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Introducing Swing Dandies: Modern & Vintage Lindy Hop Fashion Photo Website

January 30, 2014

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The new website Swing Dandies has a very simple purpose:

We asked a group of our fashion-loving swing friends that if they ever saw someone wearing something they liked, to simply take a picture and we’d post it.

“We” in this case is Laura Windley from Lindyshopper and me, Bobby White, from Fine & Dandy. And the friends we have asked so far are none other than some of the scene’s most noted sartorialists. In alphabetical order, they are Bobby Bonsey, Mia Goldsmith, Beth Grover, Chris Harm, Jo Hoffberg, Yossef Mendelssohn, Pontus Persson, and Kevin St. Laurent.

Overall, we’re not going to discriminate: Our correspondents, as some of them travel the globe to teach swing dances, and others travel the photo archives and vintage stores of the country, have been given only one rule: If they think it’s cool and swing dancers should too, then we post it.

Currently, this website is an idea we want to try out; we may add crew members over time, to make sure we’re covering all corners of the scene. We’ll give it a year, and if it goes well enough, we’ll continue.

So, please enjoy SwingDandies.com.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2014 9:34 pm

    I love this idea, but is there any chance can I persuade you to do it on Pinterest instead? It’s a much easier platform to use for a photo stream (and convenient for saving favorites!). As an example, here’s one I where I keep photos of stylin’ menswear: http://www.pinterest.com/margotkh/not-just-the-sartorialist/

    • Bobby permalink*
      January 31, 2014 12:10 am

      Hey Margot!

      (1) We had a few reasons why we decided to launch with a website, the main one being that we have a lot more control over how we post content, our identity, etc.

      We did try to go with the best photo tumblr/style website layout we could find based on the time/money we were willing to put into it.

      As for favoriting, feel free to post any pictures you like into your own pinterest.

      (2) That said, this may change if it becomes more clearly over the next few months that the benefits of Pinterest outweigh the strengths of having our own website.

      Another possibility is to have a companion Pinterest site that also post the pictures for those who like pinterest/favoriting things. This however requires more work, and someone would have to volunteer for this extra work.

      (3) Your pinterest is awesome and I’m now following it. I dig your taste.

  2. February 6, 2014 3:34 am

    As a ‘Swing Dandy’ myself, I very much appreciate this idea! To echo what Margot said, I’d probably prefer to be following something like this through Tumblr, though understandable why you’ve set it up the way it is. I’ll hopefully continue to check back (would there be a way to be notified when a new post is added there?).

    Kind regards,
    Blakesby

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