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.
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.
This year, I promised myself I wouldn't make an official ManMade gift guide for guys. Not because I don't know about all kinds of cool stuff that a fellow might want this Christmas, but because presuming that you can suggest what to buy someone based on their gender goes against the reason ManMade exists in the first place.
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."
On Wednesday, the New York Times featured a piece about "rough looking" furniture and "emphasizing the influence of the y-chromosome." Artists and designers such as Joost Van Bleiswijk, Aaron Raymer, Simon Hasan, Oscar Magnus Narud are creating pieces who's aesthetic only improves with a scratch or a nick in the veneer.
Murray Moss has dubbed the approach "butch craft", and "he has collected in an enticing show that opened Wednesday night at Moss, his SoHo store. It has a “rough-hewn, virile and heavy-lifting aesthetic,” Mr. Moss said, albeit one that is sensitively rendered or considered, a nod to the history and semiotics of the word “butch.”
Close your eyes. (Well, read this paragraph, then close your eyes) When I say the word, "wallpaper," what's the first thing that pops into your head?
Chances are, it's some intricately floral design, or some gawdy design from your grandparents house or the hallway of your first studio apartment. Which is too bad, really, cause the idea of a big, bold graphic pattern on your wall has lots of potential.
Thankfully, modern designers are using new tools like digital photography and computers with classic printing techniques to create a whole new generation of wallpaper, plenty of which have a fine masculine touch to them.
A gentlemen surely loves his technology. But more importantly, gentlemen are passionate about being productive, and finding ways to better their lives and those of others through access to knowledge and resources.
And, in 2010, those bits of knowledge and resources are often stored digitally, and accessed via that beloved technology. And so, with that in mind, ManMade friend The Art of Manliness has created a masterlist of fifteen great iPhone apps.
The round-up features classic manly how-to stuff, like Tie-a-Tie Deluxe
Reference options, like cocktail recipes or Weber's On the Grill app
Or character building practices, like the
Combos (the filled preztel/crackery things) and researched Bert Sperling have just released the second edition of "America's Manliest Cities." The winner this year is Charlotte, North Carolina, with my own city of Columbus, Ohio in number two, and Kansas City, MO coming in third.
So, check out how they determine this: there are five criteria in which a city can be ascribed up to 100 points, based on per capita figures. They are the availability or consumption of
- Sports - professional major league sports teams (football, baseball, basketball and hockey), the number of nearby NASCAR tracks and events, NHRA events, local drag racing
Fashion retailer French Connection have launched an ad campaign made up of 60-second spots that will air before feature films in the cinema. These commercials are divided into two efforts - one for women, and one for men. Those for men will air before films which will most likely appeal to men, and those for women before those films.