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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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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

created at: 04/18/2012

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

created at: 03/23/2012

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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Mar 13, 2012

Men's Winter Style Survival Guide

created at: 03/13/2012

Okay, I know. "Chris," you're thinking, "It's nearly the middle of march. Winter's over, man! Spring has sprung."

Precisely. The stores are full of spring clothing now, meaning that all the winter stuff is on a significant discount. So now's the time to stock up on some high-end winter essentials that were (likely) previously out of your budget, but are now much more affordable.

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Mar 05, 2012

The Man's Guide to Scarves: Why You Should Wear One and 7 Ways to Tie It

created at: 03/05/2012

I was a late adopter of the scarf. I wasn't opposed, I just didn't have any, and so didn't wear one. And then, I found myself in New York the week before Christmas, in the middle of a snowstorm, walking about in thirty mile per hour winds, and my coat and gloves just wasn't cutting it. So, I snagged a scarf from a street vendor, and wouldn't you know it:

Scarves really, really work.  

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Feb 23, 2012

How to: Make a Leather Lunch Tote

Quick story...which I've probably already told somewhere on ManMade before, but I can't seem to find it.

I packed my lunch every day when in school, from first grade to my final senior exams. Well, rather, my dad packed my lunch for me. It was something we shared, and one of the greatest gifts my father ever gave me. In elementary, I was one of only four or five kids who got to line up early because we weren't lunch ticket users. The "packers" always got teased for some reason (kids are weird), but I also felt kinda cool and special.

He and I were always quite different, but I remember opening the fridge every morning to see a brown bag

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Feb 20, 2012

"Star Wars" Characters Meet Street Fashion

He Wears It is a mashup project by Hong Kong-based designer John Woo. The artist illustrates your favorite male Star Wars characters wearing stylish mens clothing from fashion designers and labels. 

   

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Jan 30, 2012

Shwood and Huf Make Cool Sunglasses from Recycled Skateboards

Shwood, makers of handcrafted wooden sunglasses, teamed up with San Francisco clothing company Huf to spend a day skateboarding through downtown Los Angeles. When one rider broke his deck, the Shwood craftsmen took the trashed plywood, laminated up, and created these amazing recycled skateboard-version of their awesome sunglasses design.

They film the whole process, showing how these beautiful pieces are glued up and made by hand. Accompanied by T. Rex's "Mambo Sun," this video's a must watch.  

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Jan 27, 2012

How to: Make a Stylish Knit Tie

The neck tie can have a big effect on whatever you're wearing. It can dress up a pair of jeans, add punch to a blazer, and generally up whatever shirt you're wearing...provided it has a collar. 

But sometimes, you wanna control the "up." There are lots occassions where your finest silk is a little overkill, or that perfectly balanced double-windsor can actually make you overdressed. In those occassions, when you need just a bit of extra style, give the just-casual-enough knit tie a shot...and while you're at it, make it yourself.     

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Jan 26, 2012

Artist Nicholas Ruiz Creates Bow Ties from Recycled Objects for the MoMA

When Queens, NY-based artist Nicholas Ruiz had finished up the work for the Picasso: Guitars 1912–1914 exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, Ruiz decided to pay tribute to the artist by creating a custom bowtie from guitar picks and super glue for the exhibit opening. 

   

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Jan 13, 2012

10 Men's Style Mistakes to Avoid

Gin A. Ando, in the always thoughtful and reliable Primer magazine, offers, in his voice, "ten style mistakes I wish I'd learned a long time ago. He says, "Being virile young men, we are somewhat expected to be reckless in our nature. Perhaps we don’t think everything through before we do it. Or maybe we do things in excess. But if there’s something a well-dressed young man who

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Sep 13, 2011

Shopping Men's Clothing at Target: What to Buy, What to Avoid

If I haven't gone on record before, allow me to do so now. I love Primer. Andrew and company are dedicated to exploring what it's like to be a guy in the twenty-first century, avoiding both the nastiness of men's magazines and old-timey stereotypes of lots of men's motivational content. They take the same approach that I attempt with ManMade, focusing on style and fashion, health, generally, being a good guy.  

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Sep 01, 2011

Nine Iconic Pop Culture Sweaters

Found Item Clothing, those culture historians that showed us how to age new t-shirts into worn and loved favorites, now present "Nine Famous Sweaters," a curious new collection, "spotlighting famous sweaters and cardigans from film, television, and music. Featured below are 9 memorable examples of the form, as illustrated by our crack squad of graphic artists (and conceived by yours truly with a nod to the NYT).

   

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Aug 31, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: August 31, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web. Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

Lobster shell motorcycles. Of course

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Aug 30, 2011

How To: Repair Denim Jeans at Home

created at: 08/30/2011

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:

created at: 08/30/2011

   

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