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:
"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.
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.
As the editor of a male-oriented blog, I often get asked about my opinions on manly things, like how I feel about backwards baseball caps, or whether anyone should still have a goatee in 2012. (For the record: Against and absolutely not, respectively.)
Often, those questions bring up classic fashion items that are seeing a comeback, such as the bowtie, or suspenders. And in short? I'm for 'em.
The Eames lounge chair is a standard in many a manly room. It's welcoming shape, perfect height, and oh-so-essential ottoman make it a main supporter, but not a major focal piece in any room. It does it's job, and it does it well, but doesn't demand attention...well, other than when you have someone over for the first time and they say, "Oh my gosh, you have an Eames lounge?!"
Which is why Ana's makeover of a chair she knabbed for free and an ottoman she found for $10 is so unexpected...and yet, kinda works.
Hands down, the most popular question that ManMade readers email me (other than: I wanna make my boyfriend/husband/partner/brother/son something for X holiday. What should I do?) is from guys interested in buying and learning to use their first sewing machine. Usually, I have a little spiel I do about buying old metal machines with simple stitches. And now, I'll throw a link to this helpful little article.
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:
It can be tough to find attractive, masculine-friendly pattern fabric at your local craft store. The solids are usually safe, but save for a tiny check or two, most of the stores are a sea of shiny lamé, pastel animal prints, or, worse, the supposedly masculine-y flamed fleece or sports team prints.
Or, perhaps you simply can't find fabric that matches a room or space...anyone who's ever looked can attest: it can be tough.
For years, I've been saying [to myself, and probably to you at some point] "Man, I need to learn how to work with leather." I mean, that's like the historic manly craft, right? I kinda have to.
Well, I believe I've found the project that's gonna get me there: this custom leather travel wallet project by Jepsen LeatherGoods.
In this era of fully-functioning computers built into our telephone, high-tech touchscreen surfaces, and 3D televisions at home, it's nice to appreciate the simple machines in our lives. Those made from simple wheels, cogs, chains. I mean, I love my iPhone as much as the next guy, but I'm way more in awe of my bandsaw, the box fan that's keeping my office bearable, and my two favorite machines: my bike and my sewing machine.
Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."
It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.
Click play to watch the latest episode and see the tutorial:
The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...
Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "
Amy's artist statement says:
My quilts are influenced by
Integration with smart phone cases be damned, there's a reason that standard wallet design hasn't changed in at least a century.
It can't really be improved upon.
Sure, I imagine that the credit card slots have been standardized, and clear spots for photo IDs are probably a later addition, and, of course, keeping photos in wallets wasn't really an option until those were affordable, but the basic wallet design is here to stay.
So, I guess we should all probably learn how to make one.
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: