Saturday, November 11, 2006

December GQ – The Sartorialist from London

I just bought the new GQ with my page of photos from London – I love it and love the whole issue.

It is the Men of the Year issue so ,of course, I bought the one with Will Ferrell on the cover – sorry Jay-Z.

I don’t want to sound like a kiss-ass but you have to checkout the new videos on

The “How to Buy a Suit” video is great and the roundtable discussion on the recent men’s shows in Milan is also really fun.

Here is the link


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  1. Dutch

    November 11, 2006 at 9:56 am

    That gent personifies the word “Dandy”.

  2. Just an Observation

    November 11, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for the link…loved the Milan show discussion…..however always find it hard to interpret everything they are talking about in terms of fashions seen on the runway and how we should incorporate them into our dressing style…can’t see if anyone would really notice…like the Rapper dude wearing shorts ….Rappers always wear shorts ..particularly the oversized ones like he has on….and shorts are cool for Spring 07 they say…..I know you wont catch me wearing a pair of white Prada mid thigh short with a shirt, tie and a blazer/jacket ….with a hat…sorry sorry not going to happen.
    I absolutely loved the suit video …great fundamental and very essential info for every guy ….I can’t help but notice how men just are not aware of style and fashion and often are really not interested in it…However when they try something stylish…yu see an immediate awakening…as if ” where have I been all this time” ……”all I need was clothes to make feel and look better.”
    GRAZIE as always SARTO!

  3. Butch

    November 11, 2006 at 11:19 am

    The hat!!!!

  4. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    I’m sorry, but some of the people’s clothing you show are quite A)boring or B)ugly. This one is in category A). Maybe something a little more less boring and more interesting.

  5. D. Kay

    November 11, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Why not get the cover with Jay-Z? Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers of our time. This is a feat when he personifies a hip-hop culture that many said wouldn’t last. No offense, but Ferrell makes senseless comedy that is made for Wednesday afternoons in Holiday Inns in Minneapolis and you have absolutely nothing else to watch (This is how I saw “Anchorman”). C’mon Sart. I love you, but don’t do me like that.

    Oh yeah, I love the hat!!!!

  6. The Sartorialist

    November 11, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    For Anon 1:29
    “little more less boring”???

    ok I will try that

    For d.kay
    Jay-Z needs more cowbell!

  7. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 3:46 pm

    Looks like he found these clothes. jacket sleeves way too short. Shirt sleeves way too short. That being said, he has confidence that shows through the camera and you can’t get that from a tailor.

  8. concupiscence

    November 11, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    Mmmm. Love the little thing his collar does. His hands. And, again, the picture. The blue of the picture. Another time, another place.

  9. Shannon

    November 11, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    to me, style is what at first looks deceptively simple but upon further inspection reveals clever or witty twists that transform plain, ‘boring’ clothes into a sartorial delight…

    it might be the shape of a collar or placket, the length of a pant, an unexpected choice of colour or accessories, the placement of a seam, the texture of the fabric -oftentimes the best ones are the most stubtle.

    the joy is in the details, non?

    so anon 1:29 -

    imho, perhaps if you look a little closer you might find something that interests you, because the photos here are anything but boring.

    i find it helps to pull them up bigger ;-)

    keep up the great work scott!

  10. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    I love love love love love this picture!
    The posture, the pose, the hat, the face!

  11. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    Great style, power style.

  12. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    I hope these posts don’t turn into a debate about cuffs and pocket squares.
    This shot captures an attitude that comes through like Brando in Guys and Dolls.
    A “Dandy” doesn’t know when/and where to stop. This man projects it all with very few bold strokes. Every detail has incredible animation. What an amazing photo Scott. If this is “little more less boring” then bring it on.

    This is up there with my personal favorites.
    This shot is also a great companion to the “Playa” and “Time Warp Madison Ave” from August.

  13. Stacy (LA, CA)

    November 11, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    Wow, Sart! He wears that hat *so* well. Between JFK almost singlehandedly killing men’s urban hats in 1960, and Jack Abramoff’s infamous post-court ridiculous hat, our culture has stripped men of this potent suit accessory. This photo shows what a great hat can do — here it also totally captures the viewer’s eye, and diverts us away from his sleeve-length crisis!

  14. marie

    November 11, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    That was a very infomative video and well done. What is scary is I know someone who wears suits that are way too big, circa the 90′s! He refuses to change his ways, but I sent him the link to the video anyway.

    Thanks for the heads up on the mag, I will go snag my brother’s copy to read. :)

  15. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    Anyone else notice “Oh! Brother” by The Fall playing in the background? My favorite band!

  16. Jason Hahn

    November 11, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    You have to BUY your own copy of GQ? You don’t get a contributer’s copy?

  17. eurobrat

    November 11, 2006 at 10:22 pm

    Congrats. I love the GQ spread.

    This guy’s hat is fabulous.

  18. The Muse

    November 11, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    This guy reminds me of the movie “The Harder They Come” with reggae great Jimmy Cliff. Sort of Kingston meets London, this guy is very cool!!! West Indian bespoke all the way.

  19. The Sartorialist

    November 12, 2006 at 7:52 am

    For Jason
    I could get free copies but I still love the excitement of seeing it on the newsstand and buying it – sorry but I’m just not jaded enough yet

  20. Anonymous

    November 12, 2006 at 8:50 am

    The GQ video is utter rubbish, no offense to you, Sartorialist.
    The video is only teaching conformity and boring stuff. It may be good for the beginner, which I’m expecting is its target demographic, but it essentially is showing you how to dress like everyone else. It has some good points, like getting suits the right size for you, but when they say things like “Don’t buy a ventless suit” or “Don’t wear your pants at your belly button” make me think that they’re looking at style through a keyhole. I do believe that your fashion idol, Mr. Cary Grant, wore suits without vents and had his pants up at his belly-button. These “fashionistas” are just too stuck in their own little world of what’s “cool” (at the moment).
    I remember only a few years ago when all they did was praise the 3-button suit and it’s long lines. Sure- just contradict yourselves now. The biggest issue I have with GQ right now is that they focus too much on “fashion” and not enough on “style”. Fashion is fleeting, style is forever.

  21. Tamberk

    November 12, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Rakish, witty and SHARP!
    I love it!!!

  22. The Sartorialist

    November 12, 2006 at 10:47 am

    For Anon 8:50am
    Of course GQ is about fashion – there is nothing wrong with that. “Fashion is fleeting” so? that is what makes it fun.

    Actually I think they do a great job with both style and fashion.

    They are giving you their educated point of view – guys need that. I trust American GQ to give me their view on “what’s “cool” at the moment”

  23. Anonymous

    November 12, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    The jacket is too short, everyone who reads this site knows what’s wrong with the sleeves, but that hat … DAMN!!

    And, I’m all for GQ giving us the latest fad of the day, I just wish that they would (a) give us more detail about it and (b) give us more on timeless style, too.

  24. Anonymous

    November 12, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    This man is too cool for school!

  25. Artie

    November 12, 2006 at 9:07 pm

    both that anon and sart are right about style & fashion in GQ. the video does give excellent advice to young men about buying suits. i most appreciated the parts where the young man is doodling about with the soccer ball in his suit. good suits fit and wear like pajamas. people should expect such comfort; it would help them look good in suits. there were low moments of “scary” dogma, e.g., no ventless suits. my reaction though was different, i.e., time to stock up on ventless suits. if they can be had cheap now, right on. we will wear them again soon.

  26. gizhou

    November 13, 2006 at 5:27 am

    Does this mean that my wearing double breasted suits puts me at the height of fashion?

  27. Anonymous

    November 13, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Hey I just saw this guy on the street today (in London) – I only recognised him because of his hat! Walking down Tottenham Court Road, wearing a brown corduroy coat and the chapeau. He looked pretty cool, I must say…

  28. SwanDiamondRose

    November 14, 2006 at 1:30 am

    that man! is amazing!

  29. Anonymous

    November 15, 2006 at 12:21 am

    powerful & one of a kind!!

  30. Elle

    November 21, 2006 at 11:07 am

    The tilt of that hat!

  31. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 17, 2009 at 6:54 pm


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