- Rent an Airstream and then tow it across the American West. [Wall Street Journal]
- Apparently a lot of people buy bespoke boxer shorts. [Bloomberg]
- Logistics! Inside one of Amazon’s massive fulfillment centers. [It's Nice That]
- It’s strange to say, but the world needs more hand writing. [Handwriting by Dunhill]
- Weekend bags for all possible adventures. [Kempt]
- Selections for employment with the TVA at Stiner’s store c.1933. [Shorpy] [Pictured]
The Barbour repair shop is tucked away in a comparatively small room at the back of the main factory in South Shields, England. It’s a relatively calm space when you consider the frenetic energy that fills the factory floor not too far away. Upon entry, you immediately notice the racks and racks of well-worn old Barbour jackets that have been sent in for repair. In some cases it’s just a minor fix or re-waxing, in other cases are life or death and major surgery is required. The casual observer would say: “Why go to all the trouble just to save some old ratty coat?’ While those of us who know better would instruct the men and women of the Barbour repair shop to “please do all you can to save her”.
While a guest of Barbour at the factory, the ladies in the repair shop noticed the two torn pockets on my 10-year-old Bedale (don’t walk your dog on a leash with your hands in your pockets) and offered to fix my jacket on the spot. Before you know it, my jacket was on a table getting the snaps cut off with pliers and open heart surgery was underway. They promised me everything would be back in action in a few hours.
In 2008 Benjamin Clymer took an interest in a mechanical watch that his grandfather had given him and turned it into Hodinkee.com, a site that has become one of the key watch publications. Prior to Hodinkee there was a very limited amount of watch editorial online, so in many ways Clymer and Hodinkee created a genre that pioneered a new medium.
It all started while he was pursuing a career that he eventually realized wasn’t the right fit, so Clymer did what a lot of people want to do: quit his job and turned his hobby into a full-time profession. In the time since then, Hodinkee has become a tour de force and has left an unquestionable mark on the watch world.
In partnership with Timberland, we spent the day with Benjamin Clymer in his Hodinkee HQ and took a trip together to the incredible shop Madison Time to see how an appreciation of aesthetics, style and craftsmanship shapes the day of someone who’s obsessed with the arts & sciences of time.
There are two types of places on this earth: The Club at Kukui`ula and everything else.
This is the place to go with a group of friends when you want to truly experience the good life. Located on the lush island of Kauaʻi, “The Club” as I endearingly call it, is the place to go for the perfect vacation. Situated on the south shore of the island not far from Poipu, there are 15 Club Cottages (with options for 3-4 bedroom villas) that give the renter rights to all of the membership privileges that Kukui`ula has to offer. This is significant because the club is private and the only way you can get access is by renting one of these cottages or by owning property in the development. This is also significant because Kukui`ula is as nice of a resort as I have ever been too.
- Freeman’s Sporting Club takes Tokyo. [FSC] [Pictured]
- The business of Sriracha. [Los Angeles Times]
- “Trouble Will Find Me” [The National] [Music]
- America’s next great consumer product: weed. Devin Friedman investigates. [GQ]
- Andy Spade gets some skin in the sleepwear game. [Sleepy Jones]
Eddie Bauer —the original expedition outfitter of American Everest explorers— recently sent a team of mountaineers to return to the deadly peak’s West Ridge to commemorate the historic anniversary of the 1963 climb of Jim Whittaker who is credited as the first American to summit the world’s tallest peak.
The short video below helps tell the story of the first Americans to stand on the summit. Eddie Bauer also created this beautiful web feature that highlights the adventure that Whittaker and his comrades shared, along with the gear that took both the 1963 team and the 2013 teams to the top.