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We’re liking these melange socks from Inventory Magazine Items. They’re produced by The Superior Labor Company in one of Japan’s most rich textile production towns, Okayama, from a fine blend of cotton and polyester. The socks come in either tan or grey, and are a perfect weight for fall, winter, and spring alike. They’re available for $24 at the Inventory Stockroom.
For the ultimate “why didn’t I think of that?” feeling: Keybrid. The combined ring & key simplifies your keychain and cuts down on the clutter. Keybrid was founded in 2010 after founder Scott Amron made a low-res mock up of the idea and it went viral, leading to 80,000 purchase inquiries. The Keybrid comes in two versions, fitting SC1 and KW1 doors, which make up 95% of front door locks in the United States and Canada. While only the silver key is available currently, the company plans to expand their line to include black, pink, and gold keys in 2012. Each key is $8.99 and is they’re available online at The Keybrid Store.
The classic swiss army knife with a sustainably harvested walnut exterior. Produced by Wenger, one of the two companies that have produced swiss army knives, along with Victorinox.
Knife includes a large blade, serrated-edge scissors, screwdriver for small cross head screws, flat screwdriver with safety lock system, wood saw, cap lifter, wire bender, can opener, nail file, corkscrew, reamer and a key ring.
Nau has another great accessory on their hands with their new Pad Stash. The iPad case is made from die-cut 100% recycled wool felt which insulates and protects your goods while giving you access to the screen. The case also features a few additional pockets to stash your cards and passport. It looks great both open and closed, and even folds into a viewing stand at an angle perfect for typing. The Pad Stash is available now at Nau.com for $75.
Also: Looking for a new wallet? Check out their Herringbone Billfold…
There’s a new kid on the block in the fitted world: Lacer Headwear. Bringing a new level of originality and customizability into a crowded market, they’ve made the unusual move to combine sneakers and caps… And it works. These aren’t knock-off 59Fiftys either; they’re focusing on creating products of only the highest quality. Their first releases will be a Solid Series and a Hoops Series, with colorways from 13 different NBA teams and a few all-color styles to choose from. You’ll be able to match your Lacer to suit your own styles and interests as well, through a series of special lace locks that you’ll be able to purchase on the side. Lacer hats will be dropping this spring; get more info and keep an eye out for updates at Lacer Headwear.
It can be tough to find a simple, good looking bag that isn’t too expensive. Herschel Supply Co. has that problem solved though, offering about five of their bags for less than $60. One of those is the Heritage Backpack. The bag takes on the same silhouette of their Classic, but with the addition of a synthetic leather bottom & a bit of detailing. The bag measures 17˝x13˝x5.5˝ and is fully lined with Herschel’s custom fabric. Their bags sell fast, but it’s still available in black & navy at the Herschel Supply Co. shop.
Since their 2008 debut album Remind Me In 3 Days…, The Knux have slowly gained popularity for their unique electronic/rock-inspired sound. The brothers are at it again, currently working on a new album and an even further-evolved sound. They’ve released a new track titled “She’s So Up” which gives us a taste of the new feel, something they describe as if “The Stones mingled with The Clash, ZZ Top met Joy Division, and The Smiths chopped it up with PM Dawn.” Whatever that means, it’s good. Give it a listen below and head over to TheKnux.com for a free download.
The Knux, She’s So Up:
Check out the music video for the Damien Marley & Nas track Patience. The highly stylized video was directed, shot, and produced by Nabil, who has previously worked with Kanye, Common, Bruno Mars, and plenty others. The video has a few crown & throne moments reminiscent of Kanye’s Power video, but don’t yell “ripoff!” as his official opinion on the piece is “super dope.” If you like the track, make sure to check out the entire album: Distant Relatives.
Draught is a new fine luggage and accessory company out of Missoula, Montana. Drawing inspiration from his past and the surrounding northwest landscape, owner Caesy Oney works with an emphasis on quality, sustainable craftsmanship. They’ve made some great looking gear so far, and we look forward to see their store grow. Each piece is made to order, so you’ll have to contact them with a request. Check out their full collection and get in contact at Drought online.
Design blog idsgn.org has an interesting piece up examining the relationship between the worlds of music and design. They do so through referencing the likes of Justice, Kanye West, and the Gorillaz, who have all crossed between the two fields in one way or another. Regarding Kanye West, they write:
West was a former student at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. There, he studied art and design before hitting it big and inking a deal with Jay-Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records.
Design and art clearly made an enormous impact on West. When Rolling Stone asked in 2006 how he would describe himself, he replied: “a designer.”
The article has some good information that might surprise you about the artists (Kanye also interned for Fendi this summer), and gives a solid look at how the two industries mesh and relate to each other. Give the full thing a read over at idsgn blog.