Monday, July 23, 2007

On the Street…….Sunday’s Best, Harlem


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  1. Wow, I dig this gent. An alternative to the suit and tie. The detailing on the shirt is wonderfully retro. And I am crazy about the chappeau.

  2. joy

    July 23, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Gorgeous photography here in addition to a wonderful subject.

  3. Lucy

    July 23, 2007 at 9:44 am

    what an elegant combination…

  4. Maria

    July 23, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Now we are talking about style!
    No brands, no trends pure form and taste.

    Great shot, an elegant timeless gentleman.

  5. Candid Cool

    July 23, 2007 at 10:33 am

    amazing portrait, esp. liking the outline detail on his sweater

  6. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 10:56 am

    Simply fantastic, from tip to tip–one of my favorite photo studies you’ve done.

    Just looking at this man’s face makes me feel calm and collected and ready to face the world!

  7. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 11:05 am

    I like the shirt and hat a lot. No logos or initials or other silly garish nonsense plastered all over the garments. He looks good.

  8. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I love his sweater and hat, he looks truly lovely.

  9. nycinside

    July 23, 2007 at 11:18 am

    I hope to have that sort of style when i’m his age. Really great shot too.

  10. Ashley

    July 23, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Every so often you post someone who truly takes my breath away. The aging on his skin, the width of his pant legs, the brightness and crispness of his entire ensemble. He looks entirely modern and ageless simultaneously.

  11. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 11:30 am

    That’s a kind of steez it would be cool to see more of downtown. Perhaps only a few could pull it off (the wide-leg pants certainly look better on taller long-legged fellows) but it’s a rebuke to tight jeans. I think that wide leg pants are making a return right now.

  12. Hasenauer

    July 23, 2007 at 11:58 am

    The man has presence. Crisp and fine Sir.

  13. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Stately and timeless!! love his confidence!

  14. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    I think this is one of the best shots you’ve posted. It’s easily one of my favorites.

  15. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    Stylish and dignified!
    What more can one ask for?

  16. sara

    July 23, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Hi first time around, so many superposts, I be back!

  17. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    What lovely eyelashes!

    Great photo, Sart.


  18. cordelia

    July 23, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Another special BEAUTIFUL photograph.

  19. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    You’re photos make me smile :)

  20. Klara - Sweden

    July 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    I’m loving the photos!
    His hat is wonderful!

  21. william d. anderson

    July 23, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    this pic just makes me smile. what a cool dude. quick thinking too, to paint that door the same color as they guy’s shoes. that’s a stroke of brilliance. nicely done.

  22. AnonymousJK

    July 23, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I am totally loving this man’s style – the hat, the sweater I wish women could get away with that look…
    Do they even still make sweaters like that? My father has quite a few, but they’re all from London from the 60′s.

  23. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 1:41 pm

    He has a world of his own.Wouldn´t it be wonderful to live a life of YOUR own-free from all the things that really don´t matter.

  24. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    Great photography! The closeup is an absolutely exquisite portrait, Sart. And the composition and colors in the second one are beautiful. I do hope you sent copies of these pictures to this man and his family, as they are treasures.

  25. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    this could have been too much brown for one outfit– but the off-white shirt with the contrast stitching that matches both the pants and the hat – genius! such a perfect color combination.

  26. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 3:04 pm


    Just curious as to how he responed to your request to take his picture for a style blog.

    You should definiltey include this one in your favorites. It is a beautiful timeless portrait.

  27. Stacy

    July 23, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Brilliant photograph! When I get a shot like that it makes me forget about all the “2 star” shots in my iphoto library. That’s a “5 star” photo for sure! Cheers.

  28. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Excellent work all around.

  29. madmaxine

    July 23, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    you’ve outdone yourself this time, sart.

    this is the best example of style i have ever seen on your site. bravo!

  30. Cut of cloth

    July 23, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Its nearly…mmmmmm
    18 months now,
    since I was in Savannah, Georgia
    My first experience as a British woman to the damp heat and sultry tastes of the South. Captivated by the Black American mens store on East Broughton my son and I enthralled at the range of mens suits available, shirts in myriad colors, of silk socks and crocodile shoes, cravats, ties, panamas, the list goes on. We were always made welcome in that store. Two very British aliens on American shores me working very briefly at the fashion school my son tasting the sweet sweet air of decadence that pervade the town, with his new friend Jason the bellboy at our exclusive hotel. A young black American sent home to his grandpa from LA to find a better life, after experiencing more in his young life than most experience in a whole lifetime.
    This photograph has captured many memories of sunday best indeed…
    a snapshot in time of Beautiful and Proud Man!

  31. Stephen

    July 23, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    wow, you talk about abstract inspiration alot, and I certainly will be trying to find a well fitting wide leg pair of trousers. This man makes them look amazing, although I dont know if I could pull it off as well.

  32. j.danyelle

    July 23, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    fantastic. to be honest, when you diversify from the standard fashionista it really makes things much more interesting, for me anyway. i think a cross-section results in a much more interesting survey of how people dress. there was a death metal concert in tompkins square park yesterday… i think you would have had a field day!

  33. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful photograph. Everything work. The texture and color of the background really offsets the subject. This man has style.

  34. Slimbolala

    July 23, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    Oh! The browns, the trim — fantastic.

  35. Kid

    July 23, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    What a good example of someone who takes care of his things and takes pride in his appearance. Beyond just his clothes, this man has style!

    This is also a good demonstration of what I think separates yours from similar websites/blogs–not only do you take pictures of those with nice clothes, but you have the eye to differentiate between the clothes wearing the person and a person wearing the clothes! And, most importantly, you take beautiful pictures of high quality. Props!

  36. EA and M

    July 23, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    easily one of the more beautiful shots i’ve ever seen here. i love the colors, the expression, everything! a lovely picture and a good reminder that fashion and inspiration don’t all come from the shows in paris, etc. this man is very inspiring and looks great!

  37. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 6:08 pm

    This fantastic shot makes me want to scoop this guy up and sit on the porch drinking lemonade and shooing the neighborhood kids off the lawn. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood. Bless his heart, and bless yours too, Sart.

  38. The Sartorialist

    July 23, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    thanks guys
    actually when I asked to take his photo he acted like it was something that happens to him everyday.

  39. Kelly

    July 23, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Wonderful. This man looks thoroughly dignified while still completely approachable. What I wouldn’t give for an hour’s conversation – and oh the stories he’d tell.

  40. simply olive

    July 23, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    this gentleman is very well put together.
    you can just tell he takes great pride in his appearance.

    ps–great photo!

  41. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    wow, and is that not a face reflecting many things and much life lived?! – minette

  42. Anonymous

    July 23, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Perfect! This man has captured the understated style of summerwear among the men of my family. If he were any more relaxed and effortless, he would be a puddle.

  43. Style Sanctum

    July 23, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    This shot divulges so many things about the African American culture. Thanks for making me so proud of my people.

  44. Blue Orchid Designs

    July 23, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    love it, love it, love it!

  45. fawn

    July 23, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    love all the burgundy!

    i’m seeing a resurgence in hats where i live (which is crazy and great because i live in the absolute sticks)!

  46. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 2:08 am

    I agree that the absence of labels and logos is really refreshing but unlike most everyone else on here, I don’t find this look instantly enchanting.

    I would have to see how it’s worn, how he carries himself, etc.

    At a glance he looks like he might be late for a set with Charlie Parker. Sure that’s a lovely, stylish thought but the picture isn’t complete until I see more.

    It seems a little too pat and the reactions to it a little patronizing.

    I get a disturbing feeling that the reactions here are similar to the “Awwww, that’s nice.” that might be expressed by the well-meaning but out of touch who were shown a picture of an Inuit in a fur parka.

  47. Mark, London

    July 24, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Mash Up !

  48. adda

    July 24, 2007 at 6:12 am

    fantastic, this is exactly the sort of post i love and what drew me to this blog in the first place.
    *thinks back to the guy with the painted shoes* :-)

  49. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 7:05 am

    What a face, what a style!

  50. jennine

    July 24, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    i love this photo. also how the brim of his hat is slightly turned down.

  51. Raconteur

    July 24, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Scott I’m in awe (as always). From Harlem to Paris and back. If you should need an assistant/apprentice..I’m your man. Until then, thanks for my daily fashion fix.

  52. Ameesha

    July 24, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    A true Gentleman, looks at those eyes. Lovely.

  53. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 4:21 pm


  54. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    To style sanctum: In complete agreement.

    To Sart: Keep it up.

  55. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    classically cool

  56. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Pure class!

  57. Anonymous

    July 25, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Now that’s sharp!

  58. Anonymous

    July 25, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I totally agree with Maria. This fellow looks effortlessly elegant. Not a designer name in sight.

  59. zaaki

    July 26, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Wow, this guy reminds me so much of my grandfather. Same style and tones, and he never left the house without a shave and a hat.

  60. Clay

    July 26, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    First, these photos are great! When I saw them ( along with the other shots of Harlem and Sunday Bests) what a great appreciation Scott has for all forms of style that people have. Then I noticed the comment icon and I saw how many responses there were. I must say it made me feel even better that so many of your fans have just as great appreciation as you. Your work is simply powerful and it brings great joy and inspiration to many, myself included. Please keep up the great work!

  61. stephanie s

    July 27, 2007 at 10:36 am

    as all but a few suggested, this is an exquisite portrait. congratulations.

  62. Anonymous

    July 27, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    He’s like “Why you trying to analyze my style when I ain’t analyze nothing.”

  63. Katelin

    July 28, 2007 at 1:03 am

    I don’t think this is so much retro as it is timeless…I’ll bet this gent has been dressing this way for the past 30 years. Love, love, love it!

  64. Principal and Founder

    July 28, 2007 at 1:50 am

    all that jazz….

  65. Anonymous

    July 28, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Style cannot be bought. You either have it, or you don’t and this mand HAS IT.

  66. Anonymous

    July 29, 2007 at 12:00 am

    I love this picture – and the gentleman’s style – it reminds me of my late fater’s in a way – that 70′s vibe…
    Great perspective in your photographs.

  67. Chelly

    July 30, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    I love those two pictures in all kinds of ways. Amazing…

  68. Anonymous

    August 3, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    i really want his sweater! amazing shot. probably my favorite of yours ever. kudos.

  69. Anonymous

    August 4, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    classy and timeless

  70. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    Handsome,classic, elegant. Thanks for adding a little color to your blog.

  71. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 5:49 am

    a magnificient man..

  72. Emerald Isle

    September 21, 2007 at 1:30 am

    Stunning photo. the lighting is really soft and compliments a distingiushed and stylish gent. Really love these pics. Especially the portrait. Great looking fellow!

  73. savvylondon

    October 3, 2007 at 6:19 pm

    so handsome, so perfect, so special.

  74. Anonymous

    June 11, 2009 at 1:21 am

    i just discovered your blog and I love the images of fashion for one, they are truly educational. Beyond that, what your photographs portray about the people in them is unbelievable. Your photographs and this blog, your work, embody the true spirit of fashion, which I think is all about evoking a feeling or an inner spirit from with the person. I thought that this photograph capture this particularly well. It really struck me. Thank you for creating such masterful art.


  75. randomneses

    June 19, 2009 at 2:52 am

    So stylish.

  76. Anonymous

    April 22, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Vert elegant.

  77. Dan

    August 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Very Cool Photo!! Mad style!!

  78. simon

    June 25, 2012 at 6:25 am

    this pic is beautiful! love the combination and i promise you that this gentleman has worn this combination for a very long time :)

  79. julian

    September 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    this guy totally owns this outfit

    he absolutely defines ‘personal style’

    one super-stylish gentleman, one superb and perfectly put together photograph

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