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Monday, March 22, 2010

Wouldn't It Be Great....

If this guy grew up...

to be this guy?

Comments on "Wouldn't It Be Great...."


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 PM) : 

Love the older guy, the younger ones a little sloppy with the belt and not sure about the fingers. x


Blogger Rebecca said ... (12:35 PM) : 

As long as he keeps the same glasses, then yes!
R xo

It's Cohen


Blogger stumpette said ... (12:35 PM) : 

nice caption! very apropos


Blogger F.E. Castleberry said ... (12:37 PM) : 



Blogger iliketweet said ... (12:39 PM) : 

Ha ha! That's awesome, Sartorialist time travel!

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:39 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:40 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:40 PM) : 

haha! yes it would.


Anonymous alexandria said ... (12:40 PM) : 

love it!


Blogger FASHION SNAG said ... (12:40 PM) : 

I love these suits. They are gorgeous!


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



Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (12:42 PM) : 

YES...i could totally see it!


Blogger celinecormier said ... (12:42 PM) : 

Highly Unlikely; the suit does not make the man.


Blogger TheStreetFashion5xpro said ... (12:43 PM) : 



Blogger Beverly. said ... (12:43 PM) : 

Both are awfully stylish.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:43 PM) : 

ps. then will have evidence that maybe manner & grace can be learnt... ha!


Blogger KC said ... (12:46 PM) : 

definitely! both have cool style.


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

I can totally see Guy 1 become Guy 2 in the future and, yes, I agree, it would be great.


Anonymous HW90 said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Love the gentlemen on the bottom. He's in my top three of your repeat subjects. Always looks so clean and precise, yet totally comfortable.


Blogger anon said ... (12:56 PM) : 

The roll of the older gentleman's collar is beautiful, as is is two-toned handkerchief.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:58 PM) : 

Pif? PIF? Are you fucking illiterate?


Blogger skilla said ... (12:58 PM) : 

only if he kept the same specs from his younger days!


Blogger Frank van Loon said ... (12:58 PM) : 

Japanese do it better..


Blogger FlashFash said ... (12:58 PM) : 



Blogger Archie said ... (12:58 PM) : 

top dude would defo qualify for a vice mag 'don't' photo
he's trying way too hard


Blogger Daniel said ... (1:01 PM) : 

Love the plaid suits!
Let's grow up later


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (1:04 PM) : 

They could be son and father...


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

do you mean wouldn't it be great if this guy grew up to be this guy?


Blogger TobyOliverDean said ... (1:10 PM) : 

Is he doing the RAWK OUT sign?


Blogger Johanna Urban said ... (1:14 PM) : 

cool glasses :)



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:25 PM) : 

I love the older guy's look, it is understated and yet elegant. Elegant!


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:28 PM) : 

Both have impeccable suits. The older gentleman indeed seems to have a more relaxed take on his look and a greater sense of colour-coordination!

I like both, though!


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



Blogger Emily said ... (1:35 PM) : 



Blogger Ivana said ... (1:35 PM) : 

oh! i love this set... it's like a fashion maturity evolution


Blogger Daphne said ... (1:38 PM) : 

I suspect he might! Wow, both amazing. Of course the second one wins- but only due to experience!


Blogger Bold Italic Underline said ... (1:42 PM) : 

hahaha definitely would be great


Blogger WE SPY WITH MY LITTLE i said ... (1:42 PM) : 

Hail the japanese!! They are leaps ahead when it comes to fabric innovation, unique cuts and fabric dying!!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:45 PM) : 

double pocket square win!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:45 PM) : 



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

love the tie and pocket square color coordination on the second man. very classy.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:49 PM) : 

Fantastic use of patterns and color. I adore the pocket squares and simple tie on the older gentleman. The young man has a classic use of gray and black, especially with those glasses! A note of criticism: the young man needs a shorter belt, and I'm glad his future self learned that important lesson. The extra slack is distracting, a touch gratuitous, and even a little disturbing.


Blogger BlumeBloom said ... (1:49 PM) : 

Oh ya! Brilliant


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

Rest assured that it won't happen.


Blogger Paulo said ... (1:57 PM) : 

I love the older guy, very distinguished and elegant (specially the handkerchief in the front pocket); the young man is a little sloppy, that belt is definitely in the wrong place, but I love the colors anyway...


Blogger Prutha Raithatha said ... (2:00 PM) : how corky the first guy is... i dont think he can grew into the refined older man...he will get bored with

but i love the post!!


Blogger Anonimowa said ... (2:02 PM) : 

both look good.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:07 PM) : 

yes ... i think you're right. and isn't it amazing what a little maturity will do? sometimes being older IS being better!


Anonymous Lisa Goodlin said ... (2:13 PM) : 

Yes, the title should be "Wouldn't It Be Great." As it's written it means that it would not be great if the younger man grew up to be like the older man.

Still, I love the Sartorialist.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:17 PM) : 

the second man is the result of having gotten rid of the excess of the first. he's learned that simplicity and subtlety trumps loud and bold. not to take anything away from the first guy though...i am sure the second man probably once dressed like the first and that it was necessary in his eventual progression.


Anonymous Christopher Gloria said ... (2:18 PM) : 

The young guy has to do something about that belt. Also I think the shirt is a bit hideous. It looks like the "Structure" brand Sears sells. A bit too "guido". Pale blue would have suited him better. Also the facial hair is well... Yeah...


Blogger Hazel said ... (2:20 PM) : 

yes, that would be great!! <3


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

super !


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

They're both rather cool as is but when baby-boy grows into Papa-san, he'll be a force to reackon with.


Anonymous OrganicBloom said ... (2:38 PM) : 

Because they are both Asian men in plaid suits? That is where the similarities end. So, no. And I hope you understand that it is offensive to play the "all (insert minority group) look alike" card.


Anonymous caterer london said ... (2:43 PM) : 

I think that The Sartoralist is not getting this one. Two different breeds of gentleman.


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

The man below has "charme" (don't know how to say in English, sorry) The boy in the first picture is only trying to be modern
love your work :).


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:49 PM) : 

I like the relaxed drape of the shirt collar on Man #2. Maybe I'll try leaving out my collar stays.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:54 PM) : 

Agree w/Celine and Casey. The young guy has a long way to go before even coming close to the mature gentleman.


Blogger ISÈY DUREE said ... (2:57 PM) : 

Well, made me laugh!

And...a subtle point is made. Keep up the good work.



Editor of


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

people, you do know that someone can change through time? we all have had phases... why makes you think that young boy is not going to be as distinguished at the older gentleman once he reaches that age?

anyway, Sartorialist, this post made me giggle because of its premise, there should be a whole series of these


Blogger Coco and Zaahb said ... (3:15 PM) : 

So hilarious but i love it



Blogger Annie said ... (3:15 PM) : 

Ha ha ,love the title and agree with anonymous that said that second gentleman is result of of experience and blah blah and probably looked like first one in younger years when fashion should be fun and daring!


Anonymous C. said ... (3:24 PM) : 

Not sure, but possible, yes...


Anonymous C. said ... (3:26 PM) : 

I like the idea of this post .


Anonymous SweetPea said ... (3:26 PM) : 

Not bad but the English do this sooo much better!


Blogger Jose said ... (3:27 PM) : 

Yes, it would!!


Blogger Erin said ... (3:33 PM) : 

Excellent! That would indeed be great.


Anonymous Natalia said ... (3:35 PM) : 

love how the personalities and color palettes (blue/grey and bown/orange) are juxtaposed! Though the two men seem quite different, there are definitely some similarities there...


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

Well the man in the second picture... I ignore his name but everytime I see him I wish I was somehow related to him. He's so classy, his clothes always fit so correctly, he looks just out of this world. I like the first guy's outfit a lot, I'd wear that suit but without the huge glasses and the sloppy belt (which look good on him but would look stupid on me). I think I am in the age group between these two guys...


Blogger TussahSilk said ... (3:43 PM) : 

Hilarious! Couldn't agree more...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:49 PM) : 

I hope he grows up to be himself. Keep the cheeky attitude!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:28 PM) : 

very benjamin buttoned down ,,,groovy


Blogger Zuzolińska said ... (4:31 PM) : 

Hahaha, I'm curious about how the older looks when he was young


Blogger Nesle Baghdasarian said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Great style both of them!


Anonymous finch said ... (4:50 PM) : 

Im not sure it would to be honest. The older guy seems to trying quite effortlessly to be himself wheras they younger one looks like he's been in his dads wardrobe. Nice suit doesn't equal well dressed. Lets not let that distract from the older guy though who's got it bang on.


Blogger EML said ... (4:56 PM) : 

i love this idea of comparing generations.
well not really comparing but thought-provoking


Anonymous Em said ... (5:15 PM) : 

He he he. Brilliant...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:21 PM) : 



Blogger said ... (5:28 PM) : 

Not sure about what the "horns" gesture means to Japanese people. In Italy (and the backdrop looks like Fortezza da Basso in Florence) it has a definite meaning, and it is quite inappropriate. The fellow could definitely get punched if he does it again.


Blogger Lucas Jones said ... (5:44 PM) : 



Anonymous fashionsdirtylaundry said ... (5:54 PM) : 

What a match! I love the shirt/tie/suit combo on the first pic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:56 PM) : 

Oh, the older gentleman is so elegant but the young man simple doesn't "fit" his suit.

He probably thinks that gesture is cool in an American/rock and roll sort of way. In Italy, where I suspect the photo was taken, it's a sign of the cuckold as in, "your spouse is cheating on you". Also, a gypsy woman might use it to ward off the evil eye if you were to point a camera at her. Together with his dangling belt strap, his attitude is vulgar.


Anonymous jaz said ... (6:03 PM) : 

I love the twin handkerchiefs in the older guys breast pocket - very stylish.


Anonymous loolah said ... (6:18 PM) : 

Well I don't go a bundle on number one, but I think *anyone* could benefit from (their own version of) the colour sense of number two. It's quite beautiful and immensely subtle.


Blogger kathrynnova said ... (6:31 PM) : 

that is SO FUNNY!!!

they do have great taste in the ability to wear plaid suits!


Blogger Emily said ... (6:34 PM) : 

I wouldn't be surprised if it actually happened :)



Blogger bird of light said ... (7:08 PM) : 



Blogger Jade said ... (8:42 PM) : 

Grow up, indeed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:43 PM) : 

sometimes the most presence comes without all of the loud and garish bells and whoohaas.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:47 PM) : 

Love both men. I like the first guy because he looks so polished but doesn't take himself too seriously. The other gentlemen knows who is and looks so self assured.


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

i had to look at this again. i believe that the expression is, one should never look as a parody of self. sadly, the first guy just made that happen.


Blogger RRM said ... (9:01 PM) : 

If with authenticity, then yes..


Anonymous Isaiah said ... (9:01 PM) : 

I've seen the older gentleman around before. His style is always impeccable.

isaiah | /


Blogger Lloyd & The Tubsters said ... (11:11 PM) : 

Hysterical! They both have great fashion, one merely cultivated for longer. Love both photos.


Blogger Vinda Sonata said ... (11:15 PM) : 

exactly. the older man looks better, though. the younger one doesn't rock the suit well enough ;)

fashion atelier.


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

The first guy is game to be doing that hand gesture in Italy


Blogger Larry Nguyen said ... (11:50 PM) : 

The older guy is definitely more graceful. I laughed heartily at the caption!


Blogger Neha said ... (12:57 AM) : 

I absolutely love this.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:58 AM) : 

yes, but for the moment he is great as he is! With time and experience, he will become the older gentleman. I love the way he expresses his youth, its simply cute:)


Blogger Drea Ramos said ... (1:40 AM) : 

as long as he keeps the same glasses as his "younger" photo! xoxo


Blogger Norman Fog said ... (2:46 AM) : 

Racist...just a joke...killer shot


Anonymous Michelle said ... (3:06 AM) : 

So funny! Love your blog, I'm a regular now!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:47 AM) : 

he looks like Benny Blanco from Carlito's way . cool !


Blogger C said ... (6:40 AM) : 

Haha. I really love the comparison of this one. Their suits look very nice.


Blogger K'arhol said ... (7:36 AM) : 

omg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this old men is sooo stylish , wooooow !!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:42 AM) : 



Anonymous Sam said ... (7:45 AM) : 

I'm with organicbloom's comment - would like to see you do one of these same posts but featuring 2 caucasian men or women to satisfy us that you're not just lumping asians together in a 'they all look alike' box...


Blogger Izzen said ... (8:32 AM) : 

Haha, love this story.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:39 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:42 AM) : 

The younger man has a great sense of himself and is not afraid to let "it hang out" sometimes (the belt). His styling is crisp, in spit eof the belt buckle. The older man looks as if he has seen it all and is comfortable in his own skin, he has a great sense of self also, well cultivated. I wonder about his choice of music, wine and watch (an old Piaget or Rolex)? Great pictures nonetheless, Sart.


Blogger jennifleur said ... (9:50 AM) : 

you people don't get it... the young man is having fun!

the older man is elegant and impeccable.

they both have style.


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

Thet are both stylish in their own way but I don't get the meaning of the gesture of the fingers on the younger one...Never did!


Blogger mAdi*cakes said ... (11:26 AM) : 

hahahaha!!! That is amazing :] idk if i was the only one who found it funny...but very awesome!! :]


Blogger Christina said ... (11:40 AM) : 

Hands down, my favorite post of the year! I love both of these men, especially the older man, who reminds me of my grandfather with his style and grace. Awesome!


Blogger Ninjagaiden78 said ... (11:42 AM) : 

Those glasses are insane on the younger guy.


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

Pitti Uomo?? I think I saw the older one! so adorable!


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

love love love your sense

congratulations to you, Mister
sartorialist's author/blogger


Anonymous hi10my said ... (7:20 PM) : 

I would love to see him older as quirky as he is!


Blogger Jade said ... (12:05 AM) : 

this is imminent. I love the older gentlemen's pocket square. the colors pick up in his tie and suit beautifully.


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:48 AM) : 

here's to hoping that he does.......It would be great to see if he tones down his look but kept some surprises like the belt hanging down,and the glasses within his outfits


Blogger nuastyle said ... (4:45 AM) : 

Genial, que elegante.


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

I love the first pic! He embodies the idea that beneath the sensible exterior, we are all alive with contradictions underneath.


Blogger Philippe said ... (10:18 AM) : 

Why shall we grow up, does it make us better...not sure :)

BTW I love them both...



Blogger suzan tokgöz said ... (9:10 PM) : 

younger man very interesting combination:))


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:31 AM) : 

I love both pictures. Great sense of style in both. Interesting question you ask... hope we get to see a picture of the younger guy 20 or 30 years from now to give us a hint of what the answer is :)


Blogger TETSUYA said ... (1:54 PM) : 

BIG UP Mr.Kogi from LWT.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:36 PM) : 

the second guy is so classic, elderly nihonjin. rock on.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:26 PM) : 

look at august 2009. same older man. same good taste.


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

haha why should he - they both look great and have their own style/look/attitude...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 PM) : 

I love seeing this virtual evolution!


Blogger JJC said ... (1:41 AM) : 

to put it simply: I love this post.


Blogger Yvette Madelaine said ... (6:11 AM) : 

fantasticals! made me grin


Blogger KYOKA said ... (6:11 AM) : 

Nice photo!
He is one of the most famous Japanese fashion leader.


Anonymous Ye Seul Kim said ... (4:05 AM) : 

I love that glasses!!!!!


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