Dandyism Thrives in Hell's Kitchen

by Eric Walton on July 7th, 2013

Like all significant transitions, the transition from online shop to brick-and-mortar storefront demands finesse. And Fine & Dandy, an “accessory shop for dapper guys,” has a positive surplus of finesse, so it comes as no surprise that their physical location on 49th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues is doing a brisk business. I recently visited the store, which is a veritable treasure trove for those (like me) who swoon at the sight of cuff-links, tie-pins, and pocket squares, and found one of its proprietors, the genial Matt Fox, impressively attired in full dandy regalia.

Sitting opposite him in an antique chair and feeling woefully under-dressed, I asked him to define the Fine & Dandy ethos and to describe his clientele.

“We sell dandy-inspired men's accessories and our customers range from the Brooklyn hipster to the distinguished gentleman who has dressed well his entire life and wears a Boater and an ascot with no sense of irony whatsoever. We believe that no dapper fellow and, for that matter, no fellow who earnestly aspires to dapperness, should be at a loss for appropriately fine and suitably dandy accessories.”
Fine & Dandy is located at 445 West 49th Street. Store hours are Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 8:00, Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00, Monday from noon to 8:00, and closed on Tuesday. (212) 247-4847 www.fineanddandyshop.com

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