Interview: Herman Bystrom of the Sartorial Doctrine

I had an opportunity to speak with a young sartorial minded gent, Mr. Herman Bystrom. You may recognize him from his blog the Sartorial Doctrine. I was specifically intrigued by Herman’s sense of aesthetics and culture that come together for a very contemporary, but classic look. Herman has a unique vision and style with touched of the sartorial whims of the classic gentleman before us, that many of us use for inspiration. Mr. Bystrom has turned himself into an inspiration to others by letting us into his vision through the Sartorial Doctrine. We take a deeper look here.

What intrigues you about the whole menswear world?
It’s a hard question really, but I really enjoy a high level of craftsmanship combined with clothing that fit well. For me it’s almost erotic to see a well-made jacket shoulder, preferably Neapolitan style (spalla camicia). Also, I really enjoy watching people who are passionate in what they do, no matte if their style is leaning towards street or a more classic menswear approach.

What inspires you when it comes to dressing and your blog posts?
I get a ton of inspiration from the internet, I read a lot of blogs and I try to stay up to date all the time. Also, I can become inspired by just sitting at a café when traveling, just watching beautiful architecture and landscape is a huge inspiration for me in terms of the colors I use. Most recently I visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the beautiful interior was just inspiration on a whole new level.

Tell us how the sartorialdoctrine came about…
It was so long ago so it’s quite hard to remember. But most of all it was my desire to learn, by researching for my blog I always learn new stuff, it’s just amazing how much I have developed the last couple of years. I really don’t think I would have been so secure with myself and my style without the blog, it has certainly helped me a lot.

You definitely have a classic style mixed with some contemporary – how would you describe your own “style”?
I try to avoid saying that I have a classic style, sure I use some classic pieces but I always try to dress down. I’m only 21 years of age so it’s important to know what works for your age, therefore I try to wear fitted clothing and I choose materials carefully. However, I’m probably not as fashion oriented as most people, I try to purchase clothing that will last a couple of years and stuff that I can use in many different ways. If I had to put a label on my style it would be something like classic style mixed with some contemporary like you say, but I try to avoid it.

It is interesting to see how other young gents are embracing the sartorial lifestyle and becoming more aware of the importance to details, especially where I am in the US. How would you say the mindset differs/is similar across the world?
It’s very interesting indeed! In Sweden where I live I have noticed the same development in that area, but we still have a far way to go. It differs a lot depending on where in the world you are, for example in Japan and Italy people are way ahead. I visited Tokyo last year and I cannot remember ever seeing so many stylish people, it’s almost like the Japanese are doing the Italian “sprezzatura” style better than the Italians themselves. You cannot deny that Italy is amazing in that regard as well, the Italian people are often very passionate and I think that’s a reason that they often are mentioned when talking about premium products.

Your house is on fire. You can only take one item with you. What is it?
The photo album that me and my girlfriend are working on, containing pictures from our travels. I definitely thought of choosing something related to menswear, but that’s not as important in the end I guess.

What brand/designer shoulder every man have in his wardrobe?
I’d say a blue unconstructed jacket from Boglioli, preferably washed in lightweight wool or cashmere. It’s probably as versatile as it gets, dress it up or down.

What makes Herman Bystrom suavebynature?
I guess that’s for you all to decide!