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Welcome to InsideHook’s Staff Picks, a compendium of what our editors are digging recently.
Gejst NEBL Large Grey Planter
These planters — named for the German word for “fog” and featuring a frosted glass jar on a ceramic base — come from award-winning Berlin-based designer Michael Rem, and they are guaranteed to make your plants look around 500% more interesting. They’re a bit on the pricy side, like most cool things are, but you could put a plastic dandelion in here and house guests would still ask you where they can find one. —Walker Loetscher
Dino Scarf by Paul Smith
The last time I wore a piece of clothing with dinosaurs on it, I was tucking into some nursery school pretzels and apple juice. I figure it’s high time I inject some Mesozoic Era into my apparel again, starting with this wool weave “Dino Scarf” from Paul Smith. Talk about a nice change of pace from color blocks and Burberry tartan … here we’re talkin’ Museum of Natural History x GQ. Doesn’t hurt that the scarf’s 50% off, either. — Tanner Garrity, Associate Editor
On the surface, these are perfectly solid Bluetooth 5.0 wireless earphones. The genius arrives via the neckband, which also serves as a multipurpose cable that can be used to transfer data or high-speed charge your device via hidden USB-C, microUSB and Lightning connectors. The best part? You can actually plug this directly into a phone (preferably not your own) and siphon off power. Up to 41% off during preorders. — Kirk Miller, Nation Editor/Managing Editor
Flint & Tinder Slub Pocket Tee
Slub is a conundrum to me: the word sounds drab and undesirable, but the fabric itself makes me feel supremely comfortable. I really don’t want to wear anything else on my bare torso, save for a hoodie made of kittens … and that wouldn’t be very practical, affordable or ethical. Lucky for me these tees are the troika of characteristics I’m looking for (sans kittens). And even luckier for me (and you) they are currently on sale for three for $75 and available in quite a few colors. They do run slightly small, so I would recommend sizing up unless you’re really trying to show off the guns. — Eli London, Director of Partnerships and User Acquisition
2019 Stewardship Calendar
If you’re like me and haven’t quite started on your resolutions yet (I say it’s better to ease into them), maybe you also haven’t pulled the trigger on a wall calendar, either. The good thing coming to all who waited: United By Blue’s 2019 Stewardship Calendar, a hand-illustrated, vegetable-based-ink printed, recycled-paper beaut. Instead of all the holidays you already know, it cites “important dates and birthdays in environmental history.” But most importantly, it’ll remind you to take all those camping, hiking and fishing trips you said you were gonna take last year. — Alex Lauer, Senior Editor
Zanerobe Salerno Chino
The Salerno is by far my favorite travel pant. All the benefits of a jogger (predominantly the elastic waist that eliminates belt tomfoolery at security), but smartly tailored (sans elastic ankle cuff) and constructed from proper (but still stretchy!) chino material that gives them the vibe of an actual pant rather than a sweatpant. Pair with a smart cashmere sweater (Uniqlo’s are excellent and currently on sale for an insane $60) and any one (er, two) of these sneakers and you’ll be the most stylish and comfy guy on the plane. — Danny Agnew, Creative Director
Audioengine HD6 Powered Wireless Bookshelf Speakers
During a recent conversation about possibly getting some new furniture in our living room, my wife let it be known that she strongly dislikes my very large stereo speakers. I don’t blame her, exactly, and I’m doing my best to be open to the idea of downsizing. The thing is, I’m not in any way open to sacrificing sound quality. So, after some research, I’ve landed on an unexpectedly affordable option (for audio dorks, anyway) in Audioengine’s HD6 powered speakers. Now, a powered speaker is a speaker that has built-in amplification, meaning you can just connect it to your audio source of choice and you’re good to go. Being a bit of an audio dork, though, I would never take advantage of this feature and would of course connect it to a separate phono preamp and an integrated amp. What interests me most about the HD6 is that they come equipped with aptX Bluetooth capabilities, meaning I could stream to them directly from my phone, tablet or laptop via Spotify. Well, that and the fact that by all accounts they offer superior sound despite their relatively small footprint. And they look sexy as hell. Again for an audio dork, anyway. — Mike Conklin, Executive Editor
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