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Good morning. The US may soon have a 51st state: on Tuesday, voters in the District of Columbia voted overwhelmingly in favor of gaining official statehood. Since its founding in 1790, the U.S. capitol been stuck in a territorial loophole, a state within a state, yet without the same rights as the normal US states. The vote will now lead to a petition in Congress, which will then consider the measure. Here’s what’s good in gear: a waxed-canvas heritage bag collaboration, a retro fleece jacket, a digital art frame and much more.

And here are some fresh stories to start the day.

Thursday WeatherSafe Boots

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An old, beat-up pair of boots is a telltale sign of accomplishment. It means that you’ve worn your boots the way they were meant to be worn: outside, getting scuffed up on gravel and sprayed with splashes of grease and dirt. But it’d still be nice to squeeze out a few more years of use before separating with your beloved pair of boots, wouldn’t it? Thursday’s WeatherSafe boots are made of high-quality leather that is infused with hydrophobic compounds throughout the tanning process. The result is a pair of fantastic-looking boots that’ll resist more than their fair share of use and abuse — shedding water while retaining the look and feel of the original leather.

Askov Finlayson x Frost River Collection

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Two quintessential Minnesota brands — Askov Finlayson, purveyors of fine menswear, and Frost River, makers of heritage trapper-style bags — joined forces to create a new line of waxed-canvas bags and accessories. The lineup includes a roll-top backpack, briefcase, weekender duffel, dopp kit, accessory pouch and beer koozie; it is the first time Frost River has used heavy-duty black canvas, black leather and solid brass buttons. Truly, the collection is built not just to last forever, but to get better with time.

Columbia CSC Originals Fleece

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Columbia reached deep into its closet and pulled out this forgotten gem of the ’80s. They changed nothing — not the loose-fit polyester fleece, nor the bright and bold colors. Van Halen greatest hits album sold separately.

Iron Lion Soaps

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Your skin is a massive, fragile organ — not some impermeable outer shield to be hosed and scrubbed down with powerful synthetic chemicals. Skin is healthiest in its most natural state, and it should be treated as such. Iron Lion’s soaps are made in small batches in Santa Ana, California, using all-natural, single-sourced ingredients, like shea butter, cedarwood oil, hemp oil and dozens more. It’s like zen therapy for your skin.

Electric Objects

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Traditional wall art is static. It is framed, hung and then left alone forever, or at least until its viewer tires of it. The E02, on the other hand, is an art frame that is constantly changing. A 22-inch by 13-inch HD screen displays thousands of musuem-quality art, culled from art collections all over the world. The art can be selected through a free companion app, or set to an automatic cycle; the screen is anti-glare and displays art clearly and vibrantly from all angles. You can select free art or opt for wider selection with a $10/month subscription to Art Club — well worth the price, considering it effectively puts an entire art museum in your living room.

Konzuk Concrete Cufflinks

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Never mind that these concrete and stainless steel cufflinks are head-turning style pieces. Their real appeal is their worthy cause. Fifty percent of all profits go to the Movember Foundation, the mustache-cultivating prostate cancer charity fund. Additionally, the cufflinks can be custom-engraved with initials, logos and messages.


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