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Every now and again an album comes along at just the right time in history. After an 18 year hiatus, A Tribe Called Quest “We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service” is that album. Dropping the Friday after the election, the album strikes an eerily prophetic tone and is a powerful protest from start to finish. Frankly, this album is what a lot of the world needs right now. It is nostalgic for the golden era of 90’s hip hop, yet is very much present in 2016 addressing things like racism, sexism, the media, police violence and the need to resist. All these things have existed for quite some time now, but with the current state of  the country (even before the unfortunate election of Donald Trump) the album’s overall message rings truer than ever. Stream it on Spotify, or just do yourself a favor and pick it up on vinyl because this album will undoubtedly go down as an instant classic.

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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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Timex has once again teamed up with J.Crew to offer a new take on the classic diver watch. Featuring a quartz analog movement with a functioning bezel, this military inspired black-on-black tactical diver watch comes with a great heavy duty brown nato strap (with other color options available). Very affordably priced at $128, this is a great no-fuss watch that will surely get better looking with age.

DIY Noragi

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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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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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Old Navy Mac

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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.