Blog love: George Hahn – Refinements for the Modern Man

The other day I got an email from a very dear old friend. It was a forward from his brother, showing him a gorgeously crafted teardrop trailer. Curious, I followed the link and found his blog. (Is that stalking?)

Photo by Thomas J. Story for Sunset Magazine

Now, I’ve been fascinated with male accoutrements ever since my dad would give me a hug and kiss before leaving for work, leaving a fresh waft of aftershave in his wake. He was clean-shaven, well-groomed, carried a leather bag and always had a tie on. My grandfathers were both extraordinarily dapper gentlemen, and in looking back at photos, I can see why my grandmothers both swooned for them. Grandpa Waters never (ever) left the house without a hat and tie, southern gentleman that he was. His dressing table was outfitted with a shaving mug, razor, after shave, and Brylcreem.

George Hahn - Refinements for the Modern Man


Where am I going with this?

Well, just like many a girl who sat and watched her dad shave, or admired the gentlemanly ways of her grandfathers, I have found many items in this vein to admire over at George’s blog. His collection of tips for living a more genteel and manly life along with product finds that evoke a vintage modern (see that?) vibe is well-curated and worth sharing.

So come along with me and let’s go browse George Hahn’s Refinements for the Modern Man.

Houston Press 1929On a related note, my dad sent this 1929 Houston Press article he found in my grandfather’s pilot’s log book the other day. Such a handsome guy. He was a really neat man. I’ve been looking for an excuse to share it and this is as good as any.

He was soft-spoken, very smart, and very well-respected. He believed in refinement but had a wicked sense of humor. He was also the 75th licensed pilot in the country, but had been flying for years before regulations were put in place. The gentleman adventurer.