Tie bars have been rather monotonous across their entire existence. Here to change that is Ellsworth & Clyde’s Tie Bar, a no-nonsense clip that secures your tie to your shirt using powerful rare earth magnets. These Tie Bars are milled from hardwood then fitted with a leather hinge for durability and aesthetic appeal, each completed entirely by hand in Philadelphia. They’re refined enough to work with just about any suit, come in three colors – ebony, rosewood, and teak – and are reversible, with each of their two sides set at a different length to accommodate a wide variety of ties.
We tend to prefer thinner watches to their bulkier counterparts, but Piaget’s Altiplano 900P is in another league entirely. This marvel of watchmaking is entirely mechanical – though manually wound – and measures in at a staggering 3.65mm, shaving off roughly 10% when compared to the previous contender. To achieve this, a variety of thinning techniques were employed, including a mechanism integrated with the case, ultrathin gears, and a lowered crystal. The result is a stunning but pricy timepiece that wears extremely comfortably and slides under even the slimmest of shirts.
Ziiiro’s been outputting interesting designs from the get go, but none as subtle and minimal as their Eclipse. This quartz-powered, silicone band-equipped wristwatch sports a narrow ring that displays the time via two small bar hands that eclipse once per hour. The dial and minute hand are also treated with a Swiss Super-LumiNova coating for a long-lasting glow that make reading the time possible in darkened conditions.
Sporting a face that’s simultaneously convoluted yet extremely minimal, Ochs Und Junior’s Annual Calendar is far more functional than most high caliber timepieces. This sleek wristwatch runs on a mechanical ETA 2824-2 movement and features niceties such as a 38 hour power reserve, water resistance to 50 meters, non-reflective sapphire crystal, and a 39- or 42-mm milled titanium case. What makes it truly unique, though, is its dial that simultaneously displays date, month, and weekday, each in smooth circular motion, a stunning feat accomplished using only three additional moving parts. Even more amazing, as its name might suggest, the Annual Calendar needs only one date adjustment per year – in February – otherwise foreseeing every 30 or 31 day month with ease.
Learn more at Ochs Und Junior – roughly $8,200+
Remember these practical multitool collar stays? Their maker, Exuvius, is back, this time re-envisioning the cufflink. Unlike traditional ‘links, each half of a Double Agent slips through your cuffs, holding them closed thanks to powerful embedded magnets that pull the snap mechanism together for a secure fit. These cufflinks are also compatible with additional screw on caps for matching a particular shirt or suit, and stash two stowaway replacement buttons – one black, one white – for temporarily replacing a lost button, no sewing necessary, should the unfortunate occur.
Learn more at Exuvius - $100 (one pair + mirror finish caps) to $250 (one pair + 6 interchangeable caps)
Upgrade your shaving experience with something a little more classy. Bolin Webb’s X1 razors feature a sleek satin finish, a rubber grip, and one of five colors, finished using automotive paint, for a much more adult feel as compared to typical store-bought razors. Better still, these handles are compatible with Gillette’s ubiquitous Fusion blades, and work with an optional magnetic base for air drying between uses.
Learn more at Bolin Webb – roughly $100 (razor) + $55 (stand)
You know that pair of pants you’ve been looking for that’s durable, waterproof yet breathable, stain and wrinkle resistant, stretchy, and that have so far eluded you, likely due to the fact that they just don’t really exist? They’re here, and they’re called Ledge. These seemingly normal-looking chinos are packed with features that put them a cut above the rest. They’ll easily shrug off a walk in the rain or a spilt glass of wine, and resist wear and damage better than already-durable jeans. They also don’t need to be washed or ironed all too much, and are subtle in style and hardware, meaning they’ll look as good at the office as on a bike or a trek.
Read more at Kickstarter – $135
Its not uncommon to feel majorly ripped off following the purchase of a pair of prescription glasses: between middlemen and rent shelled out by brick and mortar stores, walking out with a half-decent pair is bound to cost you an arm and a leg. Warby Parker remedies these oft nasty experiences with vintage-styled glasses at wholly affordable price points. Take their Durand, here in chimeric Saddle Russet, a handsome pair of polished acetate specs complete with clean lines, anti-reflective, scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses with 100% UV protection, and durable five-barrel hinges, all at a price point we can stand by.
With smartphones around, wristwatches might be getting a little redundant, though in all honesty there’s no chance we’ll stop wearing one. Regardless, Happy Hour Timepieces offer up something your typical watch can’t dream of doing: popping open bottles. It all starts with a bottle opener built right into the band clasp, tearing open cold ones like it’s nobody’s business. They come in three flavors – the Lightweight (left), the often fuzzy, or at least when it doesn’t matter, Ish (right), and the larger, bolder Bottoms Up, the two former both being water resistant to 100 meters.
View the whole lineup at Happy Hour Timepieces – $80 to $150
Buying premium dress shirts is often an arduous experience, particularly when seeking slim, tailored apparel in a sea of oversized and poorly-fitting garments. Hucklebury’s line of crowdsourced dress shirts aims to change that, providing 100% Egyptian cotton tailored-fitting shirts that are made in America and powered by Styku apparel fitting technology, all at a price that won’t break the bank. Attention to detail isn’t lacking either, which all-over mother of pearl buttons, pattern matching between attachment points, canvas interlining within their collars to prevent collapsing, and a 365 days satisfaction guarantee.
Check them out at Kickstarter – $70+