01 MarFast Forward: The World's Most Unique Cars / $40
Fast Forward: The World's Most Unique Cars / $40
With this lightning bolt of a book by Jan Karl Baedeker, your coffee table didn’t just get a paint job, but a whole new engine. Houseguests won’t be able to put it down, your significant other—who previously had no interest in automobiles—will start asking questions, maybe even looking at you a little differently… Fast Forward details the history of concept cars, to the unseen models, to the public designs that shook the minds of car enthusiasts all around the globe.
Minimal, sleek, and hidden amongst your vents, the drift co rove is the EDC for your car. Whether you’re on a familiar path or navigating the road less traveled, rove was created to make your journey more enjoyable. It’s a vent clip with functionality and fresh scents that are always phthalate free while boasting the power to fight off last night’s Taco Bell run. So when it comes time for date night or the drive home after a weekend of car camping, let the rove tackle the stank and compliment that mixtape you’ve been working on for weeks.
Surely you have your favorite beverage within an arms reach of your right now, but the question remains, does your vessel do the drink justice. With the ability to keep your drink cold for 24 hrs or hot for 14 hrs, the Welly Traveler is optimal for liquid consumption and enjoyment. The minimal design elevates the triple-walled, vacuum-insulated bottle with a removable infuser and sleek loop cap. The wide mouth is ice cube friendly and the Traveler comes standard with a slip-proof base that deters the slipperiest of surfaces. Simply, this is a bottle to add to your EDC.
There is absolutely no better time than now then to keep those palms soaked up with suds and water. We’ve teamed up with our choice men’s grooming brand Hudson Made for an exclusive offer on The Workers Box. Grab the set for yourself, or gift it to the worker who needs a little luxury in their lives, no excuse not to stay So Fresh and So Clean.
From the North and the Great Lakes comes Beachway Boardshorts just in time for spring break. The Beachway features an entirely new design fusing together the clean look of a board short with the comfort of an elastic waistband. Made from the same eco-friendly blend of recycled polyester and elastane as the Lakeshore Trunks, these are designed with the active guy in mind. Water skiing, wake surfing, tubing or sailing, these trunks will hold up to nearly any adventure you find yourself on.
Two is almost always better than one and the Faherty Reversible Bondi Jacket certainly proves the former. The updated chambray wash on the denim-style side is matched by the subtle flare of the Aleutian Islands. It’s a proven favorite from coast to coast and with the surf in the distance, the snap button closure is the ultimate cutback when you hit the concrete. The Jacket is rugged and soft, light and warm, and above all else, an outright versatile piece. And when it’s hanging in your closet, the biggest question of the day is which side are you going to present to the world?
No record collection is complete without at least one album by Neil Young. Harvest is the Canadian musician’s fourth studio album and features two of Young’s most popular songs, Heart of Gold and Old Man. This was the single most selling album in 1972 and for good reason as it influenced country rock music for decades to come. Drop this one on the phonograph and your Saturday is set.
08 MarBlue Blooded: Denim Hunters and Jeans Culture / $39
Blue Blooded: Denim Hunters and Jeans Culture / $39
This read is brought to you by Thomas Stege Bojer, the mind behind Denimhunters. Blue Bludded explores the world of denim and dives into how jeans are equal parts subculture and establishment—worn both for work and fashion. It also explores the cultural history of what may be the most recognized and favored item of clothing in modern history.
09 MarChrome Industries Citizen Messenger Bag / $140
Chrome Industries Citizen Messenger Bag / $140
As a Citizen, you deserve a quality bag and that is exactly what Chrome Industries intends to deliver. The Citizen Messenger is the OG with Chrome’s iconic buckle. It’s got the size and the pockets to handle just about anything you throw at it and simultaneously will double as your new EDC carryall. It’s built for urban adventure with stabilized shoulder strap, dedicated laptop sleeve, reflective compression straps when the sun drops below the horizon, and because quenching your thirst is important, the quick-release buckle has a built-in bottle opener. The Citizen Messenger Bag is for those who never turn down an adventure and need their gear in tow.
There’s one simple reason the Taylor Stitch Jack Shirt is called the everyday oxford; it can be worn pretty much every single day. The Jack Shirt stems from the TS Essentials Collection and is a shirt that should always be in your closet ready for any adventure. The Jack Shirt has a tailored fit with a triple button collar. 7 years in the making, this everyday oxford is suited for casual and formal exploration. It’s 100% cotton, has a single rounded chest pocket, and is a little shorter than others for the perfect untucked looked. When your hi-tops are laced, the TS Jack Shirt is stitched to hit the concrete.
The 1844 Boys Axe is the smallest conventionally sized axe in the Classic line, and light enough for almost any user to handle comfortably. Slightly too big to carry along on weight-conscious backpacking trips, the 1844 Boys Axe is better used as a base camp axe, or for longer excursions where it can be stowed in a canoe, raft, or vehicle. Axes of this class are commonly referred to as “boy’s axes” due to their small size, but don’t let the designation fool you. The 1844 Boys Axe is a great starter axe that often becomes a favorite among seasoned axe users. It is ideal for light cutting work and felling small trees. The head is buffed and polished to a highly reflective finish that reduces cutting friction and improves rust resistance.
The C.C.F. Bomber Jacket is made of wind- and abrasion-resistant cotton duck canvas and outfitted with a hip-length cut for mobility and non-stop exploration. It’s called a Bomber because it’s indestructive against the elements and fashion faux pas is not something that will ever be uttered. It’s stocked with scoop entry hand pockets, rib-knit collar, cuffs and waist, and riveted triple-stitching at the stress points. The Filson Bomber Jacket will transcend through the seasons, hours of the day and will never shy away from life’s great mysteries.
Meet the Rome Boot, the most anticipated and versatile TAFT boot, ranging from formal attire to casual wear. No expense was spared on this boot and the comfort and quality will shine from the moment you put them on. This is a boot that loves the office hallways as much as the city streets and when it’s paired with the proper attire, there will be nothing getting in your way. This is your chance to lace up a quality boot that amplifies style for all those who choose to hit the concrete and Rome.
Today’s Saturday Spin is simply dedicated to some feel-good vibes amidst the current state of affairs. Though you might be shacked up at home, we encourage you to drop the needle on this classic from Paul Simon and head to Graceland. The album was Simon’s seventh solo album and took home a slew of Grammy’s in 1987. From front to back it’s instilled with unique African elements, evoking a fresh and open-air feel to its smooth sounds and well-thought lyrics. Exhale, wash those hands, and enjoy the weekend wherever you may be.
Staying indoors and relaxing calls for some quiet visual stimulations. Look Inside explores subjects of architecture, anatomy, and vehicles, and pulls away the first shell to understand the workings of such intricate instruments and objects. Flip through for infographics that cut up or take apart the subjects and make them transparent, resulting in cross-sections and interior views with detailed layers. The book also explores how even 28,000 years ago, humans had a fascination with how things internally work, which has driven our curiosity since. Dive within to travel inside worlds that range from a beaver lodge to an arctic landscape.
A classic from Topo Designs, the Daypack is the stylish silhouette ideal travel, adventure, and a pack mule for whatever the day entails. With a laptop sleeve, it’s great as an everyday work bag, yet it has enough room for extra layers when the day starts and ends in the dark. Natural leather lash tabs are perfect for securing extra gear and few carabiners for style points. Designed on the outskirts of the Rockies and stitched in the USA, the Topo Daypack demands exploration.
The Los Pepes x Espinoza’s Vest may not have sleeves, but hiding in the seven pockets is the necessity for more torque than most can handle. The vest is methodically designed, visually minimalistic, and as versatile as it is well made. Japanese waxed canvas, cordura lined seams, extended back kicker and dual gear snap loops offer the wearer plenty of options regardless of the day’s destination. Made by hand in DTLA, the Los Pepes x Espinoza Vest will patina with time and only get better with each wear.
When out and about, in the woods, on the beach, or wherever you may find yourself, there is good possibility thirst will become an issue and that’s why you need to carry the YETI Hopper Flip 8. The Hopper Flip is all things YETI, but concise in size it becomes an EDC cooler. It holds 8 cans of beer with enough ice and insulation to keep ‘em cold well beyond their lifespan. The exterior is waterproof, the interior is scientifically proven to keep anything and everything cold, and the zipper keeps a waterproof seal just in case that ice starts to melt. The YETI Hopper Flip 8 will prove to be just as important as your hightops in the daily game of life.
Fit your cash, coins, and up to eleven cards into the slim profile of the Bellroy Note Sleeve. Store flat bills with ease and quickly access your cards when the stacks won’t get it done. And because coins are still a thing, there’s even a designated pouch that doubles as a business card protector. The Bellroy Note Sleeve will hold anywhere from 4 to 11 cards, is RFID protected and when you’re rolling in it, this is a billfold that’s ready to make it rain.
The Outerknown S.E.A. JEANS are crafted with the highest possible ethical and environmental standards. The denim comes from a mill in Milan and is later sewn in the leading sustainable denim factory on the planet. The S.E.A JEANS are guaranteed for life, no matter how you break them, Outerknown will replace them. And if your JEANS have gone out back with Old Yeller, send them back to be up-cycled for the greater cause. These JEANS are perfect for the guy who’s looking for a little more style as he jets across the globe and hits the concrete.
In 2015 Lord Huron hit us with his second album, Strange Trails. It was an indie-rock hit then but seems more fitting for today. The album feels like a haunting race against time as it reflects the songwriter’s excursion of life’s journies. Today, the date is 3/21/20 and instead of finding a bar stool at our local haunt, going to dinner with someone special, many of us are home, on self-isolation. Truly, a strange trail that we find ourselves crossing. Let this vinyl spin, and look for presence and joy on this wild global ride.
There probably hasn’t been a more crucial time for your coffee table read collection. The beauty is, with the power of the interwebs you can order up and add to it as we speak, included in the stack should be The Tale of Tomorrow. Retro and futuristic, the pages offer visuals that explore the magnificent themes of architecture, having you wondering why we stopped designing as we did in the 1960s and 1970s. The book unveils radical ideas that transformed into visionary structures such as The House of the Century or the TWA terminal. It’s a look into the past that feels extremely futuristic.
A hat can be the cherry on top to any assemble you walk out the door with and when that cap is the Tinlid Co Black Muir, it’s on like donkey kong. The Muir Hat is made out of recycled plastic blended with organic cotton for a soft, comfortable fit. The hat has a custom side strap for pencils, pens and maybe a pre-roll. And when you leave your house, know that your Black Muir Hat helped to plant a tree with purchase.
Craighill delivers again with the boldly elegant Wilson Keyring. A simple and efficient keyring, the inherent strength of the wire creates a secure closure. It holds more keys than you will likely ever own, unless you secure a job as a dungeon master, but with a nitrocarburized finish this keyring turns the key in and out of your pocket. The Wilson Keyring is the perfect companion for sus llaves.
Portland, OR based Alpine Division offers quality, design-focused bags and accessories built for the modern outdoor lifestyle.The Timberline Pack boasts a spacious main compartment, 1000D water-resistant nylon, and durable YKK zippers, making it a capable travel companion. And for those who need it on the commute, it’s got a padded laptop sleeve for notebooks up to 15 inches. The Timberline also features exterior zipper pockets for smaller items, water-bottle side pockets, and padded mesh backing for comfort. Tighten down the straps and go find that spot nobody knows about.
Don’t be fooled by the Halden’s classic and casual silhouette, because this boot is waterproof and Peak-to-Pavement adventure ready. It has the styling to match urban exploration and an outsole gripped for when the mountains are calling. The Compression EVA Midsole will keep your feet happy for miles on end and with Forsake born and bred in the Northeast, the Halden is ready for the constantly changing weather. Lace ‘em up and hit the trail… or the concrete.
RAEN might call their Wiley square sunglasses, but there will be no L-7 weenie when you’re hitting the concrete in these specs. Seeking the happy medium of aesthetic and functionality, the Wiley’s lightweight construction is reinforced with metal trim hiding in the shadows of handmade diligence. The Wiley and RAEN Optics rise from the beaches of Oceanside with the intent of disrupting the optical market with affordable, long-lasting eyewear – to the extent that the Cali burrito is still well within your daily budget.
An album that is nearly 45 years old, and still captures the imagination and spirit the same way it did in ’75. Well, the future is now, and we’re living in a very unusual time—one that hasn’t really been experienced before. It just seems like the right chance to turn up Born to Run and sprint around whatever space you are quarantined in. Chances are your neighbors will hear it and join in. Springsteen’s breakout album embraced a lost decade and harkened anthems about the agitated working-class and their rejection of an unequal society—toss on a leather jacket and scream along, no one’s watching.
29 MarCarsten Nicolai: Parallel Lines Cross at Infinity / $55
Carsten Nicolai: Parallel Lines Cross at Infinity / $55
There are scientists, there are artists, and then there is Carsten Nicolai. Parallel Lines at Infinity is a glimpse into one of the most fascinating minds on the planet. The photos depicted in the book showcase 10 years of his artwork in which he uses patterns, codes, grids, mathematical equations, and much more which helps us visualize phenomena that otherwise be invisible to the human eye. Nicolai thinks of the world as his laboratory, and art as his experiments. He is more than an artist or scientist, he is a visual philosopher with a creative soul and scientific ego. This book is an innovative exploration of the artistic chapters of his mind.
When you need all the components of a toolbox in a pocket-sized multi-tool, you reach for the Gerber Armbar Drive. This little bite-sized tool packs the punch with an awl, pry bar, bottle opener, and a 2.5” long driver with a double-sided bit. And just when you think there couldn’t be anything else hiding behind the frame, the Armbar has a one-handed opening blade and scissors. Carry the Armbar with you because you don’t what the day will entail.
This is the everyday tee that you need folded in the dresser or hanging in the closet waiting patiently for adventure. The Pocket Tee has a minimalist design and stitched from super comfy cotton to keep you cool and comfortable all day long. And when the day starts early with coffee and concludes with last call, the Pocket Tee thrives. The chest pocket does bare the Huckberry tree logo for just the right amount of subtle flare and with the right boots and jeans, this tee looks solid steamed or wrinkled.
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.