This weekly feature is a round-up, in conjunction with our friend Tim over at Cool Material, of the hot new products appearing online this week. From fashion tips to cool gadgets and gear, take a look at your new obsessions.
Selvedge Work Shirt
The selvedge work shirt is made with triple needle chainstitch runoff, flat felled yoke and side seams, double button-closure chest pockets, custom domed navy corozo buttons and selvedge accents on the sides where the front and back of the shirt meet. Oh yeah, and they’re made of Japanese selvedge chambray and canvas in weights from five to twelve ounces. Whether you’re behind or desk or on a jobsite, the quality materials, cool details and Made in the USA (California, to be exact) construction make this the perfect workshirt for just about anyone.
Seiko 5 Military Watches
The Seiko 5 has been one of the go-to automatic watches for longer than most of us have been alive (60s, in case you were curious) for a number of reasons. It had high water resistance. It had Hardlex glass that was scratch-resistant. It had a 21 jewel automatic movement. Most importantly, it was affordable. It’s still affordable. It still performs well. The line as a whole has really withstood the test of time. All those things are why it’s the perfect starting point for Matthew Humphries Design (MHD) to make an excellent custom timepiece. Using skills he picked up as the design chief of Morgan Motor Company, Matthew personally handmakes each watch using high-quality components, like Seiko 5 movements and natural veg-tanned cowhide leather, to create limited edition pieces like the one you see here.
Qalo Wedding Band
Wearing your wedding ring while riding your mountain bike, playing sports, or doing a slew of other physical activities is uncomfortable, but showing up at home without one one could end up being far worse. The QALO Ring is your solution. It’s the wedding ring for guys with an active lifestyle. The thick silicone bands come in a few different colors and allow you to be comfortable while still showing the lady in your life you’re committed. They also allow firefighters to wear a ring on the job and let travelers feel a bit better about their ring possibly getting jacked. Besides, weddings are expensive, and this is also a way to save a few bucks.
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Threaded Brass Key Ring Think of this as a modern take on the classic janitor key ring. With room to easily hold at least a dozen keys, the Threaded Brass Key Ring is designed for the guy with far more than just a car key. Each is made in the USA from solid brass so it can stand up to a lifetime of being tossed in your bag, on your nightstand, and twirled around your finger. It has a threaded hex-shaped closure to keep your keys secure, and is available in with or without a black oxide finish.
J Crew Crosby Suit
J. Crew makes some of the best looking, affordable, fashionable menswear clothing on the market, but their suits are all plagued with the same issue–they’re not designed to fit everyone. If you’re not model-sized, the odds are that the suiting offerings from J. Crew are going to be tight in a few key areas. The new Crosby Suit from J. Crew was specially designed with extra room in key areas like the arms, chest and legs, along with having a slightly wider lapel for proportion. It comes in four different styles, and it looks pretty fantastic from what we’ve seen. Don’t take our word for it though, check out New York’s rugby team rocking the Crosby.
Jack Spade Conway Watch
Jack Spade makes affordable good looking timepieces from a designer that most guys like, at a price that we can also all afford. Jack Spade just revamped the Conway for the Fall, and the results are, well, equally awesome. It’s still a 38mm case with an 18mm NATO strap, 5 ATM water-resistance and exposed lugs, but it’s been completely murdered out–except for the new hands that have been decked out in blue for hours, red for minutes and yellow for seconds. Between that color combination and the white day/date, it’s one good looking watch that you can wear with just about anything.
Since it was released last year, the Fujifilm X20 has been one of our favorite compact cameras. While the X30 is slightly larger, it does have some noticeable upgrades while still keeping the price in check. It boasts a 12MP 2/3″ X-Trans CMOS sensor, f/2.0-2.8 lens with manual zoom, and an EXR Processor II. It’s also packed with a good-size OLED viewfinder and a 3″ tilting LCD. Like most new cameras, the X30 also comes with built-in WiFi so you can get your precious images up to Instagram ASAP. For a camera that clocks in under $600, it’s a seriously impressive offering from Fujifilm.
USB Device Cables
PlusUs has a new collection of cables for 2014 that fixes all of the typical USB cable problems. Each cable is available in a 10″ or 3.3′ foot length with a Lightning or Micro USB end and hard metal covers on each end. The most notable thing about the cables is obviously the fact that they’re available in a number of leather or denim options. The durable double layer and tangle free cables come in turquoise, red, brown, silver and snakeskin style leather or stitched denim. In addition to looking great, they’re all warrantied for life.