June 13, 2008

the magnificent bastard is in the house

Dack Ragus, editor of MagnificentBastard.com, has taken time out from his busy quest of helping humanity from wanton toolbaggery and wearing pleated khakis, to stop by tys for a little chat. I can't think of anyone in fashion who addresses men's sartorial needs with such complete clarity, yet doesn't put you to sleep. He's a fun one, so enjoy!


A portion of Dack Ragus, Managing Editor of MB


mj: Who is the Magnificent Bastard? You can interpret this many ways, but what I mean is how many people contribute to the site?


Clockwise from top left: Adam Sellke, Contributor; John Mamus, Design Director; Tony Robran, IT Director; Margaret Andrews, Photographer

magnificent bastard: We've got contributors in New York, LA, and Minneapolis. Our corporate offices are in Pulaski, WI. Go Red Raiders!

mj: What made you decide to start MB?

mb: Why did John Lennon start the Beatles? Why did Johnny Knoxville start "Jackass"? Some things are just meant to be.

mj: What's a typical outfit you'd be wearing around the MB office?

mb: We're all over the map. Some dress it up in Italian/Manhattan with Dolce & Gabbana tux stripe pants, Dolce & Gabbana dress shirt, and Hack and Hue tie. Others in AG denim and deconstructed blazer. Now that it's summer we'll see Khaki pants with a plain white Calvin Klein tee and Volcom flip flops.

mj: If you had to describe your own style in just a few words, what would they be?

mb: Classic with a twist. If that's too many words: Urban Grandpa. Still too many? Urbanpa.

mj: What's the worst fashion don't you've ever seen (besides Simon from Real Housewives of NY) and conversely, the award for best dressed guy would go to...?

mb: We can only pick one? There are so many "don'ts" out there but the worst is a belt holster for a cell phone, iphone, or Blackberry. It doesn't just look like ass, it communicates that you're a slave to something--technology, your job, your wife. Above all else a Magnificent Bastard is his own man.

mj: White tennies...really??

mb: Don't forget to wear them with white socks! We made that post on April 1.

Here are A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT THE MAGNIFICENT BASTARD aka DACK RAGUS:

A) THE FOUR MOST STYLISH PEOPLE THAT INFLUENCED US
- Oscar Wilde
- Paul Newman
- Chi Chi Rodriguez
- Yves Saint Laurent

B) FOUR WAYS THAT STYLE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
- No pleats
- No belt holsters
- No logos
- Judging a book by its cover is a great time-saver

C) FOUR OF OUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS
- Michael Bastian
- John Varvatos
- Ennio Capasa (Costume National)
- Adriano Goldschmied (AG)

D) FOUR JOBS WE'VE HAVE HAD:
- Driving Range Attendant
- Creative Director
- Managing Editor
- Philanthropist

E) FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER (AND DO)
- The Big Lebowski
- The Big Lebowski
- The Big Lebowski
- The Big Lebowski
Also:
- Metropolitan
- Body Heat
- Animal House

F) FOUR PLACES WHERE WE'VE LIVED:
- Pulaski, WI
- New York, NY
- Christchurch, New Zealand
- Minneapolis, MN

G) FOUR TV SHOWS WE LOVE TO WATCH:
- Anything on Bravo
- Flight of the Conchords
- NewsHour with Jim Leher
- Namaste Yoga with Kate Potter

H) FOUR PLACES WE'VE BEEN ON VACATION IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS:
- Paris, France
- St. Thomas, USVI
- Miami (South Beach), FL
- Door County, WI

I) FOUR WEBSITES WE VISIT DAILY (Or at least Weekly):
- bluefly.com
- theonion.com
- huffingtonpost.com
- cursor.org

J) FOUR OF OUR FAVORITE FOODS:
- Olives (soaked in martini juice)
- Onions (soaked in Manhattan juice)
- Mushrooms (soaked in Rob Roy juice)
- Dewer's

K) FOUR PLACES WE WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
- On a golf course.
- In a bar.
- Napping on the sofa.
- Napping on a sofa, in a bar, in the middle of a golf course.


Thanks for stopping by Dack!

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