DIGITALLY DAPPER

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It’s not very often that you come across a digital watch that looks, dare we say, sophisticated. It’s either a novelty old-school Timex for hipsters, or a super-sporty bomb resistant mass of plastic. The “Duncan” from Jack Spade is neither. The oversized numerals, clean round face and simple black nylon strap keep it streamlined and chic, in a casual, modern way. And the price won’t hurt either, $106. Available at Jack Spade.

ONITSUKA TIGER FOR J.CREW

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Another winning collaboration over at J.Crew: the reissued Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85. Perfect “classic gravel” color scheme, low profile running shoe silhouette, and off white sole with a bit of heft. Despite being just-released, a few sizes are already long gone, so act quick. $95, available at J.Crew

THE SHINOLA RUNWELL CHRONO

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When it comes to describing a watch, “dainty” is not a word you want to hear. Thin black alligator strap, Roman numerals, small rectangular face, you know the type: indoorsy with pencil in hand. Watches today tell more about your personal style then they do actual time, so it’s important to get it right. If you’re going for a rugged, outdoorsy look with a touch of industrial muscle, consider the powerful Runwell Chrono from Detroit-based Shinola. The over sized stainless steel case with PVD black plating and tanned leather strap give this timepiece a deep growl worthy of the Motor City. Well-priced at $825, available at Shinola.

A CLOSER LOOK: ZARA

 

If you’re unfamiliar with Zara, as many American men are, it’s time to take a closer look. The savvy retailer creates the type of clean, modern essentials devoid of logos that stand up against the much higher priced competition. Founded in Spain in 1974, the company is now valued at over $10.1 billion, making it #51 on Forbes list of “World’s Most Valuable Brands.” (Apple #1, Louis Vuitton #10.) Often mistaken as a brand focused on women, the menswear continually impresses, with outerwear, bags and small leather goods particular stand-outs. Add a comforting dose of sophistication to your spring wardrobe without breaking the bank. A few of our favorites:

 

Double-Breasted Trench Coat, $149:

 

Baltic Blue Leather Credit Card Holder, $30:

 

Sport Briefcase, (not leather, hence the friendly price) $89:

 

 

NIKE INTERNATIONALIST

 

Absolutely love this shoe. The “Internationalist” – ideal for hopping on the EuroRail with nothing but a backpack and passport. What’s unique about them, besides the air tight “black/midnight fog/wolf gray” color scheme, is the slightly higher upper, making them well trained for the winter season, when navigating city streets involves hurdling an icy puddle or two. $80, available at Nike.

GANT CARTER SUNGLASSES

The Carter by Gant in Milky Tan. The color alone makes them worth the price of admission. Ideal for any scenario, from ski slope to beach. They have a throwback vintage look, like something Robert Redford would wear in “Downhill Racer,” a movie you should watch if you haven’t already. Featuring a handmade acetate frame, a cutout detail on the bridge, and metal accents on the temple. $126, available at GANT.

 

 

ORIS 2015 PROPILOT

 

If you’re in the market for a new timepiece consider the Oris Big Crown ProPilot for 2015. Dating back to 1938 when the first ProPilot made it’s debut, the simple design, over sized printed Arabic numerals and textile strap give it a functional ruggedness. Pricing will fall around the 3-4K range, not bad for a watch that will stay in the family for generations.

KNOW THIS BRAND: OPINEL

 

 

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.

 

 

 

VANS FOR J.CREW

 

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.

 

 

ADIDAS STAN SMITH 40th ANNIVERSARY

 

Hear from the man himself, Stan Smith, as he talks about the iconic shoe that bears his name. Forty years ago, in 1973, Adidas debuted a simple, classic tennis shoe that would go onto greatness. $75, available at Adidas.

 

 

FAHLGREN x GILT

 

If you’re looking for the perfect summer tie for an upcoming wedding, or for Father’s Day, check out the Fahlgren tie sale on Gilt Groupe. There are 15 total styles, all soft cotton, in colorful plaids and stripes. $49, available on Gilt until 12pm on Monday, June 9th.

 

THE CONWAY WATCH

Jack Spade only recently got into the watch game, but they arrived with guns blazing – red hot. Their collection of timepieces are both well designed and reasonably priced, an often hard to find combination in the elitist world of one-upmanship that is the watch industry. You can either go low and embrace the everyman approach, like Swatch, or shoot for the stars, with mighty Rolex. For a versatile, summer friendly option, go with the Conway. It comes in three colorways, but as red is our favorite color this season, try something new and bold. $298, available at Jack Spade.

 

 

 

SUMMER SPORT

Here are four fun items for the beach or lawn this summer, beer coozie not included. Adidas Country Jacket, $78, available at Adidas. The key is to balance out the sporty look with casual items and avoid pairing with hi-tech running shoes – unless you’re in training. Riviera blue mid-length swim trunks, $240, available at Orlebar Brown. Pricey, but notice the mid-length cut of these shorts. Styles that cover the the knee are too long. Island Slipper, $89, available at Island Slipper. Handmade in Hawaii since 1946, these incredibly comfortable flip flops are right up there at the top of a very crowded field. Artemare beach racquets, $190, available at Threads & Fins. This beautiful set is constructed in California using hardwoods, including American pine, walnut, teak, purple heart and African mahogany. The set comes with a ball used traditionally in racquet ball, making your game more challenging then traditional paddle beach racquets.

CLASSIC WHITE

Par down and simplify with a basic tee and classic white accessories. Armani Exchange makes one of the best v-neck tee shirts out there, with the perfect fit: the sleeve length falls to middle of the bicep, the v doesn’t plunge too far, and it’s fitted on the sides. Get it in both light gray and white. $25 available at Armani Exchange. As the tee is cheap, you can spend more on your kicks – the “Achilles” by Common Projects is the best of the bunch. Streamlined and subtle, in a matte white leather, $410, available at Mr. Porter. And finally, an off-white, cream colored corded belt keeps the look relaxed and summer appropriate. $85, available at Gant.

SHINOLA: AMERICAN MADE

Shinola is a great brand to know. Embracing Detroit’s industrial spirit, they proudly manufacture bicycles, leather goods and watches in America. Their one-of-a-kind watch factory is housed inside Detroit’s historic Argonaut building. My top item from their collection of leather goods is the iPad Mini journal cover in bright green featured above, stitched in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. You can pick one up for $125 on the Shinola website. And if you’d like to see their beautifully crafted goods first-hand, GQ is hosting a party at their shop in Detroit on Thursday, November 7th, from 6-8pm. Please stop by if you happen to be in the neighborhood.

 

THE SHELDRAKE BY OLIVER PEOPLES

The Sheldrake sunglasses by Oliver Peoples have that smart looking, thicker frame favored by intellectuals and artists, so it’s no wonder the company looked to icon Andy Warhol for inspiration. There are five colors to choose from, but for an Old Hollywood, movie star look, go with the fancy sounding “Cocobolo with Champagne Photochromic Vintage glass” featured above. The handcrafted acetate frame and mineral glass lenses justify the hefty price tag. $405, available at Oliver Peoples.



 

 

KNOW THIS BRAND: TSOVET

 

Tsovet is a California-based watch company that manufactures rugged, aviation inspired timepieces in Switzerland. With a reasonable price tag and a parred down, clean design, it’s geared solidly towards customers who look for function first, label and status 8th. $395, available online at menswear newcomer, East Dane.

DANNER PIEDMONT BOOT

Finding a great pair of boots that can be easily worn every day of the week can be tricky. Either they’re too clunky (hikers) or too dressy (Chelsea boots) to navigate from weekday, to weekend. The safe bet has always been the desert boot by Clarks – an iconic style that is incredibly comfortable, reasonably priced and highly versatile. But if you yearn for something new this fall, and want to stand out from the pack, you’re in luck: Portland, Oregon-based Danner boots recently launched a stellar newcomer – the “Forest Heights Piedmont.” Featuring simple lines, a tough Vibram outsole and a rich camel color, the Piedmont has a workmanlike versatility more in line with early Brooklyn Bridge engineers, less Pacific Northwest lumberjacks. It’s the kind of boot that will match up well with khaki, wool, tweed, flannel – in other words, everything you have in your closet this fall. $285, available at Danner.


3 LUXURY WATCHES FOR DIVERS

 

By Leo Parker. Diving is one of those activities that, until you’ve actually gone out into the deep blue and experienced it for yourself, you won’t appreciate how exhilarating and eye-opening it really is. With so many fantastic diving spots dotted all over the world, whether it be the crystal clear waters of Sharm el Sheikh or the tropical fish filled Barrier Reefs of Australia, you’ll never be short of options, should you want to take up diving as a serious recreational hobby.

As with all sports, it’s crucial that you have the right equipment for the job and, when it comes to diving, one of the most important bits of apparatus is your timepiece. Diving is, of course, all about timing – you need to know exactly how long you are under the water and how to time your ascent, so you need to make sure that you have a diving watch that is fit for purpose. With this in mind, here are three of the best diving watches for beginners and pros alike. (more…)

KNOW THIS BRAND: KELTY

 

The ideal backpack for upcoming fall weekends: the 60th Anniversary Wing Pack by Kelty. In 1952, founder and visionary Dick Kelty began making backpacks out of his garage, selling 29 in his first year. Today you can find this Boulder, Colorado-based brand in top outdoor apparel retailers across the country, including Eastern Mountain Sports & REI. $154, available at Kelty.

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