Friday, December 21, 2007

On the Street…..Ray Chu, East Village


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  1. Jane

    December 21, 2007 at 8:56 am

    sexay, straight out of old shanghai

  2. Gabriela

    December 21, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Wow! Impeccable from head to toes. From which movie screen has he escaped?

  3. y.f. dubble

    December 21, 2007 at 9:30 am

    wow i’m diggin the v-neck as a nice splash of color. he looks so young though kudos to him for experimenting.

  4. Katie

    December 21, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Wow – I LOVE that he’s broken off from the skinny-short-dress-pants pack. He looks phenomenal.

  5. morty

    December 21, 2007 at 9:38 am

    This is surely -the outfit-overdone.

  6. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 9:42 am

    So 1920s gangster! I wish all guys dressed like this everyday!

  7. cacey

    December 21, 2007 at 9:42 am

    Oooooh, I LOVE his sweater!

  8. Black Dog

    December 21, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I am not a fan of the cut of the pants. They are a little to wide leged and the bulbous nose of the shoes are a little to clown like. Love the upper body look though.

  9. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 9:50 am

    I’m not a man but if he was mine, I would’ve suggested a different tie.

    Everything else is impeccably delightful.


  10. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I like the fact that a young man is dressed – but for this outfit to work he needs a more Fall like tie and pocket square to complement the sweater. Or keep the square and tie and go with a different sweater.

  11. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 10:00 am

    this kid has posted his old-skool outfits on the London Lounge b4 I think

  12. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I will add my “WOW” to the rest. Honestly, that was my immediate reaction on first seeing this man.

    And, again, Sart, it’s a beautifully composed picture. I’m going to be stealing that perspectival backdrop from you for my own shots!

  13. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 10:08 am

    i’m italian and i simply cant get the pants cut..

  14. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Wow, not only is this look so impaccale and stylish, he somehow manage to make it look not over the top at all- fantastic.

    (a note to all fellows- that is a very (VERY) sexy look. much more than skinny pant skinny tie combo)

  15. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 10:12 am

    My first thought was also old-time Shanghai. I’d love to see a sleeker-toed shoe, but overall I really like this look. He looks very dapper. This is something I would step out in (with a different sweater more my color).


  16. Carolina Lange

    December 21, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Hes is so chic and elegant! Bravo!

  17. Mitchell

    December 21, 2007 at 10:26 am

    The look is perfect. His expression compliments the whole look. I think the proportions and color palate are fantastic. The pants and shoes are a bit wider and more rounded, but that is the look his is going for.

  18. Candid Cool

    December 21, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Well done sir!!!

    If you ever see this gentleman again, perhaps you could get his SatoriaList suggestions.

  19. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 10:45 am

    The pants are too wide. Just because someone did it in old Shanghai doesn’t mean it looked good then or now.

  20. whyioughtta

    December 21, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Hat: love. Vest: love. Collar: love. Pocket square: love. And unlike a comment above, I LOVE the cut of his pants and the round-toed shoes. It makes his look original.

  21. Pierre-Louis

    December 21, 2007 at 11:05 am

    Looks nice. I’m just wondering where he may be going dressed like that.

  22. 7 5/8 LO

    December 21, 2007 at 11:19 am

    More classic than original – lots of men used to dress this way.

    black dog and anonymous 10:45am are arguing from fashion, not style.

  23. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Best outfit on the entire blog so far. The pants are amazing.
    I could easily see this transitioning into a woman’s look (i.e. my wardrobe). I would love to find a suit like this.

  24. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Navy and camel with splashes of colour–wonderful.

  25. Jon

    December 21, 2007 at 11:38 am

    Another Fedora Lounger makes good!

    Swell picture Ray!


  26. d. chedwick bryant

    December 21, 2007 at 11:41 am

    nice background–perfect for him!

  27. Shabnom

    December 21, 2007 at 12:12 pm


    I love that everything is so unexpected: the hat, the tie, the shoes, the pants; he just looks so cool!!!

  28. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Wow, so fantatic! I would look twice at him on the street. He looks so dapper and comfortable. And I personally prefer the wide-leg pants look.

  29. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Very nice. I too think he’s the same young man who posted his liking of old-school garments on the London Lounge forums.

  30. Lucy

    December 21, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    He looks devastating, really fabulous. There are suits and there are SUITS. This is one of the latter. Quibble about ties or hankerchief if you must but this guy rules – check out the tilt of that hat!

  31. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    I have seen pictures of this guy over at the Fedora Lounge. He always looks well put together. I think he is older than he looks.

  32. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    I have seen pictures of this guy over at the Fedora Lounge. He always looks well put together. I think he is older than he looks.

  33. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    Ha, ha, very cool. :) I think a couple of sharp pointy shoes would work better with the outfit, though.

  34. Trip

    December 21, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    Unlike a lot of others who have posted, I think that the cut of the pants is fantastic. I think what makes them even better is the fact that they only have a slight break.

  35. Iheartfashion

    December 21, 2007 at 1:05 pm


  36. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    great shot! new york is so cool. being in L.A., i get jealous of all the cool architecture.

    this guy is super cute, but i can’t help thinking about “Newsies”. sorry!

  37. T. O'Donnell

    December 21, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    the suit is genius, all of it.
    his jack fits him beautifully,it’s refreshing to see the classic fit executed so well.
    the tie seals it, giving just enough vibrancy to keep the aesthetics from turning to mush. without it, the sweater could potentially break the composition, but as is, it provides the perfect amount of bill cosbyesque and modernist flare.
    i also love that he has connected the coat, hat, and sweater with the recurrence of the camel-hair/tan.

    and the pants, they are the anchor.
    they provide such stability, rigidity, they serve him in accentuating his, and the suits, masculinity. i love the skinny-cuts, but they would detract from the look here.

    his shoes take him from looking like a dapper dan man, and place him in league with the gangsters. i am enthralled.
    they command respect, and reinforce the unspoken threat, ‘you mess with me, you get my foot up your ass.’

    a very authoritative, very badass, look.
    i just wish his pocket square wasn’t so large.

  38. Anthony

    December 21, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    this is amazing.

    i love his pants. It really gives the whole look some amazing character!

  39. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    This kid is one of the regulars over at the Fedora Lounge. Those people don’t care about fashion, they care about *vintage fashion.* I think this explains some of ever-so-slightly off styling cues; the odd choice of pocket square, the “clownesque” shoes as another poster pointed out, and so forth; they were (I guess) perfectly stylish “back in the day.”

  40. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    He looks extremely sharp, if not a little overdone. However, in context of what anon 3:27 said, some of his extreme choices make more sense. I would definitely do a huge double-take if I passed by him on the street.

  41. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    I love this, experimental and very textured.

    Come on….some guys who claimed to be “italian said, he could not get the pants cut?!” Are you that absurd?
    It was never the norm that tight Dolce Gabbana-ish trousers was the template of the art of male TROUSERS!

    Honey, go get some traveling done….maybe ENGLAND and then you will see some amazing trouser CUTS!

    This guy was very deliberate….that’s what made it sooo SEXY!

    Cheers luv.

  42. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    nice nice nice. i like this silhouette very much.


  43. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    He lives in my dorm at NYU and dresses like this every day- I saw on parents weekend that his dad dresses the same way

  44. Tom

    December 21, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    Very Edward VIII. This is a perfect of how clothes should fit. The saucy angle of the hat can’t be beat.

  45. Jovan

    December 21, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    I forgot to say… great look as usual, Ray. Hey, that rhymes! What good times.

  46. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    I regularly see this gentleman on a vintage clothing board and he always looks this dapper! Way to go Mr. Rover.

    Riley Dee

  47. Sloan

    December 21, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I’m impressed by the impeccability of this look. The perfectly shined shoes, the angle of the hat. Add the youth of the gentleman, the attitude he projects, and the look is a winner.

  48. Spandrel Studios

    December 21, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    What I like best is that his look is thoughtful, but not overwrought. Also like the camel overcoat and how it plays off the sweater. Sure his pocket square looks like a regular handkerchief… but if it were silk color-coordinated with a higher-end tie, he’d look like he was trying too hard. To me, the best looks have a special something that’s a little off-kilter.

  49. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Show ‘em how it’s done Ray!

  50. The Clothes Horse

    December 21, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    So very Busgy Malone!

  51. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    He looks amazing–and it’s a beautiful photo.

    I’m a little curious about the comments that call this an “old shanghai” look. Would that reference even come to mind if he dressed the same way but was blonde? Or, um, Korean?

    it’s not a big deal. I Just thought the comments were interesting.

  52. fawn

    December 21, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    the perfect tilt on the hat is the best thing.

  53. Pandabelle

    December 21, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    Raymond Chu, love of my life, you look fantastic as always. Impeccable from head to toe, dear.

  54. katie

    December 21, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Work it, Ray! Katie from FL

  55. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    That’s the way to do it, Ray.


  56. Anonymous

    December 21, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    can i have him? or at least the sweater vest??

  57. Will

    December 21, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    Very nice, as usual Mr. Rover.

  58. Matt Deckard

    December 21, 2007 at 10:25 pm

    It’s about time!

  59. brooksie

    December 22, 2007 at 1:05 am

    Well dayum Ray Chu…where’s YOUR crew?! Hot from head to foot, this one is.

    You got a winner Sart! Big time!

  60. Trey

    December 22, 2007 at 1:17 am

    I first saw this today when the GQ arrived at the shop — Sart, great pick! It’s a nice contrast to some of the more aggressive fashion sometimes presented.

    And I’m diggin’ the Gatsby-esque trousers, Rover!


  61. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 2:44 am

    Wow, this is a corny look for such a young guy. He might as well cut to the chase and join the Young R*publicans…

  62. Amy

    December 22, 2007 at 5:47 am

    I wish more men had the guts to wear gentlemen-ly hats like that!

    I just came back from Tokyo, and thought of your blog during my trip. I saw so many good looking clothes!! People there dress really well.

  63. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 6:12 am

    It’s refreshing to see a man of any age who knows how to dress well. This isn’t “corny”. This is confidence. And…ladies like a man with confidence.

    Is that jealously lurking behind those dark glasses?


  64. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Sad how many of the men here hide behind the curtain of anonymity while firing their barbed comments at this sharp dressed man who is in tune with his style what looks good on ‘him.’ The ladies are much more intuitive with their constructive feedback and see his style for what it is, a ‘satorial cut’ above the usual street garb of baseball caps, tee shirts and badly fitted denim jeans. I’m sure I’m not the only one to find this fellow totally inspirational and motivational and to echo the upbeat comments of one of our earlier feedbacks, “I’d give him a second look in the street!” (meant in a very positive way). Style and fashion don’t always make very easy bed partners but Ray’s ‘look, cut and dash’ is very classic and stylish and he carries it off impeccably whether on the streets of Manhattan or St.James. Well done Ray for flying the satorial flag with fervour! I must check my wardrobe now, as you’ve set a benchmark there!
    Paddy Middleton. (Fedora Lounge)

  65. Butch

    December 22, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Nice try–he’s attentively studied ensembles past–but questionable fit and quality undermine the look.

  66. Delilah Garside

    December 22, 2007 at 9:19 am

    A look you rarely see, pulled off with a lot of ease. I love the hints of red and yellow in the navy tie–pulls the whole thing together.

  67. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 10:16 am

    I’m italian and I love the look (including pants cut) ;

    as I still don’t dare to do the same myself, these perfectly done vintage looks are a great source of inspiration for me.

    Nice to meet other fellow “fedora-loungers” here!

  68. AlanC

    December 22, 2007 at 11:32 am

    He accomplishes exactly what he was trying to do and looks great doing it. That’s all you can ask of anyone, and extremely hard to achieve (harder than the naysayers here acknowledge).

  69. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 11:43 am

    long-time lurker on this blog who just had to comment on this picture:
    this is such a classy, vintage look, it’s lovely! I agree with a commenter above: it illustrates the difference between style and fashion and it’s quite evident that this man has embraced a style that evokes a bygone era–but makes it work for today.
    If I were a man (and didn’t live in the tropics!), I’d dress like him, I think. :)

  70. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 11:56 am

    what a dapper look! certainly not a common/everyday sort of style..where was he going with that outfit?

  71. Christina

    December 22, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    I think I’m in love. It’s the hat (and its angle) that keeps him out of Young Republican territory.

  72. kristin

    December 22, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Anon 2:44 am: Young Republicans do not dress like this.

  73. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    oh my god, LOVE it! the color palette, the cuts, his attitude… HOT.

    like some who have commented, i also really like that the cut of his pants is a little wider – it’s different and VERY refreshing to the eye. sometimes seeing something different and new is good. same with the toe of his shoe – that is a detail that, when i first saw the pic, i thought, awesome! love it! it just gives the whole look that little twist of originality. i’m personally sick to death of pointy-toed shoes.

    to whomever questioned the references to shanghai – you’re suggesting that it might be racist, but that doesn’t seem at all racist to me. shanghai in the 1930s was super-cosmopolitan, with people from all over. yes, people might be saying it because this guy is asian… but there is something wrong with looking like you’re from 1930s shanghai? i don’t think so… i think it’s a big compliment. (and i say this being asian myself.)

    and on a final note, if his outfit is at all corny it’s in a 1930s gangster/pachucho way, not a young republican way…. no offense, but the style cues are totally different! :-)

  74. M

    December 22, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    yeah, i was curious about the old shanghai comments. i might be looking too much into it, but it’s almost alike his ethnicity is an accessory…that being said, i was immediately wowed by this pic. his youthfulness contrasts the maturity of the outfit, but comes out with the rebelliousness angle of his hat.

    LOVE IT.

  75. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    What a dashing young man! However on someone that thin, I wish his trousers were cut a little narrower.

  76. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    See everyone? You don’t need be a Milwaukee to look cool.

  77. WendyB

    December 22, 2007 at 8:28 pm


  78. vintagent

    December 22, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    His outfit would have been straight-up gangster if not for the Fair Isle vest. A touch of whimsy makes for a much more interesting ensemble.

  79. James

    December 22, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    wow! immaculate, perfection.

  80. Anonymous

    December 22, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    I have looked at this pic quite a few times. On first “blush” it looks cool. Old school made new and current in its souvenir of Shanghai. But there is a “Bugsy Malone” aspect that I find troubling.

    Not a tall man and that is a rather big hat. The light colour also tends to give the hat more emphasis and perhaps too much weight at the top.

    I think the sweater peeking out from under the coat is a mistake. It draws my eye to his lower stomach. Kind of inelegant to be compelled to look there. I want to look at his face, eyes, tie, shoulders, waist, legs and shoes.

    The pants seem to be cut like those worn by sailors traditionally. The shoes as well seem to be naval in origin. OK I guess, but does kind of make me scratch my head and wince, just a little.

    I do like his confidence and sense of himself. He has pushed the envelope in a few directions and has been pretty successful overall.

  81. Lauren

    December 23, 2007 at 12:10 am

    It’s great!

  82. Anonymous

    December 23, 2007 at 1:38 am

    i love this look. i would have done a different tie, but overall, this is magic.
    i don’t think enough people have commented on the beautiful color of his overcoat. i love the camel.
    also, i love that his pocket square is so bright. i think it ties in with the fedora nicely.
    overall, he looks so sharp and i love the elegant air about him, in his clothing, his smile, and the backdrop you chose to frame him in.

  83. Anonymous

    December 23, 2007 at 6:08 am

    how he might have taken this look from ‘great’ to ‘sublime’ is to have it slightly altered for a much better fit.

    personally, i would have taken in a bit of the waist on the jacket, and worn a less rounded toe shoe. berluti if he could afford it, would have been perfect.

    my fave look on a man so far on this website. i actually went: WOW when i saw it.

    more men should dress this way.

  84. Anonymous

    December 23, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Ray’s da man!

    What a cute little kid.

    But that fedora, needs a grown man to wear it.

  85. Phyllis

    December 23, 2007 at 9:22 am

    The rakish tilt on his fedora says it all!

  86. Lee

    December 23, 2007 at 11:55 am


    The shanghai comments make sense because of the hat and the cut of the pants. Also if he’s Chinese there’s a pretty good chance he at least thought about old shanghai fashion. Don’t get all worked up, people, it’s not a big deal.

  87. Anonymous

    December 23, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Does anyone pull off a “christmas look” really well?

  88. Anonymous

    December 23, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    A big round of applause for Ray. Great effort. He still looks like a boy and so he’s not quite there yet – his outfit makes me wince a little too – but in a few more years and a few more dollars in his pocket, he’ll be quite the charmer.

    Just a few hints for my friend Ray – Those shoes look great with jeans, not with a suit. Go and buy a nice pair of English welts. While you’re at it, get some fitted trousers (the same goes for the jeans) – we Asians are thin – flaunt it. We can’t be wearing boot cut or wide-legged anything. That’s FOB style not new style. Finally, nix the vest – it looks like a handmedown from gramps, or a bad choice at a vintage store. Tuck that square in a little bit and lick those brows. Now you’re on your way.


    December 23, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    too much perfect¡

  90. Anonymous

    December 23, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    A very inspiring young gentleman. His entire look sets a benchmark for any man interested in style to aspire to.

    - Benny Holiday

  91. sanaenam

    December 24, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Fabulous. I’d be honored to have him amongst my circle of interesting people.

    I’m amazed by people who are nitpicking this outfit as if it were a selection that he’d pulled together – from garments he’d purchased retail – as a stylish, well-dressed man off to his office.

    No, this is a costume, meant to be performative. Meant to evoke, yes, 1920s/1930s Shanghai (or Wong Kar wai’s leading men, at the least), but with a twist. That is why someone above mused about precisely where he’d be going in this outfit. There is no “real” place but rather whatever places, situations, encounters a mind imaginative enough can construct in response to his performance.

    It’s an experiment that ought not be perfect. The proportions shouldn’t appear right to our eyes. Something about this outfit should seem off in a way that works to make him stand out. He shouldn’t be wearing slim, pointier toed shoes nor slimmer trousers. That would be an outfit you’d actually buy and wear in real life. The performativity of this outfit reminds me of my college days when I had no choice financially but to assemble the most creative, interesting, (and yes) slightly off looks from thrift store finds. And given that lack of financial resources is what drove me to the thrift stores, alterations would have been out of the question.


  92. pearlescent

    December 24, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Love the modern 1920′s look.. the hat, hankerchief, and shoes all look great.. Most of all I love the Christmasy vest he’s wearing goes great with the tie and beige coat.. Great sense of style!

  93. Anonymous

    December 24, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Ray is the sartorial god of NYU. Utterly fabulous, to say the least.

  94. Pierre-Jean

    December 24, 2007 at 4:40 am

    Merry Christmass and i hope to see your selfportrait blacktie in my blog one day… See you

  95. pabloj

    December 24, 2007 at 5:52 am

    I dare to say that looks costumey.

  96. Easy and Elegant Life

    December 24, 2007 at 7:30 am

    Dressed to impress. At least me. How can you go wrong with a Fair Isle sweater vest and a collar pin? He took some time and paid attention to the details.

    And that makes him much more than a slave to fashion; call him a sartorialist.

  97. MPS

    December 24, 2007 at 10:48 am

    great looking outfit.

    I love how 4:17PM pointed out that this fellow ALWAYS dresses like this & how his father initiated the style in his family.

    that’s hilarious!

  98. Anonymous

    December 24, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Looks great but Im not sure if I take the guy seriously if I had to interact with him on the street…

  99. angelo

    December 24, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Collective opinion so far is positive for this young man, but its just “too vintage” in my opinion! This look could have worked more in the late 80′s and early nineties maybe but who could remember that far back…… LOL. The origin is of course even earlier in time but todays menswear is really ALL about proportion. slimmer & narrower is much better & newer looking I think. When it comes to suits the shoulder, the lapel and trouser cut reveals modernity. this is just too old skool in my perspective. Gangster/Mafiosa on a little boy’s frame. ???? I do however like the sweater and tie choice. Adore the hat & camel coat & tie pin! The trouser’s width is just too wide for my taste. It killed it for me. A narrower leg & a better shoe would have done wonders. Props to the wide cuff though. Fit is key!

  100. The Urban Naturalist

    December 24, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Wonderful use of the sweater.

  101. Anonymous

    December 24, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    Marry Me Ray! Marry Me!

  102. Anonymous

    December 25, 2007 at 12:41 am

    I live in the same dormitory as this fellow and have seen his wardrobe from time to time and am glad to say that he is most consistent with this style. He is most natural with a pipe and I am very pleased to see this image gracing the Sartorialist, for he is representing an Old World mentality which deserves a resurgence within youth culture.

  103. Anonymous

    December 25, 2007 at 9:35 am

    I am such a stickler for a top coat, car coat to match what you have under it. For me a blue suite needs a blue, gray or black coat, a camel or brown coat should be used with earthtones. I think the young man is on to something though, he will be truly wonderful as he matures and really knows his style. Trying at a young age is such a nice thing to see.

  104. Anonymous

    December 25, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Someone mentioned, not a big man but a big hat. Well we need to get over this big/tall man thing. The other thing is that this is not a big hat, the brim is small but the crown is high. My preference is for a lower crown but when the brim is smaller the crown will always appear to be taller. The hat is fine, I applaud the young man for having the guts to wear a hat, not everyone can pull one off, he does just fine on this count.

  105. JW

    December 25, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Like the Shanghai 1920′s, remind me some of the Hong Kong’s movies.

  106. miss-tal

    December 25, 2007 at 10:28 am

    Pardon me for using this comment space for a more general purpose: I Just wanted to say Merry Christmas and a Happy new year and to thank you for your great Blog which although I personally discovered relatively late, has been inspiring in many ways (far beyond the way I dress and look at other people’s clothing). I admire your eye for details, your passion for fashion, the space you give to diversity which in contrast to the common fashion dictatorships, brings freshness and warmth. Keep on the great work and more important keep on having fun with it!!!

  107. Anonymous

    December 25, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Looks very 1970′s to me.

  108. The Redheaded Bandit

    December 25, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    merry christmas and have a fabulous new year

  109. aeon?

    December 25, 2007 at 4:26 pm


  110. Charlez!

    December 25, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Happy Hollidays

    my favorite sartorialist


  111. Kelly

    December 25, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    LOVE the pants cut. Definitely the first thing I noticed, and I see the same thing others have noticed as well! Yes, there are many other things that could be highlighted, but – those pants!

  112. Vistiendo a Candela

    December 26, 2007 at 5:22 am

    He is a perfect gentelmen

  113. verdiales

    December 26, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    There’s not enough focus on minutia here. How important, for example, is the tie collar bar? And the pocket square, aggressively exposed? The lack of a feather in the hat pushes it into the middle distance: is this necessary? Also, it’s difficult to tell the length of the jacket’s sleeve. It would be dispiriting to find it too long. The collar and pocket square demand the showing of cuff.

    Against the naysayers, the trousers and shoes are perfect. Anything else would be banal. The gentleman is not tall, and his features are round. The shoes reflect that appropriately.

    Very well-done. I wouldn’t mind it if he loosened his collar, dropped the tie a quarter inch, and lost the collar bar. Currently, the tightness up there is a bit out of sorts with the softness of the rest of things. Finally, I understand the peaks in the pocket square (picking up the diagonals in the vest), but it wouldn’t hurt to have just a bit of a silk square the color of garnet just peeking above that pocket.

  114. Crush

    December 26, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Um, wonder if he’ll be reading these comments. but anyhow, would you like to meet? keke..
    ok, seriously, what about a concert or something?

  115. Anonymous

    December 26, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Love the pants, the shoes, the fair isle vest, the “too-big, too-light” hat, and the plain handkerchief. Modern perfection (sharp suited, pointed shoes, slim pants) can be intimidating; this guy has style and it’s all his own. He’s so cool, and it looks like he’s barely trying. Count me as someone who doesn’t mind the costume-y aspect. He looks great, and he looks like an individual. I’d strike up a conversation with him any time. Awesome find, S!

  116. Nyx

    December 27, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Yes, slimmer fitting pants and pointy toed shoes would look more modern. Who says he WANTS to look modern? So many anonymous bloggers out there have nitpicked his outfit and how it “fails” because it’s not conforming to some fly-by-night dress code the fashionistas have made up for the week. I’m so sick of tight pants and pointy toes, I could choke. Would you naysayers all prefer he have a shag hair cut and a heroin addiction too?

    He’s chosen a classic style with a classic cut and fit. This isn’t a costume–it’s the way he dresses regularly. People are asking where he’s going? Does it matter? He looks fabulous. If you don’t like his pants cut, then don’t buy a pair for yourself, but don’t bash his taste.

    If you’ll notice most of the women are drooling over him, while the metrosexual fashion nazis are giving him the once over. If I had to choose between Ray and another carbon copy clone of indie rock fall-out, I know who I’d pick in a second. You can sweep me off my feet anytime, Ray.

  117. lynn

    December 27, 2007 at 5:33 pm


  118. Anonymous

    December 28, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    The comments here often freak me out with the level of nitpicking and criticism for any outfit that doesn’t exactly match what is often an elitist view (and I mean “elitism” in terms of both financial but also cultural capital) of what fashion looks like. (And often, not so incidentally, this often turns out to reinforce certain notions of masculinity and femininity — my girlfriend dresses like a bit like this, and I’m sure I wouldn’t want to read the terrible things commenters would have to say about her clothes, though she looks completely at ease and totally hot in them, and about her choice to wear menswear. Yeah, I’ve seen the gender policing that happens in here.) This kid’s look is innovative, personal (and apparently familial), and stylish — and we should all be so lucky to wear the clothes that fit the movies we’d like to find ourselves living in.

    Grats to the Sart for being able to see what makes this kid awesome.

  119. BdeRWest

    December 28, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Very old-fashioned — look at the width of his lapels and the fat pant legs. But it all works, I think, because of the fedora

  120. doingtheunstuck

    December 28, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    wow, ray. You look sharp! Watch out ladies! Kudos on brining such impeccable style. (I twitched at the shoes a bit though…they are a little bulbous, and don’t seem quite as stream-lined as the rest of the ensemble.)


    December 28, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Gangta ! that’s whats up!


  122. Anonymous

    December 28, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    He looks straight out of the show “Mad Men”. The fedora makes the outfit. The only downside of this is the shoes. Something sleeker and less round would be better.

  123. kalindoscopy

    December 29, 2007 at 1:00 am

    calm, clean, but too much like a pastiche. No.

  124. Anonymous

    December 29, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah! This is so cool…! Especially with this mien.

  125. Anonymous

    December 29, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    he just looks like he’s trying a bit too hard.

  126. ac

    December 30, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    I’ll bet the pant legs look great while he is strutting down the street.

  127. Anonymous

    December 30, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Well done, Ray…you brighten our day once again, and we admire your sense of style. You wear it well.
    Heidi & Joe

  128. ceci

    December 30, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Wow! He looks like a gangster!

  129. Anonymous

    December 31, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    He looks fantastic.

    Really, where can’t he go looking like that?

    Love the white handkerchief with the blue suit. Also the the pant’s cut and 2 inch cuffs are amazing.

    If I could get that all together, considering the sweater and jacket, I’d probably reach for a pair of brown wingtips but that’s simply nitpicking.

    Well done.

  130. Anonymous

    January 1, 2008 at 2:54 am

    tie pin looks smart

  131. Anonymous

    January 1, 2008 at 5:28 am

    oh noo please, you must have the “physique du role” for dressing that way, otherwise you seems like a postmodern gangster or a cartoon hero…

    Moreover the pants cut is not correct…

  132. Anonymous

    January 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    hot, hot, hot

  133. suburbanlux

    January 3, 2008 at 1:21 am

    He looks perfect, how does he know how to be perfect? :p

  134. MensFlair

    January 3, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    This is a nice look of another era…and that’s all there is. That’s all I would have said. But comments implying that this is “a ‘satorial cut’ above the usual” and the Right way of dressing mercifully shown here to us mere mortals make me want to comment further.

    I’m sure there are men dressing like this who could be taken seriously but this just isn’t the case. I’m sorry, but on this face and body frame this just looks costumy. Members of the subculture that love to ridicule fashion slaves aren’t aware that they themselves are slaves to fashion that is old. They even wear it from head-to-toe like all fashion slaves do.

  135. Anonymous

    January 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I’m happy to see a fellow london lounge member. The look is great as everyone who knows him personally or who is a member of the londonlounge will know from his photojournal.

    There is no problem with the cut of the trousers, its just his style, nor with the style of the shoes. As others have commented, its either the tie and the handkerchief with another sweater or the sweater with another tie and handkerchief. I also think the hole between the collar and the notch lapels is somehow too wide and looks awfull.

    I also wear hats very often, and I just bought myself a borsalino black fedora that looks fantastic.

  136. Farawayportrait

    January 3, 2008 at 11:14 pm

    OH MY! I went to middle school with him and college. He is an absolute dream to go vintage shopping with and I love his look so much.

  137. little river

    January 9, 2008 at 2:00 am

    hat: great, but could be a bit shorter and the band width a little less. It is not proportionate to the close fit of the coat.
    coat: I absolutely love. I agree with some others, he pulls off the classic suit so well.
    pants: I like the cut, the width. I think the skinny pant style is meant for Eastern Europeans. To pull off the skinny pant you should be both slender and above average height.
    sweater: beautiful! It is not so much different, but a nice use of an old friend.
    tie: it doesn’t fit well. Next to the sweater it just looks out of place and does nothing for the pocket square.
    pocket square: I agree with others, it is a little too large. Complements his shirt, but no relation to the tie which detracts from the unity of the outfit.
    shoes: the bulb toe is not proportionate like the hat. A finer pointed toe would look splendid.

    Overall, a nice ensemble. I’d say it is “Old Hong Kong meets Old Shanghai.” The suit fit and style is Hong Kong while the sweater adds a nice touch of Shanghai.

    You can go out in any large city in China and find men on the buses and subways dressed liked this today. It’s a style that fits Chinese men well.

  138. Anonymous

    January 16, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I understand that he’s trying to make the look more interesting but this vest (sweater?) just doesn’t work here, not with this tie at least.

  139. blackbetty

    January 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    reads a little costume-y but all the same the fit is spectacular

  140. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    I saw him in an NYU dining hall the other day and I recognized him by his vest. He was just as impeccably dressed while eating a cheeseburger and fries.

  141. Brian

    April 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Everything that I could say has already been said.


  142. danny

    May 27, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    this man is my hero in life.

  143. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 12:12 am

    total cool. get rid of the ciggy and it'll be perfect.

    Is that his car?

  144. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 17, 2009 at 10:48 pm


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