Letter from the Editor
Glancing through the seemingly endless waves of promotional email I’ve received lately, it would seem the typical narrative surrounding February is that men ought to “go back to the basics.”
Following the holiday, I suppose that's understandable. The basics are fundamental necessities. They're inexpensive, easily understood, and almost always in demand.
The basics, however, do little in the way of making a striking impression.
February is a romantic month. Beyond the obvious, it’s a time when the holiday events have been slept off and we’re ready to get back out into restaurants and bars. We’re open and ready.
With that in mind, what better way to make a bold impression — first or otherwise — than to dress exceptionally well. Shedding the baggy, ill-fitting shirt and the tatty, light-washed denim, it’s an opportunity to show the extent of who you are — and what you’re capable of — in even the most fleeting of moments.
Photography was shot, lovingly, at WELD and produced, as always, by the remarkably talented JerSean Golatt. Modeling, on the other hand, was deftly handled by the young and eminently talented gentleman, Timothy Cargill.
Matt Alexander, Founder
Several months ago, whilst planning our upcoming collaborations with Rye 51, we aired our collective frustration with the inability to find well-fitting, attractive, and versatile men’s trousers.
(As an unapologetic aside, we’ll never refer to them as “pants.”)
Lending from Rye 51’s roots with the prestigious men’s suiting brand, Q Clothiers, we set out to create a custom pair of slim-fitting and extraordinarily well-made men’s trousers without shattering the bank.
The result is the beautiful Prince of Wales. (Named after the print, not the royal.)
Crafted with rich Marzotto wool in a light grey and blue plaid, the Prince of Wales trousers are simply the best we could hope to offer.
Importantly, the trousers are comfortable — the significance of which cannot be understated. As you’ll invariably understand, wearing dressier trousers can evoke a feeling of self-consciousness or insecurity. They can fit too lightly or hang too loosely.
With the Prince of Wales, we’ve combatted all such ailments, resulting in a confidence-inducing, wonderfully-colored, and versatile pair of trousers capable of creating the very best of impressions.
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Outside of the more fashion-conscious world, slim-fitting, raw denim is one of the most bafflingly under-appreciated and stigmatized products available.
All-too-frequently, we hear men decry wearing fitting clothing and darker hues of denim for fear of falling into the arbitrary classification of “hipsters.” (Not to rain on anyone’s parade, but so-called “hipsters” invariably end up shaping trends. They’re simply people — as their moniker implies — willing to experiment with the status quo. Some may over-step the line of obvious aesthetic appeal, but, nonetheless, the mentality is not something to actively avoid.)
Simply put, darker denim is a much more flattering option for men. And, equally, well-fitting clothing — particularly trousers — is slimming, confidence-building, and bold.
Nudie’s Grim Tim jeans are the ideal solution.
They’re extremely well-crafted, organically-sourced, boast beautiful accent stitching, subtle back pocket designs, and — if worn properly — naturally adhere to your lifestyle and shape.
Although they’ll be a little loose in places from the start, stick with them. Raw denim is — as the name suggests — unshaped. The latter is a responsibility left to you.
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In Volume 2, we offered our first collaborative product with Rye 51, the Dean Flannel. As an endorsement of the product’s quality, we sold out within a matter of hours — and remained sold-out — for the remainder of the month.
Following the resounding popularity of the flannel, we created a timeless staple in the form of a denim chambray shirt with a fantastic club collar for this month.
It’s an intricately-designed, well-structured, and true-to-fit shirt capable of being paired with all manner of apparel.
Unlike so many chambray shirts, the denim is incredibly smooth, rendering it a comfortable option for virtually any scenario.
Whether you’re heading out for a date, a party, or the office, the Highball is an unimpeachably solid choice.
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Casting the risk of repetitiveness aside, wearing properly fitting clothing is one of the most important elements of style. And yet, for men, we’re incessantly guilty of foregoing this basic act.
There should not be an abundance of fabric bunched at your waist, your shoulders should line up correctly with the sleeve’s adjoining seams, and so forth.
With that sufficiently addressed, the next point to hammer home is that you ought to be wearing a properly ironed shirt to make a strong impression. Wrinkles immediately detract from even the most attractive of shirts, whilst undercutting the air of confidence and professionalism you might otherwise exude.
Combatting all of these pitfalls — and so many more — Mizzen+Main, a fellow Dallas-area startup, has crafted the remarkable Beckett shirt.
From a cursory glance, the shirt would appear to be a simple, blue gingham shirt with a spread collar — well-suited, perhaps, for a tie. And, indeed, the Beckett is precisely such a garment.
Beyond the obvious, however, the Beckett has been crafted with a proprietary blend of performance fabrics. The result is a beautiful shirt impervious from wrinkles and capable of breathing in heat (and absorbent of sweat).
Running to the gym before work? Throw the shirt in your bag and it’ll look like new an hour later. Traveling across country? You’ll look fresh from the moment you leave your home to the moment you land. Nervous on a date? The shirt won’t show a hint.
The Beckett is simply one of the most durable, useful, and innovative products a man might hope to own. Invest in one. You will not regret it whatsoever.
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The LD 1.0 has been widely-lauded as one of the most striking timepieces available today. And, once again, we’re honored to include it as part of one of our volumes.
Treading a fine line between spartan aesthetics and understated beauty, the LD 1.0 is a beautifully-contemporary accessory for the modern gentleman.
Well-suited to both casual and formal attire, the LD is sure to garner the praise and attention of your peers. And, for the world travelers, expatriates, and time-zone-conscious businessmen, the LD — short for “Long Distance” — provides the remarkable utility of displaying two time zones in tandem.
Beyond the obvious, the LD 1.0 is also water resistant to 5 ATM (although we'd recommend keeping it mostly dry), warrantied for two years, and covered with a hardened crystal mineral lens to combat scratches.
In other words, despite its high-end design, the timepiece is equally durable and rugged.
So, for those hoping to make a great impression when rolling up those sleeves or placing your hands onto a table for negotiation, the LD 1.0 is one of the very best options you could hope to attain.
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Wearing a vest without a jacket can be a controversial decision. The foremost concern being that you might suddenly resemble a bartender who has somehow tripped and fallen out of the early twentieth century.
At Need, though, we believe this is a surmountable and admirable endeavor, easily accomplished by pairing a classic, herringbone fabric with a dark denim.
The vest, when worn correctly, can add an air of confidence and unique variety to an outfit.
Imagine, for instance, sitting at a bar with friends, whilst drinking some whiskey. Others will remove jackets, thereby creating an androgynous crowd of people in button-down shirts. You, on the other hand, can emerge from the crowd with a simple, stylish, and easy addition of a vest.
When applied correctly, a vest can prove to be one of the very best accessories a man can hold in his arsenal.
And, in this instance, the vest is a top notch herringbone from Rye 51. Made with extremely high quality materials and designed to fit comfortably and professionally, the Herringbone Vest is an ideal touch to make a unique first impression.
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Brightly-colored and contrasting socks are a staple of the continental European wardrobe. They add a subtle touch of personality and whimsy to even the most staunchly-conservative of outfits, without detracting from the air of professionalism.
With that in mind, we approached our friends at Foot Cardigan — another fellow Dallas-area startup — to tap into their amazing collection of socks.
The obvious choice was the Pink Elephant.
Sporting a light grey background with pink elephants repeating across the sock, it’s just the right touch of fun you could hope to harbor between your trousers and shoes.
They infuse a sense of confidence into your day that’s otherwise unattainable with traditionally plain options. (Or, worse, tatty socks with similarly-colored dots and flecks of fabric. You know the type.)
Foot Cardigan socks are typically available exclusively via their fantastic subscription, so it’s an honor to include them this month.
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As we’ve written before, Offscreen is one of the best publications available today.
Published quarterly by Kai Brach, Offscreen is dedicated to a print-exclusive discussion of independent creation in the digital world.
Presented in the form of a series of interviews, insightful articles, and long form examinations of creative processes and narratives, Offscreen is an extremely well-designed, thoughtful, and impressive publication.
Last month, Offscreen No. 6 sold out within a mere twenty minutes. And, encouraged by the resounding popularity, we immediately sought to get ahold of the newly-printed No. 7.
Featuring interviews with the likes of Jake Nickell (Threadless) and Oliver Reichenstein (iA), and amazing photography throughout, Offscreen No. 7 is a brilliant magazine — one sure to make a strong impression on any desktop.
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Contemporary men's fashion and lifestyle magazines are, in many respects, fairly similar. They feature some top notch journalism, a handful of celebrities sporting the latest clothing, and they're typically noticed by brightly colored and ostentatious covers.
Existing as the antithesis of such publications, Man of the World is a refined, lengthy, and minimalistic take on the realm of men's lifestyle, culture, and so forth. Although the magazine unabashedly displays prominent male figures, the narrative focus falls far more upon the genesis of the figure.
It's a publication unafraid to work with whitespace, large-scale imagery, and the simple, understated beauty of good typography.
The result is a dense, informative, and invaluable quarterly that delves into the stories of fascinating gentlemen, historic brands, photography, culture, and fashion.
And, as such, it ought to be a staple of any man's library.
Available here is Issue Six, the latest — and widely-unreleased — volume. And it's available with two covers featuring either David Gandy or Taylor Kitsch, each including the newsprint addition, Man of the World Journal.