46 comments

  1. jaime

    December 8, 2006 at 8:17 am

    is that really him?! he looks great.

  2. Butch

    December 8, 2006 at 9:17 am

    Him? In the flesh? Well, physician heal thyself, so to speak.

    The getup’s attractive enough, but, well, the jacket seems too rigidly built-out at the shoulders to me; the tie knot is too large (or the collar too small) for the former to fit at the top of the latter’s inverted “V”…and I don’t dig the use of the scarf as decor only: too self-conscious. The pallette’s rather wan, too.

    But outside of that (!)….

  3. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 9:26 am

    you know what: maybe I am too pessimist with all the bad things happening in this world, just because of us, and maybe it sounds so strange to say, but..:

    you make me feel happy that I am human.

  4. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 9:28 am

    that scarf is beautiful.

  5. ageez

    December 8, 2006 at 9:55 am

    oops – posted about the wrong picture! i think this gent looks more sophisticated (and somehow very European to me) than any other guy you’ve snapped so far. very classy.

  6. positive_negative

    December 8, 2006 at 10:33 am

    Now THAT’S an innovative way to add a scarf to an outfit. I’m stealing that idea. That paisley print is awesome against that suit!

  7. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 10:35 am

    Now, is that really a double breasted suit with slanted pockets? I suppose the hacking jacket purist movement will cry fould but I have to say I might like it…

  8. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 10:47 am

    The details are making this stand out! Is paisley back in vogue? I thought yo ucould not touch it with a 10-feet pole

  9. tartanscot

    December 8, 2006 at 10:49 am

    Holy Crap . . . . that’s AMAZING . . . . . and SO inspirational . . . .

    would it be wrong of me to wear a suit and tie to the grocery store this morning to shop for my holiday party . . . . .
    no . . . I think I’ll wear jeans and my velvet slippers . . . lol . . .

    SMW in SF

  10. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Little things are big here. How often do you see a solid colored double breasted suit? I think it looks so much more restrained than the typical pin striped version. And the slant pockets make it unrestrained again. This is the first time I’ve seen a double breasted suit that I’d wear.

  11. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 10:58 am

    I love the polka dot pocket square and the patterned scarf. Lovely colours. The double breasted suit is also very effective. A neatly packaged outfit. The look would be complete with a creamy white buttonhole of some kind.

    Winston C

  12. Catherine

    December 8, 2006 at 11:15 am

    Beautiful scarf! So classy. And it matches his jacket perfectly.

  13. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 11:47 am

    I’ve met Mr. Abboud on several occasions in CFDA meetings and he is ALWAYS turned out and so dapper. The paisley foulard, polka dot pocket square, knit tie, check shirt…great mix. Shows real confidence and individuality.

  14. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    FAB-ulousness. LOVE the mix of patterns!

  15. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    Perfection!

  16. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    intimidatingly elegant. another man impervious to the elements. would love to see the bag and the shoes.

  17. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Oh, my. Perfect. This is perfect.

  18. Just an Observation

    December 8, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    He looks gorgeous…..love it all ….from the slant pockets on the jacket to the classic paisley patterned scarf….to the polka dot pocket square.
    beutifully dressed…I love this guy ……again I can’t help but vocalize how I notice when someone wears luxury and style as a second skin.
    THANKS!!!

  19. Sara

    December 8, 2006 at 2:04 pm

    Beutiful mix of patterns and textures, i love it.

  20. rube

    December 8, 2006 at 2:11 pm

    I was about to diss the plain white shirt–everything else is yummily perfect, including l’homme himself–until I zeroed in on your close-up and saw otherwise. Back to a perfect 10!

  21. Miss E.

    December 8, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    Classically chic.

  22. marie

    December 8, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    Love the detail shot!

  23. anne

    December 8, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    brilliant shot on the bottom!!

  24. Roflo Lauren

    December 8, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Beautiful!

  25. Gus

    December 8, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Here is a guy who really knows how to dress. What a cool yet subtle sense of style. I wish I could get my scarf to do that. And, by the way, his book is a terriffic insiders view of the world of retail and fashion. Anyone who reads this blog would certainly enjoy it.

  26. Crash

    December 8, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    He justneed one more pattern.. STRIPES..

    Good combo Joe!

  27. D. Kay

    December 8, 2006 at 6:33 pm

    This is great. The peak lapels, the play of the shirt-tie-pocket square; I’m impressed.

    What kind of material is the scarf made from? Anyone?

  28. msl

    December 8, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    RE: THE SCARF

    Butch – That’s not a “scarf as decor only,” that’s a way to use a scarf when you’re not freezing.

    And it’s not an “innovative way to wear a scarf” either, I see people do it all the time. My father wears his scarf like that and has since I was little, and he’s a very bland man, fashion-wise.

    It’s just a way to wear scarves with suits.

  29. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    great suit, must be Saville Row bespoke

  30. comtedamour

    December 8, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    i like his shirts, but this whole ensemble looks like someone who commutes to the city. the short jacket look is horrible and i’ve seen it recently here a few times. ugh…and that paisley scarf.

  31. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 8:19 pm

    Could it be that Joe is not wearing one of his own suits? Hacking pockets on a DB suit, that looks like Bespoke to me. Seems that all the big designers have there suits custom made by SR firms. Not a very good way to show confindence in the clothes you sell.

  32. Butch

    December 8, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    But, Msi, why, in winter, wear a scarf non-functionally? I mean, you CAN, but then it’s decor, an affectation…unlike, say, the pocket square, which no one thinks is there for nose-wiping….

    (Don’t get me wrong–I’m all for artifice, for the joys of surface, but his scarf manoeuvre strikes me as–well, just plain fussy….)

  33. TA M.

    December 8, 2006 at 9:51 pm

    the dotted handkerchief seals it. the paisley is a bit much. Reminds me of the outfits on the OKGO guys, but it works. feels regal.

  34. vintagent

    December 8, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Wow, what a mix of textures and patterns, but done so subtly that it takes a long look to sort it all out. The knit tie, polka dot pocket square, check shirt, and if I’m not mistaken, an Hermes scarf.

    I’ve always looked for a good way to steal some of my wife’s Hermes, now Joseph has pointed the way! Thank you handsome sir.

  35. Anonymous

    December 8, 2006 at 11:22 pm

    Having known Joe for 30 years and worked under him at Louis Boston, this picture says it all. He always looks great. The epitome of style and a true gentleman.

  36. Anonymous

    December 9, 2006 at 11:11 am

    If that suit is really Savile Row, I must applaud Mr. Abboud’s powers of persuasion. Most of the real SR tailors (i.e. Huntsman, Poole, or Anderson & Sheppard, not Boateng) would strongly discourage hacking pockets on a DB. Or they might deliberately “not hear” that part of the order!

  37. Anonymous

    December 9, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    ESO es elegancia!!!!

  38. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 11:21 pm

    so when do those pockets show up in the midwestern malls?

  39. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Hacking pockets have been in Midwestern malls for at least the last year or so, viz., offerings from Banana Republic, J. Crew, and Polo Ralph Lauren.

  40. Anonymous

    November 10, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    He represents everything that is purely a gentlemen, and to read that he is gentlemanly in persona. Great. Pitty his off the rack clothing doesn’t fit me. Love it.

  41. phyllis

    April 9, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    JA! Love that man. He memoir Threads: My Life Behind the Seams in the High Stakes World of Fashion is agreat book too.

  42. Jazzbuff630

    August 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Would anyone not expect the man to be well turned out? Classy and subtle. I’ve got two brand new Abboud suits in my closet that I can’t wait to wear – as soon as the weather cools off.

  43. Victor

    April 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    He looks great, but the slanted pockets in a double breasted jacket is a faux pas.

  44. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Sorry gents (or whatever). Why is it people can not accept the man and his beautiful ensemble as merley his mode of self expression? Most of the put down artists herein with the rules this and the faux pas that are probably persons who have not the experience in dressing to really understand where this outfit is coming from. Please accept there is so much more to style than blue jeans and crap from any old second hand dive. The man is clean!

  45. Anti Aging Supplements

    July 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I love the look tres chic

  46. Anonymous

    November 19, 2010 at 4:18 am

    I don't think that suit is bespoke– but perhaps made-to-measure. I say this because Abboud is a part of HMX Group, which besides Abboud's own line includes Hickey, Hickey Freeman, and Hart Shaffner Marx.
    The pairing genius of this ensemble is awesome!

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