The Jerry Thomas Bartenders Guide was the very first bartender’s book published…way back in 1887. That pretty much makes it the Old Testament of cocktail chemistry. At 130-pages, this guide will take you through the most ironclad classics, the fundamentals of mixology and includes recipes for dreamy drinks like the Mint Julep, Tom Collins & the Manhattan. The book also includes a new introduction by author, Ross Bolton, who puts it all in perspective.
Presso’s Espresso Maker may just look like some eccentric gourmet coffee gizmo – but it presses a mean shot. The uniquely simple design uses no electricity – only human power to pump the spider-like, stainless steel arms, which press hot water through the coffee. Simple enough to do even when you’re still half asleep…and yes, you can even make yourself a double.
Didn’t Wonder Woman have one of these in her ice castle? Okay, maybe not. With this ultramodern design of glass & metal, it could be from the future. In actuality, the G1 glass top pool table comes from Australia-based, Nottage Design. Maybe you’re wondering how the balls will play on this top? The glass is coated with a material called Vitrik for a familiar (and quiet) felt-top feel.
The illusion of intellect, classic style, a unique accessory: these are all things we want. The Little Black Book iPhone Case meets all these secret little desires, while keeping your iPhone 4 stashed in a safe, sturdy case. It looks & feels like a Moleskine notebook until you open it, where your iPhone resides in a cutaway wood cradle.
Showtime network has the sickest shows. And…the Dexter series is hands-down, the sickest. The multi-Emmy-nominated series about a crime scene scientist who is also a serial killer on his days off, may just be the best thing on TV. As well as…worth every extra penny on your cable bill. If you’ve missed anything so far, Seasons 1-4 DVD box set will get you up to speed. If you’re a die-hard, it’ll be a cherished collectible.
Let your good taste light the way. This sculptural work of functional art will brighten up your workspace. The Alchemy table lamp, designed by Robert Ogden, is comprised of “found” industrial doodads and vintage mechanicals, like antique plumbing knobs & a base made from a 1940s-era trimming machine. Each lamp is, of course, handmade and one of a kind.
We all want a closer shave, but who has the cojones to take a straight razor to their own face? Enter Bigelow Chemists, a traditional apothecary specializing in fine toiletries. Their Premium Shave Cream is a traditional Italian formula that will tame your stubble and leave you feeling fresh (the Eucalyptus oil) without ever risking a nick that could land you in the hospital.
Stronghold has been making genuine denim workwear in Southern California since 1895. Way back when hard work was actually done in the region. Regardless, the timeless-style of this sturdy workcoat is a great fit for hard labor or cool nights on the coast. Made of 100% loom-woven selvage denim with a button front & 4 patch pockets – it’s (old) fashion that really functions.
It doesn’t just look sharp. It is sharp. Precision knife-maker, Wenger, creators of the original Swiss Army knife collaborated with Porsche Design on the P3700, a pocketknife both functional and elegant. With scissors, corkscrew, straight blade, a can opener and more – it’s a great little tool. The ergonomic design & matte black finish just make it look lethal.
Even though the hipsters just found out, real cyclists have known for generations there’s nothing more legit than a Brooks saddle. And now leather carver, Kara Ginther, can keep you one step ahead of the herd with a custom etching. Prices vary, but Ginther can do it all – from freehand graphics to logos to patterns. Think of something original & keep those hipsters guessing, “Whoa, that’s cool. Wait, is it?”