Book Review: “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style”

I am religiously telling people that I am by education and experience not a writer. I am a publisher and editor, but humorously, I continually demonstrate to myself that, most of all, I am “a die heart entrepreneur”— one who has to do, like a chameleon, what he has to do. So, bear with me while I write my first book review. (For those of you who personally know me, I’m sure you are shaking your head, and, laughing in agreement!)

Ronald Bunn in his youth.

Today, I received a wonderful Christmas gift “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style” by Shantrelle P. Lewis — it’s truly a Dandy. Shantrelle’s endeavor takes me back to my youth in Brooklyn. It was there where, as much as I could, I tried to dress as an “Ivy Leaguer”. I even remember the names of my two influencial classmates: Douglas Barrow and Ronald Snow.

Today, now in my 70s, I find myself still having to replenish my wardrobe, and, I find myself torn between “should I buy this and should I not buy that.” (If, lately, you’ve gone out to buy a pair of Jeans, you know exactly our dilemma — the pant-legs are narrow and the fitting around the crotch is tight and low.)

“Dandy Lion” opens the reader’s eyes to the breath and broad tastes of the Diaspora African male. The reader is taken back in time and is brought forward to today — depicting the young and not so young fashionistas.

Shantrelle’s photo selections are a treasure. Perhaps, the reader may even appreciate her insight and reasons for looking at the Dandy. “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style” is a book that is without a doubt worthwhile having.

Shantrelle P. Lewis on Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

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