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I must say, I am very excited for the release of Dandy photographer Rose Callahan’s new book I Am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman. This hardcover book won’t be available for purchase until September 25th, but it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Sure to be required reading for Dandy’s everywhere and a welcome addition any gentleman’s literary collection.

[Via Amazon.com]
The dandy is back! Gone are the days of arbitrary fashion, casual sportswear, and slick metrosexuals. Today, more men are discovering dandyism and giving it their own contemporary look. Even today, men who devote themselves to the finer things in life –especially when it comes to fashion –mostly arouse suspicion. Vanity is frowned upon and lavish grooming is generally deemed superficial or unmanly. Fortunately, a small but tenacious movement has been defying these social dictates for more than 200 years. Its adherents indulge in their love of quality clothing and accessories not only privately, but also very publicly. Photographer Rose Callahan and writer Nathaniel Adams have spent years exploring the fascinating phenomenon of dandyism. They visit contemporary dandies in their homes to document their impeccably designed lives in both words and images. Well-kempt to the tips of their beards and wearing three-piece suits with flawlessly folded pocket handkerchiefs and supple kid gloves, their protagonists revive the charm of the past and reveal that cultivated idleness can be incredibly hard work. These gallant beaus first came on the scene in eighteenth-century London and Paris, where they supported the livelihoods of many a local tailor. today’s dandies continue to propagate a look characterized by trimmed beards, pomade, velvet slippers, and even a touch of make-up as a shield to mask the darker sides of life. Yet in their carefully composed portraits, Callahan and Adams reveal the cracks in this façade. They describe the sacrifices that many fulltime dandies need to make while pursuing their personal aesthetic ideals. A refuge for eccentrics, dandyism has seen a revival in the Anglo-American realm over the last several years. For example, today’s distinguished gentlemen can ride their vintage bikes around London during the tweed Run to show off their authentic outfits or attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party on new York City’s Governor’s Island to bring the era of the Great Gatsby back to life, if only for a few hours. Now, the phenomenon is again going more international. Known for their Dandy Portraits, the spiffy duo of Callahan and Adams approaches their topic –and their protagonists–with a keen, yet empathic eye. In this book, they successfully capture the styles, attitudes, and philosophies of contemporary dandyism in all its nuances.

$58 ($40 pre-order)

 
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4thBLRCSeersuckerRide

The BLRC rides again! The 4th Annual Seersucker Ride is this Sunday, June 23rd, at Noon by the Waterfront Naval Park. As always, come decked out in your best seersucker outfit and enjoy one of Buffalo’s “must do” Summer events.

[Via Facebook]
Believe it or not, Summer is nigh. To hail in the coming dog days we shall ride again! The Buffalo Lazy Randonneurs invite all to join us for a leisurely Summer bicycle ride to Delaware Park. On Summer’s first Sunday, June 23, we plan to meet at our Naval Park downtown at the Waterfront at noon. There will be some time to meet new friends and catch up with others while the photogs snap away and we wait the arrival of all our brethren. Please wear seersucker or other whimsical light fabrics to best enjoy the festivities. We shall wind along the cooling Niagara River on our bike path before heading inland up the Scajaquada Creek Path to the Park at Hoyt Lake. Here we hold our grandest party of the year. A champagne picnic on the lawn nearby the ol’ stone walking bridge. Feel free to bring along your own champagne and picnic fare. Berries, cheeses, charcuterie and such have been favorites to share with each other on this day. We also hope to summer away the afternoon with a dogged round of Petanque, whatever that may be…

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