If you know the artist Billy Reid, cool. If you don’t, whatever—these vintage-look K-Swiss kicks are sweet regardless. Crafted in garment-dyed canvas duck cloth with rope laces and a “vintage mattress” print inside, their retro styling is complete. Available in three muted colors, these could be the ones for summer.
If you’re a little troll when it comes to all things LOTR (that’s Lord Of The Rings, bro) then this new 15-disc trilogy set will blow the hair right off your feet. These are the extended, Blu-Ray feature films plus hours of commentary and bonus features. It’s so much Tolkein, you’ll think you died and went to Middle Earth. Available June 28, 2011.
Don’t wait until you’ve bought another $350 car key or replaced a lost phone to invest in this handy little dingdong. Attach the 2-way Bluetooth tracker to your keys, briefcase, bag, even your kid and you’ll never lose ’em. A free app lets you call the beacon on your keys and since its 2-way you can locate your phone from your keyring with a simple tap. Brainless, perfect.
Some cyclists pretend everyday is another stage on the Tour de France; spandex, goo, bootie covers and all. Others of us, break up the training schedule with some bike commuting or simple transportation. For these recovery days, Timberland has a shoe. It looks like a normal loafer while you stroll, but when you saddle up the specially-designed sole supports your feet for pedaling.
Are you ready to live out your wildest suburban fantasies? Nope, not a stripper pole in the basement – we’re talking about creating a lawn that’s the envy of the subdivision. Toro’s new lawn striping attachment mounts easily to your push mower and will help you make that front yard look like a golf course on tournament day, every day.
So you decided to spend a bit more and chose the wireless bluetooth Mac keyboard. You were probably thinking wireless was more convenient and cleaner. Well, not when you’re throwing its dead AA batteries in the trash every three weeks. The Mobee Magic bar lets you correct your wireless mistake by providing a USB-powered recharge dock for your keyboard. This design actually is convenient and clean. Just look at it.
Whether you really like jazz or just know you should like it, this forthcoming collection from the Smithsonian will get you up to speed. The Smithsonian Anthology is an 111-track, 6-CD set with a 200-page book that puts the history, culture and key players all in perspective. They’re calling it a “jazz appreciation course in a box.” We call that cool.
Kubrick was a peerless master of film: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Full Metal Jacket, and so on. Why then was his historical epic on Napoleon never made? Did his grandiose plans scare the studios? Regardless, after two years of exhaustive research the project was shelved. Now Taschen books is releasing a massive volume of Kubrick’s research for the film. It takes you inside Kubrick’s creative process and contains thousands of pre-production photographs.
Normally we don’t think of an old-fashioned wind-up alarm clock as a wireless device, but it is. And that’s just one reason to like it: it’s one less household appliance sucking power off the grid. Handmade in Canada, this richly-grained walnut clock is much more attractive than the plastic radio-clock on your nightstand. The craftsmen at Off Cut Studios also make this model in cherry, maple & white oak.
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.