Thursday, January 31, 2008

On the Street…The Charmer, Milano


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  1. adil sg

    January 31, 2008 at 12:40 am

    wow…..luv the rings..
    luv the shoe..

    very nice…

    adil sg

  2. CB3

    January 31, 2008 at 12:45 am

    The jacket is amazing. He’s what the 50s would if they were in 2008.

  3. DeepBlueSea

    January 31, 2008 at 12:59 am

    What’s he doing with his fingers?
    What are the yellow things on his hands?
    Is that a label he left on his right shoe?

    So many questions…

    (I know, this is starting to sound like the David Lynch site at imdb.)

  4. fergie

    January 31, 2008 at 1:05 am

    this dude is awesome.

  5. Chris

    January 31, 2008 at 1:07 am


  6. craftyarchitect

    January 31, 2008 at 1:18 am

    he pulls of the suave waiter look really well. especially with that LV portfolio

  7. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:21 am

    that jacket!
    those shoes!
    those sideburns!
    love it.

  8. saltie

    January 31, 2008 at 2:07 am

    I want to love this because my boyfriend is also a stocky asian…but I just find that the fit of this man’s suit is a tad unflattering. I understand the look he’s going for but I think he missed the target just a tad. For someone with already narrow shoulders why would you want to further accentuate that? He looks a little clownish and a little too little boyish to be a charmer. I want that suit to be cut a little wider in the shoulder and the waist and then I would find this man extremely dreamy. Ahhh…

  9. skiwi

    January 31, 2008 at 2:24 am

    oh wow haha not quite sure what to say to this one other than this guy’s got personality!

  10. sooshi

    January 31, 2008 at 2:39 am

    You’ve been nominated for Best Photography of 2008! :)

  11. spitshine

    January 31, 2008 at 3:03 am

    intrigued by the cuffs on the jacket. better him than me, but i applaud his
    willingness to drive.

  12. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 3:09 am

    Take that Vuitton thing from under his arm and you have a charmer indeed. Thom Browne was so freaking forward, let’s face it, this look is acceptable now,even almost “nice”.


  13. sammy wammy

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Cool. I like the individual constituent items (esp the Black Fleece style blazer) but together it’s a tiny bit bold and costumey for my tastes. Like a cross between a member of the Hives, Jerry Lewis, and a broad comedic character from an Indiana Jones film.
    He looks like he might have a jalopy, a straw boater and a beaverskin coat…
    I’ve been looking for a pair of proper saddle shoes to wear with dark jeans for a while – all I seem to find is either vintage pairs or new golf shoes.

  14. premier

    January 31, 2008 at 4:35 am

    What’s up with the labels left of the shoes? I thought only homeboys with their air jordans do that.

  15. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 5:31 am

    Too Polished. He is too polished to the fact that I don’t know whether I like it or not.

  16. cowboydan

    January 31, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Im not sure whats worse, the label left on his shoes, the Louis Vuitton folio, the rings, the stylized facial hair or his overall demenior. However I like all the little white details socks / shirt / jacket.

  17. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Isn’t it wonderful how the very best of American popular culture gets picked up by gullible foreigners? –I wonder if his silly posturing is crips-speak for “dust me.”

  18. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 7:12 am

    what are the gold things on his hands?

    Is that a name-tag on his right shoe?

    Is he wearing white gym socks??? (hard to tell, but they’re white for sure)

    I am confused!

  19. a reader

    January 31, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Cultural reference: from the waist-up, it’s less “The Charmer” to me, and more “The Prisoner,” as Patrick McGoohan used to wear a blazer with similar piping in the 60′s spy-fantasy series. Not that that’s a bad thing…

    Take the tag off the shoes and they’re genius (and probably incredibly comfortable, tag or not). And eliminate the LV logo.

  20. John Patrick

    January 31, 2008 at 9:38 am

    So awesome. Not sure I would wear this all together personally– but so many cool elements here. As someone else said– one of your top pics!

  21. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Hilarious! Love this pic and the outfit.

  22. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Amazing pic

  23. tintin

    January 31, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Not a look that does anything for me. The LV kit reminds me of advice from an old clothes horse. Men do not wear fur coats, leather pants and they do not drive Corvettes.

    I would add, they do not carry an LV portfolio. It’s what the British would describe as,”Wide Boy.” Now, a vintage LV trunk in the living room doing service as a coffee table…that’s another story

  24. Teo

    January 31, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I’m with cowboydan. Each of the elements on their own are chic, but wear them all together and it’s SO self-aware. Try a little restraint. This is like Bape meets Madison Ave. And it’s bad.

  25. APB

    January 31, 2008 at 10:52 am

    to Sammy Wammy:

    Opening Ceremony sells contemporary “Saddle Shoes” – the soles are super slim & they’re light weight as well. they actually have those same colors this gentleman is rockin.

  26. Mike N

    January 31, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Holy crap that is amazing. Where the hell would you even find a jacket like that? Tell me now, oh Man from the Good Old Days/Gangster Rapper!!

  27. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    he looks like a hipster going to a 1980s themed prom where he will buck tradition and dress like a rockabilly kid from the 50s. then there’s the whole louis portfolio thing he’s got going on…

    really, he’s just trying to do too many things at the same time and drives me to believe he’s late for his curtain call at the “happy days” musical dinner theatre.

  28. Veronique

    January 31, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Meow, meow… I love this cat!

  29. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    The “gold things” are triple finger rings. LOL, have you not seen any hip hop music videos? Bling bling!

  30. Richard

    January 31, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    I like the blazer and the shoes, but I hate that he left a tag on his shoes. That is very tacky! In addition, I hate the Mr. T style knuckle rings. Overall, he just looks odd.

  31. Iheartfashion

    January 31, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Words fail me.

  32. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Am I the only commenter who goes to metal shows? This hand gesture can be traced back to Ronnie James Dio in his heyday with Black Sabbath.

    You use the devil-horn sign in joyous approval when moved by the highly rockin’ nature of the situation you find yourself in.

    If I were this guy, I too would throw it with both hands–one because of my fine threads, the other because I got to meet The Sartorialist!

  33. Princess Sparkle Pony

    January 31, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    The tag left on the shoe makes me want to cry, but the highwaters fill my heart with joy.

  34. sirrhw

    January 31, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    good for him…he’s doing HIS thing and it works,that’s what fashion is all about.

  35. LBT

    January 31, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    He obviously doesn’t take himself too seriously.

  36. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    What on earth is on his fingers and what is on his shoe? I love the rest of the outfit. A new take on black-tie.

  37. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    YES, this is when fashion and personal style together becomes ART and artistic point of view this look is truly unique and it just screams personality!

    You just can’t hate this it’s PERSONAL STYLE.

    I love him.

  38. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    That’s a man who had a really good time when he got dressed, and I find that kind of pleasure charming indeed.

    Though I’m laughing at the “Prisoner” reference–he’d better avoid a turtleneck in that coat!

  39. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Can’t even read the comments, I’m so eager to make my own: he’s sexy stylish!

    Love the culture play and his general “swagga.” Cute to boot, too!


  40. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 3:53 am

    Je trouve la photo très amusante! La photo seulement. Pour ce qui est du modèle, je trouve les vêtements peu flatteur (il semble très serré dans cette veste au bouton prêt à lacher!). Les bagues sont amusantes, mais une seule aurait suffit, non? La veste est très sympa. Pour ce qui est des chaussures, elles le sont aussi mais pourquoi avoir laissé l’étiquette après? Un mélange de bon et de très mauvais goût. Dommage.

  41. Claudio

    February 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Love the jacket and white socks actually work well for once!

  42. sammy wammy

    February 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Just in case you were wondering what the French contributer above said I’ve tried to translate it as best I can using my poor schoolboy french:
    “I find the photograph very amusing! The photograph only. As regards the model, I find his clothing not very flattering (it seems very tight in the jacket with the button ready to pop!). The rings are amusing, but only one would have been enough, no? The jacket is very nice. As are the shoes, but why leave the label on? A mixture of good and very bad taste. Too bad.”
    Hm, Moi aussi, mate. moi aussi.

  43. Sadia Bruce

    February 3, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    This is the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s Poindexter Gets Laser Surgery and Moves to the Bronx– or maybe post-modern Great Debater– and I love it.

    While the sideburns, the brass knuckles, and the shoe tag puzzle may be confusing to some, they are clear nods to hip-hop/street style– the shoe tag in particular. A walk around Harlem circa 1994 would help– it would reveal that Timberlands were the thing, and the freshness of one’s Timbs was indicated not only by the cleanness of the shoe, but by the presence of the tag. Among people of limited means, “fresh” attire– fresh anything– is golden. This is why boys in hoods nationwide keep “the sticker” on their fitted caps, and girls keep the little leather tag on their Coach belts. This reality is surely what this charmer is paying ironic homage to.

    This look is indeed “a mixture of good and very bad taste,” and it’s effin’ fantastic.

  44. Anonymous

    February 11, 2008 at 9:33 am

  45. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 5:49 am

    love her coat. so cool!

  46. Martine

    September 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I really don’t know if he is rockabilly, preppy, hipster or something else. I do love him just the way he is. Its slick, a bit smarmy, but in the absolutely cutest way. And the jacket is a perfect fit. He is working it very well.

  47. stephen carey

    October 22, 2012 at 2:50 am

    gangman style

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