Dandyism Aside: A personal note and invitation from the guy with the bell.
Does something seem missing in this photo? A Tweed Blazer? The trusty old bell? A vintage bicycle? For those who know me mainly as the organizer behind the D&Q bike rides, I’m hoping to share with you more of my love for classic style. Aside from the D.C. Tweed ride and Seersucker Social, I spend the other 363 days a year hoping to inspire the people around me to embrace great style. It’s mostly by setting an example and it’s not always based on an aesthetic that brings to mind the 1930′s. I also draw inspiration from the 40′s, 50′s, 60′s and 70′s.
60′s convertible roadster? Check. Modern soul & jazz music loaded? Check! Let’s cruise! I’m obviously that guy who just can’t seem to let go of the nostalgia of things past. I’m hooked on moments that allow us to escape the worries of every day life. They make me forget that I’m a grown up and take me back to the dreams I had as a kid. But what’s the fun in always doing it alone? I ended up trying to find creative ways to escape in style and share that feeling with others. This kind of obsession is one of the things that has lead me to create D&Q and make many good friends. One I consider as among my closest and most inspiring is Nicole Aguirre, Editor-in Chief of Worn Magazine.
Our friendship has involved plenty of goofing around, brainstorming of ideas, hanging out at vintage shops, scooter rides, convertible cruises and creativity. We’ve been cooking up new ways to create exciting experiences in the District, showcase the amazing looking people we encounter and inspire more Washingtonians to join us and treat themselves to a more stylish existence.
I’m happy to announce that Issue of #4 of Worn Magazine will be released this September. The influence and contributions of yours truly can be seen in this issue of DC’s only large format print magazine dedicated to style, photography and art. Working closely with Nicole to help re-introduce the magazine this fall has challenged me to dig deep into my bag of creativity. I created the video above, contributed as a writer to the issue and more.
To celebrate the occasion and share with you content we think you will love, Nicole and I are throwing a launch party on September 30th at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Issue #4 is the Transportation Issue. The theme inspired us to showcase some great alternative ways to get around town and to consider the notion of being transported to a different time and place. We had a blast during the process. I also saw how much work really goes into the creation of a print magazine issue and I’ve gained lots of respect for the medium.
My sleeves are rolled up even higher in co-founding WornAbroad.com. After long talks about local style and media, Nicole and I decided to join forces to create something entirely new. We get to share our love of street style photography, travel, great unknown designers from abroad and vintage gems. Our mission is to bring you pieces for your wardrobe that you are going to love via inspiring portraiture, personalities and places. You are probably thinking the endeavor is a natural move for people like us and you might even be wondering when you’ll get to see what we have to show you! Just this summer our searches are taking us from D.C. to New York, Paris, Mexico City and Los Angeles.
The first peek of WornAbroad.com will occur at the Worn Magazine launch party. Since you like arriving places in style and having a great time, the celebration is going to have you smiling, dancing and sharing your great taste.
We really hope to see you there!
Founder, Dandies & Quaintrelles