Dandy Inspirations Feat. Nathaniel Adams
December 23rd, 2013
You may remember NYC based author Natty Adams from his previous feature “A Sartorial Poet“.
Since then, he and style photographer Rose Callahan have released their hardcover “I am Dandy“. Together they traveled the world to profile some of the most stylish men living today. You can find their book on Amazon or purchase an autographed copy at Against Nature in New York City, where Natty also serves as General Manager.
“The men in I am Dandy are a diverse bunch – different races, ages, political affiliations, sexual preferences, careers, and – most strikingly – styles. The one thing they all have in common is that dressing is one of the most important things in their life. Not every style in the book will be to everyone’s liking, but keep turning the pages and you’re bound to find something praiseworthy, inspiring, or insightful.
One of my great hopes for this book is that these men – many of whom are incredibly bold and fearless dressers – will inspire the average man to step up his game a little bit and take a few risks.”
In this spirit, Natty – quite the Dandy himself – puts together three looks which were inspired by men in his new book.
1. Autumn Layers
Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi
“This look was inspired by Dr. Andre Churchwell (below), who I think is one of the best-dressed men I’ve ever met. Rose’s photograph of the Doctor walking through the park in his purple-with-gold-windowpane Holland and Sherry tweed suit is a reminder that Autumn is a season of color as much as Spring is.”
The inspiration image, Dr. Andre Churchwell:
“I still insist that I had my own sport coat made in the same fabric before I’d ever seen this photograph, and so it should be taken as evidence that great minds think alike.”
“My jacket features gold buttons with ducks on them because I like ducks.
The trousers are cotton moleskin, which I think is an under-used and under-appreciated winter fabric. It’s soft to the touch, with a nap not unlike velvet, but it’s incredibly sturdy – thornproof and windproof – which is why British farmers traditionally wore it.”
“The overcoat is an Against Nature ready-to-wear piece, so I can’t claim to have designed it myself, but the corduroy trim on the pockets is a nice touch, and it adds to the mixture of textures – soft moleskin, rough tweed, smooth silk, and ribbed corduroy.”
“Obviously, the thing I like most about this outfit is the autumn color palette. There are probably five main colors in there: Red, Purple, Yellow, Brown, and a touch of Orange, and they echo and repeat each other in different places and details.”
2. Horizontal Stripe Suit
“Well, the obvious stand-out detail of this suit is that it has horizontal stripes, which I know is style blasphemy for people who are sticklers for rules and not having fun.
I’ll admit that I never would have thought to do a horizontally-striped suit until I saw the artist Paolo Canevari’s when Rose and I profiled him for the book.”
The inspiration image, Paolo Canevari:
“His is even bolder than mine because his is a cream stripe on a dark brown fabric.
I lowered the contrast, choosing a white chalk stripe on a light gray fabric, and the effect is much subtler – I don’t look like an old-timey convict, which is good. If it makes it any less painful for the arch-traditionalists, just think of it as a windowpane pattern that’s lost its sides.”
“Perhaps the nicest thing about this suit is the Holland and Sherry cashmere and flannel fabric itself. It’s incredibly warm and soft to the touch – which are both values that women seem to appreciate in a fabric, if not necessarily in a man.”
“I think that the key with such an unusual pattern is to not have too much else going on. I pretty much only wear this with a plain white shirt and no tie and then a splash of color at the pocket and a high-shine leather shoe like these burgundy ones from Paul Smith to contrast the soft matte look of the flannel.”
3. Hidden Treasure
“I think I look good in dark green, so I had this three-piece made out of a Holland & Sherry fabric which has now sadly gone out of production.
From very far away it looks like a dark suit, maybe charcoal, from a bit closer it looks like a solid dark green, a little bit closer brings out the stripes, and right up close you can see the many subtle colors which make up its weave – copper, brown, orange, and at least three different shades of green.
I also love double-breasted vests with angled buttons and shawl lapels. Enough of my suits have them that I’m beginning to think of them as something of a style signature.”
“The back of the vest is a toile fabric, and I was inspired to use it by the photograph of Fyodor Pavlov in the book. I don’t know where he got it but his has skeletons, which means it’s a bit cooler than mine.”
The inspiration image, Fyodor Pavlov:
“I don’t take my jacket off very often, so I like the fact that when I do there’s something unexpected underneath it.”
“The shoes are Jeffery West. The brand is a bit too rock and roll for some people, but I think that a lot of their styles hit a nice balance between traditional and rakish. They’ve just opened their first US shop in the West Village and it’s definitely worth a visit.
At their US launch party they had a tattoo artist engraving things on people’s shoes. I have my initials on the back of my heels.”
Thanks for reading and special thanks to Natty for participating!
Yours in style,