Mike Chino

 
Mike ChinoThe managing editor of Inhabitat, Mike is a writer, researcher, and musician based in San Francisco. He left sunny UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in French and modern literature and delved into publishing through a stint at ReadyMade. Inspired by the impact that forward thinking can have on the present, he has cultivated a voracious appetite for developments in sustainable architecture, design, and technology. Mike likes to bike, blog, and build things, and in his spare time he also cooks, produces music, and rocks out.

Timbuk2, Mission Cycling Club Design Backpack for Biking to Work

Timbuk2, Mission Cycling Club Design Backpack for Biking to Work

Riding a bicycle is hands-down the best way to get to work – it’s fun, it’s healthy, and it doesn’t require a drop of gas. However it’s a challenge to arrive unruffled after

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Flint and Tinder Rolls Out Cozy U.S.-Made Flannels, Slacks for Fall

Flint and Tinder Rolls Out Cozy U.S.-Made Flannels, Slacks for Fall

Every guy should have a favorite flannel shirt, a seasonal workhorse that you can’t wait to pull on once the air turns crisp and the leaves start to fall. If the well-loved flannel in your closet is

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Self Edge Launches Darn-It! Vintage Denim Repair Studio in San Francisco

Self Edge Launches Darn-It! Vintage Denim Repair Studio in San Francisco

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Fantich and Young’s “Apex Predator” Shoes Are Made With Human Dentures

Fantich and Young’s “Apex Predator” Shoes Are Made With Human Dentures

Looking for a pair of shoes to complete your creepy Halloween costume? Fantich and Young just carved their way into our darkest nightmares with a pair of black balmorals soled with thousands of fake human

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Steven Alan, Hart Schaffner Marx Collaborate on Made-in-U.S.A. Suiting

Steven Alan, Hart Schaffner Marx Collaborate on Made-in-U.S.A. Suiting

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Jacqueline Rousseau’s NYC-Made Printed Chambray Tie is a Cool Operator

Jacqueline Rousseau’s NYC-Made Printed Chambray Tie is a Cool Operator

Combat record-setting temperatures by swapping your corporate noose for one of Jacqueline Rousseau’s lightweight chambray neckties. Handmade in her studio in New York City, each screen-printed

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Shwood Crafts Recycled Sunglasses from 100-Year-Old Whiskey Barrels

Shwood Crafts Recycled Sunglasses from 100-Year-Old Whiskey Barrels

We’ve seen whiskey fuel everything from alternative vehicles to drunken bar brawls, but who would have thought that whiskey glasses could actually improve your vision? The eyewear makers at Shwood

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14 Eco-Friendly Men’s Boots For Ushering Fall

14 Eco-Friendly Men’s Boots For Ushering Fall

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Levi’s, Filson Collaborate on Heritage Workwear Made in the U.S.A.

Levi’s, Filson Collaborate on Heritage Workwear Made in the U.S.A.

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Levi’s Unveils the World’s Oldest Pair of Jeans at Fall 2011 Fashion Preview

Levi’s Unveils the World’s Oldest Pair of Jeans at Fall 2011 Fashion Preview

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Gucci Goes Leather-Free With Patent Rubber Men’s Moccasin

Gucci Goes Leather-Free With Patent Rubber Men’s Moccasin

Gucci may be known for luxe textiles and flashy cuts, but the Italian fashion house’s latest offering negotiates waterlogged sidewalks as well as it does the catwalk. The patent rubber moc, a modern

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Wood Thumb Makes Wooden Neck Ties From Reclaimed Lumber

Wood Thumb Makes Wooden Neck Ties From Reclaimed Lumber

If you’re set to move on from last year’s urban lumberjack look but aren’t quite ready to give up the axe just yet, consider stepping out of the backcountry and into the office with one

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GUNAS Offers Luxe Minimalism With Lineup of Sleek, Vegan Bags

GUNAS Offers Luxe Minimalism With Lineup of Sleek, Vegan Bags

Not all vegan bags are built equally. Whereas many stray towards hempy weaves and boho flourishes, GUNAS’ line of leather-free satchels and totes can go from boardroom to downtown without skipping a

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Transform Your iPod Nano Into a Wristwatch With iLoveHandles Straps

Transform Your iPod Nano Into a Wristwatch With iLoveHandles Straps

We’re big fans of multifunctional design here at Ecouterre, which is why we snapped to attention when we spotted these clever straps that instantly transform your iPod Nano into a wristwatch.

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Hold Everything With Tuts and Crash’s Upcycled-Leather Bike Pannier

Hold Everything With Tuts and Crash’s Upcycled-Leather Bike Pannier

Although bike messenger bags are great for hauling lots of gear, those neon nylon satchels leave something to be desired when it comes to subtlety. Enter Tanya Sheremeta’s beautifully finished bike

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Platinum Dirt: Road-Ready Leather Jackets Reclaimed From Car Upholstery

Platinum Dirt: Road-Ready Leather Jackets Reclaimed From Car Upholstery

Gentlemen, start your engines. The motorheads at Oakland-based Platinum Dirt have just launched a line of road-ready leather jackets that get extra mileage out of reclaimed automotive upholstery. Made

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9 Green Guy Essentials for Fall

9 Green Guy Essentials for Fall

Fall is now upon us, and with winter around the corner, we’re bundling up and breaking out the cold-weather gear. Fortunately, with the recent resurgence of high-quality heritage menswear,

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8 Green Grooming Tips For Guys

8 Green Grooming Tips For Guys

For most guys, good grooming habits are a necessity. Unless you’re a lumberjack or a world champion beard grower, shaving face is saving face during the 9-to-5 work week. But even though you may be

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