Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Sartorialist Via The Selby @ Lanvin Homme

My very plugged in assistant Tracy found this photograph of Lucas Ossendrijver’s (Lanvin menswear) design studio on The Selby. Instantly she recognized two of my images on his inspiration board.

I often hear that designers use my images for inspiration, but I never believe it until I see it, so this is pretty cool.

I’m often asked in interviews if my photos have a direct effect on trends. I always say that designers don’t really look at my site for direct copying, but instead for a spirit – and the photos that Lucas has chosen are a perfect example of this idea.


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  1. nicola ticola ponders

    August 11, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Yes I totally agree, I've used your images on moodboards in the past to convey a 'spirit'.

    Lanvin eh? Wow!

    nicola xx

  2. Rene Schaller

    August 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    it was cool to get into lanvin via the selby… and it's not a big surprise that designer's are using your pictures. they are a big inspiration for many many people!

  3. t.

    August 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Art inspiring more art- that's just awesome!

  4. the F word

    August 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    lanvin's winter fall collection is amazing i wanted everything from it
    love that designer alway will


  5. NIKK. A.

    August 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, that is really cool… inspiration can be found almost anywhere…..


  6. Sir John

    August 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I respect your humility…

  7. John Danner

    August 11, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Some of my friends who have gone in to fashion design tell me clothing designers look at your site to see what people are actually wear and how.

    Believe it, believe it! You're kind of big deal you are, you are!

  8. Jessie {A Punctuated Life}

    August 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    How cool and flattering!

  9. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I'm writing a PhD in media theory using the ideas of a wonderful Michel Foucault – and I use your site as inspiration. Beautiful cities, characterful faces, effortless cool and great clothes will always inspire (whatever your task may be).

  10. elm479

    August 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    It must be so exciting to see your work inspiring people whose own work you admire. I love your site and the graciousness with which you share your photos. The spirit of your pics definitely reach me, so thanks for the lift.

  11. Joseph Rudi Pielichaty

    August 11, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Lovely photos for a lovely mood board more than explaining the lovely things that come out of Lanvin.


  12. Yamila

    August 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Oh! This is amazing! Congrats.

  13. american dream

    August 11, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    the most beautiful thing in the world to be someone's inspiration

  14. Cobalt Violet

    August 11, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Very cool to part of someone's inspiration …

  15. East2WestStyle.com

    August 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    I have turned to your blog for inspiration in the pass! Please check out my blog at East2WestStyle.blogspot.com

  16. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 6:36 pm



  17. Brigadeiro

    August 11, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Wow, very cool indeed! Love the New Zealand bird in the middle!

  18. Esmoquin room

    August 11, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    that's great! You are an influence for such many people!!!

    Great work, Tracy. ;-)


  19. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Love the Kiwi. Sorry, just had to make that comment

  20. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    i love the guy with the overcoat i wish i dident have to wait until i am 60 to wear somthing like this.

  21. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    scott, where is garance? her blog has been abandoned for quite some time!

  22. MalditaSophie

    August 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    a mi me encanta!

  23. Theophilus Davenport

    August 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    That painting in the middle on the right! Feels so familiar. Can someone clarify it for me?

  24. Hola!Design

    August 11, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I love inspiration boards!!!

  25. Jen.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Oh wow, that must be so amazing! :')

  26. Tatel

    August 11, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    wow really flattering!


  27. Pamela

    August 11, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    yayy congrats!
    i think ur pics are inspiration x everyone!

  28. holly

    August 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    I would be surprised if you were just MY best kept secret;) They would be losing out if they didn't look to you for inspiration. Fashion magazines don't inspire me as much since I found your blog…I'm obsessed

  29. Andre

    August 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    in respond to Theophilus Davenport:

    the painting of noble person in the middle of the board is the portait of last Imperior of Russia – Nicolas II…
    for more info check the link:


    PS – thank you for this blog and nice shots, congrats for great work! Love your vision…

  30. scormeny

    August 11, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Congrats, and a great example of what keeps us all coming back to your blog — the occasional image that leaps out of the internet ether and grabs us and changes our ideas about who we want the world to see us as. Thanks!

  31. noelakadjtambour

    August 11, 2009 at 7:50 pm


  32. dana

    August 11, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    as i read this i can see in the corner of my right eye an entire boardfrom your images of men with bicycles- inspiration for my next season collcetion. not lanvin, but still something….

  33. Alicia

    August 11, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    How exciting!!
    So, when are they coming to your house?

  34. chunkichatmasala

    August 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    sikhism represent! their turbans tend towards the exaggerated side though..love your work sartorialist!

  35. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I love how you nonchalently take credit for other people's style… to be clear: you did NOT dress as those men in your photos did; THEY did. YOU did not inspire Lanvin; the elderly man who dressed so impeccably did.

    Humble pie is a most delicious dessert, should you ever feel like indulging.

    P.S. Those two photos of yours capture two most sartorially and impressively dressed gentleman.

  36. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    to Scott: they may be "your" images, but the true source of the inspiration comes from the person who is wearing the clothes (put the outfit together) – you just happened to be in the right place, at the right time with your camera…

  37. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Yay I see a Kiwi!!! That's exciting too! He must like New Zealand.

  38. Lip Gloss and Mane Toss

    August 11, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    These photos are magical; they take me to another place.


  39. Sheena Murray

    August 11, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I think that as you say, the essence of these images is key – and it's also a very cool compliment.

  40. Signorina Svizzera

    August 11, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I can honestly tell you, I intern for a designer, and when she asked me to pull inspiration shots, I came here (aside from using WGSN like everyone else in the office) and got her some great images. They definitely made it on the inspiration boards we brought to the meetings, and a few made a permanent spot on her inspiration wall!!

  41. hi-d

    August 11, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Awesome! We can all inspire each other. :)

  42. Rafe New York

    August 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Lucas isn't the only one. I've printed some of your photos to put up on my design boards too because your subjects are inspirational and more importantly, they're real! so thank you for inspiring me!

  43. lovelylissy

    August 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    spirit indeed :)

  44. nickythegreatest

    August 11, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Too cool.

  45. Anonymous

    August 11, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    That painting in the middle on the right! Feels so familiar. Can someone clarify it for me?

    Nicholas II, the last Emperor of Russia

  46. ronan the librarian

    August 12, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Sart, you certainly are an inspiration…that's a given. I am also enjoying the pic of Tsar Nicholas II on that pinboard as well!

  47. The Redhead Riter

    August 12, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Love the way you have them all positioned.

  48. .

    August 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

  49. Emma Howard

    August 12, 2009 at 12:53 am

    " When I have had such men before my camera my whole soul has endeavored to do its duty towards them in recording faithfully the greatness of the inner as well as the features of the outer man. The photograph thus taken has been almost the embodiment of a prayer. "

    Julia Margaret Cameron

  50. chicmuse

    August 12, 2009 at 1:18 am



  51. Anonymous

    August 12, 2009 at 1:31 am

    first thing i noticed was the kiwi! go little old NZ. Also, your pictures are awesome.. definitly a great inspiration to me

  52. elsiee

    August 12, 2009 at 2:14 am

    that could be more fabulous – but I can't imagine how…

  53. Fredde Cooney Ahlstrom

    August 12, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Us too, the readers! We use your images for inspiration! Just so you know. :-)

  54. dennis

    August 12, 2009 at 4:24 am

    omg! I just saw that on The Selby .com and then just happened to click over to Sart… crazy coincidence!

  55. Antonio Barros

    August 12, 2009 at 4:25 am


  56. jessica

    August 12, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Im not at all surprised by this, as amazing as it is. I've been consistently observing your site for my entire teen years; your pictures never fail to inspire or captivate me.
    I may not be a world renowned designer, but your photos find our way into my heart and so many others, notorious or not.
    Thank you thank you thank you, for doing something so simply unique!

  57. Miiicha

    August 12, 2009 at 4:30 am

    WOW I Love it!

  58. bean

    August 12, 2009 at 4:47 am

    i know nothing about fashion but check your blog everyday to look at the sublime images you capture…u are truly inspiring to anyone who appreciates beauty.

  59. johnnyboy

    August 12, 2009 at 4:50 am

    hmmm, am i the only one that finds this post a litle less than humble? you take nice picures of cool people. the people are the inspiration, not the pictures.

  60. Roz

    August 12, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Wow! Thats a pretty amazing achievment. But your photos are completely perfect for moodboards. I see ones every now and then that would go perfectly with some of the moodboards I've made..


  61. Rollergirl

    August 12, 2009 at 5:37 am

    How funny, was JUST looking at those pics myself too!


    I'm absolutely certain that in ten or twenty years we will see the real legacy of The Sartorialist and how your site has enabled to track trends literally day by day. Simply going through your archives shows this aleady, you can see the shoulder silhouettes getting bigger and bigger in front of your very eyes!

    PS – great Sartorialist article in UK Vogue this month

  62. Jesse

    August 12, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Urgh, Tsar Nicholas II would look much better if he lost the cigarette!

  63. I am the Walrus

    August 12, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Being a sikh girl,I love how there's a picture of Nihang Sikhs on the board. A little over the top and not a conventional practice of the religion today but this has left me feeling a little proud of my people nonetheless.

    P.S,Never realised how beautiful and interesting these Nihangs were till now :)

  64. Anonymous

    August 12, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I'm so happy for you, that's a great proof of your incredible eye and talent!

  65. Anonymous

    August 12, 2009 at 9:38 am

    It helps that one of the photos is of one of the lanvin designers..

  66. Lisa

    August 12, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Wow, Tracey has the best job ever!

  67. joshylola

    August 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I love Lanvin, The Selby and your pictures :-D

  68. Paige

    August 12, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I find it funny that I, in turn, bookmarked this photo as part of my "inspiration" folder.

  69. williamtfox

    August 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Don't mess with the Sikhs. Tough cookies

    Don't mess with the Nihangs, toughest.

  70. Kate G.

    August 12, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Not exactly mood boards, but I do clip your shots to dossiers I build when building a character study. You know how to read a face and you're not an age-ist.

    Interesting to find that Mr. Ossendrijver and I clipped similar shots.

  71. Anonymous

    August 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I love the picture of the Tsar… or perhaps his English kin, I get them confused. Either way, love the pictures and the subject as well.

  72. sook

    August 12, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I agree! I am inspired by your images because they convey a mood and every picture seems to have their own story. I print them out and make clippings too ((: They're awesome.

    Maybe you'll come to Singapore one day..

  73. Soren Lorensen

    August 12, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    so interesting ot see inside the designer's world a little

    congratulations to you

  74. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    August 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I do love the way that wall is put together, it may just be a couple of fantastic photos just hung on the wall, but all the photos makes you get a hole bunch of ides and thoughts.

    Like the way designers use you as an inspiration.

  75. paul

    August 12, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    ahhhhhhhhhhh the Selby!

  76. Anonymous

    August 13, 2009 at 1:51 am

    That is truly awesome. And yes, you ARE a big deal. So big that you are almost viewed by the mainstream and I do not mean that in a pejorative way at all. I simply mean that your blog is not only viewed only by the uber cool and fashionable who are in the know. Lots of people from all walks of life get inspiration from you (or at least look at your wonderful photos with wonder and disbelief ;)) To me that is just as cool of an accomplishement as being spotted on Lucas' design board. WOW! That IS F*[email protected] cool though.

  77. Jack Daniel

    August 13, 2009 at 9:33 am

    You should be proud of this.
    I'm sure your father would be proud of this too; YOU have become an inspiration to big name designers, not only your images.

  78. Anonymous

    August 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

    That is the Tsar, not George V. Both total hotties.

  79. Anonymous

    August 14, 2009 at 12:27 am

    It's unfortunate that others commented on a lack of humility. They totally missed it. Yes, the subjects and how they dressed are the inspiration, but 'Great Design is simply borrowed'. None of us, including Lanvin, would have access to these individuals' ideas without the work you do to bring them to us via your website. Many thanks.

  80. Margy

    August 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    well this doesn't surprise me at all. you've made me a hero many times. and on dark days when the ideas don't come quickly, i open up my fat file of your photos — sitting right there on my desktop — and just stare until i feel like thinking again.

    how about this: a crowd-sourced tribute blog. your readers around the world can email shots of our various mood boards, concept boards and fashion spreads. and we'll call it "sartorial influences."

  81. gabriela

    August 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    I'm just writing about trends to my master's thesis, and I definitely will write about that:)


  82. ronan the librarian

    August 17, 2009 at 12:24 am

    yes its the Tsar, but which portrait? Anyone know? the Serov one or the Repin one from the Duma that was bayonetted in the Revolution?

  83. jaclyngeist

    August 20, 2009 at 11:55 am

    T! you have a strong eye for details even if that means identifying your bosses own work. You're an inspiration to all assistants!

  84. andrea

    August 21, 2009 at 11:20 am

    That's amazing! I don't know how anyone couldn't be inspired by your photos though!

  85. Anonymous

    August 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    i love the nihang sikhs on the bottom love that blue

  86. Hazel Coote

    August 27, 2009 at 11:05 am

    He also has an image of a kiwi on there – holding the whole world in its beak. I like that! (I'm a New Zealander/ Kiwi myself)

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