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After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book emcompasses the dive After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book emcompasses the diverse style and visual attitude of people as far afield as Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond, and includes nearly forty exclusive images. In The Sartorialist: Closer, Scott Schuman looks deeper and with great breadth at human style, and the way it is expressed across the world. Always reacting to an inspirational moment, the images in his new book continue to reflect Scott's unique sensibility and vision. This limited-edition hardcover features a gorgeous slipcover, colored endpapers, and sewn pages and is individually numbered.


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After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book emcompasses the dive After the enormous success of The Sartorialist, Scott Schuman is back with a completely new collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention. His much-loved blog, thesartorialist.com, remains one of the most-read in the fashion world and continues to grow in popularity as Scott travels further and more widely. This book emcompasses the diverse style and visual attitude of people as far afield as Japan, Korea, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and beyond, and includes nearly forty exclusive images. In The Sartorialist: Closer, Scott Schuman looks deeper and with great breadth at human style, and the way it is expressed across the world. Always reacting to an inspirational moment, the images in his new book continue to reflect Scott's unique sensibility and vision. This limited-edition hardcover features a gorgeous slipcover, colored endpapers, and sewn pages and is individually numbered.

30 review for The Sartorialist: Closer

  1. 4 out of 5

    7jane

    This follows the theme of the first book, so many observations I made of that is in my review of that apply here also. Still, I found once again new ideas and often got at least inspired (and made me consider dresses/skirst more seriously - I don't own any now). I really wonder why all the brown shoes caught my eye - those I can't wear though. Some pics are black and white. Small writings here and there: on the '100 Burberry trech coats' project, how wearing out clothes by yourself beats buying t This follows the theme of the first book, so many observations I made of that is in my review of that apply here also. Still, I found once again new ideas and often got at least inspired (and made me consider dresses/skirst more seriously - I don't own any now). I really wonder why all the brown shoes caught my eye - those I can't wear though. Some pics are black and white. Small writings here and there: on the '100 Burberry trech coats' project, how wearing out clothes by yourself beats buying the clothes ready-worn, examples pictures of certain people he founds inspiring (men and women), of people who look effortlessly dressed - really just have a knowledge of what works for them personally, seeing cowboy boots in a more positive like, on bullfighters' clothes, photographing in Venice and of family in Morocco, on horizontal stripes, subtle use of glitter on a certain older woman etc. It's a thick book that can read quickly anyway (or not, if some photos cause you to pause, reflect and seek inspiriation). A lot of suit ideas, again, for men. Maybe this would make me seek out to pay more attention to what I wear? 8-)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Caro the Helmet Lady

    From the book: "There is no such thing as effortless chic. If you are secretly harboring the dream that some day you will be able to consistently, thoughtlessly reach into your closet and pull out a super-chic ensemble, well, you are fighting a no-win battle with yourself. The most stylish people I know have spent lifetimes searching for what complements their body shape, their professional and personal lifestyle, local climate and how much they can reasonably budget for this pursuit. Let me stress From the book: "There is no such thing as effortless chic. If you are secretly harboring the dream that some day you will be able to consistently, thoughtlessly reach into your closet and pull out a super-chic ensemble, well, you are fighting a no-win battle with yourself. The most stylish people I know have spent lifetimes searching for what complements their body shape, their professional and personal lifestyle, local climate and how much they can reasonably budget for this pursuit. Let me stress that this is not about how much money they have, but how attuned they are to their reality. It's an almost zen-like sense of self-awareness. They don't obsess daily about what they wear but they all tend to be cautious shoppers. They make the tough decisions in the dressing room, not in their closet. It stands to reason that if you only fill your closet with what works then just grabbing things from that closet will be a million times easier... hence the perception of 'effotlessness' One can almost say the same about the books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    lucy black

    so this is pretty much like the first book. Maybe a bit better. There are a few more freaks, a bit more diversity. Still no fatties! what? and to my agravation Scott Schuman goes on about how to be fashionable one should find inspiration in someome with style who has a similar body shape to your own, well, no one in this book has a similar body shape to me. That makes me sad. This is what I thought of the first one K, so Scott Schuman is a blogger/ photographer who goes out on the streets (in bi so this is pretty much like the first book. Maybe a bit better. There are a few more freaks, a bit more diversity. Still no fatties! what? and to my agravation Scott Schuman goes on about how to be fashionable one should find inspiration in someome with style who has a similar body shape to your own, well, no one in this book has a similar body shape to me. That makes me sad. This is what I thought of the first one K, so Scott Schuman is a blogger/ photographer who goes out on the streets (in big cool cities) and takes photos of 'the real people' to show as he put it: 'a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life' So, I like fashion and I wish I had enough money to dress myself the way I would like to and I love portrait photography so I was thinking I'd real like this book. Well, yeah, not so much. Main gripe is that although Schuman says in the book that he tries to find a diverse range of people and fashions but he doesn't and he totally photographs a type. There were, like, two woman of fuller figure, a few more men, no one with visible physical disabilities and the majority of his subjects were classically good looking. They were mostly rich looking carefree types smoking and riding vintage bikes. Where are the tired commuters? Parents with their babies? Fashionable peeps actually doing their daily life? You don't have to be 'beautiful' to look good in clothes. Another thing I found creepy was the way the majority of women posed themselves (or does he ask them to pose?) since when did everyday ladies stand around like vulnerable bambies with sad/scared eyes and turned in toes? It’s super creepy and sad. On the topic of creepy: the rich people trying to look slummy and hobo chic is fricking creepy too. It's so horribly bogus that rich fucks spend 100s if not 1000s of bucks on patchy falling apart retro type threads to look homeless when the actually homeless have 0 bucks and die because they cannot clothe themselves and stay warm. I don't hate on Schuman, I think he is talented and he obviously leads an interesting life. I just think if he is going to claim to be some sort of social documenter he should pull his camera away from the shiny pretty things for a moment and document some of the marginalized too.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rhode

    I love individual fashion and street photography, so was excited to see this thick book of photos. As I began riffling through the pages though, my stomach dropped. Why? The uniformity of the stick-like body types. I saw no visibly pregnant people. I saw no fat people of any age. I saw no big boned people or people with a little extra padding. I saw no lusciously rounded people. Nor any visibly handicapped people. Also, the near-uniformity of youth. Roughly 80% if not more of the these stick thin I love individual fashion and street photography, so was excited to see this thick book of photos. As I began riffling through the pages though, my stomach dropped. Why? The uniformity of the stick-like body types. I saw no visibly pregnant people. I saw no fat people of any age. I saw no big boned people or people with a little extra padding. I saw no lusciously rounded people. Nor any visibly handicapped people. Also, the near-uniformity of youth. Roughly 80% if not more of the these stick thin people were under 35. Of the older people, most were men. The few older women were also stick thin and often with someone else (not a sole subject). Consciously or not, the author is making an ugly statement about what sorts of people can look good. What sorts of people are worthy of being beautifully dressed. What sorts of people are worth looking at. He has culled the pregnant, the older, the full bodied women. He has culled the body types that represent the overwhelming majority of women. He has culled the healthy, life affirming, joyful, glorious, wise and supremely elegant. I have no time for this bigotry.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Much in the same vein as his first book. If you're looking for a 'trend guide' or a collection of what's 'hot' in fashion, you'll probably be disappointed. But if you're open to learning about how Schuman's understanding of style and personal expression is growing and evolving as he continues to shoot street style images from around the world via the ones he has chosen to curate within this book and the sparse but incisive commentary he intersperses throughout to accompany them, you will probabl Much in the same vein as his first book. If you're looking for a 'trend guide' or a collection of what's 'hot' in fashion, you'll probably be disappointed. But if you're open to learning about how Schuman's understanding of style and personal expression is growing and evolving as he continues to shoot street style images from around the world via the ones he has chosen to curate within this book and the sparse but incisive commentary he intersperses throughout to accompany them, you will probably enjoy this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    After enjoying these many expressions of fashion and personality, I feel a lot free-er to wear whatever I'd like, which is pretty much what I do anyway. Now with more license. :^) After enjoying these many expressions of fashion and personality, I feel a lot free-er to wear whatever I'd like, which is pretty much what I do anyway. Now with more license. :^)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sara J. (kefuwa)

    “Cult. My Dad always used to say he didn't care at all about fashion. But he (and everyone I know) care deeply about style and what it says about who you are and the group you want to fit in with. Everyone from the Cowboy to Joe sixpack, the retiree to grumpy teen, dress in a way that clearly communicates to others their chosen group that they want to belong. My Dad would say, "I'm retired, I can wear whatever I want' but I never saw him wear a suit to play golf or an AC/DC concert T-shirt to th “Cult. My Dad always used to say he didn't care at all about fashion. But he (and everyone I know) care deeply about style and what it says about who you are and the group you want to fit in with. Everyone from the Cowboy to Joe sixpack, the retiree to grumpy teen, dress in a way that clearly communicates to others their chosen group that they want to belong. My Dad would say, "I'm retired, I can wear whatever I want' but I never saw him wear a suit to play golf or an AC/DC concert T-shirt to the links. 'Style' as a concept has been hijacked to mean elite, refined and expensive when it should be thought of as a basic expression of life in much the same way as we all identify with music or speech. At the end of the day style is communication.” I have been a long time follower of thesartorialist.com and I even have an on again/off again pinterest board for myself to pin my faves (dresses/skirts, no heels, no cigs, bicycle, wine) - and I was delighted (in an almost fangirl sense) to some of my favourite selections in this book. I don't know why, I just love to see the photos Schuman takes of people on the street. In the end I think this quote above sums up why. Its the people, those (sometimes) stylish characters walking down the street. There are a few paragraphs of insight from Schuman scattered throughout the book - which were wonderful (my favourite being that quote up there). I am not a very "stylish" person and my dressing has been, what's the word, functional (?) & practical at best. But over time I have had my understanding of fashion evolve into a fundamental avenue of self expression and respect (for yourself and towards the people around you). Also - it does feel good to wear something you like and that makes you want to walk out and swish down the street. Haha. I am interested in getting copies of his other two collections now as well. And yes this was an instabuy for me when I saw it at the Big Bad Wolf sale last year. An odd thing for me to instabuy all things considered (Threadless t-shirt wearing sff booknerd that I am) - but what have you. First finished: 14th April 2020 Source: Big Bad Wolf KK 2019

  8. 5 out of 5

    Isobel Andrews

    This is a beautifully produced book full of beautiful photos of beautiful people and outfits. Every spread is so considered and cohesive, and as you flow on through the images your attention is naturally drawn to how the clothes are worn, how style interacts with context, how physicality influences fashion and vice-versa. Schuman's genuine fascination with the people he's photographing really comes across. I have a huge gripe though: this book proudly calls itself diverse, and for the most part i This is a beautifully produced book full of beautiful photos of beautiful people and outfits. Every spread is so considered and cohesive, and as you flow on through the images your attention is naturally drawn to how the clothes are worn, how style interacts with context, how physicality influences fashion and vice-versa. Schuman's genuine fascination with the people he's photographing really comes across. I have a huge gripe though: this book proudly calls itself diverse, and for the most part it is - the people are young and old, of many colours, cultures, and countries. But there is not one photo of a fat person in the whole collection, or of someone who is visibly physically disabled. Given that the book presents so many other interesting physicalities and asks you to think about how they play with style, it's a glaring omission and a slap in the face. At one point Schuman talks about how it can take time and maturity to see something in a different way. I hope that since this book was published he's developed the maturity to observe style in an even greater variety of bodies.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    "There is no such thing as effortless chic." "There is no such thing as effortless chic."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nox

    I've been obsessed with the blog since it started, so I've seen most of these images before. They're even more captivating in print. I've been obsessed with the blog since it started, so I've seen most of these images before. They're even more captivating in print.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex Rankine

    some really great images here!! some of them were clearly dated from the early 2010s but were still fun, I especially liked the few from australia. the writing was unfortunately quite weak, and sometimes detracted from the photos. also a significant lack of body diversity, despite proclaiming to capture the everyday and normal

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    Great photographs, I like how some of them are grouped by colours and patterns/styles which was clever. Also enjoyed Scott's insightful commentary, wished there was more of it in the book. Great photographs, I like how some of them are grouped by colours and patterns/styles which was clever. Also enjoyed Scott's insightful commentary, wished there was more of it in the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    Is it still a thing in this days of age to be a street style photographer? Standout bullet points: •androgyny •proportion •a certain grace, posture/movement

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neville

    'The Sartorialist' is the title of a street style photography website created by New York based photographer Scott Schuman. Since it's inception, the site has generated upwards of 14 million page views per month, and Mr Schuman, with style blogger Garance Doré, was recently awarded the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Media Award. 'The Sartorialist' website was created to share photos of people on the street that Mr Schuman thought looked great. Over time, his content and narra 'The Sartorialist' is the title of a street style photography website created by New York based photographer Scott Schuman. Since it's inception, the site has generated upwards of 14 million page views per month, and Mr Schuman, with style blogger Garance Doré, was recently awarded the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Media Award. 'The Sartorialist' website was created to share photos of people on the street that Mr Schuman thought looked great. Over time, his content and narrative has evolved with a fascinating collection of people he's photographed around the world, especially in New York, Paris and Milan. In August 2009, Mr Schuman published his first photography book, 'The Sartorialist', which featured many samples of his photographs, some of which had already been posted on his website, and many that had never been seen before. The success of that publication has led to a second edition entitled 'The Sartorialist: Closer', which, like the first book, includes many photographs of people he's met and encountered going about their lives at work, on the streets and in café's. Mr Schuman explains the reason he calls this book 'Closer' is that he has become driven to understand the individuals he's photographed better, to "bring me closer to the true essence of the person while still capturing them as stylish subjects." Since creating the website, the author is also getting closer to exploring the character diversity that he had dreamed of. In this edition, there are more photographs of people from different walks of life, like shepherds, cowboys, nomads, house painters and bartenders, as well as New Yorkers and Parisians. Like his first book, there are some images that will be familiar to followers of the website, but there are many more fascinating and remarkable photographs never published before. There is very little narrative throughout the book. Except for a few explanatory passages, you are left to your own imagination to figure out where the photograph was taken and judge for yourself the true character of the people that grace the pages with their fashionable, and not-so fashionable clothes. Mr Schuman has traveled the globe, capturing remarkable images of people as they were. The common denominator is that however they are dressed, or clothed, they all look so proud of their identities, of who they are, which brings us all closer together. The book inspires us to find ourselves and forge our own identity. Being happy in our own suits is all that matters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shila

    For starters, flipping through the book, I really love what I see and believe that he chose a great COVER photo- actually the best possible. I really like the girls face. The 45 things I liked about the book: 1. Boots- pg. 7 2. Entire outfit including the smile- pg. 8 3. Mixed up colors and purse- pg. 10 4. Ok, gold tooth- pg. 12 5. Scarf and face- pg. 42 6. Blue jean- pg. 45 7. Outfit- pg. 60 8. Hat and face- pg. 61-62 9. Coat- pg. 68 10. Photos- pg. 71, 72, 73, 74, 77 11. Shoes - pg. 78 12. Outfit- pg. 8 For starters, flipping through the book, I really love what I see and believe that he chose a great COVER photo- actually the best possible. I really like the girls face. The 45 things I liked about the book: 1. Boots- pg. 7 2. Entire outfit including the smile- pg. 8 3. Mixed up colors and purse- pg. 10 4. Ok, gold tooth- pg. 12 5. Scarf and face- pg. 42 6. Blue jean- pg. 45 7. Outfit- pg. 60 8. Hat and face- pg. 61-62 9. Coat- pg. 68 10. Photos- pg. 71, 72, 73, 74, 77 11. Shoes - pg. 78 12. Outfit- pg. 86, 89 13. Gloves- pg. 96-97 14. Photos- pg. 98, 99, 101, 102 15. Coat- pg. 104 16. Smile- pg. 105 17. Shoes- pg. 114-115 ( I love brown shoes) 18. Necklace- pg. 116 19. Dress- pg. 119 (lovely) 20. Photo- pg. 129, 140, 147, 148, 150, 151, 152 21. Leather pants- pg. 143 22. Smile- pg. 155 23. Photo- 156 24. Blue colors- 166, 167 25. Sandles- pg. 175 26. Children smiling- pg. 180-181 27. Face in black and white- pg. 202-203 28. Shoes- pg. 225 29. Photo- pg. 236, 240 30. Pose- pg. 257 31. Outfits- pg. 264, 265 32. Boots- pg. 268 33. Outfits- pg. 271, 272, 274, 281, 284, 285 34. Photo, guy dancing- pg. 287 35. Outfit- pg. 297, 298 36. Sweaters- pg. 330, 360 37. Photos- pg. 342, 347, 361, 370, 376 & 398 (beautiful) 38. Purse- pg. 400 39. Girl- pg. 422 40. Love the guy pointing- pg. 428 41. Love the guys outfit, especially the socks and shoes!- pg. 434 42. Dresses- pg. 448, 449, 456 43. Photo- pg. 461 44. Shoes- pg. 464 45. Photos- pg. 465, 468, 485, 488, 489, 490, 491 Schuman captures the simplicity of fashion in an age where people mistakenly believe that fashion is defined by the latest trends in the stores- skinny jeans, colorful socks, leggings; hairstyles- blond/brown striped mohawks (have gone too far I tell you!)and shaved heads... these things pretty much have taken over the identity of much of our society. This books reminds me that there is real fashion out there and it doesn't go beyond your own home. YOU ARE FASHION.

  16. 5 out of 5

    H

    Amazing quality photographs; I feel very lucky to have gotten a hold of the limited hardcover & slip case edition. It is worth the buy alone for the massive variety of people within its pages, but my god - the style!! Sublime. And completely inspiring to me both visually and in regards to my own personal style. I prefer it slightly over its predecessor The Sartorialist purely because Scott Schuman made a conscious effort to cast a wider net for his subjects outside the typical socialites/fashion Amazing quality photographs; I feel very lucky to have gotten a hold of the limited hardcover & slip case edition. It is worth the buy alone for the massive variety of people within its pages, but my god - the style!! Sublime. And completely inspiring to me both visually and in regards to my own personal style. I prefer it slightly over its predecessor The Sartorialist purely because Scott Schuman made a conscious effort to cast a wider net for his subjects outside the typical socialites/fashion icons/industry workers he has targeted in the past. In other words, BRILLIANT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. Beg, borrow, or steal it ASAP!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tam Starita

    This is my first book from the collection and I really enjoyed it. It is so inspirational! There is a difference when we see fashion trends in magazines and in the media versus seeing how 'real' people are interpreting and executing these styles to reflect their own sensibilities and lifestyle. It is a great resource for visual inspiration and to have a pulse on styles from all over the world. This is my first book from the collection and I really enjoyed it. It is so inspirational! There is a difference when we see fashion trends in magazines and in the media versus seeing how 'real' people are interpreting and executing these styles to reflect their own sensibilities and lifestyle. It is a great resource for visual inspiration and to have a pulse on styles from all over the world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dominika Klekner

    woooooow. I love the project, I love the guy, I love the collection. And my flatmate the photographer bought the exact same lenses used by Scott Schuman the next day after I showed her the book. What can you say :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    MyOnly

    Wonderful pictures, it was hard to put down! Nicely done, with some written bits by the photographer. I loved what he had to say about personal style, and how it's not about owning what's trendy but about owning things you love and wearing them. Wonderful pictures, it was hard to put down! Nicely done, with some written bits by the photographer. I loved what he had to say about personal style, and how it's not about owning what's trendy but about owning things you love and wearing them.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Again, the same pleasure as an ice cream sandwich. In fact, I stared at these people while eating ice cream sandwiches. I'm not sure anything was "closer" but that didn't matter. There could be a Closest and I'd happily stare at it. Again, the same pleasure as an ice cream sandwich. In fact, I stared at these people while eating ice cream sandwiches. I'm not sure anything was "closer" but that didn't matter. There could be a Closest and I'd happily stare at it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I loved looking at this book, portraits of people a la Bill Cunningham, or the Humans of New York blog. I didn't even know what the word sartorialist meant until today: Of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing: sartorial elegance. This guy has an eye. I loved looking at this book, portraits of people a la Bill Cunningham, or the Humans of New York blog. I didn't even know what the word sartorialist meant until today: Of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing: sartorial elegance. This guy has an eye.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    While I usually enjoy this sort of book, I frankly found this one to be a bit boring. Perhaps his tastes are too conservative for me, but I found this collection of street fashion photos totally uninspiring.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    Overall the print quality and photo composition seems higher than the previous volume and that makes a good thing even better. My chief complaint with the original book, however, remains with this one - the physical sizing is too small to do the visuals justice.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Malloy

    Honestly there aren't a lot of words in this book. It's mostly fantastic pictures from a photographer who has this blog http://www.thesartorialist.com/. It features everyday people on the street in high fashion. The people features are fabulous. The emotion and range of the photos is stunning. Honestly there aren't a lot of words in this book. It's mostly fantastic pictures from a photographer who has this blog http://www.thesartorialist.com/. It features everyday people on the street in high fashion. The people features are fabulous. The emotion and range of the photos is stunning.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie

    Picked up this book 2nd hand because it looked very interesting, and it did not fail to disappoint. I greatly enjoyed looking at all the people's fashion statements from around the globe. Much ado about shoes, but then again...why not! Picked up this book 2nd hand because it looked very interesting, and it did not fail to disappoint. I greatly enjoyed looking at all the people's fashion statements from around the globe. Much ado about shoes, but then again...why not!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andd Becker

    The photographer captures ordinary persons who display fashion sense. Each subject is sharply-defined against a background that tells a story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    not reading, really just gazing. What an eye this guy has!

  28. 5 out of 5

    YT Lee

    Still great with many inspiring pictures, but just less stellar compared to his first book. Less 'commentary' too, which sucks. Still great with many inspiring pictures, but just less stellar compared to his first book. Less 'commentary' too, which sucks.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosana Fernandez

    Brilliant. The equivalent of people watching...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara Dee

    Loved it, very inspirational. Loved seeing people through Scott Schumann's eye. Loved it, very inspirational. Loved seeing people through Scott Schumann's eye.

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