The Frugal Rake: An Introduction

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Welcome to the inaugural post of the Frugal Rake, a monthly blog series for folks looking to build a good-looking masculine wardrobe from the ground up without breaking the bank. In upcoming installments, we'll be covering everything you need to start becoming style-conscious on a budget, including finding the right fit, where and how to shop, and the proper care of garments.

The watchwords of the series are "frugal masculine style," so to kick things off, a note on each of those words. After that, we'll go over some good rules for beginners to take to heart.

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Meet the Lumbersexual: He's Part Hipster, Part Metrosexual, All Sartorial Man

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Competitive Lumberjack Adrian Flygt: "I'm Not a Guy Who's Trying to Pull Off a Look"

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Phil Roeder
High school physics teacher Adrian Flygt just had six cord of eight-foot logs dropped off at his house in Fort Collins, Colorado. Soon it'll just be a big pile of kindling.

After school's out, Flygt goes home, walks his hound, and then gets to work. Instead of heading up a classroom now, he's outside his house going to town on huge logs with axes and saws. In addition to being a teacher, Flygt is also a professional lumberjack.

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Juniper Ridge's Hall Newbegin Talks Wilderness Perfume and Lumbersexuals

Categories: Beauty, Fashion

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Brandon
Big Sur is just one of the places where the folks at Juniper Ridge find scent-spiration.
Imagine the mountains around Big Sur jutting from the Pacific Ocean and meeting the land in a glorious nirvana of woodland green and cerulean blue. The image is nice (see above), but even viewing it from a car on the PCH doesn't give you the full experience. You've got to open the door and let the smell of salt and flora hit your nose.

What better way to bring the woods with you than to wear them on your body? We're not talking branches or wildflowers per se, but one man has figured out how to put the mountains in a bottle employing methods rarely used by modern perfumeries -- the ultimate in eau de lumbersexual.

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Meet the Lumbersexual: Part Hipster, Part Metrosexual, All Sartorial Man


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Meet the Lumbersexual: He's Part Hipster, Part Metrosexual, All Sartorial Man

Categories: Fashion, Longform

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Colin Michael Simmons
Special thanks to Find Furnish, Max Gremillion, Chris Newkirk, John Cybart, and David Sedgwick.

The city hums and honks below as half a dozen guys guzzle Bell's Two Hearted on an Upper East Side rooftop, escaping a weed-beclouded party downstairs. Moonrays splay through frail clouds as puffs of smoke from American Spirits rise skyward.

A guy with a red pine tattoo cracks a new bottle and asks if anyone wants another.

"I have to open at the coffee shop tomorrow, but fuck it," says another, accepting the offer.

The tar roof dampens the thud of his worn Red Wings, scuffed by his days delivering 80-pound bags of green coffee and nights hauling gear to shows in Brooklyn.

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Lumbersexuals in Their "Natural" Habitat [Photos]


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Envision: Spring 2015 Announces Date, Location

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Twice a year, Envision puts together a glam party showcasing the work of local designers. The next event will take place this spring, and event organizers have announced the date, location, and talent for their upcoming celebration.

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Envision Fall 2014: Top Trends of the Season


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Local Luminaries at I AM MPLS Rock First Avenue

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Mike Madison
Colleen Eversman in Proper & Prim
Minneapolis is a gem of a city. It's why temporary transplants end up taking root and why life-long Minneapolitans don't flock to other cities. We have an established music scene, a burgeoning flock of fashion designers, incredible eateries with expert mixologists, and a diverse sea of creative talent that spans everything from art galleries to the ad world.

Last night marked the fifth year of Sarah Edwards's I AM MPLS, a variety show that polishes the shine on our little Midwestern diamond in the rough. I AM MPLS isn't just one thing -- much like the place it's named for -- the event combines plenty of spectacle and entertainment in a few hours, showcasing the best of the City of Lakes.

Was this the most epic iteration of I AM MPLS yet? In short: Yes.

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I AM MPLS! and I AM ST. PAUL! Dates Announced

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For the past four years, I AM MPLS! has showcased local fashion designers and boutiques with a runway show where the models are local celebs and do-gooders. Today, event organizers have announced the dates and lineup for the annual bash. They're also announced a sister party celebrating all that is glam and good in St. Paul.

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Writer and Designer Novala Takemoto Talks Lolita Fashion at Full Fashion Panic [Video]

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Anna Gulbrandsen
Style from the 2012 Full Fashion Panic runway show at MCAD.
Over the weekend, anime and manga enthusiasts and scholars flocked to MCAD for the Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures. The event, formerly known as SGMS (Schoolgirls and Mobile Suits), brings fans of Japanese pop culture together to celebrate and explore anime, manga, art, films, gaming, and fashion.

But the event is not just a bunch of fans fawning over the latest and greatest manga series -- it's got academic appeal, too. Mechademia director Frenchy Lunning describes the conference as a collection of scholars "discussing the prevalence of popular culture that goes global from Japan."

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Full Fashion Panic 2012: Amazing Crowd and Catwalk Shots

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MNfashion Officially Calls It Quits

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It's been a rocky year for volunteer-run nonprofit MNfashion. Last January, the organization stated that it would no longer be hosting its signature local fashion party, the Shows, and that the future of Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week was up in the air. Then in April it was announced that MNfashion would move from curating events to having an online promotional presence. Well, that didn't work out either, as this weekend MNfashion announced that it is closing shop completely.

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Envision Fall 2014: Top Trends of the Season

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On a chilly Friday night, Orchestra Hall hosted another successful season of Envision, one of the Twin Cities' most popular fashion shows. The crowds gathered around the runway (and watching from the floors above) were treated to 13 designers' collections throughout the evening.

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