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Only in Buffalo could the first Zubaz retail store not only open, but in all likelihood, fully thrive. The (somewhat begrudgingly) official uniform of Bills Fans everywhere, Zubaz have enjoyed a nostalgic comeback lately with brands like Labbatt Blue offering limited edition can designs in NFL team colors. Buffalo fans, however, will argue that the trend never actually went away.

The store boasts an impressive selection of not only the tradition zebra stripe design pants, but also new patterns like camo and reptile prints printed on everything from pants, leggings, hoodies, shirts, hats, beanies, sunglasses and most impressive of all: overalls. I was also surprised to find out that Zubaz developed a stone washed (of course) denim line with just the right amount to stretch for comfort.

The store opened it’s doors for the first time on November 15th and is currently offering shoppers an extra 20% everything in the store. If you’re getting a jump on your Holiday shopping, or are planning on attending the Fashionably Late Event at the Fashion Outlets, this store is a must-stop-shop for sports fans.

The Zubaz Store is located at Entrance 1 at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls near Cole Hann.

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With the holidays quickly approaching here in Buffalo, it’s time to start planning for one our favorite times of the year: Black Friday. While many wouldn’t dream of heading out into the madness on this often dreaded day after Thanksgiving, I revel in it. It’s a tradition in the Dandy household that we pack into the car and head out usually around 10 am because, while our newborn already has us up at 5:30, we’re not about that “get to the mall at dawn” life. So we head to the mall to brave the crowds, hopefully snag some deals and enjoy our first Peppermint Mocha of the season.

With all the renovations and new stores at the Fashion Outlets at Niagara Falls, it’s easily become one of my favorite shopping destinations in Buffalo. Imagine my surprise/delight when I was asked to participate in a photoshoot at the Outlets to showcase pieces from some of my favorite stores and put together a “What to Wear on Black Friday” outfit.

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The temperatures in Buffalo are dropping steadily, which means Winter will be rearing it’s ugly head soon enough. Which I’m kind of OK with because they means it will be time to start busting out some more rugged wardrobe staples. Thankfully, the recently opened Timberland store has pretty much everything you’ll need to handle those tough Buffalo Winters. The Mount Davis Waxed Jacket is heavy duty enough to protect you from the elements but is also lightweight enough for wearing indoors. So you don’t have to worry about overheating while walking around the mall in a bulky winter jacket. I’m also in love with their Earthkeeper Boots, which are made from recycled materials and are perfect for being on your feet all day while shopping til you drop. The boots tend to run big which means they’ll fit perfectly with a pair thick woolen socks which are also available in the store.

Next we stopped by the Levi’s store and spoke with their extremely knowledgable staff about the best way to finish putting our look together. I’m a big fan our of their 511 style, which is slim but not too slim with just the right amount of stretch and the perfect low rise.  With plenty of washes to choose from, I went with a more worn-in look to match the jacket. I also eyed an olive corduroy western shirt which is just holiday-looking enough amidst the sea of red you tend see everywhere this time of year. With all the affordable pricing on some truly stellar pieces, the Levi’s store quickly became a new favorite of mine.

I finished this casual look off with a nice heavy-knit Hugo Boss scarf from Saks Off Fifth. Now, don’t get me wrong, one could easily pick an entire outfit from any of these stores (more on that later), but I often find this store to be more of a scavenger hunt unless you know exactly what you’re looking for. However, if you’re looking for some simple, well made accessories for some easy stocking stuffer wins, Saks should definitely be one of your first stops.

Once all of these pieces were put together, you have a comfortable yet fashionable look which is perfect for the unpredictable Buffalo weather and makes spending all day at the mall a breeze.

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If you are interested in purchasing any of the items mentioned above, The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls will be hosting a Fashionably Late Black Friday Event on November 24th-25th. The Mall will open at 8PM-2AM on Thanksgiving Day and reopening at 6AM on Black Friday until 9PM with several stores (Levi’s and Timberland included) staying open for 24 hours straight. This late night shopping event is a great option for those looking to beat some of the holiday crowds without having to get up a the crack of dawn.

Many thanks to the Fashion Outlets at Niagara Falls for letting me spend the day shopping with them and be sure to stay tuned for next month’s post about what to wear to those upcoming Holiday Parties.

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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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I’m not a huge sneaker guy, but damn these new Nike Air Force 1 Boots look incredible and I need…NEED a pair for Fall.

Born in 1982, the Air Force 1 has long been a force to be reckoned with. Long past its days on the wood, the classic Air Force 1 is now built for the future to deliver urban utility in a military-inspired design.

The SF AF1 features a ballistic nylon upper that’s as tough as it gets for use in all conditions. The dual ankle straps are removable, allowing for a custom look. At the tongue, is an espionage pocket built for easy storage. An exclusive, military-inspired carry bag is included, complete with removable straps. Available online this Saturday at 10am and apparently sneakers sell out fast or something so you may want to jump on these.

$200

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Looks like Visvim went full Dandy and decided to collaborate with Harris Tweed to create a handful of beautiful looking tweed jackets. Handwoven by the inhabitants of the Outer Hebrides off the coast of Scotland, Harris Tweed is sought after due to its resistant, thermal properties and rich history. Hand-woven tweed made its way to the upper echelons of British society in the 19th century, only to be endangered by surging market demands that precipitated mill-spun tweed production. In a bid to protect Harris Tweed authenticity, the Harris Tweed Association was established in 1993, enabling native Scottish crofters and cottars to continue a tradition rooted in the spinning and dying of pure virgin wool.

The move to preserve Harris Tweed as a hand-woven material from the Outer Hebrides runs parallel with the level of hereditary practices of craftsmanship passed down by generations of Japanese tailors. The appeal of Harris Tweed to a brand such as Visvim is thus self-evident. Hiroki Nakamura’s label presents four pieces made from genuine Harris Tweed: the Dotera Coat, Hopiland Blazer, Nome P.O. Dress and Sanjuro Jacket. Watch the documentary below from visvim.tv for a brief vignette of the age-old manufacturing process.

I might have to get my hands on some tweed in the coming weeks and try making one of these for Winter.

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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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As I’m sure you’ve noticed from some of the recent outfit posts on the blog and BD Instagram,  these past few seasons I’ve been more and more obsessed with longer sweaters and jackets, particularly ones of the Japanese kimono variety. One of the most revered brands which specializes in this style of jacket is Visvim and their Sanjuro jackets. While these garments are beautiful to look at and undoubtedly exceptionally made, the price range for the majority of these coats is astronomical. Like $1,000 astronomical. Not gonna happen.

While I’ve been salivating over one of these for a while and playing with the idea of scouring sites like Grailed.com for a used one, I wasn’t even sure if I would like how it looked on me once I got it. Then I remembered, oh wait, I can totally just sew one of these myself for like $20. So that’s what I did. After doing some research on kimono and noragi jackets (which I found out was the correct term for what I was trying to make) I acquired the right kind of mid-weight denim I was looking for and got to work. Naturally this took a little longer than usual to make because my sewing time had to revolve around waiting the wife and I put the kids to bed, but once I got back into the swing of staying up late and flexing the old sewing muscles I realized just how much I had missed making my own clothes.

I chose to keep the edges of the eri (collar) raw, for both a contrast and distressed look and I kept the sleeves longer than the standard workwear shortened length so I could roll the sleeves if I wanted. While the final result is far from perfect, that was a great way to give this style of outerwear a test drive without breaking the bank. Plus the fact that I can say “yeah I made this” never gets old.

If you are digging this style of jacket and are curious of where to get one, I’ve picked out some of my favorite options below. Like I said, been obsessing over these for a while.

Visvim | Etsy | ASOS | Grailed | Betabrand

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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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Noted watch geek, devote Visvim collector and currently one of my favorite style icons (don’t judge me), John Mayer recently launched a Jewelry collection with unisex accessories maker George Frost. Now, anyone can just go and throw some beads on a necklace and call it a day, but each of the pieces in this collection actually have something cool hidden in the design.

For example, his two wooden and glass African bead necklaces actually contain a morse code message using the different colored beads as letters. One spells out “LOVE IS A VERB” and another “BORN AND RAISED”. His silver pendant, when spun, also spells out “LOVE IS A VERB”. His beaded bracelets once again uses morse code to spell out “BORN”, “RAISED” and his initials “JM”. Finally, he has a woven bracelet which uses a piece of 3M reflective thread mixed in with waxed linen.

Each piece is moderately priced for what this type of jewelry is typically going for, between $50 and $150 and I’m not sure if it’s required that you be a fan of John’s music to actually wear this stuff. At the very least, it could serve as some cool inspiration to make your own jewelry using morse code, which in all honesty, I think I might want to try.

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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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