The difficult thing about acquiring an impeccable wardrobe is the inherent cost associated with such an endeavor. Combatant Gentlemen is looking to make this process a little easier by offering a wide selection of wardrobe essentials at an incredibly affordable price. With suits starting at $140, shirts at $30, sweaters at $35, ties at $14 and even selvedge denim at $70, Combatant Gentlemen has everything you need to look your Dandy best this Fall. By controlling every aspect of production, the company is able to offer exceptionally well crafted goods, without the high mark-up cost of other designer brands. Perfect for guys who are just starting out, going for that first job interview, looking for a promotion or just to get noticed in the office, the company hopes to arm men with the tools necessary to be a warrior in the workplace; a Combatant Gentleman.
The Glenlivet is proud to present a stunning Dram Chair, hand-crafted by award-winning designer Gareth Neal, and inspired by their purest expression, the Nàdurra. The spirit of Nàdurra – Gaelic for ‘natural’ – is crafted with remarkable attention to detail, using natural materials and reflecting the traditional methods used to create the unique single malt. Of his inspiration behind the chair, Neal says: “Enjoying a dram is a moment of escapism. I wanted to immerse the sitter in the materials that have brought about this moment of pleasure, in absolute comfort.”
The chair’s unique design takes inspiration from both the traditional 19th century methods used in the Nàdurra production process, as well as the materials, representing the high quality craftsmanship so intrinsic to The Glenlivet. The result is an outstanding one-off, a hand-crafted piece that imaginatively captures the spirit of Nàdurra – both in function and form.
Glenlivet is calling this the Ultimate Dram Chair; a piece of furniture that immerses the sitter in the materials of Nàdurra. Resting on oak, copper and leather the sitter is transported to the Speyside countryside or their own personal moment of escape as they relax back and enjoy a dram of the natural spirit.
“The piece is so lightweight that it can literally be transported to a location of choice. I imagined a dramatic vista of the Scottish Highlands but the collector will create his own perfect Nàdurra moment.” – Gareth Neal
The Glenlivet Nàdurra Dram Chair is now on display at The New Craftsman, and will shortly be presented for visitors at The Glenlivet Distillery in Scotland. A limited run will be available for commission exclusively for Guardians of The Glenlivet. Hand-crafted, and so each with an element of personalisation, the chairs will be authentic, unique and distinct, like the Nàdurra itself. These collectors’ item chairs will retail at £6,200 ($9950). If that seems like too much, might haps consider getting one of these.
This time of year usually calls for a swapping of the watch straps here at Buffalo Dandy and for Fall I tend to learn towards a nice rustic leather strap. You will have a difficult time finding a more rugged looking watch strap than this one from Wolf Hill. My God this thing is beautiful… Handmade from 5 oz vegetable tanned leather, the 20mm strap is hand beveled with burnished edges. What I really like about this watch strap is how thick the leather is. For those with a heavier face like my Seiko diver, it’s perfect for keeping the watch secure on your wrist without it sliding around. More affordable and certainly more durable than some of the other leather straps we’ve seen, Wolf Hill is definitely high up on our want list for Fall.
Before September was even here we began seeing Pumpkin Beers in the stores. We tried holding off as long as we could, but with the temperature dipping rather quickly (even after a brief spike back into the 70’s) we found ourselves deeply entrenched in Pumpkin Beer Season. We may have jumped the gun a bit, but after we began embracing the pumpkin beers and pairing them with some classics, obscure movie soundtracks and downright frightening album covers we couldn’t stop. Buy the ticket, take the ride I guess.
Buddy Miles Band “Chapter VII” + Magic Hat Wilhelm Scream
Poison “Open Up and Say… Ahh!” + Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
Breakin’ 2 The Electric Boogaloo Soundtrack + Labatt Blue
Black Sabbath “Paranoid” + UFO Pumpkin
Houston-based Manready Mercantile recently made it’s way onto Buffalo Dandy’s radar and our shopping cart is filling up rather quickly. Created in 2012 with the goal of creating jobs, helping other makers and supporting American-made goods, founder Travis Weaver started with making candles on the stove in his apartment. Since then, the company has branched out to create a “dry goods” line and sell various other Made in America brands through their online store and brick and mortar shop. Most of the stuff isn’t cheap, but their Apocathecary and Apparel products are quite reasonable and everything is beautifully designed. Some favorites of ours (for obvious reasons) are the Whiskey Blooded Tee ($28), Whiskey Soaked Campfire Jerky ($16), the White Tail Antler Damascus Knife ($425) and pretty much any of their various soaps, lotions or grooming products. Might I also suggest following them on their instagram and tumblr accounts which feature some beautiful photography.
An interesting article posted today on BuffaloRising.com that I just had to share. We’ve been talking a lot about Uncle Same’s Outfitters last week. As it turns out, they’re in the process of turning themselves into a lifestyle brand. I personally can’t wait to see what becomes of this. Thoughts?
[reblogged from BuffaloRising.com]
Uncle Sam’s Outfitters, located in the Larkin District, is in the midst of relaunching its store and brand. The seven-storey warehouse, chock full of authentic military clothing and fashionable oddities from almost every military outfit around the world, is undergoing an overhaul that will see the 400,000 square foot building converted into a destination like no other in Buffalo NY, or the country for that matter.
A new retail team has come together at Uncle Sam’s, being led by Creative Director Lou Schreiber (resume includes Macy’s, Tommy Bahama, Levi’s), who is right now busy taking the show on the road to Brooklyn, where Uncle Sam’s will be launching its new concept at NY Fashion Week. “It’s all about the brand R&R,” says Lou. “Repurposed/Reused is a lifestyle fashion branding movement that focuses on sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion, which is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system which can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.”
Not only will Uncle Sam’s continue to sell its repurposed merchandise “as is” with a spit-shine, it is also getting into the business of launching in-house brands. Partnering with Lou on this adventure is Co-Creative Director Tamora Lee (NY designer now living in Buffalo) who will be coordinating artists/designers to recreate the image of the Buffalo showroom and its lines. At the same time, a bevy of designers will be deconstructing the apparel in order to reimagine new fashion statements. Artists and designers include Holly Henderson, Lawrence Pizzi, Mary Grace, Sandra Jean Wilson and Floyd Baker.
Soon the world’s largest Army Navy store (yup, that’s us) will be converted into a showroom that will more resemble the original roots of the Banana Republic brand. The merchandise is being catalogued and inspected. The displays are all being carefully and systematically reworked. A historic clothing and accessories gallery called Ike’s Bunker is in the works, with original uniforms paraphernalia dating back to WW1. “We’re creating what is being termed a “Fashion Distillery”, Lou told me. “We are building an exclusive showroom (second floor) for designers and movie set designers to visit that will feature one of every clothing item. We are even going to have customizable surplus where we can manipulate clothing and add design elements upon the request of the customer. Buffalonians might not know this place as much as tourists from Japan, China and Europe do, but that’s all about to change.
“We’re turning Uncle Sam’s into an international and local brand. It’s going to be more modern and edgier. But it’s still going to have the “authentic and real” flavor. This warehouse will become a destination, and we’re going to tie it all in with what Larkinville is doing. Whether that’s incredible murals that we will have painted, or 3D likenesses of military personnel parachuting off the building, we are going to take this already cool and successful concept to an entirely new level. And guess what? It’s all here right now in this building… we’re just going to have some fun playing around with it.”
Uncle Sam’s co-owners, Rob and Rich Geist, have handed the creative reins of the fashion department over to Lou and Tamora to establish R&R in the market. Uncle Sam’s will be hosting a celebratory party in November. R&R will be the first clothing line to be featured on the runway at NY Fashion Week this Thursday.
Uncle Sam’s Outfitters | 290 Larkin Street | Buffalo, NY | (716) 852-2769 | website | Model photos: Floyd Baker
The weather was absolutely perfect for this year’s Johnny Onion Ride. As always, the group was met with many a curious spectator that wandered up inquiring why so many of us were dressed so overly French, but by far the best part of the ride was the camaraderie amongst the riders. You are hard-pressed to find a more welcoming and enthusiastic group of people than those found at a BLRC ride. Thanks to everyone who attended and we can’t wait to see you all at the next ride.
Mon Dieu! Buffalo’s own Bon Vivant Mr. Courtney graces the poster of this year’s BLRC Johnny Onion Ride and if there is any doubt of what this event is all about, all you need do is gaze upon this glorious visage. Always an anticipated event, the world’s only Johnny Onion Ride kicks off this Sunday at the crack of noon-ish at Canal Side. Dressing for this event is always particularly fun, as we adore all things French here at Buffalo Dandy. However, with the forecast calling for weather in the upper 70’s, one may have to tweak their outfits accordingly. Luckily, if you find yourself short of a French-inspired alphet, Uncle Sam’s Army Navy Outfitters will have everything you need to look parfait! As an added bonus, mention that you are partaking in the Johnny Onion Ride this weekend and you’ll receive 25% off your purchase! Long sleeve striped shirts (which are actually Russian Naval Shirts), berets, scarfs and pants can all be found there to get you looking as good as Mr Borden below. Hope to see everyone there. Don’t forget to bring some onions for the soup, and maybe a bottle of Cuvée Des Jonquilles. Salut!
Oh look! The Moon! This means it’s once again time for the darling of BLRC runs. The Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club hosts our fourth annual and (still!) world’s only Johnny Onion Ride. On this day we pay homage to AR JOHNNIGED BRO ROSKO, the pedaling peddlers of Breton’s famous Roscoff onions. Research them yourselves and see how fitting this tribute. Under their adopted moniker of Onion Johnny, these intrepid farmers have peddled their onions throughout Great Britain on bicycles. After crossing the channel by ferry, the Onion Johnny strings his bicycle with hundreds of pounds of prized onions to sell to homes and chefs. We do not ask so much of you.
We do ask that you outfit yourself in [stereo]-typical french maritime or farmer style. Stripes, Berets, Neckerchiefs, etc. Also string a few onions to your own bike and we will add them to a cauldron of french onion soup made at the end of the ride. We gather at noon on the first sunday of autumn at out waterfront park, (port of Buffalo’s own ferry!) From there we lazily ride along bike paths to the rose garden pergola at Delaware Park, our nod to the english rose. Feel free to bring any other refreshments or picnic fare you like.
As always we request that you remain responsible for your own safety and equipment. Whenever you ride, follow all laws and safety recommendations.
This is a RAIN OR SHINE event. French sailors and farmers dress like they do for a reason.
A few weeks back I was contacted by Jack Carlson, who, after saying some very flattering words about Buffalo Dandy, cordially invited the wife and I to a release party for his new book: Rowing Blazers. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts we were unable to attend, but Jack was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review. Upon receiving it, my eyes widened at not only it’s size, but how exceptional the design and photography were. Utilizing the talents of preppy photog/blogger/gawd F.E Castleberry, the entire book looks like something out of a Ralph Lauren catalog. Accompanied by the photos is an insightful glimpse into the history of many of the world’s most prestigious rowing clubs and many of its most prominent (and famous) members. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (of The Social Network fame) are two such subjects and joined Jack for the launch party hosted at the Polo Ralph Lauren Flagship Store in NYC.
Honestly, I had a hard time putting the book down. It was a fun and fascinating read about not only the history of the clubs, but the many traditions and stories behind the blazers themselves. Specifically how many of the jackets are handed down from year to year, and aren’t allowed to be washed until a championship is won. These jackets are true badges of honor and it’s the pride of their wearers that make them look so fantastic. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that most of the people featured in the book are really, really, really ridiculously good looking. Is that some sort of pre-requiset to making the team? Someone needs to look into this…
The book is, in my opinion, an instant preppy classic alongside such greats as Take Ivy and True Prep. Not only does it make a fine addition to your library, it also looks great displayed prominently on your coffee table just begging to be opened. I cannot recommend this book enough to my readers and would like to extend my congratulations to Jack and Fred for making such a fantastic book. Pick yours up here. $33
Check out some of these amazing photos from the launch party below. The outfits, as expected, did not disappoint.
We’ve been highlighting some great new Fall pieces already here on Buffalo Dandy, but a new favorite of mine has to be this sweater courtesy of our friends from Blue Collar. A combination of several Fall trends we’ve previously mentioned on the blog, this shawl collar sweater from Surfside Supply Co. seams to change color from black to blue depending on the light. This in my mind, helps make the sweater an incredibly versatile piece of wardrobe. The fit is also just incredible. I’m wearing a small in the photo above and it’s cut perfectly along the sides and sits just below the belt. The material is thin enough that you can slide a jacket over it, but still thick enough to keep you warm on those cool Fall days. The donegal flecks throughout give the sweater a great textured look and also adds just the right amount of nautical flair. Surfside Supply Co. is one of those brands where I love everything they make and this sweater is no exception. It’s a simple take on a classic look that goes with just about anything.
Blue Collar has this and many other great sweaters currently available in their store so I highly recommend stopping by to check out the rest of their selection. As an added bonus, we’ve partnered with Blue Collar to provide a special offer to our readers. Mention this blog post and receive 10% off your next in-store purchase.
1382 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY 14216
Buffalo Dandy received this sweater courtesy of Blue Collar for the purpose of review.