Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dandies On TV: Boardwalk Empire

We couldn't be more excited about the premiere of HBO's Boardwalk Empire on September 19th. In the new series Steve Buscemi plays a politician/gangster in Atlantic City of the 1920's, known as "The World's Playground".  The network is rumored to have spent more than $65 million dollars on the 1st season and it appears to be a visual masterpiece.  The men are dapper in a 1920's gangster-sorta way and the good folks at HBO had been good enough to share some images illustrating that. 

Greg Antonacci as Johnny Torrio and Michael Pitt as James “Jimmy” Darmody.  Photographer: HBO / Abbot Genser.

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson and Paz de la Huerta as Lucy Danziger. Photographer: HBO / Abbot Genser.

Michael Stuhlbarg as Arnold Rothstein. Photographer: HBO / Abbot Genser.

Michael Pitt as James “Jimmy” Darmody. Photographer: HBO / Abbot Genser.

Photographer: HBO / Craig Blankenhorn.

Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White. Photographer: HBO / Abbot Genser.

Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson. Photographer: HBO / Craig Blankenhorn.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Vintage Dandy: Filipino Version

A dandy friend of ours snapped these shots of some vintage photos at Pacific Hut, a Filipino restaurant in Calgary (apparently home to a large Filipino population).  We loved these images as they prove once again that dandyism transcends cultures and ethnicities.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Illustrated Dandy: Hannah Exall

Earlier in the year we posted some images from Hannah Exall, a student in the Textile Design for Fashion program at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Here is some new work. We can imagine the first image as the wallpaper in our first brick and mortar store!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dandy Video: Tea Partay

This Smirnoff video cracked us up.

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dandy Video: Dress For Work Via Put This On

The gents at Put This On have produced their third video, focusing on dressing for work. 

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Dapper Gents Of Al Hirschfeld's World

I've known Al Hirschfeld's work for many years as the illustrator for the The New York Times (mostly having covered the theatre).  I just recently rediscovered his work and was struck by how he captured the style of the men he illustrated.  Here are a few favorite images.  By the way, did you know that Hirschfeld frequently hid his daughter's name (Nina) in his drawings and that a number next to his signature indicates the number of "Ninas" in that particular drawing?

Cafe Crown (Yiddish Theatre) 1942

Danny Kaye 1953

Odets Plays 1939

Nathanael West

Guys And Dolls 1950

Eugene O'Neill 1974

Sweet Bye And Bye (creative team) 1946

Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1930

Christopher Plummer 1997

The Entertainer (Laurence Olivier) 1958

images from Hirschfeld On Line.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Dandy Advertising: EAW Collars

From the April 1, 1927 program for the Lyric Theatre.  EAW seems to be Cluett's collar label prior to establishing Arrow.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Is It Fall Yet?

Don’t get me wrong. It’s been a great summer. We’ve taken advantage of several roof top events, lawn parties, outdoor festivals, etc. We’ve enjoyed eating and drinking al fresco. We’ve worn our seersucker and linen, moccasins and boat shoes. We’ve gotten more use out of our short suits than any other year. And yet I am SO ready for fall. As much as I’ve enjoyed the summer, it’s been rough. It’s been a historically hot one and for those of us living in the urban jungle of New York City, that can be rather unpleasant (you know what I mean if you’ve waited on a subway platform on a 90+ degree day). It’s a challenge to look dapper when you can feel the sweat dripping off your back seconds after getting dressed. My feet are a disaster, blistered and sliced up from going sockless all summer. I’m tired of putting on sun block every morning (I know, I should use sun block year-round).

And yet, I’m ready for fall just because it’s my favorite time of year. I’ve always said that fall is the season of the dandy. Time to pull out the tweed and flannel. I love me some sweaters both lightweight and chunky. I am much more likely to wear hats and caps in colder weather simply because of the necessity. I always love the first cold day of fall when I wrap a wool scarf around my neck, just enough to keep out the chill.

However, there seems to be a mentality that shifts after Labor Day. Back to work. No more summer Fridays. Vacation is over. I remember as a child dreading it because that meant returning to school. I’ve been amused that I continue to maintain that mentality as an adult working year-round. Therefore, I officially declare the continuation of the care-free summer spirit through mid-November, right on time for the beginning of the holiday season. There are plenty of fun fall activities: apple picking, flea markets, football games. Let’s enjoy them (in style of course)!

Dreaming of fall...
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Vintage Dandy

A reader submission.  Thanks Steve!

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Friday, August 20, 2010

Haberdashery Finds: Scriven Underwear

From the August 24, 1910, issue of Men's Wear magazine, a men's clothing trade publication.  We were amused by the athletic poses in this ad.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dandy Video: Jeffrey Ying On Style Like U

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ivy League Dandy: Princeton 1956

Inspired yesterday by the confirmation that we will be offering Japanese photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida's much anticipated reprint of Take Ivy (a pictorial book celebrating 1960's preppy Ivy League style in the US) on our shop site at the end of the month, we thought we would share some images from our collection of university yearbooks. The images below are from the 1956 Princeton University yearbook.

Does college prep exist on campuses today? 

Varsity Crew


Summer Camp Personnel

Tigertones Glee Club

University Band

Yawn And Racket Club

Press Club

Pre-Med Society

Bulls And Bears Club

Tuesday Night Euripides Club

Rocky Mountain Empire Club (apparently sponsored by Coors)

Elm Club

Quadrangle Club
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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Haberdashery Finds: Hart Schaffner & Marx Style Book

The 1921 Spring & Summer Style Book for Men, Young Men & Boys for Hart Schaffner & Marx.  I'll take the grey double-breasted with boater and doctor's bag (among others)!

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