On their way to watch-world domination, seems the folks at HODINKEE have scheduled a few stops. They’ve already gone through an amazing site redesign and even launched an in-house line of hand-made Italian straps, pouches, and travel rolls. Now, they’ve teamed up with London’s Drake’s to create a limited edition tie collection inspired by two of HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer’s favorite watches. Drake’s of London is the pinnacle of men’s neckwear and accessories for as long as even my father can remember. Today is truly a momentous day, friends. These knit ties are woven with the highest quality silk yarn in the world, and the dots are hand-sewn with silk thread. No two ties are the same.
British brand Sunspel has collaborated with Postalco to produce a limited edition collection of notebooks, wallets and cardholders. The inspiration behind the offerings is a prototype fabric sketch conceived by a Sunspel technician in the 1950s. All pieces were handcrafted in Japan, where Postalco is now based.
Available through Sunspel.com, the card holder retails for $217, notebook for $82.60 and the wallet for $273.
COMME des GARCONS has crafted three new wallets exclusively for Parisian outpost colette. The pieces are made from black polyurethane with zippered closures and a multicolored stars motif throughout, offered up in your choice of two pouches in different sizes or a wallet that offers both card and bill slots in addition to a coin pouch with a buttoned closure. The collection can be purchased both in-store and online now from colette.
Monster recently gave us the opportunity to give one of their latest designs, a collaborative effort with Diesel. The VEKTR takes much of what we know about the Beats-making headphone brand and throws it out the window, along with the mixed reviews of past headphones. These ones having a backing of a reputable clothing label and feature a design that’s equal parts functional and futuristic. Win-win. The multi-planar, tri-fold design can be easily collapsed to fit your backpack and pull out with ease with a detachable triangular cable for tangle free use. The quality of listening is higher than what we’ve seen in past designs, a sign Monster continues to focus on research and innovation even while reaching widespread success. We’ve put together a short video (below) for your viewing, giving a closer look at the headphones and showing off some of the VEKTR’s finest aesthetic details.
The Diesel VEKTR headphones can be had now via Monster.
Nepenthes has taken stock of Engineered Garments’ latest bag offerings for F/W 2012. The lineup consists of three different styles, each delivered in wool shells with rich detailing. The Daypack is a traditional backpack style bag with a heavy wool exterior and nylon lined interior and comes in Navy 30oz Melton and Navy Wool Camo. The Tool bag is a short leather handle tote bag with numerous exterior pockets to hold all your daily items and potentialy tools. This one’s available in Navy Wool Camo, Olive Wool Melton, and Navy 30oz Melton. The last style, the laundry bag, is an extra large tote with draw string enclosure at the top and backpack straps and can be had in Olive Wool Melton and Navy Wool Camo.
Look for these in-store at Nepenthes NY and other select retailers worldwide.
Japanese brand Roberu have updated their iconic iPhone case to fit the latest iPhone 5. It comes in a range of 5 different colors utilizing oil and camel leather and fitted perfectly with elasticity in the center back. The sewing detail is spot on and there are openings for the earphone portion, the back camera, speakers and headphone jack so you don’t compromise convenience for design. Pre-orders are available now through Roberu with deliver to begin later this month.
GORUCK, known to craft military-grade goods made right here in the states, has released their latest offering inspired by the aviator’s kit bag, the military-issued bag that accompanies all paratroopers on airborne operation. The GORUCK Kit bag is designed with highly water-resistent materials and feature a small internal pocket for easy access to anything compact such as your phone or keys. The external open pocket on the end of the bag allows for easy organization of newspapers, books and mobile devices. This bag is essentially about keeping things very seamless while utilizing top-quality materials and innovative design. The military-spec MOLLE webbing system on the outside allows the new Kit bags to be fitted with field pockets or other accessories, similarly to how soldiers customize their field equipment.
GORUCK delivers the Kit bag in two sizes to fit your specific needs. The smaller—57 liter—CIVVY Kit Bag is a great all-purpose bag that’s perfect for everything from a trip to the gym or a weekend getaway, while the larger—84 liter—MIL Kit Bag is ideal for longer excursions or deployments that require more packing space. The CIVVY Kit Bag comes in both black and sand colors, while the MIL Kit Bag is available in black, sand and multi-cam.
Another year, another iPhone 5, folks. Apple’s released the highly awaited hardware and it’s everything the rumor mill’s been swirling around over the past few months. It’s a thinner and lighter design than its predecessor and features a larger 4-inch Retina Display as well. More details on some of the iPhone 5′s new features after the click.
From Italy-based aoúd comes an exceptional line of men’s jewelry. The label is does an amazing job blending natural stones in an array of finishes with silver and brass pendants, with seeds and coloured tassels of fabric. There’s a really ancient feel to the pieces with much symbolism and infusion of various cultures to come to very unique designs. We had the opportunity to try one of aoúd‘s pieces and we have to say the detail and craftsmanship is everything we expected and more. The look and feel of the necklaces are masculine and wearable and we’re really glad to see the label begin to pick up stockists in the United States. More looks at the collection below.
Columbus-based Homage recently teamed up with well-known Ebbets Field Flannels for their take on the classic baseball cap. They took a swooshed H and threw it against a rich red wool shell and added their logo print on the back for good measures. The result is a high-quality product made right here in the USA.