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We’re big fans of Herschel Supply Co. backpacks here at Men’s Shop Daily. (Some of us even carry our laptops to work in one every day.) So when we heard about the brand’s new beach-ready collaboration with artist Kevin Butler—especially as we sat in our rainy Seattle office—we were all ears.

The creator of a well-loved series of illustrations matter-of-factly titled Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards on Them, Butler teamed up with the good people at Herschel Supply to produce a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the rad Californian lifestyle. Keep reading for quite a rad (if we do say so ourselves) Q&A with Butler, in which he offers rare insights on cars, surfing, art, burritos, and of course, his new collab with Herschel Supply Co.

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You’re probably aware that Levi’s makes a great pair of jeans. But did you know Levi Strauss also invented today’s most prolific pant over 100 years ago, in order to outfit hard-working prospectors of the California gold rush?

A century later—after countless iterations of the classic 501 to best suit each generation of working men and women—a special branch of the Levi’s family, dubbed Levi’s Vintage Clothing, faithfully recreates the fabrics, packaging and fit of specific, bygone decades of denim. Because we firmly believe you should know your history to appreciate the present, we mined the LVC archive for incredible, period-specific memorabilia. Keep reading to see our favorites.

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…Or is it the other way around? For Deth Killers of Bushwick, it might be both—seeing as how we can’t quite tell where real life and the illustrated scenes that adorn their website start and end.

We don’t have room to print their full manifesto, but to sum things up: Deth Killers are quite literally an NYC motorcycle club (you can file an application here), makers of asphalt-resistant jeans (seriously, they’re woven with Kevlar and have saved a posterior or two), and aspiring video-game designers. As founder Greg Minnig told us: “Those illustrations were based on a video game we conceptualized, and even got pretty heavy into a lot of the missions. But we don’t know how to make video games, so we made our video game into T-shirts instead.” Keep reading to see more.

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When Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner—a bona fide visionary with an armload of Emmys under his belt—has an odd-sounding request, his team at cable-saviors AMC have learned to listen. Such was the case with the extremely specific idea he had for hyping the show’s upcoming sixth season. To quote The New York Times:

“…Inspired by a childhood memory of lush, painterly illustrations on TWA flight menus, [Weiner] decided to turn back the promotional clock. He pored over commercial illustration books from the 1960s and ’70s and sent images to the show’s marketing team, which couldn’t quite recreate the look he was after. ‘Finally,’ [Weiner] said, ‘they just looked up the person who had done all these drawings that I really loved, and they said: Hey, we’ve got the guy who did them. And he’s still working. His name is Brian Sanders.’”

We decided to look up Sanders for ourselves. Amidst a long and illustrious career in England, the work that most caught our eye on the illustrator’s curriculum vitae comes from the 1960s, when Sanders convinced Stanley Kubrick to allow him to document the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Sanders observed and sketched on-set twice a week for over a year, later working on larger paintings in his studio. An excerpt of this amazing record appears below. See more of Sanders’s artwork here.

 

Here’s a look at how that little project turned out:

…And in case you need a reminder of why to watch Mad Men (besides the impeccable style inspiration), here’s one of our favorite quotes—Don Draper explaining why he seldom says ‘Thank you’ to his valued employees:

 
 

[Artwork © Brian Sanders. Mad Men poster and clip courtesy of AMC.]

To honor a month of men’s health awareness (and experimental facial hair), we’re offering a FREE SHAVE SWAP throughout November in all Nordstrom stores.

Even if you’re trying out a dashing new follicular fashion like one of the gents above, you’ll still need to keep it clean around the edges. (We’re confident the guys at bottom-right are sporting an expertly tapered neck area under there somewhere.)

That’s where our FREE offer comes in handy: Just bring in your current shaving-product container (full, empty or in between) and we’ll replace it with a deluxe-size sample from Jack Black, The Art of Shaving, Kiehl’s or Lab Series—your choice.*


 

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Can Your ‘Stache Make the Cut? The 2012 Beard Team Nationals nationals starts this Sunday in Las Vegas. If you’re not ready, there’s always next year. Check the World Beard & Moustache Championships official website for details—and refer to the illustrations up top to choose the category you’d like to compete in.

Top, L-R: Natural Moustache | English Moustache | Hungarian Moustache
Dali Moustache | Imperial Moustache

Middle, L-R: Natural Goatee | Fu Manchu | Musketeer | Imperial Partial Beard | Sideburns

Bottom, L-R: Amish Beard | Verdi | Garibaldi | Full Beard Natural
Full Beard with Styled Moustache

 
 

[Illustrations courtesy of the World Beard & Moustache Championships website. *In store only. Old shave containers cannot be from participating vendors: Jack Black, The Art of Shaving, Kiehl's, Lab Series. No purchase necessary, while supplies last.]



Shepard Fairey is a busy guy. You might have heard of him if you caught 2011′s Oscar-nominated street-art film Exit Through the Gift Shop. He designed one of the most iconic presidential posters of all time. Tens of thousands of posters and stickers carrying the obscure Andre the Giant imagery he created in college now adorn streets from Chicago to Stockholm. And his fine-art pieces (examples above) now grace gallery walls in The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, MoMA in NYC, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and more.

But that’s just for starters. Here’s a sample of what else he’s been up to:

 

Fairey recently designed two billboards in downtown LA, memorializing the late, great Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys.

 

He collaborated with Neil Young to create 11 original posters—one for each song on Young’s upcoming album of traditional folk songs, Americana.

 

Fairey contributed artwork to Honor the Treaties, a short documentary about a photographer’s advocacy work for Native American Rights.

 


He even lent some exclusive artwork—plus the rights to his origin story, including the infamous ‘Mayor Buddy Cianci’ incident—to a 22-year-old film student at his alma mater. (The image directly above is a still from the student’s Social Network-inspired film.)

 

The man apparently sleeps 12 minutes a night, because after all that, Fairey still finds time to put out some of the best T-shirts, snap-backs, shorts and more, via his clothing label Obey.

Shop Obey—plus Ezekiel, Hurley, Quiksilver and more—in our new Surf & Skate Shop.

 

[Images courtesy of obeygiant.com, honorthetreaties.org, and 'Obey The Giant' Kickstarter page. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown.]