That is quite a transformation. I love the rolled up sleeves and the beard. Such a great combination of formal and informal wear. Side note, is it just me or is that Terrell Owens in the white T shirt in the left background of the bottom pic??? Has Terrell been Sartorialized?
My god – that is incredible. I love the way people can change so very dramatically. It’s unusual to find a guy who looks so good in a classical suit and yet also looks comfortable in ‘rough and ready’ getup, too.
Both looks are delicious, but I am swaying towards the pumped-up look of the last two. What a sexy guy. If I saw that coming down the street towards me… arugh!! *shiver shiver* Yum!!
First off, that is totally Terrell Owens in the back. Secondly, it is great to get to see the evolution of someone’s personal style like this. Someone who gave himself over to his fashion instincts and allowed his personal style to develop. Bravo to him and to you Sart!
He looks 15 years older with the beard. He looks handsome without it. With it is more of a bad ass look. Which I dig. Interesting carryover of accessories between the two vastly different beard looks: chains, horseshoe belt buckle, beads, the central vest. What does he do for a living?
I met Kevin in the 90′s in NYC … I was working with his wife at AX Armani Jeans … I was a nobody and he was a somebody.
He was probably one of the most gracious people I have ever met working in the fashion world.
I actually love every look this guy has. when i turned to your page i thought the feature picture was the shot 2 years ago. but then he just got better and better. love the belt buckle, and especially his tribal inspired metal necklace.
i saw this picture up on men.style.com a couple of weeks ago and thought i was crazy because i thought it was TO in the background too! it’s funny that he made such a drastic change because i went totally the other way- from huge ass militant bush and combat boots to tailored blazers, selvedge denim and bench-made shoes. those last pictures make me think about doing it again though…
The botton picture is defenitly a great one, the style, the confidence the galsses, the beard the loo in all…. I also ejoy the first picture, it is superb conbination ang great look. The one in the midle I am not so sure!
Amazing what a transformation a few key elements can make. It would be interesting to hear what has been going on with this gentleman in the past two years. His style seems to be an outward manifestation of inner changes. A tale told through clothes, accesories and the like.
I dont think it is so much the beard that ages him but he seems to have lost some fat on his face (notice cheekbones). Although I am WAY over cargo pants, I think pictures 2 and 3 show how this gent can take basics (such as the chino vest, JCREW? and a dress shirt and tie) and pair them with completely unexpected items, such as the pink shoes (love) and the unique buckle. Have to say, I LOVE the woman in the background with the change t-shirt, and not for political reasons- perfect proportions and great sunglasses! Jorge from W Palm Beach
I loove the rolled-up sleeves in the last picture. And in the second to last I love the lime green hat, nice :) Anddd I really do like the first picture as well. How many men do you seen in an olive green suit?
Here's the deal: the first pic is a polished look. Very clean, well groomed style, but can easily fade into the background like everyone eles. The second and third pics look like he's found his true character, or has gone through a change where he's developed into the person that's been there and now can speak for himself. Beards add character, age, & wisdom (even if you think it). He now commands attention with his new look, (more so in the third in a respectable way). I suggest everyone try a new look for one day and step out of our regular shoes. Be it with small details, or a complete outfit.
Unbelievably awesome. Like the man featured earlier this week, this man clearly thinks about his presentation and has no fear of change or reinvention of self. Speaking of change, an aside–the woman in the background of the 2nd picture is wearing the “Change” shirt which is growing increasingly ubiquitous in my city…very interesting!
Actually, I like the first one best. Very understated, though it needs something — not sure what.
Picture number two — um… no. Just… no.
Picture number three — much better than picture number two. The pink shoes do nothing for me. With those cargo pants I’d almost rather see an open collar than the very uptight upright collar and tie. Or better still, the same shirt with pants that have no cargo pockets. But I very much like the colors, and the dark navy tie against the lighter hues.
i don’t think this guy is “trying” to look tough. you can usually tell/sense when someone is “trying” too hard. and this, apparently, comes natural to him. i, too would like to know what happened in his life for such a change…a “tough” change (which it is)…especially this BIG in only a 2 year period, it must have been profound. however, he still is fashion-inspiring whatever the catalyst was.
If your arms look that good, you can wear anything you want. In fact, you should. I love the forceful stride that accompanies the second two. The first photo has its qualities, but the second two are really adventurous. The pink shoes with camo and a lawyers shirt and tie… the bronze necklace with a John Deere cap… This guy seems funny and extremely intelligent. And, of course, sexy.
I seem to be the only one saying this here, but he looks much more accomplished and handsome 2 years ago–like a movie star. Now he looks like a homeless man who has lost weight and gained a beard. This isn’t a positive change for him. It makes me wonder: is he unemployed/underemployed? On drugs? Divorced? Midlife crisis? The gang-bang hip hop look doesn’t look good on middle age, people!
“He looks intelligent and approachable there”….Funny!I do desagreeif you mean the second and 3rd are oposite to that. If it was for the first image, I would not like to aproach him, beacause the style is average, is even BORING. His look now says to me: this is sound style baby! he’s a genious! That is for me more convincing than a tame man in glasses. Exelent example of style evolution.
wow!! that is what taking risks is about, everything about him in the first photo is conformist. His change seems to emerge from within, a change of attitude. I think he is fabulous!! Very powerful. Rock on!
I’m most impressed that one person could have this many looks. The way he uses the vest for different effects in pics 2 and 3 is inspiring. I won’t be copying this approach anytime soon but I applaud his sense.
^just me–though i can understand your opinion that this man looks less approachable in his more recent looks, i can’t imagine that he looks any less intelligent. to present himself in such a specific way reveals this man’s intelligence as well as creativity, i think.
I can’t believe it’s the same guy!!! Anyway what really caught my eye is the bottom picture : the style is so worked up…yet so relax! And the top picture of course : clever way of using a lined scarf…it’s giving me ideas.
It’s my first post – thanks Sart! you pictures are so beautiful, sometimes even amazing! you have a good eye for true style! Now about the guy whom people think as TO – TO is probably most ribbed human being – and this guy look more like Magic Johnson. All three picture show that thid guy have his own style and now his style is really unique – esp. the 3rd picture! Marvellous! Something like from 20. – someone coming or going on safari – classy and elegant, yet sporty and tough and this dandy shoes. Well done on the beard – I got a beard but not that long and bushy – maybe in 2 years? ;) Bart, UK
You are kidding me! Look how accommodating he looks at top. He’s got a well-dressed-lawyer-on-the-weekend thing going and it works nicely. But then in the next two he is totally transformed into an artist and it’s crazy sexy.
How interesting that in pic 2 the lady behind him has the Obama “Change” t-shirt on…. For these pictures “change” means a whole other thing.
Dude’s personal style is hotter than July. Even Terrell has to check him to get a few pointers.
I love the accessories and even the rolled-up sleeves. They work with his beautiful arms.
And PINK SHOES!! This brotha rocks them in the manliest way one can…. It’s definitely not a move for amateurs so I hope this doesn’t start a trend.
A black, shaved-headed Leon Trotsky. My dream guy. If I see him on the street I will kiss him. He better watch out!
commenting on the second photo: first off, i’m sorry but cargo pants are a no-no. secondly, the whole look is a little too overdone; too many bracelets, belt buckle, the chain, the beard, the rolled up sleeves, the pink shoes. that said, if he refined this look a bit it could be much more effective.
the force and deliberation/intent behind the change is shocking, overwhelming. a most fine example of how internal transitions are externalized? it is very encouraging to all those who look to fashion not only a set of stylistic choices, but as an art of expression.
“He looks intelligent and approachable there”, sorry, but i guess that is a reflection on what you consider to look/be intelligent and approachable. his transformation really does challenge that statement. and thank god the Sart still thought he looked “intelligent” and “approachable” even after the transformation in order to share this with us.
These “When First We Met” posts are like that early Russian experiment in film that illustrated the principle of montage: put two or three pictures in a sequence and people WILL make a narrative out of them! I’ve always liked your shots where the subject is in motion, seemingly captured on the fly. These are great!
One word. Dope. I have to say the first picture is pretty status quo, but not that there’s anything wrong with that. I prefer to see the boldness of the latter photographs. He’s a bit of a street wear dandy in the latter two photos. Butter.
It’s wonderful to see the evolution of people through their style changes. I myself have changed a lot through the last years, and I keep on my metamorphosis. I think the outfit is nothing but a way to show the world who you are. And the man in the pictures shows us how he’s changed. The last look is just brilliant, specially because of the sleeves and those incredible shoes.
let’s the get the negatives out of the way first: one tattoo would maybe be ok, but multiples plus bracelets is too much going on. nothing wrong with a bit of a wild beard but that one is a mess.
(oh and p.s. who is terrell owens? whoever he is, he dresses boring.)
on to the positives, love the multiple bracelets, the arms are definitely made for rolled-up sleeves, there are some people who can still get away with cargo pants, and love the pink shoes (ditto some people can get away with….)
the first thing that came to my mind was “jesus, how did he skip two decades in two years?”. apart from that, in the last photo, the clothes looked so pulled together although exuding different themes. the tie/hard collar bit looked very business-like. then theres the rolled up sleeves which (if you ignore the collar/tie) would look like a holiday shirt. the waistcoat and the pants give a casual feel and the shoes.. very subtle and complementing. Very impressed.
Not to argue the points of this man’s style evolution, but… does anyone else find the quiet sense of genuine kindness in the man’s expression in the 1st photo just as appealing as the “badass” quality of his style in the 2nd two?
I am loving this new “When We First Met” series! I like seeing the style evolution of your subjects. Fashion can be ephemeral and definitive at the same time, so it is great to celebrate those contrasts!
I am laughing to myself right now, thinking of what I was wearing 2 years ago…oh dear!
“Perhaps he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit? (I had to invent a story for him…)”
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lol b/c he is a rugged black man, right? Nice, anonymous. Nice. but anyway, good laaawwdy he is a whole lot of delicious! I love his use of jewelry and the pop and surprise of his pink shoes (and bright green hat). This man really knows how to dress, he has a presence all his own! Bravo for catching this on film.
I’m with the minority. I don’t like his transformation one iota. The beard…I just can’t get over the glasses and beard . I fear that squirrels will come in the night and harvest bits with which to line their nests. But, I do like his outfit in the last photo. What an attitude he brings to it, he’s dandified, but at the same time so tough and contemporary.
I enjoy the uniqueness of all of his looks, but the bottom picture is great! The strong masculine look, yet classically dressed, The pink shoes are iffy for me, but I think all together he made it work. KUDOS http://www.yumebkny.blogspot.com
For those of you who don’t know who terrell owens is, I hope it is not because you feel that you are “above” sports. I really can’t stand when fashion types feign a lack of interest and are proud to act as though they do not know who someone like terrell owens is.
lol i guess i like boring and conservative looks. he looked good before. he looks really angry now… but he still looks really good. The detailing is great before and after. It’s just very different and he looks A LOT older.
and no amount of gym time takes someone from conservative blazers to a complete 180 in style. Something must’ve provoked such a change. Although I would think it would be more accurate to compare winter vs winter or summer vs summer style.
I just don’t get the appeal at all of the current presentation. Old homeless guy beard, pseudo-intellectual glasses, Hammer pants and tatoos? Just don’t get how anyone fings this hot. Makes me happy to be bourgeois.
One of my favorite all time pics. Incredibly bad ass with the rolled up shirts, just the amount of jewelry and the shoes make the outfit. Side note, that is definitely Terrel Owens to the left, which is pretty sweet as well.
Everyone has commented on this Terrel Ownes and the main reason I don’t know who he is other than a badly dressed man, is not because I am a fashion type, but because a big part of the world does not really watch American sports, and the only reason why I think he is an American sportsman is because it has been alluded to here. So please anon 11:14, to be so presumptuous is just plain dangerous.
On the man’s outfit, I just think that transformation is the most extraordinary thing! The bottom picture rocks, despite the ghastly beard and those cargo pants that should not, but just really fit.
oh my gosh! I love it when you post these “Past and Present” images. Makes me wonder if I will progress over the years or be stuck in time. I also wonder what happened in this guys life to change his look so drastically. Are you sure it is the same man?? Dd
Um yeah, I didn’t know who Terrell Owens was until I wiki-ed him…because I’m Australian. People outside the US DO use the internet you know, Anonymous 11:14. The transformation is quite formidable, especially in the third photo, as most people seem to be commenting on. This photo proves that it’s really how you wear your clothes that affects how other view you. However, his beard – someone please shave it for him.
There have been other amazing transformations on this blog before…anyone remember Kelly, I think it was? Complete hippy-skater chick, and she morphed into this sleek, sophisticated lady.
Everyone has commented on this Terrel Ownes and the main reason I don’t know who he is other than a badly dressed man, is not because I am a fashion type, but because a big part of the world does not really watch American sports, and the only reason why I think he is an American sportsman is because it has been alluded to here. So please anon 11:14, to be so presumptuous is just plain dangerous. 10:31 PM ——————————— i have no idea who terrel owens is either (i don’t live in the u.s. or watch american sports), but i googled him. it took less than five minutes out of my life, but i could easily have just ignored it just the same. no danger in that.
sorry, this is definitely the last comment on the sportsman when this is supposed to be about that other guy in the picture…. just shortly: yes, it takes you 2 secs to google T.O. – and you find what: he’s an NFL star. well, how ridiculously ignorant of all non-americans here not to know him….. err…. well, sweeties, shall we start about premier league stars? yes? see how fast you are “revealed” as ignorant fashion addicts who don’t care about anything else with, errr again, substance.
i love the after! He looks so rugged and handsome. I like to think of myself like that. Meaning I can be conservative when I need to be but able to switch up my style when I feel like it. Maybe he was going for an interview or something at first and had to clean up for it. I’d love to know what caused such a change. Or does he always switch it up…
Yes, most of you are correct, I have had a drastic change internally. I am now living with MS. This would cause anyone to change inside and out. And Yes, I am and artist. I get dressed for my own amusement, every morning.
I will change many times in this life. I just can’t bore myself to death
The strenght, the elegance, the quiet eloquence of his presence….He looks intelligent, well read, informed, refined, deep. And more than anything, he looks confident, as someone who knows who he is, who understands himself, and knows what he wants in life.
He looks like a sociology professor in the third picture.
Gravitas. Creativity. Individuality.Fearlessness sense of expression.
The bottom picture has earned him the nickname “Professor Badass” on a popular comic book image board. They even made up an occupation for him.
“I imagine that he stands in the center of the NYSE trading floor, all by himself with a radius of 5 feet around him respectfully kept clear. He says nothing. He moves nothing. He just stands there. He makes $12 million a day.”