the “Indiana Regret” horse any more; fashion appreciation often develops in big cities where people live all together in tiny apartments;I was born in NYC; now live in Michigan; when you are young in NYC, as soon as you can, you want to get out on the street; this often leads to wonderful fashion expressions which get seen on the streets. This is not what happens in most of suburban America where the street is the Mall; I often wonder whether someone like this young man looks at The Sartorialist to read the comments about his picture. Life is a learning experience.
February 2, 2008 at 5:46 am
Firstly, this guy is magic and yes, it is in his smile, his joy and that colour blue – wow. Secondly, and with all due respect to girl spy, as an American who has lived outside the US since 1988in the UK and now Australia, I never met anyone who wants to be American – especially in Australia, they love who they are, the fantastic lifestyle and life in general – and I am a bit perturbed that Corey whats his name was mentioned in this blog – surely his 15 minutes of fame are over? Long live true style.
February 2, 2008 at 9:54 am
Ah, I highly sympathize with your comment. I’m growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, and while our state is slowly beginning to show interest in fashion, I’ve always wished I could have grown up in NY, London, Greece, Paris, Rome, etc. Those places seem so magical and full of people who are just born with impeccable style + a unique eye.
However, you have such an innate sense of style that no one can really teach. I applaud you for going so far in life – literally, across the globe to do what you love. I envy you.
Keep up the inspiring work! We love it!
February 2, 2008 at 10:34 am
i sometimes feel disdain for the place i come from. but that it was NOT paris or NYC or any of the big cities is mainly why our perspectives are so attenuated to “seeing” the other.
[from a former hawaiian, NY'er, now in suburban albuquerque...but still dressing like it matters]
February 2, 2008 at 11:51 am
my favorite quote ever.
Bespoke Digital Design
February 2, 2008 at 11:55 am
The light in Paris is always perfect… even grey days are beautiful! We love the shots!
February 2, 2008 at 12:04 pm
His outfit looks quite comfortable and effortlessly fashionble. And he’s cute. A wonderful combination.
February 2, 2008 at 1:08 pm
Just want to say I delight in The Sartorialist; Scott is truly an amazing guy. But I a disturbed by the amount of rude comments my, and other post receive sometimes. We don’t have to agree with each other. I don’t comment on people I don’t agree with; I simply read it and move on.
Totally unecessary negativity; and as a BLACK AMERICAN–yes, so many people throughout the world have told me they want so much of what my and my people have. I consider it a compliment, they are not denigrating their culture–there are just some things that are part of my culture that they would like to share.
So as Little Richard would say, “SHUT UP!” have some humor people! and enjoy the blog.
I was simply, as others did also, trying to express to Scott that his growing up in Indiana did him well, obviously in terms of style, and that I American brothers, white, black and inbetween should feel the love because of their unique style.
February 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm
I cannot believe all these people hating on America. We saved france in WWII, we are the strongest country on earth and we help starving children in Africa. There is not enough space to write all the good America does for the world. I really wish people stopped lashing out at us. We are proud to be American y’all.
February 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm
Indiana isn’t bad at all; it’s just that America lost its style and culture in the ’90s (’80s, even). “American-style” used to mean something. Today, it means whatever Wal-mart tells us it means.
February 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm
If you hadn’t grown up in Indiana, you wouldn’t have that dry Midwest Farmer sense of humor we all love in you!
February 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm
I, too, hate that I live in the Midwest. I have always dressed like that young man, since I was a young teen in Australia. I’m living in Chicago now, and most people’s clothing here are not pleasing to the eye. There should be a poster for this city: “Chicago: Home of Inelegance.”
February 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm
the polo neck belongs on a much older personthis is the kind of outfit to wear when you are over middle age not the kind of thing young people should be experimenting withand i dont like the way the shape of his boots are visible under the jeans…
February 2, 2008 at 6:50 pm
Well, it seems if you look like a top model in Paris today, you can go far….!
February 2, 2008 at 9:23 pm
Well, it’s precisely because the whole world is not full of only Paris’s, New Yorks, or Milans that you have a thing called inspiration right? Diversity broadens minds, and then you have people looking at the same object with different ideas.
On a different note, I’m a newcomer so I may have missed something but looking through your archives, I didn’t see any pics taken in Tokyo, where I lived growing up. That’s another place full of great fashion inspirations. Hope to see your photos from there sometime soon!
February 2, 2008 at 11:10 pm
Ha. Living in the middle of suburban Texas, I feel your pain.
February 2, 2008 at 11:37 pm
I love his radiant smile even more than his very chic look.
February 3, 2008 at 12:08 am
ive lived in both the midwest and paris, and i like to think i’ve been consistently stylish in my own personal way. the midwest has far better thrift pickins, though!
February 3, 2008 at 12:59 am
Lol at “had to grow up in Indian”! That cracked me up…
Though I have to say, I don’t necessarily see many teens walking about Paris dressed this way. It’s not at all common and live here…
February 3, 2008 at 2:17 am
he looks good. effortless, though. it’s nice. i’m from indiana too. :) i never knew you were…that gives me inspiration.
February 3, 2008 at 5:15 am
this blog is starting to get a bit tad bit too menswear-dominated recently.
more womenswear please, sarty! (:
we asked for more menswear pictures, but i didn’t think it would come for a week straight!
February 3, 2008 at 8:36 am
Thank you Sart for taking us to the streets, for traveling about, and delivering to us fresh new perspectives.
Darling, I live in Indy, and know exactly what you are saying.
I am a mother of a young man of 18 and if he or his friends dressed this smart someone would surely ask them, “Where are you going all dressed up?”
That’s not saying they wouldn’t want too. My oldest son graduated from bauder (a fashion school in Atlanta). We loved traveling to Paris,London, Italy and going to fashion shows. After all that he ended up being a deputy sheriff.
Sending you Love from back home in Indiana.
February 3, 2008 at 9:26 am
The laugh definitely makes the picture, and the street in the background adds so much “Paris” to the picture.
February 3, 2008 at 10:22 am
I love the simplicity of this look.
I’m in love with that coat. Any idea as to who makes it?
February 3, 2008 at 10:41 am
Let’s not overanalyze the Indiana comment, jeez!This boy is effortlessly chic, as are so many Parisians.
February 3, 2008 at 10:50 am
Where was he when I was young and wanted him :)
February 3, 2008 at 12:13 pm
Dear Spy Girl: Our beloved country, USA, had slavery 200 years ago. There are park benches in Paris that are older then that. I would say that they are ahead of us in many respects.
February 3, 2008 at 12:15 pm
Spy Girl, are you running for office? LOL
February 3, 2008 at 1:36 pm
Wow, this is great. You caught him in a way you feel like making friends right away and spending the rest of the day laughing and joking- as said before, the effortlessness does it all. Extraordinaire!
February 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Australia is not known for its elegantly dressed people, is it?
February 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm
Agree with the “bourgeois” comments, yes indeed “His look oozes affluence” – check out that cashmere sweater… I love it, but wearing cashmere under 30 reminds me of Holly Golightly’s quote on wearing diamonds under 40!
February 3, 2008 at 5:18 pm
I agree, I grew up in Indiana too. This kid has a great look, the pins give it that touch of youth. I wish all of IU looked this put together.
February 3, 2008 at 6:50 pm
The cuteness doesn’t hurt but it’s the overall flair that wins it. Living in Sydney Australia, we don’t usually see this type of effortless style on men (who seem to prefer a more relaxed or non-noticeable mode of dress). Bring back the long boot on more men I say!
February 3, 2008 at 9:22 pm
Here’s some more on that point: I am a Hassidic Jew and I grew up and still live in a Hassidic community. The only two acceptable colors here for men’s clothing are black and white. Since I was a child, however, I’ve had a taste for colors and interesting, fine clothing. It’s pretty funny to see the reactions…
February 4, 2008 at 2:29 am
Holy mother, that boy looks amazing. I don’t care what age he is, that outfit is beautiful, really is. I love the boots, the pants, the coat, my goodness! And let’s face it, you wouldn’t find this in Indiana (or most of the rest of the States really), full stop and I think that’s all Sart was saying.
February 4, 2008 at 12:28 pm
His expression is just gorgeous.
On another note, I’m annoyed by some posts here consistently dismissing style in the midwest. Of course, no one is claiming that midwesterners as a people are as chic as parisien/nes, but I know many people in Iowa (of all places) who dress quite well. Having lived both in Paris and in Iowa, frankly I prefer my childhood on a farm in Iowa to what it would have been like in Paris (not that I don’t adore France of course).
February 4, 2008 at 1:00 pm
[sart, I can't tell if I sent this or not]
So what if it screams affluence. It’s the style that counts. He’s inspiring.
The coat could be bought second-hand, the turtle neck from the Gap. Everyone’s got jeans, (not everybody’s got skinny jeans, but they should!) and nice clean footwear.
Anybody could put this look together for under $150.00 CA.
February 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm
I love his outfit. The quality of that sweater is just gorgeous. BUt its his personality and the gorgeous Paris lumière which lifts the dark tones of his outfit, no?
Re: Indianagate.Isn’t comparing Paris with Indiana a case of apples and oranges? Quite apart from being two different countries with very different cultural references (as we have seen in this comments section!), people in the US must also dress for extreme weather and climate. I remember going to college in Massachusetts and come icy wintertime, we had no choice but to don snow boats, jeans, mittens and puffa jackets for 5 months. The cashmere and beautiful leather shoes were relegated to the back of the wardrobe, to be saved for after The Thaw. Some of the little details were beautiful, though: brightly coloured sou’westers and typically New England LL Bean boots. Red cheeks and dark hair with white snow as a backdrop. The great people I met there made those cold months worth it.
Bisous from Paris! xxx Cat
February 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm
I so know what you mean…I grew up in a small town and when I finally left for university I got so mad that I had missed out on all the fun for so long.
Great shots by the way!
February 4, 2008 at 6:44 pm
Even though you had grown up in Paris, I doubt you would have been so handsome. Let’s face it, what’s INSIDE the clothes counts a lot.
February 5, 2008 at 12:22 am
February 5, 2008 at 12:27 am
What amazingly gorgeous hair. You just want to run your fingers through it.
February 5, 2008 at 12:46 am
I want to be friends with him. Now! Come to New York. N’est pas Paris… mais c’est magnifique aussi.
February 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm
I feel torn between how I feel about Indiana and the midwest as a whole sometimes. I really do wish that there was a bigger hub of creative energy and style. Then again, I like when someone tells me they like what I’m wearing, usually in a whisper. I like being the one that stands out.
I’ve never been out of the country (unfortunate problems with my passport) but my boyfriend spent a good part of last year fulfilling his midwestern dream by traveling through Europe. He, of course, is in love with Paris with good reason. I just don’t see why he has to hate Indiana too.
As a writer, I get most of my inspiration by driving around the countryside. Its breathtaking to look across a field and see for miles.
Funny story, when I got my hair cut I told the stylist I wanted Francoise Hardy and I brought a picture. She ended up just adding layers and blowing it out to beauty queen proportions. Thanks Indiana, thanks.
February 6, 2008 at 1:28 am
How adorable is he!!! But your comment is by far the best part of this post. I know exactly what you mean too, I grew up in northern Ontario (100000 times worse than Indiana I guarantee) and on my first trip to Europe at 18, I felt UNSPEAKABLY lame the entire time once I saw how effortlessly chic everyone was…including people my own age or younger. Had a huge influence on my style at the time, and still does today.
February 6, 2008 at 1:34 am
i wish I knew how to dress like this.
February 7, 2008 at 5:30 pm
I know everyone loves the smile, and I do too…but this is all about that gorgeous hair. GORGEOUS HAIR. He is just unbearably delicious.
February 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm
Dear French Kid,
February 8, 2008 at 7:57 pm
I just love the way this guy looks, it’s a mature look (aside from the pins) and classic chic that can be worn by guys of any age…timeless and beautiful.
February 11, 2008 at 8:30 pm
GOD he is the cutest thing ever! please import him to the west coast, and his brothers.
February 19, 2008 at 3:15 pm
Hey…don’t forget Michael Graves…look at this contribution. I always kinda wished I’d grown up in the aristocracy of Great Britain. By the by, where did you grow up in Indiana? Would you be willing to visit a school and talk about your life?
February 29, 2008 at 9:28 am
I became obsessed with this boy
July 21, 2008 at 8:55 am
Roughly Same age, effortless and suits his personality so well. Commiserations (spelt wrong, Dyslexic) for being born in the US (coming from an Aussie)
August 22, 2011 at 2:42 pm
What a great smile! And what a beautiful photo.
March 26, 2013 at 1:44 am
I love how happy he looks. And the buttons just add so much to the youthful feel..