KNOW THIS BRAND: HIDEO WAKAMATSU

It’s refreshing to discover new brands in an authentic way – no press release, no showroom visit, no walking a trade show floor. Just you huffing it through JFK’s Terminal 5, that departure-killing mall stapled onto an airport, and stopping dead in your tracks with sudden, uncontrollable bag envy. The Tarpaulin Series from designer Hideo Wakamatsu, in red, will do just that.

 

Based in Tokyo, Hideo draws on Japanese and French design traditions to create carrying accessories that blend style, function and value.  This bag is reminiscent of  (more…)

THE BEST SUMMER SNEAKER

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The GrandPro from Cole Haan is one kick-ass summer shoe. The type of sneaker you can island hop in the Aegean without missing a thumping beat. It’s so incredibly light, yet so chic and luxe, you can literally take it anywhere. Guys dig versatility and this shoe has it all – super high tech at just 8.8 ounces, smooth leather & suede detailing, and classic silhouette that pairs with anything stashed away in your favorite worn leather weekender.

 

Our styling tip? Go sock-less, with lightweight slim khakis rolled up at the bottom, paired with white v-neck tee up top. Add a baller watch, a nautical inspired bracelet, and order up that next bottle of ice cold cava.

$130, available at Cole Haan

MUST WATCH: AFTERGLOW

 

This is a beautiful and daring film, “Afterglow” by Sweetgrass Productions. Filmed entirely at night in the Alaskan backcountry using massive lights, custom made LED suits and two incredibly graceful skiers. “One of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made.” We agree. The terrific song is “My Silver Lining” by First Aid Kit.

TRAVEL WELL

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As luggage goes, the “International” line from Tumi is about as chic as you can get. Made of beautiful tan leather imported from South America, it has the technical convenience Tumi is known for, combined with a design that is second to none. The price is pretty steep at $1,895, but for a private-jet-worthy carry on, price will probably never be an issue. Available at Tumi.

 

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PURE FIX CYCLES

 

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful bicycle to evoke happy feelings and anticipation of warm spring days ahead. The “Echo” by Burbank, California based Pure Fix is one sweet ride, with a matte black frame and oxblood-red deep dish wheels that are a total head-turner. The best part? The price. Ridiculously affordable at $329. Available at Pure Fix.

 

CLASSIC SKI STYLE

Jack Nicholson and Roman Polanski, hitting the slopes, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1975.

NORTH FACE ROLLING THUNDER

 

This rugged “Rolling Thunder” travel duffel from North Face is exactly what you need this winter. That girl you were admiring on the short flight to Denver? She’s now looking your way as you collect your gear in baggage claim. Black gets our nod but the gray is a close second. $289, available at North Face.

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.

 

 

 

WHAT’S HOT: GOL! AD SPOT

 

One of the best commercial’s yet for the World Cup debuted last week and is getting serious traction, not because there are any expensive futbol players featured, but because it centers around crazy trick shots that are 100% real. It’s a perfectly executed idea, created by ad agency DDB. Look for Argentinian model Fiorella Castillo about halfway through as she surprises a crowd while wearing a little black dress and impossible heels.

TIME & TIDE BY CHRISTIAN CHAIZE

From the publishers: “Featuring colorful beach umbrellas and dreamy blue horizons, this beautiful oversized book offers a breath of fresh air and evokes fantasies of Mediterranean travel. Photographer Christian Chaize returned many times over the course of eight years to shoot an intimate beach in the south of Portugal from the same vantage point.” I tried my darnedest to get a print from this series but the price was beyond reach. This beautiful coffee table book is large enough that you can select from an array of stunning images, frame them, and add a dose of summer wanderlust to any space. $22, available at Rakuten.

CAMP BETTER

 

Check out this stunning tent just launched by Shelter Co. Supply out of San Francisco. “The Meriwether” is 16 feet in diameter and stands 9.5 feet tall at the center, large enough to comfortably sleep 4-6 adults. The tent includes stakes and poles and has a dry weight of 65 pounds with a fully attached waterproof vinyl ground sheet and water resistant canvas upper. Beyond it’s functional appeal, it just looks amazing, and will sit happily by the side of a winding river, far from civilization, or in your backyard ready for weekend soirees. $1,250, available at Shelter Supply Co.


 

 

WATER BY MORGAN MAASSEN

 

Stunning.

THE Gi ELECTRIC BIKE

No word yet on when the Gi, a fold-able electric bike, will be available, but from the looks of it, it’s a winner. Incredibly lightweight, it easily folds to a manageable size with a simple flip action. It’s also loaded with cool tech features like an internal GPS hub that links to your apps and maps, and a lock you can control from your iPhone. It also runs 40 miles while on battery, not bad for when your legs get a bit tired and you just want to cruise about town.

 

And from a branding strategy, it’s smart that they’ve put together a well-designed website in advance of their Kickstarter campaign. Too often we receive links to Kickstarter efforts and it’s the first you’ve ever heard of a hopeful product. A good strategy is to create a teaser like the team at Gi has done with their press release, website and short video. Get people behind the effort before asking for dough.

MAISON MARGIELA x GLOBE TROTTER

Avant-garde Belgian brand Maison Martin Margiela has teamed up with Globe-Trotter on a special edition 30″ suitcase. The handsome luggage piece is made of a distressed tan and black leather and will be available in MMM stores this coming March. No word yet on what it will cost.

THE MODERN LIBRARY

 

It goes without saying that small retail shops benefit greatly from mixing in a well curated selection of books amongst their clothing and accessories. It’s a smart and effective way of denoting a lifestyle, communicating a point of view without posting a mission statement on a wall akin to the opening of a museum exhibit. As an example, take a look at this impressive collection from Shinola in Detroit – you could easily drop a few thousand dollars on books, before even getting to their stunning bicycles. And take note, the modern library isn’t reserved for retail – any office, hotel lobby, airline club, and certainly home space looks and feels more interesting with stacks of beautiful books. Here are 7 favorites from the shop, including this image taken from “A Sporting Life.”

 

 

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LOST AND FOUND IN BAJA

 

Great video shot by the boys at Iron & Resin, an outdoor-inspired clothing brand influenced by surfing, skating and motorcycle riding. Coming up with interesting and unique ways to display a new collection is often as challenging as designing the clothing itself. In this case they sped off to Baja, Mexico, a rustic locale with just the right amount of rugged shoreline and dusty back roads to give their collection further meaning. Song is “Taste It” by Jake Bugg.

J.CREW NAUTICAL BOARD SHORTS

J.Crew deserves a shout out for these timeless summer board shorts. Nautical inspired in a vintage navy stripe, they’ll look great with a simple white or gray v-neck tee shirt and Wayfarers. At 7″ in length, they’ll fall right around mid-thigh. Don’t go longer. $69, available at J.Crew.

 

KNOW THIS BRAND: ARTEMARE

 

 

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.

 

A MODERN MOTORCYCLE DIARIES

 

This short film covers the remarkable journey of one rider as he spends close to two years traveling 82,000+ miles through 22 countries.

NORSE PROJECTS RAINWEAR

 

 

The “Elka” jacket from Norse Projects is that perfect summer rain jacket meant to be kept handy by the front door at all times. Go ahead and stash away your heavy wool overcoats and keep it simple. Pick yellow for some fun summer color. $170, available at Norse Projects.

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