Sunday, August 5, 2007

On The Street…….Old-School Braces, New York

Sometimes you see a guy and think that he must be pretty conservative and yet ,literally, just under the surface he has just enough humor to keep you guessing.

Apparently these are very old-school braces but they are soooo old-school that they look completely modern again.

Here is a link to the website of the company that makes them.
Albert Thurston Braces


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  1. Carolina Lange

    August 5, 2007 at 10:18 am


  2. Butch

    August 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    A sight for sore eyes: lovely, beautifully fitted suit, great palette down to and including the wonderful suspenders.

    (I once called them that in London, where “suspenders” are garters. I’d told a guy that I really liked his suspenders…..There was a look of quickly concealed but amused “shock,” followed by a super-polite, completely dismissive “thank you.”)

  3. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, that is wacky, but cool.

  4. cranberry

    August 5, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I love the shock of blue against the conservative navy.


  5. Chris

    August 5, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    That is one very conservatively well-dressed gentleman. More power to him.

    Great shot and eye for detail (as always.) Thanks!


  6. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    A single breasted peak lapel suit makes him not conservative even on the surface.

  7. Candid Cool

    August 5, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    That is one gorgeous blue suit, and I like the trousers too. Beautiful shirt and beautiful braces too.

    Now this is a magnificent thing to see a young man with an attention to detail in his appearance with a chunk of good humour.

  8. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    No pocket square? By the way butch, they are called “braces” not garters.

  9. ethandesu

    August 5, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    Albert Thurston makes the best suspenders anywhere.. If you are in Sydney, Australia, you can get them from the Herringbone store in Circular Quay..

  10. Asian Models Blogger

    August 5, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    Love the fit of the suit and the color is amazingly gorgeous on gentleman.

  11. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    ooh, cutie-pie! i want me a man like that…. braces and all.

  12. Jack Daniel

    August 5, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Wow, those braces are extremely expensive.

  13. Gudl

    August 5, 2007 at 8:42 pm

    That is funny! Definitely reminds me of my grandpa.

  14. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 10:13 pm


    You missed the key part. This fellow is wearing a two button peak label jacket. Peak lapels on suits are back an look great.

    His tailoring is great. Check out the perfect fit.

  15. Anonymous

    August 5, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    perfectly charming braces on a handsome man!

  16. Anthony

    August 5, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    I thought these disappeared from stores… great to see theyre still around!
    He looks great!

  17. Laguna Beach Trad

    August 5, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    Beautiful photo! This gentleman is well put together. Personally, I wouldn’t wear a SB suit with peak lapels, but to each his own I guess. Wonderful colours here, Sart!

  18. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 12:52 am

    Beautiful tailoring, fabric and color. Sleeve length and shoulder perfect are perfect. Waist is nipped nicely. Those details + suspenders go a long way; makes him look fit and natty. This is a guy who cares about the way he looks — and it shows.

  19. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 4:06 am

    ah, the British stockbroker!

    Sart, I went to the brace’s site. Very cool, of course, but there was also a deliciously corny line at the end of their FAQ page that made me laugh –

    “We are supplying braces for various members of the cast of ‘Sweeney Todd’ which is currently being filmed – the competition was cut throat…”

    … gotta love the Brit.

    – desertwind

  20. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 4:19 am

    What a surprise to see what was under the jacket.Not bad though and might be worthwhile for also the belly guys.

  21. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 6:38 am

    The subconscious always told me to look longer than I wanted to.
    Now you revealed the attraction. Merci.

  22. Lucy

    August 6, 2007 at 8:14 am

    I got some braces for my boyfriend a while ago. They were quite popular but the conclusion was they only look good when he wears them with a fitted shirt. Otherwise they make his stomach look quite big – it has the effect of “framing” the belly and so drawing even more attention to it.

  23. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:11 am

    i know him! he works for duncan quinn.

  24. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 10:43 am

    It’s a beautifully cut suit but I agree that the peak lapels on a SB and the hacking pockets on a city suit are scandalous.

  25. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    what an impeccable fit… do you know who makes it?

  26. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    indeed the suit fits like a glove…looks as if this duncan quinn lad has it under control…as for “garters”, “suspenders” and “braces” lets be clear…in London you wear suspenders to hold up your socks or if you’re a lady, your stockings,…you wear braces to hold up your pants, or as they’d say there, trousers (you wear pants UNDER your trousers if you’re a Brit…)…a garter has pretty much the same meaning on both sides of the pond…think lady, think mid thigh, and I’ll leave it at that…

  27. Anonymous

    August 6, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    What a pleasure to see clothing that actually FITS.

  28. Alan

    August 7, 2007 at 12:01 am

    Anonymous, he does have a pocket square. Look at the enlarged version of the picture.

    The peak lapels and hacking pockets (and ticket pocket!) seem a bit incongruous.

  29. jj

    August 8, 2007 at 11:51 am

    great shot Sart

    braces are fantastic ,

    and his shirt is cut the perfect length in relation to his jacket

  30. John

    August 9, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Love the braces, would love a pair of sock garters in that colour.

  31. Emily

    August 9, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    “Anonymous said…
    i know him! he works for duncan quinn.”

    i know him too! he’s my big bro! i’m so proud of him :)

  32. Anonymous

    August 10, 2007 at 12:14 am

    What fun!

    And let’s see more men in hats! We are in Australia.

    PS Just to digress with that other anon: In Australia men wear boxers, or undies/underwear sometimes, but very rarely pants if one is referring to underclothes. Or if you want to be horrid, you could call them jocks (there are probably other vulgar appellations which I can’t think of at the moment). Pants are trousers, interchangeable labels.

    Women, btw, wear mainly undies (or knickers, in some states), g-strings or thongs if you have to be specific. But what is with the term ‘panties’ I read in US mags?! Ugh, does anyone actually ever use that namby-pamby euphamism really?

  33. Anonymous

    August 11, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Who is this guys tailor? And where is his shirt from?

  34. Anonymous

    April 12, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Let me just say that these braces are the best, as I’ve tried a couple of other brands. These are the most comfortable, best looking ones of them all. I’ve got a red and green pair, and they look great with everything I could possibly wear, especially the red ones.

  35. Anonymous

    July 11, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Great to see braces still in fashion. I only wear plain ones which can initiate some ribald comments, but the chicks love to twang them!

  36. Anonymous

    July 26, 2009 at 5:36 am

    I have never thought of braces as a fashion item. I wear them to keep my pants in place. I was always taught that they should not be visible in public, but when it is hot or I am changing at the gym, this is not possible. Is it now considered acceptable to let them be seen?

    PS I am not an old fogey but a fit young guy (23)

  37. james

    August 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Can't see any problem showing your braces in public. They come in all colours and patterns, so are obviously expected to be seen.If you receive any adverse comments from guys, this merely shows they do not undestand how comfortable they are. i generally find that the girls think they are great – my current GF encourages me to wear mine all the time!

  38. Anonymous

    February 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Braces are fantastic, comfortable to wear and good to be seen. Why don't more guys wear them?

  39. Sherlock

    March 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Those braces look fantastic. Why are so many of us guys shy about showing them. They both look great and feel great!

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