Every week there are dozens of new and exciting pieces of gear. But are they actually worth buying? Trust the team at Cool Material to help you find the latest and greatest releases in a recurring column: What We’re Buying.
“Picked up a bottle of this skin contact sav blanc at a local bottle shop in South Philly recently and it just might be my new favorite wine. ‘Funky passionfruit, fresh mint, caraway seed spice with drying, savoury tannins and a hint of smoky russian caravan character.’ Their words, not mine. Add to that a slight effervescence, and it’s a perfect wine for the spring/summer season. Fingers-crossed they still have some bottles left at the shop!” Buy: $35
“After buying our own home last year, my fiance and I swore we would swap out our mismatched set of pots, pans, and cookware for something more modern, aesthetically pleasing, and functional. After years of hand-me-downs and borrowing baking trays and casserole dishes from family members, we decided we should acquire some of our own cookware. I’ve had my eyes on the sets sold by colorful, millennial-friendly brand Great Jones for a while. The bright green baking trays and yellow dutch oven add a much-needed pop of color and character to our simple kitchen. But the question remains, do they work well? I’ll let you know after a few cooking sessions.” Buy: $495
“Having recently gotten into watercoloring as a hobby, I am, quite simply, obsessed with Peg and Awl’s Iris Palette. Peg and Awl make objects that beg to be incorporated into your daily life, to be banged up and used and loved. I recently took this palette to New York with me and, well, love it I did. An unbelievably crafted wooden palette, it’s as much a work of art as it is a functional tool for experienced and novice painters alike. They have a range of palettes and other artist tools in their shop. The Iris is $54. Buy it. You’ll love it. And if you like the artist roll in our header image, you can find that here.” Buy: $54
“Literally as sweet as candy, Candylab Toys have quickly become one of my favorite desk and shelf fillers ever since I came across them a few months ago. Offering a wide variety of cars, trucks, vans (my personal favorites), garages, motels, and even a lifeguard stand, they are the perfect wooden alternatives to fill the void left by your beloved childhood Hot Wheels collection. And they are very reasonably priced! Pick up a few and see what I mean.” Buy: $14+
“I have been plowing through single malt scotch all winter long and wanted a change-up for the transition to spring. Pendleton Midnight blended whisky struck just the right chord in terms of its fruit-forwardness combined with spice and leather. The Canadian whisky gets aged for over six years in American brandy Barrels, and it shows. The body is heavy but not overpowering, and the dark chocolate, oranges, and caramel sweetness on the palate deliciously betrays the very affordable $30 price tag.” Buy: $30