Saturday, March 25, 2006

A Conversation With Alan Flusser

I’m always very interested in how people with great style first developed their style. I knew that Alan Flusser, author, designer, Sartorialist, had dedicated his first book to his father so when I met him the other day the first thing we talked about was what type of sartorial influence his father had on him.

“He was very interested in clothes and had very good taste, very good, I didn?t really realize how good until I got involved in the industry.”

“He would wear a black cashmere sport jacket, grey flannel pants, white Brooks Brothers button-down shirt, grey lile socks with garters, black tassel alligator loafers, white handkerchief, club tie – black and white and yellow with a club figure, and a white ground with gold and black tattersall vest ? if you can imagine all that, very classy but if I ever saw someone wearing that today I would fall over.”

“From my background he was clearly the best-dressed man around and he thought Fred Astaire was the be all and end all. He was a Brooks Brothers aficionado and a Fred Astaire fan, so to have Brooks Brothers and Fred Astaire as your references, at least initially to look at, they were the right references.”

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  1. SwanDiamondRose

    March 25, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    i really like to hear the background stories like this too. more please!

  2. SweetBack

    March 25, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    Wow, this guy’s father was a master sartorialist! That’s a pretty high standard to live up to in this day and age. Imagine getting to the airport for a flight, then going through security having to unlayer all that stuff just to go through the checkpoint. That said, as technology improves quality of life in cities, I do predict we’ll be going back to more elaborate fashion for men.

  3. Anonymous

    March 25, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    i love alan, alan taught me a lot, but alan has lost it. the last few times i’ve seen him photographed, he’s looked awful, which is a shame, because his closet still contains the same DB’s, spread collar shirt, ties, and pocket squaes which inspired a generation. i simply don’t know why he passes them over for funny looking cardigan/ascot combos which befit no one.

  4. Nick

    March 25, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    I agree, I really enjoy the stories you tell about the fashionable men you meet.

  5. Anonymous

    March 27, 2006 at 1:22 am

    His books are excellent. I agree that his style in the recent photos of him is disappointing…cardigansand cravats, ugh!! In french the color of his ensemble here would be “caca d’oie” or goose poop.

  6. Anonymous

    March 27, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    Difficult shot with all that back light burning in, and you did a great job. Even with his eyes closed it’s an interesting composition. I like the glasses on the table just so and reflected in the tabletop. The bit of fringe mostly burned out at the top of the frame. And the way his colorful neck scarf’s colors are picked up by his shirt and sweater.

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