“I Am Dandy” Feat. Nathaniel Adams

December 23rd, 2013

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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:

Dr. Andre Churchwell photographed by Rose Callahan in NYC on Dec 20, 2012

“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.”


  • Shirt by Against Nature
  • Purple Windowpane Blazer by Against Nature
  • Camel Hair Topcoat by Against Nature
  • Red Trousers by Against Nature
  • Hat limited edition Borsalino for JJ Hatters
  • Boots by Allen Edmonds
  • Gloves by Brooks Brothers
  • Tie by Canali
  • Scarf Vintage
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  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    #2 and #3 look great. In #1 your either going for Dr. Who’s 4th reincarnation or Lady Elain Fairchilde.

  • Eric

    That gray horizontal stripe…bravo sir.

    Stunningly simple, yet fascinatingly unique.

  • Jakob

    Damn. I have to get that book.

  • TO

    That grey horizontal striped suit- YES!
    Mr. Adams has a lot of things going right here. The waistcoat, what a great design for a signature item!

  • Adam E

    All 3 looks are solid. The colour play in #1 is pretty awesome, picked colours that suit him well. I would never have thought about horizontal striping in a suit, but it looks solid (although I think that subtle like his look is the way to go, bold coloured striping might be too much).
    My favorite has to be the backing on the waistcoat in look #3, I always have my waistcoats made with a fabric backing to match the rest of the suit, since, I think the shiny backings that most have look like prom rentals… But the playful take of patterned fabric for a subtle flair I think is pretty genius.

  • Patrick Germany

    Guys, one of the best posts in ages! I love the book and all the different styles it shows. Very inspiring.

    Also I would like Mr. Brionapoliagnelliano to tell us all what in the world a neo-dandy is. You’re a dandy or you are not. Right?

  • http://anorexicescapades.com BougieHippie

    He is really good at picking out what colors works well for him, I also enjoy his fine detailing. Not to mention not many people can pull of a 3 piece suit with out look like a complete Men’s Warehouse douche.

    Though look 1 had a lot going on I like those colors the most, like the sharpness of look 2 but I have to go with look 3 dapper, dandy and dope!.


  • Brionapoliagnelliano

    The neo-dandy is the equally misguided brother of the ‘oh-so-vintage’ hipster.

  • http://undefined Joshua

    Some interesting looks here. I like the contrast and willingness to push the envolpe in these looks. Will definitely be picking up a copy of this book.

  • Shawn

    I like look # 2 but I think a tie would benefit the overall appearance, something subtle and not overwhelming like a textured solid navy or brown. Never been a fan of attached collars without a tie. I love the horizontal striped fabric though!