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.
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…
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.
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.