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Free, Or Die: Brooklyn Custom Menswear

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We recently stumbled upon Brooklyn-based “Free, Or Die,” a custom menswear brand that started this year. The founders, Briams Beltran and Ryan Link, run the brand out of their Bushwick…

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Taking Five with Patrick Grant of E.Tautz

Patrick Grant is a man to admire. Firstly, he’s notoriously good looking – utter his name to anyone in the industry and watch them turn misty-eyed. Secondly, he bought and resurrected two...
traditional British menswear brands, Norton & Sons, a bespoke Saville Row tailor and E.Tautz, now relaunched as a ready to wear label. When...

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The Manual Guide: How to Wear a Tie Clip Properly

Following our recent guides to french cuffs and pocket squares, we thought it would be appropriate to give you a primer on yet another oft-overlooked sartorial staple: the humble tie bar. These badboys...
have been enjoying a bit of a resurgence as of late, and since they’re slowly becoming more popular among fashionable guys like yourself, we figure...

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The Manual Wind: Giuliano Mazzuoli Carrara

Every timepiece has a designer, but not every designer will take the risk of producing a timepiece.  Giuliano Mazzuoli is a risk taker.  Since the launch of his namesake brand in 2005, he has approached...
the design of the timepiece from a different angle.  His inspiration, Italian heritage and simplistic design, has truly created a...

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On Your Feet: Locally sourced sneakers from SYOU

SYOU brings cultural talent of all types together to co-design shoes, with a focus on locally sourced materials and fair compensation.

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Sunglass Tint Matters More Than Style

Days are getting shorter but the sun can still hurt your eyeballs, so right around now, it’s time to start thinking about sunglasses in terms of specific function rather than everyday wear. And,...
turns out, the tint of your sunglasses is more than just a statement of style; if you’re doing anything other than walking...

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Introducing More Than Words – Oxfords with Character

Every gent has a slight bromance with his Oxford shirts. They are the go-to staple when you just need to look classic, clean and on point. They are comfortable, go with almost everything and can work for...
an interview or a chin wag at the bar. We have certainly seen our fair share of these...

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The Style Rider: Read All About It

Matt Brand was once apart of The Manual team – he has since moved on and started a blog that fuses an everyday commute with the interesting and exciting styles of New York City. We had a quick...
coffee with him between shots to hear more about StyleRider. “I bike everyday from Brooklyn to TriBeCa, and...

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Hello, Brooklyn! : Shop Talk with Tyrel Kirkham of the Brooklyn Nets

Football season may have just started, but some of us here at The Manual (read: this faithful writer) are already looking forward to the NBA’s opening night on October 28. Since September is usually a...
dead zone for NBA news, we were delighted when we had the chance to talk to Tyrel Kirkham, the Vice...

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Mr. Black Garment Essentials

As cooler temps make their descent, our winter wardrobes are slowly jumping back into full rotation. This means switching gears when it comes to maintaining our wardrobe too. You know that smell when your...
favorite denim or sweater is far in between cleans. What to do? We’d like to introduce you to Australian brand Mr....

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Warby Parker Debuts Fresh Styles For Fall

Eyewear has become so hip you’ll want frames even if you don’t have sight issues. We especially love the new styles we see emerging from Warby Parker. Its Fall 2014 collection features nine new...
shapes, three styles in crystal and two new hues (Striped Pacific and Petal Tortoise). The design staff also updated three hardworking acetate frames with...

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The Manual’s 2014 Guide to Fall Fashion

It’s that time of year again — Roll up your bathing suits, put the aloe back under the sink, and throw out those well-worn flip-flops because autumn is upon us! This is really one of our favorite...
times of year. It’s time to start drinking the brown booze more than the vodka and gin, we...

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The Manual Wind: Blancpain Villaret Chronographe Pulsometre

One of the great ironies in the watch world is the chronograph complication.  Although equally classic and useless, it happens to be a staple in every man’s watch collection.  While the function of a...
chronograph, a stopwatch, is not very useful these days, it is the multiple hands and symmetrical dial layouts that have made...

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