A Sunny Saturday is in the forecast for the Seersucker Social.

 Prepare yourself for a Sunny Saturday!

Pictures below are from the 2011 Seersucker Social and were featured on the WornMagazine blog. Visit the site for more!


Dandy Alert: Second Hand Sundays, Final Round

Our pop-up consignment experience takes place again this Sunday (Oct 30)

at Science Club from 12 until 6pm.

Come to shop and consign. We are looking for those nice vintage pieces you are ready to leave with someone else.

We have a number of items that are quite suitable for the next Tweed Ride.

Find tweed suits, jackets, plus twos, caps, hats, ties, dresses, skirts & more.

Great Prices! Quality Items! Remarkable Deals!


What the heck happened to Diz?

Diz and Izzy Aster, Vaudeville’s Late Bloomers.

A mysterious mishap in Poughkeepsie prevented the beautiful and talented Diz Aster from joining her husband Izzy in his performance at the 2011 Seersucker Social. Izzy, however, managed to perform despite is own on stage blunders. If anyone has a video of his performance, please get in touch with me. I would love to see it. The featured photos of Izzy (Mark Jaster) at the Seersucker Social were taken by Karon Flage.

You can see husband and wife duo Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, of Happenstance Theater, perform at the upcoming Capital Fringe Festival in July. See the flyer below for information.

Back by popular DaDA-demand!
Three clowns, two visionaries, and a musician walk into a bar.
THIS IS NOT A JOKE . . . is it? 

Studio Theatre – Mead Theatre1501 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Friday          July 8 @   8:15pm
Sunday        July 10 @   4pm
Wednesday  July 13 @   7pm
Wednesday  July 20 @   6pm
Saturday      July 23 @   2:15pm

TICKETS $17 (plus one-time-purchase of a Fringe Button for $7)
phone: 866.811.4111
box office: 607 NEW YORK AVE. NW WDC

Featuring Mark JasterSabrina MandellKaren Hansen, Gwen Grastorf, Emma Jaster and Matthew Pearson.

Fringe Festival favorites Happenstance Theater (Best Comedy 2007 and 2009 CapFringe festivals, who brought you the sell out hit Handbook For Hosts for last years Fringe) are finally remounting MANIFESTO! After huge success at the 2008 Capital Fringe and the NY Clown Theatre Festival, it is back by popular DaDA-demand!

The setting is the surrealist Cabaret ReVoltaire; a bizarre establishment run by clowns. It is wartime. The guests are visionaries. Art becomes life. Beware of Forgeries! Text is from ACTUAL Manifestos. See the handsome Futurist, the Capitalist and Communist tango, and beauty that arises from the absurd.

MANIFESTO! excites everything!

The DC City Paper said “These merry pranksters get it!…glorious nuggets of nonsense…a delightful romp through the surreal…an extra-sensory extravaganza…it is belly-laugh humor.”

The Washington Post called it “…an ingeniously oddball deconstruction…brash…seductive…Futurism and dadaism pulsed with revolutionary zeal.”

DC Theatre Scene Review by Carrie Klewin:
“If you are looking for an hour of whimsical delight, this café, created by surrealists and run by clowns, is the place to be. Don’t know anything about Dada, Futurism or Surrealism? It doesn’t matter. If you’ve ever had the urge to stand on your head to see the world from a new perspective, you will enjoy this merry dazzle.”

Hats. Hats. Hats.

Tears have formed in my bespectacled eyes for a fine dandy depot, Proper Topper, is closing its Georgetown location this weekend. Whilst on a hunt for a spaceman style watch in 2002, I discovered Anna Fuhrman’s well-curated store which has since become one of my essential outfitting posts, stocking hats by Gorin Brothers and other fine accessories. I’ve spotted a few fine lids on her website that could top you off nicely for the Tweed Ride.  Read about her in the Georgetown Metropolitan to get her take on the importance of supporting local businesses.

I spoke with Anna last winter about boutiques in the Etsy era. An independent business owner since 1990, Anna opened her Georgetown store in 2001 after success in Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle. She knows a thing or two about catering fine wares to local shoppers, but having to compete these days with online businesses means having to make difficult decisions. Amazing deals are a joy to discover but so are the people you can get to know while frequenting their establishments.

Anna will have warm apple cider on her charming side patio and is offering an extra 10% off her sale prices for those who announce themselves as Dandies or Quaintrelles. If you haven’t yet scheduled your autumn walk along the side streets of Georgetown, make haste.

Tweed: A Pattern Primer

As far as quality names go, the best tweed can be traced to two of its most famous makers: Harris Tweed of Scotland and Donegal Tweed of Ireland. The closely-woven woolen fabric, known for its durability and resistance to moisture, was a mainstay for many outdoor activities such as shooting and hunting. In fact, stores like Orvis still carry tweed hunting gear originally designed for estate shooting — and offer customized services for both the clothing and accompanying firearms.

Harris Tweed is woven by hand by crofters in the Western Isles of Scotland, in an area known as the Outer Hebrides.  By law — more specifically: Parliament’s Harris Tweed Act of 1993 — any product purporting to be made of Harris Tweed must be made in this area from locally-sourced wool, then it must be approved by the Harris Tweed Authority before it’s certified to be handstamped with the iconic orb symbol.

The process for crafting Donegal Tweed is considerably less stringent. Taking its name from the town in which its manufacturer Magee is located, Donegal tweed clothing and accessories are also known for their quality and attention to detail.

While both companies continue to put out traditional products, they’re definitely not afraid to put a new spin on a timeless yarn. We here at D&Q are huge fans of putting traditional items out of context, so it’s no surprise we admire Harris Tweed’s collaboration with Nike. The soon-to-be-released Royal Mid combines a classy tweed upper with a supple brown leather , and really puts the “class” in “classic.”

Personally, I’m more focused on fit, so I’d recommend Harris Tweed’s new collaboration with Topman. The line of slim ties and suits is cut to favor skinner silhouettes, I think one standout though are the tweed gloves.

As a truly timeless fabric, tweed is most appropriate for fall and early winter, and is a pretty versatile layering piece for men and women alike. For some tips on how to mix things up this season, check out Valet’s 60-second Guide to Tweed.