I saw Mike at the Hickey Freeman showroom two weeks ago and he is without doubt one of the most elegant yet “RAKISH” looking dude!
All the “Boys” at Hickey truly understand uderstated looks with a bit of punch. Be sure to see the new unwashed loropiana collection by Hickey next fall…
Thanks for the showroom tour.
I think he looks great. Its not a look for everyone, but the wintery mix of flannel, the cardigan, and hard soled boots, is a perfect blend of modern and old, work and dress. He seems confidant in the look and when it comes to guy’s style, isn’t that the most important part?
Ditto Will, JJ and Randy. Sorry, but I think he looks like an old prep school master wearing outgrown clothes and boots to get between snow-bound classroom buildings. Why else would someone pair-up that outfit, especially in Midtown?
I love the comments about being contrived or forced. What is not contrived about wearing a suit? I mean for shit’s sakes if you are going to take the time to get dressed in a suit then a certain measure of contrivity is expected. Those boots look great with the suit by the way.
Looks great – not nearly as ‘styled’ as some guys on fashion blogs. Its hard to wear a cardigan under a jacket – if the jacket fits right on its own, then it will be too tight – if it fits right the jacket will be too loose without it. Cut him some slack.
As others have mentioned, the problem isn’t with the pieces or styling, its the fit. About the only thing i disagree with is the chunky belt. It looks like its probably a pretty cool belt, but its only adding to the bloat around his mid section. Coupled with the cardigan (not flat vest) and the tight fit on the jacket at the button and he looks ready to burst at the waist. The style is nice, its the fit thats making things look weird.
i’m sure the man knows how to fit a suit for himself. the height of the lens in the photograph distorts the appearance of the jacket. the subject is merely a few feet away and the lens is closer to his midsection than to his head or his boots. obviously a jacket worn over another layer (cardigan) won’t fit optimally but if the camera were at eye level it wouldn’t appear as pronounced. this guy looks cool. when people say contrived they are trying to describe an affectation. he look doesn’t come across that way to me.
I’ve heard that Mr. Cohen can sew together an entire suit in under 4 hours, supposedly he spent ten years as an apprentice in Hong Kong at the venerable Fung Moon tailorshop. Fact or urban legend, I’m not sure… Either way, Mr. Cohen is one of the iconic Masters of USA!
My take on the whole “clashes and poor fit” conversation here – which is a great conversation to have, after all – is that the clashes and poor fit are built into the look intentionally. In an age where layers of irony are like layers of an onion (they never end), I feel like his play is “I’m working the ‘overstuffed school headmaster” meets ‘lives-on-his-own clothes fetishist’ but I’m playing it straight – and that’s why it’s ironic.” Does that make any sense at all? Anyway, I like the way the weirdness of the components (with respect to each other) sort of forces you to really pay attention to the individual components – the awesome shoes, the hoof pick belt – instead of being subsumed into the ensemble. The latter is of course how most of us choose to dress, and Mike probably dresses that way a lot of the time, too. But “choosing stuff that goes together” is just one way to skin the fashion cat. And as a purveyor, what better way to get a customer interested in, say, a pair of shoes than to make them stick out like a sore thumb (so to speak – no offense, Mike)? It seems less useful to say “I like it” or “I don’t like it” than to actually dig in and see what kind of ideas can flow out of an outfit like this. Kudos for the post. Thanks!
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It’s amazing to see all this commentary re one person’s outfit, contrived or not, the ensemble looks great and I only wish that more gentlemen put as much effort into their appearances… I’ve read that Mens grooming products is one of the fastest growing industries, when will they turn their attention to the rest of the package. By the way, that’s a great cardigan (or vest).