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August 20 2014

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Spaceman About Town

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Ground Control to David Sims...The Man About Town is about to be Man About Galaxy. The new edition of Philip Utz’s menswear biannual Man About Town is The Space Issue, dedicated to the high life in all of its iterations—from the burgeoning space tourism market to French pastry master Pierre Hermé’s recipe for space cake. (Include cannabis at your discretion.)

For the new issue, Utz and creative directors Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag of M/M (Paris) pitted the homemade against the futuristic, starting with the hand-crafted font M/M (Paris) worked up for use throughout the issue, one that was hand-formed in salt dough, then photographed. “The space theme was chosen because I wanted to break with the retro aesthetic that Man About Town had been championing prior to the Hedi Slimane issue, but also because I felt that it would take the writers, photographers, and stylists out of their comfort zone to produce something less self-referential and more thought-provoking than what most other men’s books have to offer,” Utz says. “It was certainly very rewarding to see everything come together, with such unlikely bedfellows as astrobiologists and stylists, computer programmers and fashion photographers.” The full list of contributors includes fashion world heavies such as Alasdair McLellan, Joe McKenna, Olivier Rizzo, David Sims, and Willy Vanderperre, but also Google vice president Vint Cerf, astronomer Sir Patrick Moore, and Virgin Galactic head of astronaut relations Dave Clark. (“Our approach to Man About Town was very free-spirited,” Augustyniak and Amzalag say of the roster. “We wanted to have fun and placed calls for everyone to join the party.”)

The issue hit stands this past Friday. It comes with a packet of six postcards featuring art from the pages of the magazine, like the David Sims shot, styled by McKenna, at left. “Postcards from the edge,” Utz calls them. Space: Wish you were here!

Photo: David Sims / Courtesy of Man About Town

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