Postcard From Santiago

This distinguished gentleman was discovered and shared on our Facebook page, where he was much admired save for the few members who work in law, accounting, or other corporate environments, and resent men who have beards, and say that a gentleman must be clean-shaven. This, as Ibsen would put it, is the noble lie they must tell themselves in order to get through their domesticated existence. Admittedly I work at home and am biased in the hirsute direction.

The man’s name is Federico Sanchez, and he is a Santiago-based architect and host of a TV program called “City Tour.” His Anglo-Trad style will likely have you itching to ditch the madras and seersucker and bring on the autumn. Check out an interview with him here. — CC

34 Comments on "Postcard From Santiago"

  1. Richard E. Press | July 28, 2019 at 6:03 pm | Reply

    George Bernard Shaw, welcome to the 21st century.

  2. Old School Tie | July 28, 2019 at 6:18 pm | Reply

    Ah, the Roman baths in Bath. Nice. Well, he looks a bit of a hipster to me. One supposes hipsters have reared their (ugly) heads in Chile by now. This does show just how much Ivy/Trad has become the common currency of academia and a byword for eccentricity, all done for effect as much as for (or as opposed to) the way of life. I’m sure it has got him plenty of likes on Instagram though….Resultado!

  3. More at home on the “Talking Tweed” site than this one, perhaps, but I like it.

  4. An attractive elegent and well dressed man. The beard assemblay really looks good on him, some men were just made for that look, our host is a fine example of the specie. Now about the preference for winer vs. summer dressing. About this time summer dressing gets a bit tedious, to wit: Monday chinos, navy Izod shirt (all shirts monogrammed), Tuesday chinos white Izod shirt, Wednesday chinos, green Izod shirt, Thursday chinos, pink BB OCBD, Friday white Levi 501’s, Lands End white/blue tattersoll OCBD with BB navy blazer with UVA brass buttons, Saturday J. Press gray flannel slacks (pleated), blue OCBD, gray tweed herringbone jacket, Sunday same as Saturday, but with white BB no-iron shirt, UVA tie, same blazer as Friday. Repeat with some alteration for the next weeks until sane temps arrive in south-central Pennsylvania in October. Can’t wait until winter. . . .

  5. The look couldn’t be better.-Funny, I dreamt last last night that I had traveled to the Southern Hemisphere and I was watching rugby in autumn weather! The summer heat must be getting to me.

  6. Pretty refined pattern matching from this guy. I’m probably going to do a full month of one pattern dressing. Summer fatigue. You know how it goes. This guy makes me second guess that choice but I’ll go for it anyway.

  7. Charlottesville | July 29, 2019 at 9:56 am | Reply

    He looks like he could be Christian’s older brother. Nice clothes, especially the POW sport coats. Very nice indeed.

  8. Pedro Almodovar hair.

  9. I can scarcely credit how petty, sad and misguided some of the early negative comments about this fellow’s style are…

    I think he looks brilliant.

  10. Charlottesville
    I agree about the older brother comment. I first thought CC was putting us on and it was actually him. I could easily see him transitioning into this look as the “deep thoughts” Trad Man.

  11. Can’t say I like beards, for myself, but this guy looks great. I only grew a beard after I was discharged from the US Army, but I wore a mustache to look older, until I was in my forties. I NO LONGER wish to look older, I’m already there, so I’m clean shaven.
    Very nice autumn and winter duds.

  12. It took me a while to realize that currently Chile is in the middle of winter. So all those coarse, heavy fabrics make sense for Santiago.

    Thank you Christian for showing an interesting winter wardrobe in the middle of summer here in the US. This is the time of year that all the lightweight fabrics, tee shirts, and straw hats get a little tedious. After watching this video from Chile I’m looking forward to breaking out my fall/winter wardrobe.

  13. His accent is so unlike what I’m used to hearing in Texas that it sounded like he was speaking Italian instead of Spanish. Interesting.

  14. Someone needs to visit a barber shop!

  15. @whiskeydent – I’m not a native Spanish speaker, but to my ears he doesn’t have the Spanish-with-an-Italian-accent that you hear in urban speakers from places like Buenos Aires and Montevideo, but he certainly doesn’t have anything like a Mexican accent. I’d say he’s speaking in a formal register of Spanish, not quite imitating Madrid Spanish, but smoothing away any Latin American regionalisms that might be regarded as vulgar.

  16. Just adding to my previous note: it appears he was born in Chile, but spent much of his childhood in Argentina. Not in Buenos Aires, but in Mendoza – so he might very well have an attenuated version of an Argentine accent.

    Reference here: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federico_S%C3%A1nchez

  17. Vern Trotter | July 29, 2019 at 10:07 pm | Reply

    I have inquired of many an hirsute person, “What is the purpose?” A gewgaw. Weapons grade hedonism, I am told.

    A very well dressed gent. I wish there were more around.

  18. I always wanted to pretend to be an architect.

    Art Van Delay

  19. Chris Hartingford | July 29, 2019 at 11:05 pm | Reply

    @JJ Katz:
    Re: Those negative comments: Sheer Envy!

  20. I’ve spent a lot of time in a corporate office in recent years. Most people are too afraid to say boo to a goose let alone dress with any flair or individuality. Hence the stance or reaction of some. I’m fairly certain that this chap’s manners and behaviour match his dress. Keep up the good work, Senor Sanchez. You are appreciated.

  21. Old School Tie | July 30, 2019 at 10:46 am | Reply

    I stand by my comment that the look seems contrived and done for the likes. He seems very active on social media so that is always a giveaway in my opinion. Katz and Hartingford, if you want to mention me by name next time, don’t be shy, ladies……

  22. whiskdeydent | July 30, 2019 at 11:25 am | Reply

    @cameron
    It could well be he’s speaking in a dialect closer to Madrid. There was a bit of the lisping in his speech. The Mexico City dialect is also closer to Madrid than elsewhere in Mexico. I think it was the rhythm as much as the accent.

    @David and @Old School
    Architects have a long history of dressing with a bit of flair, especially with their eyeglasses. I think most view themselves as artists with some engineering knowledge instead of the other way around. I couldn’t pull off dressing with such verve, but I think he does it well. He definitely does not want to blend in.

  23. Charlottesville | July 30, 2019 at 3:01 pm | Reply

    Whiskeydent – I think that was well said. As a lawyer rather than an architect, I might be more likely to fasten my wrist buttons and less likely to wear a blazer crest, but I still think his look is great. A bit of flamboyance can be a fine thing, even if different ones of us draw the lines in different places. I know a collar pin sets off alarm bells in some people, but I think it looks just fine and wear a pinned club collar myself on occasion. Espadrilles, bit loafers, white bucks, Argyle socks, stripes with stripes, double-soled gunboats, double-breasted blazers, single monks (let us not even speak of double monks), fedoras, and many other items have resulted in heated battles among those of us here in the Ivy Style peanut gallery, and there is nothing wrong with having personal opinions. However, I would welcome more men dressing like Sr. Sanchez, and fewer aping the hoodie and shorts crowd.

    Speaking of shorts, today’s The Wall Street Journal has a story on the recent UK heat wave. Tropical temps in London have resulted in the abandonment of decorum to the point where shorts, or what Bertie Wooster might call “footer bags,” have been spotted in the City and even at Lord’s and Annabel’s.

    “’I see no reason to go completely off the chart and dress as though you are going to do the gardening,’ said Simon Rostron … [who] attended a charity cricket match on Tuesday. As a concession to the heat, he says he ‘nervously’ donned a blazer, tan trousers, white shirt, striped tie and brown shoes, fearing he would be too casual. To his disgust, he was ‘the only person wearing anything that resembled normal clothing’ — other attendees had chosen to clad themselves in Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts.”

    It sounds like Mr. Rostron and I have much in common, although I have the advantage of living in a place where seersucker is welcomed to such an extent that a complete stranger stopped me today and said, “You look like a southern gentleman,” which I have chosen to assume she intended as a compliment. I will even confess to having worn shorts with knee-socks and a blazer in Bermuda.

    Old School Tie – I believe that you are a London doctor. May one inquire how you braved the heat, when not wearing scrubs in the OR, that is? I envision a dark suit or blazer, white shirt, university tie, perhaps pushing back the Panama to dab a bead or two of perspiration from the forehead with a proper linen handkerchief. Sounds about perfect to me.

  24. To me, his dress is the architectural equivalent to Antoni Gaudi. I would prefer Hugh Newell Jacobsen, who, at 90, is quite the tasteful traditionalist. The items Mr. Sanchez wears taken individually seem rather nice but put together they become a costume. I hate to agree with AEV/VEA but the hair and bracelets are a bit much for a middle aged man. I mean after all.

    I would also be willing to bet a large sum that Mr. Sanchez owns a cape.

    Cheers,

    Will

  25. @Charlottesville

    I work from home, so I’m in a shortsleeved linen shirt (that looks like a madras), light blue poplin shorts, and deck shoes. Soon I will be sipping some Flor de Cana dark rum as I ponder Austin’s 100-degree heat and 110-degree heat index heat today and likely through mid-September. I am not the picture of Ivy, but I am of comfort.

  26. Charlottesville | July 30, 2019 at 4:38 pm | Reply

    Whiskeydent – Sounds very appropriate. Perhaps you should change your nom de net to Rumdent. It hit 103 here last week, and I went with madras, linen and seersucker shirts at home, but nevertheless stayed in the air-conditioned indoors as much as possible. Today was a balmy 95, but I still removed my seersucker jacket at lunch, where my companions insisted of eating al fresco. I kept the tie on, though. Not bad at all in the shade.

  27. Charlottesville | July 30, 2019 at 4:43 pm | Reply

    “on eating,” of course, not “of.”

  28. Henry Contestwinner | July 30, 2019 at 5:47 pm | Reply

    Funny you should have worn seersucker, Charlottesville, because coincidentally, I wore my faux seersucker* suit yesterday. I had to wear a T-shirt underneath my pink button-down to handle our blistering 65° heat.

    *Looks like seersucker, but lacks the 3D structure of the real thing.

  29. In the words of the late Karl Lagerveld : ‘ Vanity, is the finest form of self-preservation ‘.

    R.I.P. Kaiser Karl.

  30. Vern Trotter | July 31, 2019 at 8:56 am | Reply

    Gillette just announced an $8 BILLION write down because millennial men are not shaving as much as their dads and grandads. Ergo not buying as many razors. Just watch a Major League Baseball game to ascertain this.

  31. @Charlottesville

    I am rumdent once the daily highs go past 85 and whiskeydent (May I have a durzzenwater, please?) the rest of the year. I am fully aware that’s odd and don’t care. I don’t drink — or wear clothes — to please or impress others. I suspect that’s true for most of us in tradsville.

  32. Old School Tie | July 31, 2019 at 10:24 am | Reply

    @Charlottesville – what I have always worn in the summer since my school days i.e. unlined hopsack blazer, school tie (actually, an RL replica which is almost identical), end-on-end shirt and some old chinos. Black Oxfords (Church’s). No hat, no socks. Only joking, of course socks (Gammarelli, red). Glasses with clip-ons (Moscot). A few healthy sprays of Ginepro di Sardegna and I’m good to go. Pocket square is Sea Island cotton, not linen. I’ll have to pop into Lock & Co. for the Panama I’m afraid. Actually, I’m of the opinion that one should enjoy sunny weather, when I was a lad we spent many a summer day forlornly looking out of the window at grey skies and drizzle. A lot of younger people seem to lack robustness these days, I remember the classic City gents of old, three-piece suits, bowler hats and pipes on the hottest summer’s day with ne’er a drop of sweat on their brow. A hefty G&T at the end of the day also helps….

  33. Charlottesville | July 31, 2019 at 11:29 am | Reply

    Henry, Whiskeydent and Old School Tie — Sounds like you have each come up with perfect personal solutions to the summer heat, whether 65 degrees or 105. It has dropped back to an overcast 85 today, and I am coping with and old Brooks poplin suit, OCBD and rep stripe bow tie. Hopefully a drop or two of cold gin will be added to the picture around 6:30 p.m. or so.

  34. Geraldo Rivera in disguise?

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