Architect’s Blueprint Paperweight ///
A new desk pad calls for the perfect paperweight to go with it, no? It’s like pairing a suit with the right pocket square. That’s why I decided to go with the Architect’s Blueprint Paperweight from the MoMA store. Designed by Tibor Kalman (whose résumé includes a Talking Heads album cover and creative direction of Interview magazine), it’s a hand-crumpled sheet of silk-screened vinyl which serves as a beautiful tribute to the days before Ctrl-Z.
Todd Snyder + Champion ///
Champion began almost a century ago as the Knickerbocker Knitting Company, and over the coming decades (if my research is correct) pioneered such classics as the sweatshirt, reversible t-shirt (for the US Navy during WWII), hooded sweatshirt (originally worn by football players on sidelines), and breathable mesh shorts (hello NBA of the 90s). After spending more than twenty years at Polo Ralph Lauren, the Gap, and J.Crew, Todd Snyder launched his eponymous label in 2011, and was named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers the following year. In addition to a great collaboration with PF Flyers, Todd has recently teamed up with Champion, starting with the enviable assignment of digging through their deep archive and poring over vintage photos of the New York Athletic Club. The result is a brilliant collection of fundamental pieces that would look good in an old boxing gym, or your new wardrobe. Here are a few of my favourites, including the fleece shawl cardigan, Soho double layer tee, and henley.
Cutting Mat Desktop ///
After switching to a stainless steel desk in my home office a few years ago, I’ve been keeping an eye out for a simple leather desk pad – the perfect all-in-one combination of soft writing surface, a mousepad that stays put, and a winter-morning remedy for a freezing-cold tabletop. Surprisingly, it was difficult finding something that didn’t look like it belonged in your dad’s accountant’s office. Thanks to the gentlemen at Gear Patrol and Jeff Carvalho, I came across the idea of using a big cutting mat. It checks all of the boxes listed above, and adds a nice graphic touch to the desktop.
Pelican ProGear Elite ///
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)
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 ///
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 ///
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 ///
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 ///
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.