Frank Clegg is a Massachusetts-based designer and craftsman of men’s and women’s leather goods. He’s been around for over four decades and has built a name for himself by consistently delivering pieces that are well-designed, flawlessly crafted and simply timeless. Frank and his family recently gave us the opportunity to review a bag of our choosing and we immediately jumped at the Aiden duffel. It’s the perfect bag for my lifestyle as I take frequent 2-3 day trips.
Photographer Ryan Plett was behind the lens to shoot the lookbook for Richmond-based retailer Need Supply. Dubbed Nowhere Fast, the shots feature some top-notch product from notable brands including Norse Projects, Gant Rugger, Shades of Grey, BWGH, and Rogue Territory to name a few. The pieces showcased in the lookbook can be found now through Need Supply online as well as in-store.
Here’s the official album artwork for Kanye West’s Yeezus. The details of the album have been widely rumored down to each and every detail including the packaging. Well, Ye’s unveiled the official artwork via Twitter and his website to deliver the truth. The hip hop artist has gone the minimalist on this one, with just a red tape slit with the Yeezus written by a Sharpie. The album’s due to release on June 18th.
Aston Martin has unveiled the V12 Vantage S, the successor to the outgoing V12. With 565 horsepower and top speed at 205 mph, this 6.0-liter V12 allows for the new V12 Vantage S to be the fastest road-friendly Aston Martin ever built (outside the One-77). The third-gen seven-speed Sportshift automated manual transmission by Graziano shaves off 55 pounds while allowing for quicker gear shifts, similar to a dual-clutch setup. For the first time ever, Aston Martin is offering the ability to choose from three adaptive suspension damping modes — normal, sport and track. Design-wise, there are slight enhancements from the previous model, with the most noticeable changes being seen on the front grille.
Pricing’s projected around the $200,000 USD mark with availability coming early 2014.
BMW and Italian design house Pininfarina have teamed up to create the Gran Lusso Coupé. This one-of-one beauty was unveiled at the 2013 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and sits atop a shortened version of the 7-Series platform. It features a V12 engine, rumored to be the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter that dishes out 535 horses and can be found in the 760Li. This is meant to be a concept vehicle so no plans of production but that hasn’t been completely ruled out by the German automaker. What we can expect is some influence taken from the Gran Lusso and applied to future BMW models, with the next-gen 7 Series possibly being the perfect inflection point.
Apolis has released their Transit Issue iPhone 5 Wallet in a tan leather finish, to sit aside the already released black version. It’s slim, versatile and can hold cash or cards with ease of access. For the traveler, this is the iPhone case to have. I’ve been using the black version for quite sometime now and it’s easily the most convenient case on the market.
Unionmade Naturals is the San Fran-based retailer’s latest collection of exclusives. The lineup is grounded in simple and neutral colors with brands such as Gitman Vintage, Filson, Merz B. Schwanen from past partnerships and a few newcomers as well in Journal Standard, Tender Co., and illustrator Wayne Pate. Expect to see footwear, shirting, trousers, and blazers as well as a Filson bag made from Cone Mills natural canvas and a range of totes.
The Unionmade Naturals collection is available now in-store as well as online through Unionmade’s online store.
Last week, Mercedes-Benz officially took the covers off the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class with a complete song and dance to mark the occasion. The unveil took place at an Airbus factory in Hamburg with Alicia Keys performing and The Stig on hand with some fireworks tossed into the mix as well. Bottom line, this is the German automaker’s most advanced S-Class to date and it’s one where it’s equally enjoyable whether you’re doing the driving or sitting in the back calling the shots. The larger grille makes it stand out and it’s got some exterior enhancements that, when coupled with all the interior and technological upgrades, will make this S-Class the best in its class.
HBO has dropped a short teaser for Boardwalk Empire’s 4th season. We’re introduced to a new character played by Jeffrey Wright and also see shots of Chalky White in action. Check out the trailer below and expect more details in the months ahead.
The rumors were swirling around for the last week or so but now it’s official: Yahoo has bought tumblr for $1.1 Billion in hard cold cash. Marissa Mayer and team were not playing around, folks. They just turned things up and made David Karp one wealthy 26 year old in the process. Here’s what Yahoo had to say in a press release:
Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business. David Karp will remain CEO. The product, service and brand will continue to be defined and developed separately with the same Tumblr irreverence, wit, and commitment to empower creators.
Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer took to Yahoo’s tumblr page to make the announcement and appropriately so. She even tossed in a gif for good measures. The numbers for Tumblr are impressive — 300 million monthly unique visitors and 120,000 signups every single day with a blog post pool of over 50 billion.