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189 Public House

Originally posted on Buffalo Whiskey Guild:

BWG was recently alerted of new whiskey bar in East Aurora that models itself after the famous Chicago whiskey staple Delilah’s. Naturally, we drove straight there. 189 Public House is nestled right between WNY staple Bar Bill and craft beer Mecca Aurora Brew Works – which makes their location literally perfect for an evening out, or a day trip if you live farther away (as we do, being on the north side of the city.)IMG_0055189 was created to be a comfortable, classic place that people can come to enjoy the fine spirit of whiskey – and that’s exactly what they did. The wood paneled walls, exposed brick and cozy lighting create a welcoming atmosphere that invites you to stay longer than you might somewhere else.IMG_0051

IMG_0019As far as the whiskey, 189’s 200 bottle collection is excellent. Their array of single malts is the best we’ve come across so far in…

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MBastianFall15

Michael Bastian is back to prove true preppy style never dies, it just evolves. A perfect mixture of Ivy League style mixed with some Apres Ski influences, there is so much to love about the new Fall/Winter 15 line. The pairing of the pop color GTH corduroys with tweed is fantastic, as well as the patterned sweaters and outerwear showcasing Bastian’s flawless layering techniques. The turtleneck/camo pant/blazer might be my favorite look and currently has me frantically searching for a slim fit turtleneck so I can start channeling my inner Sterling Archer. The glen plaid waistcoat paired with the stone washed jean look is also great and is a perfect take on the whole “high/low” trend that’s happening. As always Bastian has served up a smorgasbord of outfit inspirations with his collection which can easily help give your wardrobe a little style upgrade during these dreary Winter months. Check out our favorite selections from the new line entitled “Upstate/Downstate” below.

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GentsmodePin

I’ve recently been made aware of a fantastic menswear site called Gentsmode.com and I was instantly hooked. Mostly what did it for me was the first image featured on their website of this incredible golden stag lapel pin. A bit more grandiose than your standard silk knot, this pin is priced just right, so even if you only wear it once in a while you shouldn’t have much buyers remorse.

It should also go without saying that the rest of the site deserves some exploring. With a fantastic selection of knit ties, awesome pocket squares and obviously lapel pins (all of which is very modestly priced) Gentsmode.com is a great go-to source for those looking to add those extra touches to their wardrobe.

$24

TheBlueGoose

These nonstop frigid temps have me contemplating investing in a nice goose feather down jacket– particularly in navy. Ideally I would love to be able to wear this jacket as a day to day piece as well as something to throw on when going sledding with Dandy Jr or possible while snowboarding. There are several key factors to take into consideration like durably, warmth and of course cost. After doing some research I think I’ve narrowed down my top 5 choices.

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Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket
Patagonia is a clear favorite right out the gate for several reasons. The brand is highly regarded for it’s classic style, durability and wide range of colors. More recently Patagonia has been headlines by using not only 100% recycled ripstop shell, but also using 100% traceable down from birds that were never force fed or live-plucked. So basically you can look good and know that you did good by purchasing the jacket. Like I said, a strong favorite right from the start, but let’s take a look at some other candidates.
$230
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The North Face Thermoball Hybrid Hoodie
Not to get all basic, but there is no denying when it comes to outerwear, The North Face is a popular favorite. A concern I have with the down jackets is how well they hold up when you fall in the snow or tumble down the sledding hill going faster than you should. This is where this North Face jacket gets my vote with it’s combined nylon sleeves and quilted body.
$180
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[ak] BK Down Insulator
Surprisingly Burton doesn’t have much in the way of down jackets. At least in a navy colorway. This neon blue option is a bit loud for my taste, but I do love the thumbholes. Ultra packable and full of little details, this is a great option for those going for a nontraditional look.
$250

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Penfield Rockford
Oh man, now we’re talking. Penfield is another great heritage brand that’s been producing some consistently desirable goods lately. With a shorter cut, corduroy collar and the brilliant addition of the buffalo plaid on the shoulder yolk, this rugged retro-looking jacket is nearly perfect so long as you don’t mind looking like a lumbersexual.
$250

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Canada Goose The Lodge
Last but not least, you can’t talk goose jackets without including Canada Goose. Their Lodge Jacket is another great packable option for those looking to spend a little more. I feel like this is more or less like wearing a Rolex on the mountain. They are made to be durable, but I would be too afraid of ruining the jacket to actually enjoy myself outdoors. A bit of a status symbol but a fine jacket none the less.

$445

KingsmenWardrobe

While Kingsman: The Secret Service may look like a British version of Wanted (which are both based on comics by Mark Millar), the Saville Row-inspired collection made in collaboration with Mr. Porter proves that “manners (and clothes) maketh man“. Full of double breasted suits, black watch fabric and a myriad of gentlemanly accouterments all crafted by British heritage manufacturers, the collection draws directly from the costumes worn by the various actors in the film. With quite a few more offers than the Brooks Brothers Great Gatsby Collection, everything from keychains, eyeglasses, watches, cufflinks and pocket squares are available with subtle Kingsman branding. While I doubt the umbrella does all the fancy tricks it does in the trailer, I do know that I need…NEED that velvet blazer and black watch pants combo!

While Mr. Porter is well known for their exceptional taste in clothing, their pricing has never been, shall we say, modest. These higher-end price points won’t sway regular shoppers of the site, however fans of the film and newcomers to Mr. Porter will likely experience some sticker shock. All that being said, this collection certainly has me excited to see the film, if only to see these incredible ensembles put together on the big screen. This movie is basically the Dandy’s “Sex In The City” and I’m fine with that. Check out highlights from the collection below as well as the latest trailer for Kingsman below which is in theaters February 13th.

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ThePoloBar

Ralph Lauren has opened the doors to his third restaurant today and it is my happy place. While Tucker Max muses “I hope they serve beer in Hell”, if Heaven has a restaurant, I would like to think it looks something like The Polo Bar.

Inspired by the classic New York establishments and Ralph’s love of gathering around the table with family and friends, The Polo Bar offers a casual yet refined setting for food and drink in the heart of NYC. From the Henry Koehler polo match–inspired mural on the exterior to the saddle leather and equestrian art inside, the restaurant pays homage to the distinguished sporting lifestyle long synonymous with the Ralph Lauren brand.

The American cuisine dishes are inspired by Ralph’s personal favorites, while the bar offers classic cocktails, wines and spirits prepared by waitstaff outfitted in custom Ralph Lauren grey flannel trousers, leather wingtips and silk repp ties. It’s so Ralph, tho!

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The Polo Bar
1 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022

The Ascot Shop

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A few weeks ago I had the extremely good fortune of leaving the sub zero temps of Buffalo and flying out west to San Diego. While I was excited to visit my uncle, possibly do a little surfing and enjoy the 70 degrees and sunny weather which is pretty much every day out there, I was also wanted to check out some of the Dandy stores the West coast had to offer. While many may not think of California as one of the dandiest of states (what with their laid back attitudes and more people wearing flip flops than brogues) there are still plenty of gems to explore. One of my favorite areas since I was a young dandy surfer dude was La Jolla. One of (if not the) most expensive places to live in the area, it feels more like Saratoga of the Hamptons than a surf town. It’s here that I found one of San Diego’s oldest haberdasheries: The Ascot Shop. Founded in 1950, the Ascot Shop started as a traditional menswear shop. In the 90’s the store made a shift towards offering more fashion forward pieces, but still stayed true to their traditional heritage. The store is definitely what I would call “Californian Dandy”. Full of bright colors, soft silhouettes and of course ascots, the store reflects the casual attitude of California while still appealing to those who care about how they dress.

One of the first things you notice about the the store are the quaint double Dutch doors used for the entranceway. This has become one of their hallmarks of the store for obvious reasons. Only upon entering do you realize just how big the Ascot Shop actually is. With a great mixture of classic and modern looks through out the store as well as their newly remodeled Robert Talbott Shop in the back, you can certainly spend quite a bit of time (and money) in here.

While the Ascot Shop offers several traditional footwear needs like brogues, loafers, etc, they also offer some more unique and modern items like these fantastic pony hair camo slip ons by Robert Graham. Let’s not forget however, that this is a beach town, so naturally there is a fine collection of hawaiian shirts available. I also loved their collection of Tsovet watches which is something I’m surprised a lot of the menswear shops in Buffalo actually don’t offer. Granted places like Urban have some, but certainly none that I would classify as “high end”. Maybe this is something we should look into.

As you can tell by the photos the store was fully decked out for Winter. Now mind you it was 68 degrees outside, but that didn’t stop people from walking around in scarfs, puffy coats and Uggs so I guess, for them, it was cold. If only they knew the harsh tundra that awaited me upon my return. Have you ever tried to dig your car out of the snow while wearing sockless boat shoes and no coat? I don’t recommend it.

I want to thank Justin for showing me around and giving me some insight into the shop. If you ever happen to find your way out west, I highly recommend checking out The Ascot Shop for all your Dandy needs. While you’re there, be sure to swing by The Cove and check out the sea lions hanging out on the beach because OMG.

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Reverse Warrior

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With the start of the New Year, many of us have made resolutions to take better care of ourselves. For some that means joining a gym, cutting back on the Christmas Ales, or trying something new like yoga. While most yoga-inspired products have a very eastern look and feel, very few have a look which would be classified as cool – let alone badass. That is until Reverse Warrior came along…

Reverse Warrior is a line of products dedicated to mindful living. Inspired by the yoga pose Viparata Virabhadrasana, everything made is street relevant with peaceful undertones. Made for her and him, the clothes are equally at home in the practice studio or on the streets. Every apparel items has a spine printed on the inside back, reminding the wearer to be mindful of their posture and alignment throughout the day.  20% of the profits from all of the items will be donated to supported charities like the Prison Yoga Project and The Veterans Yoga Project.

All of the t-shirts are hand screen printed in Buffalo, NY, using soy-based cleaning solutions and low impact inks. The statues are hand poured in Los Angeles, CA. Prints are made using a letterpress machine from 1954.

My two favorite items from the collection have to be the Matt Logo Tee and this incredible Reverse Warrior Statue with 22 karat gold flakes inside.

As an added bonus, head over to reversewarrior.com today and use code WARRIOR13 for a 30% discount on all orders placed by midnight on 1.7.14

Namaste.

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EastDaneJanuary

It looks like another Winter Storm is headed our way as we remain in the grips of frigid temps here in Buffalo. Luckily, our friends at EAST DANE have everything you’ll need to brave the elements or just cozy up inside and wait for the storm to pass.

Speiwak Jacket | Norse Project Scarf | Rag & Bone Cardigan | Citizens of Humanity Denim | Zanerobe Shirt | Rag & Bone Henley | Faribault Wollen Mills Blanket | Grenson Brogue Boots | Etiquitte Wool Socks | Nixon Chronograph

TweedWedding

Hi there BD,
Came across your site shared on reddit. I saw your inquiries page and had a question that maybe you can help me with. I would love for my fiance and his groomsmen wear tweed suits (or even just the coats) for our wedding since I do not like the stuffy suit or tux look. Do you know of any place in Buffalo that will rent out anything of the tweed variety?

Thanks!

Elisa

Hi Elisa. Thanks so much for writing. This sounds like a very Dandy wedding and I love the idea! Unfortunately, I haven’t heard of many places offering to “rent” a tweed sport coat, let alone a full suit. That being said, there are plenty of places that sell tweed jackets and suits that luckily this time of year should be on sale. Depending on the size of your wedding party, you should all be able to have them buy suits which would be around the cost if not slightly more than renting a tux. Some places I would recommend checking out are:

Another idea if money is tight would be checking out the local thrift shops to get a tweed suit on the cheap and have it tailored. This way, everyone could have their own look but still be within the tweed family (see the photo below).
I hope this helps. Congrats on your wedding and I wish you the best of luck.
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