August is one of those awkward (albeit great!) months where you’re trying to salvage the rest of summer with last minute trips while being inundated with promo emails giving nod to cooler seasons ahead. Well, they’re working. I’m sharing a few items that caught my eye that can be worn well before 9/22, which really doesn’t mean much in NYC considering that it’s still going to be hot as heck.
1. Helmut Lang High Top Zip Sneaker: After having nearly fallen out of my chair when I got Helmut Lang’s menswear relaunch Spring email, I’ve stabilized myself to (slowly) scroll through their new Fall collection and prioritize my fall wish list with these sneakers. Need I say more?
2. LAER Leather Moto Vest: I discovered this brand over the Summer through a good friend. While I have yet to actually get a one-on-one experience with its leather goods, its design (and relatively fair price point!) is looking good. Check out their motorcycle croc leather jacket that has a hanger waiting for it in my closet.
3. Miansai Ring: I’m a bit picky with hand jewelry and, if anything at all, opt for something modern and simple. This brushed gold metal piece fits the bill.
4. Carerra Collapsable Bike Helmet: Purely practical and stylishly genius. I’m not one of those guys who’ll prefer better looking hair over regret not wearing a helmet, BUT I do agree that there are incredibly limited choices out there (don’t they all kind of end up looking like the same thing?). I have a helmet that looks like a giant halo around the top of my head — not great — so this Carerra helmet caught my eye; and the fact that it collapses and can take up less space in my backpack is ideal walking into work or heading to lunch. It probably won’t help make your hair look any better after taking it off, but considering how my cycling in the city slightly reflects my French-inspired driving habits in LA (no further comment needed but to say that I am a safe driver, guys), it’ll be helmet-on 99% of the time.
5. Haider Ackermann Sweatpants: Everything I love in a comfortable, stylish sweatpant you can dress up or down is here: thick waistband, drop crotch, a slimmer leg, soft fabric, and cinched cuff.
6. Oliver Peoples x Maison Kitsuné Sunglasses: It’s about time I find an alternative to the Tom Ford sunnies I wear. I’ve been looking for aviator inspired eyewear to wear with, well, everything and I wouldn’t mind really investing into a pair considering how often I’d actually wear them. Enter this collaboration between Oliver Peoples and Maison Kitsuné: brown marble frame, vintage gold accents & grey polar mirrors that extend a few millimeters beyond the frame. Beau-ti-ful.
7. Rick Owens Long Tee: I wear mine all the time and, while I do love the fact that it’s looking distressed with holes and frayed edges, I’m not sure how long it’ll last (3 years and counting is well beyond my expectation!). It’s a promise these tees go with everything and a quintessential layering piece you’ll happily discover dressing up or down in the seasons to come.
8. Miansai Camera Strap: I feel like almost every time we make a big purchase, we think about how we’re going to accessorize it first — everything from buying a new apartment to putting together a look for the night (let’s start with the shoes). It’s no different with cameras, so this strap caught my eye. Ok, so now, I’m looking to upgrade my Rebel to a professional camera — any recommendations?
9. 6Ku Bike: Living on the far west side with no public transportation in sight for several avenues has me relying on CitiBike — and I love it. This is my second spring/summer using CitiBike (I dare not use it in winter even when it’s not snowing outside) and it’s one of the most convenient things this city has to offer. The fact that I use it so much has me thinking about whether or not I’d want a bike of my own. This 6KU bike isn’t new, you’ve probably seen them everything, but it’s been top of mind for practicality, low cost and supreme style. Plus, it’ll go great with that helmet.
What item here struck a chord with with you?