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Superdry_TimothyEverest

In their latest collaboration, UK-based Superdry has partnered with contemporary British tailor Timothy Everest to create collection of core wardrobe staples comprised of slim fitting suits and iconic stand-alone jackets. Combining the look of American heritage with British tailoring, the line utilizes classic materials and adds pops of color throughout to create pieces which can be dressed up or down with ease. The town coats looks especially great, with their slimmer silhouettes, contrasting under collars and hidden headphone loops. I’m bummed I didn’t get to visit the store while in NYC last week because the collection looks pretty stellar and I would loved to have seen the stuff in person.

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PengallanGloves

Don’t let these frigid temps keep you from accessing your smart phone. Pengallan Genius Gloves are smarter than your average “smart glove”. Handmade in Italy from 100% kid leather and cashmere lining, these elegant gloves feature a discrete slit below the index finger and thumb allowing for easy access to your smart device without having to remove your gloves.

$175

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Bureau

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Bureau made their debut at this year’s Mass Appeal Show, much to the delight of #menswear enthusiast everywhere in Buffalo. Part of the new breed of men’s shops in Buffalo to offer custom-made clothing, Bureau has managed to separate themselves from the group by offering modern designs and a truly unique shopping experience. Priding themselves on the quality and design of their garments, the Dandy folks at Bureau were kind enough to speak to me about their new shop and offer some further insight into what Bureau is all about.

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Scrimshaw Knife Kit

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Here’s something for the more artistic Dandies out there… Create your own custom pocket knife with Mollyjogger’s Scrimshaw Knife Kit.

Scrimshaw is an early American art form which originated in the late 1700’s during the era of the whaling industry. During the many idle hours at sea, a whaler etched drawings of nautical themes on items that were readily available to him such as sperm whale teeth and bones. His primary etching instrument was a sail needle, nail or pocket knife. After he scratched his art work into the surface of the bone, he would rub lamp black or tobacco juice into the scratch to reveal the drawing. As America traveled west, the frontiersmen carried the art form with them, applying it to their powderhorns, knives and other accoutrements. 

Every gentleman should have their own knife, whether it be for day to day use, bringing to Man’s Night, or to simply showcase on your mantle so the world knows what a manly-man you are. What better blade to own that one that you created yourself? Just a bit of advice, you might want to practice drawing your design a couple times beforehand. The kit includes everything you need to get started, but unfortunately it won’t be shipping until 2/28 (Hey, that’s my birthday! Hint hint.)

$50

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PierreontHicks

My love of wool and ties is well documented on Buffalo Dandy. When these two things combine, oh, they do the dance as the D used to say. I’m growing particularly fond of these contrasting ties from Minnesota-based Pierrepont Hicks. Handmade in New York, their latest tie collection mixes classic wool fabrics to create some stellar color combinations. They are a little pricey, but I can almost justify the price because of the high quality of the materials and how great the ties look.

$85

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TodaysOut_DenimTweed

This ensemble might seem a bit seasonally out of place, but with the recent warmer temps I thought it was the perfect time to ditch the blazer and test out my new jacket from RL Denim & Supply. Acquired this weekend at the Niagara Falls Outlets, the jacket was reduced by 60% and an incredible steal for $30. If you’ve been in the market for a denim jacket as I have, I highly suggest swinging by the Ralph Lauren store and picking one up.

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HouseofDandy

If you happen to find yourself in Singapore in the near future (hey you never know), may I suggest stopping by the newly opened House of Dandy. Occupying 2,200 square feet with seating for 60, this sophisticated newcomer showcases not only a great name, but a cozy, masculine interior, with hand-cut walnut wood Chevron parquet, striped ceilings and wood and iron bar stools. Whilst inspired by gentlemen’s clubs of days gone by, this modern version has a much more inclusive policy, aiming to be more laid-back and whimsical than the traditional single-sex establishments of yore.

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Behind the bar, an award-winning mixologist has created molecular libations that reflect the multicultural experiences of its owners, a perfect example being the Dandy Threesome flavoured with lemongrass, ginger and kaffir limes leaves. In addition, five special cocktails will be offered quarterly to keep the menu fresh and relevant. Current highlights include Rake’s Ration, served in a mason jar for two, a concoction of 4 different liquor and liqueurs which is then lengthened with IPA beer and candy-inspired drinks such as The Dandy Warhol with its sour candy-influenced flavor profile as well a large selection of big brand and boutique spirits.

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House of Dandy aims to be a bastion of good taste and good fun, offering not just your perfectly mixed cocktail but a lifestyle experience as well… “ where old school charm meets modern day antics.” And yes, the pictures of people in tuxes wearing Stormtrooper helmets is awesome too.

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Shinola

If you’ve been following watches at all in the past few months, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Detroit-based Shinola. During the Holidays, there seemed to be a surge of interest in these timepieces as several people received them as gifts, which only further fueled my envy and desire to own one. Their Runwell Chronographs are at the top of my list, providing pretty much everything I’ve been looking for a rugged, “luxury” watch: a large, pop-colored dial, contrasting second hands, larger side chrono buttons, and of course, the fact that they’re made in the US  being one of the main selling points. For the price of $775, it will certainly be one of the more expensive watches I’ve owned, but with my current efforts of scouring ebay for a vintage Omega, I’m torn on whether or not I need another chronograph or if I would be happier with spending the money on a more classic looking piece which has some history to it. Decisions, decisions.

There are those who feel Shinola aren’t worth the price and you’re only paying for the “Made in Detroit” tagline. However, with the watches selling out faster than they can be made, it’s undeniable that the marketing is working. Plus they’re just great looking watches. Thoughts?

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AmericanHustleSoundtrack

Hopefully most of you got a snow day today, as we’re in the grips of the #PolarVortex. If you’re looking for some tunes to listen to whilst sitting around doing nothing, may I suggest the soundtrack from American Hustle. We saw the movie over the weekend and not only is it fantastic, but the soundtrack is just incredible. Naturally your classic hits from the 70s make an appearance, but I’m particularly fond of the jazz tunes featured on the soundtrack. Give it a listen below and if you’re yearning for more, check out this extended playlist to help get you through the day.

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WinterSurvival

With the impending storm that’s about to hit the Northeast, one must be prepared to brave the elements with the proper tools. Say for example, your furnace goes and you’re forced to chop down a tree for firewood. This handsome Axe from Best Made Co. will do the job just fine. It’s imperative to keep warm, so this Frank & Oak Tuque and Upstate Stock gloves will shield your extremities from the elements. Layering, as we all know, is of the upmost importance and lately I’ve been living in my lambswool sweater from Cortefiel. Keep your lower half warm and dry with a pair of Howes & Baum long johns, L.L.Bean Bean Boots and Ragwool socks. Finally, whenever it’s snowing out I’ve always enjoyed watching Empire Strikes Back. Of all the restored movies it has the least amount of offensive additions, and the Hoth scenes make you feel like you’re living the movie when it’s a blizzard outside.

So now you should be more-or-less prepared to battle this oncoming storm in style. Stay warm and be safe everyone!

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