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The Smokey Bear Watch

Filson uncovered the true origins of Smokey the Bear when designing their limited edition timepiece that bears Smokey’s friendly yet ominous face. In 1923 a fire swept through Yellowstone National Park leaving behind more than just charred trees. The high winds drove the fire fast enough to catch all manner of wildlife in its wake. Among those affected was a bear, later to be known as Smokey. He ran ahead of the fire trying to find safety and by sheer coincidence ran straight into a ranger station and face to face with a smoke-blackened ranger. Little is known about their encounter except the words left scrawled in the dust by the ranger, “Smokey… bear.” Smokey mauled the ranger and stood steely eyed over his broken body. When the fire burned itself out, Smokey remained intent on stopping further such catastrophes — or so we’re to believe. He donned the ranger’s hat and charged him, Milo Anderson, with the task of preventing wildfires. His exact words were, “Only you can prevent forest fires.” It was a threat, not a call to action. That was a lot of responsibility for poor Milo and as the years went on the adage changed to mean the collective “you” and not the singular as Milo originally heard it. Enter Filson’s Smokey the Bear Watch, a limited edition of 1,000 package, complete with an individually numbered watch and collection of Smokey goodness. Included is a book that tells the story of Smokey Bear* (*may vary slightly from the representation above), a certificate of authenticity and six postcards of reimagined vintage Smokey posters. The watch features a 43mm stainless-steel case, an Argonite 715 quartz movement assembled in Detroit at Shinola’s Watch Factory, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Plus, flip it around to check out the brass PVD plate imprinted with both Filson’s and Smokey Bear’s logos.

Find it at Filson – $1,000

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Trask Brady Chukka

When you combine rich, rugged Horween leather with a clean, classic silhouette, you get a new version of what could be your favorite boot for fall. We’re talking about the Trask Brady Boot, a super-clean take on the more casual chukka. With a leather lining and an Ortholite insole, they combine comfort and style for days in spades. The clay-colored Horween Norwegian elk leather exterior will look just as great after years of wear as it will fresh out of the box, and the stitch-out welt construction adds another layer of durability to a pair of boots that’s ready to wear with light wash denim now and with a crisp wool suit this fall and winter. With styling potential that’s versatile and prepared for anything, this just might be your new favorite pair of chukkas.

Learn more at Trask – $265

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RRL Roughout Suede Watch Strap

Nothing complements a fine timepiece like a bit of contrast. RRL’s Roughout Suede Watch Strap is in a way simultaneously rugged and clean looking, with a nicely cut thin brown calf suede that’s fitted with an antiqued brass buckle and hardware. The 20mm made-in-USA NATO strap also includes two pin buckles to secure your watch, suiting particularly well to narrower vintage models.

Find it at Mr Porter – $125

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Autodromo Stradale Automatic

Unsurprisingly, the Autodromo Stradale Automatic draws inspiration from mid-century Italian sports berlinettas with a white-on-white colorway and clean, easy to read markers. The hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring that’s raised above the rest of the face for an intriguing three-dimensional effect, and the minute and hour hands resemble those on a speedometer, with the former colored bright red. Its stainless steel case is complemented by a custom leather strap plus domed sapphire crystal lenses on the front back, the latter allowing for a view of the Miyota 9015 automatic movement powering the timepiece.

Read more at Autodromo – $875 [via]

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Stantt DataFit Polo

Small, medium, and large do the job for a few, but attaining a perfect fit takes tailoring. Or something like Stantt’s DataFit sizing, originally launched with their button downs. It’s now made its way to the polo as well as the t-shirt, providing 75 distinct sizes for each that better accommodate the dimensions of your actual body and not some loose-fitting, “close enough” standard. Finding yours is as easy as submitting three measurements which they’ll then match to a size with their algorithm. Moreover, each of these shirts is made of super soft and durable 100% pima cotton, both pre-shrunk and with a reinforced collar on the polo. And if yours doesn’t fit you perfectly off the bat they’ll switch it until it does at zero additional cost to you.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $49+

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Squarestreet SQ31 Aluminum Watch

It’s not one bit about pretenses. The Squarestreet SQ31 Aluminum Watch is instead minimal in the most functional way possible. Its slim case is machined of T6061 aircraft grade aluminum and fitted with a completely flush case back and a mineral crystal lens in front that, all together, measure just 8mm in thickness, complementing its stripped down appeal and light weight. Two distinct index tracks aligned with the lengths of the hands essentially spell out the time for you, with every minute indicated individually all around — and while the hours aren’t, with only twelve to choose from we’re pretty sure you’ll get it right at a glance.Powering the timepiece is a dependable quartz Swiss Ronda movement that displays seconds on a small counter at the 6 o’clock position and that’ll run for approximately 42 months straight before needing new batteries.

Find it at Squarestreet in a variety of colors – $275

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Prometheus JAAC Pullover Hoodie

Clean and minimal on the outside, Prometheus Design Werx’s JAAC Pullover is as versatile as a lightweight fleece hoodie gets. Its hood boasts a slight sun brim and a shape that’s inspired by the patterning on a baseball for a perfect rounded fit, while the hoodie’s waist is cut a bit longer to avoid riding up if you’re running or biking. It’s equipped with a classic kangaroo pass-through pocket that’s got a small organizer pocket within for securing an ID and credit card, and maybe some cash. It’s also made of Polartec Micro Series fleece with flatlock seams for full comfort and warmth whether worn over a base layer or under a shell.

Learn more at Prometheus Design Werx – $89

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Wedgewood Hand-Wrought Twisted Damascus Steel & Bourbon Barrel Wood Ring

Wedgewood’s Hand-Wrought Twisted Damascus Steel & Bourbon Barrel Wood Ring has length of name that does its production process justice. Each boasts a patterned steel outer crafted of handmade folded steel by an artist in Denver before being fit with a bourbon barrel inlay, with your choice of Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, and The Macallan, amongst several others. The materials contrast nicely and the barrel’s wood is coated multiple times with an epoxy finish that’s then sanded to a glass-like finish. Sure, they take 5 to 6 weeks to ship and only four can be made per month, but the wait is completely worth it.

Learn more at Wedgewood Rings – $535

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Mack Weldon Vesper Polo

If there’s anyone who knows how to wear a great polo, it’s 007. The iconic hero has inspired generations of guys to dress better, so it should come as no shock that his style was the perfect inspiration for the latest wardrobe essential from Mack Weldon. Named after the original martini sipped by James Bond (not to mention his first love), the Vesper Polo updates a warm-weather piece for modern times. It features a tailored, clean fit and is made from lightweight combed cotton with about 6 percent stretch. That means it’ll bounce back after repeated wear, whether you rock it on the road or at your next summer cookout. The micro-mesh knit gives it plenty of breathability on hot days and its color options — from classic white to navy, black or a clean powder blue — means you just might want to pick up all four. Wear them now with chinos and layer them alongside classic suit trousers and a light cardigan when it’s breezy; there’s no wrong way to wear a polo that looks like this.

Learn more at Mack Weldon – $68

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Mott & Bow Skinny Staple Jean

When Mott & Bow set out to make denim, the brand looked to offer an easy, intuitive buying experience and great quality for price. The upstart denim maker is taking that a step further with its latest release, the introduction of slim, stylish Italian-made denim. Available in two washes — the crisp, versatile Staple and the light wash Warren — this denim is made in partnership with Candiani, a flagship Italian denim mill that pioneered the art of stretch denim. The Staple in particular is clean, classic and ready for anything, whether you rock it with a slim pocket tee, a slub polo or a crisp blazer and a blue Oxford. This comfort denim has an incredible 20 percent stretch built in, ensuring it’s nearly as comfortable (and infinitely better-looking) than your favorite pair of sweatpants.

Learn more at Mott & Bow – $128

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