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Sunday, March 02, 2008

The American In Paris

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:53 AM) : 

Excentric but to attention seeking for my taste.. The hat is hilariuos! Probably a great character..


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

Derrill Osborn at his very best... wonderfully overdone!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:11 AM) : 

What a wonderful world...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:42 AM) : 

This picture takes me one step closer to quashing my belief that Americans in Paris typically have aweful style. Everything in this pic is so great; the scarf, the gloves, the jacket, the trousers, the corsage, the 'kerchief, the chains, the beard, the hat...


Blogger march1722 said ... (5:58 AM) : 

a pirate is for life, not just for christmas


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:10 AM) : 

He looks like an interesting character but in my humble opinion it's a confection. It's also bringing a rather too obvious illustration of dressing to the left.


Blogger Kara said ... (7:40 AM) : 

This American looks like he emigrated to Paris in the 1910s or 20s.

That's dress with character! Or as a character!

I do like the small touches.


Blogger Fred Nieddu said ... (7:53 AM) : 

WOW! amazing facial hair!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 AM) : 

On the dullest day wear your brightest clothes.........


Blogger froogal said ... (10:04 AM) : 

WOW....Santa incognito! Where does a guy find red pants? I am really fascinated by this fellow. I would love to see a close up of the fob collection....everything about this look intrigues me.


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

The "Etro look" ?


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

Fantastic. I is like he came out of a book. stunning


Blogger TS said ... (10:19 AM) : 

Can we get some information about who this guy is? What's his backstory?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:43 AM) : 

The wild west dandy - or, Saturday night at the Longbranch Saloon.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:56 AM) : 

This is less an outfit than an ALBUM COVER from the 70's! Awesome.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:56 AM) : 

This is a spectacular outfit. Wild Bill Vampire goes to meet the Queen. "Ja sam America. Drago mi je." Haha!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:28 AM) : 

Nice !!!!!!!!!!!!!


Blogger trinity0207 said ... (11:29 AM) : 

He's American?? I'm really curious as to who he is and what his story is. The outfit is a little over the top but he looks like a real character.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:45 AM) : 

Well, he is at least not uninteresting. But strange.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:50 AM) : 

there's probably no reason for such a sterling specimen to ever leave paris for willimantic, connecticut, but... I wish he lived in my town!


Blogger mimo said ... (12:04 PM) : 

is this for real? wow


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

this man's look is amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 PM) : just epic. Freaking amazing. And a tutorial in the effect of accessorizing!


Blogger Reina said ... (12:29 PM) : 

What an amazing photograph. It looks like this man has steped out of a time warp. He does look very dapper indeed, down to the red carnation on his lapel. He looks as though he should be found on a boat as a sea captian.


Blogger Oli said ... (12:29 PM) : 

As a photo I love it. it's wild without going too far out there. But as something that someone would actually wear... I can't say I approve.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:44 PM) : 

What an adorable little man! Often times we think that contemporary fashion creations are unique or original, and then we see something like this. I adore this one.


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

"Ahhhhateyourabbit!" He really belives he is Yoseminite Sam, and that's why this works.

Very truly yours,
Bugs Bunny


Blogger The Spicers said ... (12:59 PM) : 

WOW...words fail me.


Blogger looksinto: said ... (1:13 PM) : 

Wow.. I want to meet this man!


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

This is so wonderful on so many levels.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:19 PM) : 



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

All I can say is: I would love to meet him. Has to be an amazing personality.


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

I think this outfit is superb below the chin. As a woman I would gladly wear this around Toronto. It has a Jimi Hendrix vibe.

However the facial foliage,the cigar and the hat make this gent's look cartoonish.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 PM) : 

Ok, someone, please, explain this one for me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM) : 

Oh do I looove Paris! It really does bring out the most amazing people who have such grace and style.


Blogger Le Bouton said ... (2:11 PM) : 

wild bill hickock+ henri matisse+ robert indiana= this guy?


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

i love love love this!
his face is so haunting, like an historic man stepped out of his portrait. beautiful clothes and divine colors.


Blogger Will Anderson said ... (2:35 PM) : 

I would love to have coffee with this guy. I love his gloves and the peek of his shirt and tie.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 PM) : 

pure art!


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:46 PM) : 

"paging Edward Gorey, paging Edward Gorey, White courtesy phone please."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:15 PM) : 

How much fun would he be at a dinner party? I bet he's got great stories to tell....


Blogger marya said ... (3:28 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:33 PM) : 

This is what I love best about Sartorialist, capturing people who are truly unique and creative. Okay, so he looks like he's wearing a costume. But he's having a good time, and he's more interesting than all the ForEverInBlueJeans crowd. He can always suit up or wear the jeans when the occasion requires it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

one word - wow...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:19 PM) : 

I like this red flower on his jacket - passion is alive in his heart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:47 PM) : 

This has to be the most fantastic elderly gentleman I have ever seen! The trousers, the matching flower, the cane, the hat... wonderful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:52 PM) : 

odd that this was posted at 4:20 because this guy's obviously high.


actually i get ragged on all the time for wearing my own similarly cut red jeans.

some people just know what "dressing up" means. this man looks like he sells patent medicine to hysterical wives of the american wild-west.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:04 PM) : 

what a great find sart! such character! =)


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

It's nice that there are people like this guy in the world. You're a pleasure to look at, sir.


Blogger g.lock said ... (5:30 PM) : 

god bless america!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:40 PM) : 

did he just for men gel his 'stache to match his jacket?

there's a whole lot going on here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:44 PM) : 

wow, he actually dresses down when in New York!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:46 PM) : 

i want to know this man. he is my new hero


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:16 PM) : 

He's amazing


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 PM) : 

This to me is another great example of a look that could have existed equally in the past, present or future. I love day all the quirky and totally personal little touches. Wonderful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 PM) : 

OMG, the leather workman gloves, whoever would have thought somebody could make them look stylish? utterly eccentric but not costume set so. i can easily imagine him walking along collins street in melbourne and nobody batting an eyelid. fabulous...


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

holy shit that's amazing


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

Darreyl always does it his way! A major Icon!


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

how do you find these people?


Blogger Somers said ... (7:05 PM) : 

He seems like a man with a story to tell.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:31 PM) : 

Look at me! Look at me!

This man is a poster child for the baby boom generation.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:22 PM) : 

I had to actually look at this man more than once to take it all in, as I was put off by how much is going on. The red pants are what throw me off, first. They are too loud for me, I would rather see a medium/dark grey trouser with a subtle red pinstripe in them than those. The jacket is very sharp, but I would ditch either the pocket square or the carnation. The hat and shoes are perfect, as is the scarf and neckerchief. I would ditch the belt with a waistcoat, though. It looks like he got those gloves from that Milanese man smoking a cigar a couple weeks back.

All in all, too busy for me. My favorite part of this outfit? Definitely the glasses.


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

Great shot Sart

One of the best pictures out of many great ones this week !!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:30 PM) : 

haha SO GOOD!
i really want his yellow gloves. also the multiple chains hanging from his vest.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:53 PM) : 

He is fantastic!


Blogger She moves among the sparrors said ... (10:13 PM) : 

this photo makes me smile. My day and week has been made.


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

The first thing I thought was "Captain Crunch!"

Seriously, though, I love it. Especially the black velvet jacket and waistcoat, and he certainly is an expert at color coordination. Colorwise, that scarf ties everything together beautifully.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 PM) : 

"a pirate is for life, not just for christmas"

Love that line.

To be sure, the look is fascinating. But to be fair, the most fascinating people generally aren't the ones with their most interesting aspects on the exterior ...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 PM) : 

He looks like Captain Crunch. He obviously enjoys fashion (witness the expert tailoring), but the end result is a disaster.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:43 PM) : 

Some said this is Derrill Osborn.

Derrill Osborn is former vice-president/director of men's clothing at Neiman Marcus. He held that position for 17 years until he decided to retire in spring 2002.

He is also known as "The Doctor".


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:33 PM) : 

As some have pointed out, that is former Neimen Marcus VP of mens clothing, Derril Osborn.


Blogger Scott W said ... (11:36 PM) : 

Makes me want to see the rest of his closet!


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

How do you manage to come across all the intersting/ eccentric/chic/ elegant people in your travels? I must walk around with my head in my sweater cause I never see anyone like this !!!


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (12:41 AM) : 

Delightful eccentricity.


Blogger Dovid said ... (12:52 AM) : 

Did he just walk off the set?


Blogger Pratishtha Durga said ... (4:18 AM) : 

You mean he stepped out wearing that? Wow! Can't stop smiling, really. What a lovely photograph. He does remind me of Santa in a wacko mood!


Blogger Schmanna said ... (4:36 AM) : 

great pic and fabulous style! id love to know more about the person behind this outfit.

yarr! ;)


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

modern peregrin
santiago de compostela - galiza - spain.


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:54 AM) : 

I'm with Anon. in the curiosity; how long do you have to wait before someone interesting comes along, Sartorialist? I never see people like this, sadly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:57 AM) : 

Too much. A man can express his personality without turning into a cartoon. This guy has just gone overboard.
Are those the same style gloves as are being worn by Via Montenapoleone, Milano (Feb 19 photo)?


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

Well I love everything except the hat. Maybe it makes him top heavy or it's bumpkin for all the silk and color and chains of the rest of the outfit. I know the hat is clearly deliberate and to judge the look without the hat is to...not judge the look. But I can't help taking the hat off in my mental processes. Very cartoony, I'm not sure I'm on board.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 AM) : 



Blogger liz song mandell said ... (11:46 AM) : 

i <3 this picture. it's vibrant and colorful in more ways than one.


Blogger Meg said ... (12:26 PM) : 

Most people don't have the elan to pull this off, but he does. It's a little crazy, to be sure, but he inhabits the look with just the right amount of confidence (his gloves look suspiciously like my work gloves, although his are much cleaner). I like seeing the up-to-the-minute fashionistas that you photograph, but I think, even more, I really, really enjoy seeing your photos of people who have their own, deeply individual style.


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

this is too awsome. such a great character, love the clothes and colours. i wish that was me


Blogger Andy said ... (2:54 PM) : 

Eccentric. Love the color. I think he would look somewhat regal if not for the ol' prospector hat.


Blogger ModernGear TV said ... (3:49 PM) : 

Another pair of the deerskin/chamois glove...are we witnessing the birth of a new trend that you have captured?! How delightful! I bet this man would be such fun to share a cafe au lait with.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 PM) : 

Hey look, it's those yellow gloves again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:50 PM) : 

Are we looking at the same photo? He looks absolutely ridiculous!


Blogger Butch said ... (6:48 PM) : 

Can something be wonderful and awful at the same time?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:45 PM) : 

Derrill Osborn is forever a gentleman of unique style. He did Neiman Marcus a great service. Details matter!


Blogger Austin.Garnett said ... (10:26 PM) : 

i can dig it. i have to point out that his shirt is, like, an inch too big in the neck


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

Absolutely brilliant.

Those gloves are the cherry on the joyous ice cream of that man!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:48 AM) : 

This is a truly amazing representation of eccentricity and personal style...but my real question is:

Where's his parrot?


Blogger dame13 said ... (3:00 AM) : 

C'est le baron de Münchhausen !!!


Blogger ellastica said ... (3:56 AM) : 

what flair!
he looks like some colorful character from the past but not in a hoaky, costume-y way. retro yet timeless. eccentric but genuine. such a style inspiration.

fantastic photo Sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:57 PM) : 

Derril Osborn has to be cast in the next Wes Anderson film!


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

So effortful that it's sort of a bore...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:00 PM) : 

Stunning. Quite stunning. The unique sense of style in a jaded three pierced hat, a Robert Mondavi coat, and trousers from Gabriel Mendoza. The cane really adds to the overall mousfa.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM) : 

Ludicrous and wonderful. He has turned the street into a theatre. Encore!


Blogger Vixen Strangely said ... (9:58 PM) : 

The really fabulous bit is how the boutonneire matches the pants. The rattan cane and the scarf (how I wish I could see a close-up of the pattern!) evoke a certain worldliness. I agree with an earlier poster though on the "ol' prospector hat". Surely a more dignified chapeau, perhaps a trilby (nay--too urban--yet lacking the fully *urbane*) or dare I suggest, okay I dare--a bowler! would have tied it all in a bit better. In a shade complimentary to the jacket, but with a feather the hue of the pants and flower. Then, I'd say we have one startlingly put-together old gent.


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

oh this is just wonderful. keep taking pictures of these eccentric men please.
thankyou :)


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

Anyone who tries this hard to be eccentric very obviously isn't. Tedious and overblown in a very "look at me" sort of way.


Blogger Aurora said ... (8:40 AM) : 

he is cool


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 PM) : 

Surely he will be noticed.


Blogger Fernando Etulain said ... (3:49 PM) : 

Viva Giuseppe Garibaldi !!


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

so great to see someone having fun expressing their uniqueness bad people dismiss this as attention-getting. So what if it were. Getting dressed can be quite legitimately performance art, like Anna Piaggi. Dressing is not just about conformist notions of taste and propriety. Some people have a bit more to say than that.


Blogger lisafer said ... (9:55 PM) : 

This is the best thing I've ever seen.


Blogger debbie so said ... (11:09 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 PM) : 

For a split second I thought this was Cindy Sherman in one of her outrageous getups, but then I remembered that she only photographs herself when she's dressed up.


Blogger biglakestyle said ... (5:45 AM) : 

Sart has managed to find several of these gentlemen throughout the blog; they truly are using clothing and their sense fo style to get through or, perhaps, simply enjoy life. What's wrong with that? I wouldn't attempt to decontruct his "statement" any more than I would try to re-configure the costume in a broadway musical (less fur in CATS; more feathers in another). If anything, gentlemen like this give 18 year olds the courage to...maybe wear a scarf..or skip the jeans once in a while..bravo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:16 AM) : 

this guy looks like an old fashioned 49er with electric pants. Too cool!!


Blogger Scott_in_Zurich said ... (9:04 AM) : 

I hope you gave him a bottle of rum.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:52 AM) : 

Incredible! The way the color accents jump around the "composition" of the ensemble. The way the hat picks up the mustache! He is a bold genius of closet artistry, and my new hero. Can I buy a print of this?



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 PM) : 

There's gold in them thar hills!

Interesting, thoughtful, clean, but a shock. If it works for him- excellent.


Blogger biglakestyle said ... (5:49 AM) : 

OK Sart, you got me. My first purchase decision drawn from the blog was a pair of the yellow gloves ($17.50 marked down from $35) Same make I believe in deerskin with "Thinsulate Insulation" by 3M. I guess Thinsulate has been around long enough so that any weird environmental or health issues would have surfaced by now. I premiered the gloves last night teamed up with a new navy Chestefield topcoat. I even held one just like the pic. Socko; a perfect example of the old design addage that what makes something really great is often what is not quite right about it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:23 PM) : 

I love this! Every last bit of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:14 PM) : 

Looks like he's in the wrong century.


Blogger bomb.ass.ting said ... (10:49 AM) : 

He's downright stunning. It is not about texture here but about the rich colors that he chose. I'm in awe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 PM) : 

Wow Wow Wow


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:57 PM) : 

Quite original and eccentric. Are there places to pan for gold in Paris?


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:18 PM) : 

I can not believe he is American! What a wonderful photo ... the carnation and the pants. Just stunning!!


Blogger Absolute_Cuban said ... (1:01 AM) : 

Only in Paris. How I love this city and the characters Ive seen.


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

It's John Philip Sousa in technicolor!! I want to have an absinthe with him...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:17 PM) : 

A character out of a novel. :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:58 PM) : 

If I saw this man while walking the streets, it would probably make my whole life!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 PM) : 

If he had a white mustache, this would not have worked nearly as splendidly. Plus, I have a tiny crush on his hat and ramshackle chain collection.


Anonymous james arthur tancred said ... (12:59 PM) : 

Wonderful. Easy style, I like the way his buttonhole matches his trousers, very witty.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:03 PM) : 

he is a big city john muir


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

truly an original...beautifully done right down to his shoes


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

Seriously, though, I love it. Especially the black velvet jacket and waistcoat, and he certainly is an expert at color coordination. Colorwise, that scarf ties everything together beautifully.


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