• Happy 4/20 Ya’ll!!!

    TRUE 4/20

    I know this is not a national holiday, but it is a holiday for A LOT of people, especially in San Francisco.  I don’t engage, but I’ve been in the company of those who partake.  On this day, suspect anyone with a backpack because there are folks out there who have giant ziplock bags of “the stuff.”  Aside from the smell on my clothes, it only means fun all around since it’s more of a social event than anything.

    I actually have never been able to fully celebrate this day the way that it should be celebrated, which means taking a drive out to Santa Cruz and seeing the 4/20-at-4:20 billow of smoke rise up from the crowds.  I always had planned to until my homie, Davidm, said that the cops would be clamping down that year, thus ending the closest thing to contact high I could ever achieve.

    But if you are in San Francisco and you want to celebrate properly, I suggest you check out TRUE’s latest “spice & herb grinder.”  HAHA!

    Straight from the inbox…

    “4/20 may not be a holiday in many parts of the country, but it is in San Francisco.  If you know what time it is, you know what time it is.  True commemorates this annual (and daily) celebration with a laser engraved “spice & herb” grinder. It features the True logo encircled by some classic lyrics from SF’s legendary RBL Posse anthem “Bammer Weed”.”

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    Cole Haan Sporting Collection

    Air Caprice Strap

    Cole Haan has just launched its collaborative effort with Nike.  Targeted at those who live a dynamic lifestyle, the products are Nike technology on the inside and Cole Haan on the outside.  I wish I could make a mullet joke that was appropriate, but there aren’t any available right now.  On the other hand, there are great pieces that combine style and function.  The collection is currently in an ad campaign with Maria Sharapova.  I can’t think of anyone at the moment who has a more active lifestyle.

    In addition, all the products are made up of bionic yarn, containing 30%-60% fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.  You get to buy a nice bag and improve our nation’s energy policy!  Well how about that?

    Available at Cole Haan

    Dylan Tennis Bag

    Click for more pictures of the collection…

     

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    Celebrate Valentine’s Day Right…with Playboy!

    Yup!  That Hallmark Holiday is coming up soon.  Whether you choose to celebrate it or not is your prerogative.  A lot of people say there shouldn’t be a designated day for love and that everyday should be a day for love.  And then they say, “That’s why Valentine’s can go stick it somewhere.”  While I do agree that everyday should be a shoutout to love, it isn’t everyday when you can do something “special.”  Valentine’s Day, as made up as it is, takes away all the guess work of trying to find a special day.  Now, if you can only stand waiting in line for hours for a table at CPK.

    ANYWAYS fellas, if you’re at a loss for what to get your SO.  I suggest checking out the special Valentine’s offerings at Playboy.  They have an assorted variety of products, ranging from your high-end necklaces to more lower-priced underwear to Playboy lighters, T-shirts, and Hugh Hefner teddy bears.  Everyone’s a winner here whether you have a high budget or a low budget.  She’ll almost choke (in a good way) on her Fettucine with Garlic Cream Sauce when you surprise her with a gift from your favorite magazine that you read for the articles.

    Click for more pictures and gift ideas…

     

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    Dapper Dolls

    I found these on Misosouper’s blog.  It’s 5-set collection of Matryoshka nesting dolls with very cool 1960s Playboys decoupaged onto the doll.  For $70, I would stick these dolls right on top of the coffee table and force the interesting conversation.  It would serve better there than on some shelf next to the old stereo.  You can purchase these dolls here.

    And to assist you in forcing said interesting conversation, I took the time to look up the origin of the Matryoshka dolls and learn about the toy that almost every child has at least one in their life.
     

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    For all the Dandy Lions

    The amicable Matt Fox informed me of his new shop, FineandDandyShop.com. The shop specializes strictly in gentlemen’s accessories. We’re talking about hats, socks, ties, pocket squares, cufflinks, and the whole shebang. The shebang being the infinite range of available men’s accessories, but not shirts, pants, coats, or anything of that nature.

    I think the shop’s welcome page says it all:

    Welcome to my shop. FineAndDandyShop.com caters to the guy who enjoys dressing up. He doesn’t believe in Casual Friday, nor thinks of getting dressed each day as a chore. He has an appreciation for the well dressed gentlemen of yesteryear and is inspired by their unabashed use of accessories. This shop is for that modern man looking for the finishing details to truly be fine and dandy.

    The selection is quite colorful and the prices are nothing to complain about. The impact of men’s accessories are poorly underestimated and accessories need some sort of resurgence. The best style really is in the details and this shop is a good place to start.

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    Get to Stompin’ in Your Harrys of London

    Shoes will always be an inherent series of compromises. If only we could wear running shoes 24/7, it would feel like we were constantly walking on clouds. Too bad running shoes always get the worst designs, appropriate only for running-only situations. For most men, we have to settle for formal dress shoes in the work environment. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of mistakes in that field as well (i.e. the square toe). However, whatever you get in the style of dress shoes, you sacrifice in comfort. Eight hours in them bad boys is torture. Fortunately, Harrys of London attempts to address these concerns with their collections.

    “Harrys of London was founded in 2001 with the radical vision of combining traditional cobbling techniques with the latest footwear technology to create stylish and truly exclusive shoes for modern men.” – Harrys of London website

    In some exciting news, Harrys of London just opened their flagship store in LONDON! It’s about time that they brought the shop home. In honor of this momentous event, I’ve decided to make my own Harrys of London radio commercial (transcript below).

    My Fake Harrys Advertisement: With Harrys of London, why try getting into a club when everyone’s trying to get into your shoes? The club IS your shoes. There’s a long line being guarded by a huge bouncer and a velvet rope…all waiting to get into your shoes. If you’re wearing Harrys of London, that is. (queue Sprite style subliminal messages)

    Let’s check out the rest of their catalog.  

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    Apple launches new MacBooks, MacBook Pros. More annoying commercials to commence.

    New Macbooks, new prices, new whozeewhatsits and flibbertigibbets. Whatever. You can go to Apple to check out the new toys and their respective specs. I mean, you need to anyway, seeing as how your 9-month old MacBook isn’t going to cut it anymore in HipsterLand. The ladies are going to laugh at your woeful processor’s front side bus.

    Apple, as always, is such an interesting case study with regards to marketing, design, and product offerings (amongst other things). I could go into an unnecessarily long hypothesis as to why Apple is as successful as it is, but in this case, they’ve managed to pare down their line of notebooks (giving their customers less options), increase the base price in the face of an economic downturn, and yet deliver two products that are so sexy that consumers will likely not care and gobble them up anyway. I mean, these new ‘Books give me eye boners.

    Hey Apple, I :love: working on my 24″ iMac, but it’s hard for me to take it around to coffee shops to check out cute waitresses. And a new MacBook Pro would look GREAT next to my super-awesome 24″ iMac. I could be totally be like, more productive, and stuff. /shameless begging

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