Kubb is a wonderful outdoor game. Affectionately referred to as “Viking Chess” (although the earliest mention comes from a Swedish Encyclopedia in 1911) it holds up against some of the greats: bocce, croquet, even badminton. Players line up opposite one another, ideally with G&T in hand, and try to knock over the opposite pieces using baton-like dowels. The fun part is that you can get quite good after just a few rounds, can play it pretty much anywhere (even snow), and heckle the shit out of your opponents during heated battles. And if you get really good? Head to the annual World Championship held (more…)


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As Team USA gear goes, this All-American sweatshirt from Ebbets Field for J. Crew is just about perfect. The timeless, throw-back styling plays just as well today as it did back in 1936 in Berlin, when the best track and field athlete of all time, Jesse Owens, crushed four gold medals at the Olympics and broke racial barriers along the way.


Subtlety and patriotism don’t typically go hand-in-hand, so if you come across an item you like, snap it up quick. You can proudly wear it from July 4th through the rest of your life. Extra-soft french terry cotton in navy black. $85, available at J.Crew




By now everyone’s seen the “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare” trailer featuring Kevin Spacey, here’s the latest live action spot featuring none other than Taylor Kitsch and a smoking hot Emily Ratajkowski.



Can’t say enough about this game, “Valiant Hearts,” by Ubisoft. Set against the heartbreak of WWI, the game follows the lives of three interconnected characters who are separated by war. A great mix of puzzle solving, action and history, with real photographs and facts included along the way. Like how the Germans first unleashed Chlorine in favorable winds to devastate a battalion of 6,000 Canadian soldiers in 1914. If you enjoy history and powerful storytelling, this is your game. Available on iTunes.




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.



Just released: The Simpsons House by LEGO. Might just be the best $199 you’ve ever spent. Get it here before it sells out:



So bad ass. Releasing 11/5/13. Expect huge money to flow into Activision’s coiffures. Whether “Ghosts” can rival the $1 Billion raked in by Grand Theft Auto V in just 3 days is the big question.



If October brings back fond memories of afternoon downtime between classes, here are a few things to consider adding to your fall line up: The Weekender cord blazer by Gant, $695. Burgundy Heritage backpack by Herschel Supply Company and New Balance, $80. The Renegade 996 by New Balance in gray with red and black, $150. Fahlgren University scarf, $85, handmade in England, as featured in GQ September. 175 gram Ultimate Frisbee by Wham-O, $12 and used copy of Catcher in the Rye, $10, Amazon.




ArteMare, based in California, makes beautifully crafted beach accessories inspired by seaside destinations from around the world. Their best product? The stunning beach racquet. From the company: “In Italy they call it racchettoni. In Israel they call it matkot. In Brazil they call it frescobol. At ArteMare, we call it one of the greatest beach pastimes and have infused our line of hand-made beach racquets with the look and feel of 1950s surfboards, making them classically Americana.” $98, available at ArteMare. Here’s a pic from their smart twitter feed.



This track jacket has all the hallmarks of a summer essential: simple, basic and incredibly comfortable. Part of Brooks Brother’s younger Red Fleece collection, it’s cut slimmer and has a sporty, vintage look to it. Made with French terry cloth, with contrasting hem and cuff. $128, available at Brooks Brothers.



Artemare is a small company based in California specializing in beautiful artisanal luxury beach accessories. The paddle set above is crafted in the USA using a mix of no less than five natural hardwoods reclaimed from surfboards  – American walnut wood, teakwood, mahogany wood, purpleheart wood and pine. The result is a stunning set of paddles that could just as easily be displayed on the wall of your house, and never step foot on the beach. $228, available at Terrain.




Sony Corp held a high stakes press event for their new PS4 console yesterday in a converted opera house in New York. Desperate for a hit, the once dominant company never actually showed the new device, instead focusing on it’s revamped capabilities, including cloud-gaming and added social networking features. It’s been 7 years since the PS3 debuted in 2006 and in that time Sony has taken a serious beating. The early launch was seen by many as a way to head off the launch of the industry leading X Box, expected later this summer. They did show the new controller, the “DualShock 4,” which has a nifty touch pad. Why such a fuss? Watching your stake in the $80 Billion gaming market evaporate over the past decade is no joke. Here’s a look at the new controller: (more…)


The new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V was released yesterday, November 14th and it could easily be mistaken for a movie trailer – if Disney got into making R-rated, sex and drug fueled cartoons. It’s remarkable how far gaming has come, with Rockstar Games one of the leaders in creating vast world’s of sleazy under bosses, sex and freedom to simply roam about shooting whatever comes your way. The newest addition to the franchise follows three protagonists: Franklin, an auto repo man, Trevor, a violent psychopath and Michael, a veteran criminal turned family man. Scheduled to release in Spring 2013, it will crush it at the box office: a Game Stop near you. You can pre-order it here.


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Growing up in Seattle in the 70’s I remember vividly when my Mom rented out a little arcade in town on Mercer Island for my older brothers birthday. It remains one of the best birthdays of all time, and it wasn’t even mine. We were given handfuls of quarters to play Tempest, Defender, Ms. Pac Man and our favorite, Donkey Kong, for an hour without abandon. Standing around a beeping, flashing arcade game with friends cheering on was thrilling, but soon became obsolete as the experience moved to the living room. This marked a significant shift in gaming and created (more…)

STYLE ACES by Darrell Hartman

Last night at the U.S. Open–which I caught from one the best seats in the house, in the American Express suite–Andy Murray hoisted the champion’s cup after an epic 5 set battle. It was a huge win for U.K. fans: Murray is the first Briton to win a grand slam since 1936. The British victor then (also at the U.S. Open) was future sportswear entrepreneur Fred Perry. Watching last night’s match, you see how much the men’s tennis kit has changed in the intervening years. Murray (who was once a Fred Perry spokesperson) wears Adidas and favors a laid-back look. Even in state-of-the-art performance apparel, he still sort of looks like he just got (more…)



In case you missed it during last night’s NFL opening kick off game, here’s the official trailer for the next big thing in gaming: “Assassin’s Creed III,” releasing on October 30th. Set in 1777 during the American revolution, you play “Connor,” the warrior son of a Native American mother and British father, sworn to protect your people and pretty much unleash pain on as many red coats as possible. I wonder how this game will go over in England.


Keep an eye out for Welsh actor Luke Evans, recently cast as “Bard” in the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” releasing December 13, 2012. The talented actor is best known for his stage roles in “Rent” and “Miss Saigon,” and his casting by director Peter Jackson gives an integral role in the films to a relative unknown. Having just re-read the book, it’s hard to imagine squeezing two feature-length films out of the story. Here are some pictures from the upcoming blockbuster, along with the 1977 animated classic that some of you may remember: (more…)


Designer James Perse showcases his incredible versatility through a series of limited edition works of art, including this stunning 70’s inspired skateboard. Capturing the soul of Souther California, each board is individually handcrafted in Los Angeles from select solid walnut planks accented with solid wenge strips for added stability. You can go with a longboard for casually cruising around town, or a standard kicktail board meant for freestyling. For pricing and buying information, visit the James Perse site. (more…)


Foosball is one of the best (and most underrated) social games as it’s quick paced, involves four players, takes up 1/4 of the floor space a pool table requires and most importantly, anyone can play (just no spinning). The R#3 model from RS Barcelona is a great summer option as it has no plastic parts and is entirely made of weather-resistant steel. The steel is coated in an electrophoresis process to keep it shiny and new for endless games – both indoors and out. It can be easily relocated from room to room, poolside to terrace. Make sure to get cup holders that snap easily onto the sides for holding ice cold beer bottles. $2,650 available at A+R Store. Check out the other color options: (more…)


Consider this beautifully designed LEGO set more a piece of art than a straight up toy. You can feel confident knowing it will provide a few hours of nostalgic fun for the kid at heart in the family. Based on the classic 1962 Volkswagen T1 Camper, the van features the iconic safari windshield, pop-up top and rear hatch that lifts to display the engine. Great for any office, den or desk.  1962 Volkswagen Camper Van, $119, available at LEGO. Check out the great details: (more…)


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