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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

November GQ

I'm really happy that I was able to work Shannon Hill (a multi-post Sartorialist Alum) into the November GQ. He gives a few tips on how a gentleman that is not "in the business" of fashion can help create his own personal style.

Shannon also gives a nice shout-out to fellow Sartorialist G. Bruce Boyer.

Comments on "November GQ"


Blogger Paul Pincus said ... (10:10 AM) : 

Studied...but, so incredible!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 AM) : 

Boyer rocks and so does Hill. I love the ticket pocket detail on a suit and alwys have mine made with one. He looks very sharp and adds vitality to a city that often times has too many dullards walking about.


Anonymous tim said ... (10:12 AM) : 

this man is *perfectly* appointed - from his suit to his shoes to his briefcase to his expertly knotted tie. it's a shame that more men in the u.s. don't follow this gentleman's lead and ditch the jeans and untucked woven shirt and step it up a bit. we should all leave the house looking so good.


Anonymous Robyn said ... (11:00 AM) : 

He really reminds me of Cary Grant in the way he stands and the cut of the suit. Really likey.


Blogger Anne Corrons said ... (11:08 AM) : 

It's really amazing!I love this picture; this man is perfect!


Blogger applevenusian said ... (11:43 AM) : 

crikey, that man looks amazing! now I need to look for him in your back posts.

i agree with tim 150%. step it up, american fellas - you've been slapped in the face with the glove.


Anonymous cigalechanta said ... (11:44 AM) : 

He looks great in brown, a color that for some unknown reason, some American men reject


Blogger PeaceSignWithChocolate said ... (11:56 AM) : 

Man, would I love to see more of this. He looks so terribly sharp. What is his business, by the way?


Blogger Laguna Beach Trad said ... (12:00 PM) : 

This is a marvelous photo! I love the suit, a 3-button-rolled-to-2 (I believe). Note details such as the ticket pocket and pocket square. This gentleman is slightly too studied for my tastes, but no matter. This is excellent. And Bruce Boyer gets a mention. Wonderful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:16 PM) : 

That guy definitely knows how to dress. He looks like he's stepped right out of 1946. The broad tie, the ticket pocket, the high cut of the trousers, the tie clip, the pocket square, the Brylcreem... very Cary Grant. I am definitely envious of this man.


Anonymous Victor said ... (12:19 PM) : 

Needs no other words ;-)


Blogger MacGuffin said ... (12:19 PM) : 

What a beautiful suit. The cut, the colour, the materials...


Blogger Steven said ... (12:31 PM) : 

I'm not convinced on the high waisted trousers. Is it only in the UK that Simon Cowell gets ridiculed about his supposed love of high waisted trousers?

Hey ho, this gent is still looking great in a classy bit of tweed and some great shoes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 PM) : 

A GQ or not but I think his pants look funny. Everything else is so formal but the high waist on the pants makes this picture-funny.


Anonymous this one guy said ... (12:38 PM) : 

Wow. The contrast between this old school gentleman and the graffiti is very well spotted. And I love me a brown suit- rare these days.


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

Yes, always very lovely, this man!

This particular outfit, though, makes me want to have his neck "breathe." It would be nice to see him sans cravat and with a touch of unbuttoning.

But really, he's dashing enough for me to settle.



Blogger Butch said ... (12:51 PM) : 

Wow--serious and seriously wonderful threads!

Note, among many delights, the way that the two button jacket is cut--and the pants properly placed--such that no belt (or in this case, I'm surmising, pants waist) is revealed.

But this is all good--beautifully done!

PS, Did I mention the shiny cap of the beautiful cap-tip shoes, which could be declasse, but here is just the opposite? The tie clip? The briefcase? The perfect relationship of tie-knot to collar shape? The suit's lovely gray-brown color? The....


Blogger ROT said ... (1:18 PM) : 

Mr. S,
I'm very glad that this photo is going to be seen by an even larger national audience. He must be one of the best dressed men here in America.

Thanks for reminding me that all we've got to do is try.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:02 PM) : 

Perfect cut of shoulders , sleeve length , pants

great pic Sart


Blogger NorthShore Chicago said ... (2:35 PM) : 

Fine choices from Mr. Hill, the pink dress shirt is just enough oomph!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:05 PM) : 

Fantastic color on that suit, and flattering! Younger guys out there, try to get past your fear of higher waists. This guy is seriously rocking the retro details. Love the tie clip, the briefcase, the hair. You heard 'em. Step it up!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

Scott, who is hit tailor?


Blogger Deja Pseu said ... (4:07 PM) : 

Gorgeous man, gorgeous suit!


Blogger landis smithers said ... (4:19 PM) : 

i'm just impressed that he came out of that alley looking that good. . .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Contrary opinion warning!

No, this doesn't work for me at all.

He looks far too studied.

The collar looks too thick and tight. Ditto the tie knot.

Jacket is great - except it's too tight - check out the button pinch.

Trousers are too high.

Shoes, though, excellent. (And I can see he correctly uses black polish on brown shoes for the right reasons).

I challenge the commentators here to think:

1. Wouldn't this be be better if he actually ditched the tie?

2. Also wore a fresh pair of blue jeans?

3. And carried a relaxed, quality leather satchel?

4. And removed the frozen look from his face?

This is a fine looking fella, obviously oozing style and charisma... but God Bless old Cary Grant etc, the times have changed.

It's one thing looking like you might be in a film; but another looking like you strolled out a period piece.

Tweed is great: but let's htink Redford in 'Three Days of the Condor'...

Not, 'Brideshead Revisited'...

Or am I being too hard here?

Thoughts? Scott/Sart... everyone....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:50 PM) : 

Inspirational. And love the high waisted trousers too.

When will Mr Hill appear in the SartoriaList?

Soon, I hope.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:55 PM) : 

Impeccable and dashing. Love the tailoring, the detail, the color. But, nooooooooooo, say it ain't so -- are we back to fuller pants already? Jeez, and I just got my slim suit.


Blogger Butch said ... (7:17 PM) : 

Dear Anon 4:58,

To reply to your post, point by point:

1. No.
2. No.
3. No.
4. No.

What makes him and his suit and accessories so wonderful is that he's carried a tradition (or two or more) triumphantly into modern life.

Proving that actual style-- dressing with great attention to proportion, fit, cut, quality, appropriateness of appointments, with an evolved sensibility-- is forever.


Blogger jamesy said ... (7:20 PM) : 

To qoute Tyra Banks....Work It GRRRRLL!! Crikey he is a dapper, gent. He could break the heart of a boy/girl or two!!! Jeez. Between his beautifl look and the contrast of the alley (nod to Landis, ahem) This pic is just ROCKN'. Wow. I need a martini and and a weekend in Capri after looking at him....Own it Brotha!


Anonymous Verdiales said ... (7:38 PM) : 


Yes, it's a bit of the period piece here, but he does it well, doesn't he? I wouldn't be comfortable with a collar that high myself, and I don't understand high-waisted pants from any other angle than antiquarianism, but at Hill's level of polish, it's pointless to quibble.

And that's a helluva suit, any way you cut it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:44 PM) : 

Brilliant the proportions are great. Particularly the way tie width, lapel width and shirt collar size complement each other. Also I noted that unlike myself he is wearing his pants not at his hips but at his waist. (It's a bad habit I'm trying to break). One question though Sart I have seen you comment many time about sleeve length what about pants? I noted that the slight break on his pant helps enhance the lengthening affect. How do you feel about pant length?


Blogger Asian Models Blogger said ... (7:45 PM) : 

I love the jacket, shoes and bag.

The gentleman is a VERY GOOD looking man with a nice lean body underneath that outfit but that high waisted pants make him look a little pudgy around the waist.

I would have liked to see a leaner fitting pants.


Blogger Oliver said ... (9:54 PM) : 

To those that say "lower the waist" I say "How could you?"

Lower the waist and you will end up seeing the waistband/belt beneath the button. Which breaks up the lines.

To atone for this, you would have to cut the jacket longer. Which throws off all the proportions.

Look at the proportions from an abstract shape point of view. Do your really want to make him look long waisted? After all, that is closer to ape than man.


To those that say the pants should be slimmer fitting, I say, "it's been done before - classic lapels, wider ties, earth-tones, and slim pants - that was the '70s... how quickly you forget.


I'd have to see him standing with his hands out of his pocket to make a call on whether his jacket waist is too snug.


The only critique I have would be to suggest a slightly smaller knot on the tie.


Anonymous giuseppe timore said ... (10:45 PM) : 

Sometimes i forget that good looking pants come in cuts other than tight and narrow. For all you who think he looks too "period", remember that 10 years ago you would have said the same thing about the short and skinny suits (so 1960's!) that are all the rage now. Seriously, how can you mess with an outfit like this?


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

A lot of it is good. Some bits reference a late 40s or early 50s look -- the straight leg pants with the wider cuff, and the long rise to the natural waist. The shoulder is a little softer, though still built up, and the 3 roll 2 is classic. The most non-period bit is the severe waist suppression, which does have the effect of making his waist look bigger than it is. I hope a version of this comes back after the low-hipped, shrunken preppy thing is over.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 AM) : 

Gentleman whit autonal colors


Blogger sandman_gr said ... (4:56 AM) : 

Extremely elegant. Perfect!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:40 AM) : 

He really doesn't look that "period" at all - he doesn't draw any more looks on the street due to the high-waisted, full cut of the pants than he would if the pants were narrowly cut. He draws looks because he looks sharp, not "period." And those pants, although drapey, are cut so well they look great.


Blogger nattynyc said ... (9:51 AM) : 

I saw Mr. Hill on the street the other day and boy does he cut a fine figure. If I recall correctly his look that day was somewhat looser and less trad, so he's got multiple tricks up his sleeve...


Anonymous sherie' said ... (10:59 AM) : 

how gorgeous


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:50 PM) : 

Dude's pants end somewhere around his sternum? Grandpa called -- he wants his pants back!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:36 PM) : 

Anon 4:38

you're clueless ...

great shot Sart


Blogger zuccotto said ... (10:27 PM) : 

I give up, this is great? (no aspersions to the fellow).


Blogger Brian S said ... (11:52 AM) : 

God that suit is killer.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 PM) : 

Anon 6.36...

Clueless I may be - rude I am not.

Style is about mroe than clothes.

Try a splash of manners when blogging next time.

I was only expressing some ideas and suggesting a few points. I was not attacking you - or this chap - personally. So some moderation - in every sense - might be appropriate on here.

You have my word.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 AM) : 

This is a textbook case study on how to perfectly cut and wear a suit. Great shoes and briefcase too, BTW.


Blogger tomassocroccante said ... (1:50 AM) : 

Mr. Hill lives somewhere near me, so I've seen him on his way to work in the morning, and coming home at night, for many years.

He sets a terrific standard - the kind of guy who can make me think of hiking up my five flights to try a little harder.

Never eccentric, sometimes what for most of us would be far too "perfect" - but we could say the same about some of the heros mentioned above, plus Astaire, Fairbanks Jr, Halston ...

It's his thing, and he does it like very few. (Apologies to you, SH, for joining in the deconstruction of your self-presentation.)


Blogger tomassocroccante said ... (2:21 AM) : 

BTW, previous pic in the July blog on the 16th of the month.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:56 AM) : 

perfect fit bravo......


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

The cut and the material of the suit is excellent. Very refreshing to see that shade of brown. Blue and Grey are nice, but brown needs to be considered more often. On a side note - Men, black suits are for weddings or funerals. It is a utility suit, don't wear it to work unless you are a waiter or bouncer.

The ticket pocket is beautiful.

As someone mentioned earlier, the jacket is a bit tight. It looks as though the button is about ready to pop off.

In regard to the high waist, well it certainly works here. People correctly noted that by lowering the waist you would expose the belt.

All in all this outfit works well.

In response to an earlier post, it was noted in GQ that he is in the real estate business. Being in RE myself, I would venture to guess that he is a developer. They have the most style of all RE practitioners.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:19 AM) : 

Yes, I like this suit a lot. Say who made this suit?

Also, would love to hear anybody's top ten Men's Fashion websites.

Justin C.
New York, NY


Anonymous Men's Vintage Connoiseur said ... (6:40 PM) : 

A very timeless and sophisticated
English look. Was this taken by the garage flea market that I love?

The Men's Vintage Connoiseur


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 

Absolutely Stunning......please let us know who is his tailor?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:29 AM) : 

Wow. This man looks incredible. I love a man in a shirt. And is that tweed? Maybe we could have a cup of tea together sometime...:)


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