As Facebook prepares for what promises to be a landmark IPO for the tech industry, the attention of Wall Street this week focused on one of the company’s signature features — Mark Zuckerberg’s hoodie.

Yes, the attire of the Facebook CEO seemed to generate as much attention as the social network’s bottom line or growth potential after Zuckerberg showed up sans suit and tie at a presentation to major investors in New York earlier this week.

“He’s actually showing investors he doesn’t care that much; he’s going to be him,” analyst Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities told Bloomberg TV. “I think that’s a mark of immaturity. I think that he has to realize he’s bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he’s got to show them the respect that they deserve because he’s asking them for their money.”

The New York Times explains the other side of the argument: “Hoodies, like black turtlenecks, appear casual, like you just threw on the first thing you could find dangling on a hook behind the door. In fact, it carries a lot of meaning. It signifies the opposite of a Hermès tie, the favored accoutrement of Wall Street. It signifies that you’re busy making things that are really, really important to the world, which is what Silicon Valley believes, and hey – you don’t really care what you look like.”

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Comments

  • Guest

    Especially in the wake of the tragic slaughter of Trayvon Martin, a man killed for the hoodie he wore, I support and endorse Mark Zuckerberg’s sartorial choices. We all need to accept and respect one another not for how we appear, but for who we are.

    Thank you, Mark, for continuing to innovate.

    • ted

      Trayvon Martin was not killed because he wore a hoodie, and linking Mark Zuckerberg to that unfortunate case makes zero sense whatsoever.

  • JustSayin’

    Imagine the utter SHOCK should he have left the hood up.

  • http://twitter.com/locuslingua Jeremy Irish

    It is genius to make lazy dress a signature look.

  • Guest

     he wants to me the hoodie his signature look.

  • Guest

    No one in a suit will hesitate to invest in FB’s IPO because of Mark Zuckerberg’s attire!

  • http://twitter.com/Iron_Sean Sean M

    What Michael Pachter doesn’t get it he’s not asking them for their money. He’s doing the IPO because it’s a legal requirement for him at this point. And it doesn’t matter what he says or does, people are still going to invest in Facebook regardless. 

    I think bankers deserve not to be the center of attention for once, and good on Mark for not bowing down to their expectations. 

  • havoc425

    Would it kill ya to put on a suit while making a billion dollars on Wall St.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lawlam Lawrence Lam

    If he could wear a suit for President Obama, he can wear a suit for his investors

  • Guest

    Any investor that would walk away from Facebook because the CEO was wearing a hoodie is likely an investor that Facebook doesn’t want.

  • rocky john

    As Facebook prepares for what promises to be a landmark IPO for the tech industry,

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