About a year ago, Scott and I were sitting at a small Trattoria in Florence. The place looked amazing– not only the simple and traditional decor, but also the irreproducible Italian atmosphere and overall elegance of the gentlemen.

 

“Doesn’t this place look like the best fashion story ever?” I asked Scott.

“Yes!” He said, “Real, cool, diverse– It’s like if all the best dressed guys I know got together for lunch….. We should just do that!   Get my favorite guys together in one room, it would be so much fun. These guys have so much in common and yet, for most of them, their paths never cross. Just imagine, someone like Gianluca, with his dreadlocks and modern-minimalist aesthetic sitting next to Lino, with his old-school Italian charm…. Mr. Kurino and Simone Righi discussing their first suit, Kanye and Terron talking about whatever it is those two super funny characters could dream up… I’m just guessing, but I bet these guys would really hit it off.   What a great way to forge new friendships.”

 

“Scott… You should do it!!!” the idea sounded fantastic to me.

 

And that’s what Scott did. I can tell you, I was so jealous not to be in Florence for The Inaugural Sartorialist Lunch. But, here are a few photographs and (at 4pm) a video to let you share the first of what we hope will become a biannual event that grows every year through a continually increasing diversity of style and deepening camaraderie between friends.

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Garance & Scott

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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    January 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    What a nice story!:)

  2. bambi

    January 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm

  3. Luciana Duarte

    January 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Great!! =D

  4. wallace chapman

    January 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    a grand story and a great idea :)

    http://www.streetandcityphotos.com

  5. Dani

    January 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Lindos, lindos e lindos, amei!

  6. SohoBoy

    January 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I love this concept!
    http://riots-in-soho.tumblr.com/

  7. Bohemian Style

    January 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I thought the video was fun too!

    theBohmerian.com

  8. Acf

    January 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    This is fantastic!

  9. Giada

    January 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Nice story and nice images!
    Giada
    http://giadascarnival.blogspot.com

  10. Steve

    January 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Very nice …

  11. CagefreeScience

    January 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Guys look fantastic! But there’s something misogynic in it…

    ——————————————————
    http://cagefreescience.blogspot.com/

  12. Stylosophism

    January 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This time, more than the fashion side (that i love), the main detail are Faces.
    So different, so charming and so full of stories, experiences, memories and tales…

    http://www.stylosophism.com

  13. Elena

    January 30, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Great pic and great history!

    http://www.gossipdress.com/blog

  14. vasso

    January 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    absolutely fantastic!!!

  15. Oceana

    January 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Lovely and brilliant! I don’t even miss the presence of women. It’s so rare (at least for me) to see so many visually appealing men in set and setting. A real treat. Looking forward to more.

  16. interested

    January 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I know this restaurant! I was staggering around Florence alone one evening with my blood sugar so low I could hardly think. I’d walked past this place many times before on many trips and never was it open, but that night it was.

    It was magical; I had a lovely, gentle waiter who found me a table amidst the bustle and I had a delicious bowl of fava beans with oil and pepper. I felt like I’d walked into another world.

    Thanks for the post.

  17. Mallika

    January 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Love the picture, excited for the video!

    x Mallika
    http://fashionscript.net

  18. juan cruz

    January 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    The lunch of the “Sartorial Titans,” and a classical example of sprezzatura.

  19. Serdane

    January 30, 2012 at 3:42 pm

  20. Juraj

    January 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Woooow…I’m totally amazed..great great great! We want video also! That inspired me for my blog also! ;)

    J.

    bleauog.blogspot.com

  21. VELOVOYEUR

    January 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    In the Video…

    Ordinary Cigarette smoke on the Street is not really gentlemanlike.

  22. FashionUm

    January 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Lovely. Vintage stylized photos – I LIKE THAT!

    http://www.FashionUm.com
    Show Your Outfit !

  23. kelly

    January 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    epic

  24. khan

    January 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    I just wanna crop out Kanye..it would’ve been perfect..

  25. Anna

    January 30, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    this is a great idea Scott! if only I could see the pictures… I don’t know why but this photo device never works in my pc…

    http://brandnewbyanna.blogspot.com

  26. Madara

    January 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    This idea is simply excellent! All of the gentlemen look fantastic! A real style.

    http://www.madarafreimane.blogspot.com

  27. Kortillis

    January 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Pity it’s all in black&white, I’m sure there were some nice colour combinations that got lost…

  28. Ney dos Santos

    January 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    You guys are great! Thanks!!!

  29. Vieri giaccherini

    January 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    This is Cammillo for sure!

  30. Kate

    January 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Well done…very well done :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  31. Jonathan

    January 30, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Brilliant piece and an amazing concept realized! Cheers!

  32. Gina

    January 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I adore the man with a bow-tie and a bit of lace in his pocket.

  33. Luisa Aguilar

    January 30, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Great Images!
    But, I wish the images where in color.
    Thats one of the great qualities of the video, the vibrant colors that make everything on the screen lively.

  34. Scott

    January 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Great concept Scott and Garance!

  35. Laura

    January 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Such a great idea! And a wonderful visual experience! Good for you! I envy you, must say! In a good way, of course.
    Best regards from Buenos Aires!

  36. Telma

    January 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I loove the photos*
    Are awesome*
    xx, telmasofiia.blogspot.com

  37. the Bespokeman

    January 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I love the idea. The guys really fit the “Fiorentina” landscape.

  38. April

    January 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Immaculate elegance resonates throughout this image, impossible to replicate!

    http://inaworldwithothers.wordpress.com/

  39. glosslipstick

    January 30, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    The outfit is great, very smart

    http://glosslipstick.blogspot.com/

  40. Arielle

    January 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Simply amazing! I would have loved to witness so much character and style!

  41. princessglee

    January 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I’m imagining I walk into this restaurant and see this scene–I’d be taken aback not knowing who to look at first and trying to absorb all these beautiful images at once…wheeeew, does life get any better than this?

  42. mosaic_world

    January 30, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    cool concept. heads up that the photos (slide show) only works if you click on the first photo (center, not the arrow) and jump to the page:
    http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/the-sartorialist-lunch-for-25-2/

  43. Johnny

    January 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Unbelievable

  44. Maite

    January 30, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Summer lunch, please!

  45. Pilar Cortés

    January 30, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    ¡¡¡Me ENCANTAAAA!!!

    http://www.myshotsforyou.com/

  46. anonymous

    January 30, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    What a lovely lovely concept, and the men are so dashing. I wish I’d been at the next table to watch.

  47. Laurie

    January 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing – and “telling – such a lovely story with your photos.

  48. Chris

    January 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    These men not only look good, they look very classy. Wow. I do not even miss the women. It is not often that I see many well dressed men in one place – it is a shame really.
    Thank you for initiating this. And thank you for sharing.

  49. Emmy

    January 30, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Oh…to be a fly on the wall for that lunch. WOW!

  50. Steph

    January 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Lovely idea! I can’t wait to see more photographs from this!
    xxx
    -S

    http://www.gingerandlace.blogspot.com

  51. serrano

    January 31, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Pity. Can’t get the slideshow to work…I’ve tried everything…

  52. OutingCloth

    January 31, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Some of my favorite Sartorialist photograph subjects!

  53. Bernadette

    January 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Dear Scott and Garance, what a great concept!
    Like Heaven on a stick! All those gorgeous men so beautifully dressed having a relaxed and fun lunch together; I would have loved to have been there. What a wonderful piece of archive/reference material you have created too. Great work. B

  54. Name*Andrea

    January 31, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Great to see video on the site. Oh I would have loved to be the only woman at the lunch with all these amazing charming and stylish gentlemen!

  55. LatteLisa

    January 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I so much enjoyed that!
    The images are beautiful and the atmosphere simply priceless.

    Already looking forward to the next lunch ;-)

  56. Leonie

    January 31, 2012 at 2:58 am

    What a fantastic idea! All these men have an incredible sense of style, all in their own way. It’s amazing to see the diversity, yet also the similarity of these gentlemen. It seems like they were just meant to be together in one room. Great photography!

    http://www.thesignaturebow.com

  57. Anthony

    January 31, 2012 at 4:01 am

    lets have a toast to, in our own biased opinion, being the best dressed people we know! yay!

  58. Clococo

    January 31, 2012 at 4:27 am

    can we see more pics pleeeeeease ?
    thank you

  59. Adil

    January 31, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Simply Amazing!

  60. Clara

    January 31, 2012 at 5:59 am

    best idea ever! this is one of my dreams and you make it almost true by gathering all these gentlemen for a perfect dinner
    you have the benediction of an almost 18-year-old teenage girl from South of France
    Garance&Scott you’re the best duo i have the chance to know

  61. Clelia

    January 31, 2012 at 6:11 am

    So many lovely, stylish man all together… I’m in a full Stendhal syndrome !
    Thank you Garance and Scott

  62. Gianni Fontana

    January 31, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Great job Scott!
    I know oct of them, but it will useful for all if you report all their name…
    Ciao
    Gianni, The Style Buff

  63. Name*Kevin

    January 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

    The Italians love their watches, don’t they? I’m sure that was a big topic of conversation.

  64. Krystle

    January 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Fantastic photos, and a great example of phenomenal style, but why a boys club only? why exclude women?

  65. Valeria Duque

    January 31, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Great Idea!!! and as always impeccably pulled off!
    I would have loooved to hear what they were talking about.
    I too hope this turns into a tradition and we get to see more pix of these fashionable gentlemen.

  66. Alice

    January 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Dear Scott,
    Thank you for bringing so much magic and elegance in my daily life. Your pictures are just timeless, and those gentlemen are a dream come true. I wish they could inspire a lot of young men to do the same kind of effort everyday.

    Keep on capturing real beauty, hope to see you one day in my lovely Paris.

  67. Andrea

    January 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Love this! Love the black and white, Love the man in the middle, I just want to be there.

    http://www.same-asitneverwas.blogspot.com/

  68. minna

    January 31, 2012 at 11:57 am

    amazing, so many stunning men in one room. I was married for 32 years to a man who bought clothes at walmart and kmart and looked it. Thank you for the pleasure of eye candy.

  69. James Campbell Taylor

    January 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Trattoria Cammillo! I used to eat there all the time when I lived in Florence.

  70. Oui

    January 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This idea of gathering is just a marketing phenomenon for your blog. Amazing

  71. maria

    January 31, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Una bella presentazione e piacevole! Fantstico
    Maria

  72. Rana

    January 31, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Will there be a lunch for 25 with only women as well?

  73. bluna

    January 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    the 30th is my birthday and this is a very nice gift, 25 well dressed men in an italian trattoria…
    Thank you !

  74. The Baker

    January 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Wonderful photos and a wonderful video! They really create an atmosphere and ambiance expressing the style of these men.

    http://getyourowncake.blogspot.com

  75. Emily

    January 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    charming all around – the characters, the scene, the music

  76. swingkids

    February 1, 2012 at 4:18 am

    truly splendor..a moving inspiration or well dressing with dancing.and a pullon is always men’s best friend.

  77. TaniaPoli

    February 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Never in seen so many gorgeous men in one place! Not even at fashion shows! That’s awesome, Scott! x

  78. dan

    February 1, 2012 at 8:23 am

    What a wonderful idea, great, i love it, thank you, Scott. The pictures are amazing. And these gentlemen are really inspiring, although I miss Mr. Rabensteiner.

  79. Boxer's Adventures

    February 1, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Classic. I lived in Milan for 4 months and absolutely fell in love with it….

    (You can find my coverage at: http://blog.boxersadventures.com)

  80. John

    February 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    This is a fantastic idea bound to evolve amazingly in the years to come!

  81. Benny

    February 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Very cool and original!
    Well done Scott!

  82. camille

    February 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Incredible! I wanted to say “such handsome men in one same room” but finally, what i mean is such manly men in one same room! I just can’t get enough! Great work Scott!

  83. el viajero impresionista

    February 1, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Thumbs up! And nobody had thought of it before.

  84. Luigi

    February 2, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Great great great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it

  85. Ewa Popowska

    February 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

    That’s beyond cool. Food, wine, men in suits, it should be a full lenght movie.

  86. Fashion Editorials

    February 3, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Awesome!! Fantastic!! Superb!! You did a great job bringing together all those well-dressed men and i wish you good luck with this event in the future!
    http://estilo-tendances.com

  87. Jaap

    February 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    The idea is great and I loved the video.
    I only think it’s a real shame that it’s in black and white. I would have loved to see the colour combinations that these guys have come up with.

  88. Anthony C.

    February 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Great Video

  89. TheBedstuyDandy

    February 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This is what we strive for, a community of understanding the essence and true beauty of fashion and style. These men have pioneered what has now become the “cool of being cool”. This was great, especially to see men of the African American diaspora also attend the event. Truly in love with this post.

  90. Claudia Lomma

    July 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  91. theitaliano

    November 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    this man is the best dressed person i had even seen!!
    http://www.theitaliano.it

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