Monday, June 30, 2008

On the Street….Mr. Valentino Ricci, Florence


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  1. Teresa

    June 30, 2008 at 8:16 am


  2. Jorge

    June 30, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I hope I dont have to eat my words, but I like a smooth line from shoulder to sleeve. I know the shoulder construction indicates that is has been done by hand. The suit looks great on him. I kind of agree with 4:24 on shoes but yet I like them with this outfit, especially as brogue-type shoes are classics and you are certain to get your money’s worth. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  3. I Want Today, I Want Tomorrow

    June 30, 2008 at 9:14 am

    It seems like a lot of blue, purple, and oranges in Italy. All the clothes and fits are amazing. I’m jealous.

  4. design

    June 30, 2008 at 9:32 am

    what is going on with his shoulders? are the ruched?

    something looks very very wrong to me…

  5. Priscila S.

    June 30, 2008 at 9:33 am

    Che bello!!!

  6. Mitchell

    June 30, 2008 at 9:38 am

    He looks very well put together. I think the cuffs on his pant legs add a nice twist to a well tailored suit. The beautiful shoes tie the whole look together.

    The tie knot is “fat” is a result of the width of the tie itself.

  7. carrot

    June 30, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Not happening for me. Shoes don’t match the outfit and that haircut (or lack thereof) is really distracting. He looks like David Bradford from the 70′s show “Eight is Enough.”

  8. António Erre

    June 30, 2008 at 9:53 am

    A well dressed guy! As for me i’d rather wear black shoes and lower the trousers.
    The overall slim fit is a must!

  9. Simon Crompton

    June 30, 2008 at 9:55 am

    There is an exhibition of the history of street photography on at Tate Modern in London at the moment. I was wandering around it today and thought you would be fascinated by it given your current pursuits. Everything from Brassai at night in Paris to documentary evidence from New York, 1880 to 1970.

    I know you don’t get to London much, but it may well tour. And it’s on until the end of August.

    Particularly loving the postings at the moment. If you ever make a book of your favourite photos, can I ask that you do a separate mens and womens one? If you did I’d buy one for me and several as presents.

    Keep it up

  10. Jingoist

    June 30, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Love LOVE the suit (and the shoes). This is the perfect color blue, and it is becoming more readily utilized in clothing I have seen. It’s obviously not a “business suit blue”, but to me, this begins to challenge the traditional color palette menswear is accustomed to and changes it just enough.

    Scott- is that a roped shoulder I see, or just the way he was holding himself?

  11. designgod

    June 30, 2008 at 10:55 am

    J’adore! He is uber-fantastic. I love the contrast of the shoes against the suit. And the trouser length is perfection.

  12. tj

    June 30, 2008 at 11:03 am

    Great shade of blue. I like the high collar and the bold stripes on the shirt.
    Looks like there’s too much roping at the jacket’s shoulders. Maybe it is just the way he is standing, but the shoulders don’t look right to me. It’s particularly jarring because Italian suits are famous for softer shoulders, and this seems to be quite the opposite.
    I like the brown shoes with the blue suit, but not the black socks.

  13. Lukas

    June 30, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I like it but can someone explain the brown shoes and black socks with this blue suit? I don’t think it looks that out of place but it’s not the first thing I would’ve thought of.

  14. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Pants are too tapered, especially towards the ankle. The shoulders are also excessively roped – quite feminine. Overall, the effect is a little “Austin Powers.”

  15. Jaime

    June 30, 2008 at 11:45 am

    God, I love those pants.

  16. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Beautiful. So much blue, but it works. Love the short, narrow pant leg, and the shoes. Not loving the haircut so much, however.

  17. steelcloset

    June 30, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Oh nooooooooooooooo, that hair is all wrong. Everything else is right. He’s showing enough cuff and pocket square. The pants I prefer to break a tiny bit farther but that’s just me. The hair the hair!

  18. style slicker

    June 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Greaty Navy!!!

  19. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    WOW, killer roped shoulders. This is the way to do shorter length on pant, with trim cut. Tie a bit wide therefore a bigger knot. He’s got the goods for a Florentine sartorialist. Great shoes.

  20. Devyn

    June 30, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    the shoulder roping seems over the top on that jacket. is it just the way his arms are folded? otherwise it’s a nice, natural, and stylish outfit. i really like the patch pockets and tall collar.

  21. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    i actually love this outfit. this man looks like the imaginary boyfriend i always picture in my head when someone asks to describe a good looking guy. and i know that some are bothered by the short pant leg and brown shoes, but i feel that that is what makes this outfit interesting. the contrast of the shoes draw attention to his person, much like michael jackson and his want for white socks to highlight his feet while dancing in music videos. this outfit is spot on, i adore it. love, beck

  22. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    pants strangely tapered and too short. And the visible black socks not good either.

  23. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I realize the right shoulder is bunched up but still, that’s some serious roping.

  24. jamie.

    June 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I love his smile and the look in his eyes. Those two things, for me, make him all the more charming.

  25. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Agree with comment on shoes. Not the color but something somewhat ‘lighter’ might have been better.

  26. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    June 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I just discovered your blog. I have to look through your archives.

    I recently moved to Rome from L.A. One of the many things I love about this city is seeing men like Mr. Ricci. ha.

    His outfit is perfect. Love the hair.

  27. suzanne nelson

    June 30, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    lovely color suit, lovely smile. the chunky shoes work with the deep trouser cuff. i like the way he keeps everything else simple.

  28. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    wow. Does anyone make a beautiful off the rack suit for women? or are women just screwed and have to resort to getting something made to measure….

    I thought thom browne’s woman’s line would be my saving grace – but the suits looked awlful on me…I am 5 2′ size 2

    maybe women are just too many different shapes to get it right off the rack?

    Come to think of it – I’ve never seen a woman in an amazing suit on these pages….(the woman you featured hailing a cab in thom brown was too literal/editorial for me… )

  29. sad while on vacation?

    June 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Perfect blue worn with confidence! i’m in love with him…

  30. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I would never have thought of electric blue as a good color for a man’s suit, but it works on this guy at least. He looks perfectly comfortable and unself-conscious in it (could an American pull this off?). You picked the perfectly colored wall as a background too–the light yellow goes well with the blue. He could use that as a shirt color for this suit next time he wears it.

  31. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Love the color and fit of the suit, especially the slim, high water, wide cuff pants. The shoulder tailoring looks a little sloppy, unusual for an Italian. The shoes could be a little darker and a little slimmer. But so what? If I looked like Nacho Figueras’ kid brother, I’d be grinning too!

  32. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I’m totally feeling the ease and effortless flow of Mr. Ricci’s style: He looks absolutely put together and yet never contrived (unlike a certain individual in a similar blue silhouette with the croc manbag…). Everything from his hairstyle to his stance gives such an air of genuine relaxed elegance.

    Thank you for sharing Sart!


  33. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Wow….I think he looks terrible (At least in the context of this site).

    I hate the length of the pants as well as the tapering (which is fairly pronounced given that this gentlemen does not appear to be a whispy model). I also dont like the shoulders – and I dont care what they say about the construction of the suit.

    Oh well, to each their own.

  34. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I believe the shoulder style is more of a southern Italian look that you don’t see from northern Italian designers / tailors

    ~ Blaumax

  35. hassan1

    June 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Very nicely done indeed!!! btw i love those shoes i think they look absolutely wonderful with the suit

  36. Anonymous

    June 30, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Ahhhhhhh…I am drooling over this man. All I can do is look at the trouser cuffs. And his hair. And his warm brown eyes. Italian men… ;) Yes, I want to move to Florence. Whenever I’m there I sneak pictures of the men. They collect in deliriously well-dressed groups outside shops and on the street during lunch. They really do! It’s like a mecca for sartorialist man-watching.

  37. KittyKatt

    July 1, 2008 at 2:13 am

    another gorgeous guy in a great suit! love evrything about this look apart from that odd shoulder thingy..?
    may be forced to go live in italy at this rate!

  38. Anonymous

    July 1, 2008 at 8:43 am

    the shoulder is his signature. he is a tailor.

  39. michael corleone

    July 1, 2008 at 11:29 am

    as i know mr Ricci as my tailor, i can tell this suit is completely handmade using vitage fabrics of highest quality, the shoulder is without any padding and fit is inspired on old moviestars suit… will tell you more


  40. Anonymous

    July 1, 2008 at 9:03 pm


  41. Anonymous

    July 2, 2008 at 1:25 am

    Very nice suit indeed! The fit also perfect! The suit reminds me of what Romeo Gigli used to make, what Mr. Gigli doing now?

  42. Anonymous

    July 2, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    love the suit. the color is gorgeous!
    love everything about it. it’s a bit off beat. but I appreciate it being that way.

  43. Tony

    July 3, 2008 at 10:56 am

    It looks like International Klein Blue!

    I think the broad brown shoes with the slim short leg make it too…

  44. UES boy

    July 12, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I I love the roped shoulders. I have never ever seen any shoulder like that on a man’s suit!!! But it works very well.

    I can see and feel that this man really owns his look and his suit. Great example of a man’s clothes reflecting his personality/overall style aesthetic.

    The shoes are a bit too flat and don’t really finish the line of the pants well but are still beautiful.

  45. UES boy

    July 12, 2008 at 11:59 am

    needs monkstraps

  46. beky

    July 13, 2008 at 4:35 am

    i love it

    honestly can’t find a thing wrong with it, he embodies florence! divine.

  47. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Lovely suit. If only the trousers fit…

  48. eito

    April 9, 2013 at 7:52 am

    he look like soft George Harrison,cool

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