30 December 2013

"I am Dandy", a magnificent read!

As you may know from one of my previous posts, I had great expectations for the book "I am Dandy". I have now read the book and I was quite right to be excited, it is definitely one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in a long time. Reading about all the different "dandies" interviewed in this book and look at all the beautiful photos is truly inspirational.

The individuals presented in this book varies a great deal with regard to their sartorial approach but they all see the importance of taking care of ones appearance and have a genuine interest in dressing their very best for every occasion. If you are an aspiring sartorialist, this book will help you on your way. The photos will give you ideas and inspiration and many of the subjects tell about how they started on their path to sartorial excellence. It also becomes clear that dressing well is matter of the mind rather than the wallet. This book is full of people from different backgrounds and with different financial affluence. This is not about having closets full of the most expensive brands and bespoke garments, but following you interests and making the best of whatever is available to you.

I believe I can draw inspiration from most of the people presented in this book, but there are, of course, some styles I like better than others. Below I will show photos of some of my favourites.

Gay Talese

Domenico Spano

David Zyla

Raymond Chu

Robert E. Bryan

These examples are not among the most extravagant but neither am I, but rest assured that the full spectre of male dress and appearance is covered. If you have an interest in the topic, this book will have something for you.
What's your favourite and who do you draw inspiration from? If you have read the book, let me know what you think and who your favourites are. If you haven't read it yet, buy I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman now! 

15 December 2013

My new folio from Holdall & Co

A little while ago I wrote about Holdall & Co, a company I was quite excited about. I have now gone ahead and bought one of their folios I liked so much and I'm quite pleased with it. I went for the 12" one which is big enough for me to carry my tablet and the basics I usually carry to and from work, or to a meeting.

This folio is handmade in England and is of immaculate quality. It also looks good in it's very classic design. This is a timeless piece which I think enhances the style of the person carrying it. It provides a touch of elegance and style which is quite satisfying.

You can check out the Holdall & Co's other products on their website.

My new folio holds what I need for work.

The 12" folio by Holdall & Co.
The snap-shut lock's clean lines fit the
folio perfectly.

12 December 2013

From cloth to suit (part 2): Slight change of plans

In my last post I wrote about my plans for having a new suit made from a fabric I had bought. The plan was to have it made by Souster & Hicks and I had made an appointment with them to have my measurements taken and discuss the suit design. Unfortunately, this didn't work out. I was in London for a seminar and had planned to travel to Woburn and meet with them on the Saturday, but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to leave for home a day earlier than planned and the appointment had to be cancelled. As I don't live in the UK, I don't know when I'll be back in London so I've decided to have the suit made by Cad & The Dandy instead. They have all my details which mean I can have the suit made without having my measurements taken. I have been very pleased with the suits they have made me before, so I'm certain it will be a good result this time as well. With regard to the plans for having a suit made by Souster & Hicks, they have only been postponed. I will make sure to make a new appointment for the next time I travel to London.

The other posts in this series: part 1, part 3, part 4.