Only a smoker feels an intimate connection to their lighter. When you smoke your lighter is your right hand, your old flame. So why not treat your little fire-starter to a new outfit? Using aluminum cans, Fuego Con Queso makes fully up-cycled lighter cases featuring the can art of your favorite drinks. They’re handmade in America and are available in a wide variety of designs, including your custom submissions.
Your laptop is your most important work tool. Therefore, show it the respect it deserves by carrying it around in a fine leather briefcase like this one from legendary Italian designer to the stars, Salvatore Ferragamo. The slim, all-black case features leather top handles, a two-way zip closure, plus a removable shoulder strap & internal laptop sleeve.
You want good photos, but do you want to lug a whole extra bag just for your SLR photo gear? Most of the time, we say screw it & put the point-and-shoot in our pocket instead. Here’s a compromise. The Roma by Ona is a mini SLR case that fits a body & lens and slides right into your duffel or pack. Your camera is protected and your bag stays organized. Easy.
Even if you do manage to get it in the mail on time, a last-minute birthday card from the drug store doesn’t say much. The good men at Forgetful Gentlemen make fine stationery that will give your correspondence an upgrade. Their letterpress printed card set contains 12 hand-printed cards for occasions like Birthday, Get Well, Love & Congratulations. The cotton Italian paper stock has a smooth, luxurious texture complimenting even the worst chicken-scratch.
Pain In The Ass #567: tangled extension cords. Fix it with these bendable wire gear ties from Nite Ize. They come in a variety of sizes & colors to suit your cord-untangling needs. If you’re a MacGyver, they can be twisted into shapes for other purposes, like a makeshift tripod for your camera or a stand for your iPod. Really.
Slash, the whiskey-drinking, cig smoking axe-man from Guns-N-Roses is doing some Spring cleaning. Thousands of Slash’s personal items are going up for auction. From home furnishings to on-stage outfits, to used-on-tour guitars, his ’66 Corvette Stingray – there’s a bit of everything for sale. You can even buy the used, sweat-soaked T-shirt right off his back, for about 250 bucks.
Where else do you find black chrome? You find it on some Leica cameras, maybe on a custom hotrod, but tools? This is new. These are Stanley sockets, so you know they’re bomber and have a lifetime warranty. In addition, the sizes, laser-etched into the black chrome, are easier to read. This finish is also more durable than regular chrome. Black is just better.
Sick of sharing your bed with a snoring, restless, continually farting creature? Not your girl man, the family dog. Pop clothing designer James Perse has you covered. He’s designed a dog bed to get Fido off your Egyptian cotton sheets and into his own. Actually it’s a hypoallergenic organic foam pad on a teak base with a waterproof , washable, 100% cotton cover.
The pen, they say, is mightier than the sword. But what about the grenade, revolver or Rambo knife? These unique note/sketchbooks feature 3-D covers of serious weaponry. Sure, the idea that weapons and violence don’t jive with acts of creativity is ironic. That’s nice. But weapons are just cool.
When it comes to wilderness survival Bear Grylls is our idol. He knows the tricks, the tools and the MacGyver moves needed to live through commercial breaks and long production days. In his pocket-sized 15-piece survival kit from Gerber you get: knives, a bottle opener, screwdrivers, a signal mirror, snare wire, a fishing kit, fire tinder and more. Basically everything you need to stay cool until the camera crew shows up the next morning in the helicopter with your latté.