Monday, November 26, 2007

Vintage Monday….The Antique DJ, Chelsea

I asked this young gentleman , Michael Haar, what movies he watches for inspiration.

“The Marxs Brothers” he says.

I’m off to B&N to buy a new DVD box set


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  1. Laguna Beach Trad

    November 26, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Great shot, Scott! I find myself admiring this young gentleman’s leather boots, jumper, and cap. Very nice. His facial hair accessory is pure genius. He reminds me of an Italian patriot preparing to battle the communists. I suspect I would enjoy discussing politics over lunch with this young gentleman.

  2. Minn Dahlo

    November 26, 2007 at 9:52 am

    Wooow, everything about this guy is perfect! I especially love his very fitted knit top kind of pulling in his big flowy pantaloons and his amazing red boots! If this is the kind of inspiration one gets from watching these shows then I desperately need to start doing so… first on my list will be all those B&W films you are always raving about.

  3. landis smithers

    November 26, 2007 at 9:54 am

    what a great shot! love the alley and the lighting.

    and though the look is one part expression, one part costume party, i’d still love to have a drink (pint?) with this guy.

    though don’t you wonder how a handlebar kisses? is it waxy?

    no? just me? ok.

  4. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 10:03 am

    wow, he looks straight out of Newsies. love it.

  5. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 10:17 am

    The setting looks like Old Montreal (south of the downtown core and where the tech art geeks dwell).

    But this is o’er the top. Was it a movie shoot for a period piece? The boots on their own would have sufficed for extraordinary “wow factor.”


  6. Jill

    November 26, 2007 at 10:28 am

    i love this, i think if i saw him i would start clapping

  7. lintmag

    November 26, 2007 at 10:30 am

    The top half of the outfit makes me think of him riding one of those old fashioned bicycles with the huge wheel in the front, and the lower half is reminding me of the bottle dancers in Fiddler on the Roof – but he looks great! Beautiful colors as usual, Sart.

  8. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 10:32 am

    I’m not surprised that he likes the Marx brothers. A guy that dresses like that must have, at least, some sense of humour!

  9. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Captain Spaulding!

  10. enc

    November 26, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Mmmmmmmmm, cordovan field boots.

    He looks great in them—even with no horse in sight!

  11. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Fabulous! This is what style is all about!

  12. Kookaii

    November 26, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Nice. Very nicely done.
    He’s like a modern day, real-life Mercutio.

  13. VivElise

    November 26, 2007 at 11:02 am

    Very rarely do can you see both a great sense of humour and sense of fashion in just one shot.

    The sweater is amazing, like it’s tailored.

  14. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 11:19 am

    He really does look spectacular — I, too, would clap. But I think it’s the moustache that makes it feel like an impeccable costume rather than just a great, inventive look.

  15. bklyn.brownstone

    November 26, 2007 at 11:29 am

    From the waist up, this cat is pretty well put together. But below that- way to Ringling Bros. for my taste. The sweater and hat are really fly.

  16. sandman_gr

    November 26, 2007 at 11:45 am

    He looks more Cretan traditional folklore man’s costume to me than Marx brothers…

  17. Thomas

    November 26, 2007 at 11:53 am

    From the boots to the cap to the brilliant facial hair – perfection. I wish I worked somewhere where I could dress like this.

  18. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    if i’m not mistaken, that sweater is an army sweater, and should be available at any army/navy [surplus?] store. both my father and old boyfriend own one, and it looks wonderful on both.

  19. jeff

    November 26, 2007 at 12:19 pm


    i’m curious… does he dress like this everyday?

    it seems it would be difficult to find enough pieces to create an entire wardrobe.

    i suppose it could be done via thrift stores, army/navy, tailoring, etc.

  20. Asian Models Blogger

    November 26, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Italian hunting attire, circa 1950s.

    Totally awesome.

  21. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    I bought that same sweater at an army navy store a month ago but have been unsure how to wear it. Now I have an idea. Thanks!

  22. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    This was really inspiring! Since I’m a huge Marx Brothers fan this was such a treat! The young man is really fabulous in his Marx-influenced style: I think the outfit looks well put together without the feeling that he’s an actor who’s just in a custome, dressed up for the stage. The early 1920-1930′s is a special era, and the mens’ garments from that time can look a bit “baggy” (imagine the big [in swedish:] “äppelknyckar-byxor”, a BIG cap, big mustach and a big coat/jacket). But this is just fun, and stylish! /AM – Sweden

  23. underneath

    November 26, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I adore the color in this shoot – but I can`t help but thinking about what this picture would look like in black&white..

  24. Sztywniara

    November 26, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I have very similar pants and was planning to wear them with my knee-high boots. He beat me to it! And he looks perfect. Dammit! ;)

  25. Brazilian Girl #7

    November 26, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    why not?

  26. Pauspling

    November 26, 2007 at 1:02 pm

    I absolutely LOVE it. I love vintage that looks accurate and real. The setting is right too…the light…the alley.

    Great pic!

  27. jkh

    November 26, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    especially the
    5 button CI army sweater

  28. Alicia

    November 26, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    now THAT is a moustache I can get behind.
    a handlebar does get up the nose a bit, but when you love the wearer, it’s no matter. :)

  29. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 1:30 pm


    How tall would you say this guy was? His torso looks kinda short, but I can’t judge his lower body. The only reason I ask is that I usually think shorter guys (like me) look awkward in knee-high boots, but it looks great on him. But he may not be that short. I think the volume of the pants throws the eye off enough that it works.

  30. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    wow, never saw a guy look so good with pants tucked in his boots.
    looks like he just peaked out a play written by cechov.and the moustache is hot!

  31. FOUNDfashion

    November 26, 2007 at 2:03 pm

    I love the pants- and I want a pair in every color right now!

    The boots look a bit too feminine for him I wish they had some hardware or detail so they weren’t so streamlined.

    Someone above asked how a handlebar moustache kisses.. the answer is beautifully. My boyfriend has one.

  32. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

  33. LolaM

    November 26, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    This guy has the best fashion I have seen so far. So classy…

  34. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    Nouveau Jockey! And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

  35. Chi-Chi and the Greek

    November 26, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    This is exactly what personal style is all about. While it would be easy to dissect each individual piece it’s the toatal flow of this look that would make me want to KNOW this fella.

  36. ricpic

    November 26, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    Al I can think of is how much courage it took to wear this outfit…or disdain for the boorish.

  37. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    bravo for kookaii (11:02am) who nailed the look as a “modern day, real life Mercutio.” absolutely!!!

    i love his mustache and the colour of his boots.


  38. PeaceSignWithChocolate

    November 26, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    The boots! I love it. I agree with Jill; clap clap clap!

  39. Anne Corrons

    November 26, 2007 at 3:21 pm

    yes, you should buy it because it’ll help us to understand! I’m atornished.

  40. Klokka

    November 26, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    somehow, i seriously doubt i’d be a motif for the honoured sartorialist..

  41. Candid Cool

    November 26, 2007 at 3:46 pm


  42. The Urban Naturalist

    November 26, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    well done sir!

  43. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    He’s rocking the Michael Corleone just arrived in Sicily look, circa Godfather 1.

  44. amberfair

    November 26, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    Holy Cow! I love a dandy! I must have him so I can steal his…boots!

  45. Catherine

    November 26, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    Great look, great inspiration. I’m gonna add that to my Christmas DVD festival. Thanks.

  46. jennine

    November 26, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    wow, i’m in love.

  47. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    What a great shot. The dark background and the dark clothing just come together perfectly. As far as his personal style I am mad about anyone who can put together a look of their own like this with nary a designer label in sight. Please keep posting these unique shots.

  48. urbnstyle

    November 26, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    wow, i’m speechless
    simply great!!

  49. essentially-c

    November 26, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    …I´m asking myself if you´d have to change something and what, when you are not that slim…

  50. Princess Poochie

    November 26, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    I’m not sure what it is (is it the confident stance, the look, the boots?) but he is very sexy and sensual.



  51. Café Mode

    November 26, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    One of your best. The pose, the look, the colours, the boots, the pants, the moustache… Stunning. And so August Sander.

  52. momo

    November 26, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    The moustache is a little Gangs of New York.

  53. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    he’s not growing it for movember? come to melbourne for some world class handlebars!! and other stylish masculine facial growth…

    certainly has nailed the detail on outfit, from keychain and buttoned collar, thru to cap and boots. i love his precision, i’m sure his sartorial standards would translate over to more ‘modern’ dressing. he doesnt strike me as a ‘tiny barbour’ type guy!!

  54. Brian

    November 26, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Those pants and boots are killer.

  55. Laguna Hills Trad

    November 26, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    Someone call the psychiatrist, stat.
    He is impersonating an Italian patriot preparing to battle the communists. I suspect I would not enjoy discussing politics over lunch with this young gentleman.

  56. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    I think this is a very brave look–I know that I would feel costumey in it and thus couldn’t wear it (besides the fact that I’m a woman and wouldn’t anyway…I can’t wear anything that feels like a “themed” look to me…)

    It is a bit over the top, but like others have said, thats what you get when you mix a sense of humor with fashion…

  57. Nisa Risa Perisacooper

    November 26, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    The rich, yet subtle colours and the silhouette are definitely something I’d love to incorporate into my wardrobe.
    As always, your blog is full of inspiration.

  58. a lady

    November 26, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    if you want to see some great shots of the Marxes off-set, Harpo’s autobiography (“Harpo Speaks”) has tons of photographs that really show off their style. it smacks of growing up on the east side in the teens and 1920′s…really amazing.

  59. Charmaine

    November 26, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Quite snappy! All he needs is a riding crop.

  60. citizen

    November 26, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    I like everything but the moustache. I believe it takes a certain kind of man to pull off a good ‘tache, and he just isn’t one of them.

  61. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    This is how my boyfriend dresses. There is nothing more pleasing than a young man with facial hair.

  62. Tom

    November 26, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    I love the combination of colors, it’s nicely understated. What I think makes the outfit, though is the demeanor of the man, the outfit seems like a genuine statement of style, not a spectacle.

  63. AnonymousJK

    November 26, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    Yowsah! This makes MY top 10 list for 2007!

  64. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 11:11 pm

    watch movies for dressing, lol…but really you need groucho to tell you to match a brown with a blue ;)

  65. Anonymous

    November 26, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    He is young, cute and has a mustache… I want to go to a pic-nick with him and wear my very fine suede evening gloves!

  66. carlos

    November 27, 2007 at 1:11 am

    hahaha, i don’t know, come on, he looks like a director from the 30s but it just doesn’t work today.

  67. DeepBlueSea

    November 27, 2007 at 1:28 am

    Off to the Army Surplus place tomorrow to see if I can find a sweater like that. Actually I HAD one many years ago, in khaki.

  68. m-

    November 27, 2007 at 2:49 am

    you know what sart? i said stiletto boots!!!!
    but, touche!

  69. Ostentatious Style

    November 27, 2007 at 3:52 am

    Looks like the traditional outfit of Cretan men (Crete, Greece).

  70. akme

    November 27, 2007 at 4:19 am

    Superbe !

  71. anna

    November 27, 2007 at 4:48 am

    do you know if he’s married already?

  72. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 5:13 am

    very well done. a little Ă  la Cohen bros., circa “o brother”. lovely man, confident, excellent colors. coppola off to you, mister.

    Sicilian horseman of the year, if the year were 1927.


  73. a.fam

    November 27, 2007 at 5:39 am

    fantastic. absolutely fantastic!

  74. Carl XVI Gustaf

    November 27, 2007 at 6:49 am

    I really like his boots and.. I simply like it all very very much!

    My town is to small for a man to get away with those boots. Guess I will have to buy an old motorcycle and say the boots came with it…

  75. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 8:21 am

    wow!! fantastic
    although part of me thinks ‘fancy dress’

  76. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 11:13 am

    I also doesnt own a horse. but in such a way no horse ….

    and to say as an answer to laguna beach trad without a wish to harm you: that was not the outfit of italien patriots, but fashists …

  77. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    I love this – unique and inspirational – personal style at it’s best

  78. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    This guy is sooo cool. What a fine ‘tache! I love his sweater and want one now! A thoroughly brilliant, individual look! I would have to agree with Jill – there would be much clapping and jollification if I saw him in the street…shame I live in Scotland and probably won’t get the chance…x

  79. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    Love him! I just want his moustache!


  80. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    I love the equestrian look (how can I not, I’m one myself) but it seems a bit silly to be wearing such a literal translation of the look if you aren’t an actual horseperson heading off to the barn. I like tall boots with tight jeans, and a riding coat with a street pant or a dress or skirt, and even the Balenciaga version of the jodhpur. However, the reason I think these work is because they’re drawing inspiration from the costume, but not taking it so literally.
    I think that’s what makes a truly quality look-the ability to take various influences and incorporate them in such a way that something new and not-so-transparent is created.

    But of course, some people enjoy dressing as if they are in costume all of the time, I just, personally, could never imagine wearing my riding gear out in public as a fashion statement.

  81. maeir

    November 27, 2007 at 4:17 pm


    i love those boots

  82. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    now there’s an outfit. must say, for me personally, i’ve found the last few shots pretty uninspiring. but that’s just down to different tastes i suppose.. however, this guy is wonderful i think :)

  83. katie

    November 27, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    My dream man came to life!

  84. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Mike always dresses like that. And his job allows him to dress like that. lol, i’m sure he is delighted with the marriage proposals.

  85. Anonymous

    November 27, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Such a beautiful picture and this mans style! LOOOVE IT!
    I wonder what he works with? How he became so daring and sure of him selves? Rock on cool dude!

    Hey Sart I had such a nice outfit today (i think you would hav loved to photogragh me), and you did not find me in the streets of NY..
    I was in Nolita for lunch, soho for a hot chocolate, Broadway for shopping and uptown for a steak dinner.

    I’ll dress my coolest tommorow and hope for the best..

  86. Dorothy

    November 28, 2007 at 2:10 am

    What a sexy man. I love it when men wear costume-like outfits like this but look utterly comfortable in them.

  87. Dexter Obvious

    November 28, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Right down to the perfect moustache, I adore this man. He’s beautiful! I wish I were so well put together, with such a defined sense of self.

  88. Anonymous

    November 28, 2007 at 8:10 am

    The moment I saw this picture I was sure that he is a horseman. Shiny,riding boots and real oldfashioned pants.Somehow he has this gypsy look and we all know that horses are important for them.SO-where is the HORSE?

  89. Laguna Beach Trad

    November 28, 2007 at 9:44 am

    I think it’s hilarious that this young man is called “Mike”. “Mike”?! I could accept Ferdinando, Amedeo, or Cesare, but “Mike”?! It doesn’t suit his look. Just too much.

  90. ShugoP

    November 28, 2007 at 9:57 am

    I myself adore the leather boots… This photo is timeless. From his vintage-style sweater to the detail buttons and well tailored slacks.. Everything blends!!!!!

  91. ShugoP

    November 28, 2007 at 10:41 am

    I myself adore the redish color boots… The photo is timeless! From the vintage sweater to the detailed buttons and well-tailored slacks… A well-blend this gentleman is displaying….

  92. Lisa Kinne

    November 28, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Oh my god! I was friends with Mike in college about 4 years back and I am a daily visitor to your blog! I was totally surprised to see a familiar face! I never expected anyone I know to be photographed by you :)

    If there’s one thing I knew for sure about Mike it is that he is an original character, always.

    I wish you could do a “few years back” vs. “today” shot with him because you wouldn’t believe it.

    (Mike, if you’re reading this – it’s Lisa Kinne from Hartford :) You look great)

  93. Olimpia Liberti

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  94. Anthony

    November 28, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    He looks great!! Very good combination of the knit and pants and everything… Super stylish

  95. philip

    November 28, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    That’s one difference between you and me, Sart. You asked this young gentleman, Michael Haar, what movies he watches; and I would have asked this young gentleman, Michael Haar, for his phone number.

    Eh, Tomato/Tomahto. He looks great.

  96. Anonymous

    November 29, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Love the 70s porn star ‘stash. He’s got the face to pull it off.

  97. AnastasiaC

    November 29, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    the pants are like the traditional Cypriot Vraka pants
    my grandfather wore them like this and with his knee high black leather boots – a strong look!

  98. Ané

    December 4, 2007 at 3:40 am

    Absolutely genius!

  99. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I am sorry, but to me this is not well dressed, this is dressed up for a masquerade.

    Still a very good photo, though!

  100. pastorofmuppets

    December 12, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Ostentatious, literal and costumey. I appreciate each individual piece but all together, it’s rather ridiculous. the same goes for western/cowboy wear; one or 2 pieces can be great but cowboy boots + big belt buckle + western shirt + cowboy hat + bolo tie = costume.

  101. Anonymous

    September 28, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I think I saw this guy recently, in Forever 21 Market St San Francisco, walking with a sense of purpose toward the mens section…could have been a look-a-like though…same proportions and pantaloon-ish effect.


  102. Anonymous

    May 12, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Same guy?

    On the NYMag Look Book

    This one shows more similarity of features:

  103. Bitchin' Blog

    November 8, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Was shocked to find this photo of my barber in your book just the other day! Pleased to see you caught him on the street to take a shot of his great style.

  104. Helvia

    November 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I'm from Argentina and our cowboys, called "gauchos", dress like that :D

  105. leatherpress

    January 26, 2011 at 9:48 am

    A joy to see men wearing riding boots…don't see enough guys wearing them, and he wears them perfectly and proudly. Problem being of course, that high dress or riding boots were quite common for men…60-70 years ago, but if you wear them today as walking boots, they're either too showy, ostentatious or its part of a costume.
    All power to Michael Haar…keep it up mate!

  106. Davo

    January 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Well said, leatherpress. Riding boots are great… if you’re in the saddle. Walking around the city in them… well, it’s very costume-y. Proudly is the only way to wear them, if you don’t want to appear clownish. He does all right.

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