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    Dapper Dispatch | Best Retail Projects of 2013

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    As the new year begins, let’s take a look back at some of the best retail projects of 2013. There were several great brick & mortars (and one bus) that launched in 2013…hopefully a sign of more great shops to come in 2014.

    Todd Snyder X Champion: City Gym

    Harry’s: The Corner Shop

    Shinola: Detroit Store

    Warby Parker: Class Trip

    Monocle Café: London

     

    Trunk Club | Men’s Outfitters

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    Do you have a personal stylist? Didn’t think so.

    I could have asked “Do you date supermodels?” and gotten the same response, right? Only in your dreams. Well thanks to Trunk Club, a new-ish Chicago based start-up, the personal stylist thing could be a dream come true. Here’s the deal:

    -You sign up…Here

    -You chat with a stylist online (likes, dislikes, style preferences, hobbies, body type…).

    -They ship you a Trunk with awesome gear…you keep what you like and ship the rest back at no charge.

    -Look awesome.

    -Date supermodels*

    *Trunk Club and The Dapper Dude make no guarantees on the last statement.

     

    Monocle | 5th Anniversary

    The release of Monocle’s March issue also marks the company’s 5th birthday. Check out this video which recaps all brand happenings from print to retail.

    It’s safe to say that I’ll still be an avid reader when they celebrate their 50th year.

     

    Rudy’s Barbershop | The Beginnings

    Vintage style barbershops have been popping up at a rapid pace over the past few year. One of the originators of this trend was Rudy’s, which started in the early 1990s during the “grunge” days in Seattle.

    Check out this video which documents the story of their humble beginnings.

     

    Quarterly Co.

    Quarterly is a new way to connect with the people you follow and find interesting. We spend so much of our lives connecting with people online that we forget the value of tangible interactions that happen in the real world. Quarterly wants to bridge that gap by allowing anyone to subscribe to influential contributors and get physical items in the mail from them. It is like a magazine, but instead of receiving words on a page, our subscribers receive actual items that tell a compelling story crafted and narrated by the contributor.”

    “…maybe you’ll get the same kind of notebook that your favorite author used to plot their recent bestseller. Or maybe it’s the tea a musician was drinking while they penned a famous track.”

    This is a really cool new company founded by Good Magazine co-founder and former Editor-In-Chief, Zack Frechette. Current contributors include Josh Rubin and Evan Orenstan of Cool Hunting, Bobby Salomon of The Fox is Black, world traveler Josh Spear, and many more.

     

    Gap Denim Studio | Behind the Scenes

    It’s common knowledge withing the clothing industry that the biggest trend right now is craftsmanship. People want to know where their clothing comes from, who’s making it, what the process is…they need a story. Gap, in partnership with advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, has recently rolled out a new campaign that takes you behind the scenes at their denim studio in L.A. The videos introduce you to the real people and processes behind Gap denim.

    See more videos, here.

     

    Monocle Mediterraneo | A Preview

    The second installment of Monocle Mediterraneo, the Media brands large-format summer newspaper, is set to hit newsstands on July 28th. With a report from Pitti Uomo, as well as the usual briefings on food, culture, retail and design, Mediterraneo is sure to please the cultural senses.

    Check out the preview video, here.

     

    Shipley & Halmos | Behind the Scenes

    I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…content based marketing is the most effective (for me anyway). Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, the gentleman behind the clothing label Shipley & Halmos (previously of Trovata) were recently featured in a video as part of the “Me Series” to promote the Windows Phone. The video takes you through the pairs creative process and behind the scenes at their NYC studio. Enjoy.

     

    Kelvin | Natural Slush Co.

    Apparently I’m about a year late to the party, but I tried Kelvin Natural Slush Co. yesterday for the first time, and really enjoyed it. Founded by laid-off lawyer, Alex Rein, Kelvin (named after the Kelvin temperature scale) is a more adult, more natural, more delicious version of a 7-11 Slurpee that does business from their New York City based truck. I was very pleased with my citrus and mixed berry slush, but I was even more impressed with the clean brand identity created by Aaron Harowitz.

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    Monocle | New HQ

    A lot of magazines operate out of offices that are less-than-cover-worthy. They preach about living a particular lifestyle, however, the people behind-the-scenes often don’t live it themselves. A quality product is one thing, backing it up is quite another.

    Monocle is a media brand that champions style, design, culture and all things pertaining to a well-informed, well-lived life. As evident by their new headquarters in London, these guys not only talk the talk…they walk the walk.

    Images courtesy of DMB & Kate Peters Photography

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    Rise of the Dude-itor

    Image: Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit (pulled from The Observer)

    Adam Rapoport, EIC at Bon Appétit and former Style Editor at GQ, is one of the inspirations for this site…just a regular dude who knows a shit ton about style, food, design…

    WWD posted a great story today about Rapoport and other young male editors, including Hugo Lindgren of the New York Times magazine, who are rising to the top of the magazine world and gaining a bit of rebel status along the way. These guys don’t fit your stereotypical Editor-In-Chief mold…they’re just dudes…very dapper dudes.

     

    The Brander

    I’ve always been interested in brands…the origin, the idea, the name, and most importantly, the minds behind them. Brands are a very emotional thing for consumers, but they’re a way of life for those who create them.

    Branders, a Zurich based agency, recently launched The Brander, a website dedicated to telling the story of those who have dedicated their lives to creating brands. Learn more about the passion behind the brands you love and discover those you never knew existed.