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These Oliver Cabell Phoenix Sneakers Are Made From Recycled Bottles

If you know sneakers, you’ve heard of Oliver Cabell several times before. They’re the hottest new sneaker brand right now, famed for its experimental turns on our favorite kicks. This time, they’re taking on a more eco-friendly project: the Oliver Cabell Phoenix Sacks, which are made from recycled bottles.

The new kicks are stylish, comfortable, and robust. Best of all, the Oliver Cabell Phoenix are pretty flexible in terms of what you want to pair them with, be it conventional streetwear or a more formal getup. The clean lines meld with a sharply defined profile and minimal colors to make for a sophisticated, subdued pair. Not to mention the construction of the Oliver Cabell Phoenix is pretty solid.

But that’s not what you came here for. The real highlight is that fact that they’re made from recycled bottles. Oliver Cabell sterilizes the bottles first, then cuts them into flakes, then spins them into a fiber and then uses a 3D printer to finish the process. Here’s Scott Gabrielson, founder of Oliver Cabell:

“Our mission has always been fairly simple. To marry the finest design, materials, and process with the latest technology, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses.” He adds the shoes exemplify such sentiments. “We feel that the Phoenix is the culmination of what we’ve been striving for since we launched.”

It’s hard to argue with Gabrielson. Though the construction novelty of the Oliver Cabell Phoenix could wear off after a few rounds of wear, it’s always a welcome change of pace when someone tries to innovate. Oliver Cabell has a ways to go before it can become the next Adidas or Nike, but this seems like a small step in the right direction.


Top Gun Fans Will Love This Limited Edition Bomber Jacket

When Ryan Martin — the founder of W.H. Ranch Dungarees — recently watched the trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, he wanted to commemorate the sequel in a special way. “I had this idea for a hybrid Western-influenced bomber jacket that was not made of leather,” he said. “I have the Navy G-1 standard issue [flight jacket] and I love it, but there’s got to be, like, 90 total days I can actually wear it.” So he designed a bomber jacket for year-round wear made with black Cone Mills 13-ounce bull denim.

While the VF-1 Ghost Ryder jacket is inspired by an iconic style, the tailored pattern is all original and features Western-styled double welt flap pockets, single-needle stitching and had-felled riser seams. A nod to Maverick’s original Top Gun jacket, the VF-1 features reproductions of all of the patches on Tom Cruise’s leather bomber.

It also includes a genuine mouton shearling collar and some very unique Navy Anchor buttons from a sixth-generation metal stamping factory in France. “They cost me like $4 a button so there’s about $50 worth of buttons on the jacket alone,” Martin said. “But, I just wanted something super special to cap off the specialness of the jacket.”

Martin is offering only six of these jackets, and, like W.H. Ranch jeans, he is making them by himself, one at a time. The jacket costs $995 and custom sizing is available upon request (they will deliver during the last week of October). For someone who wants a unique piece of outerwear for fall, act fast — you’d be hard-pressed to find a better quality jacket for less.

“If you want to indulge in the nostalgia of your youth by celebrating what appears to be the Second Coming of one of the most iconic movies of that generation, then come join me,” Ryan said. “I’ve got something cool for you.”

The Story Behind W.H. Ranch Dungarees

Some of the best jeans in the world aren’t made in standard factories, but instead, are made by a single craftsman from start to finish. They come with a hefty price tag, but the attention to detail is unmatched. Read the Story

Levi’s Just Kicked off a Warehouse Sale with up to 75% off Select Items

We’re not going to pretend that it’s difficult to find Levi’s jeans, truckers and button-downs on sale regularly because it’s not. They might be the OG when it comes to all things denim, but they…

The Vollebak Black Squid Jacket Is Back

We’ve covered the Vollebak Black Squid Jacket previously, but even before that was published, the garment had sold out just like that. Thankfully, Vollebak has decided to reissue the phenomenally popular jacket.

That’s right. The company is reissuing its highly reflective, iridescent, waterproof, and windproof jacket. Just for perspective on how quickly they sold out: in just three days after first being released, Vollebak completely ran out of stock.

The jacket draws inspiration from its namesake animal. The Black Squid Jacket comes embedded with over two million microscopic glass spheres. In low light, the fabric shows mostly black with tiny splashes. But step into the daylight and you’ll see it explode into a mesmerizing maelstrom of colors and hues.

Its iridescence is a huge part of its appeal. But to be fair, the jacket itself features excellent construction, proof of Vollebak’s expert craftsmanship. The silhouette cuts the sharp angles into a more streamlined profile. It comes topped with geometric cutouts for a slight dollop of flair You’d think that would make it far too flamboyant, but the result is far from being such. It’s a sophisticated jacket oozing with style.

You might think Vollebak chose to design it this way just for show. But in fact, it’s got a more practical purpose. Here’s Steve Tidball, Vollebak’s founder:

“If you get lost on a mountain at night, it is hard to find you. If a search light goes over this jacket, it would look like a star on the mountain. You would be very visible, very quickly.”


Oliver Cabell Phoenix Shoes Are 3D Printed from Recycled Bottles

There’s no doubt in our minds that Oliver Cabell is the best new sneaker brand of the past few years, but their recently released Phoenix sneaker seals the deal. It’s a stylish, airy shoe with…

Columbia SH/FT Collection Dare You To Brave The Wilderness

Whoever said hiking boots couldn’t slip inside a streetwear get-up should eat their words right this second. Columbia Sportswear unveiled just recently a line of sneakers and boots hybrid, marking the outdoor apparel company’s first venture into the world of sneakers. The SH/FT collection is, compared to its other offerings, much sleeker but still retains the expertly crafted utilitarianism.

The sneakers feature bright yellows and teals, and they unsurprisingly boast sneaker-like silhouettes, to boot (pun intended). With the SH/FT collection, Columbia Sportswear hopes to get some traction from the sneakerhead community, whose members prefer the slick, stylish profiles of Nikes and Adidas rather than the heavy-duty appeal of outdoor wear. Market analyses says there’s an audience for hybrids like this. Here’s Matt Powell, sportswear expert at NPD:

“The sneaker-boot trend has been around for a while, and we’re definitely seeing more blending and blurring of the lines between what’s athletic footwear and what’s fashion footwear.”

The SH/FT collection has much in similarity to Nike’s outdoor-focused ACG line, which couples industry-leading styles and silhouettes with characteristics typical of hiking gear. These urban kicks boast a 100% waterproof stretch-knit composition and call forth the spirit of streetwear’s most reliable footwear.

But they don’t stop on style, of course. This is, after all, a hybrid, so you get the best of both worlds. The gauzy stylish brio of conventional kicks and the robust, skillful craftsmanship boots bring to the table. The SH/FT collection is a win-win situation, in other words. Hit the link below to check out the collection.


Photos courtesy of Columbia Sportswear

How to Buy a Suit for Warm Weather

A versatile four-season suit is a wardrobe staple, but it isn’t necessarily appropriate for every occasion. During the warmer months, suits made with summer-weight fabrics and breathable constructions are welcome substitutions for traditional tailoring. Though many retailers offer a few lightweight options for hot weather, respected made-to-measure and bespoke services can produce hundreds of different styles utilizing fabrics from mills around the world.

There are countless fabric colors and styles available in materials like wool, cashmere, silk, linen and cotton. Along with the type of fabric, the construction — whether the jacket is lined, half-lined or unlined — adds to the wearability of a suit in warmer climes. To make sense of it all, we talked to Suit Supply Vice President Nish de Gruiter. (His brand happens to offer the world’s lightest unlined suit.) So, before making your next purchase, refer to his simple tips on purchasing a summer-weight suit — you’ll look sharp and stay cool, no matter the situation.

Consider the location and occasion. Are you buying a suit for work, a wedding or something more casual? “If you go to a wedding, you want to make sure that your suit is half lined and that the fabric also holds its shape really well,” de Gruiter says, referring to destination-wedding linen styles. On the other hand, if you’re working in a warm climate, stay away from fully-linen fabrics. “It wrinkles quite a lot,” he notes.

If you appreciate the casual texture and breathable weave of linen, consider linen-silk blends or linen-woolen-silk blends instead. “Those things still have the feel of a linen suit and also they hold their shape really well,” de Gruiter says.

It’s all about the fabric weave and composition. For comfort in warmer climates, pay close attention to the weight and breathability of the fabric. For example, a hopsack fabric features a much looser weave than a jacquard or gabardine fabric. “That’s the reason we make a hopsack fully lined,” de Gruiter says. “It holds the shape a little bit better especially if you wear it everyday.”

While the lining of a jacket compliments the fabric, it should also reflect the occasion. “The office guy will be a bit more comfortable with a fully lined jacket so it doesn’t wrinkle that much and it holds its shape a little bit better,” he says. “But if you get travel fabrics, it doesn’t matter if you have a lining or no lining.” Versatile suits designed with those fabrics resist wrinkles and provide increased comfort (read: stretch).

Don’t forget about cotton. “One of the most overlooked fabrics in summer-weight suiting is cotton,” de Gruiter says. While it is commonly associated with wardrobe essentials like t-shirts, jeans and sweatshirts, it makes the perfect material for a warm-weather suit. It’s lightweight, it doesn’t require a lining and it doesn’t wrinkle as readily as linen.

Mind your shirt. When you invest in a lightweight suit for the warmer months, be conscious of the shirt you pair it with. De Gruiter sees many people opt for heavy twill or heavy oxford shirts, a choice that negates the positive features of the summer-weight suit. If you choose a suit based on feel and breathability, his advice is simple: “Make sure that your shirts are inline with that, too.”

The Best Suits Under $1,000

This guide to the best suits under $1,000 explores everything you need to know before you buy your next suit, including construction methods, fabrics and customizable options. Read the Story

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Paul Dillinger, Levi’s Head of Innovation, Wants to Change the World. He Might Just Do It

“Do you know how to sew a button?”

Paul Dillinger, Levi’s senior vice president of Global Product Innovation, asks me the question near a sewing machine on the second floor of Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab in a nondescript warehouse in San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill neighborhood, just blocks from the company headquarters.

Before I can answer, Dillinger bounds down the stairs, out of sight, and soon returns with buttons, needles and thread. He grabs a pair of scissors and shears off a length of selvedge canvas in a single smooth movement before getting to work, sewing and lecturing simultaneously.

“In 1997, the state of California stopped teaching conventional home ec,” he says. Dillinger is tall and lanky in a denim jacket and black beanie, with sharp blue eyes and a dark, close-cropped beard. “Home ec and shop got turned into seven different vocational tracks, and now every school teaches all seven. But basic life skills aren’t part of it,” he says, threading his needle. Back when he lived in New York, Dillinger says, he gave similar button-sewing lessons to friends during weekly poker nights at his apartment.

Dillinger grew up in a small logging town in Washington state, near Mount Rainier. He decided to become a designer at just 12 years old after seeing a fashion segment on The Phil Donahue Show. He spent his teens teaching himself sewing and patternmaking, eventually receiving a BFA in fashion design from Washington University in St. Louis. For postgraduate work, Dillinger received the first-ever Fulbright scholarship for the study of fashion, in 1994, attending the Domus Academy in Milan. It was at there, under the tutelage of design luminaries like Anna Zegna, Philippe Starck and Andrea Branzi, where Dillinger absorbed the idea that every design decision should be validated by research, which remains a core tenet of his work.

After his MFA, Dillinger moved to New York City. For the next 16 years he worked at a succession of competitive brands, including Calvin Klein, DKNY, and Martin + Osa. He quickly noticed similarities.

From left: A pair of jeans found at an abandonded mine in Calico, San Bernardino County, California dated to the late 1800s; modern pre-distressed jeans hang in the Eureka Lab.

“They manufactured at the same factories, offered the same fits and finishes, with minor deviations, and were sold at the same price points at the same retailers,” he says. As retailers began pushing for tighter cost margins, Dillinger saw profits being prioritized regardless of the effects on the supply chain, or on consumers. Disillusioned, Dillinger dropped out of the fashion world and joined the faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at his alma mater, Washington University.

In the two decades since he graduated, the school had affected a noticeably more sustainable facade — no plastic water bottles for purchase on campus, waste disposal marked specifically for “Landfill” rather than “Garbage” — though despite the nod toward eco-friendliness, Dillinger noticed a disinterest in other pressing issues facing the apparel industry, from child labor and sweatshop practices to the lessons of the American Labor Movement, and so he focused his academic attention on conceiving the most sustainable system possible, from all possible angles, for the fashion industry.

Later that year, Dillinger got a call from Doug Conklyn, a former colleague at Martin + Osa who had recently taken a position as senior vice president of design at Dockers, in San Francisco. (The Dockers brand is owned by Levi’s.) Conklyn was calling to offer a job — a return to the fashion industry, but also an opportunity for Dillinger to explore his personal interests from within the company.

“He’s quite simply the most brilliant and creative designer I’ve ever known,” Conklyn, now Speedo’s senior vice president of design and merchandising, tells me later by phone. “Paul is that rare individual that looks at things in so many different dimensions simultaneously. I haven’t seen it duplicated.”

Dillinger worked at Dockers for three years, during which time he attended the First Movers Fellowship Program at the Aspen Institute, a 60-year-old think tank for values-based leadership. (Dillinger describes the Fellowship as, “You go to the Aspen campus and engage with the brilliant people they have, and just literally bump into Madeleine Albright and have a conversation around the implications of the common economy on global security policy.”) He introduced an academic, research-through-practice methodology to Dockers’ clothing design in the form of the Wellthread program, which explores and showcases cutting-edge sustainability solutions through small collections each season. It was, and is, a revolutionary approach.

“One of the genius things the company has done with the Wellthread model is to allow it to exist at the smallest industrial scale, so that any idea we put through that model can be proofed through the gears of a major supply chain, but never at such scale it puts the ideas themselves at risk,” Dillinger says.

A laser at the Eureka Lab can distress a new pair of jeans in seconds.

On the second floor of the Eureka Lab, over the hushed whir of machines and the sounds of sewers putting finishing touches on custom garments for the upcoming Coachella festival, Dillinger frames the scope of his mission by first admitting the apparel industry’s dirty secret: it’s one of the world’s top industrial polluters, producing more CO2 in a year than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the dyeing and treatment of textiles accounts for 20 percent of industrial water pollution globally; greenhouse gas emissions from textile production in 2015 were equivalent to 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide. More alarming is that, according to management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, 60 percent of all clothing produced winds up in incinerators or landfills within 12 months. People, meanwhile, are buying new clothes at a staggering rate; according to McKinsey, “clothing production doubled from 2000 to 2014, and the number of garments purchased each year by the average consumer increased by sixty percent.”

When Levi’s offered Dillinger his current position, in 2014, he saw a chance to implement the Wellthread program and similar initiatives on a larger scale. Levi’s is one of the world’s biggest apparel companies, with a reported net revenue of $5.6 billion in 2018.

“There’s probably no better soapbox to try to convince the industry to change its ways than Levi’s,” Dillinger says.

For many brands, adopting a sustainability narrative involves a misleading if not cynical focus on a single sustainable component — say, recycled ocean plastic — which can be marketed to eco-minded consumers even if it does nothing to extend the life cycle of the overall garment. But at Levi’s, Dillinger had the mandate and the resources to consider a massive, full-system redesign. He knew the hard limitations behind feel-good sustainability stories (fabrics made from reclaimed bottles, for example, can’t be recycled when snaps or zippers are added, and can release microplastics into the waterways when washed) and he wanted to create something better.

“There’s an abundance of bullshit in this space,” Dillinger says. “Don’t tell me you value recycling and haven’t considered the recyclability of the garment.”

Bolts of denim from mills across the world are stacked in tall racks for easy access while creating prototypes.

On the main floor of Eureka Lab, bolts of denim are stacked in tall racks for easy access. The huge blue rolls come from mills across the world and are made almost exclusively from cotton. To a typical denim lover, this alone is the very image of sustainable fashion. But there’s more to jean-making than denim. The other components, from pocket bags to the tag, are of equal interest to Dillinger’s work, as they’re often made from less sustainable materials that can severely compromise the recyclability of “pure inputs” — like cotton and nylon that can be reused over and over again.

Take elasticity. Most people now want jeans that stretch, at least a bit. Manufacturing stretchy jeans typically requires taking cotton, a pure input, and blending in a small percentage of elastane. At that point, the new material can’t be recycled. And dyes, hardware, even thread material can further complicate or negate the recyclability.

This spring, Levi’s quietly released a line of garments designed with 100 percent cotton Thermadapt fabric. The thread starts as a polyester core wrapped in cotton, which is woven into denim. The polyester is then dissolved out and recaptured for future use. The resulting fabric looks like a heavyweight jean but is 30 percent lighter than traditional denim; it also wicks moisture from the body and provides enough insulation for year-round wear, which means stores don’t have to chuck it in the Sale bin at the end of a season.

The machines that produce Themadapt aren’t located in San Francisco, but Eureka Lab does house an array of scientific instruments for testing fabric and a room full of hi-tech wash and dye machines. As we walk past vats of natural indigo and a row of big, blinking contraptions for garment dyeing and ozone bleaching, the conversation shifts to hemp.

Hemp is superior to cotton in many ways; it’s resistant to pests, requires little water and has a short growth cycle. But it isn’t widely used in the clothing industry, mostly because industrial apparel machines are calibrated to accommodate cotton’s natural stretch, which hemp doesn’t have. Rather than creating a new manufacturing system, Dillinger wanted to process hemp so that it felt and acted like cotton. The result: cottonized hemp, recently introduced by Wellthread, which is produced using little energy or chemical processing and can move through a supply chain similarly to cotton.

From left, clockwise: The spacious concrete floor at the Eureka Lab is painted for organizing seasonal collections; vats of nautral indigo, warmed with lamps, sit next to a row of washing machines; an employee chooses a thread cone for work on a prototype.

In keeping with Dillinger’s research-through-practice ethos, Levi’s produced the Wellthread cottonized hemp collection after his team learned how to process, spin and weave the thread — but notably before they figured out how to color the material. In upcoming seasons, cottonized hemp will be incorporated into Levi’s indigo denim and finished with a range of washes, but in the meantime, the collection features only white garments.

“It’s exciting to be able to talk about cottonized hemp, to signal that one of the world’s big brands is saying, ‘Something new has happened here,’” Dillinger says.

Of course, the fashion industry is full of bold and misleading claims, but when Dillinger proclaims something truly new, people notice.

“Paul is one of the rare honest voices in our industry,” says John Moore, designer and cofounder of wardrobe essentials brand Outerknown. “He’s never afraid to speak the truth about his own work.”

During a debate at the Museum of Modern Art, in 2017, Dillinger won over a room of fashion heavyweights while arguing the position that people should stop buying clothes. And he asks me a question — one that he explicitly puts on the record as his opinion and not that of the mega-brand that employs him, but that is no less antagonistic to his industry for being rhetorical. “Why on Earth would you try to use sustainability messaging as a mechanism to sell more product, when in fact the quantity of product being sold is a problem?”

The belief that people should buy less is an odd position to hold as one of the most influential executives at the world’s largest denim brand. He mentions the Levi’s Wellthread x Jacquard by Google jacket, which he showed me back in 2017, in Manhattan. The jacket features a touch interface on the left wrist paired to the wearer’s phone, allowing on-the-go access to navigation, messaging, music, and more. The idea of Wellthread x Jacquard is that the jacket itself remains unchanged from season to season; instead, it’s the digital functionality that’s upgraded with new features, challenging Levi’s to devise ways of adding and monetizing digital value rather than simply producing more stuff.

“I know this season’s Jacquard has zero environmental footprint, because the season’s Jacquard is simply the addition of new abilities that keep you from losing your phone at the bar, or your jacket at the bar.”

New jeans with a variety of finishes hang in the Eureka Lab.

And while Dillinger’s role encourages him to experiment with new and emerging technologies — e.g., working with textile technology startup EvrNu to produce jeans from garment waste, or using bacterium to dye clothes the right shade of blue — his most radical thinking may be in his simple, humanistic approach to attacking the thoughtless consumption cycle, in which people treat clothing like entertainment, habitually acquiring and discarding garments.

From a manufacturer’s standpoint, according to Dillinger, that can mean “just making things that last for a very long time,” because people are less likely to trash clothing that isn’t falling apart. But more than that, it’s about teaching people how to find value in what they already own — how to use it, repair it, reuse it. “Our closets are stuffed full of value that we’ve been trained to ignore,” Dillinger says.

“It’s cheaper to buy a new pair of cargo shorts than it is to take your shorts and get a waistband taken out because your waist has changed since last summer,” he says. “Your clothes become a burden to own because you don’t know how to take care of them. I get why people throw them away to get something new. We’ve made it really cheap to buy something new.”

This point, about the feverish, unsustainable consumption cycle, is why Dillinger stops everything to teach me how to properly sew a button. We practice, with the sun falling in through high windows onto the painted concrete floor, and I consider just how many millions of cheap, disposable shirts and pants and shorts and sweaters have been tossed because someone can’t sew on a new button or fix a hole, can’t even be bothered to pay someone else to do it because that garment can just be replaced with a few mouse clicks and twelve bucks plus tax. Sure, it won’t last two seasons, but it will arrive tomorrow. Maybe sooner.

“You’re not creating tension between the surface of the fabric and the button,” Dillinger tells me, demonstrating the technique. His method is considered, practiced. He secures a thread shank with double knots.

“It’s a much more durable way of sewing a button,” he says. The way he explains it, it sounds downright revolutionary.

A version of this article originally appeared in Issue Ten of Gear Patrol Magazine with the headline “Wash. Fit. Rinse. Revolution.” Subscribe today.
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One of Our Favorite Bag Makers Just Released a Premium Line for Everyday Use

Australian bag maker Bellroy just released a major upgrade to a few of its best styles. The Premium Collection — made up of a backpack, a sling and a tote — features environmentally certified leather and contrast details. Each bag is available in two versatile colors, Black Sand and Desert, and is backed with the brand’s three-year warranty.

Each bag pairs hard-wearing woven nylon with leather tanned under gold-rated Leather Working Group environmental protocols. “We designed our Premium bags for those who take pleasure in fine aesthetic detail,” said Bellroy designer Rowan Dinning in a statement. “That bit of extra care makes all the difference. We even specially developed a leather for this that’s softer and more robust than our wallet leather, with extra body to hold its shape.”

Ideal for everyday use, the bags have capacities that range from 7 liters for the sling to 20 liters for the backpack. Both the tote and the backpack are designed to hold laptops or tablets and each bag has a range of functional details including water-resistant pockets, soft-lined sunglasses pouches and key clips. Starting at $159, these bags are well worth investing in and will serve you well for years to come.

Sling — Premium by Bellroy $159

Tokyo Tote — Premium by Bellroy $199

Classic Backpack — Premium by Bellroy $229

7 Things Designer John Moore Is on the Hunt for Right Now

Editor’s Note: Welcome to In My Cart, a regular series in which we ask some of the coolest guys we know what they’ve recently acquired, are thinking about buying, or need to buy more of — but for whatever reason don’t have in hand just yet. This week Outerknown co-founder John Moore.

Outerknown’s debut collection — which hit shelves in fall 2015 — heralded a new approach to sustainability in the clothing industry. While many men’s brands had approached ethical and sustainable garments before, Outerknown successfully prioritized these methods across its range of stylish wardrobe essentials. Co-founded by pro-surfer Kelly Slater and respected designer John Moore, the mission of the brand wasn’t a stretch. “Surfers are, by nature, environmentalists,” Moore told us in 2016.

Since then, Moore has been quite busy. He participated in the inaugural Levi Strass & Co. “Collaboratory” in 2016 and launched a clothing collaboration with Levi’s Wellthread program in 2017. Also in 2017, he founded a multi-disciplinary design studio called Group Efforts with clients including Firewire Surfboards, Jerde, and Kelly Slater Wave Co., among others.

Notably, in March 2019, Moore expanded Outerknown’s offerings to include women’s clothing. “Just like in men’s, our mission of making the decisions with the highest regard for people and planet was woven throughout every decision while creating women’s,” he said. “The best part is every single item is made in a planet-friendly, preferred fiber.” And in May, another first: Outerknown opened its first shop, the Outerspace, located in Culver City, Los Angeles.

Taking a moment out of his busy schedule, Moore recently shared a few of the items he’s currently had his eye on. From a reusable cup to a planet-friendly Bronco, the products point to man incredibly focused on beautifully designed, planet-friendly solutions. “Sustainably-minded shopping means you have to have a lot of patience,” Moore said. “Some of these items might be in my cart for a long time while their makers work out how to bring them to the market. And I’m going to assume that Gear Patrol is giving me some fun-money to play within these purchases, right?”

Zero Labs All-Electric Ford Bronco

“Clean mechanics with classically good looks! The idea of stepping into an early Bronco every day with a planet-friendly electric engine inside gets me so excited. I put my name on this waiting list, but I’m hearing rumors of a $250K price tag so I’ll also be waiting on my fun-money allowance from Gear Patrol.”

Adidas Futurecraft.Loop

“I’m actually a Nike or New Balance guy, but I want all the giant sneaker brands to get into the responsible innovation and materials game, so I’m talking about this fully recyclable shoe from Adidas while it’s still a ways out.”

Outerknown Salty Sweatshirt

“Earlier this year, we made a fair trade certified usa-grown Supima cotton sweatshirt called the stowaway at Outerknown. It’s a lighter weight than my usual sweats, and it’s become my favorite layer during this mild summer we’re having in California. I don’t usually wear graphics on my tops, but we made small run that just says ‘SALTY’ and I’m digging this right now.”

Atelier & Repairs Braga Tuta

“I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we re-use materials that already exist. Atelier & Repairs with Candiani Denim made this collaboration overall without raw cotton. It’s a 100-percent regenerated denim, a blend of recycled fibers including cotton from Candiani’s own mill. I’ve always been a big fan of designer Maurizio Donadi and his approach to design. The coveralls are a little trendy at the moment, and I’m not sure I can pull these off, but I was able to hear Maurizio and Alberto Candiani talk about this collaboration in person a few weeks ago, and I’m a sucker for a good story.”

Donald Judd Furniture

“After dreaming about it for most of my life, I’m working on a house project with my girlfriend, and I hope at some point we can include something vintage by Donald Judd. A table or chair maybe. Until then, the inspiration will do just fine.”

Keep Cup Espresso

“We got rid of the straws and plastic bags a long time ago, but considering how much coffee we drink, it took me too long to find these. Recently I grabbed two Keep Cups which I take with me every morning for our quad latte and capucino. Dig these clean lines, black lid and cork detailing. Will be investing in a few more soon.”

Outerknown Woolaroo Trunks

“Outerknown recently collaborated with Woolmark to bring the world’s first 100-percent Australian Merino wool boardshort to the market. This was four years in the making for us, but wool has been part of the surfing’s heritage since Duke Kahanamoku wore his woolen onesies in the early 1900s. I like my trunks cleaner, a little shorter and built with strength. These hit above the knee and have some serious guts. They get better the more you beat them up.”

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The Seiko 1968 Prospex Automatic Diver’s Watch Is Back

Can you believe Seiko has been around since 1881? Yes, we can’t either. That’s a testament to the brand’s relevance that they still manage to cater to a millennial audience despite being so ancient. Because they’ve been around so long, that means the company has acquired quite a sizable treasure trove of classics. One such example is the 1968 Prospex Automatic Diver’s watch, which is now getting a limited edition re-release.

There are several noteworthy differences between the original 1968 Prospex Automatic Diver’s watch and the variant for this new era. Most importantly, the new one boasts a 37-jewel calibre 8L55 movement with a 55-hour power reserve. It can survive, theoretically, up to 300 meters underwater. Though summer is almost nearing its end, which means you won’t be diving anytime soon, the sophisticated design of this watch will make you want to wear it for any occasion.

In terms of aesthetics, however, much remains unchanged. There’s still the coated stainless steel exterior with its signature flat caseback. Plus a gorgeous unidirectional dive timer bezel, and for good measure, a durable and robust yet super strong silicone band. Seiko will hand off just 1,500 examples, so better hurry if you want one.

This iconic timepiece is now available for $5,400. That’s a tad bit too pricey for a diver’s watch, for sure. However, the classic design and time-tested quality and performance make the asking price more than worth it. Make sure to hit the link below for more information on how to purchase one.


10 Weekender Bags for Your Next Getaway

For short trips, travel light. The weekender — a carryall or small duffel — is designed to hold enough clothes to keep you looking fresh, whatever grooming products you require (within reason) and a few other daily essentials (e.g. laptop, reading materials, headphones). When deciding on the best weekender for your lifestyle, first analyze function, then hone in on an aesthetic. Do you need a bag for professional business trips? What about a weekend at the lake with your friends? Maybe you’ll be on the slopes for 48 hours? No matter the type of excursion, one of these weekenders will keep your necessities organized and compact, all without compromising classic styling.

Rains Weekend Bag

This minimalist waterproof bag by Danish brand Rains is excellent for any weekend getaway with inclement weather. The main compartment fastens with a two way-sealed zip to keep your clothing and accessories safe and dry.

Patagonia Black Hole 90L Duffle Bag

Need a bigger bag to take on a variety of excursions? This 90L duffle from Patagonia is made of ripstop fabric with a water-resistant coating, and features a dark color palette that won’t draw too much attention.

Joshu + Vela Small Duffle

This barrel-round duffle features leather handles, hand-set American-made copper rivets, and a smooth excella YKK zipper. Choose from a range of limited-edition fabrics and leathers.

Tecovas Ranch Duffle

This classic leather duffle features a heavy-duty YKK zipper and a snap-close grab handle. The interior is lined with green canvas and includes three open pockets and a secured zip pocket.

Filson Small Duffle

Made in the USA, this small duffle from Filson is made from rugged canvas, includes bridle leather straps and features brass hardware. Its two-pocket interior is unlined.

Korchmar Twain Weekender

This leather weekender from Korchmar is fully lined and made in the USA. At 22 inches, it will fit in any airline overhead compartment and still hold a weekend’s worth of clothing and accessories.

Montblanc Sartorial Jet Large Duffle Bag

This understated duffel has a water- and scratch-resistant nylon body with black Saffiano calf leather accents. The design features one main compartment with a top zipper, one interior zipped pocket and two interior open pockets.

Bleu de Chauffe Hobo Holdall

Made in France from full-grain leather, this bag features two top handles, a detachable shoulder strap and a two-way zip fastening. It has a detabchable internal zip pocket and holds about 20 liters.

Bennett Winch Weekender

This canvas weekender is made in England and holds about 40 liters. It has two top handles, an internal zip pocket, a padded tablet sleeve, a waterproof shoe compartment and leather accents.

Globe Trotter Leather Holdall

This minimalist leather holdall is made in England from full-grain leather. It features two handles, an canvas lining, an internal zip pocket and a capacity of 18 liters.

10 of the Most Beautiful Menswear Shops Around the World

In a world of flash sales, Instagram shopping and nightly pop-up shops, there is nothing better than uncovering a brick-and-mortar stalwart. The best menswear shops make it worth your time to slow down, peruse the wares and befriend the shopkeepers. Next time you’re in Tokyo or Melbourne, Paris or Buenos Aires, stop in, take your time, and enjoy that rarefied experience of touching, smelling and purchasing something tangible.

Freemans Sporting Goods | Tokyo, Japan

The Freemans brand — which includes bespoke tailoring, a barbershop, a restaurant, a menswear store and a brand new book — may have started in New York, but their Tokyo outpost is where the magic is. Designed by the founder, Taavo Somer, the four-story townhouse in the Shibuya neighborhood is actually, in a matter of speaking, made to measure. With a restaurant in the basement, the other floors are stacked, packed and neatly racked with all things tailored. And since you’re there, you might as well settle in for a hot shave.

Address: 5–46–4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150–0001

The Cosmopolitan | Johannesburg, South Africa

Originally a gentleman’s hotel, the Cosmopolitan was an oasis for the early gold prospectors in Johannesburg. After a total refurb, it keeps some of that aesthetic in its concept store, where menswear classics are stocked alongside a resident barber. There is also a gallery element, named HAZARD, along with goods from local milliner Crystal Birch and luxury African tea brand Yswara, among others.

It’s a graceful departure from the otherwise edgy neighborhood.

Address: 24 Albrecht St, Johannesburg, 2043

Armando Cabral at Embaixada | Lisbon, Portugal

Founded by Portuguese model Armando Cabral in 2008, the shoe store hides in the 19th century new-Arabian Palace shopping gallery in Lisbon’s Príncipe Real neighborhood. The shoes, and the men’s accessories, are where minimalism meets new technology. Classics, including a derby or boat shoe, are made from the finest Italian leather finishes but feature an updated modern touch. The Jetset leather slippers will quickly become your favorite travel companion.

Address: Praça do Príncipe Real, 26, 1250 Lisboa

Stomping Ground | Ottawa, Canada

Opened in August last year by two locals looking to advance the city’s men’s fashion offerings, the store delivers on its promise. Fashion, grooming and accessories are available, and buyers can book an appointment-only personal shopper if they so desire. Get your Canadian Raised by Wolves outerwear fix, plus your Naked and Famous Unbranded denim (Montreal made) and show some support for the locals.

Address: 728 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3V4

Handsom | Melbourne, Australia

Focused on sustainability, this Aussie favorite is a solid spot to hunt for unique greats, like Mongolian-sourced knitwear, and all kinds of accessories. Handsom’s slogan — “We Make Nice Clothes” — may sound simple, but it pertains to its focus on unpretentious, clean design with sustainable fabrics like bamboo and lyocell, and the brand’s work with factories that pass audits for fair labor practices. Buying here feels better for all the right reasons.

Address: 163 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne

The Store | Berlin, Germany

In the lower levels of Soho House Berlin, right in the Mitte district, this vast and open space is open for shopping (and coworking and dining, if you please). The concept is that everything you see — minus the fire extinguisher — is for sale: the wooden bench you’re perched on, the records playing, the many rows of garments from designers like Jil Sander. Alex Eagle, the space’s creative director, describes it as “an open, shoppable private home for everyone to hang out in.”

Address: The Store at Soho House Berlin, Torstr. 1, Berlin

Kapok | Hong Kong, China

If you’re looking for something a little left field, Kapok will pleasantly surprise you. Known for bringing local talent to the fore, the store recently expanded with a small gallery and a cafe, so you can linger longer. There is always flux in this little spot — with pop-up 3D printing and interesting collaborations, like company’s exclusive travel accessories series with Japanese men’s retailer B Jirushi Yoshida.

Address: Kapok on Sun Street, 3 Sun Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Wait | Paris, France

At the Wait concept store off the Place Republique, California ease meets Paris chic. Owners Julian Tual and Antoine Mocquard, who also own the wooden-sunglasses brand Waiting for the Sun, run this summer-vibes store for sun-seekers, be they off on holiday or just urbanites craving the ocean. The space, like a surf clubhouse, is made for hanging out while you shop Wait’s “Made in France” menswear line, inspired by Britanny.

Address: 9 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003, Paris

Editor Market | Buenos Aires, Argentina

This large lifestyle hotspot in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires focuses on all things local and independent. The best experience is meandering around the light-filled space, shopping for bicycles from Monochrome (they also ship) or labels like Ramirez for t-shirts and denim. It’s then time to pause for a coffee downstairs and a perusal of the accessories. If you’re after a scent that nobody else has, try Fueguía’s perfumes and candles.

Address: Av. Corrientes 503, C1043AAF CABA, Buenos Aires

Hutspot | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

What started as a quirky pop-up by three childhood friends quickly expanded into a full retail extravaganza. Hutspot’s concept is simple: find unique brands and give them a proper showcase. Items include booze from Kever Genever and a coat from First of August. Recently the shop added a restaurant and a barber, and a new outpost also opened in Rotterdam. The store carries homewares and plenty of men’s gifts; weekly film showings and readings are also hosted here. If you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax, park on the couches in the attic, with coffee or drink in hand.

Address: Van Woustraat 4 street, 1073LL Amsterdam

How to Hand Wash Your Jeans

Denim lovers hunt down premium American and Japanese jeans knowing that, with time, the indigo-dyed fabric will showcase an individual wear-pattern. “Indigo is not colorfast and it is water-soluble, so from a microscopic standpoint, it’s in just sitting on the surface and trapped in a web of cotton fiber,” said Scott Morrison, the founder of premium denim brand 3×1. It’s this unique attribute that makes the method of washing raw denim such a salient subject.

Over time, raw denim becomes unique to the wearer, folding and creasing to create a complex set of fades. These fades happen over months of wear, but if the denim is washed during this period, the fading can be negated. To develop your own characteristic look on your raw denim, start by following Morrison’s steps below to properly care for your jeans. “Raw denim is a commitment,” said Morrison. “It’s a commitment due to the fact that you won’t see the rewards of your investment for 9-12 months. But that being said, it’s impossible to match the beauty of a jean worn from raw. There’s just nothing quite like it.”

Hold off the first wash for months. “I recommend going as long as possible before washing raw denim for the first time,” said Morrison. “In a perfect world, this is between 4-6 months of daily wear.” The preferred method to wash raw denim is to soak the jeans in a tub of water; it’s more gentle than a machine and it helps preserve unique creases and wear patterns. “Every time your raw jeans touch water, that indigo is redeposited on and around your jean,” said Morrison. “With each washing, you’re essentially stripping color from your jean.”

“If you want incredible fades you want to make sure your jeans are very well broken in, as the broken-in areas of your jeans will form whiskers and honeycombs thanks to the indigo chipping off in those specific areas of wear — i.e., behind the knees, the crotch, the pockets,” said Morrison. “Once you’ve ‘set’ those areas, you’ll see that they’ll remain there with subsequent washes, even though the base shade gets lighter and lighter.”

Soak and wait. “When you’re ready to wash them, run a bath of cold water. I suggest putting a cap full of our Denim Solution (Woolite Dark and regular castile soap also work well) in the water. I’d then turn the jeans inside out, and place them in the bath. No need to scrub or agitate the water, just let them soak for 45 minutes or so.” It’s a similar method to hand-washing wool sweaters and delicate garments, just in a bigger basin. Be sure not to use hot water (try to achieve a lukewarm starting temperature).

Rinse. “Pull them out, rinse them with clean, fresh water. Make sure you rinse well as you don’t want any soap residue remaining.” Flip them back right-side-out and make sure all the residue and any stains are rinsed clean.

Hang Dry. “Then let them air dry, or if you’re a little crazy like me, I put them on and wear them around the house for a bit.” The jeans can be placed on a rack, or, ideally, clipped to or hung on a hanger. Once they have dried and are only damp, you can wear them around to get the stretch right.

Manage the scent until the next wash. “Putting jeans in the freezer helps with the buildup of bacteria between washes. Scientifically, I am not sure if this method actually cuts down on the bacteria buildup — however, we do notice it helps with the smell. Personally, I like to spray a little Febreze if they start to smell, and then hang them. Which reminds me — always hang your jeans, never fold.” Weekly washing isn’t necessary, and it will hamper the development of the fade. After another few months, you can soak wash again or, if you’d like, throw them in the washing machine, inside-out, in cold water.

About the Expert


Scott Morrison is a major figure in the world of denim, founding Earnest Sewn, Paper Denim & Cloth and, most recently, 3×1. With 3×1, Morrison features 500 different denim fabrics sourced from mills around the world, and offers a range of denim products, all made in-house. Read More Here

The Urwerk X The Hour Glass UR-105 Is Designed To Age Over Time

The Hour Glass is an exciting annual show that allows watchmakers to flaunt their best. Moreover, it’s amazing to discover that the trade fair is already celebrating 40 years of awesome showcases. As with any important milestone, it is normal to commemorate the event with something special. To highlight this illustrious achievement, the Urwerk X The Hour Glass UR-105 presents a unique feature. Those who plan to snag one are in for a surprise because only three examples will be on offer.

This stunning timepiece will reportedly age along with its user. In order to deliver this effect, the watch uses a specific metal for the case. Bronze is the material of choice because of its tendency to develop a dynamic patina over time. In essence, this setup allows the timepiece to tell the time in two different ways. Just like most of the models from Urwerk, this commemorative edition makes a bold statement with its uncommon design. The manufacturer always shies away from traditional methods of telling time and opts to go about it with a twist.

Those familiar with some of the older models from Urwerk will recognize the wandering hours movement. In the case of the Urwerk X The Hour Glass UR-105, they’re labeling it as the UR 5.03 automatic movement. The open-work carousel holds four arms with three numeral satellites the rotate to show the hour. Next is the indicator below each number that moves in retrograde fashion along the minute indicator at the bottom. These complications sit under a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating.

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The Rolex Daytona 4130 La Barrichello Gets A Rose Gold Treatment

If you’re a fan of motorsports, you’ve likely seen the impressive number of sponsorships from top watchmakers. Perhaps both automative and watchmaking experts share common ground by working with intricate mechanical objects. On the other hand, it could just be that they just have piles of money lying around to help advertise their craft. Anyway, Formula 1 racing fanatics are surely going to lust after this exquisite timepiece by Artisans de Genève. This is the Rolex Daytona 4130 La Barrichello – a beautiful custom wristwatch for a legendary driver – in a stunning rose gold finish.

This is one Rolex that you won’t find on display at any official outlets. The name obviously hints that Rubens Barrichello is closely working with the Swiss shop for this exclusive offering. For the uninitiated, the Formula 1 driver currently holds the world record for 322 race starts in his 19-year career. His exceptional achievements also include 68 podium appearances and 11 Grand Prix victories. Artisans de Genève is modifying a Rolex Daytona 4130 as an ultimate homage to Barrichello.

Luxury watch enthusiasts will quickly notice that the dial of this custom timepiece is unique. After carefully taking the wristwatch apart, meticulous work was done to skeletonize the dial and other components. Meanwhile, powering the watch is Rolex’s 4130 automatic with a 72-hour power reserve and comes with some minimal modifications. Almost all of the components are in rose gold, except for the tachymeter bezel, dial, and two sub-dials, which are in black. Artisans de Genève is producing only a few Rolex Daytona 4130 La Barrichello wristwatches. Each one will set you back a cool $78,000.

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These Tag Heuer Carrera Watches Are Trippy, Man

Are we in a psychedelic trip is Tag Heuer just really got creative with its latest collection of watches? Well, it doesn’t matter. Free-spirited hippies, listen up. If you can afford it, Tag Heuer’s latest lineup is chic, soaking in style, and dripping with attitude. The Tag Heuer Carrera is a junkie’s fever dream.

The variant above, in particular, deserves praise for its flashy yet still understated aesthetic. The merit should go to Bamford and Black Badger, who collaborated on this project. Each watch features a unique style, made using Fordite found in Michigan Ford factories during the 1970 to the 1990s era. The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 evinces this very “cool car” vibe.

It’s simple. In modern car factories, the various components like doors are bodies, hand on jigs and move through the assembly line for coating. Then they’re baked. These components go through the process just one time, usually. But the mounting components go through hundreds. Then they accumulate collected overspray that drops.

One day, a curious worker discovered that these ugly clumps had a surprise inside. The cut or sanded into, gorgeous geological patterns appeared. They feature hundreds, if not thousands, of layers of car paint. And thus, the Tag Heuer Carrera. The patterns and colors are completely random, but each one is undeniably beautiful and breathtaking. Talk about happy accidents. There’s something so cool about finding art in the oddest of places. In this case, a place from where you would least expect art to appear. Hit the link below to check out the entire collection.


Slip On The On Cloud Edge Moonlight For Interstellar Running Performance

Honestly, we are loving the steady influx of space-themed products this month. It’s a good guess that NASA is responsible for these renewed interested regarding outer space. For those unaware, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is highlighting the golden jubilee of the first lunar landing. There is a boatload of events that are paying homage to the success of the Apollo 11 mission. Likewise, merchandise tie-ins are in full swing. A Swiss sports apparel brand joins the fun with the On Cloud Edge Moonlight.

You’ll agree that the name is a dead giveaway of the footwear’s intended tribute. Don’t bother looking for it on the outer surfaces of the shoe, because there’s something else hiding in plain sight. Barely noticeable in brightly-lit environments are the stellar patterns within the fabric of the upper. Additionally, the tongue, laces, midsole, and outsole, are getting a similar treatment. The magic happens when light hits the shoe in darkness as the reflective materials mimic the stunning beauty of a starlit night sky.

The brand is calling the colorway of this limited edition pair of kicks Iris/Dust and it looks awesome. As with any running shoe, ventilation is essential, which is why the outer mesh material of the upper is breathable. To keep water from seeping into the shoe, there are plastic coatings on the toe cap. Remember what we pointed out earlier,

The On Cloud Edge Moonlight features a nod to lunar landings via a print of the moon’s surface on the sock liner. Finally, the CloudTec outsoles provide superior cushioning and superior traction. This shoe has every right to boast about its interstellar pedigree thanks to its partnership with PTScientists – a space and lunar research startup in Berlin.

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