Thanks to the brains behind Banana Republic, achieving the dapper, put-together look of an executive from the 1960s is now a no-brainer. Their Mad Men Collection offers a complete line of tailored garments that completely eliminate the need for “shopping” around. Everything to complete the look, right down to the sweater vest you’ve been braving up to try, can all be found in one place.
If you really feel like you have to wear spandex, save it for Saturdays. Function-minded every day bikers surely prefer the fit and feel of a pair of Levi’s. But unlike normal denim, Levi’s new Commuter series are stretchy, designed for pedaling. Reflective hits are hidden in the cuff and a U-Lock holster is built into the waistband.
The rules and requirements of Swiss law make it very difficult for any watchmaker to achieve the elite status of creating truly ‘Swiss Made’ timepieces. Among other things, they must be made of high-quality Swiss materials with the case assembled in Switzerland. SoCal tastemakers Nixon Watches have now achieved the Swiss stamp of approval and damn, it looks good.
Across many sports, from basketball to football, Adidas’ adizero technology has made for some lighter-than-ever shoe releases lately. The freshest is the Feather, a shoe Adidas is touting as “the lightest everyday running shoe” they’ve ever made. At just 6.9 ounces, it’s pretty much nothing. So, if you needed another reason not to buy those weird wetsuit-bootie-barefoot-toe-slipper things, now you’ve got one.
It doesn’t matter where you’re headed off to, 1 pair of shoes is never enough for the trip. Instead of taking up all the space in your luggage with heavy, hard-to-pack shoes, clip a pair of these foldable, packable Radler Trail Camp shoes to your bag and hit the road. Made of water-repellent ripstop and recycled rubber with a fleece liner, they’ll lighten your load without cramping your style.
The slightly over-sized, black titanium Porsche Design P’6520 tells the time with incredible style. But that’s not all. It also points you in the right direction. Beneath the flip top, 3-hand face hides a liquid compass. Staying on track and on time is easy with this on your wrist.
In the visual arts, Dennis Hopper was an American icon. Actually, more like iconoclast. Influential in film, photography, and the underground art world, Hopper’s work spans decades. Before this colorful old bastard kicked the bucket he designed a line with Vans that includes cool shoes and a whole array of signature apparel. Pay your respects to his amazing career by buying his stuff at Urban Outfitters.
There was an episode of the Brady Bunch where the whole family got locked in an empty jail cell. They tied all their shoestrings and belts together, fashioning a lasso to snag the key hanging outside. If Mike had this survival belt on, hand-tied from over 100-feet of 550 Parachute cord, he could’ve snagged the key without insisting that Alice remove her pantyhose. Even though that was the best part.
Before you find yourself standing around in a pair of yellow foam clogs with a name that rhymes with Cocks, consider your alternatives. These leather thong sandals are handcrafted in Israel by Apolis through a unique philanthropic partnership with global artisans. Made by humans with recycled and traditional materials, not foam.
If you buy link- or French-cuff shirts, you are obviously going for looks that kill. Why not take it a step further by popping a bullet through your buttonhole. These handmade cufflinks feature the heads of spent brass bullet shells on a traditional silver link. You can even send the artist your own shells from a special hunt or shooting competition and he’ll make you a custom set. Bang!