Friday, April 18, 2008

A Look Back To the 40′s, New York

Modern suit made of vintage 40′s fabric.


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  1. Pandora

    April 18, 2008 at 8:56 am

    absolutley charming.

    I’m forwarding this picture to my husband.

  2. Gabriela

    April 18, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Wow! That is a beautiful suit, and I love all the details too, especially those glasses. This photo certainly has the feel of other times. Very elegant and such a fun expression!

  3. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 9:18 am


    can you tell us a little more about the fabric? You describe it as vintage, is there an interesting history there?

  4. metscan

    April 18, 2008 at 9:24 am

    This is a hard one. Maybe the pants go a bit too high IMO. On the other hand,he manages this somehow-hasn´t got a belly.

  5. McTickle

    April 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Great suit! I dig the shirt & tie combo too! And he’s smiling!!!

  6. Conor and Siobhan

    April 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Gorgeous. So full of character and attention to detail. Love it.

  7. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

    This looks fantastic. Could have taken his hands out of his pockets, but otherwise lovely.

  8. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I love the fabric of this suit and the way the shirt and tie play off of the stripes. This gent seems happy with his choice….

    ~ Miss Mary

  9. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 9:47 am

    I love the ’40s!

  10. Plum

    April 18, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I love this guy’s look. He stands out from the crowd in a good way.

    My husband regularly dresses in a combination of Bob Crachit and the Artful Dodger. You should come to Toronto and take his picture.

    He looks sublime in a sea of blahh.

  11. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 am

    This guy looks great! I hope this trend continues, love the 3-piece pin stripe seriousness, juxtaposed with the collar poking out over the vest, tousled hair and pocket watch — says down to earth, fun, intelligent guy. Like one of your favorite art history professors.


  12. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

    The suit is too overpowering, both the lines of the cut and the lines of the fabric, for this gentleman’s face and head. It creates an almost shrunken head effect that I find, imo, distracting for an otherwise good looking man.

  13. Anthony

    April 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

    The glasses and the necktie… like Jay Gatsby matured. Delightful.

  14. Anny Carolina

    April 18, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I love his look!! and his smile =)
    Modern + vintage = good match.

  15. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Aw…He’s cute as Bakelite button.

  16. tj

    April 18, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I’m pulled in two directions. I like the fabric of the suit. The stripe is bold. I think it is dashing. Also, I like the peak lapels. They seem to work well with the stripe. The button holes in both lapels are a cute detail.
    The eyeglasses are great. They go very well with his face.
    The vest appears a little bit snug to me, but it could be the pose.
    On the other hand, the cut of the suit jacket seems a little big in the shoulders (the shoulder of the suit seems to overhang his natural shoulder) and long in the sleeve (we can’t see even a hint of his shirtsleeve, but again it could be due to the pose).
    The collar of the shirt seems to be choking him around the neck.
    I think that this guy has the right idea about style, he just needs a little help with the fit.

  17. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 11:32 am

    It is so nice to see that shade of blue in a suit–a mature and sophisticated blue, but not boring old navy.

    This gentleman has a charming and expressive face. It looks like he enjoyed having his picture taken.

  18. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I agree that the vest looks a tad too tight but he looks great. I love the watchchain. Its the perfect accessory.

  19. The Sartorialist

    April 18, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I think on issues of fit you have to consider the way he is standing.

    the reason he has that smile is we were talking and I realized I should shoot him just like that – he didn’t really have a chance to perfectly;y adjust everything but i think the inspiration is totally intact.

  20. wideyed

    April 18, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I love the quirkiness of the thorough yet understated stripes, however, I’m undecided as to whether the matching vest might have been too much?.

  21. The Fashion Assistant and her Camera

    April 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    a banker’s style?


  22. Topham Beauclerk

    April 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Really cool!

  23. Thomas

    April 18, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    There is a store in Portland that will either alter vintage suits to fit you, or make a suit based on vintage patterns. But this is on an entirely different level – a suit made from fabric from the 40′s.

    I agree with the other commenter – the tie seems a very pour match.

  24. momo

    April 18, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    He has a lovely smile! That, plus his wonderful outfit, make me want to have a conversation with him.

  25. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    An awesome sense of whimsy mixed with refinement– gentlemanly and playful: Love!


  26. tintin

    April 18, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    A double breasted suit with a vest (that’s why there’s a button hole on each peak lapel). Don’t see that often. What I really like is this man, over the years – - and he has some – - has found himself. He knows what looks good on him. What works.

    Younger men screw around with shaved heads, van dykes and go shopping with pages torn from GQ. And since it looked good on the model in GQ or it looked good in that picture of Clark Gabel in the 40s, these younger men think that it will look good on them. And then we grow up.

    The scale is perfect. The cut perfect. Please tell me he does not work in retail or fashion. I so much want to see insurance sales men, lawyers, federal employees, anyone whose job it is not to dress but who incorporates thier passion in addition to having to work at a job that has nothing to do with clothing.

  27. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    A spread collar would have been the crown jewel. Otherwise, very nice!

  28. Laguna Hills Trad

    April 18, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    OH MY GOD. Love, love love the whole outfit. The was the dark blue stripes contrast with the lighter blue stripes is just AMAZING. And that tie. Don’t get me started. Who makes it? I covet it. And the pocket watch? What a fantastic touch. It’s so touching to see that something as old fashioned as a pocket watch is still appreciated today, the age of the iphone and i-everything. The white pocket square is pure poetry. Just flawless from head to toes. Well done, sir. Well done. For he’s a jolly good fellow………

  29. Roninspoon

    April 18, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Fantastic. I’ve been looking for brown suit like this.

    The watch chain makes it.

  30. marchingbandemporium

    April 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I am not a big fan of wide, detailed pinstripe, but I love the fact that it is vintage and this one works very well, with a nice sense of luxury.

    While I don’t really like the shirt-tie combination with this suit, he carries it off well and looks so relaxed and happy. Attitude is a big part of looking good in your clothes, it would seem!

  31. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I love such glasses as well as a certain type of man who can pull them off. They are so dapper and spunky and highlight ‘kind eyes.’

  32. Chip Ahoy

    April 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    No hat.

  33. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    classy! love the glasses & tie

  34. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    What a guy… and what an eye! The fabric don’t lie!

  35. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    The suit looks just great and the photo is very natural and well done.

    I would wear a shirt with a french collar and use a tie with a much bigger knot, and I think it would be perfect!

  36. Tamires

    April 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Looks great!

  37. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    The gentleman looks like a satisfied and successful New York City attorney. Perhaps I know him?

    Love the shirt and tie. Ditch the vest.

  38. Laurence John

    April 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    the green of the tie and the blue of the suit don’t do anything for each other. too tonally similar.

  39. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    i rarely like unbuttoned db coats, and i like them even less with waistcoats. they look fine when they’re pushed back by pocketed hands, but otherwise they do nothing for the suit’s silhouette. also, look at this guy’s left wrist. One can easily see that his shirt cuffs are too large and too far up his arm.

    by no means am i saying he looks bad; doubtless he has more style than i do. i just think the outfit has more potential.

  40. =shane white=

    April 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Holy smokes…is that a nice looking suit. Great detailing.


  41. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Back 2 back dudes: wonderful contrast of style you’ve posted… although I don’t see Mr. 40s and Marcello driving
    x-country in a Cinquecento, unless of course Agnelli came along for a very long ride (USA).

  42. Princess Poochie

    April 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    He looks so familiar. I wonder why I feel I know him? Is he someone well known? I’m sitting here racking my brain trying to figure it out.



  43. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    so no background on the fabric?

  44. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    the mother of all watch chains !

  45. jojo

    April 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    the matching vest is not too much! it goes with the spirit of the suit.

  46. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Outside Tiffany’s, no less.

  47. lis

    April 18, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    So handsome. I love this look. I’ll be sharing this one with my husband.

  48. Anonymous

    April 18, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Fun……nice enough. I’m sure there is some great back story in regards to the fabric. The guy looks cool. I’m not feeling the clothes, mainly the tailoring. Lumpy round shoulders, sleeve heads are not clean, I would have gone 5 button on vest with lower gorge. Shirt & tie combo, eh? He looks right out of “classic style” mag., which is good, almost. It hovers but doesn’t bite. All in fun, right ? A Flusser or Duncan Q. would tidy it up for me.

  49. Anonymous

    April 19, 2008 at 12:55 am

    Did no one else think that this guy looks like an older version of a younger Michael Caine?

  50. John

    April 19, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Overall he looks good by any standards. I personally never buy vests with a DB suit but it used to be common practice in forties although it has to be very warm. Of course if you use a pocket watch as I do sometimes the vest provides the ideal mechanism for sporting it. Personally in a single breasted suit when I’m wearing mine I like to have the chain draped between the two lower pockets of the vest . Without a vest it has to go into the lapel and into the chest pocket. I’m not too keen on the shirt collar poking over the vest but I’m a bit of a purist and it works ok. Let’s face it it would be great if only half the men wandering around Manhattan dressed as well as this.

  51. Butch

    April 19, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Terrific fabric and nice execution.

    Quibbles: the vest is too tight, and the jacket sleeves are too long. (This will be apparent when he removes his hands from his pockets.)

    Also the collar’s too large and too siff (a pet peeve).

    But all-in-all a wondeful “idea.”

  52. Anonymous

    April 19, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I’d fault him on the too flashy watch chain, the big, padded shoulders, and the tie. Other than that, I really love this. Glasses and floppy collar are perfect. It’s also nice to see that he hasn’t bought into all that nonsense about never opening a double-breasted jacket.

  53. rube

    April 19, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Double wow! john above said it right – would that just half the men wandering around the streets of Boston dressed as well as this. As imaginatively sophisticated as this! There are alternatives to Barneys, Saks, to kit yourself out in style, and bespoke has no equal. The 1940s wool suiting is a treat to behold. As a collector and user of textiles from the 40s thru 60s, I can attest to how fabulous the designs, weave, hand, and colors were from these decades.

  54. BritnLind

    April 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Oh the suit, the tie and the chain…he is fantastic. Everything has that something extra. We should all dress this way everyday!

  55. la femme

    April 20, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Wonderful photo. He looks most charming (and stylish).

  56. Cheasty

    April 20, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Oh my God, I totally know this guy! Here I am in Texas, checking out the SartoriaList, and this wonderful man who used to work with my father and send me presents (always funny little necklaces) is up on your website. What a small, small world. Thanks, Sartorialist, for reminding me of a great person I hadn’t thought about in a while. Great start to my day.

  57. The Sartorialist

    April 20, 2008 at 11:28 am

    i think he is a lawyer

  58. Wes

    April 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    I think he looks just great i love the tie with the suit and the shirt very couragous

  59. caitlin

    April 21, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Now this is awesome! That tie, the pocket watch, the pinstripes, Love love the 3-piece suit…. it’s just amazing in every which way! Kudos sir.

  60. suzannemarques

    April 21, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    i need to think of a reason to go to court… in new york… just so i can see his darling duds in person. he’s scrumptious.

    (if my comment seems random, sart says he’s maybe a lawyer)

  61. Anonymous

    April 22, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Bloody fantastic suit. Not sure about the suit/shirt/tie combination, and his cropped hair looks like an anachronism, but a good effort nonetheless.

  62. The solemn cat

    April 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

    He looks like a perfect gent. I wish more men would wear suits.

  63. trulymadlydeeply

    April 23, 2008 at 10:11 pm


  64. Anonymous

    April 26, 2008 at 4:02 am

    The Carl Lobell!

  65. David King

    April 27, 2008 at 10:49 am

    I disagree with those who don’t approve of his shirt tie combination. They tie (no pun intended but certainly recognized) the entire thing together. The subtle dots around the paisley (?not sure if its paisley exactly but you get what i am talking about when referring to the dots) tie into the dotting in the pinstripes. the color of the shirt ties together with the color of the suit. and the stripping is not so aggressive as to clash with the suit. I think overall he is very well put together and though the tie may not be conventional it does a lot to tie the entire thing together.

  66. Anonymous

    May 11, 2008 at 4:42 am

    I was fortunate enough to have tea with this wonderful man at Claridges in London just yesterday.
    I’m so lucky!

  67. ANON

    March 4, 2013 at 9:01 am

    I’ve been lucky enough to know this guy for a number of years. Without a doubt one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met. Looks great here too!

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