As a self-described "quarterly handbook for discerning gentlemen," Man of the World sets the bar high, and when graded against the typical monthly men's magazine, Esquire or Details might as well be a TMZ print-form tabloid. Article recently got our hands on the first-ever issue (Autumn/Winter 2012) of this fantastic new guide to manhood, and to say that the Editor-in-Chief, Alan Maleh, is a man after our own hearts is an understatement. Alan describes the target audience as "sophisticated consumers, dressers, gourmets, travelers, and culture aficionados who want an uncluttered global guide to carefully curated menswear, shops, destinations, and art of the highest caliber." Change the word "global" to "Cincinnati" and I couldn't have written a better description of Article's aspirations myself. Thanks Alan!
With nary an ad to be found, Man of the World clocks in at 224 pages, about an inch thick, and over 2 pounds. Stocked full of proper-length (1-2 page) bios that offer a quick look at various designers, artists, businessmen, builders and thinkers of things - stopping to appreciate, if just for a moment, the part we all play to some degree in improving the human condition as "men of the world."
Of course there are interesting (and quite useful) Lifestyle entries like the "Luxury of Drinking," including a 2-page mixology guide, as well as an appreciative look at the pocket square with a helpful folding diagram. Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean fame makes an appearance to introduce us to the Smythson Currency Case for "multiple-currency-carrying Jason Bourne types." Perfect! Finally something that can adequately separate my dollars, bahts, and euros.
Originally conceived as a luxury catalog for the same target audience, Alan wasn't satisfied with the end result, and decided to re-invent the concept into something more diverse and stimulating. Presented with stunning visual appeal, Man of the World features plenty of highly-stylized photo pieces that meld together art and style - drawing in the viewer and inspiring you to delve deeper. "What is the jacket he's wearing?" 35 pages in a row are dedicated solely to art in various forms, including - quite literally - the art of sleeping. Pick up the next issue of Man of the World in December. Article recommended.