Saturday, January 21, 2012

Vintage Photos

These are my grandparents Pierre and Jeanine Lemmens.  This was taken in the summer of 1950 on the Belgian coast; they owned a small clothing shop in Brussels where I spent all of my childhood… this picture makes me really proud.


Nicolas Lavigna


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  1. Giovanna

    January 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Lovely and so stylish!!

  2. Mica

    January 21, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Love her espadrilles and that bag! The shape of the suit is so interesting on him.

  3. kelly

    January 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

    her handbag is fabulous. theres something i love about black-and-white photos

  4. Stylosophism

    January 21, 2012 at 9:14 am

    “Short” trousers are always a must! She has a lovely smile.

  5. fashionUm

    January 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I always loved these kind of vintage photos…Trousers – not especially, but overall – vintage is cool, nothing new there! Magnificent!
    Show Your Outfit!

  6. andrea

    January 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I love the couple, they look so happy!!! Like a Saturday morning!

  7. Elena

    January 21, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Love vintage photos!

  8. Damoiseau WM

    January 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Such a nice photo!!!!!! :)

  9. Kiti

    January 21, 2012 at 9:52 am

    it’s so important to have a happy childhood near your granparents…very beutiful photo! i understund why you are proud.

  10. 21centurydressmaker

    January 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

    knokke? what was the name of the shop? give us some more background.

  11. Bohemian Style

    January 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Love the cuffed baggy suit pants.

  12. Kate

    January 21, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I love these pictures, it’s such an amazing and personal series.


  13. Ophelia

    January 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

  14. Robbie Vorhaus

    January 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

    thank you for this. some people just understand intuitively that how they dress today will somehow influence others 62 years down the road. you can see your grandparents, who may not have even been parents then, had a great sense of style and history. love and light, rv.

  15. Serdane

    January 21, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Love this large pants, during summer it is so perfect in this way !!

  16. charlotte

    January 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

    soooooooo cool. much cooler as a lot of fashionitas today.

  17. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}

    January 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Oh I bet this makes your incredibly proud! You grandmother is stunning! Beautiful photograph, thanks for sharing!

  18. [email protected]

    January 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    This is wonderful. I love his trousers. Both their outfits, especially the shoes, would look cooly stylish today.

    The Styleseer

  19. Johnny

    January 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

    You shall be very proud of your lineage

  20. Michelle Lee

    January 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

  21. Serena

    January 21, 2012 at 11:28 am

    always fashionable!

  22. EMMY

    January 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Such a lovely-looking couple. Nicolas, your grandpa reminds me of Guy Pearce!

  23. read my lips

    January 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

    He’s wearing very funny trousers :) They make legs shorter. I really like the photo!

  24. Lau de Casalil

    January 21, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    You can be proud… it’s an overmemories pic… and we really miss now “GOOD” street-photographers… heureusement il y a The Sartorialist!

  25. hAidee

    January 21, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Love the vintage photo they are extremely cute

  26. Eva

    January 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

  27. montes Y mills

    January 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    ahhh the belgian coast. young love. so stylish. great photo!

  28. The Fringes

    January 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    I love his shoes and the way his pants are rolled to show them off. He wears a suit well and his grandmother looks like quite the lady. Great pic.

  29. My Style Canvas

    January 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    What an attractive couple! And I love her shoes and bag.

  30. Ría

    January 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

  31. Sarah

    January 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Tres chic! What a lovely couple and her handbag looks like one you can buy now – his suit is sublime!! ;-))

  32. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    January 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I love her layered sweater and his rolled up pants. So sweet. I love the energy in this photo.


  33. Julie

    January 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Magnifique Nicolas !
    Merci pour cette photo pleine d’iode et de fraîcheur !

  34. Bambi

    January 21, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    He reminds me of James Franco’s portrayal of James Dean in the biopic movie :)

  35. Susan

    January 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    This is my favorite vintage photo of all the ones that have been on The Sartorialist site. A beautiful couple; wonderfully dressed. And look at the people in the background. Magnifique!

  36. Janet @Studio Blue Jewelry

    January 21, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    I love these vintage photos. They’re so chic

  37. Habiba. J

    January 21, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    This is such a beautiful photo, it shows where you get your style from. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.

  38. Jeanine

    January 21, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I love this picture! Me and your grandmother share the same first name!

  39. Dorothy

    January 21, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    So ironic since the pose and the shot is as if you took it! Karma?
    I’d be proud too :)

  40. localceleb

    January 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    How absolutely fantastic! Amazing photo!

  41. Dylan Armstrong

    January 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    What a handsome couple. It’s so sweet that they are such influential characters in your life.

  42. Bernadette

    January 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    What a beautiful photo! I would be very proud of those gorgeous people if they were my relations too. How stylish they were. Wonderful you have such happy memories of and associations with your past – time and space. B

  43. monkeyshines

    January 22, 2012 at 12:48 am



  44. CultureShockArt

    January 22, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Proving once again that style is in the genes. Lovely picture.

  45. Name*

    January 22, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Great picture!

  46. ilookstreetstyle

    January 22, 2012 at 4:22 am

    Waw……beatiful photo ….

  47. Sarah

    January 22, 2012 at 4:56 am

    What a nice surprise to find you have Belgian roots! Makes me feel proud about you too ;)

  48. Miguel Ramalhao

    January 22, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Your grandfather’s boots look great, they could have been made today!

  49. Dealy

    January 22, 2012 at 6:25 am

    I often watch my mother’s pictures when I’m at my grandmother’s and I love them. My mother was so beautiful – still is. Those old pictures have a nice flair.

  50. That's Not My Age

    January 22, 2012 at 7:06 am

    They look fantastic! Very stylish.

  51. Laura

    January 22, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Beautiful picture! I love their smiles.
    There is always something very interesting about black&white pictures :)


  52. dominique

    January 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

    They seem to be so happy together!

  53. Wild Dakota

    January 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

    your vintage photos always represents exactly how sweet a “vintage thing” is. thank you :)

  54. fashionisable

    January 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

    so nice :)

  55. nicole

    January 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

    I love the vintage photos! thanks for sharing!
    they are so stylish!!


  56. Steph

    January 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Amazing picture! I love everything about it, you should be proud! :)


  57. Karin

    January 22, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Stunning. After WWII they must have been through a lot but they both shine with happiness and enthusiasm It makes me want to know more about their lives together!

  58. beths

    January 22, 2012 at 9:25 am


  59. Maggie

    January 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I’m intrigued by their “first layer” shirts–both have details that make them interesting. Just a bit of those tops show but I think they give so much character and personality to the outfits.

    Lovely couple–thanks to Nicholas for sharing his grandparents style with all of us!

  60. Garcon

    January 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

    It looks almost like novadays on the streets of Paris or Milan!

  61. Sal

    January 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Magnífica Imagen.Su mirada y sonrisa proyectan sus sueños! Son tan jóvenes. Los amo !

  62. anonymous

    January 22, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I’m surprised to see a zipper on a sweater that long ago. I thought that came in in the ’80′s. That skirt is very well made. I can tell that they owned a clothing store, there is such attention to detail in their outfits.

  63. Suit up or die

    January 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

    That DB suit looks so contemporary it’s eerie.


    January 22, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Ideal example of effortlessly French dressing…I see them with a chic little cocktail enjoying an afternoon in love…

    Nice of you to share a family pic,

  65. Frances

    January 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Really sweet and stylish:)

  66. Marcel Da Chump

    January 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I second Anon 11:29′s comment.
    Plus, the gentleman’s shoes are similar to those made by the Camper Shoe Co., which didn’t exist back then…Nicolas, your grandparents had great tastes and exhibited a prescient fashion sense.

  67. Sophie

    January 22, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I adore how relaxed and happy the couple seem – it such a great and iconic image.

  68. Jeanine

    January 22, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Beyond adorable, and stylish! This photo is amazing!


  69. Cristián Pavez Díaz

    January 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I really love the innocence and good will that existed back then. You can really see some of that in this picture. Congrats!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    @cristianpavezd on Twitter.

  70. olivia

    January 22, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Your photos always make me smile. Your grandparents are lovely and this photo captures that perfectly!

  71. Sophia

    January 22, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    It is lovely to have photos like such to capture beautiful memories!

  72. jas

    January 22, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    his pants are amazing

  73. une chatte grise

    January 23, 2012 at 12:50 am

    I like that M. Lemmens is wearing a casual shirt under his buttoned-up double-breasted jacket–it shouldn’t work, but it’s perfect alongside the rolled trouser cuffs and funky shoes. He transforms the suit into boardwalk-wear. This reminds me of Mr. Theodore’s comment about wanting to find a way to wear a suit for all occasions… (At least I think I recall his saying that.)

    M. Lemmens also looks so much like my dad did when he was a teenager it’s almost eerie. But in a good way.

  74. Name*

    January 23, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Your grandparents are very elegant! And your grandma! What a babe. Amazing figure. Amazing shoes. Amazing smile! It just lights up the page.

  75. Annamaria-pamp

    January 23, 2012 at 2:25 am

    YOU have the style inside!!

  76. Marina London

    January 23, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Timeless is where the trick is. Photography should not be seen to be disposable – love this! x

  77. Giulia

    January 23, 2012 at 6:13 am

    i love vintage pictures!..
    i think you’re right to be proud of them, actually you have to!

  78. Sonia A. Mascaro

    January 23, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Just lovely your grandparents! They look so happy!!

  79. alice

    January 23, 2012 at 8:42 am

    xoxo from spain!

  80. Anna Louisa

    January 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

    He reminds me of a (very stylish!) character from Tintin! And I love her shoes :)

  81. Mr Kane

    January 23, 2012 at 10:18 am

    so stylish!!!


  82. Steven E

    January 23, 2012 at 11:35 am

    What a great picture. You grandfather has such transcendent style, but your grandmother’s beauty comes dangerously close to eclipsing it.

  83. sophie

    January 23, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I love the match of his trousers and the shoes! I understand why you’re so proud… they really look amazing.. it’s a great inspiration!
    I’m a Accessoire-Design student from Germany.

  84. Ian

    January 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Proud that their clothes are even fitted right? Please.

  85. A.sophie

    January 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    It’s funny. Your grandparents have the same last name than me! A part of my family comes from Belgium too but they moved to France after the 2nd world war.

  86. Sonia

    January 23, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Love, LOve Love this one!!! So much story!!!

  87. TaniaPoli

    January 23, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Nicolas, your father looks so stylish in those trousers! Your parents were quite trendy in the 50s as it’s not a usual image for that time. Wonderful photo!

  88. antique engagement rings

    January 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Another gorgeous vintage photo!

  89. Febian

    January 24, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    My friend looks uncannily like your grandfather. One of his pictures:

  90. Oliva*

    January 24, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    They look so fashionist, so cool …so stylist!!!!
    now we know where your fashion interest comes from!!!
    My Grandad’s father had also a clothing shop…

  91. clarity enhanced diamonds

    January 25, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Just a fantastic photo!

  92. Domka

    January 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

    i’d be proud too, beautiful pic.

  93. Roseanne

    January 25, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I have always loved your vintage photos.keep em coming!

  94. ggye

    March 25, 2012 at 1:28 am


  95. teddaev

    October 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    styling those trews and delighting shoes. and yes, lovely grin

  96. 이상명

    November 29, 2012 at 12:01 am

    어렸을적 따뜻한 기억으로 남겨진 사진이네요:)

  97. Maria

    March 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Gorgeous. I especially love her suit.

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