About Us

The Manual is simple — we show men how to live a life that is more engaged. Whether it be fashion, food, drink, travel, grooming, or the outdoors, we bring authenticity and understanding to it all. As our name, The Manual, implies, we offer a suite of expert guides on a wide range of topics, from how to tie a bow-tie to how to cook a steak.

Founded in 2012 in Portland, Oregon, by our parent site, Digital Trends, we pride ourselves on sharing genuinely interesting and informative experiences from a national perspective. We have a team of seasoned writers based around the country, including Los Angeles, New York City, Portland, and the East Coast, who test the gear, shake the cocktails, cook the food, and meet with the brands we cover

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Editorial Team

CHRISTIAN GOLLAYAN - Style and Grooming Editor
As The Manual’s Style and Grooming Editor, Christian Gollayan is passionate about helping men feel confident through fashion and personal care. Born in Manila and raised in Chicago, his first brush with fashion began as a freelance accessories assistant at Vogue. Christian relocated to Portland by way of Hong Kong, where he was a Society Editor at Hong Kong Tatler, covering the city’s most influential people. Before that, he was a Features Reporter and Producer at the New York Post. Christian has a graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and his work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, and Page Six. When he’s not at the office, Christian is probably poring over menswear sales online, training for half-marathons, or hosting dinner parties. View profile.
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Beau Hayhoe is a fashion PR pro and freelance style writer based in Brooklyn. Beau’s menswear writing work has appeared on a number of independent men’s style sites, including Dappered, Effortless Gent, Genteel Flair, and VOUCH Mag. He also contributes to GearMoose and GearHungry. Outside of working hours, Beau enjoys craft beer and live music.  View profile. 
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Cristina Montemayor is a freelance beauty editor and writer based in Austin, Texas. Her work has appeared in Very Good Light, BRIDES, HelloGiggles, Slate, and more. Offline, she’s also a working makeup artist for weddings and commercials. On the rare occasion she’s not working, she enjoys taking road trips to west Texas, hiking, and biking. View profile. 
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Hunter Lu is a New York-based food and features writer, NYU graduate, and Iraq veteran. His fiction has appeared in The Bangalore Review and The Line Literary Review, and his nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, Edible Queens, The Cleaver Quarterly, and The War Horse. View profile. 
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Jacob Kienlan is the SEO Strategist at The Manual and our brother site, Digital Trends. With years of writing, social media, and marketing experience, he has a keen eye for all of the workings of the internet. View profile. 
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Joel Patel is a Northern Virginia native that fell in love with cars at a young age when he began helping his dad fix them. Watching Top Gear reruns and asking the question “They’re getting paid to do this?” led Joel to a degree in journalism. His work has been featured on Autoweek, Digital Trends, Autoblog, CarsDirect, U.S. News & World Report, and Right Foot Down. Outside of cars, Joel enjoys finding restaurants off the beaten path, trying new bourbons, and taking his pit bull on an adventure. You can find more of his work on his website, Man, Adventure, Wheels. View profile. 
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John Jones is a Jersey City-based writer who enjoys covering design in all its forms, from fashion to architecture, interiors, and textiles. When he’s not herding cats with his husband, he’s training for his next Tough Mudder or hanging out in St. Augustine, Florida, the nation’s oldest city. View profile. 
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Jon Gugala is a freelance writer and photographer based in Nashville, Tenn. A former gear editor for Outside Magazine, his work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Playboy, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He spends his time collecting vintage film cameras and dreaming about running another marathon. View profile. 
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Kelsey Machado is a professional interior designer with over a decade of experience in the field. Along with running her studio, Kelsey is a writer and traveler. Born and raised in historic New Bedford, Massachusetts, she loves getting outdoors for hiking, kayaking, and camping. When not traveling the world in search of good food and inspirational architecture, she enjoys nights at home with her guy, their cat, a bottle of wine, and a superhero movie. View profile.
Kelsey Machado
Latifah is an Emmy Award-Winning travel journalist, as well as the Cofounder of Femscape Sojourns, a boutique women’s travel company. Her work can be read in CNN Travel, The New York Times, Frommer’s Travel Guides, and World Travel Magazine, to name a few. Growing up living a bicultural lifestyle, between Kuwait and the United States, has always fueled Latifah’s passion for exploration and cultural immersion. View profile. 
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Lauren Paige is a Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Food Writer and Digital Storyteller specializing in written, visual and edible content. Known as lpfedme on social media, her content is an elegant collection of food and travel photography intertwined with simple yet stunning original recipes, she describes as “One cup Julia Child + a dash of Beyoncé.” View profile. 
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Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since. He spent years making, selling, and sipping Pinot Noir in the Dundee Hills before a full return to his journalistic roots in 2016. He’s helplessly tied to European soccer, casting for trout and grunge rock. More of his work can be found on his website. View profile.
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Mike Richard is a Rhode Island native, professional web designer, and travel junkie. Since 2006, he has edited, written for, and kept the gears running behind the scenes at Vagabondish. His travel advice has appeared on the websites of industry-leading publications for ‘Forbes’, ‘Travel + Leisure,’ ‘USA Today,’ CNET, and ‘National Geographic.’ He enjoys speaking in the third person. View profile.
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Ross is an outdoor adventure writer, amateur photographer, and computer programmer based on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. When not writing or editing photos for his own website, Pure Outside, he can be found attempting every outdoor sport available. So far he loves backcountry skiing and is terrible at yoga on stand-up paddleboards. View profile.
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Ryan Polhemus is a freelance drinker with a writing problem. He believes firmly in the power of short stories, long hikes, and black coffee, and only wakes up early for powder days and passport stamps. View profile.
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Sheena Pradhan is a serial entrepreneur and digital marketer. She started her career as a Registered Dietitian and established herself as a beauty queen, model, actor, and writer in her 20s. In 2017, she started a food tech company called Bodybuilder Kitchen out of her parents’ kitchen. She is currently working as a digital marketing consultant. View profile.
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Steven John is a writer and journalist living just outside New York City, by way of 12 years in Los Angeles, by way of growing up in Washington, D.C. Also, there was that stint in Boston. He can occasionally be found climbing mountains, spotted in a kayak or canoe, and usually at home with his wife, son, and daughter. His books hang out here and, aside from The Manual, he regularly contributes to Business Insider, New York Magazine, and othersites. View profile.
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Steven Johnson is a chef-turned-content strategist. He now helps food industry companies attract and retain more customers through content marketing. Although he traded in his knives for a laptop, his passion still lies in food. You can find him in Detroit whipping up daily home-cooked meals for his wife and daughter. You can also find more of his original content at his website, The Food Content Guy. View profile.
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Ty Gaskins is a Writer, Stylist, and Public Relations Professional based in New York City. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, he began his career in fashion at Paper. Since then, his writing and styling work has been featured in V Magazine, ODDA, and L’Officiel USA, interviewing and collaborating with numerous fashion icons like Bella Hadid, Ellen Von Unwerth, Solange Franklin, Rihanna, Virgil Abloh, and more. Ty has served on several style panels discussing the importance of Millenials and Gen Zers in men’s fashion. His personal style — a mix of Parisian chic, vintage, and modern detailing — has been featured in GQ and Fashionista. View profile.
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Wasani is a Digital Marketing professional and freelance writer with a passion for men’s grooming and self-care. Based in Los Angeles, Wasani has worked in the entertainment tech space for the past 5 years and has worked for companies such as Amazon and Penske Media. When he isn’t working, Wasani enjoys spending time exploring local eateries, traveling and CrossFit. View profile.
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Zoe Baillargeon is an award-winning travel writer and freelance journalist covering travel, food and drink, outdoors and adventure travel, lifestyle, and more. Growing up in New Mexico, she moved to Chile after college, where she discovered her passion for the outdoors during hikes in Patagonia and stargazing in the Atacama. She is now based in the rainy Pacific Northwest. She’s written for Afar, Fodor’s, Hemispheres, Huckberry, Cereal, and more. When she manages to get away from her desk, she enjoys reading, hiking, drinking too much coffee, and spoiling her cat. View profile.
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