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4th of July is coming up this weekend, and it’s always a great time to deck yourself out in some of the finest “Made in Merica” products around. Above are some of favorites… some new, some classics, some a little out there. As always we encourage you to have fun and look your Dandy best this holiday weekend (while being safe of course). But if you’re looking to go full Party in the USA mode, any one of these items (many of which are from Buffalo) are sure to start you on the right path.

Buffalo Made Co. WW Champs Tank $20 | New Era Wowie Visor $21 | Brewsees Captain Prymerica Sunglasses $54 | Shinola Runwell Titanium Chrono $1,100 | Ian Michael Co. ‘Merica Socks $20 | Kegworks Leather Beer Holdster $24 | Chubbies ‘Merica Shorts $60 | Lanona Spaulding Boat Shoes $265

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One of the most difficult things about going out is all the things you need to carry with you these days. Phone, wallet, keys… all of these things start to bulk up your finely tailored suit. Thankfully Edward Field has come along to provide a perfect solution by creating this beautiful leather iPhone wallet. With four individual credit card pockets, it also contains a flap pocket for recipes, business cards, or dollar dollar bills, y’all.

Made of beautiful 100% full grain Italian leather, the wallet is ultra thin and soft to the touch, yet strong enough to withstand the test of time. Without a doubt the most unique feature is the micro-suction tape sheet which holds your iPhone in place. Filled with tiny suction cups which are invisible to naked eye, these small cavities create an impressive suction force which allow you to repeatedly rebond your phone without the messy residue of traditional adhesives. But the best part of the iPhone wallet? They are made right here in the USA.

The wallets are available for iPhone 5, 6 and 6 plus and come in both a brown and black colorway. Edward was kind enough to send me one to review and it has quickly become part of my daily necessities including my Corter Bottlehook, Field Notes Journal, my official book for Summer, and this beautiful personalized leather bracelet by LB Man the wife got me for Father’s Day with our son’s d.o.b. on it. Get yours today and be sure to follow Edward Field on Instagram @edwardfieldusa.

$95

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Hip Hop has always been, throughout it’s existence, deeply intertwined with fashion. Whether it’s baggy pants, fitted hats, street goth, Adidas sneakers and Dookie chains, Hip Hop has been a reflection of (as well as a driving force behind) how people dress. Recently, much to our delight, a more Dandy approach to dress has been seeing an resurgence in the hip hop community, and no one more perfectly encapsulates that than Jidenna with his new song “Classic Man”.

While his look may more gentlemanly, Jidenna’s lyrics remind you that from time to time, one mustn’t be afraid to kick a little ass. The video features some of the most dapper man you will ever see in a rap video including Jidenna himself, who prefers bespoke suits, club collar shirts and a finger wave hairstyle more indicative of the Gatsby era of dress. Beginning as many Dandy’s do, by thrift shopping for suits and having them custom tailored, Jidenna refined his style through out the years thanks to an always impeccably dressed father. Signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, who is always perfectly dressed herself, Jidenna’s new song is sure to be a refreshing hit song for Summer. Check out the video below.

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Fresh off the heels of the successful VINYL MANIA Record Convention comes this rather ingenious take on the classic turntable. The Floating Record Vertical Turntable takes the concept of displaying your vinyl while listening to it to a whole new level by literally turning it on it’s side. Using built-in, dynamic, full range stereo speakers (with an optional RCA line out) and the ability to quickly switch from 33 1/3 to 45 RPM, this space saving design also features an Audio Technica AT95E cartridge mounted on a carbon fiber tone-arm. Available in both American dark walnut and maple for a great vintage look, the turntable will not only enhance your listening experience, but is also sure to be a great conversation piece. Handmade in Chicago, the unit is ready to go right out of the box with very little set up, so both veterans and those just getting into vinyl can start listening right away.

$350 (preorder)

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When I woke up Sunday morning and saw that it was pouring out, I thought for sure there was no way the Seersucker Ride was happening… Still determined to at least head down to the waterfront for a bit and possibly snap a few pics, I stepped outside a little before noon and saw that the temps had risen, everything was more or less dry and the sun was trying to peek out. As Greg Courtney was quoted on the Facebook page for the ride regarding a backup plan if it rains, he merely said: “Things work out for us. You’ll see.” Turns out he was right. I threw the Schwinn into the back of the Jeep and headed downtown as quickly as I could.

Canalside was still deeply enveloped in fog when I arrived, making for some beautiful photos. Check out the Facebook page for more shots from earlier in the morning to see what I mean. But imagine what a sight it must have been for spectators as the fog lifted and a sea of seersucker riders emerged from the mist! As always the ride was loads of fun, full of jovial riders with lots of new and familiar faces. Can’t wait for the next one.

Milan-based suit makers Caruso recently released a short film demonstrating what it means to be a gentleman: The Good Italian. Prominently featuring their handsomely made clothing (which is available for purchase here), the film follows a young couple who get lost during a bike ride through the Italian countryside near Soragna, where Caruso’s factory is located. A study in the finer aspects of Italy’s much-heralded culture including its cuisine, opera, wine, architecture and of course, fashion, the video is a luscious filmic exploration of the best representation of what it means to be a man.

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The Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club welcomes all to its Sixth Annual Seersucker Ride. It is an exciting time for cycling in Buffalo and the Seersucker Ride is smack dab in the middle as one of the first purely recreational rides of its kind.

The Seersucker Ride begins at Noon Canalside to parade your summer seersucker, madras, linens or other summery fabrics at our popular waterfront. (Remember how lonesome we were down there when we started all this?) We will follow bike paths all the way to the park. Save for a detour at Porter Avenue (Columbus, Busti, Niagara) and picking up the path again at the Scajacuada Path + Niagara St. The destination and motivation is our annual champagne picnic in Delaware Park near the stone arch bridge. And of course a chance to settle the scores with a round of Petanque. It is not to be missed; although close counts!

That evening Romeo and Juliet will play in the Park right across the glen. So pretty much a spectacular day. During the ride we expect the riders to be responsible for their own safety and equipment. Please follow all recommended precautions and laws. Feel free and encouraged to share this invitation.

Lastly it’s important to dress accordingly when attending this ride, so we threw together a quick “what to wear” addition to this post. While many will simply opt for wearing a seersucker suit to the ride, which naturally is the obvious route to go, I’ve always had a hard time wearing a full suit during a ride so I usually opt for a more casual, but none the less “sucky” of an look. While a couple of full seersucker accruements are encouraged like this Herschel cap and J.Crew bow tie, may I suggest going an alternate route with this handsome seersucker shirt by Target. Who says seersucker has to be striped? A few extras added in there like comfortable yet stylish shoes, a boutenier for flair, and most importantly, something to carry your beverages in which is something I almost always forget. Hope to see everyone at the ride!

6th Annual Seersucker Ride
June 21st @ Noon (ride starts at 1 pm)
Canalside, Buffalo

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Herschel Supply Co. Cap | J.Crew Bow Tie | Hook & Albert Lapel Flower | Merona Seersucker Shirt | J.W Hulme Co. Backpack | Nixon Sentry Watch | Rag & Bone Standard Shorts | ER Souliers de Skate Shoes

The Drake Hotel

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We have had the incredible good fortune of staying at some stellar hotels lately, and last weekend was no exception as the wife and I along with some of our good friends made the short trip up to Toronto for some celebratory birthday shenanigans. One of the highlights of the trip was our stay at The Drake Hotel.

The Drake Hotel is a cultural, entertainment and hospitality landmark in Toronto. Known for providing one of Canada’s most unique and sought after hotel and culinary experiences, the building, which dates back to 1890, proudly redefines the Toronto boutique hotel experience by being forward thinking while nostalgically influenced. The Drake creates a version of a downtown urban retreat where travelers, culture seekers and neighbours all happily intersect to enjoy the thoughtful contradictions of high and low, new and old.

Relatively unassuming from the outside, once you enter the hotel you are greated by their friendly staff and beautiful grand staircase. While waiting for the rest of our party to show up, the wife and I were led upstairs to their patio bar which was the perfect spot for some sunny day drinking. While we loved being outside, I couldn’t help but wander down to the first floor bar which features some jaw dropping book cases housing vintage radios, stereo equipment and various novels. Once everyone showed up we enjoyed a few more cocktails before heading up to our rooms which were reminiscent of some of the small but beautifully designed NYC hotels I’ve stayed at in the past. While space was at a miminum, by no means were the rooms cramped feeling as everything was laid out perfectly in the room to fully maximize the space.

If there is one thing that The Drake prides itself on it’s design. It’s clear to see that every design decision made for The Drake was intentional, and everything has a cohesively modern look to it, while still staying fun and quirky. The hotel is a designers dream come true as seen by it’s extras laid out in the room, to the hilariously simple “mini bar”. Everything you see in the room is available for purchase, from the french terri hoodie-inspired robes, plush monster dolls, neon colored toilet paper (which is scented by the way) and even, upon some late night, alcohol induced exploration, a full catalog of various sex toys. Yet despite all it’s tongue and cheekiness, we were assured that The Drake is family friendly, welcoming kids of all ages and making their stay just enjoyable as the adults.

The one thing we weren’t quite prepared for after returning to the hotel a little after midnight was the incredible line to get into the bars after dark. Luckily, we were able to walk right in by flashing our room keys, much to the chagrin of the many people waiting in line. At that point our party had little interest in dancing the night away in the clubs as they were far to packed for our taste., so we retired to our rooms and had a small room party with the help our complimentary champagne and various bottles of beer we previously acquired from Bellwoods Brewery earlier that day.

The only word of caution we would give while staying there on a weekend is to request a room far away from the entrance. The wife and I were on the third floor so we slept like babies, but friends of ours who’s room was located right above the main entrance were kept up basically all night as the club goers partied the night away on the floor below. As we stumbled into the lobby the next morning only mildly hungover, you would never guess the place was packed with people the night before, but the look on our friends sleepless faces told us otherwise.

That unpleasantness aside, we had a wonderful time staying at The Drake. We loved the rooms, the bars, and especially their custom gift shop which is located next store from the hotel and we highly recommend checking out here. The hotel is located in a trendy neighborhood on Queen Street West, which is a part of Toronto we had never seen before but will definitely be returning to. If you are looking for a fun weekend getaway in Toronto, The Drake should be on the top of your list for places to stay.

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Inspired by the Big Band Era of Jazz, Dandy Wellington and his Band have taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a catalog of music that invokes an atmosphere of class. From the golden age of cinema, to the bounce of New Orleans, each song is played to perfection by a band cut from the cloth of elegance.

One of (if not the) most famous of the modern Dandies, Dandy Wellington has been prominently featured in numerous publications, quite a few blogs and the quintessential piece of Dandy literature: I Am Dandy. While we haven’t had the good fortune of seeing his band perform live in person, imagine our delight to find out he and his band just released an album entitled Harlem Rhythm on iTunes!

When asked what the inspiration was behind the album, Dandy Wellington had this to say: “I thought those original tunes were some of the best songs to represent the band. They are the embodiment of my musical aesthetic and lyrically true to who I am. I do plan to release more original tunes soon. I have a great deal of ideas and I’m always writing.”

Harlem Rhythm features a selection of 4 upbeat tunes you can’t help but tap your feet to. Building momentum in the beginning with the title track “Harlem Rhythm” (an ode to Dandy’s hometown) and the sugary sweet love song “Honey Doo”, things slow down in the middle with a cover of “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (one of our favorites), but picks right back up in the end with “Greenhouse Stomp”. Each song features an impressive set of instrumental solos ranging from brass horns, clarinets, piano and even some Django-inspired guitar plucking, all of which flawlessly showcase the true talent of this band. It’s a great throwback sound perfect for enjoying on a Summer’s day.

Dandy Wellington & His Band: Harlem Rhythm is available for download on iTunes here.

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It’s no secret that we’re big vinyl fans here at Buffalo Dandy, so naturally we’re excited to attend VINYL MANIA Vinyl Convention Night next Saturday. Held in the The Grand Ballroom of the American Legion Post #205 in Kenmore, the event boasts 35+ dealer tables covering 3,000 sq. ft. and will feature everything from records, CDs, stereo equipment and music memorabilia like posters, tees, books, collectibles and the like.  With general admission just $3, we would highly recommend getting the early bird entry for $10 so you’re sure to get first dibs on the best stuff. A full cash bar and food will be available with The Mighty Hi-Fidelity Records spinning turns throughout the convention. A portion of the proceeds from VINYL MANIA will go to benefit MUSIC IS ART.

Saturday, June 20th at 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Brounshidle Post 205 | The Grand Ballroom at American Legion Post 205
3354 Delaware Ave, Kenmore, New York 14217

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