Great shot, Scott! I find myself admiring this young gentleman’s leather boots, jumper, and cap. Very nice. His facial hair accessory is pure genius. He reminds me of an Italian patriot preparing to battle the communists. I suspect I would enjoy discussing politics over lunch with this young gentleman.
Wooow, everything about this guy is perfect! I especially love his very fitted knit top kind of pulling in his big flowy pantaloons and his amazing red boots! If this is the kind of inspiration one gets from watching these shows then I desperately need to start doing so… first on my list will be all those B&W films you are always raving about.
The top half of the outfit makes me think of him riding one of those old fashioned bicycles with the huge wheel in the front, and the lower half is reminding me of the bottle dancers in Fiddler on the Roof – but he looks great! Beautiful colors as usual, Sart.
This was really inspiring! Since I’m a huge Marx Brothers fan this was such a treat! The young man is really fabulous in his Marx-influenced style: I think the outfit looks well put together without the feeling that he’s an actor who’s just in a custome, dressed up for the stage. The early 1920-1930′s is a special era, and the mens’ garments from that time can look a bit “baggy” (imagine the big [in swedish:] “Ă¤ppelknyckar-byxor”, a BIG cap, big mustach and a big coat/jacket). But this is just fun, and stylish! /AM – Sweden
How tall would you say this guy was? His torso looks kinda short, but I can’t judge his lower body. The only reason I ask is that I usually think shorter guys (like me) look awkward in knee-high boots, but it looks great on him. But he may not be that short. I think the volume of the pants throws the eye off enough that it works.
What a great shot. The dark background and the dark clothing just come together perfectly. As far as his personal style I am mad about anyone who can put together a look of their own like this with nary a designer label in sight. Please keep posting these unique shots.
certainly has nailed the detail on outfit, from keychain and buttoned collar, thru to cap and boots. i love his precision, i’m sure his sartorial standards would translate over to more ‘modern’ dressing. he doesnt strike me as a ‘tiny barbour’ type guy!!
I think this is a very brave look–I know that I would feel costumey in it and thus couldn’t wear it (besides the fact that I’m a woman and wouldn’t anyway…I can’t wear anything that feels like a “themed” look to me…)
It is a bit over the top, but like others have said, thats what you get when you mix a sense of humor with fashion…
if you want to see some great shots of the Marxes off-set, Harpo’s autobiography (“Harpo Speaks”) has tons of photographs that really show off their style. it smacks of growing up on the east side in the teens and 1920′s…really amazing.
This guy is sooo cool. What a fine ‘tache! I love his sweater and want one now! A thoroughly brilliant, individual look! I would have to agree with Jill – there would be much clapping and jollification if I saw him in the street…shame I live in Scotland and probably won’t get the chance…x
I love the equestrian look (how can I not, Iâ€™m one myself) but it seems a bit silly to be wearing such a literal translation of the look if you arenâ€™t an actual horseperson heading off to the barn. I like tall boots with tight jeans, and a riding coat with a street pant or a dress or skirt, and even the Balenciaga version of the jodhpur. However, the reason I think these work is because theyâ€™re drawing inspiration from the costume, but not taking it so literally. I think thatâ€™s what makes a truly quality look-the ability to take various influences and incorporate them in such a way that something new and not-so-transparent is created.
But of course, some people enjoy dressing as if they are in costume all of the time, I just, personally, could never imagine wearing my riding gear out in public as a fashion statement.
Such a beautiful picture and this mans style! LOOOVE IT! I wonder what he works with? How he became so daring and sure of him selves? Rock on cool dude!
Hey Sart I had such a nice outfit today (i think you would hav loved to photogragh me), and you did not find me in the streets of NY.. I was in Nolita for lunch, soho for a hot chocolate, Broadway for shopping and uptown for a steak dinner.
I’ll dress my coolest tommorow and hope for the best..
The moment I saw this picture I was sure that he is a horseman. Shiny,riding boots and real oldfashioned pants.Somehow he has this gypsy look and we all know that horses are important for them.SO-where is the HORSE?
Oh my god! I was friends with Mike in college about 4 years back and I am a daily visitor to your blog! I was totally surprised to see a familiar face! I never expected anyone I know to be photographed by you :)
If there’s one thing I knew for sure about Mike it is that he is an original character, always.
I wish you could do a “few years back” vs. “today” shot with him because you wouldn’t believe it.
(Mike, if you’re reading this – it’s Lisa Kinne from Hartford :) You look great)
Ostentatious, literal and costumey. I appreciate each individual piece but all together, it’s rather ridiculous. the same goes for western/cowboy wear; one or 2 pieces can be great but cowboy boots + big belt buckle + western shirt + cowboy hat + bolo tie = costume.
I think I saw this guy recently, in Forever 21 Market St San Francisco, walking with a sense of purpose toward the mens section…could have been a look-a-like though…same proportions and pantaloon-ish effect.
A joy to see men wearing riding boots…don't see enough guys wearing them, and he wears them perfectly and proudly. Problem being of course, that high dress or riding boots were quite common for men…60-70 years ago, but if you wear them today as walking boots, they're either too showy, ostentatious or its part of a costume. All power to Michael Haar…keep it up mate!
Well said, leatherpress. Riding boots are great… if you’re in the saddle. Walking around the city in them… well, it’s very costume-y. Proudly is the only way to wear them, if you don’t want to appear clownish. He does all right.