Welcome to InsideHook’s Staff Picks, a compendium of what our editors are digging recently.
Talari Indigo Ottoman
Shout out for the ottoman, furniture's resident Renaissance man. Need to put your feet up? It knows a thing or two. Collect loose socks at the edge of the bed? Sure. Create casual seating at the edge of a couch? Done. You could use a couple in your life, and we recommend this number via Citizenry. Stitched over seven days in Bamako, Mali, the Talari brings West Africa's indigo heritage to a piece equal parts hefty and comfy. — Tanner Garrity, Associate Editor
Fair Isle Anonymous Ism Socks
Perusing the various fall boots men have chosen this season (both on Instagram and IRL), I was reminded of The Matrix Reloaded. Remember the French pickup artist’s speech about causality? Apparently not. Cause: This autumn, men are rocking shorter pant legs, whether by hem, cuff or crop. Effect: I see your socks! So keep those (off)whites in the drawer and spring for these Fair Isle numbers from Anonymous Ism. I particularly like them in Moss. — Alex Lauer, Senior Editor
Leatherman Customization Program
I love Leatherman multi-tools. The one I got several years ago has been my go-to for every home repair — except hammering (and sawing, but not a lot of need for saws in New York apartments, insert lame and dated Patrick Bateman joke here). Now, they’re letting fans design their own tools. It’s not quite full customization; you’re not gonna, say, create an 84-screwdriver monstrosity. The new program allows you to affix patterns, artwork and text to the blades and handles of their Wave+, with new tools available for customization soon. — Kirk Miller, Nation Editor/Managing Editor
Billy Reid Diamond Quilt Shawl Pullover
Love me a good shawl pullover — it's like the sweatshirt's more genteel cousin. And this one from southern-style savant Billy Reid has the added benefit of a unique "diamond quilt" knit that not only gives it added texture for personality but also kinda feels like you're wearing nana's blanket on your body. Real horn buttons with leather loops and suede elbow patches round out the relaxed-yet-refined package. — Danny Agnew, Creative Director
100% of people surveyed said they would "highly rate" this shoe. Granted the survey sample size was one and it was administered to me by me a few weeks after purchase. Regardless, I speak for the people when I fully endorse this shoe: Supremely comfortable and able to be worn with sportier looks such as joggers and a hoodie or slightly more upscale with a pair of raw denim and a sweater. Available in a wide variety of colors and materials, some even 50% off. — Eli London, Director of Partnerships and User Acquisition
THE BEST THING WE DRANK THIS WEEK
We were fortunate enough to hang out with Rachel Barrie, the Master Blender for The GlenDronach, at New York’s Brandy Library. Barrie and her team just rebooted the Scotch brand’s 15 Year Old Revival, and while I can’t say I’ve always been a fan of Sherry Cask maturations, this expression — just available now in the U.S. after a few year layoff and a brief time as a distillery exclusive — is perfect for winter. On the nose and palate, it’s a symphony of dark fruits and dark chocolate, with hints of mint, orange and honey. Pair with some nice cheeses and you’ve replaced dessert.
Photos: (Top to bottom) Leatherman; Citizenry; Anonymous Ism; Leatherman.com; Billy Reid; Kirk Miller