Well, in this case I think part of the magic is that this is a superb fitting jacket. And his overall demeanor is so engaging and humble. He looks great and like an elderly chinese american aristocrat.
A picture that shows more than “the aristocrat”. Look the picture and remenber that we have so much to learn with thoose people. We can find the samething in Brazil. Our grandparents use to live with style and originality (much more the fashionable grandsons).
argos said… seems that we men for some reason avoid headwear until a certain age then it is dignified, exalted. Why?
I resemble that remark. Though I lost my hair in my twenties, I was too foolish to wear hats regularly until my forties. Since then, I virtually never go out of doors without a hat appropriate to the occasion. For a long time, most of the comments I got were of the â€śhere comes Indiana Jonesâ€ť variety. But as my 60th birthday approaches, the comments are mostly like the one I received from an African American gentleman on the bus this morning in reference to my panama: â€śYouâ€™re wearing that hat.â€ť No higher compliment can be given. As to why, maybe it just takes time to grow into oneâ€™s hats without having a swelled head.
I normally agree with the Sartorialist’s commentary on his photos, but I think that he’s dead wrong here. This looks like a rather shabby and forlorn old man to me, with his head cast down and his sloped shoulders. And he has the gauntness of a Chinese peasant. I’d gander that this is an outfit of necessity, not of a certain old school charm.
Chinese men do not wear suits to look high-class.. Chinese men wear suits because that’s what all men wear, all the time, in China. (Exaggerating slightly, but less than you’d think.)
I emigrated from China when I was little, but I still visit now and then. In China, men wear dress shoes even when they’re hiking! During my last visit to China, in 2004, I saw, in Chengdu, construction workers wearing suits. These were just typical middle aged men, digging a ditch with pick-axes, and they were wearing full suits.
When I went to a mall in China to look for clothing, it was ridiculous: There were tons of women’s clothing stores, but nearly all the men’s clothing stores sold suits and other formal clothing. I had to go to the stores with clothing for export markets to find anything wearable back in the US.
So these old Chinese men who wear suits everywhere are just wearing what men in China wear all the time. It just shows that they have not switched to American clothing, nothing more.
I think the the men-in-China-wearing-suits line of comments are important to note, but I also think the photo is a very evocative one based simply on the man’s posture and facial expression. Also, just because ‘everyone’ wears suits doesn’t mean that they wear ones as well-fitted and comfortably worn-in as this man’s. As for his mood, I perceve him to be pensive…I don’t see him as looking particularly poor, or, echan, gaunt; as skin loses elasticity, it does that. I think he look great.
First I love the actual photograph. There is` suspense in the pose , and the shadows on the mans face adds to the tension. Second I see a strong personality, I imagine when he takes his clothes off, they retain his shape.
i’m chinese and my late grandfather always wore a suit regardless of where he was and what he was doing. i find that quite classy except for the times when we were traveling because it was really inconvenient for him.
I enjoy the subtle tatters and frays that a finely custom tailored pair of slacks or shirt get as they mature. It add an heir of distinction, which is what Sartorialist has so aptly depicted in this photo
What do Chinese people bring when they move halfway around the world? Their finest clothes. My dad has dress shirts from Hong Kong that are older than me and he STILL wears them . He is so frugal that all his clothes are from when he immigrated 25 years ago. They do love the hats. In Chicago, the Chinese men wear Russian fur hats way before it became fashionable to do so.
also this man’s shirt looks very white and crisp. which shows he really does care about his clothes. whereas my dad does wear those type of clothes but doesn’t care enough to iron or separate his clothes.
I'm in my 50's and learned to appreciate quality clothing from my parents. My mother taught me to hand sew and iron. My dad, how to care for clothing by watching him. When he passed there were still a few suits, ties and shirts he'd had since the fifties. I can still remember him getting his shoes spit shined. No matter what life threw at them they wore it well. Love this photo.