Thursday, April 5, 2007

On the Street…..Rue De Saintonge, Paris


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  1. savvylondon

    April 5, 2007 at 9:03 am

    superb shot. absolutely superb. combination of pride and humilty. perfect.

  2. editor

    April 5, 2007 at 9:04 am

    who wouldn’t want to spend all day in this outfit?!

    (i would)

  3. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 9:24 am

    your past few photos have all been repeat posts.. can’t find enough material these days, sart?

  4. John

    April 5, 2007 at 9:26 am

    Looks like a totally happy man who doesn’t give a damn about style but achieves a slightly odd variant of it.

  5. woogie

    April 5, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Exactly how I picture French painters.

    I can smell the paint…and the bread.


  6. william d. anderson

    April 5, 2007 at 9:46 am

    i dont get it. is this shot included because he has no fashion intention? i like the shot. as a photographer…kudos.

  7. The Sartorialist

    April 5, 2007 at 9:46 am

    To Anon 9:24

    Well they are not repeats but I did post them first at

    After a few weeks it is very hard to find my guest blog on so I wanted to make sure those photos are available here.

    Notice though that I continue to post new images everyday

    I see it as an added benefit,

    Plus I think most people feel more comfortable creating a discussion about the photos here on my blog

  8. Sleeper

    April 5, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Now if only he had a dachshund. And a Gauloise?

    Interestingly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cigarette in one of your photos.

  9. Tiffany

    April 5, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Anon one.
    Piss off or post with a name.

    I do not mind the repeats as the originals make up for it.

    I really, really love this shot!
    Do you sell prints?

  10. biLly

    April 5, 2007 at 10:23 am

    cool !! i like what he wears !!
    my gosh !!

  11. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Love the Yves Klein (or is it YSL’s garden in Marrakesh?) blue background. Would that we all could be as happy as your painter!

  12. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 10:32 am

    For a non-academically-trained photographer (at least, I think), Sart has an incredible eye. This is the photographic version of a Van Gogh or Cezanne – the pose, the loaf of bread, the everyman quality. I just love it and sent a note to my mom to be sure to look at this particular photo. Thanks for bringing a little beauty to my Thursday.

  13. Butch

    April 5, 2007 at 11:09 am

    Authentic work-wear or a jillion-dollar artfully distressed deconstruction thereof?

    This is about the reciprocity between the street and Fashion. In all, very satisfying.

  14. NYC Modelista

    April 5, 2007 at 11:19 am

    He looks like a regular construction worker in NYC except for the baguette under his arm.

  15. Kelly

    April 5, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    sart, you were very polite to anonymous up there at 9:24, whose snarkiness seems completely pointless and unfounded. I have no such reserve.

    show us whatever the hell you please, please. It’s only getting better.

  16. Felipe from Chile

    April 5, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Hello, Mr. The Sartorialist
    Im a chilean journalist very intested in fashion from a sociology point of view. I have to say that I find your blog outstanding specially for all the gentlemen pictures that appear. Thanks for doing this and for giving us a page that makes you look everyday for new pictures.

  17. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I love all thigns French but I always wonder how they do it: They take one shower a week and almost daily carry their baguettes under their armpits…

    What would you do if this sympathique looking painter offers you a piece of his bread?

  18. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Well now you’re just wasting bandwidth. Don’t just post anything.

  19. Rebecca

    April 5, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    France lives!

    Please do post your photos here also, they are all part of the Sartorialist experience.

    And since Vogue’s website is sort of rubbish, your photos there are also the best part of

  20. Jessorz

    April 5, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    I bet this guy was a bit surprised. “What, you want to take a picture of my FASHION? are you crazy?”

    Great photo, though.

  21. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    If this had been a guy walking down the street in Anamosa, Iowa, it would have been no big deal. But since this was taken in Paris it’s suddenly a work of art.

  22. lewehrman

    April 5, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    A number of years ago, I stayed with my boyfriend’s cousin and her boyfriend at their apt Le Marais. We stayed with them for 10 days and had only two meals outside the home. The boyfriend taught math at University, was a socialist and boy, he loved his bread. He was very loyal to one particular boulongerie and was very specific about the time to go. After that time, well, you should just forget it. These guys would have a lot to talk about, namely the best baguette in Paris. Sorry for the lengthy comment but this guy just made my day and brought back a lovely memory. Thx Sart!

  23. Columbus Fashion Week

    April 5, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    love reading your blog, keep it haute

  24. Candid Cool

    April 5, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    such a charm to this

  25. Glen

    April 5, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t have time to check both sites, so thanks for sharing them here as well Sart!

  26. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    Bring on the posts and/or stuff from the archives whenever you feel like it! I love the parallels between the clothing and the background in this photo. The blue colors are so rich.

  27. Hard Luck Hero

    April 5, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Oui! Biensure! J’aime beaucoup ca.

  28. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Passed this earlier today and didn’t think much of it…nor the “baguette” (which is standard fare here in Montreal, too).

    Now that I read the title and see that this is France, it’s much more endearing for some reason.


  29. i should be studying

    April 5, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    I love that your blog isn’t simply about photos of nice outfits… this is beautiful portraiture! He might not be in the loveliest of clothes, but you captured the right attitude, confidence, grace–and that’s 98% of style isn’t it?

    This blog is extremely refreshing. Thank you.

  30. Janvangogh

    April 5, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Yay! Finally something I have — multiple work aprons that look just like this. Do they count? :-)

    I would love to see the kind of painting he does.

  31. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    the baguette!!!

  32. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    I love this. His stance and his demeanor are perfect.

  33. invisible girl

    April 5, 2007 at 10:46 pm

    The blue, the baguette, the open pockets … Ooo la, la.

    And thanks for posting whatever you want, when you want!

  34. Anonymous

    April 5, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    great look on his face. reminds me of keith richards for some reason. same spirit somehow. love it. and the bread under the arm brings me right back to france. thanks! – minette


    April 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I think this man would have a good laugh, a guffaw, if reading these comments about him…he is “true”–he is who he is. Ah, the beauty of that.

  36. Goldrush

    April 6, 2007 at 12:35 am

    Sleeper @ 10:17 AM: Interestingly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cigarette in one of your photos.

    I remember one or two a while back. Commenters here panned them for smoking.

  37. fashionnerd

    April 6, 2007 at 3:09 am

    theres something very appealing that i cant put my finger on

  38. Anonymous

    April 6, 2007 at 4:17 am

    Beautiful! I would like to spend my days in an outfit like this.

  39. The Sartorialist

    April 6, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Anon 5:00pm

    of course i would have shot him in Iowa

    to me he is no different than the guys i shot at the Fulton Fish Market in NYC

    there is just a style about him that goes past his clothing

    in Iowa this shot would be of a wrestling coach

  40. Anonymous

    April 6, 2007 at 8:17 am

    please post your photos here after it’s had a run there – i don’t have time to search for your photos there anyway! besides, i much prefer the elegant & minimal look & feel of your site (& of course the photos!) it’s like a little piece of fine chocolate each day :-) thanks

  41. Cut of cloth

    April 6, 2007 at 10:12 am

    He has a certain nonchalance, an arrogance, that permeates his very self. The work-wear, splattered paint, and worn out cloth is a look seen all over the western world, recognisable, familiar… and yet… his pony tailed hair, breton cap and chiseled good looks say something else, convey another individual swept by time and daubing paint onto large framed canvases. This makes me want to know more….

  42. glennobrien

    April 6, 2007 at 10:31 am

    Looks like RRL, huh? Remember Helmut Lang’s painter’s jeans?

  43. Ina

    April 6, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    your eye!

  44. njancauskas

    April 6, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    Fantastic. One of my faves here.

  45. ~Alicia

    April 7, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    Aaawwww, French, workingman chic! The bread is just a classic accessory!
    When I was in Paris last I saw a little boy, about 4, with a little bagguette; I wanted to just hug him!

  46. Anonymous

    April 7, 2007 at 3:38 pm

    “the photographic version of a Van Gogh or Cezanne” have you seen a one before????

    “I would love to see the kind of painting he does.” r u sure??


  47. cigalechanta

    April 7, 2007 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve checked in at instyle and never see the photos there?

  48. Jess

    April 8, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    I love the pure simplicity of him…as is…not trying to be what really is fantastic and beautiful

  49. Cyrille / Matieres a reflexion

    April 9, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    This is one of the painters working on Isable Marant’s ‘just opened’ new boutique on rue Saintonge !!

    (we’ve got our own boutique just down the road on rue de Poitou )

  50. bicicleta

    April 13, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    style without style – perfect.

  51. Anonymous

    April 14, 2007 at 10:33 pm


    An artist

  52. Anonymous

    April 17, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    That man knows he wears his painty coveralls and workboots with more style than most of us put together. That IS style.

  53. Jonnie

    November 4, 2011 at 3:39 am

    There are no words to dsecirbe how bodacious this is.

  54. Michael the man who sews

    May 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Scott Schuman reveals the dignity and pride of his objects and he makes everyone, even a worker in dirty clothes, look like a model. This is exactly what I like about his photographs.

  55. William Van De Mark

    September 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    La baguette! Il est lui-même de la vie! Mais où est le vin?

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