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October 15, 2007 at 9:38 am
This gentleman is the coolest cat around. I love the look in his eyes – “Take the picture already so I can be on my way!”
October 15, 2007 at 9:50 am
My,he sure looks like a garden brownie or elf-don´t know what you call them back there in the States.What I mean is that he looks like those little creatures people put in their gardens to `decorate´them,which I personally think does just the opposite to the gardens.
October 15, 2007 at 10:03 am
Fantastic – Only in England is there a genuine love of old clothing as I sit here in my 34yr old tweed jacket
October 15, 2007 at 10:14 am
All great–and all lived in, which may be the best part.
October 15, 2007 at 10:27 am
This portrait is wonderful. You are our John Singer Sargent!
October 15, 2007 at 10:42 am
a true original…true to himself, comfortable in who he is. i would love to share a meal with him and listen to what he has to say.
October 15, 2007 at 10:45 am
Russian expat’s my guess.
October 15, 2007 at 10:48 am
love it- can’t wait to get to london next week!
October 15, 2007 at 11:12 am
grumpy stylish old man make me weak in the knees.he is uberchic.and he is obiviously not wearing a single fashion label.that is something that i am trying to achieve as well, to me, that is true style and creativity.
October 15, 2007 at 11:14 am
October 15, 2007 at 11:18 am
Anon 9:50–Do you mean a gnome? That’s what I thought of when I saw this photo.
October 15, 2007 at 11:23 am
i think he is rather stylish
October 15, 2007 at 11:24 am
Very dapper in an Old World kind of way…Serendipity of the moment. (I equally enjoyed hearing how you approached the subject and would like to read more in the future if possible…I’ve always wondered how you ask people whether or not you can take a picture, and their reaction to it.)
October 15, 2007 at 11:27 am
Reminds me of Giuseppe Garibaldi! I really admire this man’s broken-in attire. It projects a certain ease in one’s clothes which is hard to come by.
October 15, 2007 at 11:31 am
He’s a gem! You’re right he is quite the character.
October 15, 2007 at 11:40 am
I love his look. It’s fantastic.
And can I say that I wish you had posted this one two days ago. We had the dreaded family portraits yesterday and that attitude “here I am, take your best shot” would have helped me relax a bit. Something to keep in mind for next time, I suppose.
October 15, 2007 at 11:47 am
Love the teal vest. Velvet? Perfect color and texture. Hat rocks too.
October 15, 2007 at 11:53 am
I don’t believe your story of the encounter one bit but it’s an amazing shot nonetheless
September 16, 2012 at 11:14 am
Why would you not believe this story? Scott has no reason to embellish things to make them any better.
Laguna Beach Trad
Amazing photo, Scott! Wonderful. This is one of my all-time favourite pics bar none.
I love what’s going on here: the battered tweed jacket, red scarf, weskit, olive cords, wool cap. Note the tightly rolled umbrella, which I imagine he uses to fend off hooligans, scoundrels, and assorted up-to-no-gooders.
This guy looks like a gentleman farmer or an explorer. Because I like his clothes, I give this old boy a pass on his facial hair and brown shoes (brown in town?). The risk with this sort of look is that it can resemble scarecrow chic, like Worzel Gummidge, but I think this chap pulls it off with flying colours.
October 15, 2007 at 11:59 am
October 15, 2007 at 12:01 pm
Great pic, he looks like an old legionnaire.
October 15, 2007 at 12:09 pm
To anon 9:50, perhaps you’re thinking of a garden gnome.
I think he has more of a Russian feel ‘cuz of the hat but looking at the vest (denim?) and scarf, he does indeed seem to be made of sartorial material!
October 15, 2007 at 12:11 pm
He’s a classic-reminds me of my grandfather!
October 15, 2007 at 12:28 pm
For Anon 11:53
do you think the story was more dramatic or less dramatic?
If I made it up, I would make it more interesting
October 15, 2007 at 12:30 pm
thats pretty funny. he does look like one of those garden elves.
October 15, 2007 at 12:41 pm
Well, I’m suprised more people haven’t mentioned the fact that this man looks exactly like a glorified garden gnome.
October 15, 2007 at 1:03 pm
wew…I’m sure that you won’t found kinda of that in 3rd world country, especially in Indonesia. ^^
October 15, 2007 at 1:11 pm
wow! it’s looks like the traditional suits of CATalonia!!!
October 15, 2007 at 1:19 pm
I just loved this guy.
October 15, 2007 at 1:27 pm
Hey Sart! even if u made up that story I don’t care!!! the photo says it all and that’s what matters!!!
totally agree with 11:12AM that is true style and creativity!
October 15, 2007 at 1:44 pm
That is one gorgeous lad, no matter what his age – another great find, Sart!
October 15, 2007 at 2:17 pm
I believe what you are describing is ‘self-confidence.’
We should all take a page from his book when dressing ourselves. If you’re just not sure, or have to keep adjusting your outfit to feel comfortable, then it’s simply NOT working and that’s the part, your insecurity, that people will see.
Dress so the finally addition to your outfit is a ‘Cape of Confidence’ and EVERYTHING will look great!
October 15, 2007 at 2:24 pm
Sartorialist are you in London! Now I have reason to my washing. Please tell me you were at Frieze Fair snapping all the lovely get ups.
October 15, 2007 at 2:55 pm
Ricpic why do you get the Russian ex-pat vibe? Is it the hat? My dad and his whole circle wore those November through March 1962 through 1974.
October 15, 2007 at 3:00 pm
I wonder if he’s an artist whose name we’d recognise? A painter or writer or musician?
An old chap like this has surely been sartorially stylish since the day he left his mother’s womb.
October 15, 2007 at 3:03 pm
PS — I’m also very curious about his wife, too.
October 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm
It was fun reading about your experience taking the picture, I would love to see you incorporate this kind of storytelling even more :)
October 15, 2007 at 3:35 pm
This man is ADORABLE. He reminds me of a garden gnome! And his responses make him even more wonderful.
Love love love!
October 15, 2007 at 3:42 pm
This is just a wonderful choice and a great shot. He is a “character”, and yet completely unforced and legitimate in his persona. I think that is why he comes across so well.
October 15, 2007 at 3:44 pm
Completely agree with lulamae. Not a label in sight, and truly puts himself together with his own vision. Ironically – he does look like Marc Jacobs got his hands on him. But better.
October 15, 2007 at 3:48 pm
That’s hilarious. I can just hear him saying that to you. Wonderful!
October 15, 2007 at 4:02 pm
lovely. reminds me of a gnome. haha, seems like i’m the 3rd or 4th reader who says this!
October 15, 2007 at 4:04 pm
And likewise, it is photos like this, that keep me coming back to your blog. I love your story, and can see that he is a total package, and not solely defined by his outfit. His assuredness is what I hope to achieve as I age.
October 15, 2007 at 4:06 pm
p.s. i am studying in Indiana U too! Which campus were you at? will you be visiting soon?
October 15, 2007 at 4:22 pm
well it’s not about being dramatic per se…who tells a stranger that everyone wants to take their pic( i doubt celebs even say that) plus how could he not want to see the pic!
October 15, 2007 at 4:39 pm
October 15, 2007 at 4:59 pm
curmudgeons are kinda sexy.without your story, i would not have paid much attention to himAnonymous 11:53am is a curmudgeon in training but not at the sexy level…still stuck in bitter.
October 15, 2007 at 5:21 pm
Love the picture. Love when you’re telling a story.
And, he looks like my grandma. Very beautiful. She could have told you exatly the same thing. And she’s always so still when I picture her.
October 15, 2007 at 5:29 pm
I agree honesty is always appreciated
October 15, 2007 at 5:35 pm
He looks great, love the clothes and his self-possession. Wonder what his wife looked like.
October 15, 2007 at 7:43 pm
I like to think that this is what Jamesey will look like when he gets old….
I think the world would be a lovely, lovely place if all older gentlemen looked this dapper yet rumpled.
October 15, 2007 at 9:00 pm
Probably the coolest man I’ve seen on your blog. His style is so full of character it’s almost unrealistic, yet it’s not outrageous enough to push me away. Love the point of the hat repeated in the background spikes. ;)
October 15, 2007 at 9:51 pm
i just love how the fence and his hat all point up. and with his vest and moustache, it’s a study in chevrons. i bet he uses that umbrella because he’s not ready to submit to a cane. or he’s just doggedly overprepared on a sunny fall day. someone scolded him on wearing brown shoes, but nothing would suit his outfit better. he’s selected a lovely combo of colors and textures. that vest has so much personality, though not to eclipse the wearer, of course.
he knows exactly what he looks like. that’s why he didn’t need to check himself. i can tell by that perfectly coiffed beard and hair that he spends an adequate amount of time in the mirror trimming, combing, adjusting his scarf and pocket square. people don’t want to take his picture for nothing! and something else pleasing, is he wearing a large pinky ring on his left hand?? i certainly hope so.
Elena – The hat plus a certain aristocratic – White Russian – bearing. Just a hunch.
October 15, 2007 at 11:12 pm
October 15, 2007 at 11:33 pm
i like the punch of color, with the red scarf, in an otherwise subdued outfit
October 15, 2007 at 11:35 pm
Great story and photo.
October 15, 2007 at 11:39 pm
he sounds like my idol — a grand papa i wish i had!
October 16, 2007 at 12:33 am
fantastic, great story also.
October 16, 2007 at 12:43 am
lol, that is a funny story. he’s quite dapper. bravo for forging ahead!
Cut of cloth
October 16, 2007 at 4:40 am
He looks like himself…comfortable…at home in his own skinsomeone whodoesn’t give a fig about what people thinkThis foto Opportunity is another Sart ClassiqueFresh Impromptu and Directin life we pass each other bysometimes its good to stop communicateappreciate and then move on…A Garden Gnome?I don’t think so!
October 16, 2007 at 9:06 am
THIS is why I check your blog everyday. Just. Wow.
October 16, 2007 at 9:21 am
his is the best kind of love story. im sure he doesn’t dress for anyone to look at him, he dresses as he’s always dressed. im sure the only thing that changes for him is the hint more he loves his wife with each passing day.
October 16, 2007 at 10:06 am
Santa? I knew you were real!
October 16, 2007 at 3:07 pm
Great photo, typical Frieze Art Fair character!
BTW it’s Regents or Regent’s Park – but I guess to a New Yorker Regent Park sounds natural because of Bryant Park etc.
October 16, 2007 at 3:31 pm
i love this! i really like seeing people that care about what they look like and take the time to present themselves. This man is such a gentleman!
People like this always inspire me.
October 16, 2007 at 4:40 pm
I want to be him when I grow up.
October 16, 2007 at 8:44 pm
It’s all about the neckerchief.
October 16, 2007 at 8:46 pm
And by the way, he looks like a sitter for Manet.
October 17, 2007 at 1:00 am
who is this guy? he looks like a victorian busker. he could be a chimney-sweep, or a millonaire artist playboy. the neckerchief really sends me.
October 17, 2007 at 1:25 pm
great photo, great subject. but he sounded like an ass. he obviously wants some sort of attention for wearing an outfit like that, so he shouldn’t be rude to someone (esspecially you) who wants to take his picture. rude elf.
October 19, 2007 at 9:15 am
I love this picture! The love child of a garden gnome and an English professor. ;)
But seriously, I love the perfectly put together warn and rumpled pieces. A lovely photo and a great story.
October 19, 2007 at 1:39 pm
It is photo’s like this that has made me an ADDICT to your site. Keep it rolling!
October 22, 2007 at 1:51 am
I love this self-assured old grump. His umbrella-cane, his hat – the colors. But what I also love is the corresponding commentary from you, Sart! I always find that whenever you DO decide to post an extra comment, that I really take the time to read your musings and study the character in the spotlight. Give us more color commentary, please!
October 22, 2007 at 11:33 pm
he’s so cute i want to squish him
like seriouslyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy //!!……******
October 27, 2007 at 9:13 pm
At what age can one start dressing like this? Is now the time?
January 26, 2008 at 6:17 pm
this one is so DISARMING…the wife, i wish we saw the wife…
perfect. his vest. his scarf. his hat. his face
August 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm
Robert. I love the photo and the man in it but, I love how you told the story behind it. I could even hear his voice. Thanks for being….. you!!
February 3, 2012 at 5:00 am
honest…it’s a beautiful word. you get however you feel comfortable but it’s always better when you get something out with being honest.