Monday, January 26, 2009

On the Street….Outside Old England, Paris


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  1. Anne Corrons

    January 26, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Love Old England in Paris. When I come there, I feel like being in London! So British…


    January 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

    So charming.

    For a younger gentleman it’s hard to wear a hat like that without just seeming like a poser/hipster.


  3. Suze

    January 26, 2009 at 8:53 am

    He looks as though he’s just walked out of a 1950′s race course, and should have a copy of the Racing Post tucked under his arm.

  4. suzanne nelson

    January 26, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Immaculate style! i love the different shades of brown, the gentleman’s beautifully polished shoes, his hat. the coat is terrific. Seeing someone dressed as well as this lifts one’s spirits. Great photo and post, thank you Sart.

  5. LivingGolden

    January 26, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Doesn't he look like one of those gentlemen with a million stories from his youth. Love the hat & shoes.

  6. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 9:04 am


  7. Evelyn

    January 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    this picture is great!
    The outfit on this gentleman is very English!! timeless classics!

  8. Kim

    January 26, 2009 at 9:21 am

    What a great look. Right out of the 40′s?? What’s not to love in Paris…

  9. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

    gotta love the glasses.

  10. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Amazing how smoothly he does it, the coat only partly buttoned, the hat cocked just so. Magnificent!

  11. Annabelle

    January 26, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Amazing glasses! And it’s interesting how he’s only done up the second button of his coat and none of the others.. Parisian style, so nautral.. love it.

  12. John

    January 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

    A perfect Parisian type right down to the monkstrap shoes. The monkstrap is more popular in France than any other country as far as I can tell based on personal observation. The pants are a bit tube like for my taste but I realize this a popular modern look even it destroys the concept of drape which is what stylish mens pants are all about. Love the scarf and the Gaullois. The French have tried to ban smoking in restaurants and bars but they are already backing off basically because no one is paying the least attention. Vive le difference.

  13. diane

    January 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Very handsome, he reminds me of the early 40′s.

  14. Ondrej.Rucka

    January 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I really need hat like that.

  15. POST-IT UP

    January 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    nice le corbusier glasses!

  16. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

    A hat is not a hat until it¬īs tilted – how true! I appreciate the perfect shine of his shoes and his smile. There is hurt in his eyes behind that smile, though.

  17. sparrow

    January 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

    This is the kind of man who could easily woo a lover 30 years his junior. Classic yet personal, casual yet alluring.

    Atreasuryof, unfortunately I have to agree with you; perhaps because this sort of elegance is earned?

  18. Earvin

    January 26, 2009 at 10:57 am

    COOL!!!! Nice picture of the man.

  19. Nikki

    January 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

    all I can think is, shoes= something of a fairytale where old men have their shoes shined and ladies always curl their hair.

  20. Red

    January 26, 2009 at 11:25 am

    very distinguished, i like

  21. ricola

    January 26, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I am really loving all this camel everywhere.

  22. Emily Rose

    January 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I wish my grandpa looked like this!! I love his glasses

  23. green lantern

    January 26, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    HIS SHOES !!! Structured, toe-perfect, shined, foot fitted, color-to-die-for, period!

  24. Jack Daniel

    January 26, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    this is just classic stuff!

  25. Lord Brummel

    January 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    The trick is: I’m not sure this gentleman spent many minutes in front of his mirror before to go out… (A bit like the Italian gentleman on September 25th) Nicely done… and nicely shot, as usual.

  26. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    makes me wish i lived in paris for some reason

  27. duncan

    January 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    I’d like to be as cool as this when I’m older, minus the cigarette! if i can stop smoking by then!

  28. Lorenz

    January 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Windows like those in O’Brien’s or Roberts’ example would have been great.

    sorry about the “would’a, could’a, should’a”…

  29. Duchesse

    January 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    So many men in North America will buy a hat and just plunk it squarely on. This gentleman has been WEARING hats for years, knows shape, crease, tilt attitude; the many dimensions of a well-placed hat.

    Great portrait!

  30. 9to5

    January 26, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Love the scarf, hat and glasses combo. Timeless. His expression is so ‘F*ck you!’ Reminds me of my grandpa.

  31. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    this guy remembers me Brat pitt in Beijamin Button.

  32. Mad Hatter

    January 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    this look is great!!! perfect coat, pants, and shoes. I like this


    January 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    nice look , remind me Henri Miller,it could be during “jours tranquille √† Clichy” with Ana√Įs Nin….
    I love the well cleaned and shined shoes…

  34. Lieutenant Glahn

    January 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    He has a Henry Miller vibe going for him. That’s never a bad thing.

  35. Joy Zaczyk

    January 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I am helplessly and hopelessly addicted to your blog now.

    Are you happy?

  36. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Anyone know where the coat comes from?

  37. closeup

    January 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    aww I love this photo!! it’s very powerful and the man looks very very likeable :)

  38. Laguna Beach Trad

    January 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Magnifique, Sart! The angle of this young gent’s chisel-toed monkstrap shoes does it for me. That, and his tortoise shell specs and cigarette. Simply beautiful.

  39. chloé

    January 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm


  40. Mattis

    January 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Old people with style is the best.

  41. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    For me its French style. Take away the glasses and the co-ordination of the scarf and coat and then perhaps its British but those small round glasses and the planned are very old french artisan/writer to me.
    Just a thought…. :)

  42. enb

    January 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    the shoes are what really sells it to me.
    Great selections-

  43. Amanda

    January 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    He looks splendid.

  44. alegna

    January 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    For me, I’m not a fan of the coat itself. It’s the lift of the collar, the scarf—the scarf is perfect, the tilt of the hat, the shoes are immaculate and even the way he is holding his cigarette.

  45. Kay

    January 26, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    If he was puffing on a pipe instead this would be perfect.
    I love how he has done his coat collar and scarf

  46. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Henry Miller all the way. Bravo!

  47. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    I didn’t even have to look at the title to know he was from Old England, a great style to match the outfit.

  48. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Goodness, Mr. Sartorialist! You are on a tear! These past couple of weeks of pics are really lovely.


    January 26, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    ^could be Georges Simenon, the Belgian writter, with so many wifes and mistress, he had the same look.

  50. KiwiBella

    January 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    A yes, I must agree with Kay. I was a little uncomfortable with the cigarette but couldn’t say why… now you have helped me! A pipe is the answer! Then he would look just like my dear old grandpapa.

    Perhaps we could also furnish him with a well-travelled leather bag, in which to put all the items he currently has in his coat pockets.

    On second thoughts, perhaps I won’t give him the pipe and bag because then I would also have to give him a hug and ask him “grandpa, where have you been hiding all these years?”

  51. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    How wonderful that this is shot outside Old England as you know this shop is the epitome of English style
    a seclection of everything of quality from London available in Paris but put together in that Continental interpretation that makes a national style chic.The portait of the genteleman is so apt as he seems to be the type of customer of OE who simply shops no other place.Wonderful contrast very much Cartier Bresson

  52. brooke

    January 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    amazing, charming, perfect. (addicted!!)

    <3 brooke

  53. The Observer

    January 26, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I’m 23 and I wanna dress just like this gentleman when I’m 50…
    And I’m French btw…

  54. Andrea

    January 26, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Love it!

  55. Miss Leading

    January 26, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    So classy… He could be a character of an Oscar Wilde’s story. His elegance, his classic colours, his allure… And all in the picture seem to be perfectly integrated, like the books in his arms, the leafs in the ground, the trees behind…

  56. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Wow… he looks just like the late Henry Miller.

  57. Candace

    January 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Nice crisp hat…and he kinda has Stephen Spielberg glasses.

  58. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Oh, to age so well and remain tirelessly and effortless chic.

  59. Anonymous

    January 26, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Great shoes. Are they burgundy in colour?

  60. Emily

    January 26, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Stunning photo!!!!

  61. m.

    January 27, 2009 at 4:15 am

    what a charming old man. It look’s like the potuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, if you search in the net you ill find photos from the poet dreassing like this gentleman. in spit of the mustache.
    sorry for my english.

  62. Dan in Richmond

    January 27, 2009 at 8:28 am

    I’m not a fan of the coat although I know I’m comparing it to the current fitted style. It seems a bit large and rumpled while everything else is just-so. Those are the perfect glasses for his face!

  63. Eugénie from Paris

    January 27, 2009 at 8:35 am

    James Joyce ? Or Samuel Beckett ? THAT kind of elegance…

  64. The Clever Pup

    January 27, 2009 at 9:29 am

    studio photo one – You are so correct. I thought immediately of Georges Simenon. Just needs a pipe.

  65. mimi(cigalechanta)

    January 27, 2009 at 11:50 am

    He looks wonderful, I love the monochromatic look and his look of confidence.

  66. Maverick

    January 27, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Is it just me, or does that look like Bruce Willis?

    Love the shoes, though…

  67. sahara

    January 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I find it interesting, that no one has a problem with this stylish gentleman smoking, but seemed to have a problem with the young lady smoking, in the previous photo. Does this have to do with age, sex, or both?

  68. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    What is Noel Coward doing in Paris?

  69. crowsfeet

    January 27, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    This photo makes me want to hear his voice; although no matter his accent I fear I’d die on the spot from an overdose of charm. Would he shake my hand or would he kiss it? He is the bee’s knees.

  70. The Awakened Heart

    January 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Oh my God, it’s Arvin Sloane from Alias!

  71. eloise in berlin

    January 28, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Henry Miller lives on…

  72. Meg

    January 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    stylish old men. fantastic.

  73. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Amazing shoes. Great hat and glasses. Oversized coat makes him look small and weak. The pants are obviously fitted why not the coat.

  74. Vol Freak

    January 29, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Exactly the look I’d have at that age. I definately get the Henry Miller comparison…also a bit of William S. Burroughs.

  75. Anonymous

    February 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    perfection. i bet people buy him drinks all the time just to hear his great stories.

  76. Anya

    February 2, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Lovin the look in his eyes..and ofcourse his attitude..

  77. travelbug

    February 6, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I don’t mind the cigarette.

  78. Elegancemaison

    February 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    This man is FRENCH. Full of charm,and handsomely dressed but French. No Englishman of any generation ever dressed like this. The hat, the scarf, the coat, the trousers and the shoes – no, nay, never. Left of centre, sorry. But oh, if only Englishmen could, then I would have married one. (Don’t tell my Scottish husband.)

  79. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    George Burns! Where have you been?
    He is comfortable. He could take care of me.

  80. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 19, 2009 at 2:59 pm


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