Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On the Street…LaFayette St., NYC


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  1. Simone

    December 16, 2008 at 7:13 am

    There is a definite shift in your attention..recent images (save for the pink suit) have reflected a real “depression era” working man kind of visual which I am enjoying, thanks!..I really want to widen the legs of this guy’s pant..sigh

  2. Annabelle

    December 16, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Now this guy, is a great mix of cool/casual/yet slightly done up still… love those jeans and that beard!

  3. Fashidoo.com

    December 16, 2008 at 7:29 am

    cool style :)

  4. kafkaesque08

    December 16, 2008 at 7:30 am

    fantastic! I want to read his buttons.

  5. J.A.F.

    December 16, 2008 at 7:49 am

    I really love long beards right now.

    There’s something about that cuffed denim that seems unexpected. The rest of the look, although thought out, seems rather uncalculated but then you scan down to those cuffs…BAM! Urbanabulous.

  6. Lieutenant Glahn

    December 16, 2008 at 7:56 am

    He’s clearly attempting to emulate our Soho friend from December 5. I’m impressed he could grow that beard so quickly.

  7. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    December 16, 2008 at 7:56 am

    I like how his plaid shirt barely peeks from under the army shirt. Yes the jean legs could be a bit wider to keep the proportions between upper and lower body, but it looks more rebellious this way,, which I think is the point. The army shirt has some stains, I guess those of us that buy vintage have to decide what we can/can’t live with. His skin and hair are obviously well taken care of, and that’s what keeps him from looking like a common bum. Fun outfit. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  8. Ivy Lane

    December 16, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Mmm… I like the outfit..the beard ONLY if it is clean!! Ya never know what could get caught up in that thing on a walk across town!

  9. suzanne nelson

    December 16, 2008 at 8:12 am

    I agree with Simone 7.13am there’s certainly a theme to many of your recent posts. A lot of jeans, dark indigo, deep cuffs and men who look like they work wih their hands, be they artists, craftsmen or builders. Is this the trend in nyc at the moment or is it what you find your eye drawn to? I love this guy’s hair, beard, sunglasses, the red pin and shirt tails; like he’s thought about it, but not too hard.

  10. Evelyn

    December 16, 2008 at 8:21 am

    one word- cool.

  11. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Olive drab ever go out of style? Nope. Great shot and lighting, BTW, Big Sart.

  12. Peter

    December 16, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Based on the wear patterns in his jeans, he spends most of his time with his hands shoved in his pockets

  13. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 8:45 am

    This green is very china。I like it。

  14. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 8:54 am

    are those nudie jeans?

  15. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 9:14 am

    like everything but the beard..just..cant..do.. beards..

  16. Jonathan

    December 16, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I’m really enjoying this bearded blue collar look. The man from Soho had a similar thing going. Has old school biker finally come back in style?

    I remember this look as a kid in the ’70s. A lot of the college students in my town were emulating the look they saw in the back woods around here. A need to identify with the working class. But there seems to be more to it this time around. A cleaner line to the clothing and body—more of a statement about personal style than about politics.

  17. d-money

    December 16, 2008 at 10:03 am

    i think the ubiquitous focus on working man’s gear is a return to a pragmatism which always bubbles to the surface during economic hard times. self-indulgence seems at best rude and disconnected at worst during uncertain times.(the fashion equivalent of the fundamentals of economy are strong)i found myself letting my hair and beard grow more(comfort beards are awesome) this year than i have in probably 5 or 6 years. i think it’s something akin to people wanting to stand shoulder to shoulder with the working man. that’s how i see it, anyways. love the look, by the way. those wool military field shirts from the fifties serve the same function as this top.

  18. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 10:05 am

    i like his style. looks like he cares, isn’t overdone. would trim the beard and widen the leg of his jeans if going for perfection, but who needs it?

  19. May Kasahara

    December 16, 2008 at 10:09 am

    epic hair.

  20. Mens designer clothing

    December 16, 2008 at 10:09 am

    This is great photography!! Like the beard aswell

  21. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Why are people loving this get-up?
    It is a uniform with no style… Contrary to the mass opinion, it is still possible to find some great style out there.

    A lot of these “looks” are just uniforms… cookie cutter. Buy this, this, that and this and now you have the look.

  22. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 10:11 am

    These two inch cuffs on dark denim look so refreshing and comforting. They go so well with the plaids. It´s like macaroni with cheese.

  23. Dominica

    December 16, 2008 at 10:17 am

    First thing I noticed :
    the most beautiful colour of his hair….(and beard)
    And I agree with Evelyn : he’s IS very cool !

  24. ST

    December 16, 2008 at 10:26 am


    dude! i see him on the L train ALL TEH TIME. he’s badass.

    and yes, suzanne nelson, there is in fact a big artist/craftsman/builder movement going on. sort of a ‘return to authenticity’, hand-crafted, men-being-men thing. i’m starting a distillery in BK, ie. that’s what the rolled-up work jeans signify.

  25. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 10:26 am

    i’d like to point out the faded outline left by the iphone. my husband laments that this happens to all his jeans, but my guess is that this will become an intentional achievement, like the perfect knee rip was in the mid- to late-’80s. and when today’s jeans become tomorrow’s vintage finds, that perfect iphone fade will be as coveted as an original big “e” levi’s tag.

  26. Walker

    December 16, 2008 at 10:37 am

    The widening of the pant leg and rise of the waistline was inevitable after years of skinny jeans. Of all people, Andre 3000 saw the coming of the Depression-era trend with his new line. But the new style is really all about fabrics and classic manufacturers. Yeah for wool!! Macinaw jackets and Woolrich shirts!! I’m most curious to see how it translates to high fashion. Will we see the return of generously cut double breasted wool suits with peak lapels? I suspect yes. Take a look at the Little Rascals and copy.

  27. ricola

    December 16, 2008 at 10:39 am

    Every morning I wake up and I like beards more and more. Great colour in the glasses as well.

  28. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    December 16, 2008 at 10:42 am

    That guy is rockin a nice beard.

  29. ERman

    December 16, 2008 at 10:42 am

    It seems like everyone is growing a beard and wearing a loose-fitted-cuffed-faded jeans lately. Definitely will be on my to-do list and then I will feature it in my blog. L.O.V.E

  30. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Okay, I know we’ve seen him before and he’s stuck with his look–which is what ‘they’ usually say to do–find a look and stick with it. But do we really need a second image of him? I don’t think it’s all that interesting, just a typical downtown, dime a dozen, still grunged, wear whatever is on the floor look.

  31. linda

    December 16, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I have to agree with Anonymous 10:10, this genre is not creative expression; I see it as a tribe of clones.

  32. cassaundra

    December 16, 2008 at 11:36 am

    i seriously can’t get over how amazing the shadows are.

  33. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Good photo. Is it really style? Maybe so, but I sure don’t like it. To me it’s such a phony “working class” look. I don’t know what these people do, but I doubt that their working-class clothes ever get dirty from real work.

    I should take a picture of my husband and submit it as the epitome of style. But his jeans are just rolled up until he puts on his boots to go out and clean stalls. Then they’re folded down. If it’s cold, his flannel shirt is tucked in to keep him warmer.

    Guess I could go on and on, but I’ll just add that a beard like that wouldn’t be an asset as it just collects icicles when it’s cold and you really work outside.

  34. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t mind the clothing. This is good, serviceable urban style. However. That beard. Not that I don’t just love me some old ZZ Top, but really. Not cool. Not sexy.

  35. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    December 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Nice and interesting, like it!<3

  36. danconnortown

    December 16, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I wonder if he has any tattoos?

  37. ted

    December 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    gotta love those blublockers and presumably ironic message laden buttons.

  38. Rodney ANGERFIELD

    December 16, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    His style contrasts vertically: Clean haircut with great shades one, scruffy beard. Army color jacket with pins on them. Raw denim, WORN. Cuffed jeans, canvas sneakers. The whole thing is interesting, even though he probably didn’t think about it the way I did.

  39. Jack Daniel

    December 16, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Wow, nice haircut. I went to the hairdresser today but it’s again…too short.

    Cool picture.

  40. d-money

    December 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    anon@11:52 i appreciate your comments on this matter. sometimes i find myself torn on this matter. my positive take on it(which i stated earlier) is that pop culture has rallied around the working man. the backbone of industry is in dire straits and it seems like up and coming american and japanese designers are romanticizing the lunchpail guy. from engineered garments to rogues gallery, these designers have made it cool to walk around with a rugged, lived-in aesthetic that is far from the youth worship that is usually inherent in most fashion.

    on the flipside, another part of me wants to label these downtown, iphone toting, $300 jean wearing, hard labor neophytes as poseurs(of which i am one of). i grew up in a family where most everyone drove rigs and i was mentioning to my brother last week that i love the fact that flannels came back in such a big way because it makes me feel a certain kinship with my uncles. i’m sitting at my cushy deskjob in downtown dc in a flannel shirt, rugged cords and combat boots. however, the outfit costs what one of those truck drivers take two weeks to make so the question is does that make me a sympathizer to our working class-for whom i really do have a soft spot for- or does it make me a poseur just tweaking my look a bit?

  41. NEWtooth

    December 16, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    this look is ubiquitous here in Seattle. you can’t walk more than a block in the busier neighborhoods without seeing a beardo in olive drab and plaid.

  42. monique

    December 16, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    “Is it style”? Must you ask? Is it fashion? is another question. And at this point I’d say yes to both.

    I love functional clothes. I love when they’re not fine or precious. What I don’t love is when these items are from a “designer”. IMO it’s being a victim (or just plain crazy) to pay in the hundreds for stuff you can get at The Gap or the Levi Store or your local thrift shop. Yeah, designers might use better fabrics and have an extra detail here or there but the overall look isn’t any better, and paying that much undermines the poetic qualities of it and in fact make it posey, to me.

    He looks good from the knees up. Honestly I think the proportions of the jeans aren’t flattering. They might look good without the cuff (I don’t dislike cuffs, just this particular one)…. but maybe it’s the angle of the shot..

  43. MJ

    December 16, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    It's like if ZZ Top were to collab w/Rag & Bone. I love it.

  44. Rita

    December 16, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    One cool cat. Though I think the hairstyle and the beard don’t work together; one of them has to go and let the other shine.

  45. Ken

    December 16, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    you should specify that is because the beard, if not, people thinks that he is well dressed, and we know you could find all that clothes in HM two or three years ago.
    But is so right that he is wearing an “premium” BEARD!

    Thanks and congratulations!

  46. nika!

    December 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    …the beard could probably be a little bit better trimmed…I’m mainly saying this though cause for a moment, I seriously thought that the wire trailing down from under the beard was a really long little braid! Haha! that’d be something! Other than that, I really like the color of the shades in comparison to his amazing hair color.

  47. The Clever Pup

    December 16, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Reminds me of the first guy in my high school to grow a beard. He just kept growing it and growing it. No moustache, all beard.

    Is that you Jack Dryden?

  48. Stephanie

    December 16, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    very, very interesting. he's got quite a look going on….personally i don't like the beard; however, I think everything works well together in spite of that.
    the red building in the middle ground, red glasses, & belt unify the color scheme…so subtle. love that!

  49. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    Is anyone else tired of all the attention American workwear revivalism is getting?

  50. letslivefast

    December 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    he looks so cool!
    and i like the color of his jacket :)


  51. Remah

    December 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I love the look of his jeans. That worn in look totally fits his persona!

  52. Andrew

    December 16, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    nice fades. He needs to fix the hole by his left front pocket before it gets out of control.

  53. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    love these jeans.
    and how about those shades? yessss!

  54. Daisy

    December 16, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    The beard makes the look.

  55. D.

    December 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    First, I love the rich colors on the jeans and shirts; they go quite nicely with his reddish brown hair and skin tone, but… sigh. If he is even remotely attractive, he sure is doing a nice job disguising it under that beard. I can appreciate his clothes in an “abstract inspiration” sort of way (I love that sort of dark, rich color in my clothes, and my own coloring is similar to his), absolutely, but just imagine how hot this outfit would look on a guy with a better looking hairstyle and a clean shave, or even just a beard that didn’t remind me of an ancient creepy dude.

    Also, the slicked back hairstyle not only conflicts with the utter unruliness of the beard, but is unflattering to the guy’s head and hairline, I suspect. From the nose up, he looks like Ben Stiller…

    I agree with those tiring of “american workwear revivalism;” when I go out dancing on indie night, the dancefloor is a veritable sea of plaid and jeans. It’s not a huge issue to me or anything, but it would be nice to see something new.

    That said, the guy who Lieutenant Glahn (7:56 AM) linked to looks amazing. AMAZING.

  56. Gina

    December 16, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    This guy and December 5th seem so pretentious next to the wonderfully unassuming man from December 11th.

  57. Anonymous

    December 16, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    it seems that there have been a lot of beards have been showing up this winter. very economic accessories that add a little bit to every outfit, like the vintage bicycles.

  58. Najee

    December 17, 2008 at 10:17 am

    This is the perfect cold weather look, its like mountain man goes to the city. Loves it.

  59. boxgirl

    December 17, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    i agree. zeitgeist. stylish/but unstyled or is it the other way around? i was just at an army navy story and picked up an adorable cargo purse that will probably hold up longer than anything from h & m or those precious skins from gucci. people are less frivolous these days. you have to be more creative. which means it's back to cutting one's own hair…part artistic exercise and part straight up pragmatism. i think would be interesting if you did a little photo story on that. i actually used one of your photos as inspiration. people thought i spent a fortune.

  60. Sarah

    December 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    ahah he looks like Devandra banhart^^

  61. nelsonbridge

    December 18, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    agree with simone.
    love the recent workwear inspired images.

  62. Anonymous

    December 18, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    the beard makes me shiver…

  63. grapemind

    December 19, 2008 at 4:33 am

    This is amazing. Seriously. It looks effortless but look at how it all comes together so perfectly. Stunning.

  64. Kazzy

    December 19, 2008 at 5:43 am

    Yawn… and I really have to let the boys out there know that beards are not sexy (generally). They add a dimension and interest to photographs, but real life is a whole other story.

  65. Mathias Forsström

    December 22, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    now we talking! casual and own style. i like this dude!

  66. Anonymous

    December 24, 2008 at 2:36 am

    APC denim?

    whos got it?

  67. Anonymous

    December 25, 2008 at 5:38 am

    I like him! :]

  68. The Fashion Fiend

    December 27, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    “Cast Away” chic. :P
    I like the tint on his sunglasses.

  69. Anonymous

    December 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Check. Out. The. Beard.

  70. CW

    January 4, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Found your blog through another blog. The photo shows what happens when a hasid goes punk.


  71. elena

    January 5, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Alarming facial hair! Doesn’t do it for me.

  72. Chessa!

    January 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    New Yorkers are so wonderfully expressive in the way they dress. I love this and can just see him downtown.

  73. David

    January 15, 2009 at 10:36 am

    This guy. Killin it.

  74. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 9:52 am

    His name is Kris Payne

  75. Mz. Paulzen

    February 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Kinda fabulous. The shoes are deliciously insulting.

  76. la susana

    February 17, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Absolutely love the beard

  77. Aparna

    March 16, 2009 at 10:07 am

    This guy is very cool.

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