Tuesday, June 3, 2008

On the Street…..Ian Hylton, Soho

I used to work with Ian when I had a showroom and he was designing for one of the companies I represented.

He is an original Sartorialist – he really love the act of dressing-up.

Think a male Diana Vreeland.

Ian lives in China now and we just happened to bump into each other in Soho yesterday.

Like everytime I see him, I was completely blown away by the perfection of his suit (MTM, of course).

Heavy cotton, unlined and must have been perfect for yesterdays early Spring weather in NYC.

While he is in town I am going to shoot Ian a few more times because he is one of those guys that I can’t wait to see what he comes up with each day.

Of, course I asked about the manbag (I hope it doesn’t distract this post from the perfection of the suit).

Apparently it takes so much paper money to buy anything in Hong Kong dollars that he started carrying the bag just to tote around the cash.

Sounds like a perfectly Vreeland-ish response to me.

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  1. utkuozt

    June 3, 2008 at 8:10 am

    perfect cut suit in beautiful color. man bag is not my style but the guy made it work (considering that it’s croc, should have cost a fortune)
    perfect amount of cuff shown. just one thing, even with the zoomed version i couldn’t figure what exactly was going on with the hankie..

  2. Andrea

    June 3, 2008 at 8:11 am

    VREELAND!

    Go whip yourself thirty times with a wet pashmina.

  3. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:13 am

    I love the suit, shirt and tie. i like the fit of the suit, the almost short pant pants. It’s a beautiful shade of blue too, perfect for him. But the accessories? At first i would have preferred a more classic sunglass frame but actually looking closely that frame works perfectly. Brought up in England i believe brown brogues are not for he city and i’ve never even heard of a manbag ?? although i love the reason he carries it!

  4. Anairam

    June 3, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Love the cut of the pants – also the length – perfect!
    PS. Typo on Vreeland (sorry, I am a proofreader!)

  5. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:31 am

    Does’nt do it for me. Too tight fitting, sleeves too short, wrong shirt and tie. I wont even start on the bag.

    Compare this image with the image from the guy from London below.

    No contest.

  6. fashion life

    June 3, 2008 at 8:43 am

    It realy is perfect, and he wears it very well.

  7. Stacy

    June 3, 2008 at 8:50 am

    perfection!

    it’s like he got up this morning and they sewed the suit on him.

    love the glasses.

  8. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I most definitely disagree with the perfect suit comment. I think it looks too painted on. In addition there seem to be a lot of fit errors in the shoulder area.

  9. Moi

    June 3, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Hence the term “money bags”- hee hee hee. Mr. Ian wears a suit very nicely.

  10. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 9:04 am

    wow he looks fantastic! what a perfect suit. and I LOVE the man bag!

  11. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 9:13 am

    word. i digg the whole spiel

  12. LichMD

    June 3, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Love the look.
    I don’t like the patch pockets on the jacket, I would have preferred hacking pockets for this outfit personally. But overall very sharp.

  13. Kris

    June 3, 2008 at 9:39 am

    i love every single aspect of this outfit! it truly is perfection!

  14. Johanna

    June 3, 2008 at 9:39 am

    “blown away” is right. the cut of that suit and the way the gentleman carries it off just made my day.

  15. jeff

    June 3, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I can’t remember the last time I saw an outfit so PERFECT on this blog. Of course, no offense to you Scott… simply props to Ian!!!!

  16. LuluB@bie

    June 3, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I CAN NOT find one fault with what he is wearing. Perfection at it’s best.

  17. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 9:43 am

    He does look great…but manbags are not manly. I guess it’s fine if you live in Hong Kong. I also think the knot on his tie is too small for his spread(cutaway)collar. windsor is the way to go in this case.

  18. Natalie Galitzine

    June 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Can a man look sexier in a suit?! ;o) Amazing!
    I like how the cut of the suit shows off his beautiful masculine body!

  19. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 9:51 am

    one word.

    DAPPER

    but i think it’s more because of the way he carries the look, like he could just burst into dance gene kelly style. it is a little tight at the chest area.

  20. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 9:54 am

    The jacket is a little ‘snug’ but it’s obvious that this is the look he’s going> which he carries off to a tee!!
    Some men aren’t able to do the ‘man bag’ thing but in this instance I think it’s an important part to this look.

  21. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 9:56 am

    I like the cut of the suit on a slim guy like your friend. I particularly like the soft construction of the shoulders and the lapels, evidenced by a peak popping up. I believe the manbag is alligator and not croc, but what do I know. It seems to me that with such a slim cut, you dont want to ruin the line by stuffing pockets with keys, cellphone, agenda, and everything else we need these days. Although isn’t one of the benefits of MTM that your tailor can see what you carry and construct your pockets accordingly? Not a look for me but I like to see it on thin guys. Jorge from West Palm Beach

  22. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

    love it!

    oh yes, man purses (or “murses”) are very common & necessary in Hong Kong…

  23. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 10:16 am

    do you follow red carpet fashion, sart? boring as it can sometimes be, I’d love to see who you think hit it out of the park at say, last night’s CFDA function or the Costume Institute Gala… But then I suppose those would be pictures you didn’t take…

  24. Specialward

    June 3, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Can’t decide whether or not the fit is barely right or just barely wrong. I think it is actually a tad bit too tight. Might have something to do with the fact that it’s cotton and I don’t think cotton lends itself too well to imperfect cuts. Like the shoes, like the navy, etc. That purse thing would have made his look twice as good if it were a slim briefcase instead…I’d carry around one of those longer bigger wallets long before that contraption. Too much cuff and the pants are a bit too thom browne for me, but hey, he still looks better than 97% of the suit wearing american dudes out there.

  25. vintagent

    June 3, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Actually, it’s the SCALE of his man-bag that has my head spinning. It’s a miniature alligator briefcase, with a strap. How cool is that?

  26. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 10:34 am

    One of the reasons I visit this blog every morning!

    His style is excellent, keep up the great work!

  27. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 10:36 am

    FAB-U-LOUS!!! great suit and fit. I would love to see him out of that suit…sorry, couldn’t help it! :)

  28. jkh

    June 3, 2008 at 10:40 am

    trousers and jacket all a bit too tight (see the strange wave on jacket front)and short.
    too ambitious, so to say.

    you know i am right.

  29. -h of candid cool

    June 3, 2008 at 10:40 am

    i like this guy.

  30. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I love his sunglasses! I can’t decide whether I like his suit or not..i absoultely love the colour (blue is my favourite colour) and it really suits him, however it does look a little tight and it feels like it doesn’t do his body justice though.

    On the man bag… I love man bags because they must take so much confidence to carry and good on those people than can do that !

  31. Tucsonstorm

    June 3, 2008 at 10:55 am

    “One of those early days at Harper’s Bazaar I had a brainwave!…’I've got the best idea!…We’re going to eliminate all handbags.’” Diana Vreeland

    (From her autobiography, DV, edited by George Plimpton and Christopher Hemphill, page 117,
    Vintage Books, July 1985.)

    Diana Vreeland believed that “there is nothing that limits a woman’s walk like a pocketbook.” Like me, she loved pockets…large and chic.

  32. An Aesthete's Lament

    June 3, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Ah, yes, the guy who on “Project Runway: Canada.” Admirable look. Very spiffy.

  33. AnonymousJK

    June 3, 2008 at 11:27 am

    See Sart,
    This is the reason why you need to visit Toronto – we’re all pretty stylish here. Unfortunately, like most of the world no one gets the fact that great style is born and bred here. If you don’t believe me just ask: Jay Manuel, Joe Zee, Tim Blanks and the list goes on!

  34. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 11:30 am

    He is a good-looking man to be sure, but I get claustrophobic just looking at him. It looks as if the seams of the suit would no doubt rip in numerous places if he had to quickly lunge out of the way of an oncoming cab or if – horrors – somebody tried to make off with his man purse. Pants too short as well. Suit seems emasculating, trying to make him look smaller than he is, which I don’t understand, and even worse, it looks uncomfortable.

  35. purple

    June 3, 2008 at 11:33 am

    this man is perfection. i’d like him to marry me.

  36. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 11:47 am

    dandy!

  37. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 11:51 am

    This man’s sleek silhouette has it all over the dowdy, old fashioned cut of the London fellow from last week. He looks every bit the young blade. I like his swagger.

  38. amed studio

    June 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Mr. Hylton is undeniably sharp, but this jacket is pulling and buckling and ruching in ways it wouldn’t if there were room enough for the gentleman inside it. I’m still not used to seeing grown men who should know better packed into clothes that are evidently too small, but I must admit it doesn’t seem as silly to me now as it did when our Mr. Browne first broke out the style. I suspect this look will appear as dated as 80s ice cream pastels and shoulder pads when we get more distance from it.

  39. Alexa

    June 3, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Wow. Love this look, manbag and all.

  40. Kate G.

    June 3, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Man-bag indeed! At last a man who knows how to choose a pocket square and animate it. I’d extend the line of the jacket. More man, less boy. The bag and shoes are well-chosen, nice texture and color against that sea of blue. Thank you, Mr. Sartorialist.

  41. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    so beautiful. this inspires me to dress up. i can’t believe how perfect the pants are, and the masculine bag is such a fabulous touch – who says only women can carry handbags?

  42. Kanani

    June 3, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I wish more men would carry bags. I’ve been in countries where I’ve had to carry so much cash and you really do need either 1. a servant to carry your cash or 2. a man bag.

    Perhaps next time he’ll have an immaculately dressed manservant with him.

  43. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    Ian looks good.

  44. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    what’s that he’s got in his pocket?
    it’s definitely not a pocket square, or if it is there’s something else

    love the jacket, although i agree with the pockets comment.

  45. I Want Today, I Want Tomorrow

    June 3, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Great suit. The color, the cut. I’m jealous.

  46. iluwfashion

    June 3, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Superb outfit. Original but yet shining with flair. Wasn’t this guy posted here previously dressed in a gray suit with blue details and shoes??

  47. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Have to agree with specialward, a bit too thom browne for me as well. That said, love the single-statement color of the suit, shirt, and tie (with different patterns and textures) accented by the brown shoes, bag and hankie. The man bag is not my style, but work beautifully here.

  48. Gian

    June 3, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    what does MTM stands for?

    Great sartorialist, indeed.

  49. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Nothing wrong with the ‘man bag’ thing; he looks sufficiently masculine to carry it off, no problem. what the hell; men need something to carry their stuff in too.
    obviously, he can’t fit anything into his jacket or trousers; they are hopelessly too tight for him.
    he has good taste and good style and I am sure that he will eventually graduate to a more suitable, classic style once he gets through this phase.
    when he does, he will very elegant rather than what he looks like now: merely stylishly, uncomfortably squished in his suit.

  50. thevegasstyleguy

    June 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    i LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT HIS LOOK!

    AS LUCY ONCE SAID (PARAPHRASING) “IF THAT’S THE KIND OF MANBAG YOU WANTED, YOU CERTAINLY GOT IT.” A MINI DEAD LIZARD BRIEFCASE! FAB!

    IS ENVY STILL A DEADLY SIN? IF SO, TAKE ME NOW SATAN!

  51. metscan

    June 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Wow -he is so handsome. A perfect choice of the bag and the shoes; they compliment his skin color fully.

  52. Thomas

    June 3, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Perfection. I long to dress this well on a consistent basis.

  53. we could grow up together

    June 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    “M”urse is a MUST for men every season

  54. angrepmill

    June 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    In the words of ZZ Top, this is one Sharp Dressed Man.

  55. achristina

    June 3, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    LOVE the color – he looks fabulous but the suit almost looks too small…that being said, he pulls it off like a suit is meant to be worn that way. :) the manbag-i like it even more because it looks masculine! looking forward to seeing his other looks this week.

  56. foodie hunter

    June 3, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    wow. beautiful suit and he wears it very well.

  57. bridget

    June 3, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Perfection!

  58. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    This is perfect. He is dressed so beautifully (and so beautiful himself). The color of the suit is perfect and looks great. I also love the bag! Just perfect.

  59. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    This is someone who knows how to enhance his build and face with clothes!

    It is both practical and stylish to carry such a nice bag, regardless of gender. I imagine he took great care in choosing it, and enjoys using it.

  60. Jessica

    June 3, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    wow, he looks amazing! the suit could possibly be a touch larger, but i feel like that would ruin the feeling of this look. i can’t wait to see more shots of him!

  61. Winds of Time

    June 3, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Wow! Perfect suit… the cut is just amazing and the colour too!

    I didn’t like the man bag though… there are better designs.

  62. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Wow! This is one of few examples I would label as perfect.

  63. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    I like it!

  64. monique

    June 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Very dapper but hmmmm. While I don’t hate how it looks I must say it doesn’t look comfortable and there is something unattractive about a man sacrificing comfort for style. I don’t like it much in women either but on ocassion it’s necessary. Just my opinion.

    If he could only lift his hands above his head or kneel down to pick up a buck off the ground without splitting a seam then he’d get more points in my book.

    That said, I am always happy to see a well dressed brotha up in here. And he is definitely perfectly groomed. And I love the color combo and the shades. Even the manbag, which I don’t care for generally, is a beautiful one.

  65. M

    June 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    the whole look is great…i think the money bag makes it even better..it gives the look an edge.

  66. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I have no problem with the purse, but I don’t like the tiny suit look. It’s too Pee Wee Herman. I know it’s in style right now, but I don’t dig it. Still, if you like that look, he pulls it off quite nicely.

  67. chaos

    June 3, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    He looks fabulous — and the best part is he knows it!

  68. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    everything about him just made my day. Especially the money tote, love it!

  69. aviewaskew

    June 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    did someone say manbag? i didn’t notice..i was too busy looking at the su..uhmmmm-man. delicious. thank you for waking me up this am.

  70. Bradlex

    June 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Love it, masculine, cut but tight and provocative. Would have gone for a plain shirt to contrast more but that’s just my style.

    Hate to be a pragmatist but I wonder how it feels to wear/sit in, can’t imagine it’s great for a day in the office, but still. I want a cut like that!!!!

  71. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    A talented dresser, none the less.

  72. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    It’s a nice enough cut, but the colour does nothing for him & the suit looks several inches too small – a male equivalent of girls whose shirt buttons bulge. Even the pants and jacket sleeves are too short. Is he wearing someone else’s clothes?

  73. Schmanna

    June 3, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    I love his manbag – the fact that he is using it as a over the top purse makes it even better. it completes the colorscheme cus it really matches w all the blue’s and his shoe’s and skintone. and adds a fun touch to his look, imo.

    also lovelovelove the color of his suit.

    dear god he looks fabulously sexy in it too.
    If i were a man i would prolly wanna look something like this ;)

  74. antimicky

    June 3, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I just want to know how he gets his feet through those tiny leg openings.

  75. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    DAIUM! what an extrordinarily plush man. kanye would be jelous.

  76. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Great fit! Trousers come to a perfect length showing some ankle and shoes perfectly polished. This guy looks great!

  77. Morgan

    June 3, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Great suit, I love it. It’s like a more reasonable Thom Browne. I’m not a huge fan of blue, but that looks great on him.

  78. klovedesigns

    June 3, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Forget about the suit! Your muse is gorgeous!

  79. tex-dresser

    June 3, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    A little too tight fitting for me. I wonder if the shorter length of the jacket and pants makes it appear tighter than it is?

    Do love the color, fabric of the suit and the shoes.

  80. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I don’t get the criticisms up here at all… he doesn’t just look like some cloying dandy… he has the swagger and je ne sais pas to pull that off and command respect.

  81. style slicker

    June 3, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    very stylish and absolutely loveing his manbag!!

  82. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 12:20 am

    i’m a girl, and i want a suit like that!

  83. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 12:35 am

    Nice Ian! Is it a Man Bag or a Murce

  84. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Is it possible to do a Style Profile on Mr. Ian. I would love that.

  85. j'taimee

    June 4, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I love how well tailored this suit is – it’s all in the details.
    HEART.

  86. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Love the fit of his suit. Love the cut. Love the silhouette. Love his stance. Hate the croc manbag– turns him into a caricature of the fashionista.

    –PLO

  87. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 2:35 am

    he is HOT
    and the outfit it awsome****

  88. Hundrednorth

    June 4, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Shhhhhhhhhhhharp!

  89. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 3:25 am

    It’s nonsensical he has to tote it around Hong Kong because it requires so much “paper money” to buy anything.

    Unless his “anything” constitutes or Jaguars and Houses

  90. SB

    June 4, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Amazing suit, amazing look!

    I have been to many countries in the world but I’m always surprised over the fact that well dressed men in the US has such shorts pants! Where I come from(possible other places as well) men who waears a suit always makes sure that the pants reaches half way down over the heel of the shoe.

  91. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I love the spread collar shirt its patterns. The high break in his slacks shows a classy and modern look. And of course the man bag is exceptional, brown and navy is simply to die for. This suit is a great fit for the classic gentlemen.

  92. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 4:07 am

    So perfect it freaks me out.
    The sunglasses make the look.

  93. Dominican Enigma

    June 4, 2008 at 5:54 am

    very well put together! hot

  94. Lisa Shobhana

    June 4, 2008 at 9:10 am

    love it!

  95. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 9:16 am

    HOW DID HE GET and HOW LONG DID IT TAKE HIM to find a tie that match his suit so perfectly? it would take me hours to find a blue that matches identically to another blue, excluding apparel from the same designer.
    great picture all around.

  96. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 9:18 am

    mmmm mmmmm mmmmmmmm!!!

  97. thwany

    June 4, 2008 at 9:23 am

    he’s sexy

  98. wakenumber

    June 4, 2008 at 10:26 am

    no one’s said anything about the shoes… they’re great. anyone know where they’re from?

  99. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 10:35 am

    all the more power to him for the man bag- it looks like croc? and its fab with the shoes… his style is hot- Gina Velasco-esque… totally a hit

  100. Quack esq.

    June 4, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Flipping Crisp.

  101. tj

    June 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Looks like the jacket collar needs to be pressed. The suit is a beautiful shade of blue.
    Great shirt, both fabric and fit.
    I think the jacket sleeves should be a bit longer. Show a half inch of shirt cuff.
    Nice shoes.

  102. Anonymous

    July 11, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Sharp, a bit too self-conscious maybe but stylishly so. A connaisseur .

  103. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Looking Good Ian – Jord.

  104. Anonymous

    August 13, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Any information available on where it was made? Hong Kong, US, Mainland China? I’m living in Beijing and tailors here are either really cheap and produce stuff I’d not want to wear for five minutes or really, really expensive. Would love to find some in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong that strike a balance. Maybe somebody has a suggestion on where to look.

  105. Anonymous

    March 6, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I came across this photo sort of by accident, but for someone who isn’t up on fashion, this really speaks to me. I don’t think I could pull off that slim a fit, but I love the color of the suit, the crispness of his shirt. And I love the shoes. Brown with navy looks very handsome. Everything seems to compliment each other. I have a wedding to go to in August, and I’m seriously considering stealing this look. Very sharp!

  106. Valerio Galluzzi

    January 6, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I love the blue, it’s really elegant. The suit is perfect for cut and color-matching. I don’t like the man bag, but is certainly suitable for the classic style.

  107. Name*

    April 29, 2012 at 8:14 am

    where can i get a similar suit that color?

  108. Salva

    May 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    A hello from Denver. Too many comments about the manbag were stupid as they often are. It should not take bravery to use something practical. I’m embarrassed to bring it up myself. The object itself is both beautiful and again practical.

  109. KP

    May 31, 2013 at 1:48 am

    perfect outfit!!

  110. Gianluca

    October 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    That suit it too tight. Hopefully in a couple years this horrible fashion will be outdated and we’ll salute the return of properly-fitting suits.

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