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It’s been a rough couple of days…

In an attempt to try and offset the sense of impending doom facing our country, I took the day off yesterday for some retail therapy and walked around the mall for about 6 hours. One of my final stops was Old Navy and I found yet another stellar jacket at a truly remarkable price. This heavyweight tweed topcoat is currently on sale in the store for only $45 ($63 online).

Every year it seems we are told that the camel topcoat is a must have for Fall/Winter and we heartily agree. Well, guess what? Old Navy has this style in a camel color way as well. But for those in the market for a Dandier looking option, I highly recommend the tweed version. I decided to buy a size down and got a small so I could wear the coat as is, instead of over a blazer. Since the turtleneck and blazer look has been everywhere this Fall (psssh, way to catch up), pairing my trusty L.L.Bean turtleneck with this look was a no brainer. Even Dandy Jr. seemed to appreciate it because before I left this morning he said: “Oh Daddy, you look really handsome today.” So at least I have that going for me.

Tweed Overcoat: Old Navy | Beanie: J.Crew | Turtleneck: L.L.Bean | Denim: J.Crew | Boots: Sperry

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With the recent dip in temperature and the more flowing garments I acquire/make, today seemed like the perfect opportunity to finally try out this ASOS Blanket Scarf I purchased last year but never actually wore. Fall is the perfect time to start wearing something as daring as this because it provides just the right amount of warmth and looks freaking amazing blowing in the wind as you walk down the street striking a sweet #menswear pose.

Sadly this style is no longer available, but you can check out some of the latest versions on ASOS’s website here.

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Had to share these stunning, recently colorized photos of one Buffalo’s great architectural tragedies, the Larkin Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A wonder of modern engineering when it was designed in 1903, the Larkin Building was one of the first in the country to utilize innovations like air conditioning, stained glass windows, built-in desk furniture and suspended toilet bowels. Despite countrywide editorial protest to save The Larkin, the building was sadly demolished in 1950 after years of trying to be sold. More incredible photos from this collection can be seen here.

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Summer is making way for Autumn. That means it’s once again time for the darling of BLRC runs. The Buffalo Lazy Randonneur Club hosts our sixth annual and the world’s only Johnny Onion Ride. On this day we pay homage to AR JOHNNIGED BRO ROSKO, the pedaling peddlers of Breton’s famous Roscoff onions. Under their adopted moniker of Onion Johnny, these intrepid farmers have peddled their onions throughout Great Britain on bicycles. After crossing the channel by ferry, the Onion Johnny strings his bicycle with a hundred pounds of prized onions to sell to homes and restaurants. We will not ask so much of you.

We do ask that you outfit yourself in [stereo]typical french maritime or farmer style. Stripes, Berets, Neckerchiefs, etc. Also string a few onions to your own bike and we will add them to a cauldron of french onion soup made at the end of the ride. We gather at noon on the first Sunday of autumn at our waterfront park, a port of Buffalo’s own ferry. From there we lazily ride along bike paths to the rose garden pergola at Delaware Park, our nod to the English rose. Feel free to bring any other refreshments or picnic fare you like.

As always we request that you remain responsible for your own safety and equipment. Whenever you ride, follow all laws and safety precautions.

This is a RAIN OR SHINE event. Sailors and farmers dress like they do for a reason.

Johnny Onion Ride
Canalside Buffalo
Sunday, September 25th at Noon (Ride usually starts at 1-ish)

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Manready Merc Knickerbocker MFG Chore Coat | J.Crew St. James T-shirt | Pedrito Beret | Dr. Collectors Rolling Scarf | Gant Slim Cargo Pants | Vintage Vixa Type 2 Chrono | New England Outerwear Co Lazy Mocs | Kronebourg Beer

 

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Had to share these beautiful family photos we recently had taken by Cara Kilian Photography to celebrate the upcoming arrival of the newest little member of our family. Her prices are very reasonable and the locations she uses for her shoots is a stunning. She has perfected the art of the sunset shoot (which has always been one of my favorite looks) and the area where she shoots near her house have so many gorgeous places to take photos. Below are some of my favorite from the shoot, and even these were hard to narrow down. Naturally, when it came time to choose just ten photos, we purchased the entire album (some 70 photos) for an extra $100. We will surely treasure these photos forever (until we do another one when our little girl arrives) but in the meantime, if you are looking for a professional photographer, we cannot recommend Cara Kilian enough.

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We first featured Buffalo’s own Oxford Pennant back in 2014. Since then the company has grown leaps and bounds and recently moved their HQ to a small space on West Tupper St. I had noticed their sign and display window on my way to the 33 one afternoon and almost crashed my car when I thought they had opened a retail space. I contacted David Horesh, one of the owners of Oxford Pennant who was kind enough to meet me at their office to chat about his company and show me around their new space.

David told me that when he and his business partner started Oxford Pennant almost three years ago, the idea was to make some cool pennants to support their hometown and hopefully make a few bucks at the same time, thinking the “Americana” trend would kind of die out after a while. They never expected their business would explode like it has and the response to their product to be so overwhelmingly positive.

To understand what all the fuss is about, all you have to do is see one of these pennants in person. Right away you notice the weight and quality of the felt; far superior to the cardboard-like pennants currently on the market, which David loathes. Next, the simple typography and graphics used creates a perfect nostalgic feel, even when the subject matter includes popular rap lyrics. Even more fascinating regarding the meteoric rise of Oxford Pennant is the fact that they do no advertising. Instead, they rely on their customers to spread the word for them via Instagram, showcasing beautiful photographs of their product featured around the country.

While photos are a great way to get your company out there, Oxford Pennant is also highly aware of the importance of branding, so special care is taken to capitalize on unique ways to make customers aware of the Oxford Pennant brand; whether it be on the custom taping used on their packaging, the variety of stickers included with each purchase or the ingenious “mini pennants” made from left over scraps which are included in custom orders.

If you are looking for something a little bit bigger than your standard pennant, Oxford Pennant has recently expanded their catalog by offering 24″x 36″ wool felt championship banners, which are available in three designs and use hand-stiched lettering for a truly old school look and feel.

With new designs coming out all the time, a retail space (hopefully) opening up in their location soon and no shortage of lovers of beautifully crafted, hand-made in America pennants, this Buffalo-based company has a bright future ahead of it. Be sure to check out Oxford Pennant’s full catalog via their online store and order yours today.

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[Photos by Mark Mulville/Buffalo News]
Sharing some amazing photos by The Buffalo News which feature one of my favorite buildings in downtown Buffalo: The M&T Gold Dome Bank.

[via The Buffalo News]
The M&T Gold Dome Bank opened in 1901 with white marble walls and floors, a soaring ceiling and windows that start several feet off the ground. “The bankers were trying to create a place that liked like your money would be safe,” said Robert W. VonLangen, M&T Bank property manager. 

I’ve always enjoyed visiting this bank even though we don’t belong to it on the off chance I happen to witness someone singing the bank song from Mary Poppins inside.

While I certainly would never want the bank to close, when I visited The Federal Bar in Long Beach last year, all I could think of is how awesome the Gold Dome building would be as a bar.

Check out the full gallery here and some of my favorites below. Also, if you happen to be downtown, do yourself a favor and check out this incredible building for yourself.

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Celebrate the coming of our beautiful Buffalo Summer with the 7th Annual BLRC Seersucker Ride. As always we ride the first Sunday of the Season. Sunday the 26th of June at Noon, we gather for Buffalo’s premiere social ride. Starting at Canalside and parading along (mostly) bike paths to the lawns of Delaware Park for our annual Summer Champagne Picnic and Lawn Fete. All are welcome and encourage to join in a playful round of Petanque!

Pack a picnic lunch to share with friends new and old. Summery fabrics, – especially Seersucker – are encouraged to enhance the communal theme. Of course we expect to see some breezy linens, madras, gingham and the like.

Each rider is responsible for their own safety and equipment, so please follow all laws and safety recommendations.

Let’s make the most of our enviable Buffalo Summer…

Check out our recap of last year’s festivities here.

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I had to share this recently published article on BuffaloNews.com regarding Erie County’s new “anti-slob” dress code. The policy instructs some 4,000 white-collar workers to “present an appearance that reflects positively” on Erie County including:

• Skirts, slacks and other attire should cover the shoulder, back and midriff.
• Shoes should be clean and in good condition.
• Sneakers are appropriate only when denim is worn.
• Attire should be neat and professional
• Jeans should not be faded, dirty, ripped or torn.
• No flip flops, shorts or sweatpants.
• Clothing that works well or the beach, yard work and the gym is not appropriate for work.
• Reasonable exceptions may be made to accommodate injuries, disabilities and for ethnic and religious reasons.

I am 100% behind this dress code and while I am fortunate to work at a place which has a very relaxed wardrobe policy, I always take pride in my appearance and make sure I am dressed appropriately. The fact that this policy needs to be officially stated is somewhat disappointing, but if it wakes enough people up to not show up to work dressed like a slob and promote a more professional portrayal of our fair city, than I am all for it. Some may argue that this is unnecessary, pointless, etc. etc and they are free to think so… Personally, I would just be happy not to see people walking around wearing those hideous white New Balance sneakers with their suits anymore.

PS. I would also like to go on record as suggesting a similar dress code be required while attending a show at Shea’s because this epidemic must be stopped. Anyway, here the article below:

County’s ‘anti-slob’ code a small stand for civility

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I applaud county officials for trying.

It’s tough these days to take a stand for standards.

It’s nearly impossible not to overhear the obscene words uttered at the mall or during a downtown stroll.

Any adolescent can summon an anatomy lesson by Google-searching choice words. From sexting to Skype, technology has fast-forwarded sexual sharing and undercut teen innocence.

Popular songs have enough sexual references to make Masters and Johnson pull up the covers.

Some women’s outerwear looks like underwear. Leggings make skin-tight jeans seem Victorian. Slang references to body parts and sexual acts abound on once-Puritanical network TV.

I’m not saying the apocalypse is upon us and Western civilization will soon be consumed in a ball of hellfire. In some cases, relaxed standards signal a rejection of hypocrisy, an acceptance of openness and the erosion of snobbery and censorship.

But there are times it would be nice – particularly in public places – if civility and etiquette weren’t trampled and left gasping for breath. It’s all about respect for each other.

And if you don’t agree, bleep you.

Seriously: It’s nice to see a government entity build a breakwall against the tide of F-bombs, hypersexualization of pop culture and erosion of public behavior. Responding to complaints from judges, customers and clients, county officials this month instituted a dress code. No more coming to work looking like you just rolled out of bed, are headed to the beach or consider Jerry Garcia a sartorial template.

Proper county office attire no longer includes flip-flops, cut-offs, belly-baring T-shirts or bum-hugging jeans. But enough about the guys.

We gratefully blow taps for jewelry sporting the B-word, F-word or any combination thereof. Thankfully deep-sixed is the office hoodie, workout shorts, garden-soiled khakis, or county lawyers rockin’ their Calvins in court.

The “anti-slob” policy, brokered with union leaders, instructs some 4,000 white-collar workers to “present an appearance that reflects positively” on the county. Any offensive tattoo must be covered. Sneakers are OK only with unripped, clean jeans – and neither in a courtroom. No clothing with offensive, discriminatory or political messages. So save the F.B.I. – Federal Body Inspector – T-shirt for the Saturday pub crawl and stash the “Feel the Bern” cap. Not on county time.

“Sometimes, you couldn’t tell the worker from the client,” noted Artie Rush of the Department of Social Services. “T-shirts, shorts, sandals – it’s not right for business.”

In a better world, the notion would go without saying: You deal with the public, you represent the county, therefore you need to look professional.

Happily, most of about a dozen county workers I spoke with agreed. As a self-deputized member of the fashion police, I’m pleased to report that nearly all of some 50 workers leaving the Rath Building at lunchtime looked, if not GQ-ready, then somewhere between presentable and professional. And at least, since I’m passing judgment, on stylistic par with the typical journalist. Apparently civilization is not yet ready to slide into the primordial muck.

Valerie Meyers of the Board of Elections paired a classic summer skirt with a public-service attitude.

“Appearance matters,” she told me. “I’ve seen workers in hoodies, or wearing low tank tops with spaghetti straps – it’s not professional.”

Rush, the 16-year Social Services veteran, admits he may have inspired a few of Tommy Hilfiger’s nightmares – and contributed to the code’s creation. But he has since abandoned shorts for clean jeans set off with sneakers – and accompanied by a revelation.

“When you dress better,” he noted, “you feel better about yourself.”

One giant step for county workers. One small stride for civilization.

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In other cool news, BuffaloDandy.com celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary this month as Buffalo’s original menswear and lifestyle blog. Initially started as a way to learn WordPress and noticing a severe lack of a mens fashion voice in Buffalo, the blog grew from not only a chronicling of my personal style evolution, but also as a instructional site for aspiring gentleman, product and store reviews and recapping the dapper goings ons around the city of Buffalo. It has been an incredible experience running this site, albeit a bit sparse as of late due to numerous factors most of which involve chasing our Dandy 3 year old around and expecting our second bundle of joy at the end of the Summer. Since blogs aren’t really a thing much anymore and the landscape of mens fashion is ever evolving, it’s hard to say what the future holds for Buffalo Dandy. Many local favorite blogs have come and gone and for whatever reason, we’re still here. The site has provided the wife and I some amazing opportunities which we will be forever grateful for and I wish to offer my most heartfelt thanks to everyone who has kept reading throughout the years. For now, all I can say is keep reading and as always, stay Dandy.

-Chris Bissonette, The Buffalo Dandy

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