With the first snow of the season hitting the east this week, maybe it's time to start thinking about some cold weather gadget gear. The North Face E-Tip Gloves ($45) sport grippy silicone palms and a warm shell, and, more importantly, X-Static tips on the thumb and index fingers which let you control touch-screen devices like the iPhone.
Been rocking a silk knit tie lately? You might have noticed that it's pretty tough to find a matching pocket square — that's because they're not all that easy to make. Which makes these MS & Co. Silk Knit Pocket Squares ($35) all the more special. The result of dozens of tests, they measure 6.5-inches square, are made from 100% silk, and come in navy, white, and pink. You can thank us later.
Finally, a perfect accessory for the health-risking urban cowboy. Handcrafted from top-grain leather, the Vice Holster ($145) is designed for over-both-shoulders wear, giving you easily-concealed and quickly-accessible storage for both a flask and a pack of smokes — everything a man needs to survive a long cattle drive, or simply a long night of party hopping.
Hanging your keys from a belt loop is hardly a bad idea, but why not add some extra utility to the mix? The Corter Leather Bottle Hook ($36 and up) is designed to both hang your keys from your loop and open your beers, thanks to its clever design. Cast out of steel, it'll likely outlive every pair of denim you own, includes a leather tag to put down your info — because who hasn't lost their keys before? — and is available in copper and aged pewter finishes.
Let's say you've got some unexpectedly awesome event to attend — dinner with the POTUS, an after-party at the Oscars, a Monday Night Football game in Trump's suite. And you're feeling woefully underdressed, no matter how many times you retie your Windsor knot. So you suck it up, get out your Amex Black card, and order up these Jacob & Co. Canary Diamond Cufflinks ($4.2 million). Sporting over 20 karats of canary diamonds and another 10-plus karats of white diamonds, they feature a diamond whale flip back closure and the title of "most expensive cufflinks in the world".
And you thought RGIII had some crazy stockings. Happy Socks ($12-$30) can add a splash of whimsical color to any outfit you choose thanks to their wide variety of available styles and colors, including yellow, green, and red argyle, blue, orange, white, and black tubes, and, yes, even polka dot ankle socks, which should go great with those pink camo cargo pants.
Add a bit of rugged flair to your springtime wardrobe with 3sixteen Heavyweight Stitched Belts ($145). Crafted in the USA from domestically sourced English Bridle steer hides, these hearty belts feature nickel buckles, waxed, beveled edges, and, of course, heavyweight stitching. Available in golden, brown, and black.
If you like Coach's stuff but have been looking for a happy medium between its plain leather and pattern-covered offerings, look no further than the new Coach Hugo Guinness Collection ($70-$400). Each item in the collection — which includes wallets, totes, a sunglass case, an iPad case, a pouch, a keycase, and a keyring — features one of the artist's hand-cut linoleum prints front and center.
Add some Run-DMC style flair to your favorite pair of sneaks with these Speakeasy Lace Locks ($20). Made from high-quality lacquered wood, each set includes two locks in either light Maple or rich Walnut, and come with a variety of messages, most dedicated to New York, but some — such as the delightfully arrogant Swag — just because. You can also create your own (up to 8 characters each) for just five bucks more, like the ones Footaction sent us laced into a pair of Air Force 1's.
Made from the same Kevlar and Kevlar-Nomex blend as the equipment of fearless smokejumpers, these Best Made Kevlar Smokejumper Belts ($42) are sure to provide you with years of wear. They come in yellow, red, or blue, with a hot-forged alloy steel parachute harness that's proof load tested to 2,500 lbs., and the aforementioned Kevlar-Nomex band that boasts 10,000 lbs. of tensile strength and a melting point of 800º — or more than enough to tackle those brutal big-city summers.
Keep your shoes in tip-top shape by giving them a healthy dose of Otter Wax ($9-$90). Completely petroleum and silicone free, this lineup of protective solutions includes a Heavy Duty Fabric Wax to protect canvas sneakers, raincoats, hats, and even jeans, and a Leather Salve, which uses its shea butter, flax oil, and lanolin goodness to treat and restore your favorite boots, gloves, and furniture with the added bonus of increased water repellency. Locally crafted in Portland, OR.
Weight is generally an enemy of comfortable eyeglasses, as the heavier the specs, the more strain is put on your ears and nose. Which is why we're so stoked about these Ray-Ban Light Ray Eyeglasses ($TBA). Touted as the lightest Ray-Ban frame ever created, the Light Ray features a corrosion-resistant titanium alloy build, using no screws or welding, and a monoblock hinge. All told, they weigh just 1.7g — that's roughly five one-hundredths of an ounce, or a really, really small amount.