Monday, November 5, 2007

On the Street….Mr. Mort. NYC


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  1. bro brummell

    November 5, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    Okay, where the hell can I get that shirt?

  2. Anonymous

    November 5, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    so suave! he is a cutie, i love the use of color! what does mr. mort stand for?

  3. Anthony

    November 5, 2007 at 7:16 pm

    haven’t you posted this picture before???

    or did I see it in a magazine? it looks very familiar.

  4. bro brummell

    November 5, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    Actually, I found a red-stripe version on the Ralph Lauren website…but I prefer blue.

  5. Anonymous

    November 5, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    sorry, sloppy. not a good look.

  6. Trip

    November 5, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    It’s most likely a Brooks Brothers custom (or old stock) or a Polo RL shirt. RTW club collars are hard to find nowadays. Glad to see one getting some exposure.

  7. Butch

    November 5, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    He’s put thought into his dress, to be sure. Yet he looks, somehow, sloppy.

    Perhaps its the reversed tie blade; the over-large hat; the droopy jeans….

  8. Orchid & Wasp

    November 5, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    I just fell madly in love a little.

  9. Jason

    November 5, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    Thom Browne or get one made at an old school American tailor (J.Press or Brooks Bros.)

  10. Candid Cool

    November 5, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    he’s doing his own thing & it’s working for him

  11. Anonymous

    November 5, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I’m pretty sure the shirt is from Polo. They have a lot of club-collar shirts on the website, but not in that particular color. Maybe check in store?

    Beautiful shots, Sart.

  12. Sudirwan

    November 5, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Something about the tie and the collar intrigues me.

  13. Stacy

    November 5, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    What’s not to like?

    Love the different prints and colours.

    Very well done.

  14. UES boy

    November 5, 2007 at 9:08 pm

    Interesting…This is the equivalent of a barbour coat and tie combination, but done askance for hip hop white people.

  15. Jen

    November 5, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    anyone else immediately think of the Royal Tenenbaums?

  16. stone

    November 5, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    Just Lovin It!

  17. Anonymous

    November 5, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    life is like a box of chocolates

  18. Pasquale

    November 5, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    shirt, Ralphie all the way, tie could be from
    Mr. Lauren as well. the guy has a lot of young DeNiro going on, Mean Streets era.

  19. Brian

    November 5, 2007 at 11:00 pm

    None of the pieces match, but everything just goes wonderfully together. That’s a true sign of great personal style: you can mix anything together an you still look fashionable.

  20. iain russell

    November 5, 2007 at 11:03 pm


  21. Calenna

    November 5, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    I LOVE the composition of the second photo… that red embroidered “Mordecai” and how it jumps out of the picture.

  22. Misterparticular

    November 5, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    Careful Bro that peter pan collar isn’t for everyone….

  23. Q

    November 6, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Interesting. Perhaps not intrinsically appealing, but definitely isn’t something you see everyday.

  24. applevenusian

    November 6, 2007 at 12:13 am

    AD-Rock, come and rock the sureshot! This dude is way cool. I love embroidered anything.

  25. Q

    November 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I’ve been meaning to ask you, did you enjoy your trip to HK and Beijing (with an emphasis on Beijing ;D)? Did you feel that fashion and style were somehow stifled at all in east Asia?

    The reason I ask is because many opinions converge on one general viewpoint–that Asian fashion is incomparable to the innovations that western designers have been able to churn out. Yet I feel that that is hardly true, and your photos prove it. I was just wondering if you were inspired by Asia as much as you seem to be inspired by New York and Paris. I hope so!

  26. Dillon Thompson

    November 6, 2007 at 12:44 am

    I just wanted to say that your blog is a morning must.

  27. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 1:07 am

    it’s a ralph lauren shirt

  28. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 1:33 am

    wait. where’d you get this picture from? i was already reading about it somewhere else, how the collar was annoying to him, and that’s why he wore it, because it was somewhat ill-fitting.

    you’re not content sharing are you?

    was it the nyt style section? help me here…

  29. SEANO'

    November 6, 2007 at 2:03 am

    is that a Steven Alan shirt? … Mr. Morts FLICKR page is great!

  30. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 2:46 am

    Al Pacino?
    Taxi driver?

  31. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 3:50 am

    What a mix of clothes.In some cases and on someone the army jacket or pants look cool,but in this one no. I don´t think he payed very much attention to what he is wearing.That´s ok. But why the photo? Don´t get it.

  32. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 5:27 am

    Wow, he’s mixed it up so well. Love the shirt, beautiful, the collar’s amazing. He wears a baseball cap so well. What a very handsome boy he is!

  33. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 5:37 am

    Morty is beyond a great guy!! I know him from the old New Republic days on Spring St.. Always happy… always complimentary of others styles. Hey Morty! lookin good!

  34. hypoglycemiagirl

    November 6, 2007 at 6:10 am

    Hmm, the total look is not doing it for me at all. I get the “farmer-visiting-town” vibe (don’t really know how to translate this Norwegian expression properly). But the collar is awesome.

  35. Signe

    November 6, 2007 at 9:18 am

    okay, this guy is totally hot (and he knows it, yet it isn’t *terribly* unattractive in this case). a little sloppy? sure, but who cares? at least he put some effort into it. i am kinda over camo, but whatever…

  36. resources

    November 6, 2007 at 9:26 am

    i saw him on your page in GQ, this offers more detail.
    umkempt, yet just the right way.

  37. kates~*

    November 6, 2007 at 9:51 am

    he is charming.

    i saw this featured in my husband’s nov. copy of GQ, and cut it out for a collage i’m making…


  38. Lucy

    November 6, 2007 at 9:54 am

    I like this mixed up look – not sure the jacket does too much for his shoulder line tho…

  39. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Sorry, but dressing like a dirty, unkept bum is never fashionable.

  40. Signe

    November 6, 2007 at 11:51 am

    hey anonymous at 5:37 am, hook a girl up! please call me asap at 1-800-LUV-MORT

  41. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Usually, I hate camo. But this fellow has the sass to wear it successfully. Such a cutie!

  42. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    no offense, but isn’t this what you call a hipster??

  43. beandiva

    November 6, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    That shirt takes me back to a seventh grade crush and Polo cologne. He was soooo cute!

  44. bro brummell

    November 6, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    trip, I’ve got a custom Brooks shirt with a club collar and I was extremely disappointed. The ends weren’t totally round, they were beveled! Ugh. At any rate, I’m going to RL for club collars from now on – they have a green plaid one that looks pretty sweet.

  45. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Scott,

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I’ve always enjoyed your work, and your column in GQ is exactly what the magazine needs more of (i.e., less runway, more real life). I’ve dabbled in fashion myself over the years, and as a writer, it’s a decent way to earn a buck, though I eventually tired from the snotty coworkers, etcetera, which is neither here nor there.

    I don’t mean to detach from what I consider to be the overall overpraise that occurs in the comments section of this blog, and I know this gentleman is your friend, but really? I mean, really? The tie is too large for the collar, giving him a “I’m wearing Daddy’s clothes” kind of appeal, I suppose. Additionally, baseball hats on anyone over 25 is tired, ditto for novelty, overpriced, hipster ones. All that aside, love the club collar, but don’t think it’s an especially rare or hard to find item. This guy’s look is standard issue SoHo yuppie and/or Williamsburg and late to the party.

    Now, I don’t mean to be this curmudgeonly, but I’m disappointed. Suppose I thought I’d share. Love your photography, wish you held men’s fashion to higher standards.


  46. The Sartorialist

    November 6, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    for MMS 6:04
    please reread the GQ article that accompanied this photo
    The whole idea is that he often wears clothes that he likes to complain about – it is actually quite funny and much more charming than someone who is always trying to simply impress with their clothing selections

  47. Becca the Promo Mami

    November 6, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    i love this :: streetwear but CHIC :: very well done

  48. Iheartfashion

    November 6, 2007 at 6:32 pm


  49. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    He was featured in GQ this month as well. Just another jaded (but well dressed) boy in the fashion industry in NYC. He is straight by the way

  50. MEO

    November 6, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    Mimetic jacket, shirt, tie, baseball cap, sporty bag, vans … Beautifuly

  51. moshe

    November 7, 2007 at 12:16 am

    mr. mort- aka mordechai is my brother.
    He is fond of hats, even when they need to go. Never has taken it as far as R.Simmons,thank God.
    As your host indicated- it is what bothers him that drives him to wear the item(s). Like eating food you can’t stand so that you don’t over eat- it’s his own way of not over indulging into the culture he loves and wears on his collar.

  52. Anonymous

    November 7, 2007 at 2:26 am

    My husband and I laughed until we had tears in our eyes when we read the caption that accompanies the photo in GQ. Freakin’ brilliant! Monsieur Mort is utterly unique…other people’s tastes and opinions be damned. Clearly his most interesting style-related dialogue is with himself — the rest of us just need to watch and learn.


  53. Anonymous

    November 7, 2007 at 4:38 am

    HE’S COO-EL!

  54. Sophia Yanow

    November 7, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    This feels like a very San Francisco look to me. I dunno if you’ve shot out here, but a LOT of folks do the chic streetwear thing here and in my opinion pull it off a little better than this fellow.

  55. Anonymous

    November 7, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    as i fond reader of this blog, i am happy to see a familiar face from the underground ny art scene…not to mention he’s a cute jewish boy. i stumbled upon his photos a while back (possibly through aNYthing/pegleg??…cannot remember…) either way, this post is a perfect combo for a fashion- loving jewish girl. a date would be the perfect end result :)

  56. mordechai

    November 7, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    orchid & wasp – email me

  57. Anonymous

    November 7, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    What a mess! This is not dressing in the dark. This is dressing while blind.

  58. Anonymous

    November 7, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    mort’s the best

  59. Anonymous

    November 8, 2007 at 2:10 am

    “whole idea is that he often wears clothes that he likes to complain about” he’s a conceptual dresser lol, people have too much fucking time on there hands, can he be the Duchamp of clothing??

  60. kstone

    November 8, 2007 at 3:00 am

    Very good colour coordination – I’ve worn similar but with camouflage trousers and blue blazer. However, the enseble would require some structure. For example, if the jacket would have a more tailored fit and if he would wear chukka/desert boots, it would look really good. Thanks Sartorialist!

  61. Anonymous

    November 8, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    re jen:
    i immediately thought of the royal tenenbaums! wonderful.

  62. Anonymous

    November 8, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Methinks the fellow OVERTHINKS his sartorial choices!

    For heavens sake,have fun but look good at the same time…how hard can that be?

  63. Off The Cuff

    November 8, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    You know, I love that look. Don’t really know why, but it hit me the minute I saw it.

  64. Eva

    November 10, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    YES!! Royal Tenenbaums!!

  65. Shirtmaven

    November 11, 2007 at 7:27 am

    Mr Mort!
    So when are we producing that clothing line of yours!!!

    I would bet the shirt was a thrift store special.

  66. Anonymous

    March 8, 2008 at 10:28 am

    the shirt is from Ralph Lauren.

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