LOVE! This is one I would dog ear, were it in your book (and I've done a lot of that!) The red pop that is almost like a wilted flower. The watch. The brim of the hat. The overall shape of that suit. White collar. Slim shoes. Hard case he's carrying. Everything. Even the bring white/silver(?) buttons!! This man knows what he's doing. And the location of the shot. Wow.
natty hat, great combo with the red cravat/tie,paisley/polka dot and the the underlying check shirt against a canvas of black. Love the jaunty hat positioning. love the length of the pant and the totally retro briefcase. loved the fact that I am first most of all. Peace -from india !
To me this picture is an example of where avant garde just gets to the point of absurd looking. That being said, if that is this gentleman's personal style — more power to him. Maybe he is evoking the same type of extreme irony that we are used to seeing in 'standard hipster style' but done in a different way.
I would love to see more people wearing hats. (Baseball caps don't count!) So hats off to him for that!
The shoes however….are so extra-long in the toe region that they make walking awkward and difficult—-think of what it feels and looks like to walk in clown shoes, or flippers both of which have extra length in the front.
These shoes may look sleek in a still shot, but a lot of elegance in real life depends on the graceful movement of the wearer.
how he can dress like this and NOT look like a gangster or a pimp takes skill. the flashy shirt, tie, watch, and pocket square screams PIMP. the dark suit and fedora screams GANGSTER. so i'm thinking it's the briefcase that makes this look work. it legitimises things and brings his look back down to earth.
he wears this as if all men dress like this everyday and it's not out of the ordinary, kind of like the way they did back in the 1930s.
Holy cow! Do the pedestrians part and the traffic stop as he passes by?? I read the other posts and have no complaints about this being overdone or costume-y. I just think he's the suavest dude. But not approachable, mysterious in his style and elegance.
"how he can dress like this and NOT look like a gangster or a pimp takes skill. the flashy shirt, tie, watch, and pocket square screams PIMP. the dark suit and fedora screams GANGSTER. so i'm thinking it's the briefcase that makes this look work. it legitimises things and brings his look back down to earth."
imho, this comment seems racist to me. i find nothing "pimp" or "gangster" about him. my guess is these words would not be used to describe him if he were a white man wearing the same things. the expectation that the only black people that dress well are criminals is simply racist. similar comments by other posters are equally suspect, imho. [fyi and full disclosure: i'm white.]
that said, my first impression was that this guy was rocking a great look. on closer inspection, i think his jacket sleeves are too short, as are his shirt sleeves, but that overall, the man is a total fashion stud.
His name is Mr. Leke. One of Brooklyn's Finest. He could be going to a business meeting or just to the corner of South Portland and Fulton St. in Fort Greene. Mr. Leke is never unsure, he is always dress proper.
Maybe a little too costume-like. I like the fit of the suit; it seems timeless (although everything in fashion is dateable-sometimes that's okay). I'm not a fan of fancy men and he is a bit too fancy for my taste.
I like the main pieces, from the old Samsonite attache to the hat. However, the pointy shoes look both feminine and clownish; I cannot believe that is his real size. Also, the neck ribbons combine with the pointy shoes to take this very macho outfit and turn it far too feminine.
Good lord! I think I still have my first attache case; hard-sided just like that the one in the photo. I'd never carry mine again, but it's the blending of the modern with the old that makes the arresting style of that whole outfit.
I was very taken by this look, great shot. The accessories make this suit look amazing: the hat; the powerful red tie; the square; the watch; and even that briefcase. Let us not forget the confidence on this guy's face. Wow.
I can't get the complaint by a few that some elements are 'too feminine'. What are you talking about? Is that a bad thing? Go away. This man would be a man even in a skirt. He is an enigmatic, style-oozing character. It is his kind that make a city vibrate and alive. Exciting, inspiring. I love him. And I love the metal details: the watch, the briefcase, the buttons.
Thank you so much for this! I have a black suit with a similar leg cut to his and I was sad because I thought it was out of style now with all the skinny suits I see around the city. Now I have inspiration to give it another shot!
An arresting look, for sure. It immediately caught my eye. Perhaps it's the cocksure stance, the rakish tilt of the hat. He's really owning this.
The outfit is a little bit '30s mafia (the hat, obviously) and a little bit foppish (the shirt, pointy shoes, pocket square and tie) and a little bit '70s (the long, lean cut of the trousers, the retro briefcase). A weird combination that somehow works. I like that this sensibility exists.
I quite agree. The lack of irony and rolled ankly cuffs make this a timeless and refreshing look. I hesitate even to call it a 'look' because that seems to degrade his style; he rises above something as trivial as a 'look'. And that flash of red! Perfection.
If this isn't a case of personified individual style I don't know what is. I tip my hat off to your sir, you look absolutely sensational. I love to put more down, but am at a loss for words expressing it. Inspirational