Alexander Olch teamed up with TheCorner.com for this exclusive video highlighting the New York designer’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection. With direction from Matt Lenski and narration by The Olch himself, the video features a tutorial on how to tie the four-in-hand knot. French model Aurelie Claudel stars in the video and looks stunning. Needless to say, you’ll have to watch this multiple times to get the knot perfect.
In case you didn’t know, here’s a visual that shows you how to tie a Four-In-Hand tie knot with perfection. Thanks to the folks at General Knot & Co. for their time dedication to this.
Stone Island‘s deep roots date back to the 19th Century and current owner Carlo Rivetti looks to the 21st Century with much optimism while keeping the brand’s rich history in mind at all times. Stone Island’s A Voyage into Stone Island video series gives us the opportunity to go behind the scenes with Stone Island and see what goes into making the label’s outstanding products. The first video delivers a factory tour lead by Carlo himself and sets to reveal some of the top level skills that contribute to creating Stone Island garments and collections while the second video (thus far) hones in on the experimental dyeing facility and delivers insight into all the phases of the garment dyeing process.
The level of detail in which these videos go is unparalleled, folks. For anyone even remotely interested in the garment industry, these videos deliver some great knowledge from a man that is the helm of one of Italy’s finest brands.
Established back in 1866, Grenson is one England’s most premier shoemakers. Seldom do we see a brand of such stature let loose and really give its customers an idea of what goes into making their product. If you get a chance, head to Grenson’s website for their How We Make Our Shoes segment which outlines the brand’s shoemaking process from beginning to end along with some historical tidbits.
All Grenson shoes are “Goodyear Welted”, a process invented in the 1800’s in England that is a time consuming way of making shoes, but means that the product lasts longer than any other type of shoes. It also means that the shoe can re-soled many times over making them a wonderful investment.
There are 4 main departments connected with manufacturing within a footwear company and the components follow a progressive route through each of these departments to produce the finished shoes. The departments are, Clicking, Closing, Lasting/ Making, Finishing/ Shoe Room. From start to finsh will take around 3 weeks to make a top quality Goodyear welted shoe whereas in cheaper shoe production the rule of thumb is often that if it cant be made in 5 minutes it wont be profitable!
Head to Grenson for the full feature.
As the weather gets nicer, it really opens doors for exploration and picking up a new pastime should be high on your priority list. As I began to dig deep as to what I activity I wanted to take up, I came across this how-to video on playing croquet. Tretorn must’ve published it sometime ago but we came across this gem via YouTube.
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Complex’s Bradley Carbone has a video that shows everyone how to clean those stained sneakers of yours. I personally am a big sneaker fanatic so any marks on my new Puma/AMQs gets me depressed. Hit the jump and check out the video, then head to Jason Markk and read their How-To section to get extensive advice and tips. (more…)
Gillette‘s got a series of ads out currently, giving men the tips they might need but never knew where to look. The sun’s been shining lately and I’m sure you want to rip off your shirt and hop in the ocean. Wait, what? Your chest reminds people of the amazon jungle? This video will give some assistance on shaving that gorilla chest of yours and trimming down for the beautiful weather (and ladies). Now, we personally believe in the all-natural look, so proceed with caution.
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Mobile Maven has a post up that every man should take a look at. They’ve got 9 ways to decode your girlfriend’s text message. Read it, study it, practice it. If there’s one thing women hate, it’s when you don’t know what they’re thinking. If you know she’s mad, and you ask if she’s mad, you’re likely to anger her more.
The unfortunate thing is that it’s more difficult to read a woman when you’re not in her presence. Read below to figure out what she’s really saying. We like the 9 ways, but we’re going to condense it a little. Get your notepad ready:
1. Periods. Any time she writes a period at the end of the text (when the otherwise general lack of words would suffice to show that the thought is over) she’s one of two things: demanding, or pissed off. Probably at you. If you’re getting a lot of them, it’s a safe bet that you’re in trouble.
2. Exclamation Point! This is a universal sign of excitement, and it means she wants you to immediately picture her smiling and eager. Generally a good thing, unless she’s got energy to beat out the energizer bunny.
3. Question Mark? Obviously, questions need appropriate punctuation, especially in texts were there is no tone. Frequent question marks-especially when there isn’t really a question, like ‘We’ll meet up later?’ means she’s harboring some serious insecurities about your relationship.
4. Later. If she’s a buddy, ‘later’ is totally standard. If she’s your leading lady, ‘later’ is not good. Think about it-there’s ‘see you later’, ‘talk to you later’, and all sorts of ways of making plans in very casual ways, but she’s going out of her way to be brief and noncommittal. Not a good sign for you. (more…)
Men’s Health recently told us about 11 ways, but we’re going to cover 5 that we think are most effective. The article says that 1.5 million women are physically assaulted by their partners every year, but so are 835,000 men, according to the (Centers for Disease Control). Well, you sissies, we’re going to show you how to calm your lady down and get your life back.
1. Whatever you do, don’t get angry!
she won’t consider it righteous; she’ll just get more pissed off, and a little self-righteous besides. If you feel yourself heating up, just remember that “she can’t make you angry,” says Paul Hauck, Ph.D., an Illinois psychologist and author of How to Cope with People Who Drive You Crazy and Overcoming Frustration and Anger. “And you didn’t make her feel angry. She did. You may be responsible for her problem, but not her emotional reaction.”
2. If you’re wrong, then admit it.
Do it in a mature manner, not in a condescendingly.
3. Listen to her problems.
“If she has a big problem,” says Hauck, “you’d better listen.” And don’t wait till swords are drawn. Like an orgasm, anger follows a bell curve—at the top you’re completely out of your mind. So if you’re seeing signs of frustration (a sigh or roll of the eyes), you’d better start listening quick, for the apex is near and things are about to go downhill fast.
4. Make eye contact.
If you can’t make eye contact, it means you’re becoming angry. But if you can, it shows you’re listening. Psychologists have seen a classic pattern in marital fights: The wife gets mad, the husband shuts down, the wife goes nuts. You shut down because you want to avoid a battle, but she thinks you’re avoiding (here comes that dreaded word) intimacy.
5. Get of there – Together.
Taking a walk may sound dumb, but it’s actually a neat trick. Physically, you just got her to move with you, rather than against you. “Taking a walk is calming,” says Susan Heitler, a Denver clinical psychologist and author of The Power of Two. If the argument reaches crisis mode, however, remove yourself from the situation until it’s clear the ranting is over.
Now, go piss off your lady and see which trick calms her down the fastest. If these don’t help then head over to Men’s Health and see the complete list of 11. If that doesn’t work, then you should evaluate yourself. Maybe it’s not her, it’s you.