Monday, February 15, 2010

One of the Best Looks at Pitti Uomo This Season, Florence

Sorry but being “fashion forward” seems so unimportant when you can look like this.


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  1. ikanbilis

    February 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    i can't find the appropriate but this look is so finely crisp. love the sharpness of the pants, and the flow it goes with the color of the shoes.

  2. Agnes

    February 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    You don't have to be young to be absolutly stylish!

  3. Klever Girl

    February 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I love the simplicity and beauty found in what we tend to over-look as "basics". This is wonderful…

  4. Judith Ross

    February 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Absolutely. And its a matter of you wearing the clothes rather than the clothes wearing you. And I find the rich milk chocolate-colored boots against the light grey wool pants irresistable — and of course everything fits him perfectly.

  5. Judith Ross

    February 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Absolutely. And its a matter of you wearing the clothes rather than the clothes wearing you. And I find the rich milk chocolate-colored boots against the light grey wool pants irresistable — and of course everything fits him perfectly.

  6. Style Scanner

    February 15, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Sharp is the word, yet relaxed and casual, perfect.

  7. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Love the colors navy blue, grey and brown I think always work well together. I wish we had a better angle on the footwear.

  8. sugarxnspice

    February 15, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, aside from the silhouette, i LOVE the texture of the suit – absolutely divine!

  9. Gon

    February 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    you're right! he looks amazingly well!

  10. The Khaki Crusader

    February 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    so italian. love it.

  11. davidm

    February 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I am so inspired to get a pair of Snuff Suede Chukka boots after seeing two posts in the past week or so featuring them.

  12. Archie

    February 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    What a great look. I'm a complete and utter sucker for anything herringbone.

  13. Skyler allen

    February 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    love that colorrrr!!!!!!!!!!!! Thye suit is greatt!!!

  14. Coco and Zaahb

    February 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Well put together man it always ah-mazing,loves eht


  15. Davidikus

    February 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Light gray rules, even despite the mismatching jacket and trousers. Good choice!

  16. Sinelnikov

    February 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Charming perfection!

  17. ryder

    February 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I was originally taken in by the combination of grey wool & herringbone and then those beautiful brown suede boots put me over the edge. So smart & effortless looking!!!


    February 15, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    What an eeelegant man, I love the shoes and the scarf…

  19. La chica

    February 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Wearing "tweed" is irressitible, so rough and comfy at the same time. Love the wrinkles too, and the intelligent smile in his face.

  20. Well Done

    February 15, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    gorgeous blend of color and texture.

  21. Ben Boskovich

    February 15, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    The caption says it all

  22. gregorytoddsmith

    February 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I feel like someone is shouting herringbone from a mountain top and stone tablets are being broken. I like this look a lot. Very handsome.

  23. Beauty Is Diverse

    February 15, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    True swagga, dapper, crisp, fresh to death.

    Fab. !!!

  24. Joshua Wolfe

    February 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I must wholeheartedly agree.

  25. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    i hate to talk about race usually but i have to say i'm very proud that so many of these well-dressed gentlemen you have captured at pitti uomo the last few weeks have been asian. especially in north america, asians are hardly ever featured in the media regardless of their talents, so it's fantastic that here on the sartorialist, STYLE is the determining factor in whether somebody gets "airtime." these stylish men just happen to be asian and so they are featured here. awesome:)

    and because of this lack of asian personalities in the media, it is wonderful to see what looks good on us. when i was younger, i would try to dress the way white or black people dressed because that was all i saw in the media. sometimes it worked, often times it did not. not to mention the complex it created in me, only seeing beautiful white people growing up and thinking that i'm not attractive and less desirable because i'm asian. i've since gotten past that but it's still great to see what works and what doesn't work on us (how colours and different cuts work with our skin tone, builds, etc.).

    so thanks scott! i hope the rest of the fashion world as well the larger world of media and entertainment will follow in your footsteps someday soon.

  26. Alisa

    February 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm


  27. ZackDNR

    February 15, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    The look is an extension of himself. A fantastic example of personal street style done right. He and that suit were made for each other.

  28. Carly

    February 15, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I love the peeking handkerchief and the length of the trousers. Is his scarf velvet?

  29. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Perfection. Just wondering what's hiding under the big scarf?

  30. CW

    February 15, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I think the better photo is the one of this gentleman's boots. However, the reason is not the boots but the height of the pants. Unless he has hitched up his trousers high on his waist, this is the height of late 1950's to early 1960s pants. Cuffs would hit the top of the shoes without a break. IMNSHO, this is a much cleaner look than highly rolled cuffs if one aims for something somewhat vintage.

  31. Elizabeth

    February 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I would never have "dared" combine the herringbone with the gray flannel but it works perfectly.

  32. I am Khatu

    February 15, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    so studley!

  33. polka dot

    February 15, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    It's his gorgeous face, and the wisdom in his eyes.

    I love the way his jacket and trousers are different tweeds. And as Judith said, those milk chocolate suede boots.. this is someone who is more interesting than the clothes on his back.

    You're posting some really good thought provoking debates, Mr. Schulman! Thank you.

  34. coque

    February 15, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Long live to the grey view of fashion colour mixtures!!!!

    Why to complicate so much with brand new colours mixes when you can be so stylish just with grey-white-darkblue-a little brown?

    How to describe the textures??

  35. SyntheticElegance

    February 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Wow. Simplicity

  36. the sketching backpacker

    February 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I would like to grow old and look like this! :-)

  37. galsandan

    February 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hey you guys who want to 'grow old like this'. To wear clothes in this manner, there needs to be a cultivated body underneath (as well as a cultivated taste). Young or old does not enter into it!

  38. Kathleen

    February 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Perfection! Now this is elegance in it's most simple and purest form. From the head to the toe, once again I am in love.

  39. Ganymede Girl

    February 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Looking at the first photo I was like "Yeah he looks very nice" and then seeing the boots in the second photo I was like "Oh hell YES!"

  40. Jamaal

    February 15, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    His confidence is inspiring!

  41. Scarlett

    February 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Not that he doesn't look handsome and classy and well dressed and all. But it's a suit, a scarf, brown shoes and a blue jacket, you know.

  42. Roxy Te Owens

    February 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    dashingly charming! If only I could get my husband out of his t-shirt and jeans uniform every now and then *sigh!*

  43. sioux

    February 15, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Holy words!

  44. tcarole

    February 15, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Forget about the clothes, look at his FACE! What amazing things happen to it when he smiles. His smile lines are magnificent under his eyes the way they curve up and down like a butterfly. And his nose. It makes me think of the song, The Way You Look Tonight, the line, "and that laugh… that wrinkles your nose… touches my foolish heart."

  45. sanmiguelense

    February 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Scott you are absolutely right on! Trendiness seems so tacky when you opt for sublime! What and where is the women's version of this?

  46. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    February 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    He looks PERFECT.

  47. Elaine

    February 15, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    In the first photo, the way the jacket catches the light (and the shadows) is very interesting, making the jacket look like it's two tone, perhaps a reflection from the background and his pants.

  48. anna kim

    February 15, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    wow he is handsome

  49. NVA

    February 15, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    this gentleman got style…

  50. ♥ stefy

    February 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    adorabile ..look

  51. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    love the cut which suits his body

  52. Alexia

    February 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    seems so easy, relaxed, this is style as a way of life and it not just about fashion, as you pointed out

  53. Prutha

    February 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    i can soo see my dad in this gentle man…. love it

  54. MayKay

    February 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I agree Scott.Now PLEASE show us some women like him!

  55. The Photodiarist

    February 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Totally on point. And that applies to your photo, your comment and his style.

  56. guesswhatijustshotabear

    February 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    amazing. elegant, classy, sharp. the best look you photographed in weeks.

  57. Charles

    February 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I heartily agree with the caption.

  58. Natalia

    February 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I'm mixed about this…does it bother anyone that the blazer and the pants don't match?

  59. Sophisticated Misfit

    February 15, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I love everything the gentleman is wearing. In fact, I would mug him for his houndstooth blazer although I'm sure he would deploy his magnificent martial arts skills and beat me to a pulp.

    I have but a minor concern which otherwise addressed would have pleased the Gods, I'm sure. Patched side pockets on a blazer should be complemented with a breast pocket that is also patched.

    Sleeve buttons undone, large houndstooth detail, perfect fit… good work. He must have shelled out a trillion dollars on the ensemble.

    My compliments to the gentleman.


  60. darlene

    February 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I agree! Fashion forward is just not as impressive as being yourself and comfortable in your clothes like this man.

  61. Khindo

    February 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Ditto natalie, the oufit is nice and well put together but the colors are too close not to match IMHO

  62. Sibylla

    February 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I would have chosen another jacket..but the shoes are perfect!

  63. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Hey I wear this combination all the time to work (court,)!!! As a an alternative I wear my blue herringbone jacket with my brown flannel trousers. ties are not essential ( not even in Court!!) The grey / grey works well with a white shirt and a dark grey cashmere v neck and the blue/brown with light blue shirt and navy v neck. However the shoes/ boots MUST be dark brown.

  64. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I love his face. I want to hug him, but would hate to crumple his polished look.

  65. Takeru

    February 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    simple,stylish and elegant

  66. olafgermany

    February 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    At first i thought: Why ? But then i thought: Yes. I mean, i you have style, you don't need fashion. If you are getting older style is more important, then beeing fashionable.

  67. Mayse

    February 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I don't understand how this is the opposite of 'fashion forward'.

  68. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I think this man dows the difference between stylish and fashionable.

    Give me style anyday.

  69. d

    February 15, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    most excellent

  70. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    WHO IS THIS MAN??? I've seen pictures of him on your blog before. Strangely, his face looks a lot like my dad's, but, of course, his style is VERY different!

  71. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    If I were a man, this is how I'd want to dress, everyday. Bravo!

  72. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    So uniform and correct, Yet not a suit !

    Impressive !

  73. beths

    February 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Thanks to Anonymous at 1:41 for writing about Asian men. Like poet David Mura, he hits some crucial points about the depiction of Asian men in the west. This double-photo is divine, no fashion victim, but instead a sense of tradition and personal idiosyncratic style. Beautiful colors, textures, fit. What a man!

  74. julie opotiki new zealand

    February 15, 2010 at 10:51 pm


  75. Anonymous

    February 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    that's a very handsome man with beautiful style. the shoes are amazing!

  76. theyoohoogirl

    February 16, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Really well done.
    Great to see older asian men featured in blog with great style. It's hard to come by. Seems like they are all in Italy.

  77. Lou

    February 16, 2010 at 5:15 am

    He looks like you, in a way, Scott. (Not trying to flatter either one of you).

    I disagree about supposedly mismatched jacket and trousers, are you kidding me? Same colors, different patterns attribute to that je-ne-sais-quoi he has. He's someone who appreciates subtle variances, colors, materials, textures. I'd say he's a sensualist, someone with savoir-vivre, no hedonist. Very classy, affable person.

  78. Averil

    February 16, 2010 at 5:37 am

    if only my dad dressed like that! he's be the most stylish older asian gentleman EVARRR…

  79. Martin

    February 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I like!

  80. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 6:45 am

    2nd photo one of my all time favorites of yours. great tailoring, proportion, movement, detailing.

  81. oksana

    February 16, 2010 at 6:52 am

    WoW! He is really something!!!! Just perfect!

  82. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Dressed up enough for business, yet casual enough for comfort. Perfect!!!

  83. Joanna Roman

    February 16, 2010 at 7:41 am

    100 % agree with you, Mr. Schuman.

    Just perfect. Nothing to add. Simple & pure = complete

  84. Carole

    February 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    this guy is so perfect. beautiful person outfit (including the shoes) and photos.

  85. preppygoesrock

    February 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

    i love the mix of neutral colors and textures in his classic ensemble.. the navy and brown is definitely chic

    check my blog

  86. Brummagem Joe

    February 16, 2010 at 8:49 am

    …so why do so many men indulge in fashion forward buffoonery when you can look like this guy or Luca or Barbera (three different generations but all looking great)…..the grey on grey monotone with the contrasting brown suede chukkas and contrasting scarf looks the essence of sprezz.

  87. Randall

    February 16, 2010 at 9:03 am


  88. maggie

    February 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Beautiful. Absolutely stunning. This is about style, and has little to do with fashion.

  89. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

    At least I know where he got his scarf!
    It's an extralight cashmere knitted scarf by Chauncey. Belgian brand, mostly distributed in Japan. I've got it in grey…

  90. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

    i love it. he is very handsome and happy too.

  91. HOT + COOL

    February 16, 2010 at 11:46 am

    This is something I noticed almost immediately upon my first visit to Europe. The older gentleman and ladies have a timeless but updated elegance about them. Notice the fit of his suit and the small details but he is easily in his 60's at a time when most American men are wearing over-sized and outdated suits or even worse tennis shoes.

  92. Jacqueline

    February 16, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Wow, I love the suit! Great look. The best on the page I think as of late. He looks happy and comfortable in this outfit too. xo

  93. Anonymous

    February 16, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Very well done! True beauty in colors and textures. The flannel pants contrast well with the herringbone blazer, and keeps the look from being stiff or looking overdressed.

    Besides, I think just a few colors will get you very far style-wise: White, gray, navy, ivory, brown, and a little black. Most combinations of these colors will look good together and be very easy to the eye.

  94. Brummagem Joe

    February 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    "but he is easily in his 60's at a time when most American men are wearing over-sized and outdated suits or even worse tennis shoes"

    ….You've got to have the figure to wear really tight clothes(a third of Americans are clinically obese)….personally I don't think one's clothes should be too tight….whenever I buy a suit or sportcoat I always have the final fitting wearing a thin merino wool sweater under the jacket….this way you don't look a fool the first time you wear a vest under your jacket in cold weather and your backside is pushing out the rear side vents!

  95. Anonymous

    February 17, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Oh my gosh! I love that outfit! Is it a U-NI-TY jacket and a pair of Paul Smith trousers?

  96. ivy lee

    February 17, 2010 at 7:31 am

    I'm so in love with him.

  97. Ian Epstein

    February 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    That's one of the most beautiful jacket's I've seen in ages.

  98. pura diletante

    February 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Love your blog and i pub in mine, for the portuguese fans… Continue to work in this way, seriously, charmed, intelligent and overwhelming.

  99. Anonymous

    February 17, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    not sure,

    for me there is not enough contrast between trousers and jacket given that they are not matching.


  100. Marte Marie Forsberg

    February 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    No one over or at the side. When it comes to classic done right, you need to fashion forward.
    This is a man with a big M!

  101. Megan

    February 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Perfection personified.

  102. Anonymous

    February 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Can anyone tell me where you get shoes like that on the Internet??

    Great style, love the pocket handkerchief!


    February 18, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    "Sorry but being "fashion forward" seems so unimportant when you can look like this."

    Agreed – 100%!


  104. Uršulė

    February 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    absolutely fantastic

  105. Bilal

    February 19, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Stunning. This has made my day. Just so elegant and stylish beyond point.

  106. Ron

    February 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Pants an inch too short, but thanks for recognizing the beauty of classic style.

  107. Anonymous

    February 20, 2010 at 9:25 am

    . aw ,aw , crystal !
    . the old fashionista man , i guess .
    . nice combination ! :D

  108. julian

    October 1, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Looks so damn good !

    I’d never ever think of wearing these shades myself but this gent makes it all work beautfully

    Its great when someone can surprise and inspire you with ideas by their personal sense of style.

    I’d love to see how he looks with the coat on too !

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