Jeremy always tries FAR too hard; and anyone who has shopped at Hackett must have noticed the apalling drop in standards. “English” style seen through the eyes of Ralph Lauren and then devalued further by being watered down with yet more “Englishness” and “discretion”. Really quite boring I’m afraid!
Beautiful photo, Sart! Thank you. Jeremy (we’re on first name basis, you know;) has been a ‘hero’ of mine since the ’80s. He’s done very well for himself. The store Hackett has since been coopted by the chav and minor public school element, but Hackett the man remains an enormous inspiration.
I love everything that is going here: the navy flannel chalk stripe suit, microcheck shirt with double cuffs, polka dot bowtie, cigar. Good Lord, this is Winston Churchill reincarnated (albeit a much younger, slimmer WC). Even the hair, combed back and to the side, has that classic slightly windswept look. Well done.
Sart, thank you for a wonderful photo. This sort of look never goes out of style. This is the ideal.
I was just at Pitti Uomo, but was too shy to approach you. Saw tons of fabulous men, including an Asian guy with long hair, a deep purple long coat and bright green leather bag, but I couldn’t chase him down for a photo. I’m wondering if you caught him?
Sorry Mr Hackett, but for the scale is all wrong, and i love chalkstripe but the fabric looks, umm, cheap? the checks are too small for the suit and the spots of the bow tie are too big for the shirt and the shade of blue too dark. Having said that his hair is perfect and i just know he is wearing a fine cologne…. i, too, like laguna beach trad’s carefully thought remarks/outspoken opinion and often scan the comments to find out what he has said. preferred the old photo though, Laguna.
I cannot believe people are actually calling JH a boring dresser? It’s the standard of modern british style, impeccably tailored an incredible show of great personal style and a true gentleman’s way of life some people just want to find the little things that are not “ok” Rules are made to be broken and set up by people who dare not to brake them either
This is a great photo, and it is truly inspirational. I am a fan of mixing patterns, and I appreciate a man that feels confident wearing a bow tie. Many fear looking feminine while adorning the bow, but this gentleman makes it look masculine. Thanks again, and I love the blog.
The hair may be the best thing here. The cloth is also great, I wish more men would wear good flannel like this. I’m not a fan of the style of the suit though-shoulder pads, hacking pockets, deep darts, only 2 buttons instead of 3-it’s a bit too flashy for me.
Viktor, Hackett? Impeccably tailored???? The shirt, and ultimately the suit, with that heavy cloth and not especially fine roll of the lapel have to be off the peg. Successful off the peg, I will grant you, but this still falls very short from the best of Savile Row and proper tailoring…
The combination of colors is pretty good, but I question the execution. The bow tie is imperfectly tied to show that it is not a clip on, but it looks stiff and clumsy rather than stylish in my eyes.
Hackett in this style strikes me as more for the city broad boys than for the elegant crowd.
Hackett is a favorite store of mine. They made a go of it in the states (NYC, I think) but it didn’t catch on. Lauren’s Rugby did a pretty god job of knocking the concept off. Still, I like Rugby and Hackett. Bought a tweed hacking jacket from their London store (near Leadenhall Market) in ’91. I’m too fat to wear it anymore but I can’t give it up. It’s not the 80s. It’s timeless.
Wow, a lot of back and forth on this one. Personally, I am a big fan of Mr. Hackett.
Knock him all you want, but he is very much the originator of the classic English sporting style that every retailer and his brother has co-opted.
I think it’s a great outfit because it isn’t perfect. He looks like he got up, went to the closet, pulled out some clothes he liked, dressed and went out. If anything, perhaps the tie is a slight bit too floppy for my taste but that’s a minor aside.
And I highly doubt that he’s wearing an off the peg suit. If he is, I’d like to know which peg so I can get one myself.
I don’t think he tied the bow to show off that it’s not a fake. I think he tied it like that because when you tie it prim it looks very staid and timid; that is, it makes one look like a nebbish. Le Corbusier used to tie his knots in a similar fashion.
Well, I’m English, and this gentleman exactly fits my idea of what the perfect New Yorker of a certain age should look like! If I saw him here in London, I would instantly think “American!” Very Alec Baldwin. And Alec Baldwin for me is one of the best-dressed men around.
I admire any man with the cojones to wear bow ties. I own several myself, but don’t want to be mistaken for a guy selling bean pies. Bowties are “natty”, as opposed to “sartorial”. I especially love polka dot bow ties.
His could have been tied just a little more symmetrically.