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!
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!
Last friday I took part in a panel discussion on Dandysim at the National Arts Club. The panel was moderated by Emmy Award-winning designer David Zyla, and featured Rose Callahan of The Dandy Portraits, Matt Fox of the Fine and Dandy Shop, and manners expert Thomas P. Farley.
Rose has posted several photos on the Dandy Portraits blog.
The event was the most popular installment so far of the friday fashion discussions which Mr. Zyla has been organizing - the Club was overbooked with RSVPs and a waiting list nearly as long as the guest list itself. The audience, as can be seen in the event photos posted on The Dandy Portraits blog, was incredibly stylish.
Before the talk, Rose screened her excellent video about necktie designer extraordinaire Sean Crowley.
The talk itself was only forty minutes long, and there were four panelists, so we each only got to speak a little bit, but the discussion was lively, and the questions from the audience were particularly good - questions about race, class, gender, and the relative importance of vintage/retro/nostalgia. After I shut down a question about the possibility of female dandies with the reply "no," my mother raised her hand to ask us to elaborate because she didn't want to let me off the hook that easily.
The Fine Young Gentleman blog posted about the event here, and even put up an audio recording of the talk. (My favorite part of his writeup is obviously: 'The most memorable quote from the night came from Mr. Adams when he noted that “I think that probably the only people who wore bowties for years was the Nation Of Islam, they might have accidentally kept Brooks Brothers in business.”')
After the talk, we were treated to fantastic jazz by Dandy Wellington and his band.
On Friday, October 5th, I will be participating in a panel discussion on Dandysim at the National Arts Club. With me on the panel will be Rose Callahan of The Dandy Portraits, Matt Fox of the Fine and Dandy Shop, and manners expert Thomas P. Farley. There will be a reception with refreshments provided by Hendricks Gin and music provided by Dandy Wellington and his band. I hope you can come!