Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On the Street….The Veteran, New York


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  1. Glitzer

    November 11, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I totally love this picture! Awesome – the ideal military outfit!

  2. Pati Mc

    November 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    That is a lovely photo on this Day of Remembrance. Good job!

  3. Petes Speaks

    November 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    I love it.

  4. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    He wears it well.

  5. andres delgado

    November 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Didn't see the combat boots coming! His bottom half is like another (younger) person… stay young my friends.

  6. Rella

    November 11, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    blousing the trousers is key!
    I salute this man.

  7. Victor Wang

    November 11, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    True hero.

  8. zincink

    November 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I would like to say thank you to all the Veterans.

    I know my Grandpa used to take great pride in having his suits tailored to fit just so..

  9. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Just love it, that's all.

  10. brigid catiis

    November 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    thank you to all the veterans and active soldiers! we absolutely salute YOU!

    p.s. nice to meet you at the l.a. signing event!

  11. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    God Bless.

  12. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    God bless our veterans!

  13. marciglenn

    November 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    fabulous picture! I thank this man for his service to this wonderful country – Thanks to all the Vets!

  14. Sisyphus Fine

    November 11, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Nice photo, Sart.

  15. Pauline

    November 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    that's a nice way to illustrate the military jacket trend !

  16. Sunniva

    November 11, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, powerful!

  17. Beverly Bohan

    November 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you for this photo. Such a distinguished and proud gentleman.

    I've always fiercely respected war veterans and wish that people in my generation could be less apathetic toward their sacrifice and bravery.

  18. Ashley

    November 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I really love how different this photo is than all the others on this site. Powerful.

    I love the way decorated uniforms look.

  19. SwedItalia

    November 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    oh gosh.
    did he went ´round like that on the street?
    (but i have too admit, LOVE the shoes)

  20. Maria

    November 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm


  21. Trisha

    November 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    This made me a little bit emotional. My grandpa was a WWII veteran and I wish he was still here today.

  22. The Photodiarist

    November 11, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Great work. The way you've processed the photo makes it look as though you took this in London during the 1940s. There's a certain darkness in the photo that evokes a "wartime" melancholy, if that makes sense. Anyway, great shot.

  23. Gabriel

    November 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Great Shot – as always – Scott – can anyone with an eye for this kind of stuff determine his rank, regiment, deployment, service medals and such from his uniform, medals, decorations, and other elements? Love to know.

  24. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    That is a particularly poised old man right there. Like it a lot.

  25. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm


  26. Melissa

    November 11, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    That is amazing!!!!

  27. Jack Daniel

    November 11, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Woah, how did you find this one? And why is he wearing this uniform?


    November 11, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Quite stunning!

    Love the combat boots.

    Best regards,


  29. southerngentinL.A.

    November 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Thank you….

  30. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Made me love fashion

  31. Ana Polar

    November 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I love his boots!!!

  32. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm


    God bless our veterans!

    My grandfather was a paratrooper in WWII and he always looked sharp.

    Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country!


    November 11, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Incredible how you find these styles in the middle of the street, he doesn't look fashionable of course, but elegant.
    Strike a pose!

    "I'd like my work to let the person who wears it be whatever she is" – Haider Ackermann


  34. Nick Leonard

    November 11, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Just wonderful.

  35. reckless daughter

    November 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    oh…this is so great :)

  36. bijouxdejais

    November 11, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    This is all kinds of yes.
    But on top of it all, his jacket fits like a glove.

  37. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    The photo is totally timeless and he is fabulous!

  38. Forest City Fashionista

    November 11, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Powerful portrait of a man with dignity and self-respect. I have photographed a number of WWII veterans, and listened to their stories–today, and every day, we should the debt we owe to them.

  39. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I live in an air force town in canada – today the streets were simply flooded with old and young men dressed like this. i am so glad you captured the spirit of the day.

  40. That Girl Ang

    November 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I know that's right!

  41. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    Lookin' Sharp!

  42. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Lest We Forget

  43. Birdy

    November 11, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I salute this hero!

  44. Alex Folzi

    November 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm


  45. abby

    November 11, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    love this. wish i could meet him.

  46. crowsfeet

    November 11, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    so much said. too much for words.
    thanks for taking and posting this man's photo.

  47. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    now this is a picture! He's wonderful and then some!

  48. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    old soldiers never die…they just get more dashing! thanks to all those who serve(d) our country (regardless of politics).

  49. Tao

    November 11, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I want to know how he shined his boots.

  50. Deborah

    November 11, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    He still looks great in his uniform! A beautiful shot and a handsome man!

  51. Christina

    November 11, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    He exudes pride through his uniform. Brilliant.

  52. Jane

    November 11, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Thank you Sir.

    My thanks and gratitude to all who serve and have served our country.

    Heroes amongst us.

  53. blackbird

    November 11, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    May god bless him and keep him.

  54. Le 21ème

    November 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Thank you! This is perfect!


  55. Ami

    November 11, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    This is wonderful. So very dignified.

  56. Bookworm

    November 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    What a dapper guy. I love the badges. He wears them excellently. Happy Veteran's Day!

  57. Mary

    November 11, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Stately and distinguished describe this gentleman best.

  58. Dustyflint

    November 11, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Just splendid. Many thanks to both photographer and model.

  59. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you to veterans of all wars. My wish is there never be another war. But that you've served with courage and selflessness is something I admire greatly. You deserve our thanks and that we take care of you when you come home.

  60. John M. Doyle

    November 11, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    As someone whose family was rescued from the jaws of Hitler's death camps by the soldiers of Patton's 8th Army, I am profoudly grateful to see this shot today, Veterans' Day. Thank you very much.
    Personal reminiscences aside, this gentleman in his uniform reminds all of us just how much military styling has influenced menswear over the last 100 years. In light of this, the Burberry project provides a very tangible reminder of this fact-right down to the grenade loops which are still on the original version.

  61. Anonymous

    November 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    This is more than fashion. It is even larger than our imaginations. War is like that.

  62. barchbo

    November 11, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Courage and elegance – the ultimate accessories. Love this photo. Such elan.

  63. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Old guys who still can wear the clothes they sported as young men — I want to be one of those old guys…when I get old.

  64. Jessi

    November 12, 2009 at 12:39 am

    A photo worths a thousand words. Love it.

  65. Orfamay

    November 12, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Thank you for sharing this photo and a big thank you to the dashing gentleman posing in it.

  66. Richie Designs

    November 12, 2009 at 1:17 am

    thank you sir for serving.

  67. AnonymousJK

    November 12, 2009 at 1:57 am

    I salute him and all veterans everywhere…

  68. Edgar C

    November 12, 2009 at 3:59 am


  69. Ammu

    November 12, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Such a great photograph. And such a distinguished, elegant gentleman.

  70. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 7:30 am

    The best! Thanks to all veterans for our freedom.

  71. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 7:54 am

    We will remember them.

  72. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I tried to make sure to thank every veteran I know yesterday, young or old.

  73. Fletcher

    November 12, 2009 at 8:36 am

    The only suit that never goes out of style…

  74. Ellie

    November 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

    We must never forget…

  75. Jacqueline

    November 12, 2009 at 9:49 am

    GORGEOUS photo. I love this.

  76. Emily L.

    November 12, 2009 at 9:54 am

    @ Jack Daniel> November 11th is Veteran's Day in the USA (& Remembrance Day in Canada). It is a day where we remember the sacrifices and service of many men & women who have fought for freedom (regardless of politics.) All over North America yesterday there were parades & ceremonies to honor the veterans. Those who have served our countries put on their full dress uniform on this day.

    Thanks Sart for an amazing photo. I honor those who have given their lives to serve in this way.

  77. V

    November 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

    God Bless all the Vets.

    - Vanessa

  78. LMN Harris

    November 12, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Such a dignified,well-decorated veteran… And stylish, too!

  79. Carrie

    November 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm


  80. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    was he a paratrooper? because of the combat boots with his formal uniform and the pants are tucked into the boots

  81. ErinL

    November 12, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Great photo! He is precious.

  82. Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art

    November 12, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    WOW…Amazing photo!

  83. Charles

    November 12, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Guess not many veterans read The Sartorialist. His incorrect wearing of his decorations set my teeth on edge. With this uniform you wear ribbons only, not medals like what is hanging from his pocket flaps.

    Gabriel the most I can make out from his uniform is that he was enlisted. That style uniform was worn in the 40s and 50s. The shoulder patch looks like Engineer Amphibian Units (WWII), but not sure. The red piping on his service cap indicate he was in the Artillery which conflicts with the shoulder patch. The medals seem to be foreign (non-US) awards. the top ribbon looks like a Meritorious Service Medal.

  84. Marian

    November 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    This is amazing! A coworker and I ran into this man a few weeks back at whole foods. He was absolutely delightful and lively. Buying groceries to cook a large Italian meal for his wife and friends, he was wearing a captain's hat and tan trench. Later he was going to the lower east side with some friends to watch a show and "have a few beers". A delight to see him again in this dapper uniform.

  85. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Sir I thank you and the other veterans for making America what it is. This photo reminds me of my grandfathers who both served during world war II. It is amazing to think how much this man as well as other elderly Veterans have lived through. They saw the world change with their own eyes. I wish the men of todays day had the same pride and morals as this man here does. I salute you.

  86. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you Sart for paying tribute to our Veterans!
    You're the best!

    That man makes me proud of my country and the Americans who fight on a daily basis to keep our freedom and to keep us safe.
    Bravo! Well done!

  87. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Continuing the identification of the patches (sorry), the oval patch found on the service cap and the left breats pocket is the patch of the amphibious training command (red seahorse in a blue oval circle on a white bckground) from WWII.

    But it is a very stylish man indeed!!

  88. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    ah men in uniform…

  89. Brandon Paul Adams

    November 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm


    I'm also a veteran and I had the same reaction as you did. I was initially willing to cut the guy some slack, but there are so many things wrong with this uniform.

    The first thing I noticed was the bloused trousers in the boots. This is only authorized for airborne units, yet this man wears no jump wings. The badge he wears on his left breast pocket and on his cap match no Army unit.

    The left side of the jacket is reserved for domestic awards, yet the medal he wears over the left breast pocket, despite being unauthorized for this uniform, does not exist within the realm of authorized US Army medals.

    His sleeves bear no service bars or overseas service (combat) bars. The utility belt he wears is unauthorized.

    The list goes on… I'd like to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, and I like to think that when I'm that old I'll also wear my own uniform in accordance with Army protocol. Then again, it's pretty taboo to wear your service uniform in public without authorization or proper circumstances…

  90. Gretchun

    November 12, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

  91. Chloe

    November 12, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Amazing photograph. Nothing better conveys the message of a true Veteran's Day. Love it.


  92. Anonymous

    November 12, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Sorry to be cynical, but I question whether this gentleman is entitled to wear these awards.

    Hard to be certain, but I think he's wearing a Vietnam Campaign Medal (green stripes, bottom right) and a Vietnam Service Medal bottom middle (yellow and red stripes).

    Yet the uniform and some of the other awards appear to be WWII.

    Hope I'm wrong, but . . .

  93. Anonymous

    November 13, 2009 at 12:09 am

    He wears his trousers this way because he is/was a paratrooper. My thanks to him for his service.

  94. stefkester

    November 13, 2009 at 1:22 am

    God bless him! He looks wonderful!

  95. Anonymous

    November 13, 2009 at 3:53 am

    i love the shoes…and also the rest.

  96. Lainey Seyler

    November 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

    you have to hand it to the government/military, they know how to dress a man.

  97. Lainey Seyler

    November 13, 2009 at 10:40 am

    just read the comments critiquing his uniform. and i love that there is an honorable protocol for uniforms like that. very fascinating, but also it means something.

  98. cordelia

    November 13, 2009 at 4:16 pm


  99. Cameron

    November 14, 2009 at 6:26 am

    His utility belt and boots speak to the sacrifice that won all those medals.

  100. Des Esseintes

    November 14, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Now, this is the proper art of the trench.

  101. Jord.

    November 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Too much to say about this photo.

    It is absolutely fantastic remembrance photo though!

  102. Anonymous

    November 15, 2009 at 12:57 am

    I agree with most of the critiques about this mans uniform. Without taking anything away from his possible military service, I should think that if he was in WW2 he would know better to wear imporper combat/class1 uniform combinations. Particularly, a Vietnam era type reproduction jump boots with canvas tigerstripe uppers that were never made during Nam. Besides there were no black boots issued in ww2 except to the Germans and Russians, etc. White shirts and black ties were never authorised. The list goes on. However, I think that the vet is perhaps trying to embelish a bit to accentuate his pride. At this stage there is probably nothing wrong with that.

  103. APS

    November 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm


  104. Anonymous

    November 18, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    where's his rifle?

  105. Carez

    November 19, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    This is amazing. It makes me miss my grandfather…

  106. erin

    November 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    nothing but respect. thank you

  107. Ron

    November 26, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    The Greatest Generation..only paratroppers get to blouse their boots – I can see why the women loved these guys..

  108. tintin

    November 30, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    The uniform is a mish mash of surplus store or he could be a vet with a wild sense of humor. I'd have to look at his 201 file to be sure.

    There are so many people who masquerade as veterans in NYC and they easily get away with it because no one here knows any better. 99.9% of the people here don't know a CIB from an EIB and that's the really sad story.

  109. Aaron

    December 9, 2009 at 2:26 am

    Brilliant, quite simply brilliant. Could another book containing armed forces 'fashion and regalla' be in order for our Sartorialist??

  110. Nickname unavailable

    December 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Being a veteran of the Marine Corps and the Army, I am raising the BS flag. Too many non authorized medals and parts of the uniform that don't belong.

    He might be a vet, be sure as hell didn't earn everything he is wearing. Which is actually a crime.

  111. Bud

    December 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I LOVE his boots.

  112. szaza

    January 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Absolutely stunning!

  113. dcinDC

    July 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Accurate ribbons or not – a moving photo – reminding us not only of all the people fighting in wars (right or wrong), but of some of the style that we have co-opted from the military.

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