Jan 10, 2013

A Farewell...

Four score and... well actually two and a half or so years ago, I started this blog as a way of documenting my personal style to share with other sartorially minded folks.  Back then, I lived in a tiny town in Southwest Virginia, worked for my alma mater on the most entry of entry level salaries, and no real understanding of the fashion industry.  Fast forward to the present, I am leaving Washington, DC after opening two of what some may say are the best non-independent stores for men in the city to move to New York to be a part of the Carson Street team and star in my own version of How To Make It In America (RIP).  This blog, as well as my Tumblr, have taken a marked change since I started working in "the industry" back in May.  Fewer posts, even fewer questions answered, and virtually no activity here on the .com.  Though I've always maintained that I do this as a hobby, I'd be lying if I said that each and every person that's followed me here or on Life and Times of C. Benjamin didn't help me get to where I am today and I thank you. That said, I think it's about time I officially bid adieu to Dapper Demeanor in this form.  I haven't really had the time or energy to produce the level of content that I've wanted to for quite a while now.  My Tumblr, however, will remain and I will be doing my best to do more than just reblog pictures of Rashida Jones.  I will also be working on pieces for Carson Street, so be sure and stay tuned for that.  May this new year bring all of the followers of Dapper Demeanor health, wealth, success, and most importantly happiness, and always remember to holla at a player when you see me on the streets.



Contemplative photo in the cold courtesy of Mike Idiokitas

Apr 23, 2012

Product Review: form.function.form Bracelets

If you've been to a blog at all in the past year, you'll know that men's jewelry (yeah I said it... jewelry) has been hot in the proverbial streets. Bracelets in particular have been the catalyst for the "mewelry" movement (and THAT will be the last time I use that god forsaken word). I'm a fan and have been for years but I'm very particular when it comes to what I put on my wrists. Men's bracelets tend to float towards extremes. Either they are super dainty or overly machismo: very refined or so rugged they slice your wrists. I found that form.function.form does a great job at finding a balance between rugged and refined while maintaining a unique look. There are a lot of blogger buzz word that you can throw around when talking about them: American made, handcrafted, Horween leather. Simply put, Shawn makes beautiful pieces from great materials at a very affordable price. I got the Bow Shackle and BFS bracelets. They were both made to my specifications: wrist size, leather shade, and cord color.
The Bow Shackle

I already wear quite a few bracelets and sometimes it's hard to incorporate new pieces. The Bow Shackle, however, works well on my right wrist surrounded by the other smaller pieces that I wear. I opted for the Essex leather with blaze orange cord. I wanted something with some pop and I got just that. I've worn it non-stop for the past few weeks (yes, even in the shower) and it looks great. The leather has worn nicely and gotten a shade darker than the cord. The strap has snap closures around the bowshackle, so it's fairly easy to get on and off.

When it came to the BFS bracelet, I knew I didn't necessarily want more wrist-raff so I use it as a lanyard for my keys. The leather is amazing, the hook closure is fairly discrete, and the snap closure is strong so your keys stay on all day. The embossed "F" on the underside is my favorite detail and shows the thought that goes into each piece.

I clip the hook to the nearest belt loop to my pocket and call it a day. With jeans, I clip to the front loop and on chinos I use the hip loop.

Getting into jewelry can be tough for guys. When it comes to styling a piece, my school of thought is to wear pieces that you'll forget about. You want bracelets, rings, and watches to be an extension of you. Either you never take them off or putting them on is akin to putting on underwear: it's second nature. I haven't taken the Bow Shackle off since its arrived and it works well with all of my ensembles. form.function.form is a great option for guys looking for something stylish without going off the sartorial deep end. The pieces are unique, well made, and priced well. I'll definitely be picking up some of their other goods and look forward to what the brand offers in the future. Thanks to Jeremiah for letting me be a part of the Sartorial Et Al once again as well as reviving the 4 years of Latin I had in HS. Check out the great reviews on other form.function.form products here. Thank you to Shawn from form.function.form for submitting products for review.

Oct 21, 2011

Dapper Tracks Returns

Dapper Tracks returns with a mix I did for my homie, Liam. Head over to his site for the download, but in the mean time enjoy this streaming version. It's mobile friendly so you can bump it on your iPhone on the train ride home. 

Even Deeper | Rick Ross ft. Barry White
Playa | Freddie Gibbs ft. California Pudd
Bodies | Cee Lo Green
Thursday | The Weeknd
Crawl All Over | J*Davey
One Evening | Fiest
It's Getting Late | Floetry
First Kiss Interlude
Inside My Love | Minnie Riperton
'Round About Midnight (Live in Paris 1965) | Miles Davis
Fancy | The-Dream
Here With Me x Say You Will | Dido and Kanye West
Littler Person | Mayer Hawthorne
After The Dance (Instrumental Version) | Marvin Gaye
Farewell Kiss Interlude
The Panties | Mos Def

Aug 30, 2011

Product Review: McNairy Burro Boots

Wow. Seems like it's been forever since the last post. As some of you may know, I recently moved from Lexington, VA to Washington, D.C. Things have been a little hectic, but they are starting to return to what some people might consider normalcy. All that aside, fall is now right around the corner. It's my favorite time of year because it offers the best colors, the best fabric, the best pieces of clothing, and the best footwear. Boots are a no-go in the dead of the summer, but they are one of my favorite parts about fall. The McNairy Burro Boots made a bit of a splash when Lawrence got the drop on them back in February. One part work boot, one part Central American heritage the Burro Boot is a great option for someone looking for a change of pace from your typical desert boot this fall.

Jul 21, 2011

CB Does Market Week Part 1: An Introduction

The credentials for (capsule)... still wearing this joint
As some of you may know, I recently got a new position in Washington, D.C. and have since left the bustling metropolis that is Lexington, VA.  Before I officially started my new position, I wanted to take some time and experience Market Week in NY.  There were a host of menswear tradeshows happening between July 16th and 19th, and not long after unpacking (some of) my belongings in D.C. I hopped on a bus to the Big Apple.  I split my time between two shows in particular: (capsule) and PROJECT NYC.

Jun 24, 2011

Gaws x Dapper Tracks: Summer Tracks vol. 2 pt. 2

After the success of the first tape, the homie Liam has produced yet another great summer soundtrack. Streaming player and track listing are available after the jump.

Gang Green

First and foremost, I offer my deepest apologies for the delay in posting but I big things on the horizon for me as well as Dapper Demeanor. Summer is upon us meaning that wool, for the most part, is out and cotton is in and neutral tones are moved to the wayside for brighter more vibrant colors. The term "Go To Hell" has been attributed to about everything from shoes to body parts (???), but where I think it's most appropriate is big ticket items like pants and suiting. This fit is an example of what a pair of "Go To Hell" chinos can do for a stylish but otherwise mundane outfit.