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Today in Gear: Mott and Bow’s Family-Owned Denim Facility, the 10 Best Tech Products of 2018 & More


December 14, 2018 Briefings By

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Alejandro Chahin has spent most of his life with denim. His family started a denim manufacturing facility in Honduras, where he grew up, and at a young age he began mastering every process that goes into the art of making jeans. Eventually making his way to New York City, Chahin sought to deliver premium jeans at a fair price and thus created Mott & Bow.

Every pair of Mott & Bow jeans has over 30 years of denim expertise in them. The family-owned facility controls the entire manufacturing process and this leads to better quality, elimination of waste and ultimately better pricing. Mott & Bow has also brought this same approach to other items like cashmere sweaters, long sleeve tees, oxford shirts and more, proving premium and affordable can go together.


New & Noteworthy Releases

This 2006 M3 Is the Last Great BMW
This 2006 M3 Is the Last Great BMW

Sure, most of, if not all of the cars BMW has made since 2006 can be considered good cars. But the last great BMW?

Could This Be the Most Innovative New Knife of 2019?
Could This Be the Most Innovative New Knife of 2019?

CRKT worked with knife maker Joe Casewell to create a pocket knife unlike any other.

This Portable Charger Can Power, Protect and Clean Your iPhone
This Portable Charger Can Power, Protect and Clean Your iPhone

The PhoneSoap Go is the first and only portable cell phone charger that cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges.

This Is One of the Most Elegant Executions of a Moon Phase Watch That We’ve Seen in Quite a While
This Is One of the Most Elegant Executions of a Moon Phase Watch That We’ve Seen in Quite a While

This guilloché enamel-dialed beauty takes the charm and sophistication of a moon phase complication to the next level.


Fresh Deals


Huckberry Backpacks Sale
Save 30% Right now, you can pick up a new bag at Huckberry where pretty much all bags are 30 percent off. You’ll also find travel bags, duffels and survival get out bags. Shop today and get ready to walk into 2019 with a brand new bag.
— Meg Lappe


Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 Sale
Save 60%If you’re looking for a way to get a head start on your 2019 resolutions (or want to feel better about yourself) a new pair of gym sneakers is just the gift you need. While your bank account might be in a sorry state thanks to holiday gifting, the best news of all is that Reebok’s top-performing sneakers are just $65 today. The CrossFit Nano 7 is a fantastic all-around gym show that shines outside of just CrossFit classes. If you’re looking for a gym sneaker to lift weights in, this supportive and breathable sneaker is for you. The Nano 7 will eat HIIT workouts for breakfast thanks to a high abrasion outsole that lets you quickly stop, pivot, jump and move in a variety of directions at a speed that might trip you up in other clunkier shoes. Pick up a pair for $60 off today. — Meg Lappe


Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Sleeping Bag
Save up to $115: It isn’t uncommon that a brand will adapt a well-received product into a full collection. This year, Patagonia did that with it’s award-winning Micro Puff Jacket, by giving it a waterproof shell and The North Face expanded its Ventrix insulation into a full collection that includes jackets, pullovers and a pair of shorts. It makes sense to transfigure a jacket into other pieces of clothing, but Mountain Hardwear went a step further this year by turning its popular Ghost Whisperer jacket into a sleeping bag.

Mountain Hardwear debuted the Ghost Whisperer in 2012. The ultralight down jacket that weighs 7.8 ounces was the product of a collaboration with Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck, who was an advocate for the fast-and-light approach to mountaineering. Despite its lightness, the jacket is windproof and water-resistant. These same characteristics went into the Ghost Whisperer Sleeping Bag, which Mountain Hardwear released this year in 20- and 40-degree versions. The bags are stuffed with water-resistant Q.Shield 900-fill down and feature super-light Whisperer exterior fabric, cinching mummy-style hoods and specially-designed no-snag zippers.

Both are currently available at Mountain Steals at a discount — $90 off the 40-degree bag and $115 off the 20-degree bag. — Tanner Bowden

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Red Wing Engineer Boots
Save up to 50%:Minnesota-based bootmaker Red Wing has been making hardwearing footwear since 1905. The range of styles it produces are distinctly American: Moc-toe work boots with non-marking outsoles for factory workers , hefty oxfords designed for the postal service, pull-on roper boots appropriate for the ranch. It also makes a range of engineer boots which are now primarily sold in the Japanese and European markets.

Originally, engineer boots were designed to protect the feet of men who fed coals into steam engines. The silhouette melded the tall pull-on style of horse riding boots with the supportive arch and sole of a work boot. A buckled ankle strap makes the style instantly recognizable. After WWII, engineer boots became a favorite of motorcycle riders across America and the style saw an increase in popularity in the ’50s and ’60s.

While engineer boots aren’t as prominent today as they once were, they’re no less rugged or functional. If you want to pick up a pair for yourself, head over to Nordstrom Rack, where a bunch of Red Wing engineer boots are half off right now. That means for as little as $160, you can add this distinctly American boot to your own wardrobe. — John Zientek


J.Crew Clothing and Accessories
Save 50%:If you’ve still got holiday shopping to do, head over to J.Crew today. When you use the code FRIDAY, you can save 50 percent on your entire purchase including things for men, women and children. It’s a great opportunity to get some bigger ticket items like cashmere, denim or suiting — but act fast, this discount is available today only. — John Zientek


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A Vintage Car You Should Know: The Saab 96
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The Best Cashmere Sweaters for $100 or Less
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The 10 Best Gadgets to Give Your Running Partner
The 10 Best Gadgets to Give Your Running Partner

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The 15 Best Gift Ideas for Car Guys
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The Best Gifts for Hikers
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The Winter Survival Skill Every Outdoorsman Should Know
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Snow Removal Tools Every Car Owner Needs
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9 American Watches Worthy of Your Wrist
9 American Watches Worthy of Your Wrist

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All-Wheel-Drive vs Four-Wheel-Drive: Know the Difference
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Understanding the differences will make buying your next ride that much easier.

The Best Gifts of 2018

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