The charm of “Men and Style” is demonstrated during a passage in it’s first paragraph:
“It only takes one time to realize that you wear a blazer to the 21 Club, bring cash to Peter Luger’s, and never order a pink cocktail.”
It reminded me of my own personal journey that led to this thing called Article – and even more reminded me (with a laugh) of my first time to Peter Luger’s. Let me tell you, when you’re closing down a 129-year old steakhouse for the night, have racked up a $500 dinner bill (unexpectedly might I add), and the old-school cashier informs you it’s a cash-only restaurant, it’s an empty feeling. We made it out of there – but just barely.
In life and in style, you make some mistakes. Learning and laughing about it is part of the deal. I’ve always believed that an important part of manhood involves crafting your own personal representation to the world. It goes beyond your dress or appearance. It speaks to a deeper set of instincts that every man discovers for himself and ascribes to throughout his life. This is called Style, and the aptly titled “Men and Style” deals specifically with those two things. It is a book about Men, and more deeply, it is about the experiences, stories, notions, and musings that helped craft the style portion of their being.
The author, David Coggins, has long been a favorite of ours at Article. Anyone whose self-professed goal is to live a life worthy of a Japanese whiskey ad is someone with which we can immediately identify. We highly suggest the current interview with him over at A Continuous Lean – a site where he’s written a handful of entries. If you’re not familiar, here’s a sample of his writings there. . . “Big Blue: The Case for the Navy Suit,” “Unsolicited Thoughts for the Young Men of New York,” and “At Home in the Natural World: Yellowstone in October.”
You can pick up “Men and Style” now at Article. We’ve been having a blast reading – and laughing – along as it celebrates this incredible fraternity of which we all belong called Manhood.