Waxed canvas is really weatherproof until the wax wears off. Same with leather gloves or your rain-soaked Brooks saddle. Portland-based Otter Wax makes a kit that will treat all your old-fashioned outdoor gear. This kit includes water-repellent fabric wax, canvas cleaner, saddle soap and leather treatments to handle it all.
Is it just us or is the convenience and power of your super-smart iPhone starting to make your laptop seem a little stupid? The only bitch is that so much typing leads to lots of typos. But with just one click, the new Slim One Keyboard from Ontario-based brand Matias, lets you switch from typing on your PC or Mac to texting in turbo on your iPhone. Nice for us multi-device multi-taskers.
Whether you want to boggle would-be burglars or just save money on your home energy bill, Belkin’s WeMo home automation system has you covered. It lets you control electrical outlets in your home from your smart phone. Turn lights on and off or power down electronics after you’ve left. It even has a motion sensing mode, so even if you forget to turn stuff off via your phone, it’s still working to save you money.
Conduct a quick survey of your friends and you’ll be surprised how many of us have dropped our phones in the toilet. As they say, shit happens. Liquipel’s unique process for waterproofing your electronics can protect your phone, tablet or other handheld device from the damaging effects of liquid. Maybe not the full-immersion flip into the porcelain pool, but pretty much everything else.
If you tote around any type of USB-powered device you’d be nuts not to buy this PocketCell rechargeable battery bank from Innergie. It’ll be your lifeline for dying phones, tablets, and everything else powered requiring juice via USB. It is small, totally portable and compatible with over 10,000 devices.
Maybe you love your watch but the band is bogus. Instead of letting it collect dust, order up a fully custom-made Gunny Strap. Their high-quality, hand-built leather straps will revitalize the look and feel of your favorite watch. Available in a variety of different leathers, you can get yours made to the exact dimensions your taste requires. That’s right, any way you want it.
Over the past few years Roku has helped push TV viewing forward into the future. Their new Streaming Stick is another big leap. The stick is the size of a standard USB flash drive that plugs into your TV & instantly transforms it into a Smart TV, allowing you to stream shows and movies from the web right on to your big flatscreen with zero frustration and incredible clarity.
The golden glow of nostalgia for the supposedly simpler days of the 50s & 60s has led to a revival of the era all across pop culture. Taschen books is now releasing a collection of print advertisements from this period. You might be surprised how easy it was for those scotch-sipping, cig smoking chauvinist ad men to market to your parents.
If you haven’t read the classics by now, you probably never will. But then again … If classics from Shakespeare, Conrad, and Dostoevsky & others are hanging there on the wall, you just might. Spineless Classics makes posters with the full-text of classic books for your viewing/reading enjoyment.
Talk about minimalist. This wallet, handmade from 5 oz. vegetable tanned American bridle leather is so simple it’s astounding. One piece of leather, two hand-sewn seams. That’s it.