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On the Street.... Just About Perfect, Florence


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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On the Street.... Just About Perfect, Florence

The flower in the breast pocket is brilliant.

Comments on "On the Street.... Just About Perfect, Florence"


Anonymous t does wool said ... (10:25 AM) : 

I would agree...just about perfect!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 AM) : 

It reminds me just my style.

I would have say "perfect",if I could see the shoes...


Blogger nyc/caribbean ragazza said ... (10:32 AM) : 

Si perfetto!


Anonymous TeMo said ... (10:36 AM) : 

Si, perfecto! Grazie.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

One word: sharp.


Blogger Sophie said ... (11:04 AM) : 

the suit and buttonhole are lovely but the mustache scares me


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:08 AM) : 

Very sharp. I'd imagine that this gent has just come from a party where a girl spontaneously tucked the flower (gardenia/rose?) into his pocket; for some reason this happens to me all the time! The off-white flower against white hanky against grey is great though. But leaving the flower aside this is a seriously well-cut suit. It's strange though Sart, that rather a fetish is made now of the clearly hand-sewn when a few (30?/40?/50?) years ago the object of expert workmanship was to efface itself as much as possible. I wonder when a reverse luxury aesthetic such as unfinished seams will really take hold in menswear as it has in women's.


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

It looks like he has his tie tucked into his pants, is that right?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:13 AM) : 

LOVE the hair


Blogger An Aesthete's Lament said ... (11:14 AM) : 

The flower tucked in the breast pocket may be brilliant, but the tie just barely breaking the waistband is not. It should end below the waistband's seam.


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

Signore Sartoriale,

Please forgive me if this an inappropriate question but are you contractually prohibited/limited by from posting the photos you take when on assignment for them on your own blog? It would be great to see them here both as a record and because I don't always look at or know that you are posting there. Just a thought...

I appreciate this man's style and joie de vivre. I wonder if wears a flower regularly or if there is a particular reason he is wearing one on this day. The world would be a better place if more men wore a boutonnière on a daily basis...


Blogger Dapper Kid said ... (11:30 AM) : 

Love the colours and the flower in the breast pocket is wonderful!


Blogger K.B. said ... (11:56 AM) : 

Yes, just about. The suit is well-cut, an absolute necessity for such a close-fitting suit. The tie is, for my tastes, a bit too long if it's long enough to tuck in the waistband.

The only thing I would like to see is just a spot of a bright color. Just a small dab to bring the cool blue/gray combo to life.


Anonymous suzanne nelson said ... (12:01 PM) : 

i agree with you, Sart, the flower in the breast pocket IS brilliant, and witty too. the suit is superbly cut; i love the high waist and i love the high shirt collar too. What i am not loving is his tie - i would prefer a patterned silk tie with a V end, but maybe that's because i'm a girl...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 PM) : 

I love the inch or half-inch of shirt cuff showing. Why is it so hard to convince most tailors this is a great look?


Anonymous devyn said ... (12:33 PM) : 

this guy absolutely defines effortless style. his face actually reminds me of a 1930s-era james gleason.


Blogger designerman said ... (12:37 PM) : 

So many good things about this guy. I LOVE the length of his jacket sleeve and shirt cuff. Nothing looks worse than the sleeves below the wrist and not seeing any shirt. Makes me nuts. Screams 'Men's Warehouse.'

Also love the high waist pant with the solid tie tucked in. And the wide lapel of the jacket - it says he's beyond trends.


Blogger Robin said ... (12:42 PM) : 

It's perfect. And the flower is so sweet


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:46 PM) : 

A handsome, well-made suit should last at least two generations. I'll bet his father wore this in the 1970s. It still looks perfect. I love the wide tie tucked into the beltless trouser, a sumptuous ploy best left in the hands of the Italians. And is that a vintage three-button chronograph lurking beneath the shirt cuff? Have mercy!


Anonymous no more assumptions! said ... (12:48 PM) : 

the gardenia is perfect; i love him


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:04 PM) : 

Perfect is right... You notice the handsome man-- not the fashion.



Blogger Dan said ... (1:06 PM) : 

Bravo for the flower! I intend to do my part, locally, to repopularize the bouttoniere. Why did it go away? The pocket square is back, I say bring back the bouttoniere!


Anonymous Scott P. said ... (1:10 PM) : 

It may be perfect, but it's a little boring for my taste.


Blogger Ms Hyper Superficiality said ... (1:31 PM) : 

I may be a complete ignoramus, but why is the buttonhole not in the buttonhole?

And do I see some serious puckering in the Collar?

But the tie is ok. Very hard to see, but the tip just touches the seam of the waistband.

I love, love, love it that the flower has had florist treatment and has NOT been added on the spur of the moment.


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

Although I would generally feel that a flower is a bit much, this gentleman's treatment of the leaves is masterful. They become a framing device that reminds me of art nouveau's flora themes.


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

One of the best yet - as near to perfect as it gets. Love the fit, cloth and especially the higher rise on the trouser.


Anonymous Joliemaman said ... (1:38 PM) : 

Lovely,but...The rise on those pants seems terribly high to me.


Anonymous Isa said ... (1:42 PM) : 

Love the flowers and also the tie in the pants. The costume seems to be very well cut ! Perfect for me too !


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 PM) : 

Love this, but he does seem to be channeling Fred Mertz with the tucked in tie.


Blogger SMII said ... (1:51 PM) : 

This gent has magnificent style.


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

Tie is actually where it should be and is square ended knit. Suit clearly looks bespoke but im wondering if it was made for him or maybe another family member? Lapels look 70's era wide although the roll on them is amazing you can see the button hole where the third button would be even though it rolls down to the second, nice touch!


Blogger Laguna Beach Trad said ... (2:05 PM) : 

Nice suit. Love the combination of suit, shirt, sunglasses, and tie. But the cut of the jacket looks a bit off, to me.


Blogger Raquel said ... (2:06 PM) : 

The flower tucked in the breast pocket here in Spain is associated to an old-fashioned look, and it is just used in ceremonies. But this georgeus man changes the style!!


Blogger Stitches & Threads said ... (2:35 PM) : 

Wow he looks smoothe!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:46 PM) : 

I'd applaud him even if the flower were fake



Anonymous Dalaruan said ... (3:32 PM) : 

My dear fellow, what on earth should we men do going about with purity and innocence? A carefully thought-out buttonhole is muchmore effective. Oscar Wilde



Anonymous Segun Obagbemi said ... (3:58 PM) : 

Seen the fellow before in GQ...always well turned out!


Blogger Maggie May said ... (4:02 PM) : 

'every girl's crazy bout a sharp dressed man '

zz top
ha. how do they measure against wilde! :)


Blogger Joanna said ... (4:18 PM) : 

hmmm...did we ever get an answer on the tie tucked into pants question. I think maybe I missed the point while thinking about this tie-pants issue.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:36 PM) : 

Heloooo, Naples!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:39 PM) : 

This jacket looks like a rumpled, shapeless mess, and the tie tucked into the pants is not working. The shirt is nice though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:59 PM) : 

It is so difficult to pull on the "tie tucked into the pants" look. Everything has to be perfectly fitted. When you walk, it just comes out and looks sloppy. No good.


Blogger sksd said ... (5:08 PM) : 

hm interesting tie. and I like the bracelet(?) on his right arm :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:10 PM) : 

LOVE this jacket! What a beautiful colour and texture. A little rumpled and worn, but still so very polished!


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

Love: suit fabric & quality, shirt & tie combo (it's not tucked in his pants) including perfect collar, flower

Not so much love: WIDE lapels, very high waist and long jacket - out of proportion for a small guy - if the full legs were included these odd proportions would be more noticeable


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

I really like this man's style however the pants do seem a little high. BTW...his tie isn't tucked into his pants, the tie has a square finish.


Anonymous john said ... (6:18 PM) : 

his lapels are too wide in my opinion. Lovin everything else though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:02 PM) : 

WHAT a beautiful man.


Anonymous Aurlaliana said ... (7:28 PM) : 

Something is fishy with his top collar, I think it has too much ease near where it is joined to the lapel, and the join isn't quite flush (picky picky). I can't say that is a hallmark of a handmade jacket anywhere I have been... just seems strange. The pickstitch does look hand sewn and in my opinion is a subtle but luxurious detail.

Other than that he looks great. 100%


Blogger S Watson said ... (7:43 PM) : 

The tayloring in precise. The shoulders are square, the shirt fitted, the cuffs about a quarter inch out, but just right on the wrist. The pants are correctly fitted too, sitting at the hips. Classic tie also. The only discordance that I see is the wrist band on the right? That's not a watch, there's one on the left.


Anonymous Madalena said ... (7:52 PM) : 

Very elegant!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:26 PM) : 

as perfect as it is... it seems effortless and natural, wearing him



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:07 PM) : 

Haha. The man reminds me of my Grade 10 Mathematics teacher.
Exact same receding hair line; and when dressed for formal occasion, would look exactly like that.

I remember his cataracts the best.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:47 PM) : 

he is glorious otherwise, but the tie is puzzling, distracting, and unnecessary. either stopping at the pants or being tucked in does nothing for the eye.


Blogger Josh said ... (11:49 PM) : 

I love it!

The first time I saw the flower, I thought the stem was headphones sticking out. It's such a great piece.

I'm so glad the sunglasses are off as well. I think that pulls it together. The bracelets also add a certain joy de vivre to the piece


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

oh, I really, really love this.


Blogger Mr. Rover said ... (1:52 AM) : 

I've never seen so much self-righteous and ignorant declarations of fashion/style preferences. "The pants are too high", "I don't like the tie tucked in pants look", "the lapels are too wide", etc. etc.
These details were at some point acceptable norms or even in vogue, and to say any of them are "wrong" is an exhibition of naivety of men's fashion history.
Sure, it may be "modern" to have lower rise and a narrower lapel,but this suit is completely individualistic; it is tailored perfectly for this gentleman so that he will not look like he is wearing a cookie cutter suit.
On this gentleman, I love this look. The proportions suit him very well. It seems so effortless and natural on him. I might say a tie bar might add a bit more zest, but then again, I might not.
Sorry about the rant.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:39 AM) : 

I adore a man in a suit. The flower is a perfect touch.


Blogger aviewaskew said ... (2:55 AM) : 

the flower is very georgia o'keeffe...purely erotic.


Anonymous Poulette said ... (4:20 AM) : 

An Italian Dr Phil with taste!


Anonymous Lord Brummel said ... (4:57 AM) : 

Love the tie and the flower and the length of jacket arm, but I have a personal cruisade against men's bracelets that are very much Italian but not elegant at all...


Anonymous Cassie said ... (6:53 AM) : 

The tie, the shirt, the suit and the flower: these things are so frequently brought together that the detail has to be perfect to make it worthy of remark. I think the fact that the flower is in the pocket, his very natural stance, and that he's holding the sunglasses as oppose to wearing them make this special. The details give him character.

I wonder how the look would alter if he was wearing the sunglasses...hmmm.

Thank you Mr Sartorialist,



Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (7:38 AM) : 

if you enlarge the image you can clearly see that he is wearing a squared-off knit tie.


Blogger Moi said ... (9:09 AM) : 

Very handsome. Nice suit too. I might have to add him to the Manwich ;- )


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:21 AM) : 



Blogger Laurence John said ... (11:04 AM) : 

very unusual collar to lapel proportions. kind of 30s via the 70s.
also, as already noted, unusual to see the collar/lapel seam not pressed flat.


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

I do not want to analyze his style in details but want to say that I just find it very refreshing and comforting in its wholeness and somehow, purity. The white flower is the dot on i. Thank you for posting this photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 AM) : 

I only can say ¡HE TURNS ME ON!


Blogger An Upstart said ... (4:11 PM) : 

Mr. Dalloway said he would tuck in a flower to his breast pocket himself. =)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

Has anyone else noticed that the sunglasses seem to have two hinges on each arm? This is something I have never seen before


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:59 PM) : 

Dapper, but that tie is too wide, and the color is a bit dull overall. The flower is the best part, a symbol of esprit.


Anonymous Dai said ... (9:28 PM) : 

I agree.
(I think it's a jasmine)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:03 PM) : 




Blogger Giuseppe said ... (12:15 AM) : 

I get the feeling this suit is a glorious piece of custom work from the 1970's. Its the lapels. They're wide, and his pants have ahigh waist, but all of it in just the right way.

This outfit has all the earmarks of how rich men used to dress, how poor men aspired to dress, and how all men ought to dress.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:23 AM) : 

As, so this is what Dr Phil would look like thin!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:02 AM) : 

The sunglasses with 2 hinges on each arm are Ray Ban Wayfarers 'folding edition'... I don't know what the model name is or anything, but when they are completely assembled they look normal. You can hardly even see the hinge on the bridge. When completely folded they are as big as one lens.

Quite impressive, but I think he should just have the normal, classic pair.


Anonymous Cim von Arenstorff said ... (4:30 AM) : 

what a great combination !


Anonymous connie said ... (11:34 PM) : 

if i came across a man with flowers in his pocket it'd make me smile all day. now if only more of us wore flowers on an everyday basis.


Blogger embrace said ... (11:58 AM) : 

looks perfect, but why tuck your tie into your pants? That's a practice I never heard off. But hey, maybe he's a trendsetter. It just takes a little getting used to :)


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

Drastically elegant. The total absence of color gives a solemn touch. Perfect... Every now and then!
Xavier Benoit


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

I agree: the flower in the breast pocket is very smart for florance. And the puckering around the lapels leads me to infer that we are looking at a very nice hand-made garment. But there goes that jacket length again! Some of my coworkers tell me that such a fit is clasical for Italy. I tend to be more hesitant, as I feel that a jacket like this makes a man look short.


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

I just love this so much, I'm speechless. If only we came across men looking like this every day. The flower alone would make my day.


Anonymous spanishgent said ... (7:34 PM) : 

Mr. Rover, glad to know there are people who agree with me. Style is timeless and has nothing to do with fashion. Style sets trends not follows them! Style is effortless not affected! I applaud this gentleman's brilliant use of the flower in the pocket, what a modern twist to a classic habit!


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

I fnd this guy oddly intimidating because he looks so perfect. I can't help wonder what heights of grooming a woman would have to achieve to be his match.


Anonymous Bayo said ... (3:20 PM) : 

These Italians - what can I say? The flower as a pocket square is tight.


Anonymous YUME said ... (9:57 AM) : 

wow! What a look! There is always a certain strength in a business man's attire that screams, POWER! This is perfect (I'm sure his shoes are dope!) A great suit and the flower, which adds a certain softness to his strong features. Distinguished, Debonair, Perfect! KUDOS


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:38 AM) : 

This guy thought about more than the look. He definitely smelled gorgeous with a gardenia in his pocket.


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