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The Importance of Talking to Strangers

Airplanes are about to get a lot less fun.

KLM is currently testing a program called Meet and Seat that lets you see the Facebook or LinkedIn profile of your fellow passengers before choosing a seat. The idea is that you’ll scan the crowd for like-minded souls and choose your conversation partner accordingly. It’s a good deal if you don’t want to be stuck with a talkative “management specialist”—but we can’t help thinking something’s been lost. Specifically, that rare, unexpected bond between strangers...

Allow us to elaborate»

Dusting Off: The Concorde

It was the crown jewel of aircrafts from the moment it lifted off in 1976 until its sudden, catastrophic extinction 27 years later. The Concorde.

On the outside: a supersonic, transatlantic rocket ship with four Rolls-Royce engines cruising along the outermost layer of the earth’s atmosphere at Mach 2. On the inside: the last of the 1960s’ international jetsetters and the wealthiest of the 1980s’ Wall Street tycoons sipping champagne and moving twice as fast as everyone else in the world. “You can be in London at 10am and in New York at 10am,” said Sir David Frost, a Concorde regular. “I have never found another way of being in two places at once.”

And then, like Keyser Söze, poof: it was gone.

We’d like to dust off the fleet...»

How Strong Is Your Beard?

Your facial hair is a lot of things. Rugged. Warm. Splotchy, yet sexy. But it is nowhere near as strong as Antanas Kontrimas’s beard which, bearing a strong resemblance to 30 packs of steel wool, has lifted ladies, towed Land Rovers and taxied planes.

The Lithuanian has been lengthening and strengthening his facial hair for over 30 years, which explains how it recently lifted a 140-pound female model nearly a foot off the ground for five seconds—a new Guinness World Record for “The Heaviest Weight Lifted by a Beard” (besting his own previous record set in 2007).

We’ve prepared a highlight reel featuring Kontrimas’s beard lifting things on a variety of bizarre, non-English-speaking television programs»

The Jets of Yore

Here’s your historical fix for the day: this chart shows almost a century’s worth of airline companies, including buy-outs, mergers and bankruptcies, distilled into one genealogical table. The picture above is a tiny snippet covering the last 20 years, but there’s plenty more where that came from. Take a look here.

On the Wing


We’re no pilots, but we’re also not above a little light co-opting when the moment calls for it.

This hand-sewn pilot’s cap comes from Bentley with a design that’s straight from the 20’s. It might be a bit more costume-y than our usual objects of desire, and we’re not sure we’d drop $200 on something that’s almost impossible to wear outside of a cockpit.

But if you’re looking for something to wear to your pilots exam, this is it.

Testino on the Line, Canceled Flights, and Voting Labor


Area of Her Expertise: From what we gather, Marissa Miller is famous for putting on swimsuits and nothing else. Who are we to take that away from her? [Egotastic]

Blue Collar: Again, our pal at ACL delves into construction worker chic and comes up with some surprising finds. [A Continuous Lean]

Molto Mario: Mr. Testino has a lot to say and ain't no one stopping him from sayin' it. [NYMag]

Not So Friendly Skies: You have a simple choice—either fly in one of these turkeys or stand in front of a speeding Mac truck. Same diff. [Wired]

Blue-Chip Stocks: The business section of the Times looks into a hands-on denim company. [NYTimes]

What a Catch: Oh Slut Machine, with your looks, wit, charm, approachability, solipsism, egomania, obsessive oversharing, vapid generalizations, and inability to judge each person on their individual merits, it's a shock you haven't found the one yet. [Jezebel]

Overnight Bag: Tips on building the perfect dopp kit. [Art of Manliness]