Unoriginal me isn't going to be the only one who'll be doing flick throughs with The Sartorialist book, which landed on my desk a few days ago.  It is a picture tome, but unlike other picture tomes, it's novel-sized in width and height but thick like a dictionary, making it a little hard to hold down, scan or photograph.  So ensues a predictable quickie video flickthrough, which actually was longer than I had anticipated given that there's 500 pages to go through.  What can't be seen in the flickthrough is the quality of paper/scent of it (both very nice to feel and smell…) and the little excerps of text where Scott Schuman attaches selected anecdotes to images, odes to his favourite subjects to shoot such as Giovanna, Julie, Carine and Eva (all on first names basis of course…), and slightly defensive mini-explanations to some of the criticisms his blog gets…such as only shooting 'fashion' people (he doesn't really, when looking at the breadth of images as a whole…) and shooting people who can afford expensive labels (unfounded by the $5 Prada-esque lab coat guy in Stockholm).  Text-loving me of course would have loved a few more tidbits but images are the name of the streetstyle game and I've already marked out a few for revisiting on a day when the brain is feeling a bit uninspired… 

(Btw, purely accidental that Vimeo has chosen this particular shot of Jefferson and Anouck to freezeframe at… now I'll have a permanent reminder on the blog for a while that I've got work work work to do!)

Comments (30)

  1. Imelda Matt says:

    perfect…no need to buy the book!

  2. Brigadeiro says:

    Haha to Imelda Matt’s comment 🙂
    This looks so good! Hope to get my own copy soon!
    xx

  3. Ally says:

    This is very timely as I just ordered it before coming onto your site! I can’t wait until it arrives!

  4. timely here also! i just bought it thursday, am planning to do a little review too, once i get settled from all my travels and have time to peruse this little gem. interestingly (perhaps?) i hadn’t planned on buying it, although i knew it was out there…was at barns & noble looking for an instructional book on encaustics (i’m an artist), and then “the sartorialist book” called to me from the shelf…actually, it sort of shouted. next thing, i was at the checkout, book in hand.

  5. Holly says:

    That’s surely the best coffee table book around, though I agree, the lack of text is disappointing.

  6. austintable says:

    Is it bad that I have a a lot of those images saved to an ‘inspiration folder’ of sorts, on my hard drive? lol But I’m glad you did a flip through, b.c there are also many pics in the book which I’ve never seen before. Plus, having the book is just so much more satisfying.

  7. I really am looking forward to buying this book. The shipping’s going to cost me a bomb though 😛

  8. Meg says:

    I think the book looks lovely!

  9. Marie Vahl says:

    Glad to see both my fave fashion ‘moments’ are in there ;D

  10. Lena says:

    what is the name of the song you used for the video? hoping to buy the book soon =)

  11. Molly Rose says:

    that book looks so good, I have to remember to go out and buy a copy!

  12. Sophia says:

    Hey Susie, you’re on teenvogue.com in honour of The Sartorialists book ! They show how to get your look 🙂

  13. susie_bubble says:

    Lena: It’s Dntel’s remix of Lali Puna’s Faking the Books
    Sophia: Yeah I did see it though I thought it was a bit misleading because it made it look like that pic was from the book but it’s not… he selected pics from 2006-8 and that pic was taken in 2009….

  14. kirsty says:

    love it! I cant wait to get mine xoxooxx

  15. Fallon says:

    Love this video! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to pick up my own copy!

  16. Flavia M. says:

    That is fantastic, I didn’t know about the book, I think I might order it.

  17. aww thanks heaps for that! i still haven’t seen the book so it was nice to get a peek! lovely music too!

  18. Andrea says:

    I think the book looks lovely!

  19. Andrea says:

    Thanks for the flip through! Th book is much thicker than I thought it was!

  20. Looks fabulous- thankies for the flip through!
    Can’t wait to get a copy of my own.
    Florrie x

  21. Rose says:

    What s the name of the song you choose for the video??

  22. tanya says:

    would love to see a book version of your blog. have no idea how that would be achieved or what it would encompass (preferably large chunks of text) but it would be amazing.

  23. susie_bubble says:

    ^Actually I have been approached about books but I find the idea quite ludicrous…what would I write about????

  24. aine says:

    Damn you susie i wasnt gonna get that before the flick through, i had convinced myself that i didnt need a book full of pictures of people standing beside vintage bikes on cobbled streets. but it actually looks lovely im always suprised at the amazing light and crispness in his pictures. and at 2.27 does that man actually have some playing cards in his top pocket instead of a hanky?

  25. An Empty Bus says:

    Thank you for the video, I’ve invested in a copy also but it’s not come yet.
    I agree that it would be nice to have more writing.. somehow whenever I see something inspiring, I always wonder what the person was thinking and whether there is something I missed when looking,
    Also, I used to think his photography, although professional, lacked articism – but after seeing the vid I think I’ve somewhat accepted that you can have more than one kind of shot.
    Cheers Susie, I’m going to go and read more of your blog because usually I only have time to flick through images (although I find time to linger on so many useless things haha)
    X an_empty_bus X

  26. h says:

    Haha, I love where Vimeo freeze-framed.. what a coincidence!
    I’m sure I’ve noticed more cool kids toting that Daunt Books bag since that pic was originally posted by Sart..
    http://hapsical.blogspot.com

  27. erika says:

    I bought the book after seeing it here. You should get commision for selling.

  28. Leeza says:

    This was awesome, thanks for sharing! Who are your favorite models? I just saw my faves in the new ad (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U00iCwMRZ6Q) for the new D&G Anthology collection, and I was thrilled! I had to go out and buy all 5 of them. (I know, I know, but perfume is my guilty pleasure!) There’s a scent for every day of the week, it’s fantastic!

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