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At first glance, the Etch Clock appears to be nothing more than a strange gray square; turn it on, and the time materializes magically on its elastic surface, appearing like numbers carved in stone. Truly a one-of-a-kind conversation starter, and a timepiece worthy of your collection.
The Secret to Less Bitter Coffee Is Controlled Fermentation
Inspired by the world’s most coveted and controversial coffee, Kopi Luwak.
Moncler x OFF-WHITE Collection
An all-new five-piece collection from Moncler, a French premium skiwear brand, and OFF-WHITE, the Milan-based urban fashion label helmed by American designer Virgil Abloh. The collection includes a windbreaker, pullover, bomber jacket, t-shirt and hat, each with geometric graphics and block colors reminiscent of both brands’ always on-point style.
Williamson Goods & Supply Wheelmen Bicycle
This is a bike that actually exists. (We had trouble believing it, too.) Pinch yourself and have another look: see that copper-plated steel frame? It’s wrapped in black python and crocodile skin. Those fenders? Velo, hand-hammered. Cranks and stems and other parts are nothing but the best: Nova, Nitto, Hub, Paul Components. The whole thing’s handmade to order in Detroit, Michigan. And the price tag — get ready to pinch yourself again — $35,000. Only 30 will be made — act now or they’ll forever be locked away behind glass in art museums around the world.
American Giant Coach’s Jacket and Anorak
Lightweight jackets with minimal branding are a must for the spring. Enter: American Giant’s new Coach’s Jacket and Anorak. Both styles are made from wind- and water-resistant nylon, feature reinforced elbow patches and include elevated details like ripper-tipped drawcords. The Anorak retails for $79 and the Coach’s Jacket retails for $89, so you don’t have to break the bank to have a piece of stylish outerwear as the seasons change. — John Zientek, Style Writer
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Spidi Thunderbird Motorcycle Jacket
Drawing inspiration from the flyboy attire of yesteryear, the new Thunderbird leather jacket from Spidi combines timeless style with CE rated protection. Coupled with the right pair of riding jeans and a protective pair of sneakers, you may draw more eyes than your bike this spring. – Matt Neundorf, Contributor
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