Noteworthy: The Dandy Portraits, Sartoriana & Simply Refined
Today, we want to share a few small but exciting websites that provide some valuable content. Of course, today also be a good opportunity to talk about Steve Jobs who sadly died at such young age. The extensive media coverage has illuminated nearly every corner of this great man’s life. In the mean time, Noteworthy will feature the dandy picture collection of Rose Callahan, the blog of Jeffrey Spangenberg, and will close with some thoughts on Simply Refined.
Dandy Portraits by Rose Callahan
In early 2008, Brooklyn based photographer Rose Callahan started to take pictures of various dandies around town. About two years later, Matt Fox from Fine and Dandy helped her to do the obvious and present some pictures of her dandies on a blog, called The Dandy Portraits. With her eye for details and personalities, Rose has taken many dandy pictures and one day, we may even find a book full of her images. Recently, her journey brought her to Paris and London, where she took a picture series of 14 gentlemen, including some iconic figures such as Massimiliano Mocchia Di Coggiola. Other than her blog, she also maintains a tumblr account, where she posts pictures of, with, and about dandies from around the world.In 2012, Rose took a few pictures of me for the website, take a look here.
Since her blog was so successful, she contributed all the photos for the book I am Dandy, which is released in September 2013. I already got a copy and it is a fantastic book.
I find her approach and results quite compelling. Definitely pay her site a visit if you haven’t already done so!
Sartoriana By Jeffrey Spangenberg
Another blog worth visiting is Sartoriana. Ran by the Californian photographer Jeffrey von Spangenberg as a hobby, you will not see a flood of postings, but what you do see is superb. In general, he posts pictures of his outfits, his second hand style acquisitions, and a few of some burlesque photo models. I always look forward to his hidden gems, like the book about Baron de Redé or his article about the famous illustrator and artist J. C. Leyendecker. While I have read about the creator of the Arrow Collar Man, I was unaware that there is actually a museum about Leyendecker in Stockton, California! The next time I am even remotely close to that area, I definitely have to pay this museum a visit and I suppose you would probably want to do the same.
Several months ago, I was contacted by Stephen Pulvirent, the mind behind the lifestlyle blog Simply Refined. After some conversation, it became clear that Stephen, who loves to write, should also be a contributor at the Gentleman’s Gazette. By now, I am sure you have read his beautifully written guides about beer, whisky or London Shops. On Simply Refined, Stephen concentrates a little more on Lifestyle while also touching on matters of dress, brands and style. His shorter articles are always to the point and thought provoking, which is what I really adore – take a look at the Simplicity of Form article, for example. Altogether, Simply Refined features well written content, beautiful pictures and interesting insights and portraits to often not so well known stores and craftsmen. As such, it hardly surprises that G. Bruce Boyer, the author extraordinaire of men’s clothing books, checks out Simply Refined on a regular basis and so should you!