Sunday, January 16, 2011

On the Street…..Via De’ Conti, Florence


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  1. S

    January 16, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I wouldn't have thought it, but all those patterns don't look too bad together.

  2. Tali

    January 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

    How extraordinary) I want skinnies with print like on his pants!

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  3. Anthea

    January 16, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Great shot!

  4. Rafael Franco

    January 16, 2011 at 8:13 am


    Very nice picture. I love this outfit!

    kisses from Brazil*

  5. alefashion

    January 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Cool picture!!

    xx Ale

  6. Beautycountry

    January 16, 2011 at 8:14 am


    really like his combination of the jacket and those pants :)

  7. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Loving the contrast of those remarkable pants with the blazer.

  8. Dennis Elzinga

    January 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Beautiful to see that a man on a certain age still dares to play with with fashion.

  9. mademoiselleandcomag

    January 16, 2011 at 8:16 am

  10. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Intense sea of colors and patterns! This man looks like he is having fun!

  11. Artfully Awear

    January 16, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Wow, he is a pro at pattern mixing! Those pants are stellar.

  12. Laura @ The World Looks Red

    January 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Amazing photo!

  13. Kathleen

    January 16, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I can hear this one.

  14. comme fraiche

    January 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    This man definitely likes to mix things up. I'm not sure if he really puts too much thought into what he's wearing but it is interesting.


    January 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I'd love to wear my version of this here in NYC!

  16. Frozen Fashion

    January 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I wonder who he is talking to? For sure, there is more than meets the eye here.

    Ciao Ciao

  17. @unChCh

    January 16, 2011 at 8:36 am

    <3 so real!

  18. d.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

    you've catched the perfect instant

  19. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 8:37 am

    i love his position so awesome!
    hat was cute :) nice pic

  20. Janniche

    January 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Wow! What a perfect picture!!!
    Lovely sunday!

    Duse Pasteller

  21. Luísa Lión

    January 16, 2011 at 8:44 am

    lovly picture!! It's so typical but at the same time very catchy for Florence!!

    great and inspiaring blog, but I'm sure you hear that all the time ;)



  22. KEN

    January 16, 2011 at 8:45 am

    cool jacket!!

  23. thefashionguitar

    January 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

    This old men, full of life… love the pic!

    XO thefashionguitar

  24. larecessionista

    January 16, 2011 at 8:51 am

    It's just about the trousers ! No wait, maybe about the jacket … No, it's the hat ! Anyway, i don't know why I love the pic, but I do love it !!

  25. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 8:52 am

    What a cool guy! What is holding in his hand?

  26. Cecille

    January 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

    typical italian :)

  27. B. Inspired.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful!! Those pants!

  28. Fashion Agony

    January 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

    What an interesting outfit combo! :)

  29. Gauthier F.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

    This photo embodies something really strong in my opinion. I love the posture, and his expression. Good job ! You seem to catch every single details that make the picture fantastic.

  30. Vitali

    January 16, 2011 at 9:06 am


  31. "this fashion lark."

    January 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Adore all the colours in this image!!

  32. Sois Stylé

    January 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

    This photo is really nice!!
    his clothes,the chair,everithing is good!!

  33. Rob

    January 16, 2011 at 9:11 am

    The Opera?

  34. Angel

    January 16, 2011 at 9:12 am

    So much color in this photo, those pants much be some military uniform, not Italian Army though, so hmmmmm.

    Angels Point of View – Street Style Blog

  35. Kelsey

    January 16, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I love the story behind this photograph. The detail and the colors offsets the man.

  36. Maryanne

    January 16, 2011 at 9:15 am

    it's this gentleman's hands which i noticed.
    not only expressive, but they look like they spent a lifetime being creative.

  37. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I love the combination of the camouflage and the tweed.

  38. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 9:22 am

    What an odd mix. Cool fellow!

  39. Alex Kinnan

    January 16, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I'm really quite taken with that jacket; also with the exposure — the subject seems to almost pop off the screen!

  40. Jordana @ White Cabana

    January 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Oh there are so many wonderfully fabulous Italian characters in Florence. I would love to know what this man is saying.

  41. Gianly

    January 16, 2011 at 9:31 am

    …everyone has a magical look!

  42. Nadine2point0

    January 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Here's a man who had serious style at one point in his life – would love to see some photos from his twenties.

  43. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 9:47 am


  44. The Goodfellas

    January 16, 2011 at 9:47 am

    i love to wonder how my husband will look when he's mid-sixties, somewhere around there. i think he might look something like this. :)
    (i <3 his jacket, btw)

  45. choicesmultiple

    January 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I love his hands.

  46. Marco Jay

    January 16, 2011 at 10:02 am

    dont like the camouflage pants for themselves, but everything fits so well and his gestures! the hat and his jacket are so italian and his gesture ist so typical italian. its lovely. the only ones who can wear a beard in a sophisticated manner are older men, if you care it, it look totally well!!

  47. Tripp Hamilton

    January 16, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Interesting, aren't those trousers done in a Waffen SS camouflage?

  48. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

    love his style!

  49. The Fall

    January 16, 2011 at 10:17 am

    love his gesture, great photo! and great mix of fabrics

  50. davidlee

    January 16, 2011 at 10:25 am


    i like jacket's pattern.

  51. Monika

    January 16, 2011 at 10:25 am


  52. Anna

    January 16, 2011 at 10:29 am


  53. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Is that a grenade?
    Ha ha ha.

    I wish his jacket was shorter.

  54. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 10:36 am

    First time I thought you took stylished person or his/her styles.
    But now I think you take someone's life or their minutes.
    I really like your photos. With them I feel like I travel abroad and meet a lot of people!!

  55. Fashion Nerd

    January 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I love your photos. You have so much inspiration to me.
    Fashion Nerd

  56. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Another small checks! or maybe a tiny houndstooth variant. Beautiful use of pattern, and photograph-wise, prime gestural.

  57. A

    January 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Wow! I love how colourful and eclectic this shot is.

  58. mo

    January 16, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Just the perfect moment!
    This pic is amazing!

  59. Ru

    January 16, 2011 at 10:59 am

    hobo chic at its best, what a character :)

  60. Snows

    January 16, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Great shot!! What he's selling? a little bit of everything? I like the "moment" of the photo!

  61. breugels

    January 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    really really cool


    January 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    amazing photograph.


  63. UnaBb

    January 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    This is one of your best shots ever.Really love it

  64. daydream fool

    January 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    haha, love that print. would be great for a legging

  65. Istanbulboy

    January 16, 2011 at 11:28 am

    What a fabulous character! Reminds me of Istanbul. Great shot! Thank you!


  66. Moon Face Buddha

    January 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    The trousers are Flecktarn pattern, used primarily by the german armed forces. That particular pattern was introduced in the early 90's and has some similarities to patterns used in ww2.

    I'm feeling the love for his hat.

  67. mary

    January 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    love the physical expression that you'd imagine to be that of an italian! and the colours! looks something like those of jackson pollock meeting rené magritte!

  68. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    This man is a sartorial mess!

    I think that the comments show that no matter what photo you post, some of your fans will think that it is a sublime style statement.

  69. CW

    January 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    This gent is also wearing camo under the sportcoat, but a it appears to be a different pattern than that of the pants.

    It looks like he is haggling over a bottle of hand cream in his hand – that is not a cellphone!

    I think that this man's look does not work as a style.

  70. WhiteWhispers2u

    January 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Bravo! I see him the Mr. as the direct image.Looks great, what a darling colorful kinda spirit he has.~Cheers Kim

  71. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    The camouflage pattern is most likely German Bundeswehr's 'Flecktarn'. There's also a desert version of it.

  72. LIZPR

    January 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Oh, now this is GREAT! Look at those pants!!!! He looks like a total character from ye olde country. Now I'm curious to know what he's talking about. And what he's doing with that …. that …. is it a perfume decanter in his hand? And why is he holding it like a walkie-talkie? And what is around his neck – some kind of ID? So many questions. Would you update with some info?????

    Great street market snapshot.

  73. Ivan Km

    January 16, 2011 at 12:36 pm


  74. barbara cromer

    January 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Great shot what a great character, ingrained style is part of the Italian gene pool. When you're surrounded by beauty your whole life you live it.
    Next life I want to come back Italian.

  75. toby

    January 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Great Shot! This isn't just about fashion, its about life :) It just made my day :) Thank you for such wonderful pictures


  76. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Does anyone know what style of hat he is wearing?

  77. Alexej

    January 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Those are German army pants.They fit pretty slim on leaner figures and are made from a firm chino-type of garment.

  78. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    No one bothers to consider that he may not have had the money to "play with the patterns" but that these were all he had.

  79. 82Brute

    January 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I'm confused and intrigued. What's happening? He;s a vendor, but what's in his hand and why is he holding it up to his face in this theatrical gesture? His coat and hat are filthy, but then he's surrounded by all these colorful items. His scarf is especially intriguing to me as are the various pops of saturated red throughout the background. Fascinating.

  80. Jakarech

    January 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    So ecletic! I have so much respect for men who can pull this off!

  81. Anonymous

    January 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    I love the check on the jacket, seems to be of the moment in Florence. A trend?

  82. quinn the eskimo

    January 16, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    the simple life.

  83. Julie

    January 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    love your work !
    my blog :

  84. VicissitudiniLombarde

    January 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Amazing photo :O



    January 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I love everything about this photograph. Absolutely fantastic!

  86. Francesca

    January 16, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    those pants are perfect


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  87. jimjims

    January 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm


    this guy is money…

    so rad!

  88. Rosa

    January 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    loved the video you posted a few weeks ago, truly inspiring. the visual life pretty much sums up what it means to be observational. i find that now, there simply isn't time to do that anymore, but its fantastic that there are ppl that keep it an art


  89. Nicoletta

    January 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    it's funny thinking that I walk down that street at least one time a week :D
    it's full of strange people and interesting things :D

  90. Fly

    January 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    a lot of pattern, great pic!!!

  91. SabinePsynopsis

    January 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Phantastic! I would love to hear more about him and his life.

  92. Julie

    January 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    would it be bad of me to say he is so cute! i want him to be my grandfather!

  93. COA

    January 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Cool combination of prints!

  94. Anna

    January 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm


    I know that place…

  95. renerene

    January 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Love This Photo!!! So real and natural!!! You caught the beautiful moment!!!


    You are welcome to visit my blog too :))

  96. princess glee

    January 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Oooooh look at him…stylin' from top to bottom. If he were my dad/grandpa I'd have all my friends come over to check out what he's wearing. So perfect.

  97. Marisa

    January 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    I'm going to go buy a houndstooth jacket! Great photo. Somehow all those patterns work together.

  98. Sari

    January 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I can't describe how much these real life pictures warm my heart! They're amazing in their ability to capture the moment.

    These are the sorts of pictures that inspire me to practice and improve my photography skills further! x

  99. E...

    January 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I lvoe the camouflage pants!!

  100. My Heart Blogged

    January 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I really like how classic his hat, and jacket are. The pants are the punch of fun in the outfit. The print on them is nice.
    My Heart Blogged

  101. MJonas_

    January 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

  102. Sabrina

    January 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    you are able to bring out the real essence of the style or simplicity of people…wonderful, i follow this space:)

  103. Teeny

    January 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I love older people with flair. He's awesome.

  104. MFT

    January 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Original pants!

  105. Crystal

    January 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Slightly hobo chic, but it's working for him really. I find this a really interesting photo in terms of capturing human nature, the average person. It gives insight and intrigue. It makes you wonder, who is this man? What is is story?

  106. rosaria

    January 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Style is everywhere.

  107. The Prestige

    January 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    sick flask.. great shot

  108. Nina

    January 16, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    So much character!!

  109. Laksmono

    January 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Fantastic image!
    this is true art

    xx Laksmono

  110. tinkerbell the bipolar faerie

    January 16, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    love those pants!

  111. adele

    January 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    this is an awesome photo/look! original! <33


  112. JM

    January 16, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks to the people who explained these pants. They look feminine to me and I was thinking he borrowed them from his wife (who rolled her eyes and shook her head as she watched him head out to his booth).

    I love the movement and the colors here.

  113. boyunSO

    January 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    wow, you are amazing!!
    you are a scholar who discover style in the world! :D

  114. Maria Elba

    January 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    woah! look at the pants! he rules

  115. magnificentminimalist

    January 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    Those pants are strangely gorgeous. This ought to look like a smelly mess. It really should. But it doesn't. I think it's because the man has verve.

  116. lisa

    January 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    i'm addicted to you.

  117. caribbelle

    January 16, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    the pants were a cute surprise…gotta love personal style!!

  118. Anonymous

    January 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

    You amaze and inspire me everyday. Your blog was the reason i developed an interest in menswear, and started my own business

  119. jamie

    January 17, 2011 at 1:20 am

    reminds me of my grandpa aka home.

  120. Lee Oliveira

    January 17, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Great background, great shot. and I want his jacket..
    Lee x

  121. gbf...

    January 17, 2011 at 3:26 am

    no not loving those pants… the shot though.

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    January 17, 2011 at 4:20 am

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  123. Anonymous

    January 17, 2011 at 4:27 am

    I can't believe you captured the crazy art professor! He was either singing opera into that flask or screaming profanities at everyone passing by.

  124. MELISSA Z.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:28 am

    awesome pic, great job!

  125. qodqod85

    January 17, 2011 at 4:30 am

    gotta love personal style

  126. tina.b.

    January 17, 2011 at 4:30 am

    no need to see the title of the post, I already know that picture was taken in Italy!

  127. Regino Swarley

    January 17, 2011 at 4:54 am

  128. denisse

    January 17, 2011 at 4:58 am

    Love the pattern of the pants!
    great style Sir :)

  129. ElioJD

    January 17, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Love this shot

  130. Fourth Daughter

    January 17, 2011 at 5:18 am

    This guy looks like something from the Prince of Tides… but more like the Prince of Prints?

  131. Maisie

    January 17, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Intricate patterns on the pants and great capture. Awesome!

  132. ana

    January 17, 2011 at 6:39 am

    love the clothes mix. And the shot is perfect

  133. Axel von Fersen

    January 17, 2011 at 6:40 am

    German Bundeswehr pants :)

  134. Mo Sparrow

    January 17, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Very nice pic. The man in the photo never heard of minimalism …

  135. SOFIA

    January 17, 2011 at 7:38 am

    so chic!love it)

  136. Anonymous

    January 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

  137. Michele.Angarano

    January 17, 2011 at 9:11 am

  138. Anonymous

    January 17, 2011 at 10:41 am

    As many have noted, the pants are German Bundeswehr (Army) pants. The pattern is ususally referred to as "Flecktarn". It has its roots in Germany shortly before WWII. The Germans used three main types of camouflage patterns (actually Flecktarn means simply camouflage patches): pea pattern, leaf pattern and splinter pattern, with endless varieties between them. These trousers have what is called the "pea" pattern.

    Those who like to experiment shades and forms can always check out the replica uniforms made for reenactors, where you can find garments using this pattern but with a distinct 40's cut. Just be aware that we're talking the SS here.

    Using the old cut but the modern cloth could wield some interesting results…

  139. Yoli

    January 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Where do I start? Using the perfume bottle as a cell phone, the come hither hand signal, the daring yet old fashioned attire. What a great capture.


    January 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I would buy from him in those groovy army pants.

  141. Sarah

    January 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Could you just imagine a man in the U.S. wearing those floral pants?? So fun! Only in Italy. I remember walking the street markets in Florence. The vendors immediately call out to you guessing at your country of origin. I was so pleased, they all yelled out in french first, then Spanish….I am 100% American. Fun!

  142. Isabella

    January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  143. the nickel fit

    January 17, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Nothing goes together.

    Makes it all the more charming.

  144. fashionsdirtylaundry

    January 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    The gesture makes me understand the outfit!


    January 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    great colorful picture!

    forget fashion!

  146. perry

    January 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    maybe, its the next chanel 'chance' perfume campaign…

  147. Aubrey and Melissa

    January 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    he is quite the risk taker with those prints! its quite an interesting combination. fun shot.

  148. Anonymous

    January 17, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I am so feelin' this.

    Great shot.

  149. Cold is the Sea

    January 17, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    That does it. I'm so totally doing a tweed jacket and camouflage pants when the weather gets back up to about 50 degrees.

  150. Julian

    January 18, 2011 at 3:09 am

    A wonderful man.

  151. Tara's Dolce Vita

    January 18, 2011 at 4:53 am

  152. Between Nous

    January 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

  153. Anonymous

    January 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

    These are German army I had to wear them for several years. :-) But never in this kind of "combination"!

  154. Violet Day

    January 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    What is he reaching for? I wish I knew…because he does not need to reach for fashion advice; this is a man who is confident and willing to use the pieces he owns together for a purpose. This is style.

  155. Vfriedrich

    January 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    My old Home!!!!! I used to live on Via de conti. Wow. Love it. Framing it. XO Valerie

  156. MARK

    January 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    What every hipster tries to obtain. Only it's natural for this guy not forced.

  157. Cristina

    January 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Savvier funky Grandad. Old people always knows best. We should take example.

  158. bonddi

    January 19, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    Rockin! That looks like the RS's former wardrobe key grip.

  159. ignis

    January 22, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I love this fella.

  160. Apolline

    January 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

    beautiful pictures :)


  161. Anonymous

    January 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    great, great photo x

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  163. elaine

    February 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    so much energy in his style!

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  165. Kerstin Landgren, Uppsala, Sweden

    July 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Love the green, my favourite colour. Give me pants like those please!

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