Back when frontier Americans were still cowboying it up, Italians were fighting for their independence. In 1861, Italy was unified. Vespa, the iconic Italian scooter brand, is marking 150 years of unification with the release of a new, commemorative scoot. Featuring a red-green-white color scheme, this 4-speed, 150-cc model is a proven performer with over 3 million having rolled off Vespa’s Pontadera production line.
With the introduction of their little pocket notebooks, the Field Notes brand brought back the outdated notion of “jotting something down” on paper. Over the past few years, they’ve expanded their offerings to include special seasonal colors and other coolness. Now they’ve got a new style: you design the cover using dry-transfer stencils. Get crafty.
Are you sick of the snide condescension from your Mac-using co-workers? Well, feel free to flip them the proverbial bird. The new Vaio is cool; not that coolness counts for much to the proud PC user, but this machine is also powerful. Boast about your Windows 7 OS, your Intel i7 processor and the 7.5-hour battery life. Or better yet, stay silent. You don’t want all the Macsters converting.
All dressed in the same uniform, it’s hard for ball players to set their style apart from the rest of the team. To stand out, they’ve got to grow some wild-ass facial hair or get a haircut like Charlie Sheen’s in Major League. Many of MLB’s greatest stars had unmistakable mullets, weird beards & handlebar ’staches. Nike’s new collection of T’s tests your knowledge of the hairy history of America’s favorite game.
If you thought Batman was just an obsession for American nerds, you’re wrong. Renowned Latvian artist, architect & designer, Stanislav Katz, has created a Bat mirror reflecting the Caped Crusaders global influence. This large, Neo-Rococo design is cast in plaster and available in white, gold and black. Gaze into the glass and see what happens.
Chili is grade-A man food. Why does it qualify? Well, because it’s easy. You make it in one pot and then eat it with a spoon. It contains beef & beer. If somewhere along the line your recipe needs a little more kick, a couple more splashes of beer, or ends up getting too spicy, you can adjust as it cooks. Learn to make your own and be the master of your menu.
Usually Adidas doesn’t follow trends, but in the case of the ultralight, barefoot-feel runner, their ClimaCool Ride model is jogging with the pack. This model features flyweight construction and keeps you floating down the road on a forgiving cushion of their specially formulated Adiprene™ foam. Available in a whole rainbow of bright, monochrome colorways, these ClimaCool runners look just as good as they feel.
When you want to grill & chill at the park, the city’s public grills are convenient. But like a public bathroom, you don’t really want to touch anything. You make a little barrier of foil because, let’s face it, you don’t know what the bums were cooking on there. But with your own public park grill, you can lay your meat right on it without thinking twice. Made of commercial grade steel, the grill area is 256 sq. inches and comes fully assembled. 2 3/8” post included.
You won’t be able to dip behind your Desk Dumpster to take a leak. But other than that, this miniature replica is real in every detail. Made of 14 gauge steel and tagged up with candy-paint graffiti, this functional desktop storage fits 8.5 X 11-inch items and any other smaller junk you want to toss in there.
You’ve been talking about brewing your own beer since college. Maybe the simple home systems from Synergy will finally turn you into the brewmaster you need to be. The Oregon-based metalworkers at Synergy make complete, handcrafted, stainless steel home brewing systems. Their simple, durable and hygienic systems make learning the craft of brewing almost as fun as tipping back a cold one. We said almost.