Lots of younger sunglass brands have carved out a comfy little spot in the market by doing nothing but biting classic designs from Persol, the original purveyor of cool, Italian acetate frames. Next, they will copy these: Persol’s new Film Noir collection perfectly captures their classy vintage vibe in four new styles, all featuring clean lines and their 50s-era Phoenix Arrow hinge detail.
Oliberté makes high quality leather footwear in Ethiopia using all African materials. Employing traditional craftsmanship techniques and a fully sustainable production model, they’re making great 100% goat leather shoes with the goal of creating jobs and opportunities for the people of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Classic Italian watchmakers Panerai have just introduced an ultra-limited collection of their all-new 1940 Radiomir chronograph. The 45mm chrono features a Swiss Minerva movement and is available in platinum, red gold, and white gold versions.
Due for release this Spring, Omega is bringing back a classic. This remake of their iconic 1969 Speedmaster Mark II retains the style that made it timeless but it gets a mechanical upgrade—the 2014 model features a co-axial calibre 3330 automatic movement with column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
Why look forward when looking back looks so good? Smith Optics agrees. They’ve just revived a classic collection of their late 70s/early 80s styles in the new Archive Collection. These are exact replicas of their original, sport-inspired frames like the cat-eye Cheetah, cops-style Delano, the Cornice, Marvine, & more.
Nope, not another Yeezy. Close though. This special specimen of winter footwear from the big, bad Swoosh combines the lightweight comfort of a sneaker, the durable insulation of a boot, and the looks of a … um … well, you figure that one out.
Two special-edition IWC dive watches just surfaced, both honoring IWC’s ongoing environmental partnership with the Galapagos Islands-based Charles Darwin Foundation. The 44mm Galapagos model is made in all black rubber-coated stainless while the Expedition Darwin model sports a bronze case and markers.
Pretty much every outdoor apparel brand offers a micro-puffy, now Nike does, too. But they did more than just put a swoosh on it. They used real goose down, included perforated panels for breathability & added some reflective hits for safety after dark.
When it comes to Swiss watches, pedigree is everything. And as the grandsons of legendary watchmaker Raymond Weil, the brothers behind the 88 Rue Du Rhone brand have this base completely covered. Their clean, classic timekeeping devices range from simple analog quartz rigs to stuff like a 45mm rose gold & stainless waterproof chrono.
Swiss timing experts Piaget are known for making slim, lightweight watches but their latest, the Altiplano 38mm 900P is officially the thinnest mechanical watch in the world. To achieve this Miley-esque physique, the design has welded the movement and case into a single unit. via