Jonathan Saunders joins Smythson once again for his second collection with the luxury leather goods brand. His Spring/Summer '14 collection updates the Grosvenor collection with splashes of colorblocked panels in their briefcase and folio pieces.
Baxter of California releases its third candle collection, the Ash Series. From its beaches to its mountains, the series is inspired by the California outdoors and is expressed in three candle scents: Sweet Ash, Smoke Ash, and Wood Ash, and feature notes of cedar, pine, sandalwood, cade and smoky ash.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died earlier today in his West Village apartment. The Academy Award winner was apparently found by a friend on the bathroom floor around 11:30 am after he could not be reached and his friend grew concerned. An official told the NYT that a syringe was found in the actor’s arm at the scene as well as an envelope of heroin by his side. Hoffman has battled drug abuse in his early twenties and was clean for 23 years before relapsing and undergoing drug detox treatment mid-2013 for substances including heroin.
PSH will be best remembered for his string of outstanding performances in films like “The Master,” “Doubt,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War”. His work in 2005′s “Capote” landed him an Oscar for Best Actor. Hoffman will appear in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ which is set to hit theaters in November of this year and is currently in post-production.
BMW has unveieled the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a welcomed addition to one of the company’s newest model ranges. It blends the sleek and sporty look of the 4 series Coupe with the functionality that comes from have four doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment. The 4 Series GC has instantly become one of our favorite vehicles in BMW’s lineup. The conceptual inspiration for the 4 Series GC comes from the 6 Series Gran Coupe and adds to the perfect balance of the body design and the sleek appearance of this car. It’s constructed with the same length, width, wheelbase and track as the two-door version, while the roofline of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is 4.4 inches longer and slopes gently to the rear of the vehicle. The silhouette is half an inch higher to offer more headroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers, and contributing to increased headroom at all seats and the overall feeling of interior spaciousness.
Under the hood, the 428i Gran Coupe will feature BMW’s 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the 435i Gran Coupe will be powered by the 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe will also be available at launch with BMW’s all-wheel drive system. All versions are mated with the German automaker’s 8-speed sport automatic transmission.
Warby Parker's first seasonal collection for 2014 adds five new shapes and a great new set of color options. A couple of our favorites to look out for are the Kimball (above) with its vintage shape and "Marzipan Tortoise" acetate and the Lowry sunglasses, a large wayfarer-like frame that comes in a beautiful "Green Citrine" colorway.
Parabellum always delivers impressive pieces, but this time they've really outdone themselves. The LA-based brand is releasing a museum-grade dressage hybrid saddle crafted by Andy Smith Saddlery and perfectly contrasts vegetable-tanned leather with Parabellum's signature Bison leather and their military-grade ceramic buckles which can be used to attach bags and accessories.
Filson adds a new twist to its twill travel bags with a new color block option this season. A bold splash of blaze orange is a nod to their outodoor heritage and adds a nice touch of contrast to the 22oz tan Rugged Twill colorway.
Best Made just stocked what they call the "Swiss Army Knife" of lip balms, a Danish concoction designed for their military, but also a favorite of outdoorsmen. Hudslave is great for lips, feet, hands, and elbows, with some even using it to grease weapons and fight mosquitos.
Crafted by Andrew McAteer exclusively for Kaufmann Mercantile, their leather tool box is just one of those pieces you will have forever. Finished and waxed by hand, the box is shaped and secured by solid brass rivets and two brass fasteners keeps all your gear neat and locked down.
Shelby American marks the 50th Anniversary of the FIA Cobra with a new limited edition Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. Limited to 50 cars, anniversary edition will be painted in Viking Blue with Arctic White FIA stripes and roundels and will come with special edition billet badges, 15" alloy powdercoated wheels, a black leather interior, and your choice of a fiberglass ($94,995) or aluminum body ($159,995), both prices are without engine and transmission.
Moynat give us a look at the evolution of their heritage trunks that date back to the 1880s. They were made for the back of carriages, sedans and limos, as well as to carry toiletries, housewares, clothes and even hats. All made of premium handcrafted canvas or cowhide, the trunks feature Moynat’s patented bracket-lever locks that add rich details to each piece. The mostly 1920s items range all the way up to 2012, with their latest bicycle basket. See them all in detail here
Audemars Piguet isn't one to mess with a perfectly good formula. Their new 42mm Royal Oak Offshore Collection is a prime example of this. The watches comes in six colors in everything from steel to pink gold and are ultra-refined with black ceramic hardware, a Méga Tapisserie' pattern dial, AP's automatic Calibre 3126, and strap combinations in rubber, leather, or metal in the stunning pink gold model.
Oliver Peoples Japan proves again the Japanese always get the good stuff. The latest styles from the S/S '14 collection are some of the best we've seen yet from the brand with a focus on slim silhouettes, carefully detailed metals, and rounder frame designs.
The folks at Sony sent over their wireless, smartphone-attachable lens camera, the DSC-QX100 for a test drive. The QX100, as you can imagine, is a simple cylinder body with a built-in clip to attach to your phone. Inside the lens body is a 20-megapixel, one-inch sensor that shoots 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 using Carl Zeiss glass. While the Sony DSC-QX100 has no LCD, it does feature a shutter button and a zoom lever for dialing in the best shot.
The QX100 lens camera shoots wirelessly to your iOS or Android device via a private WiFi connection. An NFC-enabled phone can connect by simply holding the camera to the device. Those interested in more traditional forms of storage will appreciate the built-in MicroSD slot for saving photos.
The magic of the Sony QX100 lens comes with the wireless connectivity and use of Sony’s PlayMemories software that allows you control the camera while mounted to your smartphone. Use it to set white balance as well as various modes of picture taking. This, in essence, becomes your LCD screen to frame photos.
Those looking for the power of a camera similar to Sony’s RX100 digital point and shoot will appreciate the ease of use of the Sony QX100 lens. It is small and light enough to carry around easily while providing you with excellent photo quality from your smartphone.
We share these untouched, unedited photographs shot throughout New York City with the Sony DSC-QX100. Available now for $500.
Jay Z's adds another line to his ever growing resume with his latest venture, Cigars. Comador is a luxury cigar line created in partnership with one of the biggest names in the industry, Cohiba Red Dot. Comador will be sold in three editions: The limited edition, mahogany-lined Comador Humidor ($999) which contains 21 cigars, a travel humidor with 7 cigars ($350), and the 7-cigar Comador Robusto Box ($210). The Dominican cigars will be available at Club Macanudo, select Barney's locations, and the 40/40 club in New York City.
Though we’re expecting the 2015 BMW M3 and M4′s to get officially unveiled at next month’s Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS), the German automaker couldn’t wait any longer and have dropped some official shots of the sedan as well as the coupe. The latest M vehicles based on their F80 / F82 brethren. Expect a beefed up but with all the high-performance parts we’ve come to expect from BMW’s M Division. Some of the visual enhancements include a more aggressive hood, M3/4-branded strakes on each front fender, split-five-spoke 19-inch wheels, and carbon-ceramic brakes. Both beauties come with a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine that dishes out 425 horsepower and 406 lb/ft torque. Both are mated to either a six-speed manual or BMW’s Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT), clocking a 3.9-second 0-60 mph time. The interior’s fitted with a new, slimmer steering wheel when compared to its predecessor as well as optional carbon fiber trim, side and top-view cameras, and LED lighting.
Cartier isn't exactly top-of-mind when it comes to sport watches. Next year Cartier hopes to change that with a serious diver from their Calibre de Cartier collection. The watch is rated to 1000ft and features a unidirectional DLC-coated bezel, a 42mm case in steel or gold, and Cartier's in-house 1904-PS MC automatic movement.
Shinola is honoring the Wright Brothers for one of its first pieces in their new Great Americans series. The American-made, jet-black bike frame is limited to 25 examples and is accented with bamboo fenders, headlamp, F. Gimondi crankset, and Shimano components throughout the bike.
Baxter of California and Bison team up to produce a Razor Strop for those of you who subscribe to the old school way of shaving. Available in navy or black, the strop is made of Horween Russet leather, a heavy duty horsehide to keep your blade in tip-top shape. Its also matched with a cotton-linen canvas for removing moisture after shaving.
Dents put together quite the recipe of materials to craft their winter glove. The company is definitely world class when it comes to making gloves, they've been doing it since 1777 and since then the gloves have been hand made in the same facility they started in ever since. This particular style caught our eye with its Harris Tweed backing, deer skin palms, and cashmere lining. It also comes in black/grey if "Tobacco" isn't your thing.
If you're making your way to the Pop Up Flea in New York this weekend, one thing you'll have to look out for is Hodinkee's latest product, their canvas watch rolls. They come in three colors, fit six watches, and are all made in the USA. It's perfect for travel or the perfect addition to that handful of vintage pieces you just bought at the Pop Up Flea (tell Hodinkee we sent ya!). If you're not going to be in New York, Hodinkee will have them up on their store next week.
Grado releases its first closed-back headphone, a unique collaboration with Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Designed by Elijah Wood (Yes, Frodo himself) and Zach Cowie, the headphones feature earcups made from wood sourced from old whiskey barrels from the Bushmills Distillery in Ireland. The headphones also feature a tan leather headband and a limited edition wooden box and headphone pouch.
No AMG is ever powerful enough for those crazy engineers at Brabus. They've taken an E63 wagon and cranked the displacement up to 5.9L in the already powerful V8 and with a few dozen other tweaks here and there they were able to get 850 hp and 848 lb-ft torque. All that power gets you from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and a governed top speed of 186 mph. You better strap those kids in extra tight !
Luxury men’s underwear label RevolutionWear recently kicked off the launch of its new FRIGO ® line with a highly interactive pop-up store held in New York’s Meatpacking district in the latter stages of last month.
Building on that momentum, the brand recently introduced its bold new campaign that instead of the typical muscle-bound males you might have been expecting, features seductive Swedish models that authoritatively proclaim “No Men Should Wear Underwear,” ushering in the next generation of men’s underwear and the influence of women on this selection process.
As the intended game-changer for men’s premium underwear the line’s premier model, the FRIGO® Executive, is loaded with performance features that give each pair a level of casual comfort we’d normally expect of those designed for sportswear. These include support elements such as an adjustable pouch for a customized fit, an interior mesh pouch to keep everything in good order and a silicone lining to stops the boxer briefs from riding up. Aside from ensuring a secure fit, the underwear is also made with features to maximize comfort including a proprietary waistband made with wicking fabric, laser-cut vents on the back and patches of Eurojersey and Italy microfiber on the thighs for added breathability.
News broke of Nelson Mandela’s passing yesterday, a man who will be remembered for spending 27 years before an international campaign successfully lobbied for his release. His relentless fight against apartheid and continuous philanthropic efforts can’t be overlooked and will serve as key notes for his legacy. He was the first black to become the President of South Africa, a role he held for one term before refusing to go a second time. After leaving office, Mandela became an elder statesman and focused his time and energy on charitable work in combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the Nelson Mandela Foundation amongst other things.
Winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin, Mandela, or “Madiba” (his Xhosa clan name), was the leader of our generation. We’ve read about others before him but me being in my late twenties, Madiba was who we looked up to in real-time, from as young as I can remember. If you wanted to know how aim to sky and get things done, you’d look to Mandela. If you wanted to learn how to be a good mediator and an even stronger activist, you’d look to Mandela. And if you ever were ever confused about how to give your life purpose and to be more selfless than anyone around you, you’d look to no one other than Nelson Mandela.
RIP, Nelson Mandela – July 18, 1918 – December 5, 2013.
WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie get involved in the luggage market with their first rolling Carry-On. The De Gaulle S4 Trolley will be presented as part of Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber, more on that here, inspired by the Trudeau briefcase, an early model from the brand. Taking its name from the recently-opened S4 Satellite in Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport, the journey from CDG > JFK formed part of the blueprint, the resulting case described as the “ultimate in travel sophistication.” A nice bridge between classic and contemporary luggage, a mix of soft Italian and French calf leathers, the super simple design features an interior card pocket, mesh pocket, padded laptop pocket and an exterior clip for hanging extra bags. A superb piece of kit, the S4 Trolley will be available at Maison Kitsuné, NoMad Hotel and online.