Thursday, August 2, 2007

Old Buddy!, Milan

When I was at the Calvin show in Milan last time, just as a goof, I went to see if my painter friend was still around the neighborhood. I was surprised to see that he was in almost the same spot as last time having lunch with his co-workers.
I walked over and I didn’t need to say a single word – it was like he had been waiting all day for his turn. We don’t speak each others language, I don’t know his name and yet it is like we are old buddies.

What could he possibly be telling his wife that morning? ” Yes, I have to have my portrait taken today by a crazy American soooooo I will choose my navy vest and Orange nylon fannypack!”

He will definitely be getting a few prints next summer in Milan.

Ciao, Buddy!


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  1. tereneh

    August 2, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Molto bello! He glows! True style, no labels, no mags, just real. Wonderful stuff.

  2. Alice Olive

    August 2, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Ha! Lovely mix of blue and orange. I love that he was in the same spot too.

  3. noelle

    August 2, 2007 at 10:53 am

    this guy rules! great style is all in how you work it, yes? rock that fanny pack!

  4. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 10:55 am

    oh sart, you are one talnted man!

  5. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 11:12 am

    aw, i love this post

  6. Jayne

    August 2, 2007 at 11:38 am

    this is my favorite post to date. He is just too cute.

  7. Richard

    August 2, 2007 at 11:39 am

    Makes me smile. Gotta love the Italians. La dolce vita.

  8. Shoe Lover

    August 2, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    I love your spirit, Sart. Truly. Your attitude toward your subjects has to have as much influence on your photos as the subjects themselves. I think that “certain something” we all love about your photos but can’t quite put our fingers on is you.

  9. prettykittypublishing(aka)invisible girl

    August 2, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Ah, nice job!

  10. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    ITALIANS , also if they’re just simple wall painter, have an unpretentios and natural elegance that it’s almost impossible to achieve from the current generation of americans, always not spontanious and too study in their looks, so defently stiff!

    You rock sart!

  11. patagoniacommunity

    August 2, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    Charming, endearing–almost a caricature of the Italian painter. Enjoyed seeing and reading.

  12. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 1:10 pm

    His glow has increased noticeably from the first photo to the second,
    and that´s thanks to the communication between two artists! Good guys, both of you!

  13. sara

    August 2, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    he is fantastic and so is this blog!

  14. GenX Theorist

    August 2, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    What a sweetie! :)

  15. sue

    August 2, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    i love that man!

  16. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    I loved the first edition of this Italiano and the second is even better. In 1995 I was traveling with my family in Rome. We were leaving St. Peter’s and just outside was a group of men, plasterers or painters in splattered and spotted work clothes, sitting on the curb eating their lunch. Each one a deadringer for Paul Newman, Al Pacino, or Marcello Mastroianni. As I tried to avoid gawking at them, my daughter, then 8 years old, whispered to me “those men are all really handsome, mommy.” Even a child could see this was a rare collection of men. Beyond their natural good looks, they were also very self-possessed. It was striking to see how in comparison to US laborers, they were very confident and easy in their ways. Italians just got it goin’ on!

  17. Kristen

    August 2, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    your pictures are always so nice. usually i am inspired by the sophistication and refinement of the subject. This man though, he is just beautiful and perfect and he outshines everyone else!

  18. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    How cool! Maybe you could learn a few phrases of Italian by next year, at least to ask his name and tell him yours.

  19. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    We love Buddy!!


    August 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    He rocks that fannypack!

    He looks like he might be a very animated character.


  21. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    We don’t speak each others language, I don’t know his name and yet it is like we are old buddies.

    Like the French ice-cream vendor and the American assassin in GHOST DOG. :)

    Wonderful portrait.

  22. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    Made me smile too. Luv your work. :)

  23. giselle

    August 2, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    i dont care what anyone says. i will always love bright colored fanny packs. and yes this guy has to be one of my favorite characters from your whole blog list.

  24. Jack Daniel

    August 2, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    He looks like a nice man.

    I like stories like these…

  25. Candid Cool

    August 2, 2007 at 6:13 pm


  26. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    It’s a talent to be able to take a photograph like this. People don’t really respond to a lens but to the photographer. Keep going and August Sander will have nothing on you.

  27. Marques Lyons

    August 2, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    That’s such a cool picture. I’ve always been a big fan of fashion and style (even though it took me a few years to get my own style in gear). So it’s always nice to come across sites that cover style, fashion and how it can be such a big part of our lives.

  28. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I love him!

  29. pasquale

    August 2, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    these clothes will undoubtedly end up as Double RL vintage on Mott and Prince at prices we can only stare in disbelief at.

  30. positively the same dame

    August 2, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    honestly, i think i might be in love with this man — such a pleasure to see him again.

  31. Gudl

    August 2, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    that is too cute!
    what a nice man.

  32. Amy

    August 2, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    wonderful pictures!

  33. Amber Fairweather

    August 2, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    Finallly a real man!

  34. ACB

    August 2, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    This guy is my favorite Sartorialist “regular.” What a face!!

  35. Blaise

    August 2, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    Your story is just adorable.. He seems to be a really nice guy.. the following time, you could probably get his name.. ;)

  36. Maria

    August 2, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Nice! I can imagine the smiles in both of your faces when meeting… He has character, a crucial underlaying element of style.

  37. DeepBlueSea

    August 2, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Painting houses in my student days I remember loving how the paint colour from each successive house added a new element to my workwear.

    Green spots from that house on Mathers where Rob kicked the dog, a big yellow splotch from when I leaned against the wall that was still wet…

    It adds layers of history and after a summer your pants can stand up all on their own…

  38. Anonymous

    August 2, 2007 at 11:44 pm

    this post made my good day even better

  39. David

    August 3, 2007 at 2:01 am

    He just looks so natural, with that mustache and all. Kinda makes me all happy, just looking at the picture, made me smile too!

  40. Diana

    August 3, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Reading the comments I am getting a little angry! I know that this blog is about clothes and fashion, on the other hand I like that Sart also shares with us some personal memories or stories as well. This case it is a simple (though very simpethetic) painter in working clothes!! And some comments are somehow, perhaps I cannot express myself well, but they are just fake. Sart, you really took the photo because of the “lovely mix of blue and orange and the fanny pack, and because of the italian fashion and style comes out of this pic????
    Next time if you show us your favorite cleaning personal somewhere, than will we receive comments about the nice cut of the overalls?
    Sorry from everyone, but it just came out.

  41. Luisa

    August 3, 2007 at 3:16 am

    This man gave me the confidence to wear silk scarves bushranger style. He is fantastic!

    I love it when you shoot ordinary “uncool” people.

  42. Sehnsud

    August 3, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Thank you Sart, you and your buddy really saved my day.

  43. rollergirl

    August 3, 2007 at 4:32 am

    Hah, I KNEW bumbags (funnypacks) were coming back!

  44. Anonymous

    August 3, 2007 at 6:28 am

    Molto bello indeed! You made me break out in a silly grin at my desk this morning. Grazie.

  45. The Sartorialist

    August 3, 2007 at 6:59 am

    For Diana
    I took the photo not because of the clothes but because he glows!

  46. Woogie

    August 3, 2007 at 8:17 am

    This photo is like an unexpected present on a gloomy day! What a great way for me to start a Friday. Thanks, Sart!

  47. Leibniz

    August 3, 2007 at 9:16 am

    I am sorry that you, as a person assumedly interested in style and appearance, do not see the it in these lovely portraits. They are striking – and maybe just a little disconcerting – just because they so clearly show that personal style, and our perception of it, is only to a limited extent a result of cuts and materials. God knows how many people I have seen here in Manhattan who shell out thousands of dollars on their wardrobes and still look like they are constantly on their way to an audition for some photo shoot, believing themselves to be looking out from Mount Olympus, while their anxiety and eagerness for acceptance seeps through the gilded façades. And then, someone like this man comes along, uncomplicated and unforced in his approach to his appearance, minor details showing that he cares, but nothing overpowering the sense that he is at peace with his station. And while his outfit may be copied and bought, the contentedness cannot. Precisely that is the importance of these portraits in a context such as this.

  48. JenC

    August 3, 2007 at 9:54 am

    He makes me smile!

  49. Anonymous

    August 3, 2007 at 11:12 am

    His smile rocks!

    Looks like as if his face was photoshopped into that second pix.

    Looks totally the same!

    Damn! That goofy smile rocks.

  50. ina

    August 3, 2007 at 11:51 am

    I love shots like these, of ordinary people.. showing the thought they put in their appearance. There is something very personal in the relationship of a person with their clothes..Very inspirational… that is, when I actually notice it. These visual gems are everywhere, but it takes an open mind to see them.
    That is why I like these photos… they make me see :)

  51. charlene

    August 3, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    aww..this entry just made my day..
    time and time again u never fail to surprise:)

  52. prettykittypublishing(aka)invisible girl

    August 3, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    To Diana,

    That The Sartorialist has captured the essence of style in this man’s utilitarian look truly makes this a wonderful photograph for this website which is all about detail.

    To top it off, The Sartorialist captured the man one year earlier in a similar outfit simply proving that one man’s personal style is intricately linked to his daily life.

    Plus, in each shot, this man, whose name we do not even know, seems to be reaching out toward the audience behind the lens.

    That is what makes this series so intriguing to me.

    And I will keep reading this blog so that I may see more people like him.

    In addition, I await the day when The Sartorialist will surprise us with yet another photo of this man so that time and space will be reduced and we may react with the kind of joy usually reserved for old, old friends.

    This blog makes me proud to be both a humanist – and a stylista.


  53. cat

    August 3, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    is he romanian?

  54. Anonymous

    August 3, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    I love this guy… his face speaks volumes of character & that he enjoys life & living… Great pictures..

  55. Anonymous

    August 3, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    I just have to say I love this guy so much! I always loved that first picture and it’s so great o see him again! It’s so nice how you appreciate characters like him, rather than simply the the impossibly thin fashionistas we see everywhere else.

  56. positively the same dame

    August 4, 2007 at 1:27 am


    if this blog were merely about fashion it would not have such a loyal and devoted following. it is about so much more: character, panache, intelligence, ease, confidence, creativity, individuality, art, photography, life. do you really look at these fascinating people in these wonderful shots and just see clothes? and more importantly, is that all you want?

  57. Amber Fairweather

    August 4, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Dear Diana,

    There are people in the world who don’t have the money to use Vogue or L’Officel as a catalog. There are folks who don’t care to shop H&M and Zara to look like the folks on Style.Com…they just don’t find it important. Does this mean they don’t have style? Trust me doing either is neither, it’s a cheating in fact. Style is something that…comes with having confidence and pride in what you do…whether you’re cleaning toilets or editing a fashion magazine. Furthermore, how do you think this fashion world is supported. There are people who clean the toilets at the Barneys you shop at, people who drive the magazines (in trucks an cargo planes) that you look at, paint the catwalks you watch from the sidelines, and they are just important to the process as the Anna Wintours….probably more so. And yes they have style…every human does…you just have to look for it.

  58. Anonymous

    August 4, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Aw. I like picturing you meeting again with your buddy. The recognition and the mutual admiration!


    I think a good-hearted boy from The Midwest is welcomed ‘most everywhere.

    We enjoy seeing all your buddies.

    Next up? I suppose at the Spring Fashion Weeks.

    hen? the old diver in Paris!

    We haven’t forgot you promised to meet him in October.

    – desertwind

  59. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Hi Scott,

    just to tell the painter’s name’s Demetrio and if I’m not wrong he must be originary from southern region of Calabria.


  60. madame_leiderhosen

    August 7, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    oh, just his face just makes my heart sing. Huge, huge style. I love you for taking this photo.

    Of course it does make me wonder if you are going to show up at my house when my hair is in those pink foam curlers and I am wearing the husband’s pants and grandmere’s apron, in the act of installing a fresco on the kitchen ceiling. Thanks. Now I live in fear, but happier that Mr. Blue and Orange is working the style for all of us.

  61. Anonymous

    August 7, 2007 at 10:36 pm

    I love him so much! He is just plain precious!

  62. Gabriela

    August 9, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    How wonderful! This guy could be part of a fary tale. A male god mother fairy…

  63. Anonymous

    August 18, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    you are such a talented photographer…

  64. Anonymous

    February 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Wait! It’s the same fanny pack as the year before: got orange paint on it.

    Even better.

  65. Keri

    October 28, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    i just love his smile :o)

    it's amazing how u can always see things overlooked by others or the details in a completely new way….love ur photos & notes

  66. Anonymous

    August 23, 2009 at 8:34 am

    His smile is so sweet, it actually made me cry!

  67. Barbara

    April 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    The thing I miss most about living in Europe is seeing the wonderfully dressed Euro men. Most of all I miss the Italian men, so naturally elegant.

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