Wednesday, October 17, 2007

November GQ

I’m really happy that I was able to work Shannon Hill (a multi-post Sartorialist Alum) into the November GQ. He gives a few tips on how a gentleman that is not “in the business” of fashion can help create his own personal style.

Shannon also gives a nice shout-out to fellow Sartorialist G. Bruce Boyer.


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  1. Paul Pincus

    October 17, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Studied…but, so incredible!

  2. tim

    October 17, 2007 at 10:12 am

    this man is *perfectly* appointed – from his suit to his shoes to his briefcase to his expertly knotted tie. it’s a shame that more men in the u.s. don’t follow this gentleman’s lead and ditch the jeans and untucked woven shirt and step it up a bit. we should all leave the house looking so good.

  3. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Boyer rocks and so does Hill. I love the ticket pocket detail on a suit and alwys have mine made with one. He looks very sharp and adds vitality to a city that often times has too many dullards walking about.

  4. Robyn

    October 17, 2007 at 11:00 am

    He really reminds me of Cary Grant in the way he stands and the cut of the suit. Really likey.

  5. Anne Corrons

    October 17, 2007 at 11:08 am

    It’s really amazing!I love this picture; this man is perfect!

  6. applevenusian

    October 17, 2007 at 11:43 am

    crikey, that man looks amazing! now I need to look for him in your back posts.

    i agree with tim 150%. step it up, american fellas – you’ve been slapped in the face with the glove.

  7. cigalechanta

    October 17, 2007 at 11:44 am

    He looks great in brown, a color that for some unknown reason, some American men reject

  8. PeaceSignWithChocolate

    October 17, 2007 at 11:56 am

    Man, would I love to see more of this. He looks so terribly sharp. What is his business, by the way?

  9. Laguna Beach Trad

    October 17, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    This is a marvelous photo! I love the suit, a 3-button-rolled-to-2 (I believe). Note details such as the ticket pocket and pocket square. This gentleman is slightly too studied for my tastes, but no matter. This is excellent. And Bruce Boyer gets a mention. Wonderful.

  10. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    That guy definitely knows how to dress. He looks like he’s stepped right out of 1946. The broad tie, the ticket pocket, the high cut of the trousers, the tie clip, the pocket square, the Brylcreem… very Cary Grant. I am definitely envious of this man.

  11. MacGuffin

    October 17, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    What a beautiful suit. The cut, the colour, the materials…

  12. Victor

    October 17, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    Needs no other words ;-)

  13. Steven

    October 17, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    I’m not convinced on the high waisted trousers. Is it only in the UK that Simon Cowell gets ridiculed about his supposed love of high waisted trousers?

    Hey ho, this gent is still looking great in a classy bit of tweed and some great shoes.

  14. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    A GQ or not but I think his pants look funny. Everything else is so formal but the high waist on the pants makes this picture-funny.

  15. this one guy

    October 17, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Wow. The contrast between this old school gentleman and the graffiti is very well spotted. And I love me a brown suit- rare these days.

  16. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Yes, always very lovely, this man!

    This particular outfit, though, makes me want to have his neck “breathe.” It would be nice to see him sans cravat and with a touch of unbuttoning.

    But really, he’s dashing enough for me to settle.


  17. Butch

    October 17, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    Wow–serious and seriously wonderful threads!

    Note, among many delights, the way that the two button jacket is cut–and the pants properly placed–such that no belt (or in this case, I’m surmising, pants waist) is revealed.

    But this is all good–beautifully done!

    PS, Did I mention the shiny cap of the beautiful cap-tip shoes, which could be declasse, but here is just the opposite? The tie clip? The briefcase? The perfect relationship of tie-knot to collar shape? The suit’s lovely gray-brown color? The….

  18. ROT

    October 17, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Mr. S,
    I’m very glad that this photo is going to be seen by an even larger national audience. He must be one of the best dressed men here in America.

    Thanks for reminding me that all we’ve got to do is try.


  19. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    Perfect cut of shoulders , sleeve length , pants

    great pic Sart

  20. NorthShore Chicago

    October 17, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Fine choices from Mr. Hill, the pink dress shirt is just enough oomph!

  21. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    Fantastic color on that suit, and flattering! Younger guys out there, try to get past your fear of higher waists. This guy is seriously rocking the retro details. Love the tie clip, the briefcase, the hair. You heard ‘em. Step it up!

  22. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Scott, who is hit tailor?

  23. Deja Pseu

    October 17, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Gorgeous man, gorgeous suit!

  24. landis smithers

    October 17, 2007 at 4:19 pm

    i’m just impressed that he came out of that alley looking that good. . .

  25. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 4:38 pm

    Contrary opinion warning!

    No, this doesn’t work for me at all.

    He looks far too studied.

    The collar looks too thick and tight. Ditto the tie knot.

    Jacket is great – except it’s too tight – check out the button pinch.

    Trousers are too high.

    Shoes, though, excellent. (And I can see he correctly uses black polish on brown shoes for the right reasons).

    I challenge the commentators here to think:

    1. Wouldn’t this be be better if he actually ditched the tie?

    2. Also wore a fresh pair of blue jeans?

    3. And carried a relaxed, quality leather satchel?

    4. And removed the frozen look from his face?

    This is a fine looking fella, obviously oozing style and charisma… but God Bless old Cary Grant etc, the times have changed.

    It’s one thing looking like you might be in a film; but another looking like you strolled out a period piece.

    Tweed is great: but let’s htink Redford in ‘Three Days of the Condor’…

    Not, ‘Brideshead Revisited’…

    Or am I being too hard here?

    Thoughts? Scott/Sart… everyone….

  26. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Inspirational. And love the high waisted trousers too.

    When will Mr Hill appear in the SartoriaList?

    Soon, I hope.


  27. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Impeccable and dashing. Love the tailoring, the detail, the color. But, nooooooooooo, say it ain’t so — are we back to fuller pants already? Jeez, and I just got my slim suit.

  28. Butch

    October 17, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Dear Anon 4:58,

    To reply to your post, point by point:

    1. No.
    2. No.
    3. No.
    4. No.

    What makes him and his suit and accessories so wonderful is that he’s carried a tradition (or two or more) triumphantly into modern life.

    Proving that actual style– dressing with great attention to proportion, fit, cut, quality, appropriateness of appointments, with an evolved sensibility– is forever.

  29. jamesy

    October 17, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    To qoute Tyra Banks….Work It GRRRRLL!! Crikey he is a dapper, gent. He could break the heart of a boy/girl or two!!! Jeez. Between his beautifl look and the contrast of the alley (nod to Landis, ahem) This pic is just ROCKN’. Wow. I need a martini and and a weekend in Capri after looking at him….Own it Brotha!

  30. Verdiales

    October 17, 2007 at 7:38 pm


    Yes, it’s a bit of the period piece here, but he does it well, doesn’t he? I wouldn’t be comfortable with a collar that high myself, and I don’t understand high-waisted pants from any other angle than antiquarianism, but at Hill’s level of polish, it’s pointless to quibble.

    And that’s a helluva suit, any way you cut it.

  31. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Brilliant the proportions are great. Particularly the way tie width, lapel width and shirt collar size complement each other. Also I noted that unlike myself he is wearing his pants not at his hips but at his waist. (It’s a bad habit I’m trying to break). One question though Sart I have seen you comment many time about sleeve length what about pants? I noted that the slight break on his pant helps enhance the lengthening affect. How do you feel about pant length?

  32. Asian Models Blogger

    October 17, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    I love the jacket, shoes and bag.

    The gentleman is a VERY GOOD looking man with a nice lean body underneath that outfit but that high waisted pants make him look a little pudgy around the waist.

    I would have liked to see a leaner fitting pants.

  33. Oliver

    October 17, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    To those that say “lower the waist” I say “How could you?”

    Lower the waist and you will end up seeing the waistband/belt beneath the button. Which breaks up the lines.

    To atone for this, you would have to cut the jacket longer. Which throws off all the proportions.

    Look at the proportions from an abstract shape point of view. Do your really want to make him look long waisted? After all, that is closer to ape than man.

    To those that say the pants should be slimmer fitting, I say, “it’s been done before – classic lapels, wider ties, earth-tones, and slim pants – that was the ’70s… how quickly you forget.

    I’d have to see him standing with his hands out of his pocket to make a call on whether his jacket waist is too snug.

    The only critique I have would be to suggest a slightly smaller knot on the tie.

  34. giuseppe timore

    October 17, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    Sometimes i forget that good looking pants come in cuts other than tight and narrow. For all you who think he looks too “period”, remember that 10 years ago you would have said the same thing about the short and skinny suits (so 1960′s!) that are all the rage now. Seriously, how can you mess with an outfit like this?

  35. Anonymous

    October 17, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    A lot of it is good. Some bits reference a late 40s or early 50s look — the straight leg pants with the wider cuff, and the long rise to the natural waist. The shoulder is a little softer, though still built up, and the 3 roll 2 is classic. The most non-period bit is the severe waist suppression, which does have the effect of making his waist look bigger than it is. I hope a version of this comes back after the low-hipped, shrunken preppy thing is over.

  36. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Gentleman whit autonal colors

  37. sandman_gr

    October 18, 2007 at 4:56 am

    Extremely elegant. Perfect!

  38. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 9:40 am

    He really doesn’t look that “period” at all – he doesn’t draw any more looks on the street due to the high-waisted, full cut of the pants than he would if the pants were narrowly cut. He draws looks because he looks sharp, not “period.” And those pants, although drapey, are cut so well they look great.

  39. nattynyc

    October 18, 2007 at 9:51 am

    I saw Mr. Hill on the street the other day and boy does he cut a fine figure. If I recall correctly his look that day was somewhat looser and less trad, so he’s got multiple tricks up his sleeve…

  40. sherie'

    October 18, 2007 at 10:59 am

    how gorgeous

  41. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Dude’s pants end somewhere around his sternum? Grandpa called — he wants his pants back!

  42. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 6:36 pm

    Anon 4:38

    you’re clueless …

    great shot Sart

  43. zuccotto

    October 18, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    I give up, this is great? (no aspersions to the fellow).

  44. Brian S

    October 19, 2007 at 11:52 am

    God that suit is killer.

  45. Anonymous

    October 19, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Anon 6.36…

    Clueless I may be – rude I am not.

    Style is about mroe than clothes.

    Try a splash of manners when blogging next time.

    I was only expressing some ideas and suggesting a few points. I was not attacking you – or this chap – personally. So some moderation – in every sense – might be appropriate on here.

    You have my word.

  46. Anonymous

    October 20, 2007 at 1:03 am

    This is a textbook case study on how to perfectly cut and wear a suit. Great shoes and briefcase too, BTW.

  47. tomassocroccante

    October 20, 2007 at 1:50 am

    Mr. Hill lives somewhere near me, so I’ve seen him on his way to work in the morning, and coming home at night, for many years.

    He sets a terrific standard – the kind of guy who can make me think of hiking up my five flights to try a little harder.

    Never eccentric, sometimes what for most of us would be far too “perfect” – but we could say the same about some of the heros mentioned above, plus Astaire, Fairbanks Jr, Halston …

    It’s his thing, and he does it like very few. (Apologies to you, SH, for joining in the deconstruction of your self-presentation.)

  48. tomassocroccante

    October 20, 2007 at 2:21 am

    BTW, previous pic in the July blog on the 16th of the month.

  49. Anonymous

    October 21, 2007 at 2:56 am

    perfect fit bravo……

  50. Anonymous

    October 23, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    The cut and the material of the suit is excellent. Very refreshing to see that shade of brown. Blue and Grey are nice, but brown needs to be considered more often. On a side note – Men, black suits are for weddings or funerals. It is a utility suit, don’t wear it to work unless you are a waiter or bouncer.

    The ticket pocket is beautiful.

    As someone mentioned earlier, the jacket is a bit tight. It looks as though the button is about ready to pop off.

    In regard to the high waist, well it certainly works here. People correctly noted that by lowering the waist you would expose the belt.

    All in all this outfit works well.

    In response to an earlier post, it was noted in GQ that he is in the real estate business. Being in RE myself, I would venture to guess that he is a developer. They have the most style of all RE practitioners.

  51. Anonymous

    October 24, 2007 at 5:19 am

    Yes, I like this suit a lot. Say who made this suit?

    Also, would love to hear anybody’s top ten Men’s Fashion websites.

    Justin C.
    New York, NY

  52. Men's Vintage Connoiseur

    October 24, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    A very timeless and sophisticated
    English look. Was this taken by the garage flea market that I love?

    The Men’s Vintage Connoiseur

  53. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    Absolutely Stunning……please let us know who is his tailor?

  54. Anonymous

    November 1, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Wow. This man looks incredible. I love a man in a shirt. And is that tweed? Maybe we could have a cup of tea together sometime…:)

  55. Farrow

    December 7, 2011 at 12:42 am

    One word. Classic. The represents classic style. Although I know it doesn’t fit the “tight” look that is now a trend. But that’s all it is, a trend. The tweed jacket and everything from the torso up is perfect now and always. A briefcase works so much better, than a satchel would.
    The pants are up for interpretation. But jeans are NOT classic in all situations, these trousers are. Color is perfect, length is great. Especially when he places the waist higher up, very vintage feel, but still works for today. But no matter what, 50years from now people will look at this and still say, “amazing”.

  56. luc

    March 2, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Like the style or not: but perfect, just perfect!

  57. george_amsterdam

    June 2, 2013 at 10:25 am

    English 30′s cut – elegantly worn the American way.
    Love it.

  58. Markey

    August 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Well fist I have to say, I detest the skinny suit which is still on its way out in 2016 as I write this. To me, timeless classics like this suit, as someone said “will never go out of style” no matter what the fashion trends are. It’s all cyclical anyway. And style is what is key, not fashion. “Fashion is always fleeting. Style is forever! “Having said that, I love the suit and shoes. I like the cut and fit. I wear my suits just like this. Always get compliments. I do however not agree with the tie choice, as it’s colors and fabric do not work well with the suit at all! Worst part of all of it is the tie not. Way to big and not tied tight correctly for my tastes. A solid colored silk tie with smaller knot would have worked better. You must mix fabrics. Secondly, the shirt collar is odd and does not lay right, regardless of the tie or lapels. So my issue is really just with the tie and shirt. Which is easily fixed. Otherwise it looks sharp!

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