We're not going to tell you that you'll be able to recognize it as the iconic sneaker right away, but this Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Made in Maine Boot ($350) is awfully cool nonetheless. Built entirely in the USA through a partnership with the Highland Shoe Company, the boot features oiled Chamois Horween leather, a rugged Vibram Jumbo Rippe outsole, leather board construction to allow for re-soling in the future, and white contrast stitching. Available tomorrow exclusively at select Converse and First String retailers, it's limited to just 80 pairs — so you'd best go line up now.
Remember the bikes of the 1920s and '30s? Yeah, neither do we. But if we could, we bet they'd look a lot like the Janus Halcyon 50 Motorcycle ($3,900-$5,300). Inspired by classic, record-breaking bikes of that era, the Halcyon 50 features a sprung leather seat and panniers, wide handlebars, and a fantastic, streamlined polished aluminum fuel tank. Just don't expect to set any modern records on it — with a maximum speed of 55, it's more suited for urban streets than wide-open road.
And so the trend of insanely sweet vodka flavors marches on with Glazed Donut Vodka ($16). Created by a company that knows a thing or two about sweet-flavored vodkas — other 360 flavors include double chocolate, bing cherry, and cola — it beats out the real thing by over 150 calories — assuming you're watching your weight — and is bound to mix well with an array of ingredients that you wouldn't let anywhere near a glass of Belvedere. Bacon donut martinis, anyone? [Scouted by Drew]
Can a station wagon be sexy? The Volvo V60 ($TBA) seems to be arguing "yes," with a coupe-like roofline, aggressive front end, and short overhangs. Normally, we'd be telling you about the car's powerplant here, but since Volvo will offer the V60 with eight different engines, that'd take a bit too long — let's just say there's something here for everyone to complement the ride's other key features like all-wheel drive, Advanced Stability Control, a 12-speaker Dolby Digital sound system with a 7-inch screen, and an advanced collision detection system that can stop a crash at speeds up to 20 mph. You'll probably need all that stuff, however, to take your mind off the fact that you're driving a freakin' station wagon.
Make your burgers and steaks feel the power of the dark side to Darth Vader BBQ Apron ($25). This 29-inch, polyester apron will go perfectly with that Vader helmet you've been keeping around and the Leia Bikini Apron for your girl. Also works great as a bank robbery disguise.
We've installed a subwoofer in a bucket before, but it would take a little more ingenuity to come up with these. PVC Pipe Speakers ($200) are handmade by Chicago-based ikymagoo, and feature 3-inch magnesium/aluminum alloy full range drivers, a bass port on the end of the pipe/stand, three-way binding posts on the back, and a hand-painted high gloss lacquer finish. Unfortunately, they aren't powered, so you're going to need your own amp if you want to do more than just look at them. [via]
You didn't really think the world was going to let GM bring back the Camaro without creating a Firebird-like counterpart, did you? The Firebreather ($60,000) is as close as you're going to come to a 2011 Firebird, with a modified body that goes as far as you can into F-bird territory without running into GM design patents, a supercharged, 6.2L V8 good for 599 rear-wheel horses, a custom interior, and custom 20-inch wheels.
So modern, it's amazing Starck didn't think of it first. The Phosphor E-Ink Watch ($200) bears more than a little resemblance to Philippe's line of semi-iconic watches for Fossil, but goes beyond with an amazingly contrasty e-Ink screen, a plated stainless steel case, a crystal cover for the display, and a simple leather strap. It's like a wrist-sized Kindle. Or something.
Born out of a lifelong love for the classic Toyota Land Cruiser, the Icon FJ Series ($126,000 and up) is a modern re-imagining of the legendary off-roader. Available in three body styles, the FJ's features include a standard 5.3 Liter, 350hp V8 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, Dynatrac Dana 60/40 based axles, Marine-rated vinyl on the seats, an Atlas II transfer case, aluminum knobs, sport pedals, an optional soft top, aeronautics-inspired dash panles, and a Teflon polyester hybrid powder coat that can stand up to the worst punishment you can dish out, even if that's just a trip over potholed suburban streets.
Based on the company's standard Evora, the new Lotus Evora S ($TBA) ups the ante with a mid-mounted, 345 hp 3.5L Toyota-sourced V6, a zero to 60 time of just 4.8 seconds, a top speed of 172 mph, a sport button that gives the driver more control over the throttle response, a higher rev limiter, modifies the stability control settings, and activates an exhaust bypass valve, 18-inch front and 19-inch rear wheels, Eibach springs, Blistein dampers, a forged aluminum double-wishbone suspension, and an Alpine-branded media system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, iPod connectivity, and video playback. Notably missing is a price, which is probably somewhere between "a lot" and "more than a lot."
Ever wish your Lucky Charms came without the toasted oat bits so you could just get straight to the sugar buzz? Pick up a bag of Cereal Marshmallows ($8/2 bags). These mass-sourced marshmallows come in half circles, squares, quarter moons, and triangles, or enough varieties to keep even the staunchest of
future diabetics cereal fans happy. [Thanks, Dan]
Celebrate America's heritage of industrial innovation with AT-95 Tables ($890-$1,800). Made from salvaged woods and industrial-grade, heavy-duty metal and steel components, these round and rectangular tables come in a number of models to match your design sensibilities while offering enough variety to match nearly any decor — making them perfect for that sweet warehouse office you've been talking about for nearly a decade.
The Lotus Evora gave us a hint of where the company's design language was headed, but we still weren't quite prepared for the sleek, angular lines of the Lotus Elite ($180,000). Powered by a front/mid-engine 5-Liter V8 sourced from the Lexus IS F and hooked to an automatic tranny with optional use of hybrid technology with KERS, the Elite boasts 611hp, a 0-100 km/h time of roughly 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 195 mph, this retractable hardtop 2+2 is primed to vault Lotus into the supercar market in a big — and stylish — manner.
If the BMW 6 Series Concept was basically an early look at an upcoming production model, the Peugeot EX1 ($TBA) is the polar opposite: a wild creation that lets the car's designers stretch their imaginations with out worrying about pesky topics like actual production cost or real-world feasibility. Still, the EX1 is every bit as intriguing, with its open-cockpit mix of car and motorcycle, it's world-class acceleration, dual electric motors cranking out the equivalent of 340 hp, and its all-time four wheel drive. Just don't expect it in dealerships any time soon.
For those of you who are tired of carrying a computer on your wrist and want a watch that simply gives the time, the Swatch New Gent Watch ($65) is just that. With the choice of ten different colors and the economical price, you can have them all. Just stay away from the purple one, it's for the ladies.
Based on the legendary ride of the same name from the early 1900s, the Morgan Threewheeler ($TBA) is an instant modern classic. This rebirth of the iconic car Stirling Moss once called a "babe magnet" features a tubular frame and two rollover bars, an aerodynamic 'bullet' aluminum hull, a leather padded, aircraft-style cockpit, glossy black wire wheels, and a "Screaming Eagle" 1800 cc engine from Harley Davidson paired with a Mazda 5-speed gearbox, good for a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 115 mph — or as fast as you'll want to go in a vehicle this small while battling SUVs and jacked-up pickups.
Modern SUVs offer a great blend of comfort, performance, and utility, but they just can't match the unabashed ruggedness of earlier models. This 1959 Land Rover Series II Model 109 ($82,000 and up; Auction) is certainly among those, with seating for ten, a "tropical" roof, tank-like construction that's even more robust than the cheaper follow-up Series IIA model, and a like-new condition thanks to a full restoration by well-known Land Rover enthusiast Lanny Clark, using only original parts. Part of a run that lasted only two years, this classic is sure to keep you going in the snow and sun for years to come without going out of style.
Get that rustic look without going full-on lumberjack with the Cole Haan Air Hunter Alpine Boot ($230). Featuring a leather upper, perforated leather lining, EVA rubber wedge sole, and traditional work boot looks, it pairs perfectly with jeans, a plaid or flannel shirt, and a coat, while the unseen Nike Air cushioning keeps you from feeling like you've been back in the woods all day.