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Do-Gooders – The Exceptional Man, Chicago – Men’s Style and More

Material Mondays | iPhone Style, Etc.

So half of what I found this week is dedicated to the iPhone. If you’re not an iPhone user, I apologize. Since I am one, I tend to gravitate towards iPhone related stuff. Like these iPhone gloves by Dots. Being able to use my phone without having to take off my gloves is fantastic in Chicago winters. The above are actually from a collaboration by Dots for Opening Ceremony, if you feel like paying twice the price for basically the same thing.

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Do Fun Stuff | Children’s Music for Parents

Let’s face it: most children’s music makes parents want to put their heads through a wall after about the third listen. Luckily Ryan of Pacing the Panic Room and friends have put together this fantastic compilation album meant to please children and parents alike.

But Do Fun Stuff is much more than a children’s album that doesn’t suck. 100% of the proceeds of this album go towards fighting Smith-Magenis Syndrome, the details of which you can read about below. Ryan is personally invested in this fight, as his step-son was diagnosed with SMS in March 2009.

So there you have it. Great album, and for a good cause. Why wouldn’t you buy it?

Your Blindness Could Do Some Good

I don’t know about you, but I’m as blind as a bat. My eyes have been bad since I was in 2nd grade, and I’ve gone through more than my fair share of ugly glasses. Which could be a reason why I think it’s so important to take your eyewear seriously.

141 Eyewear takes a lot of the stress out of that process. In addition to having some stylish frames in stock (like the one above), for every purchase you make, they’ll donate a new pair of prescription glasses to a person in need. Yes, this is a page straight out of the business model of TOMS. But I like TOMS, so I’m OK with that.

Couldn’t your eyes stand to do some good?

PS, How are your eyes? My wife has perfect vision, and tends to rub it in. We’re hoping Miles gets her sight and not mine.

Pardon Jack Johnson

A century ago, an epic boxing match took place between Jack Johnson and the “Great White Hope” Jim Jeffries. Johnson successfully defended his title against Jeffries, but was persecuted by the FBI, and convicted two years later under the Mann Act of a romance with a white woman. Now a movement aims to have Johnson pardoned by President Obama.

Want to show support? A portion of these limited edition t-shirts will be donated to PBS, whose documentary focuses on the life and achievements of Johnson.

Good looking shirt and a piece of history? That’s a win-win. Of course, I was a history major, so I may be a little biased. [via Cool Hunting]

This Saturday: The 25th Annual Hunger Walk

On Saturday, Caroline, Miles and I are participating in the Greater Chicago Food Depository’s 25th Annual Hunger Walk. It’s the first we’ve done, but we’re pretty excited about it. It’s such an easy way to help the Food Depository’s mission, and costs us nothing but time.

We’ll be taking some photos, so I’ll be able to follow up with another more detailed post. But it’s not too late to be a part of it yourself. Hope to see you there.

TOMS and charity:water Join Forces

TOMS is one of those businesses that everyone loves. And if you don’t, you’re not paying attention.

Not only do they have an incredible mission, but their shoes look pretty damn cool — a big reason why I’ve covered them previously here. Now they’ve teamed up with one of my favorite nonprofits, charity:water, to offer the Water Project Shoe.

(PS, How a company that already gives away shoes for every shoe it sells can afford to go a step further like this is beyond me. Nevertheless, it’s awesome.)

The shoe comes in two styles: the Water Shoe (women only) and the Map Shoe (pictured above, for both sexes.) The shoes come in at a very affordable $58, and you’ll be simultaneously helping build a clean water well in Africa and donating a pair of shoes to a child in need.

The verdict? Do it.

Wants | Holiday Season 2009

As requested, here are my ‘Wants’ for this Christmas season. These are all items that have caught my eye in recent months that I have not previously mentioned here.

Let’s start with the new line of shirts at Hamilton, America’s oldest family-owned shirt maker. Hamilton’s been making high quality custom made shirts in Houston for over a century, and this year they introduced the 1883 line of ready-to-wear shirts. The one you see above is the Oxford, which would be my choice.

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Grow a Mo’ For Men’s Health

Not sure how I missed writing about this before November began, but better late than never.

Movember is an annual fundraising campaign started by two Aussies that encourages men to grow mustaches (or Mo’s – the Aussie slang for mustache) to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues – specifically prostate and testicular cancer. A man who wishes to be a “Mo Bro” starts off the beginning of the month clean shaven, and grows a mustache all month. Along the way he raises funds for cancer research and is a walking billboard for the cause.

What’s great about the guys behind Movember is the scope of their ambition: Movember is seeking to make the mustache what the pink ribbon is to breast cancer research. Good luck, fellas.

It’s too late to get started growing the ‘stache this year, but why not find someone to support who’s got his Mo’ in full swing already?

“Change Starts With Your Underwear”

What have your undergarments done lately? Planted a seed for literacy? Protected the world’s rainforests? Protected the oceans? If you’ve answered ‘no’ to any of these questions, you may want to consider PACT Organic Underwear for a change… down there.

With the motto “Change starts with your underwear”, PACT allows you to begin that change by picking from three different fits — trunk, boxer or boxer-brief. You can also choose which pattern you enjoy or which cause most suits you. Either way, it’s about time your underwear supported more than just you.

Ladies, don’t fret: PACT has options for you as well.

Handmade Shwood Canby Eyewear

An environmentally friendly take on the classic Wayfarer style of frames, Canby, the debut line of Portland-based Shwood, are a hipster’s dream. Made from the natural surrounding hardwood from the Portland area, the line comes in zebrawood, maple, or wenge like the ones above.

For those more fashion-conscious, don’t worry. These babies have a little something for you too: Carl Zeiss lenses imported from Italy.

Bonobos Keeps on Rolling: Now Offering Polos

If their line of pants is any measurement, these polos should be excellent fitting. It begs the question: what is next on Bonobos’ ambitious agenda?

By the way, did you know that not only does Bonobos make great products, they have a Band of Brothers program that gives discounts to men who have chosen service-oriented professions such as teaching? That is my kind of company.

(Remember: if you’re a new customer, you can get a 15% discount with the promo code ‘theexceptionalman’. You’re welcome.)

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