Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Many thanks for making 2011 incredible. Lots of great stuff in store for 2012 - we can hardly wait. Happy New Year!
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Formal Friday

Fridays have officially gone formal at In our opinion the world has gone too casual from a style perspective. This is our anti-casual Friday. So each week we ask you to get dressed up, encourage your co-workers to do the same, and send us a photo: 







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Friday, December 30, 2011

Dandy Revisited: Mad Men

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be reposting some of my favorite posts from the past couple of years. Below is a post originally from July 25, 2010.

In anticipation of the Mad Men Season 4 premiere tonight we thought we'd share some images from the show highlighting the impeccable style of the dapper gentlemen of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Dandy Revisited: Dandy Runs In My Family

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be reposting some of my favorite posts from the past couple of years. Below is a post originally from July 14, 2010.

I often speak about the style influence my grandfather has had on me over the years.  Until recently what I've known of him is from his photos from middle-age and older.  My mother recently came across a photo album from the late 1920's when he was a young man (Grandpa was born in 1907) and it became quickly apparent that he was even more dapper as a young man.  And what is particularly notable was that he was a central New York dairy farmer of rather modest means.  Here are a few favorite photos.

Most likely the first formal photo taken of him - probably 1923/1924.

School-yard dandy - 1925.

A group shot from a 4-H event, an organization he was heavily involved with most of his life.  He's the fifth from the left, last row.  1926.

This shot amused me because my grandfather and his brothers are dressed up under their coveralls.

In 1927 my grandfather and his brother escorted a heard of cattle across the country to Memphis via this train car.

In Memphis Grandpa met a school teacher from Wisconsin, my grandmother. This was most likely the first photo they took together.

I loved this photo of my grandfather in his whitest of whites and black bow tie.

Another 4-H group shot.  Grandpa is 6th from left, first row.  Love those socks!

That's Grandma and Grandpa in the background.

Grandpa is seventh from left in this 4-H shot.

I liked this shot, more for what the little boy is wearing.

The caption for this photo was "bankers inspecting the dairy show".

Grandpa starting out on a trip to Washington D.C. "the finest city in the world".

He was part of the New York delegation to the first national camp at Washington D.C.

"Some gang" - Grandpa (second from left) with his brother and friends.

Love those horn rimmed glasses.

Even in his work-wear Grandpa looked stylish with his cap and vest.

Another shot of Grandpa (far left) with a 4-H group. 

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dandy Revisited: Etiquette For The Modern Classicist

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be reposting some of my favorite posts from the past couple of years. Below is a post originally from August 10, 2010.

Sergei Sviatchenko of Close Up And Private shared with us a piece he had published in Euroman this month: Etiquette For The Modern Classicist, A Loosely Compiled List Of Scrupulous Style Cues For Gentlemen.  With his permission we're reprinting it for our readers.

1. Slim cut suits with short legged trousers go a long way.

2. Buy a pair of wingtips and loafers.

3. The Beatles sir, listen to them – and do so regularly.

4. Owning at least 3 oxford shirts has never done a man any harm.

5. Be a gentleman towards women.

6. Own several ties – n.b. four-in-hand knots only – mix things up with a bow tie.

7. Watch all movies by Andrei Tarkovsky. Re-watch them.

8. Always consider a well-fitting navy blazer with gold buttons.

9. Serge Gainsbourg looked smart in a trench coat and so do you.

10. Own a classic cashmere v-neck and a round-neck pull-over.

11. Khaki chino trousers are as essential as they are basic. Choose your pair meticulously.

12. Cherish a good relationship with your parents.

13. Sometimes looking at a nice black and white picture of your grandfather as a young man wearing his Sunday-suit can teach you more about classic style than reading 20 fashion magazines.

14. A watch – you do own one don't you? - should be flat, vintage, and have a leather band.

15. Be punctual.

16. Ray Ban sunglasses matter.

17. Stay current.

18. Trust the classics.

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