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Archive for June, 2013

BlueCollarDandy

Blue Collar hosted a private event in their store Thursday night and asked if I would come and provide some info about the blog and the menswear scene in Buffalo. Naturally I was more than happy to oblige, and created this display table which pretty much outlines what the blog is all about. I also shared some style tips with the attendees and even provided a few bow tie-tying seminars.

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RPMWEST Jeans

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RPMWEST is looking to change the way we shop for jeans online with a little help from Kickstarter. Using the finest Japanese selvedge denim and American-made trimmings, RPMWEST assemble their jeans in San Francisco. By cutting out the middle man and selling directly to the consumer, RPMWEST is able to offer their denim at a wholesale price of $95.

The jeans come in two available cuts: the NEW CLASSIC and SLIM STRAIGHT. The NEW CLASSIC is a more modern, flattering take on the classic 5-pocket fit. These have a normal rise and a straight leg. The SLIM STRAIGHT, compared to the New Classic, has a lower rise and a slimmer silhouette from the hip to the leg opening.

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Now here is where it gets interesting. One of the biggest hurdles for me with online shopping is figuring out how the clothes will fit. Even with size charts, it’s always a gamble that something won’t fit right and you have to send it back after waiting forever for it to arrive. You then have to wait another two weeks for it to come back and it just goes on and on like that for god knows how long. This aggravation alone is part of the reason I rarely shop online. However, RPMWEST offers a special Home Try-On program where the customer can select 3 different sizes in order find the perfect fit. Keep the one that fits and send back the two that, don’t free of charge. Boom. Online jean shopping simplified.

If you’re looking for an American-made selvedge denim for under $100, you would be hard pressed to find a better deal than RPMWEST. There are only 5 days left on their Kickstarter and they’ve already vastly exceeded their goal. Definitely seems worth checking out.

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This past Thursday I was invited to attend the launch party for Bloodline Handmade at the First Niagara Center. Bloodline Handmade is a bespoke men’s tailoring company which sources the finest of fabrics and materials worldwide while keeping the manufacturing process right here in Buffalo. With expert tailors, cutters, and seamstresses, Bloodline is looking to create a product that exemplifies the world’s finest tailoring traditions at an affordable price point. Thus allowing every gentleman who cares about his appearance the opportunity to have garments that are completely hand made to his specifications.

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Upon my arrival I spoke with the enthusiastic mastermind behind the company, Jason Edward Blood. A fellow Buffalo transplant like myself, Jason hails from “all over the place, most recently New York” and has just moved into Allentown and is absolutely enamored with this city and his fellow Buffalonians. “Everyone here has been so incredible and welcoming. Through word of mouth alone we’ve already established an impressive client base and we’re just getting started…”

Having been involved in custom tailoring since he was 8, Jason regaled me with tales of yelling at his tailor as young boy about functional button holes and getting his sleeve lengths perfect. I knew right away that I liked him. Jason has made a perfect union with fellow partners Adam March and Dan Valentine; two Buffalonian entrepreneurs looking to change the face of downtown with their much anticipated new restaurant: The Lodge.

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Bloodline has also partnered with the newly renamed J. Norman Men’s Shop in the Tony Walker Center to be their official suit maker and serve as the companies base of operations. Renovations are currently underway to make it a truly unique menswear destination complete with a bar, lounge area and more. New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman Ray Walter, Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw and Mayor Byron Brown were all in attendance and participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting to welcome Bloodline to Buffalo.

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This was one of the few times in Buffalo I felt undressed as I watched everyone looking incredibly Dandy in their custom suits. But this was a good thing. It makes you want to keep your wardrobe fresh and helped sell the idea that I needed one of these suits. To be able to offer a handmade suit at the fraction of the cost of having one made in NYC is reason enough to be excited about this company. The fact that Bloodline is making these suits right here in Buffalo is even better. Bloodline Handmade is a welcome addition to the #menswear scene in Buffalo and is already turning a lot of heads in town. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these guys.

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching, so why not get the old man a few things I (sorry… he’ll) really want. Above is fine selection of items for the Dandy father in your life.

How to Be A Man by Glen O’Brien – The ultimate sartorial and etiquette guide, from the ultimate life and style guru. $25

Bruichladdich Laddie Classic – Referred as “The Essential Bruichladdich” by it’s distillers, this is a favorite of mine and is a fine addition to any father’s scotch collection. $65

J.Crew 484 Selvedge Jean – I love wearing white jeans in the Summer, but there’s something about this off-white color that I’m really digging. Plus you’ll be much less terrified wearing these around. $155

KJP Doctor Jones Bracelet – KJP keeps adding to my want list with his Quartermaster Collection; comprised of fine leather cord bracelets and always clever names. Fortune and glory, kid. $58

Cole Hann Bowman Loafers – The perfect weekend shoe with the perfect mix of casual luxury. They also happen to be affordable enough you won’t even mind beating the hell out of them. $100

BRAVE Lazzaro Belt – I first saw these in Blue Collar’s store and they’ve become one of my latest obsessions. Available online or you can stop by Blue Collar and pick one up there. $66

Polka Knit Tie – The tie is always a go-to gift for Dad. Show him you’re up on what’s fresh with this Polka Knit Tie from TheTieBar.com $15

Bulova Watch – I actually received this watch as a gift after our son was born and really fell in love with it. A fine introduction into the luxury watch world. $375

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The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is currently hosting an exhibition called Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion. Comprised of original articles of clothing, photographs, drawings and more, the collection features some incredible pieces of Dandy history and is absolutely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

Open from April 26 – August 18

[Via risdmuseum.org]
Artist/Rebel/Dandy documents the enduring, global impact of the dandy—that distinctively dressed figure who has pervaded Western culture for more than two centuries. From Beau Brummell in the late 18th century to the international style-makers of today, this character epitomizes the powerful bond between clothing, identity, and creativity. Garbed with great intention and at least a hint of provocation, the dandy is forward-thinking, conscientious, and thoroughly artistic.

This presentation celebrates exquisitely crafted personal ensembles and visual representations associated with individual dandies around the world. The featured personalities are grouped to suggest kinship across chronological and geographic borders under the themes of historians, connoisseurs, revolutionaries, romantics, and explorers. The items on display represent the dandy as an international figure, but they also reflect the tableaux visible every day in RISD’s creative environment. They illustrate how experimental self-invention, the constructive urge to challenge the status quo, and the power of well-crafted clothing work together in the lives of these remarkable individuals who are at once artists, rebels, and dandies.

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Summer13Trend_SEAFOAM

Been seeing this Seafoam/Aqua color popping up all over the place and it’s certainly getting me in the mood for Summer. Above are a few companies who are all over this trend.

H&M Sweater $20 | Merona PoplinButton Down $20 | H&M T-Shirt $10 | Frank & Oak Newport Chinos $50 | TheTieBar.com Silk Knit Tie $15 | Del Torro Fruity Pebble Chukka $325

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