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Dec 19, 2014

Five Poems Every Man Should Know...and Reference

For the last couple years, I've had a framed tattered page I tore out from an old book of poetry (pictured below) that I picked up at a garage sale in Minnesota when I was a boy. I've taken it with me wherever I've moved, usually displaying it on my desk, although occasionally on a shelf or bedside table. The poem is titled SEA-FEVER and came from a poetry collection called Salt-Water Poems and Ballads by John Masefield, first published in 1902.  created at: 12/14/2014 The poem expresses the yearning for the grey seas from the perspective of a presumably landlocked rover, and was one of my initial inspirations for rafting the Mississippi River.

I must… read more
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Dec 01, 2014

7 Winter-Themed Movies Every Man Should See

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We'll never be the ones to hate on the holiday standards, but sometimes, we need a fa-la-la and sentiment-free movie night this time of year. So, check out this list of classic, masculine films set in the frozen winter months that will really remind you how frightful the weather outside can… read more

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Oct 31, 2014

Seven Modern Classic Books to Put Hair on Your Chest

created at: 10/08/2014

Alright, so you’ve built the bookshelf, now it’s time to fill it out with some masculine reading material. Rather than attempting a comprehensive list of books all men ought to read, this list is specifically designed to get that testosterone pumping through your veins. With that in mind, we proudly… read more

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Oct 30, 2014

6 Things Every Man Should Do Each Morning

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Look, we know you're a grownup. You know it's essential to eat breakfast, and to never be late to work. But that doesn't make hearing that damn alarm go off any easier. So, no matter what time you have to wake up, here's how to make that first hour of the day go smoother, mean more, and set yourself up for… read more

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Oct 29, 2014

An Original History of the Baseball Bat

1920's-90's H&B Louisville Slugger Store Model Bats w/ DiMaggio, Maris, Aaron, Berra & More- Lot of 21

From Roy Hobbs' “Wonderboy” in The Natural to Tom Cruise’ thinking bat in A Few Good Men, baseball bats hold a special place in the American masculine consciousness. A versatile weapon on the field, the baseball bat embodies an element of the American dream wherever it goes. The lone batter, a man himself against an entire team, hoping to hit it big.… read more

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Sep 24, 2014

The Reinvention of the Entry-Level Suit

Anyone who reads menswear or men's lifestyle content has noticed the shift over the last three-four years. The suiting dichotomy of "off-the-rack" vs. "tailored" no longer exists, and you simply don't have to spend at least $1000 to look sharp.

The sources are varied: general clothing brands, like J.Crew and its infamous Ludlow, and over-the-seas tailors like Indochino. Suitsupply is awesome, and all of these have a definite, overarching theme - they're slim. They're "tailored," as it were, and they look like the Italian cuts that were out of reach for many just a decade ago.

This isn't news to most of us, but this piece in… read more

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Sep 16, 2014

5 Men's Style Staples to Help You Transition from Summer to Fall

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This is the time of year when no one's ever quite sure what's best to wear on any given day. The nights are cool, but the days are still warm, especially in the sun, but then a breeze or the clouds hit and everything changes. Multiple layers are usually overkill, but the sandals are gone, and some flexibility is certainly required to not only look the season, but the feel prepared for the day.

Make it happen with these five summer-to-fall transition… read more

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Sep 15, 2014

The 99%: Rotten Tomatoes' Highest Rated Movies Every Guy Should See

Movies every guy should see

Cool Material recently used a clever rubric to assemble a collection of films, and created a new take of "must-see" movies guys will enjoy. Rather than opting for the same ten films that have been postered on college dorm room walls with each new freshman class, they looked… read more

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Sep 11, 2014

Fresh Cuts: A Look at Barbershops Around the World

Conde Nast Traveler teamed up with Project Bly, "a travel and design website built on the philosophy that to know a city you must wander its streets" to create a new photo essay called "Fresh Cuts." There, they've shared candid shots of a cross-culture social hub: the barbershop. After all, basically everyone has hair, and most people need it cut.… read more

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Aug 11, 2014

How to: Make DIY Rustic Masculine Candles

How to make a reusable rustic candle. Photos: Gabriel Cabrera

Can't get into the floral smells and garish artwork of storebought candles? Nope, us either. So  we came up with our very own DIY version to make a reusable rustic candle that any guy can be proud to burn in his home. (Or log… read more

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Aug 04, 2014

The Art of the Shave

Whether its our birthright or our burden (or, like most things, somewhere right in between) men gots to shave they faces. While we've been doing it for years, there's always room for improvement, to both care for your skin, minimize cutting, and getting the finish you… read more

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Jul 28, 2014

Dress Shirt Fabric 101: What's the Difference Between Pinpoint, Poplin, Twill, and the Rest?

When I was a young man, I worked my fair share of restaurant server jobs, in which I was required to wear a 100% cotton, white Oxford cloth, dry-cleaned only, and heavily starched. As anyone who's actually carried very many plates covered in leftover sauce wearing a white shirt on a double shift, you needed to own at least four to five of these guys for use in an average week.

Needless to say, none of my shirts ever got dry cleaned or starched (save for that spray can of Niagara), and after realized what happened to real Oxford cloth after wearing for fifteen minutes, none of them were a 100% cotton,… read more

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Jul 18, 2014

The Modern American Man, Charted

created at: 07/18/2014

This summer, All Things Considered has been looking at the lives of men in America, and so far, the research seems to indicate that the new American man doesn't look much like his… read more

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Jul 11, 2014

The ManMade Guide to Sunglasses: 5 Stylish Pairs Under $100

created at: 04/03/2012

In case your A/C bill hasn't told you yet, we're well into summer. Well, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. And summer is the season of sunscreen and short sleeves and socks as little as possible, and...to wear sunglasses. Unfortunately, many men consider sunglasses to be more fashion accessories, and therefore optional, or even frivolous. But there are actually several health benefits to wearing sunglasses, particularly polarized lenses, when spending a day outside: they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and blue light, as well as protecting the skin around your eyes and preventing wrinkles and "crow's feet." Furthermore, they allow you to see better when outside, helping you to better operate a car, motorcycle, bicycle, boat, lawnmower, backhoe, grill, etc.

So, we at ManMade think they're an essential, and while we're advocates for stepping up from the $3.99 pair from the gas station, we don't think you've got to drop a whole week's worth of pay, either. So - five classic, masculine pairs of sunglasses, all under $100. Enjoy the… read more

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May 08, 2014

Shopping Guide: 7 Spring Style Essentials for the Modern Guy

spring lookbook

Hibernation season is officially officially over and it's time to transition into the warmer months of the year. So, we've gathered a few essentials that will help you feel like yourself while staying… read more

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May 05, 2014

So... I'm About to Move Across the Country

created at: 05/05/2014

You might notice things slowing down here a bit over the next few weeks. I'm about to embark on a serious new adventure and move 2500 miles away.… read more

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Apr 23, 2014

Beautiful (?!) Photos of the Bathrooms and Kitchens of America's Bachelors

Photographer Michael Rababy set about capture an interesting subject: the dirtiest rooms in the homes of some of the United States dirtiest people:… read more

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Apr 15, 2014

For Men, Life Just Keeps Getting Better...Until It Doesn't

created at: 04/15/2014

We all know the stereotype of the grumpy old man. We've met him, we're related to him, he lives next door, some of us even have to work for… read more

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Apr 08, 2014

Filson Ages Gracefully

Last week, A Continuous Lean published this fascinating piece on Filson, the legendary Seattle-based outfitter. It begins, "The oldest person in the world is 115 years old. Filson is 116."… read more

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Mar 04, 2014

The ManMade Challenge: Why Every Man Should Try Something New for Lent This Year

 

I guess I should begin by saying that this is not a religious post, nor about theism or the lack thereof. It really isn't even about spirituality, though it could be if that's something you seek to cultivate. It I have my own relationship to those things, and I'm sure you do too. 

Rather, this is a reflection on personhood, on being a good man.   

Okay, with… read more

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