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Whether you're looking for a way to stand out at your next formal event or simply too lazy to learn how to properly dress yourself, these Wooden Bow Ties ($45-$65) should be just what you were looking for. Available in a wide variety of styles, these ties are handcrafted from exotic woods, specialty leathers, and high-quality fabrics.
With no moving parts, electronics, or other unnecessary niceties, the Chemex Coffee Maker ($37) is brewing at its purest. To brew, simply place the grounds in the cone-shaped filter at the top and pour hot water over them — the resulting joe should offer rich flavor without the bitterness that you've like become used to. Once it's done, grasp the polished wood collar, pour, and enjoy. It's really that simple.
Who said watch faces had to be flat? The Benjamin Hubert Plicate Watch (£100; roughly $160) replaces the traditional flat face with a pleated surface, with each fold representing a second. While the pleats on the face help you to tell the time and add a unique look to the watch, the pleats on the inside of the polyurethane strap help to keep air flowing between your wrist and the watch itself. To finish things off, it sports a bar band-style pop closure, ensuring that you don't take it too seriously. [Scouted by Jonathan]
See your gifts clearly and look good while you open them with the Warby Parker Holiday Collection ($95-$150). The just-released family consists of three eyeglass frames and two pairs of sunglasses, all of which sport all-new festive colors. When you look this good, you won't even care what presents you get.
If you're going to smoke, you might as well make it count. That's the idea behind the Stiff Pipe ($800). The world's first plastic pipe cast in a single piece, the Stiff is designed to be displayed instead of hidden away, with classy colorways and a subtle sheen. The design also allows for a better draught through the pipe, making your tobacco taste that much better. [via]
What do you get when you combine years of axe-making skill with a razor? Something along the lines of the Baxter Base Camp X Straight Razor ($280). This limited-edition razor features a Tennessee hickory handle produced by Base Camp X and a square point Hart Steel razor crafted in northern Michigan by artisans that hand grind, mark, and sharpen each blade. The entire package comes wrapped in a rolled pouch crafted from waxed canvas and oiled leather.
What's the main problem with pencils? The need to constantly sharpen them. Which is where the Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil ($260) excels. This premium pencil — made from Californian cedar — comes complete with a silver, platinum, or Sterling Silver-plated extender that also serves as a sharpener and a cap — complete with clip — for those times when you need to throw your pencil in your pocket and go. Sure, it's expensive, but who ever said perfection was cheap?
Enjoying your iPhone 5? Good. If you're anything like us, you're seriously considering ditching the case this time around. That said, it's still nice to have some protection in transit — and these Makr iPhone Sleeves ($95-$200) are a perfect compromise. Hand sewn from extremely high quality Horween leather, they're perfectly tailored to your device, feature skived and rolled edges and a small, classy label at the bottom, and are great for those times when you want protection but don't want to be pulling a piece of rubber out of your pocket.
Ensure that you're getting just the right amount of heat for your living space with one of these Stack Stoves ($TBA). Designed by Adriano Design and built in Italy by Castellamonte, these ceramic stoves come in round and rectangular styles, with a variety of bases and finishes available. Need more heat? They're also modular, letting you add heating modules for power and height variations. If you want one, prepare to travel — they're not available stateside just yet.
Never fear the soggy cardboard six-pack again. The 6 Packer ($30) is a hard, more sturdy replacement, constructed from 3/16" laser-cut plywood and assembled — by you — with 1/2" screws and nuts. Once you've got it put together, it should hold longnecks, stubby bottles, and everything in between without ever blowing out.
We typically like our iced coffee like we like our regular coffee — ready to drink not long after we start making it. For those of you with more patience, the Bodum Bean Iced Coffee French Press ($45) offers a smoother drink in exchange for a much longer brewing time. Just load your ground coffee into the jug as usual, add cold water, and let it hang out in the fridge overnight. In the morning, press it down, and you've got incredibly smooth iced coffee, no (more) waiting required.
Expand your collection of display-worthy kitchen gadgets with the Eva Solo Ice Tea Maker ($90). Designed by Danish studio Tools, it features a glass carafe, a stainless steel tea filter, a flip-top lid that opens automatically when pouring, a colored silicone neck sleeve for a secure grip when pouring hot or cold liquids, and a one liter capacity. You can spoon tea leaves directly into the carafe for indefinite brewing — the filter will keep them from escaping into your drink — or place them inside the filter to brew for just a couple minutes, then press the plunger and pour.
Transition from work to play with ease in the Clae Hamilton Shoe ($135). This easy-going, everyday wearer features a tall, mocassin-like leather top, tonal stitching, metal eyelets, soft collar lining details, and a sport rubber outsole that helps the Hamilton achieve a rare balance of casual style and elegance.
Since Everlane is all about offering luxury-quality goods at affordable prices, it's no surprise that their Weekender Bag ($95-$180) follows this formula perfectly. Sporting a canvas or suede outer with or without stripes, the bag is 22-inches long with leather handles that drop a full foot — making them great for handheld or shoulder use — as well as a waterproof lining, leather zipper pulls, a hidden interior pocket, and small metal feet to protect the bottom and help it stand upright.
We typically like our wallets to be as thin as possible — all the better for front pocket use — but we'll happily make an exception for these Slim Timber Wood Wallets ($45). Crafted from single pieces of maple or walnut, they are sized just right to carry credit, business, and ID cards, as well as a little cash, depending on how many cards you carry. Proudly crafted in the U.S.A.
Hey, look! Someone turned a Mac Cube into a grill! Okay, so that's not quite true, but there's certainly some similarity between Apple's failed experiment and the City Boy Grill ($230). Measuring 7.1" square and 8.7" tall, it's powered by a 225g standard gas cartridge, and features a simple +/- control knob on the front, a powdercoated steel body, stainless steel grates, and a built-in stainless steel and oak handle.
You switch your dress pants to linen in the summer, so why not your notebook? Assembled by hand in Portland, Oregon, the Tanner Goods Linen Notebook ($15) comes equipped with 48 graph paper pages, as well as random info like conversion tables, animal tracks, and common knots and ties. Available in clay, charcoal, cobalt, or evergreen.
Overly ornamental vintage amps these aren't. P3 Amplifiers ($300-$5,200) creates great-sounding guitar amplifiers and speaker enclosures by incorporating everything learned over 60 years of tube circuit evolution, using the finest components available, hand wiring every unit, and placing them in military grade aluminum enclosures that make nearly every component fixable and/or easily replaceable, thus ensuring that the amp is around as long as you are.
Remember the Qlocktwo, the wall clock that eschewed numbers for common phrases to tell you the time? Well, now you can wear that same technology on your wrist. The Qlocktwo Watch (€550; roughly $725) features a uniform grid of 110 letters, which it uses to display phrases like "It is half past nine" whenever you press the side-mounted stainless steel button. Other features include a square brushed stainless steel casing in natural or black, the ability to show the calendar day or seconds — with two and three presses of the single button, respectively — and a rubber or leather strap. [Scouted by Erik]
If you're looking to power your phone, provide some light, and preserve your modern decor at the same time, check out the Tunto PowerKiss Lamp (€1,050; roughly $1,400). Made from bent, ultrathin wood board, this unique lamp features PowerKiss wireless charging technology built into the base, touch-sensitive sensors for power and light intensity, and nine ultrathin LED lamps to provide plenty of light.