Saturday, September 15, 2012

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  1. princessntiaka

    September 15, 2012 at 9:06 am


  2. Joana Gomes

    September 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Dapper boys!

  3. simbarashe

    September 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Good ol’ time impeccable style. The canes, cigarette in-hand and the hats, of course.

  4. Rodney

    September 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Love it! Smooth!

  5. Agnete

    September 15, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Real Class, love it!

  6. Ken F

    September 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

    The ensemble of the gentleman on the left is really impeccable…great silhouette & details – perfect button stance, shoulder roll, trouser length (and break), armhole dimension, lapel style with wing collar shirt & necktie…WOW…and the finishing touches – polished shoes and the right amount of sleeve cleavage! Ahhh…timeless and non-contrived street style!

    • Amy

      September 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

      Haha! Mind, I don’t think the editors and suchlike who turn up on this blog are ‘street’ in that sense either

  7. Funmi Tofowomo

    September 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Exquisite! Thanks.

  8. TEST/model magazine

    September 15, 2012 at 11:59 am


    The gentleman on the left looks like Andre 3000, is this a vintage Gillette ad? :)

    victor john penner

  9. Melanie

    September 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Very elegant. I particularly like the left jacket buttoning so high up.

  10. christina

    September 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Regal. Commands respect. Harkens back to a time I long for.

  11. abigail

    September 15, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    do you ever look at these vintage shots and wonder who was the sartorialist of the early 20th century?


    • ebony

      September 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      for photos of blacks, at least, i would say to check out James Van Der Zee. he took some amazing photos and portraits of black New Yorkers, in particular during the Harlem Renaissance!

  12. une chatte grise

    September 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Hot damn! Those are some seriously sharp-dressed gentlemen standing near some seriously cool architectural details.

  13. princessglee

    September 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    OTTC! Over the top cool.
    Really wanting history or narrative onthis picture.

  14. Daisy Nguyen

    September 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    LOVe black & white vintage photos, and this one of these two guys is perfect. What an air about them!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  15. Le Marginal Magnifique

    September 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    La classe Ă  l’ancienne !

  16. Sevan

    September 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Street style of the 1930′s (?) All is in the impeccable cut of the suits and the details : signet rings, canes, hats and polished shoes and of course, an elegant nonchalance.

  17. Rita Soetanto

    September 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Very slim and fit…

  18. Eva

    September 15, 2012 at 2:41 pm

  19. *sP

    September 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    this must be the north given the ease and look of prosperity that these gentlemen possess. i hope that whoever sent this in will include some back story!

    • bp294

      September 16, 2012 at 9:16 am

      correction: the ease and prosperity of these black gentlemen, that would say the south or certain parts of the midwest. The north has ALWAYS had a less extensive, comfortable and sustaining black middle class. The cliche, notwithstanding, that continues til today….

  20. M.N

    September 15, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Vintage photos are the best!

  21. mo

    September 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Work it, gentlemen, work it!

  22. M.

    September 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    I am living in the wrong era. These two gentlemen are the definition of elegance.

  23. African Fashion

    September 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  24. Virginia L

    September 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    an elegance way

  25. Kate

    September 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

  26. Christine, Copenhagen

    September 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm


  27. JT

    September 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Classic Style…

  28. CultureShockArt

    September 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Fabulous! With the vintage photos you normally tell us who submitted the pic and give us some background. I’d love to know more about this picture.

  29. monkeyshines

    September 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    classy and inspiring!


  30. marilyn

    September 16, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I need an explanation when it comes
    to adding a cane to your look……. is
    it because you can walk so good without
    one? I am stuck with a cane and I want
    to throw it off a bridge……….

    • bp294

      September 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

      Formal canes were part of the full-out formal dress-up for a gentleman of the time (I’m guessing late Twenties/early Thirties). (A historical reminder of the sword?) Even today, dapper men, of all races, of a certain vintage, will have a canister in their foyer, BR or LR filled with a collection of canes and walking sticks. I guess with black men, ppl nowadays wd tend to think of the cake walk, but that would be a descent into coarse racial stereotype. The look really has no racial connotation per se, except to suggest being regal, noble and generally well-turned-out.

  31. Ninjaap

    September 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Gentleman on the right is well dressed: suit is balanced & would like smart even now.

  32. Olivia

    September 16, 2012 at 4:16 am

    I’m not sire if it’s just the angle of the shot, but I really like the white collar on the left. It looks asymmetric, or maybe the fold is just at the tip. Beautiful touch.

  33. Olivia

    September 16, 2012 at 4:17 am

    or a wing collar. Very classy!

    • bp294

      September 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      wing collar, yes. as you probably know, both men’s collars were most likely detachable and starched to high heaven.

  34. LL

    September 16, 2012 at 4:35 am

    When I see this picture I immediately think of Chalky White from “Boardwalk Empire”.

  35. Q

    September 16, 2012 at 5:15 am

    So dapper….

  36. Araba

    September 16, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Great photo!
    They are impeccably dressed from head to toe!
    Reminds me, I need to polish my brogues!

  37. Monsieur Marcel

    September 16, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Vintage Jazz Age…in lieu of a backstory, I imagine them as musicians in the Duke Ellington Orchestra.

  38. milo

    September 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    They look awesome, both are impeccable. Love the suites , canes, and hats. The collar on the gentlemen on the left is great. This is how men dressed when I was growing up. No matter what their profession was.

  39. Annabelle

    September 16, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    What a great photo! I especially like the solid jacket and pinstriped pants on the man on the left.

  40. Rowena

    September 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Is this the perfect sleeve length to jacket length ratio? Can anyone tell me if there is such a thing?

  41. Ana Bergh

    September 16, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I wish there were photos of women with canes looking as regal as the men. I use one and have a collection, but I hide my cane when being photographed. I am 73 and very slender.

  42. Pamela Wright

    September 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Amazing Photo! Distinguished looking men. Great to see thank you. Your work inspires me.


  43. Ty Walter

    September 17, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Awesome pic! The guys’ style is really impeccable. I love the hats, their lifestyle with those expensive cig in hands! The suit really gives them quite a unique consciousness. They looks so sober you could picture if they are business guys indeed and I love that fearless looks!

  44. Tammara Shelley

    September 17, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Classic… father and son; or just friends?

  45. Bobbie Hurst

    September 17, 2012 at 1:49 am

    Dapper! Great shot.

  46. Stacey Sweeney

    September 17, 2012 at 2:49 am

    The way we look plus the personalities we have can take us far, we should try as much as possible to look good and have high self esteem.

  47. Tamera

    September 17, 2012 at 4:32 am

    I really love when you post vintage photographs. These guys are awesome.


    September 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I love the Vintage photos you throw in ! Keep ‘em comin’

  49. Virgule

    September 18, 2012 at 9:17 am

    J’adore l’intemporel.

  50. Nadia Cohen

    September 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Love a well-dressed man in a tailored suit.

  51. RL Shattuck

    September 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, some actual pedestrians that no doubt, were not involved in “fashion week” in NY or Paris . . .

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