Products of the Week: Sea Creature Watches, Sport Polos and Colorful Tevas
The 25 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: Shinola watches inspired by the critters that lurk in the deep sea, polos you’ll love to sweat in and a Cotopaxi x Teva collab.
Just in time for summer, Noah has restocked both styles of their exclusive Vuarnet sunglasses, The District and The Atlantic. Pulling from the archives of the storied sunglasses brand, Noah reintroduces the slightly square, slightly rounded District frames in three new colors that offer a touch of sporty elegance. For The Atlantic shades, the brand started from scratch when designing the round shape which still offer the same casual yet sophisticated look of the District, appropriate for wear while on a run, taking a drive or just soaking up some rays.
Booker’s Bourbon Tagalong Batch
The second Booker’s 2021 release celebrates the way 6th Generation Master Distiller Booker Noe learned the ropes at the distillery by “tagging along” with his grandfather, Jim Beam. At just under 128 proof (every Booker’s release is bottled uncut), this is meant for sipping with a bit of water. And you, whiskey nerd, can also find out exactly where the barrels at the rackhouses were located here.
Levi’s Vintage Clothing x Clarks Originals
If your usual sand-colored Desert boots or Wallabees are starting to feel a bit boring, liven things up a bit with Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s partnership with Clarks Originals for their Spring/Summer 2021 collection, dubbed “Loose Fix.” Inspired by the music scene of 1980s Manchester, the collaboration reinvents three Clarks silhouettes — the Desert Boot, Wallabee and Madchester, the latter being the shoe of choice in the ’80s music scene — in hues of pink, blue and yellow, with contrasting details like lavender or mauve laces. They’re the same Clarks you know and love, just a tad more fun.
The Nelson by Taylor Stitch x Dom Vetro
Vintage-inspired frames (inspired by Dom Vetro’s M01 and old-school Italian eyewear) with polarized mineral glass lenses, these limited-edition shades might be the best thing you wear this summer.
Chaco x Thomas Rhett Collection
Inspired by the multi-platinum country artist’s passion for the outdoors, Chaco and Thomas Rhett came together to create custom versions of our favorite adventure sandals. Each strap is outfitted with a colorful fly-fishing lure pattern in a nod to Rhett’s new track “More Time Fishin” and features a durable sole for every summer outing. The design is available in men’s and women’s Chillos as well as our favorite sandal, the Z/1 Classic.
Shinola The Sea Creatures 40MM
In honor of World Ocean Day, the fine watchmakin’ folks over at Shinola have debuted a new take on their everpopular Detrola line dubbed the Sea Creatures Collection, which marks the Detroit brand’s first foray into recycled materials — depth rated to 10 ATM, the handsome sport watch (that comes in five bangin’ colorways) features a 40mm case crafted from 100% ocean-bound plastic waste that also boasts a stainless-steel core, Argonite 715 movement, date window, bezel insert, and a woven strap that also crafted from ocean-bound plastic. Good for your wrist, good for the earth. Gotta love it.
Filson x Danner Trail 2650 GTX Hiking Boots
The Danner Trail 2650 GTX is already a great option for those in need of a versatile hiking boot. It’s super light at just 28 ounces, but impressively tough with a Gore-Tex liner and all-terrain Vibram outsole. Then this week Filson stepped in and gave the mid boots a black-and-tan makeover. If you’re in need of a new summer stomper, be aware that these are very much limited-edition.
Russell’s Reserve 13
A 13-year old (natch), non-chill-filtered, 114.8-proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon from Wild Turkey’s Eddie Russell, featuring notes of plum, chocolate, honey and toasted brown sugar. Wild Turkey you can mix; this one, please sip.
New Balance x J.Crew CRT300 V2 Leather Sneakers
Inspired by classic court sneakers, J.Crew x New Balance’s CRT300 V2 leather sneakers are just as comfortable as they are stylish, outfitted with a REVlite midsole for optimal comfort. With Father’s Day just around the corner, we suggest picking up this stylish yet highly wearable pair for any wayward dads out there who could use a little help in the wardrobe department.
Crystal Head Pride Edition
Already possessing one of the more striking containers in spirits, Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head vodka just released its annual Pride bottle, a colorful 750 ml or 1.75L skull meant to “inspire freedom of expression and creative thought.” As well, the brand has partnered with Gay Pride Apparel (a first-generation Mexican American & LGBTQIA+ owned brand) to create a co-branded “Made with Pride” t-shirt, with a portion of proceeds from each shirt sold will benefit the Human Rights Campaign.
Cotopaxi x Teva Original Universal Sandal
Keeping the familiar silhouette of Teva’s Universal Sandal (and benefits like the EVA foam footbed and Rugged Durabrasion Rubber outsole), Cotopaxi lends the mix-and-matched colors of their Del Dia line, the adjustable velcro straps arriving in shades of orange, yellow and blue, all complemented by the orange and turquoise soles. It’s a sandal that puts the fun in functional, brightening up those sun-soaked summer days even more.
Outdoor Voices Sport Polo
Outdoor Voices recently released the Sport Polo, a classic pique polo but with “contemporary construction.” It includes a subtle breast pocket to store essentials and is crafted from a comfortable, stretchy fabric you can do everything in, from playing a game of tennis to drinking at a backyard BBQ. The timeless style is available in Navy, Tea Tree and a sharp White, a color made exclusively for Pinterest, and would pair nicely with any one of the brand’s best-selling performance shorts (we’re fans of the High Stride 5″.)
Sleepy Jones The Doggone Henry Pajama Set
Cartoonist Charles Barsotti’s drawings of kings, God, dogs, cats and more are iconic to say the least, and now you can sport the same cartoons that have graced the pages of The New Yorker with Sleepy Jones Doggone Henry Pajama Set. Featuring twelve of Barsotti’s drawings, all dog themed, the limited-edition pjs don’t have to be reserved strictly from the bedroom but can even be worn out of the house as a set or separates, the tailored fit of Sleepy Jones’ best-selling Henry Pajamas elevating them beyond sleepwear. And let’s be honest — they deserve to see the light of day.
Freeman’s Sporting Goods FSC Supima Socks
Freeman’s Sporting Club understands the power of a good sock, which is exactly why they partnered with American Trench, makers of some of the best in the game, on these supima socks that pay homage to both the brand’s history and its latest collection. Made from extra long-staple Supima cotton grown in California and Texas then spun into yarn in Georgia, the socks feature the Freeman’s Sporting Club logo circling the ankle and a pine tree just a few inches below, a reference to the brand’s continued love of the outdoor. Available in four shades, from classic white to a bolder orange, snag a pair or two and wear them proudly all summer.
Noah Lionfish Pocket Tee
While they might look cool, lionfish are a highly invasive species, originating in Indo-Pacific oceans that have made their way to Atlantic waters, threatening the well-being of coral reefs and other marine ecosystems. To help bring light to this issue, Noah released their Lionfish Pocket Tee, available in three colors and featuring two trippy graphics of the species, with 10% of proceeds from each purchase donated to MOTE, an independent, nonprofit marine research institution that works to promote conservation and sustainable use of our oceans through research and education.
REI x West Elm Collection
Whether you’re camping in the wilderness or having a picnic in your backyard, make your time spent in the great outdoors this summer all the more enjoyable and sophisticated with West Elm’s collaboration with REI Co-op. From rope chairs to outdoor rugs and even bamboo cutting boards, the collaboration has everything you need to take your outdoor dining and entertaining to the next level.
Miller Lite Father’s Day Shoezie
You’ve heard of a koozie, now it’s time to meet the “Shoezie.” In celebration of Father’s Day, Miller Lite and New Balance have come together to create a shoe just for beer, or as they’ve dubbed it, the Shoezie. Taking inspiration from the New Balance 624 sneaker, the OG dad shoe, the Shoezie is made using the same materials used for New Balance’s shoes, meaning it looks and feels like an actual sneaker. While you can’t purchase the Shoezie, you can enter to win one, with the sweepstakes beginning on June 20th at 9 a.m. CT. Here’s hoping you get lucky so pops can kick back with a beer, his Shoezie and the 624s to match — it’s the least he deserves.
SPY+ Monolith 50/50 Sunglasses
“Speaking from recent experience, this will be the most fun you have wearing sunglasses all summer. Is the Monolith going to be your everyday driver? Of course not. But when you find a fitting situation (in my case, a recent day float on the Colorado River) and throw a pair of these bad boys on, you’re going to A) feel cool as shit, B) be overcome with the urge to respond to pretty much any question you’d answer in the affirmative with an “Oh yeeeaaaah!” like Macho Man Randy Savage, and C) be pleasantly shocked at what a different (and awesome) experience it is to have one giant lens in front of your eyes. Never ones to just do something for the lolz, SPY+ actually put some serious tech into the Monoliths with a proprietary “Accurate Radius Curvature” lens that mimics the curve of the human eye for distortion-free vision. Lightweight, durable frame + excellent UV protection + crystal clear vision + hilarious throwback vibes? What the hell is not to like here?” -Danny Agnew, InsideHook Creative Director
BR 03-92 Red Radar Watch
Bell & Ross originally released a Red Radar model back at Baselworld in 2011. A decade later, they’ve managed to create a worthy successor. Housed in the watchmaker’s signature square case, the material here is actually full ceramic, and your eyes aren’t deceiving you — time is told by two airplanes that rotate around the outer hour dial and inner minute dial. Seconds, however, are told by a normal analog hand, one that gives the appearance of a sweeping bar on a real-deal radar.
Eton Swim Shorts
Since 1928, Swedish brand Eton has been known for meticulously crafting some of the most top-shelf shirting in the menswear game. Now for the first time ever they’re applying that Scando design acumen to a line of handsome swim trunks, crafted from a quick-drying tech fabric in a just-short-enough cut and available in five eye-catchin’ colorways. We’re partial to the vintage vibes of the stripey numbers, but if you want to rep your penchant for orange drink, more power to ya.
Ana Leovy x Tombolo Dusk and Dawn Shirts
The vacation-wear kings have done it again. Tombolo dropped two new limited-edition short-sleeve button-ups with Mexican artist Ana Leovy, in which they’ve taken a hand-painted artwork and turned it into a contender for the shirt of the summer. The scene, which depicts revelers under a lemon tree, comes in both a Dawn and Dusk edition, and both ship with a complementary (and complimentary) fragrance from Le Labo. Do we wish all our clothes came with fragrance pairings? Yes, yes we do.
Opopop Gourmet Microwave Popcorn “Discovery Kit”
It has been a suspiciously long time since any major advancements have been made in the world of microwave popcorn, which is why we were keen to give popcorn startup Opopop’s suite of gourmet kernels a go — via a proprietary process, Opopop wraps each individual kernel in a coating of deliciously unique flavor, from Salted Umami to Chedapeño to Maui Heat to Vanilla Cake Pop (which, if we’re being honest, is significantly tastier than one might expect). Simply pour a pouch into the included popper (basically a fancy microwaveable bowl with a vented lid), throw it in the nuke box, and a few minutes later you’ll be enjoying some of the best damn popcorn of your entire life, full stop. With all due respect to Orville Redenbacher, the popcorn game done changed.
The Official Netflix Merch Shop
Everyone wants in on the merch game these days. Chipotle does slides that say “Chips” and “Guac” that you can wear while picking up your burrito, and now, to pair with the Netflix shows you watch while eating said burrito, the streaming service is now selling their own gear from a new online store. At launch, they’re starting with apparel and other goods from anime shows Yasuke and Eden (I guess they’ve got their promotional-product-buying demographic figured out), but look out for offerings from more popular shows, like Stranger Things and The Witcher, and Netflix-branded merch soon.
Nixon Bandit Bag
With things like travel and festivals very much back on the collective agenda, we were in the market for a quality cross-body bag for situations in which a full-on backpack would be overkill. Enter the Nixon Bandit, a slick tri-strap number that sits comfortably (and snugly) on the chest, has enough room for a full 2L of personal accoutrement without seeming bulky, boasts multiple pockets and internal organizers to separate said accoutrement, and actually looks pretty damn cool. Also features an interior made from recycled ocean plastic, so feel free to pair it with that Shinola watch above and do the earth an extra solid.
Kenneth Cole Nova Slide Sandal
We’re getting into prime slide weather, and Kenneth Cole has blessed us with an understated, elevated pair featuring a cushy, contoured footbed for all-day comfort and an adjustable synthetic leather upper with a bit of detailing for personality. Best part: for a limited time they’re 35% off.
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