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GQ October 2018

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3 min.
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Meet… JAYA SAXENA Jaya is a writer based in New York City. She covers entertainment, broadly, and Lucas Hedges (page 80), in particular. She is also the nation’s premier scholar on the mercifully extinct liqueur Qream. See below. What was your first word? “Cat.” What were the first words you were proud of? I started freelancing by writing about Qream for The Hairpin. Qream was a weird non-dairy pastel liqueur Pharrell made and started marketing to women. Usually I can’t even look at things I wrote three months ago, but I still think most of those pieces are funny. A Kidz Bop–esque cover will play every time you wake up for the rest of your life. What will you choose? “Trap Queen,” hands down. They make it about baking pies! Which song lyric do you always…

2 min.
the nba’s next mamba

WHEN JAYSON TATUM got in trouble in elementary school, it was often Kobe Bryant’s fault. Teachers weren’t thrilled when the Celtics breakout star would sit in class and watch YouTube highlights of the Mamba. “The older I got, the more they understood that I was going to be in the NBA,” Tatum tells me, grinning. “I mean, school was very important. But I needed to watch basketball.” All the more surreal, then, that he says this in L.A., the day after the Lakers legend generously decided to mentor the young Celtic, a rare one-on-one workout between longtime East-West rivals. And what was Professor Vino’s advice for his new student? “Shoot every time,” he recalls. “Pass if you have to. But if not, shoot it.” If Tatum plays the way he did to cap…

5 min.
arm candy

HOT CHOCOLATE Brown dials and bezels put a masculine spin on rose-gold watches. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is for both real divers and secret-agent wannabes—it even has a helium-escape valve. (Who cares if you never take it into the ocean? Helium-escape valve!) The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph is the watch that haunts the dreams of guys who know the dollar-to-Swiss-franc exchange rate on any given day. And the rose-gold Rolex GMT-Master II, with an iconic “root beer” bezel, is a brand-new configuration from The Crown that has watch nerds going nuts. THE GOLDING HOUR Henry Golding had a plan. A vague plan, but a plan. The BBC travel-show host and classic-film buff would land roles in a few short films, learn the ropes of acting, and hopefully sneak into a feature…

3 min.
where do i begin? one man’s modest quest to finally get stylish

There’s a spectacular photo in my childhood home of my father and elder brother (then a toddler) wearing matching jean jackets on a New York street corner. I was born not long after it was taken, and despite 28 years of wanting to live up to the timeless cool of that image, I’ve yet to pull the trigger on a denim jacket of my own. I knew the look was legendary. But as a guy whose Spotify is littered with acoustic covers of Top 40 hits, I’ve never felt like I had the edge required to wear one. So I called denim expert Simon Miller, Citizens of Humanity’s men’s design director, who told me that his love of the fabric stems from the fact that it “wears with us,” looking better—and…

4 min.
a crush course in natural wine

I’VE ALWAYS BEEN into wine the same way I’ve been into movies: I think they’re great, but I’ve never put any energy into understanding how or why the good ones are good. I hate an oaky Chardonnay. I understand why cheap wine is bad. I’ll always take the wine pairing to avoid making a decision. I’ve only ever been a casual, somewhat naive fan. Occasionally, though, that fandom turns into sheer obsession—you know, like watching Forgetting Sarah Marshall and then spending the next ten years telling strangers at parties that it’s our culture’s greatest musical comedy (which it is). Over the past few years, nearly every bottle that has had me maniacally typing its name into my Notes app has been a natural wine, the trendy class of booze that is…

2 min.
the only vocab you’ll ever need

1 PÉT-NAT This carefree technique has become a genre in its own right. Technically speaking, pét-nat is made when a wine is bottled before the fermenting is done, so it takes on a spirited fizz as it finishes up. It can be made with just about any grape, can be hazy and cloudy or clean and refined, and is casual by definition. Popping the crown cap off a bottle is a party trick that says, “Hey, I like bubbles, but I’m also chill.” 2 SULFITES Nearly all wines contain naturally occurring sulfites, but natural-wine makers argue that adding any extra can dull the wine’s vibrancy. Producers of low-sulfite vintages add to them only “as needed”—perhaps a bit at bottling to keep them stable—while sulfite-free wines go completely unadorned. Some say fewer sulfites mean…