Today is the 4th anniversary of BAMF Style, so I’m commemorating the occasion by posting a revised and updated version of my first post – an analysis of the iconic gray-blue glen check suit worn by Cary Grant in North by Northwest. Thanks for all the support over the years!
Cary Grant as Roger O. Thornhill, Madison Avenue ad man mistaken for an international spy
New York City, Fall 1958
Film: North by Northwest
Release Date: July 28, 1959
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Tailor: Arthur Lyons of Kilgour, French & Stanbury
Wardrobe Department: Harry Kress
North by Northwest is famous for being one of the best thrillers and espionage films of all time, but it has also received plenty of accolades as the greatest “suit movie” due to the sharply-tailored gray-blue Glen plaid suit that Cary Grant wears throughout the film. In August 2015, Esquire gave it the top spot on its Greatest Suits in Film list… which also included several other heroes you’ll see on the pages of BAMF Style.
The suit even inspired a short story from writer Todd McEwen, retelling North by Northwest from the…
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One of my first posts about one of my favorite outfits – and one of the most iconic – deserved some more attention, so I’m rounding out this week with a post celebrating Steve McQueen’s “casual Friday” tweed shooting jacket, blue rollneck, desert boots, and raincoat in 1968’s Bullitt.
Dressing for fall – especially in a city like Pittsburgh – can be difficult when the morning is 40°F, the temperature climbs to 75°F at noon, and a humid rain falls just in time for the drive home. And yet, Steve McQueen found a way to be prepared for all weather while looking cool and comfortable at the same time.
Steve McQueen as Lt. Frank Bullitt, San Francisco inspector (they don’t call them detectives in the SFPD)
San Francisco, Spring 1968
Release Date: October 17, 1968
Director: Peter Yates
Costume Designer: Theadora Van Runkle
The definitive Steve McQueen style blog has a great statement:
One thing sane people do, as we all know, is spend a good portion of their spare time on eBay searching for a brown tweed jacket a bit like the one in Bullitt.
Although a relatively simple look…
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Today would have been the 86th birthday of Steve McQueen, the “King of Cool”. BAMF Style is paying tribute with this revised and expanded post breaking down McQueen’s style as Carter “Doc” McCoy in 1972’s The Getaway, the Sam Peckinpah-directed neo-noir crime classic which starred him and his future wife Ali MacGraw as a shrewd bank-robbing couple.
Happy birthday, Steve McQueen!
(I also just found this blog post that was also published today for McQueen’s 86th birthday about he and MacGraw working together while making The Getaway.)
Steve McQueen as Carter “Doc” McCoy, Texas bank robber and parolee
Texas, Spring 1972
Film: The Getaway
Release Date: December 13, 1972
Director: Sam Peckinpah
Men’s Costumer: Kent James
WARNING! Spoilers ahead!
If nothing else, I hope that this blog has served the purpose of further informing the world as to just how cool Steve McQueen is. If life should throw enough lemons at you that you decide your only way to succeed is to rob a bank, at least do it in style and follow Steve’s example.
McQueen plays Carter “Doc” McCoy, a paroled bank robber who teams up with his wife Carol (Ali MacGraw) and a few cronies to take down a Texas bank and line the pockets of a crooked political boss. The film is an excellent piece of ’70s action drama, full of twists…
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Finally took the time to revisit and update an old post that was in dire need of more detailed attention… Happy Leap Day!
Tom Cruise as Vincent, professional freelance assassin
Los Angeles, January 2004
Release Date: August 6, 2004
Director: Michael Mann
Costume Designer: Jeffrey Kurland
Tom Cruise’s Costume Designer: Kendall Errair
WARNING! Spoilers ahead!
A year before he jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch, Tom Cruise played a role no one saw coming: a world-weary, cold-blooded, and ruthless paid assassin. In the film, Cruise’s assassin, Vincent, kidnaps a taxi cab driver named Max (played by Jamie Foxx) and forces him to chauffeur him to his various assassinations. Tension grows as Max realizes he is likely to be Vincent’s final kill of the night.
For his look in the Michael Mann flick, a modern take on Cary Grant’s famous North by Northwest suit was developed for Cruise’s character. The choice is an interesting contrast: in North by Northwest, Grant’s character…
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I’ve made no secret of the fact that I think all of you who follow and comment on this blog are some of the coolest dudes around. BAMF Style just celebrated its third anniversary (on September 26th, if you’re curious), and I couldn’t have made it this far without all of you.
To show my appreciation, I’d love to get the chance to highlight some of the looks you guys are sporting. Whether it’s based on a movie or TV BAMF or just a stellar combination you’ve found on your own, feel free to send a photo or two of an outfit that makes you proud to TheSartorialBAMF@gmail.com, along with a few words like the manufacturers, fabric, and even an anecdote about it.
It’d be my pleasure to sort through the submissions and get a post up – probably around Thanksgiving, since I’ll be literally giving my thanks – featuring all of your great style.
This one’s for you, BAMFs!
Also, check out this cool article by Guy Trebay for the New York Times, where Trebay talks about classic sprezzatura style icons like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Cary Grant, and Marvin Gaye. Trebay even talks about McQueen’s somewhat anachronistic – but badass – attire in The Great Escape.
Plenty of Californication fans have been hoping for the last seven years to get the details of the brown leather jacket Hank gets from Bill in “LOL” (Episode 1.05) and wears a few more times in the show’s run. I posted about the jacket back in January 2013, but just this week I learned that the jacket will be sold at auction! Continue reading
I am honored to announce the publication of the premiere issue of Automotive Traveler’s Classic Car, a stunning print-on-demand magazine for a worldwide audience of classic car enthusiasts. The magazine covers classic postwar autos from 1945 to 1990, with this month’s cover story featuring the 1979 Le Mans-winning Porsche 935 Kremer K3.
I am honored to serve as a contributor; my first column features one of the most classic film cars of all… the Goldfinger DB5. This magazine is truly a gem for all car enthusiasts. To order a copy, you can check out Amazon or CreateSpace.
If ordering from Amazon using Amazon Prime, the cost will be $18.95 with free two-day shipping of orders of $35 or more. At CrateSpace, you can order using coupon code 4LDPYDWX to get a $5 discount.Automotive Traveler’s Classic Car is a premium magazine with exclusive expert content that you won’t find anywhere else with the spirit of now-defunct classic magazines like Octane, Classic and Sports Car, Thoroughbred and Classic Car, Motor Trend Classic, Cars and Parts, and Automobile Quarterly.
This is the magazine to own for enthusiasts of the golden age of motoring when cars perfectly balanced both performance and beauty.
Eighty years ago, the powers that be brilliantly repealed the Volstead Act, the prohibitive act that made the production, transport, and sale of alcohol illegal in the United States. From the implementation of the 18th amendment on January 17, 1920 until the repeal with the 21st amendment on December 5, 1933, folks in the U.S. were not allowed to sell booze, although they were technically allowed to drink and privately own it.
If you have a Repeal Day party, or if you just want to celebrate in vintage style, check out some of the 1920s-themed posts on BAMF Style for inspiration…
From Boardwalk Empire on HBO:
- Nucky Thompson’s Eveningwear
- Nucky Thompson’s Red, White, and Blue
- Jimmy Darmody’s Blue Suit
- Jimmy Darmody’s Dark Pinstripe Suit
From 1974’s The Great Gatsby adaptation:
There’ll be plenty more 1920s style posts to come, but these are good ways to make sure you stand out on December 5th!
One year ago today, after a lifetime of writing masterpieces and then hiding them from all critical eyes, I decided to bite the bullet and start a blog. The inaugural post was dedicated to the famous gray suit worn by Cary Grant in North by Northwest. A year later, my little project to help myself decide what to wear based on the coolest guys of movies and TV has grown to well over 100 articles, more than 500 views on an average day, and some of the coolest followers and commenters on the interweb. Thanks for all the feedback, advice, and fun. Let’s keep it going!
Since you’re all so cool, who’s interested in some stats?
How do people get here?
The top five most common searches that bring people to the blog are:
- jason bourne brown sweater
- jason bourne sweater
- hank moody boots
- bamf style
- hank moody style
The next five are also about Hank Moody, until #11, which is “jimmy darmody suit”. Evidently, we’ve got plenty of Californication fans. That being said…
What are the most viewed pages?
- Jason Bourne in Switzerland (from The Bourne Identity)
- Jimmy Darmody’s Blue Suit (from Boardwalk Empire)
- Collateral – Vincent’s Suit (from Collateral)
- Bullitt (obviously, this was Steve McQueen’s iconic sportcoat in Bullitt)
- Jason Bourne in Paris (also from The Bourne Identity)
Again, Jason Bourne racks up some top points on the board. Looking at this, I’m a bit ashamed of my Collateral page. Perhaps it’s worth a revisit soon to fix it up and make it worthy of the #3 spot.
What’s everyone looking at?
I’ve been told by plenty of people (like, at least four) that having a ton of photos helps the blog out. Let’s see the top five photos everyone’s clicking on…
- Jimmy Darmody’s blue suit from Boardwalk Empire
- Jason Bourne’s dark overcoat, sweater, and jeans in The Bourne Supremacy
- Jason Bourne just kinda hanging out in The Bourne Ultimatum
- Tom Cruise’s badass gray suit in Collateral
- Four different shots of Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity
You people really like Matt Damon.
You’re all the best. Thanks for checking out the humble blog. Have fun and, if you missed some of the first articles – like from Bullitt, Goldfinger, North by Northwest, or Three Days of the Condor – check them out. I used to be a lot funnier then.
Don’t forget, if you ever have anything you want to say, whether it’s a compliment (yay!), complaint (ugh!), or you just want to tell me about a great bottle of Scotch you got your hands on, feel free to leave a comment anywhere on the site or send an email off to firstname.lastname@example.org. I try to answer them all in a timely fashion, so expect a response sometime before the birth of your grandson.
Anyone who knows me and my love for gangster history might have an inkling for what tomorrow’s post will be. Hint: 80 years ago today in Indiana…