Thursday, September 11, 2008

On the Street…..Bryant Park, NYC


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  1. ESPY Menswear

    September 11, 2008 at 8:33 am

    This mans dressed like jazzy jeff! Like the matching outfit.

  2. Dan in Richmond

    September 11, 2008 at 8:48 am

    This doesn’t look bad as a one-off statement although the patchwork shorts suit seems gimmicky. I also don’t see this as being a real expression of his individual sense of style since the effect came more or less readymade. I like the polo in a somewhat unexpected color choice for the suit, which works (and with the collar flipped! That’s my favorite touch).

  3. suzanne nelson

    September 11, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Now I know what they mean by ‘urban camouflage’…

  4. Vintage Me New You

    September 11, 2008 at 9:04 am

    very intersting, but not quite what i will pick as a great style…anyway i would have chosen different sneakers:)

  5. Pandora

    September 11, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Puhleeze! Why is it cool to look dorky?

  6. metafemme

    September 11, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Raised-up polo collars…very innovative. Although I would have preferred a brighter color, perhaps to equally rival the patchwork all over him.
    Somehow, the patchwork nostalgically reminds me of grandma’s tablecloth, am not sure if that’s good! Just to be sure, I flipped back to look at the picture again, and decided that grandma’s patchwork tablecloth when worn isn’t working for me, I prefer it over the table.

  7. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I really like this. A bit costumy and dorky and I would have chosen other sneakers, but I think the key here, as in most patchwork cases is the tone of the patchwork itself. I would make a parallell to my great grandma’s pillow rather than a tablecloth, which I realise might sound even more strange, but to me it all looks cosy and laid back cool. Oh, and pants rather than shorts would have ruined it all for me.

  8. wideyed

    September 11, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I don’t know. This isn’t really working. I can’t tell if it’s because the fabric is wierd or if it’s just the cut of the shorts.

  9. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 9:50 am

    on a quotidian level, how does ANYone keep their shoes so white? i keep throwing mine out every time they start to look grubby….does anyone have a secret?

  10. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 9:52 am

    I’ve seen this guy around New York a few times… GUESS WHAT: he was wearing the same outfit.

    I guess this is his go to ensemble.

  11. Scott W

    September 11, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Okay outfit. Nice hands.

  12. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 10:36 am

    i would have liked to see a brightly colored polo instead and perhaps some dark brown oxfords with no socks. something a little more “dressed” looking to contrast with the old quilt look of the patchwork

  13. Eugénie from Paris

    September 11, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I like his expression and his glasses !

  14. Robin

    September 11, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Both the jacket and shorts are from the Engineered Garments S/S 08 collection. He pulls the look off well.

  15. Hissy Stitch

    September 11, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Is it the outfit, or the uninspired “I’m posing for a picture” pose?

    Both, I think. Shorts suits don’t do it for me. Patchwork shorts suits REALLY don’t do it for me. If it were just the jacket — but no, not working.

  16. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    B A D. daring but bad. looks like my mom’s comforter and she’s got terrible taste. love ya mom.

  17. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Anon 9:50 AM

    For met it’s very simple. I don’t wear white shoes. Ever.

    As for this man’s “outfit”, a bit creepy, in my opinion.

  18. Gypmar

    September 11, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Oh dear. I tend to be a “more is more” kind of person, but not in this case. All of that pattern and texture comes across as dowdy. Like a two-piece men’s version of a housecoat. He’s certainly got the legs for shorts…switch these oddly-cut bad boys out for a pair of khaki shorts and he wouldn’t look like he’d been waylaid by the quilt my husband’s grandmother made for him when he graduated from high school. Though kudos for wearing what he likes. Who cares what I think? :)

  19. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Nice find, Sart. I love this young man’s hair, glasses, polo, and jacket. I don’t like the shorts, shoes, and side burns. What more is there to say? From the waist up (except for the sideburns), this is a great look.

  20. Austin.Garnett

    September 11, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    dig it.

  21. Kevin

    September 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    To me he is treating the suit as an eye-popping accessory, i. e. the rest of him is pretty normal and expected for a guy of his appearance (polo, white shoes, normal hair, only slightly interesting glasses) and it is the suit that makes him stand out.

    I think if you’re going to wear a suit like that, the rest of you had better conform to its wackiness — a suit isn’t just an accessory, it’s the foundation.

  22. cindygout

    September 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    this jacket sounds familiar …… I deeply think your bermuda will be great on me with red high eels !
    ciao bello …..

  23. Sal

    September 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Just as I suspected, Stan Smith’s. The King of all Sneakers.


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  25. Linda

    September 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm


  26. Valentine

    September 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I really love this as a piece, but mostly the man’s stance. It personifies: Here I am. This is what I’m wearing. Period.

  27. Natalie

    September 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Why are people so down on the shoes? I think they look pretty dope with the shorts and jacket–kind of an academic/90s nostalgic look–as if to represent the simultaneous pull between and crossover of the modern academy and 90s nyc–I totally dig. Anyone else?

  28. Shannon Lambert

    September 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    The patchwork feels like something a grandmother would see in a quilting magazine and think “I bet that would make a cute suit for my grandson”…which doesn’t appeal to me. If it was just the shorts, with the button up shirt and no jacket, I might like it. But,as it is, it’s overkill.

  29. Jamie

    September 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I hope that outfit was either painfully expensive or completely handmade. Those are the only two things that could give it any sort of cred.

  30. BaronArtz

    September 11, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    My grandmother had curtains like that …

  31. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    love patchwork! reminds me of comme des garcons. luv the suit.

  32. girlgirl

    September 11, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Um looks like an outfit made out of my grammies quilt.

  33. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I’m not feeling this. Although, maybe if the pieces were worn separately…

    Nah. ;)

  34. sarahjung

    September 11, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I do like his glasses…

  35. Kitschen Pink

    September 11, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Love the quilt! Would prefer to see it thrown over a sofa… t.x

  36. monique

    September 11, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    It’s certainly a statement but what I’m hearing is probably not what it’s meant to say. I do like his daring approach to style and the originality of it. I also like his choice of polo shirt color and his glasses (everyone’s wearing rectangular “hip” frames these days).

    The cut of the jacket, in what looks like light-weight denimish fabric, isn’t horrible nor is the cut of the shorts – for summer/casual. But patchwork (except in a vintage denim blazer or a 3/4 length leather coat – both of which I confess to owning) isn’t very appealing. And white K-Swiss (I think) look too “dental assistant” to me and don’t enhance this, um, “unusual” outfit.

    Viva l’originale!

  37. Angel

    September 11, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    isn’t he an actor? I feel like I’ve seen him somewhere…i like the outfit! it’s homey and smart all at once.

  38. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Those are Stan Smith’s. How could any one be down on those? One of the top ten sneakers of all time in my opinion.

    He looks obnoxious street wear. It’s a fine look to me

  39. ellastica

    September 11, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    he’s got balls for wearing this.
    the cut of the jacket through the shoulders vs the waist and the tapered shorts aren’t very flattering.
    the pattern would’ve been more appealing and less cutesy without the polka dots. it’s sort of laura ashley meets ralph lauren.

  40. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    I think if you removed this fellow’s glasses, this whole thing may fall apart.


  41. sufferforfash

    September 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    i kind of like it, the way he’s standing kind of adds to the mood. The suit is already kind of eclectic-looking, and his slightly nerdy, uncomfortable, deer-in-the-headlights pose help him pull it off more than if he went around with a big smirk on his face (which might make him look kind of like a clown).

  42. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    very intersting, luv the indigo concept…luv the patches..
    he pull it off..

    where did he get it?

    keep it up dude..

    adil sg

  43. NORCAL

    September 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    When I was a Hippie I _________?

  44. kuhu

    September 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    is that the new hm cdg?

  45. Wes Thomas

    September 12, 2008 at 1:07 am

    I like the attempt at the jacket and shorts look, but this fabric doesn’t really do it for me. I was brought back to my childhood looking at this photo- my parents had a sofa that looked a lot like this.

  46. ricola

    September 12, 2008 at 4:16 am

    It’s like a spin off of Madras…like Japanese infused Dutch Madras.

  47. Hiphype

    September 12, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Didn’t quite like the patch work..

    I think it’s a little overboard in a sense that looks uncomfortable..

    But I like the combination with the white sneakers..

    Over all good..

  48. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 6:21 am

    I like this outfit. It might be ready-made, not bespoke, but the rendering of the outfit is purely original. Nice photo, Mr. Schuman

    Anon 9:50–409 and a tooth brush for a quicky clean. Don’t scrub too hard, it’s only dyed leather, mostly grayish underneath. Mild soap, scrub brush for the soles, 409 for the leather,rinse lightly and remoisturize with some Armor All or a stingy nano-thin coating of baby oil. Anal? Yes, but I have shoes I’ve maintained years this way. White is hard to maintain, all scuffs don’t come out, so you live with them and call it character.–HB

  49. mad-for-plaid

    September 12, 2008 at 7:11 am

    I love this look — especially the shoes! Navy/white with something aqua — a favorite of mine! I think this jacket and these shorts would be SO FUN to own/mix/match — they could be separated and dressed up AND, of course, down all the way to the beach, love it!

  50. Joydeep

    September 12, 2008 at 8:41 am

    This looks like clearance J. Crew…. maybe outlet clearance J. Crew

  51. magstermash

    September 12, 2008 at 8:47 am

    The first thing I thought when I saw this photo was that I can’t knock him over even if I tried running toward him at full speed. His stance and feet are so solid!

    I love his jacket. As an Asian American myself, patchwork quilts aren’t part of East Asian traditions so when we see a patchwork pattern like this, “grandma” usually isn’t what comes to mind.

    Symbols can be quite limiting in this sense and it takes an open mind to bring fashion beyond those limitations. That’s why I love other cultural interpretations–it lends an entirely new meaning to everything.

  52. Stan/thetook

    September 12, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Ohh I have a headache. If you look at it too long you get one too… separate yes awesome together nope.

  53. Anonymous

    September 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    hilarious, sad and hilarious.

  54. Brian

    September 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Mr. Yunioshi: Miss Gorightry!

  55. discount coach handbags

    September 12, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    woah. shorts are never in. i can imagine the jacket being alright with the right shirt and pants.

  56. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 2:18 am

    So adorably cute! So dorky! Is that a ring on his ring-finger on this left hand? Why are all the good-looking, dorky-dressing, men taken?

  57. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    21st century version of classical “east meets west” mix. But you have to live in nyc to wear it!

  58. Anonymous

    September 13, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    this is too matchy-matchy for me. I think maybe the quilty shorts with a different jacket. and different shoes. very cute legs.

  59. Anonymous

    September 14, 2008 at 9:52 am

    Great frames, great haircut, nice legs. The suit: wow, okay, hmm. Someone was asking about keeping white kicks white: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser pads work brilliantly on all white rubber parts of sneakers.

  60. Walter

    September 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    I like the glasses.

  61. Anonymous

    September 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    that’s based on a traditional japanese patchwork quilt using indigo fabric. David Suguki of Engineered Garments.

  62. Rich

    September 18, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Fantastic! Especially love the interplay of the colors of the minty/aqua shirt and the blue “suit”. And the riff on Chinese peasant suits, and the upturned collar.

  63. Anonymous

    October 29, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    he has a great resemblance with my long lost cousin who lives in NY

  64. David Schmidt

    December 14, 2012 at 8:18 am

    love that suit. makes me want some cloth like this.

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