Sunday, December 10, 2006

On The Street….57th Street, New York


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  1. enjoitherhythm

    December 10, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    Fashion Magritte.

  2. the Allen gallery

    December 10, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    I came across your blog as a link from another site. it is now one of my favorite places to check-in during the week.

    You capture so much everyday style, flair and energy people give off from the clothes they choose to wear.

    This blog is far better than any fashion rag i’ve come across.

    A great blog.

  3. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Great hat, nice vest. Classic style. He should lighten up, though, he looks great.

  4. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    The Sophisticate Goth? Like the hat.


  5. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 2:47 pm

    textbook pairing of hat shape to face. nice.

  6. marie

    December 10, 2006 at 2:51 pm


  7. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 3:15 pm

    Is he going to a costume party? The Magritte reference is spot-on.

  8. EMNH

    December 10, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    For some reason, I want a granny smith apple.

  9. miriam

    December 10, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    he looks like a very lovely mortician.

  10. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    great call enjoitherhythm.

    nice shot.


  11. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    looks like Daniel Handler, aka. Lemony Snicket
    good shot, sart.

  12. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    He looks like he could have been a thug in the early 1900s, especially given his face and the bowler.

  13. divya

    December 10, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Hercule Poirot without the famous moustaches!

  14. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    He’s rockin’ that bowler. It’s nice to see such a retro look in menswear (in the U.S., at any rate).

  15. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 9:12 pm

    He looks English to me. I guess it’s the hat.

  16. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    Too much black. Anachronistic, but could be more interesting.

  17. D. Kay

    December 10, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    Ahh, a derby. The whole thing screams Newton boys and locomotion robberies.

    Does he have a sawed-off double shotty under that trench?

  18. Anonymous

    December 10, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    I really like this

  19. Butch

    December 10, 2006 at 10:48 pm

    My word! This is rather extraordinary; teeters on the edge dividing costume from daily dress as evocation of styles past.

    I admire the painstaking commitment, the attention to fit and detail–but most of all, the hat, which is, among other things, perfect for his face.

  20. Get Smart

    December 10, 2006 at 10:54 pm

    I instantly thought “Magritte’ as well, so for me that’s enough to make this ensemble too costumey for it to be taken seriously in 2006(7)

  21. positive_negative

    December 10, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    How perfect does the hat fit the perceived pitbull persona (and round, muggish face that compliments the shape of the hat) !?!

  22. Carmi

    December 10, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    Ooh, I love this image. It takes me back to a time that most of us have forgotten.

    Love your site, BTW. You force us to see things in new ways.

  23. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 12:30 am

    Looks good, because he is the hat.

    Yeah, what a lame of putting it, but you know what I mean.

  24. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 1:49 am

    An Englishman in New York

  25. Lit

    December 11, 2006 at 2:01 am

    The irony is that the hat actually draws away from what is otherwise as magnificently textured and tailored an outfit, as any other that we’ve seen. If you look at that greatly-knotted tie, the waistcoat, the shirt and the coat, you see that a lot of attention to detail was paid. But because of that bloody hat, your attention is drawn away from that. A pity…

  26. Just an Observation

    December 11, 2006 at 2:16 am

    BOWLER HAT ……I see here ….his lapelled vest ad the double breasted overcoat …all very english ….however the briefcase inconsistent in my opinion…….I feel that if he was going for such specfic look ….maybe some kind of a Banker’s briefcase would have been a good choice.
    long live the bowler hats!!!!…..for anyone that can carry them off that is

  27. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 3:00 am

    there’s two types of derby (bowler) hat: one like that, which is really difficult (impossible?) to look good in, and the “curly-brim” type (as worn by Steed in “The Avengers”), where the sides of the brim curl up, rather than sticking out … the latter is way more flattering to most face shapes.

    just a bit of advice for anyone wanting to try one.

  28. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 3:38 am

    Its the bag for me. The story is hidden in the bag.

  29. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 9:11 am

    He looks like one of the Thompson Twins, perhaps on the hunt for his sibling.

  30. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 9:17 am

    Not bowled over by this one. Though the coat is nice.

  31. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Is this Mr. Bank from Mary Poppins – has the family moved to New York?

  32. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 1:00 pm

    Mr. Banks was my first thought too!
    A banker.

  33. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    Looks like the classic “coke” hat from John Locke in London. Where can I buy one in NY?

  34. Fran

    December 11, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    What a coincidence!

    I have received this morning from UK a double breasted, knee length black coat, just like the one in the photograph.

    The brand is Crombie (Aberdeen, Scotland Est. 1805, Royal Warrant as outfitters to his Royal Highness Prince of Wales) and it´s great.

    Sadly, it´s too formal for everyday wear, but I love to have it in my closet, ready for a special occasion.

    Greetings from Asturias, Spain.

  35. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    The Man In the Bowler Hat: His History and Iconography_, by Fred Miller Robinson (ISBN 0-8078-2073-3)

    The first bowler hat was designed by the hatters James and George Lock of St. James Street in London in 1850 for their client William Coke II, later the Earl of Leicester.

    “The Locks sent their deisng across the Thames to the hatmakers THomas and William Bowler, who had a factory in Southwark and were Lock’s chief suppliers. William Bowler produced the prototype, which bears his family’s conveneiently descriptive name to this day, although Lock’s has always insisted on calling it a ‘Coke’ hat. ‘On the south side of the river, the thing was naturally called a Bowler, because Mr. Bowler had made it. In St James’s Street it was equally naturally called a Coke, since Mr Coke had bespoken it.’ No doubt the commercial rather than the aristocratic appellation won out because of the hat’s bowl shape.

    “Calling it a ‘Coke’ may have been a mistake, since it has long been confused with the ‘billycock’ hat. Indeed Frank Whitbourne titled his chapter on the bowler [in a book on the history of Lock's] ‘Disposes of a Controversy’ in order to clear up what had become, and what even after Whitbourne’s disposal (in 1971) has continued to be, a confusion in terms. In a book as recent as Sarah Levitt’s _Victorians Unbuttoned_ (1986), it is said that the bowler was nicknamed billycock *because* it was commissioned by William Coke, a mistake repeated in reference books like _The Dictionary of Eponyms_ (1985), which lumps the bowler and the billycock together as a hat requested of a hatter named Beaulieu by ‘Billy’ Coke. According to Whitbourne, a controversy over the bowler’s origins and name arose on the centenary of the bowler in 1950, with arguments in newspapers and on radio and television. Whitbourn resolves the controversy by clearly distinguishing between the Coke hat and the billycock. The latter was the name for two kinds of hats: a cocked hat worn by upper-class sporting gangs called ‘bullies’ (hence bully-cock) and a hard Cornish miner’s hat, confined to local use, manufactured by a hatmaker named William Cock for the protection of men working underground.” (16-17)

  36. Anonymous

    December 11, 2006 at 5:31 pm

    Magritte: Gloconda

  37. Anonymous

    December 12, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    This Lock aficionado looks like he probably has a trophy wife seeing to his every need, sartorial or otherwise

  38. Susan

    December 13, 2006 at 8:28 am

    He IS a sweetie pie and (nearly) perfect. He is my brother and I am so proud of what he does and who he is. D-You look gorgeous!

  39. Anonymous

    December 18, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    What a disappoint bunch of comments.

    It works — the way he carries himself in the clothes — its so subdued and dignified and quietly subversive. His look is quiet but challenging (the reason I suspect for unfavorable comments).

    Very few people have such a personal presence with their style choices.

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