Man of the World Magazine
An interview with the founder of Man of the World magazine, now in stock at Haberdash.
why did you start Man of the World?
In today’s marketplace, you rarely find content that caters specifically to men who value style, travel, food, art, and culture. Man of the World is tightly focused on that group; it doesn’t try to be all things to all people. It’s for a sophisticated male niche audience, and it’s somewhere they can go for consistent, compelling, informative content. While it has global appeal, it’s edited from an American point of view.
in what way?
It’s a handbook for the modern man, but its DNA is definitely inspired by American vintage. When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, I really appreciated the great Hollywood icons of the 1960s and ’70s, guys like Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Al Pacino. I wanted to emulate their effortless style and admired their sense of confidence. I think their style is just as relevant today, if not more so.
did your interest in vintage watches begin at this time?
Yes, I saw a vintage watch as a way to own some-thing unique, something to distinguish myself from other guys. Later, when I worked in my family’s jewelry store, I introduced vintage watches to the mix. My passion for classic cars came later, after I’d founded a children’s clothing company whose success has allowed me to indulge in the things I love: clothing, shoes, art, travel, vintage watches and furniture—and now vintage automobiles.
A conversation one day with my eldest son sparked an idea. I was telling him: “Do what you’re passionate about and success will follow,” and he asked, “Dad, do you love what you do?” Well, my children’s clothing company is running smoothly, and I’ve recently ventured into adult clothing with the heritage workwear brand, H.W. Carter & Sons, which is exciting. But the business no longer gives me the stimulating challenges it once did. So I decided to create a carefully curated catalog and website where I could showcase, share, and sell some of the vintage collectibles that I’m obsessed with.
Man of the World was conceived as a luxury catalog. what pushed it into its current magazine format?
When I put together the catalog, I was not satisfied with the outcome. I felt that simply putting together a catalog ignored heritage and craft, which was what drew me to vintage finds in the first place. I realized that I could make Man of the World into something more compelling. The result is this visually driven quarterly magazine, which is an authentic reflection of my taste and experiences, and presents them in a beautifully designed and useful form, laced with just the right amount of eccentricity and whimsy. Creating it has allowed me to respond to my son, “Yes, I’m doing what I love.” I hope that passion shows on every page.
via Man of the World