Thursday, May 31, 2007

On the Street……..Park Avenue, Manhattan

Wow, very, very well done -exactly what a New York summer should look like.

For the last few seasons designers have been pushing cotton suits for Summer.
Though cotton suits have a certain appeal they are almost always heavier and warmer to wear in Summer than a high-twist wool like this gentleman is wearing.

I really like the patch pockets on the DB suit – it gives a usually stuffy DB a slightly more sporty, Spring-ish flair.


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  1. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:14 am

    very sharp, even to the pointy hair cut!!!

  2. herringbonekid

    May 31, 2007 at 9:15 am

    not a fan of the oversize tie knot, but nice suit.

    do you know who the suit is by ?

  3. underneath

    May 31, 2007 at 9:17 am

    Simply elegant – classic. He look`s like he`s strawling the street`s of New York 50 years ago.

  4. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Great looking guy, if I wasn’t married I’d marry him.

  5. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:20 am

    Smashing suit, fabulous outfit hotstuff!

  6. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:30 am

    a visual delight

  7. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:31 am

    I ride the same train as him in the morning, he always looks great.

  8. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:34 am

    very well done; he even buttoned it properly, which is a classic DB mistake.

  9. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:55 am

    Great but I personally don’t like pants cuffs on a double breasted suit.

  10. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 10:06 am

    How do I get my husband to dress the well? Its so rare to see an appreciation for the classic tailoring and old english/european styling. This is a winner. He should be on the cobblestone streets of London or Italy not ugly Manahattan

  11. Iheartfashion

    May 31, 2007 at 10:56 am

    EXCELLENT suit! Well done summer look.

  12. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 10:59 am

    WOW! He’s sexy, well dressed, handsome……..dare I say it?!?


    While i don’t always agree with your idea of style, chic or fabulous, this time I’m with you 100%!

  13. threadsandbuttons

    May 31, 2007 at 11:44 am

    the colour of the suit is fantastic. a bit unexpected…

  14. amed studio

    May 31, 2007 at 11:52 am

    It’s Darren Stevens on his way to work at McMahon and Tate! Seriously though, this looks as if it must be a unique suit tailor-made to look like vintage. This combination of body cut, lapel width, machine welting throughout, colour, fabric choice, and pocket detail has not been widely seen in American menswear for 30 years or more. I wonder if the gentleman is hardcore enough to have included the wild patterned lining fabric typically found on vintage suits of this type? In any case, bravo for bringing it back!

    While I’m not a big fan of the yellowish tan colour, it’s given spectacular treatment here against a backdrop of yellow taxis and Spring leaves. I think perhaps a strong French blue shirt would have provided more pop, especially with such a quietly patterned tie.

    To Anonymous 10:06 – Manhattan’s Park Avenue does not have cobblestones or centuries-old architecture, but in the Spring it is as lovely as any modern mid-city thoroughfare in the world, and certainly worthy of this well-dressed fellow.

  15. londondog

    May 31, 2007 at 11:55 am

    Now, the double breasted suit is a tricky one to pull off. I, for one, always think that older English gentlemen get away with it better than anyone else. Summer version of a double breasted suit in that colour – daring, shouldn’t work but I love it. Lovely shoes too – very Church’s brogues-like from what I can make out.

    Now – this tie is a different matter. Here in UK that type of fat knot is called a ‘footballer’s knot’ and let just say is frowned upon. A less flashy knot would work better. Meethinks, Windsor or even half a Windsor knot would work muc better here, ;-)

  16. Zachary

    May 31, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    It’s refreshing to see the double breasted here! at first i was turned off by DBs, i associated them too much with that long, gold-buttoned sailor suit look. the color is beautiful and the fabric looks light even in a still shot, just from the way it drapes. gorgeous lapels too, and i like how the patch pockets are a bit whimsical, at least IMO. I usually associate patch pockets with professorly tweeds and cords and ivy league style jackets, not with elegant DBs.

  17. Erik

    May 31, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    Once again a great Shot, when you walked paste me this morning sart i realized how much i’m gonna miss New york now that i’m moving

  18. Dwight S. Huggins =^..^=

    May 31, 2007 at 1:44 pm



  19. william d. anderson

    May 31, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    sart, this is really nice. thanks for pointing out the patch pockets, i wouldn’t have been able to figure out what made this seem less…fussy. the tie is a bit much, more like a scarf in its scale, but its affected, and shows he’s really paying attention. this is a great shot.

  20. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Where can I get that suit? That’s awesome!

  21. iopine

    May 31, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Somehow it manages not to look crumpled. Nice.

  22. Alexandra

    May 31, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    great look

    and here here on your thoughts on wool in the summer!!

  23. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    now we talking!

    Bring that old “The Sartorialist” back.

  24. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    How come there has been no metion of the sunglasses? They are fabulous. Head to toe perfection

  25. whyioughtta

    May 31, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    First double-breasted suit I’ve ever seen that I liked. The colour, pockets, and collar make it fun.

  26. Johan

    May 31, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    I agree, suit is great but im looking at the oversized tie knot..

  27. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 4:51 pm

    I like the modern sunglasses with the very classic suit!

  28. rollergirl

    May 31, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Old school – I like it, especially the shades !

  29. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Very interesting: Patch pocket AND prominent edge stiching on a double breasted. Any idea who is his tailor?


  30. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Patch pockets do not match the degree of formality of the double-breasted suit jacket. It looks odd. The enormous tie knot is almost offensive. This man is a fop, not a well-dressed gentleman.

    But he looks good though. :-)

  31. Karen Morgan

    May 31, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Oh my god he is gorgeous! If I were in a buisiness meeting with this man, I would say yes to anything he had to say. I suppose what they say is true, you can get anything you want as long as you’re in a great suit. This ensemble is particularly perfect.

  32. crumbguru

    May 31, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    One of the best photos ever taken!! The entire look is incredible! Where does one purchase such a fine looking suit?

  33. Eva

    May 31, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    This post features a great look, but it inspires a question. For summer, why not linen suits? Is there a way to have a lighter suit so that office air conditioners need not be turned so low? Most women need a sweater to wear anything summery in the office. Please, dear Sartorialist, exercise your sway…

  34. lisa M.

    May 31, 2007 at 6:48 pm

    really nice suit . the pockets give it a touch . :) it looks very comfortable and classic // .

    it would be so cool visit new york .. it’s one of my dreams .

    am fron chile . am 17 years old . and always i look the blog . i really like it . i think that your job is fabulous !! go to a lot of countrys and see street fashion .

    well i’m sorry for my english :)it’s no so good .

    bye !

  35. Trey

    May 31, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    I love the look – only thing I might take issue with is the tie. The knot is a little large in proportion to his face – other than that, spot on! The 3 open-patch pocket is probably the most complementing (and summer-ish) detail!

  36. janejane

    May 31, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    I love it all, up to the neck and above. The large tie knot really bothers me and I don’t like his hair or sunglasses. But the suit! How chic and summer-y for a man. I am already tired of seeing men in cargo shorts and flip-flops. Isn’t there more to life anyway? I would also love to know who the suit is by. Very dapper overall! Thanks!

  37. Butch

    May 31, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Very, very interesting: the fabric, the patch pockets (as you point out), the color–not to mention the double-windsor knot. Very sui generis, very…stylish.

  38. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    Life is good. New York is the greatest city in the world — by far. This man needs to become a substitute teacher and visit each child in America once and show them the way. Sart: when you are on, you are untouchably on. Thanks again for coming back to the States. By the way, I’m wearing an ascot tomorrow thanks to you. -Z1

  39. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Brilliant shot — the suit is very cool, but the yellow cabs and the sunlight make it perfect!

  40. Denise

    May 31, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    It seems to me that this fellow must work in fashion, because this is so great, he must be a pro.

  41. Chris Berry

    May 31, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    In accordance with “amed studio’s” conjecture, I believe that his suit may be from Paul Stuart…notice the garment bag. Just a guess though. Its always a delight to see a well-put-together DB suit or sportcoat! The key to pulling it off is definitely in the pocket square (and its style of fold).

  42. AnonymousJK

    May 31, 2007 at 11:02 pm

    No surprise you spied this man on Park Ave, He is Park Ave personified, with a twist! I’d love to see the contents of the garment bag!

  43. vintagent

    May 31, 2007 at 11:25 pm

    I find his suit intriguing, and I’m trying to decide if it’s in fact vintage or a new suit with unusual details. Patch pockets; yes several houses feature such for s/s collections – I bought a Prada suit in sea green with such in NY a month ago. But, the deep notch lapels and double breast are 70′s details, as is the cuff and fairly wide leg (although if it were in fact 70′s they would likely be flared). The color and especially the weave don’t feel contemporary either.
    I like the suit, but then I like odd suits, and this one is definitely odd!
    Great photo, love the short focal length, a non-intuitive choice on a sunny day when a small aperture/longer focus might have been typical. Kudos!

  44. Anonymous

    June 1, 2007 at 2:24 am

    oh my god. SEXY!!! i know ppl say this on this website all the time but… really, why DON’T more men dress like this?? they’d have women swooning over them on a daily basis.

    also – i love how his hair and sunglasses perfectly set off the look.

  45. sandman_gr

    June 1, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Excellent. There is nothing wrong with anything on him and the color coordination is perfect to a T. More please Scott!

  46. Belinda

    June 1, 2007 at 7:41 am

    Hmmmmmm…..the fabric, cut and colour are a little too reminiscent of a safari suit for my liking. I do like the shirt and tie though. Guess he’ll just have to take the suit off ;oP

  47. Anonymous

    June 1, 2007 at 8:38 am

    Although I am not a fan of db suits, this is a great example of a look that works well. The model and patch pocket lead me to believe this is a vintage suit. I have not seen any offerings by any designers these days even remotely close to this suit. Could always be a custom suit.

    Anyway, I think he did a good job putting it together and pulls it off nicely.

  48. Anonymous

    June 1, 2007 at 9:18 am

    He looks v. cool (apart from the tie-knot being a touch large). Not a look I would slip into myself, but v. cool all the same.

  49. Candid Cool

    June 1, 2007 at 9:47 am

    All I can say is: well done sir!

  50. Alice Olive

    June 1, 2007 at 10:04 am

    So debonair! So straight of out of a stylish Hollywood movie!

  51. Clovis

    June 1, 2007 at 10:07 am

    I also noticed the patch pockets right away and was thinking that would be great outfit to wear for a day at the races. He really did do it right.

  52. International Good Guy

    June 1, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Very flamboyant. Being a Swede, I loved your shots from Stockholm, but you won’t find this amount of flair over here. Anyway, kudos to the man in the mustard-yellow (?) suit!

  53. Anonymous

    June 1, 2007 at 10:46 am

    I know this man – everything he wears is custom.

  54. Anonymous

    June 1, 2007 at 11:31 am

    I think the tie is too dark for this suit, and the print on the tie clashes with the print on the shirt. The suit is ok, not crazy about it, though.

  55. Raconteur

    June 1, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    Very dapper. I’ll be sure to well prepared..just in case our paths should cross again.

  56. Anonymous

    June 1, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    the tie knot is as big as his head!

    and the double-breasted suit with patch pockets is a, well, interesting design.

  57. Paristrash

    June 1, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    By nature, Iam inclined to criticize rather than going into raptures over the individual styles features in that great blog. Moreover, I don’t like patch pockets on a dress suit, and I am generally not a fan of db’s. But boy, this one is incredibly chic.

    Anon 5.20pm rightly pointed out the crucial importance of the deep edge stitching that brings a sense of casual elegance here.

    I’n not into oversized tie-knots but I disagree with londondog on their alleged discriminating effect.Perhaps it’s true in old England, but they are numbers of very elegant italian gentlemen that have been seen sporting such a knot.

    My conclusion : against all odds, there may be some nicely dressed fellows in northern america. Just kidding…

    NB :You’re pretty lucky to have such a nice weather in NYC. A Paris, ça caille sec. Attention à la météo avant de faire vos valises, monsieur le sartorialiste…

  58. Michelle

    June 2, 2007 at 3:07 am

    that suit is simply sex on legs. fashionistas roam this summer.

  59. Anonymous

    June 2, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    Very Well done! Suit is well cut, and fits great. The two inch collar sits up nice and high and the windsor knot is to perfection. Is this gentlemen going with a two or three inch cuff on the trousers? It looks like three but looks awesome! Good look!

  60. Anders

    June 3, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    This suit has fallen into the wrong hands. The double-breasted front, enormous tie knot and sunglasses are wearing him. The sophistication of the suit stands in sharp contrast to the man, its superb coordination seems beyond him and its stature too great for his slight frame to fill.

  61. Anonymous

    June 7, 2007 at 5:02 am

    perfect look

  62. Anonymous

    June 7, 2007 at 8:35 am

    He looks like a luscious creamy caramel just waiting to be unwrapped. Mmmm…delicious

  63. Anonymous

    June 7, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    that suit is divine! i would pay money to get a closer look at at.
    and that tie knot is fierce!

  64. 7 5/8 LO

    June 10, 2007 at 3:15 am

    (anon) “very well done; he even buttoned it properly, which is a classic DB mistake.”

    It’s a mistake to button it *properly*??

    {amed studio} “this looks as if it must be a unique suit tailor-made to look like vintage. This combination of body cut, lapel width, machine welting throughout, colour, fabric choice, and pocket detail has not been widely seen in American menswear for 30 years or more.”

    Too true. Tailored clothes aren’t worn in as many situations now – they’ve become too conservative, too close to a uniform. I doubt this suit could sell O-T-R outside a very few stores, but what a great esthetic it has. Very subtly subversive.

  65. Anonymous

    June 11, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    I have seen this man on the train every morning for years. He is by far the best dressed man in NYC – always elegant and always stylish! Any word on whether he is looking(needs) a husband? :)

  66. Anonymous

    June 17, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Fantastico! -Eff

  67. JWiener

    June 23, 2007 at 9:25 am

    Fantastic looking suit that he can pull off without looking like a fop. I’m no average Joe, but work in a stuffy firm environment. How do you start wearing a suit like that without being accused of being a dandy in a stuffy office?

  68. Anonymous

    May 3, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I think he’s in the wrong decade.

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  70. Julian

    September 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Great style, I would have tailored the pants a little more slim cut and would be even more outstanding

  71. Name*

    January 28, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Needs a hat. Straw perhaps?

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