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Street Style | Mister Mort

Apr 24th, 2009 | Categories: Street Style | by Michael Williams

Mordechai Rubinstein is one of my all time favoite people in the city. Someone I continually look to for inspiration, Mordechai embodies New York cool. When I saw him at a little get together at the Hickey store last night I knew I had to flip-the-script on Mr. Mort and take some photos. Just a coincidence that Mordechai is wearing a Barbour coat like a previous Street Style photo that is now known as “The Aaron Levine Incident.” If you aren’t familiar with Mr. Rubinstein’s excellent blog, you have a lot of explaining to do. Mister Mort.


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Comments: 40

40 Comments to “Street Style | Mister Mort”

  1. Eric
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 12:19 PM

    Perfection. My only question is are those Levi 501s? I know Mister Mort is a Levis guy but there is no way that can be a 501 unless he has them tailored.

  2. Isaac Buie
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 12:28 PM

    Green pen and socks…too cool.

  3. Ryan
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 12:43 PM

    ^the socks and pen are deadly. Great stuff, good blog too. Some people really get it, and do it.

  4. Dan
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 12:49 PM

    Nice. I like how you really gave him the Mr. Mort treatment (attention to detail and close-up shots). He has great, natural style. Glen plaid shirt with broadstripe, monks- so much classic without being classic.

  5. Dave
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 2:09 PM

    Anyone know which Barbour coat that is?

  6. Clinton
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 2:10 PM

    This is probably the first instance of blind hemmed jeans that I’ve actually liked.

  7. Michael Williams
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 2:18 PM

    Dave — Beaufort.


  8. Tim Taylor
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 2:26 PM

    Well, really?

  9. Jeff
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 4:03 PM

    I’m not a fan of the hem.

  10. andrew
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 4:26 PM

    great example of ‘classics’ as ‘classics’…

  11. JP
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 5:50 PM

    He’s a true gent. We’re gonna have to talk about that hem on them there jeans though…

  12. ole
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 5:54 PM

    He is not so cool, I’m cooler.

  13. Comfortably Smug
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 6:11 PM

    Absolutely killing it. Well done Mr. Rubinstein

  14. r
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 6:23 PM

    separated at birth?

  15. Tom Paine
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 8:01 PM

    I was at Mr Mort’s site the other day diggin’ the J Press bucket hat. I’m just deciding which material I should get.

  16. Charles
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 8:04 PM

    Great classic style with a couple very smart twists.

    I hope that’s his family crest on the ring and a relative’s monogram on the cuff though.

  17. Stefano
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 8:07 PM

    This is the same outfit we used to wear in Italy in the early 90′. Yawn….

  18. ole dirty marmot
    on Apr 24th, 2009
    @ 10:09 PM

    Now I have an idea for Fall ’09.

  19. Dave
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 1:18 AM

    Jeff and JP are correct–that hem is not. This guy is dressed in the right way but everything is so on that the whole thing winds up being off. It’s forced.

  20. robbo
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 2:09 AM

    god this is so boring

    i agree italians wore this about 20 years ago

    beaufort barbour , every other kid in london now wears this with there skinnies and boat shoes

  21. Natsumi
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 2:18 AM

    I like his shoes. With those shoes, the hem seems appropriate.

  22. Clifford
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 2:33 AM

    Thanks r, I thought he looked like Haromy Korine also.

  23. JP
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 10:46 AM

    Hem or no hem, he’s an awesome guy.

  24. the.mez
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 1:28 PM

    If only he wasn’t wearing jeans and had bothered to shave.

  25. Desk Jockey
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 3:46 PM

    I own the same blazer… kooky.

  26. Michael E.
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 7:39 PM

    If anything, the fact that his outfit was worn 20 years ago is a testament to its classic nature. I do think it looks a bit too ‘out of the box’ though; it would look better if the jeans and Barbour had a bit of wear on them.

  27. candid cool
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 9:13 PM

    great style. I like the casual jacket over the navy blazer. Beautiful shoes. And I also find his tie interesting, it’s not slim and not wide. and the monogram sleeve & green socks are a nice touch.

  28. Bill
    on Apr 25th, 2009
    @ 11:13 PM

    The hem is simply incorrect. And will look steadily worse as the jeans age. I predict they will be thrown away within a season or two (though I consider unhemmed cut-offs entirely kosher, and hope these jeans meet that fate instead). It isn’t that difficult to find a chain-stitch machine.

  29. maxine
    on Apr 26th, 2009
    @ 5:03 AM

    I agree the hem on the jeans are not the best. Also greens socks for St. Patricks Day? That’s a bit late. Nonetheless above the waist he looks like my dad on a Sunday morning or on the hunt in the British countryside. I’m British I see this everyday.

  30. JP
    on Apr 26th, 2009
    @ 4:06 PM

    the jeans can be saved by simply opening up that bad hem and letting nature take its course.

  31. Michael Williams
    on Apr 26th, 2009
    @ 4:17 PM

    The hem doesn’t need to be saved, it is fine. Y’all are like sheep.


  32. tons of land
    on Apr 26th, 2009
    @ 10:55 PM

    seriously… get over it on the “hem”. guy is rockin’ a good look. better than 85% of the schlepps walking the street currently. why bother to cut him down? whose shoes??… THAT IS THE QUESTION??

  33. joseph
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 2:14 AM

    You know I don’t like them hem, but that’s my opnion.

    That’s what’s so great about Mort’s page, it’s a break from the groupsthink and cattiness that inhabits other sites. On it I can see tons of stylish people (often) wearing stuff I never would (and looking great in it).

    I’ll add that just because someone wears something doesn’t mean they are claiming to have invented the look, or that it’s the height of fashion right now.

    It’s tough to overcome, despite myself, I rarely wear my topsiders (favorite pair of shoes) anymore because I saw too many other people wearing them lately.
    What the hell is wrong with me/us?

    It’s impossible to be truly unique anymore, but Mort’s site come close (to me anyways).

  34. Exit Lines
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 11:02 AM

    The laws of sartorial gravity do not apply equally to all mortals. Mordechai inhabits a universe of his own making that depends not on a particular hem. It’s a privilege to bear witness.

  35. Sam Jacobs
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 11:33 AM

    Desk Jockey – you said kooky. That’s awesome!

  36. Charles
    on Apr 27th, 2009
    @ 4:24 PM

    The blind hem is very under utilized, especially on jeans, if at all. It looks great.

  37. Jake431
    on Apr 28th, 2009
    @ 12:21 PM

    Can I have some info on the shoes? I really dig them.

  38. matthew
    on May 3rd, 2009
    @ 9:38 PM

    Mordechai ALWAYS looks great – but for my taste sometimes looks like he could use a roll in the dirt

  39. dcdoesit
    on May 9th, 2009
    @ 10:22 PM

    like it

  40. slippy
    on May 16th, 2009
    @ 2:59 AM

    if i saw this gent on the street he’d be worthy of a second look and certainly possesses a sense of personal style, which is more than most people on the street.

    for my taste, the details are all wrong, excepting the tie (although even there, having a logo on the tie is pretty gauche). i really dislike the different stripe pattern on the shirt collar, the gold buttons on the blazer, and the corduroy collar on that coat. that coat just isn’t cool to me. i know that american basics are the “in” thing right now, but that corduroy collar on that run of the mill jacket is about as uncool as it gets. also, the blazer looks really blah — like a million others one sees at goodwill and passes over. it’s very long, has an extremely low gore, and the lapels are sort of rolled over in a cheap way. if seen without the overcoat, i can’t imagine it would look very sharp at all.

    that said, the sum is more than the parts.