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HolidayGuide_Oconnells

It’s getting down to wire for Holiday Shopping. Thankfully we have another gift guide to help out in case you’ve been having trouble picking out the perfect gift for the Dandy in your life. O’Connell’s is not only a favorite spot here in Buffalo, it’s also a recognized and revered #menswear mecca across world. Full of old and new classics, O’Connell’s store is perfectly curated for the dapper gentleman of refined style and for those who love well made things. While jackets, sweaters and shirts are in no short supply, O’Connell’s very own custom designed Smathers & Branson needlepoint collection has been high on the want list for quite some time. Let’s also not forget their vast collection of bow ties and other accessories, making O’Connell’s a perfect stop for full on presents or stocking stuffers.

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There’s a lot of #breaktheinternet boasts going around lately, but few have actually managed to do so. The latest kickstarter campaign from Nadim Elgarhy and his Helgray Silverstone Chronograph however, has come closer than most. After just 38 minutes of going live, the campaign blew past it’s funding goal of $20,000. 6 days later, a goal of $100,000 with more than 400 backers was reached. *Mic drop.

Influenced by the racing chronographs from the 1960’s, the design is classic, functional and aesthetically beautiful. With a hybrid mechanical/quartz movement which keeps the cost at a minimum, the watch is available in 4 different face colors, a stainless steel bracelet and your choice of brown or black leather strap. At 40mm in diameter the watch is more modest in size than current chronographs, yet this only enhances it’s vintage look and feel.

The current lowest availability for backers is set at $250 ($100 off retail) which is still remarkably affordable for a watch like this. We’ve featured Kickstarter watch campaigns in the past (like Rossling & Co which was another creation by Nadim), but this one quite literally has us reaching for our wallets and throwing it at the monitor. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the watch lover in your life (i.e. you) the Helgray Silverstone Chronograph might be the perfect choice.

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An album of more than 220 photographs featuring window displays of Kleinhans Department Store recently sold at auction for $13,000. The high-end department store was once the largest men’s clothiers in the United States. After declining over the years before finally closing it’s doors in 1992, some of the stores original pieces can still be found in various thrift shops throughout the area. These photographs provide a gorgeous view of Kleinhans former glory. Each photo depicts menswear in a variety of jaunty and modern designs meant to appeal to everyone, from the career to college man–including suits, neckwear, knits, sporting wear, hats, luggage, coats, and shoes–for a variety of seasons and all weather; nearly all photographed at night. From what I understand, towards the end of it’s run the store was more of a J.C.Penny type store rather than a high-end mens shop, but my god imagine if this store was still open and at the level it once was. I would never leave.

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We kick off our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide here at Buffalo Dandy by featuring one of our favorite local stores, Blue Collar. There’s a reason Blue Collar was voted Best Men’s Clothing store in Buffalo. With a great selection of jackets, sweaters and accessories from familiar brands and some you’ve never heard of, Blue Collar is the perfect starting point for your holiday shopping.

Below are some of our favorite pieces currently available in the store.

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It’s a fairly well known fact that there are two things that we love here at Buffalo Dandy: Harris Tweed and Whiskey. Well the some mad scientists over at Heriot Watt University’s School of Textiles & Design worked with Harris Tweed Hebrides to produce a “smart fabric” which carries the scent of Aqua Alba, which apparently is designed to replicate the scent of Johnnie Walker Black. The tweed carries aromas of rich malt, golden vanilla, red fruit and dark chocolate tones and will withstand multiple dry cleanings.

A range of products utilizing the whisky-scented fabric will be unveiled in Berlin before being marketed across the rest of Europe and (hopefully) the States. My god, the idea of making a whiskey-smelling Harris Tweed tie has me more excited that words can express…

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Le Grande Hat

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Wait… what?

I’m not even sure what to write about this ridiculous kickstarter… Le Grande Hat combines the elegance of a top hat (the classic staple of the original Dandy’s wardrobe) and the epitome of street headwear: the snapback. Is this a good idea? Is this even necessary? I have more questions than answers at this point. All I know is once Pharrell gets his hands on one of these, they will sell out immediately and we’ll be seeing them on the Instagram accounts of rich kids everywhere.

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The National

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The Dandy clan headed out to the Albany area for Thanksgiving, and while I was excited to spend some quality time with the family, I was also excited to head out Saratoga Springs to check out a local menswear shop called The National. The store has been on my radar for a while, since it opened it’s doors a little over 2 years ago and I was thrilled to finally make it out to the store to check it out in person.

Initially opened as a subsidiary of Saratoga National Golf Club, the store has done a fantastic job of transitioning from a classic golf shop to a legit heritage-inspired clothing destination. While chatting with Kyle and James from the store, I was surprised to hear people are traveling from as far as Vermont and Canada just to visit the store. After checking out some what the store has to offer, I can see why.

The National does a great job of appealing to a very broad customer base. While some of the louder dress shirts, modern denim and rustic leather goods will attract a younger crowd, the classic derby-style known by the older generation of Saratoga is still prevalent throughout the store. This allows for a grandfather, dad and his son to walk into the same store and all be able to find something to wear. With classic and modern brands like Peter Millar, Smathers and Branson, Bill’s Khakis, Filson, Bugatchi and Scojo Eyewear, the store really has something for everyone.

The accessories offered in the store were equally amazing. With an vast selection of ties, scarves, shoes, bracelets, bags and hats, I had a hard time not wanting to buy everything. I also really loved the casual atmosphere in the store. With the brick walls, wood floors and black and white photos of classic Saratoga moments, the National is more reminiscent of Brooks Brothers or Ralph Lauren store rather than a “golf shop” selling ill-fitting sport polos and khakis. It’s a place you just want to hang out in. With beautiful displays and meticulous merchandising, you can tell a lot of thought went into the look and feel of the store… And it shows.

After taking some photos of the store and regaling Jim and Kyle about shoveling ourselves out of a blizzard, we bid the store adieu and headed to Starbucks for yet another holiday Peppermint Mocha. Many thanks to those guys for showing us around the store and if you’re ever in the Saratoga area, I highly recommend checking out this new #menswear mecca.

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For those us who will be traveling this Holiday season and are less than confident in the contents of our hosts’ liquor cabinet, the Stephen Kenn Travel Cocktail Kit is like brining a mini version of your home bar with you wherever you go! Created in collaboration with Gin & Luck, the leather, canvas and elastic webbing kit comes with 9 empty bottles, a mixing spoon, and a detailed book containing instructions on how to pack the kit for different types of trips. Containing 15 different cocktail recipes created by the men behind some of the world’s best cocktail bars, simply pack the kit using supplies from your home bar according to the individual instructions for your trip type and use it to make 3 different cocktails.

$275

Winterizing Your Shoes

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After finally getting dug out from this monstrous snow storm, many of us head back to work and begin the arduous task of trudging through the winter streets of Buffalo. With all the snow, salt, rain, etc. that’s all over the roads, it’s crucial that your kicks are properly protected against the elements. Below are some important steps to winterize your shoes.

Check out the full article at BuffaloVibe.com

Project Pieta

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Project Pieta is a fashion label born in the prisons of Lima, Latin America. Using only natural, ecological and recycled materials, the collection is entirely produced by inmates in the prison workshops. The project allows inmates to independently generate income, develop their skills allowing for a faster rehabilitation and also shortens their sentence: each day of work decreases the prisoners sentence by a full day. Each piece is numbered and signed by the craftsman who made it.

The collection is a mixture of work and street wear, with most of the items looking like something out of HBA catalog. While that particular look is not my taste, the stuff all looks so good I almost wishes it were just so I could wear it. This denim shirt and wool cardigan however, I can definitely get behind. I love clothing with an interesting story and it doesn’t get more badass than wearing something that 1.was made by an inmate and 2.does some good in the process. The whole collection not only looks fantastic, it’s also fairly affordable compared to some of these other street wear brands with a similar look. Naturally, it should go without saying that you’re required listen to Johnny Cash while wearing said garments…

$80/$150
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