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For our final recap of our trip to Kennebunkport, I had to highlight the wonderful and beautiful B&B where we stayed: 1802 House Bed & Breakfast Inn. Another result of searching the inter webs for where to say in Kennebunkport, 1802 House quickly won us over with it’s charm, incredible looking rooms and affordability.

The perfect getaway for a romantic weekend, the historic Colonial inn is tucked away just a short walk from the village. The house is warm and inviting, exceptionally clean and has the rustic old world feel which we love. Teri, in the inn keeper, not only greeted us like a friend, but her vast knowledge of the area allowed us to find some of the most perfect places to eat during our stay and wonderful places to explore.

Our suite, the Arundel Room,  featured a massive had-hewn mantle and fireplace, luxurious bed and two person spa tub which the Mrs. and I enjoyed at great length. Each morning, the smell of breakfast filled the house as Teri and her staff prepared a three-course culinary feast with muffins, delicious soufflés, organic juice and fresh fruit. Their recipes are so popular, you can even get them online here. Oh, and did I mention that fresh baked cookies are laid out throughout the day? Because fresh made cookies are laid out throughout the day.

The sitting room is perfect for getting lost in a good book and their various patio spaces are great for enjoying the sights and sounds of Maine’s natural wildlife. For those not looking to just relax in a tub, sightsee and day drink, the inn is also located directly next to a pristine golf course and offers package deals for visitors.

Needless to say we had an incredible time at the 1802 House and will definitely be returning soon. If you’re looking for a place to stay in Kennebunkport, we highly recommend checking out 1802 House Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Portland Dry Goods:

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We started out with a store not technically in Kennebunkport, but in nearby Portland. Portland Dry Goods has been on our radar for a while, offering contemporary classics with an American flavor. Perfect for the Maine outdoorsman, the store has everything from rugged outerwear courtesy of their vast Barbour collection, casual workwear and manly accessories. Their impressive collection of Rancourt and Redwing boots had me drooling and I wanted pretty much every woven shirt, selvedge denim jean and pocket knife they had. The Corter Bottlehook I purchased while visiting the store served as a nice keepsake and will surely come in handy this summer.

David Wood Clothiers:

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Directly next store to Portland Dry Goods is David Wood Clothiers, a true gentleman’s haberdashery located in the heart of Portland’s coast. The two stores are actually, if I’m not mistaken, part of the same family while David Wood’s caters to a more Anglo clientele. I was greeted when we walked in by the exceptionally dandy David Hodgkins, who showed us around the store and gave a little history of David Woods. The store offers a wide array of Made To Measure services from suits, shirting, and vests. Their accessories collection in massive, offering top quality ties, colorful socks, dapper grooming accessories and classic footwear. The store does an impressive job of balancing the nautical look and feel of Maine with a traditional gentleman’s shop and I had a hard time leaving the store there was so much to look at and explore. Mr. Hodgkins is a true gentleman and if you ever find yourself in Portland, I highly recommend stopping in and speaking with him.

Minka:

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Located right in the heart of Kennebunkport, Minka was one of those shops that we found ourselves repeatedly going back into to have a second, third and fourth look. Specializing in handmade bags, jewelry, pottery, all natural bodycare and home goods, if we could wrap everything up in the store and take it with us, we would have. While their home goods collection was incredible, especially their birchware pottery and handmade nautical rope bowls, the men’s accessories and t-shirts were clearly my favorite. Wooden nautical cufflinks, deer antler pizza cutters, vintage inspired collage prints and the hilarious “Kennedrunkport” flasks would all make fine additions to any Dandies home. Even more impressive is everything in the store is either made by the husband and wife owners of the shop or by other local artists and designers. You are truly buying a part of Maine when you shop here.

Three Dories:

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Another shop which consistently showed up on our search engines for shopping in Kennebunkport is Three Dories. Featuring classic preppy clothing similar to brands like Vineyard Vines with bright sun-washed colors, this store seems to be the perfect clothing shop for Kennebunkportlanites(?). Various nautical themes are featured throughout, but I love the store’s small row boat logo used on their collection of shirts and polos. The logo perfectly embodies Kennebunkport with similar boats resting just outside in the nearby port. The store is also much more price friendly then some of the other shops we’ve encountered, making it an idea spot to pick up a shirt or two which can serve both as souvenir and as one of your day-to-day wardrobe pieces.

Daytrip Society:

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This incredible shop is like Wes Anderson opened a store and stocked everything in it himself. Vastly cooler than anything you will find in Urban Outfitters, Daytrip Society is a kitsch buyers dream come true, full of quirky nautical gifts, clothing, bags, books, home goods and everything else in between. The staff is incredibly friendly and upbeat, and the store offers some truly unique gifts you are unlike to find anywhere else. A favorite item of ours were the Recycled Lobster Rope Mats by Cape Porpoise Trading Co. Again, we kind of wanted everything in the store and they also have an adorable Kids store located just a few doors down.

Hurlbutt Designs:

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Hurlbutt Designs, which has an enormous showroom located just outside of the village, recently opened a smaller shop directly on the port side of Kennebunkport. Full of nautical home goods which would look fine in your house/man cave, Hurlbutt is also responsible for decorating some of the most prestigious establishments in Kennebunkport. They’ve recently published a beautiful coffee table book called Kennebunkport, Maine  which features stunning photography of the community’s people, landscape, artistry and culture with a forward written by one of Kennebunkport’s most famous residents: President George H.W. Bush. All proceeds from the book go to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. While we weren’t quite ready to spend the $100 for the book by the end of our trip since we’ve pretty much exhausted our shopping fund, the book is available online for purchase so I think we might consider buying it in the near future.

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The wife and I had an incredible time in Kennebunkport last week. If you’ve never been, we highly suggest scheduling a visit, especially now that the warmer weather has arrived. Established in 1653 as shipbuilding and fishing village, Kennebunkport has become over the last 100 years a popular Summer colony and seaside tourist destination. The actual village itself is very small and centralized, full of souvenir shops, art galleries and seafood restaurants. We were surprised when we first drove into town how low the water lever was. Like, just mud… with little or no water. We thought for a moment that we had made a mistake in coming here. We soon found out that the water in town is tidal, with water levels rising as much as 12 feet when the tide came in!

We loved how small and quaint the village was. It wasn’t quite peak tourist season, so it was relatively quiet when we arrived on Thursday. Come Sunday, when we left and it was 70 degrees and sunny, the town was bustling with visitors. It was also nice that it was very much an adult town. Not a lot of kids running around and just an overall older and more sophisticated crowd which was just fine by us.

After exploring the village for a while, we headed out to Portland which was only a quick 25 minute drive away. Portland had a much more “city” feel to it, with plenty of shops and places to get “the best lobster in Maine” as well as a slew of local craft breweries. Also nearby was the Portland Head Light; one of New England’s most famous and photographed lighthouses. It was incredible climbing the rocks and cliffs surrounding the lighthouse which allowed for plenty of stunning photographic opportunities. Another popular site we saw during our stay were the various “Love Locks” seen around both Kennebunkport and Portland. Popular in places like Paris and NYC, couples write their names on padlocks and attach them to the bridge. You can even buy locks in some of the nearby stores as a reminder of your trip and your love for one another.

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The Ramp:
While Kennebunkport was full of amazing restaurants (several of which made the top 100 most romantic restaurants in the US) one of our favorite spots we actually stumbled upon by accident while out exploring. The Ramp, which is part of the Pier 77 Restaurant, was an incredible dive bar filled with a vast array of New England sports memorabilia (all of which was authentic). Buffalo fans would surely sneer at the large collection of Patriots gear, but the restaurant was so incredible looking, who cares? The small deck area, which we delightfully had to ourselves, provided a quite spot to sit and reflect with the Mrs. on the adventure which lay before us.

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United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is trying to mobilize the entire community right now – small & large businesses, local companies and venues – to support veterans’ services. There are currently 70,000 veterans in Erie County; 4,600 live below the federal poverty line, and many others contend with homelessness, health problems, disability, and employment difficulties after their service to our country. United Way sees a great need here, so they are currently raising money through a t-shirt fundraiser called “Operation United.” All proceeds, after the cost of each shirt, go to Erie County veterans’ services, and all of the money stays local. The shirts were produced locally as well!

The premise of the fundraiser is basic: Through $15 and $20 donations, people can order a short sleeve unisex, ladies’ short sleeve, or long sleeve Operation United: Supporting Military Families shirt. People can order online (www.uwbec.org/operation-united) and either pay for shipping or pick up free of charge from United Way at 742 Delaware Ave, Buffalo. Deliveries to offices for large workplace orders are also available.

So far, they have raised over $16,000, but the project needs more support and exposure. Buffalo has a strong, close-knit veterans community, so United Way is working closely with them to decide where to allocate the funds. We really want to get everyone on board – not just giving donations but with showing their support through the simple gesture of wearing this shirt on Armed Forces Day (May 16th), no matter where they are. Order yours today!

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Damn KJP is bringing the HEAT this Summer! First with several new bracelet designs, a line of oxford shirts, watch straps and now… boat shoes! Drawing inspiration from the classic Dooney & Bourke designs which are now ultra rare and highly coveted, KJP Boat Shoes boast some nice unique features like the use of nautical rope for the laces, a clever anchor stitch on the side, KJP’s croffix logo throughout and a wide variety of bright color options. Do I need a new pair of boat shoes? Can one ever truly have enough? These are the questions that plague my existence.

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Whether you’re hitting the high seas or gallivanting about a backyard lobster bake keep your sockless Summer feet shrouded in the supple embrace of our new New England Made Boat Shoe. Delicately crafted and hand-stitched in Coastal Maine from the finest top grain hand-picked leather, with custom nautical rope shoelaces and brass eyelets. This is where rugged durability converges with timeless style and versatility. So sink your feet in and keep the party afloat, these are the greatest shoes to ever grace a boat.

Available May 22nd and as always, made in the USA.

$165

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If you happen to find yourself in Chicago, may I recommend stopping by The Museum of Contemporary Photography to check out their latest exhibit: Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity.

The exhibit seeks to distinguish the historical and contemporary expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon in popular culture.  The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in city-landscapes who defy stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black masculinity by remixing Victorian-era fashion with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Featuring work from emerging and renown photographers and filmmakers from the US, Europe and Africa including several from Rose Callahan from I Am Dandy fame, the show looks to combat the limited and narrow ideas of masculinity and men’s fashion.

In a time where media images of black men continue to reinforce stereotypes rather than offer a broader view of African-American experiences, curator Shantrelle Lewis hopes to push against these preconceived notions. “There’s something to be said about how images continue to perpetuate aggression and fear of black men in our society, images that are closely related to the commercialized image of the thug and the rapper, what we hear on the radio and what we see in films and on TV,” Lewis said. “It’s a manufactured image. I think of those images as being controlled and I think it’s time we collectively as a society across races and demographics begin to really dismantle them.”

The show runs from April 6th – July 12.

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The wife and I’s 5 year wedding anniversary is coming up this weekend and for this year we’ve decided to plan a long-desired getaway to Maine to celebrate. While exploring various options on where to go along with several suggestions from friends and our own research, we settled on Kennebunkport. Historically a shipbuilding and fishing village, for well over a century the town has been a popular Summer colony and seaside tourist destination. Quaint bed & breakfasts are the preferred venues to stay in while visiting (more on that later) and while it’s not quite as warm there as it has been in Buffalo the past few days, we’re still hoping for some fun in the sun while exploring the waterfront, going on romantic picnics, sightseeing and (of course) shopping. After checking the weather reports rather obsessively, it’s looking to be in the mid 60’s rather steadily while we’re there, so layering will certainly be a must while packing for the trip. I’ve assembled a few of my go-to wardrobe pieces for this trip which will hopefully keep us prepared for whatever adventures lay before us.

Arpenteur Gabardine Jacket | Arpenteur Brehat Tee | Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses | SWIMS George Summer Lace Loafers | Rag & Bone Standard Issue Shorts

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Smathers & Branson recently released a collection of Needlepoint iPhone Cases featuring some of their most popular, preppy-inspired designs. We’ve been fans of Smathers & Branson for quite some time here at Buffalo Dandy, particularly with the custom Buffalo Collection by O’Connell’s with their coasters, belts, flasks and key fobs. These new cases, available for iPhone 5’s and 6’s, just upped the anty. No word yet if you’ll be able to create custom designs, but in the meantime, I’m highly considering picking one up for since they’re one of the more reasonably priced items on the website. Plus, I mean… just look at them! These cases are incredible looking!

$40-$45

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In Episode 2 of their Raw Craft Series, Anthony Bourdain and The Balvenie visit the legendary “boxing tailor,” Frank Shattuck, in Upstate New York to learn what it takes to create true “bench-made suits.”

Frank Shattuck is one fascinating dude. He’s a boxer, an actor, and a legendary tailor. He spent over 15 years learning and perfecting his craft under the tutelage of Master Tailor Raphael Raffaelli to make the best suits possible. When asked why he makes life so hard for himself Frank will tell you, “It’s all I know how to do.”

Anthony and Frank are reunited for the first time since a chance meeting at a New York City dive bar in the late 90’s. This episode will take you into Frank’s world as he demonstrates the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into making a beautiful bench-made suit; something Tony has lusted over ever since they first met.

The Balvenie shares Frank’s passion for craftsmanship. Their longstanding alliance with craft is a result of the distillery’s dedication to the five rare crafts of whisky making, which allow them to achieve their distinctive taste and exceptional quality. The Balvenie still grows its own barley, still malts in its own floor maltings, employs a team of coopers to tend its casks, a coppersmith to maintain its stills, and has in its service the most experienced Malt Master in Scotland.

Check out the full episode below.


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Just in time for Spring, Dandy favorite Kiel James Patrick has just released a new line of button down shirts dubbed The Seaweather Collection. Available in Olive, Pink, Gingham and Banker Stripes, these classic looking shirts are pre-washed to achieve the sun-kissed fade of Summers spent in the salty ocean air. The shirts are slim fit, come with hand carved Scrimshaw buttons, an embroidered croffix anchor on the left chest and as always with KJP items, made in 100% the USA. Currently available for pre-order.

$98

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