I love the belt and trousers (and their fit) too. I think this is another case of individuals carrying off individual style. His naturally strong skin tones and hair color suit the similarly strong red and blue of this plaid. A stylish young man.
So with this week’s comments on shorts and now the newest post on plaid… what about plaid shorts for summer? With the new interest in Crew, it seems appropriate for a discussion (and maybe some photos)?
plaid is not a traditional summer fabric… especially not flannel. I think that plaid is acceptable in this scenario because the shirt is cotton and the colors are cheerful. The ribbon belt throws in an exrta summer punch also. BUT he could have added to the irony with a summer classic (white shorts, flip flops, etc)
Have you equated whiteness with American-ness? It seems likely that this man is from Asia–judging by the cars in the background you shot the photo in Europe and thus the man is, like yourself, a visitor from afar–but by only labeling him Asian you don’t clarify whether or not you are making a distinction between those who are racially marked as Asian (people with the physical features we call Asian) and people of an Asian nationality. Be more precise or leave yourself open to charges of racism.
that diaphonous (sp?), summer weight plaid has been all over Portland (OR) like an infection this summer. Every guy seems to have one, and everyone says they’ve had one since highschool, or that it belonged to their dad or something. Portland may have a lumberjack past, but I don’t know how many lumberjackls wear sheer cotton lawn.
Not to say I don’t like it. It’s so airy, yet still has that hint of rugged work shirt. . . I just don’t understand how so many men who claim not to shop all the sudden have the same shirt!
Actually I have no idea about this young mans origin so next time I will not mention the Asian part at all just to be safe because it really doesn’t matter in the appreciation of his style and only seems to bring up potential problems.
Well, it wasn’t many days ago that Sart said a lot of people in Japan are dressing in older American styles now, and doing them well (or something to that effect). Seems to me if that is a trend there, there’s a little hypersensitivity at play when Sart describes an example and folks think he’ll be taken for racist.
On the fellow’s outfit, I love it, including the shirt. I don’t get all these rules, that that would be a no-no in summer. Huh?
Everyone just calm down. I really don’t think Sart was being racist in this at all — merely noticing that because of the young man’s particular take on American style (e.g., as another poster said, his clothes FIT, whereas American men’s clothes usually DON’T, especially the tried-and-true staples like these ones), he was probably Asian, not Asian-American. That was my first thought too, and it had nothing to do with racism, simply an interest in the way different people from different parts of the world utilize style.
This young man is beautiful and reminds me of Toshiro Mifone, in the best way. Now, I’m off my soapbox for the day, and Sart, you get a big pass as long as you leave black people alone ;-)
For an Asian, the fabric is more important than the pattern of a shirt… If it was breezy and cool enough for him and fitted well with other outfit of his, with no doubt it was a “go”. BTW I’m a Japanese and my country traditionally has very strict code re:pattern and fabric, but now the codes are getting more vague. So I don’t see why not wearing plaid in summer….as long as he’s feeling comfortable…although I saw lots of plaids in autumn/winter issues of magazines when I was young:)….
His gold chain, earring and ponytail seem in strong contrast to his “preppy” duds. The effect, for me, makes him appear to be in costume, like a “hit man” from a Hong Kong gangster film “disguised” as a Princeton student.
My apologies if I have offended anyone in any manner on this site.
I merely was referencing Mr. Schuman’s entry, and basing off the entry being the Gucci show (Milan) I assumed the young man was not American (possibly presumptuous on my part). Secondly, both here and other sites have shown great shots lately of non-Americans wearing American styles among others and I was simply trying to compliment the wearers, not create controversy. Look at designers like 45rpm, their designs, in part from American clothing styles, are so fresh and interesting!
Being an American 30-ish male, I am impressed by others’ interpretations on what we wear here in other parts of the world. My comments are meant as very simple and sincere admiration.
Those of you who have seen my other posts here know I try to be thoughtful and respectful. Please think nothing less of my intentions.
Hey Sart, I’m in Japan at the moment and funky plaid prints are huge at the moment. I don’t know if you have much access to Japanese men’s fashion magazines, but plaid prints are in all of the magazines and department stores. If you get a chance, please come to Tokyo and document something other than the deservedly famous teen street fashion. The level of attention given to appearance, and particularly to the quality and cut of clothing, is truly remarkable, and there’s no question that Japan exerts a strong pull on the East Asian cultural imagination – even where Japan is politically unpopular, its sartorial influence is profound. I’ll be in Singapore later this summer, which is also renowned as a shopping destination, but which experiences a year-round temperate climate. It will be interesting to see how fashion houses calibrate their A/W output to Singaporean tastes. BTW, I’d be interested in opening up a dialogue on regional production and Asia’s place in that equation. There’s no question that Europe continues to produce clothing of the highest quality, and that Asian production trails somewhat behind in both price and quality, but with the rebranding of Piombo as an explicitly Chinese luxury brand and the rise of Asian prosperity, I’m curious to see what you think about the future of luxury manufacturing in Asia.
Yeah, he’s Asian and his “American style” looks good. But he could have just as well have been born and raised in America, being just as “American” in style as all of us. Don’t mean to nitpick, but it is a bit frustrating when people don’t understand what “American” means.
Still- love the post, the thought, and the guy still looks damn good!
first: the way this man pulls off the summer plaid is wonderful. so refreshing! i agree with jingoist; fit is essential! i also think, however, body type is key as well. only a man of a certain build can pull this off. i can’t imagine someone with a larger build wearing this style as well as this gentleman … unless the sartorialist can prove otherwise, in which case i would happily retract my statement!
second: while i am fairly certain that the sartorialist is not racist, it shouldn’t be considered acceptable to make comments which are “mistakingly” racist. we live in a society in which a white america is the dominant perception. this may be true to some extant (population stats, etc). however, it is important to realize that this idea shapes the way we think and thus makes it easy to mistakingly assume that anything non-white is not american. whether the intention is racist or not is really not the issue. allowing ourselves to think in a way which inevitably leads us to lazy phrasing and mistaken assumptions is what we should be concerned about. every mistaken assumption or unnecessary reference to a person’s race is yet another instance of alienation. it is unfortunate that some people must spend their entire lives proving their “american-ness” because of something they cannot control – their race.
[i am, in no way, trying to attack the sartorialist. in fact, when i first saw this entry, the issue of racism did not even cross my mind. it was not until after reading some of the comments that i've decided to add a little perspective, something to think about.]
Americans are much too sensitive about mentioning race or racial characteristics.One’s racial characteristics are part of one’s appearance (which is what this blog is all about!) – so why not mention it?
Making race “unmentionable” comes comes across as uptight and prudish.
Sarti – as you were!
Half Jewish australian of dutch and indonesian descent.
i don’t think people are angry at the mere mention that this man is “asian”. of course one should no that we should be able to site a person’s race maturely.
the problem people see is that the term “american” in this case is not being extended to someone who may very well be american though he is of asian descent. people often use terms like “american” with out adding “african-” or “asian-” etc to refer to whites which is a problem. it carries the meaning that those who are not white american are somehow less a part of this country.
if you are skeptical, thin for second when someone says that a certain person has an “all-american” look. what kind of person do you envision as fitting this role?
i do NOT believe sart. was not ill-intentioned. i just mean to mention that we often don’t realize some of the collective ideas and values we often carry that speak about our country and our relations to each other until it is reflected in our speech.
I’m a young Asian man, born and bred in the United States, and I did not at all take exception to Sart’s description of that fellow. (I.e, “Also, another example of a young Asian man doing a great take on American Prep.”)
There’s nothing objectionable about the adjective Asian. It’s a perfectly reasonable word; nothing about it necessarily implies anything about a person’s nationality. Indeed, one can be Asian, but be born anywhere in the world.
I swear, political correctness is getting so tiring… What, will someone next object to the adjective “Caucasian” because it’s presumptive even to risk inadvertently implying that a white person — pardon me, a person of light pigmentation or, better yet, of modest melanin-count — is from the regions surrounding Caucasus Mountains?
Speaking of which…the word “caucasian” (as used to denote “white” in the U.S.) is one of my pet peeves. It bugs me when people in the U.S. keep using the word causcasian as if it is some kind of scientific terminology when it was created by the German founder of scientific racism in the 18th century!
In Europe, the word Caucasian is generally (and accurately) used for those from the Caucasus mountains regions or Turkmenistan/Kyrgistan.
It prevails in the U.S. even though the “race categories” (from which the usage of the word in the U.S. stems) have been discredited. Not surprisingly, the corresponding words to describe other “races” are no longer PC enough to use. In fact, the German guy who thought of using the word caucasian to describe “white” people did so only because he thought men from the Republic of Georgia (Caucasus region) were the most attractive!