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BowTieBibs

Posts have been a bit scarce lately and I do apologize. The reason behind this is the wife and I have been getting ready to welcome Dandy Jr. into the world and needless to say, we’ve been busy. With than in mind, I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be stepping away from the blog for a little bit as we start this new and exciting chapter in our lives. Fear not. Posts will still be appearing, just not everyday, and certainly not in the next couple of days. If I do manage to get a break between feedings, diaper changes, and caring for the Mrs, I’ll try and upload some Dandy outfit posts. Of course they may or may not be featuring my son. No promises.

With all that in mind, check out these awesome Bow Tie Bibs for Bow Tie Friday! What can I say, our family and friends know us well.

Thanks for reading everyone, and as always, stay Dandy.

-BD

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I tried calling in a few favors to get a pair of these Nike 1972 Quickstrikes this past weekend, but was unprepared for how fast they would sell out. Like, within 30 minutes after going on sale at 8am Saturday, every pair was gone. I knew I shouldn’t have rolled over for that extra 20 minutes of sleep… Made of premium leather in both a brown and deep red color with a goodyear welt sole and waxed cotton laces, it looks like even Nike wants to get into the Dandy game with these shoes.

Sneakerheads be crazy, but if you’re like me and admit there is something joie de vivre about these kicks, I’ve got good news. For what will undoubtedly be a short time, these limited edition Nikes will be available here on Wednesday. Check out the exclusive video by LACEBAG below.

$177

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Among my many vices which include amassing countless vinyl records, bow ties and lately bottles of scotch, another weakness of mine is collecting sketchbooks. Always on the hunt for one with unique characteristics, I recently came across these wooden journals by Boarding School, which is an Etsy shop run by an old colleague of mine and fellow designer: Ashley Flanagan.

Based out of Seattle, Ashley works with her brother Erik who is a woodworker in Maine. Erik carefully selects pieces of wood with character and ships them off to Ashley who then assembles the journals into various styles and designs while utilizing vintage paper and topographical maps. The books are coptic bound with waxed linen thread and then finished with natural tung oil and letter stamped. Her shop offers a wide range of styles and sizes, with custom orders also available. Read more about Boarding School in this recent article on Etsy. Keep up the great work, Ash!

$45-$80

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We tend to get pretty casual here at Buffalo Dandy as the weather warms up; usually trading in our wingtips for boat shoes. If you’re looking to go a bit more rugged but still want to rep Buffalo, try these Buffalo leather moccasins from Engineered Garments. Handmade in the USA, the grain of the Buffalo leather has a much more textured look than traditional cowhide. This rugged aesthetic is further heightened by the use of braided  laces and thick stitching throughout. Available in both tan and red here.

$385

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I’ve been saying ever since the trailer for The Great Gatsby came out last year that it would be the next fashion trend to be inspired by a film (guy liner and pirate necklaces, anyone?). It appears that Brooks Brothers took this idea to heart and justifiably so, seeing as how they actually designed all of the clothes in the film (although you did a stellar job last time Ralph Lauren). Realizing people would be chomping at the bit for the beautiful clothes in the movie, Brooks Brothers just released their Great Gatsby Collection which was inspired by costumes from the film.

As Academy Award designer Catherine Martin points out: “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.”

While some of the items may be a bit out of our price range, I’m certainly looking to at least get my hands on one of these bow ties to wear to the big premier. See you there, Old Sport!

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Holdall & Co. Folios

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I love my shoulder bag, but sometimes, you need something a bit more minimal. Thankfully, Holdall & Co. has you covered with their very handsome and extremely Dandy looking leather folios.

Handmade in England by traditionally skilled case makers, the folios have a unique 30’s inspired minimalist design with a modern feel. With understated sleek lines complemented by a modern snap-shut lock and a useful newspaper/umbrella loop for when on the go, they are designed with the modern professional in mind. It is a stylish, yet functional and robust bag for everyday use; whether in the office, traveling or even for drinks at the bar.

Each folio is handmade from full grain brindle leather with pride and perfection to exacting standards. Utilizing hand-sewn lock stitches, heeled corners and polished edges (all a mark of true craftsmanship), each piece is a unique work of art made to last a lifetime. For both the traditionally and the technologically orientated, the folio comfortably fits notebooks, journals/periodicals, iPads and laptops.

At present the folios are available in two sizes, The Organised/12″ and The Professional/14″; and in two colors, Chestnut and London Tan.

$280 / $320

Holdall&Co,The Organised 12", Under-arm folio, Chestnut leather £185

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The Spring/Summer campaign from Rose & Born entitled “Shades of Blue” is kind-of-sort-of everything I want for Spring. Looking like something straight out of Pitti Uomo, the Swedish-based company is on point with their  beautiful blues, florals and dot patterns. Come on Spring, get here already!

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If you’ve been watching any Buffalo Sabres or Bills games on TV, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the menswear store Napoli’s running some rather Dandy-looking commercials. Prior to this I had never heard of Napoli’s, but was none the less intrigued so I ventured out to their Transit Road store to learn more about this premium menswear destination.

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The first thing you notice when you enter the store is how welcoming it is. With the amount of high-end brands that the store carries, one would think that the staff would be stuffy and unfriendly. Not at all the case. Every employee greats you with a smile and an eager, yet unobtrusive willingness to help. You are free to casually explore the store or take some time to relax in their leather lounge chairs and sip your complimentary espresso. As the name suggests, there is a heavy Italian influence at Napoli’s, featuring brands like Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Trussini, and Ibiza. They also offer several other luxury brands like Hugo Boss, Hickey Freeman, Coppley, Cole Hann and Eton among others.

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I first met with Thomas Napoli, the Store’s Manager. Tom walked me through the store, showcasing some of their latest Spring collections and educating me on Napoli’s and the services they offer. One of the things that truly separates Napoli’s from other stores like O’Connell’s and Riverside is the fact that these stores mainly focus on more traditional clothing while Napoli’s is dressing the modern man. Offering updated fits, bolder patterns and custom detailing that’s hard to find in other places, the store provides old-world service with modern designs. Don’t think it’s all just suits and ties. Napoli’s also offers a wide range of casual-wear from everything to high-end denim, polo’s, sport shirts and shorts. Basically, everything a man needs to build a respectable wardrobe. However, these high-end offerings do not come without some considerable cost– of which Tom is fully aware. The average twenty-something who’s fresh out of college may have trouble shopping here, but Tom’s looking to change that:

“While our main clientele is certainly the mid-30’s and over crowd, it’s important moving forward for us to get our name into the head of the 23 year old that may or may not yet have the means to shop here. We should be the first place they think of to look their best so that when they’re ready, we’l be here for them…”

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I walked through the store some more, sifting through their finely curated selection of ties, shoes and falling in love with their buttoned pocket squares before finally sitting down with Rico Marotto, their Made To Measure manager.

Rico explained the inner workings of their Made To Measure program which begins with an initial consultation, either at the store or your office. Clients then work with Rico to select swatches from their vast fabric library before moving onto the fitting (which is usually the easiest part, according to Rico). Final details like buttons and lining are added at the end. Custom Made To Measure Suits begin at $1095 and go up from there with an average suit retailing for around $1500.

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I want to thank the Napoli’s crew for taking the time to show me around their store. They have a truly solid crew of fine gentleman (and ladies) working for them and I highly recommend stopping by to check out their stuff.

Napoli’s Per La Moda
5841 Transit Rd, East Amherst, NY 14051 | (716) 568-1910

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I think I just found my new Summer kicks. The Taiwanese concept store INVINCIBLE teamed up with New Balance to create these limited edition Brogue-inspired 1400 running shoes. Using premium navy leather and suede uppers combined with brogue accents, the white outer soles are complimented with a premium leather lining with the store’s logo on the insole.

Available June 2013

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If there are two things that Buffalo Dandy loves, it’s old movies and Jazz music. Thankfully Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center has the forsight to combine these two loves with their Spring movie series entitled Jazz Noir.

[Via Facebook]
JAZZ NOIR: 1950–1966
8 Classic Films, 8 Classic Jazz Scores. A Spring Repertory Film Series, curated by Hallwalls Executive Director Ed Cardoni. Every Thursday, April 11–May 30, 2013, 7:30 P.M., in Hallwalls Cinema. $8, $6 for students/seniors, $5 for members. Membership could almost pay for itself with this series alone if you plan on attending all 8 films.

Films will include:

  • April 11th: Young Man With a Horn
  • April 16th: Pete Kelly’s Blues
  • April 25th: Sweet Smell of Success
  • May 2nd: Elevator to the Gallows
  • May 9th: Anatomy of a Murder
  • May 18th: The Connection
  • May 23rd: Paris Blues
  • May 30th: Alfie

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