At the intersection of do-it-yourself and playful childhood nostalgia, you'll find the Hot Wheels Car Maker ($40). Just turn on the press, melt down the wax, and form a custom car of your choice using the included molds and rolling bases. Once you're done, you can add decals, stage elaborate race scenes, or just roll them across your kitchen floor. Extend its capability with optional add-ons, including hot rod molds, muscle car molds, and additional wax colors. The only things standing between you and your dream (toy) car are a little bit of imagination, time, and the ability to act like a kid again.
The way we do business is evolving, letting you work effectively from your bedroom or home office. As a result, notions of business casual have changed, morphing from polos and khakis to tighty whiteys and slippers. The iRobot Ava 500 ($2,500 a month) is part of that change, making it possible to work from anywhere and still be seen in the office — just make sure you're decent from the waist up. A collaboration between iRobot and Cisco, it features a rolling base with a 21-inch HD screen, video camera, and WiFi connectivity (so your colleagues can see you and you can see them). You control it from anywhere using an iPad, enabling you to catch up with coworkers at the water cooler or attend a board meeting, all without leaving your apartment, or putting on pants.
What you carry along is always important, but most things are better left unseen.
Timberland Earthkeepers Tremont Boot ($130). Timberland Trailspar Cargo Shirt ($55). J.Crew Ludlow Fielding Sportcoat ($568). Denham Skin NJ ($514). Selvadge Chambray Scarf ($88). Atalier Pall Slim Wallet ($30). Club Monaco Pocket Square ($40). Lamy Safari Fountain Pen ($22). Kaufman Mercantile Handmade Pewter Flask ($70). Kent NU19 Pocket Comb ($26). Case Knives American Workman Sod Buster Pocket Knife ($24).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Timberland.
Far-flung destinations, beautiful women, gunplay, fast cars — this is life behind the cameras of the greatest spy movie franchise in film history — and now you can experience it all with Bond On Set ($20-40). These books explore behind the scenes of several of the most recent Bond films: Skyfall, 007 Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Die Another Day. With photography documenting the making of these thrilling movies, excerpts from the screen plays, and illuminating captions, you'll find deep insight into how these films came to be. Whether you're a die-hard Bond fan, or just a cinephile with an interest in how great movies are made, there's plenty to like in every one of these books.
Just because the saga is over, doesn't mean you can't relive your favorite moments with Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug — and there's never been a better way to do it than with The Hangover Trilogy ($50). Follow the shenanigan-filled chronicle of the Wolf Pack as they journey from Las Vegas, to Thailand, and back to Las Vegas in this story of over-indulgence, bad decisions, and fuzzy memories. This Blu-Ray box set includes each of the movies in the trilogy, as well as a never-before-seen documentary exploring the making of these three ridiculous movies.
While it certainly won't replace the navigation technology typical of most airplanes, the Garmin D2 Pilot Watch ($450) would definitely be a pilot's best friend in a tight spot. While it includes everything you would expect from a standard aviator watch, it also packs in all the goodies typical of a Garmin navigation device. Its features include the ability to load in a flight plan and view it on a small map on the watch face, as well as an NRST button that will guide you to the nearest airport in case the worst happens. In addition, the watch includes a compass, horizontal situation indicator, ground speed indicator, and an altimeter.
Champion, the iconic athletic brand that's been around since 1919, has gotten a new lease on life thanks to Todd Snyder. Made up of classic pieces inspired by the company's long history, the Todd Snyder x Champion Sportswear Collection includes a number of classic essentials — everything from sweatshirts ($130-$175), hoodies ($175-$195), and T-shirts ($60-$95) to thermals ($98), cardigans ($115-$195), sweatpants ($150), and shorts ($115) — all of which is so versatile, it looks just as at home on the street as it does in the gym. Every piece in the collection sports an authentic 1950's Champion label with "T.SNYDER" stenciled in the back of each garment. Vintage sportswear doesn't get any better than this.
Sponsored by our friends at Todd Snyder.
Of course, popcorn is a delicious snack, whether you're deep into a marathon Netflix session, or postponing boredom at work — but there's no denying that it's full of weird chemicals that have no business in your food. But Quinn Popcorn ($15) is a different kind of microwavable popcorn. The bag is made of nothing but paper (it contains none of the usual chemical coatings), the corn is organic, and the oil and seasonings are all natural, and full of omega-3s. Flavors include parmesan and rosemary, Vermont maple and sea salt, butter and sea salt, hickory smoked cheddar, olive oil and herbs, and lemon and sea salt. Each order comes with three boxes, and two bags in each box.
By now the market for high-fidelity wireless speaker systems is pretty flooded, but it's still tough to find a solution that looks great in your space, while still filling it with great sound. The Libratone Loop Speaker ($500) has a unique, circular design, and can be fitted with a range of wool covers that match with the look of your room, while a wall-mount and bipod stand let you set it up just about anywhere. Inside, two ribbon tweeters and a passive bass radiator give it all the sound of larger speaker systems, while also projecting sound all around, giving it a more three-dimensional sound. Couple all that with Airplay, DLNA, WiFi, and wired connectivity, and you have one great-sounding, good-looking speaker system that will connect to just about anything.
Looking for a notebook that's as functional and powerful as it is portable and affordable? Look no further than the HP Chromebook 11 ($279). This small-but-mighty laptop weighs in at just over two pounds, has an 11.6-inch screen, and features 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 16GB Solid State Drive. Powered by Google's Chrome OS, it comes standard with a host of Google Apps to help get things done (with a number of other apps available in their store), as well as 100GB of cloud-based storage free for two years. It comes in a rugged plastic shell with a range of available color schemes sporting plenty of I/O ports to keep you connected to your devices, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, and Verizon LTE so you can always access your network.
It's tough to find beautiful design and a good cause — it's especially tough to find them in one great product — but the Leica M RED Camera ($TBA) seems to have it all. This one-of-a-kind camera sports a machined aluminum aesthetic designed by Apple's unparalleled Senior Vice President of design Jony Ive, and is based on the Leica Digital Rangefinder Camera. Available at the next (Product) RED auction, this camera features (along with its gorgeous, unique design) a full-format CMOS sensor, a powerful processor, and a 50mm f/2 ASPH lens. It's the ideal intersection of design, craftsmanship, and charity.
If you've ever wondered what maple syrup would taste like with some bourbon in it, Knob Creek Smoked Maple ($35) might be right up your alley. The flavored bourbon brings just a hint of smoke but has plenty of sweet maple goodness to go along with some of the Knob Creek quality you are already accustomed to. It's a flavorful sipper that might go as well with dessert as it does with some cured meats at the breakfast table.