I couldn't even begin to assemble a comprehensive "ManMade Holiday Gift Guide for Guys," as I've found there's simply too much diversity among men to capture everything.
However, I always find it fascinating to see what other (read: female) craft bloggers imagine what guys will like under their tree, and I'm happy to pass them along.
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Photographer Richard Mosse uses infrared film to capture this incredible images in the Congo. That's not a special effect...all that craziness happens in the camera.
Get Poor Quick by RAYGUN $19.00
In case you haven't started yet, let this be a gentle reminder to begin working on your holiday wish list, unless you want to end up receiving another ugly necktie and a gift certificate to a gas station.
T-shirts are always a great item to put on your own list or to stick in someone else's stocking. Personally, I'm a huge fan of graphic tees…I just can't get enough of them (technically speaking, I could get enough, but there's still plenty of room in my closet for now). So I've compiled this round up of 10 funny and cool t-shirts that will hopefully give you some ideas for holiday gifts this year.
There are all kinds of men's fashion articles out there - such as which sportcoat or blazer to own if you're only gonna buy one, the most versatile shirts to own, and ten classic pairs of boots for any season. But, those are all based about specific items of clothing, or shopping advice on how to look sharp. Which are great, but what about some more basic knowledge about how to avoid looking goofy, or how to wear what you already own to its fullest?
I didn't plan for it, but somehow, men's fashion and dress has become quite a popular topic on ManMade. I guess it makes sense - finding affordable ways to dress sharp as a guy is certainly a DIY pursuit. There are the extremes, of course: guys that simply don't care, and those who just hand their credit card to the guy at the store and say, "Go." And then there are the rest of us that fall in the middle of the spectrum - we who try to not be schlubs, but not get carried away.
And so, I submit a new Tumblr blog,
I went to the dentist last week (no cavities! hooray!) and whilst waiting being getting cleaned by my threateningly good-looking hygentist (it's sorta weird...not gonna lie) and having the dentist come through for the final check, I pawed through the slightly outdated magazines in the rack on the cubby. I smiled when I saw the above image from the late April issue of the New York Times Magazine...sunglasses from classic movies!
If I haven't gone on record before, allow me to do so now. I love Primer. Andrew and company are dedicated to exploring what it's like to be a guy in the twenty-first century, avoiding both the nastiness of men's magazines and old-timey stereotypes of lots of men's motivational content. They take the same approach that I attempt with ManMade, focusing on style and fashion, health, generally, being a good guy.
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:
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?"
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.
For years, ladies have had their unbelievably priced items of high design and haute couture: million dollar dresses worn to awards ceremonies ("on loan," of course), or jewel encrusted handbags sewn together with unicorn hair and phoenix feathers. Or something.
Now, the fellows have a chance to own a super, unbelievably expensive high-end product: the Iridium razor by Zafirro, which clocks in at a cool $100,000.
How's it get to cost twice as much as the yearly income of the average U.S. citizen?
There've been plenty of classic films to find men's style inspiration: James Bond, Steve McQueen, heck, perhaps even the simplicity of the Blues Brothers. (I'd never thought of it before, but I do have one suit, black, and wear with a white shirt, and a black tie. Hmm...)
And, then, there's The Royal Tenenbaums, with it's vintage and memorable characters, and...their wardrobes. "
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.
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:
A ManMade man is well-dressed man, I've always said. Or, I've probably said that. At least once.
ManMade has always been about taking an intentional approach to the things your do, buy, and use, and clothing definitely fits in that category. So whether your a cutting-edge fashionisto (is that a word?) or just trying to look sharp for cheap, the internet is here to help.
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.
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.