Inspired by the rich blue hues of the world's oceans, the Louis Vuitton Damier Cobalt Collection is here to add a blast of color to your staid brown/black accessory assortment. The Collection is split up into three families — travel, bags, and small goods — and includes everything from the Zepher 55 trolley case and Keepall 55 weekender to the oversized Brazza Wallet and the minimalist Card Holder. Just be prepared to part with some green if you want some Damier in blue.
When you're not in a rush, take your time and do it right.
Bonobos Hickory Slicks Pants ($88). Bonobos Sparrowfield Sweater ($98). Bonobos Mahanna Gingham Shirt ($85). Bonobos Third Degree Brown Belt ($98). Eastland Sherman 1955 Boots ($225). Camano Coffee Mill Hand Coffee Grinder ($92). Warby Parker Fillmore Glasses ($95). Clarus Tritan Unbreakable Coffee Cup ($8). Madcap Gaturiri Coffee ($19).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Bonobos.
Let Gustin arrange your style, while you do your moto homework.
Gustin Trucker Jacket ($139). Gustin Black Roller Belt ($51). Gustin Simple Wallet ($20). Gustin Japanese Selvedge Jeans ($99). Gustin Japan Blue Oxford Shirt ($69). Iron & Air Magazine ($15). Brixton Borrego Beanie ($22). Red Wing Heritage Boot ($250). Me & Arrow Key Ring ($19).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Gustin.
It was only a matter of time before the makers of wearable activity trackers stopped producing techie plastic pieces that only look appropriate in a gym, and started focusing on making them look good for everyday wear. The Wellograph Watch looks gorgeous, crafted from sapphire crystal or stainless steel and accompanied by either a genuine leather or nato strap. Its tasteful user interface — displayed on a low-power LCD screen — shows useful information at a glance, letting you monitor your exercise, fitness, heartrate, steps, and more. The Wellograph app, available for iOS and Android, gives you an in-depth look at your wellbeing and syncs wirelessly over Bluetooth.
Is '70s style making a comeback? Well, it certainly is with this Omega Speedmaster Mark II Watch. A reintroduction of a watch that first appeared in 1969, this handsome, masculine timepiece features a water resistant brushed steel case and matching bracelet and your choice of either red/orange and gray or monochrome black and white dials. As for specs, it's powered by a Omega Calibre 3330 automatic movement, with a certified COSC Chronometer, raised tachymetre marks, and a date indicator located at 6 o'clock. Just be sure to pay attention, as there's no "Mark II" marking on the face to let you know which is which.
Think all smartwatches are destined to look dorky? Think again. At a glance, the Cogito Smartwatch ($180) looks just like a regular timepeice — round case, black face, hour and minute hands — but at the press of a button becomes so much more. Because that black face is actually a digital display, notifying you of incoming calls, texts, and emails, as well as calendar appointments and alarms. Will it let you read the whole thing, like a Pebble? No, but frankly, people that stare at their wrists for long periods of time freak us out anyway.
Meet me in Park City — I'll bring the gummy bears.
Frame Bag ($295). Rag & Bone Quilted Jacket ($535). Bill's Khakis Poplin Pants ($135). Swims High Top Charles ($134). Head Porter Merge iPhone Case ($103). Sundance Film Festival 2014 App (Free). 5-Pound Haribo Gold Bears Candy ($18). Han Kjobenhavn Timeless Sunglasses ($134). Vans Mismoedig Beanie ($16). Tretorn Mönster Socka Socks ($16).
Don't let directions impede an adventure.
Finding Your Way Without a Map or Compass ($7). Wandawega Sureshot Slingshot ($15). Sperry Top-Sider A/O 7-Eye Boot ($70). River Island Jersey Sleeve Denim Jacket ($82). Levi's Vintage Pocket T-Shirt ($90). Brixton Saint Beanie ($28). Carhartt WIP Johnson Pant ($118). Olympus PEN E-P1 12 MP Digital Camera ($690).
Owners of the original Pebble smartwatch know what a useful gadget it can be — and they also know the inconvenience of having to leave it at home on those occasions when its plastic body is likely to ruin their look. Not any more. Say hello to the Pebble Steel ($250). Smaller and thinner than the original, this new model is made from forged and CNC-machined stainless steel in a brushed or matte black finish, but retains the ePaper display and app compatibility of its plastic sibling. Each one ships with a metal and leather strap, giving you the choice to dress it up or dress it down — but also meaning the days of it being a fashion distraction are over.
Before you ask, no — the Bugatti x Roland Iten Belt Buckle ($84,000) won't help you travel at speeds in excess of 250 miles an hour. But it is made with the same spirit of craftsmanship that's helped Bugatti reign over the super car market for generations. This belt buckle uses a ratcheting mechanism inspired by watchmaking techniques to quickly pull your belt (the leather one that holds up your pants, not the one across your lap) tight without the need for holes. Featuring hand-crafted bridges, cogs, wheels, springs, and pinions, and elements made from titanium, stainless steel, rose gold, and sapphire crystals, and limited to just 44 pieces, it's enough to make gear heads and watch lovers green with envy.
A clean slate for a new year.
Post Overalls Melton Cruzer Jacket ($572). Gant Lambswool Cable Shawl Cardigan ($113). Brooks Brothers Poplin Navy Large Gingham Sport Shirt ($65). Paul Smith London Westborne Trousers ($207). Apolis Co-op Alpaca Scarf ($98). Coach Basic Nappa Gloves ($128). Adam Derrick To Boot New York Brennan Boots ($450). Junghans Max Bill Chronograph ($2,420). Postalco One Year Wall Calendar ($14).
Made to recognize the achievements of possibly the most-well-known naturalist, the IWC Aquatimer Expedition Charles Darwin Edition Watch ($TBA) is ready to handle any sea-borne expedition. Built to resist water down to 2,000 meters, the display glows both green and blue in the dark, letting you distinguish between dive time and normal time. An internal and external rotating bezel lets you easily monitor your dive time, while remaining easy to adjust even if you're wearing gloves. The case is crafted from bronze — a metal alloy used in shipbuilding at the time of Charles Darwin — and features an engraving of Darwin on the underside.