Tuesday, June 9, 2009

On the Street……Ray Chu, Governor’s Island


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  1. MM

    June 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

  2. Tili_lili

    June 9, 2009 at 11:10 am

    This is an absolutely completely fullfiling shot, it has everything. I'm in love. I'm posting this on my blog :)
    It's just too perfect.

  3. koumi koumi

    June 9, 2009 at 11:11 am

    where do i begin? im in love with the shoes, the awkward block colors on his tie. the straw hat that looks a tad too small. the solid black strip. and the cig in his mouth, his expression.

    great shot.

  4. Soren Lorensen

    June 9, 2009 at 11:12 am

    holy granola!!

    it is like he stepped out of a film

    i kind of hope he has a gun somewhere because this outfit would really suit a gun.

  5. The Wanderers' Daughter

    June 9, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Now THAT'S the best thing I've seen all week. I don't often comment on a fashion statement (which isn't to say I don't look) but this one….this one is perfection itself.

  6. ana

    June 9, 2009 at 11:14 am

    This picture is so elegant and cool at the same time!! I love the caaar and his shoes.

  7. "Docka" Boneca Platinada

    June 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Wow, He has style and charm!!! Incredible pic too! ;P

    **Best regards from Sweden**

  8. FiL

    June 9, 2009 at 11:25 am

    He looks great, very nice historic pix, in fact the whole set is great… Especially his shoes..


  9. Diebuechse

    June 9, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Love it. Visions of The Great Gatsby.

  10. PEPPER!!!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 11:31 am

    now aint he SHARP!!!!?

  11. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

    What about the auto!? Great white walls, like the white on his shoes.

  12. Hannah

    June 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

    He definitely has the look down. Meticulous and charming, and the car is fantastic! There's something so refined and elegant about a pale suit.

  13. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

    But I think I'm even more interested in the luggage rack!

  14. Candace

    June 9, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Very nice! And that's a lovely car behind him….the side mirror is beautiful, glad it's in the shot!

  15. Sartorial Vancouver

    June 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Love Ray's style. A candidate for a Style Profile?

  16. motorolo

    June 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

    from past to present!
    that look does not fit to anyone…. but the guy made it MAJOR!

    the hat plus the tie! M.A.J.O.R.!

  17. singaporeshortstories.blogspot.com

    June 9, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Awesome photos!

  18. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    There is no way that I can see this shot being classified as "on the street."

  19. heath

    June 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    marcel chu;
    ray proust.

  20. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    In my opinion, one of the most beautiful picture you've ever taken: the light, the attitude, the style…

  21. B

    June 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Great picture! Love the car

  22. Medders

    June 9, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    He is the epitome of style; cool, calm and collected. How does one ever get to look so suave!

  23. Glovely!

    June 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I totally love it. Especially the shoes. Very Jazzy!


  24. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Wow! Bonnie and Clyde lives upscale!
    I love it!

  25. Ty

    June 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    THere was an event on Governor's Island over the weekend called the Jazz-Age Lawn Party. There were some fantastic outfits.

  26. Sarah

    June 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Ooh, I've been waiting for you to post pics of the Jazz Age Lawn Party! Please post more!

  27. Darla

    June 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Amazing photo I love everything about it but the car is to die for! Ray Chu is very dapper in this photo as well!

  28. basietrane

    June 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Is this from the Jazz Age Lawn Party? Always look forward to your photos from there.

  29. Jazzbuff630

    June 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Cool picture. Gatsbyesque. Ixnay on the the cigarette, though. 23 skiddoo, otherwise.

  30. Catherine

    June 9, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Love his shoes! Such class and elegance.

    Some kind of Great Gatsby summer party?

  31. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    I hate you so much Ray. Hate you because I don't have all your clothes. Those shoes are SPECTACULAR. I'm stealing them.

  32. Ghetto

    June 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    incredible shot!

  33. Yoli

    June 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Stunning! and the flair with which he is carrying himself. In a world of minimalist clothing or just plain tacky 80's retro, this guy is king.

  34. diane

    June 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    His shoes are the finishing touch.

  35. Elaine

    June 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    I love his vintage look as well as the shot itself….

  36. Enigma

    June 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    This is absolutely perfect.

  37. allegra

    June 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm


  38. SarahIsabella

    June 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Keep the Governor's Island Jazz Party Pics commin'! I love them all!

  39. Heiner

    June 9, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    the shoes are simply great, best look i have seen here in a while.
    also, i'd love to get a close look at his suitcase

  40. Rei Enrique

    June 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Look incredible, he has great style.


  41. ...love Maegan

    June 9, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    absolutely stunning photograph

  42. Brittney

    June 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    This is such an amazing shot. I feel like you traveled back in time to capture this scene.

    His entire outfit is pure perfection.

  43. ricola

    June 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    This guy is absolutely mad with style. Perhaps it was for this one day, this one event….but I seriously doubt it. That arched brow says he knows he's the cats pajamas when it comes to making a sartorial impression.

  44. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Do take note of the rear view mirror on the car – now that is fabulous!!!

  45. theTrendyDwarf

    June 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    How classic Americana!!! The car and the way the man is dressed brings me to remember those pictures taken of people back in the 30's or 40's even the 50's!! The car and his look deffinitely compliment each other!

  46. Thomas

    June 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Classical & timeless…

  47. An

    June 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    this is straight out of The Great Gatsby.
    Was this a party?
    And, more importantly, where would one find a car like this?

  48. Liz W

    June 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    My friend of many years. He never ceases to amaze me. Vintage shopping with him is an absolute dream!

  49. Miiicha

    June 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Love this! everything is great about this picture.

    (give me the car) lol

  50. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I LOVE Raymond Chu photos! Keep 'em coming!

  51. yves

    June 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    this young debonaire is sleekly dressed up flawlessly..AND effortlessly!

    adore the pale blazerset, the classic tie size (since skinny ties are over being "trendy" already) and the laidback additional of the straw hat!


  52. Dawn

    June 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    wow, always perfect-Ray Chu! Love his classic style. I wish there were more guys who had the sensibility to dress like that…getting tired of the skinny look these days!

  53. Zepequeña

    June 9, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Lovely! You are full of style!


  54. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I would do anything to be there right this minute. The moment you've captured is so classic. It will never be uncool to look like this

  55. Coca Mia

    June 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Is he for Real???

  56. RW

    June 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Love the shot. Love the car. Great work.


  57. Anna

    June 9, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    glad to see Ray back on your blog again! I second an earlier comment about using him as another Style Profile.

  58. killaswag2079

    June 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    this photo is to cool……

  59. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh Ray Chu. The only way it could be better is if I didn't know the truth: he looks that good every day.

  60. Gracie

    June 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Okay, why can't we just all go back to the twenties/thirties era? :) For serious, though…the lines were cleaner, the colors more pleasing, and the shape of the clothing was made to flatter the human body, not weird it out. My gosh…those shoes rock. Monk strap meets saddle oxford. haha

  61. AnonymousJK

    June 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Finally, the rebirth of cool!

  62. rose

    June 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    This image reminds me of that amazing film The Lover. Oh so so dreamy!

  63. Rachel

    June 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm


  64. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Ray Chu, you look great and I envy you. Get me in, will ya?

    -A. Taaffe

  65. jeannieLy

    June 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Looks like something straight out of a movie set! That side view mirror is quite something too.

  66. mfee008

    June 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    C'est magnifique!!!!

  67. w_page

    June 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    i just died and went to blogger heaven.

  68. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    what a really nice blog you have! (:

  69. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry, but I find this a "clothes in the attic", uninspired and very derivative look. And, the clothes are wearing him…..

  70. Bookworm

    June 9, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Gorgeous photo, love the vintage outfit. It totally looks like a movie set! Totally summer. (:

  71. Mo

    June 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    O M G to die for!!

    i want to keep him in my pocket


  72. Phaon [Fay-Un]; Origin: Greece

    June 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Timeless! I swear if I did'nt know better I would have thought this was completely staged. This is an amazing shot. I wish I could have attended this event.


  73. y

    June 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Who knew people still dressed like that? It's awesome…

  74. Andrew

    June 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I spotted him last year on Madison Avenue. He is definitely getting noticed.

  75. noelakadjtambour

    June 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    truly nice! the photo and the style

  76. ghanaboy14

    June 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

  77. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Ray really should have won Esquire's BDRM contest last year. Top notch.

  78. Zarna

    June 9, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    perhaps one of my FAVORITE photos you've ever taken!


  79. Eunice

    June 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Oh my goodness- dream boyf much? Awesome shot… Love the car.

  80. N.

    June 9, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    He could be in a 1920´s movie. But, at the same time, he´s so fresh, so modern! Love it!

  81. Le 21ème

    June 9, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Not sure what I love more…the outfit…or the car. Best accessory EVER!

    - 21arrondissement.blogspot.com

  82. -h

    June 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    immaculate. and gorgeous shoes.

  83. Eralda LT

    June 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Beautiful beautiful photograph! I adore this.

  84. Jack Daniel

    June 9, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Wow, such a nice outfit.

  85. Mavis

    June 9, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    is that his car? it'd would be so complete if it was.

  86. Anonymous

    June 9, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    it's so good to have a place/an event which allow you wearing these vintage clothes/style and not look like a costume.

    it's simply brilliant. and it will never happen in the place where i live. i envy so much.

    really nice photo, love it.

  87. Sputnik

    June 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    What an attitude shot, nice hat!

  88. Seditionaire

    June 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Any chance that this gentleman be looking to adopt a 30 year old Peruvian actress…adopt or marry…as long as he wears that suit everyday, and drives that car, I'm his! LOL

    Seriously though, he just stepped out of the Great Gatsby and I love him for it!



  89. james

    June 9, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    cool shot – i like the summer look!

  90. andrea.at.the.blue.door

    June 10, 2009 at 12:36 am

    An excellent argument for bringing back hats for men – especially straw boaters.

  91. Golden Girl Olive

    June 10, 2009 at 1:01 am

    The only thing missing from this image is a mint julep. Great capture.



  92. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 1:05 am

    does anyone know who ray chu is?

  93. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 1:32 am

    beautiful. i mean smoking is not sexy but the outfit is on top! a tattoo on the hand would have been fictional perfection!

  94. Anela

    June 10, 2009 at 3:57 am


    i really like your blog
    the pictures are amazing.

    take care

  95. Kelly

    June 10, 2009 at 4:45 am

    I think you're ready to make a film. It would be something inspired by Marguerite Duras work or a biopic about Cecil Beaton. Please cast Jude Law as Cecil. Madonna will let you use Beaton's Manor near London, if she didn't sell it yet. What a pleasure to cast people to play all those women around him and specially what a pleasure recreate the ambiance of all those wonderful pictures.

  96. Dylans

    June 10, 2009 at 5:02 am

    singapore!!? in the 50s!??

  97. Bayley.

    June 10, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Those shoes!
    Great shot.

    I'm new – check me out :D

  98. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Amazing look, and he is just soooooo good looking.

  99. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Now where on Earth do these people get all this amazing 1920's clothing?

  100. helenlouise

    June 10, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Sometimes I wish all men still dressed like this. There's no other word for it but 'dashing.'

  101. Niki

    June 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I love this photograph. So vintage. Love those oxford shoes.

  102. Laurence John

    June 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

    great tie and shirt combo.

  103. pixilated

    June 10, 2009 at 10:20 am

    oooh, i've been looking forward to your posts on this year's event. they're well worth the wait as usual.

    the car in the background just makes this shot for me. i love old cars.

  104. Nick

    June 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

    'There is no way that I can see this shot being classified as "on the street."'

    Why not? I also have a linen suit and boater which I wear out and about. Though I must say, Ray has it down pat. Wish I had a summer suit as nice as that!

  105. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Gaad, I love this photo!
    - Gina

  106. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    is that the famous Foofy from NYC?
    People are searching for and following Foofy. How did you find him? Is that one of his Rubincci's? Great look!!

  107. Jacques

    June 10, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Everything about this photo is brilliant, I guess that's why nobody mentioned the short cuffs!

  108. stella

    June 10, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    dapper as hell. perfect shoes and demeanor to match.

  109. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    love this and that car…. the thing holding the suitcase is so cool

  110. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Wow! That totally looks like a movie from the fifties, it's amazing that people still dress like that! Really nice picture anyway, that's not something you see everyday in Norway, where I live.

  111. Sartorial Student

    June 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Just superb, brilliant shoes epspecially and the background works perfectly with the outfit. Great shot!

  112. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    absolute perfection! Bravo!

  113. Ghostboy

    June 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm


  114. kasandria

    June 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful! Simply Stunning!

  115. tcolberg

    June 10, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Looks like a Model A or '32 roadster.

  116. Anonymous

    June 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Asian men are to die for.

  117. Amy

    June 10, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    This gentleman is beyond amazing.

  118. SwtMsT

    June 10, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    He reminds me of the man from that movie, "The Lover"

  119. Homeopathy Southampton

    June 11, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Meticulous and charming, and the car is fantastic! There's something so refined and elegant about a pale suit.

  120. Estefanía

    June 11, 2009 at 8:24 am

    This photo has such a Wong Kar Wai's "In the mood for love" style. This well dressed gentleman could be Tony Leung!

    Good Shot, i hope you'll include some of those vintage style photo :)

  121. Karen

    June 11, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Great shot! It exudes vintage coolness :)

  122. Angeles Almuna Design

    June 11, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Perfect shot!!!! A vintage style, total!!!! :)

  123. Voon

    June 11, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I find it amusing that two different people have compared him with two different Tony Leung actors – Tony Leung Chiu Wai (In The Mood For Love) and Tony Leung Kar Fai (The Lover).

  124. Britte

    June 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    love love love.
    and dont forget die a thousand times.


  125. Anonymous

    June 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Lapel is rather anemic–don't fear a wide peak, gents. Otherwise, superbly done.

  126. sandra

    June 11, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    hes very sexy and cool.

  127. -ONE-PUCK-

    June 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Shanghai 1934, in Summer..

    Cloth, look, style, and name…
    well present both photo and narrative.


  128. Dan M.

    June 12, 2009 at 12:49 am

    one word: exquisite.
    amazing shot, really enjoy it.


  129. simon

    June 12, 2009 at 2:50 am

    i <3 double monk staps. not too crazy about the color though. p.s. integrate fb connect so people can comment easier : P

  130. lazymanxcat

    June 12, 2009 at 3:11 am

    a swagger!!! :)
    what a hep cat… its like right out of a movie.

    loves from the manxcat at http://www.lazymanxcat.wordpress.com

  131. Crystal

    June 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    OK everybody knows that it's the cig that gives him that too-cool-for-school aura. Love everything about this photo! Harkens back to a day of blissful ignorance about smoking.

  132. EL

    June 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I was looking for the perfect iPhone wallpaper update. I just found it!

    Amazing shoes! I am not usually a shoe guy, but these are a must!

  133. Crystal

    June 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm


  134. emma

    June 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    As much as I adore this picture and style, this reminds me of a man still in costume taking a break from a movie set or something. Similar to The Truman Show, where everyone is acting and putting on a show.

  135. camille

    June 15, 2009 at 9:02 am

    magnifique :)

    makes me think about "L'amant" from Marguerite Duras, very enticing, something erotic in there…

    Mad props for your pictures in general!

  136. meg

    June 16, 2009 at 5:51 am

    Oh, my. I think I've fallen a little bit in love. This is total perfection.
    Wow, wow, wow.

  137. Anonymous

    June 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Great shoes! A nice twist to the classic lace up oxfords.


  138. Anonymous

    June 17, 2009 at 1:50 am


  139. angel_vie

    June 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Oh my goodness! Where do you find people like this? I love all the Governor's Island photos.

  140. Grayson

    June 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    if you can prove that car goes faster than 40 miles an hour ill give you 100 bucks.

  141. Anonymous

    June 18, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    c'est magnifique!

  142. Anonymous

    June 20, 2009 at 4:24 am

    I agree with the "complete picture" comment. I am in love and this is all around the sexiest image, the man, the car, the cigarette and the fashion of it all. *Sigh*

  143. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 11:47 pm


  144. Anonymous

    November 14, 2009 at 4:21 am

    everything about this picture is amazing,, the guy (the expression on his face, makes you wonder what hes got on his mind), the outfit (classic is timeless), the car, even the grass makes the shot. great!

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