Good morning. Last December, Elon Musk complained on Twitter about L.A.’s infamous traffic: “Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…” Speculation ensued, but few took Musk’s tweet seriously. It’s clear now that he wasn’t kidding — he’s actually experimenting with tunnel-boring technologies at the SpaceX headquarters in L.A. “We have no idea what we’re doing,” Musk said. Here’s what’s good in gear: a commuter backpack, an exclusive chore coat, a personal cargo-hauling robot and much more.
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A Kind of Guise x Monocle Safari Jacket
The worldly tastemakers at Monocle collaborated with A Kind of Guise to make this exclusive safari jacket (Euro-speak for “chore coat”), featuring classic workwear styling, water-repellant cotton finish, horn buttons and four front pockets.
Timbuk2 Robin Pack
After 30 years of making great bags and packs, San Fransisco–based Timbuk2 recently redesigned their whole brand image — less clearance aisle, more urban and stylish. Exemplifying this new identity is the Robin, a small commuter pack featuring high water resistance, a hidden light attachment point, magnetic closure lid and all manner of interior pockets.
Blue Ridge Chair Works Looking Glass Perch
North Carolina–made, foldable, rustic. A great addition to any cabin bar or outdoor patio.
This Is the New Corvette, But It Should Be a Cadillac
A mid-engine supercar was seen driving around GM’s proving grounds. If it’s not a Cadillac, they’ve already screwed up.
Piaggio Fast Forward Gita Personal Cargo Robot
From the Piaggio Group, the conglomerate that owns Vespa, comes a first-of-its-kind innovation: Gita, a personal robot that follows its user while carrying up to 40 pounds of goods — groceries, luggage, packages and so on. Not much is known about Gita, but more will be revealed on February 2.
Lego Life Safe Social Network for Kid Builders
Older Lego fans have tons of online Lego communities to join, but kids don’t. The solution: Lego Life, an Instagram-like social network made for kids looking to show off their creations, and explore others’.
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