Archive for July, 2012

I’m heading to NYC to meet with a pretty huge client tomorrow and I want to make sure I’m not only dressed the part for a casual meeting, but also for a day of walking around the city and plane travel. I think the pink shirt, chambray tie and dark jeans paired with the Jack Purcell’s have a nice relaxed/polished look to them. Not too overly dressed, especially when paired with an EK Fedora, Citizen Watch and lucky KJP bracelet. Finish it all off with my Carbon 2 Cobalt leather messenger bag and I’m ready for Summer in the City.

Express 1MX Shirt $60 | J.Crew Chambray Tie $60 | TieBar Tie Clip $15 | Guess Jeans $130 | Jack Purcell’s $45 | New Era EK Fedora $42 | Citizen Eco Drive Watch $240 | KJP Leather Turk’s Head Knot Bracelet $58 |  Carbon 2 Cobalt Messenger Bag $200


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I stopped by J.Crew this weekend and was shocked to see they had gotten the original Jack Purcell’s in stock. When I had previously been there they only had the “remastered” versions. Imagine my surprise to see the original Jack Purcell’s I had been pining over staring me right in the face.

I went back and forth on whether or not to buy them since I basically already had a pair. But after taking a closer look, the differences that I talked about earlier were so much more apparent that they truly are two different shoes for the exact same price. So I bit the bullet and would now like to share a more in-depth comparison of the two Jack Purcell’s.

First obviously is the log tongue embroidery, but then there’s the quality of fabric which seems much slightly thicker.  The inner lining is much softer thanks to the extra suede band around the top and along the inside of the tongue. The metal tips on the laces are a nice touch and the laces themselves are a much higher quality. You can see the grommet placement makes more more sense above the soles rather than in them, and then there are the rubber labels on the heel. Notice the “remastered” version is merely printed, while the Originals are embossed on the leather. You can also see the difference between the sole lining: one being just plain canvas, and the other being blue suede which makes for a much more comfortable fit, especially when barefoot. Last but not least, the famous blue smile is recessed in the original, while the remix looks almost printed on.

Again, I’m frustrated that I was unable to find the original when I first bought a pair, however the first pair I bought are still extremely comfortable… I just feel like I bought a knockoff pair of classic sneakers which bugs me. So worst case scenario, now I have a “nice” pair of Purcell’s that won’t be for everyday use, and a extra pair for just kicking around in.

Moral of the story? Don’t settle for imitations. Stick with the originals and go for quality.

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Look how happy this guy is!

The wife and I decided early on that once we have kids, that will be the time to invest in a nice DSLR Camera. Of course, once we have said camera, I’m sure I will want a slew of straps to go along with my many Dandy outfits. This Camera Strap Necktie is currently at the top of my list. Made of black and white houndstooth with black nylon straps, it can support a camera as heavy as five pounds and adjusts to up to four feet long.


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With The Olympics Opening Ceremony underway, why not show some National Pride with these USA inspired accessories…

Patriot Plaid Bow Tie by Starboard Clothing Co. $45 | Team USA Survival Strap Bracelet (which the Olympians are actually wearing today during the ceremony) $35 | American Flag Needlepoint Flask by Smathers & Branson $65

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Oh, Portland… you’ve done it again. With the silk knit tie coming back huge in the last few years, many a Dandy have been left looking for a knit counterpart to their cravats. Enter Portland’s MS&Co’s Silk Knit Pocket Square. Available in Navy, Pink and White and sure to pair perfectly with your Summer Suits.


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Somewhere off the waters of the southern most tip of Manhattan sits a time warp, a gilded metropolitan Bermuda Triangle if-you-will. If you sail through it you are instantaneously transported from 2012 to 1922. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s world comes alive, drenched in the high summer sun, awash with St-Germain cocktails, and backed by the most swinging jazz this side of the Mississippi played by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. There is even a tiny appearance by NYC’s own Bill Cunningham. Shot on location in Governors Island, NYC on June 16th 2012.

The next one is being held on August 18th & 19th. Who’s coming with me?

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Tequila Dandy

In honor of National Tequila Day, I’d like to share a recipe for a new drink I discovered called “The Tequila Dandy”.

One half cup of milk
Two teaspoons sugar
Five ounces of tequila
Mix over ice.

The sugar gives you pep, the milk gives you energy, and the tequila gives you Dandy ideas on what to do with all that pep and energy.

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Breaking news for thighs everywhere! Chubbies have just released their latest collection of shorts entitled The Weekend Collection. With every previous collection sold out, now is the perfect time to get your hands on the shorts that have been setting the internet on fire with their extra short 5″ inseam, bold color pallets and general irreverence towards pants and cargo shorts. Pick from four new colors and get your weekend started early.

Via Chubbies:
Yup – the weekend has finally arrived and these shorts are ready to kick that mother off in a monstrous way. Get outta those terrible work pants. Throw them into your furnace. What? Don’t have a furnace? Find one. Destroy those damned things.

Now that we’ve taken care of that, time to get into these party-startin, lady-attractin, beer-slangin mamma jammas and get the night started right.


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Renny Fest Weekend, as we’ve come to call it, always holds a special place in my heart. Every Summer for the last 5 years or so, we pack up the car and head to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. Held in the middle of the woods, the festival features people dressed in traditional Renaissance fashion, speaking Shakespearian English, and putting on several shows throughout the day like jousting competitions, poetry readings and comedy shows. There are also countless old world artisans throughout the grounds, making it impossible not to buy something, since you tend to get caught up in the spirit of things and want to be part of the action. You then of course leave wondering what you’re going to do with the giant wooden sword you just bought… But that’s only part of the fun.

Afterwards, upon drinking honey mead and grogs of ale all day, we stumble back to Holiday Harbor, a delightful campground located right on Lake Ontario for some more drinking and camping. Or in our case, Glamping – because the Dandy does not “camp” in the traditional sense. Air mattresses with memory foam mattress on top of that, a tent that’s larger than most dorm rooms, bottles of whiskey and champagne with sirloin burgers on the grill followed by a sun soaked walk along the beach. It’s a wonderful tradition that we look forward to every year and I highly recommend taking a trip to go to it one weekend, if even for just a day trip. Huzzah!


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Check out this sweet collection of Gotham Rogues gear by Under Armour. Favorites definitely include the Team Hat, Hoodie and Varsity Jacket.



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