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Happy Halloween from Popeye and the rest of the Buffalo Dandy family!

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You & Who, a buy-one give-one t-shirt company and another BD favorite,  recently launched a fundraising campaign through Indiegogo. The campaign is hoping to raise $25,000 in order get their t-shirts cut, sewn and dyed here in the U.S, while continuing to print and distributing the shirts in Buffalo. If successful, the campaign will create numerous jobs here in the states, as well as help further You & Who’s mission to help make the goodest shirt ever.

With only two weeks left in their campaign, You & Who is still shy of hitting their goal. Naturally Buffalo Dandy is proud to not only support but to promote this amazing company and hope that all of my fabulous readers are willing to do the same. Check out their Indiegogo page here and contribute whatever you can: $40 gets you a shirt design of your choice, $75 gets you two shirts and the baller $2,500 lets you tag along to the shirt drop in the U.S city of your choice. Secondly, forward the link onto whatever social networks you belong to and help spread the word. For more info, check out their official campaign video below with founder Dan Gigante is sporting a rather Dandy looking shirt design. C’mon fellow Dandies, show the world you give a shirt!

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BD favorite Frank & Oak recently announced the launch of their first footwear collection with Little Burgundy, a division of the ALDO Group. Entitled “The Traveler” Collection, items include footwear, canvas bags and accessories for the modern man on the go. Both Montreal-native brands with Global outlooks, Frank & Oak paired with Little Burgandy for their unparalleled footwear and accessories expertise. Combined with Frank & Oak’s keen understanding of modern men’s apparel and the online market, “the partnership instantly felt natural” said Douglas Bensadoun, Creative Director and VP of Marketing at the ALDO Group. “The essence of the collaboration, beyond that of creating great product, was leveraging each other’s strengths. Our shared perspective and distinct expertise set the stage for a unique and on-trend collection.”

The collection takes a modern approach to timeless silhouettes that effortlessly transitions from outdoor adventure to night on the town. The vintage-inspired derby shoes ($130), authentic brogues ($140), and no-fuss chukka sneakers ($130) boast the finest Portuguese suedes and lightweight construction soles for “looks that fall somewhere between refined and casual.” Ethan Song, Frank & Oak Creative Director and co-founder noted.

For a polished twist on functional carryalls, the heavy canvas backpacks ($95), briefcases ($125), and laptop cases ($45) come complete with fine leather detailing and hidden utility pockets. “They’re the perfect choices for the man on the move who needs to pack light, but refuses to sacrifice on style along the way,” said Douglas Bensadoun. The Traveler wouldn’t be complete without a few extra accessories for the journey ahead like a trendy beanie ($24), rugged wool gloves ($28) and an enamel steel mug to boot ($14). The capsule collection launched October 24, online at frankandoak.com.

It’s great to see Frank & Oak expanding into new territory. Each season they just seem to get better and better, never sacrificing quality and keeping their costs affordable. Now the only question is do I spring for the navy brogues or the red derbys?

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The Buffalo Whiskey Guild shares their recipe for Spiced Bourbon Hot Apple Cider. Perfect for your upcoming Halloween Party!

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IMG_3605This simple, inexpensive and deliciously dangerous seasonal refreshment is a perfect autumn, or holiday party libation that will certainly please the masses…

Ingredients: 1 bottle bourbon, 2 gallons apple cider, 4 sweet apples, 10 cinnamon sticks, 10 peppercorns, 1 tsp. of ground cloves, 1 tsp. ginger and 1 tsp. nutmeg.

Directions: One week prior to your party you must steep the bourbon. About 5 cinnamon sticks, the peppercorns and the spices go gently into the bourbon, let sit for 1 week. *Note the changing aroma on the nose of the bottle throughout the week. When ready, pour the apple cider into a large pot on the stove. Strain bourbon into the apple cider. Cut apples into slices and along with the 5 remaining cinnamon sticks, add to mixture. Warm the deliciously smelling amber colored elixir to the desired temperature. Serve with a ladle and a smile.

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Bootmobile

The 2nd annual L.L.Bean Wintervention College Tour is heading back to school this fall, inspiring students to get excited and prepared for a Winter full of outdoor fun. The Bootmobile, a larger than life version of L.L.Bean’s iconic Bean Boot, is rolling up to University at Buffalo on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

The Bootmobile will be at North Campus outside of the Student Union, where students will have the opportunity to:

  • Win a #Wintervention. Join the conversation and share a winter-inspired outdoor photo on Twitter or Instagram using #Wintervention for a chance to win a grand prize shopping spree – the winner will receive a $500 L.L.Bean gift card and a $250 gift card for four friends to get outfitted for the winter season. On site at the University at Buffalo, students can take photos with the Bootmobile or in front of one of L.L.Bean’s traveling wintry photo backdrops.
  • Win Great Gear. Buffalo students will have a chance to win one of two great prizes – a Wintervention gear prize package and a pair of limited-edition Fenway Bean Boots, made from the rain tarp that protected Fenway Park during the 2012 season.
  • Play Games and Get Giveaways. L.L.Bean will offer outdoor-inspired giveaways and coupons to students who participate in or win a game on site. The first 25 students to show up in L.L.Bean apparel will win $10 gift cards.

WHAT: L.L.Bean Brings a “Wintervention” to University at Buffalo
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

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Over the last few months I’ve been toying with the idea of selling my handmade bow ties online. I decided this Bow Tie Friday was as good a time as any to officially announce the launch of my Buffalo Dandy Bow Tie Shop. All ties are hand-made by Buffalo Dandy, self tying, with a detachable rear clip for easy removal once the tie has been tied. Check out the entire collection here, as well my top 5 favorites below. As of right now, ties are one of kind. So once this initial collection is gone, it’s gone. Prices range from $40-$45 depending on materials. A very happy Bow Tie Friday, indeed!

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Throne Watch Straps

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I’ve been living in my new Seiko SSC017 Solar Powered Diver for a little over a month now (it only took the wife about a week of wearing it to ask “where did that watch come from?” and berate me for buying yet another watch). One of the best things about the watch is how handsome it looks with different straps and lately I’ve been pining over these handmade leather ones from ThroneWatches.com. Made of Chromexcel Leather and hand-stitched with waxed cotton thread, there are various leather and thread colors to choose from allowing you to create your own custom look.

The straps are amazing looking on their own, considering you can buy similar ones for a lot more, but another great thing about Throne is how they combine their custom straps with vintage faces to create their own unique watches. All handmade in Brooklyn, new creations are posted online every Tuesday. The only problem now is deciding which colorway to go with…

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TweedRework

With Fall comes Tweed, as we all know, but most times we just toss on a tweed jacket and forget about it. Why not try to push it a bit further? I’ve been noticing this great combo of grey donegal tweed pants paired with different navy tops such as sweaters or blazers and I think it’s a great updated look. Tweed pants are perfect for Fall, though certainly more formal looking than corduroys, but comfortable none the less. H&M currently has a great pair available for only $40 which have a nice fitted silhouette, tapered legs and split back vent for added comfort. I love the whole “dressing up while dressing down” thing, so I paired the pants with an unstructured navy blazer, chambray shirt and my Lumina Camo Tie which I think is a nice combination of the two above images.

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Over the last week, after putting Dandy Jr to bed, I’ve been engrossing myself in I Am Dandy – The Return of the Elegant Gentleman. Based off of the photos and words featured on The Dandy Portraits by Rose Callahan and Nathaniel Adams, this is the quintessential Dandy book that every gentleman should have in his library. Filled with beautiful photos of beautiful people, the book gives an intimate look into the lives of Dandies all over the world. It makes the perfect coffee table book, with the bright fuchsia interior and a cover which just begs to be opened and explored. Check out the official video about the book below, and to all my fellow Dandies, be sure to pick up a copy today.

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“In a world of uniformity and globalized styles, only some cultivated gentlemen retain their independence over the way they dress and live.

In this book, photographer Rose Callahan and writer Nathaniel “Natty” Adams document the well-kept lives of 57 protagonists of contemporary dandyism with a keen, yet empathic eye. Their carefully composed portraits not only depict the clothes, accessories, and homes of their subjects, but also capture the essence of their lifestyles in thoroughly entertaining and deeply insightful texts.

The diversity of the men portrayed in I am Dandy is striking. They come from a variety of different countries, cultures, and social circles and make their livings in a range of occupations. By showcasing their styles, attitudes, and philosophies in all of their nuances, the book reveals that dandyism today is an attitude and calling that can be cultivated on any budget.”

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Recently I was contacted by Creative Recreation, a lifestyle footwear brand, to see if I would be interested in giving one of their latest cap designs a Dandy Test Drive. I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t very impressed by their selection, but I did see a ripstop camper that looked decent enough. After receiving it in the mail a short time later, I was impressed by both the quality of the hat and more importantly, the fit. Campers have been a big trend the last few years, although lately their popularity has been waining since buckets have made such a big comeback. I’ve never had much luck finding one that fits properly, but I can honestly say that the ones by Creative Recreation are among some of the best fitting campers I’ve ever tried. The visor has a nice stiff board which folds nicely, and the suede accents combined with the forest coloring give the hat a nice rustic, militant look and feel. With all the outdoorsy trends happening right now, this camper from Creative Recreation is great hat for Fall – or for just tinkering in your workshop.

The only thing about the hat that seems a little off is the back clasp which is extended off the end of the cap, making it look like it’s floating in the middle of the strap. It just looks a bit strange and doesn’t seem necessary. Aside from that, if you’re looking for a nice rustic hat for Fall, check out The Leatherback Camper from Creative Recreation.

$35

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