Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Winner of the Men’s Cover is…



Here is his winning comment:


“I purchased, at an embarrassing cost, a aRalph Lauren Purple Label mohair suit that was a glen plaid pattern. That sounds innocent enough, until I note that the color combo of the plaid is blk/wht/pink. It is a beautiful suit, but at 6’4″, 220 lbs, I assure you it would be overwhelming on even the most liberal minded gentleman. Thus I dream about the right opportunity to wear this item and it sits in my closet reminding me of the craftsmanship of St. Andrew’s and that I do not have the balls to pull it off.”




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  1. Elizabeth

    August 14, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    cool story)) congrats, Kris!

  2. Martha

    August 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Send it the picture here…you will rock it ;)


  3. William Hulsman

    August 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm


  4. Becky

    August 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    I need to see this suit! Can we get a picture?

  5. Angie

    August 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm


  6. Thomas

    August 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Oh no! What a waste!

  7. Bobby

    August 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Kris –

    I understand your pain (sorta).. Being a 6’4″, 220 lb man I’d be happy to help you with this suit. It sounds like a perfect print for my eccentric collection!!

  8. sayali

    August 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    this comment really made me chuckle! but i can also imagine this person pining after that suit in the closet!!


  9. Klara

    August 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Great story, but now you must wear the suit! :) Seize the day!

  10. princessglee

    August 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Cool. I’m remembering reading that comment and thinking how it made me think of vogue editor-at-large, Andre Leon Talley.

    • Joe

      August 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Agreed! Kris, put the suit on and people will love it. More importantly, YOU will love it.

    • Marta

      August 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      I was thinking exactly the same !!!! :) BTW Congrats to Kris!!

  11. Name*

    August 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    closet case

  12. loulou

    August 14, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I really want to see this suit! I almost passed on a chance to meet my beloved husband of almost 13 years because the girl who set us up on a blind date mentioned that he had been wearing a shiny green suit when she had become reacquainted with him at their university reunion. Once I saw said green suit, I was hooked on this courageous dresser, for life. Extra special suits are awesome and you should wear yours! … at least once.

  13. ebru

    August 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I would love a picture! Go on, you can do it!!

  14. Alexandra

    August 14, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Picture, picture, picture!

  15. Georges Doro

    August 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Not only does Kris have good taste, but he is also knowledgeable enough to know that
    st-Andrew makes the purple label for Ralph Lauren , in fact it is now known as st- Andrea

  16. Maria (from Cambridge)

    August 14, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I TOLD YOU in my comments Kris!!!!!!! THIS WAS MY FAVORITE STORY! This one made me laugh and cry. I had tears in my eyes and I even read it out loud to my husband, and I could not get all the words out I was laughing so hard, and I was so charmed! You MUST send us a photo of you wearing the suit…if you do not want to make it “public”…how about if we give Scott a secret fan club of addresses, just for peek? We promise to cherish it and YOU. I will drink a toast to you and the suit tonight! Bravo! Excellent choice!

  17. ttea

    August 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I can understand why he would be afraid of wearing the suit, it sounds a little intimidating. I have to say that I think the women’s winner had a somewhat better story.


  18. hadhka

    August 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    It sounds a beautiful coat


  19. Darrell

    August 14, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I could have sworn that my “¡Yo quiero Taco Bell!” t-shirt
    story would touch your heart.

    Foiled again!

  20. Elaine

    August 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    You should wear and post. I think you’d rock it.

    • Maria (from Cambridge)

      August 15, 2012 at 7:26 am

      I totally agree with Elaine! I drank a toast to you and your suit last night and your story. I cannot describe my love for it. I think I know why it captured the Sartorialist team, the word is on the tip of my tongue. Maybe sometime today it will come to me.

  21. JP

    August 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This is who I wanted to win! I love the idea of a man this size in a plaid suit.

  22. lintmag

    August 14, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    YAY! now wear that thing!! Kris, I am glad you won – would love to see a pic.

  23. anthony

    August 14, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I noticed many of us regret our Ralph Lauren purchases. Interesting. I think that’s ok considering all the fantastic things we all bought from Ralph as well.

  24. Kris

    August 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hey everyone,

    Thanks so much for the words of encouragement and support. Happy my story could bring chuckles to some…..If I can figure out how to post a picture here, I will be happy to. I am humbled by the interest and reaction. Thanks guys!!!

  25. Andre

    August 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Congrats, Kris!,
    and, you can rock the suit, even one item of it in a time!
    You do have balls – it takes courage even just sharing your story with us!

  26. Jen

    August 14, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Great story! Brief, but incredibly descriptive. There’s something incredibly charming about the image of a 6’4″ man sporting a plaid suit. I’d tell him to go for it! :)

  27. Rebecca

    August 15, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Kris, if my manager of the same height as ou can wear a three piece brown corduroy suit for no special occasion other than office work, you can do it! Perhaps start with wearing just the jacket or just the pants?

  28. une chatte grise

    August 15, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Congrats, Kris–great story. Here’s one more vote for a photo!

  29. Laurence

    August 15, 2012 at 4:51 am

    i have almost the reverse logic; i think that larger men can get away with bolder / larger scale designs because they’re not overwhelmed by them as a more slight man would be.
    of course the boldness should always reflect your personality to begin with.

  30. Gabrielle

    August 15, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Well-deserved! Really funny, written so that the image was vivid as life and you could feel the moment of actually purchasing the suit.

  31. Gigi

    August 15, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Great story, Kris. Congratulations. Read the female perspective (Daria’s story) again and remember, YOU wear the clothes; don’t let them wear you. I think you can pull this off. We’re all behind you (and pinning for a picture)!

    Is there some funky event you could use as an excuse to break it in? I think once you are out in it (and getting compliments), it will become a staple in your wardrobe.

  32. Dayna

    August 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    HAHAhaha! Awesome! At least now you have a free awesome book, too :)

  33. Sergio

    August 15, 2012 at 3:37 pm


    How about wearing it separate? I’m sure the Jacket will look great with a pair of Selvedge Jeans, and a Gray T.

    Maybe? you should give it a try!

    And congrats of course!!

    Looking forward to see the link posted so we can see a Picture!!

  34. TW

    August 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Kris, Congrats! I’ve been thinking about giving a party to which everyone wears these pieces that have been waiting for their close up for years. Why not host your own bash wearing this suit?

  35. Niyi

    August 15, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    I have the same problem, only it is an ETRO summer linen jacket with the colour pink, yellow and green. No balls no glory, so I shall toast to the day we scream screw i, and walk out our respective homes, brimming with pride and suits.

  36. AET

    August 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Man, I have SO had that experience. As a fairly masculine-looking woman I have bought pieces, taken them home with visions of being a pretty princess and then realized: “Sh*t, that dress/shirt/skirt/etc was made for a woman with a rack/curves/cute little-girl features. I’m gonna’ look ridiculous in it. AAAaarrrggghhhhh!!”

  37. Phil C.

    August 17, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Like Obama’s birth certificate, Romney’s tax forms, and Bigfoot, I will not believe it until I see it. Show us the suit.

  38. Johnny N

    August 19, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Kris – Post! I am 6’3 5/8″ – 280 ilbs, and I understand your reticence, but as long as where you wear it is appropriate, and you think through the accessories, you will be dearly complimented for your sense of style. I lived in India for two years, and while I was there I had several bespoke suits created (Prestige – The Man Store – Bangalore). One day I asked if they could do embroidery patterns, they said yes, so I had a grey green peak lapel suit made, with a spare jacket embroidered with jade green question marks, ala Frank Gorshin as the Riddler or Nick Lowe as the Jesus of Cool. I have worn it, and it was highly praised. You can do it!

  39. Allo

    August 19, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    It is a real pity that New York has lost what for me was the essence of New York, its rappers, street hangers and general ‘fringedwellers’. It would be nice to think that people who live on the fringes who need something they don’t have might have gotten what they wanted and become part of the mainstream – but I am sure this is not the case. New York is now far less cosmopolitan for it, even though I feel much safer in Central Park, its not near as colourful as the eighties and early nineties. Does anyone know where these people went?

  40. Zehra

    August 20, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Kris, along with everyone else I really want you to wear the suit and send a picture here. I’m sure you will pull it off nicely!

    - greetings from Karachi, Pakistan

  41. Naomi Horridge

    September 1, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Edward Wilkinson Latham, ‘Fabric Conditioning’, p 73 GQ Winter 2007
    “Sometimes I try it on at home and strut about feeling the power of my bespoke mohair armour.”

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