Friday, November 10, 2006

On The Street….The LA Art Dealer, Manhattan

So what do you think?
I like the overall look – the hair, the scarf, the ease of how he wears the suit but I admit the trainers throw me a little.

I like trainers with a suit but maybe the New Balance grey runners or Jack Purcells ( to me, it is always Jack Purcells first).


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  1. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 8:44 am

    does anyone know the brand of the trainers ? I like them very much ! Thanks

  2. Lit

    November 10, 2006 at 8:52 am

    A definite mixture of LA and NY stlye, in terms of the great suit and scarf, then throws the sunglasses and trainers. They ruin it for me. I think it’s the colour (though even if they were white, I’m generally not crazy about that whole look), just not right.

  3. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 8:57 am

    I like the sneakers to the black suit. That small part of orange makes the total outfit become a bit more interesting.

  4. Carlene

    November 10, 2006 at 8:59 am

    Hmmm, I kinda like the little bit of orange, but for some reason those shoes look kinda grungy. Are they grungy, or just grey? How about some Stan Smiths? Those are my favorites, on both men & women.

    p.s. Otherwise, he looks really, really great.

  5. Maverik

    November 10, 2006 at 9:02 am

    This is really a great way to combine suit with sneakers…even if the sneakers are not the right one…

  6. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Aw.. such a pity. He was gorgeous until I scrolled down! The shoes are unforgiveable. They even look dirty! For shame. Otherwise, he’s lovely.

  7. lintmag

    November 10, 2006 at 9:32 am

    He’s cute and I like the face fur, but the outfit is not so thrilling to me and I don’t like how the pants bunch up over the shoes. You’ve got millions of folks to choose from there – let’s see some more innovative ones, Sart!

  8. sandman_gr

    November 10, 2006 at 9:32 am

    I agree with Sart, the trainers should have been diferent…I love the P Zero Pirelli trainers, I have two pairs and I am going to get another pair for the winter-maybe a boot in leather. They are so stylish and elegant and other brands have started to copy them – like Lacoste.

  9. sandman_gr

    November 10, 2006 at 9:33 am

    I agree with Sart, the trainers should have been diferent…I love the P Zero Pirelli trainers, I have two pairs and I am going to get another pair for the winter-maybe a boot in leather. They are so stylish and elegant and other brands have started to copy them – like Lacoste.

  10. whyioughtta

    November 10, 2006 at 9:39 am

    Agree with you–the idea of trainers with a suit is cool, but these trainers are too casual.

    For me another issue is the way the pants fall. They almost look tapered, or like they’re tucked into the shoes. (Probably because of the style of shoes not allowing the hem to sit well.) The overall effect shortens his legs.

  11. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 9:45 am

    Maybe he has fabulous shoes at his office and he plans to change. Women do that all the time.

    It would be just my luck to run into you and your camera on the one day I looked worthy and had on comfortable walking shoes with my real shoes in my bag.


  12. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 10:08 am

    Again with the scarves…it is going to be a long winter.

  13. n.rosa

    November 10, 2006 at 10:08 am

    i think he looks terrific!
    i like the sneakers, the orange, the hair, his hand on his pockets, everything.

  14. savvylondon

    November 10, 2006 at 10:10 am

    to me this is very l.a. ESPECIALLY the trainers. it’s a mish mash down there but in an interesting way. he cares but not so much that he’ll dismiss comfort…the latter is often a californian’s first priority (despite what shows like THE OC might do for our reputation).

  15. Jan

    November 10, 2006 at 10:23 am

    It’s very So. Cal. I like it!

  16. rosalie

    November 10, 2006 at 10:29 am

    great association scarf+collar…just like it :)

  17. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 10:35 am

    I think a classic sport shoe or a super tech-y shoe would work, but those Nikes are just too here-nor-there. The lines of the suit aren’t cutting it w. the lines of the shoe.

  18. annie

    November 10, 2006 at 10:35 am

    i actually really like these trainers…they seem more unexpected than new balance, etc., and the bright orange is a really nice pop of color!

  19. asja

    November 10, 2006 at 10:45 am

    I find it great: I would ware the same if I was a guy. :)

  20. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 10:45 am

    I love the overall look. The trainers are odd. I like the concept of a trainer with suit for a more casual look, but they look too beat up, like he actually runs in them.

  21. wreckless

    November 10, 2006 at 10:48 am

    Hey very cool blog! I found your blog on a favorite list of someone I visit frequently. I wish I had a picture of me to see what you would say. I would probably need a severe makeover I’m afraid. I am no clothes hound. I’ll be back however as I enjoy your commentary. Have a good weekend!

  22. vintagent

    November 10, 2006 at 10:52 am

    I’m still on the fence over trainers with suits, unless they’re something special or the color makes sense with the overall look. This photo is a perfect example; he looks as though he put on the wrong shoes in the morning, but otherwise looks great.

  23. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 11:07 am

    i like it
    th trainers give him a quirky edge – show a little individuality, plus the orange pops against all hat grey/black.

  24. S.

    November 10, 2006 at 11:16 am

    He looks great (hot even!). I like to be “thrown a bit”. When everything is too “in place” I get bored.

  25. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Cool laid back look.

  26. Butch

    November 10, 2006 at 11:30 am

    I like EVERYTHING about this, including the sneakers, with their touch of bright color.

    But what’s most important here is the guy himself: his posture with hands in pockets, his sly smile. That makes the look the look.

  27. jkrnyc

    November 10, 2006 at 11:35 am

    I agree: ixnay on the kicks.

  28. hoagy

    November 10, 2006 at 11:49 am

    The trainers are wrong. Which makes them right. Slick trainers are a bore. They jar in a really good way. I love the nasty orange and grey. (Didn’t mean to make that rhyme.)

  29. Alice Olive

    November 10, 2006 at 11:52 am

    Love the hair, jacket, scarf and sunnies…. I actually thought the trousers were track pants, from the way they sit and the fact he’s wearing trainers. Can’t quite mesh it all together.

  30. Maria

    November 10, 2006 at 11:55 am

    I like it, his combination is humorous and I believe that is exactly what he wants to portray: casual, not taking all the serious to serious, and above all, keeping the cool. Of course for the fashion orthodoxy this is maybe one of those sacrileges to be pointed at. But what else can be done with rules than to either follow them or create your own: specially when you make a life of finding the borders on those rules.

  31. 39-3

    November 10, 2006 at 12:11 pm

    Good question. To me, it seems contrived as opposed to playful. I guess because bright-trainers-with-non-athletic-gear is not a very original choice. Of course non-playful, unoriginal choices can look amazing as well, asthetically (e.g., the ubiquitous but beautiful grey New Balance sneakers). But this trainer look isn’t particularly attractive to me, either. No offense but… seems kinda LA-trying-to-be-NY to me.

  32. jeff

    November 10, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    i love his whole look. the suit, the scarf, the shades, the beard and wavy hair.

    the trainers are a nice touch… a touch of casual and a nice pop of orange.

    handsome and dapper.

  33. Max

    November 10, 2006 at 12:23 pm

    Well, it certainly looks LA.

  34. FishrCutB8

    November 10, 2006 at 12:32 pm

    Weird. I never heard them called Jack Purcells. To me they were always Chucks.

  35. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    I, too, really like it all!
    The trainers do distract a bit. Worn as a personality statement, or to affect a studied insouciance?

  36. Nia

    November 10, 2006 at 12:50 pm

    For me, it’s the way the pants fall over the shoes–or don’t, actually, because they’re all tucked into the tongue and bunching weirdly. I actually like trousers with a ‘retro’ runner like that, especially in gray and orange, but to me it’s very, very important that the pants meet the sneakers properly. Otherwise, it looks like you just stuffed on your sneakers for the commute, and you’ll put on your proper shoes when you get to the office (which is not something men do, I guess, but still).

  37. RoseAG

    November 10, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    Nice looking fellow!

    The trainers are alright.

    If the outfit had a flash of color the orange in the trainers would be more in keeping with the whole look.

    The ‘artist’ shoes I liked were those paint stained boots the fellow a few weeks ago had on. I love that look of soft leather boots.

  38. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 1:29 pm

    he looks great until you see the sneakers …. surprized he doesn’t slum and wear flip-flops , he’s already ruined the look

  39. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    Scott, you are a sucker for scarfs.

  40. Cips

    November 10, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    I admit I am a big sneaker person. I wore sneakers with my suit to my own wedding.
    I think the real key s to coordinate the sneakers with what you are wearing. The gray and orange Pumas with the dark colors just don’t work that well

  41. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 2:37 pm

    you’re right, Jack Purcells rock… but I think this works too. The orange stripe just looks so cool with his black suit

  42. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 2:44 pm

    Always Jack purcell’s first!!!
    But a very cool looking guy.

  43. Rebecca

    November 10, 2006 at 2:54 pm

    I agree with you. Everything looks great, but the trainers are a touch too bright – or something – with the rest of the look.

    Love the hair.

  44. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    The sneakers are atrocious. And yuck to the rest of this dishevelment.

  45. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 3:22 pm

    the whole thing is a mess, starting with the hair and ending with the sneakers. Sneakers and a suit is just silly.

  46. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Hmmm Jack Purcells. Do you remember the ad they had for Jack Purcells in the ’80s with James Dean with his feet up? It was in black and white. I bought my first pair of Jack Purcells because of that brilliant ad. It was the precursor to the Gap’s Kerouac in Khakis ad.

  47. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    i approve..v.much so. I stumbled across a man in downtown trendy montreal today and I acutally thought omg this shoud be on the sartorialist..embarrsing non? anyways the man was wearing a very similar outfit to this one..and his acessory of choice was a french pointer wearing a ralph lauren silk scarf.

  48. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 5:09 pm

    I would rather wear those trainers than fugly zero pirellis -

  49. honora

    November 10, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    He looks very cool, relaxed and interesting.

    Love the smart/casual combination.

    His hair and shades compliment the overall look.

    The trainers shouldn’t work but do.

  50. jawcey

    November 10, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    i don’t like the shoes with the outfit. they could potentially work if the rest of his outfit wasn’t quite so well coordinated i think. i find them distracting in a disturbing way.

  51. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 5:40 pm

    This look makes me feel very much at home — you see a lot of guys in California who clearly have “smart” jobs but also incorporate a little outdoorsiness into their look, with bright color to keep it from being too crunchy… like you might finish all your tasks early and hit the hills for a mild hike without changing (save that daylight!), or go rock-climbing at the gym after work. Pretty sexy.

  52. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 5:47 pm

    Sneakers with suits are wrong. It is an awful look. Very inelegant. Bums, slobs, commoners. People who like the look or don’t mind it tend to be more fashion forward, not well-dressed. Remember, fashionable does not equal well-dressed.

  53. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    It’s the hair that makes this look nice.

  54. jt

    November 10, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    no way – the classic nikes are the way to go – they are so trashed and scrappy – admitt it scott your a bit polished. the best style is when things work together and yet as seperates are all extremes… tailored…crazy textures.. polished… scrappy…

  55. Jack Daniel

    November 10, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    It looks alright this way…the dull sneakers are ‘fabulous’ because of the suit. If he wore jeans and a t-shirt, those sneakers would have been…’hm…pretty boring model’-sneakers.

  56. jt

    November 10, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    i just realized i own those sneeks

  57. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    handsome and easy laid back vibe.
    love the hair,the facial hair works on him, glasses etc
    even the sneakers don’t bother me because the rest is so stylish. love him.

  58. milamar

    November 10, 2006 at 7:07 pm

    I like the relaxed and positive attitude. Those sneakers (and also the beard), thought they look quite rough, add individuality and give the outfit a more casual, effortless feel. I quite like it.

  59. Golightly

    November 10, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    He looks smashing (and cute)! I like the sneakers, an odd addition but it adds color and personality to the otherwise all black outfit

  60. D. Kay

    November 10, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    I agree Sart. The look is sleek. The glasses and the scarf really bring out his sense of style. But I don’t really dig the trainers. Maybe black Chuck Taylors or another “sleeker” tennis shoe?


  61. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    Jack Purcells are badminton sneakers (after the world champion of badminton who designed them). Chuck Taylors are basketball sneakers,named after the player and sneaker salesman who suggested innovations that made the All-Star the first basketball specific sneaker (I think). Both by Converse, but Jacks are cooler than Chucks (and very early 60s surfer, too).

    Jacks would have been very cool with this outfit!

  62. Anonymous

    November 10, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    People, people, those are not Nikes, they are, as someone else noted, Pumas. And they wreck this guy’s look; look how they break! Nasty. If this is L.A., take it back there. Do love the hair, the sunnies and the stance.

  63. OrganicVogue

    November 10, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    I love my four year old Jack Purcells, but I love this picture and his choice.. because it’s so obvious how independent thinking he is, I mean yes he could have gone with the Jack Purcells but he didn’t.

  64. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 12:05 am

    Please no sneakers with suits unless you own Nike (or another sneaker co)!

  65. Lena

    November 11, 2006 at 12:05 am

    They are art dealer shoes. We are lucky he isn’t wearing merrells.

  66. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 12:19 am

    I LOVE this look. It’s a very carefree yet also pulled together look. And he looks happy.

    I have to admit the whole New York perfectly put together mish mash looks the same after awhile.

  67. lord sessa

    November 11, 2006 at 2:00 am

    Oh,no.This “demotic” attitude (the horrible trainers) is totally unsatisfactory.

  68. blue floppy hat

    November 11, 2006 at 4:30 am

    I really like the flash of orange in the trainers- it saves the outfit from being too dark. And his hair saves the entire look from preppy stuffiness, methinks.

  69. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 5:17 am

    i agree, jacks first. more classy.
    he looks west coast.
    not an inspiring outfit.
    that’s all i got.

  70. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 6:46 am

    while everybody here is pro-and-conning over the shoes, it’s the suit that i like. it’s black, it fits right, the pants (despite the shoes maybe bunching them up) are slim and the better for it. i’ve been looking for a black suit like that for a few years now, without luck. but that’s what you get for living in the boonies. maybe i need to get out more. anyway, great shot. thanks for the inspiration. my other fav, of course, is the coolio twin to this guy — the painter. remember the painter, all?

  71. Maverik

    November 11, 2006 at 8:57 am

    For me, talking about sneakers, nothing better than vintage sneakers…always come first the original Jordan I (black, white and red), then Jordan V (all black), Converse Top Ten High, All Stars (every colors, even Varvatos slipon blue), Vans (Era or authentic), New Balance 576 almost every color…Sart, I do really not understand this passion for Jack Purcells, there are nice, I agree, but not that much…
    I really love your blog, you make think that sometimes a huge passion (like yours) can start to be also a job!!

  72. kiarella

    November 11, 2006 at 9:12 am

    simple question : why not? Could somebody list ten good reasons why he should not wear those sneakers?

  73. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 9:38 am

    I like the trainers. They’re very yummy-grad student and match his scruffy/sexy beard. Can I get an extension on my paper?

  74. Maria

    November 11, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    kiarella: the reason is might be that the sneakers are too sleek, novelty, not retro enough to make a subtle “casual” transition when breaking the formality of the suit. This type of sneakers are to much into the performance style spectrum than in the tradition style spectrum of a sports shoe. The performance style is a very edgy approach to function, therefore the colors, materials and shape. The Jack Purcells are one of the classics on s ports shoes…they were designed thinking on performance, but they have survived thanks to the nostalgia value. In my opinion nostalgia is not good enough to make it work. But hey…I’m not the one wearing either the performance or the classic sports shoes. I have some Prada combat boots, some camper lace oxfords (bowling) , some driving style Pumas, and some chucks.: that I NEVER wear, because they feel to performance to me. Anyhow, every one of these have been designed appealing to performance in different arenas…and that idea of performance (combat boots-with suits….?!) is what makes the combination ok with some, even-though that performance is mostly an idea, not a reality. Here this guy is just taking what he has without that much awareness on sartorial tradition, that is what I think make him spontaneous, and fun.

  75. Anonymous

    November 11, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    The texture, fabric and style of the sneakers are too rough to be paired with the the suit. Maybe if he wore more expensive looking sneakers?

    It could work better with black jeans; texture of jeans will incorporate the sneakers nicely.

  76. jkrnyc

    November 11, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    Anonymous 6:46 am – “remember the painter”? How could we NOT? He’s my desktop image now. Heartin’ the painter.

  77. EMNH

    November 11, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    I can’t believe this photo has gotten so many posts. I’m not getting it.

  78. fussy italian

    November 13, 2006 at 5:49 am

    He looks sooo comfortable … that’s enough to make me liking his style, orange strips or not.

  79. Nadja

    November 13, 2006 at 6:36 am


  80. MaMo

    November 14, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    Dude is from LA.

    We hardly walk here ( car culture ) so by day 2 in NYC, it can get pretty hard on the feet-

    & LA originated the casual , creative lifestyle.

    I wear my suits in NYC with Visvim slip-ons or Paul Smith white sneakers.

  81. Anonymous

    November 16, 2006 at 3:29 pm

    White-shoe question: I like Purcells, but I’m not that into the rubber-cap toes. They’re vaguely kiddish. I’d rather have cloth where the rubber is around the toe. Any suggestions?

  82. bcn

    December 31, 2006 at 3:33 pm

    Brilliant and stylish. I like the whole look. In one word; he looks perfect, even the trainers

  83. Soul Brother No. 7

    May 19, 2009 at 1:33 am

    The kicks (which are Pumas, for the record) are a blend between “done on purpose,” “thrown on to leave the house real quick,” and “the only pair of shoes he owns currently” all at once.

    He pulled it off, if you ask me.

    Gotta love how your readers seem to only care for Euros in suits and dresses as if that’s the only style that has a right to be expressed.

  84. Don Lee

    February 9, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    This is a really good look.

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