Friend and fellow Dandy/cycling/photography enthusiast Paul Borden has been busy lately with a unique hobby: hand-crafting chairs from salvaged wooden pallets. His passion for not only his craft but also learning how to create these exquisite heirloom pieces is evident not only in the final product, but in the photographs Paul takes to document his journey as well. I’ve spoken with Paul a few times about his chairs, each time updating me on his progress and the idea behind each design; the latest of which was a “Dandy” inspired piece paying homage the late Andrew Wyeth which can be seen below.
Paul’s website Repose in Nature showcases not only his photography, but also his chair-making process and I highly recommend checking it out. He is a true testament to the return of hand-made, old world craftsmanship that we’ve been seeing more and more lately and I commend Paul in his incredible work. I wish I had the time and patience to create something like this.
Below is an excerpt from Paul’s post about what inspired this undertaking as well as some beautiful photos of his progress.
“In 1978, I was inspired by the book: MAKE A CHAIR FROM A TREE: AN INTRODUCTION TO WORKING GREEN WOOD, by John D. Alexander, Jr. A friend and I made a shaving bench and I began practicing the techniques of shaping parts with hand tools. I still have a copy of that book and have added the DVD, which was produced in 2009. Last March (2015), since I do not have a source of trees or logs for raw materials as described in the book, I began harvesting materials from used pallets. While more difficult and time consuming to work with, I derive a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from the process and the end product.
Each chair is unique due to the characteristics dictated by the materials. Each is an heirloom quality piece, which will last for generations, just like the original chairs produced by joiners when this country was young.”
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The whole southwestern look has been pretty prominent this season and we’ve been digging it pretty hard. Something about this casual, comfortable style of dress just seems to click, especially when it’s tailored the right way. We’ve compiled some of our current obsessions this season, several of which will certainly take quite a bit of sprezzatura to pull off. Do we really have the huevos to pull off a cape? I guess we’ll find out.
Topman Cape $45 | Huevos Tee $34 | J.Crew 484 Denim $125 | Vintage Omega Speedmaster $3650 | United Arrows x Readymade Distressed Fedora $725 | Visvim LHAMO-Folk $650
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Apologies for the lack of posts lately on Buffalo Dandy. Like many of you, I was insanely busy during the holiday season and decided to take a little time off from blogging. Also, I haven’t seen too much to get excited about lately and didn’t really have a ton to write about. That is until these new Converse Jack Purcell Quickstrikes dropped and I was all like “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…”. Our love for Jack Purcell’s is well documented (seen here, here, here, here, here aaaand here) and while our adoration for the classic low-top is unwavering, there is something to be said about this bold yet simple update.
Boasting 18 updated features, mostly likely similar to what Converse introduced with their Chuck Taylor All Star II release, I’m really digging the use of brass grommets, Nike Zoom Air Tech and everything else about this shoe which basically looks like the classic Purcell only higher. My only gripe is the Jack Purcell logo on the tongue remains hidden with tonal embroidery (le sigh) but it at least it’s on there.
We suggest picking yourself up a pair now and stashing them away until Spring because it looks like they’re selling out pretty fast. You can find them for purchase online at Tannergoods.com.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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