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Fashion & Style

Snow Peak Introduces Awesome Menswear for Fall

If we were planning a kick ass camping trip, Snow Peak would be our one-stop-shop for all those outdoor essentials. The Portland-based brand has built an impressive following on account of their...
intelligent, beautifully crafted range which encompasses everything from super lightweight titanium café latte sets to folding bamboo tables. Consequently, we were thrilled to hear that the brand plans to...
launch their inaugural apparel line this fall. And from what we’ve seen so far, this collection promises to be just as cool and understated as their accessory offering. Laid-back pieces such as plaid...
shirts, cargo pants and quilted separates...

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Fashion & Style

Free, Or Die: Brooklyn Custom Menswear

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 Loft. We love...
the new kid on the block at The Manual, so we decided to check it out. They invited us over to design a custom “Free, Or Die”blazer at their Bushwick haberdashery (Cocktails included of...
course). The brand offers a wide range of materials for both the exterior and interior of your blazer as well as custom monograms. Our favorite options were the interiors, which included patterns...
resembling...

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Fashion & Style

Rowing Blazer Book Shows Off The Legend

It is undeniable that the blazer is an essential part of the modern man’s wardrobe. Its pedigree runs back to the rowing blazers worn by the row clubs of Oxford and Cambridge. And while the rowing blazer...
might be in fashion (and we are kind of over it) it has an amazing history and we do appreciate the rowers who wear them. A new coffee table book out earlier this month called Rowing Blazers...
(Vendome/Thames & Hudson) explores the history of this fashion staple. The author and American rower, Jack Carlston, traveled the globe with prep photographer F.E. Castleberry to...

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Fashion & Style

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 we heard E.Tautz was about to have its very first store in...
London’s Mayfair, we were intrigued to find out more. Why Mayfair? Edward Tautz opened his first store in 1867 at 485 Oxford St, between Duke St and Park St and this was our...

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Grooming

Harry’s Rolls Out Shaving Gel and Moisturizer

Remember Harry’s? Just in case you forgot we’ll jog your memory. Harry’s was the razor brand created by Warby Parker founder Jeff Raider and Bain alum Andy Katz-Mayfield last year. They are known...
for their stylish, but affordable ergonomic razors. (Note: the Warby Parker of shaving.) Harry’s announced today they are releasing a new skincare line for men to compliment their razors. It’s both...
affordable and all natural. We got in touch with Harry’s to get you the details. The line is a simple and easy two-piece set that includes a Foam Shave Gel and After Shave Moisturizer. Harry’s Foam...
Shave Gel is a...

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Fashion & Style

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. Black Garment Essentials. These all natural washes and sprays are a great option to both...
wash and “freshen up” your gear. Plus you can feel good about it at the end of the day. They are biodegradable and don’t require water to do the job....

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Fashion & Style

Bryer Leather: Handcrafted in California

A man’s wallet and bag say a lot about his taste and sensibilities. If you’re looking for a new way to carry your bacon, or just for a new bag to make your weekend getaway, look no further than Bryer...
Leather. San Diego-native Thomas Brierton is the creative genius behind Bryer’s handcrafted accessories. He has you covered if you’re in the market for a new wallet, iPad case, guitar strap or...
duffle bag. Brierton handcrafts all of his orders with leather from one of the best tanneries in the nation too — Horween leather. Brierton has always been the crafty...

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Fashion & Style

Vico Footwear Brings European ‘Street Cred’

At the Manual we take pride in introducing brands we love. Our latest discovery hasn’t arrived on this side of the pond yet. Dutch brand Vico Footwear caught our attention with their fresh take on...
men’s casual footwear. Founded in 2012, the company produces their entire product line in Portugal with European leathers and recycled products. Inspired by global neighborhoods the brand’s name Vico...
is taken from the Latin word “vicus”, which stands for ‘in the street’. And the “street cred” on these kicks is legit. They are attention grabbers. Their latest line The Veneto...
Collection features versatile summer footwear...

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Living

Menswear Gets A Makeover From GreenFingers

Are you tired of the taxidermy trend as much as we are? It’s pretty cool to see a turkey flying over a shoe display but they do tend to get dusty and yes, even trophy animals can get buggy. So we...
were excited to see how the always forward thinking Filson is using plants as the new decor for their first east coast store from the likes of a Japanese plant guru Satoshi Kawamoto. More recently,...
Kawamoto’s store GreenFingers has generated a lot of buzz with  his living designs for the Filson store mentioned above and the new Sleepy Jones...

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Fashion & Style, Meet Up Monday

Meet Up Mondays: The M. Singer Experience

If the secret to winning in fashion is keeping an element of surprise, Matthew Singer just stepped to the front of that race. When the former fashion director of the Neiman Marcus Group left his post late...
last year, it seemed logical for him to channel his expertise in the retail biz into brand consulting. No one quite expected, however, the retail veteran (Singer also worked as a fashion director at...
Scoop and Bloomingdale’s) to add designer to his credentials. With its simple modern silhouettes, expert tailoring, elegant functionality and Singer’s savoir faire, The M. Singer Experience was...
recently introduced by Gilt.com and now is one of the most coveted brands...

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Fashion & Style, Meet Up Monday

Meet Up Mondays: Frank & Oak

Menswear brand Frank & Oak is one of fashion’s best-kept secrets. Not just because you can only access its well-designed, trend-right clothing and accessories through its online store but also...
because its vertical set-up, as a company that designs, makes and sells its own products, has allowed it to be more flexible, unpredictable and experimental than its non-vertical peers. Two years after its...
launch, the company continues to awe the competition and a generation of younger and savvier, brand-fatigued shoppers with fresh-looking and affordable menswear, as well as cool collaborations with Dave 1...
of the hot music act Chromeo and...

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Fashion & Style

I Love Ugly Has Your Headwear Covered

Outfitted with leather patches on the front and pig suede underneath the brim, these are definitely a notch above your average headwear.

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Fashion & Style

Bolivares: Brand of the Americas

Ah, sweats. Few things could be more perfect for lounging in year-round or even sporting to work. It’s true that over the past year designers have been slimming down the traditional sweatshirt and...
sweatpant down so you can now wear them outside the home or gym and even pair with a blazer. Yet who hasn’t run into that situation when all you really want is one timeless but stylish piece that...
flies with everything, feels so comfortable that you never want to take it off, and yet isn’t so precious you don’t want to get it dirty? Introducing Bolivares, the knitted basics brand out of New...

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Fashion & Style

Nick Wooster x Lardini = Seriously Stylish Suiting

If you don’t know who Nick Wooster is, get him on your style radar, pronto. He is one of the world’s coolest gents. Based in New York, his dress sensibility always leaves you guessing. One day...
he is in camo and cashmere, the next he is tailored tighter than an Englishman on Savile Row. As the former fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman and Nieman Marcus, he has become the style arbiter of the...
moment not just because of what he wears but for his very Midwestern sensibility about life. He is the consummate gentleman (some people forget part of dressing...

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Fashion & Style, Meet Up Monday

Meet Up Mondays: Thom Sweeney

Few things can make today’s post-metrosexual or “spornosexual” man fret more than not being ready for his close-up on the red carpet or his wedding day. Fortunately for him, there’s Thom Sweeney....
Until now the British bespoke brand, best known for dressing the likes of David Beckham, David Gandy, Luke Evans, Bradley Cooper and Zachary Quinto in its contemporary bespoke tailoring and killer evening...
attire accompanied by its trademark horseshoe waistcoat, was only available across the pond. But as of this spring, the company introduced a non made-to-measure offering available worldwide exclusively...
through Mr Porter, specifically a tight capsule of...

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Fashion & Style

Shop Class: Context in Madison, Wisconsin

One thing we pride ourselves on at this site is our constant search for all of the good and great around the country, not just in the big cities of NYC and LA. One store that blew our minds is Context...
based in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 2005  by two friends, Ryan Huber and Sam Parker,  who have a mutual love of heavy metal and good looking American made clothes, the store started out  focusing on...
denim. As Ryan explained, “We are right in the middle of the country and there haven’t been any stores around us specializing in hard to...

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