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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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Jun 10, 2013

Man Up: 5 Summer Reads for the Curious and Creative Guy

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Need new reads for this summer? No problemo. This roundup will show you 5 interesting books that will make you smarter, manlier, and more… read more

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Jun 03, 2013

Camping in Style: The North Face Dome Tent

North Face Dome Tent

A bold geodesic dome tent that looks like a modern igloo? Yes,… read more

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May 30, 2013

Upgrade Your Summer Look: 5 Sharp Sunglasses to Fit Your Style and Budget

Credit: A Poor Man's Millions [http://www.apoormansmillions.com/2013/05/mrthrift-gambler.html?m=1]

With summer fast approaching comes an age-old predicament; should you upgrade your sunglasses? Chances are: yes, you should. And so, as a solid pair of sunglasses are on our ten things every man should own, here are five ideas to match your personal… read more

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May 23, 2013

5 Cool Food-Related Projects to Support on Kickstarter

created at: 05/23/2013

By now, I'm sure you've seen several products being funded through the popular crowd-funding platform Kickstarter, and perhaps even bought a few. Here are five of my favorite food and drink related projects that are live this… read more

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May 21, 2013

The Portland Press Turns a Mason Jar into a French Press for Coffee

To date, I have broken four of the glass beakers from my Bodum French Press. Well, I've broken one and my wife broke three, but same/same. It's beautiful glass, but it's thin, and with daily use and cleaning, these things break. And cost at least $20 to replace.

The makers of the Portland Press know exactly what that's like, and seek to remedy it, by creating a new design of French Press that uses a standard (and very affordable)… read more

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May 16, 2013

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

The Obsessive Chef Cutting Board

Perfect for that OCD friend of yours that wants to become the most symmetrically perfect… read more

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May 08, 2013

10 Things Every Man Should Own [Spring Edition]

created at: 05/08/2013

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:  winterspringsummer, 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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Apr 30, 2013

Roundup: 5 Awesome Gym Bags to Match Any Style

created at: 04/30/2013

Summer is fast approaching and, after long hibernation, you are working your butt off to get in shape. Protein smoothies? Check! Workout plan? Check! Cool gym bag?

Um, no? Worry not, friend. In this roundup you'll find fit different bags that will fit your budget and… read more

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