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This Math-Inspired Jewelry Collection Makes the Perfect Gift

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Swarovski Curiosa Collection

Whether you are looking for a gift for someone special, or simply want to upgrade your jewelry collection with something unique for yourself, the Curiosa collection from Swarvoski is a great place to start. With precise and artful designs, these pieces are a gift that will be remembered. Designed by Creative Director Giovanna Engelbert, the collection is made up of three-dimensional rings, earrings and pendants in stunning colors.


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Inspired by Geometry

The three-dimensional cocktail rings in the collection draw inspiration from the wonder and elegance of geometry. These impressive pieces add a pop of prismatic color to any look.

Bichromatic

The Bichromatic princess cuts are embellished with delicate clear stones and are set on gold-tone-plated double bands. The result of combining these two colors is as if you’re looking through a kaleidoscope. So, there is no shortage of color in this collection.

Versatile

The pieces can be worn solo or paired with other items in the Curiosa collection to take your look to the next level. Whether you are looking to give a singular statement piece or a whole set, this collection has you covered.


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This Flannel Will Be Your Go-To This Fall

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Mizzen+Main City Flannel

When we think of our fall wardrobe, a durable comfortable flannel is what comes to mind. The classic shirt is the staple of cooler weather and can be worn to the office or for your weekend adventures. Mizzen+Main has taken the traditional flannel and upgraded it to work even better for you. The result is the City Flannel, which will keep you warm — but not too warm— while you are brunching in the city or sitting around the campfire this season.


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Considered Details

This flannel is lightweight, stretchy, soft and full of innovation. With a soft hand-feel, this flannel delivers on elevated comfort. The weight of the fabric is perfect for layering so you can add on your favorite sweater or fleece on cooler days.

Perfect Fit

The City Flannel is built to carry you through your day — be it casual or business casual. It comes in two fits, trim and classic, and offers darts in the back to eliminate the baggy look, a chest pocket and a button-down collar to keep you looking crisp.

Innovative

Made with lightweight fabric and stretch, this shirt keeps you comfortable while looking sharp and refined. Plus, it’s breathable, moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant so it can handle a day full of activities.


Price: $125

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Modernize the Engagement Ring Shopping Experience With James Allen

When it comes to proposing to the love of your life, there’s a lot of pressure to make sure you get it just right. That exciting chapter kicks off with actually picking out an engagement ring — which, traditionally speaking, can be complicated, confusing and, frankly, nothing short of stress-inducing. In an effort to streamline the whole affair, JamesAllen.com has taken the entire engagement ring process online, giving ring shoppers the ability to buy or design the ring of their (and their significant other’s) dreams. These advancements include James Allen’s proprietary 360° Diamond Display Technology, which delivers a look at over 200,000 diamonds — including lab-grown options — in magnified 360° HD. That’s not even mentioning the fact that James Allen engagement ring shoppers stand to save up to 50 percent when compared to traditional jewelry stores. On top of that, right now, you can get 25 percent off site-wide (exclusions apply). Planning a proposal might be both an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, but James Allen knows just how to take the stress out of the ring buying process in a thoroughly modern way.

Price: Settings start at $1,299

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The Best Parkas for Men

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When winter’s temperatures settle into the biting sub-zeroes, your best option for staying warm is the iconic arctic parka. Today’s iterations draw from mid-century military designs, placing equal weight on function and warmth, but utilize modern waterproofing and wind-proofing innovations. Met with down fill and an optional fur hood lining, cold weather doesn’t stand a chance.

On top of its functionality, the parka is an easy design to incorporate into any wardrobe, complementing a wide range of different aesthetics. In the case of cold-weather outerwear, the aphorism “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” readily applies, and the parka is still the best. Shop a few of our favorites below.

Parkas for Men

our pick

Eco Nordic Field Parka

J.Crew is no technical outerwear company by any stretch of the imagination. It did, however, make a pretty damn nice parka. The Eco Nordic Field Parka is constructed from hard-wearing Econyl (regenerated nylon waste), filled with eco-friendly Primaloft and finished with a faux fur trim (that’s just as warm). Plus, it’s water repellent. 

an upgrade

Batten-Down Parka

Battenwear

This 70s-inspired parka from Battenwear — fittingly called the Batten-Down Parka — has horizontal quilting with a 90-percent down, 10-percent feather fill. As such, it’s lightweight and warm, and the ripstop polyester shell repels water. 

an affordable alternative

Marquam Peak Fusion Parka

For the price, few parkas can compete with Columbia’s Marquam. It’s made from a cotton-nylon blend that’s both heat-trapping and waterproof. There are pockets at the hips and at the chest; the hood has a faux fur trim; and it’s filled with the brand’s proprietary Thermarator insulation.

The ReNew Short Parka

Everlane’s ReNew collection is a group of puffers and fleeces made using renewed alternatives to polyester. The collection recycled millions of plastic bottles, turning them into a super-fine polyester thread which was knit and woven into polyester fabric. This jacket is minimal and quite affordable, and is filled with recycled PrimaLoft insulation (recommended for 0 to 35°F temperatures).

Drangajokull Gore-Tex Down Parka

66 North’s Drangajokull Gore-Tex Down Parka looks like something a Nordic Bond villain would wear. It’s has a high and tight funnel hood that traps heat and blocks wind or rain (or snow), but that isn’t the only tech embedded to keep heat in and moisture out: The jacket’s made from two layers of Gore-Tex, has taped seams and an attachable faux fur trim.

Italian 3-1 Wool Parka

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder’s 3-in-1 Wool Parka combines the fabric and feel of a topcoat with the shape and warmth of a parka. Constructed from bonded heavy wool twill, which is water-repellent, it comes in a classic Olive color with a detachable faux fur liner. 

Glacial Parka

Rains makes high-quality, as the name implies, rain gear — jackets, bags, you get the gist. The brand’s Glacial Parka doesn’t have a heavy liner or a fur-trimmed hood, but it does leave room for layers underneath — and blocks out all moisture.

Stefano Hooded Down Parka

Canadian outerwear brand Pajar makes a parka with a polyester-nylon body and a cinched hood. Pull it tight when winter really hits to keep your head (and neck and…back) warm.

Arctic Parka

Get winter-ready with Woolrich’s Arctic Parka. It was originally designed for Alaskan oil workers, meaning it had to withstand subzero temperatures on top of harsh wind. The updated version has a detachable faux fur trim, duck down fill and a teflon coating for wind and water resistance.

Baxter State Parka

Designed for days when it’s between 5 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, LL. Bean’s Baxter State Parka is a pillar in the brand’s catalog. It’s wind- and waterproof and the go-to jacket for those traversing the White Mountains in New Hampshire, where the brand tested its capabilities.

Cold City Parka

Want a sleeker, city-centric parka? Lululemon’s Cold City Parka — as the name says — is designed for cold days downtown. Available in black or navy, it’s an appropriate length, waterproof and easy to wear.

Faux Fur-Trim Down Parka

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren’s classic parka combines elegance and durability. How? The design is relatively simple, with a straight down button stack, slant pockets and a removable faux fur hood.

Recycled Mcmurdo Parka

The North Face

Made from recycled nylon and filled with responsible-certified down, The North Face’s Mcmurdo Parka promises to keep you warm and dry — what more can you ask for?

Stormcraft Gore-Tex 700 Parka

Outdoor Research

Here’s an option for the outdoors-oriented folks shopping this list. Outdoor Research’s Stormcraft Parka is made from  polyester, lined with Gore-Tex and filled with certified-responsible down.

L4 > Detonator Parka

Seven Layer

New this season, Seven Layer’s L4 Detonator Parka — intimidating name aside — promises comfort and warmth, courtesy of long staple cotton, hard-wearing polyester and British Millerain’s dry waterproof finish.

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20 Closet Essentials Under $20

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I’m a fan of building your wardrobe slowly and with consideration for prerequisites like quality and the timelessness of the design. Simply put, do whatever you can to avoid overfilling your closet with fast fashion impulse purchases.

There are, however, auxiliary parts that play a pivotal role: things like irons or garments bags that aren’t clothes but live in your closet nonetheless. They’re important. If you drip some sauce on your shirt or shoes, you’re going to need the necessary tools to clean them up — beyond the napkin you use to blot the spot in the interim.

This is a list of these kinds of odd-ball essentials: the bits and pieces that complete your closet and make you ready for whatever comes at you; even if it’s just more new shirts or sneakers. Best of all, everything here is under $20 dollars.

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Wooden Hangers (10-Pack)

Quality Hangers

Go on, get yourself a good set of hangers. These are made from mahogany and come in packs of 10.

Crew Socks (2-Pack)

Sure, this purchase won’t spoil you with a set of two dozen socks, but this two-pack from Gap comes with better ones, meaning they won’t wear out after just one wear.

Knit Cuffed Beanie

I love Carhartt’s simple knit beanie. It beats out so many others, and it only costs $17.

50/50 Crewneck T-Shirt (2-Pack)

American Apparel

Two fine T-shirts from American Apparel for $15? That’s a steal, but especially since you can choose from a dozen different colors.

Disinfectant Spray (2-Pack)

Smelly shoes might not be as much of an issue in the winter, but long work days or wet liners all but guarantee a little odor — kill it, and the bacteria that caused it, with Microban’s sanitizing spray.

Dryer Balls

Serena & Lily

Wool dryer balls reduce wrinkles and matting without artificial fragrances. Plus, they’re reusable.

‘Repel’ Shoe Protectant Spray

Jason Markk

Keep your shoes clean for longer with a waterproofing spray. Jason Markk’s Repel formula protects all types of materials.

Wonder Balsam

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens’ balsam works well on all types of boots — not just Docs. Massage it in to restore your leather, no matter its current state. 

Suede Cleaning Kit

Jason Markk

Cleaning other sneakers might be easy. Suede? Not so much. Turn to a specialized kit — this one comes from sneaker expert Jason Markk, too — as to not ruin them.

Cedar Shoe Tree

Shoes rely on trees in order to retain their shape. That’s not true with all types, but it could never hurt to slip them into your favorite pair.

The Wrinkle Releaser

In a rush but your clothes are all embarrassingly wrinkled? Turn to a releaser. There are more voluminous options available from big box stores, but Frey’s is formulated with a surprisingly pleasant and complex scent.

63″ Shoelaces

You should always keep an extra pair of laces on hand — well, not with you but certainly in your sock drawer.

Fitted Face Mask

Herschel Supply Co.

Masks aren’t over. As such, it’s always good to have an extra one. Hang it in your closet somewhere so you always know where it is. Oh, and wash it occasionally, please?

Microfiber Boxer Briefs (4-Pack)

Fruit of the Loom

Big pack basics are usually bad: that goes for socks, T-shirts, and especially boxers. They stretch after a few wears, pill, and rip. These microfiber boxer briefs by Fruit of the Loom are super nice for being a four-pack — and only $14.99.

Instant Stain Remover (3-Pack)

Stock up on Tide To Go sticks while you can. This three-pack is only ~$2 a stick, which means you can stab out stains for years to come (or only a few weeks if you’re really messy).

Garment Bag

Liberty Bags

This garment bag certainly isn’t flashy, but it’s not flimsy either. It’s made from nylon, meaning it won’t rip like your linen ones.

‘Essential’ Shoe Cleaning Kit

Jason Markk

Remember what I said about cleaning sneakers? Answer: It’s easy — especially if you have a kit full of the necessary equipment.

Sewing Kit

This sewing kit might seem extreme for most men. But, it has every single you could need to repair rips or burn holes in tops or bottoms. Plus, it has threads in every color, if you’re considering an artistic repair job.

Lens Wipes (200-Pack)

Wear glasses? Sunglasses? Surely you’ve encountered a messy lens. Cut through grease, grime and other smudges with pre-moistened, individually packaged wipes from Zeiss. You get 200 of ’em for $12.

20mm Replacement Buttons (12-Pack)

No sartorial accident proves more dangerous than a disappeared button. Bye, pants! But not if you have a set of replacements ready. These hammer together, making them capable of replacing a missing set or establishing a new hole altogether.

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This Sustainable New Denim Is Made From Nettle

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PANGAIA has pushed for foundational transformation since its inception in 2018. The material innovation company, which moonlights as a clothing brand, wants to reshape several apparel categories with an emphasis on “high-tech naturalism,” a model that calls for using materials naturally abundant instead of those we’ve over industrialized.

So, where’s the tech come in, you’re asking? PANGAIA creates all of the processes and chemistries required to transform these raw materials into functional textiles. Instead of using cotton alone for their new line of denim, for example, they sourced naturally strong Himalayan nettle instead, a material traditionally used for rugs, and blended it with cotton for the new PANGAIA jeans (and jean jacket), which are out now.

“Pangaia is a material science company, so we’re very much driven by innovation,” says Dr. Amanda Parkes, PANGAIA’s chief innovation officer and lead scientist. “We have chosen lifestyle basics for the core of the brand, and we’re motivated to move into different categories more on what innovations are ready and what categories do they belong in, and less like a top down approach.”

Dr. Parkes is talking about sweatpants, T-shirts and sweatshirts — soft, plush basics made from organic cotton primarily. But PANGAIA’s piloted plenty more new materials, too, on a plethora of products: T-shirts made from banana and pineapple waste, graphic inks made from air pollution, sneakers made from grape leather, down jackets filled with wildflowers, to name a few. The jeans, available in two styles, high-rise straight leg and mid-rise straight leg, are just another notch in the company’s metaphorical belt. But why? Aren’t there enough stabs at sustainable jeans already out there?

Fashion-forward yet free from petroleum-based materials.

“We definitely live in this realm of ‘What are the basic essentials?’ and making sustainable versions of those,” Dr. Parkes explains. “The idea of moving into denim was always part of our core brand value system.” The launch was always penciled into their calendar and could come once the innovation was cleared and tested and the design hashed out by someone with experience working in the denim world — cue ex-Levi’s SVP of design, Jonathan Cheung.

He’s an industry veteran — stints at Levi’s, Unspun, Bolt Threads, Gap and now Pangaia included — with a clear focus on designing for the future; that means creating products that are both better-wearing and better for the planet. PANGAIA’s new jeans, the denim design director explains, improve upon current options by avoiding elastane and spandex, employing nettle, a fabric roughly 10 times stronger than hemp (which is already significantly stronger than cotton), and sticking to a traditional design theory.

Both pairs of PANGAIA’s debut jeans are “straight-leg pants, basically,” as Cheung puts it. But there are finer details that reference the ins and outs of denim manufacturing. Made on a loom with a left-hand denim twill construction to counteract the rigidity of the nettle, these have a soft hand-feel and what Cheung calls a “left-hand design language.” The coin pocket’s on the left and there’s a text block tag on the left, too — two features historically saved for the right side of the pants.

Selvedge jeans made sustainably.

The nettle also forced PANGAIA to use selvedge denim. Too tough for newer machines, they went on older shuttle looms, in collaboration with Italy’s Candiani Denim. Complete with their own signature irregularities, what Cheung says experts refer to as “loom chatter,” the jeans show signs of being made slowly — and, of course, with sustainability front of mind.

The jeans are finished on Candiani’s state-of-the-art dying machines, which save both water and dye. Because the fiber’s hollow — like a squished straw, Cheung analogizes — it proves breathable in the summer and insulating in the winter, making it more wearable than most 13-ounce jeans. And that’s what’s most important: You can wear them, and for a long time. In a category rife with greenwashing, Pangaia’s made transparently sustainable and super durable denim approachable. Each pair costs $225, while the jacket costs $295. And although demand may outmatch supply at first, there’s plenty more nettle to transform into denim — and PANGAIA’s overseeing the process into the future.

“The denim jean is the most democratic, inclusive, hard-wearing, long-lasting, and culturally influential piece of clothing in all human history,” Cheung explains. “No other piece of clothing has been worn for so long, by so many people and I’d argue that a simple pair of jeans is the coolest piece of clothing you can own, too. Our work has been like farm-to-table, starting at the plant level to make even better, unique denim. This is just the beginning. We’re literally growing our future jeans right now.”

Mid-Wash Straight-Leg Nettle Denim

Rinse Wash Straight-Leg Nettle Denim

Mid Wash Nettle Denim Jacket

Rinse Wash Nettle Denim Jacket

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This Evolution of the Dress Boot Blends Comfort and Class

Ask anyone who owns a pair from the Tasmanian footwear label: Once you buy Blundstones, it’s hard not to not wear them at every opportunity. While the brand is well known for its signature all-purpose Chelsea boots, we’re equally impressed by its #1901 Ankle Boot — a style that delivers an upscale appearance without sacrificing Blundstone’s hard-wearing appeal. Designed with a slim profile in supple, water-resistant leather, the #1901 is designed to be just as tailored as a great pair of trousers, with a contoured footbed for a snug fit. Of course, the #1901 also incorporates shock-absorptive XRD technology in forefoot and heel to make all-day wear in a variety of different ground conditions a no-brainer. Sure, the #1901 also includes Blundstone’s signature pull tabs, but once you pull these boots on, you’re unlikely to want to pull them off any time soon.

Price: $230

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New Balance’s Weirdest Sneaker Ever Drops This Weekend

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“I was very familiar with how shoes made me feel from an early age, so I knew that I wanted to be a part of it,” sneaker designer Salehe Bembury recently told The New York Times. “They made me feel powerful, they made me feel like I could fly.”

The LA-based Bembury’s newest collab, the 574 YURT with New Balance, can’t make you fly. But they do come with a whistle on the heel, which can help you corral your hiking crew, scare off crazed wild animals (if you whistle hard enough) or annoy your friends in a carpool. Your call.

Hikes, particularly in LA, where Bembury moved to for a job on Kanye West’s YEEZY design team, have inspired a handful of his shoes since leaving Versace (where he was VP of Footwear Design) last December. It was when the work stopped that Bembury began appreciating the natural landscape.

“It was almost as if I looked up and noticed my surroundings. I started hiking everyday, camping often, and made nature a consistent part of my life,” Bembury told Bodega. “The drastic change in environment has affected my design work consciously and subconsciously in a very positive way. I would argue that nature and more specifically National Parks of the Southwest is the foundation of my New Balance collaboration.”

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They’re sneakers with a secret whistle.

Bembury, fresh off a successful collab with Anta, views the 574 YURT as a pivotal release — one that combines his love for sneakers and the outdoors, while showcasing his insatiable design curiosity. The latter is what lead him to the whistle idea.

Bembury would kit himself out for these hikes, which usually included friends (or interviewees, as he’d ask them questions and post the conversations on his Instagram Stories). Complete with a bluetooth speaker, weighted vest and whistle to ward off coyotes, he’d ascend LA’s local parks.

His Antas were once his go-to hiking sneaker but the new 574s might soon replace them. They feature a beefier outsole to stock 574s, a new cushioned midsole and durable suede and mesh upper overlays. (And, of course, the whistle on the heel.)

Now, wearers — Bembury included — can kill two birds with one stone: Trek a trail, reach the top, wipe off the whistle and serenade a silent trail (or scare off coyotes, of which there are several hundred thousand in California).

The 574 YURTS in both colors, Forest Green and Shark Skin, are available via Bembury’s own site, Spunge, on October 16th at 9am PST (12 PM EST). They’ll hit New Balance’s online store on October 22nd at 10 AM EST.

574 YURT – Forest Green

Salehe Bembury x New Balance

574 YURT – Shark Skin

Salehe Bembury x New Balance

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Corridor’s New Sneaker Is Perfect for Fall

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I’ll admit it, I’m not out running trails like those on Gear Patrol’s Outdoors team. Allbirds’ new running shoe made from sugar, wool and tree parts? I’ll leave testing whether or not they work on mile-long trail runs up to them. Crossing town in Corridor’s all-new City Hiker is more my speed.

If you’re like me, straightforward footwear — aka shoes not quite equipped for off-roading — works fine most days. Maybe I’m worried about rain or snow and I’ll step into something water-resistant, but rarely do I ever need to lace all-terrain vehicles to my 10 toes. Like owning an SUV with several different modes, each with functionalities I’ll never fully exert, it’s nice to wear shoes with added elements that make them compatible with mud, sludge, sleet or sawdust even if I don’t intend on going anywhere I’d run into these kinds of conditions.

The City Hiker checks all of these boxes: They’re built in Portugal with a rugged Vibram outsole and a leather body and finished with mesh and suede overlays, gunmetal D-grommets and round, yellow and brown laces. They’re as much an outdoors shoe as they are something you’d wear to the office. The design fits right in alongside down jackets, fleeces, flannels, shell jackets and sneakers with traction-focused tread patterns. The functional gear and fashion convergence continues, and Corridor’s City Hiker is right smack dab in the middle of it. Pencil me down for a pair (or two — maybe one in each color).

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City Hiker – Brown

City Hiker – Black

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The Challenges and Future of Work from Two Different Industries

The world of work, and worksites themselves, are changing at a rapid pace. With new consumers and technologies entering the space almost daily, and even the definition of a “worksite” evolving consistently, the landscape is always shifting. In fact, the workwear industry is a 28.3B market, with growth of 10 percent across the board since 2019.

And while this growth is substantial, and these new consumers reflect new directions for entire industries, what continues to remain the same is that behind every productive workspace there is a dedicated craftsperson, putting their blood, sweat and tears into projects they love.

We partnered with Cat Footwear to go behind the scenes of two modern workplaces and learn more about the craftsman behind them. At a bike shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn and a construction site in Fallbrook, San Diego, we observed what products and gear it takes to successfully work in today’s world and dove deep into the ever-changing landscape of work.

Cole Bennett, Co-Founder Weiss Manufacturing

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Cole Bennett is the co-founder of Weis Manufacturing, a Brooklyn-based shop producing bespoke handmade bikes unlike anything else available. Bennett and his co-founder Rob Weis started the brand after meeting in college and discovered a shared desire for physical product development. With a combined passion for engineering and art design, Weis Manufacturing was born. We caught up with Bennett at his shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn and observed how he works to make some of the most beautiful bikes available today.

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Q: How did Weis Manufacturing get started?

Cole Bennett: “I started Weis MFG when I realized that bikes were my main passion. I decided to stop building frames as a hobby and to take the craft more seriously. Anything else I was doing felt like I was stealing time from developing the Weis brand.

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Q: How is your shop set up? How does your shop differ from other bike shops or even other general metal fabrication shops?

CB: “My shop is set up for efficiency and precision — all of my tools and machines are organized around process and the smallest number of steps between operations. My shop is different from most metal shops because it is highly specialized — over the years we’ve made custom tooling and jigs that enable us to make some of the best handmade bikes in the world.”

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Q: What’s the biggest challenge you faced as a business over the past year? What about personally?

CB: The biggest challenge we faced as a business this last year was managing a big influx of orders on top of massive parts and materials shortages due to COVID.

Q: Where do you see your industry going next? What about your brand specifically?

CB: We are working on new materials, and using new technologies in our frames. We are also working on cross-pollinating with more artists and building out the apparel side of the brand.

Q: How do you balance being an entrepreneur and growing your business while building bikes and pushing their design?

CB: Not well! I would much rather be welding and working on new designs than doing taxes. I have been working on managing my time better and designating parts of the day for running the business vs. fabrication.

Joey Penna, Principal at Penna Construction

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Joey Penna is a principal at Penna Construction, a family-owned and operated company working with insulated concrete forms (ICF) and on specialized concrete projects. Penna works as a next-generation leader building the industry in more efficient and innovative ways. He runs some of the most experienced crews for installing ICF in Southern California, including hillside foundation and pour-in-place. We caught up with Penna to see firsthand how he runs his workplace and pick his brain on how he sees the future of construction evolving.

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Q: The Work/Occupation/Safety category is growing +51% YTD in US, and continues to grow globally. What advice would you give to someone looking to get involved in your industry?

Joey Penna: The advice I would give to future businesses looking to grow in the construction industry is to be involved with your employment. The tighter your ship is the better you will thrive through the storm. This industry is very dependent on a team effort to not only complete each project but to make sure everyone is safe and understanding of the consequences when things are done wrong.

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Q: Can you tell us a little more about Penna Construction’s initiative to create environmental concern, economic savings and education in energy conservation?

JP: The goal was always to present innovative, tried and true ideas or “solutions” in the construction world — whether it be sustainability, energy efficiency, fire protection or just improved structural strength for any natural disaster — built at an affordable cost. We believe it’s a standard that should be offered in today’s conventional market and not be for some, but for all.

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Q: Tell us more about your work with fireproof homes. With the weather changing constantly and fires being ever-present on the west coast, how are you evolving your business to meet that challenge?

JP: How we’re effectively combating our concerns is by bringing new and innovative materials to homeowners that limit the effects of fire damage, water damage or wind damage in any sort of natural weather occurrence. The way we’re creating a solution is by fiscally making it affordable for any new homeowner to allow the option between building a stick frame home or a concrete home at a competitive cost in addition to technology to reduce our energy footprint.

Q: Where do you see your industry going next? What about Penna Construction specifically?

JP: Where I see our industry going next is automation as well as new sustainable building material products. Given the shortage of labor, building is in need of major assistance to limit the labor involved, and the only way that will happen is innovation in design and installation — possibly using 3D printing or component-based designs. Material shortage due to a lack of resources will bring the industry to alternatives pushing us into renewable and more upcycled building materials for the future.

How Cat Footwear Is Supporting Workers

In response to the changing world of work, Cat Footwear is breaking new ground and evolving with it. Two of the brand’s latest boot releases are just two recent examples. The Invader is a work boot disrupting traditional work boot design. With a steel toe built into a chunky sneaker, it’s a re-mixed version of the brand’s recent best-selling casual shoe, the Intruder, and places an emphasis on incorporating style and function for today’s worker. Its unbeatable traction and engineered comfort is something that will keep you feeling good while on the job.

Then there’s the Excavator Superlite —a super-light, athletic-like work boot, designed with five-point toughness addressing workers’ complaints of heavy boots during long days on their feet. Like the Invader, it takes style into consideration but with an element of toughness.

These new products reflect Cat’s response to the change it sees in the workforce and its dedication to designing products that keep workers protected, comfortable and feeling good long after it’s time to call it a day.

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Timex T80 x Space Invaders Retro Watch

Need a healthy dose of video game nostalgia? Watch brand Timex has teamed up with video game company Taito to release a limited edition retro Space Invaders watch. The Timex T80 x Space Invaders features…

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Buy the Exact Sweater That Bond Wears in ‘No Time to Die’

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The James Bond films are known for slick cars, futuristic gadgets, action-packed secret agent escapades and, of course, covetable clothes. While the Bond character is a fan of tailored suits, the latest in the mega-franchise sees him sporting more casual (and equally drool-worthy) pieces.

In many major scenes in No Time to Die, Daniel Craig can be seen wearing a military-inspired sweater from London-based luxury knitwear brand N.Peal. The cashmere-centric brand, founded in 1936, collaborated with the film’s costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb on a design made specifically for the film and draws upon Bond’s Royal Navy background.

The dark blue sweater incorporates maritime uniform details like canvas patches at the elbows and shoulders as well as a drawstring boat neck collar. With nearly a century of skill behind it, N.Peal knits the beautiful ribbed sweater using a luxurious blend of merino wool and cashmere.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL, the sweater is now available for $465 at N.Peal. And while you may not have the same lifestyle 007, you can still take a cue from Bond’s timeless style.

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Season Three’s Popular Hiking Boots Come in Three New Colors

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We’re big fans of Season Three’s Ultralight Hiking Boot, a design inspired by classic European heritage hiking footwear. It fuses the comfortability of a sneaker with the practicality of something far more durable while balancing both streetwear and slope aesthetics. Needless to say, it ticks all the right boxes.

And now, before even releasing a second style (yes, this boot is all they sell), they’ve released an updated version of their original boot. Addressing comfort, color and performance, Season Three added an Ortholite insole to the heel, stronger hardware and laces to the upper and a new and improved waterproof membrane to the exterior, making the boot better for long days and rough terrain alike — for longer, too.

Find The Ultralight Hiking Boot in three fall-ready hues: Burnt Orange, Forest Green and Caffé (in order how they appear below). These are available on top of the four colorways they already sell: Black, Grey, Navy and Sand.

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The Ultralight Hiking Boot

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Forest Green

The Ultralight Hiking Boot

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Caffé

The Ultralight Hiking Boot

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These Hiking Boots Broke My Sneaker Addiction

New York-based brand Season Three may only have one shoe in its catalogue, but it’s already hitting its stride.

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20 Ways to Wear Corduroy

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Corduroy’s made a strong showing across countless menswear brands over the past half-decade. The ’70s-favorite fabric is popping up in a range of garments including shirts, blazers, pants and jackets — plus accessories like backpacks and hats.

There is no country dominating the push: American, Japanese and European brands are equally represented. And they’re all in. Chunky wide-wale corduroy is standard. Dusty pinks and greens are offered alongside traditional tans and blues. So if you’re interested in buying some corduroy for your wardrobe, don’t just test the water: Dive in and embrace the range of textures and colors available this season — there are more options now than ever before. These items represent 20 different ways to wear corduroy.

Product selections by Evan Malachosky

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Bags

Corduroy Backpack

Be cool. Carry a corded backpack. 

Accessories

Garment-Dyed Baseball Cap

Cord adds interest to an otherwise plain cap.

Accessories

Baseball Cap

Look! No logo!

Accessories

5-Wale Corduroy Bucket Hat

Bucket hats are far from basic on their own. But adding cord makes one even more of a statement.

Accessories

Field Cap

Battenwear

Battenwear’s basic Field Cap comes with a tonal logo on the front.

Footwear

Star Dribble

Corduroy for your feet!

Tops

Rugged Cord Blazer

Alex Mill’s cord blazer comes with matching pants, meaning, yes, you can wear a cord suit (and you should).

Tops

Corduroy Hiking Top

Funnel neck, front pockets, forest-y green cord. It doesn’t get better than Patta’s cord Hiking Top.

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Italian Corduroy Chore Coat

Todd Snyder

This is Todd Snyder’s famous chore coat cut from fine Italian cord.

Tops

Jive Jacket

The zip front jacket is the flattering outerwear option everyone should own.

Tops

Garment-Dyed Corduroy Workshirt

Slip this on over a T-shirt on unseasonably warm days.

Tops

Corduroy Townes Shirt

Outerknown

Outerknown’s Townes Shirt works as a layer or as an overshirt. It’s versatile and made for confusing fall weather.

Tops

Lobo Shirt

Portuguese Flannel

Because it’s black, Portuguese Flannel’s Lobo Shirt barely looks corded — until you’re up close.

Tops

12-Wale Corduroy Shirt

Filson’s wide wale Corduroy Shirt is durable and damn good-looking.

Tops

Remy Corduroy Crew Sweat

I’d bet you’ve never seen a corduroy sweatshirt before. 

Bottoms

Corduroy Painter Pants

Available in a half-dozen colors, BDG’s Corduroy Painter Pants mix a workwear silhouette and wide wale cord.

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Chino 22 Cord

Our Legacy

Spice up your usual chinos with interesting texture (aka cord).

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Rugged Cord Pleated Pant

These are the matching pants to your corduroy Alex Mill blazer. Get the full suit, especially since, together, it’ll cost you less than $300.

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365 Corduroy Pants

Flint and Tinder

Flint and Tinder’s best-selling 365 pants…but corded. Count me in.

Bottoms

5-Pocket Cord Pants

Outerknown

Outerknown takes the classic five-pocket design and puts a twist on it…with, you guessed it, cord.

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Filling Holes in Your Fall Wardrobe? Adsum’s Newest Drop Has What You Need

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“Mainers live in the heart of one of the most wild and beautiful parts of the United States. In some areas there exists the type of remoteness that makes you feel like you’re at the edge of the earth. But there are also bustling towns and cities that produce beer, writing and architecture that we have come to love,” says Pete Macnee, co-founder of Brooklyn-based — and cities in the Northeast-inspired — menswear brand, Adsum. His words read like a love letter — and they kind of are. They serve as a prelude to his brand’s newest collection, a collage of fall-colored sweaters, shirts, pants and accessories he says are all inspired by Maine.

“Our color palette this season includes burnt umbers, dark greens, and earth hues, with the occasional pop of vivid red and orange, mimicking the transition of the leaves in the Northeast,” he continues. The brand’s designs obviously emphasize a particular part of the world, but also strive to better the whole of it by lessening their total textile consumption, using recycled materials whenever possible and purchasing certified wool that promises a better livelihood for the sheep. “Along with paying homage to the natural world, we’re also trying to lessen our impact on it,” Macnee says.

The collection features a few re-releases of popular products Adsum’s long struggled to keep in stock (because they’re so popular) — the Bank Pants, Cable Knit Beanie and Cardigan Sweater — but also a bunch of new items, too, forming what I feel is the brand’s most complete collection to date. Shop our favorites from it below.

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Classic Plaid Worksheet

Rugby Shirt

Heavyweight Pique LS Polo

Merino Crewneck

Freeport Tee

Heavy Cable Beanie

Corduroy Premium BD

Nordic Crewneck Sweater

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The Coolest Jacket in the New James Bond Movie Is Surprisingly Affordable

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Ian Fleming’s legendary James Bond character has paved the way for flashy, action-packed movies for decades. And while the world’s largest spy movie franchise has been lauded for its grail-level collection of fast cars, ostentatious watches and slick designer suits, the upcoming sequel of the 007 saga, No Time to Die, features a small-batch denim brand from Los Angeles.

Fans of Rogue Territory instantly recognized the Supply Jacket in the trailer, a best-seller for the brand. It’s a unique take on the classic trucker jacket with adroit details like a welted chest pocket and inconspicuous handwarmer pockets. The film features the jacket in 10oz waxed canvas, a material that’ll pick up plenty of patina through Bond’s many brawls. No Time to Die is out now, and you can order the jacket right now, too, in a bevy of colors and materials, for $295 from the brand or one of its several stockists.

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Supply Jacket – Waxed Tan Ridgeline

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Supply Jacket – Stealth Black

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Supply Jacket – Rinsed Tinted Weft

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Supply Jacket – Copper Selvedge Canvas

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Buck Mason’s Down Collection Is Responsibly Sourced and Perfect for Winter

Down jackets are a staple of the winter wardrobe and often a lifesaver when it comes to colder weather. Having been around since the 1930s, the down jacket has been a dominant force in fashion for some time now. And while down jackets are a winter favorite because of their warmth (and let’s be honest, they’re stylish as well), we often don’t think about what’s actually inside them keeping us so warm.

The Down Collection from Buck Mason has the look and warmth that makes it worthy of being in permanent rotation in your wardrobe, but is also sustainably minded with ethically sourced down. To make the Cascade Down Jacket and Vest, Buck Mason worked closely with Allied Feather and Down, a fully traceable and humane sourcing firm. Allied Feather and Down has developed relationships directly with farms to provide better quality, higher levels of consistency, price stability and a level of transparency and traceability when buying the materials — which isn’t just better for Buck Mason, but it’s better for you, too.

The Cascade Down collection from Buck Mason is sourced responsibly, so you can feel good about staying warm this winter.

Cascade Down Expedition Jacket

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This vintage-inspired down jacket is cut from a recycled polyester shell with a durable water-resistant coating. Whether you run into rain, hail or snow, you will stay cozy warm — you may even find yourself throwing it on when you’re relaxing on the couch. The jacket contains 650 fill-power traceable duck down and features a cut that is relaxed through the chest and sleeves (which leaves plenty of room for layering underneath). Made with a slightly slimmer waist, the Cascade Down Expedition Jacket has a flattering fit that’s sure to complement your outfit. The internal pocket and outer hand-warmer pockets are even lined in cozy fleece, which ensures your fingers stay warm during your coldest excursions but also protects your valuables from scratches and the like. Plus, with a removable down-filled hood, you can style this jacket however you like.

Price: $495

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    Cascade Down Expedition Vest

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    The Cascade Down Vest features many of the same features as its jacket sibling, but in a silhouette that’s perfect for the transitional months. You know, those days where the temperature drops but it’s not quite cold enough for a full coat. Like its sibling, this vintage-inspired down vest is also cut from a recycled polyester shell with a durable water-resistant coating. In other words, it’s just as capable as the down jacket but for slightly warmer days. The Cascade Down Vest makes no compromises when it comes to the down it’s filled with either. It has the same responsibly sourced 650 fill-power traceable duck down stuffed into quilted channels. With plenty of internal pockets and flap-secured chest pockets, you can stash your keys, phone and wallet easily for running your weekend errands.

    Price: $275

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This Label has Refined the Classic American Oxford Shirt

From prep school to the board room, the oxford shirt is — dare we say it — as American as apple pie. Even if the style is an undisputed classic, that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t do with a little sprucing up. Seeing an opportunity to tune-up the average oxford shirt, Spier & Mackay has dialed-in all the details to create a refined take on the style. It begins, like any great shirt, with the fabric. Crafted from 100 percent Egyptian cotton, Spier & Mackay’s oxford has a little more heft than the average shirt, without feeling bulky. Single-needle tailoring means that construction is top-quality — from the roomy four-piece split yoke across the shoulders to the brand’s signature, generous collar roll (which other modern oxfords lack). Finished with genuine shell buttons, it’s not a stretch to say that that the team at Spier & Mackay put thought down to the very last detail.

Price: $49+

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These Greys Slippers Can Be Worn Year Round

We know you’re in the same camp we are when it comes to stylish sneakers, boots, sandals and other pieces of footwear. But what are you wearing in the late evening, early morning or around…

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Water-Resistant Backpacks for Wet Commutes

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Rain is no excuse for soaked belongings. Check the weather reports and pack accordingly. Many brands are making water-resistant backpacks to keep your goods safe and dry, no matter the weather. With classic, understated designs, they seem less like dry-packs and more like day packs. So prepare for unexpected weather, and peruse our favorite styles below.

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Our Pick

Klettersack

Topo Designs

Big enough for all your EDC, or the bare necessities for an overnight trip, Topo Designs’ made-in-the-US Klettersack features a cinch top tucked under a water-repellent flap, straps for slimming its profile, and padded shoulders.

An upgrade

Slick Series Ballistic Backpack

Master-Piece

This rubber-like fabric is really durable nylon. Made in Japan, the design features an asymmetric zip pocket, leather detailing, padded shoulder straps and Cordura backing. 

an affordable alternative

The ReNew 15″ Transit Backpack

Available in five colors, Everlane’s The ReNew Transit Backpack is made from water-resistant recycled polyester. It’s got a roll top, plenty of exterior pockets, and dividers within to keep things organized even while you’re on the go.

Field Bag

This minimalist bag has a padded laptop sleeve and an external zip pocket, and the PU-polyester blend is inspired by the Danish brand’s classic raincoats. 

Dryden Backpack

Made from 1000D heavyweight nylon, this one’s obviously water-resistant, but it’s hard-wearing too: The bag’s double reinforced in most places and resists fraying, ripping or bottoming out.

Black Hole 32L

This double-entry bag allows access to your goods from the side or the top. It is cut from water-repellent rip stop fabric and features a padded back and buckled flap top.

Everyday Backpack 2.0

Lululemon’s entry isn’t the biggest of bags, but it can still fit a 16-inch laptop. Plus, it looks pleasingly plain (with plenty of performance tech embedded within).

Daypack

The North Face

Want a backpack that looks like a normal backpack — while still being completely water-resistant? The North Face’s Daypack is just that: a simple, heritage-inspired design with a water-repellent finish.

The Backpack

You know Away’s suitcases, right? I’d hope so by now; they’re everywhere. But did you know they make backpacks, too? The Backpack, as it’s so plainly called, is cut from water-resistant nylon and features three easy to access interior pockets.

Apex Backpack Explorer

Troubadour

Made from a lightweight waterproof fabric, Troubadour’s Apex Backpack has a breathable back panel and a trolley sleeve for slipping it onto a suitcase handle. It’s the ideal travel bag.

Everyday Backpack 20L Zip

Peak Design

Peak Design emphasizes versatility in everything it does. The Everyday Backpack is no exception. It has an ergonomic point of entry, a handle on the side for carrying it like a duffle and impressive durability (meaning it’s as good for days in the city as it is dirt roads).

Rogue

Made from coated ripstop fabric, this bag features three exterior pockets, a padded laptop sleeve, a lined interior and side buckle-tabs. 

Davis Daypack – EPX

North St. Bags

North St. Bag’s Davis Daypack comes constructed from Ecopak EPX sailcloth, a recycled polyester-derived waterproof material. It has a roll top to keep the elements out and exterior pockets for easy access to valuables.

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