Tuesday, January 29, 2008

On the Street…Gianluca, Milano


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  1. Emily

    January 29, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Love. He’s invoking characters from Sherlock Holmes (or similar) but there’s nothing costume-y about him. He looks very warm. I dig it.

  2. Lucy

    January 29, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Or Batman meets a monk. Not a look for the masses certainly, but I’m very glad you took this photo

  3. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 8:45 am

    He reminds me of the count from sesame street.

  4. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I love this – I think capes are great for me, when they are worn with the right outfit – I perfer it to be cut down a little, a bit too long for me, but it’s fun and it works with that dismoal weather behind him.


  5. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 9:31 am

    don’t tell me..someone else that works in the “industry”?..for a change.

  6. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I’d put money on this one goin past 100 posts.

  7. Elizabeth

    January 29, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I think he looks wonderful!
    We get some pretty wild ‘costumes’( say it as the French do) here in Marrakech.
    The pointy hooded robe is the most wonderful and mysterious

  8. Laguna Beach Trad

    January 29, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Great pic, Sart. I call this one your ‘Goth With A Beard’ photo. I love the black cape and the rainy, somewhat gloomy city landscape. Very evocative.

  9. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 9:48 am

    anon 9:33am

    I doubt it will go pass 100 post, because it doesn’t have the “tight pants”! haha

    I like this picture. The black cape fits in pretty good with the cloudy grey sky and the relatively monotone buildings.

  10. Butch

    January 29, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Love the cape! Very Count Dracula mets Little Red Riding Hood!

    Of course, as a New Yorker, I worry about how he might get out his Metrocard, then thru the turnstile….

  11. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 10:17 am

    My soul mate, hello! I´m a cape lover since I was 15 and still wear them (at present I´m 58).
    No problem with metro, the secret is well organised INSIDE pockets and big enough slits for arms.

  12. Iheartfashion

    January 29, 2008 at 10:26 am


  13. Stylecounsel

    January 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

    It’s a fancy dress costume. I admire the chap’s bravery though

  14. a. fanny

    January 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I love medieval cape-man.

  15. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 10:45 am

    what?! pure costume. but who’s to say one can’t wear a costume. what a delightful imp. can someone be impish and dark, whimsical and austere, approachable and imposing all at the same time?

  16. mimi

    January 29, 2008 at 10:49 am

    The Phantom of the Opera! Very daring, very dashing.

  17. iluvsart

    January 29, 2008 at 10:51 am

    It’s his face that is so special.

  18. Miss T.

    January 29, 2008 at 11:17 am

    He resembles Vincent van Gogh, doesn’t he?

  19. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 11:45 am

    This is bold, I like it.

  20. Olivia

    January 29, 2008 at 11:48 am

    First thought was that he looks like he’d fit into “The Wizarding World,” and I love it, it works for him.

  21. McTickle

    January 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Looks more like Transylvania.

  22. Lilje

    January 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Oh, I love it! I love the movement and graceful lines of a long cape or cloak. Too bad it’s been hijacked by goths and most people see it as a costume. This guy makes it look like real clothes.

  23. tintin

    January 29, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Is that cape cuffed?

  24. S

    January 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Oh, how dramatic! I love it, that theatrical look.

  25. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    What drama! I like it.

  26. giorgia

    January 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    > The Phantom of the Opera! Very daring, very dashing.

    Yes, I had commented similarly earlier, but, apparently, my comment has been marked as spam or something (or deliberatedly deleted? dunno.) for some obscure reason. Oh, well, nevermind.

  27. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Van Gogh going for the vampire look… : ) He looks more like a character than a real person!

  28. New Yorker

    January 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    To Butch: Is your only concern when you are getting dressed how to have access to your metrocard within 2 seconds at all times? If yes, then i feel sorry for you.

  29. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I think it’s Death, but he put his hood down, left the sickle at home and he’s taking a day off. And guess what, he doesn’t look so bad!

  30. JG

    January 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm


  31. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I would call this Harry Potter chic :)

  32. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I’d don’t say it’s a costume.
    It looks like a “tabarro”, traditional cape or mantel here in Italy, still common in the ’50s.
    My grandfather had one, he wore it while riding his bicicly to meet my grandmother (40 kilometers a day!).

    I’m beginning to see them again on the streets (capes, not grandparents!) normally worn by younger people.

    Not that comune, but not costume-y either.


  33. reverend dick

    January 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    He looks warm dry and interesting. I wonder what he’s up to in his selftent?

  34. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    You have posted several photos of this man over the years, and this one finally confirms what we have all wondered about ourselves: Yes, this lovely Italian man is a vampire.

  35. enc

    January 29, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Few men are brave enough to wear the Cape. Good for him.

  36. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    His face looks like Van Gogh. I personally think he’d look better in a slim pea coat, but perhaps a big poncho is warmer.

  37. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    In response to above,

    Yes–Harry Potter chic indeed! Dementor-esque with the hood down. I love it :D

  38. aggy

    January 29, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    all I can think about when i see this is Sweeney Todd. I saw it this past weekend.

  39. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 5:47 pm


  40. fawn

    January 29, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    this is definitely one of my all-time favorite pictures on the site! I love it so much!

    something about this looks sort of old master-y to me. maybe it’s his face, he looks like young rembrandt or somebody.

    on another note, this is also the second man-cape in as many days. are they coming back in?

  41. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Another man wearing a poncho type garment.

    Another man ruining the look with the wrong shoes.

    I do like this photo though. Surreal and beautiful.

    aaa.. if only this handsome gentleman had put on some streamlined structured boots this morning.

  42. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    he looks so nice and has that fantastic beard, therefore he can pull off wearing a cape without it looking like a goth-y costume…

  43. MensFlair

    January 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Yes, it’s interesting and all, but this belongs to Facehunter rather than TheSartorialist. Let’s not get too arty…

  44. suzannemarques

    January 29, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    i love the cape! the neck looks so comfy.

  45. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    The cape is a rarely seen garment today on men. This cape works with the Milano cityscape in the background. It would probably not work with the NY cityscape in the background, unless the photo was of the Bishop of NY standing in front of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on a cold day greeting the faithful after morning prayer…know who you are and where you are.


  46. Zelmarific

    January 29, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    I think the cape is a bit pretentious.

  47. Jamie Tallman

    January 29, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I’m thinking more like a short-beared Rasputin. Very mystic.

  48. Anonymous

    January 29, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    All I know is that you, dear Sart, are such an artist! We love your work. The sequences you have manage to post lately are borderline delirium. I mean where on earth you spotted this man with the cape!
    Do not put in the same folder with Vigo in the poncho.
    I mean rally… a Milano vampire standing on a crescent in a rainy day proves that you are simply a wizard.

  49. luka from milano

    January 29, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    from the background scenario I understand he’s very close to my home.
    If I’ll ever meet him I’ll tell him winter in Milan is not that bad.

  50. lauren ashley

    January 29, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    how striking, in that cloak. :)

  51. giuseppe timore

    January 30, 2008 at 12:21 am

    “it’s time to play number of the day! count all the buildings behind me!

    Ask your kids who he looks like, Sart.

  52. laposh

    January 30, 2008 at 8:12 am

    i wonder where he parked his horse …

    seriously, absolutely fab, medievally speaking!

    and WHERE in the world did you come across this guy??

  53. David

    January 30, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I think it’s great to see a whole new type of garment (even if its an old one being revived). Since WWI I don’t think men’s fashion has seen a single addition of a new type of garment that is sui generis – (maybe the zip-up hoodie?).

    I’m definitely certain I wouldn’t have the stones to wear it – so kudos to him!

  54. David

    January 30, 2008 at 10:30 am

    WOW, great cape

  55. Anonymous

    January 30, 2008 at 11:10 am

    The Grim Reaper.

  56. FWD

    January 30, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I think he looks fantastic. But I’m a little jealous because his cape gets Sart love, and mine only ever gets fun made of it.

  57. Anonymous

    January 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    I just now stumbled across this fantastic blog. . . And I had to put in my two cents! After careful consideration I really think I like this look! It has a mild Goth undertone, without invoking images of black fingernails and pale faces. On top of the overall wearability. . . think how warm and comfortable a well-made wool cape would be! I want one now!
    That is an attractive man who knows how to pull off an unconventional look!


  58. Robert S.

    January 30, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Very Name of the Rose

  59. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 2:53 am

    definitely one of my favorites…he is very vampire-esque and amazing, even his eyes are piercing

  60. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Nice! He looks a lot like Bradley from last season’s Project Runway…anyone else agree?

  61. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Reminds me of the theater kids in my high school who wore black capes and trenchcoats and played “Dungeons and Dragons” on weekends. Not working for me.

  62. kstone

    February 3, 2008 at 4:30 am

    I really like capes but wearing them is very difficult. I have a loden with a cape that I almost never wear because the image I have in my mind before I put it on never matches with reality. Anyways, this guy does it really well. Thanks for the great pic Sartorialist.

  63. Anonymous

    August 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    “Luke, I’m your father!” :-)
    _ DeeDee

  64. Aoife (Dublin)

    November 21, 2008 at 7:46 am

    ooh how bram stoker-esque

  65. Anonymous

    March 21, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    I love his coat. Its very mysterious.

  66. kiriko

    September 8, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    he looks like a vampire…

  67. Martina

    February 15, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    He looks a bit like Dracula…?! But it's kind of cool!
    Cheers, Martina

  68. Bosse

    January 30, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Is that a dolma? *like* i have an old dolma made for the Swedish army. Its a very convenient garment. It might not be for every one or for every day use but I like it a lot.

  69. Rocchina

    January 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    My grandfather had some similar hood in black, warm wool and when I was young, I loved so much to be under this protective cape, I felt invincible with him.

  70. Alessandra

    January 31, 2013 at 2:45 pm


  71. Simone Fraser

    November 5, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Count Gianluca!

  72. Mirna

    November 7, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    this photo is fabulous Scott!

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