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Archive for August, 2013

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Can you tell how ready for Fall I am? The Hampshire Bow Tie from LA-based Pocket Square Clothing is easily on the top of my want list for Fall bow ties. Always a sucker for tweed, I love the russet plaid stripping that runs through the diamond point silhouette. Affordably priced and handsome to boot, PSC’s entire line is worth checking out.

$50

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Gant by Michael Bastian just released their FW13 Collection entitled “In Stockbridge”. To accompany the launch GANT created 4 videos staring the man himself discussing his favorite pieces: The Navy Blazer, Cargo Pants, Flannel Shirt and The Shetland Suit.

You have to hand it to him, the man makes American Prep look good. I’m officially ready for Fall. Check out the 4 part video series below.

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[photo via The Wall Street Journal]

I try not to reblog too many things on Buffalo Dandy, but this one is too good to ignore.

One of my biggest pet peeves when the wife and I are out for a nice dinner somewhere is seeing patrons dressed like utter slobs at the restaurant. I understand that we live in a more casual society, but it’s sad to see that people have lost that sense of dressing up as a sign respect— both for yourself and the establishment you’re in. Not to say that people need to wear a three-piece suit every time they go out, but wearing shorts and flip flops at a restaurant just makes you look ridiculous.

Check out The Wall Street Journal’s fantastic article on this epidemic here, along with my favorite quote from the story below:

“The death of dressing accordingly isn’t the end of civilization,” said Mr. Wolfe, who is now 80 and universally identified by his white three-piece suits. “But it is the end of courage—men being afraid to be caught in fancy clothes, or even a jacket.” Mr. Wolfe grew up in Richmond, Va., among gentlemen who wore hats with seersucker suits, their shirts buttoned to the top, “even during hellish summers with no air conditioning,” he said. “They’d be mopping their brows, but they were not going to loosen their neckties. That’s how much maintaining decorum meant to them—you have to suffer for style.”

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A few months ago I received an email from Linkson Jack in the U.K about his latest endeavor: a Bespoke Tie Service with Arcuri Cravat from Italy. Arcuri makes ties of the highest quality, entirely by hand from their workshop in Calabria which is located in Southern Italy. At first I thought ordering a tie would be pretty straight forward. However, the benefit of a bespoke tie  is the ability to choose every detail. Below were the following options:

  • Colour: black, navy blue, green, burgundy, purple, or grey
  • Fabric: fine weave or large weave
  • Length: (136cm/53.59″ to 168cm/66.19″)
  • Width: (6cm/2.36″ to 10cm/3.94″)
  • Fold: (3, 5, 6, or 7)
  • Interlining: unlined, lined
  • Loop/keeper: yes/no
  • Tipping: self-tipped, untipped, navy tipped, tipped with best matched color

The first round of ties being offered are made of Grenadine silk which have an incredible feel to them.  Delivery is said to take 4-6 weeks, however mine took a little longer because I had provided incorrect measurements, which Linkson thankfully caught and let me know the measurements would be adjusted.  Sadly, there was another mix-up at the manufacturer, who provided the correct color and length, but the tie came as a 5 fold instead of the 7. Your standard store-bough tie is usually 3 or 5 fold. While more high end tie makers will fold a tie 6 or 7 times to give it more elegant heft and drape. With these additional folds come additional cost because of the extra labor needed to create them. Having never had a 7 fold tie before, I was excited to try one. Because Arcuri was providing this sample at their expense and the tie was already late, they went ahead and sent me the 5 fold instead. Hardly a big deal and it was incredibly unlikely that I would be able to tell the difference anyway. Plus the fact that, hey, I’m getting a free Italian-made bespoke tie here, led me to be a little more understanding.

Finally the tie arrived in the mail and I couldn’t wait to see it. First of all, the Arcuri box it came in was beautiful. Upon opening it, the grenadine fabric has a very luxurious feel and weight to it, despite only being a 5 fold. The grey color was a bit more metallic looking than I was expecting, so I had some difficulty figuring out what to pair it with, but the color was chosen before the site was live. Now that there are actual photos of the ties online, I would have most likely chosen a different color. No matter, though. It’s still a beautiful tie. After wearing around the office I received numerous compliments and inquires of “what material is that tie made of?” which I was delighted to answer thanks to my newfound knowledge of tie making. I would like to thank Linkson Jack for providing me the opportunity to give their latest endeavor a Dandy Test Drive and definitely recommend giving their collection and service a try. The bespoke ties start at $135 and go up from there depending on the customization. If you’re thinking that’s a bit too much to spend on a tie, you may want to scroll down to the bottom of the post.

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As an added bonus, Linkson Jack has been gracious enough to offer an incredible discount to Buffalo Dandy readers!

For 7 days only, beginning this Thursday (8/22) readers of Buffalo Dandy can obtain £51.50 ($80) off any bespoke tie model as well as ready to wear ties that are not on sale with coupon code BDTIES. The regular start price for the bespoke ties is £100 ($156).  Certain customizable options will cost more, as outlined below.

Available customizable options and prices

  • Fabric: fine and large weave grenadine, linen and silk.
  • Folds: 3-fold: standard, 5-fold: +£20 ($31), 6-fold: +£30 ($47)
  • Length: 136-155 cm: standard, 156-165 cm: +£20 ($31), 166-168 cm: +£30 ($47)
  • Width: 6-10 cm
  • Interlining: Lined, Unlined, Tipping, Self tipped, Navy tipping, Untipped, Let tie maker decide
  • Loop/keeper: Y/N

The ties are hand sewn and made to each customer’s specifications.  Thus, delivery is expected to take 4 to 5 weeks. So what are you waiting for?

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iPhone Gramophone

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As with many things on this blog, there are things that you want and things that you need. This iPhone Gramophone falls somewhere in the middle of those two.

Simply place your iPhone into the solid walnut dock, and the metal horn boost its volume by three to four times, with no need for electricity. It works with all iPhone/iPad models and is the perfect man cave accessory for listening to those albums that haven’t come out on vinyl yet.

Granted, you can achieve a similar effect by placing your phone in an empty glass (try it sometime), but this looks way cooler.

$250

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NixonDiplomat

Nixon is a favorite among watch brands here at Buffalo Dandy. Their simple, elegant and usually bad ass looking designs consistently gets them top billing when friends ask me what kind of watch to get. Their latest release is no exception. Dubbed the Luxe Heritage collection, Nixon partnered with some of the most talented craftsmen using unique premium leathers, materials and detailing to create products rooted in character and history. Horween leather with hand-sewn whip stitched detailing give it a sense of worldly inspiration. A favorite of mine and a new watch style for Nixon is the Diver-inspired Diplomat. Rugged and classy all rolled into one. This might just be the perfect #menswear watch.

$450

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While it may not be the “Dandiest” of brands, I must admit there’s something about Crooks & Castles Fall 13 Collection that’s resonating with me. It could be because of the more casual looks that have been trending lately, the recent Fall-like weather, or the countless episodes of Duck Dynasty we’ve been watching. Whatever the reason, this collection is definitely worth checking out.

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Launching September 15, the 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target collaboration has a lot of people talking and for good reason. The entire collection looks incredible, with a great mixture of basics with a twist, pop camo’s, knits, bags and some impressive leather pieces. GQ just put the entire collection online (complete with pricing) and the one item that really caught my eye is this twill trench coat. Available in black and the above khaki, I’m really digging the shorter length which will hopefully be accompanied by a nice, slim silhouette. Pair all of that with an incredible price point and you’ve got the perfect trench for the upcoming inclement weather. Check out the rest of the collection here.

$80

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MosBows

For today’s Bow Tie Friday, I must give a shout-out to a young gentleman who’s been making quite a name for himself lately: Moziah Bridges of MosBowsMemphis.com. At only 11 years old, Moziah has gained national attention with his handmade bow ties, dapper appearance and straight-up adorableness. He’s appeared on numerous television programs, magazines and of course, Dandy blogs. A dapper dresser since birth it seems, Moziah began his business (as many entrepreneurs do) because he couldn’t find any bow ties that he liked. After his grandmother taught him a thing or two about sewing, he began making his own and selling them online. Remarkably, Moziah has earned over $30,000 through his Etsy shop and as a further testament to his gentlemanly character, has even set up a scholarship fund which uses 100% of its profits to send kids to summer camp. His Bow Ties ranged in price from $25-$50 dollars, with all fabrics chosen by Moziah himself.

Keep up the great work, Moziah!

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LibrarySale

Might have to hop a quick flight to NYC for this one… The New York Public Library is hosting a sale of over 22,000 LPs from The Rodgers of Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound this Thursday through Saturday. The records represent decades of unsolicited donations of basically every type of genre and presents a unique opportunity to find some true diamonds in the rough. Be sure to check out their FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr pages to keep track of all the amazingness.

Who’s coming with me, man?

When: August 8th, Noon – 7:45pm and August 9th and 10th, Noon – 5:45pm.
Where: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, First Floor.

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