Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Single Man, Vintage Photo Contest

Sartorialist note – notice the button placement on his DB jacket

We don’t know much about the gentleman on this picture, despite the fact that he always wore something in his breast pocket.

The photo reads something in the back in a mix of french for the title “Le Leme “(North of France, near Paris), and Italian for month “Aprile”.
1922 – it was bought at a flea market in Florence.


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  1. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    What a striking gentleman, very dapper. He's got the shoes to show in the bottom photo.

  2. Zepequeña

    April 17, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love these old photos!


  3. lorraine

    April 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    love this pictures!

  4. Davidikus

    April 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Nice pics.

    It looks like someone I have seen before. I would need to research that but I cannot find Le Leme on a map.

    As for the buttons, there was far more flexibility in terms of tailoring in those days (precisely because most suits were bespoke). It looks to me like a classic (albeit narrow) 3/2 double breasted suit where the bottom two buttons were removed – or never put on, really. It is actually fairly late that the English practice of buttoning the bottom button on a 3/2 caught up in France. Such suits used to be buttoned via the middle button only. At some point the Duke of York (or the Duke of Windsor?) started to button only the bottom button (not the middle one) & this is when French tailors started to add the bottom two buttons (with a buttonhole, often absent before that)…
    I still think it best to button only the middle button! But I am (a) a traditionalist when it comes to suits & (b) a bit taller than average so I don't need to lengthen my silhouette.

  5. Izzen

    April 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  6. f2images

    April 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, gorgeous gorgeous photos and fashion sense.



    April 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Love the different blazers.


    April 17, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    great photo contest

  9. Elizabeth

    April 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    All of these vintage photos make my head swirl between longing for the elegance, quality and apparent individuality of the past, against the comfort and freedom of today. Not that any of the vintage people really look that uncomfortable. I guess I'm thinking I would be uncomfortable, esp. in the small town where I live, if I dressed up that much. Hmmm, food for thought.

  10. Unhessl

    April 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I love the fact that these photographs are safe and salvaged from an undignified future in some dark, forgotten, solitary place.
    The elegant man from the past deserves to be inspected, having so much inspiration to give.

    I especially like the stripy tie in the first picture.

  11. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    April 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I also love the very stylish chair in the second photo! Good composition too.

  12. Sarah Angel

    April 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    handsome! when is the winner of the contest announced??

  13. m.edwin

    April 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    i love how tight the armholes are in the top photo; and that determined gaze, nice

  14. Will

    April 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    A possible 'Jazz Suit' in that first picture? The time frame is right but it was more of a very short-lived American phenomenon than a European thing.

  15. Anonymous

    April 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    This Vintage series is so exceptional. I can pour over each photo for so long. What a set to inspire. hugs, c

  16. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 4:07 am

    That first photo is amazing…

  17. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Look at the beauty of his hands in the first photo!

  18. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 8:35 am

    The gentleman in the second photo is not the same one in the other two.

  19. jkh

    April 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm


  20. Morgan

    April 18, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    The original Don Draper!… I love this man.

  21. Anonymous

    April 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    The second picture is soooo great!

  22. Barbara

    April 19, 2010 at 7:44 am

    wow…simply stunning.

  23. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 10:48 am

    Neatness exudes respectfulness to others and somewhat of a genteel nature in all business. I wish there were more around today that dressed this way.

  24. Lucas Jones

    April 19, 2010 at 2:44 pm

  25. cios

    April 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    i love the style of these pics , the clothing is simply wonderful

  26. brodinski

    April 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

    that 1st image is so gatsby. love it

  27. mozartem-nacieralem-uszy

    April 20, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    oh, tell me where are these boys…
    I just love vintage photos :)

  28. Julia

    April 21, 2010 at 1:08 am

    I love those photos. I wish I saw this post earlier – I would contribute a photo myself.

  29. RS

    April 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Looks like you are familiar with "The Impossible Cool?"

  30. SwanDiamondRose

    April 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    very nice button placement.

  31. SwanDiamondRose

    April 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    oh, and love the pant length. i'm done now.

  32. Anonymous

    April 25, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Oh…the first photo is **the** defintive hair cut. Beautiful profile. I'm seduced! Makes me utterly nostalgic for times I never knew.

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  36. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Is the first picture not JD Salinger?!

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