Monday, October 26, 2009

On the Street….The Driver, San Francisco

One of my favorite encounters on this book tour was my driver in San Francisco.

As you can see he was very elegant and practically oozed self-confidence, dignity and pride in his work.

I love people who show pride in their work, regardless of the job.

This man’s car was spotless, his shoes were shined and he knew exactly where he was going. He wasn’t dressed like that for me, he had no idea who I was, this was just another day and just another ride done in his own stylish way.

I’ve said this so many times before, and recently in the intro of my book. Even though this blog is about fashion I don’t really think about fashion when I look at this photo. I think about how he is communicating his sense of pride and self-worth; not by how expensive his clothes are but by how he wears his clothes, his posture and his politeness. This man is pure style.


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  1. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    i have been following your blog for a few months now and i love most of all your eye for the human spirit.

  2. Skin Care

    October 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Nice information shared. I'm getting continues knowledge since I joined this blog. Wonderful platform to increase knowledge… Cheers

  3. roy

    October 26, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    nice one, great comment by the sartorialist.

  4. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Hear, hear! He looks really happy!

  5. J.

    October 26, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    We'd love to see you in Canada^^*

  6. Farah

    October 26, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    sophiticated and elegant indeed. Great photo!

  7. Jillian

    October 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    that is what i call class!

  8. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    I blamed it on the IT boom in late 90s that busted in 2000. It was probably one of the billionares that invented casual Friday in North America! I would love to see my butcher wearing his tie again and see my coworker wearing his pressed khaki pants on a Friday.

  9. Nicholas

    October 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Scott, I never get tired of your photos as they come into my RSS feed and this is definitely one of the classiest I've seen yet. I agree with you on the fact that it's not wholly about the clothes, but how the person expresses and carries themselves while in them.

  10. taryn

    October 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I love this Scott. My sentiments exactly! It really is about a sense of happiness, pride in who you are and what you do, being genuine and being true to yourself. Fashion is simply another outward way of expressing that.

    Nice post. Thank you! I needed that today.


  11. greendress

    October 26, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Sart, that is such a beautiful comment and so true.

  12. John

    October 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    It's a great photo. Charming.

  13. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    This is a great shot. It brought to mind Lewis Hine.

  14. SteFon

    October 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Pure pride !! Pure style… I'm proud for him !! thanks…


  15. c

    October 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    very nice.

  16. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Oh I actually have tears in my eyes.

    I love people who show pride in their work, regardless of the job.

  17. Ioanna

    October 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Pure style indeed.

  18. Tim

    October 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Self confidence is the best accessory, ever.

  19. Teresa @ good-grace

    October 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    DEFinitely agree… PURE STYLE! Very well said. Such a handsome gentleman.

  20. Style Scanner

    October 26, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Nicely cut suit – neat armholes. The choice of black & white doesn't look too pretentious here, I think, because he's smiling.

  21. Mary

    October 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    So well put! I think this is why your work reaches such a broad audience of fans. It's often so much more that just beautiful people wearing expensive clothes.

  22. i Like milk. xD

    October 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    He Looks Smart & Friendly

  23. Darcy Rogers

    October 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    glad to see you in SF!

  24. fabulous finds

    October 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    i have seen this gentleman on many occasions in sf…he is ALWAYS impeccably dressed…

  25. Jackson

    October 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    That's the Bay Area for you. Arguably the birthplace of American pride in so many capacities. And home to so many great tailors.

  26. Couture

    October 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I couldn't agree with you more. This man looks like a truly marvelous character to know and projects such warmth. A rare being indeed, timeless and ageless. It's just perfect how you have captured so much more of him than just his clothes in b/w.
    Thank you.

  27. Couture

    October 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Any chance at all of seeing you in Dubai?

  28. The Photodiarist

    October 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    You are really giving us some amazing posts! I LOVE THIS. This guy totally exudes style. He looks impeccable. Also, i love your choice of black and white for this photograph.

  29. Andrew

    October 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Great shot! You realy can feel his energy just by looking at it. I love that it looks like it could have been taken anytime in the last 50 years. Very classic.

  30. Francesca

    October 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    soooo cool. he looks so classy.

    F –> two girls living in nyc and chi blogging all things fashion

  31. Jacqueline

    October 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    pride shows and it makes people look better.

  32. beinglovingdoing

    October 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    The guy get such a classy self


  33. Shayne Gonzales

    October 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I love this post!!!

  34. Shayne

    October 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I absolutely adore this post!

  35. Gwendelyn

    October 26, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    That man is fly and classy !! I wish the young guys my ages dressed like that. No more baggy t's boys :P

  36. -

    October 26, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    i so agree! he's looks great.

  37. JamesM

    October 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Pure style indeed.

    Could you post his contact information? I am in the Bay Area every few months and would like to book him.

    -James M.

  38. Dee

    October 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    He is pure style!

  39. Marta Represa

    October 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    It's so authentic…I love it.

  40. Antonio Barros

    October 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Wooow! He looks perfect!

  41. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I tune in to your blog daily to feast on your delicious photos. I have an issue with this commentary. I'm sure it's unintentional, but each compliment is tinged with condescension. Why wouldn't this man turn it out in every way? Why wouldn't he know exactly where he's going? Why wouldn't he have self-worth or take pride in his job? You diminish his worth when you diminish his work with your presumption. He looks great. "Pure style" would have been sufficient. A picture's worth a thousand words.

  42. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    i agree — through from a fashion standpoint, he seems to have it down

  43. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I immediately thought of Marshall (Ossie Davis) the limo driver in Joe vs the Volcano. Very nice.

  44. Mikey McFly™

    October 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Joe Cool!

  45. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Very nice photo of an apparently LOVELY man! I REALLY like when you WRITE a blurb of a story to describe the people in your photos. The stories really humanizes the fashion subjects ! ;)

  46. Ashley Yazzie

    October 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I wish more people would take a card from this distinguished dresser. He looks fantastic doesn't he? He looks like someone should be driving him somewhere!

  47. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    He's reminiscent of a style and attitude that is in danger of being lost. Great shot.

  48. Catherine

    October 26, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks so much for this photograph, and you're absolutely right.

  49. Gina

    October 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    I love how this man wears something that FITS. The tailoring on this suit is very precise, and he's not afraid to wear it that way.

  50. the nickel fit

    October 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    this is just great. the man must read your blog. jacket length errs to the short side, which is what's in now.

    i prefer a slightly higher gorge notch lapel in most jackets, but since the pattern is already slight-seer, the decision for a standard lapel keeps the look subtle and clean.


    October 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    That was by far one of the best!!!

  52. Rachael

    October 26, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I might not know "fashion," but I think this guy looks a hundred times better than some pretentious fop in a scarf, short pants, and hipster glasses. Very refreshing.

  53. manuel

    October 26, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    innate elegance and style.Scott nice Shot, congratulations

  54. tj

    October 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    A great smile. Taking pride in one's work is a beautiful thing. Next time help this gent out by unfastening his jacket's bottom button.

  55. brittany sterling

    October 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Aw, I wish I could have made it to your book tour in sf. I only live a couple hours away. But, I do completely agree with the notion that it is how you where your clothes that makes you look good.

  56. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous human being!It made me happy just to look at him. Oh, and his clothes are nice too.

  57. Wind

    October 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    VERY well put. everyone should take such pride in their jobs, regardless of the profession!

  58. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    This photo makes me smile!

  59. Edgar C

    October 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    SF fashion rocks.

    I used to travel from the South Bay on BART w/ my exgf just so I could shop at I Magnin basement and to get my shoes at Arthur Beren Shoes at Union Square.

  60. Laura Evrard

    October 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    This man exudes impeccability, charm and kindness. What wonderful style! What a great photograph. This is my favorite photo (of yours) yet published.

  61. knn

    October 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    great post; the man is both charming and touching.

  62. Jaybureaucrazy

    October 26, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Very few people left like him in the World. People who do not have to think about fashion, style, fads… They simply have it within them, making part of who they are…
    Great photo, Fantastic image

  63. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    this post made me want to cry…….what a lovely comment about such a classy man. I certainly hope he see's this outpouring of admiration………

  64. Hello Darling

    October 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    that is beautifully put. thank you for sharing with us your pictures, and most of all your thoughts. i love that you look past the surface level, and deeper into the human spirit/character. i think that's the quiet beauty of fashion.

  65. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I´m agree with you, exactly when you say "not by how expensive his clothes are but by how he wears his clothes".
    Every day I try to transmit this idea to my daughter.
    Thank you.

  66. Jennifer

    October 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    This post really made me smile, literally. I even got chills. I LOVE your perspective and a seemingly down-to-earth personality. I would love to know the man in your picture, he seems like a wonderful person. I think this may be my favorite post :-)

  67. J.P. Archie

    October 26, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I love it!

  68. DaniBP

    October 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for this post, Scott. What a handsome gentleman. Great STYLE!

  69. Josh

    October 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Well put, Sart! Regardless of one's job, even if it's just to drive people around, one should always look nice, as this gentleman certainly does. We can't see his shoes, so we'll have to take your word that they are shined, but we can see his teeth, and they are well brushed indeed, further proof of his self-esteem.

  70. josh

    October 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    wonderful commentary on an amazing portrait

  71. Melissa~

    October 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    He looks gorgeous!
    I'm agree with you, his pride and love shows in his clothes.

  72. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    October 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Love his slim fit blazer and love the story behind this picture.

  73. aynne

    October 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    what a class act… bravo

  74. Amara Richardson

    October 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    This post defines one of the many reasons i love this blog! It was so wonderful to meet you in san francisco last week, i was towards the end of the line in a gold and peach floral sparkly coat worried that i wouldn't get to meet you! but i did! it was honestly one of the highlights of my young life, you were so nice and friendly even at that late hour, thank you for coming to see us out west!


  75. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Well said!

    Polished, sophisticated and confident. I love it; he brings a smile to my face! I really think that 90% of fashion is confidence.

  76. WebMaster

    October 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    he is sooooooo elegant!!! i am keep righting to you to come to santiago with your book!!!!

  77. Kristin

    October 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Very true! Love this man's style and attitude, so classy.

  78. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 3:36 pm


  79. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    What a handsome man!!!
    100% agree with you

  80. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    The definition of class and style – Scott and the Driver.

  81. mockumentary

    October 26, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Yes! Nice one of this man. At the airport?

  82. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    luxury clothing is flossy but the truth of it comes forth from within. I can't agree enough, "…not by how expensive his clothes are but how he wears his clothes. "

    not just style, dignity.

  83. norawoah

    October 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    He is perfection.
    These ideas are what I try to express to people who don't get it. Its not about being expensive,or super posh- its about being excited about the choice you've made to present to the world.

  84. therichhomeless

    October 26, 2009 at 3:55 pm

  85. Armando

    October 26, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    this shows that ¨having style has nothing to do about about age, money, status,job position…. Its all about the spirit, self confidence, attitude towards Life!
    Great Post Scott!

  86. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I love it when fashion people try to get all populist. It's always a journey into the heart of triteness & condescension.

  87. Wrinkled Linen

    October 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Now, THAT is what I'm talkin' about.

  88. bonokat

    October 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm


    hiii, i love how your writing mirrors the pictures you take – crisp, clean…concise

    i am pretty sad that i didn't get to meet you at your book signing in dallas, tx…i was there, from 7 – 7:20 pm, i was on my lunch break at work and the q & a were still going…and i had to get back

    but nonetheless it was awesome being there as you talked


  89. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    He looks so nice – almost from a bygone era. Love the B&W shot. I would ride around with him all day if I could!! I bet he was also interesting to talk to.

    Thanks for all you do – I'm learning from your blog :-)

  90. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm


  91. Yamila

    October 26, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Yep: "This man is pure style"…
    Awesome photo!!!

  92. adam

    October 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    "ain't nobody dope as me I dress so fresh so clean (so fresh and so clean, clean)….."

  93. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    What a nice-looking man! You're right; taking care in one's appearance definitely inspires confidence. I'd definitely trust him to drive me anywhere.

    Now, off to wash my own slovenly car …

  94. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    love it

  95. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    This man is working it! I LOVE SF!

  96. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    that's a great photo!

  97. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    yes, san francisco is where it is at.

  98. Josh Stevens

    October 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    love it.

  99. Vanessa

    October 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for posting people like this. Just everyday, regular people, who have a sense of self and sense of style, despite the fact that they may not spend a fortune on their wardrobe. These are the photos of yours that I love the most. Far more than those of editors and models at fashion week. Those are great, too, but they there's something special about seeing regular people posted on here.

  100. Katie

    October 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I love how you can see someone's sense one's sense of character through of photograph. He seems like such a darling man. And you are such are great photographer.

  101. Alex Folzi

    October 26, 2009 at 4:33 pm


  102. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Thanks again, Scott. Your wonderful comments remind me of my grandfather, who insisted that manners and style were "the great equalizers." He was a Chicago cop who exuded a similar dignity even during his tenth and final decade.

  103. the gorgeous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    This man is awesome! he convey an air of pride and positivity worthy to admire!

  104. The Daily Connoisseur

    October 26, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I love this post. It is clear this man takes pride in what he does and there is nothing that I respect more. It is true- I don't care what you do, if you are a CEO, janitor, teacher, driver etc. if you take pride in what you do you ooze class. Great picture.

  105. foongfest

    October 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    This man is one class act.
    And the great smile really shows his personality.
    Pure style indeed.

  106. 3 o'clock POP

    October 26, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    well put. Beautiful presence…

  107. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I agree witj you. So simple so great

  108. Your Momma

    October 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I was born in San Francisco. and lived there for some time… it's such a wonderful city. And your driver is one fabulous man!


  109. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    The fashion statement here is that magnificent model.

    Absolutely – pure style.

  110. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I really enjoy your book, by the way.

  111. Trude

    October 26, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    …and also pure class. :)

  112. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I am so happy to see a photo from San Francisco. I have been waiting for one for the two years I have been checking your blog.

    Unfortunately, when you came to my hometown, I was away. Maybe next time? I hope there will be many.

  113. tokyostargirl

    October 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Such class. Love it!

  114. vaia

    October 26, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    I like your picture and I love your comments about it! It's not about the price of the clothes but rather about the attitude! So true!
    Thank you.

  115. Beverly Bohan

    October 26, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    "As you can see he was very elegant and practically oozed self-confidence, dignity and pride in his work.

    I love people who show pride in their work, regardless of the job."

    I wholeheartedly agree with you.

  116. phyllis

    October 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    That man is very essence of dapper.

  117. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    although this image is full of soul and love. I'm interested: is this the only image form your Sf book tour?
    I imagine San Francisco to be a wildly creative city full of interesting/quirky ppl.

  118. Tweety

    October 26, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Such a grand man…wonderful capture.

  119. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    What a great picture and commentary. (You should do more commentary)
    He looks very classy and elegant. Some people are just born with it.

  120. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm


  121. Jonathan

    October 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I'm sorry, folks. I'm going to have to echo the 'condescension' angle here. The guy is a driver. There is nothing wrong at all with that job — it's not a 'regardless of the job' job. There are no 'regardless of the job' jobs. You diminish the job, and him, by suggesting otherwise.

    There's no need to make social commentary here. The man looks swank, period.

    (also, all you commenters are giving him a free pass on style. Sure, he looks good, but what's with the the double-buttoning of his coat? You can bet he doesn't have both of those buttoned when he's driving. I'm going to forgive the cell phone in his pocket, because I keep mine there, too, bulge be dammed.)

  122. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Now THIS is why I fell in love with your blog. I'd live happily to never see another pic of Anna Della Russo or even Carine Roitfeld again. Photos like This Gentleman are what are true genius. Dignity is always in style, and kudos to you for recognizing that, capturing it with your camera, and sharing it with all of us.

  123. J.

    October 26, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    We're waiting for you in Toronto!!

  124. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Ah… beautiful, mate. Everyday people showing overpaid fashionistas that their questionable authoritative pronouncements are not required.


  125. Heather Taylor

    October 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    He is the very definition of timeless elegance. Simply gorgeous.

  126. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Yes he is! Very beautiful photo. Happy to see other people other than the over-abundant socialites or mtv personalities.

  127. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Wow. I have had you as my home page for …ahem…awhile – so loving the visual inspiration ….and now you go and sum up what is so beautiful about the people you capture… Thanks Scott and please, keep doing what you do.

  128. John M. Doyle

    October 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    So many of us who have seen this spirit are just absolutely grateful that it does exist. Your commentary and photo are completely on the mark. I just wish that more people would "get it" and try to manifest this same spirit no matter what walk of life they come from or are presently in. Let me give you an example from my life.
    I have an uncle who is 78 and who, like the rest of my mother's family, is a concentration camp survivor who has never lost his sense of dignity and self worth. I just saw him the other day, out by his house, raking the leaves while wearing a well pressed shirt and trousers, with his shoes polished (as usual) to a high gloss-all of his clothes being at least ten years old, except for the shoes (they were probably twenty years old). It is examples like this in my life that have made me realize long ago, that one does not have to follow fashion or even be particularly fashionable in order to possess a keen sense of style. My hope is that other people will be open to the possibility that this vision can exist in their own lives.

  129. simplychic

    October 26, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    he looks like a million bucks!

  130. stephanie

    October 26, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Sorry, but this post is really Orientalizing. I'm sure that you don't mean it intentionally, and I'm sure that you won't post this comment publicly, but I thought that (esp. since you don't mean it intentionally) you should know. I like reading your blog, and I don't mean this in any way as a personal criticism…but I hope that maybe this comment will make you think a little bit more about your class assumptions? (and race)

    Honestly, would you make the same comments about someone who took pride in having made jillions of dollars on Wall St and was dressed super fashionably as well? Do you really love them as well?

    You write all of this as though the fact that someone with a lower-class service job actually cares about themselves and has self-confidence and "dignity" is remarkable. He might not have been dressed like this specifically for you, but who knows why he dresses like this…could very well have something to do with wanting to get ahead in a service industry. As a friend of mine said,

    "Additionally, the post, especially in remarks to politeness and "self-worth" makes me think of Richard Wright's novels, and specifically of Bigger Thomas in "Native Son," or of generations of black porters who learned to smile at every white person, or of cooks, drivers, and other employment groups of subservient Negroes that have faded into cultural memory."

    Not that there is anything wrong with that on his part, just that I feel like you are romanticizing/aestheticizing away a lot of the more gruesome aspects of class, labor, and race in America. Which is potentially dangerous, and not in a good way.(Or, at least not in a good way for those of us who care about changing those conditions for the better.)

  131. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    You're too frigging sensitive, Johnathan 7:40 PM. Relaxez vous. I though nothing untoward about Scott's choice of words and I wouldn't have either had the subject been an Italian street sweeper or a low-caste sewerage block unblocker in India.


  132. AnastasiaC

    October 26, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    oh he looks it!!!
    great shot…what a lovely smiley face!

  133. Em

    October 26, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    This is what made me fall in love with your pictures – your genuine respect for style. Thanks.

  134. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Great photo, great caption. Totally captures what this great blog is about. Was starting to lose faith after "LV tweens," but this makes up for it ;)

  135. The Sartorialist

    October 26, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    For Stephanie 10:51pm

    Have you red my blog for longer than one day?

    Are you serious with the… "Honestly, would you make the same comments about someone who took pride in having made jillions of dollars on Wall St and was dressed super fashionably as well? Do you really love them as well? "….have we just met?
    have you not seen my post about the super chic italians in their perfectly cut suits….or "bald, fat man" his suits cost big $$$ but I treat him with the same respect as this man.

    The problem is not me ….it's you! you try to scare people with your hyper-political correctness so everyone is scared to say anything.

    this post had to do with people that take pride in their job regardless of age, race, or class level. I guess you react better than you read.

    Besides I said nothing about him having a "lower class service job"…you did. I don't assume he is lower class.. He might own that car and make as much money as you Stephanie. Why are you assuming he doesn't make more monry than you?? that seems a bit condesending to me. I know my drivers in Europe make a very good day rate.

    Next time read what i wrote and not what you think you can twist around to fit your daily pc rant.

  136. yani

    October 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    This is one of the best photos I have ever seen on this blog. Simple, elegant, artful.

  137. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    The photo and commentary turned my perennial frown upside down. Then the Politically Correct Police (PCP) turned it to a frown again. I don't like this turn of events.

    I see the photo and commentary as the celebration of a man of elegance and pride. All that nitpicking and exaggerated interpretation of words in their minutia to extract falsehood by the PCP is pointless, callous and unwarranted.

    I could go on ad-infinitum. I have written about this dastardly practice but I now choose to let the state of the world speak for itself.


  138. Anonymous

    October 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Scott, I just read your comment at 11:44 PM.

    The first thought that occurred was: Fuck Yeah!!!

    The second was: Well said, Sir.


  139. Pat

    October 27, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I was so happy to see you say " I love people who who show pride in their work, regardless of the job". So do I and it made my day to read it. He looks great.

  140. Jen

    October 27, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Okay, it's unfortunately gotten a bit ugly, but I think I know what the Sartorialist was getting at in his commentary on the pic and even what Stephanie was getting at in her response and all I can say is that the original photo stands well completely on its own, without commentary from anyone.

    I don't need to know the occupation of any of the photographic subjects, the pics tell so many more things than anyone's words or formulations possibly could.

  141. Heather Gray

    October 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Scott, I love your blog and can easily see that you see people before fashion. You photograph confident beautiful souls of all kinds who use fashion as a means of self-expression. I don't know why some people find the need to criticize this post. I think you are amazing at observing intriguing people as well as photographing them. You see everyone. Some people look at others and can only see themselves and read what they want into what others say. You see light and love. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. Have a beautiful day. .::Heather::.

  142. .

    October 27, 2009 at 12:13 am

    love it!

  143. StevenDV

    October 27, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Oh, Pietro 11:55 PM, if you honestly think the "state of the world" reveals the dastardly influence of the Politically Correct Police then you are indeed an innocent little lamb–in spite of that "perennial frown" you say that you wear.

    Come on, cheer up, much much much more awful things than Stephanie's "PC" remarks have been going on for the whole of history.

    If that's as bad as it gets for you, you should be wearing one long happy and fortunate grin.

  144. browneyedgirl

    October 27, 2009 at 12:20 am

    i agree with you 100%! look at his stance, it's so full of self-confidence. his smile is just wonderful. and he makes it a point to dress like this everyday. love it!!

  145. sweet.hereafter

    October 27, 2009 at 12:23 am

    *Pure style* is right! I can see why this gentleman was one of your favorite encounters in SF. I almost think you didn't need to write any text — this is one portrait that seems truly worth a thousand words.

  146. This Time Now

    October 27, 2009 at 12:33 am

    This is the kind of man I'd love to go to dinner with.
    He is elegant, happy with himself and it seems, the world around him. With a smile like his, who wouldn't be happy?

    He's hot!

    Felicia, This Time in Seoul (blog)


    October 27, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Self-confidence is the first step to be elegant and stylish. Without it you can't reach the next step.


  148. Iyengar's Impetus

    October 27, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Well said, Yes, there is so much dignity in how he carries himself! Thank you for capturing this image.

  149. Beverly

    October 27, 2009 at 1:15 am

    this is a great photo! don't listen to all the haters :)

  150. stephanie

    October 27, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Wow Sart. I thought that my comment was pretty civil. Thank you for posting it and keeping this an open forum, but I don't think that the tone of your reply was warranted.

    First off, I have read your blog since 2006. I subscribe to it in Google Reader and very much enjoy looking at the images.

    Second, I'm sure that man does make more than I do, considering what I make. I didn't make any assumption contrary to this. However, class and salary are not the same thing. I don't think that anyone would argue that being a driver puts one in a lower social class than being a stockbroker. Even if the driver is making a ton of money and the stockbroker is having a terrible year and makes nothing.

    I know very well that you photograph tons of very wealthy people, I just don't ever see you commenting about their dignity, as though it is something remarkable.I actually mistyped when I said "do you really love them as well." I should have written, "do you really love their pride in their work?"

    Also, please, I am not trying to scare people. I am trying to make a comment. Other people can comment back and defend themselves or you if they want to. There is nothing wrong with a few different perspectives from time to time. This is mine.

    Again, thanks for actually posting this. Also, I actually agree with Jen that the pic stands perfectly well on its own, it was just the commentary that I found really problematic.

  151. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Thanks for the latest great picture. So pleased that you talk about clothes as an expression of pride and self worth. I work with some very 'challenged' people here in London and sometimes all they have is their spirit and self respect which is occasionally expressed some 'fierce' style. ( Great sneakers a stylish hat etc)When I encounter that I know that they have a chance a making it to 'the other side', because it's an expression of hope of dignity in the face of adversity. That is the power of clothes as so eloquently conveyed in the 'Thoughtful Dresser.' keeping taking the pictures!

  152. Yassmina

    October 27, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Well I am surprised at people's sensitivity, but people are strange that way haha! =P

    The only thing I thought was …sweeeet photo! Nice suit.

    Thanks for the photo scott, for the commentary, the book and having the ability to see past just the clothes. Someone asked me what I liked so much about your blog as a pose to everyone else's… I guess its simply because you are not about fashion in the sense of the word, it is about style , and every individual person developing and expressing their own style instead of blindly following trends.

    There is a difference, thanks for helping me realise that =D

  153. jennifleur

    October 27, 2009 at 3:31 am

    fine line between fashion and style… i love these pictures of the "un-expected" the most. thanks.

  154. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I think this man, your driver, deserves to be named.

  155. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Great!! I love this picture and your message about!
    Thank you very much for your vision of life.
    I love to talk about style thousand times before to talk about "fashion".

  156. MayKay

    October 27, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Thank you.Both the picture and your comment are heart warming.

  157. Gianni3000

    October 27, 2009 at 6:38 am

    This made my day! Grazie.

  158. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Fantastic, Scott! I mean fantastic post, fantastic pic, fantastic man that this driver is. And fantastic answer to the PCP. Amitiés du sud de la France! Chantal

  159. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Total class! One of your best yet!!

  160. Vanessa

    October 27, 2009 at 7:24 am

    This is fantastic! Mr Satorialist, I love the lenses through which you view the world!

  161. R.

    October 27, 2009 at 7:25 am

    He is pretty suave but you were a smidgen patronising.
    The fact that he is a driver doesn't mean he has a personal sound track which consists of 'It's a Hard-Knock Life'……

  162. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 8:36 am

    He is "ol skool". Pride in your clothing before leaving the house. I grew up on this sentiment and it stays with me to this very day. Love him, you & the blog………

  163. RayRay1234

    October 27, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I, too, found the commentary on the photo patronizing and demeaning. The word "pride" was used to describe him 3 times! As if the assumption is that, because he's a driver, he probably wouldn't have any. I think it's easy to romanticize this man and his "position" in life. It's almost like saying "good for him! he not only takes a beating, but smiles while doing so! Good boy!"

    I also find it troubling that the only comment the Sart bothered to reply to was Stephanie's, the only person who had the guts to eloquently disagree with the masses, and Sart himself.

  164. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I love older men that exude that old school elegance like this gentleman, as to the comment he knew the way and the car was spotless, I can totally relate, I used to ride with private drivers in sedans all the time, and when you found one with someone who was polite, professional, knew the way and had a clean car…it was wonderful, love your blog Scott, so glad I found it!

  165. C.T.

    October 27, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Amen and Thank you. Love the man!

  166. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I agree so much with your last paragraph. Maybe that's why I try not to leave the house without some thought as to what I have on and if I've put on my make-up and combed my hair. It is pride and self-worth, but it's also my armour against whatever I might encounter out there.

  167. John M. Doyle

    October 27, 2009 at 9:30 am

    For those who think that clothing doesn't matter, and that it is not a topic laden with meaning and seriousness, I would suggest that they read the many responses that this photo and the accompanying text have generated. What we wear generates a "language" that is more notoriously subject to interpretation and misinterpretation than the words we use to communicate with one another. Whether we like it or not, we human beings do live in visually oriented cultures, which means that there will always be something to fascinate, confound, delight or anger us when we gaze upon clothing. And yet, could we (as postmodern individuals living in Western culture) ever imagine living in a world where clothing did not exist?

  168. é‹…

    October 27, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Nice photo,nice article!

  169. Christina

    October 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Perfectly stated, Scott. I couldn't agree with you more.

  170. Esque

    October 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I agree entirely with Anonymous @ 1:50 – the gentleman looks incredible – but the post, along with a number of these comments, reeks of condescension.

  171. all-in-the-silhouette

    October 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I was also surprised by your commentary for the reasons stated above. And your "dressing-down" (heh) of Stephanie was over the top.

    The photo and the gentleman. are lovely…period.

  172. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 10:51 am

    wow i follow your blog everyday BUT this time i had to comment. this man exudes confidence, style and pride in his work. this has been one of my fav pics. i love reading your comment aon him and i think you described him well. I LUV IT! bellisimo! Bravo Scott:)

  173. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 10:52 am

    I agree with those like Stephanie who thought some of the commentary on this post was problematic. This line was the one that bothered me: "I love people who show pride in their work, regardless of the job." The subtext here is: I love people who show pride in their work, *in spite of* the job.

    This man deserves better treatment.

  174. D.F

    October 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I totally agree.

    He looks clean, and he looks proud of his job!

    Cheers to him and cheers to you for this photo. It brings me inspiration to be like him. To be proud of what I do no matter what I do.

    Thanks for sharing!

  175. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Stephanie, your point of view was very well stated and I totally agree with you. I wish I had the guts to say it myself. There are probably plenty of us who do agree with you, but are afraid to say so for fear of the harsh replies.

  176. Ammu

    October 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Lovely picture – and so well-observed. Such a good portrait.

  177. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Love your comment!

    - From Denmark.

  178. Jessica Yeo

    October 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

    Fantastic photo, it just shines in black-and-white. And he does have great style, you don't have to be someone rich or someone who hangs onto the latest trends in order to look good.

  179. The Sartorialist

    October 27, 2009 at 11:58 am

    yes an open , respectful, discussion is nice. maybe we were a bit harsh on each other.

    My bad, scott

  180. Nika

    October 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Great Post and commentary.

    I don't see the reason why ppl. are getting into a whole big hoopla about what Scott wrote.

    The beauty of this picture is that the gentleman possesses the sort of old school traditional pride and dignity that is hard to find today. This man has true style. Unfortunately overtime the definition of style has been perverted to mean "wearing expensive garb". What is style?

    The photo tells us what it is, it's individuality, confidence, elegance, pride. It's a gateway to allow the real self to shine through. Style isn't simply about the ability to afford expensive things or follow trends. It isn't limited to a certain class of people or profession. It just is, and some people have it. Regardless of what they do or how much they make. This man leads me to think that it's an innate quality.

  181. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    You have got to be kidding me. So let me get this straight if I had to comment the following: "I love people who show pride in their work, regardless of the job" about a smiling construction worker shown holding a hammer and wearing a tuxedo or a smiling waiter with crisp white shirt and bow tie, then I would be condescending toward both construction worker and waiter according to most of you. It's insanity.

    To those that hold no internal malice or toxicity toward fellow human beings it is easy to understand that a driver, these slovenly days, is seldom seen in such stylish clothing. And when such rare occurrences present before us we tend to admire the person and the clothing which in turn is reflective of work attitude and self-esteem. When was the last time any of you saw a driver or a taxi driver wearing a shirt and tie let alone a suit? "Regardless of the job" to me means that it is unusual to see a driver in such clothing just as it is unusual to see a waiter in a bow tie; it means that the gentleman could be anything; it means that the job is irrelevant.

    How come no such sensitivities were aired regarding Scott's "Waiter at Caffe Florian, Venice" (Sat July 11 2009)? He was well dressed yet a lowly waiter.

    I'll tell you why, my friends. Had the driver been a White man no one would have accused Scott of being insensitive. I find this hyper sensitivity extremely disconcerting.


  182. luarosa

    October 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Three things I love the most are in this picture:
    *happy shiny smile
    *black and white photos
    *how you work the depth of field

    loved it!

  183. chula

    October 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    I am not english speaker but I think that I could understand what Scott wants to say in the post about "pride"…
    my father was pilot- in fact the same kind of job as the driver, you bring people from one place to another – and he had the same attitude of this man on the picture wearing his uniform every single day ..even if you wear all the days of your working life and it could be like boring for msot of the people if you have the right idea of respect to your profesion could be very elegant…
    I think the picture and the text talk about this.. not any race or clss issue;-)
    for artist or freelance- like me- takes a time to understand this charming with your working clothes;-)

    great picture scott

  184. danielnolan

    October 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Please! Its a wonderful photo, in fact, it's so good I went back to look at it after seeing the predictably boring group at the SF signing. Unlike many of those who spent the week picking out an outfit that might impress the author, this man was just doing his job and outdid everyone without trying. I think style and manners are a similiar animal, real style comes out when you think no one is watching.

  185. Natalia

    October 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I think my posting was lost somehow but I was basically trying to say something along the same lines as Stephanie. Although I love your blog, this particular one made me think a little more …. I think the fact that a statement was made about the driver having pride in his job makes it seem like a surprise …. which then simply undermines his job. The photo should be about how great he looks, period, and not about how great he looks 'regardless of the job'. The word 'regardless' is what is bothersome.

  186. stefica

    October 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    i don't think your blog is about fashion (which is ephemeral)–it is about style (which is permanent and has little to do with fashion).

  187. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    This is one of the best ideas you have write in your blog…

  188. CG

    October 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    "How come no such sensitivities were aired regarding Scott's "Waiter at Caffe Florian, Venice" (Sat July 11 2009)? He was well dressed yet a lowly waiter."


    Is it really surprising that people are sensitive to the uses of language, especially here where Mr. Schuman uses it in such limited fashion?

    The difference between the San Francisco driver commentary and that published with the Cafe Florian waiter is the subject. There is no effort, in the latter, to address the nature of the work represented by the "uniform" (in terms of hierarchy or other) or, and more critically here, to delve the mind of the person photographed.

    I think the phrase "lowly waiter"–however you intended–captures precisely the concerns voiced by a small percentage of ardent followers of the Sartorialist blog.

    I find it to be one of the more interesting conversations to date and am grateful that it has been published as fully as it has.

  189. Lovro

    October 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    i couldn't agree more!
    world would be a far better place if more ppl could and would take care of there looks!

    "I love people who show pride in their work, regardless of the job."
    so true. This blog is a part of my education!

  190. unurthed

    October 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Well written, sir! And of course, you being one who can appreciate this gentleman and express as much, is much the same. I am inspired.

  191. F

    October 27, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Now that is one classy cat.

  192. i-Observer

    October 27, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Wonderful post! It is truly very inspiring and majority of us are indeed inspired!!! Well done my man! Well done!!!

  193. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    It's all in the attitude, charm and experience. Something we've lost with the acceptance of jeans as our standard uniform. Maybe we should re-introduce formality in the work place.

  194. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    such elegance what an elegant man. luv this pic one of my favorites.

  195. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    CG 1:58 PM "I find it to be one of the more interesting conversations to date and am grateful that it has been published as fully as it has."

    Agreed and agreed. It makes for far more interesting reading than the standard "Pull it off" commentary.

    See, I was a construction worker throughout my 20s yet outside of sites I was always wearing the finest Italian suits – regardless of my job. Even on site I ensured that my clothing stood out from fellow workers. Innumerable times people would comment that I was "too good to be a construction worker" even though I was making more money than they were. Did I take offence? No chance. I knew it was a compliment about my self esteem and pride for myself and my work rather than social standing.

    People tend to latch meaning onto innocent words due to their own personal sensitivities or the sensitivities imposed by a society which wishes for us all to be automatons. We are all very different and unique beings, each brilliant and diverse in our own right. Castigate those that do not recognise your individuality and differences rather than those who bring those differences to your attention.

    But in any case, my friends, for the record, I never frown.

    Pace e salute.


  196. Thomas

    October 27, 2009 at 7:59 pm


  197. Ken's Lounge

    October 27, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    This man is pure style. Love the old school tie clip! reminds me of my father

  198. God's Favorite Shoes!

    October 27, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Well, first I was just going to comment on the pic…the fact that I loved it. Then for some reason I was nosey and saw that The Sart actually replied to comments so of course I had to scroll all the way up and find the initial comment.

    So after I read the bru-ha-ha…I just want to say…FABULOUS PICTURE and he is FLY! (in a great way:)

  199. Anonymous

    October 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Scott, this is just beautiful.

  200. Di Brito

    October 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    So glad you were able to get a shot of a well dressed San Franciscan. Someone who exudes confidence and style. This man has it…style, self assurance and that twinkle in his eye. He is oh so very S-A-R-T-O-R-I-A-L-I-S-T. Thank you Scott for coming to SF, really disappointed to have missed your book signing. Your work is inspiring.

    Di from San Francisco

  201. JV

    October 27, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I sort of cringed at this post, as well. I have read your blog since practically the beginning, and love it and your writing and photos. But this one came off as condescending, as a few others have mentioned. And that very well may be all on me, but that was my honest and immediate reaction upon reading it. That feeling continued for me with the many comment positively gushing over this man's attire (a few of you mentioned you got tears in your eyes!), which, while sharp, isn't any different from a thousand other people in suits. Pretty standard attire, if you ask me, although he definitely exudes a nice vibe.

  202. tanya

    October 27, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I've never saw fashion and clothes the way you look at it. You make me not just be awed by the clothes but the beautiful shots of the people you capture is often so captivating!
    You are my weekly inspiration :)

  203. AnonymousJK

    October 28, 2009 at 12:01 am


  204. Blackmarket Boo

    October 28, 2009 at 2:13 am

    hewwo! I discussed this very issue on my blog a short time ago… read if you like

  205. Alice Q. Foodie

    October 28, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Just like Ossie Davis in Joe vs. the Volcano! Love the personality that shines through in your photos. Thanks for doing what you do ;)

  206. Anonymous

    October 28, 2009 at 4:29 am

    I was going to post a comment last night in regard to Stephanie's comment. I changed my mind as I re-read Scott's post and came to the conclusion that it was a problem of phrasing and articulating. I don't think Stephanie was being overtly PC. She had a point. The problem came from sentence "REGARDLESS OF THE JOB". It has possible connotations that I don't think Scott meant to say. Scott has a very diverse audience, sometimes people read things differently. Just be careful when choosing words.

  207. Loving Chiaradeanna

    October 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

    What a beautiful smile! This man communicates the joy of living! VIVA LA VITA!

  208. Rosália Casagrande

    October 28, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Our clothes are just a "short and fast" way to show who we are.

    Your pics are amazing!! You can catch a lot of what is inside people! Is a gift!

  209. Vince

    October 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    How can we contact your driver in SF?

  210. Jules, London

    October 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I agree with what you say here. Strong and immaculate style but moreover a person who simply seems really comfortable in his own skin. This is a wonderfully communicative image.

  211. Anonymous

    October 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Yeah, Scott… now you're going to have to employ a speech writer and possibly a rep from the Politically Correct Police to ensure that worldwide hypersensitivities are not disturbed. Choose to ignore this advice and you will hear them ROARRR… GRRRR!

    "Just be careful when choosing words." They're on the edge of their seats ready to pounce at the slightest misplacement of a comma by God!!!


  212. Anonymous

    October 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    My philosphy:

    “Style? A certain lightness. A sense of shame excluding certain actions or reactions. A certain proposition of elegance. The suspicion that, despite everything, a melody can be looked for and sometimes found. Style is tenuous, however. It comes from within. You can’t go out and acquire it. Style and fashion may share a dream, but they are created differently. STYLE IS AN INVISIBLE PROMISE. This is why it requires and encourages a talent for endurance and an ease with time. Style is very close to music.”-John Berger

  213. Official M-Dub

    October 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    This is such a classic photo. I'm happy to see someone so proud.

  214. Tundrababe

    October 28, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    He is very stylish, great photo and commentary!

  215. Anonymous

    October 28, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    My Man Scott!!!!
    You opened up a can baby!!
    But in a good way, at least folks are talking (honestly) and being educated..yourself included. All of these feelings are
    "Made in America" and your blog is one of the FEW places that folks really get to dialogue…My hat off to you brah' (colloquialism). You took the hit from Stephanie, got hot, considered another way of thinking and acknowledged it in a open forum. Much respect for that. Love the blog as much for the social commentary as the photos. Please DON'T be careful what you say, because there are a lot of folks that feel the same way, but also don't get offend when folks offer another reality.
    What took generations to create will not be changed over night…..but having a place to speak openly and honestly is a huge start.

    Can't wait to see what you post


  216. Stephanie

    October 28, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    lovely commentary. and spot on.

  217. Anonymous

    October 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Oh by the way…Great Shot/Scott.
    Looks like my dad and most of my uncles in the 60's when they got "clean" and were going to hang out.


  218. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Thank you.
    The only thing more classy than the photo is the few lines you wrote to go with it.
    your words are a breath of fresh air at just the time I was getting smothered that it is all expensive brand names.
    thanks for the inspiration.

  219. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 1:05 am

    thank you for reminding me that dressing is not only about vanity.

  220. Jennifer-Rose

    October 29, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I think this man should be proud BECAUSE of his job, not regardless of it. In a society where an honest job in the service industry is frowned upon, while white-collars make millions of dollars swindling people, its good to know there are people out there that prefer to make thier livings honestly. What the American spirit SHOULD be…

  221. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 5:51 am

    What on earth do all of you mean "regardless of the job"?! Why wouldn't he have pride in his profession? Is it somehow surprising that a driver would take pride in doing his job well? Not everyone's goal in life is to be involved in the fashion industry. I love your blog but unfortunately I found this quite condescending.

  222. sugarxnspice

    October 29, 2009 at 8:06 am

    This was so touching, absolutely made my day!
    A sense of pride in anything we do is so important indeed… one of your best photos in my opinion, bravo Scott!

  223. nazgulk

    October 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

    This was probably one of the most inspiring little notes that I have read in a long time… Something so simple and uplifting at the same time.

  224. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Oh… this man is wonderful! Great photo!

  225. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Sharp. I am jealous. As a lawyer who sometimes wears a suit, I wish I looked that good in a suit and tie.

  226. flashbulb100w

    October 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    In Pinoy slang, I say, "Sosyal na Manong Driver!"

  227. Sophie, the Barton Girl

    October 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Scott, you are so right! The man oozes style and the price of his clothes clearly has little to do with it.
    Thank you so much for sharing this photo and your thoughts on the matter of style with us.

  228. Kim

    October 29, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Completely agree,…elegant and full of dignity. I think THAT'S what fashion ought to be about.

  229. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    it's a beautiful portrait too

  230. Anonymous

    October 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Scott, you're a better man than I. You kind of apologised and said my bad. I would have fought this till my keyboard would have run out of characters.


  231. Miriam Parkman

    October 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Thank you for this post!
    Style above fashion. Yes. Thank you.
    The picture is fantastic.

  232. Leandro Braga

    October 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Scott.

    I've been following The Sartorialist for almost one year. I can't get enough of all these extremely well shot photos, and also your point of view about the whole photo composition.

    In Brazil, there are for sure much more poorness and social issues than in the US. Though comments like Stephanies doesn't happen that often. We are sure so proud of our jobs, that having such a Photo and comment on a worldwide known blog would be an anforgetable compliment, instead of a reason for a pointless discussion.

    I Hope you continue bringing us always such respected comments and such colorful Photos, which I'm a huge fan of.

    Next time in Brazil, step by our capital, BrasĂ­lia.

    Best regards, Leandro.

  233. HW90

    October 30, 2009 at 1:27 am

    First off, good for you Scott on your response to Stephanie. I don't think you were too harsh. Do we now live in a world where we can't compliment another human being? Secondly, I agree with your post whole heartedly. When I come across a person who does their job exceptionally, whether it be a heart surgeon or a barista, I want to hug them. Incompetence and a lack of pride in ones job has become the norm. And to Stephanie; shame on you for calling this mans job a "lower class service job"(whatever the hell that means). You looked at the picture and made your own assumptions. And someone who is polite is someone who is confident and a gentleman, not subservient. I recommend a little less reading and a little more living.

  234. Anonymous

    October 30, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Dear HW90 1:27 AM,

    Say, I do believe you rock the Kasbah.



  235. fusion

    October 31, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Thanks for post. It’s really imformative stuff.
    I really like to read.Hope to learn a lot and have a nice experience here! my best regards guys!

  236. Anonymous

    October 31, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    The populist appeal of this blog has been clear from day 1. There has always been a message that fashion is for everyone, as witnessed by hundreds and hundreds of photos of people who have nothing to do with the fashion industry.

    I still recall a photo of a senior citizen in Milano that I think was one of the most perfect photos of fashion I've ever seen.

    this photo is just one of many that state that fashion is for everyone.

  237. Jennifer

    October 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    He has a beautiful smile! Love him already.

  238. lighthouse2705

    October 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Scott, please come Asia!

    Singapore and Malaysia love you too.

    I'd love to meet for a cup of coffee!

  239. Maria-Thérèse

    November 1, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Elegant, no doubt, but WHAT is up with his left pocket? Seriously?

  240. Tim McFarlane

    November 2, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Great shot, all by itself. The debate about your commentary has been good to see. Thanks for leaving it all up here.

  241. Katrina221

    November 2, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Style and class cannot be bought, but is innate. I am so pleased that even though you have photographed people wearing high fashion on the street and as part of your job, you have a keen eye for class and style. Thank you for being such a wonderful person. A lot of people loose that quality with success – the quality to value each person by their character and the way they carry themselves, rather than their position or the amount of material possessions that they own. You still have this quality, and that is why your blog is special.

  242. Di

    November 3, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Woah! I am not sure if it is the photo or the comment but this blog is running hot!

    All your assumptions have oozed on to the page. This is a black and white photograph of a man in a suit smiling at the camera. The accompanying comments are the simple uncontrived thoughts of the photographer. Nice and simple.

    If you want to take it a little further, this photo is really about an approach to life. That approach has fallen from fashion. It is about pride in small things (a carefully selected tie, a clean shirt), attention to detail (I will wager this man had polished shoes!) and it is about pride in a simple life. This man is self contained and self maintained and he knows he does it well.

    What is so engaging in this photo is that it is the exact opposite of many of the models that appear in this blog. They are by contrast dependent on the approval of others and maintained by an army of experts. Even when pampered and primped you can sometime glimpse their self doubt.

    There is much to be celebrated in a simple life, self contained and self maintained. Europeans, and Polynesians do it with natural style and grace. Back to the old adage – Less is more!

  243. Shani

    November 3, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I'm chiming in quite late, and I think plenty has been said on many aspects of the conversation, so I will not comment directly on any words used. I just want to say that I DO think that it is wonderful that this piece is generating conversation and social commentary. Having a post out there that gets people thinking, talking, and sharing ideas is, whether intended or not, so important, and keeps us from falling into complacency and forgetfulness. For that, I am grateful for this post.

    Thank you! :-)

  244. KatyE.

    November 3, 2009 at 12:10 pm


  245. Angie Muresan

    November 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Hey Stephanie and all you other snarky commentators, lighten up on the hate and envy, would you, and give the guy a break.

  246. Anonymous

    November 4, 2009 at 7:52 am

    My husband is a limo driver in Sanfo. He has generous clients, a great boss, and he's happy to be working at this time. He takes pride in his work, smells good and wears a suit all the time. I showed him this photo and told him 'it could have been you', and it would have been a nice thing. Nothing wrong with this commentary at all.

  247. jasmine

    November 4, 2009 at 11:59 am

    you're the type of person i wanna meet! i'm a stylist in singapore and i absolutely love your work! every person has a story and you r catching the everyday people that we would just normally pass by. a real eye opener. thank you!

  248. Anonymous

    November 5, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I find your comment to be pretty condescending, i do adore looking at your photographs but i've noticed that every time you choose something "out of the ordinary" you always feel the need to justify it. Why does he have to be defined as "the driver"? Would his self worth have been any less if his shoes weren't shined? regardless of the job? it all just sounds very haughty. I'm sure you mean well, but if you find someone stylish why don't you just leave it at that.

  249. Mirela

    November 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Perfect! A true style icon!

  250. Anonymous

    November 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Why wouldn't this man have dignity? Why would it be so impressive if he does? Frankly, I see a man posing for a picture. He's well dressed, healthy looking, and has a nice smile.

    I see no reason to read into his mental state or have whatever conclusions drawn about his sense of self have anything to do with his job. He's a man who drives people around for a living. He might hate it for all we know. But he takes nice picture and is a welcome addition to a blog about people who look good in clothes. That's it.

    As the comments by people who think your description of him (your imagined reality for him) are problematic are in the minority, I also don't see any reason to go on a rant about so-called PCness. Yes, different people see different things; we don't all occupy the same spaces in society. It should be considered progress when people have the guts and intelligence to openly challenge the status quo.

    You don't need to be "afraid" when someone questions the race/class/gender implications of your work. It's just conversation, use it for growth or dismiss it. Believe me, you don't know fear until you have to confront the daily reality of living on the lower rungs of a very un-PC world.

  251. Anonymous

    November 20, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I totally agree with your words: the style is the style.
    I appreciate your point of view.

  252. Lile (NZ)

    December 12, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Your comments are so true.

  253. the enigma

    December 26, 2009 at 7:28 am

    he could be a movie star..

  254. k2butter

    February 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I have just started to follow your blog, even though i had heard of it quit some time ago… I have to comment on this one because I LOVE it!

  255. Anonymous

    April 27, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Pride in one's appearance, work and self is something that has, unfortunately, gone by the wayside in most of America.

    This man, this photo and your excellent commentary are a beautiful reminder of where our priorities need to be to regain our dignity as a nation.

  256. Anonymous

    September 18, 2010 at 6:20 am

    I love this photo so much. thanks for taking it and presenting it.

  257. Anonymous

    February 8, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I think you are making an important point here: it's not only about the style of the clothing (i.e. cut, material etc.) and least of all about their pricing, it's to a large extent about how you wear them.

  258. Ryan

    May 16, 2012 at 2:58 am

    So there’s only one street photo on this whole site in San Francisco?

  259. angela

    September 26, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    totally agree. love it.

  260. Ritoot

    February 8, 2017 at 7:35 am

    He Looks Smart & Friendly He has a beautiful smile

  261. smactingdrivers

    January 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    Hi , thanks for sharing your information.The insights are really helpful and informative.

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