Friday, November 9, 2012

Their Very Own “Pitti Wall”, Soweto, SA

I thought it was so charming when Kabelo showed me this photo The Smarties created of their very own “Pitti Wall,” like the wall I have shot numerous times during Pitti Uomo.



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  1. une chatte grise

    November 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    THE SOCKS!!! All the Smarties look great, but those socks are beyond excellent.

  2. Lelli Family

    November 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Men with great style …. I absolutely like men in first pic and their superlative socks

    xo Lelli, italian fashion family

  3. Liz

    November 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    love the pitti wall!

  4. Betsy

    November 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    So much dapperness, I can’t even get myself together.

  5. Nico

    November 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Love the first shot, they look so Dandy style!

    New post–>

  6. Mr Essentialist

    November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Their socks are the beyond cool – totally make the outfits.

  7. Devon

    November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Great stories and pictures on The Smarties – what a find –
    You’ll have to be sure to get back to South Africa to get us updates on their evolving look!


    • Jourdan

      November 10, 2012 at 11:34 am

      My sentiments exactly! These guys should definitely be a focus of yours in the future, as I’m sure they will quickly capture the attention of the fashion industry.

    • sebz

      December 13, 2012 at 2:07 am

      i get this warm fuzzy feeling inside when i see how the talent and fashion love that South African fashionestas possess is being so well exposed…….. #ProudSouthAfrican

  8. Simbarashe

    November 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I think you should do a book featuring The Smarties and other little sartorial clubs like them around the world. Call your publisher and get on that.

    • savvy_geek

      November 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I concur! I have loved seeing all your pics of the Smarties, and would definitely buy a book about them!

  9. Kevin

    November 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Those socks are hot!

  10. The Bespoke Dudes

    November 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Very interesting comparison, Scott!

    The Bespoke Dudes

  11. Milo

    November 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my they look awesome . Love this shot. What a compliment

  12. The Guilty Hyena

    November 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Dapper dressed men! like those two tone shoes.

  13. princessglee

    November 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Oh I love the Pitti Wall. Perhaps Kabelo and his friends will still know each other when they reach the age of the gentlemen in the picture below them.

  14. Bonnie, Clyde and Marni

    November 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  15. Angela

    November 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Loving the socks, so you have my attention!

  16. Daphne

    November 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I love the socks.

  17. Xeana

    November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I like bright socks!


  18. Busi

    November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm


  19. Gian Luca M

    November 9, 2012 at 2:56 pm


    Gian Luca M

  20. monkeyshines

    November 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

  21. Elaine

    November 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    The Smarties are definitely the highlight of your Africa trip for me. So dapper, so charming and completely working what they have. They are the essence of personal style.

  22. couturecate

    November 9, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    The smarties look amazing! What great style and verve.

  23. Eva

    November 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Love the socks too, great shot! xx


    November 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

  25. Aisha

    November 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    absolutely loving the smarties’ style!


    November 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I like the last picture!!!

  27. Taylor

    November 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Are those golf shoes on the guy in the middle? That’s either an interesting pattern of wear on the soles, or those are screw in golf cleats.

    • Monsieur Marcel

      November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Indeed they are golf shoes, but with softspikes, not the old metal cleats which made walking on pavement slippery.

  28. Sevan

    November 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Got to love the flamboyant and charming Lino but the Smarties ?
    What clever looks. I can’t get enough of them.

  29. selam

    November 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    love! go the fab soweto boys and the gentlemen in the photo below them.

  30. gina Clark

    November 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    These guys are so impressive! I’m a huge fan of menswear so I’ll definitely be looking at these pics again for inspiration.

  31. Danielle korneliussen

    November 9, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Elaine, I can’t agree with you more…. They give real meaning to the term “style”. I want to invite them home to dinner and hear all about their lives And passion for fashion.

  32. Alexandre

    November 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Les Sapeurs!

  33. Laura

    November 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I love their amazing styles!

  34. Jennifer

    November 9, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Great photos!

    xo Jennifer

  35. bleokt

    November 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    They look so damn good.

  36. Daisy Nguyen

    November 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    How ADORBS are they? LOVE their socks too!

    -Daisy Nguyen from the PS BANANAS! fashion blog:

  37. Anon

    November 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Better than the original ! Well done, guys.

  38. kitchen afternoon

    November 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Buon giorno, we have been waiting for you…

  39. juan cruz

    November 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    The middle gent looks like a young Cuba Gooding Jr.

  40. Livia

    November 10, 2012 at 4:29 am

    Love the gents! What’s the of that peculiar wooden (?) building behind The Smarties? It’d like to find more pictures of it.

  41. annabella

    November 10, 2012 at 5:01 am

    The Smarties are doing me in. So much genuine charm, heart and style!

    I had to go back and reread your comment…in order to understand that “the Smarties” ‘created their own ‘Pitti Uomo wall” in this photo, after your photos at that famous Florence wall. Kabelo and Co. simply must get to Pitti uomo….. ’13….and of course The Sartorialist luncheon with Lino and Luca and all their heroes….and a trip to Milan and Al Bazzar/FW. Nothing but the best for them!

    They are the definition of Joyful Style! If there are any websites in the works where we might purchase,say some authentic “Smarties” fan club items..oh i’d love a bunch of genuine “The Smarties” of Soweto Ts. SHOUT OUT to JENNA LYONS…and MICKEY… isn’t this just the kind of brilliant colaboration you’re famous for at J Crew????!!! These guys are genius!!

  42. Wes

    November 10, 2012 at 7:37 am

    Just recognized myself in the picture with Lino. My jeans look good.

  43. Viva Congo

    November 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Nice to see photo’s of the smarties on the Sartorialist.

    I know that Americans travel to North Africa and South Africa, but what about Sub-Saharan Africa Above South Africa the large part in between?

    Especially interesting are The Sapeurs today belong to ‘La SAPE’ (Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes) imortalised by the ITALIAN photographer DANIELE TAMAGNI in his fine book GENTLEMEN OF BACONGO

  44. Claire

    November 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

    I believe it’s spelled Smarteez

  45. Louis XIX

    November 10, 2012 at 10:09 am

    interesting, but I don’t think the photo was taken in Soweto

    • Gregory

      November 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

      No, it was taken in Jo’burg’s CBD.

  46. *sP

    November 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    i will enjoy seeing the dinner or lunch that happens in SA. bring the Europeans over and let them see how it’s done someplace else!

  47. Mostrendy

    November 11, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Chic men are so chic.

  48. Valeria

    November 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Both pictures rock. Brilliant. I love the two tone monk shoes.

  49. Jaygo

    November 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Someone should give these guys an ad campaign.

  50. Leesee

    November 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Me too, how adorable.

  51. jonny

    December 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

    … chissà perchè io trovo che la classe è tutta un altra cosa … mah !?

  52. vveruvvolf

    June 4, 2013 at 9:55 am


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