Thursday, June 25, 2009

Downtown Dandies

BB and Matt Fox

I have been so busy at work I have not had a chance to report on my outing from Sunday night.

I was invited to a Dandy event, dear reader. I was rubbing elbows with dandies.

I commented previously about The New York Times piece about bloggers who start blogs and then nothing happens, and how far off base that account seemed to me. Because in fact I have made several friends through my blog who I am in touch with regularly. And one I have met in the flesh: Matt Fox from Fine and Dandy.

Matt and I became friends through our blogs, and then friends on Facebook where I perused photos of he and his partner Enrique. When TD and I were visiting the Fort Green flea, I recognized Matt from Facebook and said hello! Matt and Enrique have a blog and an online store where they sell accessories for dapper guys. On Sunday night they had a launch party for their site. Dress attire: Dandy.

I wore khaki shorts, a bow tie and loafers. Because when you wear khaki shorts, a bow tie and loafers, you are automatically in dandy territory. TD was home sick so off I ventured, solo. The event has held at 5 Ninth, a swanky restaurant in the Meatpacking District.

The party was supposed to be in the garden but it was raining (what else is new) so I climbed up to the third floor. Cool restaurant -- exposed brick walls, wood floors, a bar at the top.

When I got up there I immediately met Matt and Enrique. They had a raffle drawing and I won a beautiful striped silk tie. Matt told me he works for a company that manages Broadway theaters, and that he and Enrique run their online store out of their Hell's Kitchen apartment at night. They got the idea last summer and attended trade shows where they stocked up on cuff lines, ties, scarves and pocket squares.

Matt is originally from Cortland, New York, near Utica, where I grew up. I really liked his big eyeglasses. "I got them in the Lost and Found at the theater," said Matt, "But I waited a good long time to claim them."

I had a glass of white wine and met some other fellows and then was on my way with a little gift bag and my tie. The rain had stopped. It was a fun outing, thanks to the blogosphere.


Pigtown*Design said...

I totally agree! I've made some wonderful special friends through the blog whom I never in a million years would have met without blogging. The blog and my new friends have enriched my life more than any amount of money.

I am not blogging for the money, and I am eternally grateful for each and every person who takes time out of their day to visit my blog.

I can't wait to look at Fine & Dandy's shop and recommend it to some of the blog guys who write about dandyisms.


Douglas Quenqua said...

Hi. I'm the author of that abandoned blog story from the Times. I appreciate your repeated references to the article, but feel that you are somewhat misrepresenting it. So forgive me if I attempt to clarify.

That article was a look at the many, many people who abandon blogs. As the story mentions, stats show that 95% of blogs are abandoned, so clearly this is a very real trend, and one that I thought warranted a look. I wanted to tell the stories behind those dead blogs. Why do people give up, especially when blogs represent such big dreams for people? I thought those folks deserved to have their stories told.

In no way was I or the paper suggesting blogs are silly, or that no one finds success with blogs, as you seem to keep suggesting. If you search the archives, you will find dozens if not hundreds of Times stories about the profitability and impact of many blogs. This was not that story. This one was about the people who give up, who, for better or worse, vastly outnumber the people who persevere.

I wish you the best of luck with your blog, as you seem to have a dedicated, engaged following (including me now). You have beaten the odds, and that is a wonderful thing. Neither I, nor the Times (if I may speak for them) would begrudge you that. The more the merrier! I hope that clarifies things a bit. Best of luck.

Paul Pincus said...

i LOVE fine and dandy!

you both look gorgeous.


Bart Boehlert said...

Hi Doug,
Thank you for your comment.
I've your read your story several times now.
I appreciate your comment and email, and please do visit --