Monday, May 8, 2006

On The Street……..Fat Bald Man, NYC

Shooting on the street means having to think fast on your feet.

So I see this guy racing down Fifth Ave and he turns the corner at Abercrombie, I get his attention and ask to take his photo for my fashion blog. Without a seconds hesitation his says to me in very serious Ital-English “Not me, I’m a bald fat man!!” I’m a very positive person, so the first thing out of my mouth was “No, your not…..uhm……so?

We stand there looking at each other for a moment and finally I say “But you look so Italian!” That got him.

What a perfect example of Neapolitan style – the right shoes, the right shirt, a great tie and a very nice Spring-ish shade of blue sportcoat. I asked where he got the jacket and with a mix of pride and nonchalance he says “I have my tailor in Naples do it for me.”

These are the kind of guys that inspire me and that I wanted to capture when I started The Sartorialist.


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  1. fashmoda

    April 24, 2006 at 1:36 pm

    Yes, indeed. He has a fine italian style. It looks great. Forza azzurri!

    Ciao from Milan.

  2. Anonymous

    April 24, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Perfecto! I like how his trousers’ bottoms accentuate his shoes – good length with perfect width.

  3. dutronc

    April 24, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    That’s how to think on your feet Sartorialist! You know how to pick em.

    This “bald fat man” is interesting! I like his cigar, the reddish-brown briefcase, and the great shoes and belt. Some would say he’s violating rules of proper dress, but I admit that is what makes him look interesting.

  4. Anonymous

    April 24, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    I love the bald, fat man.

  5. Jed

    April 24, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    the tie and the pants are actually skinny!

    i’m reminded of those fashion companies who don’t hire fat people.

  6. Grief

    April 24, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Che la storia meravigliosa come bene! Io sono non solo non ha sorpreso che lei abbia inseguito dopo che questo gentiluomo di dapper di portare la sua fotografia, ma meno sono anche sorpreso che ha delle giacche sportivi – indubbiamente spettacolare come l’un indossa qui – il taoilored in Napoli! Ed una risposta cosí affascinante al suo chiedere la sua fotografia! Bravo!

  7. filmnoirbuff

    April 24, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Speaking of uhms, I do hope you got the name and phone number of his tailor.

  8. Anonymous

    April 24, 2006 at 8:15 pm


  9. Faith

    April 24, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Aw, that made me smile :)

    The color is exquisite on the fat, bald man! :D

  10. drea

    April 24, 2006 at 10:11 pm

    Love the shoes. Very convincing to get me to move to Italy but that will have to depend on how fast I could learn my Italian. Gelato, ciao and bella can only get you so far.

  11. [email protected]

    April 25, 2006 at 1:27 am

    nice when you get to shoot someone that reminds you why you bother, and thanks again for all the effort.

    what do you guys think of the squared off tie? not a look i have ever really liked.

  12. Solomon Animashaun

    April 25, 2006 at 3:40 am

    I concur……he has great style!

  13. Amelie

    April 25, 2006 at 5:15 am

    Really nice story ! That’s why I read your blog every day. Thanks…

  14. Anonymous

    April 25, 2006 at 9:09 am

    I love this guy, perfetto!

  15. Anonymous

    April 25, 2006 at 10:45 am

    It inspires the rest of us that do not have the looks and bodies that appear in of these “Men’s Fashion” magazines.

    This gentleman displays a great sense of style and humility that is rarely seen.



  16. Anonymous

    April 25, 2006 at 12:17 pm

    This guy’s look is phat.

    You know, I just had to say that.

    - AthenaNY

  17. F. Monster

    April 25, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    This is why I read the Sartorialist. Not only do I learn about men’s fashion, but I also laugh.

    Thanks, Sartorialist! A little NY moment, and a great picture.

  18. Anonymous

    April 25, 2006 at 3:31 pm

    I feel so wonderful about this man’s look, it brings 1 tear to my eye. This I say true.

  19. Anonymous

    April 25, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    Great shoes!

    Really, really great shoes!

  20. Anonymous

    April 26, 2006 at 4:22 am

    His outfit looks just about perfect to me! This guy has got some style, bravo!

  21. tee

    April 26, 2006 at 2:29 pm

    That is what you call understanding your proportions.

  22. Anonymous

    April 28, 2006 at 3:50 pm

    I know this “fat, bald man” and he is a true gentleman, and for the record, not Italian.

  23. The Sartorialist

    April 28, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    I meant the cut of his suit looked very italian and it turned out it was – I have heard from people that know this gentleman and they say he is a good subject for a future style profile on The Sartorialist

  24. Anonymous

    August 1, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    Bold, cool and comfortable.
    The clothes make the man but in this case, the man made it look good. You got to have style to pull it together. Great shot!
    Kisses to the Bald Man


  25. Jazzbuff630

    August 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    He looks like a mogul. He presents a very nice bella figura.

  26. Iamgaylord

    August 4, 2011 at 4:50 am

    I think he looks great. Your very right, sooo Italian. He looks well put together. Big or Not. I think that is important in any man, any size. Great fit, great attitude, great style.

  27. zaheer

    November 11, 2011 at 2:05 am

    What a lovely story…and he carries the extra weight very well. looks great

  28. dcinDC

    July 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Would like to see him try a bit more color, but he does look great! How silly would he look in a Thom Browne. Also, like how the “P”, license plate, and sky reflection pick up his blues.

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