Dandy & Rose

Bespoke Western Shirts, Handmade in England


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D & R at home (and in London)

Dandy & Rose’s biggest champion, the Grammy-winning singer songwriter Jim Lauderdale, toured the UK during July and excitingly, he played in Lewes, the hometown of Dandy & Rose!

Jamie Freeman of Union Music Store, who is also a singer songwriter, suggested that after the show, we might be able to set a world record for the most Dandy & Rose shirts worn in the same place at the same time. And we did!

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Left – right (back row) Jamie Freeman, Stevie Freeman, Alasdair Mackay, Andy Washington, Michael Hingston  (front row) Jeff Tickle, Jim Lauderdale, me (Janet Aspley), David whose second name I don’t know!

It seemed wrong that Jim didn’t have a new shirt for his tour, so the following week we picked out a print from Liberty’s current range called ‘Wild Flowers’. It was designed by the paper cutting artist Su Blackwell, who says it reflects her childhood experience of wandering the countryside, discovering native flora. Su’s work is stunning and you can see more of it here:  sublackwell.co.uk

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Just as I was giving the shirt a final press before dashing up to London to deliver it to Jim before his London show (which was great!), I noticed the word ‘Strawberry’ hidden amongst the stalks and leaves in the design.

IMG_3208.JPGHow wonderful to work with designs that are so detailed and exquisite that there is still something to discover in them when you have been looking at and handling them for many hours!

 

 

Jim teamed his new shirt with a pair of sparkly, embroidered trousers by Manuel. The combination was marvellous!

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Jim Lauderdale in his Dandy & Rose shirt in Liberty’s ‘Wild Flowers’ print, onstage at King’s Place, London, July 27th 2017

 

 


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Two Berry Classics

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Jim Lauderdale’s shirt in Liberty’s print ‘Wiltshire Berry’

Last week I was in something of a panic because this shirt had dropped off the postal radar: last recorded as leaving Heathrow, the US postal service had no record of it. But in a minor Christmas miracle, it reappeared on its way from New York to Nashville on Monday and arrived just in time for Jim Lauderdale to wear it on the festive edition of Music City Roots, the weekly live radio show he hosts, a couple of days ago.

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I always think this red colourway of Liberty’s classic print ‘Wiltshire Berry’, shouts ‘CHRISTMAS’. I have given it green piping and a celebratory mix of green and red snaps.

At the end of the show, Jim led the jam session that closes Music City Roots in the Chuck Berry classic ‘Johnny B. Goode’. I’m sure the pun was unintended but – well, a classic berry fabric and a classic Berry tune: what could be more pleasing?

Click here to watch a video clip of the jam.

 


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Dandy & Rose On Display

I am so honoured that The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum have put this paisley shirt that I made for Jim Lauderdale on display. It’s in one of their ‘Featured Western Wear Designer’ cases just off their foyer.

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While I have been researching my PhD, I have spent a lot of time in the Hall’s archives, looking at garments by the great western wear designers, like Nathan Turk, Manuel and Nudie Cohn. So it’s a wonderful thrill now to be in an exhibit alongside them.

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Photograph by Scott Simontacchi

The shirt will be on display for a year. After that, you can expect to see Jim wearing it onstage again!

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Photograph by Julianne Rouquette


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In Good Company

A while ago I received an email from Kevin Leonard in Chicago saying he’d like to order a shirt in Liberty’s classic floral, Capel.

I was kind of busy at the time, so after we had agreed prices and lead times and I’d added Kevin’s to my order list, I put the project aside for a while.

It was only when we were ready to begin that I thought to ask how he’d come across Dandy & Rose. He told me that he’d been to a Jim Lauderdale concert and enjoyed it very much. Being a man of sartorial as well as musical taste, he had liked Jim’s outfit almost as much as his singing, so he had googled to find out where he got his shirts and found me.

It turns out that Kevin is something of a western wear aficianado and owns several pieces made by the master western tailor Jaime Castenada, who is based in North Hollywood. Jaime worked for fellow Mexican Manuel Cuevas, but when Manuel moved his business from LA to Nashville in the mid-1990s, he stayed behind and set up his own workshop. A major client is Marty Stuart, seen here in London in 2011. The Fabulous Superlatives’ matching but individually styled rhinestone suits are also by Jaime.

Photograph by Billie McAleer

Photograph by Billie McAleer

The lacing embellishment on Marty’s jacket is a Jaime signature; you can also see it on the jacket that Kevin is wearing here with his new Dandy & Rose shirt:

I am almost as excited to see my work teamed with Jaime’s as I was when I met Marty Stuart. Like so:

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Thank you, Kevin!