The Vitruvian Man

Modern Renaissance Man Defined

by James Brooks | April 09, 2014 | 1 Comment

You’ve probably heard the term before: Renaissance Man. But what does it really mean and how does it relate to our lives today? We’re here to enlighten you. Yes, that pun was intended.

The history and idea of the Renaissance man dates back to the great thinkers of the 14th - 17th centuries. Two notable figures, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, epitomized the idea of the Renaissance man and are still spoken about for their achievements today. The term has been passed down through the years and the torch has been passed along. As society, technology, and our collective knowledge changes, so too does the profile of the Renaissance man. The core values remain the same, but the lifestyle and focus has changed.



Being a modern day Renaissance man doesn’t mean you have to be an accomplished poet or master sculptor. Rather, it means being as open to the world as possible and embracing all opportunities as they come your way. It means keeping your mind sharp and your body in good shape, for the mind needs a healthy body to achieve its full potential. It means learning as much as you possibly can. It means traveling and seeing the world, experiencing its people, and learning its language. It means not being afraid to be who you are and feel comfortable in your own skin.



These guidelines and experiences, when paired with social settings, will make you the star of the show. No need to be cocky about it, because your persona will exude confidence. Imagine the modern Renaissance man as the one who can do it all and make it seem effortless. Now go take the bull by the horns, and conquer your world.

- Mr. B


Share your thoughts below. What do you think it means to be a modern day Renaissance man?


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The New Everett: Bedford & Broome

by James Brooks | March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


We're re-branding and we're proud of it. Why, you ask? Because change is a good thing. We've learned a lot over the past two years while running Everett, and now it's our time to release the new and improved brand to the world: Bedford & Broome.

Bedford & Broome brings only the finest handcrafted goods directly from our shop in Brooklyn to the hands of the modern Renaissance man. With our shop in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood and our office in Manhattan's East Village, you might say we are quite rooted in New York City. Being based in New York City comes with many advantages. As one of the centers of the world, New York City gives us culture, activity, commerce, and social interaction. We've been fortunate enough to meet many great people along our journey, all of whom do many interesting and different things. Take the real estate broker by day, DJ by night, for example. He and his style are always on the move, and Bedford & Broome gives him options that stand out from the crowd all day and night long.

Modeled after two distinct and very different areas of the city, Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg and Broome Street in SoHo, the design elements and lifestyle from each location are seen throughout Bedford & Broome.

The new Bedford & Broome Certificate of Authenticity.

There are many sides to every story, just as there are many sides to every man. Enter the ideal of the Renaissance man; one’s capacity for self-improvement is unlimited and one should strive to be as knowledgeable, sociable, and cultured as possible. The history of the Renaissance man dates back to the great thinkers of the 14th - 17th centuries, but the concept carries through to the modern day. Imagine a modern day Renaissance man as one who can do it all and make it seem effortless.

Every Renaissance man needs to change his attire throughout the day to accomplish his many tasks. We are here to make your wardrobe choices as multi-faceted as you are.


Casual yet sophisticated. This is your choice for a relaxed night out with friends. Perfect for a night of skee-ball tournaments and big buck hunter.



Dressy with an edge. Tackle that important meeting head-on and then shoot over to the big event you’re co-hosting.


From our factory to your hands. When we started Bedford & Broome, we made the decision to sell our goods directly to our customers. No middleman, just stylish handcrafted goods at an attractive price.


Be open to the world and the world will open itself to you. Love your life and don’t be afraid to Wear Yourself.


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