Fine And Dandy was launched in October of 2008 by Matt Fox and Enrique Crame III as an online shop specializing in dandy-inspired men's accessories. In December 2010 the brand had their first pop-up shop at The Blind Barber in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan and followed with pop-up shops at Onassis, Chelsea Market, the Jazz Age Lawn Party, and the Brooklyn Flea. In November of 2012, Fine And Dandy opened the first permanent brick and mortar location in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Following the opening, the shop received a rave review in The New York Times. In the summer of 2013, Mssrs Fox and Crame were featured in the photo book I Am Dandy: The Return Of The Elegant Gentleman.
Fine And Dandy's house brand of ties, bow ties, handkerchiefs, scarves, neckerchiefs, suspenders, sock garters, spats, tie bars, collar bars, cufflinks, money clips, and more are made locally in New York City and elsewhere in the US. Fine And Dandy products are also available in fine (and dandy) boutique shops worldwide.
The Fine And Dandy gentlemen credit their grandfathers for their style influences. For them it wasn’t so much about a particular item of clothing, but how they put it all together. You could tell that they really made an effort each day in creating signature looks that suited them. They taught them the most valuable lessons about dressing up: Don't be afraid to show a little flair. It’s easy enough to match a shirt with a suit, but, as with anything that is repetitive, it’s easy to become boring after awhile. The secret for preventing this from happening? Breaking it up with accessories. Be it socks or a pocket square. Or maybe cufflinks or a tie bar. Just a little something to be less predictable and break out of the ordinary. Accessories are meant to add some life and energy to an otherwise monotonous daily uniform. There are no rules. Mix and match. Wear what you love. And most importantly, don't be afraid to show a little flair.
Photo by Donna Alberico for The New York Times.