Back in early December we challenged our international community of style writers and photographers to produce fun, original, and entertaining holiday gift guides for a contest sponsored by EastDane.com. The grand prize: a thousand bucks to spend at the online retailer. The posts started pouring in from day one. Some stuck to the classics, as in Vincent Ko's popular post. Other showed more curatorial personality, as evidenced by the metallic sneakers and leather cap in Beau Tie Bulletin's "Holiday for Him" guide—bold picks.
But the one that stood out the most came from Matthew Miller (AKA Sunflowerman) who published a "Gift Guide for the Dapper Man" post that capitalized on his insane illustration skills. We especially liked the great range of products and prices (from a $7 mechanical pencil to a $1,000 watch), the tone of the suggestions (these are "inspirations" not a fixed shopping list), and, of course, his amazing original drawings. Readers liked it too: Sunflowerman's guide was among the top five most popular posts.
Congrats to Matthew, and stay tuned for our next travel-themed contest coming later this month.
—James Oliver Cury, online director