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.


LG 27UL850-W Display Monitor

“I have been in the market for a new monitor as I’m trying to brush on my graphic design skills. This LG 27″ display answered the call. The wide viewing panel offers superb color and the 4k video display provides superior viewing of my favorite shows when I need a break. Oh, and with laptop/mobile charging, I limit the wire cobwebs that seem to grow around the office. If you are in the market for a monitor upgrade, this 27″ wonder will not disappoint.” Buy: $547

Sean Ryan, Co-Founder


Timex® x Todd Snyder The Mod NATO Strap Watch

“When it comes to menswear brands that always deliver bulletproof collaborative pieces, you won’t find better than Todd Snyder or Timex. While both brands are individually responsible for some of our favorite team-ups from the past decade, the two of them joining forces for this Mod Watch was a game-changer. Vintage design based on a bullseye specimen from the Timex archives–that drips old Vegas roulette style, for the record–combined with a modern quartz movement, stainless case, and NATO nylon strap make this watch the perfect finishing touch for any outfit.” Buy: $60

Ben Dahl, Senior Editor


BentoStack Charge 8000

“Carrying a lot of mobile-device crap around is a daily reality, and I wanted a better way to organize and consolidate it all. I recently grabbed a BentoStack Charge 8000 that incorporates stackable cord and accessory storage, coupled with an integrated 8,000 mAh battery that can charge up your devices Qi-wirelessly or plugged in via USB. The matte soft-touch surfaced plastic looks and feels premium. This thing now goes with me everywhere.” Buy: $100

Amos Kwon, Auto/Watches Editor


Alex Mill Standard Pleated Pant in Chino

“As the weather begins to cool down, I’m trading in my shorts and linens for fall-appropriate chinos and cords. I was in the market for a new pair of everyday pants and was happy to stumble upon Alex Mill’s fall lineup. I know I’m late to the game but Alex Mill is making some of the best simple staples in menswear. And I’m loving the Standard Pleated chino. The Golden Khaki color is perfect for fall and the pleats look especially stylish with a tucked in tee. I tend to wear slimmer pants but I’m really loving the relaxed look. And you’ve got to cuff them just a little. These have easily become my Autumn go-tos.” Buy: $125

John A. Paradiso, Managing Editor


RTIC Lightweight Backpack Cooler

“I received this over the weekend as a groomsmen gift, and I already can’t wait to try it out. With plenty of pockets and cooler storage, it’s perfect for any day hike or boat outing. And, for all of my fellow weekend warriors out there, it’s also a great way to look the part without having to break the bank!” Buy: $45+

Eric Lacy, Graphic Designer


Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly's Palizzi Social Club

“Palizzi Social Club serves up some of the best Italian food in Philly and I’m lucky enough to live two blocks away. It’s so good, and so close, I’m starting to become a bit of a regular. The staff, the vibe, and the drinks keep me coming back, but it’s the food that’s most impressive. I picked up their cookbook recently to see if I could take a crack at some of their recipes. First up will be the grilled lollipop lamb chops. Wish me luck. And if you’re even in Philly, and lucky enough to know someone with a membership, put this spot on your ‘must visit’ list.” Buy: $25

Tim Jacobsen, Co-Founder

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Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

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