The Manual is simple – Showing men how to live a life that is more engaged. Whether it be fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming or culture, we are here to provide insight into it all. We also offer a forum for you to have an open dialogue and pose questions to our writers and to each other. We don’t boss you around, we are simply here to bring some authenticity and understanding to all that enriches our lives on a daily basis.
Cator Sparks is Editor in Chief of TheManual.com. Previously Cator was covering menswear, grooming, lifestyle and design for The New York Times, Details, Vanity Fair.com, Style.com and The Huffington Post to name a few. Mr. Sparks splits his time between his apartment in Harlem and his home in downtown Charleston where he escapes with his Scottish Terrier for Southern sojourns and excellent cuisine. Recently Cator was commissioned a Colonel of Kentucky by Governor Steven L. Beshear and has requested all friends and family to call him ‘Colonel Cator’ from now on.
Amanda Gabriele is Postings Editor at The Manual and a copywriter for JackThreads. She is the former Managing Editor of FashionIndie.com where she spent four years covering fashion, beauty and dogmatic red carpet commentary. She can’t live without the three Bs – bourbon, barbecue and beards – and loves to cook in platforms. Amanda resides in Fort Greene, Brooklyn with her collection of vintage furs, but you can find her 24/7 on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.
Anthony Dewitt is a newly aspiring writer in New York City. He also works as an marketing assistant for London-based gemstone mining company Gemfields. Prior to moving to New York he lived in Arizona where he attended Arizona State University and pursued a degree in journalism. Anthony’s work has appeared in the Arizona Republic, Arizona Capital Times and on MSNBC. Follow him on twitter @DewittAJ or on instagram @adewitt
Lifelong motorhead, velocity addict, wirehead, shutterbug and cinephile. Lets ride our electric motorcycles to the movies. Quickly.
Drew is our resident tech nerd. He’s spent most of his life trying to be James Bond, so naturally he’s developed an unhealthy obsession with cutting-edge gadgets, top-shelf liquor, and well-timed puns. When he’s not composing articles for TheManual and DigitalTrends, Drew prefers to spend his time on the outskirts of Portland, buried in neck-deep powder at Mt. Hood.
Brandon Widder is a journalist and a staff writer for the Manual and its brother site, Digital Trends, where he covers tech news, how-to guides, and more. In his free time, he moonlights as a freelance music writer for the Portland alt-weekly, Willamette Week, and enjoys venturing around the wilds of the Pacific Northwest when he’s not putting together his weekly “Trekking” column for the Manual. Follow him @BrandonWidder.
Jon Call is the Principal Designer at Mr Call Designs, which creates classically American, tailored interiors that are as functional as they are luxurious. Jon studied architecture in Seattle before moving to New York, where he worked for Diamond Barratta and Shawn Henderson. Jon created Mr Call Designs in 2012, and has recently been named one of the ten up and coming designers by House Beautiful.
London-based style and culture writer Jodie Kharas contributes regular fashion features to the online platforms of POP and Dossier Journal, and has worked on print titles including Because, Glass and Velour. Her creative expertise stretches to trend forecasting and global research, creating tailored product updates, city guides and exhibition reviews in her role as Assistant Editor of Arts & Travel for market-leading fashion information service WGSN.
Kristian Laliberte is the former senior editor at Refinery29, where he spent three years covering everything from beauty and fashion to travel and music, as well as all things NYC-centric. He’s been a regular contributor to Hamptons, Gotham, Vs., Blackbook, and Out, hosted a style series for Logo TV’s NewNowNext, and currently freelances as an editorial and social media consultant to luxury brands and a copywriter for national magazines. He lives in the East Village and can usually be found at Indochine. Twitter: @kristianlaliber Instagram: @kristianlaliberte Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KristianLaliberte
Marla Hardee Milling is a full-time freelance writer living in a place often called the Paris of the South, Sante Fe of the East and Beer City U.S.A., but she just calls Asheville, N.C. home. She is a former news producer at WLOS-TV in Asheville and former Director of Communications at Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. More than 700 of her articles and essays have appeared in such publications as Luxury Living, American Style, NICHE, Charleston, Denver, WNC, Blue Ridge Country, Health, Smart Computing, PC Today, New Orleans Gourmet, and many others. Follow her on Twitter @marlamilling
Matt Bell is a travel and grooming writer. He’s endured Thai face slapping massages, swam in a cage with crocodiles and hitchhiked Hawaii all in the name of a good story. Follow him @mrmattbell.
Matt Domino is a writer living in Brooklyn. His fiction has appeared in Slice and The Montreal Review, while his non-fiction has been featured on The Paris Review Daily, Splitsider, SLAM Online, The Nervous Breakdown, Cool Hunting, Bleacher Report and The Montreal Review. Matt also runs his own general interest blog called Puddles of Myself. He is a basketball aficionado and will never turn down a beer or a conversation about Gram Parsons or James Joyce.
Max Padilla has been a writer and editor for over a decade for publications ranging from Rolling Stone to Martha Stewart Living. Most recently, Padilla wrote a weekly column and blogged for the Los Angeles Times Image section on men\’s style and grooming. He has also written on art for the Huffington Post and ForYourArt. An Aquarius who resides in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, Max enjoys hoppy beer, sushi, street tacos and bahn mi sandwiches. Twitter: @maxpadilla; Instagram: @maxp101; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Jaynes is the automotive editor of The Manual. When Nick isn’t behind the wheel on the open road, he can be found traipsing around the woods with his coonhound, Ruger. Despite what anyone else thinks, Nick considers himself a younger, handsomer, shoutier version of Jeremy Clarkson. Find him on Twitter @NickJaynes
Stefan Doyno is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper East Side before moving to Westchester. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and is currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He was a news producer and producer at his undergrad television station and has interned at ABC Eyewitness News in New York City, WKBW, and MTV where he wrote for the Newsroom Blog and Movies Blog. Stefan had a business column with AOL Patch and enjoys fine restaurants, 90\’s music and dry-humor. You can follow him on Twitter @thewritestefan
Tom Handley is a contributor for TheManual. As a professor of public relations and social media strategy at Parsons The New School for Design, Tom practices what to professes. An early adopter to social media, Tom consults for various photographers, restaurants, digital media companies and women’s and menswear designers. Tom pairs his academic tenure, his 20+ years in the fashion industry with his focus for developing and mentoring the next generation of the fashion marketers and publicists. He consults with six New York based public relations firms, having developed their critical Summer Intern Programs. Connect with Tom via Twitter @PRProfessor
Contributing writer Tim Yap was born in Kuala Lumpur and lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vancouver and Toronto prior to moving to New York City in 2005 to become an editor of Sportswear International, Stylesight and The Doneger Group. Additionally published in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Flare, Surface, City, Antenna, Maxim and Style.com, he currently works as an editor-at-large, content strategist and brand writer for companies such as Visual Tales, Tommy Hilfiger and Belstaff.
Wine Awesomeness is more than a company – it is a culture. As millennials, Luke Correale, Dale Slear, Brad Ball, and Logan Lee think differently. Thus, espousing a unique perspective on wine. The quartet’s mission is to redefine how current and future generations perceive and experience wine. Ball leads the wine curating team, and is one the youngest Advanced Sommeliers in the Southeast and one of less than 400 worldwide. In 2012, he joined forces with Slear, Lee, and Correale to launch the curated, culture driven wine eCommerce business that is getting national attention.
The WA crew challenges wine drinkers to be different, be adventurous and be confident, opposed to settling for that uninspired bottle of ‘critter wine’. Choose to learn about rock star wines by classic vintners or killer bottles by the winemakers who are writing wine’s next great chapter.