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Spotted At: Liberty Fairs NYC

The men's trade shows in New York this week were filled with interesting trends to come, new labels to know, and a shit-ton of snow-covered boots. We made our way through a few of them to give you a glimpse of what you'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months. Liberty Fairs was a massive hodgepodge of different ... continue reading
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Spotted At: Capsule NYC

The men's trade shows in New York this week were filled with interesting trends to come, new labels to know, and a shit-ton of snow-covered boots. We made our way through a few of them to give you a glimpse of what you'll be seeing a lot of in the coming months. One of the things we like about (capsule) is the amount ... continue reading
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STEAL: 15% Off Sitewide in the Cool Material Shop STEAL

We've been adding new items to our shop on a weekly basis for a while now, and this week is your chance to save on all of them. Head over to the shop, enter your email into the pop-up, and you'll save 15% off sitewide! Snag a new watch, pocket knife, machined pen, or any of the other goods that line our virtual shelves. Hurry up, sale ends Monday, Oct. 6. ... check it out
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New Apps You Should Know

Since new apps get released at an incredible rate, we figured it only fair to keep you abreast of the best. Stop sifting through all the terrible games and little life helpers to find some gems. Break out your iPhone, iPad or Android device and get to downloading some of these guys. ... continue reading
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CM’s Top 10 Videos of 2013

Not every post we put up is focused on a tangible object. As much as we love shiny new gadgets and delicious bottles of booze, we also enjoy anything that can entertains us, which is why we toss up videos every now and then. Here are the 10 most popular that we shared this past year. ... continue reading
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CM’s Top 20 Products of 2013

Another year has come and gone. We played with lots of gadgets, sampled plenty of beer, and drove some mighty nice cars all in the name of “research.” And while we stand by everything we’ve tossed up on Cool Material, there are always going to be certain items that go over better than others. We combed through all our stats and found the 20 items you guys checked out the most this past year. Here they are for your nostalgic ... ... continue reading
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Heritage: Jon Contino

Forget about getting a driver's license or graduating from high school; in my family, getting your own tape measure is the true rite of passage. When my father gave it to me he didn't sit me down by a fire and tell me how special it is to have your own tape, instead it was more of the “throw a sweaty jersey at a ... continue reading
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Brew Trip Vermont: Switchback Brewing Company

You can credit part of the success of Switchback Brewing Company to bologna. Yes, bologna. You see, it was in a bologna factory where Bill Cherry, the owner and brewmaster at Switchback, learned the importance of an efficient workplace. And as you talk to Bill and tour Switchback Brewing Company, you see it everywhere. The equipment he’s found/acquired, the thought out workspaces, heck, there’s even a control board in German. ... continue reading
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Brew Trip Vermont: Rock Art Brewery

With a wider distribution area than many Vermont breweries (VT, MA, NJ, PA and CT), Rock Art may already be a name on your radar or in your fridge. The brewery, which started up in founder Matt Nadeau’s basement, has grown considerably in its 16 years of existence and is one in a string of well-known Vermont breweries to open in ’97 (Magic Hat, Long Trail, Catamount, and Otter Creek did, as well). ... continue reading
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Brew Trip Vermont: The Alchemist

At 9 am, on the first truly bone-chilling day of the season, a line stretched around The Alchemist and out into a small parking lot behind the building filled with empty pallets. The reason these people were lined up is two-fold. First is the obvious: Heady Topper. And, while you may think waiting in line for hours for a case of one beer is insane, the double IPA is truly one of the finest that will ever cross your lips. ... ... continue reading
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The Guide to Collecting & Aging Beer

The Guide to Collecting and Aging Beer Just to be clear, no beer needs to be aged. In fact, lots of beer shouldn't be. Still, some finely crafted beverages out there can develop over time and really display different characteristics when you decide to crack them open. You may be well on your way to enjoying ... continue reading
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Everyday Carry: 1950s

Slick hair and the rise of rock-n-roll gave men in the 50’s a truly unique style. It was a combination of rebellion and corporate sophistication. As a man living in the 1950’s, here are a few of the items that would have been in your everyday carry arsenal. ... continue reading
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Heritage: Andrew Payne

I'm a lucky man to have known my great grandfather, even for just a brief time. He was born in 1882 in Chapel Hill, N.C., grew up working on the railroad, and eventually became the Clerk of the Court. Not one to forget about the details, he most often wore a tailored black suit, crisp white shirt, bolero tie, black ... continue reading
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