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 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.
Driving is fun. Driving in the snow and cold can be fun. But driving with cold hands? Never fun. This Tanner Driver Glove ($75) keeps the fun factor high and your digits warm with authentic deerskin that starts out supple — to give you better feel behind the wheel — and further and softens and conforms to your hands over time, until it's almost a part of you. A part that you can take off when the weather gets warm. Which is good, because you'd look rather suspicious rolling around with gloves on during the summer.
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.
Many times you may find your manly attire too much for wimpy regular hangers to handle. For times like those, you need The Man Hanger ($25). Bent by hand from industrial-grade rebar, then sealed and coated to prevent rust and corrosion, it's rugged enough to handle even the heaviest of garments yet elegant enough to hang in even the most luxurious of closets. [Scouted by Carl]
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.
No longer are utility rings solely for super heroes. The Titanium Utility Ring can grant any finger on either hand powers beyond just gripping, pointing, and poking. Like a multi-tool, the 9mm-wide titanium ring sports five blades that fold individually out of the ring — a comb, a straight blade, a bottle opener, a saw, and a serrated blade — letting you handle many situations using no other tool than the one you're already wearing.
Keep your tie in check without wrapping a gaudy chain around the thing with Tie Mags ($20-$30). Made from industrial strength magnets, these stylish accessories can be worn overtop or underneath your tie and serve to hold it in place no matter what you might be doing. Available in pyramid or target-like designs for wear on the outside, or as a straight bar for covertly keeping things in place.
Wait a second... sport utility bathrobe? Yup, that's what you call the Winnifred Beach Sport Utility Bathrobe ($300). Combining the comfort of a traditional bathrobe with the utility of a field jacket, this SUB features plush cotton-terry lining, a cotton twill exterior, two large side cargo pockets — perfect for one iPad (or two if you're ambitious) — two chest pockets, two utility pockets, and epaulettes for that extra bit of military flair. Finally, you'll have an actual excuse for hanging out in a robe all day.
If you're going to wear something around your neck, at least make sure it serves a purpose. The Beard Buddy Dog Tag Comb Necklace ($110) has that base covered. Made from antique bronze, it apes the look of traditional military dog tags while serving as a comb for taming your wild facial hair growth. Available with a matching antique bronze or black chain. [Scouted by Corey]
Whether you're looking for a way to stand out at your next formal event or simply too lazy to learn how to properly dress yourself, these Wooden Bow Ties ($45-$65) should be just what you were looking for. Available in a wide variety of styles, these ties are handcrafted from exotic woods, specialty leathers, and high-quality fabrics.
Standard clothes hangers are great... for normal clothes. But what do you do when you need to hang accessories like belts, ties, and scarves that don't necessarily play well with the hangers in your closet? Put them on a Hwoarang Hanger (£8; roughly $13). Made from bent 1.5mm birch plywood, these strangely attractive hangers feature wide, oversized areas to the left and right that work perfectly for holding items that need to wrap around the hanger while still laying flat. [via]
Maintaining the ability to use your phone doesn't mean losing the ability to look fashionable. These Leather Touchscreen Gloves (€130; roughly $170) offer the best of both worlds. Made from fine Ethiopian lambskin that's treated for wind and water resistance, they feature nanotechnology integrated into the leather to make them touchscreen compatible, as well as a leather strap on the heel to tighten them around your wrist and the ability to use all five fingers instead of just a couple. Hello, iPad multitouch gestures, goodbye cold hands.
You might think, given the rugged reputation of their bags, that the Goruck Man Tie ($65) is virtually indestructible. And you'd be right. Touted as the "first military-grade tie in history", it's handmade in the USA from the same 1000D Cordura as the company's other goods, and features hand-pressed seams, a reinforced black-on-black stay on the back of the tie, and your choice of narrow or classic widths and short or long lengths. Available in black, sand, and multicam.
Any time we see a disclaimer like "use of this product under some circumstances may result in you being shot", we're instantly intrigued. And rightly so. Uncuff Links ($60) are standard, stainless steel cufflinks that do a great job of keeping your French Cuffs closed, but also hide a handcuff key inside that will open almost all standard handcuffs. Just remember to use them in the right situation — like the in bedroom of an overly-dominant lover, instead of the back seat of a cruiser. [via]
Keep your hands warm this winter by wrapping them in Chaval Response-XRT Heated Gloves ($390). These waterproof, windproof gloves feature alphaHEAT tech that automatically adjusts heat levels to keep your hands warm — but not roasting — and uses flat, flexible, conductive traces instead of wires to keep yourself comfortable. Other features include an integrated charging cable for the lithium-polymer battery, an elastic wrist for a secure fit, and 4-6 hours of heating time per charge.