The Billykirk x Uncrate Commuter Tote, hand-crafted in 20-ounce black waxed canvas, is built to handle a day's worth of getting around in ease. Trimmed in our own American Bison hide and lined in durable Ranger Tan nylon, items on the inside are easy to spot at a glance. A built-in laptop pocket has its own closure to keep larger electronics from sliding out at the wrong time. Two separate interior pockets just so happened to be properly sized for discretely holding a bottle of whatever booze you may be stowing, without the bottles clanking around. Outside pockets on each side make reaching cell phones, sunglasses, and anything else you might need on the fly easy to grab. It's a part of our collaborative collection with NYC-based brother Chris and Kirk Bray of Billykirk, and is equally usable as a standalone, everyday work bag, or combined with the similarly outfitted Billykirk x Uncrate Carryall and Dopp kit for longer endeavors as your "personal item".
Height w/o Handle: 15.5" / Width: 12" / Depth: 4.25" / Handle Drop: 9"
Taking Billykirk's utilitarian, "doctor bag" style No. 165 Medium Carryall and making it even better is no easy task. Each bag is already meticulously crafted by hand in New York by a set of highly skilled craftsman, along with Chris and Kirk Bray themselves. To make the Billykirk x Uncrate edition of the No. 165, we started with the 20-ounce waxed canvas (black of course) and added our own American Bison hide for the handles, trim, and bottom reinforcement. From there, a Ranger Tan nylon interior was added to ensure items inside are easy to locate at a glance. A hinged top ensure the bag stays closed when it's meant to be, even if the straps and buckles aren't secured. The hand-stitched bag is just large enough for overnight endeavors while remaining appropriately sized for everyday carry as needed. A detachable shoulder strap makes longer carries easier, and when combined with the similarity outfitted Billykirk x Uncrate Dopp kit and Commuter Tote, you'll be set to haul enough for a long weekend.
Height: 11" / Width: 16" / Depth: 6.5" / Handle Drop: 6.5"
There was no better way to round out the Billykirk x Uncrate collaboration than to include their signature No. 257 Dopp Kit. Already one of the finer examples of a "wash bag" around, our American Bison hide was added as the bottom trim to the waxed canvas exterior to give the already sturdy bag even more heft and attitude. The Ranger Tan nylon interior that runs throughout the collection started with the Dopp Kit, as we wanted something that would ensure the smallest of items was easy to identify when rummaging around after a long night. The hinged opening offers the easiest access of any dopp we've tested, while the snap-shut closure ensures everything stays in place when on the move. And, of course, it easily fits inside the Billykirk x Uncrate Carryall when an overnight stay is in order.
Height: 6" / Width: 7.5" / Depth: 4.5"
Industrial designer Joey Roth has created an antidote to bland, rectangular bookshelf speakers. Drawing inspiration from tactile mid-century designs, these speakers are made by hand from a mix of aluminum, cork, Baltic birch, and white-glazed porcelain. Their stunning visual presence begs to not only be heard, but seen. The four-inch drivers provide a 70 Hz - 20 kHz frequency range coupled with a completely analog signal path that's as short as possible without DSP or filters, while oxygen-free copper wiring source the drivers. We opted to include Roth's Bluetooth receiver alongside the matching external amp — both of which are made from steel and cast iron — to make it a complete, modern set, allowing you to link up with your preferred source, whether it be a turntable (with phono pre-amp), your computer, or simply the phone in your pocket. All necessary, premium cables and connectors are included.
Speakers: Height: 7" / Width: 5" / Depth: 10"
Brooklyn-based bespoke knife and bike workshop Horse Brand Co. already produces some of the finest American-made knives available, so it's rather difficult to improve upon on an already top-of-class product. Enter the Horse Brand Co. x Uncrate Bison Horn knife — made from the highest quality high carbon steel and held together by a sustainably-sourced buffalo horn handle from Texas that's cut and finished by hand in to a one-of-a-kind 3D geometric grip. A tonal carbon fiber pin and lanyard hole hold things together. The knife lives in a vegetable-tanned black leather sheath that was custom designed for the blade by Commoner & Co., also a Brooklyn-based independent workshop dedicated to the bespoke leather craft. Each of the 20 limited edition blades is stamped by hand with "USA" on one side and "Uncrate" on the other to give the bench-made knife a custom maker's mark, a touch true knife enthusiasts will appreciate on this already heirloom-worthy piece.
Two of Filson's signature materials — tin cloth and bridle leather — come together to make a perfectly-sized weekend duffel that's up for anything. The tin cloth's tough and water-resistant properties will keep your gear dry and scuff-free, and the rust-proof brass YKK zippers are designed to last forever. The bag features a reinforced and structured base for ease of packing and extra protection, a soft dry-cloth liner, eight interior and exterior organizational pockets, and a detachable webbed cotton shoulder strap you can adjust to fit. Once packed, you're set for a couple days of adventure (or relaxation), as the name implies.
Width: 19" / Height: 11.5" / Depth: 7"
Born from an art-school design concept that went viral, the Transparent Speaker from Stockholm-based People People proves great sounding speakers don't have to come in oversized black boxes. Built of lasting materials like locally-sourced sapphire glass, and utilizing a design scheme that can be dismantled and maintained with an included simple wrench tool, this stunning speaker is a dream come true for audiophile DIYers everywhere. While previous iterations of the Transparent Speaker required the use of your own separate, external component to play tunes over Bluetooth, we're particularly pleased that they now come with a built-in Bluetooth adapter for usage from your phone or tablet. But don't worry, you're still given the option of the original modular setup allowing you to connect any audio source via USB or 3.5mm line-in, with line out capabilities as well. Hardware features include a 6.5-inch woofer, dual 3-inch full range drivers, an energy efficient, built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing, front panel treble, bass, and volume controls, and old-school power switch.
Dimensions: 16" tall / 13" wide / 4.17" deep
Frequency Response: 35 Hz-20 Khz ±5Db
Woofer Output: 80-100 W
Vague Watch Co.'s Grey Fade Submariner gets its name from the dark grey bezel insert, meant to mimic the sought-after "ghost bezel" effect found on the faded black bezels of well-worn vintage sport watches. It's built with an automatic movement, meaning you'll never have to change a battery, as the watch is powered by the movement of your arm during wear. With a stainless steel case, a screw-down back, and a 100-meter depth rating, the watch is also rugged enough to handle some serious time in the water. On top of that, it ships with a sharp military-inspired case, watch tool, and a classic nylon NATO strap to switch out with the stainless oyster band.
No apps. No camera. No nonsense. Designed by Jasper Morrison for Switzerland-based Punkt, the MP 01 Phone is meant to put the spotlight back where it belongs: on calls and messages. The 2-inch LCD display — protected by Gorilla Glass — is ideal for dealing with SMS messages, and the built-in noise cancellation ensures that your conversations sound great. It does have Bluetooth, since hands-free setups are handy, but without the need for a bevy of other radios, battery life is fantastic (it only needs charging every few weeks, instead of every few hours), and the soft-touch finish and angled back plate make it a pleasure to hold. Not to mention, we could all use the occasional social-media detox. In Punkt's own words, this is offline as the new luxury.
Height: 4.58" / Width: 2" / Thickness: 0.6" / Weight: 3.1oz
Requires a low-cost 2G GSM plan.
There are growlers, and then there are growlers — this iteration from RBT is the latter. Made of aluminum and stainless steel, this two-liter vessel has a double-wall insulated construction to keep the cold in and everything else out, complete with an ergonomically-designed handle for pouring and, well, handling. Available in satin-black with a contrasting brass base, this functional and sharp-looking container will stand out wherever you use it.
Made in Italy from 100% aluminum, the Fabbrica Pelletterie Milano Bank Spinner 55 is a carry-on-sized masterpiece ready for any adventure you throw at it. Designed by award-winning industrial designer Mark Sadler, the cabin suitcase features leather handles and interior straps, maxi butteryfly clasps, integrated TSA locks, a zippered pouch, divider, and silent, stable wheels — plus the added bonus of being able to pick out your bag amidst a sea of dark-colored cloth rectangles.
Height: 21.26" / Width: 14" / Depth: 10.25" / Weight: 12 lbs. / Volume: 1.3 cubic feet
Made up of military-issue surplus tools, our Everyday Carry kit provides a few essentials that'll always be close at hand. The tiny, USA-made tool set is built to government specs, and includes a small steel pry bar (good for a variety of uses), black oxide steel tweezers (splinters and ticks, be gone), a micro grappling hook (don't ask), a pair of small screwkeys (one phillips, one flathead), and a capsule lighter (maybe the world's smallest). It's all strung up on a stainless steel aviation cable that's carried with a custom machined belt loop clip. Just add keys.
For when you want the look of a $150,000 Rolex Milsub but would rather wear it on your wrist than keep it in a safe. Vague Watch Co.'s Black Submariner has a darkened steel case with a brushed finish that's designed to look aged, along with military style "sword" hands and applied "gilt" hour and permiter markers with vintage patina'd coloring. The 40mm watch has a near-silent Japanese quartz movement, a classic domed crystal, rotating bezel, and screw-down crown. Water resistant up to 100m, it arrives with both black and olive 20mm nylon NATO straps.
Since 1915, the Moscot family has been selling eyeglasses in New York. And over 100 years later, there are still generations of Moscots waiting for you at Orchard Street when you need some new spectacles or shades. For our lastest collaboration, we dialed up Zack and Harvey Moscot, the king and prince of eyewear, to resurrect a pair of bold frames from their archives that work equally well as sunglasses or eyeglasses.
Limited to only 300 pairs total, the Moscot x Uncrate Ipish is available with polarized G-15 mineral glass lenses or with a simple demo lens for replacing with your own prescription at the eye doctor or eyeglass store of your preference. Made of jet black acetate, the squared frames sport black hinges and rivets, along with subtle gold temple branding and numbering. The 51 x 21 x 143 sizing fits medium to large faces.
We're all guilty of mindlessly staring at our smartphones instead of taking the time to view the real world in front of us. The Light Phone, now off of pre-order and available for immediate shipment, acts as a temporary replacement to your existing phone, giving you a break from social media feeds and news notifications, while still keeping a sleek device in your pocket for those old-fashioned "phone calls".
The Light Phone arrives with its own SIM as an unlocked 2G GSM phone that's ready to be used right of out the box (which in this case is actually a special hardbound book). So along with your new number, you'll mostly want to use call forwarding from your fancy smartphone. You get three free months of service, and then it's only $5 a month afterwards (U.S. only).
Roughly the shape of a credit card and only a bit thicker, you'll forget you have a phone with you until you really need one. A beautiful and extremely user-friendly web-based interface let's you add up to 10 contacts for quick dialing. In our own usage, the battery lasts a few days on a single charge. Available in white or black, the Light Phone's minimal design is an instant classic, and surely makes Jonny Ive envious.
For the same price, you could buy approximately 1,080 Bic pens (if you opt for economical 144-packs). But you'll lose every last one of those plastic ballpointers, and won't feel like your written words are worth a dime. We're opting instead for the Inventery Mechanical Pen. Available in a black oxide or brushed chrome finish, this writing instrument is machined from a single brass rod to form a unibody construction. At the heart of the pen is a Schmidt P8126 capless rollerball in black ink, paired with an all-brass Schmidt click mechanism that's near-silent. Each pen has an anti-roll groove, and is marked with an individual serial number.
Weight: 57 Grams / Length: 5 Inches / Diameter: 11mm
In our search for a more customized sound and fit, we've dialed-in a pair of headphones from Copenhagen-based AIAIAI tuned by Uncrate editors. These TMA-2 modular headphones provide a warm, balanced sound that's perfect for extended listening. With a focus on clear low-end dynamics, the headphones unleash deep bass with a wide sound stage and high isolation — meaning, your Run The Jewels and Com Truise tracks will sound their best ever. The speaker units are engineered with a 40mm titanium-coated driver to reduce distortion, and built with a fully sealed housing, providing full and rich sound. Up top is a reinforced headband with super comfortable PU leather padding, while memory foam PU leather-covered earpads and a coiled cable that extends up to 10 feet round out the pair. Pretty much every surface is coated with thin rubber to give a matte look with a soft-touch feeling.
The James Brand is a small team trying to do big things — something we understand very well at Uncrate. They're all about the details. They're aiming to build a longstanding company. And they're designing knives that they want to carry themselves. We knew all of this before we approached them to do a limited edition knife, and we also knew they'd knock it out of the park. The James x Uncrate County Knife is the result of our collaboration.
Built in the James Brand HQ in Portland, our edition gets the obligatory blacked-out styling, while retaining all of the utility and usefulness of your favorite pocket knife. The knife features beautiful ebony wood inlays, a black PVD-coated Sandvic 12C27 steel blade, black PVD-coated 416 steel handles, and a custom black paracord lanyard for easy retrieval. With a blade length of 2.5-inches and a clip-less design, the County knife will live in your pocket undetected — both by you and by anyone who thinks you shouldn't be carrying one. Ships free within 24 hours.
Photos: Steven Clouse / Uncrate
When we went looking for an un-briefcase that wasn't like the other mini-suitcase-looking situations already out there, we got ahold of the brains behind San Diego-headquartered Bradley Mountain. The result is the Uncrate edition Courier Briefcase. Crafted from water-resistant waxed canvas and English bridle leather, the collaboration bag comes in our signature all-black combo and is finished with hand-set brass rivets. A minimal interior fits up to a 15" laptop, several journals or books, and all the memos and recordings that you'll need for your day as Special Counsel. It's also got three exterior pockets, a reinforced leather bottom, and comes with a removable shoulder strap. Measures 18" wide x 12" high x 3.75" deep. Ships free within 24 hours.
Expanding on our latest series of limited edition collaborations, the Topo Designs x Uncrate Rover Pack uses our signature American bison leather as a base for Topo's nearly indestructible Ballistic Cordura fabric construction. This versatile bag holds around 16L of gear, a perfect size for most uses, and has a pack cloth liner and inner sleeve for your laptop. Zippered front and top pockets hold smaller loose items, the side pockets are ideal for water bottles, and the combination drawstring and fold-top closure keeps your most important stuff safe from splashes and showers. Handmade in Colorado. Ships free within 24 hours.
Black denim is the understated, tough-wearing, more versatile cousin of blue hues, blending seamlessly with tees or ties. To find our perfect pair, we worked with Noble to black-out their tailored slim-straight, mid-rise silhouette. North American-made, the Noble x Uncrate Small Batch Jeans are crafted with selvedge denim from the world-renowned Kuroki mill in Japan and are finished with Kentucky-made stealth copper hardware and an unbranded back patch made of the signature Uncrate bison leather. They're made-to-order so that you can specify the exact waist and length you want — order longer if you want to cuff or exact if you don't. Orders will be taken until April 4th, and the jeans will ship the week of May 1st.
You already know you should try to buy tools that'll last a lifetime. But what about your toolbox? Handmade from 75-year-old reclaimed tropical walnut from Nicaraqua, our latest collaboration is finally complete, and it's one you'll want to keep forever. The Poritz & Studio x Uncrate Toolbox is a handsome tool carrier that's been ebony stained on the outside and left a natural walnut on the interior. A simple storage system keeps smaller items in the top tray and larger items down below. It's also a woodworking wonder in its own right, using intricate finger joints for all corners, and a slotted lid and tray that are perfectly integrated with a sleek handle that emerges from the bottom of the box. Standing at a manageable 18 x 8 x 10 inches, this isn't an 8-foot-tall garage beast with speakers and a phone charger, but more of a home for the tools and gear you need quick access to as you maintain your Money Pit. And actually, this toolbox might just make you want to keep your tools even handier — like on a shelf in your living room.
Summer is around the corner. And if you're going to carve your way down to the corner store or your corner office, it might as well be on a board as beautiful as the Woolsey x Uncrate Land Cruiser. In our latest collab, we worked with Sean Woolsey, the Los Angeles woodworking guru of jigsaws and jointers, to create the limited edition all-black board. Made of ebonized walnut, the deck is topped with recycled crushed glass grip tape and comes ready-to-roll with Abec 7 bearings, black OJ wheels, and black Bennet Vector trucks. Half art piece, half beater board, you can make it a daily driver or hang it on your wall. Limited to 25 boards.
We heard there's a big game this weekend. So we went to our friend Paul Cunningham at Leather Head to see if he could build us something special — something like a high-quality all-black football that would both stand out on the field and look beautiful on a shelf. For our Leather Head x Uncrate Football, we decided on our signature shrunken bison leather, which has a natural texture and ages beautifully. Like all of Leather Head's made-in-the-USA footballs, it's perfectly sized for mere-mortal-hands and impromptu backyard games. Available in extremely limited quantities.
When we decided to make a pair of moccasin-style boots, we knew two things — that we wanted a special signature leather, and that we had to go to the only place in America where they're still sewing boots by hand. So we poured over samples until we found a source for rare shrunken black bison hides, and then we consulted with our friends at Oak Street Bootmakers, who helped grant us access to one of the last remaining boot factories in Maine. Inspired by the Ranger boots built for New England Guidesmen of the 1930's and 40's, the Oak Street x Uncrate Hunt Boots are the result of months of planning, sourcing, and crafting. The textured silhouette, with a fit more like a glove than a boot, is steeped in traditional, century-old techniques with a hand-sewn moc toe, wax stitching, and rawhide laces. Rollmoc construction helps with water resistance, and an updated Vibram outsole keeps you grounded properly. The Oak Street x Uncrate Hunt Boots are ready for decades of your own adventures, and we're proud to have had a hand in bringing them to life.
View our Process article to see the boots being made and for further details and photos of our American shrunken bison leather and the Tasman tannery.
The team behind Civilware has one goal in mind when they're making something new — it should provide a "lifetime of service". They first proved that statement a year ago with the Striker Utility Knife, then followed it up with the pocket-ready Striker Folding Knife. So when we heard a hatchet was next on Civilware's list, we knew we had to jump onboard.
Built to those same standards by a respected maker in El Salvador, the Civilware x Uncrate Hatchet, with our edition clad in an all-black colorway, has a drop-forged 1060 high carbon steel head that holds a sharp edge on one end and doubles as a hammer on the other. The well-balanced American Hickory handle is the perfect length for everything from splitting campfire wood to hammering in tent stakes or even protecting your beautiful beard and/or loved ones from predators in the wild. A leather cover keeps the hatchet nice and warm when you're not putting it to use. Ships free within 24 hours.
They're back. When we did the first edition of our sold-out driving sunglasses, we of course went with an all-black matte frame (because everything looks better in black). When it was time to reissue them, the eyewear gurus at Warby Parker helped us to craft a new Whiskey Tortoise version that's just as handsome as the original. Designed from the ground up for driving, and looking good while doing it, the limited edition Warby Parker x Uncrate Model X1 Sunglasses succeed on both fronts, if we do say so ourselves. Each pair is made with premium acetate and comes equipped with Zeiss Ri-Pel-coated lenses to give you extra protection on the road. The Model X1's curves were inspired by sports cars of the 1960's, and are just as timeless and functional as those beautiful machines. As usual with Warby Parker eyewear, for every pair of Uncrate edition frames purchased, a pair of glasses will be given to someone in need.
Our first collaboration with the grooming gurus at Harry's sold out fast. Very fast. So we're back with another one, this time with a special addition. The new, all-black Harry's x Uncrate Shave Set includes a stealth Truman razor with German-made black blade cartridges, a black travel cover, Harry's excellent shave cream, and, new-to-the-set, a black anodized aluminum razor stand. Available in limited quantities, so act fast if your face fur is getting out of hand.
For the last 30 years, Danner has been making what are universally known as the best hiking boots money can buy. As a trip to Iceland loomed for the first issue of Uncrate Magazine, we teamed up with Danner to design a pair we'd want to wear all winter long, no matter where our travels took us. The Uncrate edition Mountain Light Boot, in a colorway never before offered, is built by hand in Portland, Oregon, of a dark black suede paired with all-black hardware and a natural white Vibram Cristy outsole, which will work on just about any terrain. Inside, they've got a waterproof Gore-Tex lining to fight the elements. Danner stitch-down construction means they're also repairable — so you'll be wearing these for another 30 years or so.