Athletic wear — especially shorts — often looks the part, between being too skimpy, too technical, and/or only offered in overly flashy neon colors good for nowhere but the gym. The OLIVERS All Over Short takes a different approach, instead aiming for a look that’s more than passable in the city and performance suitable for a multitude of activities. These shorts boast a base fabric that’s 87% nylon and 13% spandex for water repellency and 4-way stretch, plus a ballistic mesh inner pocket linings that resist against punctures by keys or other pointy objects. The end result is a high quality, tailored-fit short that’s as durable as it is sharp looking.
Learn more at OLIVERS – $68
Scarce are shirts that fit perfectly the first time around, and even more so shirts we like. That’s why instead of being stocked in just a handful of versions, each Stantt DataFit Shirt is made in exactly 75 sizes, hitting multiple variations on just about every important part. Finding your size is easy: enter your chest, waist, and sleeve measurements as per instructions on their site, then pick color and quantity. Days later a sharp looking, 100% cotton shirt arrives on your doorstep, typically fitting great as-is. And if it doesn’t fit just right out of the box, Stantt will exchange it for a closer matching size free of charge.
Grab one at Stantt (use code gearhungry for 15% off) – $98
Paying tribute to the first experimental aircraft to break the sound barrier, Bell & Ross launched the 45mm BR-X1. Pushing its boundaries even further comes the BR-X1 Carbon Forgé which, as its name suggests, is encased in cutting-edge materials obtained by compressing carbon fibres with a thermosetting resin for a case that has steel beat in both weight and hardness. Behind grey-tinted sapphire crystal lies the skeletonized, automatic BR-CAL.313 movement with 30 minute chronograph and Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands. And, as per tradition, the movement is also visible through the sapphire window on the underside.
Learn more at Bell & Ross – $TBA
A smartwatch it isn’t. Nor is it mechanical. Instead of feeding you notifications and the like, the Breitling B55 Connected Chronograph only makes use of your Bluetooth LE-enabled smartphone for its big screen and straightforward interface, facilitating time setting, timezone adjustment, alarms, operating parameters, viewing uploaded measurements from the chronograph on a larger display, and more. Powered by a rechargeable li-ion battery, the B55 keeps time thanks to a thermocompensated calibre B55 SuperQuartz movement ten times more accurate than standard quartz and displays additional functions on two high-constrast LCD screens, each with a backlight that triggers at the tilt of your wrist. And it’s all wrapped in a handsome black-carbon coated titanium case, albeit coupled to a rubber strap that we’d quickly replace.
Read more at Breitling – $TBA
There’s more than one kind of stank. Maybe you’re a little intellectually impaired and put your stank on greetings to those similarly minded. Maybe your attitude needs an adjustment (dang, that stanks) or maybe you’ve got a swagger and confidence that can handle Bravdo by Alfred Lane. Bravado is the ultimate scent of the modern man that no other “stank” can match. The seductively complex fragrance is woodsy with spicy notes of nutmeg, sandalwood, leather and tobacco. A convenient tin perfect for travel or for those on the go contains all of Bravado’s manly emulsions and natural oils to moisturize your skin. One finger-tip worth of Bravado applied to pulse points makes you irresistible, if only to your manly self.
Find Bravado alongside Brio & Vanguard at Birchbox – $16
Building timepieces with natural materials is easier said than done, often with all too tacky results. Alternatively, Seaval Time’s lineup integrates maple or black ash as the watches face, resulting in a minimalistic, logo-free design that has organic feel thanks to prominent natural grain. The face and mechanism are enclosed behind mineral glass in a stainless steel case with hefty screw on crown that’s waterproof to 10ATM (330 feet), ideal for use on and under water. Throw in a rugged leather strap and you’ve got a workhorse of a watch for a fraction of the habitual price.
Preorder at Seaval – $100
A premium lifestyle sneaker that’s still casual enough for everyday wear, the Oliberté Anbesso is built around the brand’s grippy, flat sneaker outsole that’s uniquely adorned with subtle African prints along with a map of its place of construction underneath. And Oliberté has good reason to be proud of it: each shoe is manufactured in a Fair Trade Certified factory in Addis Abada, Ethiopia using local materials with a goal of growing the neighboring economy through trade. Else, they sport water-based comfort insoles with heel support, a rubber cupsole with reinforced sidewall stitching, and a casual three-hole lace-up silhouette.
Hit up Oliberté or Amazon for more – $110
When we think Void Watches, we immediately think of the V01. Re-envisioning this classic resulted in the Void V01MKII, a more modern, minimalistic take on a watch that, arguably, barely needed improvement. The Mark II is thinner, sports a sleek, uniform sand blasted stainless steel case in three colors — black, silver, and gold — that’s water resistant to 5ATM, and a sapphire crystal for enhanced scratch resistance. It’s also fitted with an elegant Italian leather strap with calf leather lining that rounds out the contrasting retro-meets-digital style.
Find the V01MKII at Void Watches – $340
While a simple, patterned piece of fabric stuffed into your pocket may technically get the job done, Madison Pears Pocket Squares won’t settle for mediocrity, instead pulling double duty as both accessories and conversation starters. These stunning squares are designed in New York City and spun from silk, cashmere, and modal in Italy, each accompanied by a backstory recounting the adventure leading to its inspiration. Receive a compliment on yours and the square will handily supplement the first five minutes of conversation. And while you’re on your own after that, that initial icebreaker may very well lead to forging memorable adventures for yourself.
Hit up Madison Pears to learn more – $58+
Shopping for nice ties in a retail environment is all too often synonymous to getting gouged. The Tie Maker aims instead to give men a more reasonable option. The brand’s 20 custom designed, hand crafted neckties are produced in the same factories as other high end tie brands and made of either 100% silk or wool, leaving them basically indistinguishable, quality-wise, from their $60-to-$80-a-tie competitors. Meaning you can stock your closet with multiple ties for less than the price of a single in stores and pocket the change.
Go pledge at Kickstarter – $15+