“Do you like Huey Lewis and The News?”
This Dandy Halloween Costume should be a no brainer for fans of the classic film American Psycho. A simple pinstripe suit paired with a banker shirt (blue shirt/white collar), power tie, clear raincoat, an axe and most importanty the business cards (that’s bone) and you’ll be getting that reservation at Dorsia in no time. Extra points if you can not only score a walkman, but also the Huey Lewis and The News album FORE! on tape. Also the clear raincoat is pretty easy to find online for cheap, so feel free to spray that bad boy full of all the (preferably fake) blood you want. Just be sure to lay out some copies of the Style Section on the floor before you do… HEY PAUL!!!
Ralph Lauren Pinstripe Suit $1,295 (Or try Burlington Coat Factory for $150) | Brooks Brothers Banker Shirt $92 | The Tie Bar Paisley Tie $15 | Tommy Hilfiger Suspenders $30 | Clear Rain Coat $12 | Sony Walkman $10 | Best Made Co American Felling Axe $162 | Heuy Lewis and The News FORE! $6
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As the saying goes: “Dress like JFK, Speak like Hemingway, work like Ralph Lauren and Party Like Gatsby”. While many of us may not have the gift of prose that Hemingway had, this new digital typewriter from Hemingwrite will at least help you look the part.
Inspired by the typewriters of old but updated with today’s technology, the Hemingwrite features a 6+ week battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities that sync to your favorite cloud apps like Evernote and Google Docs and has a high contrast backlit E Ink screen that can be used inside or out, day or night. Looking to do for writing what Kindle did for reading, the Hemingwrite is a great product for those looking to unplug and write in a distraction-free environment. From the durable die-cast aluminum case, to the retro keyboard switches which offer the same tactile feedback of 90’s typewriters, the hipsters in Brooklyn are about to loose their damn minds over this thing. I have a feeling if Urban Outfitters starts selling these they wouldn’t be able to keep them on the shelf.
No word yet on pricing, but you can stay updated by checking out their website at Hemingwrite.com.
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Another Dandy Halloween Costume idea that doesn’t require a sacrifice of style are these awesome looking paper masks by Wintercroft. Although a bit more time consuming and requiring a bit of patience, the pay off will certainly be huge with these eye-catching masks. Encouraging a more environmentally-friendly Halloween, no shipping or materials are wasted in their creation. Simply download the pdf, print it out on card stock paper and starting cutting and scoring the pieces together to create your very own pixelated visage. There are numerous styles to choose from, although the skull seems to be everyone’s favorite. Pair it with either a costume or your favorite outfit and you’ll be set for Halloween. Even better, after Halloween you can simply recycle the mask instead of spending $30 on rubber one and having it end up in a landfill somewhere.
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Rue La La has recently launched an expansive guide to Men’s Denim on their blog chock full of useful tidbits about different washes, fits and outfit ideas. Personally, I obsess over finding not only the perfect fit when it comes to denim, but also the perfect wash. While I would recommend some alternate brands to highlight such as APC, Levis, Fidelity and RPM West, the article is still worth a read. With men paying more and more attention to fit and washes of their jeans, a guide like this can be invaluable. Check out the full article here.
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The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls have officially opened the doors to their new expanded wing and we’re pretty excited about some of the new stores they’ve added! If you needed further incentive, most if not all of their stores are having huge sales for the soft opening with a Grand Opening happening November 6th. Below are the top 5 New Stores* which easily justify a visit to Niagara Falls.
Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th
The first store you’ll notice upon entering is the revamped Saks Off 5th location. With a more open format, the store is much more spacious with a hugely expanded shoe department and is much easier to navigate without all the bobbing and weaving you had to do in the old store just to get in the mall. My only compliant is that the environment is a little too stark, with hardly any resemblance to the actual department store. Still, there is some great stuff to be found if you don’t mind searching through the racks.
Several great new shoe stores have opened up (including a Sperry Top Sider store which pales to it’s Galleria Mall location) but the Clarks store has some fantastic shoes in pretty much every style/color you could want. I’ve always been partial to the Bass store at the Outlets, but right away I found 4 or 5 shoes that I had to have.. Looks like Bass may have some competition with this store.
Perry Ellis / Kenneth Cole
This is actually a tie between Perry Ellis and Kenneth Cole because the stores are pretty similar in what they offer, with Kenneth Cole have more casual stuff and Perry Ellis being more business focused. Still, both stores have some great looking stuff that are certainly worth a visit if you’re looking for a new suit, dress shirt, jacket or accessories.
This store is an easy favorite of mine. Renown for their everlasting (and expensive) jackets, the Barbour Outlet Store offers a glimpse into the lifestyle brand I never knew existed within the company. For how expensive their jackets are, I found everything in the store pretty affordable from fantastic fair isle sweaters, bags, accessories and of course, various styles of jackets. If you’re looking for their signature model at a reduced price, you’re going to be disappointed, but they have so much other fantastic styles to choose from that I didn’t even mind.
This last one doesn’t really count because the store isn’t open yet, but after a quick goggle search and just by looking at some of their other locations, this store could be great. Only time will tell…
*Brooks Brothers is being included as part of the “new” store openings but since they’ve been in their new location for quite some time I didn’t count them. Personally I preferred the look of the old store, but they still have a lot of great stuff and are worth a visit. Plus with the closing of their Eastern Hills location, this is now the only Brooks Brothers in town. Luckily they’ve been carrying a lot more of their Red Fleece Collection, so the styles and fits have a much more modern look to them. Just saying…
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If you’re having some trouble coming up with costume ideas for Halloween and could also use a few new items in your wardrobe, Buffalo Dandy has you covered. The first of several Dandy Halloween Ideas to be featured on the blog is simple, yet effective. Pick yourself up a Herringbone Blazer, a J.Crew Gingham Shirt, Knit Tie, Tie Bar and a Fox Mask and go as the internet famous Menswear Dog. A costume strictly for those in the know, Menswear Dog has been making waves in the blogosphere world lately when it was revealed his owners are currently earning roughly $15k a month because of their well dressed Shiba Inu. Costume add-ons can include doggy treats, business cards with the Menswear Dog website on it so people can actually understand what you’re dressed as, or a photographer to follow you around taking pictures while you try on other people’s clothes.
Gap x Brooklyn Tailors Blazer $128 | J.Crew Factory Washes Gingham $45 | Tie Bar Royal Blue Knit Tie $25 | Gunmetal Tie Bar $15 | Fox Mask $30
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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