Engineered Garments : Spring 2015 ///

Engineered Garments SS15 | GregoryWest

There’s different for the sake of simply being different, and then there’s different that makes you stop and take notice because … it’s actually really good. I’m loving the Engineered Garments Spring/Summer 2015 collection, and the way it combines classic elements into new, unique arrangements and patterns. It’s that perfect scenario of seeing something on the runway that you’ve never considered wearing before, and thinking that you can’t wait to try it on yourself. (via Highsnobiety)


hard graft Frame Folio ///

hard graft Frame Folio | GregoryWest

I love a good messenger bag, but for some mysterious reason, I’ve never been able to master wearing one while riding a bike – it tends to either swing around to the front or dig uncomfortably into my shoulder. I have opted instead for a minimal backpack, but sometimes, you only need to bring a few things to a cross-town meeting or coffee shop. Enter the hard graft Frame Folio – a beautifully designed, handmade in Italy, leather sleeve that’s lightly padded to protect your iPad and other daily essentials. Once you reach your destination, the frame straps convert to a handle, and you’re good to go without having to sling anything across your shoulder. (via Selectism)


Heart of Darkness ///

Heart of Darkness | GregoryWest

‘The last word he pronounced was – your name.’

I heard a light sigh, and then my heart stood still, stopped dead short by an exulting and terrible cry, by the cry of inconceivable triumph and of unspeakable pain. ‘I knew it – I was sure!’ … She knew. She was sure. I heard her weeping; she had hidden her face in her hands. It seemed to me that the house would collapse before I could escape, that the heavens would fall upon my head. But nothing happened. The heavens do not fall for such a trifle. Would they have fallen, I wonder, if I had rendered Kurtz that justice which was his due? Hadn’t he said he wanted only justice? But I couldn’t. I could not tell her. It would have been too dark – too dark altogether …

title : Heart of Darkness
author : Joseph Conrad

Toyota Land Cruiser J40 ///

Toyota Land Cruiser J40 | GregoryWest

In the past few months, I’ve noticed the Toyota Land Cruiser J40 popping up more often in my Pinterest feed. Reverse-engineered during WWII from the Willys MB US Army Jeep, the J40 has incredible, classic styling, and is apparently still highly sought after world-wide for its solid off-road performance. Toyota released an interesting update in the FJ CRUISER several years ago, but I wish they could have just applied modern technology to the original form. My name would be first on the waiting list if that ever happened. (photo via WorldCarFans)

City Flags ///

Oakland city flag design | Gregory West

I love listening to podcasts, and can’t imagine how (back in those dark, pre-pod days) I managed to get through long drives and general errand running without them. One of my favourite sources is Slate, including The Gist with host Mike Pesca. A recent episode covered the topic of US city flags, which made me realize that I didn’t even know that most cities have their own flag. I took a quick look around and found that some of the designs are amazing. They could easily shirk their municipal duties and grace the side of a surfboard. My favourites are Oakland, Ocean City, and Des Moines.


Club Monaco Pajama Polo ///

Club Monaco Pajama Polo | GregoryWest

When it comes to wearing pajamas in the daytime, there’s a wide chasm between I’m rakish in the south of France and I’ve just given up. That’s why Club Monaco’s Pajama Pique Polo caught my eye – a trim-fitting summer short-sleeve with the perfect hit of piping for added structure. Goodnight, that looks sharp.

Arc’teryx Carrier Duffle ///

Arc'teryx Carrier Duffle | GregoryWest

I was looking for a new duffle bag that could take a beating, and decided to go with the Arc’teryx Carrier Duffle. It is highly water-resistant due to its coated ripstop fabric, taped seams, and WaterTight zipper; has a combination of handles and adjustable straps to be slung over the shoulder or worn as a backpack; and a bright-white interior ensures that you don’t leave anything behind when unpacking. I’ve used mine on a few camping trips and it performed perfectly. Even better, I’ve made the Carrier my new triathlon transition pack. The 50L size is just right for all my gear, and because the bag is virtually waterproof, I don’t have to worry about my post-race clothes getting soggy while I’m out on the course. (photo via Livestock)

Just LEGO ///

Just LEGO | GregoryWest

Yes, I’ll tell you, I’ll tell why I’m lying here …
but God forgive me …
and God help us all …
because you don’t know what you ask of me.

track : Just
artist : Radiohead


Imperial Motion Hanger ///

Imperial Motion Hanger boardshorts | GregoryWest

I’m starting to realize that I might be developing a slight boardshorts habit, and it doesn’t help at all that I recently discovered Imperial Motion. Based in Tacoma, Washington, this lifestyle brand is making some of the lightest, barely-know-they’re-on boardshorts with beautiful, subtle graphic patterns. I’ve already picked up the Hanger and Lipton, and will definitely be adding the Hayworth to my collection before this summer is over.

Stealing Beauty ///

Stealing Beauty | GregoryWest

I first saw Stealing Beauty – a lovely, slow-paced Bernardo Bertolucci film about a life-changing summer in Tuscany – when I was a teenager, and instantly fell in love with Liv Tyler. It was also the first time I ever heard Portishead (a life-changing moment in itself), on an amazing soundtrack that included Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Liz Phair, and Sam Phillips (I need love, not some sentimental prison). The film wasn’t overwhelmingly received, so perhaps it’s a bit of nostalgia, but whenever I feel like spending a few hours in the Italian countryside, it’s the perfect hit.