Tuesday, May 22, 2007

On the Street…Modern T Monk, New York

Everything just about perfect
Sleeve length, fit of the jacket, complementary color combination for his skin, slightly funky hair for such a refined suit.
It took me about an hour after I took this photo to finally remember who this young man reminded me of…..a modern Thelonious Monk(below).


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  1. John

    May 22, 2007 at 8:33 am

    Does this guy work at Domenico Vacca on Madison? Either way he of course looks good. The Brown suit is always a challenge in terms of shirts, ties and shoes. This guy has pulled it off superbly I must say. His look is really as good as one could see anywhere.

  2. Maria

    May 22, 2007 at 8:45 am

    A great sense of adventure in a suit…?! How much I prise people that are able to create a style of their own with very “standard” pieces. This dude definetly knows his style above the mass trends. Bravo!

  3. Interman

    May 22, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Great look and a well exposed photo.

  4. benp

    May 22, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Wow, sharp look – and the light in your picture is amazing!

  5. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 9:07 am

    he is quite striking. great style and execution.

  6. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 9:24 am

    this is how i would like to wear my suit.leaves me envious. picture is beautiful!

  7. AM

    May 22, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Holy crap, he’s perfect. Not many people can make pink and brown look badass.

  8. william d. anderson

    May 22, 2007 at 9:31 am

    this guy is really cool. untouchable. (except for those silly shades).

    monk was cool in an other worldly kind of…didn’t give a damn…way. miles may have defined “jazz cool”, but monk embodied it, didn’t know it, and wouldn’t have cared.

    sart, thanks for that connection.

  9. Pax

    May 22, 2007 at 9:33 am

    The slim fit works well, as do the pinstripes, but the hair makes his look.

  10. Iheartfashion

    May 22, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Elegant, refined; what great style!

  11. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Perfect is the word! Brave hair and colour of shirt. And the fit of the suit! Lovely!
    / Mia ( pattern maker of men’s wear )

  12. SubjectiveFashion

    May 22, 2007 at 9:38 am

    That suit is like a second skin on him. The white Ipodcabel working as the perfect accessory!

  13. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 9:48 am

    He’s devine. It’s not just the clothes, it’s the way he carries himself that makes it all work so perfectly. You’re right, Sart, he looks like Thelonious. I’m going to have to listen to some of his music tonight…and dream of that delicious man.

  14. sandman_gr

    May 22, 2007 at 9:59 am

    He looks suave! Very stylish color combination. And the funky hair makes this look so modern!

  15. Tzitos

    May 22, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I love his skin colour!

  16. iopine

    May 22, 2007 at 10:16 am

    The glasses are a bit SuperFly, thus seem incongruous, but he looks great in them. They’re not really “Monk” in looks, but they certainly are in attitude.

  17. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Yeah he looks pretty smooth. His jacket fits perfectly. A contender for sartorialist of the year? (under 40 bracket)

  18. Kitt

    May 22, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Awesome. And what was playing on the iPod?

  19. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 11:18 am

    maybe more miles davis than monk…
    either way…cool.

  20. Alex

    May 22, 2007 at 11:46 am

    This is the slickest customer I’ve seen on here. He exudes fly. The photograph is beautiful too… I really like how the background is washed out like that. I’m curious though… what do you think makes this less than perfect?

  21. Victoria

    May 22, 2007 at 11:55 am

    That’s a really good look. I love it when men know how to dress properly and especially when they get a good fitting suit.

  22. akilah

    May 22, 2007 at 11:59 am

    he’s beautiful

  23. Claris

    May 22, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Or Andre Benjamin.

  24. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    this may be one of my favorites ever, sart!

    nice work.

  25. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Nice waisted jacket and the pocket square/shirt combo work well. Blue (?) stripes on the shirt are the added touch.
    But what is the cut of the pant, and does he have a cuff or not, “mid-atlantic” break, American break or Italian? Proportion to the jacket is essential here.
    Please include the shoes as they could make or break this look.

  26. siongc

    May 22, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Yes, pink and brown seems to be a very popular colour combination, but he certainly wears it well. Great fit, great colours, great hair and great confidence. And I personally really like iPods against suits.

  27. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    faaabulous. He has to know he looks good. Although the ipod almost ruins it…

  28. Athena

    May 22, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    Stunning. I love the lines on the suit (perfect), his hair, the earbuds, the sunglasses. That’s style.

  29. *** MeMiLy EdD ***

    May 22, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    It reminds me of those DNKY adverts about 2 years ago – with the yellow taxies and the way he is dressed..

  30. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    great suit

    colors are perfect , tailoring is superb

    bravo to him and great pic Sart

  31. fastred1

    May 22, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    +1 for the vest… I didn’t realize it was a three piece at first glance

  32. invisible girl

    May 22, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    I agree with you, Sarto. This gentleman is drawing from an earthy pallette which suits his skin tones. I also like the retro hairstyle and the SuperFly shades which lend authenticity to the look.

    T Monk, indeed …

  33. staci

    May 22, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    although i’ve long grown sick of seeing those white ipod headbuds EVERYWHERE, i gotta admit they give his outfit a smart, hip touch. like maybe he doesn’t take himself tooo seriously.. i wonder what kind of music he listens to!

  34. Misplaced

    May 22, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    I love the photo of Thelonius Monk with the other musicians. He knew that when that picture was taken all the other jazz musicans would wear black- he purposely wore white to stand out- smart man.

  35. Jasmine A

    May 22, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    Hot Hot Hot!

  36. David

    May 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    This is absolutely my favorite. While I don’t think anyone can out modern the inimitable Mr. Monk, this guy certainly takes an admirable run at it. I’m going to take this photo to my tailor to show him that buttons are moving up even on two-button jackets.

  37. Jack Daniel

    May 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Thelonious Monk makes the most intriguing music…ever…and that guy looks…’COOL…’

  38. Joshooah

    May 22, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    I agree with Anonymous 11:18, I see more Miles than Monk in this. Especially with those shade…
    Either way he makes it look good.

  39. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    love the suit and the shirt, but would’ve chosen another color or fabric for the tie – it’s the weak link. but he looks quite dapper.

  40. TeMo

    May 22, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I love Sarto and many of the comments, but sometimes I get a tad tired of the black to black direct references, like weak Hollywood casting, I would expect more from folks who are real observers and lovers of style. I can see T Monk but some of the other references, Andre 3000? Again?! A hip black man in a suit = Andre 3000. Come on now. I also think that an Afro is both timeless and elegant, it no way limits what you can wear nor should it place you in a particular context. Afro and wrap shades = Superfly? So if you a blonde and wear cat eye sunglasses and scarf = Grace Kelly? Long brown hair and mini = Jane Birkin? That sounds more like supermarket tabloid fashion editorial than Sarto or maybe my standards are too high?

  41. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Totally agree with the Thelonius Monk reference – “Straight Up, No Chaser!”

  42. Anonymous

    May 22, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    thelonious monk?! i take exception to the suggestion that someone ‘resembles’ the most unique and creative man in jazz merely on the basis that hes a sharp-dressed black man.

    good photo. eye-rolling comparison.

  43. Francis Xavier Holden

    May 23, 2007 at 12:11 am

    I agree with a couple of other comments. Looks great but the stance and (infered) attitude say more Miles to me.

  44. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 1:28 am

    oh baby. i LOVE when guys dress like this. he looks amazing.

  45. supercat

    May 23, 2007 at 2:32 am

    he looks like the guy in those tanqueray ads.

  46. Diana

    May 23, 2007 at 3:04 am

    I have a huge crush on him!
    Dear Mr Sart, have you ever thought, to start organising dates?
    There are surely huge interests on your subjects all over the world.
    This is a big niche.
    The Sartorialist Matchmaking Agency


    May 23, 2007 at 4:25 am

    nice,nice,nice very nice¬°

  48. AthenianGuy

    May 23, 2007 at 6:48 am

    the brother is tight.

  49. jlindstroem

    May 23, 2007 at 6:55 am

    You forgot mention that the picture ist perfect too..love the correctly exposed guy in conjunction with the overexposed, blurred background. love it.

  50. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 7:46 am

    I’ve tried to find you in his glasses (like in Blade Runner) but it is impossible!

    I think YOU are really the best, everywhere.

  51. sixfive

    May 23, 2007 at 7:49 am

    saw this in GQ– I need this suit!

  52. I said

    May 23, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Cool look

  53. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 9:51 am

    just as he wouldn’t have given a damn about what you think of his “silly shades”

  54. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Very good-looking guy.

    Great suit. Love the colors and the fit. I think the Ipod, the sunglasses, and his hair make him look modern.

    He looks very stylish.

  55. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Great look, nice suit!

    This guy looks wonderful!

  56. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Ohh my gosh he’s hot ^^,

  57. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Guess temo 9:19 pm has some issues!? “A blond with cat eye glasses and scarf = Grace Kelly” Absolutely! It’s about classic iconic images of style. Whoever it is.

    Supermarket tabloids?

    Nah, don’t think so.

  58. Anonymous

    May 23, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    What a great looking guy, and a great looking suit. He just carries this off to perfection. Very cool cat.

  59. Alice Olive

    May 24, 2007 at 8:05 am

    One word – sharp.

  60. Klara

    May 25, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Wow, he looks really cool!He looks really classic but really modern too!
    Love the oufit!

  61. Raconteur

    May 25, 2007 at 11:19 am

    I’m almost certain that I’ve met this chap. Always very dapper.

  62. Luke

    May 25, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    So how did this thin guy get such a perfectly fitting suit? Just a thin cut? Tailor take in the waist? I’m somewhat thin and jackets are *always* too baggy on me.

  63. Amanda

    May 26, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    totally digging the brown and pink, especially with his skin tone. but it really is the hair and sunglasses that make the look.

  64. Justine

    May 27, 2007 at 12:26 am

    How slick is he. He really has chosen every element of his look perfectly hasn’t he. Even the earphones look perfectly placed.

    He seems to hold himself with utter class too – something too many people forget is vitally important to an overall image. I’m thoroughly impressed.

    Your T Monk observation is well grounded too! :)

  65. Tristan

    May 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Umm I saw that guy today?! That’s so funny. And I noticed his look too, since he totally stood out. Nice photo.

  66. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 10:39 am

    i actually saw him in queens yesterday, getting out of the subway. classy fellow indeed.

  67. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    This guy’s name is Simba and he is a wardrobe consultant for Domenico Vacca on Madison Avenue. He deals with mostly high profile jet set types. I know this because he has helped celeb’s for the recent Oscars.

  68. Anonymous

    June 2, 2007 at 3:35 am

    hi, he is more Miles than Monk :)

  69. hyacoda

    June 4, 2007 at 1:48 am

    Unfortunately he looks like an ad for Ipod.

  70. Anonymous

    June 4, 2007 at 7:03 am

    very interesting exposure, the city seems to breathe with light

  71. Anonymous

    June 7, 2007 at 5:03 am

    its perfect

  72. Anonymous

    October 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Does any body know who makes the suit or where I could get one

    or is it a custom one off

  73. Daniel

    November 25, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    i would wear this…it’s awesome

  74. Raymonn

    February 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    He sure does look like a modern day Thelonious.

  75. Eric J

    June 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Yikes. Solid.


    Eric J. Henderson

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  77. Thiago Pena

    May 30, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Great suit and combination. Inspiring, I'd say. Congrats from Brazil.

  78. Stan

    June 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Love to see men of color looking dapper.

  79. Kalie

    November 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Simba is always always ALWAYS put together and has the funkiest style out side of work! He is such a gentleman! Love him!

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