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As it Happened | Hickey Freeman’s Mike Cohen

Feb 7th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened | by Michael Williams

Madison Avenue, New York City | 10:34 am Monday, February 7th, 2011.

Comments: 46

46 Comments to “As it Happened | Hickey Freeman’s Mike Cohen”

  1. Makaga
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 12:53 PM


  2. cheapmuthafukr
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 12:54 PM

    holy shit!! pictures from the future!!!

  3. WIsco
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:03 PM

    Now that is what I call a little workwear steez with a suit! A good contrast to Wooster in his ridiculous camo get ups fawning at the cameras at Pitti.

  4. L.A.S
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:17 PM

    I hope “As It Happened” becomes an ACL regular feature again.

  5. Michael
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:19 PM

    Mike, the boots are breaking in well. They look great with the suit.
    -The guys at Badowers
    PS: we love the belt.

  6. Isaac
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:21 PM

    Honestly, I like his hair the most. Nice ‘do.

  7. bork
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:23 PM

    Damn. Love that cuff.

  8. sam c
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:24 PM

    awesome. any idea what those boots are?

  9. jfox
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:42 PM

    grey wool pants and boots are big here too. out of the park.

  10. morafa4
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 1:54 PM

    I spy with my little eye… I think, a Wiley Belt? Or an Edgar Leather Belt.

  11. Pierre-Benoit Duhamel
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 2:00 PM

    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.

  12. Savile Joe
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 2:15 PM

    Is that a particularly nice pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile boots I see there?
    Couldn’t live without mine!

  13. derrick
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 2:59 PM

    wolverine 1000 mile boots. i think ralph lauren rrl made a very similar, though ridiculously priced, pair called the bowery boot.

  14. Kai
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 3:10 PM


  15. hardline_42
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 3:11 PM

    That looks like a very well worn Smartpak Equine hoofpick belt.

  16. JPS
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 3:18 PM

    Damn cool. Obviously a natural.

  17. K.A. Adams
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 3:35 PM

    Hey Mike -

    Long time no see. I hope all is well with you !

  18. will279
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 3:48 PM

    I guess I’m alone here, but the jacket looks a bit tight, and with the tiebar, belt, sweater vest and boots, it looks as if a bit too much is going on here. Just MHO.

  19. safra
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 4:16 PM

    a man about detail.

  20. JJ
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 5:57 PM

    Agreed will. Jacket looks awkward and the whole thing just screams “trying too hard”.

  21. Edwin Hu
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 6:27 PM

    Leave it to the guys at Hickey Freeman to absolutely nail “American” style sans sack-suit.

  22. Noah
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 6:30 PM

    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?

  23. Randy Cantrell
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 6:40 PM

    I clearly don’t get it. I’m with Will and JJ. I love Hickey Freeman, but I don’t get it. This is what I’d call a “get-up.”

  24. Ray Hull
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 7:12 PM

    Orvis has had hoof-pick belts forever; still do if you want one. Some (mine) even come on the end of a woven horsehair belt…all natural.

  25. Ray Hull
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 7:15 PM

    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?

  26. Michael
    on Feb 7th, 2011
    @ 7:17 PM

    That button is about to burst. His coat doesn’t fit.

  27. Brian
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 8:00 AM

    Agreed, but that doesn’t mean it looks bad here.

  28. dom bell
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 10:06 AM

    cool, but agree that he looks fairly squeezed! almost about to burst, fairly fresh all the same. nice one

  29. Andy
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 10:50 AM

    I think he worked at Polo in the early 90s? True or False?

  30. mike
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 11:12 AM

    His whole look seems contrived. He does not look like anyone I would buy a suit from.

  31. Brandon
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 12:04 PM

    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.

  32. Timmrush
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 12:23 PM

    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.

  33. chris
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 12:58 PM

    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.

  34. jiheison
    on Feb 8th, 2011
    @ 2:47 PM

    I think that part of the reason he looks contrived is that he is posing to be photographed.

    The jacket looks a little tight, but it is obvious why — the cardigan underneath, presumably worn because it is damned cold and an overcoat isn’t always convenient.

    The belt and boots, I’m not so sure about.

  35. Mark E. Seitelman
    on Feb 9th, 2011
    @ 8:32 AM

    Mike Cohen is looking great (as usual)!

  36. Nick
    on Feb 10th, 2011
    @ 4:14 AM

    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.

  37. Maureen Costello
    on Feb 10th, 2011
    @ 3:47 PM

    Hey Mike Cohen,

    You look AWESOME!!

    It’s been eons since I’ve seen you and you look better than then!!


  38. R4L
    on Feb 10th, 2011
    @ 5:46 PM

    Hey!!! He stole my outfit! Looks great. American version of Brunello Cucinelli.

  39. YTC
    on Feb 10th, 2011
    @ 6:28 PM

    They say the camera adds 15 lbs… Perhaps that would explain the button pulling?

  40. akirafukiwara
    on Feb 10th, 2011
    @ 7:44 PM

    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!

  41. david jacoby
    on Feb 14th, 2011
    @ 1:24 PM

    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!

    -David Jacoby

  42. Jeff
    on Feb 15th, 2011
    @ 5:02 PM

    This guy looks very put-together and someone who knows how to put together an outfit. As a university student, I’m doing a project on a men’s underwear brand called Mosmann that’s huge in Australia and about to break into the United States. Would love any and all feedback on my group’s blog about the best way to reach you guys (the readers of ACL and our target!)

  43. Maloney Porcelli
    on Feb 16th, 2011
    @ 6:43 PM

    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).

  44. YTC
    on Feb 17th, 2011
    @ 5:23 PM

    Spot on, Maloney…

    Indeed, the cardigan is the perfect layering piece to wear every day, and judging by the

  45. rinamix
    on Feb 21st, 2011
    @ 11:23 PM

    I love every detail of his style. Great suit for great man.

  46. Jack
    on Feb 26th, 2011
    @ 10:43 AM

    If the cardigan makes the jacket tight, then……don’t wear the cardigan. Sorry, but the boots just don’t make it. I like the peaked lapels, but now that EVERYBODY is wearing them…not so much.