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Oct 02, 2014

The Best Way to Pack a Suit or Blazer in Your Suitcase

created at: 10/02/2014

Suits are a common site on an airplane. Sure, there are the business travelers who made be going straight to a meeting as they arrive, but just as likely - guys wear suits on a plane because they're impossible to put in your luggage without becoming a wrinkly, creased mess. 

Except, there is a way to do it, and its worth a shot if you've a long flight ahead and would much rather snuggle down in something more… read more

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Jun 27, 2014

Weekend Getaway 101: A Man's Guide to the Perfect Summer Trip

created at: 06/05/2013

Happy summer, ManMakers. Those three months where the days are long, and the weekends are time to just grab a bag and go. So, this is our handy guide to traveling: tips to plan, pack, and explore so you can get the most out of your… read more

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Jun 11, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Luggage Tag

created at: 06/11/2014

Working with leather can be as complicated as you want it to be. You can get involved in stitching ponies and floral stamps and swivel knives, or you can keep things simple with pre-cut shapes and the… read more

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Jan 07, 2014

How to: Make a Custom Leather Briefcase from Scratch (with a Secret Stash Pocket)

Phiske, a leather craftsman and the artist behind Cachicamo Leather Works, details the steps towards making this beautiful, custom leather briefcase that is certain to last a few lifetimes. The best part? The design includes a hidden compartment in the bottom for your extra valuables and/or secret spy… 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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Mar 15, 2013

The New Briefcase: 7 Stylish, Affordable Options for Every Type of Career

created at: 03/15/2013

There was a time when the professional man had but one look, and when he was dressed for work, things were clear. Along with the suit and topcoat, there was the standard briefcase - the hard, angular, leather box, with bright, shiny metallic accents.

Now, with the traditional office dissolving and the 9-5 work week being constantly reimagined, it's time for a new briefcase: one that will still look professional, just not like Gordon… read more

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Mar 05, 2013

How to: Make a Reusable Leather "Paper" Bag

Leather opens up all kinds of creativity, but it can be an intimidating material to for beginners. It requires a different sort of tool kit than regular sewing projects, and many guys don't even know how to use a sewing machine in the first place...though ManMade does its best to remedy that.

The solution? Don't sew… read more

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Sep 05, 2012

The Process: Crafting a Durable Bag

created at: 05/28/2013

created at: 09/05/2012

John Cho Moore creates men's bags and briefcases from sturdy canvas, leather, and shaped bamboo. Really. As Michael of Those Who Make says, "After working for companies that embraced a disposable state of mind, John aimed to create a product that would get better with age. Follow along as John utilizes durable, quality materials – waxed canvas, leather and bamboo – to craft a timeless… read more

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Leather Lunch Tote

Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.

I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.

He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a… read more

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Jan 10, 2012

Antarctica or a Plastic Bag?

created at: 01/09/2012

If I told you these were photos from a cavern in Antarctica, you just might believe me, right? But the truth is, these striking images by François Delfosse are actually the "view" from inside a plastic bag.… read more

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Jan 05, 2012

Dog Sculpture Made from Wonder Bread Plastic Bags

created at: 01/03/2012

Problem: What do you do with the leftover bags from loaves of Wonder Bread? You could throw them away, or you could save them up and make some sweet art. Flickr user Ruby Re-Usable took a whole bunch of bread bags (as well as some tape and bubble wrap) and created this wonderful dog sculpture. I think it's fitting to name him Spot.… read more

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Jan 02, 2010

How To: Fused Plastic Belt

Here's a fresh take on the fusing plastic bags/DIY Tyvek trick: creating a strong base with opaque white plastic bags for durability, then adding an attractive top layer for some graphic punch!

Materials:

  • 1.5" cotton webbing (or polyester or nylon)
  •  Plastic grocery bags or other plastic packaging
  • Fray Check or thread glue
  • Belt buckle (I took one off an old belt)
  • 3/16" metal eyelets and eyelet tool (make sure your belt prong will fit through this size)
  • Coordinating thread (and heavy duty thread if you have it around)
Tools needed:read more
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