Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by YoungAmerican, Jul 29, 2011.
Greatest style cities: Milan and New York. I haven't yet decided on London and Paris.
1) For sheer style quotient and pushing the boundaries, I've never seen a city like Tokyo.
2) Paris is all about individuality
3) and lastly, Italy (cheating I know) - cant decide on a city or even a region
I think I'm jaded against London for being file and rank and America in general because I live here and I have not seen too many well dressed people amongst the throngs in SF or NYC.
The only thing HK has going for it is a handful of decent but relatively inexpensive tailors. Stylistically-speaking, HK is quite awful. Nor is this surprising given the incredible heat and humidity there for much of the year.
Bits of NY are stylish, I suppose and, as it in the States (you will need at least one American competitor) and relatively inexpensive to shoot in, NY will have to be one of your finalists.
Vienna has quite a bit of style, especially during the ball season, but you will probably find their style is more stolid than what you are looking for.
London should be stylish as it is, in fact, the birthplace of modern style. It certainly has a number of style icons like Savile Row and Jermyn Street. But the sad truth is that the vast majority of Londoners, especially those outside of St. James/Mayfair, dress like utter crap, even in the City. Most people in the City, especially at junior levels, dress like they hate dressing.
Unfortunately for your program -- or maybe not as I suppose the actual facts are irrelevant -- any city in northern or central Italy would be a solid candidate for the top three. Much higher proportions of the population will dress with genuine style and there will be much more ready access to decent tailoring than in any of the other previously-mentioned candidates, including NY.
But the winner for the most stylish city has to be . . . Vatican City. You might not like their style but they certainly have a lot of it.
Honestly, it is kind of futile asking here about the most stylish city. Hardly anyone has seen enough places to make that call. So people here will give you their favorites out of the narrow sample they have seen or based on some common stereotypes. This means you will get plenty of "New York" answers, because of the large group of Americans on this board. In addition there are many "London" suggestions, because everyone knows Savile Row and Jermyn Street. You will hear Milan and Tokyo and finally Hong Kong may be on the list, because people here know WW Chan who happens to be located in HK.
I will not say that any of these answers are wrong (even though my observation is that the average man in Paris is dressed better than the average Londoner despite the great makers and stores in London). What you might want to think about is, however, if you really wanna write the 100th report on men's style in New York or the 1000th article on the big names on Savile Row or shopping in Milan. Do rather something interesting - pick some cities which are a (little bit) less known despite being sophisticated and "stylish". Some examples in Europe could be Madrid, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Naples, Florence, Vienna, Munich, Stockholm. Or look at what is going on in Shanghai, the former home of the 'red gang'. I am sure are many interesting places in other regions like Latin America, South Asia, etc.
Tyler Brûlé has seen it all. It could be next Monocle: the most stylish cities... He would say Tokyo, Venice, London, Stockholm and Beirut.
*sigh* again with Monocole... We don't care what he would say, the OP is asking your opinion.
I'll throw in with Vienna as well. Its European, conservative, four distinct seasons, and opera/theatre/ball culture together constitute a great recipe for a well-dressed populace.
Vienna ball season is a kind of amazing idea. I would love to cover that.
1) Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia.
2) Hohhot, Inner Mongolia.
3) Ordos, Inner Mongolia.
All very stylish IMO.
and certainly better than Kalamazoo mentioned in the original posting ;-)
I like this idea.
Of that list I'd go with Vienna and Stockholm (though I've never been to Munich, Shanghai or to my shame Naples), plus somewhere in Italy.
I go on holiday to Italy often, mainly to the countryside, but I am amazed at the level of style even in small provincial towns: the sort of places whose equivalent in other countries would be completely devoid style. But in Italy you'll find a nice menswear shop or two, and locals who wear jackets and ties to restaurants. And look good in them. The average Italian just has an attitude toward their clothes and their appearance unlike any other - just think of the passeggiata, which seems in part at least an excuse to show off your finery to your neighbours. You don't get that everywhere.
So many to choose from in Italy...Firenze/Lucca/Milano/Asolo/Treviso/Venezia/Roma - and that's just the north.
Seville in Spain is worth mentioning, not world top three, but definitely a city which has its own style and very high standards of dress.
Milan, London, New York
Definitely not Atlanta..
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