Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On the Street….The Bus Driver, Mumbai


I love this uniform! Notice the crisp crease on his shirt sleeve,  how he does that in the wilting humid heat of Mumbai is beyond me.


What really impressed me about so many of the men in India is how well-groomed they are!


It’s so refreshing to see the traditional craft and culture of the local barber still alive and thriving in India.


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  1. ANNE

    November 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I love India so much – everything is fabulous with locals. Have you seen fishermen? They are so poor but so chic.

  2. Helen

    November 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

    He looks so proud of himself. This photo makes me happy! I look at it and feel his pride in his work, his clothes, his hair, his life. Wonderful. Just wonderful.

  3. Liz

    November 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

    great shot!


  4. Royal Wang

    November 25, 2014 at 11:16 am

    great suit

  5. Vancouver Barbara

    November 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

    A beautiful man, a beautiful shot and a beautiful shirt. I love how chic and how useful that shirt is. I want one.
    Thank you for your posts – always interesting.

  6. Mimosas and Me

    November 25, 2014 at 11:58 am

    He looks so happy. That’s very refreshing to see after some somewhat sad faces in previous photos

  7. Fashion Snag

    November 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Love this shot!


  8. From The World With Love

    November 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Love so much the way people carry themselves in such an elegant way ..it’s part of the culture ..being elegant id part of who you are…..
    Yael Guetta

  9. maria

    November 25, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Anywhere in the world, poor or rich, people are proud to look the best they can. I’m just back from Bali and the coffee salesman on the street selling coffee from his bike looked sharp every day. Clean, pressed clothes etc and don’t think that they can use a washing machine, all by hand wash.
    The clothes were all second hand but clean and crisp.

  10. Indian

    November 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Believe it or not, his clothes are most likely made-to-order by the tailor in his neighbourhood.

  11. Lindsey

    November 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Great uniform and shot!


  12. kelsey

    November 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    seriously – very crisp for the weather!

  13. Katie

    November 25, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Absolutely loving the India shoots. Keep them coming.


  14. Milex

    November 25, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    It makes me so happy that he smiles.

  15. Kathryn Whitworth

    November 25, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    A heart warming and genuine smile. Best shots for me.

  16. Jenny Driscoll

    November 26, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Dear Scott

    I can only encourage you with a warm heart in your exploration of culture through clothing and photography, across the globe and time, as we have seen over the last several years. You share your fresh perspective of the world and a very free space for me to react instinctively to what I see here. It is rare you write a point of view, but instead give me a chance to form my own, and I like that. However, your occasional comment is very welcome as it gives me a little more insight into your thoughts and feelings for what you see and do. Your images from India lately have stirred much comment and that is useful and helpful for all of us. But I can honestly say I think you search always for an inner beauty; even if it appears before you in difficult or contrasting environments, you still see it.

    Thanks for the giving


  17. Mónica Sors

    November 26, 2014 at 4:28 am

  18. Daniel

    November 26, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Great picture! I love it https://preppyordeppy.wordpress.com

  19. Mahshid

    November 26, 2014 at 7:42 am

    You are a true inspiration! Thank you for that!

    Mahshid مهشید


  20. lamassu

    November 26, 2014 at 7:48 am

    he looks so confident + his smile made me smile back
    but tell me-
    is this a kind of bandanna round his neck + does it serve a purpose?

    • 123

      November 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      It may be damp to help cool off, collect sweat, or both.

  21. Manana Hossana Deux

    November 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I would love to have a uniform like that just to wear. Thinking about having a set of Dickies made to fit me. Nothing compares to the details on this guy’s uniform like the metal buttons, hidden placket and deep pleated pants. Great hair too–you are right, the men are well groomed. Nothing like a good hot shave with a straight razor by a steady professional hand.


    November 26, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Awesome shot


  23. swingsnowman

    November 26, 2014 at 9:21 am

    In South Asian countries, it’s very important to dress well when going out. I think this is a cultural difference. Ripped jeans id no way. I love your cultural shot.



    November 26, 2014 at 9:27 am

    You don’t have to wear the latest from Paris to look chic, true style as this lovely gentleman from Mumbai shows, comes with a smile.

  25. vhound

    November 26, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Separated at birth from Omar Sharif by mere continents and a time wormhole!

  26. Archana

    November 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Scott, about the groomed men in India remark.

    I dont know if its in reference to the expected poverty. If it is, i agree.

    Also, the older men make an effort to wear pressed clothes and look neat. The younger generation is taken by logo-ed tshirts and horrible looking faded jeans.

    I cant wait for you to meet older (80+) men in white dhotis. They are an epitome of elegance for us. We didnt do suits and jackets because of the weather and costs associated with tailoring. But our grandpas showed us what a simple luxurious life could be.

    • Tara

      December 5, 2014 at 2:56 pm

      well said Archana. Agreed!

  27. Johnny Neill

    November 26, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I lived in India for 27 months. I have been back in the US for almost seven years, and I still miss my barber and my tailor terribly. I hope you had an opportunity to spend some time with a tailor while you were there.

  28. SOL

    November 27, 2014 at 4:17 am

    It´s very interesting but when I came to live to Germany I also thought so many of the men in Spain were better-groomed in comparison because women often took care of the ironing and the washing by hand as butlers in Victorian England would do. This maybe could be also the case in India. Don´t you think?
    The cost of all this work in the rich world is not affordable any more like once and women don´t do the work anymore for nothing which is great. Only a social thought for people who could be interested …

    • JessieBerlin

      November 28, 2014 at 4:42 am

      Sol, you’re so right, and your comment corresponds so well with the one directly above ;) I’m from Germany, and I know only one man who wears pressed shirts in his leasure time; he irons them himself. Of course there are laudries, (just as Johnny Neill probably has a tailor and a barber nearby), but it’s a question of costs…

  29. Feyetfair

    November 27, 2014 at 5:13 am

    I’ve followed you for years and I’m so, so glad you’re finding lots of inspiration on the streets of Delhi and Bombay – you need to crack open the street style in the South now! The way they fuse lungis and dhotis with the ubiquitous “bush shirt” (a leftover from India’s Raj era) that you’ve photographed above, is like nowhere else. Bangalore and Madras (Chennai) need your lens!
    Have fun, and thanks so much for your art.

  30. Avan

    November 27, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Ah Mr Sartorialist ! They are indeed very well groomed. You have not seen the Dhobi Gaut… this will show you how they achieve that crisp, ironed perfection!

  31. Summer

    November 28, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Made me think of Omar Sharif…http://lafemmefactor.com

  32. Brian Satterlee

    November 28, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Very nice picture… Great uniform!

  33. All Fashion and Make Up

    November 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

    Nice shirt <3

  34. Cris

    December 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    As per usual beautifully composed photo.
    BUT damn! What a great looking man. The moustache, the jaw, he exudes confidence in himself.

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