Wednesday, November 1, 2006

On The Street…..The Gent, Harlem


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  1. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 7:02 am

    THAT is how you wear an ascot Jeremy Piven!

  2. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 7:11 am

    What a great look. I don´t like the look for my self, but this gentlemen looks great in it, Maybe I should try again

  3. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 7:20 am

    Wow! A very nice outfit. Im sensing a wibe from an “east coast yachtclub affair”, mainly from the jacket.
    I love that red scarf contrast against the blue shirt. It also goes really well with the persons skincolour. Great!

  4. dds

    November 1, 2006 at 7:32 am

    I agree with Pedro – I would NEVER try that at home, but some people can pull it off. This guy appears to be handling it nicely. Question: If you are wearing a colorful silk ascot, do you also need a colorful silk pocket square?

    seems like a lot of silk….

  5. savvylondon

    November 1, 2006 at 7:42 am

    he’s wonderful!

  6. Tamberk

    November 1, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Dapper, snappy and divine!

  7. Butch

    November 1, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Dashing–but the too-tight jacket, with its brass button array and high closure, on a double breasted model yet, ain’t my cup of tea….

  8. Just an Observation

    November 1, 2006 at 7:58 am

    Have to agree with the others…pretty hard one to pull off, however he is dapper.
    I personally feel that his very themic and perhaps that is why I would hesitate trying it myself unless i was at yacht club etc.

  9. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Love it! He reminds me of a young Billie Dee Williams! You one strong malt liquor picker!!!

  10. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 8:26 am

    Looks like Joe Dumars. YOU GO JOEY!

  11. Bespoke Couture

    November 1, 2006 at 8:30 am

    I think he looks great, most men wouldn’t dream of pulling off this outfit. The guy looks great in his double breasted blazer with gold buttons, black watch tartan trousers(a plus) and the ascot and pocket square- A salute to the superb Mr. Howell Look! I think most men should start experimenting with different styles and looks such as this one and stop saying I couldn’t pull this off or that off. How do you know if you don’t try? Remember fashion is individuality and without individuality there would be no fashion. In my opinion, all men should make a pledge to take a break for a moment of simply wearing the same old boring solid charcoal and solid navy suits and do something different as this discerning gentlemen did.
    “The Real Bespoke”

  12. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 8:36 am

    Nice black watch plaid pants with blue blazer. But why so many blazer buttons buttoned? Was it very cold or windy? Blazer looks a little large as well. His attitude is superb, however.

  13. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 8:55 am

    Yes, it does bellow “let’s go a-sailing” but it looks nice, more or less.

    Not a fan of the “red piece of business” (now I know it’s supposed to be called an ascot) AND the pocket square.

    Un ou l’autre, mais pas les deux ensemble, SVP.

    But he’s happy, cute and loving it all. That’s what matters.


  14. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 8:57 am

    (Looks at the pic again…)

    Ah ha! That’s what it is: he’s channeling a bit of Quincy Jones.

    I ain’t mad at ‘cha. Bring that subtle cool style back for my hood hustlas. The baggy pants and bling are over and done with.


  15. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 9:03 am

    YEAH! Thanks for coming up to Harlem. I just moved here and I, too, see a variety of dapper gents!

  16. DC Celine

    November 1, 2006 at 9:05 am

    He certainly pulls it off, but I have to say that it looks a little cartoonish. Just not quite real.

  17. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Definitely an ascot and pocket silk, though probably not matching.

    A very smart ensemble; more men should try ascots.

  18. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 9:38 am

    Very classy and not overly done. The ultimate cool.

  19. UpperWestSideGuy

    November 1, 2006 at 9:39 am

    Love the ascot, french cuff shirt and smooth vibe. Even the ticket pocket on the db jacket is nice…i just dont like the gold buttons. Makes the jacket look a little “cruise ship captain” for my taste

  20. Jan

    November 1, 2006 at 9:50 am

    He takes what could be a caricature look and makes it look like HIM. It just seems to fit his personality perfectly, even though we don’t know him. Fabulous.

  21. positive_negative

    November 1, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Who knew you would find a black Thurston Howell III in Harlem?

  22. positive_negative

    November 1, 2006 at 10:01 am

    Who knew you would find a black Thurston Howell III in Harlem?

  23. Alice Olive

    November 1, 2006 at 10:20 am

    He’s so dapper! I love the contrast of the red and white dots against the blue.

  24. Lit

    November 1, 2006 at 10:32 am

    I like that, the Gent.He almost looks too done up (I mean, a cravat?!).But somehow he makes it look fitting, appropriate and elementary.He pulls it off.

  25. Amory Blaine

    November 1, 2006 at 10:36 am

    He’s an African-American Slocum.

    And I’m wondering where the cigar that should be in his left hand has gone.

    He’s quite wonderful – quite, quite wonderful. From the ascot, to the perfectly fitted jacket, to the button details: brilliant ensemble.

  26. CSH

    November 1, 2006 at 10:50 am

    One word: snazzy. Get that man a gin & tonic.

  27. Zaydoun

    November 1, 2006 at 11:05 am

    Dapper indeed!

  28. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 11:07 am

    is this b. oyama, the clothing store owner?

  29. Max

    November 1, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    That ascot is fresh. Well played.

  30. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 12:25 pm

    This gentleman wears the classic blue dubble breasted blazer with a touch of gilt so well.

    Did you know that the blazer goes back to the Captain of the frigate HMS Blazer,who in 1837 was faced with a visit to his ship by Queen Victoria.To smarten up his shabby looking crew the Captain had short jackets in navy blue serge,with brass Royal navy buttons,made up for his men.Queen Victoria was so impressed by the crew’s apperence that the jackets became a permanent part of their dress!

  31. catalina

    November 1, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    Very handsome, very stylish! I don’t suppose he is free for cocktails sometime?

  32. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 1:02 pm

    now that’s smooth. i bet he drinks cane rum, and if not, he should.

  33. Laura

    November 1, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    i’m alsmot more impressed by the double-breasted jacket than the ascot. it’s difficult to pull off that cut without looking either overly padded or “stuffed-in”, but this seems to fit quite well.

  34. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    I think the silk pocket square nicely balances the silk ascot.

  35. rae

    November 1, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    so classic. and i hate to repeat, but dapper is just so appropiate.

  36. Amit

    November 1, 2006 at 2:27 pm

    That’s B. Oyama. What a great guy and what a great store he’s running uptown.

  37. inbalance

    November 1, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    Oh, so stylish!

  38. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 2:36 pm

    an ascot is never a good thing

  39. LEeds YORkshire

    November 1, 2006 at 3:10 pm


  40. Tina Wiklund

    November 1, 2006 at 3:34 pm

    Its nice to know that you all know what you are talking about. All I can say is You Go Brother

  41. Michael Manning

    November 1, 2006 at 3:36 pm

    I used to dress like that! U are linked BTW!

  42. Seriamente Tony

    November 1, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    I tried the ascot look while attending a dinner with a good friend. I prefer a multicolored dark ascot rather than bright detailing. It worked, although my friend though I was sporting my thin scarf in a whole new manner. Kudos to this man for pulling it off!

  43. luvsunflowers

    November 1, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    Very classy…not for everyone, but he pulls it off masterfully!

  44. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    A completly dapper gentlemen! I love the silk scarf. This look totally reminds me of my Pa! Also loving that smile, i love people who smile :D

  45. quigley

    November 1, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    Wow! History in the making. This is the first time you’ve posted a photo of an outfit that I’ve worn recently. Do I get a Sarto merit badge now?

  46. Stacy (LA, CA)

    November 1, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    So dapper! Rather than all the Gilligan’s Island comments above, what I see from this great photo, is him saying the next six words:

    “The name is Bond, … *James* Bond.”

  47. mutleythedog

    November 1, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    I have something similar – but mine is paisley and at the cleaners right now. In Bridport (Dorset UK!) people mostly wear sacking, radiation suits, blood spatter aprons etc. Why not come and visit our literary festival..

  48. Anonymous

    November 1, 2006 at 9:58 pm

    Oyamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, that’s the man. Been shopping with him for close to 3 yrs. Never seen anyone look so on point!

    Best of all, his persona. Would bring class to a burlap bag.

  49. D. Kelley

    November 1, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    Wonderful look, young man. No more baggy jeans and iced out chains for my Uptown Hustlas. Keep your mind ticking!!!

  50. Jason Hahn

    November 1, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    With that kind of look, he needs to be on a yacht, not on the street. It feels a bit too much for me though. It almost feels like he’s in costume for a play.

  51. Mimi

    November 1, 2006 at 11:59 pm

    so posh

  52. David Carlier

    November 2, 2006 at 5:08 am

    verry nice for in belgium good

  53. Anonymous

    November 2, 2006 at 5:13 am

    He was in DNR magazine

  54. Anonymous

    November 2, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    This look screams MOD!

  55. Dutch

    November 5, 2006 at 11:05 am

    He epitomizes the Harlem old skool dandy. Fly!

  56. Anonymous

    November 7, 2006 at 10:53 am

    impeccable.. he looks great, very handsome

  57. Anonymous

    August 26, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    He’s behind a very elite mens tailoring shop in Harlem. It’s just not coming to mind at this time.

  58. Chris Berry

    August 29, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    Eddie Murphy in Trading Places…that sums it up.

  59. phyllis

    April 9, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Does he hail from the Caribbean? I swear, men from the islands really know how to dress. One of the executive directors in my last job was from Trinidad, and he was the best dressed man in the whole company.

  60. thevegasstyleguy

    April 27, 2008 at 11:23 am




  61. Jazzbuff630

    August 6, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I know this fellow, having shopped at his boutique (B. Oyama) in Harlem. He is always a gentleman, remembering your name, and sending you a “thank you” e-mail. One of the best compliments of my life was when I walked into his store after church on a Sunday, and he asked me where I purchased my 3/4 length chesterfield coat. He’s a classy dude, epitomizing not just “old school”, but “Old Harlem”, when 7th Avenue was for the boulevardiers on Sunday. Now I want to play some Bobby Short, and MJQ.

  62. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    The double-breasted makes him look a tad heavier than he probably is.

  63. gioVan Ni

    January 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    C’mon now,y’all don’t recognize the foremost authority of mens fashion in Harlem,the venerable B. Oyama?always sharp as a brass tack,even when i’ve run into him at odd times…

  64. M or M

    March 4, 2009 at 12:29 am

    i freagin loveee HARLEM!
    like seriously, those people are crazy, fashionistas!!

    and Kelis is from Harlem, and so is P. Diddy!!!


    Love my papa! lol

  65. Anonymous

    April 1, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    how perfectly chic.
    he looks the sort of guy who would say good morning to you if you passed him on the street.
    i like him.

  66. andre

    January 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

    now THIS is how a man dresses

  67. Victor

    April 9, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    A DBJ shouldn't have third pocket…

  68. Migena

    May 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I think he looks absolutely fabulous. Harlem Renascence all the way. However I just get the feeling that he is trying too hard, I would have appreciated the look more if there was a certain ease to its coordination. The pocket square and the scarf are a bit overdone, and not well matched. Also, I don?t know if it is his hand position in the picture but the jacket looks ill fitting in the waste. I think it should be taken in by a couple of inches.

  69. W

    July 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm


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