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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

On the Street....The Veteran, New York

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Blogger Unknown said ... (5:31 PM) : 

I totally love this picture! Awesome - the ideal military outfit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:33 PM) : 

LOVE! This is absolutely fantastic. This must have been snapped just today? Which war is he a veteran of? Couldn't be WWII. He looks too young. Maybe Korea?


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

That is a lovely photo on this Day of Remembrance. Good job!


Blogger Erika Peterson said ... (5:33 PM) : 

I love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:35 PM) : 

He wears it well.


Blogger andres delgado said ... (5:35 PM) : 

Didn't see the combat boots coming! His bottom half is like another (younger) person... stay young my friends.


Blogger Rella said ... (5:35 PM) : 

blousing the trousers is key!
I salute this man.


Blogger Victor Wang said ... (5:36 PM) : 

True hero.


Blogger zincink said ... (5:37 PM) : 

I would like to say thank you to all the Veterans.

I know my Grandpa used to take great pride in having his suits tailored to fit just so..


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

Just love it, that's all.


Blogger brigid catiis said ... (5:39 PM) : 

thank you to all the veterans and active soldiers! we absolutely salute YOU!

p.s. nice to meet you at the l.a. signing event!


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

God Bless.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:41 PM) : 

God bless our veterans!


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

fabulous picture! I thank this man for his service to this wonderful country - Thanks to all the Vets!


Blogger Sisyphus Fine said ... (5:42 PM) : 

Nice photo, Sart.


Anonymous Pauline said ... (5:43 PM) : 

that's a nice way to illustrate the military jacket trend !


Anonymous Sunniva said ... (5:45 PM) : 

Wow, powerful!


Blogger Beverly. said ... (5:46 PM) : 

Thank you for this photo. Such a distinguished and proud gentleman.

I've always fiercely respected war veterans and wish that people in my generation could be less apathetic toward their sacrifice and bravery.


Blogger Ashley Reese said ... (5:47 PM) : 

I really love how different this photo is than all the others on this site. Powerful.

I love the way decorated uniforms look.


Anonymous SwedItalia said ... (5:47 PM) : 

oh gosh.
did he went ´round like that on the street?
(but i have too admit, LOVE the shoes)


Anonymous Maria said ... (5:49 PM) : 



Blogger Trisha said ... (5:49 PM) : 

This made me a little bit emotional. My grandpa was a WWII veteran and I wish he was still here today.


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (5:51 PM) : 

Great work. The way you've processed the photo makes it look as though you took this in London during the 1940s. There's a certain darkness in the photo that evokes a "wartime" melancholy, if that makes sense. Anyway, great shot.


Blogger GB said ... (5:53 PM) : 

Great Shot - as always - Scott - can anyone with an eye for this kind of stuff determine his rank, regiment, deployment, service medals and such from his uniform, medals, decorations, and other elements? Love to know.


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

That is a particularly poised old man right there. Like it a lot.


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



Blogger Unknown said ... (5:53 PM) : 

That is amazing!!!!


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (5:56 PM) : 

Woah, how did you find this one? And why is he wearing this uniform?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:58 PM) : 

Quite stunning!

Love the combat boots.

Best regards,



Blogger southerngentinL.A. said ... (6:01 PM) : 

Thank you....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:11 PM) : 

Made me love fashion


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

I love his boots!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:21 PM) : 


God bless our veterans!

My grandfather was a paratrooper in WWII and he always looked sharp.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country!


Blogger Carlos Alberto Silva said ... (6:22 PM) : 

Incredible how you find these styles in the middle of the street, he doesn't look fashionable of course, but elegant.
Strike a pose!

"I'd like my work to let the person who wears it be whatever she is" - Haider Ackermann



Blogger Nick Leonard said ... (6:26 PM) : 

Just wonderful.


Blogger reckless daughter said ... (6:30 PM) : 

oh...this is so great :)


Anonymous bijouxdejais said ... (6:34 PM) : 

This is all kinds of yes.
But on top of it all, his jacket fits like a glove.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:37 PM) : 

The photo is totally timeless and he is fabulous!


Blogger Forest City Fashionista said ... (6:42 PM) : 

Powerful portrait of a man with dignity and self-respect. I have photographed a number of WWII veterans, and listened to their stories--today, and every day, we should the debt we owe to them.


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

I live in an air force town in canada - today the streets were simply flooded with old and young men dressed like this. i am so glad you captured the spirit of the day.


Blogger That Girl Ang said ... (6:46 PM) : 

I know that's right!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:51 PM) : 

Lookin' Sharp!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 PM) : 

Lest We Forget


Anonymous Birdy said ... (6:55 PM) : 

I salute this hero!


Blogger uhuhuhjn said ... (7:22 PM) : 



Blogger abby said ... (7:23 PM) : 

love this. wish i could meet him.


Blogger crowsfeet said ... (7:39 PM) : 

so much said. too much for words.
thanks for taking and posting this man's photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:40 PM) : 

now this is a picture! He's wonderful and then some!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:07 PM) : 

old soldiers never die...they just get more dashing! thanks to all those who serve(d) our country (regardless of politics).


Anonymous Tao said ... (8:20 PM) : 

I want to know how he shined his boots.


Anonymous Deborah said ... (8:23 PM) : 

He still looks great in his uniform! A beautiful shot and a handsome man!


Anonymous Christina said ... (8:39 PM) : 

He exudes pride through his uniform. Brilliant.


Blogger Jane said ... (8:41 PM) : 

Thank you Sir.

My thanks and gratitude to all who serve and have served our country.

Heroes amongst us.


Blogger blackbird said ... (8:58 PM) : 

May god bless him and keep him.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:00 PM) : 

Thank you! This is perfect!



Blogger Ami said ... (9:03 PM) : 

This is wonderful. So very dignified.


Blogger Bookworm said ... (9:10 PM) : 

What a dapper guy. I love the badges. He wears them excellently. Happy Veteran's Day!


Blogger A Cup of Nostalgia said ... (9:25 PM) : 

Stately and distinguished describe this gentleman best.


Anonymous Dustyflint said ... (10:25 PM) : 

Just splendid. Many thanks to both photographer and model.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:28 PM) : 

Thank you to veterans of all wars. My wish is there never be another war. But that you've served with courage and selflessness is something I admire greatly. You deserve our thanks and that we take care of you when you come home.


Anonymous John M. Doyle said ... (10:28 PM) : 

As someone whose family was rescued from the jaws of Hitler's death camps by the soldiers of Patton's 8th Army, I am profoudly grateful to see this shot today, Veterans' Day. Thank you very much.
Personal reminiscences aside, this gentleman in his uniform reminds all of us just how much military styling has influenced menswear over the last 100 years. In light of this, the Burberry project provides a very tangible reminder of this fact-right down to the grenade loops which are still on the original version.


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

This is more than fashion. It is even larger than our imaginations. War is like that.


Anonymous barchbo said ... (11:46 PM) : 

Courage and elegance - the ultimate accessories. Love this photo. Such elan.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:16 AM) : 

Old guys who still can wear the clothes they sported as young men -- I want to be one of those old guys...when I get old.


Blogger StuddedLilly said ... (12:39 AM) : 

A photo worths a thousand words. Love it.


Blogger Orfamay said ... (12:53 AM) : 

Thank you for sharing this photo and a big thank you to the dashing gentleman posing in it.


Blogger Richie Designs said ... (1:17 AM) : 

thank you sir for serving.


Anonymous AnonymousJK said ... (1:57 AM) : 

I salute him and all veterans everywhere...


Anonymous Edgar C said ... (3:59 AM) : 



Blogger Ammu said ... (4:37 AM) : 

Such a great photograph. And such a distinguished, elegant gentleman.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:30 AM) : 

The best! Thanks to all veterans for our freedom.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:54 AM) : 

We will remember them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:20 AM) : 

I tried to make sure to thank every veteran I know yesterday, young or old.


Blogger FLW said ... (8:36 AM) : 

The only suit that never goes out of style...


Anonymous Ellie said ... (9:38 AM) : 

We must never forget...


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (9:49 AM) : 

GORGEOUS photo. I love this.


Blogger Emily L. said ... (9:54 AM) : 

@ Jack Daniel> November 11th is Veteran's Day in the USA (& Remembrance Day in Canada). It is a day where we remember the sacrifices and service of many men & women who have fought for freedom (regardless of politics.) All over North America yesterday there were parades & ceremonies to honor the veterans. Those who have served our countries put on their full dress uniform on this day.

Thanks Sart for an amazing photo. I honor those who have given their lives to serve in this way.


Blogger sdfljslkdj said ... (11:15 AM) : 

God Bless all the Vets.

- Vanessa


Blogger Lisa Marie said ... (12:30 PM) : 

Such a dignified,well-decorated veteran... And stylish, too!


Blogger Carrie said ... (12:33 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:51 PM) : 

was he a paratrooper? because of the combat boots with his formal uniform and the pants are tucked into the boots


Blogger ErinL said ... (2:04 PM) : 

Great photo! He is precious.


Blogger Geezees Custom Canvas Art said ... (2:25 PM) : 

WOW...Amazing photo!


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:59 PM) : 

Guess not many veterans read The Sartorialist. His incorrect wearing of his decorations set my teeth on edge. With this uniform you wear ribbons only, not medals like what is hanging from his pocket flaps.

Gabriel the most I can make out from his uniform is that he was enlisted. That style uniform was worn in the 40s and 50s. The shoulder patch looks like Engineer Amphibian Units (WWII), but not sure. The red piping on his service cap indicate he was in the Artillery which conflicts with the shoulder patch. The medals seem to be foreign (non-US) awards. the top ribbon looks like a Meritorious Service Medal.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:10 PM) : 

This is amazing! A coworker and I ran into this man a few weeks back at whole foods. He was absolutely delightful and lively. Buying groceries to cook a large Italian meal for his wife and friends, he was wearing a captain's hat and tan trench. Later he was going to the lower east side with some friends to watch a show and "have a few beers". A delight to see him again in this dapper uniform.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:54 PM) : 

Sir I thank you and the other veterans for making America what it is. This photo reminds me of my grandfathers who both served during world war II. It is amazing to think how much this man as well as other elderly Veterans have lived through. They saw the world change with their own eyes. I wish the men of todays day had the same pride and morals as this man here does. I salute you.


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

Thank you Sart for paying tribute to our Veterans!
You're the best!

That man makes me proud of my country and the Americans who fight on a daily basis to keep our freedom and to keep us safe.
Bravo! Well done!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:11 PM) : 

Continuing the identification of the patches (sorry), the oval patch found on the service cap and the left breats pocket is the patch of the amphibious training command (red seahorse in a blue oval circle on a white bckground) from WWII.

But it is a very stylish man indeed!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:43 PM) : 

ah men in uniform...


Blogger Brandon Paul Adams said ... (7:48 PM) : 


I'm also a veteran and I had the same reaction as you did. I was initially willing to cut the guy some slack, but there are so many things wrong with this uniform.

The first thing I noticed was the bloused trousers in the boots. This is only authorized for airborne units, yet this man wears no jump wings. The badge he wears on his left breast pocket and on his cap match no Army unit.

The left side of the jacket is reserved for domestic awards, yet the medal he wears over the left breast pocket, despite being unauthorized for this uniform, does not exist within the realm of authorized US Army medals.

His sleeves bear no service bars or overseas service (combat) bars. The utility belt he wears is unauthorized.

The list goes on... I'd like to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, and I like to think that when I'm that old I'll also wear my own uniform in accordance with Army protocol. Then again, it's pretty taboo to wear your service uniform in public without authorization or proper circumstances...


Blogger Gretchun said ... (10:10 PM) : 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.


Blogger Chloe said ... (11:37 PM) : 

Amazing photograph. Nothing better conveys the message of a true Veteran's Day. Love it.



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

Sorry to be cynical, but I question whether this gentleman is entitled to wear these awards.

Hard to be certain, but I think he's wearing a Vietnam Campaign Medal (green stripes, bottom right) and a Vietnam Service Medal bottom middle (yellow and red stripes).

Yet the uniform and some of the other awards appear to be WWII.

Hope I'm wrong, but . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:09 AM) : 

He wears his trousers this way because he is/was a paratrooper. My thanks to him for his service.


Blogger stefkester said ... (1:22 AM) : 

God bless him! He looks wonderful!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:53 AM) : 

i love the shoes...and also the rest.


Blogger Lainey Seyler said ... (10:36 AM) : 

you have to hand it to the government/military, they know how to dress a man.


Blogger Lainey Seyler said ... (10:40 AM) : 

just read the comments critiquing his uniform. and i love that there is an honorable protocol for uniforms like that. very fascinating, but also it means something.


Anonymous cordelia said ... (4:16 PM) : 



Blogger Cameron Adams said ... (6:26 AM) : 

His utility belt and boots speak to the sacrifice that won all those medals.


Anonymous Des Esseintes said ... (6:56 AM) : 

Now, this is the proper art of the trench.


Blogger Jord. said ... (4:58 PM) : 

Too much to say about this photo.

It is absolutely fantastic remembrance photo though!


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

I agree with most of the critiques about this mans uniform. Without taking anything away from his possible military service, I should think that if he was in WW2 he would know better to wear imporper combat/class1 uniform combinations. Particularly, a Vietnam era type reproduction jump boots with canvas tigerstripe uppers that were never made during Nam. Besides there were no black boots issued in ww2 except to the Germans and Russians, etc. White shirts and black ties were never authorised. The list goes on. However, I think that the vet is perhaps trying to embelish a bit to accentuate his pride. At this stage there is probably nothing wrong with that.


Blogger ASB said ... (8:44 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:15 PM) : 

where's his rifle?


Blogger Carez said ... (8:49 PM) : 

This is amazing. It makes me miss my grandfather...


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:09 PM) : 

nothing but respect. thank you


Blogger Ron said ... (7:50 PM) : 

The Greatest Generation..only paratroppers get to blouse their boots - I can see why the women loved these guys..


Blogger tintin said ... (5:27 PM) : 

The uniform is a mish mash of surplus store or he could be a vet with a wild sense of humor. I'd have to look at his 201 file to be sure.

There are so many people who masquerade as veterans in NYC and they easily get away with it because no one here knows any better. 99.9% of the people here don't know a CIB from an EIB and that's the really sad story.


Blogger Aaron said ... (2:26 AM) : 

Brilliant, quite simply brilliant. Could another book containing armed forces 'fashion and regalla' be in order for our Sartorialist??


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:45 AM) : 

Being a veteran of the Marine Corps and the Army, I am raising the BS flag. Too many non authorized medals and parts of the uniform that don't belong.

He might be a vet, be sure as hell didn't earn everything he is wearing. Which is actually a crime.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:06 AM) : 

I LOVE his boots.


Blogger szaza said ... (10:35 AM) : 

Absolutely stunning!


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