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Jun 04, 2012

Roundup: 9 Unique, Stylish Bicycle Accessories

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I'm proud to say, that after 5 years of living in NYC, I finally got a bike. Not only can I get around easily, but also I'm officially initated into the ManMade Brotherhood of Biking. I ordered a great single speed, fixed gear from State Bicycle Co. (check it out!) and I couldn't be happier with it. However, there is one thing missing from my ride: accessories. So, of course, I took to the internet and searched for some stylin' bicycle accessories. I could easily make this post ten pages long, but since I'm a strong believer in brevity, I narrowed my list down to nine cool items.  

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May 24, 2012

How to: Roll Up Your Shirt Sleeves, the Right Way

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Sorry, Mr. President. I appreciate your willingness to unwind, loosen up, and not always have a tie on, but it looks like you're wearing oxford cloth swim fins.

It's hard enough to dress sharp in the colder months, but you can thankfully invoke the layers. But when it's hot, it can be extra tough to not look like you're hanging out at the pool, or, worse, the skatepark with teenagers. It takes a very special person to pull off the short-sleeved button-up, and a polo isn't quite right for many occassions.

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May 24, 2012

Finally, A Sewing Kit for Men

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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.  

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May 22, 2012

New Collection of Star Wars Cufflinks

I maintain that all men should have at least one dress shirt with link cuffs, single for the minimalists and French for the snazzier. I also maintain that on said dress shirt you should wear cufflinks beyond simple metal or glass buttons, something with a sense of humor. Like, perhaps, this brand new line featuring all things Star Wars.    

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May 18, 2012

The Process: How Denim Jeans are Made, By Hand

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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.

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May 15, 2012

Why Did Men in the U.S. Stop Wearing Hats in Public?

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A hundred years ago, men didn't leave the house without a hat. Example: the image above, a rally in Union Square in NYC, full of people, full of hats.

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One hundred years later: Union Square in NYC, full of people, very few hats.

What happened?  

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May 14, 2012

The Process: Meet Martin Greenfield, the World's Best Tailor

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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:  

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May 02, 2012

The Process: How Oak Street Bootmakers Create their Handcrafted Leather Boots and Shoes

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"I think we're all done with living in a disposable era. Most people are seeking out quality that comes from our country."

So begins this fascinating and, (I'll say it), hopeful look into the process of making sturdy, well-made and hand sewn shoes and boots from Oak Street Bootmakers, which are designed in Chicago and handcrafted in Maine.  

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Apr 30, 2012

Flint and Tinder: Premium Underwear for Men, Made in the USA

created at: 04/30/2012

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,

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Apr 23, 2012

Infographic: The Perfect Suit for the Modern Man

created at: 04/23/2012

If you back through old photos of dressed-up men, you'll like see a few wacky turns on the men's suit: the lapels of the 70s, the too-long, boxy jackets of the 80s, the baggy double-breasteds of the 90s. But, you'll also note that there's a basic look that hasn't changed much in nearly a century: the basic, well-cut, no-frills suit that has made men look like a million bucks for the last 100 years.  

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Apr 18, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Skinny Tie from Scratch

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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.  

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Apr 10, 2012

A Note to Self...

Note to self:    

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Mar 27, 2012

How to Tie a Bow Tie: A Gentleman's Guide

Unless you're Orville Redenbacher, you're more of an occasional bow tie wearer rather than a daily guy. 

How to tie a bowtie - diagram

Or perhaps you've never worn one, and have no idea what you'd look like in a real, hand tied deal rather than that ribbon-y thing from the tuxedo rental place.

Either way - you likely don't remember exactly how to tie

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Mar 23, 2012

How to Undress Like a Man, or a Woman: Hilarious & Helpful Life Advice from 1937

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I just stumbled across this fascinating "how-to" from a 1937 issue of Life magazine on the proper way to take off your clothes in the bedroom. One must be sure to avoid the "hideous climax of slovenliness" when removing a shirt, or that cardinal bedroom Don't: scratching oneself, even though, "many men break this rule."

Rather, you should go about it like "this Adonis," who

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Mar 22, 2012

How to: Make a DIY Masculine Leather Watch Strap

I know. For many, the era of the cell phone has rendered the wristwatch useless for some. But not me. I'm an enternal watchwearer, forever doomed to feeling naked without that one accessory that must stay on me. I may be used to the weight, may just not like the look of my bare left wrist, or perhaps I'm just obsessive enough that I need not to have to pull something out of my pocket to know what time it is. (It's that one).  

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