Shopping for stylish accessories is inevitably time consuming, not to mention brutal on your wallet. NYC-based SprezzaBox streamlines the process by sparing you the need to hunt down dapper goods yourself, instead sending a box of six products to your doorstep every month at a hefty discount compared to what you’d pay at retail. Boxes come packed with over $100 worth of loot that’s carefully curated by a personal stylist and typically include a tie and a pair of socks plus other critical accessories that span watches to sunglasses to tie clips, just to name a few. And to further the spirit of saving money, shipping’s also free across the USA.
Learn more at SprezzaBox – $28/month
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Long have been touted the remarkable properties of spider silk. Too bad any actual practical applications of the material have so far been lacking. Bolt Threads’ Spider Silk Tie is amongst the first products to be made of the stuff, albeit not silk harvested from actual spiders but rather produced by genetically modified microorganisms that churn out the stuff at a far greater rate. Their byproduct, tiny spider silk proteins, are then spun into long fibres that are in turn woven into extremely soft yet lightweight and durable ties. Importantly, their production is also sustainable and environmentally conscious, and the material makes a good fit for replacing synthetic petroleum-based polymers. Their first run consists of 49 units, the fiftieth having already been shipped off to Stan Lee, but you can enter for a chance to own one on their site until noon (EST) today.
Learn more at Bolt Threads – $314
Combining all the functionality and masculinity of a work shirt with the fit, fabric, and looks of a dressier piece, Batch’s Utility Shirt is a cut above your average shirt of the same moniker. Appropriately, all seams are reinforced and it’s fitted with two dimensional chest pockets for a rugged aesthetic that’s in part disarmed by the premium super soft mercerized cotton. It’s also got a smart button down collar and a slim but comfortable fit that tapers down from the chest to avoid constricting or limiting movement — so it’s as perfect a wear for the workplace as it is for grabbing a drink or three afterwards. Available in a variety of rich colors that’ll work from now through to the warmer months.
Find it at Batch – $82+
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Sometimes an idea is sparked by the errant flap of a curtain, watching a squirrel eat a nut, or observing how a lotus leaf sheds water. In the case of Threadsmiths inspiration struck from the latter. Their obsession with creating the perfect t-shirt began in 2014 and has since expanded to pioneer a new era of essential everyday apparel including tees, polos, and dress shirts. Each was designed from the ground up using an advanced hydrophobic nanotechnology application, making their fabrics water-resistant and stain-repellent: dirt and water simply run off the surface like water off a waxy lotus leaf. This means clothing that lasts longer, resists odor, and though not 100% waterproof or stain-proof, stays much dryer and cleaner than regular cotton. And also means these are the shirts to wear whether you’re getting sloppy at the bar or quickly and messily scarfing down ramen at the office, one way or another entailing less work (read: washing) for you.
Hit up Threadsmiths for details – $50 (tees), $60 (polos), and $90 (shirts)
So Steve Jobs is not technically a part of its name, but it may as well be. You might recognize the Seiko Chariot from one of the most iconic photographs of Jobs’ leaning on the first Macintosh (click to second image), though the angle certainly doesn’t help. A limited edition run of the simple, minimal watch is being released, with the option of the original 33mm case size as well as a more modern 37.5mm case and the choice of white or black dials. An equally spartan black leather strap complements the quartz watch. Which begs the question: had he still been with us, would Jobs’ wear a Chariot or an Apple Watch? The release is limited to the Japanese market but there’s a good chance that more than a few will trickle out onto eBay and the like.
Learn more at Seiko (Japanese site) – roughly $200
Distinctly a Chuck Taylor but also a couple of notches more upmarket than the classic white and black sneaker, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Modern Lux comes in monochromatic all-white or all-black colorways. Instead of canvas it’s made of supple, molded leather and instead of heavy rubber there’s a lightweight Phylon outsole (think running shoes), boosting comfort while also helping these kicks better blend. The latter which is either a good or bad thing depending on who you’re asking. Still, they’re relatively affordable considering the upgrades and boast the same All Star patch as the classic high top pair, albeit embossed in the leather.
Learn more at Nike – $140
MVMT Watches launched a few years back with the mission of selling stylish watches at a price point that guarantees you can buy two and still not miss rent. And MVMT’s Chrono Series watches are no exception. Boldly sized at 45mm, these eye-catching timepieces feature minimal, monochrome two-layer faces with time, date, and chronograph functionality. Wondering how to read the time on the unmarked latter? You’ll get used to it, but if not keep in mind your phone has one too. Straps include stainless steel or genuine leather and pair with various case and face colors a dizzying array of combinations, our favorites which include Gun Metal & Sandstone (shown), White with Caramel, and Black on Tan.
Learn more at MVMT Watches – $135+
Their fusion of a running shoe-derived outsole and a leather upper gave Cole Haan one of the comfiest dress shoes around. Their Cole Haan Zerogrand Stitchlite Wingtip Oxford kicks it up another couple of notches with a new single-piece of stretch knit material that’s lighter, more breathable, and offers better lateral stability. The shoe’s flex outsole mimics the natural motion of the foot just as well and rubber pods at the forefoot and heel increase traction whether you’re walking across sleek office floors or running a few blocks to catch a bus. Available in Marine Blue (shown), Black, Burnt Orange, Ironstone (grey), and White, all paired with an Ivory-colored outsole.
Check out the full lineup at Cole Haan – $180