It might not seem like it right now, but Spring is right around the corner — and you can get your face ready for the change in fashion by grabbing up some Warby Parker Spring 2014 Eyewear. This year's lineup includes eight new shapes and six new colors, including the Walker in eye-popping Canton Blue, the Seymour in Whiskey Tortoise, the Kimball in Marzipan Tortoise, and the Lowry sunglasses in Green Citrine. As always, you can order 5 pairs of frames to try on at-home for free, and when you've made your selection, you can feel better knowing that your purchase will give someone in need access to affordable glasses.
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.
There are few things as irritating on an already nasty day as dealing with an umbrella that just can't cope with a serious gust of wind — turning inside out, soaking you in the process, or just plain blowing away. With the Senz Smart Umbrella ($50) you don't need to worry about the wind, or the rain, thanks to its innovative take on the shape of a traditional umbrella. Its angular design is shorter in the front than in the back, helping it cut through the wind without letting any get underneath. An ergonomic handle helps you comfortably hold on to the umbrella, while a range of available colors and prints keep you looking great, even when the weather doesn't.
So maybe you're a little jealous of all your visually-impaired friends and their stylish frames — but just because you have perfect vision, that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to rock a pair of Exovault Aluminum Eyeglasses ($400). Machined from solid aluminum, and available in either clear anodized or black anodized, these frames are made in small batches in a studio in Brooklyn. They ship without prescription lenses, so they're perfect for when you want to add a touch of hipster geek to your look, without a trip to the optometrist. And if you're one of the (un)lucky ones who truly needs corrective lenses, fret not, your eye doctor can always fit them with something functional.
Some classic menswear items rarely receive an update — the oxford shoe, neckties, sport coats — and most don't need one. But the Ellsworth & Clyde Magnetic Tie Bar ($50-$70) proves that sometimes a little innovation in a time-honored staple is sorely needed. Doing away with the clumsy mechanical hinge, these tie bars use powerful magnets to hold your neckwear in place no matter how much you move or how hard the wind blows. Handmade from carefully-selected hardwoods, stained, and finished with durable leather instead of a hinge (and with two lengths on either side to suit any tie), these tie bars are as inventive as they are handsome.
All too often any glove you find that also works with your smartphone ends up looking technical and a bit geeky — but not the Mujjo Leather Crochet Touchscreen Gloves ($100). They give you the best of both worlds, combing the ability to interact with just about every touchscreen out, while still looking sharp. Made from fine Ethiopian lambskin leather, the underside of these gloves gives you the comfort, warmth, and style you expect from a leather glove. The top side, made from Egyptian crocheted cotton, gives you plenty of flexibility, whether you're driving or fumbling in your pocket to take a call. Inside you'll find Mongolian cashmere lining, perfect for keeping away the chill, while still light weight enough to be comfortable.
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.