the patch job is charming because: it denotes a well worn and enjoyed belonging, a much beloved/functional item. i salute him holding on to his shoes instead of feeling the need for new & spotless. just yesterday i threw away my birkenstocks from college. they are fifteen years old and honestly i was saving them for the children, but for some reason my boys declined the offer!!
An antique dealer once told me “It is better to polish something you already have, than to buy something new.”. I really love that idea. If you have something great that can be repaired, why replace it?
Can’t beat redwings! Weirdly I have just been watching ‘One flew over the cukoo’s nest’ reminding me how great Jack Nicholson looked in Levis, chambray shirt, beat up leather flying jacket and wedge soled Redwings.
Apparently I am the only one who thinks the boots may have been (at least partly) aged on purpose, the wear on some parts does not match the wear and tear on other parts. My red wings are barely a year old, and I dont really wear shoes out, I am going to have mine forever, maybe in 10-15 years mine will look this cool- naturally. Jorge from W Palm Beach
you know, people who find “attitude” and even “style” in patching age-old shoes seem so strange to me) man looks old and shabby. this nylon bomber over a sweater! if he wants to copy a construction worker doin’ shopping on Sunday, he certainly succeeds.
Being a huge fan of selvage denim, the fit and turn-up on this gentleman’s pair is perfect for him. If you’re doing turn-ups, don’t do a wimpy 1-inch– this isn’t a pair of tweed trousers, go for what this gentleman has done!
As for the rest of his outfit, not a fan– as a poster has mentioned, the “construction worker” look, nor the beat-up footwear (deliberated-aged or not) , which seems to be rather popular with many denimheads…
I’m not a huge fan of denim clothing, but I do like this young chap’s get-up. It’s reminiscent of a Chinese peasant uniform circa Shanghai 1935. If you’re going to do working class, do it with style. At least add a flannel plaid shirt-jac and Red Wing boots.
Excellent. it’s how I like my guy to dress (when he’s being casual, that is). Nothing precious or “fine” about it, yet everything seems to be of good quality. It’s that “working man” aesthetic (but with rockabilly edge) that appeals to me. It’s also very Echo Park.
Just today I purchased those glasses from a Vintage shop in Pasadena for my man for Christmas.
I like his choice of clothing and especially the wool shirt with the nylon windbreaker underneath. And of course, the state of those boots is just great. I think this is amekaji or american casual done better than most other pics you see, it looks a lot more relaxed than an EG tweed jacket. Only Doug or The Painter comes close!
I don’ agree with his choise of jeans however. I believe that he is wearing APCs and while they are great jeans, especially for the price, I don’t think they fit with the rest of what he’s wearing , though. The denim APC uses is sanforized and singed, giving it a slightly shiny look, and as such it looks to polished or dressed up. I think that a pair of vintage reproductions such as a pair from Levi’s Vintage Clothing or a Japanese brand such as Warehouse, 45rpm or perhaps Kato ;) would look better, because of the slightly different and more suitable denim they use.
I understand his frame of thinking. Men and their boots are the weirdest combinations. It looks like he work in these boot and they must be his favorite pair. Instead of trashing them he repaired them. This is the stuff my husband would do. The man looks great anyway.
Your ability to spot the delicate details which are so often the overlooked threads to the tapestry of style only rekindles to me (all of us i am sure) your extraordinary talent Mr Sartorialist. My hat sincerely goes off to you for enlightening my evenings with such finds!
I bought my first redwings in 1992 and they do not look like that, so I would agree, these boots are deliberately “prepared”…
but what I do really find very interesting is that there seems to exist something like a general urban clothing style, since I do exactly the same, wearing a dry-fit running jacket under a denim or pea-coat…
by the way his boots are the socalled model 875 with a new sole…
great style and great depression. guess it all comes down to the dustbowl.
karl lagerfeld just being asked in a german newspaper what the clothing item of the first decade of the new millenium is to him, he said: “the jeans. … the 90s were so terribly vulgar. everything in mens wear had to be tailored suits.” now in fact he say he would like adam kimmel. well – maybe just going with the flow, as with kimmels regognition at pitti 2008 he is obviously the name to drop. but still: when the going gets tough the tough get going. – bye bye metrosexuals – hello workwear.
and honestly, here are three things that i like about this blog: a) it is – after all – still very nyc-centeric = meaning: not too streetstyle focussed like a berlin-trained eye would be, not too much on the classical effects and playfulness like a milan-trained eye would be… nyc has the incredible sense for quality and details like you only find in the provincial towns of europe – still it is very open for detecting and discussing new influences on a high level of quality and impact (other than berlin for example, nyc is not horizontal but vertical – meaning there is a huge sensitivtiy for things that have true garivitas… hard to explain – but i like the both classical and human (or humanist) eye combined with a critical openess for the new… (hard to explain, as the magic of nyc in general is. – …but i tried.) b) following this ‘documentary’-blog for a longer time one can really pin-point when or where one has seen things or details for the first time – or when ore where one has become aware of them for the first time… and it has then been – very often – omn the sartorialist in fact. – so i have say i like this inspirational dialogue. the sartorialist – in all the randomness of its documentation can still spin some yarn that weaves into a carpet where you can trace cultural development. (hard to explain – but i tried) c)and thirdly – i think my own playfullness and eclectic way of dressing has – although it always existed – has become evermore relaxed and flowing since i discoverd this medium here. - in short: here is to scott! – a job very well done! (easy to say – and i did.)
This is honestly very impressive. When you look closely and think about everything he’s wearing, you realize the genius of the on-point layering. First of all, I love the jeans. They’re different than the skinnier ones you see these days and their structure is great. The way he cuffed them on the bottom really works. Second, his shoes are something all of their own. (They look great with the cuffed jeans, too) He could have easily messed up the look of the shoe with an ugly patch but the one he made here looks great and adds character. Finally, the layering and use of fabrics he used effortlessly work great together, everything from the (wool, is it?) navy blazer to the grey-blue taffeta jacket to the warm chestnut sweater. The quirky glasses are the subtle cherry on top.
End product, this man looks great and confident. Simplicity can’t be beat, thanks Sart!
diane’s comment:An antique dealer once told me “It is better to polish something you already have, than to buy something new.”. I really love that idea. If you have something great that can be repaired, why replace it?
They remind me of a pair my husband gave me years back..oh how I love those shoes..like good friends..
‘n the idea of patching..letting the shoe know it’s ok to be a little worse (but not worse!) for wear..the joy of the fade..
One of the first words one learns after moving to Russia is ‘remont’ as this means renovating and the state of renovation of any property is one of the first things to be discussed with your property agent. Shortly thereafter one notices the sign ‘remont obuvy’ all over the place. Perhaps in the corner of a chic department store, hanging over a slightly ajar door in a rather decrepit building, on a streetside kiosk… eventually you remember to ask someone ‘What is ‘obuvy’? I can’t figure it out? What the hell is ‘remont obuvy’? “Shoe repair,’ comes the answer.