Imperial Motion Hanger ///
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 ///
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.
Nike FFF Stadium ///
The 2014 FIFA World Cup has wrapped up, Germany has come out on top (congrats), and the respective hardware (Golden Ball, Golden Glove, Golden Boot, etc.) have all been handed out. I think, though, that there’s room for one more award – the Golden Jersey – and I’d give it to Team France. Classic, clean design, with the perfect contrast collar. Nike offers two versions: the 2014 FFF Match if you’d like to rock the same kit that the national team wore in Brazil; or the 2014 FFF Stadium, a polo option for those of us who’d rather not run up and down a sizzling pitch for ninety minutes without substitution :-)
Jack Spade : Fall 2014 ///
If you’re already familiar with Jack Spade’s excellent range of bags and briefcases, I recommend taking another look at the label, starting with the Fall 2014 collection, featuring brilliant modern tailoring … and some great looking bags, of course. (via GQ)
James Perse Yosemite ///
I have a feeling that it’ll soon be scientifically proven that paddleboarding is one of the best ways to wind down the day. No matter how stressful things have been since the last sunrise, there’s something slate-clearing about leaving solid ground behind and essentially being weightless for a while. I also have a feeling that my next personal anti-gravity device will be the James Perse Yosemite paddleboard – individually hand-crafted in California, including a matching wood / carbon fiber paddle.
I’ve been a fan of Aether and their slope-meets-city design philosophy for quite a while now. Versatile pieces like the Anorak and Highline jacket look great whether you’re hailing a cab or scaling up a trail, and are technically sound to keep you warm and dry in either environment. They now have a beach collection as well, which includes the Piping 9¾” swim trunks. I think the white ones would go perfectly with that custom paddleboard at Aether HQ, featured in a recent MR PORTER profile.
STRONGBOW was apparently named after a twelfth-century knight known for his propensity to employ highly-skilled archers in battle. I’ve never been a big drinker, but when the weather turns hot, I’m known for my propensity to request an outdoor table and a pint of cider. And so, heading into the first official weekend of summer, I recommend doing the chivalrous thing and ordering a round of STRONGBOW for your squad … highly-skilled archers optional.
Glory Box ///
so don’t you stop being a man
just take a little look from our side when you can
track : Glory Box
artist : Portishead
album : Dummy
Crumpler Vis-a-Vis ///
Each time I wait for my luggage after a flight, two questions cycle through my mind – Will my suitcase finish its clothing-filled shot-put adventure in one piece? and Will I be able to recognize it in time before it sets off on another go around the carousel? That’s why I think the Crumpler Vis-a-Vis Trunk is exactly what I’ve been looking for – a polycarbonate/ABS shell with high-contrast external safety straps – helping me be the first one out, hailing a cab home. (via Uncrate)
Fred Perry Shirt ///
By this point, most brands have their own interpretation of the timeless polo shirt, but my hands-down favourite is still the Twin Tipped Fred Perry Shirt. Originally introduced at the 1952 Wimbledon, the subdued combination of solid-colour cotton pique, two accent stripes, and the signature laurel wreath still looks impeccable more than half a century later – whether you’re hoisting the men’s singles trophy, or just raising a glass to another great day.