These days, wearing a watch has nothing to do with telling the time. Everyone has a phone or computer staring back at them for that info. Wearing a watch is purely symbolic. March Lab has been producing ‘Swiss Made’ watches since before the cellphone took over time and they’ll keep making them, like the JC-1 Shadowplay. Simple, refined and elegant. And, it will never ring in the middle of dinner.
The Swiss have an enviable record of environmental efforts. Leaders of recycling, reuse & reduction initiatives, it’s among the cleanest countries in the world. No surprise upcycling has made its way into Swiss design studios. This windbreaker is constructed from 2 different colors of decommissioned Swiss parachute fabric and other surplus materials. Limited edition of 100 pieces.
Nike’s new Lunarglide+ 3 is the latest addition to the Lunarglide line of runners built upon the light & cushy, mixed-density Lunarlon midsole. This model’s most notable design feature is the new midfoot strap. This strap is built into the lacing system and offers additional stability in the arch and forefoot. Available Fall 2011.
Mizuno kicks are most often seen on the feet of runners, who are passing you. Those wiry, slow-breathing hardcores who log heavy miles. Maybe they know what’s up. Mizuno’s groundbreaking new shoe design, the Wave Prophecy, bucks the current low, barefootish trend in high-end running shoes. Offering serious stability & cushion, it’s a design they say is not part of your foot, but an “extension” of it.
Purveyors of underground attitude, Oceanside, California’s Brixton makes a wide array of bullshit-free headwear and accessories. This distressed genuine leather belt with antique buckle will hold your damn pants up. Isn’t that what you need a belt for?
If you know the artist Billy Reid, cool. If you don’t, whatever—these vintage-look K-Swiss kicks are sweet regardless. Crafted in garment-dyed canvas duck cloth with rope laces and a “vintage mattress” print inside, their retro styling is complete. Available in three muted colors, these could be the ones for summer.
One of the cool things about Nixon watches is they look and perform better than most watches that cost 10-times as much. It’s a direct result of restrained, functional design & cool detailing. The Axe model features a chunky (removable) leather cuff, clean analog face and it’s waterproof to 100 meters.
Until those guys with the Swoosh come up with their next game-changing design innovation we can all reap the rewards of their competitors’ race to keep pace. The latest entry into the ultralight, barefoot-feel, deep-grooved sole runner is Asics’ gel-blur33. Weight: less than 10 ounces. The heel packs Asics’ proven gel-cushioning technology but the rest of the story is pretty obvious.
A crafty craftsman in Columbus, Indiana is turning out handsome rings using coins. Choose from a variety of coins, years, and styles. You can even send him your own rare or foreign coin and he’ll make you a custom ring. How did he come up with the idea? Well, he’s a stay-at-home dad so turning coins into dollar bills is essential. This is how he does it.
Some cyclists pretend everyday is another stage on the Tour de France; spandex, goo, bootie covers and all. Others of us, break up the training schedule with some bike commuting or simple transportation. For these recovery days, Timberland has a shoe. It looks like a normal loafer while you stroll, but when you saddle up the specially-designed sole supports your feet for pedaling.