Mr. Zuckerberg & His Hoodie (Did He Wear It To His Wedding?)

What a wonderful weekend we were blessed with, hopefully all of our treasured readers enjoyed similarly blissful weather and fun in the sun.

We have been pondering whether or not to post about today’s topic and finally decided we would forge ahead, it has absolutely nothing little to do with anything prep related, but there has been a bit of buzz surrounding this:

Reuters via NY Times ‘Bits’ Blog

We’re talking about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his much-discussed ‘hoodie’. He wore the casual apparel for meetings with potential investors leading up to last week’s IPO (Initial Public Offering) of Facebook stock. Many thought the choice of attire conveyed a lack of respect for the people Mr. Zuckerberg hoped/expected would buy Facebook stock.

More from a CNN story:

Michael Pachter, an analyst for Wedbush Securities, told Bloomberg that the Facebook CEO’s decision to show up for a meeting with potential investors dressed down in his trademark casual outerwear suggests that he’s too immature to run a massive corporation.

“He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s going to be him,” Pachter said in an interview on Bloomberg TV. “I think that’s a mark of immaturity.

Others took issue with the negative comments, blogger Om Malik disagreed in particular with Mr. Pachter:

“This analyst is smoking stuff that is outside the realm of legality,” he wrote. “Now if you were looking for a problem with Zuckerberg’s hoodie, then you should see it for what it really is: a fashion abomination.”

From a very casual scan of stories it seems the majority would concur with sentiments shared by the NY Post’s John Crudele:

Zuckerberg is worth nearly $18 billion and is the 35th richest person on the planet, so he can dress any way he wants anytime he wants anywhere he wants.

And Zuckerberg does, channeling the late Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, by brazenly showing up inappropriately dressed for what could have been the biggest day of his life.

The folks at Fashionista offered helpful solutions, speaking with men’s style experts to come up with alternative looks for the techno-whiz.

Via Fashionista

GQ Style Editor Sean Hotchkiss offered the styles shown on the far left, J. Crew’s Ashley Match suggested the Crew pieces shown in the middle image, and the full length ‘hoodie coat’ seen far right comes via Ken Downing of Neiman Marcus.

The Journal’s fab fashion and style writer, Christina Binkley, points out in her blog that perhaps this actually ranks as a dressier look for the gazillionaire.

Mr. Zuckerberg has reportedly attended a meeting with venture capitalists in pajamas (channeling Michael Jackson?), so it could be argued that he dressed up when pitching his upcoming IPO to investors in New York.

Ms. Binkley also offered an alternative for Mr. Zuckerberg in her post, the “Executive Pinstripe Hoodie“:

Betabrand

Described as “business-casual bliss,” this comes to us from Betabrand.

Betabrand

For a mere $149 one of the wool hoodies can be yours. And ladies, lest you feel a sense of being… well, left out (the horror), fear not: there is a Women’s Executive Hoodie.

Betabrand

Wondering about Betabrand? These are the folks who brought us Dress Pant Sweatpants, not to mention the Terry Blazer.

Back to Mr. Zuckerberg, we know he has suits. And ties. More from that CNN story:

It’s not like Zuck doesn’t know how to clean up. He donned a coat and tie last year when he and other technology luminaries had dinner with President Obama, and wore a suit a few months later when Obama visited Facebook for a town hall event.

In fact, he bucked the Valley Casual look for an entire year not so long ago. On his Facebook Timeline, Zuckerberg wrote that, in 2009, he wore a tie every day.

In fact, he wore a suit for his wedding to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan on Saturday.

Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Page

(For those curious about the gown worn by Ms. Chan, People reports it is Claire Pettibone’s “Sky Between the Branches” gown.)

Claire Pettibone

So what thinketh you? Is the whole thing overblown? Or was it really a slap in the face of the very people Mr. Zuckerberg wanted money from? Or both?

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8 responses to “Mr. Zuckerberg & His Hoodie (Did He Wear It To His Wedding?)

  1. He’s the founder of CEO of a company that is worth $$$$ and has revolutionized human interaction and ushered in an era of technological egalitarianism. I think he’s earned the right to wear pajamas to investor meetings if he so desires. I read the following at a mens fashion forum and I think it sums up exactly what I feel.

    “I think the only people qualified to comment on his hoodie are the ones with companies worth more than 100 billion $. :)”

  2. Lisa

    The man has the $$ to back up his business smarts, he’s 28 and so will make a statement as is the norm for ‘kids’ his age. I think all of those making a fuss over his attire are showing their age. Think about it, at 28 he’s the 35th RICHEST man in the world! AND he did wear a suit when needed – to his wedding. The oldsters in the suits are jealous.

  3. I don’t see how facebook ushered in an era of technological egalitarianism, but I do admire Zuckerman et al for coming up with an idea and making billions with it.
    I love the photoshoped photos of him. Too cute.

  4. I’m of two minds….he obviously doesn’t need to pretend to be anything he isn’t in order to run a huge company and make billions. On the other hand…it’s a shame his mother didn’t get him comfy in appropriate clothing from a young age so when he does need to be around power suits he doesn’t look like an idiot.

  5. She looked lovely!! I hope he got a prenup. He reminds me of Leonard on “Big Bang Theory” always wearing a hoodie.

  6. theenchantedhome

    If this is the biggest issue we have to hem and haw about….we are focusing on the wrong things people! How about the 700 million DOLLARS we are losing EVERY DAY because of our war? Our unemployment? Our “unsavory” politicians, Geez…there are bigger things to worry about but on a side and frivolous note, have to say the pinstripe hoodie seems like a “happy medium”, he gets his hoodie aka security blanket and all the uptight bankers losing steam over his “lack of respect” get a healthy dose of pinstripes..LOL.
    He is being himself and you know what for that I give him credit…..look at him compared to the ever so smooth, always coiffed Jon Edwards, dressed in an expensive suit but look at what he was, what he did, a wolf in sheeps clothing. People need to stop worrying about what people LOOK like and worry about who they ARE. Getting off my soapbox now…enjoy your day!

    PS Love her dress…wishing them a lifetime of happiness:)

  7. Something I learned in my last lawyer-ly position while dealing with CEO sorts is that there’s a sort of reverse snobbery to formality in dress – the thought being, when one reaches a certain level of power, one doesn’t have to dress formally anymore. Especially here in Austin, to do otherwise is to be trying to hard, and CEOs don’t do that (or don’t want to be seen doing that, rather).

    While I’m no hoodie apologist by any stretch – and I do mean any – think this sort of move on Mr. Z’s part is entirely intentional and expected within the culture of his industry.

    On a Prettier note, that wedding dress is just ethereally lovely – and the groom cleans up nicely in his carefully rumpled tie & suit.

  8. I guess I see it both ways. But at the end of the day, I think his fashion is part of the Facebook trademark/image. So it doesn’t really bother me. Or not nearly as much as musicians with the pants showing off their undies. THAT bothers me. A hoodie…eh…I don’t think it looks nice but I get that it’s part of what got him to this point in his FB career.

    KK

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