I asked 11 stylish people what they learned about dressing from their fathers for this fathers day:
The National Arts Club in New York City and the chair of its fashion committee, David Zyla, have been incredibly supportive of my and Rose’s projects since even before our first book, “I Am Dandy” was published. Since then, and through the “From Tip to Toe” book I contributed to as well as the publication of our second book, “We Are Dandy,” the National Arts Club has invited us to speak on several panels, displayed Rose’s photographs in their galleries, and always made us feel welcome. Now, they’ve done us the distinct honor of having us be guests on one of the first episodes of their brand new podcast series. Listen at the link below - I hope you enjoy it!
The moment is finally upon us to celebrate “We Are Dandy,” our second survey on international dandyism, this time adding two continents and ten countries to this mighty project. As the world seems increasingly fractious and unmoored, eminent photographer Rose Callahan and I are pleased to report that dandyism not only perseveres but does indeed flourish, even in unlikely and infertile soils.
We spent several months canvassing North America, Europe, Japan, and South Africa for elegant gentlemen, and found ourselves saddled with a surfeit of rakish toffs and sporty knaves all eager to preen and proclaim for our camera and pen. We also somehow managed to convince elegant icon and legendary smokeshow Dita von Teese to write the book’s preface.
I’ll take this opportunity to share a couple of my favorites with you, but I urge you to purchase the book when it goes on sale in the US very soon, ideally from our publisher Gestalten or at your local bookstore. (Although you could also have some company send it to your door via flying robot, I hear.)
Nathaniel “Natty” Adams
In the meanwhile, I am Dandy received a big bump when it was featured in a segment on CBS Sunday Morning:
I was also the subject of a mini-documentary called "Am I Dandy?"
And last but certainly not least, it is my great honor to have been profiled in 12 outfits (with one more to come,) for the artist Ike Ude's Chic Index:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
...he makes a series of telephone calls to various men in skinny ties, pork pie hats, and sunglasses. It is clear to the viewer at this point that he’s either masterminding a heist or managing a ska band…
...He has a telephone in his sauna, a hidden bar in his bookshelf, and a god-awful plaid sofa set that looks like it was upholstered with Walkers shortbread boxes. He serves brandy in snifters the size of his head and smokes cigars the size of…well, very large cigars indeed. He’s prone to maniacal spasms of laughter, he likes to drink scotch while looking in the mirror, and he owns a bright orange bathrobe which suggests that he may have skinned a Muppet…
...His beach attire includes a safety-orange shirt unbuttoned to somewhere near his bellybutton, a pair of denim shorts with a two-inch inseam, and a big gold medallion lost in his blonde chest hair like a Spanish doubloon beneath the sand…
I haven't posted in a while, which isn't to say I haven't been busy. Quite the opposite - with the book in its second printing already and talks for a follow-up as well as a video project, Rose and I have been working hard on our next steps as well as continuing our promotion of the book. Above is the book trailer Rose made featuring me reading from the book's introduction. The trailer was also mentioned on United Style.
Most importantly, there are a few upcoming book events:
On Saturday, February 22nd, Rose and I will be part of a presentation and book signing at Disneyworld as part of their "Dapper Day" celebrations.
On Wednesday, March 5, Rose and I are participating, along with Simon Doonan and Dr. Andre Churchwell, in a panel discussion at the Fashion Institute of Technology museum. G. Bruce Boyer will be moderating.
Here are a few highlights from the past couple of months.
I was very honored to be named "Dandy of the Year 2013" by Dandyism.net. The Tweedland blog picked up on the story here.
I was also very proud to be featured for a second time on The Style Blogger, wearing outfits inspired by the men in the book.
Rose has a wonderful post full of photos of our event at The National Arts Club.
Prowlster wrote a glowing review of the book.
3:AM Magazine has a very thoughtful in-depth article about dandyism in general and the book.
CNN.com asked me and Rose to put together a slideshow with commentary about the book.
Esquire Latin America featured an interview with me and Rose in their most recent issue, and put a small slideshow online.
CBP magazine reviewed the book.
Design Boom did a feature on the book.
As did Buro24/7
The Fedora Lounge has a long thread devoted to the book.
The book is mentioned on The Journal of Style
VintageVille Magazine did a feature on the book.
StyleSight wrote about the exhibit of Rose's photographs at the National Arts Club.
Julija Hunt posted about the London launch party on her blog.
Zeit Online had a slideshow of images from the book.
Germany's Dandy Club reviewed the book.
I-Ref featured the book.
MDR Figaro covered the book along with the German edition of Lord Whimsy's book.
FahrradJournal covered the book.
GLAM magazine did an article about the book.
Last Sunday, October 20th, we had our second New York book event at Against Nature, the shop which I manage. As always, Rose has an excellent summary with beautiful photos over at The Dandy Portraits.
The big event of the night was when legendary New York Times street style photographer Bill Cunningham showed up and took some photos of the party. Rose and I were thrilled yesterday to find ourselves on the Evening Hours page of the Sunday Times.
An excerpt from the book - the profile of Dr. Andre Churchwell, pictured above, third from left - is featured in this month's issue of The Chap, along with a profile of yours truly! You can't read it online so you'd better go order a copy.
Esquire's blog did a very nice write-up of the book.
And GQ's blog featured a few of my favorite looks from the book.
Our friend at the Fine Young Gentleman wrote about the Bergdorf Party.
And Buffalo Dandy wrote a nice review of the book.
I'm sure there will be more press coming, especially because Rose and I both have a few events coming up:
On Tuesday, November 5th I'll be reading from the book at the Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series at Culturefix on the Lower East Side.
The following night, Wednesday, November 6th, I'll be judging Literary Death Match at Cake Shop.
And the following night, Thursday, November 7th, Rose and I will be signing books and celebrating with our friends (and newlyweds!) Matt and Enrique at The Fine and Dandy Shop. RSVP now!
And on November 18th, an exhibition of Rose's photographs will open at the National Arts Club, with a party to celebrate.
We hope to see you all in the coming weeks. Stay dandy!
They are Dandies: The Return of the Elegant Gentlemen from Gestalten on Vimeo.
It’s true: I’ve let this blog lie fallow for too long. But I have a good excuse: “I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman,” the book I co-authored with photographer Rose Callahan has been published by Gestalten Press and the promotional cotillion has begun! Rose has, admittedly, kept her own blog more up to date than I have, but then again she always does.