When reaching for tailored trousers simply won’t do — for that trip to the beach, or a backyard grilling session — looking good doesn’t have to be off the table. More brands are upping their casual wear a couple of notches, and Pistol Lake’s made-in-America sportswear essentials are crafted to stay stylish and comfortable. Among the many eyecatching features of these French Terry Sweatshorts, including a garment-dyed wash and custom cotton blend, perhaps the most useful is the built-in iPhone snap pocket designed to keep your phone crack-free. That way, the games and/or the beer can continue to flow without worry.
Learn more at Pistol Lake – $55
Making aviators out of solid wood is counterintuitive; wood can only be whittled so thin before losing all structural integrity. So Schwood has the right idea with their Redmond Aviator. Based around gold or silver plated lightweight titanium frames, these classically styled specs still feature Schwood’s namesake, notably in the form of hardwood dowels. Else, they feature Carl Zeiss lenses, solid three-barrel hinges, and a look that’ll suit just about any face shape for decades to come.
Learn more at Schwood – $215 [via]
Few sneakers are more iconic than Converse’s All Star. And fortunately for die-hard fans, the updated Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II look nigh identical to their predecessor, albeit with a slew of subtle refinements. It starts with a premium canvas outer that’s lined with perforated ultra soft micro-suede for breathability. A padded non-slip tongue reduces crimping (finally) and a Lunarlon Sockliner adds much improved cushioning and arch support. They’re still available in both hi top and low top variants in four colors — black, red, blue, and white.
Learn more at Converse – $75
Changes watch straps is a hassle. With Covair’s Interchangeable Watch line it’s far easier: each side of the strap unlocks by pressing its clip, literally detaching in a couple of seconds without the use of any tools. What’s more, the watch faces themselves are also interchangeable, removing from the watch base to which they’re firmly held using strategically placed magnets that won’t in any way interfere with the Japanese quartz movement’s time telling. Covair’s starter kit includes one base, two faces, plus two straps (one grey NATO and one in brown leather).
Learn more at Kickstarter – $150
Inspired by the tachometer on Alfa Romeo’s Alfetta GT, the 44mm Straton Vintage Driver Chrono boasts easy to read two-digit minute and second markers complemented by a needle-like seconds hands and prominent green luminescent coating to keep read the time past dusk. Powering the watch is Seiko’s VK63 Mecha-Quartz hybrid movement which pairs both quartz for timekeeping and a 5 beats-per-second sweep mechanical chronograph with fly-back reset for an ideal mix of practicality and fun. Else, it’s made of 316L surgical grade stainless steel, sports a sapphire crystal, is water resistant to 10ATM (100m), and comes in a wide range of color and strap combinations.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – roughly $250
E-commerce denim upstart Mott & Bow has rapidly built a reputation for packing lots of quality for the price into its Turkish denim. The brand’s latest builds off the diverse range of denim washes, fits and colors it offers — but does so in a decidedly summer-friendly way. Mott & Bow’s white denim comes in the brand’s spot-on Skinny, Slim or Straight fits and features a multi-step rinse-and-dry process to bring out the best in the natural cotton blend. Don’t make the mistake of thinking white jeans are too bold— play them down with a sunwashed pocket tee and some beat-up sneakers for what’s left of the summer.
Learn more at Mott & Bow – $96
Named after a waypoint just outside of Washington, DC, Redux & Co’s COURG watch was conceived to fill the need for a vintage pilot slash dive watch that’d be minimal, reliable, and distinctive in its looks. Mission accomplished. The COURG — pronounced “courage” — boasts a case crafted of Grade 2 titanium, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a uni-directional counterclockwise rotating bezel, and blue-glowing Super Luminova paint on the hands and hours for reading the time in absolute darkness. It’s also powered by Seiko’s automatic SII caliber NH-35A movement complete with date and bi-directional winding, resulting in a functional timepiece that’s fantastic bang for your buck.
Find it at Kickstarter – $260
No holes on a belt entails better sizing, as long as the buckling system isn’t a tradeoff. The Mission Belt Nylon Collection is built with a durable 40mm nylon webbing strap and always fits, so long as the strap is long enough (and it should be since it’s available in sizes up to 56″). Rounding out each belt is a matte metal buckle in five colors, complementing the seven belt styles that range from stealthy black (shown) to bright, flashy orange.
Find it at Mission Belt Co – $30
While certain situations are more suited to a casual NATO strap watch and others call for a beefier stainless steel diver, there are few other scenarios where a slim, well-designed leather timepiece won’t work. The Classic Bristol from Daniel Wellington mixes the very best principles of minimalist Swedish design with the functionality and styling of a slim, crisp dress watch, resulting in a timepiece that works just as well with a T-shirt and jeans as it does a tailored suit. The price is nearly unbeatable for the quality, and its sharp looks just might make it the most versatile watch in your arsenal.
Learn more at Amazon ($110) or Daniel Wellington ($229)
Forget wire frames or frame-less lenses. Super Tuttolente Sunglasses drops the traditional frame altogether, instead sporting a minimal silhouette created by the use of nothing but Zeiss lenses for the arms and the specs themselves, along with 3 barrel hinges for folding along with nose pads. They come in three different variants which include wayfarer, clubmaster, and futuristic looking W version.
Grab a pair at Colette – roughly $275 [via]