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You can't make this stuff up. 

An article in the New York Times purporting to talk about "Dandy Fellows" and what are they wearing? Expensive faded jeans, T-shirts with advertising on them, pre-beat up boots... unlaced. And backwards ball caps... didn't those die in the '90's? There's even a guy who looks like a flasher, except he forgot to remove the several layers of clothing from underneath the coat. These guys are probably dressed better than certain Wal*Mart shoppers (http://tinyurl.com/nuj979d) I've seen pictures of, but sometimes I think the main difference is the price of the pieces in their ensemble. 
A Brooklyn barbershop caters to clients who may need a little trim but who are all set fashionwise.
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A week or so ago, HODINKEE, a preeminent resource for modern and vintage wristwatch enthusiasts, published a fantastic article that anyone with more than just time-telling interest in watches should take a look at. It's a bit of a long read, but Sunday's coming and what better to do on Sunday than read long interesting articles on bitchin' stuff over coffee?
In this special HODINKEE feature of Inside The Manufacture, I will recount a four-day experience that completely changed my perspective on the world's most important watch maker – the time that I got to spend inside all four of Rolex's actual production facilities in Switzerland. I had many ideas of what I would see, and while some were accurate, others could not have been further from the truth. Below, you'll hear and see what it is like to go i...
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It won't be too much longer that shows will be delivered via podcast-type streaming subscription. The idea of broadcast "channels" will be as archaic as horse and buggy. 
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Finally done! I'm still not the best body to model a suit but at least the man who made it made it work on my body better than anyone else could. Notice the impossibly perfect pattern matching in the lapel and the spot-on fit of the shoulder and sleeve head. 

http://www.johnathanbehr.com/#details
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+uncle Warren I would LOVE to have lunch with you!! 
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I subscribe to "The Gentleman's Gazette" (http://www.gentlemansgazette.com) because they have a nice site with a lot of information on a variety of topics that gentlemen might be interested in, and they also have a nice shop with high quality items at good prices. There was an email sent around this morning announcing that there will be a Men's Style Con (http://mensstylecon.com) with a few different groups participating and I thought I would pass it along. 

Some participants will be:

Antonio Centeno from Real Men Real Style - a site to provide men the tools to educate themselves and build the wardrobe that best complements their individual style

Brett from Art of Manliness - the largest website related to all things male in the [straight] world

Andrew from Primer Magazine - a guy's post-college guide to growing up

Thomas Mahon - Bespoke Tailor from English Cut who will take apart suits and educate people about true bespoke

Sven Raphael Schneider of Gentleman's Gazette and a bunch of other bloggers, website owners and influencers.

To be honest, of the sites these people are associated with above, the only one I bother with is Gentleman's Gazette because it is the least aimed at straight college-age males. Art of Manliness can be downright scary with a few articles basically telling men that women have ruined the world and they need to take the home and workplace back for the one wearing the trousers... well duh! lol. 

So, just passing it along, I don't expect anyone here is going to want to cough up $197 for a lot of stuff you can get for free on the Internet, but for younger cubs who really want to combine a road trip with some good advice, I can see it. 
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3rd Johnathan Behr Visit, the second fitting... this time there is a zipper and two of the three fasteners on the trousers. The side tabs are not in yet but the waist is comfortable. Length was just basted in and we agreed to a vey slight break. They made lots of chalk marks and repinings in various areas all over the jacket, mostly around the front of the sleeve openings. He's happy with the jacket length now and the vest's as well. He's going to lower the neckline of the vest though. I'm very pleased with the blue color and the paleness of the stripes. The suit just looks a nice deep blue at a distance and as you get closer the stripes begin to show and add some interest. I think it will work nicely. We talked about how he'll do his pick stitching and he showed me a sample, which is subtle and nicely done, not loud as some I've seen. 

The shirt was all put together and the twill material feels very nice on my skin. It seemed a bit billowy around the torso though so he's going to taper it. Don't want it too snug like one Black Lapel shirt I ordered. My Indochino shirts all seem a bit loose but not enough to have them altered. I guess I'm fussy and it's why I'm going to a tailor to commission perfect clothes. I can fuss all I want and Johnathan is pleased to adjust as I wish, with some good suggestions. It's perfect. He did recommend I try a Winchester shirt as one of my orders in the future. I said I wasn't sure I liked a color/pattern shirt with white cuffs and collar, but he has one example there that's very nice and he said the key is to keep the contrast low. A dark shirt with the white bits are unappealing but with a light pattern, his sample looked very nice. I'll probably try one soon. I like his taste. During the fitting I asked about shirt cleaning and he said just launder, not dry clean and thinks I should use a professional, not do it at home, only for convenience. The cost is minimal and is a lot less work, but either way is fine. Sometimes I feel like ironing but I'm not too happy with the iron I have so...

I mentioned I used Flair cleaners and he says they are reputable, but to avoid dry cleaning the suit unless I get a stain. Even then he suggests the soda water thing to try spot cleaning myself first. The stain on the trousers I recently had cleaned was oil-based, so I didn't even try. 

When I left, John said he'd probably be ready to see me again in two weeks so I assume it will be another fitting and perhaps not the final one. I'm not in a hurry and I'm enjoying my visits with John so this is fine with me. As much as I want to get the final product, I almost don't want this to end... 

Guess I'll have to get another made soon.  :-)
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+CM Harrington Absolutely. Like you say, he wouldn't think of it. Going to the fittings and seeing the stages come together, the construction is evident. I think you'd be impressed. :-)
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Most people who want to try a new drink will order it the next time they go to a bar or restaurant. Me, I buy the bar. Well, almost. I have never had a Martini and for some reason decided I simply must get the accoutrements and make one. (Note to self: Next time, go to a bar and order one first!) OK, buying the shaker and some glasses with my Discover Card Rewards was cheaper than ordering one drink in a bar, so I guess I did OK. And the Boodles Gin will not go to waste in any case. The only questionable item might be the Cinzano Dry Vermouth, but we'll see...

Anyway, I found a few recipes and mixed away (shaken, not stirred) and the first thing I realized is, you either like Gin or you don't!! The second thing I realized is, this is a LOT of booze... when I make a gin and tonic, I use 2oz of gin. The Martini recipe called for 6oz of gin... Since the cocktail glasses are 10oz (and I avoided the 12oz ones), I guess I need either one hell of an olive or this is a really big drink of nearly pure spirits. Aside from questions like which gin to use, whether to use dry or sweet Vermouth, or whether to use olive or orange oil/peel, this is simply too much booze for a single drink, at least for me.

I found this older article on the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/08/AR2008010801376.html. I think I agree that the drink lost it's chill and I would rather have had two smaller drinks I could take my time with rather than one large one. I did find some 4.5oz cocktail glasses so I may get them and relegate the current 10oz ones to serving Jell-O. 

If you're a Martini drinker, what size do you usually have? I'd also like to hear details on how you make it so I can try different ideas. Thanks guys!
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Well I thought I was safe... until I found this beauty...Master Ultra Thin Moon 39. 

http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/2011/5/20/live-pictures-of-the-jaeger-lecoultre-master-ultra-thin-moon.html
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There is a new object of desire that I have been enjoying from the safe distance of a web site for several days now. I think it's safe because as long as I don't actually go to a boutique that stocks one in the only material I can even remotely afford, I am in no real danger of buying. 

The object is a beautiful and amazingly thin Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual automatic watch... which in Stainless Steel, is an astonishingly thin price of US$ 20,800. Of course, the rose gold is so much prettier and would go nicely with my shell cordovan shoes, but the boutique price rises to a still very reasonable US$ 32,800. It is only 9 mm thick and has a 39 mm diameter. 

The dial displays the perpetual day, month, date, year and moon phase, all regulated by only one corrector. Once set, no adjustment is needed until 2100. The length of each month and leap year are all taken into account. And did I mention it's thin? 

The sales tax alone on the Stainless model would be nearly double the price of my existing nice but far lesser ORIS. (Which I love as a daily wear watch in any case.) But just feast your eyes on the rose... 

Fortunately, JL has many, many beautiful watches I would be delighted to wear, many of them considerably less and if one simply must, one can do with an annual instead of perpetual calendar, right? 
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My fourth visit to Johnathan Behr's shop this morning, the 3rd fitting. We thought it might be final, but there was a slight adjustment to make to trowser length, a bit of a tweak to the vest in the chest area, then just a little additional waist suppression and a tweak to the left sleeve on the jacket. All but the jacket could have been done quickly while I waited and they even thought they could do the jacket if I wanted to wait a bit longer. But I opted to take the pressure off all of us and come back Monday instead. I did get to take my shirt with me, so I'll have to be sure to wear it on Monday. ;-) The one thing I was able to see (and wish now I had taken a picture of) was the stripe matching on the jacket. Absolutely perfect matching to my eye. I've been watching various people and shows for how stripes are matched on lapels and I've never seen better. I'll post photos when the job is done. Now when I order my next suit, we won't have to have as many fittings and can skip the first one we did for this. He updates the paper pattern so that the next is closer to perfect from the start... assuming my body hasn't changed too much. I've been holding pretty steady in the 245 range, so fingers crossed. 

Speaking of shirts, Johnathan does not do those in-house but has them done at a specialty shop close by and everything is done to his specifications. The nice thing is, he can get the cuffs and collars replaced if needed, even if it's not a shirt you got through him. So if I wanted to turn a pattern shirt into a Winchester style with white cuffs and collars, he could easily do that for $50-ish. Likewise if collars are a bit small or cuffs frayed or stained, it can save an otherwise unwearable shirt. 

Anyway, I have an event I'm supposed to attend on Thursday and it looks like I'll be able to don the new threads for the occasion. I'm really looking forward to it! 
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Cool! Looking forward to the pics and updates!
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Just had to share a recent CNN article on my new tailor!
"Fifty Shades of Grey" character Christian Grey would never be caught dead in an off the rack suit. Here's the story behind his custom duds.
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My second visit to Mr Johnathan Behr's shop was fun but went very fast! The trousers had no zipper or buttons, so to start he pinned me into them. Everything was just basted and so had to be handled somewhat carefully. A cutter and ? (I forget what the other man's title was) came out and the three of them went over me like crazy, making marks on the cloth, pinning in sections, pulling basting out and pinning in a new spot. They slipped the vest on me and I was thinking to myself it looked a little short in front. Momentarily John came over and asked one of the men to make a mark to add an inch in front and another to take it up in back. I told him I was glad he said that because I was thinking it. The man knows what he's doing. They slipped the jacket on and proceeded with the same adjustments. Shoulders a bit wide, sleeve length good, a tweak or two here and there... Then they were done. It was barely twenty minutes. I'd been expecting something like fourty-five to an hour and was wondering how my back was going to hold up. This was very painless. 

John told me they will now transfer all the stuff they just did to the rough suit over to the paper pattern so they match. Then they will do the actual sewing together of the suit and in about ten days they will be ready for me to come back for the next fitting, which may be the final or may not. John wasn't sure of the timeframe so will email me in a day or two. 

What I can tell about the suit so far is that I am really happy with the material I chose. It's dark blue without being confused with black. The stripes are very quiet. I wanted stripes without being a bold Banker Stripe (http://ep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-134936543048047/vinci-v3rs-9-blue-bold-banker-pin-stripe-vested-men-s-suit-3-button-single-breasted-classic-look-for-2014-and-has-pleated-pants-with-double-side-vented-jacket-available-for-139-99-berganbrotherssuits-com-13.gif) . This is enough to give some interest but not be distracting. If you've ever seen a new car a company is testing in camo wrap, it's intended to hide the shape of the body while they drive it around in public. I think a heavy stripe or pattern does the same to a suit. You can't really appreciate the fit and style with too much stripe because they are so distracting. Aside from the color and pattern, the cloth is very, very soft and just feels wonderful. It's light but doesn't seem to have any problem draping nicely. 

I can't wait to see the next phase with the second fitting session. :-) 
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