Thursday, July 10, 2008

On the Street…Simone, Florence


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  1. A la Femme

    July 10, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Its something about him that draws me into this picture. He seems so certain of himself. I really like it!!!

  2. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 6:34 am


  3. Dapper Kid

    July 10, 2008 at 6:34 am

    Love the braces peeking in from underneath and those suede shoes are perfect!

  4. The Year in Pictures

    July 10, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Love the moodiness and the color palette of this picture. The gust of wind. And the confidence of the subject. Great photograph!

  5. Mariana

    July 10, 2008 at 7:26 am

    My conclusion after reading your blog is that man can be handsome and “chic” at any age, but women must remain very young …

  6. dark_horse

    July 10, 2008 at 7:37 am

    it should be against the law to look sooooo good. mon dio! che bello!

  7. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Mariana, there are frequently “older” women featured in this blog.

  8. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Sart, you are back in stride. I am feeling you. Men in suits is definately your strong suit. Keep them coming.

  9. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Clip on braces?

  10. Jorge

    July 10, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I have to say, you achieved the portraiture lighting effect that Anne Leibovitz (sp?) gets for Vanity Fair articles, and you get it with (presumably) less equipment and fewer assistants. Great picture! I like the suit, even though it seems like the pinstripes on the right sleeve dont quite match the stripes on the body? Also, this pic should put the debate to rest on whether brown shoes can be worn with a dark suit, if the shoes are high quality and dressy enough, they go! I am sure someone will point out that this gentleman “dresses to the right” and the slacks are cut just so. Great outfit! Jorge from W Palm Beach

  11. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Excuse me. I’m not normally one to nitpick these pics to death. I don’t worry about an eighth of an inch of cuff, etc.

    I can’t forgive clip-on suspenders. The suit is great. The pant length, the shoes, the beard, even the cigar are all wonderful. Then he killed it all by using clip-ons.


  12. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 8:07 am

    There’s a slight John Malkovich air to this gent.

  13. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 8:12 am

    I love the clothes, the attitude and the composition of the photo. But how in the world can he stand to wear a jacket and tie in summer in Florence? I think of the Wall Street guys out for lunch, whose shirts show big circles of sweat within minutes of being out of the A/C. I know Florence isn’t as humid as NYC, and A/C is rare, so you don’t feel that blast when you go outside. But still, a jacket!!!

  14. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 8:13 am

    This look makes me want to trust him with my money.

  15. Miguel

    July 10, 2008 at 8:15 am

    It is a beautiful street, the old buildings, and the style, the freshness, the tie blown by the wind and the confidence… perfect picture. I love it!

  16. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Can we talk about the CLIP-ON suspenders/braces??

  17. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Yes to the suit, shirt, tie and cigarillo. Clip- on suspenders are only for farmers, clowns and children. The shoes must be slimmer. The facial hair gives this otherwise handsome man a schnauzer-like quality.

  18. Stacy

    July 10, 2008 at 9:14 am

    are you carrying that wind machine around with you again?

    well done.

  19. Brooke Rane

    July 10, 2008 at 9:21 am

    the mood and lighting of this shot is incredibly intriguing. and the tie? wow. love, love, love it.

  20. Anthony

    July 10, 2008 at 9:27 am

    i love this.

    one of your best.

  21. Moi

    July 10, 2008 at 9:30 am

    A quintessential sartorialist shot! You can retire now.

  22. Candace

    July 10, 2008 at 9:34 am

    This pic is awesome. Perfection!

  23. The Domina

    July 10, 2008 at 9:38 am

    The look is very good, but I would really love it if his trousers were just a little bit longer.

  24. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Are those clip-on suspenders or is that an exposed button?

  25. Demosthenes

    July 10, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Mariana, don’t really think that’s true. I just migrated here from Facehunter and similar youth/street style oriented blogs, but I’ve seen some photos of older women who look amazingly elegant. It might simply be the look he’s going for: younger women might be more willing to experiment with the type of dress that this blog focuses on, whereas older men might be more inclined towards, frankly, the “old man” style that this blog seems to idolize. I don’t see that many men pictured here who fit my age category, and frankly, I don’t think I’ll be starting my epic wardrobe of suits anytime soon (what with my only graduating next year), but yes. This blog has a particular look and style that it focuses on, and perhaps certain age groups are more inclined towards that style? But I certainly don’t think it’s absolute:

  26. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Is there a trend in Europe of men’s pants that are too short? For me, the “highwaters” totally ruin the otherwise elegant effect. Comments?

  27. Vicki

    July 10, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I’ve often read people’s comments stating “this is my favorite photo”. I couldn’t understand how anyone could have a “favorite” until now. This is mine. Everything about it is so beautiful; I want to matte it and frame it and hang it on my wall! . . and p.s. it is one of my personal ambitions to be chic at any age!!

  28. Rebecca

    July 10, 2008 at 10:52 am

    You’ve captured something gorgeous in his expression. Of course, also in the tie.

  29. Kelly

    July 10, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I don’t get why everyone is hating on the suspenders. I, for one, love them on him and as part of the whole ensemble. As a general rule, I don’t think they work; however, as a general rule, I think that fashion should have no rules! If someone can make something work, then it simply works.

    Aside from that, the rich chocolate color of his suit is divine, and it pairs deliciously well with the navy of his tie. The gust is the perfect touch to the slightly windblown look. Superbly handsome.

  30. jkrnyc

    July 10, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Another tremendous shot! So atmospheric. The light, the perspective, the coloring, the tone, the gust of wind. Crazy!

    And a handsome stylish man (though I do prefer trousers a little longer. Either have them break or go short a la Cortina). Lovely collar on the shirt.

    Mariana: two of the most stylish women photographed on this blog are Renata and that lovely white-haired Swedish model. I do think that increasingly the women photographed are uniformly thin and, despite being 5’11″ and US size 4 myself, I’d like to see a broader range of body types represented (for both men and women). IMHO, style is not attached to beauty or slenderness. Some of the models I know have zero personal style despite/because of being in the industry. Ditto some of the other industry folks. Iekelene Stange, though, has amazing–if sometimes rather odd–personal style. I’d love Scott to catch a shot of her.

  31. tj

    July 10, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Sorry to pile on, but the clip on braces are a mistake with such a lovely suit.
    Also, he does a disservice to a really nice shirt by not using a collar stay.
    Nice grooming. Hair, beard are sharp.
    I like the color of the shoes, but I think that suede works better with casual styles.
    I’m surprised that he’s not wearing a pocket square. Considering the trend of recent photos featuring pocket squares, this guy is guy is a rebel! :-)

  32. AMANDA

    July 10, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Aww come on, the shoes!? I can get over the braces attachment – so minor and hidden, the trouser length (I know, it’s the way), the cuffed trouser leg (I’m just not a fan)….

    But scroll, look at the bottom half on it’s own and tell me that those aren’t Professor Gellar shoes!
    They are not dressy enough to go with this suit.

    V. well shot photo, just wish it was balanced.

  33. Weekend Players

    July 10, 2008 at 11:22 am

    The suspenders reminds me of how father dressed. I love it!

  34. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Yummy! Elegant, relaxed and stylish. A subtle contrapposto.

  35. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 11:51 am

    The Sartorialist has shown many times over, some very “chic”, elegant and stylish women. Check out the archives….

  36. K.B.

    July 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Yow! Now that’s more like it. I’d prefer the pants about an inch longer, and no cigar, but otherwise, very nice.

  37. bizzy mommy

    July 10, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    love , love ,love , this is my favorite yet! he has a look that says “I know something that , you do not!”

  38. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Great shoes! Wonder where they are from…? Also love the goatee.. This dude exudes coolness.

  39. starbahks

    July 10, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    He’s ridiculously handsome.

  40. Kanani

    July 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    He’s the type of guy who I’d stare at then enter a full blush when he caught me. Really. I love the contrasting texture and “history” of this shoes, his beard, which is that of someone adventurous. Even down to how he’s knotted his tie, and the stripes on his shirt. Wow. I love how you’ve caught him in motion. He looks very dashing.
    Ok. Crush over.

  41. Sorin

    July 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Oh, yeah, this works for me. He looks like an interesting fellow, to boot.

    Elsewhere, I have decided to be against pegged trousers with two inch cuffs. I see it and I just want to throttle the person wearing them. Something about this look just rubs me wrong. We’ll have none of it. Fie on’t, ah fie!

  42. Dustin Diaz

    July 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    This is great (beyond the obvious reasons) because it doesn’t look photoshopped. I love the warm white balance and perfect depth (not too shallow).
    Regarding the man himself, I love the shoes, tie, and cigar. Together they all remind me that this guy is human. Very nice portrait overall :)

  43. monique

    July 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    He looks great even though I don’t dig the length of the pants. I love his windswept tie and his masculine stance and expression. I love the suit and don’t mind the clip-on suspenders, even though on paper they sound cheesy.

    He’s so handsome and debonaire. So sexy.

    Mariana, you don’t tune in very often apparently ’cause Sart gets some REALLY OLD women up in here (I’m talkin’ gray-haired, orthopedic-shoe-wearing, cane-totin’ ladies) and they look fantastic! THOSE GRANNIES ROCK SUPPORT HOSE!

    I will say however that the ratio certainly leans toward more older men than women – per capita. Sart, you could work on evening that ratio out just a bit.

  44. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    beautiful man and beautiful clothes.

  45. Jim

    July 10, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    suspenders- yes
    clip on- never

  46. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    I love the juxtaposition of the tough-ish goatee with the polished suit. So sexy. And proof that men can look swell with gray in their beards!

  47. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    ….also love the bike peeking out on the left hand side…..

  48. david santos

    July 10, 2008 at 2:27 pm


  49. ricola

    July 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    An incredible air of Timelessness.

  50. nico1990

    July 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    Is it only me or the pants are too short? and the shoes? I like the idea of suspenders though…

  51. Gabriela

    July 10, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    This is a beautiful picture Sart. I’m loving all the browns, the light, his attitude. Really interesting.

  52. Cesare

    July 10, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Well, there is something wrong: suspenders (metal), pants length (but only because they are also too wide), rough suede shoes with pin-stripe suit, BUT: can anyone say that he’s not smart?

  53. Barbara

    July 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I think the shoes make this man’s outfit. They are so rugged and worn, yet his suit is so crisp and professional. His shoes tell so much about him as a person.

  54. stone

    July 10, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    confidence: is there anything sexier? He rocks.

  55. dominicandandy

    July 10, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    My grandfather wore clip-on suspenders in his later years. My father wore clip on suspenders until he spotted me with my Albert Thurston braces. He then went to my tailor and had several pants made with suspender buttons.
    I cannot condemn those who choose to clip because other than that, the gentleman in the picture is very sharp(as was my grandfather). However, the floating waist of button suspenders is so much cleaner.

  56. saudade

    July 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    The lighting in this photograph is just perfect, and the background has me daydreaming at my desk about walking down that narrow alley myself.

    Lovely suit, but do have to agree with the negative clip on commentary here. Love clip ons, but only on my father (who was a farmer, hunter, and outdoorsman!)

    Still, it doesn’t ruin the look for me.

  57. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I´ts something about the eyes that makes this guy look so gorgeous.

  58. William

    July 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    I love the outfit but I’m not a fan of the shoes. I love the cut on the pants. I couldn’t do it and maybe thats why i love it.

  59. Anonymous

    July 10, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    This is perfect- clothes, atmosphere, subject. Very few men have this incredible mystique about them, but this gentlemen has it in spades. He looks like he know things, dangerous things that make you want more.

  60. Emily

    July 10, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    A shot from the sartorialist was featured in the style section of the wall street journal today, illustrating an article about higher-hemmed men’s pants.

  61. Val

    July 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    beautiful shot! i love how his tie caught the breeze…

  62. Carolina Lange

    July 10, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Very nice photo!

  63. The Sartorialist

    July 10, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    thanks for your kind words

    the ratio of old women to old men to will probably even out when fewer old women resort to plastic surgery

  64. phyllis

    July 10, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Normally I detest pinstripes, but I really like this. Must ponder that.

  65. Candace

    July 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Love this…the expression on his face, the wind-blown tie, and his confident stance all work wonders for this photo.

    I’m becoming a big fan of a nice brown suit! :)

  66. Cellar Door

    July 10, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    I’m in love!

  67. zuccotto

    July 10, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    I like the photo, I like the fellow’s presence, his clothes, his shoes. I think the suspenders and clips are amusing. Love the tie flip…

  68. madameshawshank

    July 11, 2008 at 1:45 am

    never be afraid of grey!

    never be afraid of your face!

    sart how I agree with you about the plastic surgery…

    so many faces now movementless as a result of surgery…to end up looking like clown versions of ET..

    ‘n by the way..oh those eyes!!!

  69. Fatima Camiloza

    July 11, 2008 at 2:36 am

    The way the wind wisks his tie is oddly romantic and definitely captivating. The dramatic touch adds much to an already impressive ensemble.

  70. Anonymous

    July 11, 2008 at 8:18 am

    great shot, awesome moment caught. but the outfit is hideous – the shoes: yikes!! ruin the whole outfit, as if the way too short pants didn’t do already….

  71. Anonymous

    July 11, 2008 at 10:10 am


  72. Anonymous

    July 11, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Such a charisma. It’s breath-taking.

    I’m just disappointed by the shoes.

  73. MrRonfeld

    July 11, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    The clothes are great. Very Florentine, but what seems to go against type is his sticky thatchy hair- I really like it.

  74. sadiqeh

    July 11, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    i love when people wear clothes that are just right for them. this suit matches him so well, not mention the handsome appeal.

  75. Esther

    July 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Just perfect

  76. mark s

    July 11, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    great pic, great outfit except for one of my pet peeves — fake accessories — I hate the clip-on suspenders, clip-on bow ties, and belts with suspenders – If one wants to use suspenders, have buttons sewn into your pants & use a pair of real beautiful rich, colorful, quirky suspenders with leather tabs.

  77. Robert Woolley

    July 11, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    This is a beautiful photograph

  78. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 1:47 am

    His shoes were the last thing my eyes saw and I really really liked the photo up until the shoes. And then when I saw the shoes, I loved the photo and loved loved loved the man.

  79. Kanani

    July 12, 2008 at 1:57 am

    “the ratio of old women to old men to will probably even out when fewer old women resort to plastic surgery”

    Amen. And also let themselves go grey, and accept the natural changes of their bodies.

  80. LuLu124

    July 12, 2008 at 10:19 am

    absolutely perfect.

  81. michael Finelli

    July 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I’m intrigued by howling his jacket is, and the relationship with the short boy-Ish pants. I always advise my clients to only buy a jacket that ends at the thumb or above. But some how the balance of the ensemble works! I think we can all respect a man thatbknows how to break the rules with class.

  82. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 11:07 am

    i just can’t get enough of this picture! i can’t get enough! just can’t get enough! just can’t…can’t!

  83. AnnaCatherineQ

    July 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

    brilliant photograph! the movement of the tie and the scenery. gorgeous. that man is aging exceptionally well ;)

  84. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 11:54 am

    ooh…he makes my tummy turn…in a good way!
    Def one of your best, the light, the atmosphere, the wind, the colours…perfect!
    I want to be there..

  85. SpanishGent

    July 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I think enough has been said about the clip-on braces. I understand that there are many sides to fashion as, in many ways, it is a depiction of one’s personality. But, if he was trying to achieve a classic look, why he chose them escapes my understanding. Hopefully he reads this blog!

  86. Anonymous

    July 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    ..but his trousers are too short! I know a lot of people have bought into the Thom Browne emperor’s-new-clothes thing, but trousers that are too short make you look like an idiot. period. Just because a suit has been well-made by hand doesn’t make it good.

  87. pandora

    July 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Are some of you people acutally saying this man is old? I take umbrage with that.

    Just how old do you think he is? I’m guessing 48, 50, 52.

    I think he’s adorable. I love his shoes, they mean he’s sensible too. I’d blush just being in the same room as him.

  88. Princess Poochie

    July 13, 2008 at 7:04 am

    He reminds me of Mandy Patinkin (you know, Inigo Montoya “You killed my father, prepare to die”).

    He has a good looking mouth.


  89. Princess Poochie

    July 13, 2008 at 7:09 am

    Also, I don’t mind the clip on braces, pant length or shoes. The material of the suit (and the way he is wearing it) seems sort of “casual-ed” down. Hence, those choices and the slightly mussed hair and softer collar.

    To me he looked dapper but not uncomfortable or stiff. Good for slightly warmer weather or a later day in the week.

    Just my impressions.


  90. Anonymous

    July 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    love the shot. love the shoes. pants too short for me.

  91. Anonymous

    July 15, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Braces with metal clips? Not perfect.

  92. Citizen Kane

    July 16, 2008 at 2:59 am

    I just don’t like the trousers design…not very personal

  93. corrado

    July 23, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Clips on suspenders are impossible unless you know what you’re doing. I reckon the man wears a Liverano suit which proves that he really does know. He can afford being not too seriuos anyway.

  94. Grass

    July 31, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Killer shot dude.

  95. Princess Sparkle Pony

    November 12, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Late comment on this one, but all the squirming on the clip-on suspenders confirm to me that they are a big, fat YES and I will wear some tomorrow.

  96. Anonymous

    August 9, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Since I love to wear clip-on suspenders myself I can only say: Yes! Caroline

  97. Chris

    January 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I find braces so comfortable that I don't really care whether they are clip-on or button. My pants hang better, and only my nearest and dearest knows what kind I am wearing!

  98. Anonymous

    May 31, 2011 at 5:02 am

    just love the braces

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