Unless your real life plays out like something out of an AMC TV show, or you work for law enforcement, you’ve probably never worn a real holster. [Note: Those things IT guys used to wear on their belts for their Blackberries do NOT count.] Four Chamber Forge wants to make them stylish without requiring they be used for the transportation of deadly weapons. Each of their adjustable Vice Holsters is handmade from top grain leather and designed to hold a few of your most important things. Cell phone and cigarettes. Cell phone and wallet. Phone and flask. Flask and cigars. Flask and cigarettes. You get the idea. We can’t recall holsters ever being a “thing,” but we’ve always thought they were cool so we’re willing to give them a go.
We love a cafe racer bike, especially when said bike is both Ducati and vintage. The JvB-moto Ducati Pantah is just such a beauty. The Pantah’s designer, Jens vom Brauck, wanted his build to look like “it was found in a shed… a futuristic design study for a 1981 motor show” that was never displayed. We’re pretty sure his refined imagination paid off.
The bike’s build took three full years and used parts and materials from the past three decades. Starting with a stock Ducati Pantah, Brauck cut down the subframe and modified the gas tank. He also used narrow wheels and tires for that vintage look, while adding carbon fiber bits to bring the ride into the 21st century. The fairing, of course, is nowhere to be found, and it’s all the better for it, frankly. The bike weighs in at a mere 375 pounds; its go is heartily supplied by a V-Twin engine and a custom exhaust that Brauck frankensteined from various pieces. Sadly, the custom bike will not be duplicated, though we’re highly suggesting that Ducati consider a free special edition giveaway for, say, bloggers who’ve written about the bike (nudge, nudge). ( via GEAR PATROL)
What’s black and white and Red all over? The Red Epic-M Monochrome ($42,000). A technical auteur’s delight — director David Fincher is already shooting with it, of course — the brain (body in Red parlance) is based around the newly developed Mysterium-X Monochrome sensor. The sensor, which boasts a native ISO (ASA) 2000, double the Epic-M or X, reaches new imaging heights thanks in part to an absence of color debayering; removing the need to read RGB data means each of the sensor’s pixels can more effectively capture luminance and image data. The camera also features a new low-pass filter to help deal with all that extra resolution, and further future-proofing also includes a free upgrade to the new Dragon Monochrome Sensor, which is slated to be released next year. Now, if you’re looking to just shoot B&W stills, you can save yourself $34,000 and pick up a Leica M Monochrom or two.
Cigar smokers were shunned by many even before the pervasive smoking ban was instituted. Though probably good for the common health, cigar aficionados still weep over the loss. Some shops still keep the
candle stogie burning — and then there is the rare shop that rolls its own odiferous sticks. Such is the case with NYC’s own Martinez Cigars, a small shop that’s been in the business since 1974. Started by Dominican Republic immigrant Don Antonio Martinez and now run by his son Jesus, Martinez Cigars not only knows how to impart some mighty fine looking cigars, they help perpetuate the cigar culture that breaks down barriers and cements friendships among men who might not ordinarily know each other outside of smoke rings. Directed and produced by Keith “keef” Ehrlich, the video does an excellent job showcasing the art of cigar rolling (note the difficult creation of a figuradocigar with the tapered end), as well as revealing the community the shop fosters.
Apolis and lifestyle magazine Kinfolk present the perfect bag for your fall outings with their versatile Garden Bag. Crafted in a women artisan co-op in Bangladesh, the Garden Bag is carefully constructed from natural Golden Jute Fiber with a waterproof lining and leather handles which are fastened to the bag with antique nickel rivets. $78, Apolis.
Don’t you love it when companies celebrate their milestones by offering you awesome new stuff? It’s not like on your birthday you go around handing out cards with cash in them to people you know. Marshall has decided to celebrate their 50th anniversary by releasing their first ever home loudspeaker. Resembling one of their classic amps from the outside, the Hanwell is all ready to blast your iTunes playlists at your next booze-fest. Featuring retro analog controls for volume, bass and treble, the Marshall Hanwell is just about the most beautiful loudspeaker we’ve laid eyes on. Now break out that CBGB’s mixtape and get ready for some noise (well in November at least, since that’s when it comes out).