Mike Newman

About: Managing Editor at Cool Material

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Make Your Own Sake

If you've already homebrewed some fantastic beers, distilled your own small batch of gin, and conquered just about every corner of the DIY hooch world, there's one more for you to give a go. This Sake Making Kit gives you everything you need (minus raisins and sugar) to concoct your own rice "wine." You'll be able ... continue reading
$70 buy MORE: Drink, Home.
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This Batman Branding Lighter is Hilariously Unsafe

This might be the most fitting piece of Batman paraphernalia we've come across. Just like the Dark Knight operates in a law-skirting manner, now you can too with this little branding iron which snaps onto any cheap Bic lighter. Now you can go off and sear the Bat logo into steaks and other items in hopes of signally ... continue reading
$31 buy MORE: Default.
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Nice Laundry Sock Drawer Makeover SPONSORED

After months spent designing a mind-bending range of patterns, mastering the newest knitting technologies, and pulling impeccably dynamic color palettes, Nice Laundry is proud to announce their epic Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The $99 sock drawer makeover (18 pairs) is still their most popular offering, allowing you to load up on high-quality socks for a fraction of the price you'd pay anywhere else. Plus, they'll recycle your old socks for free. It's a perfect fresh start for fall. Cool Material readers can even get a special edition bonus pair and free US shipping with their first order. ... check it out
$49 buy
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Back To Business Sale STEAL

Now that you've had your fair share of sun, surf, and adult frozen beverages, it's time to get back to business. To inspire yourself to actually want to work, consider refreshing your work gear. We've rounded up some of our favorite work-related products in the Cool Material Shop and put them on sale through 9/2/14. So hurry up and save up to 56% off and give your productivity a boost. ... check it out
$10+ buy
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Ministry Of Supply Labs Collection SPONSORED

If you were buying a new car and had two choices, one of which was barely tested and designed just to make money, and the other extensively developed to be well-made and innovative, you'd choose the latter, right? That's the idea behind Ministry of Supply's Lab collection. All the shirts were repeatedly tested and observed until they were absolutely perfected. Whether you choose the Atmos Polo—the world's first robotically knit polo designed to wick away moisture—or the temperature regulating Apollo Polo, you can rest assured you're getting a shirt that's well-thought-out and expertly made. ... check it out
$48+ buy
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Automata – Official Trailer

Set in the year 2044, Automata deals with the ever popular idea of potentially sentient robots. And while that may be a stale idea, there are few films that actually do the grand idea justice (see: I, Robot). Based on the trailer alone, we're thinking Automata might be one of the few that get it right. It hits theaters ... continue reading
MORE: Trailers, Videos.
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The Writer’s Block is Funded

We're extremely pleased to announce that the Writer's Block—our manually machined desk accessory for your pen and notebooks (or device)—reached its funding goal on Kickstarter! This means you can now back it without fear of the project not being completed and rest assured you'll receive yours at the discounted ... continue reading
$39+ buy MORE: Home, Work.
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The Solid Brass Key Ring Is Made For Guys With More Than a Few Keys SHOP

Think of this as a modern take on the classic janitor key ring. With room to easily hold a dozen keys, the Solid Brass Key Ring is designed for the guy with far more than just a car key. Each is made in the USA from solid brass so it can stand up to a lifetime of being tossed in your bag, on your nightstand, and twirled around your finger. Available with or without a black oxide finish. ... check it out
$30 buy
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Mr. Black Wants To Keep Your Denim Fresh

You're probably aware that you shouldn't be washing that primo pair of denim too often. You're probably also aware that not washing them could leave you traveling in a cloud of funk. Mr. Black has a solution for you. Both their Denim Wash and Denim Refresh are designed to clean and keep your jeans fresh without the torture ... continue reading
$28 buy MORE: Clothing, Style.
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This Bike Is 3D-Printed Out Of Titanium

3D printing has come a long way in the last few years, and if you need proof, all you have to do is look at the Solid bike. A collaboration between Industry and Ti Cycles, Solid is a 3D-printed two-wheeler made from solid titanium. The idea the two companies had was to use Portland as the inspiration for the bike, ... continue reading
$TBD buy MORE: Bikes, Rides.