Thursday, September 30, 2010

Vintage Dandy

It's all about the mustache, the bow tie pattern, the watch chain!
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Formal Friday

It's no secret that we're of the opinion that our society has become too casual in terms of dress.  Casual Friday has extended to every day, 7 days a week.  A while back I wrote about our friend Kevin Chan and his co-workers at The Barbarian Group and their weekly Formal Friday "dress-up" policy. They really have fun with it.  Inspired by Kevin, the series 100 Days Of Ties from Will of The Momentum Of Failure, and Bow Tie Friday from Jason of the tumblr Bow Tie Friday we are instituting our own Formal Friday policy at and we want you to participate.  Get a little dressed up each Friday, starting this Friday, October 1.  Get your co-workers involved as well and send us a photo at  Tell us a little something about you, what you're wearing, and/or where you work.  Each week we'll share the photos on the blog and on our Facebook page.  We can't wait to see what our readers come up with!
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Dandy Video: Timex Archive

The gents of Hodinkee visited the Timex archive.

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Dandy Signage

Dandy Mini Mart in Dryden, NY submitted by dandy reader Michael

Dandy's Char-Broiled Burgers by Poodle Superstar

Dandy Shoe Care submitted by dandy reader Alexander
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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dandy Advertising: Murad Cigarettes

From the December 3, 1927, program for the Music Box Theatre.

Embarrassing Moments - When the long drive you "didn't expect to make" hits a member of the foursome ahead of nonchalant... light a Murad Cigarette.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Vintage Dandy: '28 Cortland High Yearbook

At flea markets and antique shops we always look for vintage yearbooks and we've posted several images from our collection of Princeton yearbooks in previous posts.  Recently I picked up the 1928 yearbook for Cortland High School in central New York and I was stunned by the dapper young men I found.  First, these were 14-18 year-old kids.  Secondly, this wasn't an upper crust private prep school, Cortland is a rural farm town. Wow, how times have changed!

Junior Class

Sophomore Class

Freshman Class

Hi-Y Club

Public Speaking Club

Kappa Zeta Fraternity
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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Dandy Finds: Hand Painted Ties

Speaking of flea market finds, nearly two years ago I wrote about these Bergdorf Goodman ties I purchased at an antique market in New Hope, Pennsylvania. I had forgotten about them as my neckwear focus has been more on bow ties lately, but rediscovered them while working on shifting my wardrobe this weekend from warm weather to cold weather (don't you love the discoveries you make while doing the shift?).  From what I can tell they were hand painted from the 1940's or 1950's. Aren't they unusual?  I've never seen anything like them.

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dandy Finds: Gladstone Bag

We found this great bag at the Hell's Kitchen flea market - think it's called a Gladstone Bag. We particularly loved the gold lettering. Who does that anymore?  Where can you get that done today?  Similarly we love monograming, engraving, etc.  It's the idea that you're investing in an item that you will keep forever and making the expense of personalizing it.

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Dandy Video: The Black Ivy

If you haven't seen it yet you must check out The Black Ivy, an update on Take Ivy from Josh and Travis of Street Etiquette and F. E. Castleberry of Unabashedly Prep.  Here is a video of the shoot.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Dandy Details

Every dandy knows it's all about the details.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Dandy Advertising: The Arrow Collar Man

There probably wasn't a fictional character in the last century more synonymous with men's style than the Arrow Collar Man.  Cluett Peabody & Company of Troy, New York, the manufacturer of Arrow Collars, ran the Arrow Collar Man ad campaign from 1905-1931.  A bulk of the advertising was provided by J.C. Leyendecker who was also well known for his Saturday Evening Post covers and Kuppenheimer ads.  In putting this post together we found it very interesting the number of ads that were clearly not by Leyendecker that ran at the same time as Leyendecker ads, however bore little resemblance.

The Leyendecker ads:
From the January, 1926 program for the Gaiety Theatre.

From the September 16, 1916 Literary Digest.

From the November, 1927 program for Chanin's 46th Street Theatre.

From the October 24, 1914 Literary Digest.

From the October, 1922 program for the National Theatre.

From the October, 1924 program of the Republic Theatre.

From the March, 1923 program for the Times Square Theatre.

From the April, 1927 program for Charnin's 46th Street Theatre.

Store display, date unknown.

From The Saturday Evening Post, date unknown.

From the Review Of Reviews, date unknown.

From the January, 1927 program of the Little Theatre.

From the February, 1928 program of Erlanger's Theatre.

The non-Leyendecker ads:

From the April 1, 1927, program for the Knickerbocker Theatre.

From the February, 1926 program for the 48th Street Theatre.

From McClure's Magazine, date unknown.

American Magazine, 1909.

From The American Magazine, date unknown.

From the October, 1909 The World's Work Magazine

From The American Magazine, date unknown.

From the December, 1923 program for Jolson's 59th Street Theatre.

From McClure's Magazine, date unknown.

From McClure's Magazine, date unknown.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Items For Fall

Fall is the season of the dandy!

Check out some of our new items:

And don't forget our new

More new items to come!

For today only we're offering free shipping on orders of $50 and up ($100 and up outside the U.S.).  Use code FALL2010 at checkout.  Offer expires 9/22/10.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Daily Dandy: Our Online Musts

There has been an explosion in menswear web sites over the past few years and we find ourselves spending hours going through our long list of favorites.  However, we do have a shortlist of sites we visit everyday, usually each morning as we start our day.  Here are our Daily Dandy Online Musts:

1) Valet - a guy's "concierge to a well-styled life"
2) Kempt - advice, tips, and trends in men’s style and grooming
3) GQ The Eye - the glossy's style blog
4) New York Times T Magazine Blog - the paper's style blog
5) Details - men's style and advice
6) Esquire- men's fashion news, opinion, and advice
7) Esquire UK - men's style from across the pond
8) Put This On - how-to style from Jesse Thorn & Adam Lisagor
9) The Sartorialist - the original street style blog
10) Racked - tends to be mostly women's but posts sample sales
11) New York Magazine The Cut Blog - tends to be mostly women's
12) What I Saw Today - Richard Haines' illustrations/street style
13) Sartorially Inclined - Lawrence Schlossman's personal blog
14) Free/Man - Darian Hocking's personal blog

What are your favorite daily dandy reading sites?

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dandy Video: Polo Ralph Lauren

We're loving this new video from Polo Ralph Lauren, Fall 2010.
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Dandies In Print: The New York Times

In the madness of Fashion Week we missed this great photo editorial in The New York Times' T Magazine Men's Fashion issue. Agreed, we love the three-piece suit!

photos by Daniel King
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