Michael Mattis, who has been a part of Dandyism.net since its very beginning in 2004, died suddenly this weekend in his sleep. He was 49 years old.
He first met Dandyism.net founder Christian Chensvold 20 years ago when he wrote a piece on dandies for his college literary magazine, and Chensvold contacted him in light of the mutual interest.
Words fail to express my shock & sorrow. We just exchanged e-mails this week, catching up with each other. He shared how he was head over heels over his new woman & how much he loved her. It seemed that he was at the dawn of the next stage of his life, not at the sunset.
Though he had little tolerance for foolishness, Michael was a raconteur and bon vivant by temperament who above all enjoyed meeting interesting people and swapping stories with them. He has written some of the most insightful pieces for Dandyism.net, under the fitting column heading “The Sophistocrat,” which can be accessed in the menu column at right.
He’s captured above in a photo by Rose Callahan.