Thursday, January 31, 2008

On the Street…The Charmer, part 2


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  1. Anne Corrons

    January 31, 2008 at 8:39 am

    He looks so happy! And, red suits perfectly on him!

  2. f l u t t e r punch

    January 31, 2008 at 8:48 am

    what a fun looking guy. looks like one of monet’s cigar dandies

  3. Kookaii

    January 31, 2008 at 9:00 am

    Oh this made me cackle! I love him, he looks like the monopoly guy, only more adorable.

    Thanks for this, Scott!

  4. cowboydan

    January 31, 2008 at 9:06 am

    He looks like fun, I like the tattoo just peeking out of his sleeve (right hand). I think he was a pirate.

  5. Butch

    January 31, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! OH!

    Delightful, delicious, de-lovely!

    And let’s hear it for piping!

    This has set me to wondering whether there’s a gene or two for extraordinary color sense, which only about twelve people on the planet possess.

  6. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

    i love this man!

    i just want to hug him

  7. inesc

    January 31, 2008 at 9:20 am

    oh wow. this has got to be one of my favorite sartorialist photos ever. i love the subtle pattern contrasts, the red in his jacket, but most of all i love his demeanor.

  8. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 9:22 am

    one of my favourites of yours. only a european eccentric could pull this off with such flair and class.

    i wish men this side of the pond had the guts to look like this!

  9. meccabell

    January 31, 2008 at 9:35 am

    What a story you’ve captured here. Even aside from the boldness of his red and his ingenius choice of patterns (muted by their modest showing of course), there’s more to him than meets the eye. I wonder about that tattoo peeking from under his sleeve, for example. Wonderful shot.

  10. Barbara

    January 31, 2008 at 9:39 am

    This guy made me smile today.

  11. TJ

    January 31, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I like the style of the frames of his glasses, but it looks like the sides (arms?)should be longer to reach his ears just as they begin to turn downward (and not before they reach his ears).
    The pants and jacket are dashing together, and I like the pocket square, but the sweater is giving me an overdose of red, and the combination of the shirt and tie drive the outfit over the top.
    I think the outfit would be more successful if he used a charcoal/black sweater and a white shirt.
    I love the smile, but the moustache would be so much more flattering if it were trimmed a bit.

  12. Lucy

    January 31, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Seriously, Sart, where do you FIND these people? They are extraordinary. There has been some dissing on this site in the past couple of days but from my perspective the past few days have been an amazing purple patch of what look to be rather remarkable human beings (who happen to be wearing great clothes too). I am blown away by the inclusivity of your vision.

  13. Fashion Senseless

    January 31, 2008 at 9:52 am

    This is wonderful and whimsical, but seems absolutely genuine and personality-driven: a real sense of style. Love the mustache. Below, The Charmer, Milano…costume.

  14. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 9:56 am

    `Pinnochio`s father

  15. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Pinochio`s father

  16. Emily

    January 31, 2008 at 10:07 am

    You got name-check in the Times. Good on ya!

    Love this picture. Great outfit, AND you captured his personality. I bet this is a man who laughs, and inspires laughter, most of his days.

  17. JRenee

    January 31, 2008 at 10:19 am

    I dreamt I was a damsel in distress and HE rescued me from a perilless life of PINK!

  18. Mancheeego

    January 31, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I think there are very few “looks” that can pull of such a use of the Red color, and this guy has it.
    I love the red accents on the jacket but something about the jacket itself bothers me (dut, design?).
    His pocket square is awesome at a distance although maybe a little too much pink up close.
    OH NO! He left the band on his CIGAR!! Oy Vay. That’s about as bad as leaving the tags on your shoes (see The Charmer, Milano below)
    A walking cain, dark Mahogany, with a silver tip anatomically correct naked woman or man would complete his ensemble. :-)

  19. goathair

    January 31, 2008 at 10:37 am

    That man looks like a cartoon. In a good way.

  20. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Love, love, love this. Madcap, crazy but beautifully thought through – there’s nothing left to chance here! I wish I knew him. I’m just back from Rome where every man looks as though he’s going to a funeral – this gent would blow their (OK, black, silk) socks off!

  21. Mira

    January 31, 2008 at 11:01 am

    I love the contrasting colors. But more than anything, I love his smile!

  22. Baz

    January 31, 2008 at 11:25 am

    With carnival upcoming, this gentleman surely inspires me. When I dress like him, I will show off during the Brabant (southern province of the Netherlands) carnival days. Because of the costume, I will get lots of compliments by all the other beer drinking party people. Cheers!

  23. kmccormi

    January 31, 2008 at 11:30 am

    He is like the perfect real-life version of an adorable cartoon Grandpa. Not to sound weird, but he is really somebody you’d like to touch … twirl his puffy ‘stache, play with his adorably oversized ears, brush the lint from his wool blazer … a great throwback to a time and a way of dress seemingly forgotten.

  24. chaos

    January 31, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I am charmed.

  25. Thomas

    January 31, 2008 at 11:48 am

    Pictures like these demonstrate that the best style comes through a person’s clothes but start with his character.


  26. a mean one

    January 31, 2008 at 11:51 am

    adorable old man, though a little bit too much red, huh? Or maybe perhaps that is the thing with his outfit.

  27. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 11:52 am

    this is awesome! I love the attention given to details.

  28. Laguna Beach Trad

    January 31, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Wonderful photo, Sart! Really well done. I love this gentleman’s sport coat with red piping. It looks like a more daring version of the colourful club blazers we used to wear at Henley regatta. Not everything about this gentleman’s kit is to my liking. There is way too much red going on here. However, I can see how his cropped haircut, retro specs, moustache, and thick cigar might appeal to a certain segment of your readership. I suppose it could be worse. At least he’s not flashing gang signs.

  29. morty

    January 31, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Come on Sart,this isn´t funny. I´m still waiting for some nice pictures.

  30. j

    January 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    What a charmer indeed!

    I like the paisley tie against the narrowly striped shirt. The patterns don’t clash but bring out the color and pull the eye from the more severe blocks of the jacket/pants.

    And, who can’t love a grandpa with a giant cigar, moustache, and funny round 1930s scientist glasses.

  31. phineas

    January 31, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    The richness of this color combination is certainly not for the faint of heart: I doubt that I could pull it of myself without feeling, regrettably, like a bit of a caricature.

    For this man, however, the ostentatiousness of the ensemble works.

    It looks as though the bowtie is cut from the same fabric as his shirt… Or it is just that impeccably coordinated.

  32. Moi

    January 31, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    What a fun gent! I’d like to sit with him, have a mojito and “discuss” the passersby.

  33. reverend dick

    January 31, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Buy that man a drink! So happy to see some humor and style meshing like this. Smoke em if you got em.

  34. doanything24

    January 31, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    This look is classic! I love the reds he put together and the mustache, glasses and cigar just top off the overall style.

  35. Libby

    January 31, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    This look would have been perfect if he had just a slightly larger cigar.

  36. PUNER

    January 31, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Wow he is really fabulous, what a cheeky grin under a very impressive moustache.
    Loving the paisley bow tie and how his cigar goes with his outfit.

    Were would we be without you Sart?

  37. Laura

    January 31, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    amazing photo, really!!!! the shirt, the v-neck pullover, the trousers, the necktie….everything’s great! and his face is beautiful

  38. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    This guy is phenomenal. Coincidentally, I wonder what cigar he’s smoking?

  39. Veronique

    January 31, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    So camp, so cute, so free… I love his little outfit, is so him… Is great when people manage to express their personality and true self trough their appearance. True communication and joy of being in sink with others by just showing up yourself, is in my mind, the meaning of style.
    With help of this great picture I can see this man’s soul, I believe enlightenment can live in once choice of tie, Bravo!

  40. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    wow. what an outfit.

    he reminds me of characters from alice in wonderland.

  41. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    wonderful. delightful. question: is that a tattoo on his arm, just poking out of his jacket?? ‘heart’

  42. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I love this picture. It really is all about personality. I’ve never left a comment before, but this picture made me smile when I saw it. I agree with Moi, I would definitely like to sit down with this man for a drink and some people watching!

  43. Phineas

    January 31, 2008 at 1:52 pm


    If you presume to write fiction I would suggest you do it with greater panache.

  44. cassaundra

    January 31, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    i think this might be my favorite photo.

    i am inspired.

  45. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    love that blazer. very cool. very circus barkerish. incredible sense of style and self-confidence.

  46. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Don’t quite know where to start but i wanna know it all; as they used to say after a great party, “Let’s start with the gravel in the driveway”..speaking of that; what are the shoesw and socks ? Gotta have more orange/red going on down below.

  47. Paul Pincus

    January 31, 2008 at 2:37 pm


  48. louise

    January 31, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    I love when your pictures celebrate eccentricity and not only fashion.

  49. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    I can see this as being one of those that you pass on the street and go, “How can I NOT take a picture of that?”

  50. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    this guy RULES.

  51. Jessica

    January 31, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Great piping! The match/blending of the paisley tie and striped shirt is wonderful.

  52. mich

    January 31, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    this looks like it’s straight out of a fairytale

  53. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Those specs! The jacket! That tie! Red pants! Cool mix.

  54. calipso

    January 31, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    i have been reading this blog for over a year, and this is the first photo i’ve commented on. absolutely delightful.

  55. adil sg

    January 31, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    i got 3 words to describe this look..

    Wow!…. Wow!…..Wow!

    luv that color combination, very strong color to play with, but he pull it off….kudos..

    this photo’s is going to be in fashionist list..

    adil sg

  56. Anonymous

    January 31, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    dandyism is alive! congratulations!

  57. suzannemarques

    January 31, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    i agree with the others. one of the best. he outshines his cool outfit. he’s the uncle you wish you had… to tell you stories about his wild days way back when….

  58. Jenna

    January 31, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    you took a picture of him before! i recognize his mustache, his glasses and the bow tie. he looks so dapper.

  59. Hundreds and Thousands

    February 1, 2008 at 1:14 am

    His smile is just so infectious. You cannot help but smile with him.

    Lovely shot Scott.

  60. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 2:00 am

    I love this outfit. Who knew one would be able to stomach so much red, let alone actually really like it. Bravo to the charmer.

  61. CP

    February 1, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Love this. Wonderfully individual. Says to me ‘look I’m grabbing life by the nuts and so could you…if only you had this fantastic jacket’. approved!

  62. biglakestyle

    February 1, 2008 at 6:19 am

    Totally into it; it all starts with the character in the face; one of your best shots/finds…I’m doing more red and orange in 2008; it’s decided

  63. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 9:32 am

    LOVE. If “The Sartorialist” didn’t include pictures like this, I wouldn’t bother to check the site anymore.

    I’m particularly captured by the juxtaposition of the manicured hair with the crazy out of control mustache.

    And the paaaaatterns….. *swoon*

  64. Claudio

    February 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful man and picture. Too overdose of red as someelse stated; would have worked better witha a white shirt. The hair, glasses, mustache and cigar fit so well together.

  65. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    aside from the outfit (which is delighful!), i must say bravo for the short-cropped hair. what a great stylistic choice, especially with the wild stache. the hair style has so much attitude; it’s clean and sharp and modern, rather than a more traditional side part or some such. and the glasses are superb. i’m such a fan of each style choice he’s made, and what a smile. consider me charmed!

    and it’s so nice to see a man happy with his age. he’s not dying his hair, not desparately clinging to a younger age. i wonder how that feels, how that’s going to feel, to look in the mirror and say, “i’m a man of a certain age, and i can have a bushy moustache and little round glasses and a bowtie. that’s extactly how i’m supposed to look,” (except that i, personally, am not a man.) rather than, “not another gray! and i’m gonna have to look into botox.”

  66. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    February 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    This gentleman is what fashion is all about!!!! He lets me know that there are men who are not afraid to indulge in color!!!! The way that the red comes together with the trim on the jacket is remarkable!!!! I tilt my Bowler Hat to Him Keep it FuZzY!!!

  67. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    i’ve loved this jacket piping style ever since THE PRISONER tv show, which featured great style via Patrick McGoohan and others… looks very prescient now

  68. Anonymous

    February 1, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Photos like this are what set your blog apart from the rest. You consistently demonstrate that true style is the matching of clothing with one’s personality, and not just the wearing of the latest trend.
    Love you for featuring men and women of all ages and types.
    This photo made my day. Thank you!

  69. Chloe

    February 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm


    You captured the best part of his soul…

  70. Jen

    February 1, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Absolutely classic!

  71. Allie

    February 2, 2008 at 1:32 am

    he is awesome.

  72. erin lynne

    February 2, 2008 at 3:10 am

    can i have him, please?

  73. Anonymous

    February 2, 2008 at 3:53 am

    I don’t know… this guy a dandy or a cartoon?

    Not somebody I would be interested to get to know based on the clothes.

  74. Laviathen

    February 2, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Such a cute little man! I love him! I love how he mixed a striped shirt with a paisley bowtie. This photo is delightful.

  75. Anonymous

    February 2, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Oh my, this man is wonderful to look at. I have had this pic as my desktop wallpaper for the past few days and I feel great every time I sit down to do anything on my computer. He is an absolute delight to look at. He is the fun loving and crazy witted grandfather or uncle I never had. And for anyone that would not want to sit and have a drink or few with this cat, I don’t want to know you.

  76. Bella07

    February 2, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    he’s like that fun crazy uncle.
    very fun and playful with a face full of character, pulled it off marvelously with the cigar.

  77. Anonymous

    February 3, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Oh my goodness!Through this photo you just think, grand party at his house and I want to go!I am sure he has great stories to tell.

    Yes indeeed a fabulous,colorful character.

  78. Anonymous

    February 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    no no no white shirt. how idiotic. how could anyone think a high-contrasting, staid, mismatched white shirt would be an upgrade?? the three patterns of the shirt (which i must say i love that stripe/colors), bowtie, and pocket make up the sophisticated, rich layering that takes this outfit away from costume, and adds interest to the color blocking of the red vest, pants, and navy (or is that black? i’m going with deep navy) jacket. he’d be a red-white-and-blue uncle sam/sailor with a white shirt. honestly!!

  79. Phyllis

    February 4, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Love the ‘stache!

  80. Princess Poochie

    February 5, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I have a serious thing for quirky older men.



  81. Anonymous

    February 12, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    This is my favorite Satorialist photo. Genuine style and so sweet.

  82. Anonymous

    February 17, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    This old man has some good style that seems to portray his personality. I like the red piping on the coat that coordinates with the sweater and pants. It looks natural to his personality and not fake. The glasses, mustache, cigar and coordination bowtie/hanker chef are all wonderful complements of his style.

  83. Sara

    February 18, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Ahhhh….lovely. Would love to sit down and probe over a good glass of wine with this delighful man.

    His big and yellow and his mustache,thick and prickly. Your photos actually do people justice.
    You get right into their soul. Thank you for finding your passion.

  84. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Indeed, very charming, utterly mischievous … He look like he’s just winked at a pretty woman walking by and is sharing a laugh with her as she smiles appreciatively at the snappily dressed old gentleman who still has an eye for the ladies!

  85. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 5:35 am

    This man runs my favourite restaurant in Milan called La Libera on Via Palermo. This outfit is conservative for him. He’s always smiling and has a twinkle in his eye.

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