Here’s the deal: Everyone thinks they know the basics when it comes to BBQ tools, but which ones are really must-haves? AskMen hooked up with Urban Bonfire founder — and barbecue super-expert — Ryan Bloom to find out exactly what every aspiring grill-master needs to have in his BBQ toolbox. Ryan takes us through the essentials like proper gloves, knives, and six other tools of the trade, so make a list, and get everything you need to make this summer the most epic grilling season ever
Getting personal with the mind behind the streetwear brand.
“To my mind, a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful, and pretty, yes pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir Photo of the Jardin du Luxembourg by me.
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You could take all the artisanal, handmade, bespoke cordwainers in the world, roll them up into a ball, and I still wouldn’t like them as much as I like Edward Green . Although the basics of their shoes aren’t too different from any other good firm – as, after all, these are just Goodyear welted shoes made from full grain leathers – they have a style and finishing that sets them apart. There’s no company, to my mind, that has a higher batting average when it comes to making tasteful shoes
As far as masculine jobs go, few can compete with being a fighter jet test pilot. Other gigs, like oil rigging and crab fishing, have definite risks, but most jobs don’t require you to willingly come as close to death as possible in order to make sure that your equipment is working the way it should. And yet, that’s exactly what Billie Flynn has been doing with a smile for over a decade as a test pilot for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jets.
James Andrew It’s not a question of IF you’ll hit a bump in the road of life, it’s more a question of how you’ll handle it when you do! I hope you’ll forgive me for this slight detour from the strictly design, travel and fashion arenas, to share a few stand-out lessons that I’ve found quite helpful along the way. Think before you react
Production is a topic that’s often glossed over. We’d all be left with an empty wardrobe without it, but it doesn’t enter the conversation unless we’re talking vagaries about local manufacture or horrific disasters. We spoke with Pete Macdonald, who works with several independent designers (his contract means he can’t name them), to find out about what production really consists of
Hidden art exposed when hit with direct sunlight.
For his largest solo exhibition yet, Ai Weiwei installs 6,000 wooden stools across the vast, echoey space that is the Martin-Gropius-Bau hall in Berlin. Opening tomorrow, Evidence features a combination of new works and pieces unseen in Germany, a mammoth undertaking, the show spans 3,000 square metres across 18 rooms. Stools stands as the mind-blowing centrepiece, found in the building’s atrium, a reference to earlier work and ongoing themes, the gallery describes “an aesthetically pleasing, pixel-like work, these stools, according to Ai Weiwei, are an expression of the centuries-old aesthetic of rural China.” See for yourself in the gallery.
Over the past few years, the “Made in America” movement has grown at a fairly steady clip. As she prepped for the debut of the 2014 of Northern Grade markets, we chatted with Katherine McMillan about what it all means. “I don’t like the word, ‘movement,’” says McMillan, co-founder of Northern Grade. The mother of four – that’s two children as well as two businesses – finds something wrong about the word when associated with “Made in America” goods, as she does with the word “Americana.” “At this time, the words ‘heritage’ and ‘Americana’ do not resonate with me,” she confesses.
Multifaceted artist, Geoff McFetridge , has become a bit of a household name over the last few years. That is, if you live in a household that frequents The Standard in Hollywood (where his illustrations graced the walls of the Warby Parker shop in the lobby) and do their shopping at Jack Spade (where he designed pieces in the Fall 2013 line), which sounds like a household much cooler than mine. You get the idea.
The folks at Harrison Limited down in Birmingham may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have good taste when it comes to boat shoes: case in point these handsome Rancourt mocs . It was only last summer that I was falling for the long-time-coming made in Maine Sperry Topsiders, but one can surely make room in his closet for two well-made pairs of boat shoes
Because you’re fasting, your mind is on high alert, this means you’re much more focused. All the senses are affected by juicing. The sharpened focus also comes from the much deeper sleep that can be achieved when drinking only fruits and vegetables.
So next level.
Becoming a skilled driver is about more than going fast and having the will to beat everyone else. Understanding physics, driving the line well and having hours under your belt in both your vehicle and the track or road on which you’ll drive all play key roles in maximizing your abilities. The fastest and most comprehensive way to improve these things?
Inspired by costume designer Casey Storm’s work.
The Pop Up Flea expanded this season, moving to London for the first time. Located in hectic Piccadilly and featuring the likes of Levi’s Vintage , Shinola , Todd Snyder x Champion, Red Wing Heritage and Anthem, like any good menswear blogger, we of course attended.
Except for Gianluca Migliarotti’s tributes to Italian tailoring , my favorite menswear films have all been BBC documentaries. Unfortunately, they’re difficult to view unless you’re in the UK, but you can find clips here and there on Vimeo and YouTube. Someone in the Netherlands also once uploaded the full-video files on a server many years ago, and remarkably enough, they’re still there. He has Savile Row (parts 1 , 2 , and 3 ), British Style Genius (parts 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , and 5 ), Tweed (parts 1 , 2 , and 3 ), Charles at 60 , and Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters
James Andrew Since our return from California, we’ve had quite a whirlwind of activity here at home – it seems there has been little time to re-group, re-focus, and get all of those chakras aligned. Most of us who work in the field of the arts and design are essentially free-lancers — we need to generated a fairly steady flow of work to keep the ball rolling, and this can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster ride at times! In those between-project times, it’s all too easy to let one’s mind wander into a state of lack and limitation — one might start to compare one’s situaton with the success of others, making one feel “less than.” Needless to say, this all contributes to a downward spiral of negative emotions — definitely not an empowering/empowered sort of place to be, and not the sort of place that attracts more clients. Jotting down feelings, examining the negative areas, and offsetting this with a list of things one might be grateful for can set the stage for a more balanced state of mind.
Neil Barrett / Source: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images Europe | Neil Barrett Fall Winter 2013 Neil Barrett attended the Prada cocktail party as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 in Italy yesterday. The British designer wore a black cotton contrast panel sweatshirt from Neil Barrett Fall Winter 2013, featuring leather detailings on the sleeves
You’d be forgiven for letting your mind wander to barely functional woody wagons and an everyone-wins community when pro surfing comes up in conversation, but you’d be mistaken. Like any other sport, pinnacles of technology are used and abused to eke out any minuscule advantage.
Last week we headed off to Los Angeles with the folk from Levi’s XX as part of their Orange Tab re-launch celebrations.
For a long time now, I’ve been skeptical of single monks. Not the kind with a swept back strap, like those on John Lobb’s Vale or Edward Green’s Oundle (I actually think those look kind of rakish), but rather the “garden variety,” where the strap goes horizontally across the tongue. Those always look to me like something a friar would wear – a literal form of the “monk shoe.” My prejudice started chipping away two years ago, when I was shopping for shoes at John Lobb and one of the sales associates bent down to fit me.
Prepare to get your mind warped.
Nothing helps clear the mind like a summer personal to the beach. Solo excursions in the sun away from the pressures of work and colleagues will revitalize not only your soul but your tan. The beach does require a bit of preparation to keep you happy and connected.
Things in life happen for a reason: last week, while strolling through Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood searching for a bodega to rent a cheapo bicycle for the week, I came upon a shop that blew my mind. Through the shop window, I saw an endless array of vintage Italian road bikes: Colangos, Bianchis, Gazelles, Pinarellos – some restored to their former glory; others converted into single-speeds and fixies.
A creative man with his mind on the money.
We take a look at this Modern Treehouse Tower designed by GLUCK+ Architects for, you guessed it – GLUCK+ Principal Thomas Gluck. Everyone’s has that ideal dream house in their mind though we may not be certain what it is exactly but this rendition of a mini skyscraper really blows our mind.
Ever since we started GP, there’s been a steady stream of notes from audience members with something on their mind.We recently decided everyone could benefit from seeing some of the highlights from our frequent correspondence on a regular basis. There’s a serious amount of collective wisdom, insight and passion that’s simply too valuable to keep black boxed in the dialog of an email thread.
Trying to get your mind, soul, and your body.
MAKR is preparing the latest product addition to their line-up. The MAKR sketchbooks come in various cover colors with 173-pages for writing and doodling up everything on your mind
» I was in Milan, he was in London, in the middle of the night we were e-mailing each other weird digital images , » explains menswear designer Samuel Membery as he introduces us to the collaborative creative that is Itokawa Film . » What began as an odd form of late night communication evolved in to a competition between the two of us. We pushed each other to create the most interesting piece of digital art we could and ultimately in to the debut capsule collection of menswear, art and accessories . » Working for a design house in Milan, these late night exchanges were an escape for both himself and close friend James Ari King .
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James Andrew at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute I’ve long been a fan of Mariano Fortuny. A true Rennaisence man, he was an accomplished painter, photographer, couturier, textile designer, stage and lighting designer and the list goes on. McBee and I had the great pleasure of visiting Palazzo Fortuny while on holiday in Venice some years ago—I still feel inspired by the memory of the home/workplace/laboratory where Fortuny pursued his many passions
Mount Gay’s Black Barrel Rum is a small batch from the mind of Master Blender Allen Smith that combines previously aged reserves from both pot and column distillates and finishes them with an extended stay in deeply charred Bourbon oak barrels. The end result is a dark coppery-gold liquid with a nose of citrus, complimented by vanilla and charred wood. ..
Alex Minsky photographed by Michael Stokes To be certain, it was these striking images that made me want to find out more about Alex Minsky—that body had a story to tell, and so I managed to contact him to glean what I could, and indeed it is a story worth hearing! While it is beyond the scope of a single post to tell, here is the outline: Growing up in Southern California, after graduating High School Minsky found himself a bit lost as many a young man is—and like many young men looking for values and adventure, he enlisted with the Marine Corps. It was while stationed in Afghanistan and on a patrol in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, that his truck was hit by an IED. “… that one messed me up pretty bad that night,” Minsky tells us, and so began an arduous recovery
Readers who follow me at Put This On will have already heard , but in case there are some readers here that don’t, I have an exciting announcement: Steed Bespoke Tailors will be making their first trip to San Francisco on April 13th.
Spring 2013 sees the return of Black Lodges collection. Not one to mince words, director Steven Vogel gets right to the point with a series of black t-shirts that spell out in the most literal of terms some thoughts on his mind.
Today sees the opening of Bruce Nauman’s ‘Mindfuck’ show at Hauser & Wirth , Savile Row, London. Colourful, confrontational, humorous in places, Nauman’s work digs deep into the human condition, using psychoanalytic thought to explore the importance of the mind-body split, sex, death and everything in between. Focusing primarily on his neon sculptures and installations, his goal has always been to create ‘art that was just there all at once…like getting hit in the back of the neck with a baseball bat’.
Get your mind out of the gutter.
All the lovers is the first book by Rita Lino reflective of an intimate personal archive that looks into the mind of a woman through the life of a loner. This emotive piece of work includes a fictional diary ‘Disappear’ by Mike Hoolboom. Released on a limited series of 200 numbered copies, they are now available online.
In his mind.
Tincati Milano Happy New Years, y’all. Hopefully 2013 will be the year I can return to blogging a bit more. With a thesis, graduation, moving into New York, and the new gig at Suitsupply taking my focus in 2012, blogging was pushed to the back of my mind
» We wanted to look at an iconic figure that had a nostalgic retro feeling, that wasn’t James bond but had a similar feeling, sensibility and nature. The Milk Tray man was a character that was instantaneously recognisable yet shrouded in mystery and so we wanted to build, update and evolve this character that was assumed rather than known , » excitedly purred Amber Siegel as she introduced the autumn/winter 2012 collection of Baartmans & Siegel back in March.
The night is on your mind.
John Glenn strapped a Heuer stopwatch to his wrist; Scott Carpenter wore a Breitling chronograph; and everyone knows the story of Omega’s Moonwatch . Now it’s Zenith’s turn to join the list of legendary space watches
If you’re bored of endless camo then this one isn’t going to change your mind, however a backpack from Yuketen is always worth a look, especially being part of a continuing series of collaborations by Nigel Cabourn A Canoe Pack style rucksack, with a soft watercolour style camo, bright hunting orange back, leather straps and duel branding. Nigel Cabourn for Yuketen – Camo Canoe Pack is a post by Lena Dystant on Selectism .
Digital photography and videography have completely changed the landscape of imaging in all realms of life; creative to scientific to archiving. ”Side By Side” is a documentary investigating what changes have occurred in the modern film industry to utilize the new technological developments brought forward to digital video technology and where that leaves the original reel film mechanism. Reel film seems so bulky, inflexible, and archaic compared to what we can now do with digital film
We had a peek into his New York office last week, now to take a look into…his MIND. Talking Head’s David Byrne is set to publish How Music Works . Byrne, rather like collaborator Brian Eno, is a man who both makes music and, across the duration of his career, has investigated the whys and hows behind its effects on the listener
Food on the mind for the GANT Rugger Fall Winter 2012 campaign. Phil Winser and Ben Towill of The Fat Radish and Ruchmeyer will serve as the faces of the GANT Rugger Fall 2012 global campaign. Designer, Christopher Bastin, outfits the men in The two culinary entrepreneurs behind The Fat Radish in New York’s Lower East Side and Ruschmeyer’s in Long Island’s Montauk are setting the latest standard in the city’s culinary scene for casual but thoughtful farm-to-table fare
The Danner Boot Company of Oregon is set to celebrate 80 years of bootmaking this year.
As an exchange student in the south of France, I found the pool table my host family kept in their dining room more impressive than the fresh oysters we ate nightly on that very same table when it was covered with a piece of plywood and a nice swatch of linen.
Get your mind off the heat.
James Andrew, Rome With so much to do and see in Rome, it is hard to imagine one could possibly ever tire of it! With only a short time there, we had to pick up the pace a bit. We started quite early with a morning stroll through the Orto Botanico botanical gardens, once part of the Palazzo Corsini. Orto Botanico We then went to the nearby Villa Farnesina, which is an early Renaissance villa decorated with the most fabulous frescoes—quite inspirational for any interior designer
Maybe you have been waiting patiently for years on the arrival of a graphic novel that explores the concepts of urbanism and the tenets of modern architecture. Maybe you just like having your mind blown by high-concept manga-style storytelling.
Rubik takes us through the mind of Mr.
« Lost My Head » is the working title for the Spring/Summer 2013 Christoper Shannon collection, shown during London Collections: Men this past week. The collection inspiration should be pointed out immediately in order to answer that question: « English folklore; the 1970s English folk movement – particularly the 1974 book Native Funk and Flash; photographer James Pearson-Howeʼs exploration of obscure British folk traditions; and the tribal tourist look adopted by hedonistic gap-year backpackers in South-East Asia. » Multi-colored fabrics and patchwork with embellishments across relaxed silhouettes abound
It is the weekend edition of « 00O00h! », so I will be blogging about furniture and furnishings, the thought process and hopefully eventual outcome of what’s actually happening to my new flat. I am still living out of the boxes, and for the past two days at the London Menswear Collections, I was actually more keen on the interior designs of the show locations. Yes nice jackets and shoes, but hot furniture really floats my boat now! St Martins Lane hotel in London very kindly provided a bloggers library for us to rest our weary feet in between shows, charge up our batteries and provided all manners of refreshments which I thought was a brilliant idea
photo by James Nord Joshua Kissi : It is evident that Brazil is a top bucket list destination for many and as expected we were ectastic to experience the country’s culture and people. After 10 strenuous hours from JFK Airport we landed in Sao Paulo, removed our American mindsets and what people told us to expect, we were now ready to soak in the Brazilian culture. We often try to write the majority of our ‘Travel Etiquette’ entires as we’re on our flight back home – while the experience is most fresh on the mind. We would like to thank many of you who followed us via our inspiration page while we were on the ground in Brazil, and now we present the complete article in full
Admittedly the British shoemaking industry is not quite the far reaching force it once was but in a beautiful way it has come full circle. With the backlash against the over saturation of the high street in recents years and with only a handful of English shoe factories now remaining (there were 1,871 shoemakers in Northampton alone in 1841), the old pre-industrial way of lasting and burnishing a pair of shoes by hand is re-emerging and becoming ever more relevant to the client who demands individuality.
With it being Easter Sunday we all need something to occupy our mind with something other than the excessive consumption of chocolate shaped in all manner of forms and freshly toasted hot crossed buns. This morning I turned to a press day find, Fourth & Main for sustenance. To aid introductions of their focused debut menswear collection of wardrobe classics that take root in London’s creative culture, editor and creative director James Wright alongside publisher Nikhil Aqwalkpalkar celebrate the youthful
Tweet This! Suit, Shirt, and Tie by Suitsupply So you want a suit that fits, but there are 100 different tutorials out there on “getting the right fit.” Rather than trying to go through each and every one of those and tell you the positives and negatives of each fit, we put together a little primer on our preferences. Note that last sentence–our preferences. There are many very styling guys who wouldn’t wear their suits like this, but we find this fit to be the most pleasing to our eye.