How the Pursuit of Status Shapes Our Aesthetics: Talking with David Marx

April 27, 2023

How The Pursuit Of Status Shapes Our Aesthetics: Talking With David Marx

Sometime around the turn of the 20th century, social theorists split into specialized fields. The area of political economy, once…

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Yukio Akamine, Classic Life

December 12, 2022

Yukio Akamine, Classic Life

Over the summer, while surfing the web for Japanese menswear sites that I can’t read, I stumbled upon the news…

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One of the Best Books on Watches Just Got an Update

December 18, 2018

One Of The Best Books On Watches Just Got An Update

Men often build their style from the ground up, figuratively and literally. Most start by getting a nice pair of…

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House of Nutter, the Rebel Tailor of Savile Row

June 20, 2018

House Of Nutter, The Rebel Tailor Of Savile Row

The best books about men’s style are often social histories, but they’re few and far between. Thomas Girtin’s Nothing but…

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Way Down in This: Subcultural Cachet in <i>Cool: Style, Sound, and Subversion</i> by Greg Foley and <b>Andrew Luecke </b>(part I)

July 19, 2017

Way Down In This: Subcultural Cachet In Cool: Style, Sound, And Subversion By Greg Foley And Andrew Luecke (part I)

I grew up listening to a lot of punk rock, and sometimes I take it for granted that everyone I…

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Writers and Their Clothes

June 30, 2017

Writers And Their Clothes

The New York Times has a great article today on the relationship between writers and their clothes. Although they’re often…

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Analog Travel Entertainment

June 25, 2017

Analog Travel Entertainment

It’s summer time and that means that everyone’s got grand notions on a weekend away. Maybe a beach, maybe a…

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The Hidden World of Bespoke Shoes

December 1, 2016

The Hidden World Of Bespoke Shoes

There are dozens of new books every year about men’s style, but few are worth buying. The problem is that…

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Interview with W. David Marx, Author of <i>Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style</i>

January 18, 2016

Interview With W. David Marx, Author Of Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style

Whether you’re into prep, denim, or streetwear, W. David Marx’s new book Ametora will have something to say about why…

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The Manly Art of Knitting

October 8, 2015

The Manly Art Of Knitting

Scans from The Manly Art of Knitting – a short, 64-page book originally published in 1972 by David Fougner in…

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Bruce Boyer’s New Book, <i>True Style</i>

September 17, 2015

Bruce Boyer’s New Book, True Style

It’s been almost thirty years since Bruce Boyer published Elegance and Eminently Suitable. For a lot guys, including me, these…

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Holland and Sherry Harris Tweed gun club

June 5, 2015

Holland And Sherry Harris Tweed Gun Club

“When we’d cleared the ground, I looked down at the green pompoms of trees, and at towns with their brick-red…

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Emily Spivack’s <em>Worn Stories</em> project: What Are the Things We Want to Hold Onto?

August 20, 2014

Emily Spivack’s Worn Stories Project: What Are The Things We Want To Hold Onto?

I don’t have hard data on closet turnover rates, but even the thriftiest and most #timelessly dressed guys will end…

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Colin Marshall on Men's Style Books: Adolf Loos, Why a Man Should Be Well-Dressed

May 28, 2014

Colin Marshall On Men’s Style Books: Adolf Loos, Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed

Here we have a book that, to Put This On readers, may at first seem both perfectly relevant and perfectly…

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Menswear Books: 100 Ideas That Changed Street Style

April 24, 2014

Menswear Books: 100 Ideas That Changed Street Style

People who love traditional clothing sometimes deride streetwear for being silly and faddish, but streetwear is never just about clothes….

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