Black Ember’s New WPRT Collection

Bags that boast interchangeability and weather-proofing

The latest from SF-based Black Ember is the WPRT Collection: a pair of roll-top bags that are durable, waterproof and super-functional. Launching on Kickstarter today, the Minimal and the Modular bags both allow for extensive customization with Black Ember’s range of accessories. Without sacrificing organizational features or easy-access pockets, these bags are entirely waterproof—even at access points, thanks to a 800-denier, three-layer MICRO-HEX performance textile and …

Vans’ NASA-Inspired Space Voyager Collection

Original spacesuit design informs eight footwear iterations, three jackets and numerous accessories

For the last six decades, NASA‘s been an inspiration the world over. During five of those six decades, Vans has been equipping individuals at the crux of cultural shifts with their iconic footwear, clothing and accessories. To honor the former, Vans has just revealed their Space Voyager Collection and it pays tribute to the space agency through meticulous design nods, including references to the original spacesuit. …

Interview: Dana Gleason of Mystery Ranch

"When what you do actually matters for a large group of people you respect, it's so addictive."

Dana Gleason, the designer behind self-titled backpack label Dana Design—a brand that ruled the outdoor pack market during the ’90s—has always found solid ground in individuality. Mystery Ranch, founded in 2000, is his second label alongside long-time business partner Renee Sippel-Baker. Though the brand was founded nearly two decades ago, its more recently-acquired popularity in the mainstream market seemed to unfurl quite suddenly. Mystery Ranch began …