Wednesday

LIBRATONE DIVA

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Soundbars are convenient, but odds are you would rather hide it than have it sitting under your TV. That isn't the case with Libratone's DIVA, their speakers are designed like furniture pieces and their newest model is definitely one you would proudly have on full display.

The speaker features the brand's 360-degree "FullRoom" sound that has a toal of 225W of power that includes a powerful bass driver, two midrange drivers, and two tweeters. It features AirPlay and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC for easy pairing, and Spotify Connect.

Tuesday

PENHALIGON'S BAYOLEA

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Penhaligon's, one of the oldest fragrance houses in England, launches a very comprehensive collection of men's grooming products which all feature a fragrance note reformulated from a classic scent from their archives.

Featuring notes of citrus, pepper, and woody notes, Bayolea consists of shaving products that includes beard oil, shaving cream, and aftershave, cologne, moisturizing balm, body wash, cleansing mask, deodorant, and even a hair pomade and moustache wax.


Monday

GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF MAISON KITSUNÉ’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PRESENTATION

Go Behind the Scenes of Maison Kitsunés New York Fashion Week Presentation

Earlier this month, Maison Kitsuné arrived at New York Fashion Week with their “Effortlessly French” Spring/Summer 2015 presentation, and as always, their lineup was beautiful. The brand now take us around backstage at The Standard High Line Hotel to capture the designs and hard work that made the show seem so effortless. In this “Behind the Scenes” video, we see the models being prepped along with whatever else goes on backstage before they hit the floor.

Saturday

WEISS SPECIAL ISSUE FIELD WATCHES

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Proving independent American watchmaking is still alive and well, LA-based Weiss has been crafting some serious timepieces and is now launching two special editions based on their timeless Field Watch designs.

The two new special edition styles include a "latte" and "carbon" dial which are machined from naval brass and both feature steel skeletonized hour and minute hands. The cases are sized at 42mm and are made from 316L stainless steel and houses their manually-wound movement that is assembled from 100 Swiss parts and are hand-finished at their Los Angeles workshop.

$1250, Weiss



Friday

NIKON D810

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Already a monster of a camera, Nikon is releasing a new full-frame DSLR, the D810. Even with the 36 megapixel sensor, Nikon has manage to squeeze out even more image quality and performance to create one of its most versatile camera bodies in the lineup.

At the core of the camera is their new EXSPEED 4 image processor that is 30% faster than the previous chip and supports a wider ISO range from 64 to 12,800 and can shoot upto 1200 images or 40 minutes of video. It also features 1080p/60 video recording, 12-bit uncompressed RAW, 5 fps continuous shooting in full-frame, and a large 3.2 inch 1229k-Dot display. The Nikon D810 will hit shelves in late July.


Thursday

The Thursday Cocktail Recipe


The Martinez

2.0 oz Dry Gin
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
Dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon twist for garnish



Wednesday

CREED ACQUA ORIGINALE COLLECTION

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Officially launching this July, Creed releases the Acqua Originale Collection, a line of fragrances inspired by perfumer Olivier Creed's travels across the world.
Beginning with Vetiver Geranium, this scent is based on the island of Java, Creed's favorite Indonesian destination. The fragrance is a woody and fresh scent with notes of apples, bergamot, geranium, cedar musk, and amber. Second is Asian Green Tea with its citrusy and sandalwood notes. Third is Aberdeen Lavender, inspired by Queen Victoria and is a mix of green notes with smokey and floral accents. Last, but not least is Cedre Blanc with its woody notes, spicy cardamom, geranium, and vetiver. Each scent is available today for pre-order and will be available in the middle of July.
$300, Creed

Tuesday

ALLY CAPELLINO MARKET BAG FOR THE GOURMAND ISSUE 4

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Ally Capellino makes this bespoke market bag for The Gourmand‘s upcoming Issue 4 launch. The body is assembled with dark navy waxed cotton which we’ve seen from their bike bags, topped off with veg-tanned leather handles that will age beautifully with time. Bright yellow canvas adorns the inner compartments for a sophisticated contrast that subtly peeks through. A market bag perfect for markets, indeed.

Monday

RAY-BAN OUTDOORSMAN AVIATOR SUNGLASSES WITH HAND-STITCHED DEER LEATHER DETAIL

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Another take on the iconic Aviator shade, the “Outdoorsman” from Ray-Ban adds some rather interesting detail to the standard frame. The brow bar and ear hooks feature soft, hand-stitched deer leather pieces, giving the frames a kind of Dad on safari feel. Available in gold metal with either tan or mahogany leather as well as silver metal with beige hide, styles are available with polarized gradient lenses as an option

Sunday

The Sunday Drive : ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPE WATERSPEED COLLECTION

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Rolls-Royce lifts the curtains on a new Drophead Coupe inspired by record-breaking Bluebird K3 boat piloted by Sir Malcolm Campbell. The Drophead Coupe Waterspeed is finished in Maggiore Blue, a paint scheme based on the color of Campbell's K3. The blue theme doesn't end there as the company has gone as far as to bring the exterior finish to the V12 engine which shines in the same Maggiore Blue, the first time a Rolls Royce engine has been painted to match the exterior.


Saturday

THE HILL-SIDE WATCH BANDS

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If you've been looking for a new band, but want to accessorize with something a bit different than your usual NATO strap, The Hill-Side has got some great new options that will bring a nice pop of color to your favorite timepiece. Using their Japanese fabrics, the Hill-Side came up with a colorful range of straps finished with tan leather trim and mil-spec buckles and eyelets.

$59, Hickoree's

Friday

DOM PERIGNON P2 1998

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Housed in a brushed-aluminum box, Dom Perignon releases their new high-end vintage, P2-1998. P2, meaning second Plenitude, a champagne that has spent 12 years on its lees and sits for another two years prior to its disgorgement. P2 will see its release in limited quantities this summer with a wider release set in the Fall.


Thursday

The Thursday Cocktail Recipe


Sprezzatura

1.5 oz Cathead HoneySuckle Vodka
0.5 oz Aperal
Squeeze of Freah of Frash Lemon
Topm with Tonic

Wednesday

THOM BROWNE TB 800

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Thom Browne's latest aviators continue the suitmaker's taste for refined classics with their TB 800 frame. This particular model caught our attention with its gold frame that's encircled in navy blue acetate that's matched with white earhooks and an elongated brow bridge that really sets itself apart from your usual aviator designs.

Tuesday

TAG HEUER MERIDIIST INFINITE

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Sure, the new TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite has a got a Sapphire screen, grade 5 titanium enclosure, and carbon fiber inserts, but those things are nowhere near as amazing as its killer feature: solar charging. Under the the sapphire display lies invisible photovoltaic cells that can charge the phone while in standby via natural or artificial light, a feature they're claiming to be the first "Perpetual Power Reserve" for a phone.

Monday

TOM FORD BUCKLEY DUFFEL

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Tom Ford has finally opened his e-commerce store and while none of the clothes are available (yet), the shop is launching with a wide selection of his eyewear, bags, accessories, grooming and shoe collections. Among the wallet-burning options is the Buckley Duffel (above - $4540) in this grainy green cowhide leather, an perfect duffel bag in a beautiful color that's sure to last a lifetime.

Sunday

The Sunday Drive...DAVID BROWN SPEEDBACK GT

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With a name like David Brown (no relation to Sir David Brown or Aston Martin), it's only right that you jump into the coachbuilding business to build fine automobiles. Today, Mr. Brown launches his new company badged with his very namesake, David Brown Automotive. A modern take on the classic British Grand Tourer, the Speedback GT is the result of over 18 months of work from their in-house design team led by Alan Mobberley, former chief designer at Land Rover. Under the sculpted aluminum hood is a 510 hp 5.0L V8 Jaguar engine that'll get the car from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, not too slow nor too fast, but just the right amount of power you want in a proper GT. The car also plays host to a number of unique details including a split tailgate that has a fold-out picnic seat for those times you want to pull to the side of the road and enjoy the coastline views from one of the best seats in the house.

Saturday

Chinon Bellami HD-1 Super 8 Video Camera


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From Japanese camera manufacturer Chinon has unveiled the Bellami HD-1 Digital Super 8mm Cine Camera. It features a retro die-cast body that integrates a large viewfinder, removable trigger handle and a D-mount for interchanging different modern and classic 8mm lenses. The HD-1 is actually pretty small in size and delivers a 2.1 megapixel sensor as well as the ability to shoot 30, 15, and 10 frames per second, with shutter speeds of up to 1/1000 per second.

Friday

ROLEX GMT-MASTER II WHITE GOLD

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Rolex's blue and red "Pepsi" bezel is back in a big way for 2014 as the watch company announces a brand new GMT-Master II in White Gold. This year's version of the iconic travel watch features a 40mm case in white gold with a red and blue bidirectional 24-hour ceramic Cerachrom bezel, and Rolex's own in-house calibre 3186 movement.

Thursday

The Thursday Cocktail Recipe

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Slow & Low
1 oz Slow & Low Rye Bourbon 
0.5 oz Aalborg Akvavit
0.5 oz Benedictine
0.5 oz lemon juice
2 dashes Hella Bitters Wormwood
0.75 strawberry rhubarb syrup


Wednesday

JONATHAN SAUNDERS FOR SMYTHSON S/S '14

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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.

Tuesday

BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA ASH CANDLES

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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.

Monday

Philip Seymour Hoffman Dies at 46

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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.
(via Por Homme)


Sunday

The Sunday Drive…2015 BMW 4 SERIES GRAN COUPE





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.


Saturday

WARBY PARKER SPRING '14

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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.

Friday

PARABELLUM PRIX ST. GEORGE SADDLE

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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.

Thursday

The Thursday Coktail Recipe



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The English Breakfast

1.0 oz Brokers Gin
0.5 oz Pimms no.1
.25 oz Fresh Orange Juice
.25 from half of a Lemon
1 dash Regans Bitters
fill with Tonic

Wednesday

FILSON COLOR BLOCK BAGS

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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.

HUDSALVE

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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.

Tuesday

KAUFMANN MERCANTILE LEATHER TOOL BOX

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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.