What fools we've all been! We're so busy these days who has time to read a watch with two or three hands? With typical German efficiency the Defakto Ein will give you the time – or pretty close to it – with just one hand.
Defakto pulls off this stark minimalism while maintaining a premium look through superb build quality, attention to detail and by having a trendy-sounding brand name.
Anyone who says wearing a knit tie is like draping a woollen sock around your neck is doing it wrong. Knit ties are the ultimate in cool & sophistication, their informal outline and added volume provide a nice textural contrast when paired with a traditional worsted suit, or sports jacket.
In order to avoid the "woollen sock" look, you must tie it with the four-in-hand to get that slightly casual, off-center look, and make sure it sits high and quite tight so you can force a little dimple just below the knot. The addition of a simple Sterling Silver Tie Clip can also be a nice way to accentuate the weight of the fabric.
Berg&Berg of Oslo are developing an excellent reputation for creating timeless garments in classic patterns with great materials. And the good news is that they are currently in the midst of a winter sale which includes these fine knit ties pictured above. We especially like the Herringbone patterned navy/light blue Cashmere Knit Tie in the top right.
But beware, Berg&Berg issue a warning to would be buyers: "We guarantee that strangers will have an urge to feel our material when you wear this". Perfectly understandable, we wouldn't find that creepy at all.
[via Heydays who did some fine work on Berg&Berg's brand identity]
There's a running joke in Ron Howard's film Frost/Nixon where the sartorially inept Nixon expresses his preoccupation with David Frost's Gucci Loafers, at one point asking: "You don't find them too... effeminate? I guess someone in your field can get away with it."
Well now any man can "get away with it" with the muscular outline of these hand crafted Mabus Loafers by Mr. B's for Aldo (pictured above). Or if there's any remaining hint of masculine deficiency it will be completely stamped out with their rugged Woodand high-top boots.
[via Dry who developed the brand identity of Mr. B's for Aldo. Nice work.]
Now let's see...
- Pocket knife? Check
- Scissors? Check
- Nail file? Sure thing - Check
- 1TB SSD with 96x48 LCD screen, 256 AES Encryption, USB2/3, eSATA II/III, 220MB/s read, 150MB/s write? Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, Check, CHECK!
Just take our money now dammit!
- Sadly not available yet. Keep an eye out on the Victorinox website, in the meantime perhaps you'd like this Victorinox Multi-Tool with Frick'in Laser Pointer!
- The black case you can see in the picture above is an optional travel case for the SSD so you can take it on the plane with you. Check!
The Bell & Ross aviation collection features some seriously manly looking watches. None more so than the BR 01-92 Heritage. Bell & Ross designers sought inspiration from aircraft control panels for the design of this collection resulting in a highly legible display. Perfect for clutch situations when you don't have a moment to spare!
If a gold Montblanc is the pinnacle of high class penmanship, this yellow Lamy Safari is tawdry, ribald pen porn.
Here's a pen that says "take me in your fingers, write with me!".
The Safari is one of Lamy's Young Writing range, it was designed to be used by German students and as such it is marvellously robust, it's not for signing million dollar checks it's built for workaday writing, and looking cool while doing it.
Coupled with the Lamy Z24 Converter, it can take your favorite color ink. We recommend this J.Herbin 1670 Anniversary Rough Hematite. The yellow Safari smoothly issuing forth the earthy rich red ink is a sensual combination.
Oh and you must get the yellow version as pictured above1, this kind of yellow can only look good on design classics. Think of it as Ferrari yellow, in fact the scoops, edges and curves of the Lamy are strongly evocative of the Enzo's body, no?
- Photo credit: Cog Log Lab. under Flickr Creative Commons
Chris Johannesen and Jessica Alvarado handmake this rustic leather keychain which features a nickel silver metal plate engraved with the latitude & longitude of your own special place on earth1.
You could use the coordinates of your home, if you lose the keys there's a chance some do-gooding sleuth will return them to your door... or a not so do-gooding thief may simply stakeout your address and let themselves in while you're out. Oops.
A safer option maybe to engrave the coordinates of the local police station.
A friskier option maybe the place where you lost your virginity! But don't be surprised if nobody returns the keys to that unremarkable copse of trees next to the highway exit...
Wherever you choose, Chris and Jessica will make it for you no questions asked. They also offer different options for the color of the leather dye and the metal plate (copper, nickel or brass)
If you need help finding some specific latitude & longitude they suggest using this World Atlas2.
- You must be just dying to know where in the world is 38°33′N / 90°20′W... The answer is Grantwood Village, Missouri - population 863 and home to the Ulysses S. Grant National History Site
- The one place you won't find in the Atlas are the coordinates to my heart...
Ian Poulter's erotic logo is stamped into the button right above your crotch on these handsome tartan golf shorts.
Tartan aficionados can take comfort in knowing that Ian Poulter tartan is registered under the Scottish Tartan Authority, a starchy group of Scottish elders who meet at the pub every Friday night to swap jokes on all manner of subject except tartan, about which they are deadly serious.
Quite simply Steve McQueen was the King of Cool. In this iconic photo from LIFE he's sporting sandshoes/no socks, rugged shirt, Rolex (note: worn on right wrist) and his trademark Persol sunglasses - still as cool today as ever.
Oh yes, and he's also pointing a 357 Magnum at someone, presumably because that Coors sitting on the table is empty and he needs a refill.
Field Notes pocket memo books are standard issue at Quintessential Cool. Our daily cool reconnaissance is always carried out with Field Notes in hand. The “American Tradesman” edition features Field Notes usual Futura typeface set in Metallic Silver on an Indigo Blue background.
While the natural resting place of the original Field Notes is the breast pocket of khaki safari shirt, these American Tradesman Field Notes look to be more at home roughly stuffed into the top pocket of a pair of overalls. These are a limited edition release and appear to already be sold out on Field Notes own website, but Amazon is still listing them as "In Stock", get them quick!
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