PERCEPTION: Homeless and Chic Fashions in China

Who is this mysterious man dubbed the Handsome Vagabound!

I inadvertently stumbled across this hot tip on The Independent World, about China’s hottest fashionista. Apparently, a handsome 30ish young homeless man is being touted as one the sexiest fashion victims. He’s even mustered a huge internet following throughout China. News items on this man have been posted on Blogs and newspapers, discussing his brawny looks and “bohemian” style of dress. His groupies have called him the “Handsome Vagabond,” “the Beggar Prince” or “Brother Sharp.”  According to, The China Daily, netizen’s have dubbed him as the “most handsome underdog of the century.” Read on you decide.

Below are images the Handsome Vagabound morphed into Advertisements using photoshop.

Handsome Vagabond morphed in Dior Ad.

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Michele Washington

I am a designer, design critic and educator, I love doodling and tinkering with objects that I collect from my global travels.

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03 2010

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  1. Alex #

    Haha, I can see the hype. A very good-looking homeless man. But how impoverished can he really be? (notice the trendy haircut, [enough cash perhaps for] cigs)…well, I hope we can look over his style-icon status and newfound fame and find this guy a place to stay then? LOL C’MON

  2. Atim Annette Oton #

    What is happening to him these days?

    • Michele Washington #

      Hey Atim,
      Since his picture has been featured in all the major newspapers in China and on blogs family members have stepped forward. He has a brother and a wife who died in a car accident last year. Michele

  3. 4

    I guess he’s no longer homeless, right?
    Blog looks great.

    • Michele Washington #

      Hey Ayana
      After doing a little more research I’ve discovered the Handsome Vagabond, some family members have stepped forward. Apparently, he was married with kids and disappeared about 10 years ago. Michele

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