I am beyond thrilled that journalist Serena Altschul loved I am Dandy enough to profile it, along with Dandy Wellington and Ed Hayes, on CBS Sunday Morning!
Happy Father's Day to all those dapper dads out there!
Summer is almost here. The jacket colors are getting lighter, and the boaters and linen have made their way out of storage. In New York we have about 3.5 days that are just about perfect before the “wet wool blanket” descends on the city. The last couple days have been those days. Everyone’s out and I’ve gotten to meet quite a few new people!
At the Jazz Age Lawn Party on June 14 it was a bit of an International Club. First I met up with Yoshio Suyama, a barber originally from Japan now based in Toronto. He told me he is from a small town in Japan, and made his way to London to study to be a barber. He arrived not knowing any English and learned it (in 2 years!) by watching the movie This is England again and again. It gave him a great accent, but he had to “unlearn” some rude colloquialisms. Can you imagine?!
The dapper barbers meet - Yoshio and Mike Haar
Simon was visiting from Stockholm with his lovely girlfriend Jessica.
The Enforcers...of fun! Sorry that was bad...anyways, moving on.
Now, to Jersey City, NJ, my I am Dandy co-author Natty's beloved neighborhood. On June 12 we had a book signing party, this time hosted by Another Man’s Treasure. On our way over from the train we ran into Natty's friend and local bespoke tailor DeCarlos, who you see here. Natty says he's always riding around (on that great bike!) impeccably turned out.
Denny Balmaceda, creator of the vintage menswear blog Look Rich Shop Cheap, in the doorway of Another Man's Treasure. He's been blogging since 2007 about how to make the most of thrifting and vintage. People always ask me if the dandies are rich, or if you have to have a lot of money to dress the way they do. Of course you don't...but you will have to get creative, and it will probably take quite some time to gather. I can see that Denny fully embraces this sensibility, and, above all, likes the challenge of a good find.
One of my favorite couples, Bill Webb and Eva Kobus-Webb. You can tell they have fun.
And finally, I got to meet Philippe Grenade, a director and filmmaker who I had a great time chatting with at the book signing. Notice the thumbs!
I am Dandy Pre-Father's Day Book Signing
Thursday, June 12, 2014
6:00 - 9:00 pm
353 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ - Map
Sean Crowley and Andrew Yamato are not on instagram, but you should be!
Are you using instagram, the mobile photo sharing app? Follow along with me @rcallahanphoto I use tags #dandyportraits and #iamdandy most frequently, but I post many other adventures as well - like a recent weekend away with the tweed crew above that got dubbed #fancycamp. It has been a fantastic way to connect with interesting new people - like the man sitting at the bus stop below. He is John Carlos De Luna and calls himself Barrio Dandy. Kelly and I met him one beautiful afternoon in his hometown hood of Boyle Heights in East LA. Follow him and the rest of these dapper men...
John Carlos De Luna @barriodandy
Ignacio Quiles @sartorialparings
Ethan @theteenagegentleman and friend came by our Dapper Day book signing
Mike Haar @mikewillcutyou
Kelly Desmond Bray @kellfire
More dandies to follow on instagram:
I love to know about more!
An evening not to be missed. It's free and open to all, but space is limited! RSVP here
G. Bruce Boyer and Luca Rubinacci at the opening of the Elegance in an Age of Crisis
You may have caught a glimpse of Dandy Wellington around the streets of New York, on stage with his band, or on sites such as Humans of New York, or, of course, The Dandy Portraits and the pages of I am Dandy. Or you might be seeing him for the first time. In this film made by Rarebit Productions, a collaboration between my husband, Kelly Desmond Bray, and I, we wanted to find out more about the man who calls himself Dandy.
His wardrobe is larger than life, and his boutonniere often precedes him entering a room. But for Wellington, dressing is the truest of joys - for him "life is a reason to get dressed up". It's an act of self-creation informed by being a native New Yorker - a place where people aren't afraid to "be bright, be bold". All the world is a stage and he certainly doesn't "wanna get caught in sweatpants". How true!
Special thanks to the band featuring Vinny Raniolo (guitar), Eric Wheeler (bass), Ricky Alexander (reed), and Mike Davis (trumpet). They were recorded live at Hotel Chantelle performing "Lulu's Back in Town" by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter" by Fred E. Ahlert and Joe Young.
A unique opportunity to geek out on dandyism, menswear, personal style vs trend, and if there really is a "return of the elegant gentleman". Love it or hate it, let your viewpoint be known!