Art of the Grill

Snow Peak Baja Burner LI

Here’s a new twist on an old dictum: dissatisfaction is the mother of all invention. This illustrates well what set accomplished mountaineer Yukio Yamai on the path to a superior stove that could meet all his needs without unnecessary clunkiness. His Baja Burner LI ($160) is simplicity and humbleness made tangible. Composed of stainless steel,...

Let the Good Times Roll

Deus x Makr Tool Roll

The Deus x Makr Tool Roll is what happens when you combine the leather-crafting talents of Florida’s Makr Carry Goods with Australia’s legendary motorcycling company Deus Ex Machina. The resulting limited-edition love child has a nostalgic look and a pragmatic usefulness any motorcyclist would love. Individually hand crafted and constructed from #10 cotton duck Martexin...

Not your grandpa's bandana

Outlier Digital Linen Bandana

It’s hard not to deny Outlier’s aim to build the future of clothing with products like the fashionably pragmatic Digital Linen Bandana ($47). The hundred percent linen 23″ x 23″ square pays homage to handkerchiefs of yore with a new twist: digitally printed patterns featuring exclusive work by artist Dan Funderburgh. The kerchiefs’ tasteful looks...

Salame Bene

Olli Salumeria Salame

Salame (or “salami” to us Yanks) deserves to be called the swiss army knife of comestibles. Whether it’s a picnic, a fancy dinner, or a last minute get-together, you can always count on the cured delicacy to liven up and accompany any food offering. But not every salame is made equal, and Olli Salumeria proves...

Smart as it sounds

Kickstarter: 1Q

And so the Kickstarter surge in craftsmanship continues. The latest proof: the 1Q ($119). Wrapped in a 3″ wood cube, the 1Q is an astonishingly efficient Bluetooth sound system with a hand-crafted cabinet that produces natural sound in a surprisingly wide 80Hz-20kHz frequency range. Its creator, David Laituri, is actually the man behind Vers Audio....

Appoint Guard

Bang & Olufsen Playmaker

You can always count on the high-end Danish audio maker to deliver products that hit every sense at ounce, and their latest offering, the Playmaker ($425) isn’t shy about being judged inside out. Designed to allow users to wirelessly connect with any Bang & Olufsen digital speakers, this audio bridge offers sound flexibility and quality...

Style Pick: Stalward Ltd. Summer 2012 Neckties

You’ll see them, you’ll want them, but you better hurry up and grab’em because these gorgeous Stalward Ltd. Neckties ($64) won’t be around much longer. The New York based company is serious about adding a touch of fun to modern aesthetics and their summer 2012 collection is carefully handmade by a family-owned factory in Chicago...

50 Ways to Toast America

The American Cocktail

Looking for a way to celebrate Merica’ year round? The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes That Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast ($13) should do the trick. This helpful bartender companion, written by the trustworthy purveyors of liquid culture over at Imbibe Magazine, covers a unique selection of 50 favourites from master...

Style Pick: Nike DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket

Nike likes its innovations. Case in point, the DWR Chambray Vapour Jacket (~$80). Performance-oriented runners with a penchant for a stylish fit in particular will want to pay attention. Originally designed as a lightweight, wind, and water-resistant outerwear, this contemporary incarnation bridges the gap between casual and sportswear, serving as either a swank, lightweight jacket,...

British accent not included

The Butler Wall Organizer

You shouldn’t need a life coach to know that leaving your personal items in the same spot every time is a terrific way to keep track of them. The question is, which spot do you choose? The Butler ($170) by Curtis Micklish makes that decision a no-brainer. Made of solid walnut and baltic birch laminated...

Sound, barrier

Eclipse TD508 Mk3 Speakers

If these speaker look like they belong on the side of a jet fighter, then you haven’t heard anything yet. Despite their stratospheric look, the Eclipse TD508 Mk3 can faithfully mimic the sounds of terra-bound sonics using a proprietary Time Domain technology that ensures listeners are ensconced in the heart of a live performance —...

Bon Voyage

Travelteq Voyager Bag

The best way we can sum up the Travelteq Voyager ($770) is to label it FTBT (for travelers by travelers). Yes, we just made that up, but that’s exactly what this bag is all about. Combining the attention to details commonly found in tier one bags with the no-nonsense functionality of a duffel bag, the...

Style Pick: Cuisse de Grenouille “Laine Tressée” Belt

Cuisse de Grenouille, which stands for frog leg in French, is a new Parisian fashion company that loves fiddling with details. To celebrate the coming of summer, no facet was ignored in the making of their “Laine Tressée” Belt ($96) collection. These bold “ceintures” brilliantly borrow from the expertise of three countries and combine Italian...

Flying The High Seas

wFoil 18 Albatross

If you’re examining the wFoil 18 Albatross for the first time and, like us, you experience both amazement and confusion — then rest assured the feelings are normal. Part glider, part speed boat, this craft combines the best of two worlds to deliver a ride like none you’ve ever experienced. Reminiscent of rotary aircraft planes...

Perfect protection

Kiehl’s Facial Fuel UV Guard SPF 50+

After months of holing ourselves up during winter, the sun is finally making a warm comeback, and unless you have dedicated your life to playing World of Warcraft, you’ll be outside soaking up some vitamin D. Thankfully, we all know what The Situation doesn’t seem to understand — that intense exposure to the sun is...

Hydrate on the high seas

CamelBak Molokai

The CamelBak Molokai ($100) has been designed specifically with water in mind, and that’s not just in reference to what it hauls. Stand up paddleboarders, especially, will rejoice at the thought that the company has designed its latest edition with details specific to their sport. Made entirely out of quick-drying material, the vest will feel...

Cut the cords, keep the sound quality.

Dynaudio XEO 5 Wireless Tower Speaker

As the anchor of the world’s first true wireless high end loudspeaker system, Dynaudio’s XEO 5 Towers ($4,500) break new ground. They’re designed to be used with virtually anything that plays music, including iPhones and iPads, and can be placed up 100 meters away from other audio components — perfect for those of you living...

A definitive read on the indefinite

The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping

Writing a half-decent book on watches is no small feat, but authoring a history of time? That requires a level of prowess and dedication beyond the reach of most, but Dominique Fléchon, historian and expert in fine watches has done just that. His book, The Mastery of Time: A History of Timekeeping ($63) casts much...

Style Pick: Onia x Ritz-Carlton Beach Towel

World-renowned Ritz-Carlton has teamed up with beachwear shop Onia to create a killer summer accessory for those with a penchant for luxury. The Onia-Ritz-Carlton Beach Towel ($75) is hand-made with Spanish cotton on one side, and fast-drying, soft, and highly absorbent terry cloth on the other. So even if you can’t return from the beach...

Cooler Cookout

Eva Solo Grill Globe

Your average summer BBQ involves dealing with fire, smoke, charcoal, sweaty brows and thick cuts of meat. It’s a manly task that requires tools capable of withstanding plenty of torture and testosterone — but who decided aesthetics had to sit on the back burner? Thankfully, Eva Solo, a Danish firm, wants to bring sexy, sophisticated...

Indulging your work addiction

Crate & Barrel Reese Tobacco Compact Office

Nobody wants to bring work home, unless of course, you’re one of the fortunate souls earning doubloons as model photographer, single malt critic, or Jennifer Aniston’s brassiere fitter. But when it just can’t be helped Crate & Barrel’s Reese Tobacco Compact Office ($480) offers a minimalist solution that trumps working on the kitchen table. Most...

Fitness in the Digital Age

Bruce Perry’s Fitness for Geeks

The vast majority of us are guilty of taking better care of the various gadgets around us than we do our most personal hardware: our body. Bruce Perry’s book focuses on the only thing that really matters: making you the healthiest person you can be, not transforming you into a hulking tower of meat and...

Style Pick: Allen Edmonds Fastball Boat Shoe

Men’s fashion authority Allen Edmonds knows a moneyball when it sees one. The Fastball Boat Shoe ($115) adroitly struts the tightrope between gimmicks and licensed apparel to create a unique set of boaters for fans of America’s favorite pastime. Each pair is made from a white unlined distressed leather upper with red baseball stitchings on...

Style Pick: Nigel Cabourn SS12 Aircraft Jacket

Few brands blend vintage fashion and historical significance the way Nigel Cabourn does. The eponymous English fashion house is well renowned for offering what can only be described as archival pieces or, in other words, garments with a history. The SS12 Aircraft Jacket Desert Wax Poplin Khaki ($710) is part of the Nigel Cabourn Authentic...

Flash of genius

Kickstarter: Blink / Steady Bike Lights

Bicycle enthusiasts the world over are unanimous on the subject. Apart from a sturdy helmet, the best tool against road rash is not more protection, it’s prevention. Many accidents involving cyclists occur due to lack of visibility, and this problem only gets worse as the sun goes down. Luckily, Brooklyn-based

Comforting Cartography

Soft Cities Blankets & Mapkins

Soft Cities is a fun little enterprise that allows users to rep their hood in a perfectly domestic fashion. Specifically, the San Francisco-based enterprise offers locally made blankets (lightweight fleece) and napkins (100% Kona cotton) that can all be customized via Google Maps. The ordering process starts with picking a location, various map marker styles,...

Balanced for boogieing

Saltwood Reggie Carbon Fiber Paddle

Saltwood Paddles are a true stroke master’s delight — remember the topic is watersports folks. After all, the small Portland, Oregon based company was founded to scratch its own itch for a better paddle. The Reggie, one of their four trademark models alongside the Habit, Sweet T and Double Happiness, is a particularly innovative take...

History in the Remaking

Commodore Amiga Mini

After a long absence, the once popular Amiga brand is back, courtesy of its parent company Commodore. The revival, dubbed the Amiga Mini, like a Leprachaun in a boxing ring, is short in stature, but big at heart. With obvious nods to its similarly named Apple counterpart, the Amiga Mini is made out of a...

Luxurious terrarium living

Stay | Attrap’Rêves

Attrap’ Rêves (or dreamcatcher in English), is an innovative French hotel chain located in the Alps, Provence, and Côtes d’Azur regions, geared towards eco-friendly travelers who dream of sleeping under an open night sky with all of the comforts of home. Each bubble stands roughly 10 feet high by 14 feet wide, and comes equipped...

Timeless advice

The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male

The relentless pursuit of sartorial, intellectual, philosophical, and physical excellence is all codified in The Gentry Man: A Guide for the Civilized Male. Inside this manly bible, readers will find highlights from all 22 issues of Gentry Magazine published from 1951-1957 that some of our older readership might remember as the spiritual predecessor to GQ...

Amateur Gardener? There's an app for that

Koubachi Wi-Fi Plant Sensor & App

We’ve all severely neglected or, worse, killed a few plants. Before you could make the excuse that keeping track of sunlight, water, and the quality of the soil was just too much for your one track mind to handle. Now, with Koubachi (~$142), your black thumb isn’t so easily wiped clean. Using a Wifi sensor...

Tough only to resist

Krave Jerky

Be honest about it. The last time you had a tender, moist, flavourful, and well-spiced piece of jerky was never. Instead, you almost dislocated your jaw with an endless amount of chewing on what felt, tasted and acted like a piece of salted tire. But fear not, for Krave Jerky has heard your silent plea...

Swinging Chic

Yellow Leaf Hammocks

Often found hanging between a pair of trees overlooking a sandy beach at sunset, hammocks may be the world’s most potent therapeutic treatment next to glass of single malt and a filet. Ok, so we’re projecting just a bit. Yellow Leaf Hammocks takes their relaxation charge quite seriously, though, and every dream-swinger they make offers...

Hold on to your ascot

Chris Craft Corsair 36 European Edition

Few vehicles scream affluence like a speedboat, and Chris Craft happens to build the most elegant sea skippers out there. The company’s new Corsair 36 European Edition offers unprecedented luxury and interior space for its category, while also packing plenty of power. Specifically, its Volvo-sourced standard twin V-8 engines boast a G&T-vaporizing 840 horsepower. Other...

It's easy being green

Mosser

We’ve all probably drowned or neglected a few plants in our past, but a black thumb shouldn’t stop you from adding a hint of green to your home (that the alien growth cropping up on your leftovers from time to time doesn’t count). The Mosser is a sleek little glass terrarium housing a simple yet...

Thread Count

Indochino Modern Linen Suit Collection

With spring on our doorsteps, the folks at Indochino have given us an early look at this season’s newest creation: the Modern Linen Collection. The new collection offers a perfect equilibrium between formal and casual. The season showcases an in-house formulated mixture of wool (75%) and linen (25%), that give the suits a comfortable, lightweight...

An homage to typeface

Scrabble Typography Edition

Last February, we featured Andrew Capener’s incredibly stylish approach to the classic board game we all know and love, back when it was still a concept. We’re happy to announce that come August 2012, the board-game lover in all of us will be able to splurge on this gorgeous set thanks to upscale gaming vendor...

At Your Servus

Design Spotlight: Florian Saul’s Servus / r75 Coat Rack

German industrial designer Florian Saul’s furniture concepts are consistent in their merging of simplicity, aesthetic elegance, and functionality. The Servus / r75 rack is a modern take on the suit valet and our favorite of the lot. The minimalistic piece consists of a single strip of polished wood that bends slightly forward at the top...

It's a chopper, baby

PAL-V ONE Personal Air and Land Vehicle

We have just witnessed the birth of a new class of vehicle, and it’s a doozy. Presenting the PAL-V ONE Personal Air and Land Vehicle, a two seat hybrid car and gyroplane. On the road, the 3-wheeled PAL-V ONE can reach speeds up to 112 mph and go from 0 to 60 in about 8...

Luxury basics for under $100

Everlane

A new fashion startup Everlane is on a mission to let you know that you’ve been paying way too much for your basic fashion staples (here’s looking at you Banana Republic). The online-only retailer offers luxurious basics for under $100; a feat made possible through tight control of its manufacturing, removing middlemen and bypassing the...

(Foos)baller status

Teckell Luxury Foosball Tables

Apart from a home theater and a pool table, few other fixtures enhance the sheer entertainment value of a man cave like a foosball table — even for us pigskin loving Yankees. Yet they never had that classy, luxurious feel to them — until now. Teckell’s mouth-watering foosball tables are a modern re-imagining of the...

Style Pick: Apolis Organic Hand Dyed Linen Tie

Spring time always holds a particular soft spot for fashionistas. After long months spent covering up in warm attire, the change in season is duly celebrated with a liberating explosion of style. Not to be outdone, social fashion enterprise Apolis presents its line of naturally produced and locally crafted organic hand dyed linen ties. Each...

Ready, Set, Train!

Bit Timer

Interval training is a widely used fitness technique that has generated measurable benefits for many dedicated enthusiasts. While the concept is simple (intermittent bursts of high-intensity work followed by low-intensity work), the resulting workout session is anything but. Apart from a large towel and a CPR kit (you never know!), the most effective tool for...

Building Arms of Steel Since 2008

Fat Gripz

Sometimes, the smallest tweaks provide the biggest results. This is the promise made by Fat Gripz ($39), a deceptively simple yet tremendously effective piece of training gear that allows anyone to easily widen the circumference of any barbell, dumbbell, chin-up bar and cable handles, thus strengthening one’s grip. The premise this operates on is, again,...