Who Needs Apps?
So what that there are hundreds of thousands of iPad apps that give you the power to edit HD movies, read the world’s most poignant novels, or tour the universe. What you really need your iPad to do is hold up your stack of old Hustlers. Done. Introducing the iBookend, created by Dominic Wilcox. Just slip your iPad into the base and viola! Something sturdy for Miss July to lean against. Or you can get a little more creative and turn your iPad into a doorstop, a stand for bathtub Hulu watching, or simply a third arm, so you never have to hold your iPad again. Sometimes, simplicity can be pure genius.
Who’s That Knockin’?
These days, you never know who’s going to show up at your door—a rogue Mormon, the Landshark, Crazy Cat Lady from next door—and you just don’t have time for those kinds of distractions. You can’t very well let them KNOW you’re looking through the peephole at them. You want to do what any self-respecting man would do: stealthily see who’s there, then pretend you’re not there ‘til they go away. You need the Brinno Digital PeepHole Viewer ($92.00). Once affixed to your door, the PeepHole Viewer displays a large image on an LCD panel with the simple press of a button, and even has a Zoom display so you can see firsthand if once you get past her dorky glasses and stupid ponytail, Crazy Cat Lady might be kinda hot after all. Me-ow.
Mo’ Bullets, No Problem
If you’re like Tupac, you’ve always thought that luxury cars were really missing just one thing: bulletproof everything. Conquest Vehicles’ Knight XV answers that dream with the world’s first ultra-luxurious, handcrafted, fully armored SUV. Built by hand for over 1500 hours, this bio-fuel powered ride comes with a V10, 6.8-litre engine, an exterior constructed of ballistic hardened steel, ballistic fiberglass fenders and bumpers, and up to 2.5 inches of transparent armor (glass) for $295,000. Only 100 will be made, so get in line before you hit the strip.
Carry On! No, Really, Carry On.
While a Jansport slung over one shoulder might have been cool in the days of Dylan McKay, those days, sadly, are over. Enter the all grownsed-up Herschel Supply Novel Duffel ($80.00), in all of its canvas, zippery glory. This sophisticated sack is available in black, white, or red, and it even has a separate doggie-door type compartment made solely for your sweetest kicks. So you can slide through security, keep the Air Force 1′s flawless, and mile high your way from 10014 to 90210.
Wake Up Call
Just when you thought brunch couldn’t get any boozier than Mimosas and Mary’s, LOOKOUT! Seattle-based company Mikuni spikes up your Sunday syrup with a nice dose of bourbon, in each and every bottle of Tonic 01 ($25.00). The syrup comes at your flapjacks after it spends time maturing in charred oak bourbon barrels, getting all nice and smoky-like. Packaged in flask-like bottles, you won’t have to paper bag this one, just throw it on the table and call Aunt Jemima down for breakfast. (If she isn’t completely incapacitated by a wicked hangover, that lush.)
For Your Next Business Rendezvous
You’ve perfected your power handshake, and learned how to say “Here’s my card” in 17 languages. All you need now is an equally impressive place to keep said business cards, like the Padouk Wood Business Card Case ($38.00) by Masakage Tanno. Handmade in Virginia, the cases are finished with Natural Tung Oil to preserve the wood’s natural beauty, and then polished with a not one, not two, but three-step method to ensure maximum smoothness and finish. A rare earth neodymium magnet signals the case is closed with a distinctive “click” and holds it closed ‘til your next business opportunity should arise. Which, knowing you, will probably coincide with happy hour.
Cutting-edge. Minimalistic. Loaded with Touch-screen Technology. The latest from Apple? Not quite. Say Good Morning to the Ultima Duo Coffee Machine, the newest addition to your countertop, capable of satisfying even your deepest caffeine-fueled cravings, thanks to two grinding mills, and the ability to process two types of beans at a time, and brew over 50 possible coffee specialties just for you. It may sound like a lot to think about first thing in the morning, but its touch-screen interface and sleek design make it easy enough to do with one eye open.
Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years
You’ve got to respect a man that (like you) is just as incredible behind the camera as he is in front (seriously, the masterpiece you created at your last birthday party was truly inspired). Clint Eastwood most certainly fits that description, and Warner Brothers has just released Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years ($101) on 19 discs to prove it. From his badass Westerns like “Dirty Harry” and “Unforgiven” to his directorial films like “Million Dollar Baby,” “Gran Torino” and “Invictus,” Eastwood proves that time and time again, he is the MAN. Throw in hours of special features and commentaries, a short film called “The Eastwood Factor” from film critic Richard Schickel, plus a 24-page booklet from Schickel’s retrospective on Clint, and all you’ve got to do is ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?” (We’ll give you a hint: yes, you do.)
2+2 = Awesome
Sounds like a math equation, but we promise, there’s nothing boring about this stunning piece of automotive fineness—Racer X Design’s Bugatti Type 12-2. Based on the Bentley Continental GT platform (always a good start), this front-engine, rear wheel drive vehicle is a 2+2 seater, with enough luggage space for a long weekend in the Cape for you and three of your friends, or a companion and two of her Cockapoodles. While it’s only a concept car at this point, it’s nice to know that somebody out there can read your mind and design a car accordingly.
It’s 4am. You’ve just run Monte Carlo’s finest craps tables for the better part of the evening. A hooded scoundrel approaches, demanding that you surrender your winnings. But to get to your money, he’ll have to get past… your money clip. Not bloody likely! The Creditor Carbon Fiber Money Clip Knife ($200)is a sinister combination of a place to stash your cash and a seriously intense 6” blade. Composed of real carbon fiber and D2 tool steel, with a handle of pure titanium, The Creditor is light, can fold up small (to just 3.5’ x 11/4”) and it’s easy to hide—without the clip attached it occupies the space of a credit card. As if your patented judo chop wasn’t protection enough.
Making a Mach-ery of Men’s Razors
Let’s do an experiment. We’ll put a Mach 4 piece of plastic up against the Baxter Blue Steel ($240) “Not a Replica” Straight Razor, and see how long it takes to throw itself in the trash. Baxter of California is all about quality and craftsmanship, and this thing is the epitome of both. Loosely inspired by firearms (see what we mean?), the blade features a matte black handle and a blue steel blade. (We’re so intimidated, we’re not even going to attempt a “Zoolander” joke here.) The blade was designed by the Baxter of California creative team, and made with pride in the US of A by Hart Steel’s skilled artisans who hand grind, mark, sharpen and assemble each razor ensuring the sharpest and most long-lasting edge possible. Now THAT is the best a man can get.