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Rick Stella

Rick Stella

Rick is a staff writer for The Manual, covering everything from men's fashion and accessories, to the best new brands and products debuting across the country. A Portland native, Rick moved to the "big" city after graduating as a proud Beaver from Oregon State University. When he's not talking shop for The Manual, Rick also writes for its brother site Digital Trends, and is known to enjoy Oregon's beautiful outdoors as well as its tasty craft beer scene. Follow him on Twitter @RickStella

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How to Polish Shoes: 3 Easy Steps for Fancy Footwear

Because everyone should know how to polish their own shoes, we put together this quick walkthrough on the best way to give your shoes a proper shine.

Keep Your Luxury Watch in Pristine Condition with these Simple Steps

How you care for your luxury watch is as important as the timepiece itself. We spoke to Hamilton Powell, CEO and founder of online watch marketplace Crown & Caliber, about watch repair and maintenance.
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Curated Basics Helps Anybody Spruce Up Their Wardrobe

New York's Curated Basics takes the pain out of finding stylish, affordable accessories and makes it easy to give your wardrobe and overdue refresher.
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Tag Heuer Unveils Specially Designed Alec Monopoly Cycling Jerseys

To give the Amgen Tour of California some pop, Tag Heuer turned to graffiti artist Alec Monopoly for a new line of exclusive cycling jerseys.

Catching Up with the Creative Minds Behind Aulta Watches

We chatted with the guys at Aulta Watches about why a well-made timepiece shouldn't break the bank, and how important it is to balance work and lifestyle.
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Hook & Albert Allows Travelers to Adventure in Style

Though it was founded on the desire of being a one-stop shop for men's accessories, Hook & Albert's slowly built a travel section by offering quality gear.
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Relive 140 Years of Chicago Cubs History with New Book from the Chicago Tribune

Mired in heartbreak for decades, the Chicago Cubs finally tasted World Series glory in 2016 and this Chicago Tribune release chronicles the ups and downs.
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Rudy’s Barbershop Launches a 3-Step Hair and Body Wash System

Known typically for its line of barbershops, Rudy's decided to branch into the hair and body wash industry with the 1-2-3 Showering System.
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Paradigm Watches Aims to Unite Family and Offer Stylish Timepieces

Paradigm watches offers luxury timepieces at a fraction of the price of traditional high-quality watches and does so while giving back to its community.
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Wolecraft Launches A Luxury Leather Goods Collection that’s Actually Affordable

Featuring luxury Italian leather and an abundance of flexibility, Wolecraft's Module 1 collection blends unique and timeless design with high quality.
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Anthony North Watches Perfectly Capture Pure Scandinavian Style

Designed with Scandinavian style in mind, Anthony North Watches embrace minimalism but in a way wholly different than the rest of the industry.
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Belber Luggage Taps Quality and Style to Stay Relevant for 125 Years

Based in Philadelphia since 1891, Belber makes some of the finest leather luggage found anywhere. It's no wonder it's operated for over 125 years.
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Aequa Launches Customizable Lineup of Italian Leather Goods

Launched via Kickstarter, the Aequa leather bag is the high-quality weekender that grants potential owners a wide range of customizable options.
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Here’s What to Look For When Buying a Used Luxury Watch

Sifting through the sea of available used luxury watch options is often daunting. Here's what any prospective watch buyer should look for before purchasing.
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How to Make the Most of Majorca, Spain

The island of Majorca, Spain is nothing short of absolute paradise. Here are our picks of the best activities, eateries, and hotels on this gorgeous island.
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House of Future Debuts Hi Top and Low Top Versions of the Original

House of Future's Original Hi and Low Top shoes lean on minimalism and simplicity to outfit its wearers in premium style.
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Maven Watches Uses Marble and Natural Landscapes to Fuel its Startup

With a planned Indiegogo campaign set to go live in February, Maven Watches looks to enter a competitive watch industry by leaning on modern, minimal style.
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No Winter Condition is Too Extreme in Orsden’s Slope Jacket

With an eye toward technical performance and high-quality, the Orsden Slope Jacket is the perfect winter snow jacket for any type of condition.
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Finally, State & Liberty Offers a Shirt Cut Specifically for Athletes

For most athletes, finding a properly fitting shirt isn't easy. Enter State & Liberty, a new clothing company launched by two former collegiate athletes.

Show Off Your School Spirit in Premium Style with Hillflint

With the premium collegiate clothing market incredibly thin, two Ivy League graduates created Hillflint, a high-quality purveyor of collegiate apparel.

Undone Turns to Kickstarter to Launch its Retro Chronograph

Officially launched a year ago, timepiece company Undone took to Kickstarter yet again to raise funds for its latest customizable — a retro chronograph.
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The Landmark Project Celebrates America’s Iconic Outdoors

Built on celebrating America's outdoors and giving back to the country's youth, The Landmark Project is a clothing company that's as moral as it is stylish.
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Brooks England Unveils the Limited Pelago Stavanger

To celebrate its 150 years as a company, Brooks England just debuted the ultra limited Pelago Stavanger as part of its Dashing Bikes project.
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Priority Bicycles Announces Innovative Continuum Series

Featuring an integrated variable transmission system, Priority Bicycles' new Continuum series of bikes lets riders easily increase or decrease resistance.
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Purnell Offers Hard Working Clothes for Hard Working People

Priding itself on manufacturing a clothing line for movers, makers, and innovators, Purnell's apparel options are classic, durable, and (above all) stylish.
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Portland’s Thunderbolt Sportswear Debuts New Collection

Based in Portland, Oregon, the sustainable performance apparel company Thunderbolt Sportswear just added more stylish options to its impressive lineup.
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Original Grain Launches its First Chronograph Timepiece

Launched this month, wood and steel watch purveyor Original Grain now offers a stylish chronograph timepiece in addition to its already impressive lineup.
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Florida’s Everglades National Park Is As Beautiful As It Is Expansive

With the National Park Service celebrating 100 years in 2016, we've decided to spotlight one park each month. Up first? Florida's Everglades National Park.
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Filson Turns to Smokey Bear for a Brand New Collection

Seattle-based retailer Filson decided to celebrate its American outdoors roots by partnering with none other than Smokey Bear for a unique new collection.
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State Bicycle Launches the Commuter Friendly Elliston

Designed with the workday commuter or weekend cruiser in mind, State Bicycle Company's new Elliston model bike will have you dreaming of summer.
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Vortic Watch Company Taps into the 1800s for its Luxury American Artisan Series

The Fort Collins-based Vortic Watch Company puts an innovative, 21st Century spin on vintage American pocket watches, utilizing 3D printing for its cases.
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Customize to Your Heart’s Desire with Shore Projects

Based in London, Shore Projects continues to make a name for itself by allowing customers a level of customization not seen in other watch companies.
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Accessorize in Horween Style with Nomad Goods

Quality leather is timeless and the Santa Barbara-based company Nomad Goods gets it right with its lineup of Horween leather iPhone accessories and wallets.
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Will Athletes Shy away from these $1,200 Nike Wing Sunglasses?

Geared towards improving the performance of Olympic athletes, Nike's uber-expensive Nike Wing sunglasses are drag-resistant, but also $1,200.
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Seattle’s Beyond Clothing has Layering and Survival Down to a Science

Based in Seattle, Washington, Beyond Clothing specializes in manufacturing survival apparel extremely fit to withstand Earth's toughest conditions.
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Customize to your heart’s content with Sili sunglasses

Promising stronger materials, advanced optics, and customization, Sili sunglasses blew past its Kickstarter campaign goal after just a week on the site.
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Craft Embraces the Strength (and Style) of Bamboo Bicycles

Craft Bicycle's innovative new bike utilizes the material's raw strength to create an incredibly durable and high-quality bamboo bicycle.
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How Explore Inspired’s Jonathan Ronzio turned a love of travel into a career

Explore Inspired's Jonathan Ronzio chats with us about how he turned a passion for traveling into a career and why people need to learn how to let go.
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Smithsonian Celebrates: America’s National Parks at 100

To help celebrate the National Park Service centennial, the Smithsonian Channel will air a brand new one-hour special, America's National Parks at 100.
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The crown jewel of Montana, Glacier National Park is an absolute wonder

Located on the Canada-United States border in Montana, the National Park Service's Glacier National Park is one of the most beautiful places in the world.
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Priority Bicycles lives the laid back lifestyle with its Coast beach cruiser

To stand up to the rigors of beach life, Priority designed its new Coast beach cruiser to withstand sand, salt, and (above all) rust.
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Take to the water in style this summer with Boatbound

Like the AirBnB or Lyft of boat rentals, Boatbound hopes to make spending a day at sea a much more popular activity, even for those who don't own a boat.

Brooks England teams with tokyobike for a stunning collab

Bicycle gear manufacturer Brooks England teamed up with tokyobike to produce a limited edition version of its Mini Velo to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
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Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park is nature’s beauty at its finest

Oregon's Crater Lake National Park remains one of the United State's most beautiful parks while boasting North America's second deepest lake.
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Woolrich teams up with Deus CycleWorks for a unique E-Bike

Known typically for its wool blankets, Woolrich has teamed up with Deus CycleWorks to release a unique and exclusive bicycle collaboration.
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How tough is the Tough Mudder? We ran one to find out

To get a true taste of just how difficult a Tough Mudder event is, The Manual traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio with Old Spice run this extreme obstacle race.
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The Manual launches an exclusive new online shop

Curated with all your fashion, tech, and lifestyle needs in mind, The Manual just launched a brand new online shop to keep you in style and looking fresh.
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Achieve affordable elegance with Alvieri Watches

Launched to help address the severe lack of affordable and elegant everyday watches, Alvieri Watches took to Kickstarter with a fashionable solution.
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Take a trip back to the 1700s at New York’s Fort Stanwix National Monument

A reconstructed historical fort, New York's Fort Stanwix National Monument is a testament to American resiliency and growth dating back to the 1700s.
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Brooks England celebrates 150 years with exclusive bicycle releases

To celebrate 150 years as a company, Brooks England decided to collaborate with renown bicycle manufacturers to release a collection of exclusive bikes.