Products of the Week: Tiny Polaroid Cameras, Chore Jackets and Short Swim Shorts
The 18 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. Today: The world’s smallest instant analog camera, chore jackets from Entireworld and some sexy, thigh-baring swim shorts.
SPY+ Optics Crossway Sunglasses
If one were to create a three-way Venn diagram of “affordable,” “good for the planet” and “looks great on your face,” the new SPY+ Crossway would sit right at the center — sporting a classic Wayfarer-esque silhouette that works on a wide variety of face shapes, the Crossway is also crafted from lightweight, durable Bioplastic, comprised of 50% organic plant matter to reduce plastic consumption. Add “Accurate Radius Curvature” polycarbonate lenses that follow the natural curvature of the eye to reduce distortion, and available polarization that blocks 99% of surface glare, and it’s a marvel that these things can run you less than a Benjamin.
Rumpl x Dakine: Desert Sage
Rumpl, the outdoor brand that specializes in durable, wildly warm puffer blankets perfect for chilly camping trips, has teamed up with American outdoor clothing company Dakine to make those trips a helluva lot easier with the Rumpl x Dakine collection. The collab includes, of course, Rumpl’s best-selling NanoLoft Puffy Blanket in a soft Desert Sage colorway, along with a handy travel towel set, a matching blanket for your chilly beer can and a packable, ultra-comfy pillowcase.
Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer
The smoothness of a nitro stout. The kick of cold-brew coffee. This is a rich, creamy and smooth sipper (and sessionable at just 4% ABV) that may just work as breakfast during a day off this summer.
Nixon Heat Watch
If anyone needs a sport watch capable of taking a true beating, it’s pro surfer and member of Team USA’s first Olympic surf team John John Florence — this is a guy who regularly finds himself staring down the (literal) barrel of the world’s heaviest waves, after all. His new collaboration with Nixon is dubbed The Heat, a super lightweight watch built with a low profile, incredibly durable stainless-steel case and injection-molded rubber strap crafted to withstand the harshest elemental treatment. The Heat boasts a custom digital LCD module that not only gives you all the traditional time-tellin’ info, but also features a suite of pre-set and custom timer options perfect for any athletic pursuit — including, it bears noting, a “SEND” feature that alerts the wearer to the end of a set/sprint/swim/etc. as a reminder to, you know, send it.
Marley Get Together Duo Bluetooth Speakers
Your desktop speakers get an eco-friendly upgrade with these bamboo Bluetooth speakers. The right one is your portable friend and lasts up to 20 hours on a charge.
While Fitbit has always offered a user-friendly fitness tracking experience, it’s never been, shall we say, the cherry on top of a well thought out fit. The new Luxe model is attempting to change that with a sleek redesign. The touchscreen is the thinnest they’ve offered on a tracker, but it still performs well with a five-day battery and water resistance enough for laps in the pool. These are currently on pre-order and will ship out in late May.
Bring a tactile presence back to your photos this summer with the world’s smallest instant analog camera. These are purposely smaller frames on the printed pics — barely two inches across.
Rowing Blazers x John’s of Bleecker Street
Celebrate and honor an iconic New York City establishment with Rowing Blazers’ latest collaboration with John’s of Bleecker Street. For the collaboration, Rowing Blazers worked with John’s to recreate some of the pizzeria’s vintage merchandise using their original logo. The result is an old-school inspired collection of T-shirts, hats, sweatshirts and even a rugby, all as classic as the establishment they’re paying homage to. Just don’t be surprised if the collab leaves you craving a slice of ‘za.
Voormi Men’s Access Nxt Pullover
Pullovers are ubiquitous but the Access NXT has been my go-to for the past few months. Colorado-based Voormi specializes in merino wool apparel and designs, and crafts all of their products in their Pagosa Springs headquarters. The Access NXT is stitched from their lightest and most breathable wool blend, making it perfect for shoulder season runs when you need an extra layer that won’t make you soggy two miles in. And unlike most midlayers, it’s coated in a durable water repellant (DWR) finish so it will shed unexpected spring showers. — Ben Fox, Affiliate and Partnerships Manager
Pillow Cube Pillow Cubs
Our creative director is always going on about the side-sleeper miracle that is the Pillow Cube and how it has changed his sleep experience permanently and for the better. Now Pillow Cube is running a (fully funded) Kickstarter for Pillow Cubs, a charming collection of pillow/stuffed animal hybrids for kids — this video explains it pretty deftly, but essentially the Pillow Cub is two supportive Pillow Cube pillows designed for kids, housed in a machine-washable plush cover that turns them into a whimsical chomping bear/unicorn/shark/etc. Good for their sleep, good for their imagination. Win-win.
Brioni Brad Pitt Capsule Collection
Brad Pitt has been an ambassador for Italian menswear house Brioni for a few years, but the new BP Signature capsule collection is the first time he’s had a hand in creating the clothes. According to the brand, “Pitt’s personal style combined with Brioni’s unparalleled craftsmanship drove the artistic idea of [the collection].” The seven pieces range from a cashmere polo sweater to a velvet evening jacket with accompanying pants and shirt. Let’s hope we all have the excuse to wear a velvet evening jacket this year.
Nike Cosmic Unity “Raw”
Billed by the folks in Beaverton as “trash that helps keep you fresh,” the new Cosmic Unity is a basketball shoe (though we’ll be wearing it more for, you know, life in general) that’s part of Nike’s “Move to Zero” program (a track toward zero carbon emissions and zero waste). Made from at least 25% existing plastics, yarns and textiles recycled from post-consumer or post-manufactured waste, they’re a step in the right direction not only from a style standpoint, but an environmental standpoint as well.
Entireworld Organic Cotton Poplin Chore Jacket
One can never own too many chore jackets, so make sure the next addition to your collection is this Organic Cotton Poplin option from Entireworld. The jacket is light and soft yet slightly structured thanks to the cotton poplin, making it ideal for the rest of spring and those chilly summer nights. Take your pick from four shades, including a vibrant royal blue and a subdued khaki, and be prepared to wear it all summer long.
Casper Cooling Collection
For those who sleep sweaty, good news: Casper is here to solve your night sweats just in time for the warmer weather. The DTC mattress brand has just launched the Casper Cooling Collection, an innovative new line of cooling sleep products including new mattresses and bedding. Sleep six degrees cooler with the supportive Wave Hybrid Snow Mattress and Nova Hybrid Snow Mattress, or if you’re not yet ready for a whole new mattress, you can add the brand’s new lightweight Hyperlite Sheets (its coolest sheets yet), Lightweight Duvets or the Breathable Mattress Protector to your new sweat-free sleep routine.
Brooks Brothers Vintage Shop
Brooks Brothers has just launched The Vintage Shop, an online destination housing some of the brand’s most unique and sought-after heritage pieces, all of which are up for grabs. Within the shop you’ll find pieces dating back more than 90 years (including a collapsible silk opera hat from the 1930s which has unfortunately already sold out) in addition to styles the brand has helped to popularize since its founding some 200 years ago, from deadstock madras sports coats dating back to the ’60s and ’70s to OG tennis sweaters from the 1980s and tartan shorts featuring a retro golfing print.
Hodinkee Amagoh Vegan Pineapple Leather Watch Straps
Whenever someone comes up with a new watch strap design, our first question is inevitably does this need to exist? Most people, it seems, would be better off with the one that came with the watch. Hodinkee just came out with the exception. The watch outlet of note rolled out a new line of vegan straps made not from some plastic concoction, but from the fibers of pineapple leaves. This summer, we’ll be rocking the “Death Valley” colorway.
CDLP Swim Shorts
Yeah, you’ve heard it’s short shorts szn, and apparently so has Swedish design house CDLP who just released its Swimwear Summer 2021 collection full of thigh-baring short swim shorts. The collection includes a “lustrous” short leg Swim Short in a regenerated nylon fiber (made from salvaged plastic waste from oceans and landfills) that’s available in four sexy, summery colors. Or if you’re feeling a lil’ more adventurous, check out the skimpy but soft jersey-knit Swim Brief.
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon 2008
A tribute to Elisabeth Salmon, one of the House’s founders, this rosé champagne spent twelve years in the cellars. For the first time ever, the cuvée features an integration of wines vinified in oak casks, and there’s a noticeable minerality here. Bonus: It’ll be available in a magnum size, too.
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