This was the year I finally outgrew IKEA. There's still several pieces in my house, but I'm ready to move on from them as soon as possible. I imagine its the byproduct of being a new homeowner, and knowing that I can finally buy intentional pieces to fit in specific spaces, and that – when I do – they'll work there for as long as we decide to keep them.
It's not IKEA's fault. And I still think that their attractive, clean-lined particleboard furniture is better than the faux-Tuscan and laserprinted woodgrain particleboard furniture from the discount store. But, while it worked in my twenties, I'm ready to surround myself with things that will last.
Suits are a common sight 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 comfortable.
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 anything!
Taking your lunch to work doesn't mean you have to look like you're brown bagging it. Here are a few durable and classic lunch bags that will keep your grub safe all the way to noon.
I recently saw Spectre and was struck by how many amazing suits James Bond had (naturally), and that he somehow managed to fit them all into a single leather duffle bag (unnaturally). Now I'm a big sucker for quality duffle or weekend bags, even if they don't possess Mary Poppins magic. After scoping around the internet a bit for some cheap ones to purchase it occurred to me making one would be way cooler...
I used to get free/discounted flights through a relative who worked at the airlines, which meant I spent a lot of time traveling. While I’m back to being an airline plebeian now, I’m always on the lookout for good packing and travel tips, and this is one of the better ones I’ve seen, and just in time for the holidays.
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 trip.
If you're ready to step up your leather working game from basic strap and construction work, consider going all out and making one of these: a full-on leather doctor's bag-style briefcase.
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 documents.
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 personal style.
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 Gekko.
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 bag."
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 brown bag
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.
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!
- 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)