The Arrivals: those cars that make us gasp “finally” as we turn the key and hit the road. From the unveiling of three conscientious supercars to a retrospective on five cars that have finally hit their prime, this issue is for all those times you’ve wondered, “will they ever get it right?”
Head of the C-Class
In its past several generations, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class has promised drivers excellent entry-level luxury — a promise on which the car has never quite delivered. GP editor Eric Yang travels to the South of France to find the soul of the new C-Class using his right foot.
Taking the Alpha Out of Beta
Can a piece of luggage have a successor? Tumi, the venerable brand practically synonymous with domestic airports, believes it can with the release of the Alpha 2. The carry-on/check-in sequel incorporates a slew of improvements — ranging from overdue to practically invisible — in the gangbusters popular flagship line. Across its 30 improvements, the Alpha 2 boasts an impressive 14 patents. To test its mettle, we made our way to the Alpha 2’s arena: airports.
You don’t need us to tell you that the killer lines and hushed materials like brass of midcentury design are having a moment. All but gone or relegated to steampunk design (RIP, thank you very much) for the past decade, brass is back and it’s never looked better — especially in small doses. The affordable…
Thump the room, and finish that TPS report
From the Archives: Most of us have accepted the mediocre phonics that ooze through the speakers of our laptops and PCs, or the enclosed experience headphones provide. It’s a let down really, seeing as how a small investment can transform a cubicle desk into a burgeoning soundstage. Arcade Fire at the 40-Watt Club versus an iMac on an Ikea Malm.
To pump some potency into your desktop listening experience, we’ve assembled this collection of excellent stereo monitors sure to have your ears buzzing. They don’t have to break the bank (though they certainly can, if you’re the splurging type), but this range of portable blasters to music studio monitors provide the chops to enliven any Netflix, Spotify, or Steam session. Now get jammin’.
A trip to (what we thought was) the ragged edge of control
Most drivers, including Porsche owners, spend little time at the ragged fringe of control. Daydreams of record-time morning commutes are one thing, but precise, high-speed driving is rarified air for most. Porsche has a solution: driving school. At Porsche Sport Driving School you won’t come away with points off your license or a lower insurance rate. Instead, you get a crash-course in precise driving at high speeds.
Killer Pow, Bro
Skis have become impossibly technical — not with complicated gadgets and moving parts, but other things that engineers geek out over like ski geometry, core materials and physics. In this photo essay we recall a bygone era of skis when color schemes were impossibly neon, patterns were questionable and bindings were more like door hinges.
Hungry Like the Wolf
Immorality? Regulation? Terrible ties? Ah, the early 90s. Whether you recall that fateful turn of the decade where the 80s blindly roared into the 90s as a style doldrum (gaping pinstripes and questionable patterns) or a blind, no-holds-barred epoch (let’s do lunch!), there’s no questioning that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will smash into theaters this Christmas with boom-time style.
In anticipation, we’ve put together a big-money style guide inspired by a few memorable scenes to commemorate Scorsese’s nearly three-hour celluloid tribute to the infamous “Wolfpack”. The 90s may have lacked style, but it’s hard to say we don’t miss it, just a bit. Fuckin’ a.
Incredible Design for a Notable Charity
Collaborating with Bono and Bobby Shriver for the (RED) charity, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson have personally curated a collection that celebrates the best in design and innovation. If you appreciate design, engineering, space, music or style and are itching to liquidate your family’s trust fund, then ready your paddle. On a kind invitation from the folks at Sotheby’s, we made our way to a private viewing of the collection before its auction.
Stalwart of the Skies
747. The Jumbo Jet. Whether you’re a million miler or just look for the cheapest thing on Kayak, the 747 is a plane that requires no introduction. You know it has an upstairs. You know that’s what Air Force One is. You know it’s been around forever and it still imparts second glances through the glass even when you’re beelining it for baggage claim. It’s a stalwart of the skies.
Since its birth in the ’60s as a revolutionary way to tackle long distance flights with large passenger loads, the 747 has undergone several evolutions. Today the 4th generation 747, the 747-8 Intercontinental, is, in our opinion, the finest one yet, though its success has been somewhat marred by its misunderstood approach. In the previous decades while manufacturers focused on making their products bigger, newer and faster, Boeing took a different tact with the 747: efficiency and evolution. We got aboard one on an inaugural Lufthansa flight.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 40 years since London last christened a new luxury hotel. Standing inside the Bulgari Hotel London, though, you’d be hard pressed not to call the wait well worth it. Nestled in London’s Knightsbridge neighborhood, home of the wealthiest of London’s wealthy, Bulgari’s latest hotel has quite clearly taken a different path than its brethren: better design, less bling.
A Feeling of Displacement
Recently, we made our way out to Bilster Berg, a new $45 million dollar track and driving resort tucked into the eastern foothills of Germany. A former British ammunition depot, the 2.6-mile track has quickly launched to must-drive status due to a challenging mix of speed and extreme elevation changes. It was a worthy canvas for painting tracks with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, a 2.0-liter beast.
What to Read, See and Hear
Aerial Fashion by Joseph Ford It’s fashion week here in New York. All the elbow-rubbing and preening aside, a stunning mashup (photo above) has surfaced in the form of aerial photography and fashion by Joseph Ford. No Ordinary Passenger In this op-doc, Cabell Hopkins tells the story of Stan Dibben, a daredevil of a bygone…
... And we're back
At the behest of our loyal readers and our own internal editorial auditors, we’re bringing back Briefings. Left to languish for the past several months, Briefings is fresh from “the shoe”: leaner, trimmer and ready for click-open-in-new-tab action. Oh, and it has a snazzy new name: This Week in Culture. From style to science, TWIC…
It started with a photo
Ask any photographer to pencil a list of dream clients and it might look something like this: Nike, Apple, Microsoft, Columbia Sportswear, REI, Subaru, Polaroid, Lady Gaga and Red Bull. With notches in his grip for all of those and more, Chase Jarvis has one hell of a career trajectory. Oh, and he’s the youngest person to be named Hasselblad Master. We took a few moments to talk to Chase about his next project and what makes him tick.
European history is rife with stories of natives and immigrants pursuing passions in the name of business. Eponymous brands that have flourished from single-person outfits into enterprises both small and large — some luxury and other more municipal in nature — tout their victories loudly. Rightly so. Enormously successful brands almost always have traveled a long, meandering and difficult path to gain their current success. Recently, we were invited to peer into the opulent world of Bulgari (or Bvlgari proper), a company whose unique track has led to excellence in a relatively new niche for the brand: watchmaking.
Putting products on a pedestal
We’ve all experienced it before — that overwhelming desire to stop and marvel at something. For some, the response is sparked by the sight of art, a beautiful landscape or even particular members of the fairer sex (uncouth, we know). Certain things in this world simply demand more than a passing glance or two. For people like us, though, it’s all about great things that live at the intersection of impeccable design and remarkable engineering. Chances are you feel the same way.
Today, we’re introducing a new way of telling stories — one with fewer words and a higher focus on bringing products we test to life through the magic of short-form video, one perfect for a quick moment of inspiration (or awe) that’s mobile friendly and ready to go. We’re calling them GP SHORTS.
Click to watch our first take.
100 Years and Counting
Iconic. When was the last time you didn’t hear the buzzword spouted in a commercial for something from the worlds of automotive, fashion or interior design? The terminology of agricultural equipment and lawn care is an entirely different story. Well, mostly. A certain Deere & Company, founded in 1837 and known colloquially as John Deere, is a rare exception. We paid a visit to their Horicon, Wisconsin factory to find out why.
Moments from a day on the PCH
Twisting against cliffs carved by tempestuous ocean waves, the Pacific Coast Highway is a dazzling drive. Carved by nature and intrepid men armed with dynamite, the PCH meanders through California’s natural vistas: endless forests of firs and redwoods, towns steeped in history, pounding surfs, vineyards.
On the heels of yesterday’s dive into the art of the road trip, we thought it fitting to share our photo essay from a recent journey of California’s iconic highway.
Summer Starts Here
Smell that? Summer is in the air. For our sixth issue we’re taking an early dive into the throes of summer. We’ve packed three weeks worth of equinox-ready content into a fine assembly of informative guides, buzz-worthy roundups and interviews with the sole intention of making your next project, party or purchase the season’s best….
It’s hard to hide from denim. It’s everywhere, an absolute staple of most of what men wear. But what about khakis? How about the nonconformist? Proof is in the stitching for Dockers, whose Alpha Khaki has proved a worthy replacement to the tired pair of jeans. In a continuation of the Dockers “Men of Style” series, Dockers has released their latest batch of films — the first which points a lens on Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean in a pair of Alphas. Click more to watch his film.
Mad for mid-century
it’s not just the incredible storytelling that’s so appealing about Mad Men. It’s the style and setting narratives that relive a fabled American decade. Tailored suits and bespoke dresses. Cigarettes. Colors. The Rolling Stones and Beatles. More cigarettes. And the subtle dress watch. We round up 5 stunning watches from the American mid-century in celebration of the season 6 premiere.
Adidas Crazyquick Feedback loops come full circle as adidas introduces Crazyquick. Designed using athlete input, Crazyquick includes specific lines for basketball, football, running and training. The goal? Greater flexibility, traction and foot lock-down. $100 94Fifty A basketball with motion sensor has finally arrived (hello, future) on Kickstarter. Who needs that sweaty, angry, middle-aged coach, anyway?…
Small car. Big engine. The 2014 A45 AMG is a guaranteed recipe for ear-to-ear grins and a way for Mercedes-Benz to prove they still know the magic elixir well. This beast of a hatchback, debuting early next month, gets a whole range of the badass treatment from our favorite German mad scientists (AMG): a new look and a big upgrade under the hood.
The Man Who Shot Osama is Screwed, How to Make a Wall Work, Photos of Mount Everest Gear from 1963, Oral History of Pulp Fiction, and Motivational Articles Suck
The Man Who Shot Osama Bin Laden is Screwed Phil Bronstein reports for Esquire in this riveting tell-all about the Navy SEAL who fired the three shots that killed Osama Bin Laden. Tremendous reading. Bronstein’s account of the government’s failure to help our cherished heroes move on in life is astonishing and frustrating. esquire.com How…
Terms like all-metal enclosure, analog, and hand-made may conjure up thoughts of exorbitant price tags — most often you’d be right — but Meridian proves that occasionally pigs do fly. The British audio stalwart, known for stratospheric priced speakers and components, has unveiled the Meridian Explorer ($299), a pocket-sized USB DAC and headphone amplifier, and we got to try it out.
The Big Chill
BioLite CampStove Because the only thing better than a camping stove is one that fires up enough juice to charge your iPhone too. Read More » Honda Hybrid Snow Blowers Because you won’t be able to help that shit eating grin as you help clear out your neighbor’s Prius from under a snow drift. Read…
New York’s Sidewalk Clock, Beat by Dre, How Amazon Could Save the Postal Service, Working From a Park Bench, Charles Dickens and Life in an Old Packard Plant
The Story Of New York’s Sidewalk Clock In lower Manhattan there is a simple clock with a not so simple story. It has been living in the sidewalk ticking for over a century. Steven J. Pulvirent sweepingly reports its story in this long-form piece. hodinkee.com Beat By Dre: The Exclusive Story of How Monster Lost…