Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist at his book signing in Milan. I have long been a fan of his work and so was really excited when I heard he was coming to Milan yesterday.
For those who are new to the fashion world, ten years ago fashion photographer Scott Schuman started a blog called The Sartorialist after feeling a strong disconnect between clothes he saw on the runway and what real people were wearing. He travels around the world, mainly in Milan, New York, Paris and London, and searches the streets for people with unique personal style or that special wow-factor that separates them from the rest. He photographs these people and posts the photos on his blog. Some people he speaks to and shares their story, others he photographs from afar and captures their personal movements and emotions. His work started off the now huge trend of Street Style and to appear on his blog is considered an honor in the fashion world.
Yesterday’s book signing was for the launch of his third book ‘X’ which marks the past ten years of his career. Alongside photographers of fashionista’s from around the globe, Schuman has also included a collection of photos of real people from India, Bhutan and Peru. He focuses on their traditional style of clothing, the interesting colour combinations they wear and how people with supposedly nothing are still able to communicate their own scene of style. Street Style has always been something very inspirational for my work, but I loved to see this more unusual set of photos mixed into the book.
The signing was perfectly timed to coincide with Milan’s men’s week and took place inside beautiful men’s wear shop Larusmiani on Via Montenapoleone. I was lucky enough to be one of the first in the que and it was really amazing to meet a photographer who has inspired my work for such a long time. Scott Schuman was really nice and enthusiastic to meet each person and so interesting to talk to. It was such an incredible experience to meet him and I am in love with my new signed book.