Monday, January 7, 2013

On the Street…… Le Marais, Paris

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  1. Simbarashe

    January 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Combining generations of style into… Well I dunno what you call this.
    http://lordashbury.com/

    • c woodyard

      January 7, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      A hard working man’s working costume doing something necessary for us……..?

  2. Cecilia

    January 7, 2013 at 9:24 am

    I don’t understand
    http://modeskine.blogspot.com

    • john b pritchett

      January 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

      I have to agree…

    • Aurelie T

      January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      you don’t have to spin any given look into “fashion.” a look doesn’t have to be explained. this is what a Parisian man put on his body and walked out the door. that’s all there is to it.

      • Tonia

        January 7, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        100 % agreed

      • lucia

        January 8, 2013 at 3:20 am

        Exactly! there is nothing “To understand” he put some clothes on walked out having a fag. and he looks cool in his really ordinary outfit! Its not about fashion, its about style, and putting stuff together, not everyone has to look like anna della russo :D

        • Richard

          January 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

          “He looks cool”???

    • Starlight

      January 7, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      what precisely don’t you understand? does someone need to be wearing runway fashion in order for you to understand what they are wearing?

      • rc

        January 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

        No..but not everything one wears deserves to be photographed for a style blog.

        • po

          January 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

          I would agree with you if this style was common or uninteresting but after all, this is a style blog. It does not contain the label “widely favored clothing choices”, but instead “style”. This is a man’s personal style. And that is what the blog is about.

        • Bronson

          January 8, 2013 at 12:16 pm

          I think this is a photography blog, first and foremost, and there are all kinds of dressing. Resist the temptation to judge; life will be sweeter.

  3. Ludmilla

    January 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

    What’s not to love!

  4. Henning

    January 7, 2013 at 10:03 am

    YEAH!!!! REAL proletarian look!!!!

  5. Nico

    January 7, 2013 at 10:10 am

  6. Marie

    January 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Michel <3

  7. Polina

    January 7, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I actually think this is great! I live in Helsinki, Finland, and we have a growing subculture of this “smelly old fisherman combined w/ some Jacques Cousteau vibes”. Yeah, it’s a hipster thing. But some rock it so far that this is the exact look they’ve got. Lot of hilarious moments when you compare these real hobos to the trendy ones, you can tell them apart for trendy guys having an iPhone glued to their hands, hobo’s got a brown liquor bag. So this is fashion, another angle to it at least. I do not mean to laugh at the people who own this style, I enjoy it very much, don’t get me wrong! I feel like this picture is humorous and point-making at the same time, way to go! Love to see how people react to this!

    • Frank

      January 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Yes, it’s as if many people need an ‘OK’ from the designers or fashionistas in order to consider something stylish. But in truth, it’s people like this man that designers actually receive their inspiration from.

    • SarahNYC

      January 7, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      I love your commentary on this one! So true!

    • Suzy

      January 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Ahh that makes sense now – thanks for clearing it up!

    • Sanna

      January 8, 2013 at 5:48 am

      Hi Polina. Great comment from you. It’s just as you told about Helsinki. (I’m living there also) A lot of similar looks on young men in trendy places. This is the origin of the style.

      Working clothes just work so well. There is a certain beauty in it. Considering Bill Cunningham’s blue coat for example.

  8. Marián

    January 7, 2013 at 10:17 am

  9. THE STEL STYLE

    January 7, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Ono a real daily outfit, cool picture

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

  10. Clara

    January 7, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Looks like a man with stories, I love it.

  11. Bohemian Style

    January 7, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Great jacket.

    theBohmerian.com

  12. Sven

    January 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Derelicte!

    • Banka

      January 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Too bad Sartorialist didn’t catch him doing Magnum.

  13. monika

    January 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

    What’s the difference between a homeless person and an art director? The latter’s got an iPhone.

    • Samantha

      January 12, 2013 at 5:32 am

      brilliant

  14. Juanita

    January 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Le Marais is a hell of a long way from any fishing boat I’ve never seen in Paris!!! x

  15. Lydia

    January 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Not high fashion, but there is a story in this photo…

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  16. timina

    January 7, 2013 at 10:47 am

    wow, the boots!

  17. Lauren

    January 7, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I almost took you off my bookmark until Montgomery Clift. Now I’ll have to think about not bookmarking again.

  18. Natalie Davidson Zaman

    January 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

    What an interesting face! Bet he has some stories to tell…

  19. kitchen afternoon

    January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am

    oh, I can smell the tobacco and traffic, in a good way.

  20. Matias

    January 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

    At this point of the debate the only conclusion one can get is that stylish people often smokes. I guess it should be of no surprise that those who put in risk their health are bolder at the time they go to their wardrove….

  21. michael

    January 7, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Musée des Égouts de Paris chic! Brilliant – looks ripe!

  22. Sevan

    January 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

    In the background, there is a similar but “cleaner” look. Interesting coincidence.

  23. vasilieva

    January 7, 2013 at 11:13 am

  24. Gisela

    January 7, 2013 at 11:14 am

    LOVE IT!

  25. Aga's suitcase

    January 7, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Too much
    Kisses
    Aga

    Check my new post
    http://www.agasuitcase.com

  26. monkeyshines

    January 7, 2013 at 11:29 am

    adorable!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  27. Gian Luca M

    January 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

    incredible!!!

    Gian Luca M

    http://laterzapagina.net/

  28. Xeana

    January 7, 2013 at 11:37 am

    He looks cool!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

  29. laModaAndrogina

    January 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

    You can hardly see any similar in the streets of İstanbul :( I miss Good Old Europe…

  30. irene

    January 7, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I like when you catch normal people in ur shots..and this is an amazing one!

    http://www.ontomywardrobe.com

  31. Spencer Edwards

    January 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    EVERYTHING!!! Looks better with age.

  32. Cakes and Manolos

    January 7, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I would wear that but the hat.

    • L.

      January 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      But.. the hat is the BEST thing!!!

  33. Liz

    January 7, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I love Le Marais!! One of my favorite spots in Paris…also the only place where the stores are open on Sundays! Great picture!

    http://lavieenliz.com

  34. ronan

    January 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Sorry to have to say that Scott, but your picture is not very decent… It reminds me the “homeless inspired” fashion show of John Galliano several years ago. Style is a good thing, but not the only thing, and this guy would deserve more (a good old age pension for example) than fashion addicts ecstatics comments.

    A french reader of your blog

    • Fifibrindacier

      January 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Mon coeur balance!
      Ronan n’a pas tort….et je suis mal à l’aise à la lecture de sur certains commentaires …
      Mais pour croiser régulièrement ce monsieur rue de Bretagne vers l’étale iodé, je pense qu’il vole au dessus de la houle…..
      mais justement est-ce qu’il ne s’agit pas aussi de montrer ce que Paris est aussi, car dans le 3ème, il y a aussi des gens qui sont au delà des apparences….
      Alors moi j’ai une tendresse tout particulière pour cette photo car elle démontre bien que l’élégance ne se borne pas à l’habit….
      sorry for this french post, to sum up, I adore this photo with this image of a man so free from the diktats of fashion which can be so far away from the real elegance….

  35. carole

    January 7, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Really?

  36. Jennifer

    January 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Loving this real photo

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  37. Mona

    January 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Great Photo…I did not think you were looking for fashion remarks though it seems like many like to create the look…what about living the lifestyle of hard work? He actually looks a lot like one of the professors at my school who won the Nobel a few years ago…maybe it is him : )

  38. Pampelmusea

    January 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  39. Bella

    January 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    This goes to show that style is something you are born with.

  40. Eva

    January 7, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Awesome photo. So real. Fashion in it’s purest form.

    http://www.creativityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  41. Hannah

    January 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I just bough my husband some agile wellington boots for Christmas – he’s quite chuffed to find them featured on the Sartorialist!

  42. Denisa

    January 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    I really like pics like that, from a normal life. Even as everyone on it is something amazing. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

  43. L'Oliphant

    January 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    A real man, in a real life!

  44. Lelli Family

    January 7, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Great pic, interesting man, interesting outfit. We love Le Marais and its people.

    Lelli, italian fashion family

  45. Alison

    January 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Love it! He’s got all the elements there — especially the shredded denim ;)

    http://www.stylingmylife.com

  46. KM

    January 7, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    I think this look is over-glorified. Would you honestly, seeing him on the street think “Wow, this guy has great style!”? Sure, there is a story behind him, definitely, but I wouldn’t really look to him for inspiration, although in the overall collection of photos, his will for sure stand out.

  47. L. from US

    January 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    But …CAKES AND MANOLOS– The hat is the best thing!!!

  48. bob

    January 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Sorry I have no change.

  49. debbie

    January 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Function over form.

  50. Hayden

    January 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Not impressed. Here, on the Gulf Coast, people are dressed like this by the thousands. The only thing unique may be the hat.

  51. palacinka

    January 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    The Boots! It’s not (just) a man, it’s a story (to be told).

  52. Marisa Alma McGinnis

    January 7, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Homeless chic! Formidable!

    • Alyssa | The Sartorialist

      January 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      What makes you think he’s homeless? He’s actually a fisherman!

  53. Virginia L

    January 7, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I just love it. Touching.

  54. kingesquivel

    January 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Oh well, I figured people on here would read too much into this photo. Even if the dude was totally nude you’d probably come up with the same comments… :(

  55. Yiju

    January 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    The man of crowd.

  56. vito

    January 7, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    in style – as in life – few things beat gravitas.
    BRAVO!

  57. Dan Hurst

    January 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    This is where it all starts. There is something quite endearing and inspirational about an honest working man in his amour. Each tear in his jeans could tell a story.

    • barbara

      January 7, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      it’s the tear that irritates me, it seems artificial – not usual on a working man’s working pants. His small vanity item? Or his pants were all in the laundry and he took his son’s pants for today?

      The boots seem very high quality, the jacket has a good fit. This is someone who cares about his clothes, even when they get dirty.

  58. Zvezda

    January 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    A time to be silent and a time to speak… A time to love and a time to hate… A time for war and a time for peace. Happy birthday!

  59. Elle Quinn

    January 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    This man reminds me of my Dad, not one thought about what he puts on in the morning, its for function and function only… I love the fact he could be an artist, intellect or hobo, but either way he has a rich story this picture makes me want to hear! Another beautiful unexpected capture :)

  60. Ella Burls

    January 7, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    This, and some of your work in your second book (my favorite Xmas gift, btw), have inspired me to haul out my copy of ‘Small Trades’.

    http://www.amazon.com/Irving-Penn-Trades-Virginia-Heckert/dp/0892369965

  61. Monsieur Marcel

    January 7, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Love how briny those jeans look.

  62. anonymous

    January 7, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    He reminds me of my brother, who dresses well for the fact that he is very poor.

  63. Jaj

    January 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    You threw us a curve ball, but he’s definitely interesting!

  64. milex

    January 7, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    I love him already, just beacause I like interesting people and you can read it all over from his face
    http://milexblog.blogspot.co.uk

  65. Leah

    January 7, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Il est à la mode! J’adore! Merci.

  66. 方進一

    January 8, 2013 at 12:26 am

    gooooooooooooood~!

  67. Colony

    January 8, 2013 at 12:45 am

    First thought: Fish Sticks (no lie). Second Thought: Wonderful picture; there’s a lot of soul here.

  68. rwi

    January 8, 2013 at 1:17 am

    The gentleman is probably not homeless. I more or less look the same on weekends. The boots he is wearing are manufactured by Aigle, are much better than fashionable Hunter boots and come at 120 Euros.

    Not the kind of footwear you find on Clochards.

  69. rosie

    January 8, 2013 at 1:53 am

    This man’s face alone screams volumes about a life lived. This is what I love about ‘street’ photos of ‘real’ people as opposed to true fashion shots where the subjects drip in designer labels. This photo is stirring up emotions and debate, which is what true art does. And this man and the photograph are art. I love it, if only for the stories this man conjures up in my imagination.

  70. une chatte grise

    January 8, 2013 at 3:08 am

    He has a sort of quiet elegance that does not depend on fancy labels or this week’s trends. I’ll bet that he understands & respects the relationship between function and form. And I think he looks lovely.

  71. Alain siam

    January 8, 2013 at 4:36 am

    La classe de paris, j’aime bien les bottes

  72. Ernesto

    January 8, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Hmmm.

    I have a feeling this picture posted here is working like a kind of social experiment.

    There is no caption attached to it.

    One thing that is interesting about clothing and fashion is the idea of narrative: the narrative that lead to it being put on and the narrative embedded in the tears and faded colors.

    Seeing clothing and fashionable only through the ideas of fashion trends diminishes the idea of clothing as also artifacts of narrative.

    I appreciate this picture in this way.

  73. chic-aholics

    January 8, 2013 at 4:48 am

    After this post I can say; style is EVERYWHERE.
    So are you. You shoot all those amazing pictures!
    Congratulations!
    chic-aholics.blogspot.com

  74. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    January 8, 2013 at 5:10 am

  75. Sunny Side

    January 8, 2013 at 6:38 am

    Long time ago you shot his twin in NYC !!! I love how they use their timeless “jean”…

  76. Stella

    January 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Great photo. This man has definitly lived.

  77. Jessica

    January 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I think what makes this outfit so interesting is that he combines such ordinary/working clothes with very stylish (or at least recently stylish) jeans. Personally I think the best looks will have some sort of surprise factor and this definitely does. Love everything about this photo.

  78. This is Belgium

    January 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    perfect!

  79. Hay

    January 8, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Love. Those. Jeans.

  80. Ligia

    January 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    For some reason, I like the color combination of the boots and pants. There is something so visual enhancing about those 2 colors.

  81. Mazy

    January 9, 2013 at 4:06 am

    This is a great portrait, with lots of character, but it made me laugh a little as in this context as it made me think of ‘Derelicte’ (Zoolander)

  82. MM

    January 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Everyone is wearing those jeans and rubber boots in Toronto- male and female alike. Long underwear or tights underneath. Love this guy, and the controversy he is creating!

  83. Mathieu

    January 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I like this picture !

    I know this guy, he work in “rue de Bretagne” fish shop in Paris, he have an authentic parisian accent and he is a really nice guy!

    I also think that it’s a really good idea to publish here this picture… sofistication and money never give beauty and never replace his authenticity.
    This guy have a face and an attitude wich could easily take place of many model and “couture collections”…

    Sorry for this bad english (I’m a little froggy) and thanks again for this publication, I will print this for him (he have no internet!) and I’m sure he will be very proud of it!

    • une chatte grise

      January 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

      What a sweet comment, Mathieu! I hope the gentleman enjoys the photo you print for him. :)

  84. Celes

    January 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    FANTASTIC BOOTS

  85. Jess

    January 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Some of these comments are so pompous and pretentious. How about just appreciating this image for what it is? Maybe even seek some inspiration from it. Some people still have REAL jobs and dress for practicality.

  86. arielle

    January 9, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    this is interesting, I love to see someone other than the young and beautiful on here for a change, the look is a funny one though, from the waist down I totally get it, it could be any trendy guy, and the boots are amazing…waist up though… not so much.

  87. Wayne

    January 10, 2013 at 2:16 am

    priceless.

  88. Jennifer

    January 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

    It’s one thing to gawk at the “beautiful people,” but seeing beauty in the ordinary is a gift. Every picture tells a story.

  89. katherine brittany hedden

    January 12, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Mr. Sartorialist,

    Is he a fisherman?

  90. Sadikin Gani

    January 13, 2013 at 4:33 am

    realy.. realy.. the actual style

  91. ana

    January 15, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Greaaaaatttt. This man is much more elegant with his real and non elaborated look than those other people who spend lots of money and time to dress. To me this man looks great himself

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