Its not just the outfit

I gave you all a little insight as to how I choose who to photograph while on my walks, but I’m going to tell you a little more just to get the ball rolling onto the correct slope. When I see a person dressed very nice or very different; it’s not only the style but the personality that goes along with it there has to be something there with their person for me to want to take their photo.

I have passed up many great outfits and looks just because of the expression on someone’s face as they are walking down the street. Its always a different feel I get from people before I decide to approach them and if the feel is wrong then I’ll keep walking and not bother. This isn’t me being picky, it’s me being smart. If I snapped a photo of every person I wanted to then this  wouldn’t be as interesting, fun or exciting ad it is now. These looks are one of a kind, truly unique looks here in L.A. and I  wouldn’t see another look like it here.


Insight to my photos

Hello, I am Yoshawn Smith creator of Sartorial Los Angeles, I’d like to give you a little info as to what you will see on this blog. 

When I am out taking the photos that will be seen in this blog, I usually don’t go out with a game plan, which you think I would since I take these photos on my way to work. I am walk the same route everyday looking for outfits and people that intrigue me, so the photos will not be of people wearing high class designer labels, but more of just a different type of style that doesn’t seem forced. I like to photograph people who look comfortable in what they are wearing. 

The places I mainly shoot are Downtown Los Angeles, from 7th st/Hope st. – 7th/Spring – 4th/Spring and then in little Tokyo down 2nd st. So if you are ever downtown and you spot me walking this route, please say “Hello” and please let me take your photo.

I will try to keep up with this blog as much as possible, so please bare with me, as I am still compiling photos to be presented for the first week of August. In the mmeantime check out the Instagram page @sartorial.losangeles.

Cheers from Sartorial Los Angeles.

Welcome to the Blog!


Sartorial L.A.


Sartorial L.A.



Hello my name is Yoshawn Smith, a Husband, Father and Artist here in the beautiful and gritty city of Los Angeles, CA. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, I was around many different cultures such as gangs, dance, graffiti, music, and even fashion. This city is built off of the working man and the outside of the box thinkers, and those who just wanted to stand out anyway they can, even if they aren’t from the city. I set out at the beginning of the year to capture these people while on my way to work during the afternoons and mornings in Downtown Los Angeles. Not having a proper place for these photos made it difficult, so this is my attempt to make that space a permanent one.


Welcome to “Sartorial L.A. where I will be showing Fashion portraits of finely dressed individuals on the streets of Los Angeles, CA.