Wednesday, May 7, 2008

On the Street…. The Italian Tie Knot, Hyeres


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  1. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 8:34 am

    what a great looking old gentleman! everyone wishes they’d age just like him so gracefully :) cheers scott

  2. Gabriela

    May 7, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Simpatico! And what a beautiful blue tie!

  3. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 9:47 am

    aww i love him!

  4. McTickle

    May 7, 2008 at 10:12 am

    I like this guy. He’s smiling, and has a Hemingway beard. And the background is great too! Very Newport, RI. This is true style!

  5. Diana

    May 7, 2008 at 10:34 am

    Is it not too long? I mean, it makes his short upper body, even shorter….

  6. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Great style. Great color combination. Very elegant gentleman.

  7. onegiantpanda

    May 7, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I hate it! I think the jacket’s fantastic, but the knot just looks too unwieldy IM(NSH)O. I think the bulk of the jacket would be better offset by a more subtle knot.

    (Normally I couldn’t agree more with your style choices though.)

  8. Sharona

    May 7, 2008 at 11:22 am

    He reminds me of my 9th grade history teacher, only without the bow tie. He’s very distinguished and the tie is just perfect. It’s a bit subdued as it’s blending with his blue shirt, but it makes a bold statement nonetheless. And his beard! Absolutely charming. And against an excellent backdrop w/ the docks. Brilliant.

  9. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Fantastic!!! Great style, yet a totally approachable looking man.

  10. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Hey… he looks like a cross between a fisherman and my old philosophy professor. I like the tie, though I cannot quite see its texture. Looks real and obviously he himself is intimate with this look- as opposed to something that you hastily picked up as a trend.

    And Scott- I wanted to thank you for this wonderful blog. I’m always at my computer, and mostly in quite a drab enviornment, and your blog makes my breaks truly delightful and inspiring. Everyone’s soul needs beauty- and if it’s living breathing beauty on the streets, even better.

  11. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Can someone explain to me the male obsession with tie knots?? Is it the female equivalent of cup size or skirt length?? For the record i know i don’t like that knot or that tie, it’s big and fat and looks as if it’s about to fall apart any minute. Sart – maybe you caould help out and invite your correpondants to nominate ‘greatest ties tied of our times’ or something’?

  12. Tense Past

    May 7, 2008 at 11:56 am

    The Italian Tie Knot looks the same as the standard American tie knot. Is it different?

  13. Sean Watson

    May 7, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    He looks like the worlds most interesting man, dos equis. Very joyful and pleasant.

  14. reverend dick

    May 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Nice. Picks up the blue in his jacket very well.

  15. tj

    May 7, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I love the way that brown and blue work together. Nice pairing. And, the big knot works so well with a spread collar. Very nicely done.
    One minor suggestion. Your tie is too long. Knot the necktie so that the bottom point falls on your belt buckle. This way it won’t interfere when you are buttoning your jacket and it will give a neater look when you are seated.

  16. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I think the knot may be more British rather than Italian since they favour large knots. I think his knot is too large and it ruins a nice look. It particularly dwarfs the collar of his shirt.

    The sport coat however, is great. Brilliant fabric. Gun club is the design, if I’m not mistaken.

  17. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    he’s splendid!

  18. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    He seems like a genuinely nice gent. I picture him more in a captains suit, all bright white with that great hat. The Admiral look. This does not drip style to me, but that tie would catch any gravy that did. Nice guy, normal outfit, day in the life. Thank You.

  19. MensFlair

    May 7, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Blue and brown work great as always. Despite his tie going too long the overall look suits him well. Is he channeling Aristotle a bit with beard and hair style? :)

  20. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    what a cute little man!

  21. norawoah

    May 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    A gentleman and a scholar! True love.

  22. Sterling-haired Lady

    May 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Love the combination of blue and brown, though the tie seems a little wide to me. As mentioned by others, he looks distinguished yet approachable, and he looks as though he belongs in front of the boats. A retired sea captain perhaps?

  23. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Anytime is great when someone gets dressed with a little care. So who cares if the ties a bit wide, a bit long, and a bit heavy, or the collar a bit to short (only for that tie) What matters is a smile, sartorial components, (I have an Isaia jacket in that fabric)and a picture on Sartorialist. Not a bad day indeed.

  24. JO

    May 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    He reminds me of one of my old college professors…I don’t think that is him though… Great shot!

  25. Thy

    May 7, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    your photos make life look…brighter.

  26. Anonymous

    May 7, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    To anonymous 3:53PM: Awesome,that’s the spirit! Who’s looking for perfection? Such a thing does not exist. Only God is perfect. Were humans, tha’s all and that’s great.
    Congrats, Sart, nice shot.

  27. Ann (MobayDP)

    May 7, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    That jacket, tie and shirt go together perfectly.

    I wish you had a really close up shot of that tie.It’s such a beautiful blue.

  28. Toronto_style

    May 7, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Blue tone-on-tone is a safe bet. The shape of the knot is mostly determined from the width of the tie, I think. He has likely made the knot from the upper more narrow portion of the tie (thereby explaining why it appears long).
    Anyways, Mr. Ernesto Hemingway looks good.

  29. Anonymous

    May 8, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Italians use much more the french collar and tie a much larger knot than Americans.

    I think the Italian larger knot is nicer

  30. Anonymous

    May 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

    he’s so cute!!!

  31. Anonymous

    May 8, 2008 at 8:26 am

    He is channelling Aristotle! Good call.

  32. j

    May 8, 2008 at 12:33 pm


    great shot Sart

  33. Ilaria

    May 10, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Isn’t he like a nice wise sailorman??….Maybe he was tired of his life… he decide to wear off his uniform and put on an elegant tie,remembering with its colour his sea and his sky…
    This picture is so relaxing…

  34. WinstonC

    May 10, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Scott your pictures are brilliant. I would like a little advice though; to create the fabulous photos, the slight blurring in the background and all the other elements in your photos that seem to create portraits with all the magnificence of an oil painting, do you need to use an SLR camera? I have a pretty good 8mp digital camera but I can’t seem to get the thing to produce anything more than a ‘snapshot’.

  35. On Your Left

    May 11, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I love this! His smile is adorable and so heart-warming.
    My professor dresses like him all the time: very simple but eyecatching with an interesting tie/shirt and color combination. I always want to take a picture of him and send it in.

  36. Guillaume

    May 12, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Have you been to Saint-Tropez?

  37. Poised over London

    May 17, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Ooh no, can’t be doing with that 2″ below the belt look.

  38. Anonymous

    May 25, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Personally the oversize knot and beard make his head look huge. The focus and narrow depth of field in the shot might encourage that? And I reckon the tie is about two inches too long…

    Having said that, I wear jeans and t-shirts most days, so may not be in a position to comment.

  39. rowena

    May 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    How can a tie reveal so much about personality?

    Wonderful stuff.

  40. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    The Whole outfit just looks so CUTE! Love it !

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