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.
“I spent a week in Mexico recently and needed a new pair of sunglasses so I checked one of my favorite online shops – Indigo & Cotton. I was pleased to see that they carry Moscot as I’m a big fan. If you haven’t been, be sure to visit one of their shops the next time you’re in NYC. Look for the unmistakable yellow and black logo + sign. They showed up + looked great on me + felt like a good solid pair of shades… as per usual, Moscot.” Buy: $117
“Even though my household never really had frozen treats like hot pockets or pizza bites, I still have this latent nostalgia for them. So I was instantly smitten with Snow Days, a brand that is bringing back the pizza bite craze. Snow Days makes organic, gluten-free pizza bites in a variety of flavors that taste better than you remember. They’re perfect for a quick late-night snack or when hosting friends. My personal favorite was the buffalo chicken but they’re all great so I’d recommend starting with a sampler pack.” Buy: $36+
“Although I was a federal law enforcement officer, I wanted to be able to protect my wife and kids without having to use a firearm in our family-friendly neighborhood. The Byrna SD was the perfect choice because it offers a non-lethal solution for home protection. It fires chemical irritant projectiles at 300 feet per second using CO2 cartridges, and the accuracy is good up to 60 feet away. It’s powerful, immobilizes the assailant immediately, and it’s safe. I like the option for bright colors because it lets responding law enforcement know it’s non-lethal.” Buy: $400
“I wasn’t onboard with crossbody bags when they seemingly came into popularity out of nowhere a few years ago. I had pockets, after all, and who needs to carry that much stuff? And then I had a kid. Bellroy’s Lite Sling gets more use than our fancy (and admittedly not lame looking) diaper bag on day trips because it holds everything I’d need for the day without getting in the way. And turns out I should’ve given crossbodies a chance earlier: even when the baby isn’t in tow I find myself reaching for my Lite Sling. This option from beloved brand Bellroy is made with durable ripstop, comes from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, expands and contracts with a gusset so it’s never too bulky, and has just the right amount of pockets, clips, and straps.” Buy: $85
“Unfortunately, I don’t have $3,000 lying around at the moment, so I decided to go with the next best thing! Orren Ellis’ Seido Upholstered Accent Chair offers the look and feel of the classic Wassily Chair but without the steep price tag. With its sleek, minimalist design and unique shape, it’s the perfect blend of both modern and timeless for a wide range of interiors. So, if you’re like me and just trying to take the fast pass approach to building your perfect Bauhaus room, I would definitely recommend beginning here.” Buy: $340
“My recently acquired Sinn U50 Professional has its own bracelet, which I love, but sometimes I want to change things up. I picked up a few of Crown & Buckle’s Chevron Adjustable straps. They work perfectly because they’re single pass across the caseback, which means the add barely any thickness to the wearing experience. Excellent wear comfort, myriad colorways, different hardware finishes, and three width choices mean you can find what work best for your watch(es). Today’s choice is Obsidian + Syrah, which picks up the red in my Sinn’s dial.” Buy: $26+