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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

   

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Aug 30, 2011

How To: Repair Denim Jeans at Home

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Denim jeans were invented to be the pants of hard work: durable, long lasting, and flexible. And most of a pair of jeans do last that long; has anyone ever had the part covering your shin or calf shread? But denim does tend to wear along stress points: the knees, the cuffs, the crotch, and the inner thigh.

If you've made a significant investment in a pair that are just worn in these high friction areas, they can be easily repaired at home. Andrew Chen of 3Sixteen and the Self Edge shop shows you how to fix 'em up good as new in this helpful video:

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Aug 12, 2011

10 Things Every Guy Should Know about Laundry

I didn't really learn a lot about "domesticity" as a kid. We didn't have shop or home ec in my high school, and my family weren't huge cooks or builders or sewers. All my interest in those sort of things came later, when I decided I wanted to learn.

But the one thing I got from my family? How to get stuff clean, and in particular, how to do laundry. I remember my first year of college, studying in the residence hall laundry room, and getting asked over and over by my dormmates, "What am I supposed to do now?"  

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Aug 10, 2011

Sad Etsy Dogs

If a dog is a man's best friend, then Sad Etsy Dogs is the perfect companion to Sad Etsy Boyfriends.

 

 

It's not that the dog clothes themselves are awful...but the pups just look so terrified.  

 

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Aug 10, 2011

How to: Tell If You're a Hat Guy

Some men are hat guys. You know, like that friend who's hair you never actually saw until you both went to that wedding, like a decade into your friendship?

And some men are not. I'm certain I should never. I own but one, a stocking cap that I wear only in snowball fights... when everyone looks ridiculous anyway.

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May 20, 2011

How To: Age New T-Shirts into Well-Worn Favorites

It can take weeks or months and several wash cycles to take a stiff, new printed t-shirt into that just worn enough, soft favorite. Thankfully, the team at Found Item Clothing, who recreate iconic t-shirts spied in classic cult movies and TV shows, have been testing a few methods to age things nicely.

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May 17, 2011

The Cardigan Abides - The Dude's Sweater is Back

The Dude's Sweater

Remember the first time you saw The Big Lebowski, and all your friends hated it and thought it was boring, but you couldn't stop laughing? Remember how, two years later, in college, it was suddenly everyone's all-time favorite movie?

Yeah, me too. I also remember thinking, "Where can I get that sweater?" Well, now you can; the original was made by Pendelton Woolen Mills, and this year they're bringing it back:

Who is this dude?

Could they have chosen a less 'Dude'-like model? I doubt it.

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May 02, 2011

How to Match Your Tie to Your Shirt, Sweater, or Suit

I've gone on record multiples times, in which I've shared that publishing ManMade has giving me a whole new appreciation for the necktie. As a full-time writer/crafter/artist/blogger/guy-who-technically-doesn't-have-to-get-dressed-most-days, its fun to have an excuse to get a little snazzed up and throw on a tie. (To you who have to wear one everyday, keep fighting the good fight).

And, whether you wear one daily or just a few times a year, it has to match the rest of your gear.

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Mar 21, 2011
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Mar 08, 2011

Behind the Scenes: How Jeans are Made

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I went to a Jesuit high school with a dress code (collared shirt tucked in, dress pants, no shorts), and so spent most of my teenage years in, literally, fancy pants. When I got to college, it was totally weird to wear jeans to class, but once I got in the habit again, I haven't been able to wear non-demin pants unless it's dress-up time.

Like me, you likely wear jeans most days of the week. And though we see them everyday, and they look like most other pants, they actually have a really fascinating manufacturing process that's worth checking out in this video:

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Feb 14, 2011

Where Hipsters Get Their Crazy Glasses...

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Our programming/site-building guru Bruno was searching for a fresh pair of sunglasses to take on his upcoming trip to Mexico, and found Giant Vintage, a site full of rather interesting eyeshades.

No doubt, you've wandered the streets, noticing groups of plaid and mustachioed cool kids wearing all kinds strangely fascinating glasses, and wondered, "where do they get those things?"

Apparently, they get them here.  

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Feb 07, 2011

A Single Guy Organizes His Closet

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Closets: A Logical Fallacy

Premise 1) Closets have doors that close

Premise 2) Normal human beings can not see through closed doors

Premise 3) It's not necessary to keep things clean that normal human beings cannot see

Conclusion :: P1 and P2 = mostly true; P3 = argument

It's not necessary to keep your closet clean.

 

Except...it is.  

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Feb 07, 2011

How To: Make an Adjustable Bow Tie

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There are two kinds of bow ties: there's the fancy ones, that you actually need to tie every time and balance and fit perfectly in collar. And then, there's the other kind: the adjustable, pre-tied kind used in rental tuxedoes, restaurant server uniforms, Halloween costumes, and occassional forrays into Redenbacher-ness.

And unless you're a major bow tie officianado, the latter is most likely your best bet.

So, let's make one.  

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Jan 26, 2011

How To: Make Your Own Beard Beanie

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A few weeks ago, I shared Taraduff's incredible Etsy shop, which features these hilarious and very practical bearded stocking hats.

The ManMade community got plenty excited about them, so I was stoked to find an original tutorial that shows you how to make your own.    

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Jan 24, 2011

8 Men's Fashion Essentials for Under $100

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Like it or not, yes, you need to own a suit. And a coat to wear over it. And some shiny shoes to match.

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Dec 17, 2010

How To: Make a DIY Brimmed Beanie in 5 Minutes

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A warm knit cap to keep your head warm, with a brim to keep the sun out and make you look sharp? Handmade, in under five minutes and on the cheap!?

Yes, please.    

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Tie a Tie

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Just in case you were wondering...

 

Oh, you actually wanna know how to tie a tie? Okay...

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Nov 11, 2010

9 Green Style Essentials for Guys this Fall

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At ManMade, we've always argued that the DIY approach should extend into all areas of our life, including what we wear. Several well chosen, long-lasting pieces can be transformed into a multitude of appropriate looks, and will always beat a preassembled, off-the-rack deal.

And, as the seasons change, "fall is now upon us, and with winter around the corner, we’re bundling up and breaking out the cold-weather gear. Fortunately, with the recent resurgence of high-quality heritage menswear, there’s never been a better time to invest in classic frost-battling essentials that are built to last. From warm woolen knits to sheltering coats, we’ve rounded up our picks for sustainable garments that will help you withstand the worst that fall—and winter—have to offer. So suit up, boot up, and hit the jump for the greatest green gear to weather the cooler months to come."

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Oct 22, 2010

Ask Me About My Zombie Shirt

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I recently spied this clever design as an embedded ad in my RSS feed reader. I'm pretty sure it's the first one I've ever clicked on.

"Ask me about my zombie shirt... BAM! Instantly turn into a zombie by flipping this shirt over your head."

It's like an instant Halloween costume.

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Oct 04, 2010

A Man's Guide to Sweaters

Where I live, summer totally disappeared over the weekend. No slow goodbye, no sunny beckons to barbeque or picnic one last time. Straight up disappeared. It's fall, and it's cold.

And cold means sweaters. And whether you're knitting them yourself, scouring for secondhand options, or buying a new one straight off the rack, there's a lot of jargon that goes into classifying sweaters. What exactly is cashmere? Are Emerald Isle and Fair Isle the same thing? Should a dude ever wear a turtleneck?  

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