Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Alessandro’s Retail Adventure in New York

The other day my friend Alessandro (whom you have seen in several shots from Milan and Florence) emailed to let me know he was in New York for a shopping/inspiration trip. He was looking for shops and brands that specialize in American classic style.

He had been to all the well-known shops like Odin, Melet Mercantile, Bergdorf Goodman, etc. However, he had missed some of the smaller, cool shops that are making New York one of the best menswear destinations in the world right now.

I offered to take him on the unofficial “Sartorialist-tour-of-cool-small-shops-specializing-in-classic-American-style-and-atmosphere” and made a few appointments. This was very spur-of-the-moment and is in no way a comprehensive selection, but with only two hours to show a super-chic visitor a few shops these are the places I made the priority.

I know Alessandro has a weakness for shoes so the first stop was Barker Black. Derrick just keeps evolving his American/English-inspired shoes, furnishing each with a sinister twist.

198b Elizabeth Street
Next, we went around the block to Freemans Sporting Club. I think this was the shop that really wowed Alessandro. He loved the design of the space. I think he is very impressed at the American ability to take an unremarkable space and rebuild it with character; in this case, to look like an old dry goods shop that seemed to have occupied the space for over 100 years. Keith McNally does the same trick with Pastis, Balthazar, etc.
8 Rivington Street

I was going to take him to Leffot but he had already visited the day before, What he mentioned, though, was how funny it was to see Aldens done through the eyes of Americans. Right now Alden is one of the hottest brands in Italy and Japan but they are always bought with the unique perspective of buyers in each country. As I have mentioned before, Aldens here are way to clunky for my taste but I’ve seen them in Seoul, Milan, Florence and Japan and stores always seem to pick the perfect two or three styles that reflect the local taste.
(The one exception in the US is how J. Crew is buying Aldens right now. They’re offering a very good selection.)
10 Christopher Street
So, instead of heading west we took Bowery uptown to the orginal Kiehl’s on Third Ave. Very cool. Alessandro loved the Indian motorcycles that share the space with creams and lotions.
109 3rd Ave
Just down the block on 13th street is the new-ish vintage shop Stock Vintage. Another great location for product and layout.
143 East 13th Street

Our last stop (again, we only had a very short time period) was Saturdays Surf. Alessandro got a kick out of the idea of city surfing.

31 Crosby Street
I wanted to take them to see Kirk at Miller’s Oath but instead…..
510 Greenwich Street
…I took Alessandro for a real American meal….fajitas and margaritas at Rocking Horse!!!
182 Eighth Ave

He left for the airport very happy.


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  1. Best of Beehive

    April 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Great pictures and sounds like a decent tour.

  2. edgeindustrialphotography

    April 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    great selection of shops … must have been a great few hours


    - that'd be a popular tour if it was bookable!!

    'what are you wearing,who are you listening to?'


  3. Al

    April 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Wow, you really made some great stops with your friend. Those those suede oxfords. I've got to get my husband to pull those out, he hasn't worn them in forever. I just love the way they go with everything. I just love Kiehl's. I could buy everything there! I'll have to check out Stock Vintage. Antiques and such are my fav. Thanks for this very interesting post!

  4. Liv

    April 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I really like these photos, the Stock vintage looks so nice and fun.I hope you or Garance can give a tour for us girls soon!

  5. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Fantastic! Please, please, please do the same in a women's version! Thanks!

  6. Twigart

    April 6, 2011 at 9:59 am

    I really enjoyed this post, so refreshing to see men can have choice when it comes to shopping! I will be directing all of my fashion challenged male friends to this one.

  7. jackie

    April 6, 2011 at 10:00 am

    i was waiting all morning for your posts and it was worth the wait- great post! i hope to visit some of those places when i go to nyc (margaritas for sure)! too bad i'm not a man though… but i guess i could take inspiration from some of the elements… thanks!

  8. House of Hemingway

    April 6, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Wow, shopping with you must be the ultimate shopping experience. I'm sure he was thoroughly satisfied with great company and a feel for American shopping. Great post Scott!

    Come by and see what I'm currently craving..


  9. La Molkas

    April 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    cool tour but I will say that for fajitas en margaritas you need to go way, way south! as in south of the border =)

  10. Sarah

    April 6, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Is Kirk at Miller's Oath looking for a French girlfriend?

  11. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

    You HIT all the good ones. Nothing to add. Well done!!!

  12. Catherine like Deneuve

    April 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Utterly charming tour!

  13. Sukhpreet

    April 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Cute story! I like this type of post, with you telling a fashion narrative.

  14. La Molkas

    April 6, 2011 at 10:16 am

    great tour but "best" fajitas and margaritas in NYC? sorry but no Sartorialist – for that you need to go south, way south as in south of the border!

  15. ♥ La casita de Martina ♥

    April 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

    QuĂ© fuerte!!!! las fotos son mágnificas…. parece que hasta se perciba el olor de los lugares en los que estás.

    Enhorabuena por tu trabajo.


  16. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I love Barker Black. You should check out the new store on Robertson in Los Angeles.

  17. Sam

    April 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Wow! I love Alessandro's electric blue wool jacket! Really great selection of stores, the owners look so stylish!


  18. Jessie

    April 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

    great post! i love when you add personal accents into your posts. i love it.


  19. Jeanine

    April 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Rocking Horse is ridiculously delicious! From the looks of the locations picked, he definitely had a great time!


  20. Helmi

    April 6, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I too liked the mood of this post The last picture just made my day. He seems like a charming man. And you too by the look on his face.

  21. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Amazing pictures, you are a genius!!


  22. A

    April 6, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I think this needs to become an official "Sartorialist-tour-of-cool-small-shops-specializing-in-classic-American-style-and-atmosphere"!

  23. Diana

    April 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

    This tour-de-cool sounds great and the photos are great and that bad guy in the vintage shop looks really great….

    I am a girl, but as i love men´s style, i am very envy of this Alessandro…

  24. Apparel Therapy

    April 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

    What a great comprehensive post about shopping for menswear off the beaten path – such an inspiration!

    I particularly love the guy in front of Stock Vintage – talk about new classic! And the last picture with the superb blue blazer is great!

    Thanks for taking us along!

  25. Marisa Alma

    April 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    What an enjoyable photographic vignette! I like the photo of Stock Vintage with its contrast of the tattooed modern guy against that cool rusted, detailed door.

    City surfing?????

  26. comme fraiche

    April 6, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I can't think of anyone who would know the men's stores to shop in NYC better than you.

  27. Barrera

    April 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

    very cool. that friend of yours is quite attractive. then again i've always had a thing for older men. lol…fajitas and margaritas sounds great right now.

  28. Raquel

    April 6, 2011 at 11:27 am

    OMG, hes wrinkles are so sexy and, come on Scott, thats not American meal is totally mexican ;)

  29. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Anything that is authentic or at least attempting to be is okay by me. Enough with the 3 story, big, shiny store. I love Allesandro's interactions with the people and how his colored scarf and blue shirt pop with these beautiful backdrops.

  30. Kate

    April 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Sounds like a great selection.Love the last photo (beautiful blue!)

  31. Darina

    April 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

    now THIS are some stylish guys :D
    never saw somebody in germany stylish like this!
    cool and casual !

    Greetings from germany,
    xx D.


  32. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

    i really loved this post! it kinda felt like being on holiday :)you know just shopping and some good food afterwards!

  33. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

    This looks like a fun adventure, but I must say, you need to come to Austin, Texas to try some real fajitas and margaritas.

  34. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    love the verbiage/photo blend of this post. felt as if we got to go on the tour with you. thanks so much!

  35. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Love all these shops!

    I would add some Brooklyn Shops, Hollander and Lexer and Smith and Mills being my favorites.


  36. Moi

    April 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Next time moi will tag along (fab shops!) and we'll go for REAL American food = burgers, hot dogs and fries at Five Guys.


  37. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Great post, but I was giggling into my coffee cup over a surf shop in NYC! (Posting from So Cal!)

  38. CELINE

    April 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    About F.S.C/Keith McNally/Pastis: I don't go across the Atlantic to New York very often. So when I did spend a weekend in the city a few years ago and visited several McNally-spaces that were recommended (Baltazar, Pastis, and that place on the Lower East Side) over one weekend, it struck me how the initial allure turned into a disturbing awareness of how fake that veneer of "authentic" actually is! – Many levels better than Disneyworld, but still…!

  39. the coolbirth kid

    April 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    love his sports jacket meets cardigan.
    been looking my whole life for something like it.
    a low-cost version.
    terrific color too,
    he wears it well.

  40. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    love this post– but wha't the stud on his cuff of the blue jacket/last photo? Hmmmm…

  41. Laura Nicole

    April 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Fantastic colors. You are a true inspiration.


  42. Lin

    April 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I love that blue jacket in the last photo, it's stunning!
    I hate to break it to you, but fajitas and margaritas aren't American!! Not even a little bit!

  43. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    First time entry after following your blog for some time from England. Will be taking this tour with my husband next time we get to New York – think I'll love it as much as he will!!

  44. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    What a great post! Loved vicariously sharing a mini tour of downtown ccol with you. I take a similar route when my bf is in need of clothes/haircut – or just inspiration
    Wish women's shopping were this straightforward – sometimes I feel like I'm zigzagging all over town just to find a decent t-shirt!

  45. Danielle

    April 6, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Great collection of pictures! :)



  46. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I'd love to see a few more of posts like this one! Delightfully charming, really!

  47. Arabella

    April 6, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    A lovely piece!

    I’m inspired to share a story about one of my favourite pastimes; to comb menswear stores and find beautiful pieces my anti-clothes husband will feel comfortable wearing. (Before me he shopped at Target!)

    It's fun to match his personality and preferences with quality pieces that look hot.

    He hates to admit he gets all puffed up when he wears my selection but he does. Especially when people compliment him – which is often.

    One of my favourite stories is the first time I convinced him to spend big by appealing to his practicality. It was on a pair of brown suede brogue boots from the Prada outlet in Italy. After months of him telling me he could only wear crocs because his feet are too wide for anything else, I sagely advised him these beautiful brogues would accommodate his wide feet AND make him look great when he took me to our favourite restaurant, Da Delfina in Tuscany, for lunch the next day. Maybe it was the air, maybe it was Prada maybe it was because we were in a foreign country but I was able to sway him that day. He walked out of the store feeling somewhat duped yet proud nonetheless. As soon as we got home I knew I had a convert when he immediately pulled them out of the bag and put them on……he still adheres to being an anti-fashionista.

    Please do one for women though….we love your unique sensibility.

  48. lifeinspanglish

    April 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Love the tour, love the pictures, love the men in the pictures. Made my day! Gracias.

  49. vintage process

    April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    So cool!

  50. Linton from London

    April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Awesome post!!!!
    Thank you

  51. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    This was a fun photo/story!

    You should do/post more like these!

  52. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I'm quite sure that 'American' food consists of something more like burgers and fries, hot dogs, milkshakes, etc. When was the last time you ordered a fajita at a baseball game? lol

  53. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    where is the blue sports coat in the last pic from, AWESOME!.

  54. Sandra

    April 6, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    great photos!! they are so natural…


  55. Juliet

    April 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Lovely post!

  56. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I've been following this blog for years, and I must say this post has been my favorite. Every photo reflects the absolute epitome of mens style.


    April 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    This post instantly made me miss living in NYC. I wish I could have been on that tour. I emailed your post to my husband who has yet to visit the city with me. His style is this post in a nutshell, and he builds motorcycles! :)


  58. mariatru

    April 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Alessandro has such a great smile! I smiled in retun when saw the last picture.

    I would have liked very much to be with you on that tour. It is so interesting and… tasty!

  59. Bren @ B So Chic!

    April 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    He's gorgeous!

    B So Chic!

  60. Lelu

    April 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    yaaay Rocking Horse margaritas <3
    And I just can't stop looking at this blue color, it's awesome!

  61. Marc

    April 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I love Freemans Sporting Club! I bought a pair of selvedge denim jeans there and I got a haircut, too! They really do it all.

  62. KristiMcMurry

    April 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I love this post. I love the outfit posts…but this added some great variety. Thanks for the great suggestions.

  63. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks. I was almost as beeing with on the tour. Could you please to the same for womens wear. Just virtually.

  64. John Fong

    April 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the list! I'm always on the lookout for cool little shops when I travel.

    Interestingly enough, that's my personal photo project right now, to find funky little shops in Vancouver. I'd invite you to hit up my website if you have a chance



  65. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    this just makes me want to take a plane to NY ! thanks for sharing your day…

  66. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    On my next trip to NYC, I'll have your suggestions in hand for a day of shopping. Question: the man in the gray pinstripe pants, his tank watch is understated but handsome. Any guesses on the brand?

  67. LucentEyes Photogaphy

    April 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Great way to tell a story. The last shot is the best.

  68. I

    April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I need a friend like you but not here in NYC but Paris:)

  69. vladideleon

    April 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    love to watch alessandro in ny, he looks even more handsome than in milan, i'm kidding, just more handsome, and love the real american meal you took him to, and love the fact that actually fajitas and margaritas is very very mexican, as i am. and super love the blue blazer i've seen in several pics from alessandro. regards, vladideleon@hotmail.com

  70. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    brilliant story and wonderful photos. thank you.

  71. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    thanks for the tour i am surprised u didn't go to Vogel on Howard st

  72. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    it looks like you both had fun! I bet he and you bare back in nyc…it must have been enjoyable for you both x

  73. Mat

    April 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    nice spare of the moment shop about trip. i heard about stock vintage, even in the uk actually. love the first image

  74. el viajero impresionista

    April 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for this online tour around NYC

  75. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love, absolutely love, menswear done right. This post makes me want to be a man (just for a day) so I can shop at the stores you mentioned.

    And, Kirk at Miller's Oath…is he A) single and B) straight? What a great and refreshing style he has! That is the man I want to date, and sadly, there are so few of them!

  76. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I really enjoyed this post Mr Sart – but City Surfing in NYC made me laugh! Greetings from Sydney.

  77. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    This was such a wonderful tour of your favorite places in New York. That would be such a great monthly post if you could do city editions of your friends' favorite places in New York or your favorite places. I'm definitely going to try the Rocking Horse for my next Mexican outing :)

  78. Daniel Katie Nielsen Firstenberger

    April 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    he looks good but its a tad bland. but thats totally fine. personal style ftw.

  79. theTrendyDwarf

    April 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I can only imagine that after such a fun-filled tour of NY's best places to shop he would be happy. I know I would. I will definitely have to visit these shops the next time I stop by NY. I love all these pictures, especially the ones that depict Alessandro's AMAZING sense of fashion.
    Check out my trendy blog!

  80. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Hello, great post!

    By the way, for all people saying that Fajitas are Mexican, they are not. They are originally from Texas, which, makes them American. Just a quick FYI from a Mexican in Cali


  81. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Desde cuando fajitas and margaritas are a "real American meal"

  82. Raquel

    April 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Haha, what a great post! Sounds like you guys had a great time.

  83. lisette

    April 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    OMG!! Amazing post! Please, please, please do more like this you little hunk of a man. I love to shop and you are making me crazy!

  84. Anonymous

    April 6, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Saturdays Surf NYC looks like a whimsical little shop. I can imagine young city boys to fit thirtysomethings and even fortysomethings stopping by to purchase a new athletic hobby to try out on the surf on Coney Island or farther East on Long Island.

    These shops are so refreshing to see. Downtown Manhattan is definitely a different world next to how claustophobic midtown can get.

    Sounds like a fun afternoon. Hope your friend had a blast!

    - Vanessa
    Project Zen

  85. Biggrey-dog

    April 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Thanks for taking him to Keils! While the place is nothing like it was prior to L'Oreal bought them out its still cool. I hope my friend Sheila welcomed you!

    The Dog

  86. Danish Demeanor

    April 7, 2011 at 3:49 am

    What a lovely round-about adventure in the city, I shall keep those shops in mind for when I next visit!


  87. caribbelle

    April 7, 2011 at 4:09 am

    nothing better than American TexMex food! I hope he had a great time!

  88. Stella

    April 7, 2011 at 4:55 am

    The portrait of Alessandro is awesome. The colours, the expression you've captured…
    If I were him, I would put it on my house. Such a good picture!

  89. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 5:00 am

    ah, alessandro squarzi – an official unofficial star of italian street style. the very same man through whose showroom representation we're enjoying acquaintance with dunderdon and dondup, etc. lovely to know that he is just as creative with his business attitude as he is with his sartorial one. japanese are simply fixated with his style. just look at "leon" and "men's non-no" – these premiere menswear mags are documenting his every move. come pitti he's unavoidable and welcome site. so refreshing to see a committed and passionate professional who travels for inspiration to see new stuff. not just another feigning jadedness exec rolling his eyes at the call from another unknown with pleas for appointment.

    well, it is quite good of you to show him a worthwhile side of new york creative retail universe. personally i admire his concise masculine style which understated but inventive and always always age appropriate. middle age never looked that good. i bet he is fun to be around as well.

    good portraits! sense of intimacy is coming through since your subject is so relaxed and comfortable in the presence of big deal photografer.

    many thanks for this casual letting in your world.

    ruski boi in america.

  90. Dockers

    April 7, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I love the first picture. Vintage khakis are a must-have!
    Visit my blog thekhakichronicles.com

    Hope you enjoy it

    Thanks Scott for the daily dose of inspiration

  91. Sig. Nonloso

    April 7, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Yes, American shops in NYC are very good at making an interior appear as if it were 100 years old but, to be honest, lately I wonder why they do so. J. Crew on lower Broadway does this and I can't help but almost laugh every time I walk past, remembering the (far preferable) magazine shop it used to be not very long ago and imagining how some tourists might swallow the whole country store interior as though it were "authentic".

    I find it an odd paradox that on the one hand, America insists on its youth & naivete & innocence (guffaw), while on the other hand strains to ground itself in a bogus authenticity conjured up wholesale in fake "old country stores". Or maybe it's no paradox at all–just two sides of the same bogus coin.

  92. Carnivorous Seaweed

    April 7, 2011 at 6:28 am

    The picture at Stock Vintage is probably one of my favorite pictures of your's. So much personality! And Alessandro is so handsome.

  93. Y.A.R.

    April 7, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Oh New York City, you're so cool, I'm glad someone is around to take amazing pictures of you and your inhabitants!

  94. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 6:57 am

    What a great post! You should definitely do more features like this! I agree with 'above' and you should do a monthly (I would prefer weekly but I don't want you to kill yourself!;) ) post like this. Especially when you feature particular people that have a certain style and all their favourite shops. LOVE THIS!!!

  95. Davidikus

    April 7, 2011 at 7:16 am

    The blue jacket on the last pic is electrifying! Thanks for the tips about NYC too…

    The hoodie is fantastic too!

    Thanks for sharing.


  96. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Love that RL jacket. Cool guy, great post!

  97. Maria

    April 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

    thanks for this post Scott! so detailed, short & concise, I can see some journalists skills :) Alessandro seems really happy in the last photo!

  98. HW90

    April 7, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I don't know which would be more fun, being the tourist or the tour guide…I'm jealous of both of you.

  99. Malo

    April 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Colorful men… Those shops look inviting and I do need a new surfboard. Great photos!



  100. clotildeSF

    April 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    All of those places look like an adventure to experience – even the storefronts look curiously inviting. Here in CA, so many no longer know how to dress or even care to – the symphony, dinner, drinks… it is sad. These stores look like they could reinvigorate with as much style as a man can handle according to his own meager taste (with some help)… like from Kirk. Would accept HIS help any day!

    Alessandro clearly was in great hands. The last picture proves it – wonderful smile/really lights up his face (love the blue jacket)!

  101. henryburns

    April 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Great. Let's start an initiative with insightful tours everyone knows from his own city. Would be fun…for sure…

  102. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    … but who is Alessandro and for whom or for what was he researching?

  103. James

    April 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Scott, this is truly great. Will definitely check out your recommendations next time I am in NYC. I know this would go beyond your house style (which by the way I love) but have you thought about putting together a quarterly video along these lines – places that have the right feel that you hit regularly. The Intel / Visual Life short made me hope you might begin to do that kind of thing. This has really made me wish that happens.

  104. Naftali Stern

    April 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Love the Stock Vintage guys tat bohemian look.. Great pics!!


  105. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    you should start a fashion and lifestyle tour of new york – sounds like a lot of fun!

  106. Anonymous

    April 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you for the tour! I live in Los Angeles, and, everyday your blog takes me on a short vacation! Gracias!

  107. BlingDuckFashion

    April 8, 2011 at 1:21 am

    fabulous! nice photos and pieces you got here!

  108. Mama'sBoy

    April 8, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Great post–I loved the arc and fluidity of it! Love everything here, but more like this would be captivating…

  109. antique engagement rings

    April 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    We love vintage shops.. vintage is wonderful!

  110. Kathleen

    April 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Scott, I am fascinated by these series of photos and your writing. By and far, my most favorite photograph has to be the last one. I would have to call this portrait in nature. The colors of the margarita, the straw, his blazer, and engaging smile are all so incredible. All the photos in this shoot are out of this world. As always, fantastic work Scott.

  111. Anonymous

    April 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Ah, Scott, this is awesome!

    I have to say that your work is always great, but this post really exceeds.

    Every time there's a picture of Alessandro I get really excited – he just seems to nail it every time, and there's a great eneregy about him as well. Just look at that last portrait with the blue jacket, electric yet approachable. His play with the traditional Italian style together with these touches of Japanese and American style is simply inspirational.

    He should come over more often:)

  112. Anonymous

    April 8, 2011 at 7:55 am


  113. Up Heart Meant

    April 8, 2011 at 8:40 am

    This was a great post, hope to see more like it!

  114. Coffee Addict

    April 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Fact, potentially easy to overlook: Saturdays Surf has exceptional coffee, regardless of whether you surf.

    I stopped in every day during my visit from Portland, Maine, which also has exceptional coffee, very high quality (and very cold) surf, and a growing contingent of well-dressed residents. Really good beer, too.

  115. Melvin Hoyk

    April 9, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I love the tour for style article. Please have more.

  116. Meredith Howard

    April 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

    It was nice to hear you tell a story. Enjoyed your tour and your photos.

    - Meredith

  117. Anonymous

    April 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    You should have taken this man to J. Press.

  118. Lucyana Mendes

    April 10, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    You're Amazing, the blog it's amazing!

    Kisses from Portugal*


  119. CONTE

    April 11, 2011 at 5:12 am

    una sola parola NUMERO 1

  120. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 5:19 am

    it's so amazing…. Great man!!!!
    A real tren setter…

  121. Comic Wear

    April 11, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Fashion for man, LOVE!

  122. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I'm absolutely loving this 'Sartorialist tour of cool small shops' thing. Can you do one in each of your favourite cities please? The pictures are gorgeous and make me feel I'm with you and Alessandro on your shopping jaunt. The Aldens look fabulous; I've not seen them before. My husband would love to own several pairs, I'm sure.
    Ciao, L. x x

  123. Anonymous

    April 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I know this stylish "retail"man and his wife who's a famous designer (Jo No Fui).. They are the most fashionable cuople that I have never seen and I am wondering why there is no picture of them together :-)

    Bacio E.

  124. Sam - Unique Boutiques Blog

    April 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks for this post, wonderful little insights into some of NYC's special and unique spots.

  125. Anonymous

    April 12, 2011 at 6:25 am

    Alden shoes are as american as apple pie

  126. Walking around with a scapel

    April 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    anyone would be THIS happy having you as a tour/shopping companion! Sounds like everyone had fun, thanks for sharing the pictures and locations.

  127. Elisabethbaysset

    April 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Le monsieur avec la veste bleue , qu'est-ce qu'il est beau , vos personnages sont sympathiques , vous
    arrivez par je ne sais quelle magie a nous Ă©blouir de ce qu'est l'autre .EB

  128. Anonymous

    April 14, 2011 at 6:25 am


  129. Teresa @ good-grace

    April 14, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Love the details of your day together … will keep this list in mind if I should ever be lucky enough to visit NYC.

  130. Anonymous

    April 17, 2011 at 6:08 am

    So you took him to all these places but not Against Nature? I think he missed out

  131. Anna

    April 20, 2011 at 4:11 am

    You sure know how to make a fashion tour!
    What about Kirk at the second form the evd picture?Apart from his great style,he is the most handsome men i've seen lately..Wow,i can't stop looking at his photo..

  132. KIT

    April 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Alessandro is so gorgeous!

  133. Stephen

    April 22, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Gotta love shopping in New York City, so many little unique places to shop. Great pictures, hope to see more soon.


  134. Anonymous

    April 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    u r a very good friend1

  135. Anonymous

    June 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    i friggin LOVE that coat!!! I WANT IT!!! The color and the texture and the undone button on the sleeve of it!!! dang! its so nice. I would take the button holes and get them stitched in the same orange as that straw…

  136. Kris

    May 9, 2014 at 2:52 am

    I came across this when I searched for places to visit while in NYC. Such a lovely sharing of a day’s experience this is. Thank you.

    Would you add anything to this adventure if you were to do it again now, three years later? :)


  137. Los Mundos de Pipi

    April 16, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Gran post, enhorabuena.

  138. me pica la etiqueta

    July 17, 2015 at 7:14 am

    SĂ© que es un post antiguo, pero acabo de leerlo: genial!!

  139. me pica la etiqueta

    July 17, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Un post fantástico. Enhorabuena!!

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