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A True Birchbox Man: Stephen Murray

It’s high time we acknowledged some of our favorite subscribers. Our first True Birchbox Man, Stephen, first caught our eye when he posted one of our favorite Facebook posts to date. We wanted to know more about this dapper gent, but little did we know we’d discover a true Renaissance man in every sense of the word. Better known as the "Manhattan Archaeologist," Stephen specializes in repairing and reselling discarded items he finds on the streets of New York City. Formerly the lead singer of a hardcore band (and the youngest elected official in South Florida's history!), Stephen's career choices have been as eclectic as his style.

BB Man: How would you describe your style?

Murray: Upper East Side casual with a punch of my punk roots.

BB Man: Who would you say is your style icon?

Murray: James Dean. He knew how to blend edginess with something your girlfriend’s parents would be accepting of. That takes real skill. In terms of contemporary style icons, guys like Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling always seem to get it right in my book.

BB Man: How do you get your wardrobe ready for summer?

Murray: Summer is all about the basics. The thing about basics is that they need to be changed out every year, because they get a lot of use. Step one of getting ready for summer is cleaning out my closet, deciding which clothes are being trashed, donated, sold or heading up to my parents’ place for storage. After that’s done and I realize I have basically nothing left in my closet, so it’s time to get to work on replacements.

BB Man: What’s your favorite weekend getaway?

Murray: The family farm up in the Berkshires. It is a chance for my dogs and I to get some real fresh air, put on my boots, and get my hands dirty. There isn’t much that’s manlier than working on a farm.

BB Man: Favorite thing to get in your Birchbox Man box?

Murray: I love getting clothes. The tie we got a few months ago from The Knottery helped me take the step to get rid of all of my old thick ties, and embrace the skinny tie look. I ended up finding over a dozen wool knit skinny ties from the 1960s about a week later, so my tie rack isn’t looking so empty anymore.

Check out Stephen’s website, Manhattan Archaeology, here.

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