Just think of them as an Ikea product for your feet. Like our favorite affordable Swedish furniture, Lasso Flat-Packed Slippers (£27; roughly $40) arrive in a slim box ready to be assembled. Made from a single piece of grey wool felt, they feature a hearty leather sole, and your choice of laces, which you use to build the shoe by sewing them through precut holes. We haven't seen the printed instructions yet, but we're guessing they're not quite as frustrating as the wordless booklets that come from the big blue store.
If you liked the HM4 Thunderbolt, you're going to love the MB&F HM4 Final Edition Watch ($TBA). Inspired by the F-117 Nighthawk, the Final Edition features a black PVD-coated titanium body while retaining the jet-inspired design of the original, including the turbine-like pods for the time and power reserve indicators, which are connected to the power reserve via unique vertical gear trains. Again, as before, each of the 311 components — including the titanium case, regulator, and even the screws — were developed specifically for this watch, only this time there are only eight of them to go around. So if you're interested, you'd best start making purchasing arrangements now.
Next time you want to look stylish on your motorbike and stay warm at the same time, skip the leathers and don the Aether Skyline Motorcycle Jacket ($650). Made with a 3-layer Field Nylon shell, the Skyline is both waterproof and abrasion resistant, while allowing your skin to breathe. Other features include protective elbow, shoulder, and back pads, zippered chest pockets with interior mesh vents, front hand pockets with snap closures, zip vents around the armpits for air intake and matching back vents for exhaust, an interior zippered pocket, and the all important black reflective material on the collar and in the back. Available in four tasteful colorways.
Head to Austin in style.
Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD ($TBD). Warby Parker Edgeworth ($145). Grado GS1000i Statement Series Headphones ($995). SXSW GO App (Free). Stanley Classic Flask ($21). Hard Graft Passport Wallet ($85). Aether Button Swim ($110). MOO Luxe Business Cards ($TBD). Anthony Lip Balm ($7). Incase EO Roller Suitcase ($250). Acne College Hoodie ($220). Williamsburg South 1st Street Jeans ($122). Nike Air Max 1 Essential ($70). Club Monaco Plaid Edward Shirt ($90). J.Crew Secret Wash Shirt ($65). GoToob ($10). Marvis Whitening Toothpaste ($13).
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Don't worry... you're not likely to blend in with this colorful collection.
Woolf Slim Black Selvedge Denim ($49.99). Radii Matterhorn Shoes ($94.99). G-Shock Glide Watch ($110.00. Nixon Rubber 51-30 Watch ($249.99). Matix Back Country Hat ($14.99). Happy Socks (Two Pack) ($12.99). AJ Morgan Grant Sunglasses ($14.99). AJ Morgan Lantern Sunglasses ($14.99). Woolf Blocked Chambray Shirt ($39.99). Woolf Explorer Jacket ($69.99).
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They might not look that different at first glance, but the Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star Collection ($70-$85) really isn't the same as the Chucks you'll find at your local Journeys store. Re-crafted to the specifications of the All Star of the '70s, these now-iconic shoes feature slightly higher rubber foxing around the sole, added cushioning — definitely a welcome change — stitching on the sidewall, a vintage plate on the heel, a more substantial toe box, and a heavier canvas upper. The black and white versions are available now at select shops, with more original colors arriving later this year.
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.
It's almost that time of year.
Free & Easy December 2012 ($30). Corter Leather Waxed Tote In Navy ($180). Woolrich Woolen Mills Flight Jacket ($450). Gitman Brothers Vintage Pink Cambridge Oxford ($156). Engineered Garments Popover Shirt ($192). Anonymous Ism 5 Color Mix Quarter ($20). Cause & Effect Silver Bar Cuff ($270). Apolis Leather Card Holder ($34). Norse Projects Aros Heavy Chino In Navy ($165). The Hill-Side Selvedge Pocket Square ($39). Cause & Effect Two Line Belt With Brass ($160). Rancourt & Company Ripple Sole Ranger Moc ($325). Apolis Transit Issue Fisher Space Pen ($28). Apolis Co-Op Roast ($25).
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Most cushioning is designed to keep your feet comfortable when you step down. The cushioning in these new Adidas Energy Boost Running Shoes ($150) is all about what happens after that. Replacing traditional EVA foam in the midsole is the company's new energy-returning Boost material, which aims to make your runs easier by bouncing your foot back up after each step. Other features include a breathable techfit upper, Torsion technology for midfoot support, an external heel counter for a better fit, and compatibility with Adidas' miCoach system.
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Levi's Vintage Crew Sweatshirt ($165). UNIQLO Vintage Flat Front Chinos ($47). Clarks Desert Boot ($110). Herschel Little America Mid ($140). Benny Gold Camo Socks ($19). J-Crew Han Kjobenhavn Timeless Sunglasses ($134). Field Notes ($10). Norse Projects 3 Needle Oxford Cap ($64). Exotac NanoStriker Firestarter ($27). Pixelivery Camera Shirt ($24).
They already make bags, wallets, clothing, belts, and other miscellaneous accessories, so it only makes sense that they'd expand into timepieces. And expand they have — the new line of Jack Spade Watches ($100-$530) includes 37 pieces spread across five categories. Whether you're looking for a sport, dress, pillow tank, dual time zone, or whimsical graphic watch, you'll find one here, boasting quality movements, construction, and useful, yet minimal, features. Available in March.
Pack everything you need for a full day of shooting with the Chrome Niko Camera Pack ($180). This rugged, unassuming bag features a waterproof denier outer shell, a tarpaulin liner, a customizable interior compartment for lenses and flashes, a padded laptop compartment that'll hold anything up to a 15" MacBook Pro, a quick-access compartment for essential gear, Velcro straps on the front for a tripod or skateboard, and plenty of pockets for cables, memory cards, and other miscellaneous gear.