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After years of slow computers and a touch screen that barely worked half the time, I finally went and picked up a new laptop and phone. The first thing that hit me was the dread of transferring all my data from my old gear. My old phone had over 15,000 images in it. All uncategorized, of course, because let’s be real here. 60% of the storage was also filled with apps I forgot I even had. (Until that one day of the year where I need it.) And let’s not get started on the mess that’s my desktop computer. As I was flipping through my app-less phone with a completely empty photo folder, something hit me. It felt nice starting with a clean slate. I wasn’t stressed out about finding something I’ve stashed away. I wasn’t infinitely scrolling through images and deleting photos I forgot I even took, in a…

“Nobody wakes up thinking ‘I want to look like shit today.’” I told her. I was having coffee with a friend Eva at The Highline Hotel. She was fascinated about what I do, and was curious about how I get guys to care about how they look. It reminded me of a question I came across my feed on Quora. Someone asked “What’s the point of dressing well?” Here’s my answer to the question… There is no point. There’s no point of dressing well. Or looking good. Ugly clothes can cover your body just as well as a bespoke suit. There’s also no point of eating food that tastes really good, the tech nerds got you covered with a nutritious goo disturbingly called Soylent. Cheap made-for-tv movies kill just as much as time as that Summer blockbuster your friends can’t shut up about on Facebook. But here’s the thing. Nobody wakes…

First, I hope you had a great holiday and Happy New Year! At the end of 2015, I relaunched The Essential Man. It went from a personal blog I wrote while working as a Menswear Designer in New York, to teaching successful guys around the world how to look their best. One epic guide and a few blog posts later, the response has been better than I ever imagined. With the start of the New Year, you see two types of people. Those that LOVE fresh starts and want to be better. Those that HATE everyone’s overwhelming optimism. I’ve always loved the chance to start new. For example, today, I got rid of 50% of my wardrobe. Bagged and donated. Partially because I’ve collected way too much clothing working in fashion over the last 10 years. Mostly because I, too, can get bored of my wardrobe. I want something new.…