• Although not terribly stylish, in honor of the show whose pilot was the most expensive in television history, a series that has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world, and a cultural phenomenon whose elements have permeated into other television shows, comic books, and video games... and on the day that it all comes to an end...
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  • Shoes say a lot about a man. Some people say that a well kept shoe means a man knows how to take care of himself and others. A worn out shoe can indicate a sense of loyalty. And some even say that the bigger the shoe...well, nevermind.
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  • Today (as we write this) is Monday. And even though the week just started, we're already looking to the coming weekend and the adventures that it will bring. And as with every Monday, we're not sure where our travels will take us, yet, but we have the equipment to get us there, and having that is half the battle.
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  • What is a mandal you ask? It's a man's sandal: m-andal. And there is a fierce debate that has been raging for years as to the appropriateness of men wearing sandals. And since spring is finally here, and the weather starts to warm up, let us lay down the law when it comes to mandals.
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  • Our sense of smell is good for a lot of things, from seeing if the milk in our fridge is bad to detecting if there's a gas leak in the vicinity (we're not talking about the gas produced after eating a burrito, but it's just as fitting). But smell is somewhat different than our other senses since it is jacked right into our brain's limbic system...
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    • By: Will on December 27, 2010   |   STYLE
      With a full-on blizzard hitting the east coast of the U.S. right now, we have our minds on one thing... keeping warm. Just check out this amateur time-lapse photography that someone was able to capture and share: So when it comes to weather like this, turns out scarves are not only stylish, but do a pretty good job of keeping your neck, face, and ears (if you choose to wrap it around your face during an onslaught of snow) warm. It just so happens that a box of 50 vintage Swiss Military Grey Scarves made of 100% wool were just uncovered by the folks over at ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Mark on December 1, 2010   |   STYLE
      Wool. Comes in handy for so many things... and even though mainly used for jackets and sweaters, there's no reason why you can't make a duffle bag with it. So as the first snowfall hits Chicago (our 9Label HQ), it's time to start thinking about 2 things: how we can stay warm, and what we're going to use to carry our gear as we plan that holiday travel. The Kenneth Cole Wool Duffle is a rounded duffle bag made of charcoal colored wool and trimmed with black leather - a perfect winter color scheme for the most stylish on the go. With an adjustable shoulder strap, top zip closure, pockets inside and out, this is a ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Will on October 18, 2010   |   STYLE
      Sometimes, simple is better, especially when it comes to wallets. We've already lectured you on how and why you should shrink your wallet so now it's time to explore another option for those of you that are hesitant to make the plunge to a simple money clip. The Leffot Fold Wallet is probably as simple as one can make a wallet. Made in the form of a "T", this horween shell cordovan leather wallet is simply that - 1 flat "T"-shaped piece of leather. You lay your cash on the leather, then fold over the three parts of the "T", and that's it... your money is ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on August 31, 2010   |   STYLE
      With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching (yep, it's this weekend), you might be planning a weekend trip to celebrate the last unofficial days of summer, or maybe just to party the weekend away in a new and exotic locale. Well, whatever your poison is, the better you look getting there, the better time you're most likely going to have... we call it the confidence consequence (ok - we just made that up). But regardless of your reason for travel, it still counts for something to have a good looking and functional bag to hold all your possessions while you're whisked away via train, plane, or automobile to your next destination. The ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Pete on August 30, 2010   |   STYLE
      If you've never had a sake bomb, you really haven't lived yet (ok, just a small exaggeration). There is something about being in a Japanese restaurant with a bunch of friends, balancing a shot glass of sake on top of a pint of beer with chopsticks, pounding on the table chatting "sake bomb" until the shot falls into the beer, and then pounding the sake bomb with a big smile on your face.... For even more of a rush, do this all while in Japan before you head out to the local karaoke bars. But for those that are sobering up from a weekend of drinking, or simply prefer a less "bomb" like drink when you drink, you can still enjoy sake in a different form - all while keeping your face ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on August 24, 2010   |   STYLE
      Keeping your face clean is just as important as keeping your face moisturized, and for that reason you should be cleaning your face daily. Although soap and water will probably do, there are specific daily cleansers that will leave your face not only clean and healthy, but feeling smooth and refreshed as well. The Gessato Daily Cleanser is a special formula containing milk thistle, chamomile, aloe vera, and a few other skin soothing and friendly ingredients that we think will be perfect for your (new) daily cleansing regiment. You can get your ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Gabe on July 2, 2010   |   STYLE
      When you think of Old Spice, you don't really think of new and fresh (hey, they call it "old" spice for a reason, right?). But with a recent launch of a line of scents inspired by the freshest places on earth (like Fiji and Cyprus) it might be worth a second look, or rather smell. We're still not sold on using Old Spice, but the most recent set of ads is definitely helping us reconsider: We don't fully understand it, but it ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Matt on June 3, 2010   |   STYLE
      "I can actually hear you getting fatter" ... "You need to pump iron" ... "Why don't you guys go down to the gym and pump each other?" ... "Look at the butt on that one. Yeah, he must work out". Indeed, exercise and fitness permeate our pop culture, and most of us struggle with the balance between looking good and having fun. Typically, the scale tips in favor of fun. Side note: If you recognize any of these quotes, feel free cite them in our comment area below - get some 9Label cred (as good as street cred). Most gluttonous / lazy Americans are now entering the Summer and are wishing they coulda shoulda woulda eaten better and exercised more. At 9Label, we feel we have ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on May 23, 2010   |   STYLE
      Although not terribly stylish, in honor of the show whose pilot was the most expensive in television history, a series that has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world, and a cultural phenomenon whose elements have permeated into other television shows, comic books, and video games... and on the day that it all comes to an end, we had to mention this T-shirt dedicated to Lost. With 108 objects from the show making up the shape of Oceanic Flight 815's airplane (cracked in two, obviously), feel free to wear this shirt at home, when watching Lost at home, when sleeping, or when painting your house. You ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Pete on May 22, 2010   |   STYLE
      There is something about a little hair on a man's face that make women swoon. OK, swoon might be an over-exaggeration, but women do like a little stubble. Some people theorize that it's evolutionary, that with hair on your face you're signaling that you are more of a man than someone that is clean-shaven (since before the razor, inability to grow hair meant a lack of testosterone, the manly hormone) and women biologically are attracted to more "manly" men since they can protect their offspring better. Obviously, we're not living in caves and beating each other over the head with clubs, so this is no longer always true (case in point: men who grow huge beards are usually a turn-off to ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Pete on May 14, 2010   |   STYLE
      By now you should know that you should always look your best. Whether you're going to work, grabbing happy hour with your buds, or meeting up with a lady for a pitcher, or three, of sangria. And regardless of what kind of night you had the day before - a late night with your friends complete with more Irish Car Bombs than you can remember, or a date that went better than expected leaving you, happily, with only a couple hours of sleep - you still need to look your best for whatever adventures await you this day. And ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Gabe on May 2, 2010   |   STYLE
      A good duffle bag can be used for many things. Treks to the beach, daily trips to the gym (yep, you should be working out daily to keep in shape for the ladies), and even those over-nighters and weekend jaunts. They're a sort of universal bag for whatever you may need, designed to be convenient to throw stuff in and and then whisk away. Polo Ralph Lauren's Large Varsity Duffle is one of the things that every man should have in his closet. A classy and sophisticated bag, this stylish canvas duffle can come in handy for the beach, gym, vacation home, airplane, and ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Scott on April 27, 2010   |   STYLE
      If you're a Hobbit living in Middle-earth, and you come across a golden ring, it might be ok to put it on... although you might not like the long-term affects it has on your personality. But you're not a Hobbit, you're a man, and you live on Earth, not Middle-earth, so we advise you to think twice before throwing on a ring, other than a wedding ring of course (although making THAT plunge has a whole set of other consequences you should probably think through). In general, avoid wearing rings (with that one matrimonial exception). You're a man who likes to cook on open ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on April 22, 2010   |   STYLE
      Nearly everyone these days has a laptop. And if these people are like anyone we know, they carry around that laptop most of the time. So, it only makes sense that these same people have laptop bags to carry around these laptops, after all, these laptop bags are specifically designed and manufactured to protect laptops on your journey from point A to point B (wow, that's a lot of "laptops" in one paragraph). But the typical laptop bag is far from stylish. Usually some over-sized and squarish black box, the laptop bag has prioritized function over form, leaving people who like to surf 9Label on the go with little option for looking stylish while getting to their preferred 9Label reading ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Mark on April 16, 2010   |   STYLE
      Shoes say a lot about a man. Some people say that a well kept shoe means a man knows how to take care of himself and others. A worn out shoe can indicate a sense of loyalty. And some even say that the bigger the shoe...well, nevermind. We're obviously advocates for dressing your best, and looking your best, always. As such, you should always take care of your shoes, especially dress shoes - even if it's simply to convey to others (and by others, we mean women) that you can take care of them. One often overlooked tool in the arsenal of shoe care is what is known as shoe trees. A shoe tree is a device that is shaped like a shoe, that is placed inside of the shoe. The shoe tree helps ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Matt on April 13, 2010   |   STYLE
      A wise man once said: "Nothing ruins a suit like a bad pair of shoes." Random, yes, but he makes a good point. You might think that we at 9Label get a little too analytical at times, but when you look good, you play well (This can refer to business or chicks - bottom line is we want you to feel confident). And shoes are a key component of lookin good. So, what's important? Comfort is #1 for 9Label (check out our mandal recommendation), but you can't sacrifice on style - meaning, if it's between comfort and style, get some Neosporin for those blisters. But the real trick, if you travel as much as some of ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on April 12, 2010   |   STYLE
      Today (as we write this) is Monday. And even though the week just started, we're already looking to the coming weekend and the adventures that it will bring. And as with every Monday, we're not sure where our travels will take us, yet, but we have the equipment to get us there, and having that is half the battle. And one of the most important pieces of equipment in our weekend jaunts is our travel bag - the container to hold all of our travel needs and accessories (or at least most of those needs as, unfortunately, a bottle of scotch can no longer make it through the security check points). A couple shirts, pants, socks, boxers (no tighty whities among ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Matt on April 9, 2010   |   STYLE
      We love our Prada sunglasses and Ferragamo shoes just as much as the next guy, but there is a certain subtlety in balancing style and designer names without becoming a walking billboard. We've all seen it. The giant "A|X" across the back of a shirt, or the word "GUCCI" written in big bold letters across the front of a sweater. Whether it's supposed to be a fashion statement or simply used as a way to convey that one has enough money to afford A|X (which is ironically Armani's most inexpensive line of cloths) or Gucci, we see it as a fashion statement faux pas. Don't get us wrong, you're going to find labels on most of the cloths you buy, but a small "Hermes" here and a small "Hugo ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Brett on April 7, 2010   |   STYLE
      Yes, we know. You've been using lotion for a while now. But we're not talking about THAT. We're talking about using face lotion. You might be wondering why we consider this as "style", but your face is the first thing people see (unless you've dyed your hair blue, in which case you have bigger fish to fry for getting in style than just reading 9Label and wearing face lotion). So since it's what makes the biggest first impression (that, and your smile), you should probably make sure it looks its best, and is why we dedicated an entire post to wearing face lotion as part of your daily ritual. As far as lotion ... ( keep reading )
    • By: Scott on April 3, 2010   |   STYLE
      What is a mandal you ask? It's a man's sandal: m-andal. And there is a fierce debate that has been raging for years as to the appropriateness of men wearing sandals. And since spring is finally here, and the weather starts to warm up, let us lay down the law when it comes to mandals. First it might be necessary to learn the different types of mandals available. 1) Thong sandals: Settle down guys. It's called a thong sandal since it has a single strap that goes through the big and second toe. Also known as flip-flops, this could be the most common type of sandal in circulation 2) Slide sandals: Probably similar to the Adidas ... ( keep reading )