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Food & Drink

Book of Spirits

By now, you should all know we have a healthy and responsible obsession with whiskey. And it seems we’re not the only one. Michael R. Veach, the only professional bourbon historian in the country has...
released Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage, a book that chronicles the history of the spirit. The book starts off with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, where Veach traces the history of...
bourbon, bringing the reader through major historical events including the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The technology behind the making of bourbon is also...
explored as well...

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Fashion & Style

Public Cool : A Q & A With Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne

  In 2008, two designers (and uber tastemakers) Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne started a label inspired by the energy only found in New York City. Five years later, Public School is nominated for a...
CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear. Not only is Osborne and Chow born and raised in New York, they are living the New York dream Their clothing line is a modern take on classic tailored sportswear, and...
entirely made in New York City’s garment district, which is having a resurgence after a long, sad decline with many designers preferring to produce items overseas. For Fall 2013,...

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Living

BAM! POW! A History Lesson In Comic Book Heros

  It all started in 1938 when Action Comics introduced a costumed character with two identities. The man possessed powers and extraordinary strength. He used these gifts to protect the defenseless. This...
man went by the name Man of Steel, and not only was he a superhero; he was a prototype for all future models, including Batman, and Wonder Woman. The Golden Age of DC Comics by Taschen is a comic book...
nerd’s study guide to the world of superheroes and comic book history. And we all know you don’t have to wear tape around your glasses to be a nerd....

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Living

Spring Into Shape

  Spring has already arrived (hard to believe in some parts of the nation, we know) and summer is  quickly approaching, and that means bathing suit season for everyone -Wahoo! After hibernating...
through the winter months we realize that we need to get back into the routine of working out and looking good so we can hit the beach with confidence. If you don’t already know about...
them- SoulCycle is an intense 45 minute workout program that has developed a cult following. SoulCycle is expected to expand from its current fourteen locations to an upwards of 40 locations nationwide...
over the next...

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Fashion & Style

Introducing George Frost: An interview with Lisa Salzer

Well, it’s about time! Lisa Salzer, the designer behind the witty and well-known jewelry company Lulu Frost has expanded her vision and started making jewelry for the guys. George Frost is a collection...
of awesomely rugged and well thought out pieces that would be a welcome addition to many a man’s wardrobe. Her line, titled Love and Luck is inspired by World War II. This collection uses vintage and...
resourced materials, which lends it an authenticity men will appreciate. All the pieces are made in New York and some of our favorites are: a white bronze shoehorn bottle opener (you know...

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Grooming

Beat The Bumps

Shaving can be an extremely aggravating activity for many guys out there- and if you have easily irritated skin, you know how annoying, not to mention painful a clean shave can be. Razor burn and ingrown...
hairs can lead you down a real bumpy road; thankfully The Manual has compiled some great products that can help you beat the bump. AHAVA’s Time to Energize Soothing After-Shave Moisturizer is a calming,...
soothing and hydrating after-shave formula. The after-shave uses the brand’s famed Osmoter™, a unique blend of hydrating Dead Sea minerals, as well as a botanical blend of gingko (which relieve...

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Grooming

Bringing Blind Barber Products To Life: An Interview With Jeff Laub

  Blind Barber, the ultra-cool barbershop during-the-day / speakeasy-at-night hybrid has come out with its own line of high-end shaving and hair care products. All of the items have a smell that dudes...
can dig and the sleek packaging is reminiscent of an era of when shaving was more of an elaborate event and drinking alcohol was prohibited. The Manual interviewed Jeff Laub, the brainchild behind the...
Blind Barber concept. What does it take to create a line of products? A lot of research, trial and error, patience, and unwillingness to accept anything less than great. We are perfectionists and...

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Living

Down With Smoke

We all know that smoking is a habit that has become increasingly taboo and while many smokers wish they could just quit, it’s a goal that is easier said than done. So, what exactly are electronic...
cigarettes (or e-cigs) and how do they work? We spoke with a few popular brands on the market to get some answers. Electronic cigarettes look like the real thing (depending on the style or brand you...
choose) and emit a pure vapor that contains nicotine. The vapor is produced when the user inhales, causing electricity to convert the nicotine into a pure gas. “The most...

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Food & Drink

Meat Harlem Shambles…

  Meat is not generally something that shows up on a trend report, but for all you foodies and conscientious eaters out there, here is something to think about – organ meats. Initially I thought...
the topic was “Oregon” meats, but I had misunderstood. I spoke with Tim Forrester, co-owner of Harlem Shambles, to dissect this topic. “I think that people have been introduced to organ...
meats and find that they are quite different from traditional steaks and something new that they can play with in the kitchen.  At the same time, we have people who have cooked with organ...

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Food & Drink

Every Gentleman Appreciates A Good Cocktail

  Some people think that the holidays are all about family, food, and giving gifts, when in fact, between us, it’s really about good alcohol. Let’s be blunt, you’re sitting with...
your in-laws for three hours – you need a drink. You spent all day shopping – you need a drink. You couldn’t find a parking space within a one-mile radius of any shopping location – you need a...
drink (after you finish driving). So, now that all of this stress is done and over, let’s find a new excuse. It’s really cold out. Thankfully, nothing warms the cockles of the...

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Living

The Fifty and Fifty State Mottos Project

The Fifty and Fifty State Mottos Project is a curated project exhibited at The Ace Hotel in New York City that brings together the wonderful worlds of graphic design, art and Americana. Fifty designers...
were chosen to represent their home state by featuring a classic state motto juxtaposed with an accompanying image. The man behind the motto exhibit, as well as its curator, is artist Dan Cassaro who...
represented New York’s motto “Ever Upward”. Cassaro is a designer, animator, and illustrator whose clients include: The New York Times, Nike, and MTV. The different designs reinvigorate...
and reinforce the mottos, some of...

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Food & Drink, Living

New Year’s Essentials

  Sometimes hosting the party can be as much fun as being invited. The Manual has compiled some new ideas to make your evening even more memorable. Drinks: Champagne is obviously a must, however, it...
can also be a source of confusion. Legally, the only authentic champagne hails from the region of Champagne in France. But happily, there are a range of good “champagnes” from within the United...
States. Here are a few recommendations: Iron Horse Classic Vintage Brut 2007, Schramsberg J Schram Tete de Cuvee 2004 , and Roederer Estate L´Ermitage 2002 , all of which are produced in...
California.  If you are interested...

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Fashion & Style

Protect Your Shoes (Leather or Not You Want To): A Guide To Shoe Horns

If you’re like us  you find taking 30 seconds out of your day to lace up your shoes a real pain. Maybe we are just impatient. However, crushing the “counter” of the shoe, or that rigid heel section...
can really cut the lifespan of a good pair of leather shoes.  Thankfully, the shoe horn was invented (or “shoespooner” if you want to get technical) in the late sixteenth century. This handy little...
device can be made from hard plastic, metal, wood, or even actual horn. Here are some cool shoe horns we found that will make sliding into your shoes...

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Living

A Handmade Tale

It seems as though everybody is going “green” these days. The obsession is deeper than the subject of global warming and the importance of recycling. Designers, contractors, and architects are always...
looking for new and innovative ways to advance the world of design while following safer practices that minimize harm to our planet.  Along with the growing interest of sustainability and the ever-present...
interest in beautiful homes, Rizzoli has released a new book that is perfect for the eco-friendly, environmentally friendly, and yes, architecture friendly. Handmade Houses: A Century of Earth-Friendly...
Home Design by Richard Olsen is the perfect gift...

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Fashion & Style

Warby Parker Gift Cards Offer Sweet Surprise

  What’s sweeter than the gift of vision? The gift of vision and a cookie. If you’re not familiar with Warby Parker, they make some of the sleekest and most stylish glasses available at an...
extremely affordable price. The company was started by four Wharton School graduates (Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider, and David Gilboa) who wanted to provide high quality eyewear at a...
fraction of the price. How did they do this? They cut out the middleman of course. To celebrate the holiday season, Warby Parker is including a giant, custom hand-iced cookie from the famous Eleni’s...
New...

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