I'm okay with admitting it: I'm getting older. Not old!...but, you know, older. I sleep differently, now. The gray hairs appeared about six months ago. And mostly, I feel it in my body. I started getting sore for no reason. I feel all twisty in my lower back.
So, I realized, I needed to get stretch-y.
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."
To celebrate the launch of their new eyewear site Framegeek, the team at EveryGuyed teamed up with Glenn Manucdoc of Moxy Creative to create Framework, a series of posters celebrating iconic men's eyewear from the last century.
Click through for the complete list.
Eco-design blog Inhabitat has teamed up with Gilette to create this list of gadgets, each with style and a small footprint. Looking over the collection, I think most gents can safely say, "Yes, I'd want that." And while the care that goes into making each one is reflected in the fetching price, they're actually not completely unaffordable. Certainly, you'd get what you paid for.
A few weeks ago, the ManMade community rejoiced over the release of the Ninjabread Men cookie cutters from Fred Flare, which are still not available for purchase. So, industrious James Williamson, an electronics engineer living in Lancashire, UK, created his own, and is sharing his template with the world!
James' versions hinge around a acrylic template (he'll laser cut it for you for cost!), but you could easily print yours out onto paper.
Until we're all totally rich and can afford custom suits or have perfected our own tailoring skills, most of us will have to make do with off-the-rack traditional men's clothing: suits, dress shirts, pants, etc. And since there's like a trillion little pins and plastic things all over every item in the department store, it helps to know your basic measurements before you begin to try things on.
Every man should know a the following measurements: chest, sleeve, neck, shirt size, waist, inseam, and shoe sizes. And, in order to get these things to fit properly, you need to measure yourself properly.
We at ManMade do not condone smoking, but we do indeed condone Mad Men. Humorists and pop culture videosters Whirled have chopped up the DVDs of the first three seasons of Mad Men and pasted together a whole heap of smoking scenes, and set it to a ridiculous country-western commercial library song.
And the results are hilarious.
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
"Anyone can go to Design Within Reach and buy some stuff and say: 'Look! It looks like "Mad Men." But if you actually watch the show, you'll realize you've never actually seen anything sold at DWR. The set dressers purposely avoid iconic mid-century pieces by outfits such as Herman Miller and Knoll, opting for timely pieces, not design classics. [I did spot a few Saarinen womb and office chairs when Don went to Calfornia, but they filmed it in the famous Case Study House #22, so in every way appropriate.]
"In keeping with the producers' gag order on details about the upcoming season -- even the exact year in which it's set -- he declined to talk about how the residential scenes, including Don and Betty Draper's home (or homes, should she go through with the divorce threatened in Season 3), might evolve this season. But he did share a few hints about how interior design changed going into the mid-'60s. "Part of it is a color thing," he said. The show is moving more toward primary colors, and away from the muted tones of the '50s. During that time, people moved more toward more curvilinear, shapes -- wilder shapes and colors. In one sense, I'd say it's less sophisticated, the '60s," he said. "We are moving toward that to a degree."
If there's anything we've tried to promote on ManMade, it's that guys and girls alike should make things that make their lives better. And this is never more true than when in reference to designing the spaces you in which we live and work. Unfortunately, as Dave Odegard points out, "It's no secret that the apartment of a single guy isn't much to look at. Whether just out of college or several years into the real world, most guys don't even attempt to shake the dorm room look of plain white walls, movie posters, centerfold pullouts, and hand-me-down furniture."
Dave has done a great interview with design Kibwe Daisy of Design for Men, a
SewHip - "The UK's No. 1 Sewing Magazine" has an article called "Men Do It Too!" in their current issue (no. 17), featuring two male crafters and bloggers, Paul from Dudecraft and yours truly. The five page spread features lots of ManMade original projects and photos, including several from Make It! Mid-Century Modern, the circuit board picture frame, the free Happiness is a Warm Glue Gun poster, and the mid-century birdhouse:
Before Maxim and Esquire, there was a previous generation of men's magazines. Pulpy, violent, and equally sex-obsessed as the current publications, these men's adventure magazines feature fantastic headlines like: "Why Foreign Girls Make Better Wives and Lovers," "Cannibal Crabs Craw to Kill," and "I'm Teaching My Kid to Fight Dirty."
Here's a different sort of "how to" for ManMade...instead of actually creating something, it's a more of a "what to aim for...:"
But a creative guy has every chance to be a sharply dressed guy, and this very thorough article from LifeHack.org offers some pretty helpful tips, like
Pants should almost touch the ground without your shoes on
- Shirts with button-down collars are not dress shirts.
- You need more than one pair of shoes, but not too much more.