Monday, February 11, 2008

On the Street…..Remember Him?, NYC


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  1. In the vest

    February 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Very sexy. Singular

  2. alyssar

    February 11, 2008 at 9:31 am

    cute. simply cute.

  3. Paul Pincus

    February 11, 2008 at 9:37 am

    This is so cool. His gloves are really beautiful…everything works here. His happiness is infectious!

  4. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

    He reminds me of a garden knowm. Or Santa!
    I love it

  5. streetcph

    February 11, 2008 at 9:48 am

    He looks so safe in those warm fabrics. I like his round shoes and pants that are purposely short, and his little hat too. I want to put him in my pocket as a luckycharm.

  6. Cheryl

    February 11, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I think the hats make these two outfits… it makes me want to see a summer shot. I think I’m in love with him!

  7. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I LOVE him!! Two great pics, Sart!

  8. AB Complementos

    February 11, 2008 at 10:43 am


  9. conversationsinheaven

    February 11, 2008 at 10:45 am

    wow dressed sooo perfect for the winter in NYC and you know that come the summer Mr right hand man of the USA’s finest sartorial export Mr Lauren … will be wearing the garments to provide us again with another perfect heritage meets east coast meets mid west combo … he’s my sartorial hero and i hope when i get to his age i still care, but don’t come across contrived …. just enthusiastic and genuine … heres to the man !

  10. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I love the richness of his jacket in the top photo. It pops against the color of his pants and gloves. What a wonderful, earthy pallete!

  11. damien

    February 11, 2008 at 11:01 am

    soooooooo not getting this

  12. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 11:04 am

    What great personal style, esp. the first photo. Subtle yet eye-catching. Placing him in front of that wall is pure genius. The colors pop; the textures pop. Another example of your amazing eye and talent for composition.

  13. steph

    February 11, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Thanks for the comparison shot. He comes at this with no less precision than Mr. I should give up now and that for me, really is the point.

  14. Tati

    February 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    I love everything, specially the smile

  15. Cameron

    February 11, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Great shots–the patched chinos are cool. Can’t help but think that it looks like he was plucked from a lobster-fishing boat in Maine.

  16. J.L

    February 11, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I really like the boot laces that contrast the boots. and the contrasting sleeve cuff.

  17. Club and Fang

    February 11, 2008 at 11:52 am

    his first pic/story is what got me really into this blog, he is a lucky man.

  18. Jonathan Freider

    February 11, 2008 at 11:53 am

    This is the Webster dictionary definition of the word VAGRANT: 1. one who has no established residence and wanders idly from place to place without lawful or visible means of support
    2. one (as a prostitute or drunkard) whose conduct constitutes statutory
    LAGUNA BEACH TRAD is you have one ounce of dignity you will recant.

  19. Bearded man

    February 11, 2008 at 11:54 am

    In reply to laguna beach trad’s comment: He is not a vagrant you ignorant dumbshit.

  20. Iheartfashion

    February 11, 2008 at 11:55 am

    He works for Ralph Lauren, right?
    Great individual style and infectious enthusiasm!

  21. Anne Corrons

    February 11, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Oh, very different looks! Both are great anyway!

  22. Mitchell

    February 11, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    LBT, your are completely out of line. On a different note, I love the first photograph. The gloves are beautiful, and the ensemble is cohesive.

  23. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    He is absolutely sure of himself,he is not cool in a knowing way, but only because he doesn´t seem to care.He is not showing off anything, just being himself. Reminds me of my own dad.
    His clothes look worn but in a good way. He looks really good.

  24. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    downright hugable!!!

  25. KYM

    February 11, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    endearing. :)

  26. BunnyBones

    February 11, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    he’s ever so cute!!!I love his style.. i can picture him in overalls also.

  27. Francois

    February 11, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Oh yes, wasn’t he a designer or something like that. Good example of finding one’s style and keeping it. Does this mean that NY is becoming to small for the sartorialist?

  28. post-it up

    February 11, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I have beard envy…

  29. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I like the earlier photo much better because of the colors and worn in quality of the clothes.

    and what did LBT say?

  30. Laurence John

    February 11, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    very timeless clothes.

  31. fausto

    February 11, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    One of my favorites. His story kept me coming back to this blog. Nice to see him again. He has true style.

  32. Alex

    February 11, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    “That’s the guy that heads Ralph Lauren’s vintage department.”
    – November 27, 2006

  33. polly

    February 11, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Nothing to do with this guy (although I agree he’s charming) – but don’t you have Spring in Manhattan yet? It’s freezing but bright in London, and I saw the first bare tanned legs of the season on Saturday.

  34. Enzo Benavente

    February 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Charles Bukowski Style.

  35. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    The buyer guy, I remember him well! Loved the first photo, love the new one even more. Great colors.

  36. Dorothy Cheng

    February 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    He is absolutely beautiful. The colors, the beard, the joyous smile, the wonderfully supple-looking gloves…

    I love it!

  37. Kimberly Pye

    February 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Ohmigosh! I love this!

    He looks like he changed on the inside, too. Something very good happened to him, and he’s very grateful.

  38. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    What a rock solid sense of self this guy has. Inspiring! Is Grandpa adoption legal?

  39. Richard

    February 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    The top photo is okay, though I would add some length to his pants. The second picture is great if you want to look like a hobo. Not my cup of tea.

  40. artoftime

    February 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Doug Bihlmaier – a fantastic beacon of individualistic style and taste – a wonderful soul and excellent friend to so many in the Vintage industry. His look has elicited decades of success at Polo. Not to mention is BRILLIANCE as a designer of interiors and rooms.

  41. kagoo

    February 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    He’s wonderful.

    I do wish people would refrain from describing older men and women as “cute.” It’s so patronizing.

  42. la sartorialista

    February 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I love him.

  43. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    I know this isn’t a fashion related comment, but he’s so adorable!

  44. xorg6

    February 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Interestingly enough, his boots on the first pic are by JCrew, made by Red Wing. I bought a pair, and although not cheap, they are worth the money. I wonder if RL does not make a similar boot… Love both pics, though. Easy style that most of us strive for

  45. sean

    February 11, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    he bought all the furnishings, antiques, etc seen in all the ralph lauren stores, right?

  46. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I remember him, he has my ideal job, working for RL buying vintage goods from around the world. What a life. Great photos, and style. But what would Ralph say about him wearing Jcrew x redwing boots?

  47. suzannemarques

    February 11, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    i want a fun grandpa like that 2.

  48. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    santa in the off season. very cute

  49. Jenna

    February 11, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    what an endearing & charming man! I love the color palette of the first picture. I also love his worn out shoes. He could be friends with the Charmer #2 (

  50. meli

    February 11, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    iwish he was my uncle. what a happy person :)

  51. Anonymous

    February 12, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Jcrew happens to carry red wing boots, but red wing boots are not exclusively JCrew — they’ve been around forever. I think they are cool in that “factory worker from the 1930′s” kind of way.

  52. lorrwill

    February 12, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Dude has his on thing going on and he’s rockin’ it. Props for his individual style – he certainly has a well divined vision of what he wants the world to see.
    I think I’m a tad bit jealous.

  53. pikake

    February 12, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Gorgeous jacket in the first pic. Love his whole look there. The shoes compliment the jacket, and the gloves with the pants. His face seems to glow as well.

    Someone mentioned that it looks like an internal change has occured from the original pic to the more recent one…..maybe he quit smoking?

  54. desertwind

    February 12, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Sart — I hope you put that second photo in your gallery show. It is New York City and one could write a dissertation on what the photo says.


    Oh! And I like this man’s style, too.

  55. concupiscence

    February 12, 2008 at 3:57 am


  56. Anonymous

    February 12, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Have something to aspire to now – as am addicted to your blog. Please can we see more of 50 something women.


  57. Anonymous

    February 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

    In picture #2, I am drawn to the background. What the WW II vet (I assume) is wearing. Also, the guy with the wide brim hat, blue shirt and orange tie…looks like he’s trying to get Sart to take HIS picture.

  58. maria

    February 12, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    i love him from casual to formal. he reminds me of a salty maine fisherman.
    the accessories in his “formal” pic are what kill me – the hat, scarf, satchel, gloves = perfect!
    i also love the length of his cords!

  59. KT

    February 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I think this guy has my dream job. I sure would love to go thru his warehouse of vintage stuff…
    I love seeing people, no longer in their salad days looking excellent! I get so tired of seeing middle aged people look like crap.

    I love the patches on the pants. He’s my hero.

  60. y.f. dubble

    February 12, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    this is the store dresser guy right? his style is so effortless.

  61. bunny in nyc

    February 12, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    d!!!! you look like a rockstar!!!!!!!!! xoxoxoxo man of style….!!!!!!!

  62. Anonymous

    February 12, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    he is indeed the RL guy..and he has the most beautiful taste ever. and it’s also nice to know that he is a lovely, kind person. if you think he looks cool (and he does) you should see his car. i love his authenticity – a rare thing to see – but Sart does a beautiful job of finding these gems.

  63. yasamin

    February 12, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    i wish he was my friend. this guy rules! understatement, style, indelible…

  64. Anonymous

    February 13, 2008 at 11:28 am

    to answer someone above- definitely not spring yet! i’m west of the city adn we have snow and freezing rain! i agree with another above- he reminds me a little a Maine fisherman! i really like it though, his outfits make me think he has some great stories to tell.

  65. Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 at 2:00 am

    got the number (n)ine look spot on. (i wonder if he shops there..)

  66. Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Why can’t I come up with ideas like this? Its sort of “homeless chic.” Brilliant.

  67. Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    AHH! I love this guy! I am so excited that you shot him again!

    Ellie D

  68. Anonymous

    February 14, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I LOVE that man!!

  69. shotcouture

    February 15, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Ahhhh! Men like him :) They make fashion fun. I love this guy. He looks like Santa on a happy trip.

  70. Andrew

    February 15, 2008 at 10:17 am

    If you dropped him into NYC in 1945, he would be living on the Bowery.

    Today, he is a most likely a highly paid, respected professional.

  71. Men'sVintageConnoisseur

    February 17, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Dear Sart,

    In my most recent correspondence about meeting you at your show
    I said that you were my new mentor but if the recent comments are to be believed, this gentleman, Doug Bihlmaier(?), is! If he has been the vintage buyer for Polo for years and a good guy I think I have to meet him and learn. I suspect we may have karmic business together.

    Thanks for the follow up picture, he looks so much healthier and much less homeless.

    the Men’s Vintage Connoisseur

  72. Anonymous

    February 21, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I love this photo. The rich colors colors really add to his infectious and garden gnome-esque smile.

  73. Nicole

    February 25, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    You’ve gotta love the whimiscal!

  74. HappyCamper

    February 26, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    The first outfit is fantastic as is the picture. I must say I love the pant length; it just looks right with these slightly wider pants. The color combination is magnificent and it all looks so, as somebody said earlier, effortless.

  75. Anonymous

    February 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    He’s one of my favorites—-an inspiration to individual style!

  76. Yi

    April 12, 2008 at 5:07 am

    now that’s what i call style.. i’m sure he shops at second hand shops and doesn’t even think of what he’ll look like but he looks uber stylish!!

  77. Anonymous

    July 23, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    This is a guy named Doug Bilmaier. I worked with him back in the 80′s and we were the original stylists who worked with Ralph developing all the looks for showrooms, stores and ad campaigns. Doug’s a seriously talented guy…….. and super nice.

  78. Suzanne

    October 19, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I worked with him in the ’80s as well! When Polo was still in that weird little walk-up at 40 W 55th…

    After all these years, so many unforgettable characters there, but Doug is in a league of his own. We went on many adventures together.

  79. peaches

    January 5, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I also had the privilege of working with Doug for many years. Couldn’t get him out of my mind today, and this is where I found him! Captured as his easy, tweedy, bearded self! Miss you man!

  80. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I remember Doug growing up in Osborne County, KS. He has not changed one bit from high school.

  81. Suzanne

    March 18, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Oddly enough, I just spotted Doug 2 days ago, at the Polo shop on Prince and Mott! I hadn’t seen him in almost 15 years till the spotting in the Sartorialist, and now in 3-D.

  82. james arthur tancred

    April 3, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    If this guy’s look is vaguelly deliberate – he has style, which would bear out the maxim that you can’t buy it – you either have it or you don’t!

  83. Anonymous

    May 5, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Hobo chic? No, this isn’t working at all.

  84. Anah Grace Childe

    January 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    This is my Idea of Being. Come to me, NOW.

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