Handy Dandy Guide 

Wednesday, Nov 1 2006

Intrigued by the fine and dandy life? Here are some tips, based on Dandyism.net’s “How Dandy Are You?” quiz. But remember, it’s really all about your attitude. “And,” says site co-founder Christian M. Chensvold, “you have to read a lot of books.”

. The true dandy is always clean shaven.

At The Shave, get pampered with a hot-towel, straight-razor shave and a glass of fine Scotch. 230 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, (310) 888-2898 or www.theshavebeverlyhills.com.

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. A dandy can always be found with a ­cigarette in hand (in a cigarette holder if he’s over 40). A pipe or cigar will also do.

Try The Tinder Box for cigars, vintage pipes and accessories. 2729 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 828-4511.

. A dandy enjoys a good Claret, and has a well-rounded knowledge of wine and champagne.

Learn about wine at the thrice-weekly tastings at Silverlake Wines. 2395 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, (323) 662-9024 or www.silverlakewines.com.

. A fluent command of the French language is de rigueur.

Enroll in night classes at L’Alliance Française de Los Angeles, and then show off. 215 S. La Cienega Blvd., No. 201, Beverly Hills,

(310) 652-0306 or info@afdela.com.

. A dandy’s musical tastes are primarily classical.

Become a subscriber to the L.A. Philharmonic and see the world-class orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall as often as you can. 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn., (323) 850-2000 or wdch.laphil.com.

. Clothing is always bespoke.

According to Chensvold, the closest thing to a true dandy we have in contemporary Los Angeles is Waraire Boswell. The man has designed suits for Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Andre 3000, and will custom-design one for you as well. Contact him at www.wb-collection.com.

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