Wolf + Panther pretty much only goes to department stores when we can drink in them. Our last flit with great clothes and refreshing drinks was at Bloomingdale’s to check in with good ol’ Mr. Natty. Check that story here. This time we took it upstairs to Bergdorf Goodman’s 2nd floor for the launch of I am Dandy: The Return of The Elegant Gentleman.
The book is the combination of Rose Callahan’s photography from her blog The Dandy Portraits and text by Nathaniel Adams, manager of the NYC Atelier: Against Nature. I am Dandy collects portraits of fantastic and elaborately dressed gentlemen as bell weathers of the current resurgence of what one of our personal favorite dandies, Marc Williams of JJ Hat Center, calls “men who dress.”
The evening was in fact both fine and dandy. Champagne was in abundance, being poured at every turn by servers sharply dressed in Brioni, the evening’s sponsor. Live music supplied by one of the most crisply dressed bands out there, fronted by Dandy Wellington who appears in the book himself.
Bergdorf’s was founded in 1899 and created it’s Men’s Store (across the street from the main store) in 1990. For a place with so much history the store has done an impressive job of staying fresh. In fact, seeing the Dandy’s from the book with their throw-back threads milling about in front of displays of the latest Tom Browne, Rick Owens, Tom Ford, and similar made it clear just how fresh they keep it. And they stock skull handled umbrellas. Dandy as Fuck!
The portraits are on view at the National Arts Club until Friday (Nov 22).
Buy the book on Amazon here.