Well, it’s the end of the year, and while Mantle has only been around for a month, we’ve laid our cards on the table and shown you what we’re about. Still, we haven’t shown you the entire hand, and it’s a hand that I believe we’ll all want to play.
Already, we’ve told stories about curious professions, valuable art that was discovered in the most unlikely way, and people who’ve traveled great lengths to chase an experience. All these, alongside features on dining and whisky, discussions about music and vinyl, and a tour of some of the things to watch out for in the world of watches and cars and style. These are the kind of stories we’ll continue to tell. Stories that show you places, that show you the skill and craft and heart that go into everything—whether they’re people making their mark on the world or artisans making things out of metal and leather.
And we’ve got a lot more to start the year: Japanese arms and armor, Native American weapons, erotic performance art, more travel, more whisky, and even more unusual stories. We’ve also filmed a series on how to prepare drinks from some of the best bartenders, bar owners, and drink makers from the Philippines, and it covers well known beverages like beer and gin, to the rarer and more unusual absinthe.
Still, this is only just the beginning. And while we can go on recapping everything that went on in the month that we’ve been around, this will end, instead, in a promise. It is the same promise that we made to ourselves when we started working on Mantle. To keep on finding the stories that matter: the ones that are hard to get to, and the ones that are just around the corner. And in each one, we hope to bring you along.
So, this year, have a great start. Because things are about to get even better.
Aurelio Icasiano III has been in media for 14 years: as a television producer and writer, travel correspondent, book editor, and as editor of an internationally-awarded men’s lifestyle magazine. He runs an electrical construction company by day but spends all too much time thinking about the next story.