Staff Picks: All the Stuff Our Editors Fell In Love With This Week
Hemp hoodies, Converse high-tops and NBA-themed smart luggage
Welcome to InsideHook’s Staff Picks, a compendium of all the things are editors are digging on this week.
American Trench Mil-Spec Sport Socks
I spoke with AT founder Jacob Hurwitz after the release of their new fisherman’s sweater, which comes off a new “whole garment knitting machine” that essentially 3D-prints clothing. It is rad. Our conversation eventually turned to the company’s ample sock offerings, which span every style, material and pattern you could dream up. The most essential pair is surely this one: built to the specifications the U.S. military has been using for nearly four decades, with a silver-infused yarn that fends off offensive odors. Priced at a very fair $11 each, you can also get a bundle of eight different colors for $56. — Walker Loetscher, Editor in Chief
For many years I’d return home from workouts and dump a scoop of protein powder into a glass of milk. I was a fool. The NutriBullet is so stupidly simple and portable you have no excuse to not own one. And lucky for you, as NutriLiving continues to release Bluetooth models and all sorts of other unnecessary nonsense, the original’s $90 price-point is now down to $70. You can even purchase a Certified Reconditioned model for $50. — Tanner Garrity, Associate Editor
Eau Thermale Avène Mineral Light Sunscreen Lotion
Lately I’ve come to see the value (and results) in paying extra attention to my skin in my morning and evening routines. My best recommendation remains (and if you trust no other words on the internet but these, I think you’ll be fine): use sunscreen. Yes, even you. Yes, even them. May we all prize our lipid barriers in these trying times. — Athena Wisotsky, Senior Editor
Filson Small Twill Duffel
This isn’t one of those travel bags with fancy bells and whistles. But it is a product that, once you hold it in your hands, will make you realize the craftsmanship justifies its big price. The zippers — a component I often fear breaking on other bags due to my habitual overpacking — are sturdy as a camel. Plus, it’s easy enough to carry in hand, fits under the seatback nicely, and holds just the right amount of clothing for a weeklong jaunt. — Eli London, Director of Partnerships
Jungmaven Hemp Hoodies
This loose-cut number from Jungmaven is one part sweatshirt, one part anorak, all parts cool. Cut and sewn in the U.S., think of it as a heavy-duty layer you can throw over pretty much anything, anywhere — whether you’re at the beach, camping or in the city — for an effortless casual look. — Michael Nolledo, Deputy Editor/Chicago Editor
Converse x Babylon Fastbreak High Top
I’m admittedly not a sneaker guy, my casual footwear being decidedly boot-forward. But my current Vans are trashed, so I’ll be upgrading to this collaboration between Converse and Babylon (the streetwear brand from Lee Spielman and Garrett Stevenson of punk band Trash Talk). The off-white suede paired with a reflective silver upper offers panache without slipping into the puerile stylings of other trendy sneakers. — Alex Lauer, Associate Editor
Away x NBA All-Star Collection
As a Lakers fan living in NYC, I get a lot of guff. (My favored response for the haters? “Who the f*ck asked you, man?”) But now I have an even better way to show my true colors. This new collab has a tough debossed exterior — much like a basketball itself — and a premium leather team sticker so I can proudly represent my “home” team. — Shari Gab, New York Editor
Am I particularly proud of the fact that I puff a Juul? No, I am not. But I don’t plan on doing it forever, and for now it keeps me from smoking cigarettes, so I’m calling it a win. Only problem: anyone who has ever used one will tell you that a Juul is diminutive by design and thus easy to lose. Thankfully, RipGrip developed this handy adhesive smartphone case attachment that holds the Juul as well as a couple credit cards … which I no longer need to use to replace the Juul I just lost. — Danny Agnew, Creative Director
THE BEST THING WE DRANK THIS WEEK
High West’s new iteration of its Bourye — the Utah distillery’s always intriguing mix of aged bourbon and rye whiskies — has started popping up. We tried it last week during a media event in Brooklyn; it’s a little younger tasting than its forebears (which sounds odd, given that it’s a mix of 11-14 year juices), but the note of dried cherries is what really hit us. They said try it neat, no ice. That was good, but we say? Try it in a Manhattan. — Kirk Miller, Managing Editor
Special announcement: Bourye hunting season commences this February! The limited sighting of our beloved bourbon & rye blend limited release will begin to appear nationally over the next month. Known for being extremely delicious and rare – we hope you scoop up a bottle (or three) if you see one in a store or bar near you. We will also be hosting our first Bourye release event at the Saloon in Park City, UT this Saturday (60’s après-ski theme) from 2:30-6:00PM – link for tickets in our profile. Happy jackalope hunting.
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