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Once upon a time, one of the Editors for a popular men’s blog decided he wanted to make jewelry for himself. He made a bunch of bracelets using recycled wire, paracord and spent .22lr shells. That popular men’s blog is Cool Material and that Editor is me, Ben. I never seriously considered making these bracelets for other people, but when enough people tell you to do something you listen. I went to the gun range, fired thousands of rounds and collected the shells. I found paracord in over 25 colors and got my hands on a 200lb roll of wire destined for the scrap heap. Countless days, drinks and failed iterations later, I arrived at BRZN (it’s a play on the world “brazen”). Each bracelet is rigid enough to maintain its shape, but flexible enough to fit just about any wrist–and they’re all handmade in Chicago. Make a statement. Be bold. Wear BRZN.

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Pappy Van Winkle is the name in bourbon. Bottles have sent drinkers on wild goose chases and left others with empty bank accounts. While we can’t help you procure any of that elusive elixir, we can bring a little Pappy into your life in another way. Pappy Van Winkle Hot Sauce is aged in actual Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. The distillery teamed with friends at Midland Ghost to make this flavorful hot sauce, which features the latter’s prized first generation Ghost Peppers. After the sauce was made, it was left to age in barrels that once held Pappy. That means you have a sauce that’s rich, oaky, and full of flavorful heat. Use it on meats, veggies, or, if you’re a special brand of crazy, just drink it straight from the bottle. It’s that good.