In honor of Beck's recent musical release Songreader — a book of sheet music, not an album, meant to be played by fans, not listened to — Warby Parker has released a limited edition pair of frames called the Carmichael. These Beck x Warby Parker Eyeglasses ($95) are available in two colorways and two variations: rootbeer and crystal colors in both eyeglasses and sunglasses. They feature a round lens and a keyhole bridge, lending a style they describe as a cross between bookish and bohemian. As usual, the lenses are made from impact-resistant polycarbonate, while the frames are made from high-quality cellulose acetate. No matter what you choose, they're the perfect glasses to wear when you sit down with your instrument of choice, read, and play.
Whether you're headed to an apple orchard, trick-or-treating, or just taking in a game, keep the autumn chill at bay with a nip of your go-to brown liquor in this Coach x Billy Reid Whiskey Flask ($200 or $500). Available with either leather or alligator detailing, you can carry your booze in a style befitting your favorite fall getup. Part of a limited edition, these flasks will go quickly, so get yours before they run out.
You know by now that your favorite album sounds better on vinyl (it's hardly a secret), but because not every record can be a hit, some are destined for a higher purpose — like making Vinylize Eyeglasses ($450). Using a specialized process years in development, they take colorful cellulose acetate and face it with the vinyl from recycled records. They offer a range of styles featuring chunky frames, modern lines, and brightly-colored accents. Each pair comes fitted with demo lenses, is prescription-ready, and includes a carrying case made from a seven-inch single folded and fitted with a zipper.
Think of Bombas Socks ($24) as the Warby Parker or Toms of the sock world — for every pair you buy, another pair goes to someone in need. But, that's not the only thing that makes them special — they have spent the last two years working to make socks better. A honeycomb support system helps them fit perfectly on your arch. An invisible toe seam makes them more comfortable up front, while a blister tab and Y-stitched heel help them feel great around back. Peruvian pima cotton keeps them cozy in the cold and breathable in the heat, while stay-up technology keeps them snug on your legs.
You don't need to be a getaway driver to get away with wearing a pair of Autodromo Stringback Driving Gloves ($110) — but it wouldn't hurt. A leather palm gives you a firm grip on the wheel without the need for white knuckles, and a crocheted-cotton back keeps your hands from getting clammy when you're weaving through lanes. The short, split cuff keeps your watch within easy view, so you'll always know when it's time to put it in gear and go.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... you in a pair of glasses from the Warby Parker Man of Steel Collection ($95). They're inspired by the upcoming film of the same name (in theaters June 15). But, even if you're not Clark Kent, you can still kick ass at your nine-to-five in these smartly-stylish frames. A hint of blue or red on the temple gives them that special Superman flare, while the styling is classically-inspired, yet uniquely Warby. And, as usual, with every pair you buy someone in need gets one too — pretty super.
It doesn't really matter what you need it for — unless you're going with a gold-handled model and a pimp-style outfit, most walking sticks don't enhance your look. The Top & Derby Cane ($70) aims to change all that. It features a handle with a cast aluminum core and a soft silicone grip, a solid American black walnut shaft with a coating that both protects the wood and brings out the natural grain, and thermoplastic rubber tip that's resistant to abrasions and sports sneaker-inspired tread for added traction. Expected to arrive this September.
The most rugged boots around won't do you much good in the wilderness if your laces can't hold up to the abuse. With Castle Brook Paralaces ($6-$8), that won't be an issue. These hand-crafted bootlaces claim to the toughest available, thanks to seven-strand construction with 550 lb-tested Nylon Kernmantle rope, aglets made from polyolefin plastics that literally bind and mesh with the nylon fibers underneath, becoming one with the lace, and a lifetime guarantee. Try finding one of those for the laces that came with your shoes.
If you're simply looking for something elegant to hold your myriad keys, the General Mfg. Wilson Keyring ($10) is well worth a shot. Formed from a single piece of 1/8" brass wire, each ring measures a pocketable 2" x 1.125", can hold a completely unpocketable number of keys, and features a small enamel marking in one of three colors — red, blue, or grey — to help you easily identify which set you're grabbing (should you happen to own more than one).
We've seen plenty of titanium rings, and even a few made out of wood — but none that have mixed the two as artfully as these Wedgewood Rings ($200-$400). Made by hand in Milwaukee, these rings use a wide range of natural woods that have been carefully selected specifically for making rings. Every piece is either recycled or purchased from an eco-conscious seller, and is paired with hand-polished titanium, then given multiple coats of clear finish to ensure the ring looks great for years to come.
Make scratched phone screens and unsightly key bulges a thing of the past with the Keyper ($30). This clever accessory keeps up to four keys perfectly organized in a stylish leather pouch. In addition to the four individually stitched key slots, the Keyper also includes four color-coded tabs that make it easy to slide the keys in and out of their slots while also allowing for quick, easy identification. Shipping in July.
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.