BANNER RACERS BY CONRAD LEACH

It’s always good to see a new menswear site emerge that has a top notch selection of gear and products and a unique point of view.  Bench & Loom is just that, a site dedicated to craftsmanship, heritage and authentic clothing – all inspired by male archetypes like Hemingway, Newman and McQueen. In addition to Dehen wool motorcycle sweaters and James Churchill gloves, the site features a specialty shop where exclusive, tightly edited items are sold. The piece (more…)

LAND ROVER DEFENDER X-TECH

If you’ve ever watched the terrific movie “The Queen” then you might have noticed the fleet of sleek hunter green Land Rover Defenders that transport the Royal family to and from Balmoral Castle, a 49,000 acre “estate” in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Riding in a Defender is a bumpy and jarring ride, and the novelty of being in such a powerful looking automobile wears off quickly. With new higher emission standards across the EU, the Defenders days were looking bleak, but with their latest “X-Tech” model, the line will live on at least through 2017. The X-Tech features a 2.4 liter common-rail diesel engine and costs 24,995 pounds. That’s $40,000 is US dollars, but unfortunately it doesn’t matter, as the X-Tech will not be coming stateside.

TRIUMPH JAMES DEAN SE JACKET

The “James Dean SE” jacket from Triumph, is exactly that, a triumph. Licensed by the James Dean estate, the SE is inspired by vintage jackets worn by the young Hollywood icon in the 1950’s. It’s tough and durable, with double stitched seams and removable shoulder and elbow protectors. $450, available at Triumph.

DAVIDA MOTORCYCLE HELMETS

If you’re in the market for a motorcycle helmet that looks as cool as your bike, then make sure to check out Davida. The Speedster style shown above does not conform to any current safety standards, but you can get the similar JET version that does. The Speedster is a 70’s style helmet that will fit right in with your cafe racer bike.

DUDE WHERE’S MY BURBERRY BMW?

 

Check out this cool project by photographer/artist Luis Gispert. Gispert traveled around the U.S. in search of people whose idea of luxury was to bling out their car every way imaginable. Super tasteful. Can you imagine rolling around in one of these? This would fall under the unhealthily-obsessed-fashion-victim/whore category. For full coverage on the project, visit  Bloomberg. Photos on display next month at the Mary Boone gallery in Manhattan.  (more…)

FREEDAMN! 3

We spotted this book a few weeks back at the Capsule shows side presentation titled, “Something Old, Something New.” The boys from Dehen 1920 raved about it and use it for inspiration. The book is loaded with vintage motorcycle gear, from racing leathers (more…)

GUCCI FIAT 500

In September 2010 Gucci collaborated with luxury boat maker Aquariva to create “Aquariva by Gucci,” a stunning boat customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. Now, a year later, Gucci has turned it’s attention to a project slightly smaller in stature, yet just as a noteworthy. The Fiat 500 by Gucci celebrates (more…)

MONTEREY CAR WEEK AUG 15-21

Monterey Car Week starts on Monday, August 15th and goes through the 21st. This 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa is expected to set an auction record and fetch up to $13 Million on August 20th as part of the Gooding & Company’s Auction, the highest amount ever paid for an automobile. It’s a good week for car enthusiasts.

ONLY IN FRANCE: THE ASTON MARTIN MINI

Showing little concern that going small will eat into their place at the top of the luxury food chain, Aston Martin has collaborated with French retailer Collette on a limited edition luxury Cygnet city car. Maybe the fact that only 14 cars will be produced has eased any trepidation they might be feeling. Collette has (more…)

JEFF KOONS DESIGNED BMW M3 GTS

Artist Jeff Koons is the latest talent to paint a “BMW Art Car.” First started in 1975, the company has invited 17 top artists over the years to cover their cars in bold designs and color. The car goes up for auction this week at the (more…)

1929 CHRIS CRAFT COMMUTER LIMOUSINE

If you could pick any type of boat to own, what would it be? In the 1920’s Chris Craft started a commuter service between the mansions of Long Island sound and Wall Street, picking up young tycoons in this stunning beauty and ferrying them to work. Men would literally come aboard in their PJ’s, (more…)

CADILLAC CTS V-WAGON

In Europe, station wagons are commonly referred to as “Estate Cars,” indicating a very healthy respect that’s largely missing in the U.S. market. Remember that beautiful and highly functional Audi Allroad Quattro (more…)

1968 JAGUAR XJ6

Spotted recently on the streets of New York: a 1968 Jaguar XJ6. This is the last year the founder of the company, Sir William Lyons, had input on design. He described the XJ6 as ‘the finest Jaguar ever’ – this may still hold true today. Lyons founded the (more…)

2012 AUDI A7 SPORTBACK

If you’ve been lusting over a Porsche Panamera, but simply can’t afford the hefty price tag, you may want to consider the all-new Audi A7. Sleek and powerful, think of it as the younger, slightly less refined cousin to the Porsche flagship. But don’t underestimate the prestige of the A7, a (more…)

1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6

For all the gaudy excess that was the royal wedding, you can’t fault William on his choice of car. The newlyweds rode in a stunning (and classy) 1968 DB6 Aston Martin.  This beautiful convertible (more…)

RANGE OVER 2012 AUTOBIOGRAPHY

 

The main storyline at the 2011 New York Auto Show was the continuing dominance of the small car, with 40 miles per gallon the new 0-60. Land Rover went the opposite direction and stuck to their OPEC-defying heritage with the debut of the 2012 Range Rover Autobiography.  This car appeals to the super rich, because for them, money is not an issue, but status is. The decadent and fun features include: a mini fridge between the back seats, fold down (more…)

2012 VOLKSWAGON BEETLE

Volkswagon just unveiled a new redesign of it’s iconic Beetle and we really like the new, masculine look.  Understanding that high fuel prices are driving demand for smaller cars, VW is hoping this latest version, only the 2nd redesign ever, will have mass appeal.  Upon first glance, the future looks promising.  Hopefully they’ll avoid pale yellow as a color option.

PIPISTREL VIRUS 12

 

Have you ever wanted to learn how to fly a plane, even if it’s just for that moment when both pilots get sick after eating the chicken?  With the introduction of the Sport Pilots License, it’s never been easier.  You can be up in the air flying after 20 hours of training, vs. the 40 hours it used to take.  Here are the rules, and they’re A-OK with us: no flying at night, no flying in inclement weather, and stay away from complicated aircraft.  The Pipistrel Virus line of planes fit under the Light Sport category and will run you about $100K.  Winner of the 2008 General Aviation Challenge by NASA, the Virus 12 is a nimble, fast and sleek looking plane.  And the best part, it has a ballistic parachute rescue system, which “saves the complete aircraft together with the crew in case of severe emergencies.”  That’s something we’d like American Airlines to adopt.

 

Training for a  Sport Pilots License will run you between $2,500-$5,000, depending upon where you take the course.  As summer is quickly approaching why not really go for it and learn something new?  Just don’t expect your friends to come flying with you.  For more info on training courses near you check out sportpilot.org.

THE MANLIEST BRAND IN THE WORLD: HUSQVARNA

The rules for being crowned the manliest brand in the world are: 1) you must be truly a global brand, and 2) you must invoke feelings of power and sound tough just saying the name.  Swedish brand Husqvarna has both.  Started in 1689 as a military arsenal producing muskets for the Swedish military, it now comprises four different companies, producing: small arms, chain saws, motorcycles and sewing machines (we’ll give a pass on that last one).  Everything about this brand is tough, including the $589 Husqvarna 365 chain saw shown above,  part of the “Powerful Robust Saw Collection.”  (no joke).

 

 

Today, Husqvarna’s motorcycle division specializes in Enduro and Motocross models, but earlier bikes, like this 1935 Cafe Racer, are beautiful and as memorable as any vintage BMW, Indian or Harley.

Runners up to the manliest brand in the world award: CAT, BRAUN and MACK TRUCKS.

2011 MINI COUNTRYMAN

2011 MINI COUNTRYMAN. We’ve always liked the Mini Cooper but it was always just a bit too mini.  The odd looking Clubman model failed to inspire with it’s peculiar dimensions and wheel spacing.  At $27,650 the All 4 Sport version of the new Countryman shown above is finally worth embracing.  A bulldog of a car; powerful, with a low wheelbase and tough looking under bite.  This car may just unseat the VW GTI as the baddest of its class.

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