Dandy Wellington

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John refers to himself as a dandy and he takes it very seriously. Charles Baudelaire defined the dandy as “one who elevates æsthetics to a living religion.” For John, being “impeccably clean” (always with his shirt tucked in) is heaven on earth, and he lifts off the ground into a mean hip-hop, jazz routine when referring to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly as his “fellas” because of how they wore a suit and tie. Back to Baudelaire: “For the perfect dandy, these things are no more than the symbol of the aristocratic superiority of his mind.” How you dress does create a certain state-of-mind, and for John, “it’s a language that he is speaking to the world in the best possible way he can.” I love the language that he speaks and can only guess that seeing him in his top hat with plume on the subway would send me into a trance. His family is originally from Jamaica, once a colony of England, and thus, where English culture and the traditions of being “the gentleman” were handed down. His mom became a doctor when she and her family came to NYC in the ’70s, but the “the rounds” that John does are in the East Village at Metropolis, Union Square at Rags-A-GoGo, and Brooklyn at Beacon’s Closet. And there is definitely a sense of euphoria when he points to the corduroy detail on his shoe, how he scored the Bentley pants with the feathered pattern, or how a bow tie and pocket square can transform the day.

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  • Georgie

    Dandyrific to the MAX :)

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  • gross

    I’ve had the immense displeasure of meeting this man. He treats women like garbage and acts like a pompous child.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=14302420 Alley O’Shea

    I love how much he loves those feather pants.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8829466 Samantha Lind

    I have to commend John for truly defining the dandy gentleman. He is able to put his own originality into this style, which can be extremely hard. It’s clear that he is not “trying too hard”, and appears to be a very intelligent dresser. I like that he states that he’s not trying to follow a trend but re-live history.

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