I’m going on a Winter Vacation with my friends tomorrow…

I’m going on a Winter Vacation with my friends tomorrow and probably won’t be able to catch a good internet connection until I come back home. 

2013 was a great year for TDB and me personally, 2014 is starting pretty good too and hopefully the rest of it is going to be the same! I’m looking forward to more new things and content on TDB, new awesome opportunities and more great design / designers. *I’m also looking forward to everything that’s on the list above. 

Anyway, thank you for another great year – have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2014! -ruby

The Best Dressed Man of 2013: Pope Francis

An unconventional choice to be sure, but hear us out. 

While Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have all had banner years, their sartorial choices begin and end on the proverbial red carpet. Meanwhile, Pope Francis’s sartorial decisions have subtly signaled a new era (and for many, renewed hope) for the Catholic Church.

“His mode of dressing really does reflect the mindset behind it,” says Mark-Evan Blackman, assistant professor of menswear design at FIT, of Pope Francis. “I remember when John Paul II was buried in those opulent bright red shoes. When the current pope was elected and chose not to wear the red shoes I thought that was very reflective of his approach to being a person functioning in a role.”

Pope Francis has been big on symbolic gestures—paying his own bill at a hotel owned by the Church or washing the feet of inmates (two of whom were female) on Holy Thursday—and the black shoes and unadorned, simplistic regalia are just an outward acknowledgement of his progressive orthodoxy. “Pope Francis understands that menswear is meant to express the character of the man wearing the clothes,” says Mary Lisa Gavenas, author of The Fairchild Encyclopedia of Menswearbefore adding: “No rapper-style popewear for him.”

True, the opulent jewelry and fur-lined capes of yore have given way to humbler dress, and this break from aesthetic tradition says a lot of the man and what he hopes…


    



Ask Nick Sullivan: "The suits you show in your magazine look like they are way too small. Are they comfortable?"

From the January 2013 issue

Is there a difference between tucking in a T-shirt, a polo, and a dress shirt? —Alex Rogers, Tempe, Ariz.

The old rule of thumb is if a shirt is knitted (like a T-shirt or polo shirt) or has a flat bottom hem (like, say, a Hawaiian shirt), you don’t tuck. If it’s a dress shirt, with tails, you do. However, things have a tendency of changing with the times. One Thomas Magnum [left], for instance, acquitted himself quite well with a tucked-in Hawaiian shirt … but that was in the ’80s.


    

The Essential: A Great Suit for Less Than a Grand

You might not know it looking at our leaders in D. C. or the gang on Duck Dynasty, but we are living in a golden age of suits. Chalk it up to greater manufacturing efficiencies or a greater emphasis on closer (read: correct) fits from even the massest of retailers, but it has never, ever been easier to own a superb-fitting two-piece without spending a ton of money. DKNY has crafted a go-anywhere, do-anything suit in mélange blue cut from the brand’s signature stretch wool, a fabric that benefits a trimmer silhouette, for less than $700. A bargain, sure, but a blessing, too, for those occasions (work, weddings, the odd funeral) when nothing but a great suit will do.

Two-button wool suit ($695) by DKNY

More affordable suiting options, after the jump…


    



Jump Start Your New Year’s Resolution

Why wait until January 1st to start whittling away at your resolution list, when you can get a jumpstart now? The holidays are a frantic time of year with the added pressure of more socializing, which, in turn, means more drinking and eating than usual. Fortunately, the latest edition to P90X has just dropped: P90X3. This new and improved version of P90X has condensed the high-impact workouts into 30-minute sessions that concentrate on muscle building and calorie burning at an accelerated rate. 

And if hitting the gym isn’t the most enticing prospect right now, might we suggest upgrading your workout apparel as a way to motivate you? Despite a tumultuous year, Lululemon is the most recent athletic clothing line to capture our attention. No bells and whistles, just streamlined, functional clothing to help you make it through your next lap around the health club. 

Tech short sleeve shirt ($68) by Lululemon, available at lululemon.com  and surge short ($64), available at lululemon.com


    

AnOther’s Top 10 Heartwarming Films

Benny and Joon still
Benny and Joon still

What better way to spend Boxing Day than snuggled up on the sofa, eating leftovers and watching a brilliant film? Here we bring you our Top 10 Heartwarming Films – from timeless classics and delightful animations to lesser-known gems – to provide some essential viewing inspiration.

1. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot is the ultimate feel good film to get you in the holiday mood. In an attempt to escape Chicago m…

Kathy Wu   |   http://cargocollective.com/kathy "An imaginary…

Kathy Wu   |   http://cargocollective.com/kathy

“An imaginary brand of chocolate inspired by origami paper and Japanese multi-purpose wrapping cloth called furoshiki. By paying attention to the art of wrapping, we bring moments of fun and beauty into everyday life.”

Kathy studies graphic design at RISD. She also loves fine art, technology, textiles, and prose. She dances likes its the seventies when no one’s looking. Hobbies include writing and rabbit-drawing.

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Willoughby Design   |   http://willoughbydesign.com "Classic and…

Willoughby Design   |   http://willoughbydesign.com

“Classic and nostalgic Christmas critters and icons inspired this holiday season at Panera Bread. All the trinkets and treasures that make opening a stocking so much fun are sprinkled throughout. The playful and exaggerated use of scale and the mix of letterpress typography are combined with jolly and joyful messages to wish customers tasteful tidings and fill them with a dash of whimsy and a bit of fa la la. Share the warmth and experience a little holiday heaven.”

From packaging to retail environments, Willoughby designs brand experiences that leave lasting impressions and create brand believers. We thrive on uncovering insights and helping clients bring fresh, inspiring and innovative ideas to the marketplace.

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