Sunday, March 2, 2008

The American In Paris


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  1. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Excentric but to attention seeking for my taste.. The hat is hilariuos! Probably a great character..

  2. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Derrill Osborn at his very best… wonderfully overdone!

  3. ama

    March 2, 2008 at 5:11 am

    What a wonderful world…

  4. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 5:42 am

    This picture takes me one step closer to quashing my belief that Americans in Paris typically have aweful style. Everything in this pic is so great; the scarf, the gloves, the jacket, the trousers, the corsage, the ‘kerchief, the chains, the beard, the hat…

  5. march1722

    March 2, 2008 at 5:58 am

    a pirate is for life, not just for christmas

  6. lynn

    March 2, 2008 at 7:10 am

    He looks like an interesting character but in my humble opinion it’s a confection. It’s also bringing a rather too obvious illustration of dressing to the left.

  7. Kara

    March 2, 2008 at 7:40 am

    This American looks like he emigrated to Paris in the 1910s or 20s.

    That’s dress with character! Or as a character!

    I do like the small touches.

  8. Fred Nieddu

    March 2, 2008 at 7:53 am

    WOW! amazing facial hair!!

  9. jim jam

    March 2, 2008 at 9:05 am

    On the dullest day wear your brightest clothes………

  10. froo*gal

    March 2, 2008 at 10:04 am

    WOW….Santa incognito! Where does a guy find red pants? I am really fascinated by this fellow. I would love to see a close up of the fob collection….everything about this look intrigues me.

  11. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 10:05 am

    The “Etro look” ?

  12. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Fantastic. I is like he came out of a book. stunning

  13. TS

    March 2, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Can we get some information about who this guy is? What’s his backstory?

  14. tomassocroccante

    March 2, 2008 at 10:43 am

    The wild west dandy – or, Saturday night at the Longbranch Saloon.

  15. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 10:56 am

    This is a spectacular outfit. Wild Bill Vampire goes to meet the Queen. “Ja sam America. Drago mi je.” Haha!

  16. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. trinity0207

    March 2, 2008 at 11:29 am

    He’s American?? I’m really curious as to who he is and what his story is. The outfit is a little over the top but he looks like a real character.

  18. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Well, he is at least not uninteresting. But strange.

  19. fawn

    March 2, 2008 at 11:50 am

    there’s probably no reason for such a sterling specimen to ever leave paris for willimantic, connecticut, but… I wish he lived in my town!

  20. mimo

    March 2, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    is this for real? wow

  21. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    this man’s look is amazing.

  22. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    That…is just epic. Freaking amazing. And a tutorial in the effect of accessorizing!

  23. Oli

    March 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    As a photo I love it. it’s wild without going too far out there. But as something that someone would actually wear… I can’t say I approve.

  24. LaReinaCipolla

    March 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    What an amazing photograph. It looks like this man has steped out of a time warp. He does look very dapper indeed, down to the red carnation on his lapel. He looks as though he should be found on a boat as a sea captian.

  25. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    What an adorable little man! Often times we think that contemporary fashion creations are unique or original, and then we see something like this. I adore this one.

  26. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    “Ahhhhateyourabbit!” He really belives he is Yoseminite Sam, and that’s why this works.

    Very truly yours,
    Bugs Bunny

  27. Iheartfashion

    March 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    WOW…words fail me.

  28. looksinto:

    March 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Wow.. I want to meet this man!

  29. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    This is so wonderful on so many levels.

  30. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 1:19 pm


  31. Pandora

    March 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I think this outfit is superb below the chin. As a woman I would gladly wear this around Toronto. It has a Jimi Hendrix vibe.

    However the facial foliage,the cigar and the hat make this gent’s look cartoonish.

  32. J.L

    March 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    All I can say is: I would love to meet him. Has to be an amazing personality.

  33. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Ok, someone, please, explain this one for me.

  34. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Oh do I looove Paris! It really does bring out the most amazing people who have such grace and style.

  35. Le Bouton

    March 2, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    wild bill hickock+ henri matisse+ robert indiana= this guy?

  36. Anna

    March 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    i love love love this!
    his face is so haunting, like an historic man stepped out of his portrait. beautiful clothes and divine colors.

  37. William

    March 2, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I would love to have coffee with this guy. I love his gloves and the peek of his shirt and tie.

  38. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    pure art!

  39. abfabdude

    March 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    “paging Edward Gorey, paging Edward Gorey, White courtesy phone please.”

  40. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    How much fun would he be at a dinner party? I bet he’s got great stories to tell….

  41. marya

    March 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm


  42. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    This is what I love best about Sartorialist, capturing people who are truly unique and creative. Okay, so he looks like he’s wearing a costume. But he’s having a good time, and he’s more interesting than all the ForEverInBlueJeans crowd. He can always suit up or wear the jeans when the occasion requires it.

  43. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    one word – wow…

  44. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I like this red flower on his jacket – passion is alive in his heart!

  45. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    This has to be the most fantastic elderly gentleman I have ever seen! The trousers, the matching flower, the cane, the hat… wonderful.

  46. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    odd that this was posted at 4:20 because this guy’s obviously high.


    actually i get ragged on all the time for wearing my own similarly cut red jeans.

    some people just know what “dressing up” means. this man looks like he sells patent medicine to hysterical wives of the american wild-west.

  47. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    what a great find sart! such character! =)

  48. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    It’s nice that there are people like this guy in the world. You’re a pleasure to look at, sir.

  49. Andy • Drew • Andrew

    March 2, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    god bless america!

  50. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    did he just for men gel his ‘stache to match his jacket?

    there’s a whole lot going on here.

  51. aml

    March 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    wow, he actually dresses down when in New York!

  52. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    i want to know this man. he is my new hero

  53. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    He’s amazing

  54. Becky

    March 2, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    This to me is another great example of a look that could have existed equally in the past, present or future. I love day all the quirky and totally personal little touches. Wonderful!

  55. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    OMG, the leather workman gloves, whoever would have thought somebody could make them look stylish? utterly eccentric but not costume set so. i can easily imagine him walking along collins street in melbourne and nobody batting an eyelid. fabulous…

  56. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Darreyl always does it his way! A major Icon!

  57. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    how do you find these people?

  58. Somers

    March 2, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    He seems like a man with a story to tell.

  59. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Look at me! Look at me!

    This man is a poster child for the baby boom generation.

  60. Jason

    March 2, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    I had to actually look at this man more than once to take it all in, as I was put off by how much is going on. The red pants are what throw me off, first. They are too loud for me, I would rather see a medium/dark grey trouser with a subtle red pinstripe in them than those. The jacket is very sharp, but I would ditch either the pocket square or the carnation. The hat and shoes are perfect, as is the scarf and neckerchief. I would ditch the belt with a waistcoat, though. It looks like he got those gloves from that Milanese man smoking a cigar a couple weeks back.

    All in all, too busy for me. My favorite part of this outfit? Definitely the glasses.

  61. JJ

    March 2, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    Great shot Sart

    One of the best pictures out of many great ones this week !!!

  62. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    haha SO GOOD!
    i really want his yellow gloves. also the multiple chains hanging from his vest.

  63. Laura

    March 2, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    He is fantastic!

  64. She moves among the sparrors

    March 2, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    this photo makes me smile. My day and week has been made.

  65. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    The first thing I thought was “Captain Crunch!”

    Seriously, though, I love it. Especially the black velvet jacket and waistcoat, and he certainly is an expert at color coordination. Colorwise, that scarf ties everything together beautifully.

  66. tomassocroccante

    March 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    “a pirate is for life, not just for christmas”

    Love that line.

    To be sure, the look is fascinating. But to be fair, the most fascinating people generally aren’t the ones with their most interesting aspects on the exterior …

  67. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    He looks like Captain Crunch. He obviously enjoys fashion (witness the expert tailoring), but the end result is a disaster.

  68. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Some said this is Derrill Osborn.

    Derrill Osborn is former vice-president/director of men’s clothing at Neiman Marcus. He held that position for 17 years until he decided to retire in spring 2002.

    He is also known as “The Doctor”.

  69. Anonymous

    March 2, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    As some have pointed out, that is former Neimen Marcus VP of mens clothing, Derril Osborn.

  70. Scott W

    March 2, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Makes me want to see the rest of his closet!

  71. Anonymous

    March 3, 2008 at 12:22 am

    How do you manage to come across all the intersting/ eccentric/chic/ elegant people in your travels? I must walk around with my head in my sweater cause I never see anyone like this !!!

  72. Prêt-à-Porter P

    March 3, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Delightful eccentricity.

  73. Dovid

    March 3, 2008 at 12:52 am

    Did he just walk off the set?

  74. Pratishtha Durga

    March 3, 2008 at 4:18 am

    You mean he stepped out wearing that? Wow! Can’t stop smiling, really. What a lovely photograph. He does remind me of Santa in a wacko mood!

  75. Schmanna

    March 3, 2008 at 4:36 am

    great pic and fabulous style! id love to know more about the person behind this outfit.

    yarr! ;)

  76. pelasalminhas

    March 3, 2008 at 4:46 am

    modern peregrin
    santiago de compostela – galiza – spain.

  77. lynn

    March 3, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I’m with Anon. in the curiosity; how long do you have to wait before someone interesting comes along, Sartorialist? I never see people like this, sadly.

  78. tj

    March 3, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Too much. A man can express his personality without turning into a cartoon. This guy has just gone overboard.
    Are those the same style gloves as are being worn by Via Montenapoleone, Milano (Feb 19 photo)?

  79. Karmander

    March 3, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Well I love everything except the hat. Maybe it makes him top heavy or it’s too…country bumpkin for all the silk and color and chains of the rest of the outfit. I know the hat is clearly deliberate and to judge the look without the hat is to…not judge the look. But I can’t help taking the hat off in my mental processes. Very cartoony, I’m not sure I’m on board.

  80. Anonymous

    March 3, 2008 at 11:43 am


  81. Liz

    March 3, 2008 at 11:46 am

    i <3 this picture. it’s vibrant and colorful in more ways than one.

  82. Meg

    March 3, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Most people don’t have the elan to pull this off, but he does. It’s a little crazy, to be sure, but he inhabits the look with just the right amount of confidence (his gloves look suspiciously like my work gloves, although his are much cleaner). I like seeing the up-to-the-minute fashionistas that you photograph, but I think, even more, I really, really enjoy seeing your photos of people who have their own, deeply individual style.

  83. Anonymous

    March 3, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    this is too awsome. such a great character, love the clothes and colours. i wish that was me

  84. Andy

    March 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Eccentric. Love the color. I think he would look somewhat regal if not for the ol’ prospector hat.

  85. ModernGear TV

    March 3, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Another pair of the deerskin/chamois glove…are we witnessing the birth of a new trend that you have captured?! How delightful! I bet this man would be such fun to share a cafe au lait with.

  86. Anonymous

    March 3, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Hey look, it’s those yellow gloves again.

  87. Timmy

    March 3, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    Are we looking at the same photo? He looks absolutely ridiculous!

  88. Butch

    March 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Can something be wonderful and awful at the same time?

  89. Anonymous

    March 3, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    Derrill Osborn is forever a gentleman of unique style. He did Neiman Marcus a great service. Details matter!

  90. Austin

    March 3, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    i can dig it. i have to point out that his shirt is, like, an inch too big in the neck

  91. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Absolutely brilliant.

    Those gloves are the cherry on the joyous ice cream of that man!

  92. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 2:48 am

    This is a truly amazing representation of eccentricity and personal style…but my real question is:

    Where’s his parrot?

  93. dame13

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 am

    C’est le baron de Münchhausen !!!

  94. ellastica

    March 4, 2008 at 3:56 am

    what flair!
    he looks like some colorful character from the past but not in a hoaky, costume-y way. retro yet timeless. eccentric but genuine. such a style inspiration.

    fantastic photo Sart!

  95. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Derril Osborn has to be cast in the next Wes Anderson film!

  96. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    So effortful that it’s sort of a bore…

  97. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Stunning. Quite stunning. The unique sense of style in a jaded three pierced hat, a Robert Mondavi coat, and trousers from Gabriel Mendoza. The cane really adds to the overall mousfa.

  98. Anonymous

    March 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Ludicrous and wonderful. He has turned the street into a theatre. Encore!

  99. Vixen Strangely

    March 4, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    The really fabulous bit is how the boutonneire matches the pants. The rattan cane and the scarf (how I wish I could see a close-up of the pattern!) evoke a certain worldliness. I agree with an earlier poster though on the “ol’ prospector hat”. Surely a more dignified chapeau, perhaps a trilby (nay–too urban–yet lacking the fully *urbane*) or dare I suggest, okay I dare–a bowler! would have tied it all in a bit better. In a shade complimentary to the jacket, but with a feather the hue of the pants and flower. Then, I’d say we have one startlingly put-together old gent.

  100. Kimber

    March 5, 2008 at 12:46 am

    oh this is just wonderful. keep taking pictures of these eccentric men please.
    thankyou :)

  101. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Anyone who tries this hard to be eccentric very obviously isn’t. Tedious and overblown in a very “look at me” sort of way.

  102. hello

    March 5, 2008 at 8:40 am

    he is cool

  103. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Surely he will be noticed.

  104. polyesterbase

    March 5, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Viva Giuseppe Garibaldi !!

  105. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    so great to see someone having fun expressing their uniqueness sartorially…to bad people dismiss this as attention-getting. So what if it were. Getting dressed can be quite legitimately performance art, like Anna Piaggi. Dressing is not just about conformist notions of taste and propriety. Some people have a bit more to say than that.

  106. lisafer

    March 5, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    This is the best thing I’ve ever seen.

  107. debbie so

    March 5, 2008 at 11:09 pm


  108. Anonymous

    March 5, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    For a split second I thought this was Cindy Sherman in one of her outrageous getups, but then I remembered that she only photographs herself when she’s dressed up.

  109. biglakestyle

    March 6, 2008 at 5:45 am

    Sart has managed to find several of these gentlemen throughout the blog; they truly are using clothing and their sense fo style to get through or, perhaps, simply enjoy life. What’s wrong with that? I wouldn’t attempt to decontruct his “statement” any more than I would try to re-configure the costume in a broadway musical (less fur in CATS; more feathers in another). If anything, gentlemen like this give 18 year olds the courage to…maybe wear a scarf..or skip the jeans once in a while..bravo.

  110. Anonymous

    March 6, 2008 at 8:16 am

    this guy looks like an old fashioned 49er with electric pants. Too cool!!

  111. Poised over London

    March 7, 2008 at 9:04 am

    I hope you gave him a bottle of rum.

  112. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Incredible! The way the color accents jump around the “composition” of the ensemble. The way the hat picks up the mustache! He is a bold genius of closet artistry, and my new hero. Can I buy a print of this?


  113. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    There’s gold in them thar hills!

    Interesting, thoughtful, clean, but a shock. If it works for him- excellent.

  114. biglakestyle

    March 8, 2008 at 5:49 am

    OK Sart, you got me. My first purchase decision drawn from the blog was a pair of the yellow gloves ($17.50 marked down from $35) Same make I believe in deerskin with “Thinsulate Insulation” by 3M. I guess Thinsulate has been around long enough so that any weird environmental or health issues would have surfaced by now. I premiered the gloves last night teamed up with a new navy Chestefield topcoat. I even held one just like the pic. Socko; a perfect example of the old design addage that what makes something really great is often what is not quite right about it.

  115. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I love this! Every last bit of it.

  116. Anonymous

    March 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Looks like he’s in the wrong century.

  117. bomb.ass.ting

    March 15, 2008 at 10:49 am

    He’s downright stunning. It is not about texture here but about the rich colors that he chose. I’m in awe.

  118. Anonymous

    March 19, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Wow Wow Wow

  119. Anonymous

    March 19, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    Quite original and eccentric. Are there places to pan for gold in Paris?

  120. jean

    March 24, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I can not believe he is American! What a wonderful photo … the carnation and the pants. Just stunning!!

  121. Absolute_Cuban

    April 16, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Only in Paris. How I love this city and the characters Ive seen.

  122. Anonymous

    May 5, 2008 at 12:47 am

    It’s John Philip Sousa in technicolor!! I want to have an absinthe with him…

  123. Anonymous

    September 27, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    If I saw this man while walking the streets, it would probably make my whole life!

  124. Anonymous

    February 6, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    If he had a white mustache, this would not have worked nearly as splendidly. Plus, I have a tiny crush on his hat and ramshackle chain collection.

  125. james arthur tancred

    April 3, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Wonderful. Easy style, I like the way his buttonhole matches his trousers, very witty.

  126. Anonymous

    October 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    he is a big city john muir

  127. Anonymous

    February 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    truly an original…beautifully done right down to his shoes

  128. rüya tabirleri

    July 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Seriously, though, I love it. Especially the black velvet jacket and waistcoat, and he certainly is an expert at color coordination. Colorwise, that scarf ties everything together beautifully.

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    May 30, 2012 at 9:39 am


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