Welcome to Movember! This year, we’re doing a famous mustache series. For our mid-Movember Mustache, the Toothbrush, 2 -3 centimeters of whiskers, synonymous with one of the most criminally insane minds of modern history, Adolf Hitler.
The Toothbrush was a popular American mustache style starting in the nineteen-teens, brought to life by entertainers of the day like Oliver Hardy and Charlie Chaplin. Once brought to Germany, the younger generation immediately took it on to replace the…Continue
Welcome to Movember! This year, we’re doing a famous mustache series. To start off the month, Billy Dee Williams, American actor.
You might remember Billy Dee from such roles as Lando Calrissian from Star Wars films, portraying Louis McKay, Billie Holiday’s husband in Lady Sings the…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on November 1, 2012 at 10:39am — No Comments
It has always been my opinion that a man's strength lies in his shoulders. Whereas women's bodies have two expanses - the shoulders and the hips that meet at the waist (the smallest point of a woman's torso and what I think of as the point of our femininity), men's shoulders are much larger, broader, and rounder, holding his power and displaying his magnificence.
Zoologist, Desmond Morris, said in his BBC series, The Human Animal, that a man's wide shoulders above a narrow …Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on October 18, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments
People tell me I’ve hit the big time when I receive hate mail.
I write as the men’s entrepreneurial image expert in the Toronto Star‘s Small Business section, and one day, I got a 4 am email from an intelligent but angry reader who couldn’t believe that I would waste his time talking about something as unimportant as socks.
The first time I met him, Ted wore disheveled biking clothes and his eyes were bloodshot from laser surgery a few weeks before. He sat hunched over his coffee cup, eyes averted, arms occasionally crossed over his chest. He seemed absent somehow.
Soon off the top of our conversation, he talked about his failed…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on September 20, 2012 at 2:14pm — No Comments
In the early 1990s, geneticist Dr. Han Brunner studied a Dutch family whose male relatives were prone to violence. He discovered that the MAO-A gene, a gene crucial to managing anger, was inactive in the male relations.
The MAO-A gene controls the production of monoamine oxidases (MAOs) enzymes that break down…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on September 6, 2012 at 2:49pm — No Comments
During this uniform series, we've focused on firefighter and police uniforms. This final post of the series focuses on an amazingly strong and lightweight textile used in both uniforms, Kevlar.Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on August 23, 2012 at 11:19am — No Comments
Part of my training as a costume designer was studying costume history, including some military history. I found uniforms particularly fascinating because of the beautiful lines and cuts, and the brilliant and logical practicality of military gear.
I was privileged to inspect the military-like uniforms of the…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on August 9, 2012 at 11:13am — No Comments
When I was in university, part of my training as a costume designer was studying costume history, including military costume/uniforms. My original plan in life was to be a men’s clothing designer, so naturally I was drawn to the lines, durability, and practicality of military uniforms. Uniforms worn by emergency services…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on July 26, 2012 at 11:33am — No Comments
“Good question,” I said, “there is no reason that a gentleman shouldn’t do as a gentlewoman would on a hot day – use a hankie.”
I pulled out my embroidered scarlet vintage hankie and showed him what I do with it when I find beads of sweat rolling down my face: dab.…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on July 12, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments
I like to see people enjoy their food. The day I met Scott Thompson, he had just come from the gym and we met for lunch. He ordered tea and fish and chips and talked to me about his life and his career as a comedian. As I listened and watched a heavily-peppered, spade-sized piece of fish disappear down his…Continue
We all had our favourites, the Chicken Lady,…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on June 14, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments
Paul Weller started life fronting the wildly influential new wave group, The Jam (1976 - 1982), then moved in to a smoother soulful/ jazzy/R&B sound with the Style Council (1983 - 1989). He heavily influenced the guitar-based Britpop movement of the 1990s and since that time has been a successful solo artists.…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on May 31, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments
Gents, it’s time to be clear on summer skin. Since humanity blew a hole in the earth’s ozone layer, it is now dangerous for us to go outside without a protective barrier between us and the sun’s rays. This is why we need to use products that contain SPF, or Sun Protection Factor – sunscreens that reflect and/or absorb the…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on May 17, 2012 at 4:09pm — No Comments
A sign of a good dresser is the wearer’s attention to detail. When a man cares enough to be mindful of the finer…Continue
Now that I’ve reduced my caffeine intake, I actively seek decaffeinated coffee and I’m finding it rather difficult, at least in Toronto, to get a decaf after 11 am. This makes me wonder why the powers that be are making decaf hard to come by, but then I decided that it’s actually about creating addiction which affects…Continue
This week, we're going to test your spacial-temporal abilities and see if you can visualize the gentleman's coat from the pattern pieces below and match it to one of the coats below:
If you lived through the 90s and were old enough to grow facial hair, chances are, you wore a wrap-around mustache/beard combination and you probably called it a goatee. You might be shocked to know that in the modern era, this facial hair style, mistakenly called a goatee, is actually a 400 year old Flemish (Dutch) style called a Van Dyke.
Author, Victoria Sherrow, explains both types of facial hair in her historical study of appearance in For…Continue
Victorian men were the most efficient shirt-wearers of the modern era with starched, detachable collars and cuffs easily replaced or rigorously cleaned, starched,…Continue
Last week, Davy Jones' sudden death prompted a post about his life as an entertainer, and his life as a short man. Today, the focus is on tall men - their cultural psychology, how women feel about them, and medical problems they can face.
I know a lot of women like tall men. Our society has a thing about…Continue
Added by Leah Morrigan on March 15, 2012 at 11:02am — No Comments