Imagine a world where David Bowie produces an album, Mick Ronson arranges it, and Lou Reed graces us with his words and voice. Oh, wait, that actually happened. Transformers by Lou Reed (formally known for Velvet Underground) came out in 1972. Bowie — a long time fan of the aforementioned band produced Reed’s debut album and used his fame to help promote it. Now considered an influential landmark on the Glam Rock genre. Let it spin, gents.
We all can’t have Bruce Wayne’s garage, stocked to the brim with all kinds of vintage wheels (although he only really drives one car). But what we can do is have this stylish table read that reveals the undeniable icons of the classic car scene. From exteriors, interiors, to unique stories about rare rides, Gentlemen, Start your Engines! is a valid showcase of authentic car culture from page to page.
The water we drink comes from the land, so drinking from a bottle that is built on the premise of deterring single-use plastic seems like a no-brainer. PATHWATER is bottled water, but what separates them from the pack is the bottle’s composition. Made of infinitely recyclable aluminum, the PATHWATER bottle keeps water colder for longer, is sustainable, affordable, and makes it easy for everyone to make the shift from single-use plastic, once and for all. The design is sleek, the water is pure, locally sourced in California, and runs through a 7 step reverse osmosis filtration process, currently the ultimate in water filtration systems. And because today is Feb 3rd, the day after the Super Bowl, water is just about the only thing you should be putting in your body… why not make it PATHWATER?!?!
A collaboration like no other. Vintage meets wool and they’ve merged into a dome piece that is built to last — created for a lifetime of sun altering, messy hair celebrations. Two of our choice brands, Faribault and Ebbets have Frankenstein’d a hat from 75% recycled wool and just a touch of polyester. Hand sewn in the USA, this six-panel, standard visor cap is non-retriable. Your grandkids are going to love it.
They say black is not a color, well, if that’s the case, then we don’t need colors. Three takeaways from this chic duffle: Ballistic nylon, waterproof and tactical material, easy to carry magnetic strap. Load it up with James Bond gadgets, clothes for a long weekend, or just daily essentials for the workday. Either way, this colorless bag is cooler than every color in the spectrum.
“You can have any color, as long as it’s black.”—Henry Ford
The Hudson Made Slate Grey Dopp-kit is handmade in Brooklyn with the highest quality of waxed canvas twill. Created with adventure in mind, this classically rugged piece is sturdy enough for all your grooming gear. The sleek grey will match any travel bag or weekender pack, and will undoubtedly be a long-lasting, faithful traveling companion.
Finally, a modern take a snap hook keychain, ladies and gents this is the RMK from ARKTYPE, a gadget you weren’t aware how much you needed until you clip your daily keys on and head out into the world. Handwoven from Type III 550 Paracord in San Francisco, the keychain contains a magnetic clasp, allowing the ease of access to whatever you choose to attach to the end. The magnets are strong, guiding the pieces together and locking securely, never releasing unintentionally. With a black black-oxide HK snap hook, this the ultimate accessory for a man on the move or just the ultimate key master.
With the disbandment of the band Juniper, Damien Rice went on to create a solo career. After meeting second cousin David Arnold, who would send his demo to music publishers, he hit an unsuccessful roadblock. It was then his father loaned him $500 for equipment for a home studio. And just like that O was created, rattling the folk and acoustic rock world. This album is a perfect addition to the Sunday spin and should be paired with a bold glass of red wine or a piping hot cup of coffee.
09 FebLair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains / $47
Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains / $47
Finally, the answer to the lingering question: why do bad guys live in good houses? Lair dives deep into the architecture of the villain, in a compelling and visually stunning book. The pages explore the most iconic villainous lairs of modern theatrics and cinema—diving into the analysis of unique evil spaces. From the silver line work to production design interviews, and into the detailed line drawings including building plans, Lair explores the abodes that are as alluring and seductive as the evil masterminds that inhabit them.
When looking for a wool blanket, why not turn to one of the coldest areas in the US—Minnesota. After all, if anyone knows the frigid weather, it has to be Minnesotans. The Foor Soldier Military Wool Blanket by Fariuabult uses the same sturdy construction as the blankets they’ve been creating for the US Military Acadamy at West Point for over a century. If this blanket is tough enough for our men and women in service, it’s tough enough for you. Consider this a bold salute to a proud tradition.
Time is valuable! Maximizing the Hardworking Gentleman’s daily routine with this simple utilitarian wash to cleanse and energize your hair, beard, and body. A hassle-free clear hair and body wash that cleans and moisturizes with organic aloe leaf and vegetable glycerin. Tailored for hardworking gentlemen that need a simple balanced cleanser to remove dirt and grime without leaving you dry or oily. No fluff or harmful ingredients, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or gluten. This all-natural, organic formula works as hard as you do while leaving you smelling pine fresh and feeling revived for the day.
For all the adventure seekers that need to illuminate the path ahead. With an excellent fit, the BioLite HeadLamp: 200 offers versatile lighting modes with a USB rechargeability. With 40 hours on the “LO” setting, there won’t be a mountain trail that you can’t snowshoe down at any time of the day.
The Origin Selvedge Denim Jacket is a true to size fit, created from 15oz Selvedge Raw Denim and finished with authentic zigzag stitched placket & collar. Believe us, we know better than anyone that traveling and living in denim is the best way to make it your own. With this one, P&Co has birthed a Pheonix that gets stronger with miles and looks cooler it she fades.
A timeless classic that’s made to go the distance — meet your last denim jacket.
A week isn’t a week without a case of the Sunday Scaries. Prepare now, because whether you’re ordering the fine wine for your significant other in honor of Saint Valentine, or your date is solo at the bar with a glass of scotch, it’s these CBD Gummies that you most definitely fall in love with when the heart filled weekend antics are over. Using a proprietary blend of the highest quality broad-spectrum hemp, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D3, Sunday Scaries are like a warm hug and gentle whisper into your ear that “everything is going to be alright.”
What’s the timeframe for when an album becomes a true classic? Hard to believe that this year marks 20 years since Radiohead’s iconic album Kid A graced the airwaves, their fourth studio album which features influences from jazz, 20th-century classical music, and electronic. The LP incorporates drum machines, synthesizers, brass, and strings. Like all great things, it’s grown even better with time. At the turn of the decade, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and Time all hailed Kid A the album of the 2000s.
Ladies and gentlemen, your new favorite tag team, Reigning Champ and Asics. The brands have joined forces to create the GEL-QUANTUM 360 5 TRAIL, a fearless pair of kicks that are a modern trail shoe, constructed to withstand the elements, built to enhance performance and endurance. Each pair features full-length ripstop nylon, shock cord laces for on-the-fly adjustments, and an eye-catching white stitch that can’t help but remind you of a mapped off-road trail. The midnight blue is inspired by the city of Vancouver, the muse for the shoes, cop a pair while you can as they are sure to sell out in cyberspace soon.
A go-to mug constructed with the highest quality copper and finished with a tarnish reducing lacquer. Clip it to your daypack for an iced coffee, or use it at home for one hell of a Kentucky Mule, the enamel-lined interior will keep whatever it contains cool and crisp.
It would seem the times of rolling with stacks on stacks in your pockets have subsided unless your fresh off the set of a music video or hanging with OBJ in the LSU locker room. But never will the necessity for a proper wallet fall especially with the Pioneer Carry Molecule Cardholder and its minimalist design. The Molecule will hold up to 6 CCs in the winged card slots and an opening on top will entertain your folded bills. The construction is stronger than leather and built to outlast any form of currency you intend to carry. The Molecule Cardholder is the slim and duty wallet you need to carry when your intent is to #hittheconcrete.
We’ve all done it, left the pad without the camera only to end up on an epic day adventure from sunrise to sunset that would have been perfect with the ‘ol trusty lens. Enter the HEX DSLR Sling to solve this conundrum instantly. Inside is a set of removable and adjustable padded dividers helping customize to the gear you prefer. The front has a fleece-lined stash for the smartphone and mini tripod straps. Toss it crossbody, over your shoulder, or hell, sport it fanny pack style, the point is your camera is going with you everywhere now—start snappin’.
Sleek, stylish, modern? Not what you’ve come to expect from an activity tracker wrist piece. This handsome, high performing watch by Withings is minimal and advanced all at the same time. It syncs to any Apple or Android device, tracks heart rate, calories, connects to GPS for elevation and pace, and monitors your sleep. A hybrid of minimal style paired with detailed fitness training. Hey, that summer bod ain’t going to come without the hustle.
Gone are the days when you’d let your pants low and stylie persona of your belt has come to be an essential of your daily attire. Thankfully Arcade Belts has stepped to the plate with a line of belts with the versatility to slay lines at Squaw Valley, reel one in from the Gallatin River, and even #hittheconcrete. The Arcade Vision is packed with everything Arcade is known for in an elevated package. Stretchy elastic webbing built to perform and paired with a custom buckle that is light as balsa and strong as metal. This is the belt to simultaneously summit peaks and ink deals in the boardroom… and then hit repeat.
22 FebModest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West / $21
Modest Mouse: The Lonesome Crowded West / $21
At the time of Modest Mouses’ second release in 1997, Seattle had entered a post-grunge era, transforming from a small city built on logging and building airplanes to what it is now, a city ranked in the top 4 for growth for five consecutive years and counting. The Lonesome Crowded West was Mouses’ breakthrough album, still punching and impeding this many years later. Tracks like Trailer Trash, Bankrupt on Selling, and the hammering thrasher Cowboy Dan had Spin ranking the album at number 59 in their list of the 100 greatest albums from 1985–2005. With the cover a photo of the Sheraton downtown Seattle, it’s as if the band knew the sprawl was coming, leaving us an album to always go back to feeling as if you’re smoking a cigarette on a wet lonely curb by a gas station in Queen Anne, gazing at Mount Ranier.
Tattoos now have mass appeal, in fact, it is a multi-million dollar industry that is continuing to climb up the ladder. With art, there always comes unique underground. Forever The New tattoo takes a look inside the innovative, diverse, exciting, world of today’s tattoo culture. The pages showcase the different mediums in which inspire tattoos today, ranging to modern art, fashion, as well as contemporary visual culture. In the end, it’s the ink that tells the story.
Designed in California where the sun is almost always shining, the Pierce is a deep, square, masculine frame for consistent everyday wearability. RAEN offers a taller lens, wider frame and hardware to complement that cool cat you’re looking at in the mirror. The Pierce is an easily accessible frame with the versatility for a morning stroll to get a cup of joe or dial back those UVs after daybreak in the surf. This frame excels when the sun is up and never strays away from being worn at night.
Milled in Wisconsin, coated in Maine, this Ripple Bottle opener by Craighill is the most satisfying bottle opener you’ll ever own. With a wave-like profile and timeless design it will have you cracking bottle after bottle—just to use it more time. If you’re like us and care about the appearance of your in-house bar, the details definitely matter. Bottoms up.
Oofda, it’s still winter in some parts of the world and up north in Minnesota where Askov Finlayson calls home, there is snow in the forecast. And with their efforts to promote “Keep the North Cold”, they also intend to keep the body warm with the Winter Parka. The Parka is the world’s first climate-positive outerwear piece. Constructed for maximum performance and sustainability, it features 100% Recycled Featherless Insulation that will stand up to 20 below temperatures… if you even want to go outside at that point. The Winter Parka was built in the cold, for the cold, and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it’s a show stopper walking down the street.
Hydration is key, especially when you’re on the go. The Travel Tumbler from Kinto checks all the boxes when it comes to design and conscious functionality. The company from Japan takes pride in turning regular day-to-day objects into minimalist works of art, and it’s just what they have done with this modernized canteen. With a double-wall vacuum, it will keep the temperature controlled for whatever liquid you chose to pour is inside. This is one object you won’t be forgetting to take with you each day once you get ahold of it.
Tivoli offers studio worthy-sounds in thoughtful modern designs. Small but mighty, The Cube Speaker packs a punch and can fit anywhere from a bookshelf, dresser, or nightstand. The rear-ported design and class-AB amp is full-range and delivers superior sound that is crisp, clean, and powerful, all with a simple Bluetooth connection. Connect, turn it up, jam out, repeat.
29 FebBack to the Future Motion Picture Soundtrack
Back to the Future Motion Picture Soundtrack
Do you know how rare today is? February 29th is a date that only occurs every four years, serving as a leap day. It’s a corrective measure as the Earth doesn’t orbit the sun precisely in a 365-day span. So essentially today doesn’t normally exist, it’s usually already March 1st which is in the future— our brain hurts. Toss on this vinyl to make sense of it all and cruise around like McFly on this extraordinary day, minus the hoverboard which we are still waiting for, get it together scientists!
The Gear Grid is designed for the CYTIES cavalier, an urban nomad and modern jet-setter who cares deeply about the details. He is a cultured man, and the well-designed objects he wears or carries with him assist in telling his personal story. He’s a hard worker, a free thinker, and most certainly is a world traveler. Check our Gear Grid with new posts every day to discover curated essentials fostered towards the CYTIES man.