Cator Sparks, Editor-in-Chief of The Manual, is without question one of the most interesting men we’ve ever met. He just so happens to split his time between New York and one of our favorite Southern cities – Charleston, SC. Well-traveled and well-documented, Sparks inspires us to go, see and do more. We sat down with this Southern gentleman (and his dog) in his historical home as he told us his wayfaring story and gave us more insight into what makes The Manual such a great online community for men.
Editor-in-Chief, The Manual
What is your Passion?
Living life fully.
Briefly, what is your story:
I detest brevity. But alas–Born in Atlanta, 15 years in NYC, 4 years in Charleston (along with NYC), living the dream.
How would you define your style?
What inspires you?
Everything from traveling the world to reading a good book to simply watching the bats at sunset from our piazza.
What is your favorite piece of clothing or accessory?
My great-grandfather’s Bulova.
What is your favorite thing about living in your city?
I am fortunate enough to spend time in two of the best cities in the world. I love the snap in the air of Manhattan and the connection to nature in Charleston.
Where is your favorite local place to eat?
Chez Nous in Charleston. Located in an old home on a tiny alley, there are only two items on the menu every night and they are always outstanding.
What is your favorite thing to do in your spare time?
Spending time with my family. (that includes the dawgs).
What are you currently reading?
I’m always reading The Week for world politics and Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady is currently on the nightstand. His writing inspires me and makes for quite elaborate dreams.
What is your travel must-have?
Bose noise cancelling headphones.
Any travel tips?
Always arrive early and always be polite. It gets you places, promise.
What is it about leather that you think resonates with men?
It must harken back to our primal days when we were always on the hunt. When I shot my one and only buck in the Scottish Highlands, I admit I shed some tears but was also full of pride that I was able to bring this beast down with one shot. The smell of a leather hide is something that is unforgettable from a chesterfield in a library to a new bag or belt.