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Fall is finally here in Buffalo and while we’re chomping at the bit to start wearing tweed and chunky sweaters, the weather is not quite there yet, which is when having a lightweight jacket this time of year is clutch. If you remember our previous post last Spring about the Return of the Mackintosh Jacket, you’ve hopefully picked one up and should already be good to go. In the off chance that you haven’t, be thou not afraid, for I recently picked one up at Old Navy of all places. I feel like Old Navy gets a bad rap, even though we’ve mentioned them several times on this blog. They do a decent  job of creating good wardrobe essentials that are just the right amount of trendy at very affordable prices. The jacket was only $70, is cut nicely (I’m wearing a small) and has just the right amount of detailing in it to let you know some actual thought went into making it. It sold out rather quickly online last week when they were having a 40% off sale, but it looks like it’s back up here. You can also stop into the store at the Galleria and pick one up yourself.

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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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One of my favorite #menswear blogs Parisian Gentleman recently published an article reinforcing a firm belief of mine that one should be well-dressed while traveling on a plane. Not to say you need to be in a three-piece suit while taking your family on a trip to Disney World, but at the very least make an effort and don’t travel in pajama pants.

As Hugo points out,“Being elegantly dressed triggers a set of reactions with people you meet during your voyage – from ground agents, to the security team, to the border police, the cabin crew and the passengers, with these encounters accompanied by reactions which are consistently the same – smiles, kindness, respect and politeness — to the degree which camouflage cargo shorts with hiking sandals could never hope to replicate.”

[via Parisian Gentleman]

OF THE PLEASURE OF TRAVELING ELEGANTLY

Traveling has been part of the DNA of Parisian Gentleman since we began this project seven years ago.

Sonya, Greg and I have been roaming the world tirelessly for the needs of our editorial work as well as for a number of side activities related to Parisian Gentleman – ranging from university conferences to private receptions, various “sartorial” events, PG events, and book signings, to visiting a staggering amount of workshops and manufactures for my books (as well as attending international trade salons, movie sets, interviews for the press—traditional and digital). As a matter of reality, we’ve been on the road more days then we can count.

Last year, for the research work for my upcoming “The Italian Gentleman” book and for the various signing events for “The Parisian Gentleman”, we traveled for a solid 9 months without setting foot back home. We trekked all over Italy of course, but also we spent significant time in Spain, the UK, the US, Asia, South America, Canada, and in Eastern Europe.

Of course, “on the road” is a figure of speech here. We mostly took the plane. And by mostly, I mean an obscene amount of time over the past twelve months.

Yet we never compromised with one of our internal rules – that of always traveling well-dressed. Be it with a full suit or sports jacket, a tie, a pocket square, or at the very least, a pair of well-shined shoes and a nice, freshly ironed shirt. This rule we wouldn’t cheat on, no matter the destination or the duration of the trip.

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It’s a rule which might seem ludicrous to many – as it seems understood that the priority when traveling, in particular on a long-haul flight, would be to put comfort over style, for obvious reasons and benefits.

Still, having traveled a solid couple hundred times fully suited-up (with tie) over the past couple of years – and not only in business class (not by a long stretch) – I can attest that it is perfectly possible to travel while dressed elegantly. Not only that, but chances are, traveling in style will improve, almost constantly, the quality of your travel experience.

And why ? Being elegantly dressed triggers a set of reactions with people you meet during your voyage – from ground agents, to the security team, to the border police, the cabin crew and the passengers, with these encounters accompanied by reactions which are consistently the same – smiles, kindness, respect and politeness — to the degree which camouflage cargo shorts with hiking sandals could never hope to replicate.

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Believe me when I say : being dressed, and behaving elegantly for a long trip will almost always bring its fair share of perks and good surprises : last-minute upgrades for your seat arrangements, fast-pass for the check-in line, ease of access to many frequent flyer salons, and fast-tracks even without the right ticket, second servings of red wine and crackers, and a wealth of other similar tidbits that will make your trip more enjoyable. Dressing well, especially when sharp clothes are paired with elegant behavior, will earn you a lot of sympathy – especially when you act well in the gravity of a difficult situation without irritation or annoyance, and keep that smile alive.

Climbing in a place for a long-haul travel in a bespoke suit with a well-tied tie and a nice pair of shoes is a surprisingly positive experience – both for your own benefit and that of the crew, who seems to appreciate nicely dressed and well-behaved passengers. More often than not, the cabin crew will be particularly considerate to “that guy with the suit and the long hair” and his partner “that girl in the suit with a tie and suspenders, in seats 14 E and F”. Over the years, some crew members even approached us to say how nice it was for them to serve passengers that set themselves apart from the usual fare, in a positive way.

I like to travel while wearing a tie, if only to set myself apart from the crowd.

Another reason I prefer to wear a tie during travel is because this small gesture lends an “ambiance from the past” to the travel experience — as if crossing the Atlantic in an airplane was still an event in itself, a special occasion worth dressing well for in advance.

If you’re wearing a shirt from a quality source and if your tie is light and the knot is sturdy, you’ll be able to travel an entire eight-hours-plus trip without looking worse for wear, although you may need to loosen the tie a bit and open up your shirt collar a button or two for a nap…

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Of course these days, traveling well-dressed does not necessarily require wearing a tie. Indeed, a nice travel jacket with a well-fitted button-down shirt and a good pair of cotton trousers will do the trick as well.

Traveling elegantly dressed is important, as far as I’m concerned — if only because it turns a deeply boring and frankly tiring experience in a truly pleasant human experience.

Try it for yourself, and see the difference…

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Our favorite milliner Nick Fouquet just launched his newly redesigned website which includes (at long last) an online store! The fact that I can now order my own Nick Fouquet hat online makes me happier than words can say, however that feeling quickly vanishes when I realize the cost of the hats start at over $1000… Soul-crushing is a word I would use.

Still, if you have some money saved up or if dropping a cool G is no big deal to you, I suggest heading over to Nick’s revamped site and start picking one out. I’ve selected my top favorite designs from his Spring 16 line below to help with your decision making process. All kidding aside, seeing these hats up close confirms that they truly are works of art and I really, really, really want one.

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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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Looks like the Kentucky Derby is going green with envy this year with a sharp looking new logo and their always coveted $1,000 mint julep cup which arrives this year in limited edition package complete with a custom silk shirt lining designed by Hamilton Shirts. 

A well-documented favorite day of the year here at Buffalo Dandy, we’ve compiled some of our favorite new items of the season to serve as inspiration for what to wear while attending or watching this year’s Kentucky Derby. Fingers crossed that I continue my winning streak on who wins. Good luck and stay Dandy everyone!

Brooks Brothers Garment Washed Blazer | Brooks Brothers Seersucker Pants | Hamilton Classic Gingham | Rolex Oyster Submariner | Gents Mode Pocket Square | Brooks Brothers Knit Tie | Allen Edmond Suede Strandmonk

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It has been a long, long time since we posted a proper street style shot on BuffaloDandy.com, but this dude’s look is too perfect not to share. The cut of his suit is Spot on (haha) and the colors he chose are a stellar combo for Spring. Paired with his double monks, matching belt and the perfect knot for this width tie, this is how today’s young professionals should be dressing. All that was missing was the pocket square, but his suit fit so well I didn’t even notice.

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Novel is brand based on the idea of creating art pieces that people can wear. Their first line are pocket squares and exhibits 50 species of butterfly, each uniquely capturing the essence and beauty of the wings. These are created according to the principles of a lost art in Chinese culture.

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Taking a high quality silk; to which a skilled master embroiderer then hand sews the intricate details of the butterfly motif in a method known as double-sided embroidery. Each butterfly captures every detail of its living counterpart, incorporating the natural beauty of the wingspan. Upon completion of the sewing, artists expertly apply paint in order to replicate the delicate nature of this living creature.

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These pocket squares are truly breathtaking, beautiful and a great idea. The price tag for these masterpieces, however, are another matter. Because they are hand embroidered and made of the finest materials, they are accompanied by a slightly higher price tag starting at around $300. Granted, they are part of an art collection so try to look at them more as an investment. But damn, that’s a lot for a pocket square. All that being said I totally want one.

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