Monday, July 16, 2007

Shannon W. Hill, Sartorialist, New York

I shot Shannon recently on Park Avenue and ran into him again the other day on Madison Avenue – of course he looked quite dapper.
Some of you will be happy to hear that he is not a fashion insider but (as his business card reads) SVP Director of Acquisitions at KBS Realty.
I love the very slight retro touches to his suit and yet it seems completely modern.
The pants are particularly well done.

Inverted pleats can be tough on most men especially if you are not use to wearing your pants on your natural waist instead of your hips (like jeans).
Shannon said he makes sure his waistband is always sitting right on his hipbone.
The absence of a belt also makes the pants seem so sleek and modern but ,again, it is actually a very retro touch.

I am working on updating my SartoriaList and I’m sure Shannon will be included and I will have to get a Style Profile done on him soon.


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  1. atheniangirl

    July 16, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I was 100% he’d be a banker or stockbroker or into mergers and acquisitions – he looks it. Too conservative …

  2. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 10:33 am

    He is so ratpack! I don’t think you could pull off this look in just any line of work. Perfect on him

  3. Laguna Beach trad

    July 16, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Excellent photo! Very nice trouser cuffs. The jacket sleeves are a tad too long, IMO. Otherwise, this is a great look. Well done!

  4. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Excellent. I for one am glad he is not a fashion insider, but rather an everday guy we less sartorially inclined can aspire to.

  5. cranberry

    July 16, 2007 at 10:54 am

    That is sleek, especially with such a pale colour constrasting with the tie.

    A good look.

  6. il capocanoniere

    July 16, 2007 at 10:54 am

    Reverse-pleats do offer an appearance that is more slimming on a man. Trousers are meant to sit on the waist rather than the hips, so the reverse-pleat should not cause too many problems if the trousers are well-cut.
    The suit is such a beautiful dove-grey, so nice for Summer.

  7. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Where’s the suit from? He looks great.

  8. Project Beltway

    July 16, 2007 at 11:00 am

    This is true “sartorialism.” I think it’s far more inspiring to see a non-insider take such care with his or her look.

  9. Zachary

    July 16, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I have many vintage suits from the early 1960s that have a pant waist similar to this. very high rise trousers with no belt loops, single reverse pleat. i actually prefer a reverse pleat (single pleat, don’t like double) i think it creates a much cleaner, nicer line than normal pleats. I’m starting to love no-loop trousers, not only is it sleek but you also dont need to worry about matching a belt.

  10. nycinside

    July 16, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Gotta love the tie clip.

  11. Jasmine A

    July 16, 2007 at 11:24 am

    Even though the suit is modern, he looks sorta Old Hollywood–a very good look!

  12. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 11:30 am

    Those are NOT reverse pleats, they are forward pleats. Reverse pleats add breadth to the wearer. Forward pleats can have a slimming effect. They elongate the line of the trouser. Very Retro with an udateded flair!! Love the tie bar also!

  13. Jingoist

    July 16, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Love the suit, love the pocket square, and love the fit- the length of the pants and the break are scarily precise; Not crazy about the pleats, but he does pull them off well.

  14. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 11:39 am

    KUDOS! Another inspired choice. Handsome, stylish, chic and personalized………

    Is he single? Gay? Both? If so, I’ll forward a marriage proposal.

  15. zuccotto

    July 16, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Beautiful suit, beautiful fit. I happen to like the length of the sleeves.

    It is a delight to see a suit jacket – when buttoned only at the first button – NOT resemble a paper napkin trying to wrap around a jumbo hot dog.

  16. The haircuts résumé

    July 16, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Even his hair is perfect classic but it could be some wave on top.

  17. cigalechanta

    July 16, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    nice fit on him. He has the body to wear those pants that would look awful on someone overweight

  18. Alice Olive

    July 16, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    Beautiful suit – it fits him perfectly. For some reason the style makes me think of Cary Grant. Such a gentleman.

  19. Candid Cool

    July 16, 2007 at 12:51 pm


  20. Butch

    July 16, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    My newest fashion hero. The pants are in themselves a wonder. Love the color, the entire fit, the everything. A sight for eyes that now see how much fashion trickery that’s out there passes for style.

  21. d. chedwick bryant

    July 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    He looks great.

  22. Josh

    July 16, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    This guy looks great. The forward pleats are cut perfectly. I love a DAKS top waist. This suit is for sure made-to-measure or custom. No way he’d find that off the rack. Well done.

  23. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    “Slightly retro?”

    Naw, he’s totally all the way back there. So dapper and dreamy, indeed!

    (Whispering…) Call me, Shannon. Call me.


  24. Rice and Beans Vintage

    July 16, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    When I looked at the first shot I was not stirred. However when I got to the close-up of the pants, yes!

  25. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 2:21 pm


    My husband and I are arguing about this.

    He says: what if you eat a big dinner?

    I says: Cool. I like it.

    – desertwind

  26. Deja Pseu

    July 16, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    I like this look, very sleek!

  27. foodie415

    July 16, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Wow — I was in NYC last week when it was sweltering — how does he look so cool and collected? He looks great.

  28. Iheartfashion

    July 16, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Sharp! The forward pleats remind me of the beautiful suits all the men wear in old movies. Very Cary Grant!

  29. Damselfly

    July 16, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    I used to be a bridal consultant part of which was measuring men for their tuxes. We would have to ask them to point out their beely button (over their shirts) because none knew where their natural waist was. Then they were horrified to find out where they were to wear their tux pants.

    This whole dropped waist thing can be very elongating but for most it just turns into disheveled and sloppy. This man looked like he stepped out of a modern version of Gatsby. Very dapper!

  30. herringbonekid

    July 16, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    i think you’re closet vintage.

  31. Kit Halvorsen

    July 16, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    those pant cuffs!

  32. amed studio

    July 16, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    I appreciate the suit and I think Mr. Hill looks both cool and sharp in it. It appears tailor-made and distinctively American – it’s hard to imagine an English or Italian tailor (the French tend to follow one or the other) turning out this look. It just goes to show that American style has something to offer the world besides denim and sportswear.

    I would point out, though, that the pleated trousers look so well on the gentleman because of his lean physique and relatively long legs. As they do add a bit of fullness at the hip, pleated trousers (reverse or forward) can be problematic for men whose proportions are shorter in the lower half and for those with excess baggage around the mid-section.

    Kudos to Mr. Hill and his tailor, and thanks to The Sartorialist for catching a second sighting! It’s always great to see the continuity and permutations of a person’s unique sartorial style.

  33. Savile

    July 16, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    One of the most interestingly dressed people you’ve ever featured. Love the way that everything is so carefully thought through. Such individualism within the basic template of the suit. We should all dress with such attention to detail!

  34. jtl

    July 16, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    yes, very nice… dapper is the exact word!

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  36. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Yes, the pleats in the photo are forward pleats, preferred by the British. Pleats that face the other direction are reverse pleats, preferred by the Italians, and more common in the U.S. Forward pleats, in my opinion, look better and are more slimming, especially if the trousers are worn at the natural waist.

  37. iopine

    July 16, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    I like the high stance on his jacket, and the fact that it’s a narrow two-button. That says retro to me, too. Those trousers are great.

  38. Shopaholic D

    July 16, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    one word comes to mind when i look at this picture – snazzy!

    :) D

  39. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    Such a sartorialist should probably splurge for a custom made shirt. That thing is billowing out in the close-up picture.

  40. m-

    July 16, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    the fabric and the tailoring of that suit is really quite wonderful.
    i’m wondering, construction wise, is it possible to have the pants lower on the hips with that pleating?
    i understand that is a very old style, but i just don’t think it looks flattering to have the pants so high. it’s definitely not sexy. i doubt tom ford would wear that pant. also, what say you all about the shirt? no one commented on the need for tailoring the sides to make it less baggy.

  41. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    There is something to be said for bucking a trend… the wide trouser with pleats is definitely not what is ‘current’ so bravo.

    Colors and fabrics look great — but personally I think the entire look would be better with narrower flat front pants. Just my opinion of course!

  42. Asian Models Blogger

    July 16, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    Totally agree!! It’s a look that is hard to pull off but he did it magnificiently.

  43. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    By far too wide legs.

  44. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    I wish everyone at my office looked like this instead of a disheveled trainwreck.

  45. pat_bright

    July 16, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    Brilliant suit!

    I love how he makes a classic fitting suit look so great. I recently bought a suit which fits me similarly to this. I was a bit wary that it wasn’t a really slim suit with a short jacket, however, my partner made me realise that classic fitting suits can also look amazing, and this man is proof of that.

  46. Anonymous

    July 16, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    After reading all the comments and taking a few more stares at the photos I think the guy looks very neat ,but not just from this era.The suit is a bit too big and the pants are just too wide.Otherwise ok.

  47. walter_wert

    July 16, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    It is a look like this that inspires me much more than a man who is in the fashion industry (who do look good, but they also look as if they’re trying too hard, and that their clothes are the only things which make them).

    This man looks like someone I would not only love to look at walking down the street, but aslo talk to!

    This, along with your “Old Man Style” pics are incredible. Real people with real style.

  48. Anonymous

    July 17, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Bill. He looks like he’s 35. He looked 35 five years ago. He’ll look 35 five years from now.


  49. D. Kay

    July 17, 2007 at 1:07 am

    I love to see a person being themselves and wearing what they feel is truly stylish. I still wear pleats and cuffs, but a bit slimmer than this.

    I applaud you, Sart, for searching out true style and not following what’s cool.

  50. MacGuffin

    July 17, 2007 at 2:06 am

    I like this far far more than the Thom Browne look.

  51. Anonymous

    July 17, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Finally, someone who looks like he made a real effort to look well dressed. He looks fresh and clean and nothing is too tight, too short or frayed.

  52. sandman_gr

    July 17, 2007 at 9:31 am

    I love the fabric and color choice. Good tailoring makes a difference in classic suits. And it shows here. I would love to see how he dresses in-formally.

  53. The Fashion Informer

    July 17, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Now THAT is a dapper gent!

  54. pat_bright

    July 17, 2007 at 10:36 am

    I am pleased that there were not any posts about how this man’s jacket needs to be shorter, or that his pants aren’t slim enough.

    Classic styling will always stay.

  55. tenacious tassel

    July 17, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    Nice pic. But he’s not showing any cuff. His jacket sleeves need to be shorter.

  56. Anonymous

    July 17, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    casual elegance perfected.I love the subtle individual details of the suit. Who’s his tailor?

  57. gregory_fb

    July 18, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    He looks great, great, GREAT but I would stop well short of saying his suit “… seems completely modern.”

    I have several vintage suits with this type of obviously-not-new cut but I’m always reluctant to wear them anywhere other than to a fun party of downtown affair. In other settings they seem too costume-y.

  58. Anonymous

    July 18, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    I thought no one wore pleated high-waisted pants anymore! I’m so glad I was proved wrong.
    The way men wear pants these days(around their hips and flat fronted)makes them all look like they have potbellies.

  59. Anonymous

    July 20, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    He looks great; he really resembles my dad circa 1958.

  60. Andrew

    July 21, 2007 at 9:56 am

    I agree with Savile that he is “one of the most interesting.” This is a perfectly tailored suit, with style and substance.

  61. luc

    March 4, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Sometimes you have to admit that perfection exists… even if it is only in a photo.

  62. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos

    June 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Forward British Pleats, The Best.

  63. Daniel

    September 13, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Ooooh, these are trousers, not “pants”!!

  64. Shanaz

    September 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Too gorgeous for words.

  65. Scott Markey

    August 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I think it’s perfect. Sleeves could be a tad shorter. And again like the other picture posted. I think his tie knots and shirts are all wrong for this suit and look. Otherwise. Love it.

  66. Ritoot

    February 8, 2017 at 2:08 am

    He looks great,I love the fabric and color choice. Good tailoring makes a difference in classic suits

  67. Ritoot

    February 8, 2017 at 2:51 am

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