Products of the Week: Chipotle Merch, Mint Julep Cups and a Portable Smoker
The 15 best pieces of garb and gear that crossed our desks this week
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Each week, our inbox runneth over with news of gear, apparel and tech releases from around the world. In this feature, we’ll parse through the best of them.
Asics METARACER Tokyo
The METARACER Tokyo was designed so you can get the most out of your intense, fast-paced, definitely sweaty runs. The shoe features an upper designed to allow for optimal airflow, along with drainage ports to release any water that finds its way into the shoe. The curved sole design and stiff forefoot improve ankle mobility and offer a shock-absorbent landing zone to lessen leg muscle fatigue and increase performance. The shoe is available in a White/Sunrise Red and a Sunrise Red/Black colorways, in celebration of Tokyo and the country of Japan.
The Fatigue Short
While you might have considered your shorts collection complete, allow Everlane’s new Fatigue Short to be the last pair you add to your closet to round out your summer wardrobe. Available in Fatigue, Navy and Ochre, the shorts are designed with a comfortable linen-cotton blend and feature a loose, relaxed fit that lends itself well to the sometimes stifling August heat. The deep front patch pockets and rear button-flap closure pockets give the shorts their fatigue style, adding just the right amount of military inspiration yet allowing them to be paired with pretty much anything.
Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Cup
We didn’t get to taste Woodford’s cocktail this year, but the mission remains the same — as a tie-in to the Kentucky Derby, the bourbon brand releases a mint julep (or mint julep cup this year) to raise funds for a good cause. This year, they’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jockey Diane Crump becoming the first female to ride in the Kentucky Derby. Proceeds from the $1,000 silver and $2,500 gold cups for sale will be donated in Crump’s honor to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Uniquely bean-shaped with a shinier surface and a more compact, jewelry-like case, Samsung’s Buds are about design and ergonomics. But there’s still active noise cancellation and eight hours of listening per charge (around 29 if you include the case). A flashy alternative to AirPods.
NOMAD Portable Grill & Smoker
A premium charcoal grill and smoker built so you can easily cook that meat just about anywhere. The lightweight, portable NOMAD delivers 425 square inches of cooking space and features an extremely durable cast aluminum construction — making it a perfect backyard or campsite companion.
Prince x Brain Dead
If you yearn for the tennis gear and style of the 80s and 90s, look no further than streetwear brand Brain Dead’s collaboration with iconic tennis brand Prince. The two brands gleaned inspiration for the collection from vintage tennis styles while managing to capture the timeless and enduring essence of the sport. Included in the collection are abstractly printed shorts, pull overs and nylon zip-ups that would lend themselves just as well to non-tennis activities. The color-blocked panels consisting of muted oranges, blues and mauve, as well as a vibrant turquoise, are reminiscent of the 80s/90s without feeling dated. It’s a collection for those looking to stand out both on and off the court.
Helinox Bench One
Helinox took its impossibly light camp chair tech and converted it into bench form. It weighs under five pounds but holds up to 320 pounds, so consider this your new camping, adventuring and off-roading essential.
Noah x The B-52s
Noah has teamed up with the B-52s. Yes, the American new-wave band that brought us iconic hits like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack.” The collection features some serious groovy floral sweatshirts, “Summer of Love” long-sleeves, an amazing “Rock Lobster” tee and more.
Men’s Chaco x New Belgium Chillos Slide
Good news, you can know sport a super-cushiony sandal inspired by your favorite beer … while drinking your favorite beer. That is if your favorite beer is by New Belgium, who has teamed up with Chillos to bring two co-branded Chillos sport slides. The shoes feature a limited-edition topographic strap design, an arch-supporting midsole and a marshmallow soft underfoot.
Oakley Precious Mettle OVERTHETOP
Beating out even Y2K paranoia and the Bush/Gore recount for wildest moment of 2000 was Ato Boldon wearing Oakley’s alien-like OVERTHETOP shades during the Sydney Summer Olympics. And because culture is a circle, and it’s been 20 years since their debut, Oakley is bringing a limited-edition pair back for a totally ridiculous $2,000.
Chipotle Goods Apparel
Is fast-food chain merch for the most part a blatant marketing ploy for positive press and goodwill among the people the chains want to stuff their faces with unhealthy food? Sure. Is Chipotle’s recent move into the apparel game actually worth perusing because it’s focused on sustainability — both in the garments (some are dyed using avocado pits) and in the profits (which are donated to fund sustainability initiatives) — and because the clothes are actually pretty cool? As we wrote this week, yes.
Filson Hand-Tooled Bags and Wallets
The reason to buy any Filson bag comes down to an appreciation for the way goods used to be made decades ago and a desire to own something that will hold up for decades to come. But nothing evokes that sentiment more than ths limited-edition releases of hand-tooled leather goods, like the briefcase, wallet and card case the heritage brand dropped this week. These are bequeathable heirlooms with a price to match, but you should also have no qualms about putting them through the daily wringer thanks to Wickett & Craig’s legendary American-made leather.
Burrow Benches and Credenzas
DTC furniture brand Burrow just released a line of very sexy benches and credenzas for your equally sexy home. The two home staples are an extension of the brand’s best-selling Serif and Bento table collections. The versatile collection features a mid-century modern designed credenza, an elegant mudroom bench, a concealable, reversible sliding door credenza and a comfier, incredibly sturdy bench you can spend some time on. All pieces are built to last, made of solid hardwood with Oak and Walnut finishes, offer customizable leg options and can be put together in under 15 minutes, without you needing to get out your tool kit.
Champ Sexual Wellness Products
Meet Champ, the latest direct-to-consumer sexual wellness brand hoping to relieve some of those awkward trips to the drugstore, with discreet condom and lube delivery right to your door. The brand is inspired by Champ Prophylactics, a former sexual wellness brand that debuted on shelves in the 1950s. Modern Champ offers ultra-thin and ribbed condoms, water- and silicone-based lubricant in some pretty cool vintage baseball-inspired packaging. Play ball.
Diamond Supply Co. x Modelo
For those who consider themselves fans of Modelo, put your love on display by sporting Diamond Supply Co.’s second collaboration with the beer brand. The collection features t-shirts, hoodies and long sleeve tees with Modelo’s iconic and easily recognizable logo, often paired alongside a diamond representing Diamond Supply Co. Save for the logos, the collection remains relatively simple, the shirts and hoodies available in black, white and a golden yellow, mimicking the design of a Modelo can and making for a timeless range of goods representing a timeless brand. Even if you don’t drink Modelo, you’ll want to start now.
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