Friday, September 25, 2009

On the Street….Caraceni Suit, London

Caraceni is world famous for the quality of their suits. This gentleman looks great in his, however, to me, this shot is all about his umbrella (one of the 20 in his collection) and how he uses it as a perfect prop in this photo.

This is grace, this is dignity, this is real style.

PS. I know the collar sits away a little, but I think that it is more a process of aging than of the original fitting.


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  1. Wikifashion

    September 25, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I love his tie!

  2. ingefaer

    September 25, 2009 at 8:14 am

    oh my goodness, he is adorable and so stylish

  3. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 8:17 am

    The shoes are TDF to boot!

  4. Tristan

    September 25, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Yes, i also think the tie is really well done!

  5. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 8:29 am

    shoes tie umbrella confidence. great style!

  6. The Photodiarist

    September 25, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Totally dapper! Wow.

  7. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Note the drape of the pants…..I know drape is forgotten in this era of drainpipe trousers and flood pants but it's one of the things that distinguishes a great pair of trousers. The teaming of grey flannel with the suede shoes is another classic too.

  8. Dan

    September 25, 2009 at 8:54 am

    The accessories pale in comparison to the genius of a Caraceni. Famous for good reason.

  9. Ashley

    September 25, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I can't say this enough.. you always find the small details and really appreciate them in your photos. Beautiful shot.

  10. Jacqueline

    September 25, 2009 at 8:57 am

    he definitely is adorable and I agree that the umbrella makes the shot.

  11. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Aging does suck. Even your clothes won't fit anymore. Great umbrella.

  12. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 9:08 am

    $100 says the gentleman is Italian. He looks Italian and he dresses like an Italian.


  13. charlottehamilton

    September 25, 2009 at 9:17 am

    It's with photos like this that I truly love and appreciate this blog. You don't have to be young and have the looks of a model to be stylish! and he proves it :)

  14. Holly

    September 25, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I do think umbrellas make excellant accessaries. But for me its the boots this time…He looks like he might have rocked this ensemble many times but the boots make it so fresh…He looks ageless…Yep thats my goal!!!

  15. Couture Cookie

    September 25, 2009 at 9:39 am

    He looks so distinguished and well put together. A joy to watch!

  16. mark

    September 25, 2009 at 9:45 am

    I find it annoying when individuals refer to older people as "adorable," as it cannot help but come off as somewhat infantilizing. He is a wonderfully dressed and distinguished man, please proffer the commensurate respect.

  17. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 25, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Wonderful photo! I love the flannel suit and suede shoes. A brilliant combo. Very Duke of Windsor. I agree with a previous poster, this chap does not look English.

  18. Suzanne Nelson

    September 25, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Wonderful picture! You said it, Sart: grace, dignity and style.
    I too was about to comment on the gentleman's perfectly cut pants -
    completely agree with Anon 8.32am.

  19. Sarade

    September 25, 2009 at 9:57 am

    He looks like such a gentleman in this exquisite suit!

  20. wrinkledrose

    September 25, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i collect brollies too! and his tie pops!

  21. Miguel

    September 25, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Classic and the tie is lovely…

  22. Malvina

    September 25, 2009 at 10:39 am

    he uses an umbrella as an accessory that's for sure… there was no need for an umbrella in London for the past 10 days!

    That's elegance!

  23. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

    This suit and the man wearing it make me happy!

  24. davidsl

    September 25, 2009 at 11:21 am

    beautiful suit, amazing shoes, great dignity…and does that umbrella really have a pattern to it??? this gent has it all!

  25. Duchesse

    September 25, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Mark at 9:45 a.m., I'm with you! He is from an era when men typically wore suits for air travel. I admire his style. Thank you!

  26. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I, too, love the drape and length of his pants, just perfect!

  27. Jazzbuff630

    September 25, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Yet another picture for my office bulletin board. Too cool.

  28. hi-d

    September 25, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I love it! He has great style and dignity!

  29. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Yes~! I would walk with him anywhere~!

  30. SM

    September 25, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    True, it's a beautiful suit and he looks dashing. But it makes me a bit sad to think that age makes him shrink from the collar. Well, I guess that's life for all of us – either we become too big for our clothes or too small…

  31. ingefaer

    September 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    you can be adorable and have dignity at the same time – and it has nothing to do with age

  32. kafija

    September 25, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    and check out his tie!

  33. Joy Mars

    September 25, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    The fabric is so thick and rich. The shoes are fabulous.

    Understated dignity. It's years in the making.

  34. Mint

    September 25, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    i love his tie and suit combo

  35. The Louche

    September 25, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    The trousers and shoes are great! Unfortunately I can't look past the coat though. The collar stands off his neck by a MILE and the sleeves are too long – no cuff showing. A suit that beautiful in its own right deserves a trip to the tailor for a few tweaks…

  36. Emom

    September 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    This is my dad's clone…smiles.

  37. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    i would love to see a book of men and women in his age group who still appreciate style. His outfit and a man you posted over the summer (sitting on a lawn chair with a cardigan and florsheim wingtips) they have something. There seems to be a difference in economics but that's not the matter, they have attention to detail without pushing opinion. It's very nice to see the creative spirit and vanity still kicking in those who are older. it's a benchmark and a reminder that good things take practice and not just money and that style and fashion are not only for us while in our 20s.

    thanks for this.

  38. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I'm on the road to geezerhood and I can only hope I can match this gentlemans elan.

  39. lady d

    September 25, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    he is excellent. such class and elegance, style attitude everything

  40. CW

    September 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    This is what a well dressed gent looks like after he decides to ditch ephemera of fashion and settles on a classic style.

  41. Heartbeatoz

    September 25, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    What a stylish Man, like a previous comment I immediately thought he was Italian very Dapper yet dignified.

  42. Kanani

    September 25, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    I never had any grandfathers, but had I, this is how I would have wanted them to dress! Beautiful, dignified, stylish –the epitome of dapper.

  43. theDavid

    September 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    LOVE the combo of the chocolate brown suede shoes and brelly with the charcoal grey suit! PERF!

  44. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Anon 6:02 PM has a great idea. Perhaps you should not have disclosed it but set about doing it. Very viable as well since the elderly is the fastest growing age bracket in most societies.


  45. Kalli

    September 25, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I love seeing an older person with such style. The umbrella perfectly completes his look and makes this photo pop.

  46. Anonymous

    September 25, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Look at the way the color of the umbrella draws your eye to the shoes. I wonder if he has an umbrella for each pair? Amazing!


    September 25, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    How lovely. Dressing well is this gentleman's wonderful gift to the world. More of us should follow his example.

  48. Andrea

    September 26, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Scott, I love it that you dont just showcase pretty young things.This gentleman looks fantastic.

  49. Ammu

    September 26, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Now that's style. Understated perfection. And total class.

  50. Anonymous

    September 26, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    These are some of my favorite shots – people of all ages. I also like the series you posted of the kids. It humanizes fashion and style. Like someone else commented, its not just for people 20-30.

  51. Valentin Xavier

    September 27, 2009 at 4:52 am

    And God save the Queen !

  52. Anonymous

    September 27, 2009 at 7:10 am

    London kicks ass! Yayyyyy

  53. Anonymous

    September 27, 2009 at 11:18 am

    I love it when old folks bring the style…

    We used to have an old gentleman in Chapel Hill, NC who would come into town and sit on a bench on Franklin St. wearing the most awesome iridescent suits, always with hat and cane. He'd hang out several hours looking fine, and then get a ride back home. I once saw him in an in-flight magazine.

  54. sbd

    September 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    The styling on the suit is a bit dated (look at the sleeves). It certainly use some reworking to generate a better fit for the wearer.

    Overall it works and would really excel with a better tie.

  55. Teresa @ good-grace

    September 29, 2009 at 11:09 am

    "This is grace, this is dignity, this is real style." Absolutely! Such a handsome man!!

  56. Dome Colors

    September 29, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    The umbrella is perfect. Love it so much.

  57. Gianmaria

    September 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

    The fit of the suit is not perfect – or rather, it is not perfectly modern. And yet, he he wears it very well.

    This suit (and the gentleman, for that matter) is a classic. It could have been fitted twenty years ago. What is so appealing here is that everything is of the highest quality; none of that made-in-china rubbish. The suit was made to last, and lasted it has.


  58. Invincible

    October 11, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Brad Man!!! He is here.

  59. Emma

    August 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

    *Takes off flowery hat and bows* you sir are a true chap!!What a dreamboat he looks fantastic and the suit is such an interesting material.

  60. James Henry

    August 31, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Pretty good post. I like your street fashion blog. It’s nice to wear an old fashion suit while walking in a natural, after having a little more age, but you have given a lot of information in the blog, it is good to read your blog. Thanks for such post and please keep it up.

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