The magazine Man About Town was first modern consumer style magazine for men in the 1950’s in UK and it later became the basis for FHM.  Now we all know what the latter entails and I am in full disbelief that the UK male population are all content with having a lot of tits and arse with some poor dedicated fashion pages thrown at them.  This simply can’t be the case. 

The variety and range of womenswear when compared fo menswear can be extended to magazines as well.  When in Borders, the boyf can take 5 seconds to look to see what is out there for him whereas I can spend a good 5 minutes sussing out all the titles that are out (and this is ever-growing…).  By all means, guys are welcome and do read magazines aimed at women but the number of magazines dedicated PURELY to the subject of sartorial elegance in menswear, touting the importance of style over flash in the pan trends, which in my opinion is something that is more of a consideration for guys than girls, because of the nature that menswear is sold; the publications are few and far between.  Fantastic Man is well….pretty Fantastic and quirkily originates from Netherlands.  Vogue L’Uomo, Homme International do the job but with an aim of pleasing everyone so can be quite all over the place.   

However, the latest rag to hit the stands has taken the name of that 1950’s magazine and has been reborn as ‘Man About Town’, a biannual journal for men featuring Ryan Rhilippe on their first issue.  The boyf declared if a fiver well spent as it’s quite thick and unlike Fantastic Man, has some glossy action going on in it.  It’s for the man who isn’t after style direction or pointers but rather it assumes the reader is discerning and in the ‘know’.  An even mixture of arts, practicalities (e.g. the process of the tie) and editorial, if you do consider menswear mags to be a tad on the dry side, do try and pick this one up.

Comments (17)

  1. miss j. says:

    I wish there would be more magazines like these about male grooming and beauty. A lot of men still view grooming as being gay which is totally wrong. I think it’s time to educate the man that life is not only about beer and football…
    Besos!
    Miss J.

  2. KW says:

    Looks good. Where is it sold? I can’t find info on it but I remember a friend going to the launch party…

  3. Key says:

    Love your blog!!
    and your style 🙂
    hugs n kisses from Mexico

  4. clover says:

    for some reason, reading this post reminded me of this designer i recently encountered. http://www.myspace.com/architectural_clothes
    really like his clothes and he’s very young designer.
    anyways, back on topic, oh this magazine looks promising! where to look for this mag in london?
    sidenote: are you going to the nicole farhi warehouse sale this weekend? and also, do you know where i can find the better salvation army thrift stores in lodnon? please email me back!

  5. Freebie City says:

    ryan, he just keeps getting better and better looking as the years go on by.
    we all know most rag trade publication for men are never ever focused enough on actual style and translating runway looks into what real men can put together in the morning.
    my brother lucked out and can afford jil sander since he was in college so he always looks damn good but most of the guys he hung out with…

  6. Freebie City says:

    ryan, he just keeps getting better and better looking as the years go on by.
    we all know most rag trade publication for men are never ever focused enough on actual style and translating runway looks into what real men can put together in the morning.
    my brother lucked out and can afford jil sander since he was in college so he always looks damn good but most of the guys he hung out with…

  7. debbie says:

    hie… i just wanted to say how much i enjoy reading ur blog! It’s like my daily read for updates in the fashion world… Thanks for such an insightful view!

  8. Brian Liu says:

    I know it may not be the same level, but I find VMan and GQStyle pretty good inspiration.

  9. Meg says:

    I actually got this a week or so ago, and I really liked it. Apart from the brilliant layout and interviews, it also has information on the business behind the brands which was pretty interesting because most of the time magazines always focus solely on the designer. Good pick!

  10. Biba says:

    Well the problem is a lot of men like clothes but do not like fashion in itself. My husband likes good clothes but has no interest whatsoever in this type of mags. Im not surprised that to survive some of this mens mags turned into trash. This is the type of thing like Another Man for example, that I just end up picking for myself.

  11. rollergirl says:

    Nice one Susie, I saw this on the newsstand opposite Liberty but didn’t stop to look. There are SO MANY independent mags that you never know which ones are gonna be any good. Liking the idea of this, will have to check it out. Mens magazines are having a bit of a moment I think, the newly-redesigned UK Esquire looks amazing!

  12. susie_bubble says:

    It’s available in UK newsagents…. not sure about int’l stockists…

  13. Dustcakeboy says:

    I shall endeavour to get my mitts on a copy of this…

  14. I’ll keep an eye out for it
    -h

  15. Thomas says:

    This looks fantastic – I will definitely keep an eye out for it. I personally like Metropop, although they are not a dedicated “for men” magazine.

  16. Thanks for pointing this out! I do wich that there were more options for men but I am noticing an increase every season. Men are becoming more sophisticated and in tune with their personal style.
    The importance of true style is long lasting and timeless.

  17. A former BBCtv producer director one of the founder producers ‘Top of the Pops/ Juke Box Jury’ and senior founding tutor Royal College of Art Film School.Featured in early ‘Man About Town’ editions then photographed by David Bailey and my brother Gerald Wortman both at John French’s studios for Daily Express where they began -also with Terence Donovan.
    Neville Wortman

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