Friday, January 31, 2014

On the Street…..rue de l Ecole de Medecine, Paris


Friday, January 31, 2014

On the Road to Ouarzazate, Morocco

My guide Hassan was wonderfully serious about his love for his home of Morocco.  It always makes for a much richer experience to travel with someone that knows the history and culture of the area.  Actually, it’s even nicer to travel with someone that’s equally curious about your culture.  It makes for stimulating conversation when comparing and contrasting lives and experiences.

Friday, January 31, 2014

On the Street…..Just off Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris


Thursday, January 30, 2014

On the Road to Ouarzazate, Morocco

121813Pattern0124Web1Check djellaba over an even larger scale check shirt (buttoned to the neck), under a beautifully graphic woven hat. Genius!


This was shot in the same random market as the previous two gentlemen.  Morocco has such a rich history of expertise in color and pattern, (those tiles!!) is it any wonder that it comes so naturally to the general population?


Thanks everyone for the wonderful dialogue this week.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

On the Street…rue de Rivoli, Paris

11814BW0886WebWhat’s better in the winter than to feel warm and wrapped-up in a big blanket coat?  I suffer all summer for that feeling.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On the Road to Ouarzazate, Morocco

121713Pattern0162WebLet me direct your eye to a few key points.


Let’s start with the herringbone pants working off the checked sportscoat.


Let’s consider the knit beanie layered under the traditional Moroccan straw (cactus straw?) hat.


Let’s talk about the subtle black/white graphic patterned clothing contrasting with the boldly colored yellow shirt, green tie (hard to tell exactly), and orange knit.


Like yesterday’s gentleman, I have no idea how carefully these choices were made, but I don’t think this is just another happy accident.  After tomorrow’s post at 2pm you will have a tough time saying that the gentlemen in this random market, in a random town in Morocco aren’t capable of making their own stylistic choices.


Honestly, I was surprised at how many comments I got like this from Bogart:

“No Sart, he probably found that jacket on the same dump as where he found the rest of his outfit. Gimme a break will you! ”


But this was balanced by comments like this from Laura:

“I come from a developing country and I think it’s very silly to assume people who have less money or lead different lives from you live in tragedy every day of their lives. The Sartorialist is more respectful to the man by assuming that he is capable, like any human being, of enjoying what he wears and wanting to look nice even if he is going to work, than people claiming that a man who looks poorer than they is not only uninterested but almost incapable of enjoying beautiful things or of matching colours or looking at his clothes in the morning and deciding a particular combo looks nicer than another. Where do you think ethnic costumes or crafts come from then?? From a tragic life of having no time to have even a bit of fun? You show your ignorance by assuming that. People don’t have to lead your way of life to be happy sometimes. Go to a developing country and actually look at the people. I see nothing in this man’s face except seriousnesss and a bit of tiredness, which everybody feels sometimes.”


I think this blog is at its very best when we can all respectfully share our point of view and maybe learn something from one another. I think it’s very interesting to hear peoples’ view of what is poor and what is poverty.  To me, poor is just poor, but not sad or desperate. Everyone I shot in Morocco was just plain poor.  Poverty is different. I find poverty much harder to shoot so I don’t or rarely do.  Maybe when I go back to Morocco or other developing countries, I’ll ask the people I shoot if they consider themselves poor or suffering in poverty.  I think the gentleman in these images would say just plain poor and I find no shame in that.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On The Street…. Place Saint-Germain des PrĂ©s, Paris


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dar Ahlam, Skoura


This is the second time I’ve stayed at Dar Ahlam while visiting Morocco and I hope it’s not my last.  The Kasbah itself is wonderful (as you can see) but equally wonderful, is its location in a beautiful palm forest surrounded by local date and olive farmers.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Sartorialist on Instagram


I’m having a lot of fun with Instagram lately.


I enjoy the spontaneity and the speed of the interaction with the audience.  As you’ll see, there’s a lot of unique content on the Instagram feed.  Shopping, travel, landscapes, I even tried a selfie while in Paris.


I’m constantly amazed at how wonderfully the phone can capture an image now.  That landscape shot on the bottom row still amazes me that it was shot with a phone.


Check us out, I think the fashion week coverage will be more fun than ever on both The Sartorialist blog and The Sartorialist Instagram.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On the Road to Ouarzazate, Morocco

121813Dries0113WebMy main reason for going to Morocco last December was to get lost in the small markets and shoot the style of everyday people, much like what I did in Bali last July.  This gentleman was one of my favorite finds. Three-quarter sleeve jacket (vintage?), blue/yellow pattern sweater with matching bag, all working over track pants. Sorry, but this is more Dries van Noten than the real Dries van Noten.


I would’ve loved to stay in that market another day to see if this gentleman chooses his outfit this carefully everyday or if this was just a happy accident.


P.S. I still can’t get over how cool that jacket is.  Do you think he shortened the sleeves himself, or it’s a holdover from the short-sleeve leisure suits of the 1970′s?