Archive for September, 2012

This is part 3 several posts throughout the day recapping Buffalo Fashion Week…

In the final post today recapping Buffalo Fashion Week, I’ve selected some of our favorite shots taken by the wife and I during the event. We began our fashion-filled evening outside the doors of Statler City. Upon entering, we explored the various VIP suites, with several of Buffalo’s finest vendors on hand. The Statler’s stunning interior was the perfect backdrop to the elegant evening before us, complete with living statues on hand showcasing the latest fashions. Even Orange County Housewife Alexis Bellino whom we had the pleasure of speaking with had nothing but rave reviews about Buffalo and the Statler: “I’ve done shows all over the place, but I have to say, Buffalo does it right!”  

After enjoying the spoils of the VIP Gift Suite, we entered the photographers pit to begin shooting the show. The Buffalo Fashion Week Committee and Event Management/PR Company KC You There put on their best show to date. Both shows were fantastic and we concluded the night with an after party at tres lux Rendezvous Nightclub. The night ended the only it could: with an impromptu Gangnam Style dance off…

Again, I cannot thank KC You There, Buffalo Fashion Week, Buffalo Niagara and everyone involved for putting on a truly unforgettable event. Can’t wait for next near!



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This is part 2 several posts throughout the day recapping Buffalo Fashion Week…

Below is a collection of some fellow Dandies in attendance during last night’s Buffalo Fashion Week finale, including a few dapper gentleman of local football team some of you may be familiar with…


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This is part 1 several posts throughout the day recapping Buffalo Fashion Week…

Below the wife and I have compiled our favorites from last night’s Grand Finale of Buffalo Fashion Week. Featuring several local and NYC designers as well as celebrity designer Alexis Bellino from Orange County, the entire evening was a magical, fashion-filled event.


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Campfire Cologne

As I stated before, Fall has me yearning for the great outdoors… Camping under the stars in the mighty Adirondack’s with nothing but the sound of a crackling fire to lull me to sleep. Unfortunately, I work full time and hate camping (unless it involves an apartment-sized tent, air mattress and access to a bathroom/shower). Plus I’m pretty sure I would end up get mauled to death by a mountain lion. I do, however, love the smell of a good campfire. Thusly, I think I’ve found my new Fall scent. Introducing Campfire Cologne. Comprised of sticks of cedar, oak and birch chips, simply used the supplied book of matches to light up a piece and waft in it’s enticing aroma. If this isn’t one of the greatest ideas ever, I don’t know what is. Respect the beard.


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This Tuesday evening Buffalo Fashion Week hosted their 3rd show at the luxurious Mansion on Delaware. The lower level of the Mansion featured a boutique expo with several of Buffalo’s top retailers while the runway show featured local boutiques Modern Nostalgia, Leelee and Anna Grace. Before the show, a personal styling seminar hosted by Kimberly Barker took place with a Q&A as well as some audience makeovers.

The wife combed through the countless runway photos and selected her favorites from the show, while I selected my favorite outfits worn by the dapper gents in attendance. A special thanks to KC You There and Buffalo Fashion Week crew for putting on yet another stellar show! Can’t wait for the main event this Thursday at the Statler.


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I had the pleasure of meeting Bron and Dan of Alex Maine a few weeks back and they were kind enough to send me a few of their products for a Dandy test drive.

I had heard (and was a subsequent fan) of Alex Maine for quite some time, mostly inspired by their mission to not only create quality made garments here in the U.S, but by also creating jobs for Americans in doing so. Their name is an affirmation to their ethos: Alex Maine – “Alex” meaning “defender” and “Maine” meaning “homeland.” The company stands up for the American economy by bringing textile jobs back to America, producing 100% of its product within the U.S. Their patriotism is also reflected in their logo which consists of two parts: the flag and the name. The flag is facing west, backwards from normal, to reflect how the American troops wear it on their sleeve in battle. The word Alex Maine is written in Georgia font. This font was selected because it was developed for the New York Times as an American answer to Times and Times New Roman, which are used by England’s The Times. Both the flag and font were conceived to capture the essence of America in Alex Maine.

Founded by the grandson of a Pearl Harbor survivor, with two cousins currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, Bron Heussenstamm is passionate about reversing the outsourcing of American jobs (In 2009, 97% of all U.S. clothing purchased was produced by foreign factories). Teaming with lead designer Dan Marriner, the initial collection focused on mastering the important non-denim pants in a young man’s wardrobe, bringing never before seen cuts, fabrics, and washes to pants. Alex Maine is part of the new breed of retailers that have (finally) realized that men can enjoy shopping too. Located at 8025 Sunset Blvd, the Alex Maine Flagship store offers a unique shopping experience catered to men with their state of the art home theater system complete with HD flat screens, video games and even a fully stocked bar. An on-site tailor is also available to provide quick alterations while you wait. The whole idea, Bron says is to have “a place for people to come and enjoy themselves. At Alex Maine it’s come in and hang out, play a game, sit down and watch the Lakers, get your pants tailored.”

The pants I received were the Brushed Twill Prime Pants, which feature their custom signature cut that is truly unique. A tapered leg, 5-pocket pant with a slim (but amazingly comfortable) cut that honestly feels like you’re wearing pajamas rather than pants. The jean pocket style makes them more casual looking than khakis, but the brush twill fabric makes them ideal for Fall and perfect for work, a nightclub, or just hanging at home on the couch. Hands down, without a doubt, the most comfortable pair of pants you will ever wear.

Their Signature V-Neck tee was also included in a color that the wife and I absolutely loved. I really liked the off-centered sleeve logo on the inside of the arm as well. I think it’s just one of those subtle design features that separates it from other tees. The length, however, is a tad too long for my taste if you prefer your tees untucked, but the perfect length for an undershirt that won’t come undone. Made of 70% Bamboo and 30% Cotton, the tee is incredibly soft, durable and comfortable, which really seems to be the recurring theme with all things Alex Maine: Comfort.

I want to thank the good folks at Alex Maine for sending me their products to review and I highly recommend purchasing any of these items for yourself. Just be warned… You may end up throwing the rest of your pants out.

Brushed Twill Prime Pants ($164) and V-Neck T-Shirt ($44) available at Nordstrom.

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The first official runway show for Buffalo Fashion Week kicked off this past Saturday night at LUX Nightclub in Downtown Buffalo. While there were plenty bikini-clad ladies to see, I was more interest in the menswear show which featured the latest fashions from local retailer Krudmart. The collection was right on trend with an abundance of camo, selvage denim, great pops of color and some high-flying runway acrobatics. My particular favorites were the pieces that utilized the contrasting short cuffs like the ones featured on the blog earlier this Summer by Dockers.

Local video production company Promotional Productions was also in attendance, capturing some great highlights of the evening which can be viewed below.

[Photos via Facebook / Donald J Schwartz Mfotography.Co]

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Buffalo Fashion Week officially began today as models and designers gathered at Niagara Square for a photo shoot. Featuring handbags and accessories by Vania & David, clothing by Jimmylee Designs and lunch courtesy of Roaming Buffalo.

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Missed the Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club (BLRC) Tweed Ride this year? Couldn’t make it to the Seersucker Ride? Not to worry, fellow Dandies, the good folks at the BLRC have organized yet another cycling even for the dapper adventurist. The Johnny Onion Ride was first brought to our attention whilst the wife and I were enjoying a jaunty time on the Tweed Ride this past March. N0w, it is a well-known fact that Buffalo Dandy adores all things French, so to find out there was a French-inspired BLRC ride naturally piqued our interest… Time to bust out those berets, Dandies!

[Via Facebook]

The harvest season is upon us. Join the BLRC with an homage ride paying tribute to the Johnny Onion riders of northern France. Breton farmers would tie their famous pink onion harvest to their bikes. They ferry to England and “pedal” their wares all around the UK. It’s an incredible tradition. Google Johnny Onion for more information and inspiration.

We won’t ask of you anything so heroic. We do suggest you tie a few onions to your bike with twine and outfit yourself in french maritime or farming fashion.

You know the drill, Navy and white striped “St. James” sweaters, or the kind with buttons down one shoulder, berets, neckerchiefs, Black,navy and brown woolens. Pea coats, barn coats, whatever strikes you as ostensibly “French”. We won’t be selling these onions however. Our tradition is to wend our way along the bike paths from the Naval Park (home to the Buffalo Ferry) to Delaware Park where we will make a giant stock pot of french onion soup over a charcoal fire. We will all be very pleased if it is as good as last year’s soup. If you like, bring along some white wine or brandy to wash it down… perhaps add a little to the stock!
Sunday, September 23 @ 12 pm / Buffalo Naval Park

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Perhaps the only pair of Double Monks I would ever consider wearing… Menswear brand and retailer Ball and Buck teamed up with shoe legend Allen Edmonds to create one the most versitile looking pair of Double Monks ever created.

Made of premium calfskin leather and a single oak leather sole, the double monk has been updated with a Blaze Orange leather lining, welt stitching and 360 degree Goodyear welted construction. Also, the shoe is eligible for the full Recrafting service if needed. Even more impressive is that the shoes are made right here in the USA.

When it comes to how to wear them, Ball and Buck has this advice:

“Get a pair and wear the hell out of them – they look better the more beat up they are.  Also, don’t make the mistake of only wearing these with a suit.  They are just as comfortable being paired with jeans, chinos, or even shorts if you’re feeling a little ballsy.”

*Pre Order Only – Shoes do not ship until 10/1.


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