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 needed a blazer for work and travel that would both look great and last without being bulky and fully-lined. Wool & Prince’s Navy Blazer is made with Merino wool and nylon fabric (for stretch) from Italy, and it fits like it was tailored for me. The two-button, notched-lapel blazer isn’t too slim, nor is it billowy like a David Byrne special. The half-back and sleeve lining is just right, and there are pockets inside and out. I should’ve bought two.” Buy: $258
“Vinegar Syndrome is opening up New York Ninja for order (and for shipment!) on Blu-ray this Monday! A forgotten, no-budget 1980s action-comedy about a news station sound tech who goes on a ninja rampage in NYC after his pregnant wife is murdered by a gang; VinSyn did the entire restoration of the unfinished movie themselves. It rules.” Learn More
“Fulton is a buzzy new DTC brand that makes eco-friendly insoles built to offer greater arch support and comfort in your shoes. I’ve never purchased a custom insole, usually I just rock whatever comes stock and standard with my sneakers. But, I recently upgraded my running shoes with an insole and I could feel the difference. So, after learning about Fulton I decided to do the same with my regular sneakers. Fulton’s custom, cork-based insoles have worked wonders. No achy feet, even after walking around for hours. And my feet are cozy and comfy. I think I’m going to need to slip the Fultons into all of my shoes now.” Buy: $48
“Winter might be quickly approaching on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for cold brew. Whether you prefer your coffee strong and iced, you have a sensitive stomach or you’re using it to make tea from all your garden greenery that’s about to get frozen over, the Takeya Deluxe Cold Brew Coffee Maker has you covered. Fill it with water, add your ground beans/herbs/natural components and let it sit for 12 – 18 hours. After that, all you have to do is twist a 1/4 turn and enjoy the fruits of your labors. Whatever you’re making, if it needs to steep, this is the best vessel for it.” Buy: $33
“Temps are dropping in Philly and that means it’s time to pick up some new, heavier socks for the season. I came across these RoToTo Bandana socks in Todd Snyder’s sale section this week and grabbed two pairs – one in red and one in black. They’ve since sold out at TS, but red can still be found at END. Made in Japan, a classic bandana print, and a comfy-as-hell hand-knitted feel make them a great choice for Fall/Winter.” Buy: $29