You already do just about everything in your jeans — whether you're dressing them up for your nine-to-five, or you're getting them dirty on a weekend road trip to the country — so you need a pair that can keep up with your lifestyle. Parke Premium Active Denim ($89) uses lightweight raw denim made with high stretch fibers, creating a pair of jeans that is extremely comfortable, flexible, and naturally retains its shape. Each pair is handcrafted in New York, using tailor-quality ten stitches per inch, antique brass tack buttons, vintage washer rivets, single needle detailing, as well as artful details like subway map pocketing and minimalist back pocket embroidery. They're probably the most comfortable pair of jeans you'll never want to take off.
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In an ongoing attempt to make drawing and painting on an iPad more like its real-life equivalent, the guys who brought us Paper have introduced their take on the artist's stylus, the Pencil ($50-$60). Available in either graphite or walnut, and inspired by the shape of a carpenter's pencil, this stylus sports a range of features that let you create digital art more easily. Palm rejection makes sure that Paper doesn't pick up the presence of your hand while you work, while the built-in eraser lets you simply remove mistakes. Bluetooth connectivity, a month of battery power, and a highly sensitive tip make it wonderful to work with every time.
Anyone who has ever built a deck knows what a pain fastening board after board can be — what with stripped screws, dropped nails, banged fingers, and pre-drilling holes. With Outlaw Fasteners ($30-$55), all of those frustrations become a thing of the past. They are made with an innovative multi-level hex head and a custom bit that creates 18 points of contact, eliminating stripped heads, making driving easier, and holding onto fasteners without the need for magnets. A self-drilling cutting tip helps get rid of screw wobble, while removing the need to drill a pilot hole. Available in a wide range of sizes, these fasteners are ready for any job you can throw at them.
If you're not lucky enough to have been passed down an antique cast iron skillet through the generations — seasoned by years of lovingly-prepared family meals — start your own cooking tradition with the Finex Cast Iron Skillet ($125). This is the cast iron skillet reinvented, with an eight-sided design that gives it six separate pouring points, making it much easier to handle. A coiled wire spring handle allows it to dissipate heat quicker, making it easier to hold and move. The interior is CNC machined, making it smoother than your grandma's skillet, so it's less prone to sticking and easier to wipe clean.
If you own an iPad, you also own a fully-functioning 3D scanner — provided you buy yourself a Structure Sensor ($380). This little device comes with a bracket made to fit on the back of your iPad, right on top of the built-in camera. It connects to your iPad using a Lightning cable, and can alternatively connect to just about any other device with a USB cable. Using the sensor and your iPad, you can measure the three-dimensional space in any room, automatically capture three-dimensional models of everyday objects, and even simulate physics on top of the real world. If you're hacking inclined, you can use their SDK to develop iOS apps for it, or even take it a step further by connecting it to other devices.
Know who's knocking on your door — no matter what time of day — from any place on the planet with the DoorBot ($200). Whether you're just venturing into the world of complete home automation, or you already have your place efficiently networked to a range of devices, this is a great piece to add to your setup. It easily connects to your smartphone or tablet over WiFi, letting you communicate with anyone at your door (from inside your home, at the office, or away on vacation). It features night vision, an adjustable camera angle, a rechargeable battery, and the ability to connect to your existing doorbell wiring.
Before the cold weather sets in completely step up your cocktail game and stock up your bar with Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks ($15). Winter cocktails — whether mulled wine, spiced cider, eggnog, hot buttered rum, or hot chocolate — are the perfect way to get you through the chill, and a great way to bring friends together once the days get shorter. More than just a simple drink recipe guide, this book covers everything a budding bartender needs to know to assemble a well-stocked winter bar, prepare garnishes, procure proper glassware, and of course, make drinks.
In the unlikely case you find yourself responsible for planning a city, or, perhaps more plausibly, you decide it's time to up and move to a new place, or, even more likely, you're just looking to learn something new about food — The Monocle Guide to Better Living ($50) should be your go-to reference. Brought to you by the same people who write Monocole Magazine, this book is a guide to everything from diplomacy and design, to culture and travel. Broken down into sections on the city, culture, food, travel, and work, it provides in-depth essays on subjects as broad as the most livable cities in the world, to topics as narrow as how to build a good school, all accompanied by beautiful photography, design, and illustration.
Home automation can be great — it helps you efficiently keep everything in your house chugging along smoothly and on schedule — but at some point all of your connected devices get a bit overwhelming. With the Revolv Home Automation Hub ($300), you can keep everything working as it should, all with the convenience of one app. Instead of opening up a bunch of different apps to control your Nest Thermostat, your Phillips Hue lights, your smart locks, and your Sonos speaker system, this single app will sense your proximity to your house and do it all for you. The hub automatically connects with all your devices (it supports Z Wave, WiFi, and Insteon, with support for additional protocols like ZigBee coming soon), removing all the pain in setup, and is packed with a wealth of sensors designed to make your life easier.
Take every step of the coffee preparation process into your own hands using the Bonaverde Roast-Grind-Brew Coffee Machine ($300). This machine does it all — starting off by roasting green coffee beans straight from the farm, then grinding them to the exact consistency you prefer, and finally brewing the freshest pot of coffee you've ever enjoyed. The revolutionary machine is just one part of the service they offer. The other part is an online marketplace that lets coffee drinkers connect with farmers and buy beans directly, potentially changing everything we know about the coffee industry.
It's a delicate goal, and one that most men spend the majority of their young lives trying to achieve, the much-sought-after work-life balance. You get up early for your job, work until late, and head out to meet friends for drinks — only to get up the next day and do it all again. With Ficks Cocktail Fortifiers ($15), you can maintain that careful balance, without feeling like crap after an overindulgent night. Each of these bottles (available in ginger, lemon, and lime) mixes deliciously with your favorite cocktail, and contains all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to get you going the next day.
Poker night is always a good idea. But never take all your cash.
Timberland Earthkeepers City Premium 6-inch Side Zip Boot ($190). Timberland Earthkeepers Abington Leather Field Coat ($698). Timberland Earthkeepers Long Sleeve Denim Work Shirt ($98). Misc. Goods Co. 2nd Edition Playing Cards ($15). Drife Daypack ($83). Over All Master Cloth Fuller Watch Cap ($120). Brookfarm Hammam Towel ($68). Komono Wizard Heritage Watch ($77). Uniqlo Vintage Chino Flat Front Trousers ($48). Persol 649 54 Caffe Sunglasses ($383). Jack Spade Bones Money Clip ($68).
This edition of Garb is sponsored by our friends at Timberland.