Sunday, October 14, 2012

Scott Schuman, Garance Doré, and Philly's Fashion Elite at the Book Signing Event for The Sartorialist Closer, Barnes Foundation

Scott Schuman (left) and Garance Doré (right)

There is no question that Scott Schuman (AKA The Sartorialist) and partner Garance Doré (of the eponymous website) are the royal couple of street style blogging. Last night they held court at Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation. Hundreds showed up to meet them in person, including me and my family. Here are some shots of the line. No doubt one of the better-dressed ones I've waited in:

One of the things I was curious about in going to this event was whether or not it would, in fact, be "an event." Would it be one of those depressing book signings at a barely solvent Barnes and Noble, where a few scant elderly readers show up and pretend to be interested? Or would it be something like a major fashion industry shindig, attracting the bold and the beautiful like moths to a flame? As it turned out, it was more the latter. There was a standing bar, a green screen for getting one's picture taken, a book booth with Closer stacked high. And Philly's bloggers and professional fashionistas showed up in full force. Here are some of my pics of a few of them:

Reuben "Big Rube" Harley of Philadelphia Daily News  and Street Gazing
Erik Honesty of Cultured Couture
Sabir Peele of Men's Style Pro
Shana Draugelis of Aint No Mom Jeans
Leah Kauffman (right) of A Silk of Souls
And there was no shortage of photographers either. Here are a few shots of them in action.

Big Rube doing his thing. I backed into a pond setting up the shot.

And as for Scott and Garance themselves? I have to admit, part of me wanted to hate them. Nothing inspires spite and ire quite like success, and no one has been more successful at this game than them. I'd been equal parts dreading and looking forward to meeting them all week. I hate the feeling of groveling before fame. Makes me feel small. But upon walking up to the table where they sat signing books, I was suddenly an adrenalized fan boy, much more star struck than I anticipated. I shook both their hands (a couple of times at least), told them what a big fan I was of both of them, and then surprised myself by asking if I could take a picture of them for my blog. I took three. Go me! Two of them are the ones up top. We then had a brief, but very congenial conversation about my 4-year old daughter playing in the background (to whom I also had them sign the book),and then it was the next person in line's turn to make their quick interaction with them as rich and meaningful as possible. Clearly, Scott and Garance's success has a lot to do with their people skills. These are friendly and charismatic people.


  1. Thanks @stylemaniac. i wholeheartedly agree

  2. Brent - Great shots and article!!! And it's so nice to hear Style Maniac describe the kids as "cute". I was worried that we were all...uh...testing the limits of everyone's patience that night! LOL

    And it sounds like you did much better talking to Scott & Garance than I did. Sigh. I turned into a giggling twelve year old. GAH!

  3. So wish I could have attend this event, but was photographing a wedding that day. I'm glad to see people made it out and were looking good! Way to represent Philly : )

  4. Nice shots! This is my first time ever having my picture taken for one of these things. This blog/study you're doing is quite interesting, will definitely be returning frequently :)

  5. Thanks, Patrice. Happy to provide your first full street style blog experience.

  6. Thanks, Chaucee. It was good times. And full of crazy adrenalized bloggers.

  7. Hi Shana. Thanks for the plug! Drew crazy numbers to this blog. I was glad to hear that at least some people weren't put off by our kids too. But then, I've kind of stopped caring about that. If people don't appreciate their awesomeness that's their problem.


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