1. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Love the older guy, the younger ones a little sloppy with the belt and not sure about the fingers. x

  2. stumpette

    March 22, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    nice caption! very apropos

  3. rebecca

    March 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    As long as he keeps the same glasses, then yes!
    R xo

    It's Cohen

  4. F.E. Castleberry

    March 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

  5. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm


  6. Clare

    March 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Ha ha! That's awesome, Sartorialist time travel!

    tweet tweet tweet


  7. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm



    March 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    I love these suits. They are gorgeous!


  9. alexandria

    March 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    love it!

  10. The Quintessential Dreamer

    March 22, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    haha! yes it would.

  11. celine

    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Highly Unlikely; the suit does not make the man.

  12. Lisa Petrarca

    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    YES…i could totally see it!

  13. Daniel Villamil

    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm


  14. The Quintessential Dreamer

    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    ps. then will have evidence that maybe manner & grace can be learnt… ha!


    March 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm


  16. Beverly Bohan

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Both are awfully stylish.

  17. Chit

    March 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    definitely! both have cool style.


  18. CharlieT

    March 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I can totally see Guy 1 become Guy 2 in the future and, yes, I agree, it would be great.

  19. anon

    March 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    The roll of the older gentleman's collar is beautiful, as is is two-toned handkerchief.

  20. HW90

    March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Love the gentlemen on the bottom. He's in my top three of your repeat subjects. Always looks so clean and precise, yet totally comfortable.

  21. skilla

    March 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    only if he kept the same specs from his younger days!

  22. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Pif? PIF? Are you fucking illiterate?

  23. FlashFash

    March 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm



  24. Frank van Loon

    March 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Japanese do it better..

  25. Archie

    March 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    top dude would defo qualify for a vice mag 'don't' photo
    he's trying way too hard


  26. Daniel

    March 22, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Love the plaid suits!
    Let's grow up later

  27. Jack Daniel

    March 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    They could be son and father…

  28. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    do you mean wouldn't it be great if this guy grew up to be this guy?

  29. TobyOliverDean

    March 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Is he doing the RAWK OUT sign?

  30. Johanna Urban

    March 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    cool glasses :)


  31. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I love the older guy's look, it is understated and yet elegant. Elegant!

  32. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm


  33. Davidikus

    March 22, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Both have impeccable suits. The older gentleman indeed seems to have a more relaxed take on his look and a greater sense of colour-coordination!

    I like both, though!


  34. Veeve

    March 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    oh! i love this set… it's like a fashion maturity evolution

  35. Emily Rose

    March 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm


  36. Daphne

    March 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I suspect he might! Wow, both amazing. Of course the second one wins- but only due to experience!

  37. Spotted...

    March 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    hahaha definitely would be great


    March 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Hail the japanese!! They are leaps ahead when it comes to fabric innovation, unique cuts and fabric dying!!


  39. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm


  40. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    double pocket square win!

  41. BlumeBloom

    March 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Oh ya! Brilliant

  42. Casey

    March 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Fantastic use of patterns and color. I adore the pocket squares and simple tie on the older gentleman. The young man has a classic use of gray and black, especially with those glasses! A note of criticism: the young man needs a shorter belt, and I'm glad his future self learned that important lesson. The extra slack is distracting, a touch gratuitous, and even a little disturbing.

  43. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    love the tie and pocket square color coordination on the second man. very classy.

  44. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Rest assured that it won't happen.

  45. Paulo

    March 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I love the older guy, very distinguished and elegant (specially the handkerchief in the front pocket); the young man is a little sloppy, that belt is definitely in the wrong place, but I love the colors anyway…

  46. Prutha

    March 22, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    hahaha…love how corky the first guy is… i dont think he can grew into the refined older man…he will get bored with himself…lol

    but i love the post!!


  47. Anonimowa

    March 22, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    both look good.

  48. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    yes … i think you're right. and isn't it amazing what a little maturity will do? sometimes being older IS being better!

  49. Lisa Goodlin

    March 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Yes, the title should be "Wouldn't It Be Great." As it's written it means that it would not be great if the younger man grew up to be like the older man.

    Still, I love the Sartorialist.

  50. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    the second man is the result of having gotten rid of the excess of the first. he's learned that simplicity and subtlety trumps loud and bold. not to take anything away from the first guy though…i am sure the second man probably once dressed like the first and that it was necessary in his eventual progression.

  51. Christopher Gloria

    March 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    The young guy has to do something about that belt. Also I think the shirt is a bit hideous. It looks like the "Structure" brand Sears sells. A bit too "guido". Pale blue would have suited him better. Also the facial hair is well… Yeah…

  52. Hazel

    March 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    yes, that would be great!! <3

  53. princess glee

    March 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    They're both rather cool as is but when baby-boy grows into Papa-san, he'll be a force to reackon with.

  54. FotoRomanzo

    March 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm

  55. OrganicBloom

    March 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Because they are both Asian men in plaid suits? That is where the similarities end. So, no. And I hope you understand that it is offensive to play the "all (insert minority group) look alike" card.

  56. caterer london

    March 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I think that The Sartoralist is not getting this one. Two different breeds of gentleman.

  57. alwayslost

    March 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    The man below has "charme" (don't know how to say in English, sorry) The boy in the first picture is only trying to be modern
    love your work :).

  58. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I like the relaxed drape of the shirt collar on Man #2. Maybe I'll try leaving out my collar stays.

  59. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Agree w/Celine and Casey. The young guy has a long way to go before even coming close to the mature gentleman.


    March 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Well, made me laugh!

    And…a subtle point is made. Keep up the good work.



    Editor of

  61. three critters

    March 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    people, you do know that someone can change through time? we all have had phases… why makes you think that young boy is not going to be as distinguished at the older gentleman once he reaches that age?

    anyway, Sartorialist, this post made me giggle because of its premise, there should be a whole series of these

  62. Coco and Zaahb

    March 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    So hilarious but i love it


  63. Annie

    March 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Ha ha ,love the title and agree with anonymous that said that second gentleman is result of of experience and blah blah and probably looked like first one in younger years when fashion should be fun and daring!

  64. C.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Not sure, but possible, yes…

  65. SweetPea

    March 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Not bad but the English do this sooo much better!

  66. C.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I like the idea of this post .

  67. Jose M.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Yes, it would!!

  68. Erin Elizabeth

    March 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Excellent! That would indeed be great.

  69. rEVOLVEr

    March 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Well the man in the second picture… I ignore his name but everytime I see him I wish I was somehow related to him. He's so classy, his clothes always fit so correctly, he looks just out of this world. I like the first guy's outfit a lot, I'd wear that suit but without the huge glasses and the sloppy belt (which look good on him but would look stupid on me). I think I am in the age group between these two guys…

  70. Natalia

    March 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    love how the personalities and color palettes (blue/grey and bown/orange) are juxtaposed! Though the two men seem quite different, there are definitely some similarities there…

  71. TussahSilk

    March 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Hilarious! Couldn't agree more…

  72. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    I hope he grows up to be himself. Keep the cheeky attitude!

  73. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    very benjamin buttoned down ,,,groovy

  74. Zuzolińska

    March 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Hahaha, I'm curious about how the older looks when he was young

  75. NESLE

    March 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Great style both of them!

  76. finch

    March 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Im not sure it would to be honest. The older guy seems to trying quite effortlessly to be himself wheras they younger one looks like he's been in his dads wardrobe. Nice suit doesn't equal well dressed. Lets not let that distract from the older guy though who's got it bang on.

  77. Visual by Eveline L.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    i love this idea of comparing generations.
    well not really comparing but thought-provoking

  78. Em

    March 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    He he he. Brilliant…

  79. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm


  80. archivarius2

    March 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Not sure about what the "horns" gesture means to Japanese people. In Italy (and the backdrop looks like Fortezza da Basso in Florence) it has a definite meaning, and it is quite inappropriate. The fellow could definitely get punched if he does it again.

  81. Lucas Jones

    March 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm



  82. fashionsdirtylaundry

    March 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    What a match! I love the shirt/tie/suit combo on the first pic!

  83. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, the older gentleman is so elegant but the young man simple doesn't "fit" his suit.

    He probably thinks that gesture is cool in an American/rock and roll sort of way. In Italy, where I suspect the photo was taken, it's a sign of the cuckold as in, "your spouse is cheating on you". Also, a gypsy woman might use it to ward off the evil eye if you were to point a camera at her. Together with his dangling belt strap, his attitude is vulgar.

  84. jaz

    March 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I love the twin handkerchiefs in the older guys breast pocket – very stylish.

  85. loolah

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Well I don't go a bundle on number one, but I think *anyone* could benefit from (their own version of) the colour sense of number two. It's quite beautiful and immensely subtle.

  86. kathrynnova

    March 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    that is SO FUNNY!!!

    they do have great taste in the ability to wear plaid suits!


  87. Emily

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I wouldn't be surprised if it actually happened :)


  88. bird of light

    March 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm


  89. JW

    March 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Grow up, indeed.

  90. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    sometimes the most presence comes without all of the loud and garish bells and whoohaas.

  91. Shaz

    March 22, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Love both men. I like the first guy because he looks so polished but doesn't take himself too seriously. The other gentlemen knows who is and looks so self assured.

  92. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    i had to look at this again. i believe that the expression is, one should never look as a parody of self. sadly, the first guy just made that happen.

  93. Isaiah

    March 22, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I've seen the older gentleman around before. His style is always impeccable.

    isaiah | dynasteeshop.com / dynasteeinc.com

  94. RR

    March 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    If with authenticity, then yes..

  95. Lloyd & The Tubsters

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Hysterical! They both have great fashion, one merely cultivated for longer. Love both photos.


  96. Vinda Sonata

    March 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    exactly. the older man looks better, though. the younger one doesn't rock the suit well enough ;)

    fashion atelier.

  97. Anonymous

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    The first guy is game to be doing that hand gesture in Italy

  98. Larry Nguyen

    March 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    The older guy is definitely more graceful. I laughed heartily at the caption!

  99. The Fusionista

    March 23, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I absolutely love this.

  100. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 12:58 am

    yes, but for the moment he is great as he is! With time and experience, he will become the older gentleman. I love the way he expresses his youth, its simply cute:)

  101. andrea nina

    March 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    as long as he keeps the same glasses as his "younger" photo! xoxo

  102. norman FOG

    March 23, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Racist…just a joke…killer shot

  103. Michelle

    March 23, 2010 at 3:06 am

    So funny! Love your blog, I'm a regular now!

  104. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 5:47 am

    he looks like Benny Blanco from Carlito's way . cool !

  105. CCWai

    March 23, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Haha. I really love the comparison of this one. Their suits look very nice.

  106. Selmyra

    March 23, 2010 at 7:36 am

    omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    this old men is sooo stylish , wooooow !!

  107. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 7:42 am


  108. Sam

    March 23, 2010 at 7:45 am

    I'm with organicbloom's comment – would like to see you do one of these same posts but featuring 2 caucasian men or women to satisfy us that you're not just lumping asians together in a 'they all look alike' box…

  109. Izzen

    March 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Haha, love this story.


  110. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 8:39 am


  111. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 8:42 am

    The younger man has a great sense of himself and is not afraid to let "it hang out" sometimes (the belt). His styling is crisp, in spit eof the belt buckle. The older man looks as if he has seen it all and is comfortable in his own skin, he has a great sense of self also, well cultivated. I wonder about his choice of music, wine and watch (an old Piaget or Rolex)? Great pictures nonetheless, Sart.

  112. jennifleur

    March 23, 2010 at 9:50 am

    you people don't get it… the young man is having fun!

    the older man is elegant and impeccable.

    they both have style.

  113. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Thet are both stylish in their own way but I don't get the meaning of the gesture of the fingers on the younger one…Never did!

  114. mAdi*cakes

    March 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    hahahaha!!! That is amazing :] idk if i was the only one who found it funny…but very awesome!! :]

  115. Christina

    March 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Hands down, my favorite post of the year! I love both of these men, especially the older man, who reminds me of my grandfather with his style and grace. Awesome!


  116. Ninjagaiden78

    March 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Those glasses are insane on the younger guy.


  117. Rachel Champlin

    March 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Pitti Uomo?? I think I saw the older one! so adorable!

  118. Anonymous

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    love love love your sense

    congratulations to you, Mister
    sartorialist's author/blogger

  119. hi10my

    March 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I would love to see him older as quirky as he is!

  120. Jade

    March 24, 2010 at 12:05 am

    this is imminent. I love the older gentlemen's pocket square. the colors pick up in his tie and suit beautifully.

  121. spectra

    March 24, 2010 at 12:48 am

    here's to hoping that he does…….It would be great to see if he tones down his look but kept some surprises like the belt hanging down,and the glasses within his outfits


  122. nuastyle

    March 24, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Genial, que elegante.

  123. Soozn

    March 24, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love the first pic! He embodies the idea that beneath the sensible exterior, we are all alive with contradictions underneath.

  124. FiL

    March 24, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Why shall we grow up, does it make us better…not sure :)

    BTW I love them both…


  125. suzan tokgöz

    March 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    younger man very interesting combination:))

  126. Anonymous

    March 25, 2010 at 3:31 am

    I love both pictures. Great sense of style in both. Interesting question you ask… hope we get to see a picture of the younger guy 20 or 30 years from now to give us a hint of what the answer is :)

  127. TETSUYA

    March 25, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    BIG UP Mr.Kogi from LWT.

  128. françoise

    March 25, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    the second guy is so classic, elderly nihonjin. rock on.

  129. biggie

    March 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    look at august 2009. same older man. same good taste.

  130. AnastasiaC

    March 26, 2010 at 12:53 am

    haha why should he – they both look great and have their own style/look/attitude…

  131. Anonymous

    March 26, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I love seeing this virtual evolution!

  132. JJC

    March 27, 2010 at 1:41 am

    to put it simply: I love this post.

  133. yvettemadelaine

    March 27, 2010 at 6:11 am

    fantasticals! made me grin

  134. KYOKA

    April 1, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Nice photo!
    He is one of the most famous Japanese fashion leader.

  135. Ye Seul Kim

    July 19, 2010 at 4:05 am

    I love that glasses!!!!!

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