The Legacy of Cool is a new film about all things denim: its longevity, pervasiveness, cultural impact, and the fact that it's basically the coolest fabric of all time.
If you go to any craft store and head to the "notions" section and check out the sewing kits and boxes, you will notice they: 1) are made of wicker and look like a kitten should be poking its head out of the lid, or 2) they are covered in flowers. Big, ornate, fancy flowers. I've been looking for years, and I've had to settle for storing my sewing gear in an old tackle box.
Design student Sean Gardner noticed the same thing, and decided to do something about it.
He created Oxford.
Ande Whall is one-man shop and independent denim designer from New Zealand. He recently posted his process of making a pair of jeans, from receiving the rolled denim from Japan, cutting each piece by hand, sewing the pockets and stitches and fastening the rivets and buttons.
Friends, meet Martin Green, the Brooklyn-based master of the custom suit, who's been called the world's greatest tailor, and has made a bespoke suit for nearly everyone who's in the business of needing a bespoke suit, including U.S. presidents and other government employees, and film and television departments, such as the vintage recreates
Martin's career began when he came to the U.S. in 1947 as a German concentration camp survivor, and began his apprenticeship in the garment industry as a "floorboy," running fabrics and patterns around the seamshop. He now owns that very company where he began, GGG Clothing, and tailors the best custom suits in the country.
He says, "Everybody is a perfect person. There are no two people alike that you'll meet in your lifetime...I have to make you a suit that fits you," as he describes the efforts he's able to make to accomodate for all kinds of body types and needs.
Watch this excellent video to learn more about this incredible man:
Flint and Tinder is a new "men's basics" project by Jake, who after researching, found that only one of fifty brands making men's underwear in the USA, and that brand is "poor quality, not hugely comfortable and falls apart in the dryer over time."
So, Jake created Flint and TInder,
Of all the potential man crafts, the handmade neck tie is one of my favorites. It combines everything that ManMade stands for: it's made by hand, it's something you can use everyday, it's decidely cheaper than buying one at the store, and it's uniquely masculine.
As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)
Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'm for 'em.
Head's up, facial hair fans! The always excellent (and frequently so-enticing-its-problematic) Fab.com has Jeff Phillips' Beardo Bearded Beanies on sale today and tomorrow for a cool $24.75. The deal also includes the even-more-desirable "bendable mo'" beanie, complete with sculptable mustache.
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This is the year I vowed to buy no gift wrap, no ribbon, and no tape, and promised myself I'd use up the scraps from previous years, and make the rest.
I ran out of tape yesterday, but have kept my promise so far, though I'm running low. Perhaps I'll hit the closet and check out this fascinating "furoshiki" - a gift wrap satchel.
The Eames lounge chair is a standard in many a manly room. It's welcoming shape, perfect height, and oh-so-essential ottoman make it a main supporter, but not a major focal piece in any room. It does it's job, and it does it well, but doesn't demand attention...well, other than when you have someone over for the first time and they say, "Oh my gosh, you have an Eames lounge?!"
Which is why Ana's makeover of a chair she knabbed for free and an ottoman she found for $10 is so unexpected...and yet, kinda works.
Hands down, the most popular question that ManMade readers email me (other than: I wanna make my boyfriend/husband/partner/brother/son something for X holiday. What should I do?) is from guys interested in buying and learning to use their first sewing machine. Usually, I have a little spiel I do about buying old metal machines with simple stitches. And now, I'll throw a link to this helpful little article.
Even if you're not huge into Star Wars, or a fan of dressing up like characters from movies and comic books (I'm not either), you gotta appreciate the care and creativity that goes into creating such an ambitious project. The boots include stilts that get the wearer up to wookie size!
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:
It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.
Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.
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?"
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.