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Today in Gear: October 2, 2013

Etiquette Clothiers + Mark McNairy Boot Socks What happens when Italian woolen luxury meets rugged/preppy designs from a lauded American master? Luxurious, attractive boot socks, that’s what. Only a few colorways, all comfy, all handsome. Stick your feet in these — just make sure you’ve got boots that’ll live up to the standard they set….

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Today in Gear: September 27, 2013

Honeywell Voice Activated Thermostat Remotely controlling your home’s thermostat via smartphone app is nothing new. Controlling your home’s thermostat through conversation is very new. Speaking a simple “Hello, Thermostat” — similar to Google’s Glass voice functions — wakes the device, and with simple pre-programmed commands you can control multiple thermostat parameters. If you aren’t good…

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Today in Gear: September 16, 2013

Motorola Sliver II Bluetooth Headset One objection to Bluetooth headsets is that people like to walk around quiet areas and carry on private conversations at terrifying volumes. The other complaint is that they’re ugly as all hell. The Sliver II, a minimalist over-the-ear headset, solves the latter with a tasteful Sci-fi aesthetic. It’ll provide five…

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Today in Gear: June 4, 2013

Craighton Berman Manual Coffeemaker No. 1 This pour-over single-cup brewer takes clear direction from the Chemex design. We can’t knock that. The whole process can be viewed through crystal clear glass, and coffee brews directly into the cup from which it will be savored; the base catches drips and provides insulation. Look for it on…

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Today in Gear: April 9, 2013

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera A cinema-grade camera that fits in your pocket? The stuff of myths until now, thanks to the cinematic wizards at Blackmagic Design. Using Micro Four Thirds lenses, the Pocket Cinema Camera captures PreRes-grade or CinemaDNG RAW visuals and boasts 13 stops of dynamic range. All ruggedly built into a tiny body….

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Mark McNairy Suede Chelsea Boots

Bright colored accents have become a trademark for Mark McNairy, and this time it’s in the form of yellow inserts on a pair of classic navy suede Chelsea boots. Enjoy living the lace-free life in contemporary style with these on your feet, and unless you’ve got Elvis levels of cash, make sure to keep ‘em out of the rain.

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Mark McNairy Chukka Boots with Contrasting Soles

Oxblood full grain leather chukka boots from Mark McNairy with contrasting bright yellow rubber soles and a simple lace closure. $420 |

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Saddle Up

Mark McNairy New Amsterdam Smokin Saddle

The Mark McNairy Smokin Saddle Shoe ($285) adds a welcomed bit of distinction to a wardrobe area dominated by solid blacks and browns. Made in England from a combination of grey and navy suede, wear them with a set of chinos or jeans and they’ll act as a good classic ballast to your otherwise thoroughly…

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25 menswear brands walk into a bar...

Photo Essay: Pop-Up Flea

This past weekend, NYC saw the annual Pop Up Flea, a collective display of over 25 menswear brands and their goods. The flea, organized by Michael Williams and Randy Goldberg was an orgy tableau of leather and heritage. Between our weekend with motorcycles and the shooting range (stories you’ll hear about soon), we made sure…

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The Anti-Prep Short

Mark Mcnairy New Amsterdam Expo Shorts

Our fashion-focused friends over at Limited Hype brought these New Amsterdamn Expo Shorts by Mark Mcnairy ($164) to our attention, and what appealed to us most was their distinctive mix of casual and outdoor style. Clearly the integrated nylon belt won’t float everyone’s boat, and the same thing probably goes for their $164 price tag….