The 1890s look popularized by Portland’s mustachioed mavens is over. This summer, the costume party jumps forward to the Roaring 20s. And, inspired by the summer’s soon-to-be-released blockbuster The Great Gatsby, Brooks Brothers is releasing a collection of retro menswear that captures the spirit of the era.
Castle Brook’s nylon bootlaces come with a lifetime guarantee. That’s cool but who would ever use it? Like, 6 years later one of them snaps & you’re all “Damnit, I paid good money for these back in 2013.” But seriously, you can be that guy and Castle Brook will send you a new lace. Maybe two.
Wonderbag is a heat-retention cooking bag. After bringing food to a boil on the burner, your pot is placed in the Wonderbag where it finishes cooking. It saves energy and reduces carbon emissions; so far half a million Wonderbags have been distributed across South Africa, where cooking is often done on open fires or with toxin-emitting fuels.
Before you go buy that big, bulky DSLR camera you’ve been dreaming about, consider Ricoh’s new GR Digital V. It’s the world’s first compact camera with an APS-C optical sensor; same as the ones used in pro DSLRs. This sensor captures razor-sharp 16.6MP images, HD video, and shoots in 4 fps bursts. Unlike the big cameras this one is still light, small & portable.
With design elements and decor borrowed from yachts of the ocean-going variety, Airstream’s new 28’ Land Yacht camper is pretty much a luxury liner on wheels that offers floor-to-ceiling woodgrain and nautical trimmings inside its shining, metal exterior.
When it comes to buying a big boy toolbox, there’s really only one choice: Craftsman. But now in addition to classic red and the more recent limited edition Darth Vader black, Craftsman is offering up another color choice. This time it’s bright white with a dry erase finish. In addition to its clean look, the finish on this Stormtrooper version of their 4-drawer ball bearing combo box lets you label the drawers if you’re so inclined.
The old English legend of King Arthur and his court; of Camelot, Excalibur & Guenivere, has been told & re-told through the ages but this version from J.R.R. Tolkien takes the tale further. Written as an epic poem he began in the 1930s & later abandoned, it has now been edited—but not quite finished—by his son Christopher Tolkien.
The Monolith Daypack is a fine specimen, made of burly ballistic nylon and featuring titanium hardware & Molle system webbing loops. It also converts into a carry-on, duffel & messenger style bag by simply tucking the shoulder straps into a hidden pocket. If versatility is what you want in a bag, this could be the one.
Ever tried a fresh-brewed Ristretto? How about a Shakerato? Well, this automatic machine makes ’em both with just the press of a button. It also makes cappuccino, lattés, machiattos and pretty much every other known coffee drink. 19 in total. With two independent & adjustable brewing systems, it’ll even whip up two different coffees at the same time.
What’s next to Uranus? Great question; one you might be able to answer if you had a poster of the cosmos hanging on your wall. These posters are hand-screened with either white-silver or gold ink & printed on heavy, M2 size paper. Choose the Northern or Southern sky. Or both.