There’s nothing nice about teabags. Both the name & the drinking experience they deliver leave a bit to be desired. This teapot from Denmark design house, Menu, will make you forget about the bag. Its smooth glass form is classic Scandinavian design—functional beauty. The tea ball raises and lowers out of the tea for a perfect steep with every pot, while the gorgeous lines of this kettle elevate the tea drinking experience high above the vulgarities of teabagging.
April showers bring May flowers. But more often, they bring soaking wet pedestrians with cheap tourist umbrellas blown inside out. Don’t get caught out there like a chump. Brave the blustery days of spring with an umbrella that can take it. Filson’s Cover Cloth umbrella is what you need. It’s sturdy and super water repellent with a wooden handle and coverage diameter of 40-inches.
We know finger-tapping on your tablet is entertaining. But, if you’re a PC user who actually uses a computer to do work, you’ll like this mouse. Designed to streamline navigation in Windows 7, this high-tech rodent will speed up scrolling, panning, paging forward & back, docking, minimizing/maximizing, showing desktop and more.
Behind all the products at Triple Aught Design is Patrick Ma. He’s a designer and proud ex-U.S. Army soldier. His military experience informs his every design. Everything made by TAD is designed for durability, function & versatility. For instance, their BRATT tool. The “Be Ready Always Titanium Tool” does it all: open a beer, tighten a loose screw, pry the top off a paint can, etc. This dense little slab of titanium can even be used for self-defense. Kinda like brass knuckles only lighter. Bam!
The worst part about being a runner can be shopping for running shoes. 99.99% of running shoes are hideously ugly and the remaining .01% don’t fit right. Puma is taking a novel approach to design with their new FAAS 300 shoe. It’s lightweight & minimalist, yet still packs their BioRide technology, an integrated comfort system—just what you need for logging serious miles.
Portel leather goods is an upstart brand out of Tallinn, Estonia—the Paris of the Baltics—specializing in functional, handmade leather accessories. Crafted from supple, antique leather, their iPhone wallet carries all your cards, cash, and in a perfectly-fitted pocket, your iPhone 4.
Even if you do manage to get it in the mail on time, a last-minute birthday card from the drug store doesn’t say much. The good men at Forgetful Gentlemen make fine stationery that will give your correspondence an upgrade. Their letterpress printed card set contains 12 hand-printed cards for occasions like Birthday, Get Well, Love & Congratulations. The cotton Italian paper stock has a smooth, luxurious texture complimenting even the worst chicken-scratch.
Where else do you find black chrome? You find it on some Leica cameras, maybe on a custom hotrod, but tools? This is new. These are Stanley sockets, so you know they’re bomber and have a lifetime warranty. In addition, the sizes, laser-etched into the black chrome, are easier to read. This finish is also more durable than regular chrome. Black is just better.
Military surplus has had a steady influence on fashion through the years, but these days it seems everything is a reproduction. Finding real vintage, military-issued garments and accessories is tough. The guys at the Inventory store hit the jackpot when they unearthed this lot of real Swedish Army belts. They are natural tanned leather and built to withstand the rigors of Scandinavian warfare. Genuine articles, as they say.
Another tablet? A note tablet. You just jot notes down on it, sketches, whatever. Delete the screen and start over when you want. It’s digital paper; doesn’t browse the web, doesn’t play games. It just takes the scraps of paper out of your loop. Now, think about all the Post-Its and To-Do lists you’ve written and tossed. It’s a lot. Technically, you don’t have to do that anymore.