Monday, January 12, 2009

On the Street….Fashion Forward Florence

What I really liked was that this reads as a coat, but with the curved front it is actually more like a very extended sportscoat.

I was going to say that I also loved the fact that if you looked quickly you might think that this was shot in NYC, but on second thought, I’m not sure it’s a great thing that Florence is beginning to look like any other big city.


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    January 12, 2009 at 9:58 am

    graf in other languages always make me chuckle

    he looks molto bene


  2. The Clever Pup

    January 12, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I agree with you. It’s NOT a good thing that Florence is starting to look like any other big city. We’ve all got to retain our differences and eschew Big Box stores for the independent shop keepers.

    It depresses me when I open magazines from different countries and see the same American ads and American spokesmodels. I want to be treated to something different.

    Anyway, regarding this picture, I like this guy’s whimsy but despite the fact that I’m probably old enough to be his mother, I’d take the French Guy from a few days ago.

  3. Anonymous

    January 12, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Capt. Kirk in alternate universe

  4. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    January 12, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I think it’s cute with the trousers so high on the leg!

  5. Conor and Siobhan

    January 12, 2009 at 10:32 am

    REALLY don’t dig those trews.

    • Simone Fraser

      November 24, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      regarding the above two comments on the man’s trousers: I appreciate that they’re unique but i find they make his legs look short, which is emphasised by the long-line jacket and long t-shirt. I feel if strighter pants, extended past the ankle would be better. Despite all of this, the man may have dressed this morning withour concerning himself with my trivia and simply wanted to dress to express his individuality!

  6. diane

    January 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Not so thrilled with the coat; it looks like a bathrobe. And he looks like he’s wearing his little brother’s pants.

    He is cute though.

  7. L E A H

    January 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

    great coat!! never would have guessed florence from the tagging…

  8. Aaron Brown

    January 12, 2009 at 11:03 am

    what happen the rest of his pants?

  9. thwany

    January 12, 2009 at 11:21 am

    i totally thought this was nyc.

  10. RosieLuvsWhitley

    January 12, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Eye candy; love his look – and yes it does look like NYC. And I love this blog – the concept is so straight-forward and simple!

  11. MaxW

    January 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Love the short trousers in combo with the big shoes. A little Charly Chaplin clownyish look.

  12. NVA

    January 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    the contrast of the black board and the blue letters fit very well with the coat…

  13. Kris Loves Chocolate

    January 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Sorry, pants are what we call “high waters” , but aside from that, “Oh la,la”

  14. Sarah

    January 12, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I love the association of the too short pants and a bit wide with he big shoes!
    lot of humour

  15. Anonymous

    January 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I agree, Florence’s charm comes from the fact that it is so unique – it has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s such a shame if it’s beginning to lose it’s individuality.

  16. saudade

    January 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Much cleaner than NYC!!

    Say something once, why (not) say it again — love the short pants, especially with boots or steel-toe oxfords. This has been well-done in Japan for many years and I am glad to see it becoming popular elsewhere. Love the whole outfit, though I’m biased — this could be my husband. :)

  17. James Taylor

    January 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    You can tell it’s Florence from the kerb of the sidewalk, the bicycles, the architecture and lighting. Firenze has always been covered in graffiti… I don’t see how that makes it look like NYC.

  18. Attila

    January 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    It might be just me, or the fact that I only stayed there for a week, but that bike, locked to the wall made me think of Florence right away. In our street we often had to walk hundreds of meters just to find something that we could lock our bikes to, because there were so many of them everywhere.

    Now about the outfit. :) If I just take a quick look, than I like what I see. But after that it is a bit weird, I have to agree with the “clown in a bathrobe” comments. But I am no expert, and quite conservative. :)

  19. suzanne nelson

    January 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    i agree with you about the coat – it’s unexpected and cool. i like the proportion of his pants and his highly shined DM boots.
    I think what we must remember about NYC is that so many different cultures live here and make an imprint or leave their mark so it’s easy to think other places look like NYC when in fact it’s NYC looking like other places. Conversely, i would never have guessed this was Florence but it’s certainly not London.

  20. fernandomachine

    January 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Is this ensemble real? Or is it another marketing ploy for the La Scala production of La Boheme??? The boots and coat scream of Puccini.


    January 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    A rather yummy gent… good eye sart.


  22. Mens designer clothing

    January 12, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    What do we have hear a set of dr martins

  23. Mad Hatter

    January 12, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    he’s cute! once you get past the floods. NYC let me think about that.

  24. The Humansong

    January 12, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    As an urban planner/designer, I wholly agree with your last statement.

  25. Paul Baxendale

    January 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Wowza!!! Now there’s a look I can get behind! Those are the Best Pants Ever! Boy, I hope whatever is going on in the cuff region of those trousers jumps the pond, quick like, cause im waaaay down with that look. The jacket– beautiful. The boots– perfecto. Also, the background with the multi color graffiti looks just swell. Well Done!!!!

  26. Emily

    January 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I like the coat a lot, the color is nice and it looks good with the grey. But, I don’t know about the cropped pants though, it makes his legs look short.

  27. Anonymous

    January 12, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I’d just like he had choice another shoes.

  28. Anonymous

    January 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    i guess i haven’t perused Firenze thoroughly enough, because contrary to the above post, I’ve never seen any graffiti there.

    …ah, this photo is not my beloved Firenze…

  29. Maverick

    January 12, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Love it

  30. Jack Daniel

    January 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    That would be a shame…if Florence would look like a big city like NYC. Not that I despise NYC…I LOVE it. Although it’s been since the summer of 1999, I can still remember a lot of your city.

    Anyway, I love this shot. I hope to visit Florence one day!

  31. Style Gourmand

    January 12, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    It looks more like Milan than NYC. Glad to see that people are experimenting more with fashion in Florence. This look is a lot more exciting than the orange pants and collared shirt look that you usually see men wearing on the streets of there.

  32. Anonymous

    January 12, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    It would be great if you tagged your posts by city (I know that’s a ton of work, especially this far along in the blog). I always get excited when I see Milan and Florence– I lived in Florence for years and feel extremely nostalgic when I see your pictures. As for Milan, I just love the light there.


  33. Mikeybangbang

    January 13, 2009 at 4:56 am

    i’m all for a smart cropped ankle on a pant, but these flare, which i’m not down with. they don’t have to be tight, just a straight leg will do.
    and i love love love blue/brown combo. very underplayed.

  34. J.A.F.

    January 13, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Like a young Philippe Starck…The coat is great but I’m more intersted in the trousers. Are they leather? can’t tell.

  35. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Highwater or not, the proportions work. And it’s refreshing to see shorter pants as part of a casual look. We’ve seen lots of sock-showing with suits, so why not some ankle with a military bent?

  36. Tom Will

    January 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Those trousers are leather, aren’t they? And they have what could only be called cuffs… Brown leather trousers and black DMs cannot be a good thing.

  37. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    in a way its a good thing that in florence more and more people are starting to dress “fashion forward”. It is a very closed city and often, especially young people, tend to dress all alike…
    however, Sartorialist, please promise me you will go to the paninoteca “i Fratellini” in via.dei Cimatori n.38(its right next to piazza della Signoria)….There you eat the best sandwiches while drinking chianti wine…mmmmm :)

  38. AC

    January 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Is he supposed to blend in to the graffiti’d up wall behind him?…

  39. jessica

    January 13, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    great coat, but i love the fit and length of his pants.
    i like how they hit his ankle and the slight flair of the hem.

  40. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 9:51 am

    this guy saw twilight. Dark shirt under a blue sweater.

  41. Sara Lua

    January 19, 2009 at 2:15 am

    I’m a New Yorker, and I’d thought this was a NYC scene! But the bicycle frame is the European small city giveaway.

  42. Tiger Fodder

    January 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I thought it was NYC as well, until I scrolled down and saw his pant leg. With different shoes I would have panned it, but I love the pants with those boots.

  43. Anonymous

    January 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Don’t worry that does not look like NYC…..way too clean. Look at the pavement!

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    January 23, 2009 at 9:54 am

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  45. sofia

    January 24, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    love that he looks so effortlessly amazing. and doesn’t seem to care. the boots are gorgeous!!

  46. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    The man in this picture is Adam, an american artist living in Florence and a friend of mine.He lived for a long time in New York before moving to Florence,that probably explains why the shot looks so NY.
    PS:yes he does have amazing style!

  47. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    The man in the pic is my brother… he has always been an individual. I like it.

  48. Anonymous

    June 24, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    So Justin Bobby from The Hills!

  49. Giovanna

    August 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Molto Bello! Who is this guy.
    Luv his street style. Quite Bohemian.

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