Sunday, March 13, 2011

I Don’t Know What They’re Saying But I Love To Watch Them Talk, Florence


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  1. UnaBb

    March 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

    oh!i love these photos!

  2. Jennifer

    March 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Italians truly know how to talk with their hands!

  3. Konstantin.L.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:52 am

    they talk about football ;))

  4. Rose

    March 13, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Love the title & the pics :)

  5. Inside my head and wardrobe

    March 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

    great photos!

  6. Style-a-billy

    March 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    ha ha i think i can speak italian already by only looking at them! :)

  7. B.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

    They are probably talking about food, fashion, business, politics and beautiful women! :)

  8. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

    So cute!:)

  9. disco in moscow

    March 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

    great photos!

  10. Lisa

    March 13, 2011 at 11:03 am

    the left one looks a bit angry :D
    greetings from germany, xx

  11. Carlos Yescas

    March 13, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Always amusing to read you.

    Speaking with your hands explanation from an unlikely source –

  12. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    they're deciding where to get lunch

  13. StyleToneZagreb

    March 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

    ooh i love it. It's like a comic strip.

  14. Olivia‚ô•

    March 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

    these photos are great!! he looks so slick and in control!!

  15. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Very elegant men!

  16. comme fraiche

    March 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I believe what is happening is that the girlfriend of the man in the dark suit is trying to tell him that they're going to be late to where they're going to if he keeps on talking

  17. -YazmiinAktar-

    March 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

  18. A

    March 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I've made up their conversation in my head. It was very funny :D

  19. Jo

    March 13, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Well, that last photo is definitely, 'And I'll tell you another thing!!'


    March 13, 2011 at 11:22 am

    A description of EITHER the peculiar technique of the new chef at a favorite restaurant OR details of an oddity that the suspension of the Alfa Romeo has developed in the last week.

  21. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Oh, the third one is so cute!

  22. Iben

    March 13, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Love this little moment, and it's so true, watching italians talk is so entertaining!

    Love Despitecolor

  23. neonsequin

    March 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

    so great! I love mens jackets.

  24. Leo

    March 13, 2011 at 11:35 am

    fantastic. Awesome pics.

  25. meenal @ maison marigold

    March 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

    that looks like an intense conversation…lovely images!! xx meenal

  26. Chiara Biasi

    March 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

  27. jice

    March 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

    ADORABLE Italian Men! A
    great reason to keep working on your Italian!

  28. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

    The gloves in the pocket–I love anyone who carries and wears gloves.

  29. Ille Ego

    March 13, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Sciamat-Il Punto A Mano-Valentino Ricci vs. Al Bazar-Pasqualino Ieluzzi… What a great discussion it was… THE artists of actual formal italian style…

  30. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    The Power of body language ;) very good job!

  31. ?

    March 13, 2011 at 11:52 am

    They look like two philosophers discussing some serious matters.

  32. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I love the gloves in his jacket pocket. So damper.

  33. Marc

    March 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    It's funny that they live up to the stereotype of talking with their hands.

  34. Joanna Paulsen

    March 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

  35. Yajaira

    March 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    nice photos

  36. salomé

    March 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    So funny… LOve it ;))

    HELP Japan:

  37. The Photodiarist

    March 13, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love how expressive Italians are!

  38. V

    March 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    The amazing thing is, the guy in the dark suit is wearing 3 layers atop his shirt and the look is NOT bulky at all. Italians = Style. LOVE!!!

  39. Theresa

    March 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    The gestures and intensity are mesmerizing!


  40. Gabriella

    March 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    probably money or weman! :)

    but i love the gloves in the pocket.

  41. Dandara

    March 13, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    hmm, charmosos!

  42. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm


  43. Art of RetroCollage

    March 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Those gloves sticking out of the pocket!

  44. Katrin

    March 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Great body talk:)

  45. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    One of my favourite things when I am in Italy is to watch Italians having an argument over a cell phone. They still gesticulate wildly to their not-present combatant! Beautiful! It's one of the reasons why I am learning Italian. :)

  46. Vasilieva

    March 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  47. Kathleen

    March 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for capturing the conversation!

  48. clarice

    March 13, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Beautiful, like stills from a movie.

  49. TheFashionAddict

    March 13, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    these are great! the third one really makes me wonder what there talking about

  50. Jessie

    March 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I also love people watching. It is great to watch people talk and motion.

  51. barbara cromer

    March 13, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    The urban Italian men are soooo expressive, dapper and gorgeous at any age. Who cares what they're saying as long as you can watch them

  52. Laura M.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm


  53. Piccolo

    March 13, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    They're fantastics… I love this picture.

  54. Philip Cox

    March 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Gloves in breast pocket of coat. Who can actually pull that off? This guy.

  55. jackie

    March 13, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I love their style and their gestures… You should have people guess what they're saying- like add subtitles… I missed your blog yesterday- glad to see a new post today!

  56. Adele

    March 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    These pics are truly amazing. As an Italian I agree that they perfectly picture our way of talking, well, talking with our hands.

  57. TorontoVerve.:

    March 13, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Great collection of photos…do they know they're being photographed?

  58. Monsieur M.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Italians have two languages: the first is spoken, the second is made by our hands :)))

  59. Kismondo

    March 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    One of your best posts ever: fashion and story togeher.

  60. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Can we talk about how fabulous the gloves tucked into the lapel is? AWESOME. I love the casual elegance of it.

  61. Barbara

    March 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    For me, after Portuguese Italian is the second most beautiful language on Earth. I feel so lucky to be able to speak and write in both languages. I'd say that they were talking about the tragic happening in Japan:
    1st. picture – The man in dark was referring to the violent and giant impact of the earthquake.
    2nd. picture – The same man was affirming that the japanese are also still under a serious risk of possible radiation.
    3rd. picture – It seems that the old man was explaining something related to the plate tectonics.
    4th. picture – Such gesture can be for the enormous tsunami inundation.
    5th. picture – "They will have to find a better way, possible, to circumvent that situation." – supposingly said the man in dark.

    A superb blog, being just like that: Beautifully simple!
    My sincere congratulations for "the light" you got. :)

  62. j.

    March 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm


  63. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    marvelous …they're so in the moment

  64. Christine Chaos

    March 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Love how Italians interact with each other. I witnessed a heated debate traveling in a train in Italy. The participants were so heated and so intensely expressive, it seemed they would leave the train enemies. On the contrary, once the train stopped, they
    bid each other farewell and warm tidings.

  65. Christine Chaos

    March 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I love the way Italians interact with each other. I once witnessed a heated debate traveling in a train in Italy. The participants were so heated and intensely expressive it seemed they would leave the train enemies. On the contrary, when the train stopped, they bid each other a warm farewell.

  66. Miss B.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    'Don't look now but that man with the camera is behind you!'

    'He is everywhere i go!'

    'Ah yes but the french lady. She is so chic.'

    'That is beside the point! I will have to stop dressing so well.''

    'You there. Go get me a tracksuit to wear, i can't stand the attention.'

    (Older gentleman bows head in shame).

  67. tina

    March 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    that's amore… italians do everything with passion and love

  68. Sukhpreet

    March 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm


    My favourite post of yours from the past while.

  69. The Fancy Teacup

    March 13, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Looks like a very intense discussion, the hand movements make it so vivid. And those gloves tucked away are a perfect touch.
    much love.

  70. rustymirror

    March 13, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Haha, these are great! It's true, the words aren't the most important part- the gestures are so expressive.

  71. Luisa I.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Hahaha this sequence is so much fun! Italian men have a vey pecculiar way to talk… lovely :)

  72. Luisa I.

    March 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Haha this sequence is so much fun! Italian men have a very peculiar way to talk… lovely :)

  73. Siboney2046

    March 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Ok, We are Italians and We love gesticulate when we speak!!
    And we speak about a lot of things, not only football and food!

  74. the46thdress

    March 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    They look so deep in conversation, looks pretty serious ;) And the guys gloves coming out of his pocket are awesome xoxo Abby

  75. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Horrible hairstyle!

  76. Rosie

    March 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Like everyone's been saying – it's especially true with Italians. Such a beautiful language as well.

  77. wotv

    March 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    The blond woman is the the younger man's younger half sister. The older man is their uncle. Recently, everybody found out that the young woman has been pursued by someone who's the men's rival, a salt and pepper English man, an architect, in his late 40's, with a boyish grin, and his sleeves rolled up, with puppy eyes.

    The situation has gotten out of hand. After weeks of sending songs and emails and letters and phone calls out of nowhere from the interested guy, the woman is losing her ground. The emails have gotten more disoriented, abrupt, shorter, careless of grammar, so seductive, and they come day and night. It's about the rain, about the sun, about the stars. Never about anything in particular that has a tone of reality.

    The brother is discussing these issues, and expressing his feelings of what the seducer's motivations are, family fortune? Fame? Business competition?

    They're trying to put a stop on this.

    And, "One more thing, Anna Maria, you are to tell him no," he says to his sister. The older man looks down because he knows exactly what's happening because he's guilty of seducing someone like this in his younger age for not so innocent reasons.

    The Italians come from a long, long, long lineage of seduction, courtship and deceive. Why do you think they are clothed this way.

  78. stephanie

    March 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    i LOVE this post.

  79. Marisa Alma

    March 13, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Well what they are saying is obvious. The beautiful blonde asked for directions. The men are having a friendly argument about the best way for her to get to her destination. The older gentlemen mentioned some directions, the younger one had an epiphany (the finger in the air, in the next to last photo), they discussed it further and now the younger guy is going to give her the directions and invite her to dinner. Simple, no?

  80. Caneel

    March 13, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely! These are the best!

  81. thwany

    March 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    that guy looks like a passionate talker.

  82. Jennifer

    March 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    it is no wonder Europeans find us Americans boring, the majority of us rarely show any emotion or passion for life, much less in our conversation…

  83. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    A great suit on the guy on the right. I love his gloves in his pocket. It's true, the clothes make the man. They both look like independent thinkers.

  84. Davidikus

    March 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Most likely they are talking about Italy's trashing of France in Rugby – a first in sports history!


    March 13, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I LOVE THIS! It's amazing. I am wondering what they're saying :) One of my favorite posts.


  86. shnits

    March 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    God I have a long road if I really decide my goal is to be the Israeli you!! I l-o-v-e everything you post… It is exactly like you said- the fun of watching people passing by while you are sitting on a park bench… Sounds so easy to find and capture but actually not easy at all! I have just recently started trying-

  87. Karena

    March 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Love it!! Gloves in the pocket are great.

    This reminds me of Greece, where people appear to be fighting when they are simply having a conversation!!

    Art by Karena

  88. Honor

    March 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    wow they're so cool and obliviuos to you watching them which is what makes these pictures so perfect :)

  89. Ina

    March 13, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    love the energy.

  90. Dale

    March 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    To care enough about something to use your hands in expressing your point! And their expression extends out to their clothing, . . .
    Much better than ppt,

  91. klaudias

    March 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    i love these pictures!!

  92. Francesca

    March 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    love the blazer


    Le Kiss Kiss- Click Here!

  93. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    It's important….
    They are quite animated- to get their point across….
    ….and fabulously dressed.

    Great photo catch!

  94. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    whole lotta hair goin on there

  95. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    these photos leaves too many questions! ;)

  96. detailsjuliette

    March 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Haha, I see this every day. I have a friend who is the best in this kind of comunication =)


  97. Andrew V.

    March 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Definitely one of my most beloved mediterranean traits (:

  98. Fatzo

    March 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Very italian hein?!!
    Love the details : the glove, the long hair, the colors, the "3pi√®ces costume"…

  99. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    yehhh…and they're so well dressed while they do it…it's like fashion theatre..

  100. Hannah B.

    March 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Oh, I love these! Makes me proud to be Italiana. :)

  101. Meredith

    March 13, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    That is fascinating. Very passionate.

    - Meredith

  102. Randi

    March 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Haha, I love these.

  103. laurakly

    March 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    love the tittle ;D so ironic and funny!

  104. Rohit

    March 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I love the pics. They are way too amazing. Keep up the good work. Hopefully they've been clicked by you.


  105. Petey

    March 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Really excellent series of photos! Love'em, especially as I'm headed to Italy tomorrow‚ÄĒI don't think Italians can speak if they have their hands in their pockets…

  106. Sam

    March 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    These pics are great! I love how Italian men are so passionate about everything and they are so expressive!
    I love the brown gloves casually thrown in the pocket of the coat and the big pointy lapels on the coat!

  107. Kristijonas

    March 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Do any of these people try to sue you for invasion of privacy?

    Haha – just a joke. Great outfits and wonderful stalker photography.

  108. Miss Molly

    March 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    half my family are Italian… these pics made me giggle because Italian people, being very passionate.. tend to 'talk with their hands' my mother can be chatting to her sister on the phone but still her hands would be flying in the air. it is really funny.

    great snaps – as always

  109. esme noir

    March 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    wonderful, expressive photos! how do you capture these folks? did they know you were photographing??

  110. candleashes

    March 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    These are so great! I love them. I really like watching people too.
    Did they know you were shooting them? Did you feel like a spy or stalker? :P

  111. Chloé

    March 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm


  112. zuccotto

    March 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I recognize the older fellow as a long time favorite here on the Sartorialist but can't come up with his name. Luca? The younger man could be his son.

    This is my favorite set of photos here on the blog for… years. Such a cool capture!

  113. Lindsay K

    March 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I think the older gentlemen in Italy wrote the book on elegance. Every time I travel to Italy, I'm always amazed by the suits, gloves textures and fabrics that the men wear.


  114. Lindsay K

    March 13, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I think the older gentlemen in Italy wrote the book on elegance. Every time I travel to Italy, I'm always amazed by the suits, gloves textures and fabrics that the men wear.


  115. Loreto

    March 13, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    looks like they're talking something really interesting, isn't it?

  116. My Heart Blogged

    March 13, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I love that it's moment of time captured, and he is very stylish.
    My Heart Blogged

  117. Jenny D.

    March 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    This is one of my favorites posts of yours!! :) so wonderful!

  118. The_Dark_Lady_2

    March 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    To Miss B: I love your script!

    Actually, they were playing charades.

  119. Monica

    March 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    forse stanno parlando di te facendo gli fotografie no!?

  120. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    no matter what we speak about, we say it with passion and certainty.

  121. Juliet Miller

    March 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I love how he's got his gloves in his pocket! They just seem to fit perfectly! They both look quite important. :)

  122. a Broad

    March 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Mmmm, like the men here in Argentina .. much arm waving , hand movement, faces and lip puckers.. and kiss kiss at the end.
    I love them :)

  123. Anonymous

    March 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    thats fantastic! im actually really happy i dont know what they are saying though. Whenever i overhear a conversation it just sounds really really unimportant or unintelligent (even though im sure i sound the same way) conversations are really much better when your a part of them

  124. jenifa

    March 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I love their faces and the way they look at each other while conversing, the good manners of the man in the light suit while the other one engages with the blonde woman. Also, something about the set of the sleeves of the dark coat is different.

  125. risamay

    March 13, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Thank god for Italia/ns!

  126. tas wanita

    March 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    great post & very good photos



    March 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    this is most definitely one of my FAVOURITE posts of yours! :)

  128. Caddy

    March 13, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Great caption! I to be cool if this was turned into a gif.

  129. alicia

    March 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    It seems like the negociation doesn't go well.. haha

  130. Le Chic Boutique

    March 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    These men are so involved, intense and animated! These outpouring of expression, when seen in relation to the group of three ladies in the earlier post, who were in a far more restrained (?) and understated conversation, make such lovely contrast!

    Love your sense of humour! :)

  131. Danielle Scalia

    March 14, 2011 at 12:25 am

    How do you make an Italian, silent?

    Tie up his hands!

  132. michael

    March 14, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I understand. You found paradise in America, you had a good trade, you made a good living. The police protected you and there were courts of law. And you didn't need a friend like me. But, uh, now you come to me, and you say: "Don Corleone, give me justice." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Godfather. Instead, you come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married, and you ask me to do murder for money.

  133. looks.before.books

    March 14, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Favorite part is leather gloves in the pocket

  134. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 1:12 am

    love the gestures, the passion, the aura, and above all your fabulous shots!

  135. liza

    March 14, 2011 at 1:18 am

    It looks like a veryanimated conversation! I talk with my hands as well, haha, such a funny habit.

  136. fortunato

    March 14, 2011 at 1:49 am

    For me my favorite post from you… Grazie !

  137. theTrendyDwarf

    March 14, 2011 at 2:03 am

    These photographs of these two Italian men talking are incredible! I love them. It certainly captures the way Italian men like to talk and use hand gestures to talk(there is a word for it BUT I have a mind blank right now). I also really love the way both are dressed.
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  138. Marissa

    March 14, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I love this!

  139. pau

    March 14, 2011 at 2:41 am

    what a chic pair of men

  140. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 2:41 am

    amazing pictures…i love italians

  141. anotherARTOHOLIC

    March 14, 2011 at 3:01 am

    they are telling a story with body language – so animated. absolutely love this.

  142. powerpoint

    March 14, 2011 at 3:09 am

    I do enjoy these photos, if the guy can add some funny conversion …

  143. looks.before.books

    March 14, 2011 at 3:25 am

    the gloves/ jacket combo on the man with in tan is great.

    see how these looks translate onto college campuses!

  144. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    March 14, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I'm learning Italian. The grammar is kick my American butt.

    However, I love how expressive it is. It is funny to see people on Rome having animated cell phone conversations.

    belle foto!

  145. Elise Willems

    March 14, 2011 at 4:33 am


  146. Hot Topics

    March 14, 2011 at 5:16 am

    yes i think they are talking very serious matter about business. Really amazing

    Thanks and Regards

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    March 14, 2011 at 6:53 am

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  148. ERTLandCOHN

    March 14, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I love too!
    Un saludo,

    ERTL and COHN

  149. Sonja

    March 14, 2011 at 7:20 am

    They obviously discuss how to seduce a woman. In the last picture they consult one.


  150. Aladelta

    March 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I¬īm from Argentina. We are like Italians: "gesticulators". These two gentlemen look like my two uncles in a sunday ASADO

  151. Hunter

    March 14, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I love them,they have the most adorable clothes on. Whatever they are saying, it must be important!

  152. .....InStyle....

    March 14, 2011 at 8:19 am

  153. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    WOTV has captured the story!

    The gloves are awesome. I'm old enough to remember when American men wore gloves and wonderful hats. Men didn't go anywhere without a hat. Women either!

  154. yoana

    March 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    It isn't very important ABOUT they are talking, is very important HOW they make.

  155. caribbelle

    March 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

    very emotive speakers and I love it

  156. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Talking Hands

  157. Luciane at

    March 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

    I love how passionate ITALIAN people are! They can be talking about how bad was the pizza, but it sound like the world will end tomorrow….

    Love ITALY!!!


    Luciane at

    PS: Great shots, congrats!

  158. Angie Muresan

    March 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

    No, no, they are competing for the affections of the blonde woman. In the first picture the dark haired gentleman is her husband and he's asking the older gentleman, what exactly does he exactly think he's doing? See? The older gentleman is at a loss for words.
    In the second photo, the lady apparently comes to her lover's defense and her husband isn't too happy. "You have caused enough trouble'" he tells her. "Stay out of it."
    Seeing how upset the husband is, the older gentleman tries to placate him, saying that they are just friends. There is nothing for the husband to worry about.
    "Friends? My a**," the husband says.
    The lady steps in again, but there is no calming the husband down. "I told you to stay out of it." He says.
    The older gentleman decides that it is futile to argue. Fate will take its course.

  159. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

    My step father is from Venezuela and he talks like that about detergent soap. :) (not kidding)LOL!


  160. Aimee

    March 14, 2011 at 10:19 am

    yes what struck me were the gloves that double as a pocket square??? now that's what you call steeze. I've been working for an Italian company five years running now, I love both their quips and quirks!

  161. James Taylor

    March 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

    There's a 99% chance they're discussing the plight of Fiorentina…

  162. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 11:08 am

    we italians can talk with our hands even when handcuffed..

  163. jackie

    March 14, 2011 at 11:14 am

    i love the stories some of you made up… especially the one by wotv! great! :)

  164. śĪ™Ś§™Ś§™ Wang Tai Tai

    March 14, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Reminds me of the movie Eat Pray Love in which JR was obsessed by the way the Italians gesture when they talk.

  165. Kimberly

    March 14, 2011 at 11:29 am

    All the gestures! I feel like I'm looking at pictures from my family reunion (only they're dressed better)! Something brilliant must've come from that conversation!


  166. Comercialista

    March 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Mediterranean are really elegant.

  167. Michelle Lee

    March 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    love the styles, photos and your title :) so true

  168. Planeta

    March 14, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Great job capturing the Italianissimo! LOVE the gloves tucked into the breast pocket on the uomo on the right. It's like they want to participate in the conversation as well.

  169. Francesca

    March 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Oh I love your photos!! and these have so much character… love it

  170. marilynadorno

    March 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Somehow I already knew they were Italians without reading the title. Very distinctive style and very interesting gentlemen indeed.

  171. E...

    March 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Really funny and chic pics ;D interesting…

  172. Mila

    March 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Love these photos! It looks like a scene from a movie :)

  173. globetrekkerloo

    March 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    absolutely brilliant! people talking with their hands just seem more genuine and real to me.

  174. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    These two gentelmen are regulars in this Blog. They are discussing style for sure.

    The young one is Valentino Ricci from Sciamat

    and the older man is Lino Leluzzi from Al Bazar.

  175. .....InStyle....

    March 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    very nice blog, you PHOTO very chic i hope in future collaboration!!!!!VISIT MY BLOG

  176. miss anna katie

    March 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Im the same! I have no clue what they are saying but I love to watch them talk!

  177. Just Silvia D

    March 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I had always gesticulated a lot but got a really bad habit while living there, mostly beacuse "italian hand language" is easier to learn than italian itself. Nice set of pics!

  178. Trendy

    March 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Just perfect class for this working mans!


    March 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Beautiful lapel size on the jacket of the gentleman on the left.

  180. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    it is very inneresting as even the situation they seem to really listening to each other with respect, as the gentleman they're.
    Very great pics.

    CONGRATS ! ! !

  181. UESman

    March 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Hand gestures while talking are the finishing touch on a perfected sense of style….damnit I miss florence.

  182. Suitorialist

    March 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I love the gloves in the breast pocket, great touch.

  183. musiqueblox

    March 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Wow! Is the man in the dark suit ever handsome!!! Scott….one of my favorites ever! Evokes strength, wisdom, confidence, ….and much more! It's great to be able to see much more depth of who that person might be. Love the fashion element but sometimes it's nice to see a little of where one's style might come from. LIKE!

  184. AnastasiaC

    March 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    great pics Sart – im an introvert so love spying on this kind of interaction and non-stop chit chat, hand gestures and expressions…i wonder what they are discussing…business, fashion, trends, politics?

  185. MGF

    March 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    haha. I love your title most of all.
    Italians speak with hands, second soul's miror.

  186. m.edwin

    March 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    that dark overcoat is so nice and tailored. love it. and the gestures of course; i bet conversations are more fulfilling when they're this active.

  187. P8

    March 14, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    How animated they both are! Oh, Italians and their hand motions….

  188. Laurie

    March 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I love the way you captured what looks to be a very passionate conversation. Both of them are truly engaged! Love.

  189. inky-capote

    March 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    oh my god, i'm in love
    i'm in love
    man in the dark looking like Blixa Bargeld from Einsturzende Neubauten

    the same clothes, the same haircut, the same big hands, and so dramatic

    i'm in loooove
    i'm so upset

  190. Pomarrosa

    March 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    I discovered the Sartorialist only recently. Of the photographs I've seen so far these five are the most dynamic and lively. There's nothing like being able to watch people when they are talking and unaware of being observed; their gestures, hand movements, the chemistry between or among those conversing is pure magic. Thanks for capturing their interaction.

  191. Anonymous

    March 14, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I feel we just missed a glove slap on Mr. Black.

  192. Bekah

    March 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    The geographical position of Italy has historically made it a nexus for international trade and cultural exchange. The meeting of so many languages and dialects can largely account for the reliance on gestures and body language.
    Love the stripe solid stripe solid pattern on the left man.

  193. Tessa

    March 14, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    If you need a translation, this little black and white book breaks down the mysteries of Italian hand gestures. I love this book:)

  194. Anonymous

    March 15, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I don't know what they are talking about either but what this conversation says to me is that by comparison it is very boring to live in the USA where it is rare to see people talk, dress, wear their hair, smoke, put gloves in pocket or do anything else with such individualistic style and flair!

    It isn't just about dressing……it's about living. And Europeans seem to really know how to live. Thank you, Sartorialist, for a truly delightful photo sequence.

  195. Anonymous

    March 15, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Some of the imagined dialogues are almost as much fun as the photos. Thanks, commenters (you especially, Miss B)! :)

  196. Jessica

    March 15, 2011 at 5:02 am

    While I'm usually hesitant to just pile on the accolades – this series is my favorite post of yours in a long, long time.

    It reminds me of some of your early action shots – like the guy playing handball. Yes, there is style – but also light and emotion and play.

    Thanks for posting.

  197. Monika

    March 15, 2011 at 6:16 am

    I want my husband to look lite that in a few years. :)


    March 15, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Fine! Wonderfull!

  199. Lydia

    March 15, 2011 at 8:31 am

    Haha awesome!!!

  200. Shani

    March 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

    I love it. We should write a dialogue to go with these wonderful photos, how fun would that be?

  201. Nuha

    March 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Oh my, this makes me incredibly happy!

  202. elga

    March 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    like a movie scene! cool!u're just like pro paparazzi :D

  203. elga

    March 15, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    like a movie scene! cool!u're just like pro paparazzi :D

  204. postmenon

    March 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm


  205. Anonymous

    March 15, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Ohhhhhh…what gorgeous, sexy men! Great photos!

  206. Elle

    March 16, 2011 at 9:37 am

    love that pictures! typically Italian :D

  207. Ururu Kaigo

    March 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    These photos have many stories.

  208. Anonymous

    March 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Ohhh yes! Mr. Valentino Ricci is a gentleman with impressive taste!

  209. Anonymous

    March 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    They look like Jean Paul Belmondo and the bad guy in Spiderman 2. I think that the Belmondo guy is very chic and elegant. Great photos as always. Regards, S.


    March 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    The passion in these photos are awesome! Now this is what's so great about photography…not just being posey posey, but being able to capture a moment in time! And, the passionate brunette is a hottie! Fabulous!!!!

  211. Anonymous

    March 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    over the *moon* about the gloves in pocket!

  212. Today's Gift

    March 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Great photos. Such expressive hands.

  213. by wanda weithers

    March 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    So sexy!!!

  214. by wanda weithers

    March 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Passionate conversation is so sexy.

  215. carl auböck architekt

    March 19, 2011 at 4:12 am

    i know them – they are berlusconis lawyers.

  216. Melanieee

    March 19, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I like how the guy on the right has his gloves in his pocket.

  217. Arianna

    March 20, 2011 at 9:14 am

    they're talking about… politics! Their gestures are really expressive, they're moving their hands vigorously BUT their faces are serious and they're concentrated on what the other is saying. Thus it cannot be football, beautiful women nor cars, otherwise they would be smiling much more. How do I know that? Well, I'm italian :) our government is a joke, our economy is trembling but we never lose passion in life and that is something I am really proud of.

  218. Anonymous

    March 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    hahaaha must be an intense conversation..

  219. chloe harper

    March 21, 2011 at 12:29 am

    you might find the book "speak italian" by Bruno Munari amusing :)
    all about italian hand gestures.

    here's a description

  220. samtk

    March 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Love the intensity- the passion is there in both characters, narrative abounds!

  221. ilary

    March 22, 2011 at 6:14 am


  222. Anonymous

    March 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I don't see the point (a part from the gloves) :) I'm Italian .. can't imagine not to talk with my hand

  223. Little Lovables

    March 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    love this post, so passionate, yet they are probably speaking of something not as intense as it appears!

  224. ak

    March 27, 2011 at 2:41 am

    LOL The brunette guy is so expressive, it's funny.

  225. elite barcelona

    March 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    These are so expressive!

  226. Monia

    March 29, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    So great! Mi piace molto! Especially the detail of the gloves in the jacket pocket!

  227. Mertxe Hernàndez

    April 4, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I love the way he looks, the cloths are very chic!

  228. Gene

    April 8, 2011 at 4:22 am

    INTENSE! …conversation.

  229. dernieres modes

    February 23, 2012 at 12:35 am


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