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Gift Guide: Alchemy Works Holiday Editions

There are only six days left until Christmas, and we’re sure many of you still haven’t completed your holiday shopping. Don’t worry, we haven’t either! For those of you, who like us, have been procrastinating on buying all your holiday presents, we know the perfect one-stop shop — Alchemy...
Works — a gallery, retail, and events space located in Los Angeles. Now don’t worry, you don’t have to be in California to take advantage of their special holiday editions. Just visit alchemyworks.us/shop/. Here are The Manual’s five favorite Alchemy Works Holiday Editions in case you need a...
little help picking...

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Living

Top Gear returns Dec. 27th with controversial Patagonia Special

If you’re anything like me and you consider the Top Gear boys, Jezza, Captain Slow, and Hamster, your close, personal...
friends, I have good news; your besties are back … well, at least, they will be on December 27th. That’s right; Top...
Gear will finally return to the airwaves with its controversial Patagonia Special, which has been teased in the 20-second video...
below. And just why is the special so controversial? Good question. Well, it all stems from the license plate show leader Jeremy...
Clarkson chose for his Porsche, which read, “H982 FKL.” Hyper-vigilant Argentinians took this as an reference...

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Food & Drink

How to Make an Old Fashioned

Invented in the 19th century and popularized during the Prohibition, the Old Fashioned is one of the most beloved cocktails on the...
planet. If we’ve learned anything from AMC’s Mad Men, it’s that an Old Fashioned is the perfect drink to order after a long...
day of drinking Old Fashioneds. In this video, Julia Brown of Paymaster Lounge in Portland, Oregon gives us her take on this...
hallowed cocktail. Here’s the best Old Fashioned recipe in the biz: Ingredients: 1.5 oz bourbon whiskey 1 sugar cube 3...
dashes Angostura bitters 1 orange peel twist 1 cocktail cherry Instructions: Start by...

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Fashion & Style

High quality parkas from Black Manufacturing

Every article of clothing in the Black Mfg closet is understated and simple,...
but carries the kind of intricate care and detail that makes unwrapping your...
new coat a trip into checking every stitch and corner for something you missed.

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Fashion & Style

Darn Tough Socks Will Last You A Lifetime. Seriously.

When my hipster friend raved about his socks, I paid attention. They're tough,...
comfortable and guaranteed for life. Can't beat that.

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Food & Drink

FEASTING: How to Butcher a Tomahawk Crown Roast with Angie Mar

Chef Angie Mar of The Beatrice Inn in NYC showed us how to butcher and cook a...
pork tomahawk crown roast with challah, apple and chestnut stuffing. Now you...
can do it at home with this step-by-step guide.

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Trekking

Pack It In: Winter Summit Day

It's time to ditch the pavement and hit the trails (and snow). A winter summit...
day gear list can easily start looking like you're packing for a trek to...
Everest instead of a quick jaunt in the woods, so we've done the serious leg...
work and helped you pick out the best trekking gear for cold weather trips...
above the the treeline.

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Fashion & Style, The Manual Wind

The Manual Wind: Seiko Re-Craft Mechanical

The affordable mechanical watch segment is on the move and Seiko has jumped...
right in. Their 60s and 70s inspired Re-Craft line of mechanical timepieces...
make it possible to place stylish and well made automatic watches on all...
wrists.

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Fashion & Style, Worn Out Wednesday

Worn Out Wednesday: Phil Colón

Today we speak to Phil Colón, Founder and President of Project 2050 to hear...
more about his career and personal style.

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Fashion & Style

Fitting In: Trumaker Makes Custom Easy

When you are investing in a good suit, or even a good pair of jeans, the most...
important factor is how well it fits. While most of us don’t have the...
time or the money to customize all of our suits, a new company is allowing men...
across the nation to customize their shirts. Trumaker is revolutionizing an age...
old tradition, all while working around your schedule. Made to measure, or as...
they like to call it “built to fit” was previously thought of as...
something out of reach for the average dudes, but today there are new...
‘e-tailors’ launching...

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Living

Throttle Jockey: What kind of motorcycle should I get?

Been thinking about getting into motorcycling? Hey, who isn't these days? One...
of the first questions you'll need to answer is what kind of motorcycle is...
right for you.

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Fashion & Style

A Gentleman’s Guide to Ugly Christmas Sweaters

There was a time when folks wore Christmas sweaters in earnest. Bright, garish,...
over-the-top Christmas sweaters succinctly represented the unpretentious,...
unapologetic cheer and excess of the holiday season. As a child, you might have...
snickered when your parents donned sweaters that were lousy with Christmas...
miscellany. As it turns out, time has yet again vindicated your parents’...
fashion choices–in recent years, mass hipsteria and the rise of irony...
have helped bring ugly Christmas sweaters to glorious new heights....
Ugly-sweater-themed parties are popping up all over the place,...
#uglychristmassweater is blowing up Instagram, and you can even find...
sports-themed Christmas sweaters...

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Fashion & Style

A Chat About FW14 with CWST

California-based menswear brand CWST is all about super wearable low-key...
luxury. Founders Joe Sadler and Derek Buse take a refreshingly natural approach...
to design. The pair are advocates of essential clothing, always avoiding...
superfluous detail that may deter the modern man. We caught up with the guys to...
talk holiday plans and winter dressing in Southern California.

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