What a contradiction! He is very natty–the scarf, chicly long and perfectly coordinated with his jacket, the very fact that he is wearing a sport jacket and not something else (like leather or denim, which would be more casual), the hair, the moustache, the neat cuff in the jeans and above all the well-shined dress shoes. The contradiction is the jeans, so worn that they are patched. He must LOVE those jeans. He manages to make knee patches look natty.
Cool guy, which is why it’s all the more surprising to find him reading decidedly uncool newspaper LA NAZIONE. La Repubblica would’ve been an altogether more appropriate choice, particularly given the location!
as for the jeans, i’m assuming that they’re originally raw selvedge unwashed, unsanforized denim that he’s lovingly worn in over a number of years(the twisted seam leads me to this conclusion as the, what i’m assuming are functional, knee patches). i’ve recently become a fan of buying raw selvedge denim and wearing it out with the uniqueness of one’s lifestyle. working on a pair of deadstock made in japan rrl’s and spurr classic fits.
I love this because it reminds me of being in Italy, where I just returned from. I really enjoy that Italians love to dress up, so that even when they put on jeans their coats and shoes stand out as chic and high quality.
I also enjoy the boldness of Italian design. Although plaid is popular around the world, I think the ultra nipped in waist + strong shoulders + luxe fabric of the jacket distinguishes it as having the Italian sensibility.
I keep trying to get my English boyfriend to tailor his English suits. He finds the Italian look much too slim but I urge him to go for something in between the two because I just adore the more body conscious look on a man.
Sart you at your best capturing the effortless style of many of your subjects. They are my favorite shots since , to be honest with you, it is rare to see it on the streets. This guy is great – grace, and confidence, wrapped up in his own particular style.