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Aug 09, 2018

Repair is a Radical Act

One of the books in my current stack is Let My People Go Surfing, written by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard. The book is structured into two parts: the first half is a brief history of the company from its origins as a beachside blacksmith shop producing climbing equipment. The other is a company handbook on the founding principles and values on which the billion-dollar company makes its decisions.    

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Feb 23, 2016

Dudes and Decor: An Interior Design Primer for Guys

We all know the stereotypes for the ways guys "decorate" their spaces: outdated recliners, a nest of media and electronics cables, and movie posters tacked to the walls. 

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Dec 30, 2015

15 High-End, Long-Lasting Goods that are Worth the Splurge

created at: 12/30/2015

Here at ManMade, "value" is all about getting a product which has a quality you're comfortable with at a price that you're comfortable paying. For us, that means we're rarely recommending

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Sep 25, 2015

What's the Deal with the 5th Pocket on Your Denim Jeans?

created at: 09/25/2015

Ever wonder why your jeans have that little fifth pocket on the right side? 

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Apr 30, 2015

8 Mesmerizing Manufacturing Videos You Should Watch Right Now

I recently found myself falling down a rabbit hole on YouTube of "How It's Made" style videos and I just couldn't stop! Some of them were so fascinating I had to share them with you!man pulling iron ore from melting pot

It started with "Wooden Bowls" a short video showing the speed and accuracy one company uses to churn out beautiful hand-turned bowls. 

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Jul 15, 2014

A Complete History of the Super Soaker

"Wetter is better." Never has a marketing campaign worked so well on yours truly. The original Super Soaker 50 was the true great gift lust (well, that and a by-then unpurchaseable Fireball Island game) my version of Ralphie's Red Ryder. And nothing was sweeter than that moment on my [9th? 10th?] mid-June birthday...which is a pretty great time to get a giant pressurized neon water gun.    

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Jul 14, 2014

You Earned It Bottle Opener

"You Earned It" is a new bottle opener from Owen & Fred, makers of those awesome leather luggage tags.    

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Jul 01, 2014

Video: The Craft of Creating Handmade Scissors

Scissors are a simple tool. When the work, they work beautifully, doing exactly what you ask, as they've done since you learn how to work a pair in Kindergarten. Ernest Wright & Sons of Sheffield, England is one of the last remaining hand-manufacturer of scissors - high-quality shears crafted from the best materials and designed for a lifetime of use.    

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Apr 28, 2014

Retro Technology LEGO Kits by Chris McVeigh

Designer and LEGO artist Chris McVeigh, the mastermind behind these LEGO ornament sets, presents his latest series of builds: retro technology, including old tube televisions, Ataris, rotary telephones, vintage cameras, and an NES.    

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Apr 24, 2014

Designing for Bikes Stored on Walls

As cycling and bike commuting continue to grow as a realistic transportation option, among the changes, these two are true: 1) there are lots more people with bikes to store indoors, and 2) bike frame and component design and styling have seriously improved, creating beautiful works of craftsmanship.   

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Apr 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

created at: 04/22/2014

If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color thread?   

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Apr 16, 2014

A Fix in Your Pocket: The 5 Best Multi-Tools

Oh, the multi-tool. I keep one stashed in several key places: my everyday bag, my glove compartment, at my desk, and an extra one that floats from my camping gear to my toolbox to a backpack for day trips. They're not all high quality - most were stocking stuffers or holiday presents from well-meaning family who snagged that 3-sizes-in-one-box from the "gifts" section of the department store that pops up in the aisle every December.    

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Apr 10, 2014

The Hair Care Bunch: An Introduction to Men's Styling Products

I have no shame in admitting it: I'm a hair product guy. Not a lot, of course, and if I do it right, you can barely tell, but it's useful. See, I have a rather short forehead and thick, heavy, straight hair that simply just falls forward and flat. It can't even hold a part without some help. So, lest I look bummed out (literally, flat hair on my forehead makes me look sad) or live with what my white (affectionately?) calls my "sick hair" [cause that's how I look on a sick day], I use a little help to give my face some energy.   

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Apr 29, 2013

The Perfect Pour Over Coffee Set

Pour over is one of coffee's simplest methods, and one of the most preferred by tasters and coffee geeks. You simply pour heated water over the ground beans through a filter...kinda like a drip machine, except it tastes way better.    

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Apr 23, 2013

Style Icon: Photos of Paul Newman Looking Sharp

The ManMade approach to style and men's clothing has always been to invest in a few timeless pieces that work well for your look and personality. For some proof that it works, check out these awesome photos of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Though many of the images were shot during the 60s and 70s, they don't come across as vintage or retro. They just look amazing. The basic tenets of men's style has remained relatively unchanged for the last 100 years - take advantage of it.   

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