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Man of Many’s Staff Favourites – 6 April 2023

Welcome back to the one and only Staff Favourites, where we bring you the crème de la crème of products that our crew is currently obsessing over. Think of us as your personal shopper, but without the hefty commission fees. Without further ado, let’s dive into our carefully selected collections and discover the latest must-have items that are currently capturing our team’s hearts and minds.

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Ito penny loafer

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Ito Penny Loafer in Calf Leather

Scott Purcell – Co-Founder

It might just be me, but I’ve noticed a lot of dudes rocking loafers lately. So, if you’re looking for a new pair of shoes, you might want to check out Etymology. Their Ito Penny Loafer in black calf leather is the perfect combination of modernist architecture and function, with an almond-shaped toe and a clean and wide toe strap. Designed in-house with over 125 steps involved in the construction, these loafers feature a Goodyear welted sole with a padded insole and a cork midsole for ultimate comfort. Crafted in Almansa, Spain, by generations of artisans who have dedicated their lives to perfecting the craft of shoemaking, these shoes are made to last. The Ito Penny Loafer is available for $425 AUD.

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Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

Frank Arthur – Co-Founder

With the inundation of craft beers that flooding the market over the past decade, I’ve recently decided to buck the trend and revisit some of the classics. And it doesn’t get more classic than Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier. Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan is the parent company and Bavarian brewery self-described as “The World’s Oldest Brewery” with a history dating back over 1,000 years.

The Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is a pint of cloudy golden goodness. This European-style wheat beer has a smooth slightly bready characteristics, with sweet notes of banana and a hint of vegetal flavour on the palate. If you’re feeling extra-German, it pairs well with a juicy Bavarian Bratwurst.

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Vitamix Ascent Series Smart Blender

Denise Barnes – Head of Branded Content

There are blenders, and there is Vitamix. Truly in a league of its own, there is a reason that Vitamix is hailed as the holy grail of blenders. I’ve recently started trialling one and, honestly, I don’t know how it’s taken me this long to get on board. Sure, it is pricier than your average blender, but trust me when I say, it’s so worth the investment. For starters, every Vitamix comes with a 10-Year Warranty that proves it’s built to last. Since having it, I’ve used it almost every single day. It’s incredibly easy to use, and best of all, it’s so easy to clean.  

Other than the variable speed control and pulse features, the Vitamix A2500i has 3 built-in programs that make it super convenient as you can chuck in all your ingredients, turn the nozzle to the right program setting, flip the switch and walk away and the blender will deliver consistent results every time. The 3 settings are for smoothies, frozen desserts and hot soup. Yes, hot soup! While I use the smoothie setting almost daily, the hot soup is one of the greatest things about this blender. You can literally chuck in all your fresh veggies and ingredients, flip the switch, and after 5 or 6 minutes, it would have perfectly blended it all and heated it up to the perfect temperature. When have you ever made a delicious, healthy soup from scratch in under 6 minutes?? Life changing. I’m particularly excited about this as we’re heading into Winter.

Finally, remember how I said it’s super easy to clean? I wasn’t lying. After you’ve used it, just add in water and some dishwashing liquid, turn the blender on for 15 – 20 sec, then give it a quick rinse and that’s it. It’s a great, hassle-free way to live a healthier lifestyle and get in all those much-needed nutrients. 

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Casetify Stainless Steel Monolink Watch Band

Harry Parsons – Branded Content Manager

After recently treating myself to a new Apple Watch I’ve found it to be my go-to watch selection every morning. Whilst the watch itself is packed with features that help with my day-to-day tasks, the included silicone strap does make it glaringly obvious I’m wearing a smartwatch, meaning the watch stays on the bedside table whenever I’m out to dinner or at an event. To spruce up the aesthetic of the watch I invested in a Stainless Steel Monolink watch band from Casetify, I’ve heard a lot about this brand’s top-quality phone cases and this craftsmanship has definitely extended to their watch bands. The band is extremely tough and has withstood many bangs on tables/walls without scratching thanks to the premium 316L stainless steel with a fine brushed finish. In addition to this, the seamless butterfly closure clasp makes the watch very comfortable to sport on my wrist all day and night. The Stainless Steel Monolink Watch Band is available for $162 and is worth every cent.

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Bentspoke brewing company brewers share

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BentSpoke Brewing Company – Brewers’ Share

Elliott Barsby – Commercial Director

This liquid treat was released to coincide with St Patrick’s Day and takes inspiration from two of Ireland’s most famous beverage exports; the Irish dry stout and the Irish coffee cocktail. BentSpoke, my favourite Canberra brewery, teamed up with Teeling Irish Whiskey to produce Brewers’ Share, a classic Irish-style stout that has been aged in whiskey barrels for 6 months being being spiked with the hard stuff. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’m a big Guinness fan and this didn’t quite have the same level of creaminess. But it was smooth, well-balanced, and had the toasted malt and coffee notes synonymous with Irish stouts, not to mention a small kick from the whiskey at the end. A collaboration well done and a drink perfect for the cooler winter months. I mean, beer and whiskey, how could you go wrong?

Hyper karting

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Hyper Karting Sydney

Stuck on ideas for a racy boys’ night out? I was, until I remembered that Hyper Karting Sydney has taken up residence in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter car park. While you’ll usually find Sydney’s go-karting experiences around the outskirts of town, this high-octane e-karting experience is just 10 minutes away from the CBD. Once inside, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled upon a secret underground drag race with its grungy ambiance and 410m-long racing track lit up with bright fluorescent lights. But the real star of the show is the electric-powered go-karts, which offer a cleaner, quieter, and grease-free ride than their gas-powered counterparts and can reach speeds of up to 55kmph. I booked two races with a group of mates recently and can confirm that most of us still have sore traps and shoulders from all the sharp turns and intense focus needed to master the track. One of the plus sides of racing inside an undercover carpark is that it makes for the perfect wet-weather activity! But Hyper Karting Sydney isn’t just for the big kids; there’s also a junior track for kids aged 3-7, making it an ideal family day out. All up, the vibes were high at Hyper Karting Sydney. Lots of groups came dressed up in Mario Kart costumes, punters were getting competitive in some pre-race Daytona at the arcade and the atmosphere was very much electric!

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The MAISON de SABRÉ Laptop Bag

Clelia Niyikiza – Branded Content Assistant

I’ve been searching for a fashionable, high quality, and yet functional work bag and finally found the one. The MAISON de SABRÉ Laptop Bag is the perfect accessory for modern-day professionals needing a stylish yet functional bag to carry their laptops and other essentials. With its sleek and slim design, this bag is made from the world’s most sustainable, premium full-grain leather, ensuring that it is durable and environmentally friendly. Its spacious-yet-slim design allows for dedicated storage for all your everyday essentials, including your charger, notebook, phone, and important documents. It can fit laptops up to 16 inches.

The Laptop Bag features dense padding on the front, rear and base panels to ensure maximum protection for your device, while its large slip pocket and interior pockets provide ample storage space for other items. It also comes with a detachable and adjustable 38mm repeat logo webbing strap for shoulder or crossbody carry and a signature oversized rolled top handle for comfortable in-hand carry.

The MAISON de SABRÉ Laptop Bag comes in eight energizing colours and seamlessly integrates with their Phone Case, AirPods Case, and Laptop Case, making it the perfect accessory for any fashion-forward professional. Its fashionable design is sure to turn heads and make a statement in any workplace.


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