It’s true: I’ve let this blog lie fallow for too long. But I have a good excuse: “I am Dandy: The Return of the Elegant Gentleman,” the book I co-authored with photographer Rose Callahan has been published by Gestalten Press and the promotional cotillion has begun! Rose has, admittedly, kept her own blog more up to date than I have, but then again she always does.
First thing’s first: Gestalten’s page for the book is here.
And it can, of course, also be ordered on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. So go buy a copy and put it on your coffee table. Or buy several copies and use them as a coffee table.
The book has only been on shelves for a couple of weeks, but the reviews we’ve seen so far have all been extremely positive. Admittedly, some of them were written by men who are in the book themselves, but to be honest, they were the critics whose opinions we cared about the most.
Hugo Jacomet at The Parisian Gentleman wrote an extensive and very flattering review of the book.
James Sherwood made me blush with his praise.
Sven Raphael Schneider reviewed the book for Gentleman’s Gazette, which is syndicated on the Details Magazine blog.
I’m particularly proud that the brilliant scholar of Dandyism Melanie Grundmann wrote a highly favorable review of the book on her blog.
And Dandyism.net’s Nick Willard had excellent things to say about the book itself before ably fulfilling his duty as a correspondent for that website and intelligently but uncompromisingly reviewing the men in the book for admission into the dandy canon.
Freshness Magazine did a review here.
DROME magazine wrote about it here.
SocialLife Chicago recommends the book here.
Sydney, Australia’s Le Noued Papillion calls it a “must-have book.”
Only Cool Stuff wrote about it here.
And this post on I am a Dandy Cat proves that the internet is a strange place.
Last week our first book events took place in London. Our big launch party took place on September 17th at Gieves & Hawkes, No. 1 Savile Row. There was a good turnout, all well turned-out, and the Champagne flowed like, well, Champagne. A commenter on some website criticized the event for being too “self-congratulatory.” Aside from the fact that this person clearly has a poor concept of the entire point of a book launch, I think Rose and I have every reason to congratulate each other and our selves. We’ve worked very hard and we’re excited to see how the fruits of our labor will ripen.
Rose’s post on the event is here.
Gieves and Hawkes posted about it on their blog here.
Dickon Edwards, one of the men in the book, wrote about the event on his blog.
Barima Owusu-Nyantekyi, another of the book’s subjects, wrote about it on his site Mode Parade
Winston Chesterfield, yet another man from the book, wrote about it for Men’s Flair.
Code of the Gentleman covered the event here.
The Vintage Vault at StyleSight covered it here.
The Grey Fox wrote about it here.
The Rake put up a small post.
And, of course, Dandyism.net couldn’t pass up the opportunity for one of their infamous rounds of “Who’s the Dandy?”
Our second London event was a small affair at the beautiful shop of our friend Stephen Hitchcock, tailor extraordinaire.
Rose posted about it here.
As did the Rake.
Rose is currently in Paris for another book event at Cifonelli Tailors, which I unfortunately couldn’t attend due to work, but I’m sure she’ll have many excellent things to post on her own site about it.
In the coming weeks there will be more coverage in mainstream and print media, international television, online videos, and guest blog posts in various places by me and Rose. We’re preparing for our big New York launch party and subsequent events, and I’ll try my best to update this blog more regularly. But no promises – I’m pretty busy being self-congratulatory these days.