Using colored lenses crafted by the ZEISS Vision Science Lab in Tübingen, luxury eyewear maker Morgenthal Frederics’ ChromoClear glasses offer science-backed relief from everyday eye stressors. This particular hue, dubbed Focus, may improve concentration and reaction time with continuous wear, and boost productivity and the speed of reading in situational use cases. The frame, made from a tortoise patterned compostable acetate, is available in three shapes.
For their first-ever collaboration, Todd Snyder and heritage shoemaker Clarks Originals have reworked the classic Wallabee, a signature design that combines the moccasin and boot. The limited edition shoes reference Clarks’ origins as a rug-making company and Todd Snyder’s midwest upbringing. Employing one-of-a-kind paisley upholstery fabric for their exterior, they have a leather interior and it all sits atop the usual crepe sole. With leather and suede laces and label fobs, these Wallabees are available from size seven to 13 and are made in Italy.
Handmade in Japan by a master milliner that studied hat-making under legendary designer Jean Barthet, this natural-hued wool cap comes equipped with antimicrobial features and a unique softness—afforded by a process that uses untreated material exclusively. The resulting fit is looser and more unstructured but far more comfortable. FEIT worked closely with the milliner through each step of the process.
Hand-stitched in NYC, Lingua Franca’s “Mama Knows Best” sweater matches each sale with a $100 donation to Every Mother Counts—an organization dedicated to improving access to quality, respectful maternity care all over the world. Every 100% cashmere garment is embroidered to order and can be customized, but customers should note that will take about two weeks. This charcoal-colored sweater is available from XS to XL.
This all-black cap hides its positive message in plain sight: “ART” is embroidered on the front, while on the back, the words “every day.” Made from 100% cotton, the Poketo six-panel cap is available in black on black, white on white, or white on royal blue and serves as a reminder to see beauty in even the ordinary.
Handmade in Brooklyn, Haus of Nope’s one-inch “Reading is Fundamental” enamel pin is a visual reminder that everybody has the right learn to read, and have access to books. From each sale, $8 is donated to Books Through Bars, an all-volunteer group that sends donated books to incarcerated people. The pin comes with two rubber backs.
Arranging Things (aka Lisa Milberg and Leo Forssell), an interior design firm and shop in Stockholm, focuses exclusively on “ambience-related” goods. One such item is this “FLOWERS” cap. Made from 100% cotton canvas, this six-panel cap features contrasted embroidered lettering, and an adjustable strap.
Designed by LA-based art director and designer Sam Jayne, the Happy Games cap is a cheerful play on the Olympic rings. Embroidered onto the six-panel cotton twill cap, is the ever-familiar Olympic logo, but the bottom right ring has broken free, and is a smiley face—serving as a visual reminder to be a good sport.
adidas’ Terrex Free Hiker GTX (in khaki, sesame and olive) fuses the brand’s high-performance capabilities and advanced design with all the prerequisites of a sturdy hiking boot. Primeknit uppers, GORE-TEX lining, and boost cushioning all sit atop the Continental rubber outsole—which provides comfort and stability no matter what’s underfoot. Best of all, the sock-like fit keeps debris, dirt, sand and water out.
Made from indigo-dyed cotton and adorned with a contrasting red sashiko stitch, Best Made Company’s ball cap fuses traditional Japanese pattern work with Americana. Bolstered by its all-over embroidery, the hat is sturdy and durable. It can also be adjusted using a vegetable-tanned leather back strap.
The Brooklyn Museum teamed up with Only NY for merchandise that’s inspired by the museum’s collection. One such item is the Stencil T-Shirt influenced by a specific piece from the printed ephemera archives: a 1978 flyer advertising a “new and different” open house which included two shows, Africa in Antiquity: The Arts of Ancient Nubia and the Sudan and Haitian Art. This boxy T-shirt is available in blue with white lettering and vice versa, and comes in sizes small to XXL.
Available in dozens of colors and combinations, Eone’s watches can be used by everyone—including the blind and vision impaired. Employing a clever set of magnetized ball bearings and raised number markers, the time can be read using touch. The ball on the watch’s exterior tells the hours, while the one on the face accounts for minutes. With a titanium case, Ronda quartz movement with Swiss parts, and an Italian leather strap, it’s made with quality materials. Best of all, the brand is committed to giving back to charitable initiatives including the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, Vision Care and The Seeing Eye.
Made to celebrate MAAP’s ride with Semi-Racer in Brisbane (Queensland, Australia), the Bunya Brisbane Bramble Cap is part of the brand’s Field ride series—wherein familiar local routes are reimagined. Made in Italy from cotton and featuring a special antibacterial sweatband, the cap is one size fits all, but a scrunched elastic band affords plenty of stretch. Its bright blue, red and pink hues will keep a wearer visible on the roads.
From our deep respect and adoration of Japanese culture, we drew the word “omakase” (meaning “expert’s choice”) in 2016 to name our annual collection of collaboratively produced, limited edition and early release products we offer readers during the holidays. This year’s collection of gifts is crafted entirely in collaboration with Japanese artisans. Every design object we’ve developed has function, but to decipher its untold value requires history lessons. With products thoughtfully made by Asahiyaki (now led by a talented 16th generation ceramist), Chi Chi, Grisal, KIUN, Taro Tabuchi, Hajime Shoji, Zillion and others, this is an exclusive and high-quality gift for any Japanophile or lover of textile, design and craftsmanship.
Designed to keep you warm during rides in the coldest months, Pas Normal Studios’ one-size-fits-all neck tube proves heavy enough to combat wind, but is still comfy and flexible. Its Polartec® Power Wool composition means it’s fast-drying and breathable—so sweat won’t get trapped inside. While hand-washing is advised, this accessory shouldn’t retain odor, thanks to merino wool’s antimicrobial traits. Price is in DKK.
Blue Blue Japan pays homage to their home country with these socks featuring the rising sun. Woven into the ankle of these reinforced, cotton-blend items, a red circle references the nation’s flag: the Hinomaru. As they’re finished off with tapered cuffs, these socks won’t lose their shape or slide down when worn.