Our friend Antonio of A Tailored Suit is giving away a hand-made custom sports jacket over at the blog The Art Of Manliness. Up to a $1000 value! That would be a very dandy belated Christmas gift! Enter here.
Last month we stopped by the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market and were thrilled to stumble upon Charles Adler - Vintage Clothier, dedicated to men's vintage clothing. After talking a bit to Salvador, the proprietor, he invited us to his private showroom. Wow, we were in dandy heaven and did quite a bit of Christmas shopping. We highly recommend you look for his booth if you stop by the Hell's Kitchen flea market. Better yet, email Salvador and see if you can score a visit to his showroom.
Over the past year we have been introduced to many amazing people in the virtual world of blogs and social networking. With this post we continue a regular series of profiles of New School Dandies. This week we feature Dandy Wellington of the blog A New York Dandy.
Where did you grow up?Born and Raised in New York City. Manhattan.
Where do you live now? Uptown Manhattan.
Where did you go to school? New York University, Tisch School of the Arts.
What’s your occupation? Producer of events (Music, Fashion, Art etc.), Fashion Stylist, Choreographer, Performer, Blogger.
When did you establish your personal style? Was there a pivotal moment? How has it changed? It's been a work in progress for years now. I went to private schools so I've grown accustom to dressing fairly business casual for a long time. I always wanted to take it further. In High School I would move my fashion game past the required dress code as much as possible. Finally in college though I relaxed my look, I sharpened and sharpened it till it became this. I think I had to strip it all down in order to really get to the core of my personal style. The pivotal moment was probably my junior year of college. I began to really establish my look as a gentleman and furthermore as a Dandy.
How would you describe your style? I am a Dandy. Detail oriented and distinctly gentlemanly in appearance from head to toe. From the sock garters and pocket squares to bow ties and braces, I never leave my house without looking Dandy.
What are your sources of inspiration? Besides a background of dress codes, I have been inspired largely by the Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. Though their characters are very different, (Fred being the gentleman and almost dandy and Gene, the working everyman and a lot more rugged) both had a sharpness that could only be found in the Jazz and movie musical era.
Who are your style icons? Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, Beau Brummel.
What are your preferred dandy reading materials? I love to keep up with everything fashion related whether men's or women's fashion. So I read V Magazine, V Man, Numero, W, 10 Men, New York Times Magazine. Sunday Style etc. I also like to review the classics. Great Expectations, Little Women etc.
What is your favorite personal item (non-clothing/accessories)? My Blackberry, my computer, my music collection and picture of my friends.
What is your favorite clothing article or accessory? All my accessories make me really happy. Hats, bow ties, pocket squares, braces, sock garters, pocket watches, tie clips, collar clips, cufflinks, and spats. The right accessory can make an look.
Where is your favorite or dream vacation spot? Paris, London, Milan, Hong Kong, Japan. All places with a strong history of fashion and culture.
Tell us the best kept secret in your city. There are so many but one is that New Yorkers are inherently kind people.
At which establishments would you consider yourself a regular? The Smith, Cafe Habana, Fabulous Fanny's, Archangel, Duane Park, Pravda, Metropolis.
What would you be doing ten years from now? Producing more events, choreographing for more artists, Growing a stronger Eschelon.
What is your current obsession?Dress shirts, frock coats, plus fours and watch fobs.
Currently inspired by? Ralph Lauren's Women's and Men's collection, Tom Ford, Sherlock Holmes.
Currently annoyed with? Men who refuse to dress well. "Tuck in your shirt!!! Clean it up already" and women with low standards. Also Uggs...the leading cause of abstinence.
Santa was very good to us and many of our gifts were particularly dandy so we thought we would share some of them with you in the photo below. What was your dandiest gift this year?
vintage suit case
box of Arrow collars
vintage newsboy cap
vintage bow ties and wool ties
1962 Princeton yearbook
vintage dandy photos
Arrow Collar ad painted on canvas
Rose And Company Wholesale Tailors advertisements
Other style bloggers have covered Free & Easy, the Japanese style magazine, but we just got around to buying our first issue this weekend ($19, ouch!). We certainly waited until the right time as the January issue is dedicated to tweed. Below is "Rugged Tweed Boy, UK X USA", one of our favorite features.