Grabbed your “summer clothes” bin out of the back of your closet only to find a bunch of neatly-folded letdowns? You’re in luck: we’re introducing a new feature for the warm-weather months, aptly named “Summer Stock-Up”. In each post you’ll find five variations on a summer essential—perfect for refreshing your closet (and avoiding future disappointments).
Every year we do the same thing— a week or so into January, we grab the closest notepad or dry-erase board and scribble out “be more organized”, with only the vaguest notion of what that means or how it could be accomplished. No wonder we never seem to get it done. This year, we’re taking a new approach, by outfitting ourselves with these remarkably useful pouches from Collected Works Co. With three sizes available (plus a rucksack and even a genius canteen-inspired laptop cord pouch), there’s bound to be one that’s perfect for whatever bits and bobs are making your life a mess. Plus, they’re made here in the USA from waxed canvas with solid brass snaps, so you can cross “buy American-made” off your list of resolutions as well. Now it’s just a matter of starting that workout routine you’ve been talking about. Get it here.
When you were a kid, summer vacation was synonymous with the act of piling the entire family into the station wagon (with snacks, cassette tapes, ill-fated coloring books, the family dog) and heading off to some unknown location. You never even bothered to question why this ritual existed, or paused to wonder if all families observed this compulsory migration every time school let out. Each vacation spot would yield something different, in the end, but your young mind only knew not to expect, not to spoil the unknown with ideas of what would await you when the car finally rolled to a stop. This summer, though it’s certainly been many years since you listened to a cassette tape, travel like that again. Travel without the grown-up’s affectation of knowing what you’ll see before you see it. Toss your camera into this hard-wearing wax canvas bag by Property Of… and resolve to carry it everywhere, not only when you “know” you’ll be seeing something worth photographing. Every part of the vacation is the vacation. You knew that, once. Get it here.
Back in 1996 when Nick Hornby first published High Fidelity, dropping beloved character Rob Fleming into our hearts and forever lodging his snarky internal monologues into our minds, the world was a different place. Computers were, by current standards, inept; Napster hadn’t even happened yet; the most advanced thing you could do with your cell phone regarding music probably involved five pre-loaded ringtones. If Rob was around today, he’d probably live in Portland and grumpily ride a fixie to work every day. But his taste would remain impeccable (that’s the nice thing about characters in books) and that’s why, of course, he’d carry this incredible record tote from Tanner Goods x ACE Hotel. Made of hefty waxed canvas (tough enough to withstand any sympathetic weather you may encounter) with bridle leather accents, it shows that you know your stuff without blatantly exposing you as a snob. Use it to carry around your top five records, your cigs, and the mix tape you’re making for that girl you may be sorta interested in. Get it here.