Archive for January, 2012

Winter ‘Muffs

My ears have been freezing the last couple of days with these gale-force winds we’ve been having in the Queen City. Thusly I’ve been contemplating purchasing a pair of ear muffs so not to mess my coiffe in the morning. The Style Blogger shows a handsome pair off nicely in a post he did last year.

180s Ear Warmers certainly seem to cornered the market when it comes to ear muffs for men. Available just about everywhere, the idea of behind-the-head ear warmers first began in 1993 as part of a Wharton Business School assignment. From there, the company quickly grew into one the premier outfitters of winter accessories and apparel with nearly 80 patents and patents pending.

After browsing their website I’ve select a few rather Dandy options. The go-to standard of course should be the Buffalo Plaid, but I also like these two handsome herringbone versions that are much more subtle and would go with various coating options.



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I was really digging today’s outfit but couldn’t decide on the best way to shoot it… So I just snapped a quick pic at the desk while doing some work this evening. As you can tell I’m still quite obsessed with my Orvis vest.

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Betabrand is causing quite a stir with their latest creation: The Dress Pant Sweatpant. Being dubbed as “an experiment in sartorial subterfuge”, at first glance the Dress Pant Sweatpants look like fine charcoal wool trousers. Upon closer inspection, one discovers they are actually made of high-end French terry fabric and wear like a comfy pair of sweatpants. The cut I like fine enough except for the double layered knee pads which seem unnecessary. I could only see myself wearing these around the house however, as I tend to cringe every time I see a grown man out in sweatpants.

The controversy of course lies in whether or not these are appropriate to wear to work. In a world of Forever Lazy’s and Snuggies, we seem to be only further perpetuating the stereotype of “Lazy Americans”. It would, however, be an interesting experiment to see if anyone could actually tell if you are wearing sweatpants to work. Girls get away with wearing leggings all Winter long (which I hear is like wearing pajamas) but Gentleman, I can’t condone stooping to their level. For the money I feel you would be better off buying an actual pair of wool trousers for the Winter months. Still, I will admit, Betabrand came up with a very cool idea and I think several people are going to be on board with these.

At the very least, now men have something they can actually wear to an outdoor sporting event. Unlike this. More looks after the jump.



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Brought in my collection of bow ties today to share with the office. Several brought their own (including my “young apprentice” intern) but there were still a few that wanted to test drive one for Bow Tie Friday. Even a couple of the ladies expressed interest. Gonna be a good day.

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Brotherly Love

Fellow Dandy and Brother-in-Law Mr. Girard aka “Big Ron” sent me a pic the other day of the bow tie I made him for Christmas. A teacher in Albany, he said everyone at school loves his bow tie. Well done with the matching suspenders, sir!

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Obviously there would be no Buffalo Dandy if this most heinous bill gets past, and doesn’t Buffalo have enough problems already? Tell Congress not to censor the internet by visiting

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Ledbury Free Union Belt

Fellow Dandy Mr. Courtney let me know about this very handsome Free Union Belt from Ledbury’s Commonwealth Collection. The quick release feature on the buckle is a great idea.

Crafted from large-hide English bridle leather, The Free Union’s Tobacco leather strap has been stripped, beveled, stitched, dyed and burnished, all by hand. The buckle is a unique quick release mechanism first employed as a hose clamp by England’s National Fire Service in the 19th century. Cast locally, it is formed from a high-density white bronze metal. Over time, the white bronze will develop a slight natural patina, giving each buckle its own tint and character.


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A long, busy day at the office… Just getting home but still looking Dandy.

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With Bow Tie Friday catching on here at The Martin Group, I scheduled a field trip to O’Connell’s in an effort to provide my fellow Dandy coworkers with as vast a collection as possible. Upon our arrival, Glenn and the rest of the staff were their usual gracious selves, offering some keen fashion advice and showcasing some of their latest inventory.

As always, Mr. Meadows snapped some great photos of our journey.

Once the bow ties were purchased, everyone received a handy instructional guide on how to tie their new bow ties. Here’s the result – today’s Bow Tie Friday Dandies!

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Been somewhat ho-hum over all the Pitti stuff that’s been coming out. Don’t get me wrong, the stuff looks great, but I haven’t seen too much that made me stop and say “cooool” That is until I saw this post on on Italian company Tabarro, who specialize making modern day cloaks. Yes. Cloaks. I’ve been waiting for these to come back into fashion forever!

In addition to these beautiful cloaks, Tabarro is also showcasing a nice collection of men’s outerwear and footwear at Pitti. I’m loving the white spatted boots and leather lace-ups. Their website is pretty tough to navigate since it’s in Italian, and it’s an agonizingly slow flash site, so be prepared for a lot of preloaders. But it’s still worth a click through to check out some of their handsomely made garments.

Come to think of it, with this not quite winter weather we’ve been having, with more rain than snow, I think a cloak would be the perfect garment for this type of weather.

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