Pelican ProGear Elite ///

Pelican ProGear Elite luggage | GregoryWest

I’m always on the lookout for a solid piece of hardcase luggage. Each time I check in for a flight and my suitcase floats away through that rubber-strip curtain, I imagine it instantly becoming the focal point of a no-holds-barred match of TSA Rugby. To ease my worries, I think my next travel companion is going to be the Pelican ProGear Elite. Based on thirty-five years of protecting military and emergency services gear, it’s lightweight, crushproof, watertight, and guaranteed for life. And it comes with a price tag reasonable enough to spring for the optional accessories, including a garment bag, Dopp kit, zippered shoe cover, and a pouch for you laundry. (via Uncrate)


Whack-bat ///

Fantastic Mr. Fox / Whack-bat | GregoryWest

Coach Skip: Well, it’s real simple. Basically, there’s three grabbers, three taggers, five twig runners, and a player at whack-bat. The center tagger lights a pine cone and chucks it over the basket and the whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross rock. Then the twig runners dash back and forth until the pine cone burns out and the umpire calls hotbox. Finally, at the end, you count up however many score-downs it adds up to and divide that by nine.

Kristofferson: Got it.

film : Fantastic Mr. Fox
director : Wes Anderson

L.L.Bean Hunting Boots ///

L.L.Bean Hunting Boots | GregoryWest

While I might be all set for the next few months of autumn showers, I realize that I’m going to need the right weaponry when the serious stuff starts coming down – and for that, I’m going right to the source. L.L.Bean’s sixteen-inch boots are based on the original Maine Hunting Shoe design, dating all the way back to 1912. True to form, each pair is hand-stitched from premium waterproof leather and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Despite the name, though, the only thing these boots will help me hunt down is a decent cup of coffee when I need some warming up.

Giorgio Armani : Spring 2015 ///

Giorgio Armani (Spring/Summer 2015) | GregoryWest

A beautiful palette of subtle colours and  trim tailoring with just a hint of extra room that nudges you to sit back, relax, and stay just a bit longer at that outdoor table with a stunning view (once the weather starts warming up again). Here are my favourites from the Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2015 collection. (via GQ)


Gold In Them Hills ///

I know it doesn’t seem that way
But maybe it’s the perfect day
Even though the bills are piling
And maybe Lady Luck ain’t smiling

But if we’d only open our eyes
We’d see the blessings in disguise
That all the rain clouds are fountains
Though our troubles seem like mountains

track : Gold In Them Hills
artist : Ron Sexsmith
album : Cobblestone Runway

Endless Summer ///

Endless Summer by Lisa Golightly | GregoryWest

I’ve been a big fan of Lisa Golightly’s work for years, lucky enough to have a few of her pieces hanging up in our home. And while I’m very excited to dive into some autumn layers this time of year, it’s a little bittersweet to see another beautiful summer come to a close. Enter Lisa’s latest show, wishfully (or wistfully) titled Endless Summer, opening at Goodeye Gallery tomorrow. Have a look through the collection while listening to this, and completely put pumpkin spice out of your mind.

Rapha & Raeburn Quilted Jacket ///

Rapha & Raeburn Quilted Jacket | GregoryWest

I certainly don’t need a lot of convincing to pick up more Rapha gear. This limited edition quilted jacket was designed in collaboration with the Christopher Raeburn studio, based on Rapha’s impeccable Transfer Jacket. The look is reminiscent of a military field jacket, but this three-season outer layer is intended for riding through the city … and looking like you know what you’re talking about once you reach your destination.

Jeff Goldblum Brings the Cool ///

Jeff Goldblum | GregoryWest

Let’s take a moment to send some serious respect to Mr. Jeff Goldblum. He has: a filmography that includes Annie Hall, The Big Chill, The Fly, Jurassic Park, and The Life Aquatic, his own band, the middle name Lynn (shoutout to ELO), a working knowledge of Biz Markie’s Just a Friend, and a sharper look than most guys half his age.


Wallace & Barnes ///

Wallace & Barnes | GregoryWest

On the topic of layering, I thought I’d have a look through the latest Wallace & Barnes collection. This J.Crew line was born several years ago as a capsule, based on vintage pieces that menswear director, Frank Muytjens, and his team would source for their design archive. My FW14 favourites are the Flight Jacket, Toggle Shawl Pullover, and Eisenhower Jacket; and while I easily could have listed more, I’ll just let you check out the full lineup for yourself.


Land Rover Defender ///

Land Rover Defender | GregoryWest

It would be impossible for me to publish a post about the Toyota Land Cruiser J40 and not follow it up with one about the Land Rover Defender. Just like the J40, the Defender traces its roots back to WWII, and a design inspired by the original Willys Jeep. Over the past sixty-plus years, this off-road beauty has naturally evolved, but I love that it has retained a lot of the classic styling of its predecessors. Unfortunately, production of the Defender will apparently be shuttered late next year, but on the bright side, with many of them still on the road and going strong, it should be relatively easy to pick one up with a few miles on the odometer.