Keiji Design Knife Box

All-together a beautiful display

This box is simply amazing. Long story short: everything about this box screams hand-made – down to the spread of unique knives. This is where form meets functionality. More images and an interview with the designer over at FEIT’s blog.

Outlier 60/30 Autumnweight Chino Slacks

A great find from NYC-based Outlier. They specialize in technical wear sturdy enough for bicycle commutes, while still being suitable for casual office/weekend wear. Not only do they custom blend their own fabrics to meet the different demands of each garment, but everything is cut and sewn in New York. Having a pair of the autumnweights in khaki, I can attest that they are durable as hell and sport a great tailored fit. The fabric stretches a bit for what they call the ‘true freedom of movement,’ so it truly is ideal for biking, climbing, &c. And, on the off chance they don’t hold up, there is a 6 month money back guarantee regardless of the condition. Definitely worth a look in 3 different colorways at the Outlier shop.

Simple straight cut with a tailored fit

Immaculate stitching and button detail

Truman Cutaway Bifold Wallet

The vast majority of products at Truman Handcrafted can be characterized as minimal, practical, and beautiful. This recently discontinued cutaway bifold is no exception. Cut from 4-5 oz Wickett & Craig vegetable tanned leather and stitched by hand with waxed linen thread, this wallet is sure to welcome use and abuse with a wonderful patina. Be sure to check out what’s in the works at blog.trumanhandcrafted.com. According to Teppei (the owner) there are new designs in the works for 2012. Judging by the clean lines of yesteryear, I’ll go out on a limb to assume they’re awesome.

Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon

Sure the bottle is beautiful, but what’s really amazing is what’s in it. This Eagle Rare small batch Kentucky bourbon is aged in oak barrels for 17 years awaiting its opportunity to better your evening after work. Simple, understated, and elegant while helping to maintain the hair on your chest. It’s hard to find outside the mid-Atlantic, but it’s well worth the effort.

Maison Martin Margiela Contrast Collar Knit

Alas – these sweaters are long gone from Fall 2011. That said, it’s worth revisiting. Between the two colorways (maroon/red & black/charcoal), this one takes the cake. Though I haven’t the budget for Maison Martin Margiela, they allegedly ascended in the fashion world due to their attention to detail, craft, and design. ┬áThe internal collar is an extended knit which folds up for feisty or remains down around mom & dad. Either way, I wish I had had $250 to pick up one of these suckers on sale. Oh well. Here’s to 2012.

Maison Martin Margiela F/11

 

Collar displayed

Cai Guo-Qiang – Explosions

One of the most evocative works of 2011. Granted the only thing better than viewing his pieces is watching him create them. It’s definitely worth a trip to the MFAH to see one of his largest gunpowder paintings in the world.

Descending Wolves 2011

Painting

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