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Sep 20, 2012

An Epic Rap Battle of Manliness

created at: 09/20/2012

Viral video masterminds Rhett & Link have turned their sites on the nostalgic hyper-masculine trend, creating a man-posturing rap battle of epic proportions.  

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Sep 19, 2012

ManMade's Fall Boot Roundup: 5 Stylish Pairs for Any Budget

created at: 09/19/2012With temperatures cooling down, it's time to put the sandals and sneakers away an opt for something better suited for the season: boots. A quality pair of boots should be a staple in anyone's closet. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn inside and outside, keep your feet warm, provide ankle and insole support, and most importanly, help you look sharp and manly at the same time.

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Sep 18, 2012

How to: Make Your Own DIY Painted or Stained Axe

Best Made Co., the New York-based design company known for producing rustic yet infinitely stylish accesssories and tools with a modern masculine feel, first gained attention for their colorful (designer?) axe and tool handles. And now, they've created a how-to that gives you full, step-by-step instructions to customizing your own tools.  

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Sep 07, 2012

What's a $4,000 Suit Really Worth?

The notion of a bespoke $4,000-$5,000 suit may evoke vibes of dashingly handsome rich men, scuttling around in dark lounges on Madison Avenue, smoking cigars and counting their money while getting inseams measured. With the obvious high-end clientele, it makes one wonder..."How can you not get rich selling $4,000 suits?" Turns out, regardless of the price of the suit,

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Aug 28, 2012

Seven $300 Suits that Look Like $3000

created at: 08/28/2012Sometimes, a man just needs to look like a million bucks. But, of course, no one can actually afford to spend a million bucks, nor for most of us, a thousand bucks. But, like with all things, some smart shopping can net you a very sharp suit for around $300, while looking like you spent ten times as much.  

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Aug 23, 2012

The ABC of Men's Fashion

"Clothes cannot make the man," argues Jeff Staple, the owner of Staple Design, a clothing collection, creative agency and retail store in New York City. Or, more positively, "Sometimes you just put something on and you feel like you can destroy the world with it."   

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Aug 22, 2012

Free Download: Handwritten Typeface "Mountain Retreat"

created at: 08/22/2012

Mountain Retreat is new(ish) handwritten printed typeface from designer Andew Clark...and it comes from the wilderness.  

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Aug 20, 2012

How to: Iron a Button-Down Dress Shirt Like a Pro

Ironing. One or two rare guys can get away with the dishelved look, but nearly everyone else should embrace that combo of steam and heat that somehow make fabric flat. And while a quick run over a pair of pants or polo comes easy enough to most of us, the button-down is a whole 'nother beast entirely. It's got at least seven components going on, each requiring a special setup on the

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Aug 15, 2012

A Video Supercut of Famous Movie Sunglasses

Our friends at Found Item Clothing just whipped up this supercut of their favorite movie sunglass scenes.  

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Aug 08, 2012

How to: The Ultimate Guide to Dress "Business Casual"

When you work at home, there is no dress code. The only rule in my office is, well, make sure you put on pants before 9:00a. Otherwise, let the agenda dictate dress. 

Yet, there are still a surprising number of places where I'm invited to dress "business casual." Actual meetings with real humans (gasp!), conferences and summits, PR parties and events, and general social gatherings and celebration.

And, since I've never really had a job where business, uh, regular? is the standard, scaling back from that isn't always clear.  

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Jul 26, 2012

11 Out-of-Style Trends You Should Phase Out of Your Wardrobe

It's easy to critique. Especially something that's obviously not a good choice, like an outdated shoe or non-flattering cut of clothing. But the real work comes with offering a solution - a constructive observation that provides a better solution than the one deemed immature, or which was simply bad idea in the first place.  

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Jul 25, 2012

Your Logo is Not Hardcore

created at: 07/25/2012

"Your Logo is Not Hardcore" is a new Tumblr blog that seems to have noticed a curious trend in graphic design - namely, that there are a whole lotta logos with Xs in them. Like, a whole lot, and many of them brands and organizations dedicated to men's interests and products.  

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Jul 13, 2012

A Visual Guide to Understanding Common Suit Features

created at: 07/13/2012

For some guys, even wearing a suit can be tricky. For others, it's knowing how to best plop down that initial $300-500 just to get started. But for every man? You have to know what you're looking at before you even begin to make the right choice.  

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Jul 11, 2012

7 Big Men’s Style Mistakes We’ve All Made

created at: 07/11/2012

Even if you've spent your cash on stylish pieces, well cut and tailored options, and just all around quaility clothing, you still have to put it together right...and therein lies the trick. You can own closets full of simple, classic style, but there's still plenty of room for errors.  

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Jul 09, 2012

Don't Be a Dick: The False Virtues of the Classic Alpha Male

Be a good man.

For many guys in the twenty-first century, aspiring to the "good" part is easy...it's the man part that seems tough. Those who've never been much moved by abstract virtues that aren't sensitive to one's specific context can find it tough to embrace their masculinity without becoming an arrogant jerk.  

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Jun 11, 2012

Infographic: Which Men's Style Blogs Should You Be Reading?

created at: 06/11/2012

Over the last few years, there's been a significant movement to provide a diversity of content for men, and ManMade is excited to be a part of it. One of the biggest outcomes has been all the fantastic men's style and clothing sites that have popped up, provided solid advice, great deals, and tips for dressing like you know what you're doing.

But of course, keeping up with all of them is quite a task, so complex created a flowchart to help you pick just the right ones for you, so you can get the kind of advice and inspiration you're looking for.  

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May 24, 2012

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

created at: 05/24/2012

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

created at: 05/24/2012

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 15, 2012

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

created at: 05/15/2012

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.

created at: 05/15/2012

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

What happened?  

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May 02, 2012

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

created at: 05/02/2012

"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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