Wednesday, July 9, 2008

On the Street…. (Far) East Coast Prep, Florence


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  1. erin de la cruz

    July 9, 2008 at 11:47 am

    love the shoes. =) very fab. would love to see myself wearing that kind of attire two or three years from now. hmmmm.

  2. schill706

    July 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    i love the color combination with the light blue shirt and the bright orange plaid tie…and the bag…killer!

    • Simone Fraser

      November 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      It doesn’t get much better than this.

  3. Liz

    July 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    just delightful.
    the ties and shoes [hearts]

  4. Miguel

    July 9, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Nice combination, excellent. In fact I am actually wearing a similar combo today (my pants are of a ligther colored, more kakhi), but no tie. In the photo I actually love the tie… nice and clourful. Amid the socks, I always wear socks… don’t leave home without them!

    Like the hanky too!

  5. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Wow, I have those shoes (the ladies’ version)!! I got them from the Bass outlet store many years ago for like $20 and am still wearing them.

  6. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Love, love, LOVE that tie! That hit of blue in the shirt keeps this all so fresh. And that attache case is gorgeous.

  7. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Love it!

  8. kessie

    July 9, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    He is beautiful! The tie brings it all together and again with the manclage—just can’t get enough!

  9. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Love it when other cultures add spice to American preppy. The width of the lapels and the cuffs provides an anchor for the outfit, while the tie, hanky, attache, and shoes make for perfect trimmings.

  10. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like the shirt/tie pattern clash?

    • dcinDC

      October 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

      It doesn’t clash as the stripe is small enough to read essentially as a solid. The problem I have is that there doesn’t seem to be enough blue anywhere else for the shirt to make sense. A pocket square with the shirt and tie colors would have pulled it all together nicely.

  11. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    The structure behind mimics the pattern on the tie….

  12. Navy Tie Affair

    July 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    The shoes are saddle shoes. These particular ones look similar, although not identical, to the model made by Johnston and Murphy.

  13. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    love the attache!!!!!

  14. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I always think it’s a bit sad to see Asian men dress so resolutely Western and so decidedly trendy as to smother any sense of Eastern originality or heritage.

    The Italians have their ties and shoes, the English have their suits and knots, the French have their adventure, the Germans have their austerity, the Americans have their jeans and t-shirt, and the Asians – well we have our cropped pants and sockless shoes – oh wait that’s trendy too.

    I’m a fashionable Asian man and when I look through vintage photographs of Korean or Chinese aristocracy (before royal families were banned by Western powers), I always get a sense of formality but with a distinct Asian spirit. Asian men – step your game up and start being original.

  15. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    I dig the saddles and the whole color combo. Brown is a somewhat hard color for me personally, so much props to anyone who knows how to work it.

    I don’t know where he got his from, but saddles and spectators can usually be found at Muffy’s or Remix online.

  16. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 2:28 pm

  17. Laguna Beach Trad

    July 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Awesome photo, Sart. I love this look, especially the shoes, madras tie, and bare ankles. Perhaps Prep Style will continue to survive in the Far East, once everyone in the US and Europe is reduced to wearing hoodies and baggy jeans?

  18. listless runt

    July 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    with smaller lapels, this would be absolutely perfect.

  19. Jeff D

    July 9, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I like this much more than some of the all black combos we see here.

    Using color and pattern like this requires a lot more effort to get it right.

  20. Chester Babcock

    July 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Barney’s sells a shoe just like that. Johnston and Murphy also has one … extremely comfortable.

  21. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I love those shoes! I wonder if there is a womens version

  22. style slicker

    July 9, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    the 1990s Hong Kong business man look

  23. Bite the Weenie

    July 9, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    excellent-this outfit is that is so well rounded!! …it isn’t until the second look when you realize piece by piece that it’s amazing.

  24. Benton

    July 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    the tie makes it in my opinion

  25. Verito

    July 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    oh i love his tie!

  26. Linnéa

    July 9, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    Love it! But, socks?

  27. Madeline R. A.

    July 9, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    Beautiful handbag/briefcase. Striped shirt and plaid tie! Looks fabulous. What is it about no socks that can take someone by surprise and be so fashionable? Looks like a very aware gentleman.

  28. Stitches & Threads

    July 9, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I don’t know why, but I just love the fact that he hasn’t got socks on. What a gem!

  29. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Big fan of the tie

  30. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    (Far) East Coast Prep. Were your subject black or Hispanic or Chicano or Russian, would you emphasize that in your byline?

    I think this is pointing out something that’s a bit unnecessary. Who cares if he’s Asian. Why emphasize his ethnicity? Maybe he’s not even nationally tied to the “Far East,” perhaps he’s been living in Italy for many years now?

    Some of the comments remarked on his being Japanese. What if he’s not? Is that just an assumption now?

  31. Cecilia

    July 9, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    absolutely lovely combination

  32. Andrew

    July 9, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Very elegant man. Your photo composition is particularly graceful and beautiful here.

  33. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Truly elegant. He has a terrific color sense. I love the tie, but I would hat it if it weren’t chased by the blue pinstripe. And I love the sockless shoes with such an elegant outfit. I think its a very sexy detail in the summer.

  34. Dai

    July 9, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    That tie is beautiful, and it goes really well with the brown jacket. Like it!
    I’m not so sure about the absence of socks, though. Maybe for hot hot day…hahaha

  35. Anonymous

    July 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Why is it that this works, but a Western woman in a kimono doesn’t? Any ideas?

  36. Mr. Rover

    July 9, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    “with smaller lapels, this would be absolutely perfect.”- listless runt

    With smaller lapels, this would be a different look. The roped shoulders and wider lapels works very harmoniously. Beautifully cut with nice, tight armholes. Love the deep cuffs in the trousers, too.
    The entire ensemble is not distracting from the man wearing it. The collar choice and contrasting tie collar complement him composition, drawing the viewer to his face (it may just be the expert composition of the photographer). Beautiful pieces in their own right, even greater working together as an ensemble.
    All this wool is making me itch for Fall!

  37. the quarter rat

    July 9, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Well played, sir! I love the dynamism of the background diagonals playing against the precarious resting position of the sitter. There’s a great story in this picture.

    The outfit’s a winner, too: while main elements (rope-shouldered suit, spread collar shirt, alligator folio) may suggest otherwise, the overall effect IS trad, but not the strict, TNSIL/OCBD variant.

  38. sksd

    July 9, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    love the shoes.

  39. Holli and Christian

    July 10, 2008 at 12:28 am

    Perfection. Love the tie, the colors and exposed ankles on an otherwise all suited up man are sexy.

  40. jkrnyc

    July 10, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Those shoes!!! (and lovely composition,Scott)

  41. Tess

    July 10, 2008 at 12:58 am


  42. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 12:59 am

    most certainly not bass or alden.

  43. James

    July 10, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Those shoes look just like the pair that are on sale on the JCrew website right now.

  44. Robert Woolley

    July 10, 2008 at 2:13 am

    I want this look as my own!

  45. m e l i g r o s a

    July 10, 2008 at 3:32 am

    he is mine. would love to have him as a coffee buddy. that length in the trousers is just divine, love his simple elegance

  46. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Beautiful. I love that tie and all the beige tones in this picture.

  47. Catherine

    July 10, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I like everything except the absence of socks. It looks too contrived.

  48. Cyn

    July 10, 2008 at 10:51 am

    It’s all about confidence! Love to see a man show a little skin when you least expect it, including that of his ankles. Definitely sexy.

  49. Dexter Obvious

    July 10, 2008 at 11:07 am


  50. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    c’est magnifique! love it.

  51. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    This guy is Mr. Kamoshida, the creative director of United Arrows, a prominent clothing store in Japan. A regular in Japanese fashion magazines.

  52. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    wow this is so racist. (far) east coast prep? why comment on his asian ancestry. why can’t he just be a man dressed well? so so so racist.

  53. E. Sempé

    July 10, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    The tie and the shoes are what make this absolutely sublime.


  54. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    how is far east racist? it is a merely a descriptor… any additional meaning is a projection of the reader. please.

  55. RadicalDog

    July 11, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Solaro fabric doesn’t really work as an odd jacket.

  56. Anonymous

    July 11, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Love, love, LOVE the colours. The browns are deliciously tangy, kind of orangey-yellow and summery. That kind of brown is so difficult to pull off, especially as an Asian. The blue shirt is genius, as it cools the warm tones just enough, as does his pants (which are a ‘cooler’ colour than his jacket).
    Truly fantastic, I think this is one of my favorite men’s photos here ever.

  57. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Checked tie and checked background – what a wonderful shot. In fact, the combination of this tie and this shirt is very strange to me, but the photo ist great !

  58. Stella

    July 12, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Perfect. I love how the tie adds the final touch to the look.

  59. SpanishGent

    July 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    What a wonderful display of an Eastern gentleman truly understanding Western fashion. Flawless in every way! I even like the faux-finishing of the envelope, very politically-correct!

  60. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    personally i love the sockless and rolled up trousers look, but what first caught my eye was the wonderful pose and aura of the gentleman. great, sart

  61. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    I don’t usually comment- but this is absolutely fantastic. The shoes make it for me. He evokes this calm thoughtfulness and attention to detail. I love this.

  62. Ridonkulus

    July 13, 2008 at 1:36 am

    personally, i don’t see anything offensive about the title of this post. it’s just a play on words. “east coast prep” as in the U.S east coast/new england. i have seen countless posts with subjects of Asian descent and his titles were solely a brief description of the clothes and location. case in the point, the asian medical student in France ” On the Street….Ecole de Medecine, Paris” perhaps it is another example of people projecting their own pre-conceived notions of where Asians live. it’s not just the U.S. and their home countries! people of different ethnicities can be found all over the world. i just saw an interesting news piece on a russian model living in korea on KBS and she spoke excellent korean.

    anyways, i guess my point is, Sartorialist, i’m glad you didn’t change the title of your post.

  63. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    shoes shoes SHOES are great. love the no socks. love his suit. love his bag. he’s …..oh!

  64. Jess

    July 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    oh my god oh my god oh my god. this outfit is so ridiculously great it makes me feel like a teenage girl.

  65. Heavy Tweed Jacket

    July 17, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    3:16 PM Anon: Oh, please. There is absolutely nothing racist about the title. The wonderful play on words was probably meant to describe a distinct style of Ivy/Prep that does exist in Japan. Just go to Tokyo and see for yourself.

  66. Andrea

    December 4, 2011 at 11:32 am

    What about the bag?Personally I think is great!

  67. Boxer's Adventures

    February 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Outfitting a sock-less montage. Love it.
    International Blog and Shop

  68. jj

    April 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Wee put together , great style

  69. José Braga

    May 29, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Aujourd´hui peut etre le dandy le plus bien habillé au monde.

    L´harmonie du scenario, la pose et la toilette du modele sont sans doute un must de Scott Schuman!

  70. Dax

    June 4, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Ridiculous, never seen Gianni Agnelli wearing this way. Accept people in Napels, not Milan!
    It’s a South-Italian thing.

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