I started The Essential Man to help as many guys as I can improve their lives, careers, and relationships, by improving their style.
Starting in Dec 2009, blogs are required by the FTC to disclose any hidden interests in recommendations.
In plain english, whenever I recommend specific products on The Essential Man, I may get a small percentage of the sale if you click on the link I provide. You can usually tell if it’s an affiliate if the link is a unique URL that redirects to a store.
Two main reasons:
- This helps me stay ad free. I hate ads. You hate ads. They’re ugly and annoying.
- Affiliates income also helps me maintain the general website so it’s always up and running when you need it.
Here are some more plain english disclosures:
I don’t take money to talk about or review products from companies.
I haven’t from the beginning. I won’t in the future.
I have a “no pitch” policy.
Here’s something I learned working as a luxury menswear designer for 10 years: “The shittier the product, the bigger the marketing budget.” Good products, amazing brands, don’t need to pay people to review, recommend, or use their stuff.
Why do you think bloggers are always getting sent cheap suits from tech companies to talk about, and not being sent bespoke suits from master tailors on Saville Row? 🙂
If I ever feature a company, it’s because I’ve personally reached out after trying out the products myself and love it. All the items I recommend I discover on my own.
I don’t recommend anything I haven’t personally bought, haven’t personally tried out, or wouldn’t personally buy myself.
You might notice that often my recommendations aren’t the cheapest. My goal with The Essential Man isn’t to give you the cheapest, it’s to give you the best.
There are plenty of style blogs that will feed you an endless stream of what’s on sale.
The Essential Man reader isn’t concerned with saving a few bucks, but looking and feeling like a million.
I’m happy to tell you when something sucks
Feel free to ask my opinion on a specific piece or brand. If I have access to it, I’ll let you know what I think based on my expertise as a designer. If I don’t, I’ll tell you I’ve never seen them in person, and offer you my personal recommendations instead.
To save you some time:
- Do not waste your money at H&M, Topshop, or Zara.
- Uniqlo is amazing for accessories like heattech, cashmere beanies and gloves in the winter, ok for basics like t-shirts and socks, dress shirts in a pinch. Avoid outerwear from them.
- Uniqlo jeans feel like paper. Buy Levis if you’re on a tight budget.
Finally, feel free to take any of the advice and recommendations I give and purchase them without clicking on my link. No hard feelings.
If any of this is confusing to you, or you’d like more info, feel free to reach out to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org