Thursday, August 7, 2008

On the Street…Andre Benjamin, Florence



So it was the last day of Pitti, really hot in Florence and after being outside all day shooting the heat was starting to get to me.
All I wanted to do was stop into a few shops on my way back to the hotel and then spend the rest of the night working on images in my air conditioned room.

At around 6:45 I popped into Boggi. The place was about to close and there was only one other guy in the shop.
Now, I had just watched the movie Semi-Pro on the plane on the way over and the guy in the shop looked surprisingly similar to Coffee Black. I didn’t think it was him because it was just so out of context. I got up the courage to ask if he was the guy in the movie, and just about the time he said yes I remembered his name (thank God!). Of course I knew all about him, but again because it was so out of context I was blanking.

Anyway, I told him I did a blog called The Sartorialist and now he was all excited because he said that he loved the blog and looks at it often. Now I’m totally blushing – I know a lot of people look at my blog but i never think it is someone like him (or Kanye!) (and by “him” I mean any big star)

So , of course I ask if we can go pop outside and take a fast shot.
We find a great background and the photo above is that moment. Honestly, I had to take a few shots because I was still so psyched that this was happening.

We went back to the store and he ended up buying the blue knit shirt that I recommended (I’m wearing mine in the Style.com video a few post down).

Anyway, that is the back story of this photo.

ps. I will make a prediction now that Semi-Pro will clean up at this years Oscars!!
If you haven’t seen it yet RUN to buy the DVD – Will Ferrell Rocks!!

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  1. sparrow

    August 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Andre’s style is inimitable…very pleased to see him featured here!

  2. Rob Gould

    August 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    well done sir. nice catch on your part. the trousers rock. like zippy lemonade.

  3. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Stylish and cool as always. I have also run into him on the streets and he always has something unique but clean. Thanks Sart.

  4. Kav

    August 7, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Awesome!

    Love me sexyyyyyy!

  5. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    An incredibly positive force in Hip-Hop. Glad you got the chance to meet him.

  6. deborah

    August 7, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I love the yellow pants.

  7. Maria

    August 7, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    He is THE MAN!

  8. Chad

    August 7, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    I am so glad the rest of the world is realizing that Hip Hop style is more than just over sized sports jerseys and baggy jeans. The spontaneous style of Hip Hop is also reflected in the clothing. Furthermore, Hip Hop was born out of sampling and borrowing to make your own style. The same ethic goes into the clothing. Andre 3000 is apart of my childhood. I grew up on Outkast and saw him grow musically, artistically and stylistically. He is obviously a modern day dandy.

  9. Susana

    August 7, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    this is absolutely adorable.

    the expression, the moment, your excitement.

    three stacks’ grin made my day :)

  10. Ashe Mischief

    August 7, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve loved Andre’s style since he recommended men wear red socks in In Style a few years back.

  11. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    WOW that is amazing.. see stars are just like us.. they really do read good blogs! Andre looks very fashionable and could really pull of those yellow trousers!

  12. G.S.GUCCILIFE

    August 7, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I almost forgot..yes,Will Ferrell rocks!

  13. CultureCynic

    August 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    this guy takes risks and sets trends instead of following them. He has bein at the forefront of eclectic fashion before it was even hip to be different. Kudos for capturing his massive “fabulosity” on your blog.

    p.s……this blog is like my daily word. Keep doing what you do because you do it so exceedingly well.

    Cheers,

  14. amyonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    oh, he is SO cute. and such great style. really rocks those yellow pants with the blue converse. great hat. wonderful white shirt. best of all, a beautiful smile. i’m happy!

  15. Niki

    August 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    LOVE Andre! He looks so relaxed and happy, the yellow pants are really working and the hat is awesome. He has a clothing line out, or it’s about to be released. Anyway, he’s looking super sexy. GREAT pic, Scott. It’s amazing that you ran into him, what a coincidence.

  16. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, I love Andre! He has such a unique style that always puts a smile on my face. It seems like he really has fun with fashion, which is so much nicer to see than people who take their look so seriously.
    And yes, you’re so right. Will Ferrell does indeed rock.

  17. np0804

    August 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    And he’s wearing his blue converse all stars just like he said he did yesterday on style.com.

  18. B. FLY AND THE CITY

    August 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    YES YES YES!!!! I THOUGHT THIS WOULD NEVER BE, BUT WHEN I SAW THAT YOU SHOT KANYE I KEPT HOPE ALIVE. I JUST WANT A MILLION LITTLE SPAWNS OF HIM. HE'S COME ALONG WAY FROM FLANNEL SHIRT WITH FOOTBALL JERSEYS AND SHOULDER PADS. ALWAYS SWITCHING UP HIS STYLE, REMINDS ME S MUCH OF MYSELF. AND ON TOP OF BEING SO DAPPER HE HAS A COOL ASS VIBE. <3

  19. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    sart…. i had a dream that i was dreaming of you. and you were wearing yellow pants, similar to the one in the picture of andre. then i went to look at the site, and there were the yellow pants. except, maybe in the dream they were blue. not sure.

  20. dalia

    August 7, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    i love andre… i’m not always a fan of some of his outfits, but the mere fact that he takes many many fashion “risks” and is comfortable in his own skin to don some of the things he does, makes him a true style icon, imo.

  21. Jazzbuff630

    August 7, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    What I like about Andre is that he is not afraid to take fashion risks. I can imagine him wearing plus fours, argyles, and a Scottish tam-o-shanter, and looking quite relaxed in it – chillin’. He (and Fonzworth Bentley, as well) have demonstrated that being a peacock can be quite cool, when it comes naturally. Definitely not a cookie-cutter brother from the wannabe thug monolith. Go ahead with yo’ bad self, bro.

  22. Candace

    August 7, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    Oh gosh, i LOVE Andre….can anyone have a better smile!?! And each outfit he wears is always a memorable one!

  23. Dan

    August 7, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Happy and comfortable and beautiful-I love it!

  24. Mariko

    August 7, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Impeccable style– If I’m not much mistaken, I’ve seen him in 5th Ave. in a fabulously dapper army coat. His confidence is radiant.

  25. Leggy Mountbatten

    August 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    It’s special to read the backstory for a photo like this

    I know it takes time to write

    Thanks so much for doing it when you can

  26. Jamie Watson

    August 7, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    What a great story! “Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast” is one of my favorite albums! Coffee Black was my favorite character in that goofy movie. I kept thinking, his voice sounds so good even when he’s just talking. ELE!

  27. Adam

    August 7, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    the back story makes this post twice as good–I hope you’ll do more stories like this for all your pictures!

  28. Francophile

    August 7, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I love the yellow pants.

  29. Rita

    August 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Even though I’m not a huge fan of Outkast, I do love Andre 300 — he always manages to look interesting and dapper. Plus, his big smile just adds to how nice this look is.

  30. King

    August 7, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    One of the top ten greatest rappers of all-time.

  31. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    great story and the man’s got style!

  32. Nola

    August 7, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    “Andre,
    Benjamin Andre to be exact.
    You hope to meet a gentleman one day
    well this is that.”-Andre 3000

    3000 is a true dandy i’m surprised you just know him from Semi-Pro and that he hasn’t shown up on this site sooner.

  33. The Hundred Dresses

    August 7, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    This is the greatest!

  34. zee

    August 7, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    He’s a cutie with a style all his own! Definitely an inspiration to lots of young men I know.

  35. Jessica

    August 7, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    One of the most creative musicians in any genre. I’ve always admired his style and had a mini-crush. Thanks for this!

  36. rachel

    August 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    This just made my day. Really.

  37. Jason

    August 7, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I love this cat’s style on and off the the microphone and his energy under or away from the spotlight…

    and I knew you meant ‘any big stars’…

    as we ALL know that you have more than welcomed any and all deserving folks from every walk of life…

    and thanks!

  38. amiamazing

    August 7, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Ha!…What an amazing story!!! You are the bomb!…So interesting how things work out, this story truly reinforces the magic of fate, and how the sequence of events leads to magical outcomes. For some reason I got a flashback to the story The Alchemist, after seeing the image, and reading the story. You know that you are striking a chord when you touch those you least expect.

    Luv, and Admire your eye
    Always!!!…

    Peace

  39. kat

    August 7, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    What a great post Sart, lovely to hear your starstruck excitement! Andre is so cool, dandy and stylish with a sense of humour! Any chance you could snap him every day?

  40. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    He is also in the very popular band Outcast!

  41. Theo

    August 7, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Andre is truly one of the best dressed and talented musician today. I love that he takes risks and embraces bright colours but he always wears the clothes, they never wear him.

  42. Guy Montag

    August 7, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Andre is such an awesome guy, and with his snappy dress style, it’s not a big surprise that he reads your blog heh :D

    You’ve got some amazing luck as a photographer!

  43. AnastasiaC

    August 7, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    ohhh i love Andre!! the guy has awesome style, a wonderful voice and looks like he’d be so much fun to hang out with!!
    im suprised you’re suprised that he’d check out your blog…everyone knows you now Sart!!

  44. Tiffany

    August 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    What a wonderful stroke of luck!
    I have always loved Andre’s style and this look is like sucking in a throatful of cool air.

    Beautiful man, beautiful smile, beautiful style.

  45. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Now this is how a gentleman should dress.

  46. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Hey ya! LOVE IT!

  47. Anonymous

    August 7, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    it’s a shame that you know him from semi-pro and not from outkast.

  48. Jovon Higgins

    August 7, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Very well done! I am glade to see him featured here!

  49. M. Arce

    August 8, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Too fab about Andre. I adore him! Also, glad to see we share the same sense of humor. I thought Semi-Pro was absolutely hysterical but alas no one else shares this with me. Glad to see of all people, you do!

  50. Alicia

    August 8, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I LOVE him! He has one of the most awesome smiles ever!!

    ~AliciaInAlaska

  51. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 12:40 am

    growing up in London ….I remember my dad bringing me first YELLOW belt made of foam …from ITALY..which is where he resides(ed) for past 40 years….and I could tell when I wore it I was the kid on the block that there was something very ITALIAN about me …I mean i just STOOD OUT….maybe not the way I wanted to ….but I kinda dug it!..so I did not stop …because the kids around me did not know how to make fun of me …and while they did not get the idea …they still kept looking with intrigue!……………
    as I look at his guy …attitude is KEY …as is with this guy photographed here.

    btw ..caught your interview in JULY with men.style.com…….not bad…I loved it ..you always have something meaningful to say when it comes to the subject of fashion ….ALWAYS VERY VERY VALID!

    CIAO REGAZZI!
    &
    as always
    THXSAR!

  52. Gloria

    August 8, 2008 at 12:40 am

    wow…what a coincidence. I happen to just turn on an Outkast song to have as a sountrack to Sartorialist peering and the face that I see is Andre3000′s. Nice… He looks impeccably southern.

  53. m e l i g r o s a

    August 8, 2008 at 12:41 am

    andre is gorgeous.
    I loved his plaid-vest-suit get ups for his cd/videos/andre3000. I love reading a bit of stories between the images. brings the movement and gets my imagination running about the nature of the picture(s). it becomes alive :)

  54. kagitsune

    August 8, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Haha, what a cool story! Fans meeting fans…

    And I love the his blue Converses. Nice touch to an already bright outfit. :3

  55. Fashionstyle

    August 8, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Un petit air des caraïbes…lovely shine !!

  56. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Andre has so much style it’s scary. Many people on the blog are based in and around fashion right?
    I always love your shots of the non fashion crowd more. More natural and a better self-expression.
    That being said I undertsand that Anre has moved into designing now so there goes my theory!
    Anyhow great shot and killer trousers. The blog has been on especially good form of late.

  57. agrasshopper

    August 8, 2008 at 2:37 am

    oh hey~~~
    It’s so great you met him! His personality shines through even brighter than his clothes! The smile. swoon………

    Your blog does more than inspire me, it cheers me up!

    Thank you.

  58. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Sart,
    Please can you also add some more girls? Latelly is only men… uff… :)

    Nice pic and nice story by the way. I love when you tell the story of the pic…

  59. alexandra

    August 8, 2008 at 3:19 am

    I big love yellow. And these yellow pants are ace on Andre. What a cool shot.

  60. Target

    August 8, 2008 at 3:44 am

    Sunshine! I think your photo of him really catches that smile and obvious happiness you both shared while taking it.
    Andre is always stylish.

  61. Aquarell

    August 8, 2008 at 4:00 am

    * S M I L E * of the day…..
    Crisp

  62. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Wow really great photo! Everything about it says confidence, fun and sunshine! I am a big fan of both you and your site and Andre. The man’s style is captivating and beyond original!

    In the morning I always check my emails and then check the sartorialist to start the day on a good note. You really have something special here.
    Keep up the great work!

  63. miss ghesquiere

    August 8, 2008 at 6:22 am

    oh what a happy person! Thats so unbelievably cute, the hat the yellow slacks, the tucked-in shirt, ALL of it!

  64. Maame Agyeben

    August 8, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Well done Sartorialist! Your blog is truly a must-visit for anyone interested in fashion. You should be proud.

    Great shot of a trend-setter. I love how Andre is a risk-taker. He and Kanye really show that Hip-Hop has something interesting to say to the fashion world.

    Take care.
    Maame x

  65. THE LOOK

    August 8, 2008 at 7:46 am

    HEY YAAAA!

  66. Jessica

    August 8, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Andre really owns his style. Not many people could wear pants like that and have the focus still be on the person and not the pants! I’m not surprised he reads your blog, as he’s a very stylish guys and always looks turned out even when he’s going casual. I’m glad you got the chance to meet him!

  67. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 8, 2008 at 8:24 am

    Great outfit. Timeless. Classic. I am surprised that in comments none of the comments mention the position of his left hand. Love the blue all-stars, maybe it is time I get my own! Jorge from W Palm Beach

  68. cami falcão

    August 8, 2008 at 8:39 am

    how great is that?! perfect timing, perfect pants and perfect smile….nice!

  69. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Truly a renaissance man in his own right, Andre 3000 is. Intriguing how with any picture he takes, he seems so at ease and comfortable. Great pants, CTs are a nice touch too. Great straw hat, versatile staple. Great picture, Sart.

  70. DesignGod

    August 8, 2008 at 8:51 am

    His style is so relaxed and comfortable in this photo. It’s just perfect. And the yellow is an amazing splash of color. I’m actually wearing yellow pants today and when I saw this post, I smiled. Did Andre mention why he was hanging in Milan?

  71. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 8:57 am

    what i think most people don’t realize is that post- biggie, andre’ is one of the best 3 rappers of his generation(jay-z and eminem being the others). if you don’t know it, i suggest you pick up aquemini. it’s a classic and every verse andre’ spits on is soooooo inspired. it gives me goosebumps.

  72. -h of candid cool

    August 8, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Andre is amazing. So clever.

  73. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 9:27 am

    Andre 3000 is one of the best rappers to ever do it. Semi Pro is not the best representation of the man’s accomplishments. I hope in the future we won’t forget Outkast won a grammy for album of the year , Or we wont forget B.O.B and the likes…
    Glad he made it on here, Kanye isnt the only Dapper Rapper

  74. sromeo

    August 8, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Everyone is wearing Chucks!! They’ll never die, I sort of love it.

  75. olivia

    August 8, 2008 at 9:32 am

    He is the coolest dresser EVER, I always love him!

  76. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

    have to comment again today. love him love him love him. love his style, his energy. glad you ran into him.

  77. Marrio TheBlackGuy

    August 8, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Awesome…you continue to amaze me first Kanye and now Andre 3000…just when I thought it could not get any better…bravo my friend..You are really making me happy I took the time to meet you when you were in DC. I wasn’t a huge fan at the time, but I am in your pocket now!

  78. norawoah

    August 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Andre’s style makes my heart go pitter patter.

  79. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 10:45 am

    This just makes my heart happy :)

  80. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Andre is really hot. Great look, great pants and super sexy forearms!

  81. Ny

    August 8, 2008 at 11:51 am

    wow, he is SOO HOT!!!

  82. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I love Andre– joie de vivre personafide! aside from his smashing style, his beautiful smile makes ME smile.

  83. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    The guy can wear your grandmother’s old hair turban and start a trend.

    THAT’s style and brio.

  84. AnonymousJK

    August 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Andre really is truly a fashion ‘Outkast’ in the most positive of ways. He does his own thing and proves what many of us have known all along: When it comes to the elements of style, no one does it better than the Hip Hop Nation!

  85. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    LOVE Andre 3000. He always looks phenomenal and it seems so natural.

    Gah, I wish my boyfriend would dress like him!!

  86. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I love Andre! His look always seems to maximize what is going on around him and here he is wearing the perfect outfit for Florence.

    Hi Andre! (Since he’ll be reading this blog.) Stick around!

  87. jess

    August 8, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I love that his street style is as witty as his performing style. Andre Benjamin deserves to be a regular on your blog. . . please arrange to spontaneously bump into him more often!

  88. kimber

    August 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    oh i just love andre, he is so cute and adoarable. you have no idea how happy i was to see him on your page! he is one of my favourite artists ever. i love his music, his style and he seems like such a genuine & cool guy. i love how he is standing in the picture, and that smile! great photo sartorialist!

  89. taryn

    August 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    i can’t even believe your luck. i dream of seeing him on the street.
    and his style blows me away.

  90. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I suggest that you run out and rent Idlewild, Mr Sart. Fun and fabulous costumes worn by Outkast that are right up your alley. Good work with the photo, I would have had monster camera shake.

  91. lis

    August 8, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I think this is one of the best shots I’ve ever seen of Andre. The romantic background, his sunny outfit, his super sunny smile. (sigh) He’s dreamy.

    And thanks for the story! What a thrill!

  92. de Vereaux

    August 8, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    The same shot used for his top ten essentials. Andre 3000, is the man. Looking forward to that B. Bixley line, i know that is going to be hot. The Sartorialist, You are the Man also. Always jonny on the spot with the pictures. Every one is a star when you take the flix.

  93. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Andre has great style, but more importantly he has an awesome smile! Love him. Really like that watch he is sporting…

  94. Oliver

    August 8, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Andre makes me happy to be alive. He’s got great style, and I especially love the contrast between the yellow pants and blue Chucks. For some reason that yellow/blue combination always has such a nautical/seaside vibe to it. Not sure why, maybe it’s merely a personal perception. The hat, the bikes leaning in the background and the narrow alleyway behind him finish the shot perfectly.

  95. Hi-Lo doll

    August 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    i am in love with him- so happy to see him on your blog.

  96. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    great style “find”, sart! … but you are kidding about semi-pro at the oscar’s right? ooo that just inspired me … you should have awards voted by your readers! fun!

  97. Anna Niess

    August 8, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    i love andre; he’s my favorite male fashion icon of today… i don’t know if this has been posted yet so im sorry if i’m being repetitive, but he’s actually coming out with his own clothing line. i read an article about it a couple of months ago. it seems really cool and innovative. heres the link: http://nymag.com/fashion/08/spring/44214/

  98. Audreaming

    August 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    what a warm smile!

  99. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    now this man is pure style all the time .I love the way he wears his clothing he owns them.Absolutely one of the most stylish people in the entertainment/fashion industry. Love him

  100. Steve

    August 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    MR.3000! I love that guy

  101. mark s

    August 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Ahhh — and do I notice him wearing his shirt tale out while tucking in the front? ala sartorialist?

  102. POST-IT UP

    August 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    you’ve got to have a certain confidence to pull off this look. He looks great.

  103. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Andre always looks dapper, and he works the casual “day off” clothes just as nicely as fancy duds for award shows. Great find, Sart!

  104. sromeo

    August 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    P.S. I just thought I’d mention that it really doesn’t surprise me that he read The Sartorialist, not one little bit.

  105. lizelle

    August 8, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    Andre just has so much style. I love this image. Thank you.

  106. Sam de Brito

    August 8, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I love this guy. His outfits always make me smile.

  107. chelledc

    August 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    I have loved this man since Southerplayalistic. Over the years his style has evolved and changed and I am so happy to witness every transformation. His smile is and always has been electric and this is a great photo capturing his magnetic presence. Kudos to you both.

  108. cordelia

    August 9, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Could be in Cuba, Baía de São Salvador, Southern Europe or NYC, of course.

  109. Alejandra

    August 9, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Oh, I love him! He’s always so well put together in a way that looks effortless.

  110. Anonymous

    August 9, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    I have always enjoy Andre’s sense of style which he wears with such confidence. He’s creative and imaginative when it comes to fashion. Great picture and his smiles compliments the outfit
    Thanks for the story, Sat. as usual keep doing what you do best!
    Check out Andre:http://men.style.com/fashion/10_essentials/080408

  111. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 5:20 am

    I love Andre and I almost always love his look, but those trousers are a bit too loose for me. The color is nice, and I love the rest of the outfit, but they’re just too baggy for my tastes.

  112. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Andre is sublime.Now you gotta get your Outcast on.

  113. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Loved to see Andre here! His clothes put a smile on my face, even when they’re a bit “dramatic”, they’re so optimistic.

    CarolCorr*

  114. hoyden

    August 11, 2008 at 3:29 am

    Andre definitely is creative be it in music, movies or FASHION!

  115. Moi

    August 11, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Heeey yaaa! Andre always looks awesome. His smile is his best accessory.

  116. Amblus

    August 11, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Andre is the most. I just love a man who loves clothes!

  117. Petulia

    August 11, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Absolutely awesome! I love him and I love the yellow trouser, very Italian style! I wish I had bumped into him. p.s. Do you ever come to ROme?

  118. a

    August 11, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    can you say….Juan Valdez goes to Holland?

  119. Serg Riva

    August 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    He is a star! Rent the OUTKAST videos dvd and watch a style transformation…

  120. amanitsani

    August 12, 2008 at 2:07 am

    just looking at him makes me smile :0)

  121. Anonymous

    August 12, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Everything about this made me smile. I love that for a random encounter in Italy, he still looks so…Andre. Style – love it.

  122. Allen - East Hampton

    August 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    Andre is a champ. Ya gotta love his style.

  123. dez.fair

    August 12, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    i love that andre 3000 (one of my style role modelings) is highlighted here, in florence no less wearing yellow trousers shopping. huh what? I LOVE HIM

  124. dez.fair

    August 12, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    i love that andre 3000 is highlighted here. he’s one of my style role models. even more so now that i know he shops in florence, while wearing yellow trousers

  125. TheShoeGirl

    August 12, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I have always loved his style. He’s had it right from the start.

  126. Jon Patrick

    August 12, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I met Andre on the rental-car shuttle-bus at DFW, of all places. He was in Dallas meeting with Neiman Marcus to discuss his Benjamin Bixby line. I was impressed with what a genuine, cool guy he is. No pretense at all, and very knowledgeable in regard to the apparel biz. To say he has great style is stating the painfully obvious. I wish him much success. I love strolling down the stairs at Bergdorf and seeing that great image of him and remembering our chance encounter.

  127. Anonymous

    August 12, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Two points….
    1. This is a beautiful shot. I love how his hot yellow pants work with the background colors. And such a smile!
    2. I love that you can admire high fashion and Will Ferrell in the same post. It reminds me of an article in the LAT that said the concepts of “high” and “low” art are fading (thank goodness)

  128. Naki

    August 13, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Well done! What a cute story. It’s especially funny that you were star struck, while he is clearly a fan of you!! I would be so star struck if I ever crossed your path, you’re a big celebrity too!

  129. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    August 13, 2008 at 7:19 am

    I am a big fan of his. It’s not easy to stand out sometimes and I love that he does his own thing.

    How random that you bumped into him in Florence!

    Great photo.

  130. Glowing Doll

    August 13, 2008 at 11:11 am

    He is probably the only person in the world who could pull those pants off. Fantastic photo.

    What an amazing coincidence!

  131. Tali

    August 13, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    LOVE Andre Benjamin, his style is immaculate. All the time(when we see him haha). Coolest post.

  132. Steve

    August 13, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    This is my second favorite men’s shot (after the blue suit in June).

    Very colorful, fun, practical, and good-looking.

    I would wear that exact look.

  133. monique

    August 14, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Ain’t nobody dope as him he’s dressed so fresh so clean–

    So fresh and so clean, clean!

  134. Dick Goodnuts

    August 14, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Great work. It’s awesomely refreshing to see black male style reflected on your blog.

  135. Dick Goodnuts

    August 14, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Excellent shot. Thank you for sharing so many black male style pictures. You are doing our culture a great service!

  136. Anonymous

    August 14, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    That is so random – and so cool! I love Andre! Its obvious too, that he genuinely loves fashion.

  137. citizen

    August 15, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    What a great chance meeting!
    How can you NOT love this man?

  138. Anonymous

    August 17, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    WOW!
    Not only is he fly,

    He is also considered to be argueably hip hop’s best lyricist. (I mean real hip hop not the mass produced junk that radio and TV forces down our throats)

    True artist in his music and his dress!

  139. tilt

    August 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    It the collision of my two most favorite style touch stones… Andre on the sartorialist..

  140. Anonymous

    August 19, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    How the hell do you bump into André 3000 in Florence….so lucky!

  141. Christian-Andreas

    August 20, 2008 at 12:11 am

    That’s funny to see Andre here, because I am in Florence and Andre met one of my friends from Polimoda. Well, they actually met twice this year already. New York and Florence…what a coincident.

    Like his style…especially the hat and his Chuck’s.

  142. tkaluv

    August 21, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Yay! I love this.

  143. Ty Webb

    August 21, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Andre Benjamin has long been a stylish fellow to notice…somehow he crosses the fashion sense of Gene Kelly and Sly Stone without mocking or mimicking either…his music is fantastic and original and so is his sense of himself and his style…congrats on you two happening upon this moment…good luck and keep up the great work to both of you!

  144. Anonymous

    August 25, 2008 at 6:49 am

    i love andre 3000!
    he is always so effortlessly cool in his own way

  145. Verão

    August 25, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    Andre 3000! I love Semi-Pro! I watched it 5 times and couldn’t get enough!

    And this look- I love it. Classy yet unique.

  146. ame

    August 26, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Andre is my man. Humor, taste, class.

  147. indigo warrior

    August 29, 2008 at 12:12 am

    Ya’ know. Semi-pro was singularly one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. It would have been greatly improved by the inclusion of zombies. Sadly it doesn’t shock me that anyone would utter the words Oscar and Semi-pro in the same sentence. Sad.

  148. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 5:54 am

    he looks like summer i think!!

  149. lili

    September 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    i was sitting outside, having aperitivo and saw this guy walking down the street, looking totally at ease and i thought wau! that would be a perfect sart- shot… and there you go!

  150. Jen Reviews Movies

    September 1, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    He’s just a beautiful man with great style. Love that you ran into him in such a random spot. Photos are so much better with a story like that. Touching and honest…I think we’re all just a little bit jealous!

  151. James Sparks

    September 3, 2008 at 7:12 am

    I guess his outfit says it all.. love it!

  152. Lucy

    September 3, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I was bursting at the seems when I saw André up on your blog when it was first posted but.. don’t laugh.. I’ve just worked out how to post a comment!

    He’s such a classy act ~ I especially love the personality he’s added by wearing converse :)

  153. Anonymous

    January 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    very few could do it and i have to say, i think that he is the leader of that pack. That smile could make anything work. I think people underestimate the power of a really wonderful smile.

  154. Discount Jeans

    April 7, 2009 at 1:03 am

    That’s so cool that he was familiar with your blog! Wow. And those are some bold pants. Haha.

  155. Upscale

    June 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    haha bold jeans indeed!

  156. Anonymous

    June 28, 2009 at 10:04 am

    i just love how the shoes goes with the yellow pants.

  157. guerillalovenest

    August 14, 2009 at 2:26 am

    ahhh yes…bingo.

  158. Anonymous

    November 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    what a perfect picture that combines the personality of Andre and Florence itself! muybien!

  159. Anonymous

    July 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    That's Seven Benjamin's father! Its cool he's into fashion but he should be into his son more. Andre would rather spend money and time in Italy than be a full time father to his son? I hope he realizes that all that glistens ain't gold. He is a good rapper and has great style. I guess we all need work in this life.

  160. lindayoga

    August 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    I’m a sucker for a great smile!! He WINS!
    XOXO

  161. DonHerbarni

    January 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Great pic! Seriously. Can I use it here? windermere accommodation

  162. Yin Lei

    August 24, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I think when it comes to style, it’s not about wearing the runaway latest collections, nor desginer brands or simply follow the latest trend. It’s about how you wear it. No matter what combination of cuts and colours, if you can pull it off because of your attitude, you’re the next trend setter.

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