The fall season is an ideal time for escaping to the mountains and having proper footwear is essential. I’ve owned the same pair of hiking boots since college, the Sundowner from Vasque. They are incredibly durable as you can replace the Vibram soles after years of wear and tear, while the leather only improves with age. They also have an appealing old school aesthetic that runs counter to the hi-tech tricked out boots currently on the market. $189, available at Amazon.
Spotted at the beautiful Cole Haan flagship store in Rockefeller Center, America in Space: Nasa’s First 50 Years. “The story of America’s space age is told with more than 400 carefully selected images. The story begins in the 1950s with intrepid test pilots venturing ever faster and higher, and opens out into the now-legendary Mercury and Apollo missions of the 1960s that made astronauts into national heroes.” $38, available at Barnes & Noble.
The men’s design team at H&M has a knack for churning out stylish and affordable clothing every month, one of the main reasons they’ve become so successful. Consider this versatile black parka as a go to option this fall. Just $69, available at H&M.
Here’s a quick look at the just unveiled sports car that Mercedes Benz designed to go head-to-head with rival Porsche. The 2016 AMG GT embodies the new brand image, which is sportier and more dynamic. Priced at $129,000 and powered by a newly developed V8 engine, the 462-horsepower GT can reach 62 miles per hour in 4 seconds. Start saving.
A well executed short film directed by Remi Paringaux for Gucci.
Here is the official trailer for “Destiny” set to release 9.9.14. Expectations are massive for this first-person shooter from the creators of Halo. “You are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.” For more details on the game, visit the official website.
Cargo pants are typically cut baggy and meant for playing around outdoors on a weekend. Gant has changed the game a bit by updating this classic style with a fall version that can easily be worn during weekdays at the office. Made of a lux flannel fabric in gray or navy, the slimmer silhouette and cuffed hems keeps them office sharp. In navy or light gray. $275, available at Gant.
The Prada Fall/Winter 2014 menswear campaign, shot by Annie Leibovitz on the coast of England, featuring actor James McAvoy. It will surely compete for best campaign of the season when all’s said and done.
Here’s the latest trailer for “Interstellar,” directed by Christopher Nolan, set to release this upcoming November. It will be refreshing to watch a Nolan film unrelated to a comic book. The movie looks promising, with a strong cast led by Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine. It’s hard to tell where this sci fi epic will land, somewhere between a thriller and a drama. The backdrop of family and love evolves into full blown, edge-of-your-seat CGI laden action. This quote is probably the most telling: “Love is the one thing that transcends time and space.”
One of the best, and priciest men’s fragrances out there, Hermes Terre D’Hermes, from the legendary French house. A woody, earthy scent with a sophisticated finish, like a desert plain. $81, available at Sephora.
Spotted at the new Miansai shop on Crosby Street in Soho, these wonderful little knives from Opinel. Born in the Savoie region of France in 1890, this essential little knife has been in the pockets of some of the greatest artists, adventurers, navigators and mountaineers including Pablo Picasso, Roger Frison Roche and Jean-Louis Etienne. Opinel No8 is their most popular and versatile, and is small enough to be used as a pocket knife. You can pick from a variety of colors, but summer red gets our nod. $18, available at Opinel.
The design team at J. Crew has a real knack for taking classic styles and reinventing them with just the right amount of love. The end product retains what made it cool in the first place, while quickly becoming the next hot thing. Take these canvas sneakers by legendary brand Vans: updated in new custom colors, washed for a vintage look then finished with hiking boot laces for a one-of-a-kind shoe. Not bad for $60. Available at J.Crew.
Club Monaco and their talented head menswear designer Aaron Levine have a keen eye for great brands and cool American style, and once again, they’ve picked an absolute winner by featuring Golden Bear on their website. The San Francisco-based sportswear company is a true heritage brand, having been founded in 1920, and they nail the summer-friendly varsity jacket with the striking style shown above. It’ll quickly become your favorite go-to layer on cool August nights. $289, available at Club Monaco.
“Eiger Dreams” by John Krakauer is pretty much the opposite of light summer reading. Yes, you’ll fly through the book, but it will keep you on the edge of your hammock. The book features a collection of 12 harrowing mountain adventures spanning the globe, from K2 to Mt. McKinley, and covers everything from the snooty climbing culture of Chamonix, to rough and tumble bush pilots in Alaska. As Publishers Weekly notes “Armchair adventurers can’t ask for better entertainment than this tour of the legendary locations of mountaineering and the eccentric climbers who gather there.”
Best known for “The Perfect Storm” and “Into the Wild,” two hugely successful books that were made into movies, Krakauer’s other titles deserve as much attention, including “Into Thin Air” and “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Eiger Dreams, $13, available on Amazon.
Shown above, the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal. Airstrips are steeply graded to accommodate shorter lengths and thinner air.