Building up a solid everyday carry can get tricky, particularly when your pockets are already overfilled by a smartphone, wallet, keys, and other miscellaneous goods. With that in mind, Bowen Belt Knives streamline your carry by concealing a knife within a belt. These custom belts sport a special sheath in which its knife – which functions as a buckle – slides into, supporting both your pants and confidence. The stainless steel knife buckle also boasts a built-in bottle opener for cracking open a cold one, and some belt options even include a hidden zippered pocket in which to stash a bit of cash. Though you’ll probably need a plan B for holding up your trousers while actually using the thing.
Browse the options at Bowen – $65+
Underwear is undeniably the most-worn article of clothing in any given person’s wardrobe, so why should one settle for anything less than exceptional quality and comfort? Short of giving up and going commando, there’s MeUndies line of the World’s Most Comfortable Underwear in multiple styles plus tons of awesome colors and prints to suit every taste. Made from premium Micro Modal fabric that’s moisture wicking, anti-microbial, breathable and nearly twice as soft as cotton, these undies won’t stretch, fade, or ride up like your normal underwear. For this week only, use code ‘GH75’ to get 30% OFF your entire purchase on orders larger than $75 when you shop MeUndies (excluding packs and French Terry).
Hit up MeUndies and get to it – $16+
We’ve all been there, hanging out with friends, maybe enjoying a nice icy carbonated caramel colored beverage when conversation turns to how your pants smell. Okay, maybe not. But with Naked & Famous scratch-n-sniff denim you’ll be prepared, because you never know. With just a brief scratch, your answer turns to “why, minty fresh thank you.” Why the need for minty pants? We could ask the same about oxygen. Okay, bad example. Irrespective of need, these 100% cotton pants are way cool, and the scent lasts through up to 5 washes.
Find them at Tate + Yoko – $158
Picking out a stellar watch strap is as important (if not more so) as selecting the watch itself for reasons both ergonomic and aesthetic. As for us, we’re into NATO, and few are finer than Hodinkee’s Kangaroo NATO straps. These handsome straps are ethically sourced from Australia where there’s a bountiful Kangaroo leather, and are naturally far thinner than your run-of-the-mill calf leather bands, something we consider particularly important for these types of straps since, when worn, they’re folded over 3 times on themselves to tame the excess. Else, they’re 20mm wide, come in two colors (dark brown [shown] and black), are extremely durable, and won’t stretch out over time.
Preorder at Hodinkee – $85
Does your belt do more work and carry heavier loads than the average Joe’s? If so – and it’s not doing so hot – it might be time to check out EDC Belt. This workhorse of a belt is actually two in one: a rigid inner belt maintains structure and won’t ever stretch, while a hybrid leather and nylon outer belt looks good and provides tension, both sewn together in several places using heavy duty TEX90 nylon thread. A nigh-indestructible quick-release AustriAlpin Cobra buckle, 3-inches of size adjustment, and several color combinations (including black, brown, plus white), round out this belt’s rugged appeal.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $85
Attaining that sought-after sockless look doesn’t happen without certain sacrifices. But there’s no need to funk up your shoes or wear women’s socks anymore thanks to Wimbleys, the first true no show sock we’d actually consider wearing. Wimbleys are extremely durable and sport manly patterns that beg to be shown off, even though they’ll fly unnoticed since they sit well below the topline of all your favorite shoes, including TOMS, typical loafers, oxfords, Sperrys, and other deck shoes. Plus, each pair sports inward-facing patterned silicone in the heel for grip, meaning they won’t slide or bunch after a few steps like most short or no show ankle socks.
Pledge at Kickstarter – $28
Lugging around a sharp-looking suit in the generic flimsy garment bag it came with is a big no-no. Instead, try something a little (read: a lot) more durable with Hudson Sutler’s Garment Bags. Made of the same 18 oz canvas as their duffles and fitted with silver nickel hardware plus a thick rust-proof resin zipper, these Garment Bags ensure that your ensemble within is safe, even when pitted against such encounters as filthy car doors and wrinkle-inducing drives. Contrasting gingham liners, hanger-compatible open tops, and a foldable, easy to carry design round out the features of these quality bags.
Take in all three colorways at Hudson Sutler – $145
As far as taking inspiration from one’s own historic timepieces for modern reinterpretation, Tudor’s long extinct Ranger wasn’t a bad place to start. Tudor’s modern Heritage Ranger is true to the original’s aesthetics but also boasts numerous modern touches including a larger 41mm case diameter, photoluminescent hands, a self-winding calibre 2824 movement, domed sapphire crystal, choice of four straps, including a camo fabric bracelet (shown), and waterproofing to 500 feet. Sure, it’ll cost you, albeit far less than any of their parent company’s comparable models sporting a Rolex badge.
Check it out at Tudor – roughly $3,000+
True wooden watches are few and far between, but even fewer are those that really cast a lasting impression. Element24′s timepieces do it for us with their simple, minimal faces, chimeric stainless steel and wood casings, and comfortable, conforming cord-based straps associated to custom clasps, but they’re not pushovers functionally speaking, either. Five ATM of water resistance (approximately 165 feet) and a lacquer finish means both wood and mechanism – Miyota, by the way – are ready to take on the adversities of everyday life.
Choose between maple and walnut at Kickstarter - roughly $280
Simply put, there’s only so much a brand can do while styling a leather belt, and it almost always revolves around buckle design. For that reason, Beltology uses Italian inspired woven belt designs instead. Employing weaves of various color combinations and sizes, Beltology’s wares range from formal to playfully casual and everything in between, brightening up a wide variety of pant styles in ways that dark leather never could. Best of all, they’re stretchy, meaning they won’t render your elastane-packed pant waist material you worked so hard to find null and void, and their fit is entirely customizable thanks to the lack of eyelets: instead, the buckle’s prong effortlessly slips right through the weave just about wherever.
Check out their offerings at Beltology – $45 to $60