Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aporta F/W 2012

Aporta designs are handcrafted in Chicago by founder Noelle Sharp, a skilled third-generation knitter and weaver. Since 2008, she's been making scarves, cowls, beanies, stoles, and hankies from handpicked fibers. Below are the images from the most recent lookbook.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Stefano Ricci Yacht Interiors for Benetti

Stefano Ricci, the Italian luxury brand, is expanding its offerings to include interiors for super yachts. With the support of the Florentine yacht designer Luca Dini, Stefano Ricci has developed a project for a 230-foot (72-meter) mega yacht from the Benetti custom line, designed to cater to the requirements of a high-end clientele and inserted into the Benetti Design Innovation project. The project will be presented at the 22nd  edition of the Monaco Yacht Show, the most prestigious boat show in the world. The full compliment of pics is available after the jump.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stone Island Archivio '982 -- '012 | The Book

Iconic Italian brand Stone Island, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, is releasing a book that beautifully illustrates its story. Over 300 images of garments were selected from an archive of over 20,000, and there is plenty of information about Stone Island's unceasing experimentation with sophisticated dye formulas, the manipulation of textiles, and the stylistic and functional research behind the clothes. A slick volume from one of your favorite brands. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Dr. Catherine Collautt on Marie Forleo

One of your dearest friends, Dr. Catherine Collautt, recently spoke with Marie Forleo, a bestselling author, internet superstar, entrepreneur, and dancer/choreographer. Marie frequently has guests on her web TV program to talk about, basically, how to live life to the fullest. In this installment, Cath, an Oxford-educated metaphysician and manifesting consultant, drops some knowledge about the subconscious mind. 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monster Inspiration Headphones

As someone who loves listening to music, you’re thrilled for the opportunity to link up with Monster in order to put a pair of their Inspiration headphones to the test. For the record, you like to think you know what sounds good, but by no stretch of the imagination are you equipped to discuss technical merits like frequency response, optimum impedance, or ambient noise attenuation. You apologize to all the hardcore audiophiles.

Founded in 1969, Monster is best known for making top-notch cables to connect audio and visual components; however, in recent years the brand made quite a splash in the headphone game. Actually, it can be argued that Monster is in large part responsible for the existence of said game. In 2008, Monster and rapper/producer Dr. Dre released Beats by Dr. Dre, which set off the explosion of headphones as fashionable accessory. With their sleek design, thumping bass, and high-end price point, the Beats represented a significant shift in headphone usage and audience.
With the partnership between Monster and Dr. Dre dissolving in January 2012, Monster released its own line of headphones. There’s no drop-off in style, as the Inspiration over-ear model is available in several different base colors (black, white, and silver) and can be customized with any number of magnetic headbands. The fashion-conscious folks will be stoked. As will the jet-setters. The Inspirations are easily foldable for travel and come with a cleaning cloth and leather case. They also come with three 3.5mm interchangeable cables, two of which (one for Apple and one for Android devices) have built-in remote controls for taking calls and controlling playback of music.

Looking crispy is all well and good, but you’re also wearing these jawns to pipe in the tunes, so it’s of the utmost importance to you that they sound amazing. And they do. You continue to be impressed with the overall audio quality. Inspirations are equipped with active noise-cancelling (powered by two AAA batteries, which are included), though they sound better than most headphones even with the feature turned off. This is obviously excellent for when you're on a long flight and they run out of juice. However, with the noise-cancelling switch flicked on, there’s a noticeable boost in performance.

The Inspirations’ overall sound is more balanced than the bass-heavy Beats Studio model, with which you’re familiar. Where the Beats excelled bumping hip-hop and similar beat-driven genres, the Inspirations cover significantly more ground. You delightfully spun through everything from classical to folk to indie pop to rap. The sound was bright, clear, and sharp with no discernable distortion. You're hardly going out on a limb to say these are a worthwhile investment. 
Big thanks to models Jacob and Duncan.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Warby Parker | Fall 2012 Collection

When you're asked to recommend eyeglass frames, it's easy to see why you're quick to point to Warby Parker. They're changing the game when it comes to buying glasses, and they're doing it with a seriously sharp vision that includes significant work for charity. Their newest offerings for fall are now available online. As always, every pair is $95 and includes anti-reflective prescription lenses.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

InAisce S/S 2013

You'd wear InAisce in a futuristic second. You've gone on about Jona's designs before, but the latest "excursion" images of the Spring/Summer 2013 collection are fantastical in a this-will-tide-you-over-til-The-Hobbit kinda way. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Edwin | "W.F.W.H.F." Fall/Winter 2012

Somehow this one got lost for a couple days in the inbox, but you're extremely thankful it's found. Edwin, a tough as nails denim original that's been front-running in the industry since 1947, just released a short film. It documents a road test of the 2012 Fall/Winter collection. A group of friends got together in the colder climes of  the Peak District in the U.K., brought their vintage BMW motorcycles and a 1974 BMW 1502, and took in some beautiful vistas. It's a brilliantly made video that perfectly represents what Edwin is about: hard-wearing, utilitarian products that look great.   

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Outlier | Ultralight Blazer

It was only a matter of time until Outlier made a blazer. And it appears to have all the levels of technical advancement you've come to expect from the Brooklyn-based clothier, including four-way stretch and resistance to water and abrasion. Oh, and functional cuff buttons. Available in navy and gray.