Braun’s ultra-minimal timepieces are instantly recognizable, though their latest release pushes the brand’s iconic designs into uncharted territory, at least when it comes to choice of materials. The BN0171 features a ceramic face paired to a matching ceramic bracelet for a smooth, comfortable fit and far superior hardness (and scratch resistance) when compared to metal straps. Else, the watch boasts a round 38mm face underneath mineral crystal glass, 30 meters of water resistance, and a quartz movement spinning three hands - two understated and another not so much.
SAXX offers the smooth, comfortable feel of Kenny G without riding an elevator. Innovative technology makes every pair of SAXX the most comfortable, highest performing underwear ever made. Patented internal mesh panels keep your delicates in place, making restricted movement and friction a thing of the past. The front is articulated to conform to your curve and the no stich, no inner seam offers maximum comfort. Sweat is also a thing of the past with SAXX moisture wicking waist-bands, keeping you dry even when you’re hot and in motion. And since just as important as function is form, cutting edge fabrics like spandex/polyester blend, Modal, viscose or cotton make for the perfect fit and finish to this base layer that simultaneously meets your utilitarian and fashion desires.
Learn more at SAXX Underwear – $25+
Cliff Clavin could regal you with a little known fact about hoodies. Originally developed in the mid 13th century, they were used to funnel the sound of grog horns and drums when attending the equivalent of present day rock concerts. Betabrand’s Audio Engineer Hoodie doesn’t fall far from the acoustic tree. Designed for audio engineers whose fashion sense comes second to the functionality of their wardrobe, this hoodie incorporates everything you need to mix, listen and feel your music. At first glance the dual kangaroo pocketed black, relaxed fit hoodie seems anti outré. But a closer look reveals features that any audiophile can appreciate. An interior line with a cassette-themed pattern sets the mood for music which is further developed with acoustically transparent hood panels that, like magic, allow sound to penetrate unmolested while remaining visibly solid. A headphone pass-through hole in the front pockets, left pocket loop for securing securables, internal headphone routing to the right pocket, and a secure chest pocket for your thumbdrive round out the engineering tech. There’s even wiring diagrams screened on the interior so you need only solder once.
Find it at Betabrand – $142
Tempis fugit when you’re having fun. Now you can count the seconds on a fully mechanical, manually wound timepiece made in the USA. The Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch is comprised of over 100 precision parts and hand assembled in a solid piece stainless steel caseback. Sapphire crystals used on both the front and back of the watch showcase the masterful work inside, ticking away at 18,000 beats/hour keep to keep close to perfect time through a 46 hour power reserve. Securing this 42mm diameter piece to your wrist is an olive green Cordura canvas strap reminiscent of the type worn 75 years ago, while luminescent paint allows for easy reading of the sold steel hands in low light.
Preorder at Weiss Watch Company – $950
High style need not be distinct from performance and functionality, particularly if you require a shoe that works as well in a boardroom as it does jogging to your next meeting. Cole Haan ZeroGrand No Stitch couples a traditional brogue upper made of ripstop nylon to a luxuriously cushioned injected outsole, fused using high frequency welding to eschew the need for visible stitching. The result is a pair that’s extremely breathable, lightweight at 290 grams per shoe, and entirely made for motion.
Available in three colors. Learn more at Cole Haan – $248
Your beard probably looks great as-is, but consider the attention head hair gets by way of products, shampoos, conditioners, and the like. Fittingly, Can You Handlebar’s line of Beard Oils and waxes were actually designed with your facial hair in mind. Each oil is blended and bottled by hand using olive, grapeseed, and apricot oils, plus jojoba, argan, and vitamin E as a base. Widsom and Initiative give off a scent of freshly cut spruce and a brisk citrus smell, respectively, while Temperance is entirely unscented for those with particularly sensitive skin or who prefer keeping their beard simple. Just pour a dime sized puddle in your hand and massage it into your beard for best results – then rub what’s left on your dog.
Check them out at Can You Handlebar – $23+
Ever had your sneakers’ sole start tearing off of its upper? In our experience, it happens way more often than we like, at least the way we treat our shoes. Chrome’s Forged Rubber Sneakers won’t delaminate, ever – not even at the flex point – thanks to their forged rubber soles that are fused directly onto the upper at high temperature and pressure. Durable, fused rubber would be moot if the other materials couldn’t take a beating, and so these sneakers also boast a 12-ounce fire hose canvas upper that’s durable and breathable. Else, thoughtful details like reflective heels for nighttime visibility both on and off a bike plus an antimicrobial, odor-resistent sock liner for optional sockless wear make these shoes ideal for life in and around the city.
Check out the lineup at Chrome Industries – $85
Grovemade’s wooden accessories for smartphones, tablets and the like have garnered our attention from the get go, so naturally, so did their first foray into the timepiece department. But rather than just sub out traditional materials for wood – as many others do – Grovemade’s Wood Watches still employ stainless steel for its durable case and vegetable-tanned leather or silicone for their straps. Eastern Hardrock Maple or Claro walnut make up the watches’ distinctive twelve-windowed face, backed by attractive, colored circular minute and hour hands that are spun by a Japanese quartz movement.
Preorder or learn more at Grovemade – $200 to $240
All we ask of most pairs of cufflinks is that they look good while securing French button cuffs. But perhaps that’s no longer enough. Hammacher Schlemmer’s French Cuff Bottle Openers also handle bottle opening duty, meaning you can dress to the nines all while remaining prepared to free soda and beer from their glass prisons. These cufflinks are made from polished stainless steel for durability, come off the cuff quickly thanks to a swivel bar, and include Hammacher’s unconditional lifetime guarantee.
Forget attaching tools to your belt’s strap. Bison’s Kool Tool Belt’s buckle boasts all the tools you need, provided you only need a Phillips screwdriver, large and small flatheads, 10 hex wrenches – 5 metric, 5 imperial – a bottle opener, metric + imperial rulers, and 14, 16 & 18 gauge wire strippers. That same steel buckle keeps its durable 1.75-inch wide nylon strap around your waist and your pants up, or at least until you need to make use of a tool or two.
Pick one up at REI – $22