46 comments

  1. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 4:36 am

    Is that a SAFETY PIN on his tie!!!!Yikes, come on now!

  2. wen

    September 28, 2006 at 4:47 am

    Love love love!

    I love older man styling. Something so smart and comfortable yet not trying too hard. The safty pin touch is cute ^^

  3. Jason Hahn

    September 28, 2006 at 5:03 am

    It’s a disarmingly simple outfit, but one I suspect that was probably pulled together with casual indifference. Such style!

    Love your blog for its sensible eye and unexpected surprises.

  4. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 5:34 am

    what about that safety pin?

  5. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 5:35 am

    what about that safety pin?

  6. anglital

    September 28, 2006 at 6:08 am

    love the safety pin. and the two tone square to compliment the shirt

  7. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 7:12 am

    It is all too perfect! Many an older gentlemen should take note and follow his lead in terms of how to wear a suit. Perfection personified!

  8. comtedamour

    September 28, 2006 at 7:44 am

    simple and clean, and as for the safety pin, i guess it’s simple and clean, who knows?

  9. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 8:28 am

    i’m undecided about the safety pin… but overall.. love it!

  10. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 8:35 am

    The safety pin makes it. I don’t care how tacky anyone else thinks it is, he used a safety pin because he wanted to and it looks great!

  11. blackbird

    September 28, 2006 at 8:37 am

    The saftey pin is the coup de grace.

  12. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 8:45 am

    Quite brilliant, down to the safety pin and the two-color pocket square.

    One note: the keyhole shape of the button or flower hole on the lapel. Some sartorialists rail against this shape. But do The Sartorialist’s sartorialists really care? Or is it just another thing this great guy can get away with? Weigh in.

  13. Rafe

    September 28, 2006 at 9:05 am

    That safety pin is brilliant! He knows it will get some raised eyebrows and it looks like he is having fun with it. Love a man who doesn’t take himself so seriously. Gives his otherwise perfect outfit some spunk. Okay Scott, what does Beppe do again? Obviously he’s some sort of fashionista. Give it up.

  14. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 9:36 am

    I use a safety pin also , although I have mine on the inside of the tie !!!
    he still looks great and I’m sure he couldn’t care what anyone thinks

  15. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 10:06 am

    The colour blue of the pocket square is awesome.

  16. Claire

    September 28, 2006 at 10:37 am

    Man, this is too perfect. I’ve been lurking a little while now and just have to tell you how wonderful I think your blog is. Thank you.

  17. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 10:50 am

    Absolute class. I could plan my suit, shirt and pocket square, etc. forever and not look that good.

  18. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 11:07 am

    The safety pin kills it.

  19. kiarella

    September 28, 2006 at 11:11 am

    Yes, it is a platinum safety pin, one of a kind, just like Beppe himself|

  20. kiarella

    September 28, 2006 at 11:12 am

    Yes, it is a platinum safety pin, one of a kind, just like Beppe himself!

  21. jkrnyc

    September 28, 2006 at 11:40 am

    Love, love love it. So stylish, so sweet.
    Belated Happy BlogDay, Sartorialist. I want to echo those who say they dress in the hope/fear of being spotted by you; can’t get away with schlumpy ever, just in case. >wink<

  22. Butch

    September 28, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    A safety pin or tie-clip in that form?

    And is it one pocket-square or two, arranged in back of one another, colors contrasting?

    Do hope it’s the latter…

  23. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 1:33 pm

    pocket square is very fetching

  24. Oden Perry Hughes

    September 28, 2006 at 1:35 pm

    Congrats to THE SARTORIALIST on its one year anniversary. Thank you for being an important part of my day, giving me a peek into style and its intepreters whether they be industry insiders or folks who put together a clever look.

    The photography is sharp and precise and the subjects ever-fascinating.

    Wishing you continued success and many more postings!

  25. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 2:17 pm

    it’s probably not a safety pin but a $500 designer tie clip designed to look like a safety pin…

    but i do love that pocket square

  26. My Place

    September 28, 2006 at 2:59 pm

    He looks great–walking sprezzatura. Who’s the babe? Reminds me of Gilles and Kelly…

  27. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 3:03 pm

    He is amazing. Love the texture on the tie. And the safety pin is charming, but does it damage the tie?

  28. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    He’s channeling Carl Reiner in “Ocean’s Twelve”

  29. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 3:18 pm

    He looks like someone I would love to have lunch with… and, by the way, the woman he’s talking to in the first photo has GOR-GEOUS hair.

  30. EMNH

    September 28, 2006 at 3:30 pm

    Now, that is Sartorial Style. If I saw Beppe Modenese wearing a Safety Pin as a Tie Bar…I would have to take his photo…as evidence.

    I’m going to geek-out and say that…I get goose bumps when I see photos like this. I consider myself pretty Fashion Savvy…but Beppe KNOWS things that I don’t…A LOT of things I don’t.

  31. positively the same dame

    September 28, 2006 at 3:41 pm

    so funny! platinum, aluminum, whatever, it’s a smile and a wink on a tie.

  32. Anonymous

    September 28, 2006 at 6:10 pm

    Ditto: He does channel Carl Reiner from Ocean’s 11.

    Gotta love the safety pin. Sometimes we all have to just wing it.

  33. Andrea

    September 28, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    Fantastic! I love the pin too.

  34. oldog/oldtrix

    September 28, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    The picture of Sig. Modenese warms my heart. My grandfather, a lifelong schmatte schlepper and man of true elegance (as, apparently, is Sig. Modenese) often used utilitarian objects to hold his tie in place. It’s not that he lacked for tie clips/bars/pins; he could take as many as he wanted out of the display case in his men’s store. He just liked the offhand look of a safety pin or paper clip or bobby pin, or even the cap from a fountain pen. I do something similar to this day, but I use the gold or silver pins made for shirt collars. They come in a variety of widths to accommodate most any tie. It looks to me, however, like Sig. Modenese is using a plain old safety pin, judging from the clasp portion. The ones made for collars are usually a little more stylized in that area.

    As for damaging the tie, it appears that Sig. Modenese’s is either knit or loosely woven, and, in either case, there’s no risk of harm. The pin simply passes through the tie between the knitted yarn or woven threads. For a tie of a tighter weave in which the pin might leave a permanent hole, just use a long enough pin to span the width of the tie so that the spring end is at one edge of the tie and the clasp it at the other. There’s usually not even any need to put the pin through the shirt fabric; just use one of the button holes.

  35. Crash

    September 28, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    As for the ‘Safety-Pin’ folks, it is actually a version of the tie-clip (obviously the readers here are of the fashion genre & not the trad suit & tie genre) which is quite common with knit ties. But what an impact on you all. I get the same reaction when-ever I wear my loose knit (as per photo) or tight-knit (akin to a
    fine sweater) on Fridays! It KILLS my colleagues, the knit ties remind them of science or geography teachers of past!!!

    As for the pocket-square!!! One or two? Either way what a way to connect the different blues! A master-stroke…

    I can only hope that I will age like him…

  36. ben

    September 28, 2006 at 11:23 pm

    All these people who cry over the saftey pin – on some young hipster it would been seen as throwaway and intersting – i love that as an older man he can affect the same mood – the saftey pin is genius

  37. Anonymous

    September 29, 2006 at 1:47 am

    Although the safety pin gives the look an endearing quality, I think that the fact that it is placed 1/4 of the way down the shirt creates odd proportions in the torso. I love the way that the blue blends with the monochromatics of the suit.

  38. Anonymous

    September 29, 2006 at 4:07 am

    I think the placement of his safety pin has to do with the fact that dear Beppe is trying to accentuate the positive and not his tummy.

  39. Anonymous

    September 29, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    charcoal gray and blue work extremely well , one of my favorites….. love the safety pin , good catch Sart

  40. concupiscence

    September 29, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    Well, this gives a whole new meaning to “power pin”. Love the humour, love the blues.

  41. Anonymous

    September 30, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    SAFETY PIN ….defiintely a sense of humor showing …always a welcome though to bee incorporated into one’s style …not only does it convey a sense of individuality but also a dose of of confidence too.
    Definetly aree with the decision there.
    The pocket square color another personal touch …looks great …love the two shades of blue in addition to all the other blues he has going , including the bold check shirt.NICE!

  42. Fernanda

    September 30, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Sooo good :)

  43. Anonymous

    October 1, 2006 at 9:06 am

    Hmm. Would we all find this gentleman so terribly stylish if we just happened to cross him in the street, without a clue as to who he was? I wonder.

  44. The Sartorialist

    October 1, 2006 at 9:35 am

    To Anon 9:06am

    Please, even though I told you who he is I’m sure that means very little to the readers – the praise for this guy is all about his classic style

  45. Anonymous

    October 2, 2006 at 12:28 am

    The safety pin tie clip is perfect with the knit tie and the blue check shirt as the shirt and tie are both casual (not dressy).

    Somewhere I have a gold paper clip tie clip that was given to me by a former boss when I admired the one he was wearing.

  46. Cindy A.

    October 21, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I like the safety pin.

    Actually, I’m thinking I might break out an old menswear skinny tie and wear it with a white shirt and a vertical safety pin…..

    Reminds me of back in the late 70′s, when I was a Sophomore in high school and disco was king!; everyone was wearing super tight jeans, Candie’s shoes and these extra-long skinny leather belts that you wrapped around your waist 2-3 times. Well, I decided to make my own sexy style, and wrapped it once around my waist, then once down between my young legs, circling back up my hip and to my waist again.
    It was so hot that all the guys at school couldn’t take their eyes off my tight jeans and the belt that was going where none had gone before….;)

    So, I say, let him do what he wants!

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