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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

On the Street.... (Far) East Coast Prep, Florence

Comments on "On the Street.... (Far) East Coast Prep, Florence"


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (7:43 AM) : 

LOVE the attache- hopefully it is real croc. Nice outfit overall. Jorge from W Palm Beach


Blogger Chi-Chi and the Greek Vintage said ... (7:47 AM) : 

It"s very chic: the bright, plaid tie, somber yet playful shoes, fits-like-a-glove-suit and then- BAM! no socks. Terrific!

of course the photograph is beautiful as always!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:50 AM) : 

What a beautiful combination.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:56 AM) : 

I love those shoes - anyone have any idea where they're from?


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (7:56 AM) : 

Wonderful. Love it all, particularly those shoes!


Blogger Zuzík said ... (7:57 AM) : 

love the tie..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:59 AM) : 

Not so crazy about the sockless look, but I really dig those saddle shoes!


Blogger Susan B said ... (8:28 AM) : 

Oh, that tie is a honey!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:53 AM) : 

I love it. Was nice contrast of colors as well. Very soothing.

I can't wait for all the no sock haters. Don't understand it (my opinion). To each their own, but unless you lived in Europe, or on the preppy east coast beach resorts (Cape May, NJ just one to mention) you might just like ?


Blogger Mia D said ... (8:56 AM) : 

I am in love with the tie! The whole outfit just works really well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:56 AM) : 

Pure elegance and flawless execution. Thanks, Sart.


Blogger O!Lightning said ... (8:57 AM) : 

WOW! he absolutely rocks! Oh, the details!


Blogger Piztachio said ... (9:03 AM) : 

what a great combination of colors


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

so clever the way the criss-crosses in the tie are reflected in the background architecture.
he looks cool and comfortable : )


Blogger InStudio Blog said ... (9:07 AM) : 

I'm liking the photo and his ensemble. However, when I get to his feet I can't help but think "sweaty feet"(although I love saddle shoes). Maybe he's wearing footies? Ooohh, that might be worse. I vote for a nice & light summer sock or different shoe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:08 AM) : 

The jacket, shirt, and tie are all absolutely great. In particular, the tie is a great choice, it jumps out.
The fit on the shirt is lovely.
The pick stitch, fabric, and fit of the jacket are just great.
The only (minor) thing that I'd change is to go with a softer shoulder.
I'll be very surprised if this guy does not work in the clothing/fashion industry.


Blogger Phoenecia said ... (9:11 AM) : 

Bello, bello, bello!

Now contemplating how I could get away with wearing something like this...


Blogger The Urbanophile said ... (9:15 AM) : 

The shoes look like the Leather Soul special order Alden tan suede/chestnut leather saddle shoes. I am luck to own a pair of those great shoes.


Blogger The Happiest Activist said ... (9:36 AM) : 

With the exception of the bag, this look is really really making me jealous. The shoes...!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:48 AM) : 

If the shoes aren't Bass, Bass has some just about like that in several color combinations. Sadly, only for men.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

so cool, ever so slightly mismatched and it really works. i love the suede saddle shoes and the composition of the photo is of course stellar - the background colours and the structural forms matching his tie - great, Sart!


Blogger Mrs Stevens said ... (10:05 AM) : 

Lovely composition - the background echoing the plaid pattern on the tie. Clever, clever Sartorialist.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:08 AM) : 

brilliant, savvy, lovely and fabulous!


Blogger The Domina said ... (10:12 AM) : 

I love those shoes! And I adore that men are wearing their trousers tailored to their body instead of ultra-baggy. Much more attractive!


Blogger The Urban Gentleman Blog said ... (10:16 AM) : 

classic saddle oxfords.
great tie.


Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said ... (10:17 AM) : 

love everything about it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:17 AM) : 

Love the tie, especially combined with blue-striped shirt and khaki suit... It would be so nice to see some close-ups of this one!


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

hello sartorialist,

I work at the Gap and I just received your new ad. I must say, you make the classic Gap white shirt look so current and relevant. Love the neck scarf and well...I won't spoil the rest for those who haven't had the chance to see it yet.

Anyways, can't wait to put up your posters and really get people talking about the Gap again.

Maybe you could comment on the rest of the campaign. i.e. a part 2 to the photoshoot post :D


Blogger Gai said ... (10:34 AM) : 

the fabric of the suit:
the real "solaro" a connoisseur only must have. every italian elegant man owns one in his closet.
Loro piana makes the mini herringbone one..


Blogger Andy said ... (10:40 AM) : 

This is one of the best looks I've seen in a while. Particularly, the shoes and tie are wonderful.


Blogger aviewaskew said ... (10:48 AM) : 

this man has a sheen to him. what a stunning palette of colors this shot
calls forth....outstanding


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 AM) : 

I adore the tie's colors and plaid pattern. <3 Makes a nice focus for an otherwise plain outfit. ^^


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 AM) : 

Wonderful! Love the entire look...
Keep up the excellent work Sartorialist.



Blogger Laurence John said ... (10:57 AM) : 

great tie. whole outfit is like a 1930s modernization.


Blogger Sebastian Perinotti said ... (11:00 AM) : 

Love! your blog, that is why i have made a link to it.


Blogger norawoah said ... (11:02 AM) : 

I adore:
a- the plaid tie
b- the dark tan and dark brown tone-on-tone shoes
c- no socks
This man knows how to take a risk in the most elegant way


Blogger Brian said ... (11:03 AM) : 

I love that tie, I have something similar in a lime green.

Just out of curiosity, where do you find these people in Florence? I lived there for over a year and it was mostly fanny packs and gyspy get-ups in the center.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:06 AM) : 

Absulutely marvelous! The Japanese always blow me away. They always take it to another level in materials and composition.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 AM) : 

Good combination


Blogger Keesean said ... (11:16 AM) : 

i love/ am in dire need of that bag!


Blogger Jaime said ... (11:28 AM) : 

I love the outfit, but sockless shoes always make me think of gross, sweaty feet.


Blogger Syed said ... (11:28 AM) : 

Love the colours and that attache is super!


Blogger Dave Ryan said ... (11:29 AM) : 



Blogger Tanya said ... (11:35 AM) : 

So fresh! There's something about his pose and the look that somehow recalls Peter Sellers, for me. Not sure why but it keeps popping to mind.


Blogger Jovon Higgins said ... (11:37 AM) : 

Exquisite! I love everything about this look!



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

Shoes and tie. sick.


Blogger erin de la cruz said ... (11:47 AM) : 

love the shoes. =) very fab. would love to see myself wearing that kind of attire two or three years from now. hmmmm.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:07 PM) : 

i love the color combination with the light blue shirt and the bright orange plaid tie...and the bag...killer!


Blogger liz song mandell said ... (12:11 PM) : 

just delightful.
the ties and shoes [hearts]


Blogger Miguel said ... (12:23 PM) : 

Nice combination, excellent. In fact I am actually wearing a similar combo today (my pants are of a ligther colored, more kakhi), but no tie. In the photo I actually love the tie... nice and clourful. Amid the socks, I always wear socks... don't leave home without them!

Like the hanky too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Wow, I have those shoes (the ladies' version)!! I got them from the Bass outlet store many years ago for like $20 and am still wearing them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:41 PM) : 

Love, love, LOVE that tie! That hit of blue in the shirt keeps this all so fresh. And that attache case is gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:47 PM) : 

Love it!


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:50 PM) : 

He is beautiful! The tie brings it all together and again with the manclage---just can't get enough!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:12 PM) : 

Love it when other cultures add spice to American preppy. The width of the lapels and the cuffs provides an anchor for the outfit, while the tie, hanky, attache, and shoes make for perfect trimmings.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:17 PM) : 

Am I the only one who doesn't like the shirt/tie pattern clash?


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

The structure behind mimics the pattern on the tie....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:53 PM) : 

The shoes are saddle shoes. These particular ones look similar, although not identical, to the model made by Johnston and Murphy.


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

love the attache!!!!!


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

I always think it's a bit sad to see Asian men dress so resolutely Western and so decidedly trendy as to smother any sense of Eastern originality or heritage.

The Italians have their ties and shoes, the English have their suits and knots, the French have their adventure, the Germans have their austerity, the Americans have their jeans and t-shirt, and the Asians - well we have our cropped pants and sockless shoes - oh wait that's trendy too.

I'm a fashionable Asian man and when I look through vintage photographs of Korean or Chinese aristocracy (before royal families were banned by Western powers), I always get a sense of formality but with a distinct Asian spirit. Asian men - step your game up and start being original.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:27 PM) : 

I dig the saddles and the whole color combo. Brown is a somewhat hard color for me personally, so much props to anyone who knows how to work it.

I don't know where he got his from, but saddles and spectators can usually be found at Muffy's or Remix online.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:28 PM) :


Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey said ... (3:34 PM) : 

Awesome photo, Sart. I love this look, especially the shoes, madras tie, and bare ankles. Perhaps Prep Style will continue to survive in the Far East, once everyone in the US and Europe is reduced to wearing hoodies and baggy jeans?


Blogger Dallas Foster said ... (3:45 PM) : 

with smaller lapels, this would be absolutely perfect.


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:10 PM) : 

I like this much more than some of the all black combos we see here.

Using color and pattern like this requires a lot more effort to get it right.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:29 PM) : 

Barney's sells a shoe just like that. Johnston and Murphy also has one ... extremely comfortable.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:32 PM) : 

I love those shoes! I wonder if there is a womens version


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:02 PM) : 

the 1990s Hong Kong business man look


Blogger HappyLegs said ... (5:33 PM) : 

excellent-this outfit is that is so well rounded!! isn't until the second look when you realize piece by piece that it's amazing.


Blogger Sir Bentonius said ... (5:52 PM) : 

the tie makes it in my opinion


Blogger Verrito said ... (5:55 PM) : 

oh i love his tie!


Blogger Linnéa said ... (6:09 PM) : 

Love it! But, socks?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:14 PM) : 

Beautiful handbag/briefcase. Striped shirt and plaid tie! Looks fabulous. What is it about no socks that can take someone by surprise and be so fashionable? Looks like a very aware gentleman.


Blogger Stitches & Threads said ... (6:15 PM) : 

I don't know why, but I just love the fact that he hasn't got socks on. What a gem!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:44 PM) : 

Big fan of the tie


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

(Far) East Coast Prep. Were your subject black or Hispanic or Chicano or Russian, would you emphasize that in your byline?

I think this is pointing out something that's a bit unnecessary. Who cares if he's Asian. Why emphasize his ethnicity? Maybe he's not even nationally tied to the "Far East," perhaps he's been living in Italy for many years now?

Some of the comments remarked on his being Japanese. What if he's not? Is that just an assumption now?


Blogger Radhika said ... (8:15 PM) : 

absolutely lovely combination


Blogger Andrew said ... (8:52 PM) : 

Very elegant man. Your photo composition is particularly graceful and beautiful here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:58 PM) : 

Truly elegant. He has a terrific color sense. I love the tie, but I would hat it if it weren't chased by the blue pinstripe. And I love the sockless shoes with such an elegant outfit. I think its a very sexy detail in the summer.


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

That tie is beautiful, and it goes really well with the brown jacket. Like it!
I'm not so sure about the absence of socks, though. Maybe for hot hot day...hahaha


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:24 PM) : 

Why is it that this works, but a Western woman in a kimono doesn't? Any ideas?


Blogger Mr. Rover said ... (10:42 PM) : 

"with smaller lapels, this would be absolutely perfect."- listless runt

With smaller lapels, this would be a different look. The roped shoulders and wider lapels works very harmoniously. Beautifully cut with nice, tight armholes. Love the deep cuffs in the trousers, too.
The entire ensemble is not distracting from the man wearing it. The collar choice and contrasting tie collar complement him composition, drawing the viewer to his face (it may just be the expert composition of the photographer). Beautiful pieces in their own right, even greater working together as an ensemble.
All this wool is making me itch for Fall!


Blogger the quarter rat said ... (11:26 PM) : 

Well played, sir! I love the dynamism of the background diagonals playing against the precarious resting position of the sitter. There's a great story in this picture.

The outfit's a winner, too: while main elements (rope-shouldered suit, spread collar shirt, alligator folio) may suggest otherwise, the overall effect IS trad, but not the strict, TNSIL/OCBD variant.


Blogger s.212 said ... (11:40 PM) : 

love the shoes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:28 AM) : 

Perfection. Love the tie, the colors and exposed ankles on an otherwise all suited up man are sexy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:29 AM) : 

Those shoes!!! (and lovely composition,Scott)


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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:59 AM) : 

most certainly not bass or alden.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:15 AM) : 

Those shoes look just like the pair that are on sale on the JCrew website right now.


Blogger said ... (2:13 AM) : 

I want this look as my own!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 AM) : 

he is mine. would love to have him as a coffee buddy. that length in the trousers is just divine, love his simple elegance


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

Beautiful. I love that tie and all the beige tones in this picture.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:31 AM) : 

I like everything except the absence of socks. It looks too contrived.


Blogger Cyn said ... (10:51 AM) : 

It's all about confidence! Love to see a man show a little skin when you least expect it, including that of his ankles. Definitely sexy.


Blogger Super Milk-Chan said ... (11:07 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:30 PM) : 

c'est magnifique! love it.


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

This guy is Mr. Kamoshida, the creative director of United Arrows, a prominent clothing store in Japan. A regular in Japanese fashion magazines.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:16 PM) : 

wow this is so racist. (far) east coast prep? why comment on his asian ancestry. why can't he just be a man dressed well? so so so racist.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 PM) : 

The tie and the shoes are what make this absolutely sublime.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:49 PM) : 

how is far east racist? it is a merely a descriptor... any additional meaning is a projection of the reader. please.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:38 AM) : 

Solaro fabric doesn't really work as an odd jacket.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:02 PM) : 

Love, love, LOVE the colours. The browns are deliciously tangy, kind of orangey-yellow and summery. That kind of brown is so difficult to pull off, especially as an Asian. The blue shirt is genius, as it cools the warm tones just enough, as does his pants (which are a 'cooler' colour than his jacket).
Truly fantastic, I think this is one of my favorite men's photos here ever.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:24 AM) : 

Checked tie and checked background - what a wonderful shot. In fact, the combination of this tie and this shirt is very strange to me, but the photo ist great !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:34 AM) : 

Perfect. I love how the tie adds the final touch to the look.


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

What a wonderful display of an Eastern gentleman truly understanding Western fashion. Flawless in every way! I even like the faux-finishing of the envelope, very politically-correct!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:05 PM) : 

personally i love the sockless and rolled up trousers look, but what first caught my eye was the wonderful pose and aura of the gentleman. great, sart


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:43 PM) : 

I don't usually comment- but this is absolutely fantastic. The shoes make it for me. He evokes this calm thoughtfulness and attention to detail. I love this.


Blogger Ridonkulus said ... (1:36 AM) : 

personally, i don't see anything offensive about the title of this post. it's just a play on words. "east coast prep" as in the U.S east coast/new england. i have seen countless posts with subjects of Asian descent and his titles were solely a brief description of the clothes and location. case in the point, the asian medical student in France " On the Street....Ecole de Medecine, Paris" perhaps it is another example of people projecting their own pre-conceived notions of where Asians live. it's not just the U.S. and their home countries! people of different ethnicities can be found all over the world. i just saw an interesting news piece on a russian model living in korea on KBS and she spoke excellent korean.

anyways, i guess my point is, Sartorialist, i'm glad you didn't change the title of your post.


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

shoes shoes SHOES are great. love the no socks. love his suit. love his bag. he's .....oh!


Blogger jess said ... (1:30 PM) : 

oh my god oh my god oh my god. this outfit is so ridiculously great it makes me feel like a teenage girl.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:39 PM) : 

3:16 PM Anon: Oh, please. There is absolutely nothing racist about the title. The wonderful play on words was probably meant to describe a distinct style of Ivy/Prep that does exist in Japan. Just go to Tokyo and see for yourself.


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