For the first time ever, we’ve teamed up with a hotel on the Gear Grid. The choice was simple, our go-to digs in Seattle — Kimpton Palladian. Located on the seam of Belltown, and a quick walk to Pike Place, the hotel is masculine-chic with luxe amenities and an edgy design. BOOK NOW for a daily $30 dining credit. You’ll need a fresh bite and bold cocktail before you hit the concrete in one of the coolest cities in America.
The industrial brass design of the Craighill Closed Helix Keyring is everything you, your keys, and the former dungeon master could’ve hoped for. The solid brass helix is secured with twist-off caps and with a rotation of the knurled side, it’s an easy addition or removal for your keys. The Closed Helix is designed in Brooklyn, made in Ohio, and will be a standout amongst your EDC. The Craighill Closed Helix Keyring defines simplified elegance with the durability to outlast the keys it holds.
The Peak Design Everday Sling 10L is the minimalist your day-to-day adventures have been looking for. The padded cross shoulder strap has a quick-adjuster to batten down the hatches when life gets exciting and effortlessly loosens to access your gear. The 10L Everday Sling has a 13” laptop sleeve, room for a solid 12-er of cold snacks (aka beer), and with a waterproof shell, the library of your EDC will be safe and sound. On a hike, to and from the office, or jet setting from here to there, the Peak Design Everday v2 Sling 10L is everything the adventure calls for.
When Automatic for the People first dropped, guitarist Peter Buck warned: “it doesn’t sound a whole lot like us.” This was exciting and alluring to a band on their eighth album and one of the biggest names on the scene in 1992—things were destined to shift into different creative parallels, and they did. The album is widely known as R.E.M.’s passage into their elder stage led by the haunting lyrics of then newly bald Michael Stipe. It’s largely acoustic, and features string parts arranged by Led Zeppelin’s own John Paul Jones. Hit’s like Drive, Ignoreland, Nightswimming, and Man on the Moon created a deeper identity to who R.E.M. was in the ’90s, and assisted in the beautifully intricate sense of who they are when listened to today.
This coffee table read is for adventure seekers who aim to cross paths of latitude and longitude in our wild world, and remain curious about what the planet looks like today. A graphic-centric mind will connect to its visual exploration, while Around the Worlds’ pages deliver more than a deeper understanding of topography and geographies, but also key local and global developments of the twenty-first century, offering classic facts about nature, history, population, culture, and politics. Created for those who are curious about our world and the unique people that live within it, this modern atlas will spend more time with its covers open than closed.
Stitched in the U.S.A with the endurance and durability to fight off the backyard Minnesota weather, the Tellason Clampdown Work Shirt is the answer to life’s apparel question mark. The selvedge denim lining, corozo buttons, and double chest pocket welcome continuous adventure and combine to be a perfect work shirt. The Tellason Clampdown Work Shirt is a recycled workhorse from Faribault’s Utility blankets, leftover virgin wool, and sewing scraps spun into a unique look that beckons attention. Throw it on morning, noon, and night with the intent to #hittheconcrete.
Made from zinc alloy in an antique brass finish, the Hands Off Lighter Case from our pals at P&Co is the perfect novelty item for the home or to toss in any jacket pocket. It’s a clutch enhancement for an everyday carry flame and sure to spark some conversation or just the cabin fireplace on a cold January night.
Because sometimes you’re not hitting the concrete, you’re tearing up the slopes in Tahoe, hiking Mt. Whitney, dirt biking through the Pacific Northwest and off-roading in Texas. For those days, you need a pack to match. This Filson bag may be the toughest on the market. Highly weather-resistant, nylon construction with double reinforced bottom, and plenty of pockets for anything you may need on the rouge journey ahead.
The new year always brings inspiration and motivation, this one especially — being a new decade. The Journal by our friends at MindJournal is a game-changer. This book is created for gents that are eager to transform their lives, accomplish goals, and chase dreams. With powerful features such as a Check-in tool, 3 months of journaling, 30 life-changing exercises, and 3 stages of self-discovery you’ll quickly be able to reduce stress, increase happiness and have higher productivity. Chase dreams not Tinder swipes. Happy New Year!
Saturday Spin: The album where Tom Waits becomes Tom Waits—the first ripple into the intricate, entertaining, and oddly alluring journey of his career. In 1983 Swordfishtrombones was released to rattle the notion of Waits raspy, graveled, sandpaper sound, and pulled the curtains open to the strange, eccentric musician. Tracks like Sixteen Shells from a Thirty-Ought Six, the offbeat In the Neighborhood, and the poetic spoken Franks Wild Years help define the unique album as perhaps Waits’ best work, and unbolted the door to his howling allure.
Born-Free is a collaboration of the machine and human interaction. Coined as “The Woodstock of motorcycle shows”, the event is a community of engine revving, backroad talking, motorcycle lovers. The shared passion for building and riding is the leather thread that loops these rouge warriors together. The book, details photography from this vintage bike, gasoline loving celebration.
The merino wool blanket from Faribault features five cities across the US—Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, and San Francisco. This throw is exactly what CYTIES is about. Inspired by vintage street maps and intricately woven, it’s a fine work of city art. Toss it on a chair to enhance your home decor, or take it on a road trip to the mountains to cozy up during these colder months while still repping the city you love—we’re all about this blanket.
After the success of the Instagram giveaway, we felt it was only right to feature Big D Speedshop’s Indian Belt Buckle on the Grid. A 70’s inspired handcasted bronze belt buckle that moonlights as a bottle opener when in need. Never will a cold drink go unopened, and never, and we mean never will your waistline not be living in style.
Big things come in small packages, and that’s exactly what the Matador Freerain24 2.0 Packable Backpack is all about. Weighing in at a mere 6.6oz, the Freerain24 packs more technical features than bags four times its size. It’s waterproof, internally seam-sealed, and a detachable rolltop storage bag is optimized for a quick getaway. The Freerain24 2.0 is the bag you’ll reach for when adventure calls, but because it packs away into its own pint-size bag, you’ll be ready at a moment’s notice.
Why not see the world through Dark Smoke CR-39 lenses? RAEN—made in California— puts intelligent use to premium materials, bringing to life carefully crafted, meticulously designed, fashion-driven eyewear. The Aren’s subtle angular frame adds a modern design to a classic silhouette, as the temple lines remind us of the eye-candy curvature similar to the hood of a classic black sports car. Fashioned with five barrel hinges and a wire core, the Aren’s will stand the test of time, filtering the light for all your epic views and serving as the go-to pair of sunglasses in a personal collection.
17 Jan Concepción Studios: No Country For Old Men / $20
Concepción Studios: No Country For Old Men / $20
Chigurh: Yes, you did. You’ve been putting it up your whole life. You just didn’t know it. You know what date is on this coin? Proprietor: No. Chigurh: 1958. It’s been traveling 22 years to get here. And now it’s here. And it’s either heads or tails, and you have to say. Call it. Proprietor: Well, look…I need to know what I stand to win. Chigurh: Everything. Proprietor: …How’s that? Chigurh: You stand to win everything. Call it. Proprietor: All right. Heads, then.
This iconic record that came out in 2009 has on more than one occasion found its way to the big screen. 15 times to be exact, if you count video game appearances. With classic tracks like “Sixteen”, “How You Like Me Now?” and “Short Change Radio”, this record is a must spin and easy needle drop when your company comes a-calling’ and the whiskey breaks the chains from the liquor cabinet.
Dieter Rams is widely considered one of the most significant industrial designers of the twentieth century. Most everything he produced or designed is regarded as an absolute classic. This revised edition of Less but Better showcases why Dieter’s approach to design will be relevant for the foreseeable future and generations to come. Cover to back, the pages are a journey through ideas and criteria, displaying the evolution of product design and culture, which serve as a benchmark today.
“Good design is environmentally friendly. And last but not least, good design is as little design as possible.”
A super limited batch, the sixth generation U1-FN is available by our friends at Huckberry. If you’re a fan of Dive watches, we wouldn’t let the clock run out on this one. Handcrafted in Italy and powered by Japanese-made Seiko automatic mechanical movement, this sleek black watch by Unimatic will have you feeling like you just got out of your meeting with Q.
Combining innovation in design, power, and hygiene, the Lawn Mower 3.0 by MANSCAPED is the perfect tool for accomplishing a safe, easy and satisfying manscaped job. Featuring an upgraded 7,000 RPM motor with QuietStroke™ Technology and a replaceable ceramic blade with Advanced SkinSafe™ Technology, the Lawn Mower 3.0 easily navigates coarse and curly hair, while preventing nicks and snags. Designed with a soft curved shape and a soft-touch power grip for non-slip grooming, the Lawn Mower 3.0 also contains a premium 600mAh Lithium-Ion battery for up to 90-minutes of battery life.
Think of the meticulous detail that goes into distilling and aging a fine whiskey, shouldn’t it be given the royal treatment it deserves when it’s poured from the bottle and into your glass? This handblown set from Terrane is one of the most unique in the nation, made in the Appalachian Mountains. Made in small batches and uniquely one-of-a-kind, each piece of Terrane glassware will be the centerpiece to any home bar, adding an extra level of individualized care to a crafted cocktail via the personal collection.
So, there you are, buying this rad keychain, but then attaching generic apartment keys to it. Ask yourself, are people judging your keys…? It depends on the person. But we can guarantee one thing, to the meticulous purveyors of style, it’s all about the details, and those details extend to the dangling keys around your favorite new brass, leather or maybe even magnetic keychain. The masterkey multi-tool is all dressed up like the rest of your unlocking devices but is actually only an aluminum cousin. Part Hex wrench, bottle opener, spoke wrench, and 1″ ruler it will be the most functional essential on your everyday carry.
All-natural and simple odor-fighting deodorant developed to withstand the demands of demanding tasks. This stick from HWG Provisions is non-irritating and contains a sensitive skin formula using natural smoothing emollients like Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, and nourishing Vitamin E. Easy to pack and goes on easy, it keeps you smelling like fresh pinewood all day for, helping to attack to the tasks of every kind of hardworking gentleman.
The ninth studio album from Ol’ Blue Eyes creates a beautiful narrative of stark loneliness centered around heartbreak. The record is a soundtrack for the trials and tribulations of love affairs, with a riveting start: “In the wee small hours of the morning, while the whole wide world is asleep, you lie awake and think about the girl…” For a man that soon began to sing about the luxury of life after this album, it’s a heavy look into Sinatra’s wee hours as a vulnerable man.
Dennis Hopper was one hell of a badass. He conquered roles as an actor, spent life as a husband and father, and when he felt the artistic surge hit, he was a notable photographer. Editor and designer Michael Schmelling has selected more than 100 photographs from Hopper’s archive—most of them unpublished—for this intimate picture book. Each photograph tells its own story, an authentic look into life, and the frozen seconds of living it, with grit and beauty. Each page is a display of Hopper’s inquisitive eye, which is evident in the archive, was never at rest to capture the curiosities around him.
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.