Monday, November 14, 2011

On the Street….Mr Akamine, Tokyo

Alright, it’s too controversial.  I’m just going to spell Tokyo with a “y.”


The new series this week at 8 PM will be shots from my recent trip to Japan.


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  1. Style Croissant

    November 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    He’s so elegant and put together ! When did you go to Tokyo ? Was it this summer ?

  2. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    November 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Love his facial expression:)


    November 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    minute attention to detail & cut = pure elegance!

  4. Martine

    November 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Really great portrait. He looks like some sort of deposed royalty. Its so good that this blog is more then just style. Although theres plenty of that too. I have no real thoughts on Tokio/Tokyo debate. Especially seeing how its not even the original alphabet of the word, I can’t imagine it matters. So Ill just stay out of that.

  5. chad saville

    November 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    This is lit perfectly. Great portrait. And that is a very elegant tie. You continue to inspire.

  6. Michael Tornato

    November 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Such elegance! I love this mans expression. A picture really can speak a thousand words. His suit reminds me of something Emerngildo Zegna would produce. I also really love his tie!
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  7. Milena

    November 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    ahaahaha! I’m sure everyone will be at peace now.
    great portrait.

  8. Ophelia

    November 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    His tie is a lovely colour!

  9. Marimorena

    November 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    So elegant!

  10. The life after

    November 14, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    What a distinguished and refined man!

    The Life After

  11. ryan

    November 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    this is the number one guy of all your posts, he looks perfect in every one and wish there were more. also, he never looks ike an obvious poseur like many of the others.

  12. bambi

    November 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    What a gentleman!! Love this guy, SCOTT YOU ROCK

  13. Art Deco Engagement Ring

    November 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    I really like the color of that tie. It really pops!

  14. Lauren

    November 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    He’s definitely trying not to smile!

  15. ccae92

    November 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Love the photo, and thanks for fixing your spelling. “To-ki-o” sounds so ignorant, it’s definitely not befitting of a world traveler.

  16. A

    November 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I especially like the Mona Lisa smile he’s sporting. Looks like he knows a secret. Ax

  17. Evan

    November 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Classic shot of a business man..great
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  18. Devi

    November 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Great portrait.. Elegant and refined man!!

    xx Devi

  19. MstrdavidPOP

    November 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    love that you think spelling tokyo with a y is controversial – love his blazer

  20. LUCIA

    November 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm

  21. J Umm

    November 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    He looks like a man of few words. His suit speaks for him.

  22. Rece

    November 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Controversy is good for buisness!!!!! TOKIO ALL THE WAY! :)

  23. lea

    November 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    It looks like he has little button nipples! Who’s with me?

  24. gabriella sheffield

    November 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    so serious and flawless

  25. Name*

    November 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    His facial expression is very intriguing. I wonder what he was thinking.

  26. D

    November 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    I like the idea of having an 8pm series. Keep up the great work!

  27. Charlotte Wilder

    November 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I love the buttons on either side of his lapel. Such a subtle, elegant touch.

  28. Davidikus

    November 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    You have got to love the double breasted suit, despite the Italian shoulder!

  29. (@Tokyofaces)

    November 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    From the campaign with Brother right? Can’t wait to see your photos from here!

    Tokyo streetstyle:

  30. mr. john

    November 14, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    This guy looks very SHARP. I always prefer striped shirts under semi-solid suits plus the emblem on his tie is cool. I would like to see what he might wear to go to the store or get gas on a Saturday.

  31. Edward Logan

    November 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Amazing portrait. Does anyone know, by any chance, who makes the tie?

  32. Charles

    November 14, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    why would you ever spell it without a y? tokio is not how it’s pronounced in japanese. it’s pronounced tokyo. i never knew there was a controversy.

  33. Shannon Rosan

    November 15, 2011 at 1:13 am

    I love the quiet, yet powerful expression on his face is amazing!

  34. Simone

    November 15, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Raffinatissimo, eleganza allo stato puro

  35. kiyomi n.

    November 15, 2011 at 3:38 am

    love the photo! also…to-ki-o and to-kyo are completely different sounding in Japanese. Whenever I see TOKIO, I think of the Japanese boy group…haha.

  36. thefashionguitar

    November 15, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Dandy look!

    XO Charlotte

  37. M_Ry0ta

    November 15, 2011 at 7:15 am

    good lighting. shadow,reflection and time,anythings call this photo.

  38. clarity enhanced diamonds

    November 15, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Great suit.. classic!

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    November 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Perfect, flawless and timeless elegance, not so much to say…

  40. LocalCeleb

    November 15, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Great photo..

  41. Marika Lyon

    November 15, 2011 at 9:12 am

    J’Adore Japan. I lived in Tokyo and I think that the Japanese people has an incredible class! this photo is very wonderfull:-)

  42. Mark W.

    November 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

    This Gentleman sets the bar for impeccability…Never seen someone so put together. I would buy what ever he is selling.

  43. debbie

    November 15, 2011 at 11:29 am

    He ALWAYS looks nice.

  44. Juanita

    November 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Oh my god! He looks so smart. He may have even stepped out of a Wong Kar Wei film – and before anyone says anything – I know he (WKW) is Chinese but what the hell!

  45. Charikleia

    November 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love those pictures of classy gentlemen. I just LOVE them.

    Kisses from Greece!

  46. SelectStyleJapan

    November 16, 2011 at 12:25 am

    That man knows how to wear a suit. The shoulders may be a bit wide but the neck and overal fit works well. Also the wood background compliments the man well.

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    November 16, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I love his jacket.. elegant and classic!

  48. [email protected]

    November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Perfect. If more men dressed like this for business, we would never “misplace” $600Million of clients’ funds; it shows such understated self-respect, and, respect for others who will meet with him during the day.

    You want to be his client, his colleague, his friend, his employee.

    Clone him fast!

  49. Stuart

    November 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I enjoy your optimistic opinion Tom that because of how well he is put together and the image he projects that it couldn’t lead down a dark road, but I just had to comment because the major control frauds that have committed the worlds greatest financial scandals were able to do so BECAUSE of how well they could charm politicians and clients!

    Of course just to reiterate I’m not in any way personally disparaging this man and his fantastic demure! The accounting fraud criminologist in me just felt obligated to leave a comment about the sad truth of how the worst people involved in various huge monetary implosions (simple example: the Savings and Loan crisis of the 1980s was really made possible by Charles Keating’s charisma and superman-like ability to lie in a way that ended up making the people he manipulated, while staring them straight in the eye acting as if he was nothing but integrity embodied, trust him more than ever and become unwitting participants in his scheme).
    Apologies for the tangent, I just again feel it is important for people to take to heart a reminder about how control frauds operate and that judging a person by their well-styled cover is a risky thing to do!

    Control frauds, politicians, anyone!

    My little ramble made me think of the forever cemented image of Jack Abramhoff and the look he decided to wear on the day he left the courthouse. Personally, I wouldn’t have gone for the mobster costume the day I was going to learn how much time was forthcoming inside the slammer!

    If this comment is judged to be unsuited to be posted and gets axed, I understand! No harm! It’s 98% public service message and 2% simple another general comment about the well put together outfit and photograph.

  50. Aimee

    December 26, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    In fact, as some have noted above, there is NO controversy between “tokyo” vs. “tokio.” One is correct (the former), and one is incorrect (the latter). Period.

    In Japanese, “Tokyo” is comprised of a two syllables and, in Hiragana, two characters– one of which is a diphthong: “to,” and “kyo.” “Tokio,” on the other hand, is three syllables and three characters “to,” “ki,” and “o”. The spellings are different, the pronunciations are different, and only one is correct in Japanese.

    Just thought it would be good to thoroughly clarify a nonissue. :)

  51. Milad

    January 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

    This old man always has the best gray and blue suits when you look at this site its fracking amazing! Going into his wardrobe must be like entering the Vatican of gray and blue suits.

  52. Eric

    June 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

    “Tokyo” is the closest approximation to the Japanese pronunciation

  53. Steve

    May 4, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Actually, the sounds go like this: tookyo. And yes, TOKIO is used in several languages.

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