From Kahn Design comes another custom version of the Land Rover Defender, this time with the interior being fitted with Harris Tweed fabric. Harris Tweed is the only fabric in the world governed by its own Act of Parliament and it can now be found in this Kahn creation. The bespoke interior features the hand-woven fabric as well as a piano black wood center dash, red rev counter, machined aluminum pedals, red seat belts, as well as front and rear racing seats in black guilted leather with Harris Tweed accents. The cabin is fitted with Nappa leather and grey Alcantara with silver and red contrasting stitching. The exterior features a wide body kit with extended wheel arches, vented headlight surrounds, stainless steel front grille, LED headlights, clear front and rear light lenses and 18-inch 1983 Defender alloy wheels.
Mercedes-AMG has revealed the much anticipated 2014 SLS AMG Black Series, which will hit select US showrooms in the summer of 2013. Inspired by the SLS AMG GT3 race car, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series is the fifth Black Series from the brand’s AMG division. Engineered from lightweight construction, the model is in line with the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy and weighs in at 3,417 pounds helping it achieve a power/weight ratio of 5.49 lb/hp. AMG notes power is coming from a 6.3 liter AMG V8 that churns out 622-hp at 7,400 rpm and maximum torque of 468 lb-ft at 5,500 rpm. It’s mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sports transmission, which catapults the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph.
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.
In a not-so surprising move, Instagram has rolled out web profiles for all users, allowing your friends (and stalkers) to check you out via desktop or mobile browser. This is great for folks that want to share their profile via other social media outlets with the recipient actually being able to follow you right from the site, rather than just the app. This also gives users a larger palette on which to edit your profile or view your past photos/comments. The URL address for your profile is just instagram.com/username. Our founder’s on Instagram under the @porhomme handle so be sure to check it out if you like.
One thing that most people don’t put much thought into is the light bulbs they buy. Sure, you probably go for the most energy-efficient ones out but all you do is look for the Energy Star logo and you’re all set. Now, with technology evolving at such a rapid pace, it’s no surprise Philips has developed the Hue. Hue is a different kind of light bulb. It allows you to customize the look and mood of a room with each Hue light bulb delivering 600 lumens and producing all shades of white, from warm to cold, and a wide variety of colour. The Hue’s great for personal or commercial customization as you can connect up to 50 Hue light bulbs to a single system and control it all with your iPhone or iPad from wherever you are.
Oh, and it uses 80% less power than a traditional light bulb. Check out the video and purchase yours through the Apple Store.
Along with the release of the iPad Mini, Apple also unveiled the latest iPad, this time featuring the brand’s Retina Display to beef up resolution and detail. The Retina display on iPad features a 2048-by-1536 resolution and four times the number of pixels in iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV. Everything’s powered by Apple’s A6X chip, a powerful workhorse that delivers up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of the A5X chip. You can shoot 1080p video or capture 5-MP images via the latest iSight camera and share your creations over “Ultrafast” wireless. The Wi-Fi’s dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n and can support for channel bonding. The Cellular data’s now LTE ready so you can even more, faster.
The iPad will be available for pre-order on October 26th.
Apple’s finally released the highly rumored iPad Mini, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of features or design. You get the “full iPad experience” but at a 7.9-inch display size rather than the iPad’s 9.7-inch display. However, there are some key differences that need to be mentioned. The iPad Mini doesn’t come with Retina Display so expect screen quality to be that of the original iPad and iPad 2. Also, the iPad Mini features an A5 processor compared to the A6X processor of the latest iPad. What you will get is a HD FaceTime Camera, a 5 MP iSight camera, 1080p video recording, the ability to buy it in both a WiFi-only or with Cellular capabilities via a nano-SIM (not Micro-SIM of generations past), Siri, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
The iPad Mini will be available for pre-order on October 26th with WiFi-only models being available at 8am on November 2nd. WiFi + Cellular will be available later in November.
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.
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.