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As you’re well aware from our post last year, Record Store Day is a huge deal. And while a solid 33% of the joy that is vinyl lies in listening to your old favorites and latest finds (get a record player, guys), another crucial third of the experience lies in owning a tangible artifact that you can see, smell and touch. We can’t offer smell-o-vision (yet), but keep reading to see the eye-catching artwork that fronts 25 of our top picks available in very limited quantities tomorrow, Saturday, April 19, aka Record Store Day 2014.

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We’re not sure we believe in the concept of “too much of a good thing”—but the harsh struggle known as too many stellar photos to fit into one online editorial is all too real.

Such was the case with our recent New Streetwear project, shot against the washed-out concrete, gleaming glass and open air of Los Angeles—dozens of stylish, sun-dappled captures (by photographer Zoey Grossman) and only so much available space. We can’t abide good work going to waste around here, so keep reading for our favorite outtakes, along with 10 style tips for spring.

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5 Guys. 5 Trades. 5 Break-in Stories.

Our new collaboration with Nudie Jeans—Swedish master-craftsmen of raw denim in its purest form—follows five men of distinction over the course of nine months, as they do their best to beat up a crisp, new pair of jeans. You can follow their progress here on Men’s Shop Daily, as well as on Instagram.

Keep reading to meet the five guys—from a bicycle shaman to a caffeine connoisseur—whose stories, and jeans, we’ll be getting better acquainted with in the months to come.

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We’re proud to say that one of our favorite surf brands, M.Nii, has been selected as one of GQ magazine’s Best New Menswear Designers in America, 2014.

Being dubbed “The Great Surf Revivalist” in the male fashion tome’s annual Style Bible issue is a lofty title to live up to. But given that the current M.Nii is a resurrection of an Oahu shop that designed custom trunks for JFK back in the day, designer John Moore (left, above) must be used to measuring his work against high standards by now.

Keep reading to see our editor’s picks from the M.Nii collection.

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Whoever coined the phrase “Never look back” clearly hadn’t heard of Grayers, a brand firmly rooted in the fact that inspiration is everywhere—especially in the past.

Keep reading to see the the vintage gems (from a 40-foot boat to a Japanese blanket) that sparked four key items for spring 2014—as selected, shot, and discussed by Grayers creative director Kenny Thomas.

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For Episode One of THE SNEAKER PROJECT: SNEAKERS IN YOUR CITY, we asked Seattle hip-hop legends Thig Nat and Prometheus Brown (aka Geo Quibuyen) to show us the best that their hometown (which happens to be Nordstrom’s hometown, too) has to offer.

Get a ground-level glimpse of the Emerald City in the short video above, and keep reading for a Q&A with Thig and Geo, behind-the-scenes photos, and a closer look at their favorite spots around town (as well as those sneakers they’re sporting).

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“March 26, 1987 marked the release of the Air Max 1 and with it, a revolution began. In the form of a literal window to the sole, the invisible became visible, and Nike Air cushioning forever changed how Nike designed running sneakers.” —Nike Inc.

It’s not every day an aerospace engineer walks into your office with a history-making idea—even when you’re the CEO of Nike. Sparked from an Air-Sole prototype created by engineer Frank Rudy and brought to life through countless trials and errors by shoe designers Mark Parker and Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s iconic Air Max sneaker—the first to ever feature air cushioning you can see—turns 27 today.

Keep reading to see a timeline of vintage Nike ads (with a commemorative ‘Air Max Day’ twist), shop a selection of Air Max Editor’s Picks—and learn how to score a pair of extremely limited-edition sneakers from one of Nike’s elusive ‘Quickstrike’ releases.

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On the heels of last season’s curated selection of American-made boots, our men’s shoe team has decided to one-up themselves with a tightly edited showcase of rare sneakers from legendary as well as up-and-coming brands. We’re calling it The Sneaker Project—and from retro runners to luxe leather trainers, we’re confident it offers shoes to knock the socks off even the most discriminating fan of the game.

Keep reading for a closer look at six of our favorite brands—plus a chance to see them in action.

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Ever felt mildly overwhelmed when stepping up to that fragrance counter? Even the most experienced olfactory aficionado can go cross-eyed after sampling too many scents—the human nose has its limits. That’s why we asked our men’s grooming team to suggest their current three favorite colognes—and had an astute (and opinionated) office-mate, men’s video producer Angela Sumner, sniff-test each one.

Keep reading for three scents to try—and why—next time you’re on the hunt for a new favorite.

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From dark and raw to bleached and faded, we can all agree that a great-fitting pair of jeans is a menswear essential that will never go out of style. With more new and unique denim brands entering our Men’s Shop lineup than ever before, we asked our buying team to name a few whose stories (and, of course, jeans) they thought you, our valued reader, would like to know. Keep reading for the low-down on eight cutting-edge denim brands—from zany Canadian start-ups to 125-year-old American icons.

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