Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the Street….The Gesture, Fabio Borrelli, Florence

I chose Fabio to be on my first page in GQ two years ago because of total unconscious style like this. “Unconscious Style” that sounds like a good phrase.

Anyway, Fabio is just full of these little quirks and it is so charming. He almost tries to hide them (if you can hide walking with your hand in your coat?) because he is actually very shy. If you notice I haven’t shot him standing still in quite a while because he hates posing for pictures so much.


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  1. The Concrete Commentator

    January 14, 2009 at 8:38 am

    love that! It’s funny I do that sometimes too, well…to keep my hand warm though. love his pants and the jacket/coat looks good on him too.

  2. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I used to do this quite a bit as well when I had a peacoat (and I’m female). It’s a great way to keep your hand warm but I eventually just felt a bit too much like Napoleon so I managed to quit. Funny to think of it as a ‘style quirk’

  3. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I always hide my left hand in my coat….it’s too cold!

  4. Simone

    January 14, 2009 at 9:08 am

    The shape of their shoes is wonderful! and his trousers…great!!!

  5. Ille Ego

    January 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Instead, I’m waiting for a Lino Ieluzzi’s posed shot…

  6. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

    For the non-French on the blog (yes, there are quite a few!), a reminder that this is the typical pose that Napoleon was always getting himself portrayed in.

  7. Pam

    January 14, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Fabio has style and he’s HOT! I love the popped collar. Great pic!

  8. Mo

    January 14, 2009 at 9:53 am

    he looks quite handsome and he makes having your hand in your coat look very casual. A quirk that little can pull off. :)

  9. Craig Curtis

    January 14, 2009 at 9:57 am

    He can put his hand in that coat as far as I’m concerned. It’s gorgeous. And the trousers? A+!!!

  10. Iheartfashion

    January 14, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Very Napoleon.

  11. dutchbaby

    January 14, 2009 at 10:22 am

    “Unconscious style” is a great phrase. It connotes that their style comes from within and that they live and breathe style. These men would definitely turn my head. Love that Napoleon pose!

  12. XAVS

    January 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Nice, love the Napoleon pose too…and I must confess I find myself so many times like him..

  13. Stephanie

    January 14, 2009 at 10:48 am

    unconscious style…now that should be the ultimate redundancy….if only!
    these are two handsome men in beautiful clothing. i love everything about this photo.

  14. stacy guthrie, myweddingfilm

    January 14, 2009 at 10:50 am

    that coat is hot! i love it and he looks great! i also love the shirt coming out below the jacket, very understated!

  15. K

    January 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Napoleon actually did the same thing, or at least Jacques-Louis David portrayed him doing so. <3 Way to steal from the Classics.

  16. norawoah

    January 14, 2009 at 11:02 am

    I love how you can just see the edge of his blazer peaking out at the bottom, and his pants are at the perfect length. Go Fabio!

  17. Aaron Brown

    January 14, 2009 at 11:06 am

    beautiful fit on both of the men.

  18. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I quite like the style but aren’t the trousers too short, are they?
    I like much more those of the man with the beige coat.
    As general comment: you must be really found of Italy!! I am Italian and some comments I read in your blog by you and by your bloggers are really gorgeous!! The details you notice are worthless to me. From these comments, I understand what foreigners intend as Italian style!Figo eh?!

  19. Lawrence

    January 14, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I think I can see a jacket hidden under the peacoat. You can see it peeking out over his upper thighs. Of course, the pattern looks great with the trousers, suggesting he’ll look just as good when he takes the coat off. The only criticism is that the coat then looks a little tight for such a distinguished chap.

  20. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 11:34 am

    I don’t like it. His trousers are too tight and his coat does not completely cover his jacket. However, I do like the other gentelemen’s coat. Very nice!

  21. Anne Corrons

    January 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

    They are totally Italian men; there is no doubt!

  22. diane

    January 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    These guys look so tough, I would be in awe if I saw them walking my way.

  23. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Sart, this is your best stuff in a while, albeit mine is a purely selfish viewpoint – I am much more interested in classic-type menswear, both formal and casual. Or maybe Italy brings out the best in you or maybe Italy has the best dressed men and so many more good photo opportunities. don’t know, but please take lots more of this!

  24. lenmeister

    January 14, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Hey uh, not sure here but isn’t the sport jacket on Borelli showing underneath the peacoat a big “no no”? I believe certain rules shouldn’t be broken when it comes to fashion, some things need to just be set in stone, like sleeve lenght for instance, I just think some standards should not be overlooked so that ther’s coherence, just like stanza’s in a must correlate (but this is part of another discussion) srry for my little digression here. Anyway, am sure borreli is quite a man of style but whoever’s with him (in camel coat) did a great job too, great color combination: camel,choc brown and blue (2 diff blue too, tie and shirt..does anyone see this?) ooouh I also love his stance in this, hand in coat pocket, other hand holding a cigar, completes the overall look! Then again, can’t really tell but I think there’s more going on there..seems the tie is dotted? wondering bout the shirt too. ..both men here look quite snazzy indeed, another fine shot sart!

  25. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Gentleman on the left – nice casual touch to the tie not. Almost like the “double -tie” touch that has been featured on this blog before (can’t recall the exact pic). His trousers are also cut just right.

    Fabio – sport coat peeking out is a great flash of pattern and complimentary texture. Brown suede shoes top it off as the great casual tone to the drape and fabric of trousers and overcoat.

    Both with their best fashion foot forward and lock-step in style!

  26. cigalechanta

    January 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Nice to see what Borelli looks like,
    very cool!
    It’s so cold here in Boston, I went out and bought a very soft
    Borelli cashmere cap.

  27. Paloma {La Dolce Vita}

    January 14, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    European men are just as chic as the women. I wish that would catch on here in the states.

  28. tj

    January 14, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I like the style of the gent walking with Fabio. It’s an unusually light color for an overcoat, but I think it works. Button hole in the lapel of the coat, button holes on the sleeves of the coat, and it looks like the buttons may be genuine horn. Very nice.

  29. Jack Daniel

    January 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    I have to agree with him because the most beautiful pictures are the non-posed ones!

    I like this shot as well. Only because of the hand. Like Napoleon.

    Good work!

  30. L E A H

    January 14, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    kinda dig the faux fur hoodie jacket on the dude in the back kickin’ the ‘horsehoe’ stache

  31. The Khaki Crusader

    January 14, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I like so many things in this photo it’s hard to start naming. I’d work myself into a frenzy I think.

  32. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I like the ageless in these two especially the lift up collars.
    Their coats are well fit too.

  33. Dominica

    January 14, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Demure people are so charming !

  34. -anna-

    January 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    i just wish more older men would dress like them…*sigh*

  35. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    January 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    He walks with his hand in his jacket, I sometimes do that. Funny coincidence!

  36. green lantern

    January 14, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    You captured what makes his design work. Only he would make a pea coat to such exacting measure under which he could still wear a dazzling sportcoat. I love the way he takes a heavy fabric and makes it look “light and smooth.” His pants are gourgeous. He looks so warm but so “un-winterized.” I can’t tell if that is a scarf or turtleneck but he looks GREAT!!

  37. R. LEE

    January 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    fabio and his aquaintaince = A+


    January 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I also put my hand inside my coat when I want to feel
    dictatorial and strong, ha ha!

  39. michaeljosephowens

    January 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Love these Italians and their form-fitting clothes. Assertively celebrating the body. Very nice.

  40. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    in this photograph, you capture the essence of the difference between the style of italian men and french men… it’s all in the attitude!!! looking at these handsome, confident and stylish men, you know they are italian!! it’s also all in the details… subtle but so strong in their effect

  41. SDG

    January 14, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Unconscious gestures make us all special in some way or the other. He’s dressed wonderfully and looks like a man about town.

  42. -h of candid cool

    January 14, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    it’s a charming quirk

  43. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    ha ha! it’s Napoleon!

  44. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    They are both gorgeous without having movie-star pretty faces. Shows how important style can be.
    The grey coat looks a little tight, maybe because of the jacket underneath. But overall, both men are very sharp and classy.

  45. Christopher Jovan

    January 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    He’s killin it with the coat, and keeping it waay too cool with the “modest gentleman” swagger….

    Awesome execution of tastse!..



    January 14, 2009 at 4:58 pm


  47. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Is that a Edward Cullen jacket??

  48. MJ

    January 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Cool. And Cool.

  49. Patrick Booth

    January 14, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    It looks like he is going to pull out a gun to “wack” somebody.

  50. NVA

    January 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    a moving man….

  51. Kiwibella

    January 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    My mama would tell him to take his hand out of his coat! He will stretch the wool and loosen the buttons! But I suppose if you have a wardrobe full of beautiful coats that doesn’t matter so much.

    I can’t quite work out what’s going on around the waist of the grey coat… is there another panel there? something under his left arm? a pocket under his right arm?

  52. Dan in Richmond

    January 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    Fabulous! “Unconscious” is better than “effortless”, I think- nothing great is effortless. Some of the conflicting comments, and ones like ” some standards should not be overlooked” remind me that there are different “standards” depending on where you live. I’d love to dress like Fabio but people on the street here would probably look at me and think “His pants are too short”, or something like that. The question is how much to conform to the local standards or just how much to stand out. Friends have already suggested that I’m pushing the envelope for Richmond, Virginia- one even said I would have to move to another city soon. I think that this is an interesting question and I haven’t come to any definite conclusion about it. At what point do the locals consider me eccentric (already, probably), and do I care? The discussions here are not usually very interactive, but I’m curious to see if others have comments about “local standards”. I certainly think they exist. It seems it’s always Italy that brings it to mind, I suppose because their standard is so different from the standard here.

  53. Krystal

    January 14, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    yep–these are not US men! I wish I could see this on my street! x

  54. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Fabio reminds me of Silvio Burlusconi…

  55. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    i love this picture!! and, it’s safe to say, i love fabio

  56. One Man's Style

    January 14, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Italian Style is definitly my favorite!!

  57. The Garmentor

    January 14, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Absolutely love Fabio’s grey coat. It is quite handsome. And who can deny the charm of a quirk like that.

  58. Stephane

    January 15, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Why the heck are all the pants too short on this website…

  59. Cris

    January 15, 2009 at 4:37 am

    Great picture Sarto!

    I love both of their looks, specially the shoes, but to me the best of it is the lifestyle and psychology that you’ve put in the picture…

    This trend about men wearing slim waists and huge shoulders… Let’s see what it takes us to.

  60. J.A.F.

    January 15, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Quite an affectation but I really like it…seems so improvised or something. Impeccably dressed of course.

  61. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

    i’m understanding napolean a little better now. is his coat too snug? love the espresso colored shoe with the grey. always a favorite. love the narrow pant.

  62. Ian

    January 16, 2009 at 8:58 am

    That is one beautiful man.

  63. Honeygo Beasley

    January 16, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Man, those pants are fab!

  64. Milo Beloved

    January 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I think that the man on the right is me when I grow up.

    I hope so anyways.

  65. Ron

    January 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Letting the jacket hang out under the bottom of the outer coat is a no no in my book, but the best part of this photo is the color of the other gentleman’s coat. That is very much a yes, please. Such a together look. I wish I could do that.

  66. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    very chic.

  67. Tiger Fodder

    January 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Best part of the outfit is the pants. I love the pant leg cut. It is very very sharp.

  68. KiwiBella

    January 19, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    To Dan in Richmond: The comments section of The Sartorialist blog is not easy to interact on because
    a) There is a delay between posting & being published
    b) You cannot reply to a specific post

    My response to your comment is easy, though:
    Do what you want and don't be afraid of others finding you eccentric! If you think it looks good on you, then wear it. Only ask for the opinions of people whose taste you trust, and ignore the rest!

  69. Daniel

    January 20, 2009 at 4:48 am

    i agree with Tiger Fodder…the pant leg cut sets the outfit off

  70. Mohammad

    January 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    I like the coat!

  71. Marianna

    January 21, 2009 at 4:35 am

    i have been coming back again and again just to admire this photo… i absolutely love everything about it. goodness gracious, why is it that italian men have this impeccable innate style- at this point, we are not talking about just tangible elements, but the intangible ones- something that runs in their blood. thank you SO MUCH for capturing this photo!! everything is amazing about it!!

  72. Anonymous

    January 21, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I like the way the narrower pant leg fits the thighs. Sexy. Young men look so foolish in baggy oversized pants.

  73. The Buck

    January 22, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Fantastic look!!!

  74. Bojan

    January 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Great jacket, I looks so stylish, wonderful!!!

  75. Machelle

    February 6, 2009 at 2:01 am

    I too am swooning over the slim cut of both mens’ pants. I am torn on how I feel about Fabio’s blazer peeking out from underneath his coat. Gorgeous shoes! I like the hand in the coat and think it funny he does it because he is shy; as most likely, this actually brings MORE attention to him! I think he likes the attention. Who doesn’t?

  76. ginjin3

    February 26, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    those are some great fitting pants. the one on the guy on the right, in gray.

  77. Anonymous

    August 12, 2009 at 9:04 am

    The guy on the left is Enrico Formicola, ex-Kiton, responsible for starting and developing Borrelli's Tie Collections. Both incredibly nice guys and effortless in their dress. True professionals.

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