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Archive for October, 2012

Halloween is obviously one of our favorite holidays at the Dandy household, and this year at our Third Annual Spooky Halloween Party, family, friends and fellow Dandy’s came out in fine form to looks their Spooky best. The wife, puppy and I went as characters from one of our favorite films, Labyrinth, staring David Bowie and Jennifer Connolly (the wife nailed the eyebrows). Click below to check out some of the other stellar costumes.

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Sartorially speaking, Friday the 13th Part 2 is one of the best dressed horror films ever created. Seriously, watch this movie (there’s a marathon on tonight) and check out some of the fantastic outfits these doomed campers are sporting…

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China Recap: Custom Shirt

One of the things you hear most about traveling to China are the fabled tailor shops that can turn a custom-made suit around in a few days for $100. After doing some research while preparing for my trip, I found one of the more famous shops to be Sam’s Tailors, which boasts a vast array of celebrity visitors, but with actual customer reviews being less than favorable. We didn’t spend too much time in each of the three provinces we visited (Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai) however we were at Shanghai the longest and as luck would have it, there was a custom tailor shop right in the hotel we were staying at called Fit Well Fashion. So I got up early and patiently waited for the shop to open and began creating my shirt the moment the doors opened. The woman behind the counter was somewhat confused by some of my choices, like contrasting under cuffs, contrast button hole stitching and untraditional fabric choices, but we worked past the language barrier with some gentlemanly manners and mutual respect. After going back a few times to make sure I had all the details just right, my custom shirt was ready the next day!

I was extremely pleased with the result. I went with a spread collar, cornered cuffs and a shorter shirt length while adding some finishing touches like the European placed monogram. The fabric felt great, the quality was top notch and the fit was spectacular. One pleasant surprise was they made my left cuff larger to accommodate my wristwatch without asking, which was great! This only being my second custom shirt, I have to say I much prefer going in and getting measured as apposed to the online option. What really sealed the deal for me was the fact that the final shirt ended up costing only $60, which is a steal! The only problem now, however,  is I love the fit of this shirt so much, I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back to the off the rack options. Next trip, I will certainly be picking up more than one.

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A Dandy in China

I am heading to Hong Kong and Shanghai next week so posts will be light. Any Dandy suggestions of places to visit while I’m there?

我下週前往香港和上海這樣的職位將是光。任何丹迪建議的地方參觀,而我在那裡?

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There are plenty of shirting options out there for Fall… Now, with the introduction of so many online shirting companies, the options seem even more endless. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite Fall pieces from several retailers I’ve been following. Hopefully, this will help narrow down the field a bit and add some new button downs to your wardrobe.

The Blue Callan by Ledbury – An incredibly comfortable brushed cotton oxford from Tessitura Monti. It’s an ideal cold weather utility shirt with double breast pockets and a shortened tail, allowing it to be worn untucked. Ledbury is perhaps one of the most famous in the group, and their notoriety is well deserved. Featured constantly in publications like GQ and Esquire, Ledbury offers a superior fit and quality which makes them a favorite go-to shirt for any season. $135

Lochner Shirt in Deepwood by Frank & Oak  – A rougher, grainy plaid that imbues your look with a raw, vintage feel. The unique colors will stand out when paired with dark denim. Features button-down collar, straight-edge cuffs, and front chest pocket. 100% cotton. If you haven’t subscribed to Frank & Oak yet, you really need to. Every month the Montreal-based company designs, manufactures and curates it’s own collection of fine clothing and accessories with most items priced below $50. $45

Battle Road Plaid by Concord Button Downs – Made in the USA, these 100% cotton button downs are a new addition to the online shirt retailer game. Based out of Massachusetts, Concord Buttons Downs embrace New England quality and style made right here in the U.S.A. CBD has also partnered with Ellen’s Heart and Soul, a local charity that receives a donated portion of each sale to improve the lives of women battling breast cancer. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, now is a perfect time to not only get a great shirt, but to also support a great cause. $130

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Named after a tiny island in the North of Scotland which utilizes a knitting technique to create patterns with multiple colors, Fair Isle Sweaters have been showing up everywhere this season. Available in a variety of colors and price points, I’ve compiled some of my favorites for Fall below.

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One trend that I’ve been seeing more and more of is the Quilted Lapel, either on vests or jackets. Leave it to Brooks Brothers to perfect this trend with their Quilted Blazer in this fantastic Evergreen or Navy color. For the ultimate Dandy Outdoorsman, a Double Breasted Pea Coat version is also available.

Cut with trimmer fit that tappers to the waist for more room in the chest and shoulders, the slim silhouette doesn’t sacrifice warmth. Both contain classic tartan lining and down feathers for insulation. Finally, not only are these coats fantastically unique, they are also very reasonably priced at $228 and $298 respectively. The only thing missing is a breast pocket for a pocket square which, frankly, I’m surprised they left off…

$228 and $298

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The wife, in-laws and I headed to Letchworth State Park this weekend, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East. Meandering through the peak Autumn foliage, we had a fantastic time learning about the history of the park as well it’s late inhabitants William Letchworth and Mary Jemison known as “The White Indian of the Genesee”. As the sun disappeared behind the clouds, our sight-seeing interests diminished with the lowering temperature, so we retired to the Glen Iris Inn for a lovely lunch overlooking the Falls. Check out more Park photos after the jump.

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I named this creation the Connor MacLeod in honor of the immortal from the movie Highlander. He lived forever, which is precisely how long it took to make this damn thing. Made of 100% Highlander Wool, the Connor MacLeod is primed for a Fall Bow Tie Friday.

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With Fall now in full swing here in Buffalo, it’s time to start layering up and adding some new bottoms to your wardrobe. In the workplace, few companies are as ubiquitous as Dockers. Often times associated with a negative connotation, Dockers has actually done a fantastic job of keeping current with trends, and reinventing themselves as staple brand in menswear. I recently reached out to the fine folks at Dockers to see if they would allow me to give some of their latest pants a Dandy Test Drive for Fall. I was pleasantly surprised to receive several of their latest styles in the mail shortly there after. The 3 styles I’ll be reviewing here are the The Broken-In Khaki, The City Khaki and The Signature Khaki.

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