So I got this catalog in the mail yesterday and it really caught my eye. Not because of the clothes, per se, there is nothing at first glance that is particularly revolutionary between its pages, in fact you can find just about every style they offer in many catalogs and stores where you go to buy well-made casual menswear. What I liked about it was how it made me feel. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a catalog that made me actually want to peruse it.
It is a subtle but definite step into the direction of making flannel, khaki’s, Chukka boots and leather jackets a little more modern, yet keeping it rugged.
There is a sense of whimsy about it and the clothes really fit the brand. The whole of it evokes camping or being in the woods in the winter. Or even yet, being a well dressed-down hipster.
In looking on the website, because I honestly thought this was a spin-off company from a larger retailer trying to appeal to a hipper audience, I didn’t find much that made it personal to the founder Matt Cooper. But the designs are true to his design muse.
Like the name insinuates, he likes polished carbon and rough cobalt. Matt’s intention is to “design unique details into the clothing that will enhance your individual style”.
The quality of their product looks good overall and they do a fine job of offering a nice variety of categories, though very curated.
All photos courtesy of Carbon2Cobalt website
The Montreal duo of Byron and Dexter Peart are the twins behind the fabulous accessories line WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie.
Inspired by interior designs these two approach their elegant creations as though designing furniture.
This sleekness shows in the lines and refined qualities of their totes, shoppers, clutches and weekenders, which are suitable for Dandi’s of all kinds.
I will feature their accessories in another blog soon, but for this one I wanted to showcase the twins and their style.
I love the fact that though they are twins, they don’t do that look-a-like thing that so many twins do (sure, not as many adults do it but still.)
Clearly influenced by the preppy aesthetic, these two elevate it by wearing more neutral and dark colors, yet keeping the whimsy of the style.
Luxury, minimalism, and beauty are who these designers are through and through. Not only in their WANT label, but also in their personal style.
Photo’s courtesy of Google
So the dog days of winter are upon us and it’s time to not only start thinking spring but start shopping for spring.
So I too must follow suit and check out what’s in the stores to my liking.
- Robert Graham
And of course I found tons of things but all Dandi’s are on a budget of some kind so I did have to pull back and make smart choices.
Always take into account what you already have in your closet that you are excited to give a fresh look to for the new season.
And don’t forget to take into account any new activities that you want to start up or have over the winter. Like these white shorts for me, since over the winter I took up tennis again. These will be great to hit the courts in.
And so many of us are somehow still showing up at the gym since our New Year’s resolutions. If you are feeling the need for a little incentive try buying yourself a new groovy bag to put your things in, that should keep you going for at least another month.
And though I truly have no more room in my closet for new shoes, they are a must. If your budget will not allow for a lot of new things, I always find a great new pair of shoes will draw the eye off of the clothes you may be recycling from last year and make everything fresher.
Sometimes all we need is a little pick me up to accentuate our wardrobe but don’t know quite what it is. Well if you can’t use another bow-tie or pocket square you can never go wrong with another pair of colorful, conversation starting socks.
“Oh the weather outside is frightful. But the fire is so delightful…” finally, it’s getting cold outside!
And with that come layers (yay!)…
Lots and lots of layers.
Scarves, jackets, vests, sweaters, t-shirts, undershirts, thermals (in all different colors), coats, slickers, hats, caps, boots, gloves, (mittens?!), muffs…I could go on for days…
Dandi’s this is the time of the year to have fun with your clothes and pronounce your style. And let’s be honest sometimes that’s just hard to do when you are stuck wearing shorts and t-shirts.
Just because it’s dreary outside doesn’t mean you have to work at getting your wardrobe to match. Don’t be afraid of color.
Do go outside of your comfort zone this season, even if it’s with something small like a scarf. Always, always challenge yourself from season to season.
Timberland – Mark McNairy
Remember to style your look from head-to-toe and as the good ole song says”..let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”
When I was but a wee Dandi I used to own just about every style of Dr. Martens they made, from shoes to boots. They had a considerable amount of styles but not like thy have today (and they leaned much heavier in those days on the theme of black).
Over the years Dr. Marten has become less Punk and Goth (not, of course, forgetting these fans) but they have become a lot more inclusive and give even their most dye-hard customers a chance to continue to wear them when they need to “get dressed up”.
Fall is here and you don’t have to convince me twive to seek out an excuse to buy new boots.
Not in the market for a boot-boot? How about these hushpuppy-esk boots? They are a collaboration between the Dr. and Stussey. A great variation on a theme for sure.
Oh, and don’t think for one minute that Dr. Marten is just about your feet. Check out these fabulous bags from their S/S 2012 collection. I love when a brand expands and does it right!
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