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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Carlo Montanaro of Corriere della Sera

I think there is something wonderfully subversive about wearing a suit that fits so wonderfully and is so well-made that even as it begins to crumple you cannot bear to throw it out, it's like a sartorial version of faded jeans.

Actually this suit was made for his father and Carlo estimates it is about 35 years old.

Style and sentiment are a hard combination to beat.

Comments on "Carlo Montanaro of Corriere della Sera"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:27 AM) : 

that is some beautiful linen!
i think with a pair of jeans and a nice pair of updated classic shoes, that would be a great suit to wear. i'm just not digging the pants. waist is too high. but the fabric is wonderful...and he looks so proud in it. i just want it to look fresher.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:28 AM) : 

WOW! My favourite shot among the pictures of men I've seen so far! Fantastic sense of style!


Blogger Nadine said ... (5:33 AM) : 

So special and poignant - love it!


Blogger Pistachio Of Liberty said ... (5:51 AM) : 

I am in love with this. I find personal patina on good fabric so charming. And, like a family, something you can't buy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:06 AM) : 

I love his style, his attitude, the way he shows the scars that time left on his father's suit.
He wears it like a second skin.
Great shots, as usual! Grazie!
Carlo is the editor of the italian Travel&Style magazine "DOVE".


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:24 AM) : 

Undoubtedly, these people are very stylish but this it is becoming a bit boring to see the safe individuals all the time. How about everyone else?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:41 AM) : 

I looked at the photo without reading the comment and immediately thought 'This is the sort of suit my dad would wear' - and then I read the comment just to find out that it belonged to Carlo's dad. Bravo Carlo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:07 AM) : 

Glad to see I'm not the only one. I have a few old favourites that fit perfectly and are made of fabrics I could no longer justify purchasing. They are like second skins and if they could tell the tales they have witnessed...


Blogger londondog said ... (7:25 AM) : 

I recall this gentlemen, I think...

Last year - Milan - puckering on his suit sparked a debate whether it was intentional or not... does anybody remember?

He looks great - love the fifties style high waisted trousers, the waistcoat i so on trend, and the faded colour actually gives him a vintage alomost sepia photograph-like look. All in all - I love it.


Blogger Sarah ~ Lolita of Modern Times ~ said ... (7:29 AM) : 

This suit class, so vintage, so "man", so...
Ok, I want a man wearing the same kind of suit: please let me know where....
Sarah, Paris


Blogger Butch said ... (7:39 AM) : 

Isn't this the gentlemen--and suit--over which we had such a heated debate (lapel and other puckering was the issue) some time ago?


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

the man - the suit - perfect!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:45 AM) : 

Love it. Love it. Love it. This proves what a smart investment a good suit can be. Forget bedroom furniture, I plan to hand down beautiful suits to my sons.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:36 AM) : 

I have a sharkskin jacket from Hong Kong from about the early 60's, I would guess, that is falling apart in exactly the same way.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 AM) : 

I find it hard to take anyone seriously who has a poor suit, whether mismatched or in tatters - for that is the purpose of a suit, to conduct business in, or at least to appear uniform, civilized, and put together, something this man does not exude.


Blogger Sarah_LesPantyhose said ... (9:00 AM) : 

Thank you for once again capturing a wonderful moment of individual style.


Blogger MacGuffin said ... (9:10 AM) : 

That cloth is gorgeous.


Blogger Jackson said ... (9:15 AM) : 

There's not a very good picture of it, but I'm pretty sure that I am in love with that tie.


Blogger pumpkin said ... (9:27 AM) : 

thank you for this lovely post. it's not just fashion - it's history and family and feeling too.


Blogger Pana said ... (9:28 AM) : 

used look...
looks cool!


Blogger Mandy said ... (9:35 AM) : 

Ahhh, I love it. Some things are so beautiful as they deteriorate.


Blogger madeline said ... (9:39 AM) : 

Men don't have a lot of freedom in how they can express themselves with clothing as opposed to women so it is stunning to see a man with such a comfort in his own skin.

Because while it IS just a suit he's wearing, it is absolutely ballsy and brilliant to wear it threadbare. It is just what Martin Margiela tries to sell right off the rack and let's face it - you can't bottle the concept of "well worn".

I hard a second look at this guy because I think what he's wearing is intellectually sexy.


Blogger will anderson said ... (9:44 AM) : 

wow...that is a wonderful story. i love the thought of having something so perfect. i had the affected washes and distressing of new clothes with the word "vintage" printed on the label. this is great. thanks.


Blogger Ali said ... (9:44 AM) : 

I love this! the last pic is a really beautiful photo. I can just imagine his father wearing this suit every day, it looks well loved and lived in! It's also really cool that a suit that was made for his dad fits him perfectly. My favourite look for the last few weeks, definitely


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (9:45 AM) : 

35 years old? Wow, impressive. Inspires me to keep taking very, very good care of some of my favourites....


Blogger Rico said ... (9:47 AM) : 

Fantastic. I have suit like this, it was my father's wedding suit; a nice cotton, 3-button in olive. I can bear to throw it out either.


Blogger Tereneh Idia said ... (9:49 AM) : 

Beautiful, what I love is that the perfection: tailoring, fit, material and the imperfection: rips, tears and missing bits, balance each other. I also appreciate how the middle shot shows the tie with a touch of blue. Very lovely.


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

I LOVE IT!!!I LOVE IT!!! There is nothing better than being able to appreciate something that ages well, it's like vintage wine, antique funiture. It adds so much character to the piece. Too bad more clothes aren't made well enough to fall into this category. The fact that it was made for his father makes this the best post I have seen on here! I would kill to have a conversation piece like this suit. And it still fits like a glove! I can't express how much I love this!

Dorian (Detroit)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:29 AM) : 

I think this might be my favorite post ever. I can't believe how wonderful he looks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:37 AM) : 

I love this post


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 AM) : 

Oh, that (and he;) looks so fabulous!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:57 AM) : 

I was about to say that the thing needed to be thrown out (unlike your best pair of ruggedly worn jeans) but then read the explanation.

He's fully excused (indeed, it helps that he's cute, too).



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

I believe this is the fourth time you've photographed this man. I specifically recall the brown suit with obvious pickstitching. He has excellent personal style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:31 AM) : 

Compare the fit of this one to the Thom Browne below. SOOOO much better. The jacket is not too short. It's just right. We can't see the pant legs, but I suspect that they aren't cut above his ankles. I suspect that no one will be wearing the Thom Browne 35 years from now...perhaps not even 35 months from now.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:34 AM) : 

While I can't imagine wearing a suit, or anything else, in this shape, I do understand the sentiment. One of your best posts ever.


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

I have a micro-houndstooth Pal Zileri in black & white from the 60s that I wear from time to time. I had it professionally mended (woven) and the repairs show but I wear it proudly nonetheless.


Blogger Sara Louise. said ... (11:58 AM) : 

Stylish and brown.


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

Oh dear. 35 year old suits are one thing, suites that reveal all 35 years are another. I can't get onboard with this. Sure it's stylish from a distance, but up close...way too hobo. I'd have problems taking this guy seriously if I encountered him in a work or professional context.


Blogger Tiffany said ... (12:10 PM) : 

Love it.
It is rare to se someone wear something...out.

Once something looks "loved" it is tossed (excepting casual wear I mean)


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

Beautiful suit. Well done. I particularly like the toffee or caramel colour. I have been trying to find a linen suit in this colour, but so far without luck.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

Now this is perhaps the all-around coolest suit to appear on your blog. It looks great and has a wonderful story and wear!Thanks for sharing this gem.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:49 PM) : 

oh i love this! those pictures of the torn edges are just so delightful and precious. you are so good at capturing the details that go beyond just what's on the surface. i've been learning more about color and observation from you than any art classes i ever took. so happy to have come upon your site. :).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 PM) : 

I never thought one could pull that off with such elegance.
And Carlo looks like a handsome version of Danny DeVito.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:01 PM) : 

terribly beautiful.terribly romantic. I love when clothes seep with the life they dress.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:13 PM) : 

how well observed, Signor Sartorialista:

"a sartorial version of faded jeans" is a genius definition: beyond vintage, towards style as a sentimental journey through life. this is so traditional it hurts, yet a really bold statement: survival of the sharpest!

much respect for this post, and also for your uncanny ability to always run into Mr Montanaro whenever you're in Italy, and to extract a great shot from the encounter!


ps. by the way, Mr Montanaro is "of Corriere della Sera" in that he is the editor of that newspaper's acclaimed monthly magazine, Style.

so probably the headline should read "Carlo Montanaro, Corriere della Sera Style Magazine".

yeah, the man's got style written all over him.


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

Style and sentiment are a hard combination to beat.



Blogger Matthew DeBord said ... (1:20 PM) : 

Really a sign of class, a classic marker of class, in fact, the tattered handmedown suit. If you ever get a garment to this state, and it doesn't look as if you've been sleeping in gutters, it HAS to be kept and worn until it literally falls to shreds.


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

Ditto on those sentiments, Sart.

I have an old Harris Tweed overcoat that my Dad got when he went off to college (1964-ish) that I have worn a lot and it IS worn but I'd never throw it out!!


Blogger OTC said ... (1:31 PM) : 

I can't really decide on this one. I do love the back story, primarily because I will never be able to inherit my father's wonderful wardrobe. He's a 38 short while I am a 44 regular.

If I saw this gentleman walking down the street without ever having seen him before, I am not entirely sure what my reaction would be. He is by no means unattractive or disheveled, but the first thing I would notice is that his suit is seriously wrinkled – beyond that casually rumpled élan that certain stylish men can pull off.

The suit certainly fits and is clearly not off-the-rack, but otherwise would be fairly unremarkable - again, had I not known who he is or that Sart highlighted him in the GQ column.

Also, the shirt is too close in tone to the suit's color and sort of washes him out. The lovely tie fades into the background as a result. Perhaps a soft blue shirt - I know he has those - would have been a nicer counterpoint to the suit and pulled the tie out more.

Thoughts - am I totally off base here?


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (1:57 PM) : 

I like the rips & frays, adds character. I think I will keep the 1st suit I ever bought until it does that, and then I'll still wear it


Blogger Three Repute said ... (2:08 PM) : 

now that i can handle. if suiting ever gets to the point where a brand new one looks distressed like that...ugh. perish the thought.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:20 PM) : 

Hey Scott, is this the same guy who wore that really awesome looking brown three piece suit some months ago? It had the same "puckered" look along the lapels. Probably was a hand-me-down from his papa, too.


Blogger cranberry said ... (2:32 PM) : 

Ahhh! Fashion as heirloom. It's a beautiful thing. I'm one to wear well made things to pieces, so it thrills my heart to see others doing so too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:41 PM) : 

This is a joke-please tell me it is one.He put this suit on just for the picture,didn´t he. 35 years ago this was a great suit.It has really been worn.We can all see this.There comes a time to say goodbye to the ones we love.Goodbye brown suit.


Blogger Elizabeth said ... (3:11 PM) : 

I hope he never, ever gives that suit up. Not only is the look fantastic, but it's amazing that it fits him so well. His physique must be an exact replica of his father's build.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:14 PM) : 

Now THAT is aristocratic, in the best way.

It reminds me of the stories about how nothing is as vulgar as a new suit, and many of the old guard would have their gardner wear their new suit around for a day to remove the horrible newness ...



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:22 PM) : 

Just when i wanted to tell you to stop showing fashion insiders and get back to real everyday people. This is the coolest photo and most amazing man of style you have ever posted. The color, fit and attitude is perfect. I wish I was this smooth.


Blogger Asi Mod said ... (3:28 PM) : 

How very post-modern of Mr. Montanaro!! And who doesn't understand the appeal of a favorite pair of faded jeans or in this case, a suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:03 PM) : 

fantastic! reminds me of 1890's sack suit!

personally, I think its older than 35 years. theres something about the construction and look that wouldnt have been done in the 70's.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:08 PM) : 

Sart - you're feeding my apetite for suits this summer and I love you for it!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Blogger Blancodeviosa said ... (5:00 PM) : 

I think that is a very classic cut. The wrinkles give it a very casual (un- stuffy) look. Very nice indeed


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 PM) : 

A beautiful example of taking good care of things we truly love. Heart + Style.


Blogger Jodi said ... (8:52 PM) : 

Amazing! I want that suit, and I want it to fit me. Knowing that it's worn on the inside makes it somehow look even better.
Great stuff!


Blogger Blaise said ... (9:40 PM) : 

I could relate.. ;)


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

this one's really nice! what you said about the pic was really cool too.

i've always been wondering, what kind of lens do you shoot with?

what aperture was it on when you shot the details?

great blog, this is the only one i check on everyday. :D


Blogger glaceyeux said ... (10:56 PM) : 

i love a threadbare suit, it shows time. nothing wrong with celebrating little imperfections!!


Blogger DK said ... (11:02 PM) : 

Good eye, Sart. I hate to sound redundant, but, this is one of your best in a long while. I have a few of my father's suits from his slimmer days that I wear with the same amount of pride. I just hope that I can care for his and watch them age with similar character.


Blogger blushing apples said ... (11:24 PM) : 

oh that is just too cool, i could have never imagine a well-dressed gentleman wearing a worn out suit, this looks great


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:00 AM) : 

wow, i love these kind of posts. and that's truly a nice suit to stand the test of time like that and still look so contemporary.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 AM) : 

This suit is certainly a masterpeice of tailoring but I don't think one can ever look stylish in torn fabric. No matter how great something is cut, you'd always look unkempt.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:17 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 AM) : 

o que é mesmo espantoso é que o fato lhe sirva durante 35 anos !!!


Blogger Cappuccino Girl said ... (1:57 PM) : 

absolutely the best male 'look' I've ever seen on your blog. incredible.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 PM) : 

I absolutely love it.

I had a purple almost zoot-suit like double-breasted wool suit from the late 50's early 60's my uncle handed down to me, and I wore it to death, then handed it down again to my sister's husband. Fantastic suit, tremendous fun, always had compliments on it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:00 AM) : 

this suit is also a beautiful example of true sustainability. when we all start wearing clothes that are such a quality that they can be worn for this long, we will have truly begun to use less resources, living on the earth much more lightly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:27 AM) : 

this is true style - sustainable - classical and above all with a strong personal significance to the wearer.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:15 AM) : 

i read an article in gq (i think) once about how to look after a pair of shoes. there was a photograph of someone's oxford's that had been polished, resoled etc for 40 years and still going strong!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:26 PM) : 

indeed pretty cool suit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:46 PM) : 

Sorry to say that I see pure snobbery in the enthusiastic comments on this set of pictures. I perfectly understand that this gentleman is not willing to throw out a suit so full of sense for me. I can even imagine that he sometimes wear the suit when he is alone at home or for a family occasion, for paying some kind of a silent trobute to his father's memory. But wearing it outside is really too much.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:24 PM) : 

This wonderful pairing reminds me of the Modest Mouse song 'Bury Me with It'

Well the suit got tight and it split at the seams.
But I kept it out of habit and I kept it really clean.
But if it's getting' faded, if it's runnin' outta thread,
Could you just do this for me my friend?

And please just please bury me with it?
Please bury me with it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:13 PM) : 

Sart, would you be able to tell me what material this is and who tailored it, or has that information been lost in the annals?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:18 PM) : 

It fits him so so well; its like a second skin. I love it! Thanks for the close-ups.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:06 PM) : 

This guy gets it! Fashion at its most emotional and stylish. Clearly, his father knew his son would wear it well.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:04 AM) : 

Love him, love the suit, basically I'm in love. Like all of the best of your postings, these pictures make me want to know his story--or have fun making up my own about him.


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

I have an old POLO madras sport cout that this is happening to, and i can't throw it out... I love it!


Blogger v.nessalee said ... (10:15 PM) : 

i love the close-ups!


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:04 AM) : 

special and poignant indeed. Thanks for this, I was completely transported to my grandfathers office, his clothes that seemed both ancient and ageless. The cuff and collar shots have really put me in a reflective mood. Damn, such a powerful evocation of forgotten details, an unexpected treat. Thanks so much.


Blogger ninaberries said ... (12:34 PM) : 

these are my favorite photos in the year i've been looking at this blog. they reveal that the wearer has not just style, but character and substance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:51 PM) : 

looks fantastic, a man with a natural elegance and with understatement, i could never imagine him in something flashy, fashionable. would fit perfectly into a fifties lancia aurelia coupe.


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

He is making a beautiful statement. I am now sad about so many favorite pieces that did not with stand wear. I love this guy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:33 AM) : almost makes me cry. there's something lyrical in wearing your parents things. it's not feticism,but something else...a magic something else.


Blogger Helen of Joy said ... (1:56 AM) : 

i'll take it anytime...I am a sucker for any and all ancestral,antique,vintage and classic clothing that has some lovely worn look at it...especially linen!
I felt the pride in his heart.
Good for him.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 PM) : 

Sharpness not at all dulled with age, here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 AM) : 

An 84 year old friend of mine gave me a 3 piece suit in brown striped wool that he had made for himself in 1957 by Christiani formerly on rue de la paix and hailed as the tailor of his time in paris... It fit's like it was made for me and is in perfect condition... I treasure it dearly. Victor in Paris


Blogger H said ... (11:02 AM) : 

I love it. I wear my grandfather's tailored overcoats. They're as good as new!


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