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]
Apple’s leather watch straps are gorgeous in their own right, but aren’t exactly traditional. Bexar Goods’ Apple Watch Strap, on the other hand, is precision cut from 4 ounce American Bridle leather and hand sewn with a durable poly-blend cording for a rugged look that contrasts nicely with the piece of tech at its center. Of course, each also includes the proper Apple Watch hardware lugs with which to attach the strap and that, along with the buckle, come in space grey, aluminum, or stainless steel to properly match the finish of your watch model.
Pick one up at Bexar Goods Co – $130
The shades you want shielding your eyes this summer have a little more history than you might think. Started in 1972 by two Polish immigrants, Randolph Engineering quickly grew from a parts & machinery supplier feeding the thriving U.S. optical manufacturing industry to the military’s prime sunglasses contractor in just a decade. The shades exploded onto the commercial market in the years thereafter, and the quality of a pair of Randolph Engineering Sunglasses — made in the U.S.A — still make them an option for military members today. The fashion-forward yet classic Concorde Flash Lens series combines sharp looks and durability with an attractive price — everything you could want from a pair of specs in one stylish package.
Learn more at Randolph Engineering or Amazon – $170
Our wrists still sting at the thought of the slap bracelets of yesteryear, and now they’re back, albeit integrated into SlapSee Sunglasses. These casual specs feature a hinge at their nose-bridge to fold in half, aligning their silicone-coated slap bracelet-like arms that can wrap around your wrist, ankle, bike frame, or anything else that’s suitable. Else, they come in four colors (black, red, pink, and blue) and boast 100% UV blocking lenses, useful when they’re actually on your face.
Grab a pair at Firebox – roughly $32
Not exactly conceived for backyard campers, if ever you do find yourself miserably lost and in danger you’ll be glad to have worn the Breitling Emergency Watch over a timepiece that focuses just on, well, the time. The Emergency tracks time using a thermocompensated SuperQuartz movement and also features a chronograph, digital calendar, alarm, and a second time zone. Its crucial feature, though, is a dual-frequency Personal Locator Beacon, deployed by turning the lower right side cap, that broadcasts a distress beacon through 121.5 MHz and 406 MHz frequencies to reach both local rescuers and the Cospas-Sarsat satellite system, respectively, greatly increasing your chances of being rescued.
Learn more at Breitling – $16,000+
When temps skyrocket in the summer, few things beat replacing a sturdy pair of winter boots with a set of lightweight slip-on sneakers. Designers have been trying their hand at the style in various fabrics for a few seasons now, but Greats, based in Brooklyn, NY, just might have it all figured out. The brand’s Wooster slip-on silhouette – so named for the legendary #menswear icon – was previously made in a thick wool offering and now gets a decidedly upscale leather update. Available in four versatile colors and made in Italy out of the finest materials, it’s one slip-on you can (and should) look for when buying your summer kicks.
Learn more at Greats – $150