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Friday, July 13, 2007

At Gucci......Summer Plaid

I always think of plaid as a more Fall like print but this may make me reconsider.
Also, another example of a young Asian man doing a great take on American Prep

Comments on "At Gucci......Summer Plaid"


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (9:54 AM) : 

I love the belt and trousers (and their fit) too. I think this is another case of individuals carrying off individual style. His naturally strong skin tones and hair color suit the similarly strong red and blue of this plaid. A stylish young man.


Anonymous Laguna Beach Trad said ... (9:56 AM) : 

Nice. I really like the plaid shirt, ribbon belt, and flat-front khakis this gentleman is wearing.

Sart you are right, I don't think his shirt is a summer plaid. Maybe a long-sleeve madras shirt (J. Crew recently offered a really nice one) or a plaid in a lighter color would work.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:58 AM) : 

That gentleman's build is so sleek. He pulls the pants off well too!


Blogger Tiffany said ... (9:59 AM) : 

I love it.
The shirt manages to look clingy
and light at the same time?
The color scheme compliments the man as well.

Summer plaid.


Blogger James said ... (10:00 AM) : 

I think the belt ties it all together nicely.


Anonymous tzi said ... (10:04 AM) : 

I just received a beautiful pair of rosewood tasseled loafers as a gift. What do i wear them with?


Blogger simply olive said ... (10:28 AM) : 

love the cut of the pant and the belt.


Anonymous Summer Plaid Shorts? said ... (10:48 AM) : 

So with this week's comments on shorts and now the newest post on plaid... what about plaid shorts for summer? With the new interest in Crew, it seems appropriate for a discussion (and maybe some photos)?

And what about swimwear? Fixed waist or elastic?


Blogger Candid Cool said ... (11:35 AM) : 

very nice. the belt & shirt combination really appeals to me here


Blogger Jingoist said ... (11:40 AM) : 

I find it funny/interesting that, especially lately, I have seen more young Asian men and women wearing American style clothing better than most young American men and women wear it.

The trick (maybe obviously) I think is fit. Americans still wear clothing too baggy. (Which is not to say some elements of attire should be baggy.) In general Americans wear ALL clothing too baggy.

Conversely, this young Asian man does what I find more young Asians do than Americans, find the right fit. And you see what it can do for "American styles".


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:31 PM) : 

Love the guy but I'm not in love with the shirt, I'm sorry!!


Blogger mommy the robot said ... (12:36 PM) : 

this "young Asian man" might be born and bred in america– which might explain his "american take on prep." or is he a "young Asian man" from Asia on a work assignment?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:56 PM) : 

No I still think it (plaid) is a fall thing.


Blogger Butch said ... (1:54 PM) : 

What's most interesting to me is the shirt-belt duo and the low-rise of the trousers....


Blogger Hipsterista said ... (2:17 PM) : 

It's a cool plaid, but the belt doesn't work - looks way too deliberate.


Anonymous Aubrey. said ... (2:35 PM) : 

plaid is not a traditional summer fabric... especially not flannel. I think that plaid is acceptable in this scenario because the shirt is cotton and the colors are cheerful. The ribbon belt throws in an exrta summer punch also.
BUT he could have added to the irony with a summer classic (white shorts, flip flops, etc)


Blogger Thomas said ... (2:47 PM) : 

How do these fellow Asian men get so %#*&$# thin?



Blogger nycinside said ... (2:53 PM) : 

Huge fan of the shirt and belt.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:00 PM) : 

Have you equated whiteness with American-ness? It seems likely that this man is from Asia--judging by the cars in the background you shot the photo in Europe and thus the man is, like yourself, a visitor from afar--but by only labeling him Asian you don't clarify whether or not you are making a distinction between those who are racially marked as Asian (people with the physical features we call Asian) and people of an Asian nationality. Be more precise or leave yourself open to charges of racism.


Blogger rollergirl said ... (3:10 PM) : 

Tzi, I would wear the loafers with a slightly-too-short slim-fit pant and a Lacoste poloshirt...maybe match your socks to your shirt if you're feeling bold?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:01 PM) : 

jingoist: a person of Asian descent is not necessarily any less American than a white person.


Anonymous Jessica M. said ... (4:01 PM) : 

that diaphonous (sp?), summer weight plaid has been all over Portland (OR) like an infection this summer. Every guy seems to have one, and everyone says they've had one since highschool, or that it belonged to their dad or something. Portland may have a lumberjack past, but I don't know how many lumberjackls wear sheer cotton lawn.

Not to say I don't like it. It's so airy, yet still has that hint of rugged work shirt. . . I just don't understand how so many men who claim not to shop all the sudden have the same shirt!


Anonymous Nadine said ... (4:11 PM) : 

Gorgeous. I love me a good bit of tartan.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (4:15 PM) : 

Actually I have no idea about this young mans origin so next time I will not mention the Asian part at all just to be safe because it really doesn't matter in the appreciation of his style and only seems to bring up potential problems.


Blogger katja said ... (5:02 PM) : 

i love that plaid. he wears it well.
plus, that woman's forest green bag to the right is fabulous.
two in one!


Blogger Misterparticular said ... (5:41 PM) : 

Great shot, and might I add a cinematic turn to your photography?


Blogger zuccotto said ... (7:21 PM) : 

Well, it wasn't many days ago that Sart said a lot of people in Japan are dressing in older American styles now, and doing them well (or something to that effect). Seems to me if that is a trend there, there's a little hypersensitivity at play when Sart describes an example and folks think he'll be taken for racist.

On the fellow's outfit, I love it, including the shirt. I don't get all these rules, that that would be a no-no in summer. Huh?

The outfit reminds me of 1961...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 PM) : 

Everyone just calm down. I really don't think Sart was being racist in this at all -- merely noticing that because of the young man's particular take on American style (e.g., as another poster said, his clothes FIT, whereas American men's clothes usually DON'T, especially the tried-and-true staples like these ones), he was probably Asian, not Asian-American. That was my first thought too, and it had nothing to do with racism, simply an interest in the way different people from different parts of the world utilize style.

This young man is beautiful and reminds me of Toshiro Mifone, in the best way. Now, I'm off my soapbox for the day, and Sart, you get a big pass as long as you leave black people alone ;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:10 PM) : 

oh sart... they are just bullies.

anyhow, he pulls it off well. high fashion streetwear is what it looks like. i love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:28 PM) : 

Like how it works with the belt.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:42 PM) : 

For an Asian, the fabric is more important than the pattern of a shirt...
If it was breezy and cool enough for him and fitted well with other outfit of his, with no doubt it was a "go". BTW I'm a Japanese and my country traditionally has very strict code re:pattern and fabric, but now the codes are getting more vague.
So I don't see why not wearing plaid in long as he's feeling comfortable...although I saw lots of plaids in autumn/winter issues of magazines when I was young:)....


Anonymous gregory_fb said ... (11:16 PM) : 

His gold chain, earring and ponytail seem in strong contrast to his "preppy" duds. The effect, for me, makes him appear to be in costume, like a "hit man" from a Hong Kong gangster film "disguised" as a Princeton student.


Blogger starbahks said ... (12:57 AM) : 

gotta love those low-rise fitting pants...
i've been trying to get my boyfriend to wear more of those... haha we'll see how that goes.

how does he look so effortless?!


Blogger Jingoist said ... (1:21 AM) : 

My apologies if I have offended anyone in any manner on this site.

I merely was referencing Mr. Schuman's entry, and basing off the entry being the Gucci show (Milan) I assumed the young man was not American (possibly presumptuous on my part).
Secondly, both here and other sites have shown great shots lately of non-Americans wearing American styles among others and I was simply trying to compliment the wearers, not create controversy. Look at designers like 45rpm, their designs, in part from American clothing styles, are so fresh and interesting!

Being an American 30-ish male, I am impressed by others' interpretations on what we wear here in other parts of the world. My comments are meant as very simple and sincere admiration.

Those of you who have seen my other posts here know I try to be thoughtful and respectful. Please think nothing less of my intentions.


Blogger Nicolaj said ... (7:38 AM) : 

hiya, can anyone tell me, where I get that kind of belt from?
love it, don't know the name though, thanks!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:25 AM) : 

Hey Sart, I'm in Japan at the moment and funky plaid prints are huge at the moment. I don't know if you have much access to Japanese men's fashion magazines, but plaid prints are in all of the magazines and department stores. If you get a chance, please come to Tokyo and document something other than the deservedly famous teen street fashion. The level of attention given to appearance, and particularly to the quality and cut of clothing, is truly remarkable, and there's no question that Japan exerts a strong pull on the East Asian cultural imagination - even where Japan is politically unpopular, its sartorial influence is profound. I'll be in Singapore later this summer, which is also renowned as a shopping destination, but which experiences a year-round temperate climate. It will be interesting to see how fashion houses calibrate their A/W output to Singaporean tastes.
BTW, I'd be interested in opening up a dialogue on regional production and Asia's place in that equation. There's no question that Europe continues to produce clothing of the highest quality, and that Asian production trails somewhat behind in both price and quality, but with the rebranding of Piombo as an explicitly Chinese luxury brand and the rise of Asian prosperity, I'm curious to see what you think about the future of luxury manufacturing in Asia.


Blogger Christina said ... (11:55 AM) : 



Blogger sofie king said ... (2:41 PM) : 

He looks so dapper! I think the deliberate styling is a plus, not a detraction. I'm imagining him wearing classic white converse.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:38 PM) : 

eLove the trusers, the belt and the shirt. The guy is super thin, and the overall style is far away from a farmer stranded in the city.
Well done!


Blogger D. Kay said ... (11:40 PM) : 

I can dig this.

But what are the shoes in which this young man chooses to adorn?

Stan's? Jack's? Loafers?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:34 AM) : 

i love these young asian men!

i think there is some fabulous creativity and a new and interesting perspective coming out of asia and its exciting that you're capturing a little of it and sharing it with us!!

thanks for your great posts!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:50 AM) : 

Yeah, he's Asian and his "American style" looks good. But he could have just as well have been born and raised in America, being just as "American" in style as all of us. Don't mean to nitpick, but it is a bit frustrating when people don't understand what "American" means.

Still- love the post, the thought, and the guy still looks damn good!


Anonymous afb said ... (9:24 AM) : 

is the guy ultra skinny or are they slim fit chinos. if the altter where can i get skinny fit chinos!!

i've got long lean legs and 'normal' chinos from banana republic, gap and polo just don't work on me


Anonymous kelly said ... (9:54 AM) : 

I don't normally care for the preppy khaki/plaid look, but he seems to pull it of very nicely, and without the snobby-ness that usually comes with it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:35 PM) : 

This is a good look! The ribbon belt is an amazing touch. The plaid shirt is a bit too dark for summer.

Calm down everyone, and get off Sart's back! For what it's worth, I know plenty of Asian people born and bred in the US and Europe, who nevertheless refer to themselves as "Asian".


Blogger Lotta K said ... (2:03 PM) : 

There are Asian immigrants in all European countries. Cross cultural adoption is also very common, especially in Scandinavia. How this young man identifies we have no way of knowing.

Maybe his style expresses just that: I am Asian, but not.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 PM) : 

first: the way this man pulls off the summer plaid is wonderful. so refreshing! i agree with jingoist; fit is essential! i also think, however, body type is key as well. only a man of a certain build can pull this off. i can't imagine someone with a larger build wearing this style as well as this gentleman ... unless the sartorialist can prove otherwise, in which case i would happily retract my statement!

second: while i am fairly certain that the sartorialist is not racist, it shouldn't be considered acceptable to make comments which are "mistakingly" racist. we live in a society in which a white america is the dominant perception. this may be true to some extant (population stats, etc). however, it is important to realize that this idea shapes the way we think and thus makes it easy to mistakingly assume that anything non-white is not american. whether the intention is racist or not is really not the issue. allowing ourselves to think in a way which inevitably leads us to lazy phrasing and mistaken assumptions is what we should be concerned about. every mistaken assumption or unnecessary reference to a person's race is yet another instance of alienation. it is unfortunate that some people must spend their entire lives proving their "american-ness" because of something they cannot control - their race.

[i am, in no way, trying to attack the sartorialist. in fact, when i first saw this entry, the issue of racism did not even cross my mind. it was not until after reading some of the comments that i've decided to add a little perspective, something to think about.]


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:14 AM) : 

Oh for goodness sake, lighten up people!

Americans are much too sensitive about mentioning race or racial characteristics.One's racial characteristics are part of one's appearance (which is what this blog is all about!) - so why not mention it?

Making race "unmentionable" comes comes across as uptight and prudish.

Sarti - as you were!

(fab blog.)


Half Jewish australian of dutch and indonesian descent.


Anonymous whycantwebefriends said ... (6:46 PM) : 

i don't think people are angry at the mere mention that this man is "asian". of course one should no that we should be able to site a person's race maturely.

the problem people see is that the term "american" in this case is not being extended to someone who may very well be american though he is of asian descent. people often use terms like "american" with out adding "african-" or "asian-" etc to refer to whites which is a problem. it carries the meaning that those who are not white american are somehow less a part of this country.

if you are skeptical, thin for second when someone says that a certain person has an "all-american" look. what kind of person do you envision as fitting this role?

i do NOT believe sart. was not ill-intentioned. i just mean to mention that we often don't realize some of the collective ideas and values we often carry that speak about our country and our relations to each other until it is reflected in our speech.

just something to think about.


Blogger hannah said ... (4:47 PM) : 

so good.


Blogger Jules said ... (10:56 PM) : 

He looks great.


Anonymous Robert's keen on Johanna said ... (11:50 PM) : 

I'm a young Asian man, born and bred in the United States, and I did not at all take exception to Sart's description of that fellow. (I.e, "Also, another example of a young Asian man doing a great take on American Prep.")

There's nothing objectionable about the adjective Asian. It's a perfectly reasonable word; nothing about it necessarily implies anything about a person's nationality. Indeed, one can be Asian, but be born anywhere in the world.

I swear, political correctness is getting so tiring... What, will someone next object to the adjective "Caucasian" because it's presumptive even to risk inadvertently implying that a white person -- pardon me, a person of light pigmentation or, better yet, of modest melanin-count -- is from the regions surrounding Caucasus Mountains?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:47 AM) : 

Speaking of which...the word "caucasian" (as used to denote "white" in the U.S.) is one of my pet peeves. It bugs me when people in the U.S. keep using the word causcasian as if it is some kind of scientific terminology when it was created by the German founder of scientific racism in the 18th century!

In Europe, the word Caucasian is generally (and accurately) used for those from the Caucasus mountains regions or Turkmenistan/Kyrgistan.

It prevails in the U.S. even though the "race categories" (from which the usage of the word in the U.S. stems) have been discredited. Not surprisingly, the corresponding words to describe other "races" are no longer PC enough to use. In fact, the German guy who thought of using the word caucasian to describe "white" people did so only because he thought men from the Republic of Georgia (Caucasus region) were the most attractive!

All right, back to your regular programming...


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