Marmot Variant ///
As the days get longer and increasingly warmer, our first instinct is to shed, rather than add, layers. But summer isn’t all sweltering days at the beach; it’s late-day hikes once the sun has dipped behind a ridge, and early-morning campsites as you shiver toward your first cup of coffee. Marmot’s Variant jacket – a streamlined hybrid of Polartec Power Stretch and insulated front panels – is a great-looking option for throwing into a daypack as you hit the trail, or onto your back as you head out to run a few errands. And in a few months, as the days get shorter and increasingly colder, it’ll be an excellent mid-layer pairing with your favourite shell.
No Difference ///
So you fix a drink cause its time to drown
and the clock speeds up and then it slows right down.
The life that we have missed I think it still exists.
How can you resist?
track : No Difference
artist : Everything But The Girl
album : Temperamental
People Footwear ///
I love slow summer days spent entirely in boardshorts and flip-flops, but there are times when your feet need a bit more coverage without getting all hot and bothered. The Phillips from People Footwear uses no-sew construction to combine a proprietary molded-foam base with a digitally-knit upper, creating a highly-breathable, super-light reinterpretation of your classic Chucks. Ideal for impromptu bike rides to pick up some fish tacos or replenish the backyard cooler.
As we approach summer and temperatures begin to rise, most people’s beverage preference doesn’t automatically drift toward a full-bodied beer … hear me out on this one, though. My favourite in this category is Beamish, a stout that traces its origins to eighteenth-century Cork, Ireland. Naturally, it’s perfect for a wintery pub when it’s snowing sideways outside. But with a smooth, creamy taste and strong hints of coffee, it’s a bit like an iced cappuccino with 4% ABV. If you’re lucky enough to find one on tap this weekend, order a pint and consider it a venti with a kick.
Vanhawks Valour ///
The Vanhawks Valour would be plenty desirable if it was just a beautifully-designed commuter bike. But then you consider the unibody carbon fiber frame and Avid disc brakes. And, you find out about the integrated tech of blind-spot sensors and LED indicators on the handlebars that guide you to your destination. The Valour seamlessly connects to a mobile app that maps out your most efficient routes, records your riding stats, and even helps you track down your bike should it ever go missing. All of a sudden, your smart decision to get some exercise on the way to work looks even smarter. (via Uncrate)
Michael Bastian : Fall 2015 ///
I loved Michael Bastian‘s Fall 2014 collection for its buttoned-up steely-greys worthy of a crisp Manhattan day. The love continues a year later for a new lineup infused with upstate ruggedness in deep, rich navies and earth tones. Here are a few of my favourites, including those genius streamlined cargos. (via Style.com)
Jordan Buschur ///
As most of our books migrate to iPads and Kindles, and bookshelves no longer adorn our walls as trophy cases of countless reading conquests, we can rest assured that Jordan Buschur’s paintings will serve as beautiful artifacts of our carbon-based literary pasts. (via The Jealous Curator)
Levi’s Vintage ///
Unlike most labels, when designers at Levi’s Vintage need some classic inspiration, they simply go into the brand’s own archives, spanning as far back as 1873 and including more than forty thousand pieces of authentic Americana. The most recent collection features meticulous updates of the 1930s Menlo Leather Jacket and 1955 Sawtooth Denim Shirt, but what really caught my eye was the Bay Meadows Hawaiian shirt – a 1940s popover with a brilliant pop of colour. Good enough for Elvis and Bing back then; perfect for the summer days ahead. (via Valet)
Ford GT40 ///
The Ford GT40 has to be one of the most beautiful things on the planet. Never mind cars; if all it did was toast bread, we’d be better off as a species that we’re capable of such timeless design. Born in 1964 at just forty inches tall (hence the name), this automotive giant’s legacy includes Carroll Shelby, four consecutive victories at 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the desire to spite Mr. Enzo Ferrari. It’s incredible to think that the GT40 was already tearing up the road at a time when most people were still watching black-and-white TV.
Nikon 1 J5 ///
I think I just found my new grab a coffee and go explore the city camera. The 20.8-megapixel Nikon 1 J5 delivers a maximum shooting rate of 20fps with continuous autofocus, captures 4K video, has a three-inch 180° tilting touchscreen, is compatible with 1 NIKKOR lenses, and supports built-in Wi-Fi / NFC to easily get high-quality shots to your phone for some on-the-go Instagrams (while picking up another round of high-quality shots of caffeine). Plus, it’s hard to resist the combination of all that great technology on the inside and classic, Leica-inspired design on the outside.