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Slim Is In

Change in Your Pocket: Slim Wallets That Fit the Bill

Reducing your wallet’s contents reaps many benefits: it’s cathartic, helps with prioritization, and, most of all, gives you the chance to get a new, minimalist version. But finding the right minimalist cash caddy can be overwhelming. There are all sorts of types to sort through: card wallets, slim wallets, very simple money clips, front pocket wallets and so on. Instead of categorizing and complicating things more, we’ve decided to round up the best picks that run the entire gamut. Read on and find the perfect Simoleon sleeve for your new, minimalist life.

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Patchwork Season: Stylish Quilted Vests to Layer (or Not)

It seems some folks jump straight from shirtsleeves to parkas when the autumn leaves begin to fall. No, vests are for those in-between days, the time when one extra layer over a thick sweater, a mug of hot cider and the company of a loved one is all we need to keep warm during a stroll through the park. But even when the atmosphere turns up the a/c, a vest beneath your overcoat does wonders; after all, ’tis the season to layer and layer some more. We’ve rounded up the best quilted vests — each fashionable and cozy in its own right.

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Today in Gear: September 10, 2013

Aquaovo Therm-O Bottle Beautiful, environmentally friendly, hot and cold: just like Leo DiCaprio when he refuses to return our texts. This chic bottle’s double-walled, FDA-approved glass works toward optimal insulation and zero condensation; the natural bamboo lid is a looker if ever we did see one; and the stainless steel tea strainer snaps in and…

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Today in Gear: August 28, 2013

Trash Krusher A few basic truths: you cannot change the past; the sun will rise tomorrow; trash is icky. Instead of using your foot to mash down your garbage — or worse, your hand — this manual trash compactor, integrated into the lid of a waste bin, does the dirty work for you. Rinsing the…

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Uncomplicated, for your wallet

Buying Guide: Affordable Complications

Watches that simply tell time are a dime a dozen, and sometimes close to a dozen a dime. But start adding more functions and things can get complicated — and expensive. While we’re just starting to forgive the quartz watch for dealing a near death blow to our beloved mechanical timepieces, there’s no denying that when you want more bang for the buck, battery power is the way to go. You’ll pay dearly for dual time zones, flybacks, alarms and tide trackers on the mechanical side of the fence, but if you’re willing to put up with a tick-tick-tick seconds hand, we’ve found five watches that are happy to complicate your life for under (or around) five hundred dollars.

timekeeping-promo-logo-gear-patrolThis article is part of GP's fresh new face to TIMEKEEPING, a weekly chronicle on the utility, design, tradition and innovation of watches.
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Weekend-Ready: Great Duffels For All Budgets

Call it the “Goldilocks of Bags” if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a “Unicorn of Bags”: the perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can’t even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 30 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. These represent a vast array of materials, styles, colors and purposes, but suffice it to say each of these duffels is just right.

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Kit: Summer Fridays

Summer Fridays are a thing to be put on a pedestal, the ultimate luxury for 9-to-5, Monday to Friday working stiffs. They’re a chance to bug out as soon as possible, to hit the road or jump a train to the beach, a cabin in the woods or some other resplendent getaway. In any case, we can’t just go into a summer Friday unprepared, men. We cannot go silently into that good mini vacation. What we need is a kit — the perfect gear for the perfect summer Friday getaway.

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Today in Gear: April 26, 2013

Doppelganger Turn Signal Gloves Two things tempt cyclists the world over: (1) back-handing car drivers and (2) flashing car drivers. With the click of a button, the flashers on the back of these cycling gloves blink to indicate a turn or can flash continuously to simply alert other road-goers to the presence of a bike….

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Style Pick: Barbour + Jack Spade

Two prominent names in mens style come together to bring you a line of smart-looking waxed cotton bags and coats. Barbour, the British company that forged a tradition over almost 120 years, joins with Jack Spade, the Manhattan upstart 100 years junior. The younger clothier has been making inroads with the British Empire — a…

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Style Pick: Jack Spade Adler Plaid Button Down

Nice reds and blues, done in a classic check pattern, from a staple brand known for having their pulse on wardrobe needs of today’s upstanding male citizens. Too bad the 4th is still five months away. $185 | jackspade.com

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Gift Guide 2011 | 10 Picks for the Traveler

The person who coined the phrase “getting there is half the fun”, clearly never had to travel by air, train, bus, or car during the holiday season. No amount of planning can ever guarantee a smooth journey, but having the “right tools for the job”, as they say, will go a long way towards making…

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Style Pick: Jack Spade Salted Canvas Rocket Duffle

$325 | Jack Spade.com Made from densely woven 450-gram cotton canvas that has been salt water washed. The salt water gives the canvas a beached look and textured hand. Detailed with saddle leather trim, custom die-cast Jack Spade hardware in an antique brass finished, natural webbing with blue ticking stripes and a polyurethane-backed cotton twill…

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Look Good, Stay Dry(er)

Jack Spade Neptune Trench

GORE-TEX and its analogous water-proof brand-specific variants can be a life saver for camping or just getting to work in a down pour. The downside is that most jackets made using this material look better suited for Everest than the office. Trench coats have been a staple of men’s fashion for decades because they provide…

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A Change from Canvas and Leather

Jack Spade Navy Waxwear Collection

Known for his unique bag designs created with the sophisticated urban dwelling guy in mind, Jack Spade’s Latest Navy Waxwear Collection ($145-$495) is a clean combination of classic man-approved colors and sleek, yet durable material. So what exactly is Waxwear, you ask? In a nutshell, it’s waterproofed cotton that’s been soaked in paraffin formulas to…

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Days of the Week Handkerchiefs by Jack Spade

Growing up, one thing I could always count on was my father having a handkerchief. His habit of carrying one was clearly generational and sadly it’s fallen out of practice with the modern day man. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was a bad idea, as a matter of fact its the opposite. Though there are…

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Jack Spade Duffle

As the holiday season nears so does the travel planning. Weekend getaways, quick trips home, holiday visits… Vegas. Get your gear in order and get it packed in this duffle from Jack Spade. It’s made of weatherproofed cotton soaked in paraffin formulas for strength and abrasion resistance. Termed ‘Waxwear’, it combines the durability of nylon…

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Jack Spade Monza Flat Wallet

In the heat of the summer the last thing you want is a bulging wallet weighing you down. As a matter of fact, this should be a year round notion. Take a moment and par down your wallet to an ID, a credit card / ATM card, 2 business cards and a couple of bills….