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Monday, July 16, 2007

Shannon W. Hill, Sartorialist, New York

I shot Shannon recently on Park Avenue and ran into him again the other day on Madison Avenue - of course he looked quite dapper.
Some of you will be happy to hear that he is not a fashion insider but (as his business card reads) SVP Director of Acquisitions at KBS Realty.
I love the very slight retro touches to his suit and yet it seems completely modern.
The pants are particularly well done.

Inverted pleats can be tough on most men especially if you are not use to wearing your pants on your natural waist instead of your hips (like jeans).
Shannon said he makes sure his waistband is always sitting right on his hipbone.
The absence of a belt also makes the pants seem so sleek and modern but ,again, it is actually a very retro touch.

I am working on updating my SartoriaList and I'm sure Shannon will be included and I will have to get a Style Profile done on him soon.

Comments on "Shannon W. Hill, Sartorialist, New York"


Anonymous atheniangirl said ... (10:24 AM) : 

I was 100% he'd be a banker or stockbroker or into mergers and acquisitions - he looks it. Too conservative ...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 AM) : 

He is so ratpack! I don't think you could pull off this look in just any line of work. Perfect on him


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Excellent. I for one am glad he is not a fashion insider, but rather an everday guy we less sartorially inclined can aspire to.


Anonymous Laguna Beach trad said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Excellent photo! Very nice trouser cuffs. The jacket sleeves are a tad too long, IMO. Otherwise, this is a great look. Well done!


Anonymous il capocanoniere said ... (10:54 AM) : 

Reverse-pleats do offer an appearance that is more slimming on a man. Trousers are meant to sit on the waist rather than the hips, so the reverse-pleat should not cause too many problems if the trousers are well-cut.
The suit is such a beautiful dove-grey, so nice for Summer.


Blogger cranberry said ... (10:54 AM) : 

That is sleek, especially with such a pale colour constrasting with the tie.

A good look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Where's the suit from? He looks great.


Anonymous Project Beltway said ... (11:00 AM) : 

This is true "sartorialism." I think it's far more inspiring to see a non-insider take such care with his or her look.


Blogger Zachary said ... (11:01 AM) : 

I have many vintage suits from the early 1960s that have a pant waist similar to this. very high rise trousers with no belt loops, single reverse pleat. i actually prefer a reverse pleat (single pleat, don't like double) i think it creates a much cleaner, nicer line than normal pleats. I'm starting to love no-loop trousers, not only is it sleek but you also dont need to worry about matching a belt.


Blogger nycinside said ... (11:12 AM) : 

Gotta love the tie clip.


Anonymous Jasmine A said ... (11:24 AM) : 

Even though the suit is modern, he looks sorta Old Hollywood--a very good look!


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

Those are NOT reverse pleats, they are forward pleats. Reverse pleats add breadth to the wearer. Forward pleats can have a slimming effect. They elongate the line of the trouser. Very Retro with an udateded flair!! Love the tie bar also!


Blogger Jingoist said ... (11:35 AM) : 

Love the suit, love the pocket square, and love the fit- the length of the pants and the break are scarily precise; Not crazy about the pleats, but he does pull them off well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:39 AM) : 

KUDOS! Another inspired choice. Handsome, stylish, chic and personalized.........

Is he single? Gay? Both? If so, I'll forward a marriage proposal.


Blogger zuccotto said ... (11:50 AM) : 

Beautiful suit, beautiful fit. I happen to like the length of the sleeves.

It is a delight to see a suit jacket - when buttoned only at the first button - NOT resemble a paper napkin trying to wrap around a jumbo hot dog.


Blogger The haircuts résumé said ... (12:28 PM) : 

Even his hair is perfect classic but it could be some wave on top.


Anonymous cigalechanta said ... (12:35 PM) : 

nice fit on him. He has the body to wear those pants that would look awful on someone overweight


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (12:43 PM) : 

Beautiful suit - it fits him perfectly. For some reason the style makes me think of Cary Grant. Such a gentleman.


Blogger Candid Cool said ... (12:51 PM) : 



Blogger Butch said ... (1:58 PM) : 

My newest fashion hero. The pants are in themselves a wonder. Love the color, the entire fit, the everything. A sight for eyes that now see how much fashion trickery that's out there passes for style.


Blogger d. chedwick bryant said ... (2:03 PM) : 

He looks great.


Anonymous Josh said ... (2:07 PM) : 

This guy looks great. The forward pleats are cut perfectly. I love a DAKS top waist. This suit is for sure made-to-measure or custom. No way he'd find that off the rack. Well done.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:12 PM) : 

"Slightly retro?"

Naw, he's totally all the way back there. So dapper and dreamy, indeed!

(Whispering...) Call me, Shannon. Call me.



Blogger Rice and Beans Vintage said ... (2:18 PM) : 

When I looked at the first shot I was not stirred. However when I got to the close-up of the pants, yes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:21 PM) : 


My husband and I are arguing about this.

He says: what if you eat a big dinner?

I says: Cool. I like it.

-- desertwind


Blogger Deja Pseu said ... (2:29 PM) : 

I like this look, very sleek!


Anonymous foodie415 said ... (2:32 PM) : 

Wow -- I was in NYC last week when it was sweltering -- how does he look so cool and collected? He looks great.


Blogger Iheartfashion said ... (2:37 PM) : 

Sharp! The forward pleats remind me of the beautiful suits all the men wear in old movies. Very Cary Grant!


Blogger Damselfly said ... (2:44 PM) : 

I used to be a bridal consultant part of which was measuring men for their tuxes. We would have to ask them to point out their beely button (over their shirts) because none knew where their natural waist was. Then they were horrified to find out where they were to wear their tux pants.

This whole dropped waist thing can be very elongating but for most it just turns into disheveled and sloppy. This man looked like he stepped out of a modern version of Gatsby. Very dapper!


Blogger herringbonekid said ... (3:22 PM) : 

i think you're closet vintage.


Anonymous amed studio said ... (3:58 PM) : 

I appreciate the suit and I think Mr. Hill looks both cool and sharp in it. It appears tailor-made and distinctively American - it's hard to imagine an English or Italian tailor (the French tend to follow one or the other) turning out this look. It just goes to show that American style has something to offer the world besides denim and sportswear.

I would point out, though, that the pleated trousers look so well on the gentleman because of his lean physique and relatively long legs. As they do add a bit of fullness at the hip, pleated trousers (reverse or forward) can be problematic for men whose proportions are shorter in the lower half and for those with excess baggage around the mid-section.

Kudos to Mr. Hill and his tailor, and thanks to The Sartorialist for catching a second sighting! It's always great to see the continuity and permutations of a person's unique sartorial style.


Blogger Kit Halvorsen said ... (3:58 PM) : 

those pant cuffs!


Anonymous Savile said ... (4:17 PM) : 

One of the most interestingly dressed people you've ever featured. Love the way that everything is so carefully thought through. Such individualism within the basic template of the suit. We should all dress with such attention to detail!


Anonymous jtl said ... (5:01 PM) : 

yes, very nice... dapper is the exact word!


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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:13 PM) : 

Yes, the pleats in the photo are forward pleats, preferred by the British. Pleats that face the other direction are reverse pleats, preferred by the Italians, and more common in the U.S. Forward pleats, in my opinion, look better and are more slimming, especially if the trousers are worn at the natural waist.


Blogger iopine said ... (5:21 PM) : 

I like the high stance on his jacket, and the fact that it's a narrow two-button. That says retro to me, too. Those trousers are great.


Blogger Shopaholic D said ... (5:57 PM) : 

one word comes to mind when i look at this picture - snazzy!

:) D


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:00 PM) : 

Such a sartorialist should probably splurge for a custom made shirt. That thing is billowing out in the close-up picture.


Anonymous m- said ... (6:37 PM) : 

the fabric and the tailoring of that suit is really quite wonderful.
i'm wondering, construction wise, is it possible to have the pants lower on the hips with that pleating?
i understand that is a very old style, but i just don't think it looks flattering to have the pants so high. it's definitely not sexy. i doubt tom ford would wear that pant. also, what say you all about the shirt? no one commented on the need for tailoring the sides to make it less baggy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:36 PM) : 

There is something to be said for bucking a trend... the wide trouser with pleats is definitely not what is 'current' so bravo.

Colors and fabrics look great -- but personally I think the entire look would be better with narrower flat front pants. Just my opinion of course!


Blogger Asian Models Blogger said ... (7:53 PM) : 

Totally agree!! It's a look that is hard to pull off but he did it magnificiently.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:27 PM) : 

By far too wide legs.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 PM) : 

I wish everyone at my office looked like this instead of a disheveled trainwreck.


Anonymous pat_bright said ... (10:13 PM) : 

Brilliant suit!

I love how he makes a classic fitting suit look so great. I recently bought a suit which fits me similarly to this. I was a bit wary that it wasn't a really slim suit with a short jacket, however, my partner made me realise that classic fitting suits can also look amazing, and this man is proof of that.


Anonymous walter_wert said ... (10:26 PM) : 

It is a look like this that inspires me much more than a man who is in the fashion industry (who do look good, but they also look as if they're trying too hard, and that their clothes are the only things which make them).

This man looks like someone I would not only love to look at walking down the street, but aslo talk to!

This, along with your "Old Man Style" pics are incredible. Real people with real style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 PM) : 

After reading all the comments and taking a few more stares at the photos I think the guy looks very neat ,but not just from this era.The suit is a bit too big and the pants are just too wide.Otherwise ok.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:58 AM) : 

Bill. He looks like he's 35. He looked 35 five years ago. He'll look 35 five years from now.



Blogger D. Kay said ... (1:07 AM) : 

I love to see a person being themselves and wearing what they feel is truly stylish. I still wear pleats and cuffs, but a bit slimmer than this.

I applaud you, Sart, for searching out true style and not following what's cool.


Blogger MacGuffin said ... (2:06 AM) : 

I like this far far more than the Thom Browne look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:22 AM) : 

Finally, someone who looks like he made a real effort to look well dressed. He looks fresh and clean and nothing is too tight, too short or frayed.


Blogger sandman_gr said ... (9:31 AM) : 

I love the fabric and color choice. Good tailoring makes a difference in classic suits. And it shows here. I would love to see how he dresses in-formally.


Anonymous The Fashion Informer said ... (10:04 AM) : 

Now THAT is a dapper gent!


Anonymous pat_bright said ... (10:36 AM) : 

I am pleased that there were not any posts about how this man's jacket needs to be shorter, or that his pants aren't slim enough.

Classic styling will always stay.


Anonymous tenacious tassel said ... (12:48 PM) : 

Nice pic. But he's not showing any cuff. His jacket sleeves need to be shorter.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 PM) : 

casual elegance perfected.I love the subtle individual details of the suit. Who's his tailor?


Anonymous gregory_fb said ... (2:25 PM) : 

He looks great, great, GREAT but I would stop well short of saying his suit "... seems completely modern."

I have several vintage suits with this type of obviously-not-new cut but I'm always reluctant to wear them anywhere other than to a fun party of downtown affair. In other settings they seem too costume-y.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:46 PM) : 

I thought no one wore pleated high-waisted pants anymore! I'm so glad I was proved wrong.
The way men wear pants these days(around their hips and flat fronted)makes them all look like they have potbellies.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:59 PM) : 

He looks great; he really resembles my dad circa 1958.


Blogger Andrew said ... (9:56 AM) : 

I agree with Savile that he is "one of the most interesting." This is a perfectly tailored suit, with style and substance.


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