Monday, August 9, 2010

On the Street….Rugged & Refined, Florence

Rugged and refined, think Steve McQueen or Gene Kelly.


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  1. Sorawit L. PULSAWASD

    August 9, 2010 at 9:27 am


  2. Gon

    August 9, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I like his look, he looks impecable!

    Dimogonda blog

  3. Julia

    August 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love it!!!

  4. Soren Lorensen

    August 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    like where the trousers hang from

    and he wears it well

  5. Lee Oliveira

    August 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Loving the colors on him Scott!
    His skin tone has worked out beautifully with pale blue. White and brown.

  6. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Definitely not Italian.

  7. Karen in CT

    August 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Isn't it hot over there now? These guys wear sports jackets in the heat?

  8. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Unusually baggy & loose fitting for Italy!
    The white trousers seem a bit stark with the jacket….

  9. Kathleen

    August 9, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Good morning,

    I am old enough to know and love the work, and personal style of both of these iconoclasts you have referenced today.

    Yes, this gentleman evokes the "To Hell With You All" spirit of both men, but especially Steve McQueen for me. Maybe it's because this could be McQueen, except the beard would be a bit more scruffy, standing here if he were still with us.

    I love this man's outfit, or should I say complete look?, from head to toe.

    My husband has a pair of Allen Edmond Chukka boots he's owned for at least 10 years. They are his favorite pair of shoes! He is a doctor and wears them to work with the usual doctor fair, and to this day receives compliments on these shoes every time he wears them.

    The last time I took them to the Cobbler for an overhaul, our Cobbler paused and actually stroked the leather and said: "You know, Edmonds doesn't make his Chukka boots like this anymore, these are gorgeous". I've had many a conversation with my Cobbler about shoes, but only twice in over thirty years, has he actually stopped to talk and admire a pair of our shoes.

    This man's shoes, Chukka Boots?, look older and very well taken are of. I like this about a person. Taking care of the precious accessories they have purchased over the years. Good leather only gets better looking and richer with patina as the years go by. Great photograph Scott!

  10. Nong Bee

    August 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    liked that his jacket matches his shoes.

  11. Kathleen

    August 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Well, so far nobody gets it. Perhaps too young to remember? This is a tried and true look. Yes, the beard kind of throws you off even for Italy because of the length. But still, Google these men Scott has referenced before commenting. Scott has it right on the button!

  12. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Looks like Scott has found my dream man…

  13. LadyNoir

    August 9, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Lovely man:)

  14. Well Done

    August 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    he just needs some tap shoes.

  15. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 10:16 am

    "…think Steve McQueen or Gene Kelly"

    More like think Grizzly Adams. This guy has 'Renaissance Faire' written all over him. I expect him to cry out 'huzzah' at any moment!

  16. heidihem

    August 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Gene Kelly was/is the best icon!
    Although I'm not a great fan of musicals, I wouldn't be without "An American in Paris", where you can see what a multi talented artist he was! Here you can see where Michael Jackson found inspiration for style and dance moves. :)

  17. Davidikus

    August 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Beige, pale blue, brown. Nice colour palette, really.

  18. Lauren

    August 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I am continually delighted by the men you feature on your blog, Scott. It is a quality to admire and emulate when worn objects are treated as meaningful items to be taken care of and loved for as long as possible. It's clear that there are elements of that in this picture (the Chukkas, definitely!). He'd look just as at home in this corduroy jacket as he would in a leather piece on top of a hog, McQueen style.

    Hand drawn:

  19. D R E W

    August 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

    rugged and HOT is more like it… i'm always a fan of a full beard.

  20. Allen - East Hampton

    August 9, 2010 at 10:53 am


  21. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Signore Satorialist,

    Love love love your blog. It occurred to me, however, that most of your material comes from Firenze, Milano, Paris or NYC. Having traveled extensively to Italy I know how stylish everyone is there. I imagine the same are for NYC and Paris.

    Have you ever considered traveling to a style challenged locale and searching for that Look? Could be interesting and challenging.

  22. Sahara

    August 9, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I'm sorry but the pants are more Steve Ercule than Steve McQueen!
    not to be mean but I also believe that If someone has the bottom half of his look so wrong, then he got the top look right by absolute fluke!

  23. jimjims

    August 9, 2010 at 11:10 am

    simple and classy, but also means business!

  24. elizabeth

    August 9, 2010 at 11:13 am

    WOW is all i can say.

  25. LPC

    August 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Good lord. He looks just like my father the Stanford English professor, c. 1974. I suppose minus the beard, handkerchief, and cellphone, but still. Back before fashion for men. Before branding. Before the search for authenticity began in earnest.

  26. Bell

    August 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Scott, comparisons are odious.

  27. Eden

    August 9, 2010 at 11:36 am

    He looks really good:))

  28. Linda

    August 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Scott, all these men look great, fit and slim, in wonderful clothes.
    I think it would be interesting, as a comparison exercise, to show how heavier European men can dress smartly.

  29. Laurent

    August 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    classic combination, comfortable and great fit. Pants length too short?
    Regarding Steve McQueen, Gene Kelly, etc. Men's style in the 20thC. was greatly influenced by the Prince of Wales, ca.1930s (who abdicated) and English style in general, google him and know where Ralph gets it all from. Mostly, the best clothes were from about 3 places: Brooks Brothers, Paul Stuart, J.Press or small men's stores. The english/preppy style was about all there was. Men wore suits EVERYWHERE, look at photos of old baseball games, photos of NY 1940s, 50s, 60s, a blazer or worsted wool jacket with khakis, (later jeans) on saturday/sunday my grandfather and father NEVER went out without blazer or "sportsjacket" in wool or linen, and shined shoes!Neither owned jeans, a t-shirt (underwear)Summer casual shirts were polo shirts, often under a linen jacket and linen trousers. (see Gene Kelly)These days it is rare to be dressed this way,but the number of compliments received, from women, is extraordinary. Please, Sart. US examples! tks

  30. flora

    August 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

    The perfect look, rugged and refined, exactly

  31. Becca

    August 9, 2010 at 11:48 am

    He's dreamy!


  32. Luka Ivanišević

    August 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

  33. Tiffany

    August 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I love that colours…so elegant and classic!

  34. anthony

    August 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Lovely outfit. His jacket sits beautifully. Still unhappy with short longs.
    Shoes are are remarkably beautiful.

  35. moeycat

    August 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    beautiful jacket and shoes.
    i wonder if you could imitate this on a more feminine level.


    August 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Love him! The color of his blazer jacket is perfect for fall.

  37. 82Brute

    August 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I grew up in the shadows of Princeton University in the 1970s where a more frayed and rumpled version this style was fairly ubiquitous among the teaching staff, including the facial hair and longer hair style. But back then they might have worn loafers or Topsiders and probably would have been missing a button on the shirt, the beard would have been unruly and the hair pretty unkempt. What I love about this as a photograph are all the different textures and lines. What I love about this man's style is the fact that he looks casual, but crisp and well groomed. (I love the pocket square). I'm going to go out on a limb and guess he probably smells pretty damn fine, too.

  38. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Before reading your comment below the photo, my first thoughts were that this gentleman looks Skandinavian. Maybe the cloudy sky influenced my line of thinking, too.

    • TT

      February 10, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      It’s funny you said that, because he is just from the other side of Europe. He’s Spanish.

  39. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    undoubtedly the best photos of the year are doing at Pitti Uomo. Why not a special about the looks of Pitti?

  40. Stephanie

    August 9, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Great outfit! Simple & classy :]

    "fashion fades only style remains the same" – Coco Chanel

  41. Rachael

    August 9, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    Gosh, what is it about Italian men?? They are just have a certain something that without any apparent effort makes them look so refined and well-dressed.

  42. cociolph

    August 9, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    The pose is rugged, the white pants are not. Great shoes.

  43. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Like the look, just as I like the previous photo. Looks better without the doily thingie in the pocket. However, I cannot tell the textures on my monitor. I like the look of white pants, but they are impractical. Khaki tan hides a lot that white will not.

  44. scram.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Maybe it's his posture, but the proportions seem ill-conceived and less than flattering. I like the ideas, but the execution is awkward.

  45. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    i like his pocket square :)

  46. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I have to agree with 'scram' here. I was waiting for such a comment. I believe his pants should have rested a little lower than above his belly button. Would've looked a bit more relaxed and sexy (my opinion). Looks more like an American in Florence :)
    Either way, Sart, you do a great job. Love your blog.

  47. ese_isra

    August 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    loving the top half.. but not so much the bottom half.

    i envy his hair… so classy and "rugged" at the same time.

    thanks for sharing.

  48. Bill

    August 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    The best compliment I ever received was from the girl who refused to support my candidacy for freshman class presidency saying, "you're playing too much on your Steve McQueen looks."

  49. fashionsdirtylaundry

    August 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    Wow colors and larger lapel– this shot could be straight out of the '70's!

  50. La Petite Anglaise

    August 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I really love seeing pictures like this one of slightly older and much less obviously 'styled' men. He may not be clad in skinny genes, high-tops, or any of the other trademark style staples of most men who consider themselves chic but this guy's timeless, classic style and rugged facial hair (I'm a sucker for a good beard) put him far beyond his younger and more 'on-trend' competitors in the style stakes. X

  51. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Nice idea…Personally…
    I don't like seeing the hem line on the pants,
    Pants sit an inch too high on the waist,
    Jacket is an inch too short at the hem
    Belt and shoe match too try hard, might be better in taupe. All it screams out is "Here's my belt and shoes"

    I do like the colour combo, he's nearly there. Love the textural background to the photo.

  52. Arantza Saez de Lafuente

    August 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    First: Classic, comfortable,…
    After: Pants lenght are too short.

    I know it´s fashion in Italy but… I think it´s not very correct

  53. Hannah

    August 9, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I agree that this is kind of 70s. It is always so refreshing seeing an older man styled in this way. So simple, and yet a really powerful image.

  54. Carpe Diem

    August 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I'm so glad I found your blog…and I love to see how many are not afraid to mix colors and stick with timeless pieces….as seen in many of your pics taken around Italia…

  55. Megan

    August 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    I really like the brown jacket.

  56. Gracie

    August 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    What a great look, very rugged yet refined

  57. enrique

    August 9, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Everyday should be casual Friday. This is what casual should be.

  58. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Having a beard and tousled hair doesn't make someone rugged. He looks like he's gonna go sail a yacht.

  59. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    rugged and refined? Looks more like an English lit grad student. Are you sure you know who Steve Mcqueen is?

  60. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    He he needs unbutton that top button. Would help elongate the look.

  61. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I am in love.

  62. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 10:44 pm


  63. Anonymous

    August 9, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Am I missing something here? What's so special about this guy's look?

  64. nvl

    August 10, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Channeling Papa Hemmingway, with a side of Marlboro Man.

  65. Stela ALVES

    August 10, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Wow colors and larger lapel
    Great shoes!!!

  66. MELISSA Z.

    August 10, 2010 at 5:19 am

    great pic, he's so elegant! <3

  67. Archibald

    August 10, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Rugged: Check.

    Refined, regarding the composition of clothes: Check.

    Posture: Nowhere to be seen.

  68. Dana

    August 10, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I like a little scruff to my men.

  69. Anonymous

    August 10, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Pants too short.

  70. waisted blazer

    August 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Colours are great! Lovely co-ordination of of jacket, shoes, belt (and hair). Great relaxed look on the jacket with welted pockets. A extra 1-2cm off cuff/sleave lenth on the shirt though for me and more length on the trousers.

  71. kar

    August 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I bet his girlfriend makes him wear this when she introduces him to her friends. I love how that coat/blazer looks with his hair color.


    August 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    fabulous mix…great shoes

  73. Anonymous

    August 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I am getting more Seth Rogin than Steve McQueen. In fact I get zero Steve McQueen, maybe some Sebatian Cabot. Fine looking guy,but no McQueen, bet he owns a pair or two of Birkinstocks.

  74. Anonymous

    August 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm


  75. Gabor Simone

    August 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm


    Love it.

  76. Anonymous

    August 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    I have to agree with the pants too short and sit too high comments and add there's just too much hair action going on. Not happening for me.

  77. Liz S

    August 11, 2010 at 1:25 am

    I happen to have always liked this look–rather popular in the 70s but timeless really–chocolate brown you can't go wrong with I think–and I adore a good beard and some length to hair also. His shoes speak strength and trust–if only his trousers were just an inch or so longer…
    the pebblecrete is a great backdrop for this photo.

  78. Barbara

    August 11, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I really don't like the brown shoes with the white pants. And he looks restricted and uncomfortable. Not one of your better looks, in my opinion.

  79. alexia

    August 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    i need his phone number….OMG

  80. Anonymous

    August 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm


  81. Anonymous

    August 11, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The colour brown suits him so well and he has made it look so stylish that could be back.

  82. Supreme11

    August 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm


  83. ada

    August 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    I actually think of a posh Gene Wilder– charisma!

  84. barbi

    August 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    ….and is that the latest invisible BlackBerry he is using? Like the the one from the BlackBerry Diet?

  85. Anonymous

    August 13, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Um, Murray: Flight of the Conchords?

  86. Tyler Cecchi

    August 15, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Brown & Beards…for some reason, it works. The white just makes the two pop. Pocket square kinda makes it though.

  87. Adeline JOURNET

    August 15, 2010 at 7:31 am

    Omg this brown and white looks so smart and cool! and this lightblue shirt, like THE perfect detail. Perfect guy ^^

  88. bilalmujtabakhan

    August 17, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Lauren you are absolutely right
    the fashion apparels and styles are shown on this blog post are just the perfect one
    Any one who has the taste of fashion can motivates easily oneself to buy these clothing. One of the best thing about these all things is that the photo shot is done in the natural environment that completes it in the real sense.

  89. Cobalt Violet

    August 18, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Love his hair … then with blue shirt and brown jacket … fabulous coloring.

  90. LILLY

    August 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    OMG!Fabulous outfit!! And he is it's sooooo hot, someone has his phone number please! :)

  91. Anonymous

    August 23, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Yes I would follow him home and live w/ him! :-)

  92. nuttnoise

    August 24, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I like his face look like Dennis Quaid.

  93. Anonymous

    September 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I like the way he dress, always, and I personally think he transmits the value of the elegance. Simplicity and not flashy garments are the key. The most important thing to be elegant is the attitude and his is perfect.


  94. Anonymous

    September 12, 2010 at 9:52 am

    he reminds me of Robert Redford!

  95. dcinDC

    July 23, 2012 at 11:56 am

    “I like the look of white pants, but they are impractical. Khaki tan hides a lot that white will not.”

    I’m sorry, but not to wear white because it might get dirty? All of our clothes get dirty. Don’t spill stuff on yourself! Also, that’s what the laundry is for – sheesh! To not wear white because it’s “impractical”!!!

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