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.
“Not totally ready for fall just yet, I can’t deny that the nights are getting a little nippy. I’m all about easy layering this time of year, so while you can still catch me in shorts and a tee, I’m throwing on my DUER No Sweat Moleskin Shirt when it drops into the 60s. I like the weight of it a lot – just heavy enough to give some structure without being too insulated. And it’s one of those pieces that’ll transition into fall quite easily with some dark denim and boots come October.” Buy: $129
“Deodorant might not be the buzziest product to include on this list. But, if any brand is making deodorant look sexy, it’s Corpus. Corpus crafts all-natural deodorants that smell great and work just as well. As someone with a propensity to sweat quite a bit, I was on the market for a solid alternative to the standard drug store options. Corpus is a DTC brand so their products are only available online but they offer a handy Mini Trio set. I sampled three scents and was impressed with all of them. Plus, they are perfectly sized for travel. To top it all off, I can feel confident about applying them to my skin thanks to their all-natural, organic, aluminum-free, and paraben-free ingredients.” Buy: $34
“My car was broken into last week and all three pairs of sunglasses I owned were taken. There’s a thief walking around South Philly wearing a very nice pair of Oliver Peoples Cary Grant sunglasses this week. Buying glasses is always stressful for me and requires trying on dozens of pairs at several different shops, but I needed a pair quickly for an upcoming trip. Found these Raen Optics at Huckberry and they were at my door in 3 days. They fit, feel and look so good I just might be able to skip the shops!” Buy: $150
“After a recent trip to the Doctor, I was informed that I needed to stay out of the sun as much as possible. He told me I needed to get wear sunglasses and “a big ass hat” as much as possible. After searching what felt like forever for “big ass hats” I came across this Goodfellow option from Target that happens to be as stylish as it is functional–without feeling like fishing hat (which are the only options out there in my experience). Vitamin D deficiency be damned, everyone loves this hat, and there have been numerous heists planned to steal it.” Buy: $18
“It’s been a while since I’ve had to hide my grinders as someone who often writes about cannabis and lives in the first state to legalize recreational weed. But this Stona Large Herb Grinder is the first that I’ve flat-out kept on my liquor cabinet among the fancy decanters and porron. It’s beyond aesthetic thanks to the blown-glass bottom and black walnut top. It’s also functional–while the wood ridges won’t break flower down like a diamond-cut metal grinder, it more than gets the job done. I wouldn’t quite call it a statement piece, but if you’re looking for cannabis gear that doesn’t need to be hidden, Stona’s grinder and matching jar is a good place to start.” Buy: $121
“Germany’s Sinn (‘zinn’) Spezialuhren has a huge cult following for its technical and materials prowess in the watch world. I’ve been following them for years, and this time I finally bit. The U50 Professional is a unique spin off its much-praised 500-meter depth-rated, 11.15mm thick U50 diver. It was created in collaboration with 21-year NYPD veteran, Chris Shortell (who also penned the larger Sinn U1 Pro). The U50 Pro sets itself apart with a mostly black and white colorway, red lettering, a crown at 10, and full proprietary ‘tegiment’ coating that hardens the case, bezel, and bracelet to 1,200 Vickers. It was limited to 150 units, and they sold out in a matter of a couple of days. My timing could not have been better.” Learn More