Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Sartorialist Jr.

One of the few projects I wish I had done better was Sartorialist Jr. for Cookie magazine.

It is very difficult to regularly find enough kids to shoot for an almost monthly magazine.

I love Cookie, they do a great job, but I just couldn’t keep up.

Anyway, here are a few images that probably would have gone into a Fall/Winter issue.


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  1. Emma

    December 6, 2007 at 8:42 am

    I was wondering what happened to your section in Cookie! I loved it! As a mom, I’d love to see more kid and kid/parent shots on your blog…

  2. Stacy

    December 6, 2007 at 8:42 am

    Great shots!

    You really captured their inner beauty and innocence…the clothes aren’t bad either.

  3. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Dude up top already has his pose down pat.

  4. Alice Olive

    December 6, 2007 at 9:15 am

    The top shot – this young man already has great style or at least the attitude to pull it off (if someone else chose the ensemble). The scarf makes it!

  5. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 9:18 am

    I love the little girl in the second picture!

  6. Carolina Lange

    December 6, 2007 at 9:21 am

    So cute!

  7. cacey

    December 6, 2007 at 10:08 am

    Did you dress these kiddos or did they dress themselves?

  8. The Sartorialist

    December 6, 2007 at 10:10 am

    I didn’t dress them

    I guess their parents did or if it is like my house it was after a series of give & take pleading

  9. Casey

    December 6, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Pleading? I often had to resort to threatening and bribing with my children. Every one of these shots is absolutely adorable; I hope you’ll do more in the future.

  10. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 10:16 am

    this disturbs me. i think the last thing we need to be showing is childrens fashion. should you really be concerned about what you are wearing at such a young age. i don’t remember that phase beginning util the 6th grade. let the kid be a kid—-

  11. Jasmine

    December 6, 2007 at 10:30 am

    They all look really great. The boy in the first pic really makes me smile. My 3 year old son usually picks out his own clothes and poses just like that for everyone in the house so that they can tell him how cool he looks!

  12. we could grow up together

    December 6, 2007 at 10:36 am

    our future is hopeful

  13. CK Dexter Haven

    December 6, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Man alive, things have changed.

    When i was a kid, we wore TuffSkins from Sears or JC Penney’s…. The ‘losers’ wore Garanimals…. In elementary school, there was NO fashion to speak of.

    I’m always envious of children who can start with such great personal style.

  14. Olle

    December 6, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Was the photo at the top taken in Stockholm?

  15. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 11:19 am

    So cute kids.

  16. Deb

    December 6, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Love the kid shots! The child in the top shot has great attitude and presence.

  17. dulcinea

    December 6, 2007 at 11:41 am

    holy wow! how darling is the girl in the middle!

  18. Amy Maloof

    December 6, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Is that first girl wearing an army jacket?? Amazing.

  19. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    OH PLEASE do more!!! these kids are freaking amazing.

  20. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    They are too cute.

  21. Shabnom

    December 6, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    I love your photos of kids! Because it’s is just very rare to see kids dressed up really well… but when they do, they have just the best attitudes. I love the quirky clothes on all three. :)

  22. Paul Pincus

    December 6, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    The first kid has it down…he’s the real thing!…I guess real style is innate!


  23. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    Love the clothes, they’d all be good “grownup outfits” as well! Doesn’t hurt that the children are all gorgeous, too. Great eye, Mr. Sartorialist.

  24. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    “It’s very difficult to regularly find enough kids to shoot for an almost monthly magazine.”

    REALLY? One would think that parents are falling all over themselves to get their kids seen in such a cute way…Err, or is it just me?

    We only have one long ago photo shoot under our belt (for my daughter).

    (Thinks of harassing, ehm, calling Cookie…)


  25. lis

    December 6, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    So adorable! These shots remind me of growing up in NY and stomping down 72nd street toward Central Park in my snow boots. I had a light blue suede coat with a big (fake) fur-lined hood that made me feel tres chic!

  26. rebeccacalvetti

    December 6, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, they are originally, and well, dressed.

    But I tend to think that children shouldn’t count. Wait, that came out wrong! :)

    I remember back to when I was a little girl, and my mother and grandmother used to sew me exquisite frocks with smocked bodices and such. I was an exceptionally well-dressed child….but I cannot claim any responsibility for it. In fact, I don’t remember caring about image until I was at least 12 years old. I know there are some exceptions to this rule, but for the most part, kids are dressed by their parents, and really couldn’t give a damn about what they are wearing (unless they are already feeling peer pressure to dress a certain way, and that is truly a shame).

    My view on the subject? Let kids be kids—– they shouldn’t be judged superficially by adult standards.

  27. j

    December 6, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    i am totally crushing on that first kid…probably shouldnt be saying that as a 26 year old, but he dresses better than most men i hang out with! must move to stockholm now…

  28. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    so sad your bit in cookie didn’t work out. these kids are just perfect! i wish we had seasons to dress for in los angeles!

  29. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    These kids obviously have someone in their lives who gives a crap about how they see themselves and the world. They are being raised with a point of view that is fresh and fun. I love it.

    As for the comment that kids should not be judged by adult standards-it does not seem that these images would suggest that at all. It simply offers that kids can enjoy a personal aesthetic as much as an adult can, even if is not appreciated until reflected upon from a more “mature” position…(After all, you might not have cared then,rebecca calvetti, but you are still identifying with and talking about those smocked dresses, no?)

  30. Candid Cool

    December 6, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    That 1st boy is incredible. Its not right that some kids (and dogs too for that matter) and waaaayyy better dressed than some grown ups. :)

  31. Yen

    December 6, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    I love the sea/mint green gloves with the creams. I love anything sea green really. They are so cute!

  32. Blaise

    December 6, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    This is very refreshing to see.. very stylish kids.. That young Swede looks so cool.. :P

  33. Dee

    December 6, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    The only word I can come up with is CUTE!

  34. Adam

    December 6, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    Geez I wish I had half the coolness that first kid exudes. I was a trendy little kid but they were pop fashions and many were hardly considered fashionable (lazer yellow turtle neck with black military pants, black british knights tennis shoes, black suspenders, knock off ray bans and a flat top) ugh I can only hope my future son takes up dressing well early because a well dressed boy hopefully turns into a well dressed man

  35. Tom

    December 6, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    And somehow they all have scarves on…

  36. Ellie

    December 6, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Would love to see more Sartorialist Juniors :)

  37. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 11:09 pm

    Luv them all, they are so cute! more picks of parents and children they give movement to the blog.

  38. headmistress

    December 7, 2007 at 5:15 am

    I love the first kid. So cool!
    I think it’s amazing that kids these days have so much more freedom to experiment with what they want to wear, and to some extent (with some discreet cajoling from parents) wear what they want. I remember the days when my mum would pick out my wardrobe – consisted mostly of bizarre, ultra girly 80′s frocks and chunky tights.
    I don’t think it’s disturbing at all that you’ve got them on your site, Sart, they’re not being ‘judged’ in any way by adult standards, nor are they under pressure to present a certain look. We’re just loving their cute and fresh styles, besides, inspiration comes from all avenues!

  39. Tam

    December 7, 2007 at 11:49 am

    i love how children naturally muss up their jeans. my seven year-old son’s jeans get that great faded look at the knees after a few washes and wears. almost ALL of his well worn jeans have a small tear on the right knee!

    this weekend i am buying him a new scarf. thanks for the inspiration!

  40. rebeccacalvetti

    December 7, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Good point, anon 5:21…. I can’t argue with that.

    But in response to

    “I think it’s amazing that kids these days have so much more freedom to experiment with what they want to wear, and to some extent (with some discreet cajoling from parents) wear what they want.”

    I just don’t think that’s true. Not only do most kids have little to no use for sartorial “freedom”, things haven’t changed so that they have more of it. If anything, the children’s clothing market is awash with super adult fare….low rise jeans and belly shirts on 7 year old girls, etc. It’s more of a conformist trend, and a disturbing one at that.

    Obviously these children are not dressed in such a fashion, and that’s a good thing. I really have no problem with this posting, as a matter of fact. I just think that it’s a little strange. We are judging them using adult standards, because we posters are adults, and they have been dressed by adults, with a nuanced attention to detail. With most of the content of this site, intent plays a big role: we are aware of image, of the physical impressions we make. Children cease being children once they get caught up in worrying about their image.

    Sorry this is so long, I just wanted to clarify.

  41. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Not to knock the kids because they’re adorable and this is not their fault, but there’s something annoying and even a bit disturbing about parents who dress their kids up in posh designer clothes from head to toe.

  42. Jessica M.

    December 7, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Aw, sart, I’m sorry. I thought it might be hard to find enough kids ‘on the street’ who also happened to have immediately willing and non-rushed parents.

    I sitll love your photos of kids, though. You just love clothes on everyone, doncha?

    And that girl in the second photo, she looks just like she’s thinking, “I am awesome! These clothes are awesome! I’m gonna go stomp on things! Or fly!” It’s just the best.

  43. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    Love the first one. As a female college student surrounded by young men who could care less about how they look, seeing boys with style-especially so young-really makes me happy.

  44. megan

    December 7, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    they’re just beautiful

  45. cc

    December 7, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    awwwwwwww! =)

  46. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    such cuties!

  47. dupideedoo

    December 11, 2007 at 1:14 am

    these kids are so adorable i could eat em up! if you need to find well dressed runts with that sartorialist edge, you should definitely come out to LA!

  48. Anonymous

    December 14, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I think kids have naturally great and inventive style, and documenting it as “fashion” almost takes it away. It is that unconsciousness that makes them so beautiful and open. That said, I think you are brilliant so this is no statement against the great work you do, remind us adults that clothes are a conscious decision.

  49. red

    September 6, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you very much for this information.


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