Scott Schuman is a Founder, blogger, and photographer. He began The Sartorialist with the idea of creating a two-way dialogue about the world of fashion and its relationship to daily life. After leaving his position as director of men’s fashion at his showroom to take care of his daughter in September 2005, he began carrying a digital camera around and photographing people he saw on the street whose style he found striking.
He then posted these to his blog, sometimes with short comments, always either favorable or open-minded. He is well known for photographing what have been described as real people. Then, he began his site with the hopes of connecting fashion and everyday street life. An anthology of his images was published in 2009 by Penguin and since then has sold over 100,000 copies and has been translated to Korean. Its limited-run Bespoke Edition sold out in less than three months.
A native of Indiana, Schuman once worked as a sales associate at the 1980s chain Chess King. Later he attended Indiana University, graduating with a degree in apparel merchandising and a minor in costume construction. Scott Schuman dated the prominent French street-fashion photographer and illustrator Garance Dore from 2008 to 2014.
His work resides in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.