What is handmade? The simple answer, as defined by Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is: “made by hand or a hand process.” However, many brands these days would like you to believe that their goods are “handmade” because it has been determined by some marketing executive that the term sells products. Based on their loose definition, if a Read more
If you’ve only seen the TV version of MASH, do yourself a favor and rent / stream / download the movie that inspired it. Directed by Robert Altman, and written by Ring Lardner, Jr., the original MASH was a not so subtle satire of the Vietnam campaign, exposing the absurdities and hypocrisies of the United Read more
I got my first Filson bag back in 2009. It was a Zip Tote, given to me by my then-girlfriend-now-fiance’s mother. It may sound silly, but receiving that bag was a real game changer for me. Up until that point, I had never owned anything so well-made – something I didn’t realize until the bag Read more
Nobody believes in the quality and integrity of “Made in USA” more than me. I come from a family that has never turned its back on American manufacturing – we’ve never even considered it. Since my grandfather established himself as a shoemaker in the 1960’s, we have made our shoes in Maine, and we always Read more
I’ve been preaching the Portland General Store gospel for a couple years now, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Simply put, there is no other all-natural men’s toiletry-maker whose products are as varied, work as well, or smell as good. The brand is truly in a class all its own. I’ve joked Read more
Photos courtesy of NothernGRADE. One could say that the American menswear pop-up market is the #menswear anti-hero. No models, no runways, very few photographers, and no nonsense. Just people who make things talking about their goods, demonstrating how they’re made, and selling them directly to the people who share their passion.
In 1983, The Clash returned to England following a world tour in support of The Who. They were tired, road weary, their original drummer Topper Headon had just been fired, their fearless leader Joe Strummer was having trouble finding inspiration and spending more time arguing with guitarist Mick Jones than writing songs; the group was Read more