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On the Street...The DB Vest Suit, London


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Monday, June 02, 2008

On the Street...The DB Vest Suit, London

Comments on "On the Street...The DB Vest Suit, London"


Blogger suzannemarques said ... (10:36 AM) : 

how darling is he in his pinstripe suit? i love the fit and the red tie. scrumptious!


Blogger The Duchess said ... (10:38 AM) : 

Amazing look.


Blogger An Aesthete's Lament said ... (11:00 AM) : 

Rather 1930s Argentine playboy goes to London. Very nice.


Blogger Diana said ... (11:04 AM) : 

Wow! You didn!t take the shoes, but I am pretty sure, they are very carefully shined (or brand new).

Somehow it doesn!t look like his everyday look, perhaps everything on him are brand new. What do you think?


Blogger Runway Rules said ... (11:14 AM) : 

Every thing's perfect.
Tie dimple - check
Nice combination of suit and tie - check
But one thing missing is shirt cuff,
but anyway thats not the point. Its about the d-b vest. I don't know I don't think I would wear it though but I think it would look good on an elderly gent.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:17 AM) : 

Classic Anderson & Shepperd double breasted silouette here. Get the hands out of the pockets, button the jacket and it would be superb.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:26 AM) : 

Not a fan of this one. I really don't like that strong stripe, nore the white pocket square. It's just too gangster referenced and not in a good way either.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:51 AM) : 

It does look gangsterish, but I like it because everything is so perfectly fitted. I love the double breasted vest, but I am not crazy about the pleats.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:06 PM) : 

I thinks there's too much of everything in this picture, too many pleats, fabric, lapels, pointy shirt collar...
Seems more like someone who's going to a 1940ies inspired party or a tango session then an outfit for work.
I would suggest to change tailors for getting a new approach to the same theme, cause I do think wearing the right 3-piece can be a very 2008 look. Try RL Purple Label, Mark Powell or any other tailor on the Row.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:07 PM) : 

This is not gangsterish - this is just City Wideboy pinstripe. Those guys in finance love their broad chalk stripes...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:36 PM) : 

Looks great, but I'm pretty sure this guy is a tailor or works in one of the tailors on the Row (Saville Row, that is).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:40 PM) : 

Normally not a fan of three-piece suits, but This One could be wearing sweats and would still be hot. Woof! Jorge from West Palm Beach


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:45 PM) : 

He works on Savile Row, Gieves&Hawkes I guess


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:46 PM) : 

He was in the BBC Savile Row series. I think he is a cutter at Anderson & Sheppard and those are his work clothes.

Love the tie.


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:42 PM) : 

Interesting that the lapels of the waistcoat seem to be cut and sewn on (otherwise, they would be angled to the vertical).

This guy works at A&S.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:10 PM) : 

Fabulous - I love the way the traditional/conservative pinstripes and the waistcoat are being updated. The striping on the lapel makes the look & the shirtsleeves peeking out area nice touch.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:04 PM) : 


just a little shady in just the best way.


Blogger Laurence John said ... (4:05 PM) : 

i've always had a problem with DB waistcoats... i'm not a fan of the way the trouser pleats emerge from the taught horizontal of the waistcoat. it reduces the height of what should be high-waisted trousers and makes them look wrong.


Blogger Miriam Parkman said ... (4:30 PM) : 

I love it!
The polkadot tie is just charming, and the fit of the suit is


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:42 PM) : 

I personally think you need a certain body type to pull off the DB Vest Suit, and oooh boy what I would do to see this guys!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:14 PM) : 

This guy works for A&S dont know his name or what he does but love the suit. He always look's very good as you would imagine for someone who works for one of the best tailors in the world.

Sart. can we have some profiles of the guys that work on the row.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:22 PM) : 

I also like his close cropped ahir with sideburns.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:26 PM) : 

What a pity the pockets aren't visible they are diagnostic for A&S see link:


Blogger said ... (6:03 PM) : 

I love this one! Not only the fit is perfect, that humorous mix of dots and diplomatic stripes is brilliant and I also love the contrast between that red and that black, softened with white shirt in tone with the white hankie. It¡s kind of daring in it's formality, but that is what I like. Only a dark strong looking man like him could make this work so greatly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:18 PM) : 

Fierce. Lovin' it. He nails it. the look works totally 100% from head to err..knee.
Incredibly well spotted, Sart - you don't see many DB waistcoats(local lingo) even on Savile Row...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:11 PM) : 

Immaculate. For a guy going against the modern grain, He's awesome. Giving the Row a little Sicilian retrospective. Let's see the pinky finger.


Blogger matt williams said ... (10:28 PM) : 

Good God, this man is fine. I really need to fly to London. I would marry him.

*digs out credit card to book flight*


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:54 PM) : 

I agree with Diana--there is something not quite natural about all this. Also, don't care for the tie/shirt collar combo. I don't understand why men make this choice.


Blogger Dovid said ... (11:24 PM) : 

Notice how the stripes on the lapels align with the stripes on the vest? That detail is too shticky for me...

But I love double breasted vests!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:52 PM) : 

I really like the geometry of the peak lapel and the large-ish point collar. Like a set of jaws, or something. If he'd been wearing, say, a spread collar it wouldn't have had such an eye-catching effect.

Anon 11:17AM: I thought the "rule" was that if you are wearing a vest you never button the jacket. No?


Blogger FireBrand said ... (12:19 AM) : 

Call me a sucker for tradition, but I love vests.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 AM) : 

You just can't beat a waistcoat with a suit. In my opinion there is no better look.

Fantastic photo. Lets have more...


Blogger junglesiren said ... (2:35 AM) : 

While he wears it as well as one can, it's very costumey. Like he just stepped out of a production of Guys and Dolls.

He is very handsome though and that goes a long way.


Blogger Mr. Rover said ... (4:12 AM) : 

Great look- The small tie knot on a broader tie is a nice change from the fist-sized knots on super-thick Italian silk ties and the skinny ties. I think this is a perfect example of proportions working at their best.

I don't think this looks dated at all, although it references tradition in a similar way that Ralph Lauren pulls inspiration from the 30s. It's classic in a way that transcends fashion- I could see Fred Astaire wearing a very similar look.

The stripes are definitely on the showy side, but they are balanced out by the conservative shirt and an eye-catching slash of red on the tie in a conservative pattern. Cary Grant probably would've worn something solid or slightly darker, but the red adds some life to what would otherwise be a very plain business suit (with some very exciting details for the already-initiated).

The only reason to date this to the 1930s is his slicked hair, which suits him, but I doubt anyone would even mention the Godfather references if he were a fresh-faced, billowy-sandy-haired Ivy League kid or a NYC hipster dressed in a similar manner.

Masculine peacockism at its finest. Kudos Scott.

By the way, is the jacket double breasted or single breasted? The single lapel button hole would suggest the latter, which would be more appropriate with a double breasted waistcoat.


Blogger Reena Rai said ... (4:15 AM) : 

Love it. I love how he mixed the city boy stripes with a slightly playful polkadot tie. The cut of the suit is perfection. But something about the white pocket hanky is bothering me..


Blogger my jekyll doesnt hide said ... (8:17 AM) : 

the stripes on the lapel to our left (his right) match whilst the ones to our right so not. interesting asymmetry.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:24 AM) : 

What a beautiful man. He just needs a pocket watch chain to complete the look.


Blogger Marianna said ... (10:00 AM) : 

Mmm, nice. I love his style. If I didn't read "London" in the title I would had thought this guy was straight out of Milan. Or somewhere in Italy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:30 AM) : 

Simply perfect!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:20 PM) : 

That's my pal Karl over at Anderson Sheppard, Savile Row tailors par excellence.
Karl always loves mixing it up a bit, adding a bit of panache to the wonderful, though conservative, tailoring work down by Mr. Hitchcock over at AS.
This shows how an essentially conservative, classically British outfit can be fantastically worn by a modern dude, brought up to date. Bravo, Karl and Anderson Sheppard!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:14 PM) : 

This is exactly what a London 'city' suit is supposed to look like, any Italian references (to the fabric) would have come from this first I believe.
I've never really liked these on British men however as 'city' men who spend all their lives totting up figures have a tendency toward pale skin and this colour does nothing for that. Couple this with the British love of uniforms and herd mentality (read; everybody in a 1 mile radius wearing the same suit) and it paints a pretty dull picture.
However this guys looks good as an isolated figure and the DB waistcoat is lovely in my opinion, although probably comical without a jacket


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:57 PM) : 

The suit is beautiful. The double breasted vest with a straight cut at the bottom is a nice bit of flash.
But, the combination of the hair style with the suit does give a "gangster" vibe. I think a softer hair style would work better.


Blogger Dawn said ... (12:40 AM) : 

The shock of color of the tie is amazing. The fit is perfect...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:29 AM) : 

I'm not a big fan of this strong pinstriped suit. The fabric is too shiny, and almost looks plastic to me. It's too gangstery and he looks like Bugsy Malone, and not in an good way. But I like the tie and the shirt though, and I respect the craftmanship of the suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:25 AM) : 

I'll be his gangsters moll any day! Gorgeous..



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 AM) : 

THIS is dressing well! Thank you, at last - the Emperor DOES have clothes and they actually FIT!!


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

WOW,If this guy made his own suit, whoever taught him is the Don... he's a real player man.... uv u


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:02 PM) : 

I like the look. But this is hardly "on the street." The guy literally works for Anderson and Shepard.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:00 PM) : 

Looks like a cross between Stephen Baldwin and Godfather-era Al Pacino!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:49 PM) : 

Suave, Sophisticate, and Debonair.

Are you single?

Don't know any guys with the self-esteem to rock this Fab-Suit-Look. AMAZING MAN.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:03 PM) : 

That's Karl Matthews - head stylist at Anderson & Shepherd - hence the classic A & S silhouette!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 AM) : 

The black with pinstripe is simply tacky - makes the suit look cheap. But you still have to admire the style, excellent tie and double breasted waistcoat.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:16 AM) : 

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

He's better looking than this in real life.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:34 AM) : 

Tell me about it!! I'm a lucky girl ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:10 PM) : 

I feel that the pinstripes are too pronounced. I really don't like this look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:25 PM) : 

Tasteful and superbly classic. I might have gone for a higher rise on the trousers, and accordingly a higher-cut vest. Still, excellent.


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