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.
UGG has turned a new page for Fall 2011, bringing a well-thoughtout collection for men to the table, at a time when American heritage brands are claiming the boot market as their own and leaving others to pick up the crumbs. The reason we’re mentioning UGG, and trust we had no intention of ever highlighting them in the past, is because they’ve done a few things differently this time around that have caught our attention. It all starts with the Hannen Boot. The folks at the Australian footwear brand were kind enough to send us over a pair to try out and there’s no lying when we say we’re impressed. And honestly, a part of me isn’t surprised. There’s a reason every gal I’ve ever known owns a pair of UGGs — they’re extremely comfortable. The Hannen boot is no different. When you blend the boot’s Vibram outsole (yes, that Vibram) with UGG’s signature sheep skin lining, it’s like walking on lotion. Kudos to anyone that gets that reference.
The ultra-rich, oiled and waterproof leather shell comes in an impeccable Cordovan finish that’s ideal for the winter months, especially this year when different hues of red are seen in the collections of some of our favorite designers. The price point for the Hannen is below many of the other work boot styles out there as well — $240 at UGG. There are more detailed shots of the boot below so be sure to check those out and head on over to UGG to pick up a pair.
This past weekend, I made my first trip out to Chicago and had the opportunity to take a few pieces from Lexdray‘s Classified Collection along for the ride. Two of the brand’s premier products — the Tahoe Duffel and Boulder Backpack — were my companions for the trip and I honestly don’t think I’d want it any other way. One of the first things that stood out to us when we got turned to Lexdray is the brand’s ability to make travel bags that are functional to the tenth degree and aesthetically pleasing as well.
I’ve been testing out some of SHARPS‘ grooming products from their fall line as of late and thought it only to turn you folks to the goods. For anyone not familiar, SHARPS Barber and Shop launched in 2002 in New York and has since been selling rapidly at fine barbershops and retailers nationwide and in Canada, UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Russia, Japan, and Australia, as well as SHARPS’ own barbershops in London. They’re approach is phenomenal as any man will find appeal in the packaging design and sometimes outlandish product names.
The good thing is the products really work. Case in point, the “Happy Me All Over” soap bar. Not only does it have a kick-ass name, unforgettable name, but it delivers a healthy lather without damaging even the most sensitive skin. I say this because, folks, I have some God-awful sensitive skin which is easily irritated. The light green hard-milled soap bar produces maximum lather and is a pretty substantial in size compared to other soap bars. This will surely prevent some dropped soap incidents and give the soap bar some extended life versus the competition. (more…)
Ohio-based t-shirt maker Homage has really been gaining ground as of late. Either that or we’re really late to the party. I was turned to Homage about two months ago, and since then, I’ve picked up a few tees from their online shop. The goods are solid, folks, as the brand’s not only dishing out creative designs, but the tees themselves are made (in the US) of a high quality cotton/poly/rayon blend that’s soft to the touch extremely wearable even during this sweltering heat. (more…)
For a company that was established back in 1850, Marvin Watch Co. is certainly experiencing a rebirth at the present moment which combines the Swiss watchmaker’s longstanding heritage with some new school tactics. Jerome Pineau, Marvin’s International Community Manager, has utilized social media and some outstanding customer service to deliver the brand’s timeless products. We personally had the opportunity to check out the M108, an automatic movement beauty that’s self winding and offers a power reserve of 38 hours.
While running through Marvin’s extensive lineup of timepieces, the M108 in a charcoal finish was the one to immediately standout. It draws much inspiration from earlier classic styles (hence the ORIGIN Series label) and also happens to be the only automatic movement piece with a rubber bracelet. The all-black design really is unique and the overall aesthete delivers a balance between elegance and sportiness. What’s more interesting is the attention to detail the Marvin team puts into delivering this specific watch series. All M108s are fitted with butterfly clasps and the rubber bracelets actually have to be cut to fit before they’re sent off to their new owner which means you better keep your wrist size handy. All M108s have open window case back, which is not something new, but it’s still wonderful seeing the Swiss Sellita SW200 movement work its magic on demand. (more…)
A little while back, the folks behind Toronto-based Crown Shaving Co. turned us to their extensive line of shaving and grooming products for men. Before even cracking open any of the products for use, we were intrigued by the old school packaging. We recently came to find out the family’s been franchising hair salons since the 1950s, and over 45 uncles and cousins combined are in the barbering and salon/spa fields. These products, ranging from shaving cream and after shave to water-based pomade and styling cream (coming soon), were all crafted with the family’s heritage and expertise in mind.
Many will be glad to hear the ingredients used in Crown Shaving Co. products are actually brought in from the United States. Some receive the addition of essential oils while others are formulated specifically to the brand’s specifications. For anyone with sensitive skin, I’d suggest giving Crown Shaving Co. a shot as the products have been very kind to my skin. The products are actually alcohol, artificial colorant, artificial fragrance, paraben and sulfate free. (more…)
The Truth About Cars recently did a review on this year’s Aston Martin Vantage Roadster and we think you guys should check it out. It’s revamped on the outside to be just as sexy, if not sexier than the DB9.
Aston Martin engineers admitted to a British newspaper that they designed the Vantage by morphing Adriana Lima and a clone of Leonardo Da Vinci: a blend of emotionally irresistible and mathematically precise curves and planes. (more…)