|J.Crew x New Balance 998 Independence Day Sneakers
J. Crew and New Balance continue to flaunt their collaborative powers, this time with a special release for the 4th of July. The new Independence Day kicks stands out from the crowded summer sneaker pack through restrained red and blue detailing on white 998 base. Pairs are extremely limited, so make sure your in line at 10 a.m. on June 14 at select locations such as J. Crew’s Liquor Store shop in NYC, The Grove in LA and On Lan in Hong Kong. If you’re one of the first 20 customers at any location, you’ll also get an exclusive Ebbets Field Flannel Cap. Happy Birthday America indeed. jcrew.com
|Grado Labs e Series
Brooklyn based Grado Labs, which has been producing high-end open-air headphones for audiophiles since 1953, just released the third generation of each of their headphones, named The e Series. In this new iteration, the light-weight headphones have been rethought at every level: from enhanced wood, polycarbonate and glue for less interference to a finely-tuned magnetic field, rhodium connections and refined drivers for clearer tone and better range. They produce the clearest audio available, with nothing influencing the performance except for the performer. gradolabs.com, $79-1,695
|This Is Not New De Stijl Side Zip Crewneck Sweater
This Is Not New just dropped their new crewneck sweater, a 100 percent cotton sweater with 8 inch zippers at the hemline in one of three primary colors. The grey sweater has a deerskin locker loop, woven brand patch at the lower waist and is already in high demand, so expect to wait a week or few before your order ships. Hand-wash only, wear often. $80 (★)
|The Monocle Guide to Good Business
Monocle wants business owners to step away from the self-help section and take a few lessons from their latest Guide To offering which covers everything from “how you run the show to the pens you buy”. In other words, everything you’d expect Monocle to talk about.
|Samsung Smart Bulb
Samsung’s first foray into the connected light bulb space leverages Bluetooth mesh network technology over the traditional Wifi used by competitors. The difference means users can control up to 64 bulbs directly via a smartphone without the need for a separate hub. Launch dates and pricing details are slim so far, but Samsung did share that each bulb can be dimmed down to 10% brightness and can adjust their hue to match nearly every shade of white you can find in the market today. samsungtomorrow.com
|Amazon Prime Music
In an effort to sweeten the Prime membership bundle, Amazon announced that Amazon Prime members will be able to stream over a million songs, advertisement free. Spotify and Beats, Amazon’s main music competitors, already offer over 20 million songs each, but ad free music, at no additional cost for Prime members, could draw in Amazon users on the fence, especially if Amazon’s negotiations with Universal, the world’s largest record company, are finalized. Free (for Prime Members) (★)
Today in Gear: June 13, 2014
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