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Jade Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon Hughes Art Deco Club Chair

The Making of the Hughes Chaing Mai Dragon Chair

The Hughes is an of Iron & Oak original inspired by Art Nouveau/Deco design. Part of our Club family, The Hughes combines sleek straight lines and bold curves with beautiful channel tufting and supportive eight-way hand tie to bring 21st century comfort to the style of the 1920s and 30s. Though the history of The Hughes' design is only part of its appeal, it's exactly why commercial interior designer Brad Nichols came to us to produce the piece. After falling in love with F. Schumacher's interior decor fabric, Chaing Mai Dragon-Jade 173277, Brad knew that the Art…

Restoration Hardware Lancaster Vs The Of Iron & Oak Roosevelt

Restoration Hardware Lancaster VS of Iron & Oak’s Roosevelt

What are the differences between our Roosevelt leather roll arm sofa and the Restoration Hardware Lancaster leather sofa? On the surface, the of Iron & Oak Roosevelt sofa looks the same as the Restoration Hardware Lancaster style. With their classic roll arm design, depth options, and commanding presence, it can be hard to tell the difference between the two just by looking at them. While the main visual characteristics of each piece are similar, there are quality and structural components that differ greatly between the two. In fact, it's pretty…

8 Great tips for Leather Furniture Care

Word on the street is, leather is getting a bad reputation for being high maintenance, easy to scratch, and just all around difficult to deal with. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. While a leather sofa may need a little more love than your average couch, the years of love you get back are well worth the bit of extra care. Even though leather is a little more high maintenance than other materials, it’s still relatively simple to care for, and, dare I say simpler to clean? While…

How to Build Your Own Sneaker Room

If you're like us, this little sneaker habit of yours has probably already spun out of control. If it hasn’t, it will, because sneakers are awesome. They’re really really really cool and once you get a whiff of that new pair smell the urge to cop more can be hard to resist. If you’re already 100+ pairs deep and slowly crafting a labyrinth of shoe storage in your garage you may be a bit beyond help, but for those of you still building your arsenal or sitting pretty on a…

For the Love of Leather

Leather is a material that needs no introduction. Its sheer ubiquity speaks far louder than we ever could.  As manufacturers, we’ve been watching our leather go into products touching every corner of people’s lives for generations, and we continue to be amazed by the love and enthusiasm people have for it. What’s even more surprising is just how long leather has been around without replacement. Why is it exactly that leather has remained so popular for so long?

Choosing Your Chesterfield

Chesterfields have recently enjoyed a return to prominence, and their revitalization is no mistake. They’re back in a big way, with designers far and wide eagerly putting their own twist on this traditional piece.  The Chesterfield sofa is classy without looking like an antique, comfortable without emanating sloppy character and versatile without being bland. Your classic chesterfield design primarily has uniform characteristics, such as deeply tufted cushions and even height at the back and arms. Modern rendition retains the iconic tufting -- and from there anything is fair game. Chances…

When PLAYBOY Informed Sexy Design & Made the Bachelor Pad a Cultural Tradition

by Guest Contributor, The Selvedge Yard's Jon Patrick Debuting in 1953, Hugh Hefner’s Playboy magazine represented the ultimate liberated lifestyle for men of the 1950s, ’60s and beyond. Some called Hef’s imaginative, artistic spreads on architecture & interior design nothing more than self-indulgent, male sexual fantasy cloaked under a flimsy cover of so-called culture. For the man that wanted to be (or fantasized of being) the master of his own hedonistic domain — Playboy was his blueprint. And Hef perfected his own personal blueprint for tapping directly into the wallet of a…

Of Iron & Oak Whiskey!

WHISKEY! The Sunshine of Liquid

  There is a saying out there. "Alcohol can be man’s worst enemy, but doesn’t the Bible say love thy enemy?" From the early history to the present alcohol has played an important role in religion, worship and in every aspect of a human’s life. It's also made for a pretty great drink. From the late 50s when you had Frank Sinatra sipping on good old whiskey with Dean Martin next to him already a drink or two in, to Mad Men, and Tony Stark, whiskey's been the go-to drink…

The Evolution Of Shaving And Why It's A Rip-off

The Evolution of Shaving And Why It’s A Rip-Off

We’re not going to teach you how to shave. We’re sure you already know how to. Your father already took care of that life lesson a long time ago, which may be the sole reason why some of you may have decided to nix shaving altogether to grow gnarly, Paul Bunyan-esque beards. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. We love how rebellious beards are.

However, there’s a lot of bullshit scattered about the shaving industry that has plagued men’s faces as well as their wallets for decades. We think every man, bearded or not, should be made aware of these shenanigans and move to restore the sanctity of the classic male shave. Here’s to the evolution of shaving and why it’s a rip-off. 

Knob Creek To Release Smoked Maple Bourbon

Last night, I was fortunate enough to attend a rooftop pig roast and bourbon tasting by Knob Creek on the west side of Manhattan. I still remember receiving the invite weeks ago and thinking to myself, “Wow. There’s absolutely no way I’m going to miss this.”

Knob Creek Single Barrel ReserveAfter a series of quick train rides into the city, I was among the first to arrive. Upon my arrival, I was so excited that I actually blew right past the person who was supposed to sign me in and made my way straight to the bar. She eventually chased me down, took my name and all was right in the world…mostly because, by that time, I was already sipping on a glass of Single Barrel on a rooftop in NYC overlooking the East River at sunset.

The night unfolded effortlessly with only a few minor weather hiccups. I mingled, I drank and I had my fair share of a deliciously roasted pig that was prepared by celebrity chef Michael Symon. It was a grand evening. By the end of the night, everyone was schmoozing and having a lot of fun. Perhaps even too much fun.

As Symon was finishing up his demonstration for a grilled glazed pineapple dessert, the North American Bourbon Ambassador for Jim Beam, Adam Harris, came out and began to extol the virtues of Knob Creek. One of the model-esque cocktail waitresses came up to me and handed me and everyone else a tumbler filled with something new. Something strikingly different. It’s aroma filled my nostrils with a sweet, almost candy-like scent, it was all I could do not to go ahead and take the first sip, but figured I’d show some restraint. That’s when Mr. Harris hit us with the news. 

5 Inspirational Quotes About Men

5 Inspirational Quotes For Men About Growing Up

Suck it up, and be a man.

We’ve all heard those words at some point in our lives – some of us maybe more than others, unfortunately. But what does it take to really be a man? There are a lot of different thoughts and theories on what it takes to grow up and become a man, but a lot of the more stereotypical ones usually come with some sort of backhanded insult. Because, you know, just deal with it. Right?

If you were to ask us the true definition of a real man, we’d be at a loss for words. It’s hard to categorize three billion unique individuals into one single category. But if we were to take a stab at it, we’d say, at his core, a real man puts other’s needs before his own, works hard to achieve success and isn’t afraid to be someone others can look up to. Consequentially, this idea also applies to women. Moral of the story? We’d say the key to being a real man is just being a good person.

For a man who’s out and on his own for the first time – whether he be in his twenties, thirties or even forties – it can be difficult to navigate the cruel world life has laid out for him. Some of his friends may tell him again to “suck it up,” but hey, man…blaze your own trail. Don’t just “be a man.” Be your own man, and do it well with no regrets.

We’ve put together a small collection of inspirational quotes for men about growing up. We believe that, no matter how old you are, there’s always room for growth and hope that you guys can find a bit of guidance via these quotes. 

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