A Rundown on Japanese Denim Magazines

American men’s fashion magazines seem almost embarrassed about their identity–they’re rarely focused strictly on fashion, instead spending plenty of time talking about picking up girls, travel, gadgets, and other supposedly man-centric hobbies. There is a palpable sense that you’re not allowed [...]

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How to Convert Your Friends to Raw Denim

If you’re reading this article, you probably get raw denim. You’re so far down the rabbit hole that there’s no saving you or the thousands of dollars you’ve spent and will continue to spend on this strange indigo cult that [...]

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The Definitive Buyer’s Guide To M-65 Field Jackets

Much like other facets of the apparel industry, trends and collections in the world of menswear can be generally stamped as either timely or timeless. While some pieces and concepts seemingly exist for a mere 15 minutes–and are thus appropriately [...]

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The Humble History of the Sneaker

You’ve probably owned at least a dozen pairs over the course of your life, but it’s hardly been a hundred years since they’ve been around. Sneakers, trainers, tennis shoes, plimsolls – whatever you call them, athletic shoes have made their [...]

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The 30-Dollar Raw Denim Experiment: Pair 1 Final Update

Welcome back to the latest installment of The 30-Dollar Raw Denim Experiment–the one in which we reveal the brand and model of the jeans, along with giving you a full update on the wear process. In case you’ve missed [...]

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Rawr Denim’s Thanksgiving Buckle Outfit

Today is the day we come together and celebrate the joining of Pilgrims and the Indians for Thanksgiving, at least it is in the United States. The Pilgrims had buckles–on their hats, shoes, belts, and probably a few other things–so [...]

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The Uncertain Future of Made in America

Made in America is a powerful phrase, even for people who don’t reside in the United States. It carries connotations of blue collar American workers–idealized or not–who built the nation and created its current prosperity. But in the latter half [...]

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Working Titles: No Country For Old Men

The angel of death wears a trucker jacket and the worst Beatle mop you’ve ever seen. That’s Anton Chigurh, cinema’s most systematic cold-hearted killer since The Terminator. Anton is the antagonist in the Coen brother’s crime thriller No Country for Old Men (2007), which they [...]

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Working Titles: The Shining

As the days get shorter, the nights get colder, and venturing outside becomes more painful than pleasant, one movie always reminds me I could have it so much worse. Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Shining (1980) is a stunning [...]

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Why Vintage Clothing Was Made Better – The Economics of Durability

I’ve always considered the adage, “they used to make things better” to be a logical fallacy. When you look back at the last century in music, movies, books, cars, clothing, etc., yeah, it’s all fantastic. But the products of the [...]

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