Archive for May, 2012

Waiting for the grill to get fired up with a fine Summer Ale by Sierra Nevada called Summerfest, along with the latest edition to my watch collection: the Timex Weekender.

I’ve been thinking about getting a Summer watch lately; something that I can bang around in that looks nice but doesn’t cost a fortune. Also, I like the idea of the interchangeable Nato strap because the nylon material is perfect for warmer temperatures, and with so many color combos to choose from, it’s like getting a brand new watch with each strap. The Timex Weekender was the perfect choice.

I will admit that the photo makes the watch look larger than it is in real life, or perhaps I’m just used to a bigger watch face. Still, the longer it’s on my wrist, the more I like it. Tomorrow it will be off to O’Connell’s to acquire so more color options.

$45 (or $35 at Target)


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With Wedding Season and Father’s Day quickly approaching, it’s high time to start looking for something uniquely Dandy for either yourself, or for the Dad in your life. In my opinion, few things are as unique as these Brackish Feather Bow Ties.

These one of a kind, hand-made bow ties are made from Eastern Turkey feathers. Ben Ross, the creator of Brackish Bow Ties, carefully and seamlessly overlays the feathers in four different phases over a formal base pattern until he gets exactly the desired result. The iridescent bronze color of these handpicked feathers portrays the true beauty of the animals in its most natural setting. Making sure to minimize feather separation and maximize durability, the precision involved in this process is second to none. Each tie comes in its own wooden storage box, care instructions and a full money back guarantee.

These truly are one of a kind ties, and wearers will undoubtedly be subject to countless compliments and inquiries of “where’d you get that bow tie?” Now I know what you’re thinking… I want one! I need one! Well, good news. Brackish has been generous enough to donate one of these handsome bow ties ($85 value) to one lucky reader in our first ever Giveaway Contest!

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The winner will be announced next Bow Tie Friday. Contestants have until Wednesday, May 30th at 11:59 pm EST to enter. Good luck!

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The trailer for the much anticipated re-make of The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann is here. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby with Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in supporting roles. I have to admit I had reservations on whether or not this movie would be any good… My fears have been laid to rest. December cannot come soon enough. This one is going to be fantastic, Old Sport.

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Need a way to keep your sunglasses on your head, but scoff at the idea of wearing croakies? Introducing Sounders Leather Shade Anchors.

Founded in 2010 on the Long Island Sound shoreline, L.I. Sounder was established in Connecticut to produce goods of classic styling and lasting quality. When they began, their goal was simple: design a better looking, higher quality, more comfortable sunglass strap. Made from 100% vegetable tanned leather, the straps actually improve with age and develop a patina over time. I’m particularly fond of the Signal Red colorway, but they also come in Tan, Classic Camel and Oiled Camel.


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The wife surprised me with a belated anniversary present and what can I say? She knows what I like. One of KJP’s latest Turks Head Sailor Bracelets: Abaft the Beam. She said she noticed I’ve been wearing a lot of green lately and thought it was a good Summer color combo. I married a good one, Dandies. Here’s to two fabulous years together, and yet another addition to the Kiel Pile.


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Enjoying the gorgeous weather with some good old fashioned Beach Boys and Magic Hat’s latest Summer Brew: Elder Berry.

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There are plenty of wrist-wear options out there, but few seem to have the quality, attention to detail, and affordability as Profound Aesthetic’s Leather Collection. All bracelets in the collection are hand-made in the U.S and are priced in the $20-$30 range, making it much more affordable to buy several. I love the rugged, old-world feel of these bracelets, and the detailing in the anchor is just fantastic. Oh yeah, and did I mention they offer free shipping? Check out the full collection after the jump.


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Let’s face it, the Modern Man likes things to smell nice as much as anyone. The problem however is that most candles don’t have an overly masculine smell to them. Yankee Candle has apparently thought of this and has provided a somewhat hilarious solution. Introducing Man Candles (I’m not even kidding). With scents like musk, leather, freshly cut grass and of course wood, men are now free to bask in the aroma of manliness like never before. Perfect for any man cave or swinging bachelor pad.


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The white summer shoe is a tricky thing to pull off. Like the bow tie it takes a certain sense of panache, not even taking into consideration the fear of getting them dirty. These rather Dandy White Suede Loafers from Alden have been making the internet rounds and the more I look at them, the more I want them. Exclusive to Need Supply Co, the loafers feature Goodyear welted construction (which means they can be resoled), with soft suede uppers with white trim detail, leather outsoles, tempered steel shank, and vegetable tanned leather insoles. While shoes like these would surely compliment your Summer seersucker suit, part of me wants to just rock them with a pair beat up jeans and an oxford.


Now I understand that most of us are not willing to spend $500 on a pair of Summer shoes regardless of how long they last. That’s why I have supplied a few additional white Summer Shoe options below.

Walkover Debry 100  $255
Sebago Docksides $100
Converse Chuck Purcell $50
Vans Authentic in White
Chuck Taylor All Star $45

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I saw this in the store today and it went so well with my outfit I just had to get it. Yet another fedora from New Era’s Spring EK Collection, The Whisper is a great Spring/Summer head-wear choice with it’s linen fabric and brightly colored band.


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