I love this entire outfit, from the slightly loose tie to the bare ankles to the goatee to the black little notebook…The whole picture…except the bag. The bag makes it seem too done for me. It spoils the air of sprezzatura around this young gentleman. If he were to, say, misplace the bag and be photographed again, it would be perfection. And I mean that in the strongest sense of the word…
Our Sartorialist has been criticised on ‘the race thing’? Eh? I haven’t encountered any other clothing blog that featured the age range, shape range, style range, economic bracket range and race range that this one does! Very surprised…
I think he’s a buyer from that upscale boutique/department store in Tokyo (Don’t know his name..) Rolling up chinos appeared in Japanese fashion magazines more than 15 years ago — if I remember correctly, it was a copy of French movie or something (you know, with border bateau neck tee?)
By the way I’m an Asian but wasn’t offended with past few “Asian” remarks. It is hard to tell who’s who anyways — as it is hard for you to tell an Irish from Brits. So don’t even be bothered, people…
I adore his look.I don’t know how,but I didn’t see the bag there until I read the first comment.I think the reason behind not noticing such a big bag is that it blends so well with the rest of the outfit.I think if he hadn’t the bag or another item in his hand to balance out the whole thing,I’d probably just glance the picture and not think a thing of how greatly fashionable this guy is.
He looks spot on. And he carries the rolled pant hem very well. And I like “of undeterminable origin” title. And that jacket is gorgeous, esp. the jewel like buttons (or atleast that’s how they photograph)
wow asians are so much more with the fashion,, they try new things and really care about how they look.. european kids are so regular and dull in their fashion,, i love and admire this in the guys who dare to try new things
The look is great-and he’s a beautiful guy too. The short length of the pants though makes him look pixie-ish – I would avoid that. Responding to a post before, European guys are boring when they try to imitate American sport dressing – and failing miserably cause they do not have the lifestyle to match. When they are themselves, they look great.
perhaps I am a little late/behind on the whole “Asian” debate, and yes, ok, every stlyish Asian is not necessarily Japanese. But I think the bigger point, which seems to have gone lost in the quest for correctness, is that the Japanese style hounds in particular are often astute observers and adopters of all aspects of “American” style and culture, that they frequently have an almost obsessive eye for detail as well as a great love of “our” culture, or at least their idea of it, and that this reflects both a current fashion and a style trend. The Tokyo sartorialists in particular do tend to reveal aspects of our “americaness” back to us that we might even overlook or take for granted ourselves. Ok, it’d be rascist, or just dumb, to say that all stylish Asians are from Tokyo, all gay men know how to decorate, and all African Americans are great dancers or whatever the hell. But that hardly seems the point here. Anyway, style is style wherever it shows up. Right?!?
when I’m dressed up, people ask if I’m japanese – when I’m dressed down, they think i’m chinese. I’m getting the impression that most of the tourists there are wealthy japanese and they have quite a few migrant chinese workers which plays this stereotype out
Love the look. I must have missed the firestorm over using “Asian” as a descriptor. Being “Asian” myself (mom from Scotland, Dad for China) I have absolutely no problem in it being used rather than Chinese, Japanese, etc. And the Sartorialist will often describe a style as being particularly Italian, or European, or American.
The issue was not the use of the term ‘Asian’ to describe someone of Eastern descent. The issue arose when a caption described an Asian man as having captured American style better than Americans. Some noted that since we don’t know if the man lives in Asia or America it wasn’t wise to characterize him as an outsider to American culture. I think when someone expresses concern over potentially offensive remarks it is best not to casually dismiss that concern and extremely problematic to make light of it, as the author does in title to this post.
also, i was laughing out loud at your title. i’m asian american myself, but would never be offended if someone called me just asian. i’ve encountered several occasions of real racism before, and what you wrote before wasn’t.
i think it’s racism if one was called certain generalized things in connection to being that race – not simply calling an asian person asian, black person black, or anybody who they are. also context and intent make is all different too.
The proportions are right on? For a schoolboy who got stuck wearing his younger brother’s clothes, maybe. This is one of those outfits that, when confronted with this photo years from now, will cause the wearer to say, “What was I thinking?” This is Exhibit A in the case for proper fit. I hope we come to an end soon of this obsession with the too-small and the too-tight. And, by the way, being seen as so precious that someone wants to put you “in their pocket” would not exactly be viewed as a compliment by most men.
Guys, guys, guys. As anyimage said very eloquently, the issue was NOT about calling an Asian man “Asian.” It was the assumption that the man was not an American (ostensibly because of his ethnicity) that people took issue with.