Tuesday, July 24, 2007

On the Street…….Sunday’s Best 2, Harlem


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  1. eshu

    July 24, 2007 at 9:15 am

    these are absolutely beautiful portraits, a man of the cloth looking spiffy and confident. i love how diverse your blog is, within the same theme.

  2. AnonymousJK

    July 24, 2007 at 9:51 am

    Amen Sart – you are preaching to the converted!

  3. a lady

    July 24, 2007 at 10:06 am

    wow. a collar pin. now that is attention to detail. I saw the nun’s story last week and noticed one there, too, and it looked equally neat and stylish.


  4. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 10:09 am

    Is he an usher at the church? My grandpa does the same thing and looks just as dapper as this gentleman (although my granpa puts a touch more color in his Sunday Bests).

    Thanks, Sart!

  5. Detroit

    July 24, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Wonderful pic. You can’t beat capturing a time when elegance and personal style were not uncommon. One can only hope that as he ages to be as well put together and crisp as this gentleman. Love the collar pin and tie clip.

  6. william d. anderson

    July 24, 2007 at 10:35 am

    if i hadn’t realized the importance of looking sharp in the face of casual fridays, this post would start me thinking about how these guys have taken such pride in their appearance for such a long time. i venture that sunday’s are not the only days this guy looks so put together.

  7. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 10:47 am

    Such beautiful shots! I’m happy so many wonderful people agree to have their portraits taken by you.

  8. Nick

    July 24, 2007 at 11:04 am


    Curley was one of the elevator operators in the 1980s at my high school in Brooklyn (it was 13 stories tall!). He was always super nice. Amazing to see him here! He had to wear a uniform when he was at my school, but here he looks really dapper.

  9. DamianL

    July 24, 2007 at 11:22 am

    I’ve never commented on one of your photos before, but this one particularly struck me. This man exudes so much confidence and pride in himself that it just spills out of my computer screen. Simply fantastic.

  10. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    What a great shot — here’s a man who understands that when you’re in church, you show some respect. Classic.

  11. Girl Spy

    July 24, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    You are often in Harlem on Sundays–are you going to church or are you going to a gospel brunch or just plain brunch somewhere? Or shopping or what? And how do you travel so much & stay sane? Your wife must be a really nice, really cool lady.

    Whatever you do there on Sundays, I love it. Go to Abyssinian some Sunday and get some shots of the folks; you’ll be in sartorial heaven!

  12. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Probably if you walked past him,you wouldn´t even notice him.This photograph makes him notisable.

  13. Liz

    July 24, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    So good…

  14. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    This dude is clean as the Board of Health!

  15. Candid Cool

    July 24, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Fantastic. I love how this is not “fashion trend” but pure timeless style. And the safety pin on the collar is just brilliant.

  16. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    What I particularly love about both of the Harlem portraits is the personality of the subjects, which is so apparent in their dress and demeanor. At a time when so many choose to be sloppy, and at an age where they could get away with wearing whatever they want, they’ve both chosen to look sharp because they’re proud of who they are and the lives they’ve led. There are whole worlds within these photographs. Thanks for sharing them with us, Sart.

  17. Anonymous

    July 24, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    while i absolutely love your shots of fashionista europeans, i am so, so glad that you’re back in NYC.

  18. Sad eyed lady of the Lowlands

    July 24, 2007 at 7:09 pm

    You can’t buy that kind of elegance, that posture of dignity and respect. Classy. Timeless style and elegance which is not for sale.

  19. D. Kay

    July 24, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    This gentleman isn’t an usher, but a deacon. He is charged, as a deacon, to wear a black suit, white shirt, black tie, on 1st and 3rd Sundays. You can best-well believe that this young man wouldn’t be seen in anything less on the respective Sundays. He reminds me very much of the deacons in the church that I grew up in. Many African-Americans escaped the Jim Crow South in the 40′s, 50′s, and 60′s, and their wonderful style infiltrated places like Harlem, Detroit, Chicago, Philly, etc.

    I’m sure that this youngster was no different. The church gave these men a sense of belonging and something to represent. It beams through their confidence and the way they don their duds.

    I want to applaud this blog’s diversity. You never fail to impress me with your eye for not only fashion, but the confidence and swagger that it takes to be a true man of style.

  20. simply olive

    July 24, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    another distinguished gentleman.
    such a beautiful portrait.

  21. Amber Fairweather

    July 24, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    As a resident of Harlem, it’s nice to see some of the locals on your blog. I opted to live here, rather than SoHo, Billyburg, or the LES, because it’s beyond stylish and not at all obvious. Cheers and Props to you and the stylish residents of Harlem.

  22. Jericho

    July 24, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    There is this mormon church in my city, and the guy who hands out pamphlets on Sundays has the best Sunday Best ever. The Harlem priests remind me very much of them.

  23. Hasenauer

    July 25, 2007 at 4:35 am

    That phrase ‘a perfect gentleman’ comes to mind.

  24. hyacoda

    July 25, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    This potrait just got my biggest smile of the day. Guaranteed.

  25. Anonymous

    July 26, 2007 at 1:08 am

    AMEN to great style!

  26. kate

    July 26, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    If this man told me to sit down, listen to my mother, and not skimp on my offering to the collection, there is *no way* I would sass him or disobey.

    Actually, I’d probably be on my best behavior already, because he, in his wonderful suit, sets the tone. “In this church,” it says “we behave with dignity.”

  27. Emily

    July 27, 2007 at 11:53 am

    This is around the corner from my apartment! You were in my neighborhood! I see him all the time and he always looks dapper.

  28. Off The Cuff

    July 27, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    A gentleman to the core.

  29. Happy Singleton

    July 28, 2007 at 9:09 pm


  30. Christine

    July 29, 2007 at 5:41 am

    I do love this man ! So chic ..

  31. savvylondon

    October 3, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    this is one of my favorite sartorialist shots/profiles of all time. well-spotted.

  32. Anonymous

    July 11, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    This gentlemen wihtout a doubt exudes the confidence every man should harness. I absolutely love the way he has his tie kinked out.

  33. randomneses

    June 19, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Love this!

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