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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jack on the Ladies' Mile

[Photos: Ari Seth Cohen, Text: Maayan Zilberman]

While taking a lunch break with my friends Ari and Debra from Advanced Style, we came upon this handsome gentleman waiting for his date in front of The Gramercy Tavern. “Just Jack”, as he’d like to be called, stood out because of his excellent posture and impeccable (and subtle) choice of fabric combinations. Jack was born in Greenwich Village, and has lived in New York City all his life. We were standing in his very favorite section of town, called “The Ladies' Mile”, which most now know as the Flatiron District. During the “Gilded Age”, at the turn of the century, this neighborhood south of Madison Square was the most magnetic center of all America, according to Jack. His eyes lit up when we started talking about the beautiful architecture along 6th Avenue, and he told us that the neighborhood is protected, which is a big reason why all the nice restaurants are right here.

In 1892, Richard Harding Davis of the New York Sun noted that "private carriages line the curb in quadruple lines, and the pavement is impressively studded with white-breeched grooms. It was here that the most elegant ladies came to buy the finest objects sold in America. “

I asked Jack if he always dresses so nicely for a Tuesday afternoon lunch (felt like I was flirting, maybe I was, maybe I wasn’t) and he said it was actually his “Bloody Mary Afternoon”, and he wore a tie especially.

6 comments:

| Tex | Fashion Butter said...

OMG, he is fabulous.

evalyn said...

If you weren't flirting, you should have been. Hubba-hubba.

melina bee said...

As a historic preservationist, I would just love to hear Jack's descriptions of NYC as he remembers its developments/changes through his lifetime. Also, I think this suit says "ladies man" to me mainly because it reminds me a little of the one Don Draper wears on Mad Men (trust me when I say this is a compliment-- I don't want to love Draper, but I do). I am curious what he means by the "neighborhood is protected". Does he mean zoning/landmark status has kept the demographics/architecture in historic condition?
melina bee

Caitlin said...

Wow - he defines the word "debonair."

Forest City Fashionista said...

He looks so well put-together, and very classy. Would much rather be seen with him than any of those sloppy guys in their 20's with their pants belted below their butt, or the middle-ages ones with their golf shirts and khakis.

Patty Skypants said...

All the textures are very sensual!

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