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Our favorite milliner Nick Fouquet just launched his newly redesigned website which includes (at long last) an online store! The fact that I can now order my own Nick Fouquet hat online makes me happier than words can say, however that feeling quickly vanishes when I realize the cost of the hats start at over $1000… Soul-crushing is a word I would use.

Still, if you have some money saved up or if dropping a cool G is no big deal to you, I suggest heading over to Nick’s revamped site and start picking one out. I’ve selected my top favorite designs from his Spring 16 line below to help with your decision making process. All kidding aside, seeing these hats up close confirms that they truly are works of art and I really, really, really want one.

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Now here is a common problem us men have, especially during the summer months when wearing a tie while out becomes less common. Here you are, putting a lot of time and effort into planning the perfect outfit for the night, only once you’re out, you notice your open collar droops down and completely ruins the look. A problem I am shocked has taken so long to find a solution for, but thankfully that’s where Million Dollar Collar comes in.

The idea is pretty simple and ingenious I must say. Basically a collar stay for the placket of your shirt, with just a little help from your tailor or seamstress, you install the thin plastic stay into your shirt and then sew it back up. Boom, no more sagging collar.

I am totally onboard for picking some of these up while the temps still call for an open collar (plus it doesn’t hurt that the wife loves this look). One word of caution, I wouldn’t put shirts with these installed into the dryer as I’m sure they would warp. But you wouldn’t be putting those shirts in the dryer anyways, right? You should always dry clean or line dry your shirts to prolong their life.

With multiple packs available ranging from 3 ($9) to 20 ($46) I would highly recommend picking some of these up and installing them in your favorite shirts.

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Had to share these beautiful family photos we recently had taken by Cara Kilian Photography to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the newest little member of our family. Her prices are very reasonable and the locations she uses for her shoots is a stunning. She has perfected the art of the sunset shoot (which has always been one of my favorite looks) and the area where she shoots near her house have so many gorgeous places to take photos. Below are some of my favorite from the shoot, and even these were hard to narrow down. Naturally, when it came time to choose just ten photos, we purchased the entire album (some 70 photos) for an extra $100. We will surely treasure these photos forever (until we do another one when our little girl arrives) but in the meantime, if you are looking for a professional photographer, we cannot recommend Cara Kilian enough.

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We first featured Buffalo’s own Oxford Pennant back in 2014. Since then the company has grown leaps and bounds and recently moved their HQ to a small space on West Tupper St. I had noticed their sign and display window on my way to the 33 one afternoon and almost crashed my car when I thought they had opened a retail space. I contacted David Horesh, one of the owners of Oxford Pennant who was kind enough to meet me at their office to chat about his company and show me around their new space.

David told me that when he and his business partner started Oxford Pennant almost three years ago, the idea was to make some cool pennants to support their hometown and hopefully make a few bucks at the same time, thinking the “Americana” trend would kind of die out after a while. They never expected their business would explode like it has and the response to their product to be so overwhelmingly positive.

To understand what all the fuss is about, all you have to do is see one of these pennants in person. Right away you notice the weight and quality of the felt; far superior to the cardboard-like pennants currently on the market, which David loathes. Next, the simple typography and graphics used creates a perfect nostalgic feel, even when the subject matter includes popular rap lyrics. Even more fascinating regarding the meteoric rise of Oxford Pennant is the fact that they do no advertising. Instead, they rely on their customers to spread the word for them via Instagram, showcasing beautiful photographs of their product featured around the country.

While photos are a great way to get your company out there, Oxford Pennant is also highly aware of the importance of branding, so special care is taken to capitalize on unique ways to make customers aware of the Oxford Pennant brand; whether it be on the custom taping used on their packaging, the variety of stickers included with each purchase or the ingenious “mini pennants” made from left over scraps which are included in custom orders.

If you are looking for something a little bit bigger than your standard pennant, Oxford Pennant has recently expanded their catalog by offering 24″x 36″ wool felt championship banners, which are available in three designs and use hand-stiched lettering for a truly old school look and feel.

With new designs coming out all the time, a retail space (hopefully) opening up in their location soon and no shortage of lovers of beautifully crafted, hand-made in America pennants, this Buffalo-based company has a bright future ahead of it. Be sure to check out Oxford Pennant’s full catalog via their online store and order yours today.

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[Photos by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News]
Sharing some amazing photos by The Buffalo News which feature one of my favorite buildings in downtown Buffalo: The M&T Gold Dome Bank.

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The M&T Gold Dome Bank opened in 1901 with white marble walls and floors, a soaring ceiling and windows that start several feet off the ground. “The bankers were trying to create a place that liked like your money would be safe,” said Robert W. VonLangen, M&T Bank property manager. 

I’ve always enjoyed visiting this bank even though we don’t belong to it on the off chance I happen to witness someone singing the bank song from Mary Poppins inside.

While I certainly would never want the bank to close, when I visited The Federal Bar in Long Beach last year, all I could think of is how awesome the Gold Dome building would be as a bar.

Check out the full gallery here and some of my favorites below. Also, if you happen to be downtown, do yourself a favor and check out this incredible building for yourself.

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Celebrate the coming of our beautiful Buffalo Summer with the 7th Annual BLRC Seersucker Ride. As always we ride the first Sunday of the Season. Sunday the 26th of June at Noon, we gather for Buffalo’s premiere social ride. Starting at Canalside and parading along (mostly) bike paths to the lawns of Delaware Park for our annual Summer Champagne Picnic and Lawn Fete. All are welcome and encourage to join in a playful round of Petanque!

Pack a picnic lunch to share with friends new and old. Summery fabrics, – especially Seersucker – are encouraged to enhance the communal theme. Of course we expect to see some breezy linens, madras, gingham and the like.

Each rider is responsible for their own safety and equipment, so please follow all laws and safety recommendations.

Let’s make the most of our enviable Buffalo Summer…

Check out our recap of last year’s festivities here.

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I had to share this recently published article on BuffaloNews.com regarding Erie County’s new “anti-slob” dress code. The policy instructs some 4,000 white-collar workers to “present an appearance that reflects positively” on Erie County including:

• Skirts, slacks and other attire should cover the shoulder, back and midriff.
• Shoes should be clean and in good condition.
• Sneakers are appropriate only when denim is worn.
• Attire should be neat and professional
• Jeans should not be faded, dirty, ripped or torn.
• No flip flops, shorts or sweatpants.
• Clothing that works well or the beach, yard work and the gym is not appropriate for work.
• Reasonable exceptions may be made to accommodate injuries, disabilities and for ethnic and religious reasons.

I am 100% behind this dress code and while I am fortunate to work at a place which has a very relaxed wardrobe policy, I always take pride in my appearance and make sure I am dressed appropriately. The fact that this policy needs to be officially stated is somewhat disappointing, but if it wakes enough people up to not show up to work dressed like a slob and promote a more professional portrayal of our fair city, than I am all for it. Some may argue that this is unnecessary, pointless, etc. etc and they are free to think so… Personally, I would just be happy not to see people walking around wearing those hideous white New Balance sneakers with their suits anymore.

PS. I would also like to go on record as suggesting a similar dress code be required while attending a show at Shea’s because this epidemic must be stopped. Anyway, here the article below:

County’s ‘anti-slob’ code a small stand for civility

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I applaud county officials for trying.

It’s tough these days to take a stand for standards.

It’s nearly impossible not to overhear the obscene words uttered at the mall or during a downtown stroll.

Any adolescent can summon an anatomy lesson by Google-searching choice words. From sexting to Skype, technology has fast-forwarded sexual sharing and undercut teen innocence.

Popular songs have enough sexual references to make Masters and Johnson pull up the covers.

Some women’s outerwear looks like underwear. Leggings make skin-tight jeans seem Victorian. Slang references to body parts and sexual acts abound on once-Puritanical network TV.

I’m not saying the apocalypse is upon us and Western civilization will soon be consumed in a ball of hellfire. In some cases, relaxed standards signal a rejection of hypocrisy, an acceptance of openness and the erosion of snobbery and censorship.

But there are times it would be nice – particularly in public places – if civility and etiquette weren’t trampled and left gasping for breath. It’s all about respect for each other.

And if you don’t agree, bleep you.

Seriously: It’s nice to see a government entity build a breakwall against the tide of F-bombs, hypersexualization of pop culture and erosion of public behavior. Responding to complaints from judges, customers and clients, county officials this month instituted a dress code. No more coming to work looking like you just rolled out of bed, are headed to the beach or consider Jerry Garcia a sartorial template.

Proper county office attire no longer includes flip-flops, cut-offs, belly-baring T-shirts or bum-hugging jeans. But enough about the guys.

We gratefully blow taps for jewelry sporting the B-word, F-word or any combination thereof. Thankfully deep-sixed is the office hoodie, workout shorts, garden-soiled khakis, or county lawyers rockin’ their Calvins in court.

The “anti-slob” policy, brokered with union leaders, instructs some 4,000 white-collar workers to “present an appearance that reflects positively” on the county. Any offensive tattoo must be covered. Sneakers are OK only with unripped, clean jeans – and neither in a courtroom. No clothing with offensive, discriminatory or political messages. So save the F.B.I. – Federal Body Inspector – T-shirt for the Saturday pub crawl and stash the “Feel the Bern” cap. Not on county time.

“Sometimes, you couldn’t tell the worker from the client,” noted Artie Rush of the Department of Social Services. “T-shirts, shorts, sandals – it’s not right for business.”

In a better world, the notion would go without saying: You deal with the public, you represent the county, therefore you need to look professional.

Happily, most of about a dozen county workers I spoke with agreed. As a self-deputized member of the fashion police, I’m pleased to report that nearly all of some 50 workers leaving the Rath Building at lunchtime looked, if not GQ-ready, then somewhere between presentable and professional. And at least, since I’m passing judgment, on stylistic par with the typical journalist. Apparently civilization is not yet ready to slide into the primordial muck.

Valerie Meyers of the Board of Elections paired a classic summer skirt with a public-service attitude.

“Appearance matters,” she told me. “I’ve seen workers in hoodies, or wearing low tank tops with spaghetti straps – it’s not professional.”

Rush, the 16-year Social Services veteran, admits he may have inspired a few of Tommy Hilfiger’s nightmares – and contributed to the code’s creation. But he has since abandoned shorts for clean jeans set off with sneakers – and accompanied by a revelation.

“When you dress better,” he noted, “you feel better about yourself.”

One giant step for county workers. One small stride for civilization.

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In other cool news, BuffaloDandy.com celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary this month as Buffalo’s original menswear and lifestyle blog. Initially started as a way to learn WordPress and noticing a severe lack of a mens fashion voice in Buffalo, the blog grew from not only a chronicling of my personal style evolution, but also as a instructional site for aspiring gentleman, product and store reviews and recapping the dapper goings ons around the city of Buffalo. It has been an incredible experience running this site, albeit a bit sparse as of late due to numerous factors most of which involve chasing our Dandy 3 year old around and expecting our second bundle of joy at the end of the Summer. Since blogs aren’t really a thing much anymore and the landscape of mens fashion is ever evolving, it’s hard to say what the future holds for Buffalo Dandy. Many local favorite blogs have come and gone and for whatever reason, we’re still here. The site has provided the wife and I some amazing opportunities which we will be forever grateful for and I wish to offer my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has kept reading throughout the years. For now, all I can say is keep reading and as always, stay Dandy.

-Chris Bissonette, The Buffalo Dandy

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Looks like the Kentucky Derby is going green with envy this year with a sharp looking new logo and their always coveted $1,000 mint julep cup which arrives this year in limited edition package complete with a custom silk shirt lining designed by Hamilton Shirts. 

A well-documented favorite day of the year here at Buffalo Dandy, we’ve compiled some of our favorite new items of the season to serve as inspiration for what to wear while attending or watching this year’s Kentucky Derby. Fingers crossed that I continue my winning streak on who wins. Good luck and stay Dandy everyone!

Brooks Brothers Garment Washed Blazer | Brooks Brothers Seersucker Pants | Hamilton Classic Gingham | Rolex Oyster Submariner | Gents Mode Pocket Square | Brooks Brothers Knit Tie | Allen Edmond Suede Strandmonk

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Once again this year we would like all of you lovers of the open water to check out the Discover Buffalo Sailing Program kicking off at the end of April. Discover Buffalo Sailing is your introduction to the world of sailing. Taking place the first 4 weeks of the sailing season, the program will expose you to basic sailing skills through a structured program of onshore chalk-talks and on the water, hands-on experience. Club boat owners are volunteering their equipment to give you the best possible experiences. Mentors and seasoned crew members will coach you as you learn how the wind and the sails move the vessel through the water. The program will include basic boat handling, safety, and mock race starts.

The 2016 season will kick off on Thursday April 21st  from 6:30-8:30pm with an orientation session that will outline the program expectations, recommended equipment and boat assignments. It will also be a “meet the skipper” night as all participants and fellow crew members, including your club mentors, will be introduced . This meeting will be held at Obersheimer Sailor Supply – 1884 Niagara St. Buffalo, NY 14207 on the second floor sail loft.

Sessions will run on four consecutive Saturdays with the first session running from 8:30am -1:00pm on May 21st. The remaining sessions will start at 8:45am. Each session will consist of a 45 minute dockside chalk-talk and 1-1/2 hour sail, weather permitting. Sessions will not be rescheduled if poor weather prevails. In the case of poor weather, a dockside lesson will be substituted. Each boat will have a mentor and a minimum of two seasoned crew members. Participants will be actively involved in sailing during each session.

The only requirement for participation is basic club membership which is currently $50, a $10 materials fee, and signature of a liability waiver. Participants need to be agile enough to easily move around a boat in motion. For more specific information regarding requirements prior to orientation, please contact Patrick Weisansal II, Program Coordinator at PWeisansal@gmail.com

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