Sleepy Jones
Land of the Lounge Lizard
by NICK CARUSO




We're strong advocates of lounging, be it over a lazy morning or a rainy afternoon or, even better, a full day set aside for enjoyment and leisure. The folks at Sleepy Jones are big advocates of the same, but not just because relaxing is good for the soul: they believe that leisure is a luxury in these hard and fast times, and that historically creative types have proven extremely fruitful during periods of informality. Citing Picasso, who often painted in a robe and undershorts, they encourage their customers to find time to make forts with their kids, and suggest that perhaps quiet mornings reading the paper in your PJs are just as important as the board meeting next Thursday.




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Their boxers, which feature adult-whimsical patterns and prints and are tailored for a comfortable and attractive fit, also sport a small coin pocket, presumably so you'll never be caught at a toll booth with your pants down (so to speak). They make socks too, purportedly for athletic pursuits, but we say slip on a pair when the floor's a bit chilly and you want to get out of bed to warm your coffee. Rounding out the line are pajama shirts, which they claim might not seem out of place with a blazer. Still, why stray from their philosophy? 


The products in the Sleepy Jones line are the things of Norman Rockwell paintings. They represent happy, easy-breathing times at home, on vacation or anywhere else you might find yourself snoozing and lolling about. It's the intent behind Sleepy Jones' collection -- the purposeful, meaningful connection with the Philosophy of Leisure that's threaded into every stitch -- that makes them one of the best brands of the year.


$24+, sleepyjones.com



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STATEMENT


Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.



THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

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