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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

On the Street...Modern T Monk, New York

Everything just about perfect
Sleeve length, fit of the jacket, complementary color combination for his skin, slightly funky hair for such a refined suit.
It took me about an hour after I took this photo to finally remember who this young man reminded me of.....a modern Thelonious Monk(below).


Comments on "On the Street...Modern T Monk, New York"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:33 AM) : 

Does this guy work at Domenico Vacca on Madison? Either way he of course looks good. The Brown suit is always a challenge in terms of shirts, ties and shoes. This guy has pulled it off superbly I must say. His look is really as good as one could see anywhere.


Blogger MARIA H said ... (8:45 AM) : 

A great sense of adventure in a suit...?! How much I prise people that are able to create a style of their own with very "standard" pieces. This dude definetly knows his style above the mass trends. Bravo!


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:51 AM) : 

Great look and a well exposed photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:57 AM) : 

Wow, sharp look - and the light in your picture is amazing!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 AM) : 

he is quite striking. great style and execution.


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

this is how i would like to wear my suit.leaves me envious. picture is beautiful!


Blogger AM said ... (9:29 AM) : 

Holy crap, he's perfect. Not many people can make pink and brown look badass.


Blogger will anderson said ... (9:31 AM) : 

this guy is really cool. untouchable. (except for those silly shades).

monk was cool in an other worldly kind of...didn't give a damn...way. miles may have defined "jazz cool", but monk embodied it, didn't know it, and wouldn't have cared.

sart, thanks for that connection.


Blogger Pax said ... (9:33 AM) : 

The slim fit works well, as do the pinstripes, but the hair makes his look.


Blogger The Spicers said ... (9:36 AM) : 

Elegant, refined; what great style!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:37 AM) : 

Perfect is the word! Brave hair and colour of shirt. And the fit of the suit! Lovely!
/ Mia ( pattern maker of men's wear )


Blogger Robert said ... (9:38 AM) : 

That suit is like a second skin on him. The white Ipodcabel working as the perfect accessory!


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

He's devine. It's not just the clothes, it's the way he carries himself that makes it all work so perfectly. You're right, Sart, he looks like Thelonious. I'm going to have to listen to some of his music tonight...and dream of that delicious man.


Blogger Stratos Bacalis said ... (9:59 AM) : 

He looks suave! Very stylish color combination. And the funky hair makes this look so modern!


Blogger LasVegas said ... (10:13 AM) : 

I love his skin colour!


Blogger Elizabeth said ... (10:16 AM) : 

The glasses are a bit SuperFly, thus seem incongruous, but he looks great in them. They're not really "Monk" in looks, but they certainly are in attitude.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 AM) : 

Yeah he looks pretty smooth. His jacket fits perfectly. A contender for sartorialist of the year? (under 40 bracket)


Blogger Kitt said ... (10:41 AM) : 

Awesome. And what was playing on the iPod?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 AM) : 

maybe more miles davis than monk...


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:46 AM) : 

This is the slickest customer I've seen on here. He exudes fly. The photograph is beautiful too... I really like how the background is washed out like that. I'm curious though... what do you think makes this less than perfect?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:55 AM) : 

That's a really good look. I love it when men know how to dress properly and especially when they get a good fitting suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 AM) : 

he's beautiful


Blogger Claris said ... (12:05 PM) : 

Or Andre Benjamin.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 PM) : 

this may be one of my favorites ever, sart!

nice work.


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

Nice waisted jacket and the pocket square/shirt combo work well. Blue (?) stripes on the shirt are the added touch.
But what is the cut of the pant, and does he have a cuff or not, "mid-atlantic" break, American break or Italian? Proportion to the jacket is essential here.
Please include the shoes as they could make or break this look.


Blogger siongc said ... (12:38 PM) : 

Yes, pink and brown seems to be a very popular colour combination, but he certainly wears it well. Great fit, great colours, great hair and great confidence. And I personally really like iPods against suits.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 PM) : 

faaabulous. He has to know he looks good. Although the ipod almost ruins it...


Blogger Athena said ... (12:52 PM) : 

Stunning. I love the lines on the suit (perfect), his hair, the earbuds, the sunglasses. That's style.


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

great suit

colors are perfect , tailoring is superb

bravo to him and great pic Sart


Blogger Emily said ... (1:06 PM) : 

It reminds me of those DNKY adverts about 2 years ago - with the yellow taxies and the way he is dressed..


Blogger Matthew Grayson said ... (1:31 PM) : 

+1 for the vest... I didn't realize it was a three piece at first glance


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:58 PM) : 

I agree with you, Sarto. This gentleman is drawing from an earthy pallette which suits his skin tones. I also like the retro hairstyle and the SuperFly shades which lend authenticity to the look.

T Monk, indeed ...


Blogger Staci said ... (2:36 PM) : 

although i've long grown sick of seeing those white ipod headbuds EVERYWHERE, i gotta admit they give his outfit a smart, hip touch. like maybe he doesn't take himself tooo seriously.. i wonder what kind of music he listens to!


Blogger Misplaced said ... (2:38 PM) : 

I love the photo of Thelonius Monk with the other musicians. He knew that when that picture was taken all the other jazz musicans would wear black- he purposely wore white to stand out- smart man.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:57 PM) : 

Hot Hot Hot!


Blogger David said ... (4:00 PM) : 

This is absolutely my favorite. While I don't think anyone can out modern the inimitable Mr. Monk, this guy certainly takes an admirable run at it. I'm going to take this photo to my tailor to show him that buttons are moving up even on two-button jackets.


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (5:50 PM) : 

Thelonious Monk makes the most intriguing music...ever...and that guy looks...'COOL...'


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:10 PM) : 

I agree with Anonymous 11:18, I see more Miles than Monk in this. Especially with those shade...
Either way he makes it look good.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:41 PM) : 

love the suit and the shirt, but would've chosen another color or fabric for the tie - it's the weak link. but he looks quite dapper.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:19 PM) : 

I love Sarto and many of the comments, but sometimes I get a tad tired of the black to black direct references, like weak Hollywood casting, I would expect more from folks who are real observers and lovers of style. I can see T Monk but some of the other references, Andre 3000? Again?! A hip black man in a suit = Andre 3000. Come on now. I also think that an Afro is both timeless and elegant, it no way limits what you can wear nor should it place you in a particular context. Afro and wrap shades = Superfly? So if you a blonde and wear cat eye sunglasses and scarf = Grace Kelly? Long brown hair and mini = Jane Birkin? That sounds more like supermarket tabloid fashion editorial than Sarto or maybe my standards are too high?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 PM) : 

I also agree that in spirit, rather than in just sunglasses-goatee combo, he's much more Miles than Monk. The closest person I can liken to a modern Monk, in both impeccable style and attitude, is NYC artist Mark Gonzales.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:16 PM) : 

Totally agree with the Thelonius Monk reference - "Straight Up, No Chaser!"


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

thelonious monk?! i take exception to the suggestion that someone 'resembles' the most unique and creative man in jazz merely on the basis that hes a sharp-dressed black man.

good photo. eye-rolling comparison.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:11 AM) : 

I agree with a couple of other comments. Looks great but the stance and (infered) attitude say more Miles to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:28 AM) : 

oh baby. i LOVE when guys dress like this. he looks amazing.


Blogger supercat said ... (2:32 AM) : 

he looks like the guy in those tanqueray ads.


Blogger Diana said ... (3:04 AM) : 

I have a huge crush on him!
Dear Mr Sart, have you ever thought, to start organising dates?
There are surely huge interests on your subjects all over the world.
This is a big niche.
The Sartorialist Matchmaking Agency


Blogger RECIEN LLEGADA said ... (4:25 AM) : 

nice,nice,nice very nice¡


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:48 AM) : 

the brother is tight.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:55 AM) : 

You forgot mention that the picture ist perfect the correctly exposed guy in conjunction with the overexposed, blurred background. love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:46 AM) : 

I've tried to find you in his glasses (like in Blade Runner) but it is impossible!

I think YOU are really the best, everywhere.


Blogger Neil MacLean said ... (7:49 AM) : 

saw this in GQ-- I need this suit!


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

Cool look


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:51 AM) : 

just as he wouldn't have given a damn about what you think of his "silly shades"


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

Very good-looking guy.

Great suit. Love the colors and the fit. I think the Ipod, the sunglasses, and his hair make him look modern.

He looks very stylish.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 AM) : 

Great look, nice suit!

This guy looks wonderful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:32 AM) : 

Ohh my gosh he's hot ^^,


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

Guess temo 9:19 pm has some issues!? "A blond with cat eye glasses and scarf = Grace Kelly" Absolutely! It's about classic iconic images of style. Whoever it is.

Supermarket tabloids?

Nah, don't think so.


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

What a great looking guy, and a great looking suit. He just carries this off to perfection. Very cool cat.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (8:05 AM) : 

One word - sharp.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 AM) : 

Wow, he looks really cool!He looks really classic but really modern too!
Love the oufit!


Blogger Le Raconteur said ... (11:19 AM) : 

I'm almost certain that I've met this chap. Always very dapper.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:53 PM) : 

So how did this thin guy get such a perfectly fitting suit? Just a thin cut? Tailor take in the waist? I'm somewhat thin and jackets are *always* too baggy on me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:23 PM) : 

totally digging the brown and pink, especially with his skin tone. but it really is the hair and sunglasses that make the look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 AM) : 

How slick is he. He really has chosen every element of his look perfectly hasn't he. Even the earphones look perfectly placed.

He seems to hold himself with utter class too - something too many people forget is vitally important to an overall image. I'm thoroughly impressed.

Your T Monk observation is well grounded too! :)


Blogger Tristan said ... (5:38 PM) : 

Umm I saw that guy today?! That's so funny. And I noticed his look too, since he totally stood out. Nice photo.


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

i actually saw him in queens yesterday, getting out of the subway. classy fellow indeed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:17 PM) : 

This guy's name is Simba and he is a wardrobe consultant for Domenico Vacca on Madison Avenue. He deals with mostly high profile jet set types. I know this because he has helped celeb's for the recent Oscars.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:35 AM) : 

hi, he is more Miles than Monk :)


Blogger hyacoda said ... (1:48 AM) : 

Unfortunately he looks like an ad for Ipod.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:03 AM) : 

very interesting exposure, the city seems to breathe with light


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:03 AM) : 

its perfect


Blogger Loulou said ... (9:31 AM) : 

...I agree with Temo 9.19pm, it's far to easy to generalise and a tad many other references that could have been made, c'mon people. The man know's he's got it going on, the cut of the Whistle actually reminds me of a modern day Edward Windsor..very elegant.
almost Goes without saying photography great as always,you are my new no1 distraction! are you showing in London any time soon?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:06 PM) : 

Does any body know who makes the suit or where I could get one

or is it a custom one off


Blogger Eff Dee Aytche said ... (7:45 PM) : 

i would wear's awesome


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:12 PM) : 

He sure does look like a modern day Thelonious.


Blogger audupord said ... (5:13 PM) : 

Yikes. Solid.


Eric J. Henderson


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



Anonymous Thiago Pena said ... (11:57 AM) : 

Great suit and combination. Inspiring, I'd say. Congrats from Brazil.


Blogger Stan said ... (9:31 AM) : 

Love to see men of color looking dapper.


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