Dec 09, 2011 Comments

Double Face Cashmere Scarf

Nordstrom does a great job of offering alternative luxury items under the house brand John W. Nordstrom. One of these items happens to be Double Face Cashmere Scarf. The cashmere scarf is made from ultrasoft cashmere and fashioned with contrasting colors on opposite sides. Nordstrom offers the scarf in 3 different color combinations and has an approximate length of 66"L x 12"W. This is a great cashmere accessory, a basic in any winter wardrobe, at a very reasonable price and it's backed by some of the best customer service (read that as an exchange if your unhappy for any reason) any company could possibly provide.

The Double Face Cashmere Scarf is reasonably priced at just $95.

Dec 05, 2011 Comments

Seiko Orange Monster

The Seiko Orange Monster, officially named the SKX781, has caused a bit of an uproar within the watch community since its release onto the public. In fact many watch collectors who regularly spend upwards of 4 figures for their pieces view this Seiko as one of the "must haves" to the collection. So what's all the fuss about the Seiko Orange Monster? Let's find out:

Internally the Orange Monster uses the 21 jewel 7S26 in-house automatic movement. This is the same movement that can commonly be found in all Seiko's under the $300 price range. It is far from anything spectacular but it is known as a workhorse that can take a daily beating and keep on ticking. After the initial break in period, said to be about 2 weeks of wear, the Seiko Orange Monster accuracy is +/- 10 seconds in a given day. The power reserve on this particular Seiko is about 24 hours.

As the name might suggest the stainless steel case on this watch is quite the "monster" on the wrist. At the largest point on the watch the diameter, including the crown, measures approximately 47mm. The unidirectional bezel, protected by bezel-guards, has 120 clicks per revolution and is easy to rotate under any condition. Luminosity is stellar because of the proprietary "lumibrite" paint that will allow you to see the markers on the watch from across the room. Under normal light you have a bright and extremely orange face that demands attention.

Bracelet end links are solid and the pins holding it together are extremely heavy-duty - all links are made from solid piece of steel. A high quality clasp has a fold over security buckle; the bracelet incorporates a hidden diver's extension (used when wearing a wet suit). This is one of the quietest bracelets that I have ever seen on a watch that is under $300.

Random coolness information: This is a unique watch for you to wear, and tell all your friends about, because it is not a standard Seiko of America inventory item. That means you are getting a watch from overseas that makes it a "grey market" item. It also means that unless you really know about this watch (or you hang out at a watch aficionado party) it is highly unlikely you'll see anyone close to you wearing it. Most of the time these type of watches will not carry papers or a warranty. However if you purchase it from Amazon directly (not the random sellers) you will get the box, papers and a 3 year warranty.

One of the best selling points on the Orange Monster is how versatile it is when it comes to customization. Aside from all the mods a watch maker or watch geek can do one of the standards is replacing the strap. You wouldn't believe how beautiful this watch is when paired when a brown or black leather strap. If you want to really go custom look in the direction of a Carbon Fiber strap that has orange stitching. You will not be sorry.

The Seiko Orange Monster can be yours for $190. Make it uniquely yours for an extra $50.

Nov 25, 2011 Comments

Jepsen Linchpin Belt

Now here's a pretty cool belt called the Linchpin that's made to order by Jepsen. The Linchpin belt, along with their other leather goods, are made with leather sourced from Hermann Oak Leather (a tannery which has been in business since 1881) and created in Mdison, WI. GO USA!

Now the Linchpin belt measures 1.5" wide and is made of sturdy 7-8 oz. vegetable tanned leather. It features a unique interlocking front closure that is fastened with a steel linchpin. All rivets and Chicago screws are made of solid brass. You have to adjust the two screws on the back of the belt to fit your waist. These screws allow the belt to be adjustable to three sizes (ex. If your belt size is 32”, the belt will be made to adjust to 31”, 32”, and 33”). Line up the front closure and slide linchpin through holes, you're now ready to go. If you prefer the belt be one size only (i.e. No back adjustments) this can be accommodated by emailing Jespsen directly.

Purchase your sturdy vegetable tanned leather belt directly from the Jepsen website - $78.

Nov 24, 2011 Comments

Harris Tweed Inset Gloves

Maybe you wanted something more unique than a regular pair of black leather gloves? But you still have to keep it classy while the winter is upon us, so look no further than the Harris Tweed Inset Gloves. The top side of the glove is 100% wool herringbone tweed, the underside is made of soft sturdy deerskin leather and the inside is lined with warm Thermolite polyester fleece. This is a great way to add Tweed into your wardrobe if you can't afford to spring for that Tweed jacket or suit. For one quick style tip: Do not wear your Tweed gloves with a Tweed suit or jacket, you'll look like a Tweed robot.

The Harris Tweed Inset Gloves are from Land's End and only cost $56.

Nov 19, 2011 Comments

Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses

The Oakley brand started in 1975 in a tiny garage and with a $300 investment. Sometime in 2007 the Oakley brand merged with Luxottica (for a 2.1 billion dollar cash deal) who now produces the Oakley sunglasses along side Ray-Ban, Persol and Arnette. Now that I provided you with a few interesting facts lets move on to the actual product: The Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses.

The Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses are made of stress-resistant "O Matter" frames that are comfortable and super lightweight. With his brother Jesse acting as his creative director, snowboarding superstar Shaun White worked closely with Oakley during the creation of Holbrook. Together they went back to vintage styles like the original Oakley Frogskins then set out to distill their own vision of American cool. The standard glasses come with "pure Plutonite lenses that filter out every ray of UV" or you can get Oakley HDPolarized lenses for filtering that cuts more than 99% of reflected glare. These are also available with Oakley Authentic Prescription Lenses for all you bookworms. Or your final option is to go with the Iridium lens coating that is supposed to reduce even more glare while balancing light transmission. Between all the color options, the limited edition models and the lens options you have about a million options (Maybe that's a slight exaggeration). So you'll have no problem finding the perfect pair for you.

Check out the many offerings of Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses directly on their website $110-$160.

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