It’s been a busy month for new businesses in Buffalo and we could not be more excited for the opening of Furnishings on the 500 Block of Main Street. If you’re looking to kick off your holiday shopping, Furnishings should definitely be your first (and possibly only) stop.

I spoke with Andrew LoTempio, the shop’s owner, about his philosophy behind Furnishings and he had this to say: “Alot of people, understandably, here the name ‘Furnishings’ and are expecting to walk in and see a furniture store. They are shocked when they see the store is so much more than that. Yes we offer furnishings for you home, but we offer furnishings for your body and mind as well. So many shops we’ve seen offer either one or the other and we wanted to offer both.” Shoppers can find ties, scarfs, jewelry and a myriad of other accessories both for you and for your home, making the store a great one stop shop for the holidays. After just spending a short while in the store, I easily found a ton of gifts for family and friends (and maybe a few for myself).

The store offers a lot of truly unique gifts, but naturally Andrew realizes that there will be shoppers coming in looking for “Buffalo-themed” items, which he has done a wonderful job of curating by offering just a few which have a great twist to them like the colorful city map pillow, book ends and Buffalo-shaped cushions. He also has some great curiosity shop-inspired items that are sure to be a hit among downtown’s trendier shoppers, as well as some terrific looking ties from Swell Fellow. Lastly one of my favorite things about the shop is while all of the items look very high end and the shop has a very upscale boutique feel to it, the pricing is incredibly affordable which is something Andrew paid particular attention to. He wanted a shop that would appeal to the diverse clientele that both lives and works in this area and I think he has done a fantastic job creating a great new shop for downtown.

Be sure to stop into Furnishings if you’re planning on doing some Holiday shopping during Shop Small Saturday and also check out some more photos of this incredible looking store below.

500 Main Street
Buffalo, NY



I like Jimmy Fallon. Aside from attending the same Alma Mater, Jimmy and I seem to share similar passions like dressing well, pocket squares, and J.Crew. When he noticed several of his coworkers walking around the office with phones sticking out of their breast pocket, he began wondering what he could do to take this practical carrying solution to a more stylish level. Armed with a hot glue gun, a little ingenuity and a pocket square, Jimmy came up with a dapper solution and pitched the idea to J.Crew. Together they came up with the Pocket Dial™.

A leather iPhone case with an attached pocket square on the outside, the Pocket Dial™ is actually a pretty clever idea. Even better, J.Crew is donating 100% of the proceeds from the Pocket Dial going to benefit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenya-based charity that protects Africa’s elephants from ivory poaching and extinction. This way you can do good, while looking good.

Pick up yours for a limited time online or at your local J.Crew store for those looking for a unique and dapper Holiday Gift. Because crying carrying your phone in your pants is so 2014.



Cool Hand Clothing


Cool Hand Clothing, a new menswear shop located on the outskirts of the Elmwood Village near Bidwell Park, recently opened their doors and offers casual clothing for the fashion conscious man. The perfect clothes for “drinking beer on a Saturday afternoon”, the store features iconic male actors throughout the store who serve as their style inspiration. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Jack Nicholson… men who no matter what they wore, always seemed to look good. Cool Hand Clothing is looking to offer that same effortless style with a fine collection of casual button downs, chunky knit sweaters, henley’s, fleece zip ups, military inspired outerwear, classic sneakers, diving watches, aviator sunglasses, soaps and cologne, many of which are made in the USA.

The store also features a wide selection of vintage inspired, Buffalo-themed garments like hoodies, hats and tees. A few favorite pieces of mine where the Peace Bridge Crewneck, Buffalo Bisons Hockey Club Hoodie and American Needle Baseball Cap. The store also features Surfside Supply Co, a favorite brand of ours which is also offered by Blue Collar. The store makes it pretty easy to replenish your entire wardrobe while keeping everything affordably priced.

Another favorite item in the store where the solid cologne tins from Men Don’t Stink. These all natural fragrances come in a metal tin and are comprised of waxes and oils perfect for men with sensitive skin who want a more subtle, but still great smelling, scent. Perfect for keeping at your desk and reapplying throughout the day as needed, at only $20 these are sure to be on a lot of Christmas lists this year.

Check out some photos from the store below, and be sure to stop into the store today and get a jump on your Winter wardrobe.

Cool Hand Clothing
1068 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, New York

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Happy Halloween from Dandy Vader: The Dapper Lord of The Sith!


Well, the day we’ve been waiting for these past 26 years is finally here! October 21, 2015 the day Marty McFly traveled into the future and introduced the world to such incredible possibilities like hover boards, self lacing shoes, flying cars, and the Cubs winning the World Series. While the world waits with bated-breath for Nike to finally announce the release of their famous Self Lacing Air Mags which are sure to sell instantly, Mondo Tees is releasing a collection of Back To The Future vinyl records and posters which are sure to sell out just as quick. Featuring artwork by James Flames and Matt Taylor, this incredible collection is available as a whole or as individual pieces. A favorite of mine, with today being #FutureDay, would have to be the limited edition Back To The Future Part II Soundtrack. With an incredible cover and Air Mag inspired splatter print on the record, this album is a must have for Back To The Future fans. Check out the rest of the incredible release here, and be sure to head over to Mondo’s website to pre-order at 12pm CST today to get your hands on this incredible collection.



If you’re looking for the perfect weekender bag, this recent collaboration from Roots and Pendleton just might be the one! Combining the intricate patterns of Pendleton’s iconic designs with the warmth and beauty of American made Horween Leather, the Small Banff Bag by Roots is perfect for a weekend getaway. The bags were only made in limited quantities and are currently getting plenty of press on the interwebs, so if you’re contemplating getting one, I suggest you jump on it now.



While Ian Michael Co. will always remain one of our favorite providers of Buffalo-themed hosiery, O’Connell’s just upped the ante with their official Buffalo Socks by Corgi. Spun in Wales from a soft cotton-blend with ribbed cuffs, hand-linked toe seams and reinforced toes and heels, these handsome all over buffalo patterned socks are sure to turn a few heads. Available in a wide range of both bright and subtle colors (including Sabres and Bills colorways) these socks are a fine addition to any Buffalo Dandy’s wardrobe. Apparently they’ve been a long time in the making and by the looks of things, they were well worth the wait! Order them online or stop into O’Connell’s store to get yours today.



Urban Beadsman has made a name for themselves by providing some of the finest grooming products on the market and recently they’ve teamed up with Trunklist to create the first ever shirt with the bearded man in mind. Simply called “Shirt #1”, the slim fitting button down is made of a premium Japanese sourced fabrics and comes in three options: a midweight indigo chambray, a midweight cotton/linen blend in light gray, and a lightweight cotton/linen blend in a burgundy and cream check. Each shirt features a cross stitched x on the contrasting pocket, reminiscent of the Urban Beardsman logo and a low profile collar so not to get in the way of your manly facial hair. The shirt looks a little long in some of the photos, which make it perfect of wearing tucked in, but personally I prefer my shirts to be a little shorter if I’m going to wear them untucked. Still, these shirts look fantastic and since I’m hoping to grow my annual winter beard again this year, this could be the perfect shirt to wear with it.




For anyone who has attended a Bills game this year, you may have noticed two new clocks by BENRUS in the stadium. As the official timepiece provider for the Buffalo Bills, BENRUS has been making military style watches since 1921. Started by three brothers in New York City (Oscar, Benjamin and Ralph Lazrus), the name is a combination of Benjamin’s first and last name: “BEN” jamin laz “RUS”. BENRUS outfitted U.S. aviators during WWII with their “Sky Chief” model, while their TYPE 1 and TYPE 2 models were used by CIA and Navy Seal operatives during the Vietnam War. These original models are highly sought after by collectors and what BENRUS largely based their new H-6 model on. Recently, BENRUS relaunched itself as a full blown lifestyle brand, creating not only vintage style watches but also backpacks, apparel and sunglasses. I reached out to BENRUS and asked to feature one of their impressive timepieces on Buffalo Dandy and they were kind enough to send me one to review.

Having a background in design, I am always a sucker for packaging. So naturally I was instantly hooked when the H-6 arrived in a military-inspired waxed cotton canvas carrying pouch. Traveling with watches is always tricky when it comes to storing them and this pouch will certainly come in handy for that. Extra attention was paid to the design of the instruction booklet as well which was inspired by old field manuals. Lastly, when the watch finally came out of the pouch, everything fit together to complete the look perfectly.

The name “H-6” was chosen to acknowledge one of the most important events in all of horology… Centuries ago, there was a royal competition to accurately assess longitude on the open seas. This was the age of dangerous seafaring trade where fortunes were won or lost depending on the survival of a ship and crew. John Harrison won the prize by revolutionizing the time keeping craft and developing a series of ever improving clocks, the H-1 through the H-5. Carrying on the tradition, BENRUS came up with the H-6.

At 44mm, the watch is far from bulky due to it being so well balanced by its 22mm nylon strap. The unidirectional coin edge rotating bezel features the hours rather than the minutes which is common on most diving watches. The stainless steel lugs have a fantastic antique finish on them, with extra care taken to have the watch look weathered at all the right places. The face features a textured matte black finish while the hour markers are a great off-white color which (when combined with the antique finishing) makes the watch look much older than it really is. Further down the face, just below the H-6 name, is a more traditional callout of depth measurement of 10 ATM, which stands for 10 meters of static water pressure resistance per 1 ATM or Atmospheres. While a little math is required, this basically means the watch is water resistant up to 100 meters. The H-6 pays even further homage still to it’s Navy Seal background with an anchor symbol featured on both the second hand and crown. Lastly, the nylon strap is extremely comfortable and I love the fact that the holes on the band are reinforced with a wax sealant to keep them from fraying.

In conclusion, the H-6 is a smart, rugged, military-inspired workhorse ready to take just about anything you can throw at it. From top to bottom, the overall look and attention to detail on this watch is masterfully done. Best of all, BENRUS timepieces are very affordably priced, so your wrist game will be on point without breaking the bank. Many thanks to BENRUS for allowing me the opportunity to review this watch which has quickly become a favorite of mine. I received many a compliment on it during last weekends Johnny Onion Ride and it was great to find out so many people were already familiar with the history behind BENRUS and that it’s such a respected brand among watch fans. Head on over to benrus.com to check out not only their impressive watches, but also their selection of ties, bags and apparel from their FALL15 collection.  $255


Lastly, as we mentioned earlier in the post, BENRUS recently announced they were the Official Timepiece of the Buffalo Bills and have been featuring the Best Dressed Bills on Instagram each week. Each winner receives a piece from BENRUS’s new collection and I love seeing how the team shows up on game day dressed to impress. Be sure to follow not only the Buffalo Bills on Instagram, but also BENRUS to check out some of the Bills most fashionable players.


The weather was perfect for this years Johnny Onion Ride hosted as always by the BLRC. This remains my favorite ride every year not only for the fantastic outfits everyone wears, or the site of all the onions tied to everyone’s bikes or the look on bystanders faces as 100 Parisian-looking riders go by listening to french music… It’s the merriment and camaraderie among the riders as we travel along the waterfront with perfect early Fall weather and finish with a glorious picnic in the park full of baguettes, wine and of course French Onion Soup. As you move from blanket to blanket, fellow riders welcome friends and strangers alike to share their delicious snacks, drinks and stories of rides past. It never ceases to amaze me how friendly and welcoming this group is. It’s truly a testament to not only the people of Buffalo, but also everyone in involved in the BLRC for putting on these events. I had a smile on my face the entire ride (as many people did I’m sure) and the soup was ready in record time this year! Thanks again to everyone who showed up and I will hopefully see you all at the next ride!


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