I was mentioning last week the influence of menswear on our designs, and the interesting gender plays going on in the fashion world right now. Sometimes though, we just come across a specific person and find them inspiring, because their way of being just makes us smile.
Ali may not be the kind of pretty young thing we’re accustomed to seeing on fashion blogs but he is one dapper looking 83-year-old. Australian-born and Berlin-based photographer Zoe Spawton first noticed him as he would walk by her coffee shop every morning at precisely 9h05, always impeccably put together, and never wearing the same outfit.
After a few weeks of greeting each other every morning, she asked him if she could take his picture (or gestured to her camera, she says, as he speaks little English). Spawton was so fascinated by his sartorial sense of style that she’s started a blog dedicated to “What Ali Wore”.
Ali, who has lived in Germany for 44 years, used to be a doctor before he became a tailor. He has 18 kids, works a full 6-days-week and still makes a lot of his clothes by hand.
photos via What Ali Wore/Zoe Spawton