Apart from his distinctive profile and legendary humor, late comedian Bob Hop was also known for his style — and particularly his cufflinks. Now you can add a bit of his renowned flair to your own ensemble with a pair of Bob Hope's Cufflinks ($300-$900). Available in a variety of styles — from Japanese Monks to White Elephants — each pair was owned and worn by the man himself, making each one one-of-a-kind.
Inspired by Apple's ever-present aluminum power buttons, the iCufflinks ($130) are ready to add some Cupertino-style flair to your formal attire. These "open source" cufflinks are machined from 6 series aluminum, and thanks to a battery that screws inside the housing — along with a tiny circuit board and LED — they pulsate gently, subtly letting those around you know that not only do you mean business, but you might also be a robot. [Thanks, KJ & Butschp]
Oh hell yes. Blending perfectly with the beverage's wild west image, the Whiskey Holster ($39) keeps your favorite bourbon right where it should be: on your belt, preferably right next to your trusty six-shooter. Made from high-quality vegetable-tanned leather, it's the perfect size to hold a 200mL whiskey bottle, and even offers up a tiny window on the front to let your label show through. Al Swearengen would be proud.
If you're going to be so dressed up that cufflinks are a must, you might as well have some fun with it. And that's exactly what these Mustache Cufflinks ($60-$100) are for. Available in bronze, gold, or stainless steel finishes, they'll bring the facial hair heat even when you can't.
Add a bit of Backdraft-style intrigue to your ensemble with the Fire Hose Belt ($38). Handmade from previously-used fire hoses, each one is unique, and they often come with distress marks, providing just a hint that your belt has probably seen more action than you have.
Do you live in fear of poking your eyes out with the sharp ends of your umbrella? Release your fears with Blunt Umbrellas ($75-$85). Available in standard and two-person XL sizes, these unique umbrellas feature a low profile, tensioned canopy for easier control in the wind, a push-pull runner for easy opening, and blunt tips to evenly distribute the outward force along the edge of the canopy. Next up? Tackling your fear of scissors.
Once standard issue for soldiers in the Swedish army — Who knew Sweden even had an army? — the Swedish Army Belt ($75) is perfect for daily wear. Made from natural tan leather, these unassuming accessories feature reinforced clasps, slight stripes near the top and bottom, and the ability to gain a gorgeous patina over time, as seen in the pic above, which shows the same belt after 10 years of use.
Keep your mitts dry, warm, and protected in Lee Parks DeerSports Motorcycle Gloves ($115-$185). Made from a combination of deerskin and elkskin, these cycling gloves are more abrasion-resistant than typical cowhide, and also offer internal seams held together with dual-duty thread, dual Velcro wrist closures for a secure fit, an ErgoTech palm patch for increased protection, and multi-layer knuckle support to make sure your hands stay in one piece, even if your bike doesn't.
Looking for a new pair of specs? You could do a lot worse than choosing a pair from the collection of Warby Parker 2011 Eyewear ($95). Offering fresh takes on classic styles, these quality frames include anti-reflective prescription lenses in their price, and for each pair you buy, the company gives a pair to a person in need — making it even more tempting to buy more than just one.
Keep an emergency stash of cash, checks, or other goodies on your person with the Patagonia Travel Belt ($30). This simple nylon belt doubles as an emergency lash strap, and features a hidden interior zippered pocket, a forged, anodized aluminum buckle, and an unassuming black or gray exterior. The only downside? You'll likely still have to take it off at the TSA screening booth due to the metal buckle — but it's a small price to pay for safety, right? Right?
We're not about to say that it's the most stylish scarf out there, but it might be the most durable. The Patagonia Nano Puff Scarf ($50) features a wind- and water-resistant Alpine Nano Puff shell, lightweight 100-g PrimaLoft One stuffing for heat retention, and a pass-through slit to keep it snug against your neck. Available in the always serviceable black or a light gray fog that'll be noticeably trickier to pair properly.
Is your life way more like James Bond's than the average guy — as in, you need to pack heat underneath your formalwear? Then you might as well take Bond's advice and pick up a Galco Executive Shoulder Holster ($160). Made from fully-lined Italian calfskin, this hand-molded holster features a combat grip, a one-inch wide elastic adjustable support strap with a suspender clip for fastening to trousers, and is available in right- or left-hand versions. Just remember to get your concealed carry permit first, lest you find yourself in the kind of trouble from which not even 007 could escape.