“The QBracelet has the fashionable look and feel of a jewelry piece before anything else – even if it didn’t charge your phone, it stands as a fashion accessory based on its style and design alone,” said Alessandro Libani, co-founder and COO of Q Designs. “We conceptualized the QBracelet based on the idea that every useful object should also be a beautiful object, and we believe that merging technology with fashion in smart ways will push the fashion industry forward.”
Lightweight, elegant and crafted from the highest quality materials, the QBracelet premier collection is available in brushed and matte black, polished and matte silver, and polished gold and comes in small, medium and large. Consumers can pre-order for $79 USD at Qdesigns.co.
You'll find the sneakers you've always wanted, and also the pair you didn't know you need. | Courtesy of Bodega
Bodega’s claim to fame is the deceptive exterior made to look like a corner store, but if you open up the Snapple vending machine, you get to the real goods. Limited-edition sneakers from Nike, Vans, and Ewing line the library-like walls, with coordinating baseball caps and T-shirts to boot. Wale shot his video for “Chillin’” here, so it’s got street cred for days. There are also plenty of cult brands in stock, ranging from Nanamica, Engineered Garments, Mark McNairy, and Barbour Beacon Heritage.
If you see something you like at Apartment No. 9, don’t doubt yourself—buy it. | Courtesy of Apartment No. 9
Hidden just past a bridge in Bucktown, Apartment Number 9 is a “destination store” in every sense of the term. A slight hike will reward you with a well-edited selection of goods like 3x1 denim, Margiela sneakers, and hard-to-find gems like washed chinos by CLOSED and handmade boots from N.D.C.
Sneakerheads, rejoice. | Couresty of Wish
The Little Five Points neighborhood is Atlanta’s bohemian corridor, with the requisite record stores and vintage shops. There’s also a pub with an entrance inside the gaping mouth of a giant skull, and across the street from the skull is Wish, where you’ll find two things worth noting: a main floor loaded with Comme Des Garçons, and a basement stocked with nothing but sneakers. Some real rarities can be found here, including kicks such as Nike Lunar Force 1s in digi camo, Jordans in unusual colorways, and Opening Ceremony x Adidas Rod Lavers.
After receiving numerous requests from clients who travel to dangerous regions of the world for business, the 6-year-old Toronto tailoring house Garrison Bespoke has developed a custom bulletproof suit, and it currently has 25 clients waiting for their custom $20,000 suits.
“We are always thinking about how we can give a man a better experience, and make him perform better,” says David Tran, the head of special projects for the company. “Over the years, men who work high-risk jobs say that when they are on certain meetings, they are not as focused as they can be because they are nervous for their safety.”
It took six months of research and an estimated 400 hours of handwork to create the suit. Originally used to protect the U.S. Special Forces in Iraq, the patented bulletproof material—made using carbon nanotubes—lines the canvas of the suit, beneath the fabric, and hardens on impact to block a bullet or knife. It is thinner, more flexible, and 50 percent lighter than Kevlar—the full suit weighs just 2.5 pounds more than the average wool suit.
“The suit had to look sharply tailored and discreet, and it had to be comfortable,” says Tran. “We started by looking at Kevlar, which is usually used for bulletproofing, but it is too thick and rigid to accomplish any of our specifications.”
The shop’s team of five to seven tailors can create the suit in any fabric, using traditional English tailoring methods; from the outside, no one can tell the difference between their bulletproof and their unlined suits. Though it was designed, and is recommended, as a three-piece suit—with lining in the front of the vest and the back of the suit jacket—clients can request to have any piece in Garrison’s collection made with bulletproof lining. Other novel Garrison Bespoke creations include a waterproof suit and a suit threaded with crushed diamonds. (416.566.2041,www.garrisonbespoke.com)
Who knew parking structures could look this cool? | Photograph by Michael Staviridis
It’s not really the clothes at this men’s boutique that you’re scaling a half-dozen flights of stairs for. This box-shaped cubby in the corner of a sky-high parking structure is secretly the coolest work of art in South Beach. Everything from the angular cement beams to the ceiling, shrouded in a jigsaw of mirrors, is designed to give you an unparalleled and trippy view of the skyline. Whether you stay for the oversized Euro tees is up to you.
Talented tailors Thom Sweeney bring an exclusive collection of essential suiting pieces and separates for Mr Porter. The collection is the brand’s first ready-to-wear range, a line that borrows heavily from their bespoke pieces creating an aesthetic that’s both current and classic.
$495-$2650, Mr Porter
Get your limited-edition kicks here. | Courtesy of Unknwn
The combined effort of retail veterans Chris Julian and Samantha Jo Alonso (of FRUITION Las Vegas) and NBA superstar LeBron James, the shop plays to their newfound fashionable tastes with brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Band of Outsiders, and reimagined vintage goods from Dr. Romanelli. It's also a spot to grab A.P.C. denim and streetwear labels like Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club.