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The George Hahn Podcast

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A self-made thousandaire in pursuit of sartorial stealth and effective living.

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A self-made thousandaire in pursuit of sartorial stealth and effective living.

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By Joze1073 - Feb 29 2012
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Excellent podcast, I love the honesty! Great ideas too. Can't wait for the next one

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
13
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0
1

Great

By Joze1073 - Feb 29 2012
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Excellent podcast, I love the honesty! Great ideas too. Can't wait for the next one
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The George Hahn Podcast

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A self-made thousandaire in pursuit of sartorial stealth and effective living.

Rank #1: Building Your Arsenal: It Starts with Shoes

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If I had to start my entire wardrobe over, I would start with shoes - the part of many men’s wardrobes that doesn’t get appropriate attention. In this podcast, I talk about starting at the foundation of a good wardrobe with smart, handsome, classic oxfords that will work in any setting and in any year, from business to casual, with suits or jeans. I also talk about my shoe care rules that will ensure that your shoes will last longer than you.

Jan 16 2013

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Rank #2: Episode 43: Suits for Suits' Sake and Conscientious Living

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I’ve said it 1,000 times, and I’ll say it again: Nothing makes a man look better than a well-tailored suit. A recent article in the Washington Post mused about the “death” of the power suit, making me dread yet another excuse for men to frump out and be as casual as humanly possible. The simple truth is that no other garment in menswear elevates any man (fit or fat) like a well-tailored suit. Period.

And speaking of elevating every man… In this time of unprecedented political and cultural upheaval in our country, it is more important than ever to double-down on living as consciously, conscientiously and ethically as possible. In many areas, the bar has been pulled down dangerously low. It is up to each of us to maintain higher standards.

Thanks for listening!

Jan 05 2018

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Rank #3: Episode 11: Editing Ties by Size and Getting a Good Shave

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Having accepted that I don't have a movie star-sized head, I've realized that I can't really wear wide ties if the proportions of the tie, shirt collar and jacket lapel are going to look right on me. Narrower is the game for a monkey with my narrow head. (Same goes for my jacket lapels.) The maximum tie width for me is around 2.5 inches. Also in this episode is my spiel on shaving... which is the same how-to spiel you'd get anywhere else. The truth is that - no matter what you read - there is no new ground to be broken in the "art of shaving." It's well-tread ground on a firmly-established grooming ritual.

May 02 2013

12mins

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Rank #4: House of Cards, Netflix and the New Way We Watch TV

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In the wake of a mind-blowing episode of Downton Abbey and with the coming premiere of House of Cards, an original Netflix series, we can't have the same "water cooler" conversations about shows the way we used to because the way we watch TV is changing. In this episode, I talk about how I get my content without cable. I also introduce a new podcast feature: Hidden Treasures on Netflix. This week's hidden Netflix treasure: Dirty Money, aka Un Flic (1972), the final film of French New Wave pioneer Jean-Pierre Melville.

Jan 29 2013

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Rank #5: Ep. 41: When Returning/Exchanging a Purchase Is a Pain in the Ass

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I recently bought a pair of espadrilles online. They were too small. In order to exchange them, I had to return them for a store credit, then use the store credit to re-purchase them in the right size. Since this particular brand does not include a return shipping label, I had to go to their website, download a shipping label and print it. Unfortunately, I don't have a printer. This wonky return/exchange process was an unnecessary kids' table pain in my ass.

Also in this episode, I talk about the terry cloth bathrobe experience and give a brief update on life in Cleveland. I'm pleased to report that things are getting better.

Aug 25 2017

16mins

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Rank #6: Episode 40: An Inspiring Example Of Sartorial Restraint

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For the first time on this podcast, I have a conversation with someone other than myself. In this extended episode, I spoke with a young man named Steve Wright who has a unique and inspiring approach to editing his home and - more specifically - his wardrobe.

As we move through life, we become virtual lint rollers, accumulating huge levels of stuff without really thinking about it. Steve Wright thinks about it, and he’s determined to avoid the common trap of stuff-overload, curating a very edited design for living that enables him to live quite effectively and efficiently without sacrificing his style.

May 27 2017

32mins

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Rank #7: Episode 39: The Cleveland Experiment, Vol. 1

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It’s been a while since I’ve been on the wire here, and much has happened. The big news since the last episode is that I moved to Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland.

There’s a lot to unpack in that story alone. There are things I love so far, and there are things that drive me nuts. This episode is just an introduction to what I’ll call “The Cleveland Experiment.”

For those who may not know, Cleveland is my hometown. As expressed in a pair of posts on the blog last year, my reasons for leaving New York City after twenty two years are multilayered and largely (though not exclusively) economic. One reason for returning home that I didn’t write about in those articles was my mother, who was in dangerously poor health when I came back here in November. In a word, it was a crisis.

Now that Lynda (mom) is making an inspired recovery, the ground beneath my feet has stopped shaking and I can start to really explore life in Cleveland. Much has changed here since I left in the early 1990s (I keep hearing "My City Was Gone" by The Pretenders in my head), but I’m really looking forward to digging deeper into the wonders of this well-kept secret on Ohio’s north coast.

Thank you for listening. More to come.

George

Mar 24 2017

17mins

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Rank #8: Episode N.38: Record Stores Are Never Coming Back

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As one of the many Americans who feel crushed by vanishing work, I'm not so quick to point a finger at a villain in this story. The idea of making something "great again" has always felt like a reductive sentiment that conveys a distinctly backward motion. It boils down to this: record stores are never coming back. The sooner we accept that fact, the quicker we can get on with it. It's more about accepting that nothing stays the same (whether we like it or not) and being open and willing to change, grow and progress.

Nov 07 2016

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Rank #9: Episode N.37: Watch Snobs, Dressing with Dignity and Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka

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In this episode, I respond to some readers' reactions to an article about an affordable automatic tool watch that resembles similar watches on the luxury spectrum. I also share a few anecdotes about how dressing with a sense of occasion served me very well. The last segment is about what Gene Wilder's performance as Willy Wonka meant to me as a young boy.

Featured Music: "Wonkavator/End Title (Pure Imagination)"
Buy on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/willy-wonka-chocolate-factory/id1087154102

Sep 04 2016

31mins

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Rank #10: Podcast N.36: Leaving NYC, Dog Attacks and My Funny Cousin Kathryn

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In this episode, I follow up on the insane feedback from a post I wrote last week about leaving New York. The comments and anecdotes that readers have shared have been absolutely incredible. I had no idea that so many people had experienced the same thing. It’s comforting to know you’re not alone and that the world won’t end if you leave New York City.

Last week, my dog Lenore was attacked by a vicious English bulldog. She required minor surgery and an overnight at the vet, complete with sutures, staples and the dreaded Cone of Shame. And last night, I witnessed another dog attack that fortunately ended with all parties intact. My patience for irresponsible dog owners who don’t know their dogs, don’t have control of them and refuse to have them neutered is below the basement.

Finally, I attended the New York premiere screening of my cousin Kathryn Hahn’s new movie Bad Moms. While it’s a light, easy and fun summer comedy, the real treat is Kathryn. She possesses an unteachable and unlearnable gift that makes her the one you want to be watching on the screen. She steals every scene.

Jul 20 2016

40mins

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Rank #11: Episode 35: My Reflections on Bill Cunningham

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Much has been said about Bill Cunningham since he died last week. The legendary New York Times photographer's contribution to the fashion world is legendary, and I have nothing new to add to that conversation. What was remarkable to me was Bill the man. I became a huge fan after seeing his documentary Bill Cunningham New York - a film he didn’t like because it brought him a fame he never wanted. But this was a man who loved his life’s work so passionately, with a childlike wonder and an uncommonly rare purity of integrity and virtue. It’s inspiring to me beyond description. I just felt like talking about it and sharing my thoughts, particularly after just recently seeing his wonderful conversation with Fern Mallis at the 92nd Street Y in September of 2014. To use one of Bill’s favorite words, it’s marvelous. (Visit my website for the link.)

The second half of this episode is a reading of my essay about the crisis in the luxury business against the backdrop of our time’s unprecedented economic inequality. I hope you can relate.

Thank you for listening!

George

Jul 03 2016

33mins

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Rank #12: Episode 34: A Morning Reflection on Contentment

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In this mini-episode, I take a few under-caffeinated minutes to describe a feeling that comes over me every morning while I have my coffee. The feeling probably occurs to me for about two or three seconds, and it can be summed up in one word: contentment.

Jun 11 2016

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Rank #13: Episode 33: Quoted in the WSJ and Appreciating a Little Analog in the Digital Age

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This past weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of being quoted in The Wall Street Journal in an article about non-iron dress shirts. In the first paragraph, you'll learn that I loathe non-iron dress shirts and that I apparently "sniff."

Article link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-war-over-non-iron-shirts-1462386777

Also in this episode, I share my love of some of the old-fashioned things. As much as I love technology and fully embrace our digital age, there are certain aspects of my life that remain decidedly analog.

May 09 2016

37mins

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Rank #14: Episode 32: The (De)Valuation of Work

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Over the past twelve years as a freelancer, I’ve watched client budgets shrink more and more, whittling down to fees that come with higher expectations for less and less money. At the end of the day, it adds up to more work for barely livable wages. In this episode, I “open a vein” about my personal experience with how good work is valued or, perhaps more accurately, devalued today.

Mar 31 2016

31mins

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Rank #15: Episode 31: Golden Globes And Golden Years

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Reflections on the 73rd Annual Golden Globes and the untimely passing of an icon: Mr. David Bowie.

Jan 11 2016

16mins

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Rank #16: Episode 30: Jessica Jones and Other Trouble in Hell’s Kitchen

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In this episode, I talk about Jessica Jones, a great new original Netflix show that is also part of the Marvel universe. Like its terrific “brother” show Daredevil, it takes place mostly in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, in the wake of the alien invasion incident from The Avengers.

Speaking of Hell’s Kitchen, I was recently sentenced to a day of community service after being stopped on Ninth Avenue by NYPD for making a rolling stop through a red light on my bicycle. In the interest of safer streets in the city, NYC has implemented an initiative called “Vision Zero,” which I wholly support with its interest in safer streets for everyone. However, ticketing bicyclists is an exertion of energy and resources toward the wrong target, in my opinion.

I’m also putting the finishing touches on my December 2015 Spotify playlist for your enjoyment.

Thanks for listening!

Featured music: “Jaguar” by John Gregory and His Orchestra
Purchase: http://www.discogs.com/John-Gregory-And-His-Orchestra-A-Man-For-All-Seasons/release/5406989

Nov 30 2015

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Rank #17: Episode 29: A Fun Week in Entertainment Media, A New Fall Tweed and Puppy Rearing

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This past week was a fun week in home entertainment media, which includes politics, with the Democratic Debate and its send-up on SNL, the announcement of Bill Murray’s Christmas special on Netflix and Amy Schumer’s HBO Comedy Special.

On a sartorial note, I got a new tweed for this fall from J.Crew. The new jacket is a replacement for a beautiful Harris Tweed I got last year that just hasn’t worked for reasons I explain in the episode.

I also catch up on the latest with my new(ish) puppy Lenore and how it’s been with a second dog in my life.

Oct 19 2015

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Rank #18: Episode 28: Suitsupply and the New Whitney Museum

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In this episode, I talk about my first experience with Suitsupply, my first visit to the sensational new Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District in NYC and a fabulous new typing app from Tom Hanks. (Yes, that Tom Hanks.)

Jun 14 2015

29mins

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Rank #19: Episode 27: The Power Of A Suit

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My friend Baylen sent me a short but fascinating article in The Atlantic about the power of wearing a suit. The piece explores recent research about the psychological effect of "formal" clothing, both on the wearer and on those around him. In this episode of the podcast, I talk about how the article articulated and validated much of my own personal experience with these effects. When I made a decision in my late thirties to start regularly representing myself in suits (both for work and social occasions), things changed - and all for the better. The operative word? Empowerment.

May 01 2015

35mins

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Rank #20: Episode 25: Shopping a Sale at J.Crew

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I'm on the email list of a lot of brands and companies. I subscribe for a few reasons: to get updates on what's going on with them; to educate my eye; and to learn about sales. Most of these emails end up in the trash without any actions or clicks on my part, but depending on the season, on the brand and on the sale - in light of my particular needs at a given time - I'll do some careful clicking.

Such careful clicking happened in the wake of a recent email I received from J.Crew, advertising a rather substantial sale on winter items. A few days and a few dollars later, some nice new gear arrived at my door. In this episode of the podcast, I talk about how I navigate big sales online.

Mar 09 2015

16mins

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