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.
No more will you have to long for the release of a mustard yellow Red Sox cap, thanks to New Era By You ($60). This new service from the ubiquitous MLB hat maker lets you customize nearly every aspect of your hat, including the color of each panel, bill, logo, and stich, making it possible to create nearly any combination you desire. Warning: the building tool is Flash-only, so don't expect to be ordering your masterpiece from your iPad. [via]
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.
You might never be as badass as this guy, but that's no reason you shouldn't take control of your machine — whether it's a Corvette or a Camry — with the help of a pair of these Dents Driving Gloves ($55). Made by a UK company that's been making leather hand coverings since 1777, these gloves do more than transform you into a movie star/race car driver — they help you keep a grip on the wheel when your palms get all sweaty from moonlighting as a getaway driver. Now, where can we find one of those satin scorpion jackets...
Believe it or not, sometimes wearing a tie simply isn't formal enough. For those times, there are Title of Work Ties ($125-$1,075). Available in a variety of shades and made using high-end fabrics, the majority of these not too skinny, not too wide ties feature an added bit of flair — a bar, chain, toggle, or some other ornament — displayed proudly along their length, making them just a step above your average neck wringer from Brooks Brothers.
Well, here it is, folks. The most extravagant piece of man-jewelry there is. Made from Mil-spec G-5 aerospace-grade titainium, the Rogue Breacher Bracelet ($16,300) is "an intelligent, multi-axis assembly that anatomically contours around the unique forms of the human wrist." The bracelet, which reportedly takes more than 100 machine-hours to complete, "flows freely to constantly adapt to the natural movement of its wearer" thanks to links that dynamically rotate on two independent axes. Just 20 individually serial numbered bracelets are available.
Who said tie clips had to be boring? The Moustache Tie Clip ($35) imbues your business wear with just a hint of whimsy in the form of a shiny silver or gunmetal moustache, which also serves as, well, a tie clip. [Scouted by William]
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.
As you might have guessed, ties weren't always churned out by huge manufacturing equipment — they were made on a single needle sewing machine, by a single operator. Return to this time with J.A. Christensen Maker Ties ($90). Created with these classics in mind, these ties are cut across the fabric's width to give them a unique look, and feature square backs, vintage denim construction, a length of 55 inches, and width of three inches — not too short, not too skinny, but just right for pairing with a modern suit and shirt.
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.
You know the trouble with hats? It seems like all the cool ones come in a style that doesn't quite suit you. That shouldn't be a problem with Coal Headwear ($40-$60). Running the gamut from a short-brimmed baseball cap to a full-on fedora, these stylish bald spot covers are made from quality materials, and come in patterns that won't leave you feeling like you're wearing the top of someone else's head.
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.
Whether you're a regular ol' four-eyes or just want a place to store your sunglasses, the Tanner Goods Eyeglass Case ($70) can handle the job. Based off a military issue case from the 1960s, these slim, stylish cases are hand-made in Portland from three-quarter ounce English Bridle leather, and sports a "flap-and-snap" closure, a term which also happens to describe a rather funny photography meme.
Carry your important documents, photographs, or corporation-robbing viruses on you in subdued fashion with these USB Flash Drive Cufflinks ($200). Each cufflink houses a mini flash drive with 2GB of storage, giving you 4GB of wrist-ready space to store whatever data you need. Available in polished, gunmetal, or rap star/music mogul-approved gold finishes.
Add some stylish storage to your two-wheeled transporter with the Billykirk Bike Pouch ($145). While it costs as much as some bikes by themselves, this handmade leather pouch attaches securely to the frame at three points, with a double button tab closure for the top flap. Store snacks, purchases, tire-supplies, or just bring your kitty cat along for the ride.
We've seen plenty of bottle openers on keychains, but a necklace? That's a first. The Bottle Opener Necklace ($62) lets you display your love of the suds proudly on your chest. Made from hand forged steel, this unique accessory is hand hammered on a 130-year-old anvil, then coated with a light coat of beeswax to preserve its appearance. A perfect accompaniment to those chainmail gloves you bought at the renaissance fair last year.