Never mind the fact that it's quite stylish — the Barrett Alley Smuggler's Belt ($245) is good for far more than just handsomely holding up your pants. On the inside of this hand cut, hand sewn cowhide belt you'll find a hidden pocket that's only accessible after you open the hand forged iron buckle and take the belt off. Measuring just 1" x 3.5", you won't be fitting any huge items inside, but it's plenty large enough for carrying cash, microfiche, or a stash of any illicit substances you wouldn't want found.
No longer are utility rings solely for super heroes. The Titanium Utility Ring ($385) can grant any finger on either hand powers beyond just gripping, pointing, and poking. Like a multi-tool, the 9mm-wide titanium ring sports five blades that fold individually out of the ring — a comb, a straight blade, a bottle opener, a saw, and a serrated blade — letting you handle many situations using no other tool than the one you're already wearing.
Keep your tie in check without wrapping a gaudy chain around the thing with Tie Mags ($20-$30). Made from industrial strength magnets, these stylish accessories can be worn overtop or underneath your tie and serve to hold it in place no matter what you might be doing. Available in pyramid or target-like designs for wear on the outside, or as a straight bar for covertly keeping things in place.
Wait a second... sport utility bathrobe? Yup, that's what you call the Winnifred Beach Sport Utility Bathrobe ($300). Combining the comfort of a traditional bathrobe with the utility of a field jacket, this SUB features plush cotton-terry lining, a cotton twill exterior, two large side cargo pockets — perfect for one iPad (or two if you're ambitious) — two chest pockets, two utility pockets, and epaulettes for that extra bit of military flair. Finally, you'll have an actual excuse for hanging out in a robe all day.
If you're going to wear something around your neck, at least make sure it serves a purpose. The Beard Buddy Dog Tag Comb Necklace ($110) has that base covered. Made from antique bronze, it apes the look of traditional military dog tags while serving as a comb for taming your wild facial hair growth. Available with a matching antique bronze or black chain. [Scouted by Corey]
Maintaining the ability to use your phone doesn't mean losing the ability to look fashionable. These Leather Touchscreen Gloves (€130; roughly $170) offer the best of both worlds. Made from fine Ethiopian lambskin that's treated for wind and water resistance, they feature nanotechnology integrated into the leather to make them touchscreen compatible, as well as a leather strap on the heel to tighten them around your wrist and the ability to use all five fingers instead of just a couple. Hello, iPad multitouch gestures, goodbye cold hands.
Any time we see a disclaimer like "use of this product under some circumstances may result in you being shot", we're instantly intrigued. And rightly so. Uncuff Links ($60) are standard, stainless steel cufflinks that do a great job of keeping your French Cuffs closed, but also hide a handcuff key inside that will open almost all standard handcuffs. Just remember to use them in the right situation — like the in bedroom of an overly-dominant lover, instead of the back seat of a cruiser. [via]
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.
Keep your hands warm this winter by wrapping them in Chaval Response-XRT Heated Gloves ($390). These waterproof, windproof gloves feature alphaHEAT tech that automatically adjusts heat levels to keep your hands warm — but not roasting — and uses flat, flexible, conductive traces instead of wires to keep yourself comfortable. Other features include an integrated charging cable for the lithium-polymer battery, an elastic wrist for a secure fit, and 4-6 hours of heating time per charge.
Some might call Socrates Socks ($30) over-engineered, but we call them brilliant. Seeking to build a pair of socks that wouldn't droop, get a hole, or simply wear out on the bottom, the team behind Socrates built them out of Lycra freshFx fabric with anti-droop technology, then added carbon threading on the heel and toe, military-spec elastic at the top, and a Kevlar-Carbon Matrix at the end. All of which combines to make them, light, comfortable, and unbelievably durable.
It's very rare that we write about a product that adds complexity to the equation, but we'll make an exception for these Richard Mille Cufflinks ($TBA). Created over two years, they're made from grade 5 titanium, and feature a patented mechanism that opens the twin titanium bars using push-pieces and close by pressing on the top plate, resulting in cufflinks that contain 38 components each. Other features include satin-brushed upper surfaces that are bevelled by hand and a surprisingly subtle look.
Handy for showing off your fandom, less handy for protecting your secret identity. These Batman Cufflinks ($125) are a subtle way to geek up even the dressiest attire. Plated a smooth satin black and featuring a fixed logo back closure, they're officially licensed by the Bat's overlords at DC and arrive in a custom collectors box complete with the Batman logo on the side and a comic strip on the lid's interior.