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Sep 26, 2013

Staying Sharp: 9 Knives Every Man Should Own

created at: 09/25/2013

A few months ago, in the midst of a day full of projects, I had a bit of an a-ha moment. I was in my workshop, using the table saw to slice up some Baltic birch plywood, when a timer on my phone went off, reminding me to take a break and go chop a bunch of vegetables to add to the slow cooked stock I was simmering in the… read more

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Sep 24, 2013

5 Ways to Wear and Layer Denim Jackets for Fall

created at: 09/24/2013

If you only think of a denim jacket as something to throw over a t-shirt, we hope this post will change your mind. Just as blue jeans can be dressed up and down, denim jackets are actually quite versatile. Paired with basic black pants and trench coat, a denim jacket can feel casually sophisticated. Throw a denim jacket over a camo blazer to give a peek of on-trend pattern. And since they work perfectly for… read more

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Aug 28, 2013

Roundup: 6 Random Items You Totally Need NOW

DUSTPAN + BRUSH SET - BLACK

This week, I've come across some seriously amazing items featuring awesome design, each stylish and useful in your daily… read more

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Aug 26, 2013

The Coolest Beer Cans of All Time

With beer being sold in cans since the mid 1930s, and with countless thousands of breweries producing since, you better believe there have been some pretty amazing designs over the… read more

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Aug 20, 2013

6-Pack Bike Frame Clasp: Yay or Nay?

6-Pack Bike Frame Clasp

Okay - fess up: What do you think about this 6-Pack Bike Frame Clasp? Would you rather walk when carrying your babies..er..beer? Should drinking and cycling ever mix? Or, is it (as we suspect), kinda the coolest thing we've seen this… read more

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Aug 01, 2013

The Suprisingly Fascinating Story Behind the LaCoste Crocodile Shirt

That little green crocodile...sitting on the heart of collared shirts everywhere. It's a preppy status symbol, sure, but there's a pretty interesting history to how that guy got there, and influenced the whole logo/animal on your polo shirt… read more

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Jul 25, 2013

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Summer Edition]

created at: 07/24/2013

Some of the most frequent kinds of questions ManMade receives are inquiries like, "I just graduated college and finally have a real income and I'd like to start investing in some long-lasting goods..." or "my fiancée's birthday is coming up, and I'd like to buy him something every guy should have..." In 2013, I've been giving my take on those essential items, offering a new collection of ten each season: winter, spring, summer, and fall.  Some of these you might already own, some of these you might need to upgrade to a quality version, and most of these apply to women and households too. Please let me know what you think, and what you'd add or take away in the comments below.… read more

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Jul 10, 2013

Men's Style: How Clothes Should Fit

created at: 07/10/2013

I just stumbled across this cool new site called HowClothesShouldFit.com, a guy's guide to using clothing fit to look your best. What's interesting here, at least to me, is… read more

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Jul 08, 2013

Ask ManMade: What the ______ Are Men Supposed to Wear to Dress Up in the Summer?

created at: 07/08/2013

Two weeks ago, it was a wedding in 95° heat with 95% humidity. Last weekend, a special night out at local restaurant we've been wanting to try. Next week, an out-of-town business-y trip to the desert. All of which have sweatingly, swelteringly reminded me: I have no idea how to dress up when it's hot outside.… read more

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Jun 28, 2013

Free Music: Summer BBQ Soundtrack

'Tis the season for outdoor dining and backyard grill fest, where there's every reason to take your time, spend the evening outside with the aromas and flavors of… read more

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Jun 26, 2013

Outfitted: The 3-Day Staycation - Look Your Best and Explore Your Own City ( $200 Value Giveaway Inside)

created at: 06/26/2013

In our Outfitted series, we hand-pick the style items and practical accessories you need to look your best in a specific scenario.

Summertime is the season for getting away and seeing the world. Which, of course, we heartily recommend. But we're equal fans of the staycay: taking a long weekend off work to rest, start on those projects you've been wanting to try, and going on an adventure in your… read more

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Jun 25, 2013

Atlas of True Names: A World Map with Locations Replaced with their Original Meanings

Okay...phew. I know that's a somewhat strange post title, but this project is fascinating and totally worth sharing, if not eloquently. The "Atlas of True Names" is a series of maps that substitutes the official names for cities, states, countries, and geographic areas with the meaning of their names in their original language....etymological… read more

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Jun 14, 2013

Outfitted: The Bike Ride - How to Look Your Best and Cycle in Style

created at: 06/13/2013
In our Outfitted series, we hand-pick the style items and practical accessories you need to look your best in a specific scenario.

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. - Elizabeth Howard… read more

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Jun 12, 2013

A Bulletproof Gentleman's Pocket Square?

Let's say you were headed to a cocktail party, and you'll be sporting a jacket and tie. And let's imagine, for some reason or another, you suspect that you might either find yourself in a tussle in which someone may end up firing a bullet on you, or that you're quite certain there's a hit on you, and this cocktail party might be the very location in which said gun for hire may take its opportunity. No judgment here. 

Or, let's say you were headed to a cocktail party, and you're sporting a jacket and tie, and you might like a small anecdote to share with that guy you'll end up in an awkward silence with about forty minutes in.

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Jun 12, 2013

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking

created at: 06/12/2013

For centuries, burning wood and tinder were basically the only means of cooking food (and heating one's home, and boiling water, and all sorts of other stuff.) The wood served as fuel, generating heat, thereby turning raw ingredients into completed… read more

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