THE MONOCLE ORDER
Interview: The Monocle Order
Frustrated with losing their sunglasses and also spotting the same styles on faces around them in New York, Holland-born Alex van Klaveren and Washington native Zoe Nightingale took their mutual obsession with shades, entrepreneurial know-how and...
Designer Baseball Caps
Whether it's box-fresh with the stickers on or a trusty worn-in snapback, there are a million beloved ways to wear a baseball cap. Fitted or adjustable? Flat- or curve-brimmed? The rules go on, but this season's batch of designer caps break as much...
Vintage-inspired eyewear isn't a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, but Gentlemonster reworks the classics with an emphasis on innovation. Buddy Holly specs and brow line glasses take on a modern edge with sleek angles whereas changeable...
This season's round of eyewear collaborations has brought some of the brightest yet. Well-crafted frames with distinct fashion sensibilities are coming down the pipeline, along with unexpected but welcomed creative match-ups and revivals of yesteryear...
Title of Work
If designer Jonathan Meizler had his way, subtle elements of couture would be a part of every man's wardrobe. In Title of Work—Meizler's new menswear label—opulent beadwork, Swarovski crystals and black diamonds embellish English wool...
On a black stage a singular ping-pong ball triggers four dancers, followed by thousands more balls dropping, rolling and flooding the scene in controlled chaos. This is "Why Patterns." Making its U.S. debut next week, the performance piece is a collaboration...
Call it simple geometry. Round sunglasses have come full circle and are officially back in style. From intellectually modern to transparently flirtatious, these six pairs of shades, however, are more than elementary. 19.6g France's Waiting for...
Bespoken Fall/Winter 2011
A great-grandfather who served in the British Royal Navy is at the seafaring heart of Bespoken's menswear collection recently presented at New York's Fashion Week. "The pieces in this collection were inspired by the details of these soldiers' attire...
NEW YORK CITY
RVS by V. 212
Launched by vintage eyewear purveyor Vidal Erkohen, RVS by V. is steadily gaining notice for its retro-styled sunglasses in vibrant matte finishes. The 212, the Turkish label's first limited-edition frames, recalls the brow-heavy specs of the '50s...
While its name may conjure cloudy weather, Raen Optics are a paean to endless summers and drop-tops—an enthusiasm made clear with their limited edition Myopia sunglasses created for surf-loving label Alexandra Cassaniti (in stores Spring '11...
Vintage Frames Company
To score a sunglasses fitting with the exclusive Vintage Frames Company, it wouldn't hurt to be a hip-hop mogul or Russian princess. But now the largest distributor of its kind is offering hundreds of choice styles each month—from legendary...
Yoko Devereaux x Gilt Man
NYC's dearly departed men's label Yoko Devereaux returns this fall, bringing with it a "dark and clever smirk." The capsule collection created for Gilt Man includes signature pieces—like its oft-imitated fleece blazer—as well as new...
Southern California's Beta Unit introduces streetwear to an apocalyptic aesthetic that's usually reserved for the runway. In the upcoming fall collection, knits with mystical-looking geometric patterns bring crop formations to mind and functional...
RIO DE JANEIRO
Q elevates the chocolate bar to new heights of gastronomy. The recently launched confection owes its rich taste to Brazil's finest cocoa beans and equally sensuous curves to Oscar Niemeyer, the country's celebrated modern architect. Q was concocted...
From one of NYC's hardest-working designers House of Diehl, this new line of one-off sunglasses mixes high camp with one-of-a-kind appeal at a price point that means you can still indulge in your Rick Owens obsession too. The Wayfarer styles are...
Tony Capitol Glasses Case
Most sunglasses cases—often standard-issue with purchase, a generic afterthought, or a pouch too flimsy to carry fragile frames—don't do justice to the accessories they contain. For the detail-obssesed, Steve Mono's Tony Capitol collection...
NEW YORK CITY
Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait
Experimenting with indirect ways to reveal themselves in the eye of the camera, the artists currently on display in "Incognito: The Hidden Self-Portrait" at NYC's Yancey Richardson Gallery play with shadows, reflections and silhouettes for a subliminal...
Ace & Jig
From the founders of LaRok clothing, Brooklyn-based label stockists and more views of their Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
Which Governments Demand Google Remove Information
An unrivaled information clearinghouse, Google and its many subsidiaries (YouTube, Blogger, etc.) are private. Still, governments seek data from Google's vast database for investigations, sometimes even requesting permanent removal of content they...
Shabd x Baggu
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Go Clean Wet Suit Bag
Nothing kills summer fun like a wet swimsuit leaking, or worse yet growing mold, inside a bag. Travel gear specialist Go Clean Wet Suit Bag. Waterproof and mildew-resistant, the sack keeps your swimsuit separated from the rest of your stuff with...
When all you want to carry is a camera and pair of sunglasses, how do you port it? The solution, a hybrid with the shape of a slightly larger fanny pack but worn over the shoulder like a backpack, makes the perfect choice for a summer bike ride or...
The Novel Duffel
The Novel Duffel from Herschel Supply Co. does away with the cumbersome task of protecting finery from shoes when packing for a trip or the gym. A separate zippered compartment at the base keeps dirty soles safely away from clothing and other contents...
Raised by Wolves x Furni Digital Watch
Emerging Canadian streetwear label Raised by Wolves and our friends at Montreal-based design studio Furni are back with a second round of LCD digital watches. This time gray and candy-colored pastels replace the vivid fluoro hues from the first run...
Sleeper Projects Drum Kit
Sleeper Projects' full-size nesting drum kit's beautifully understated design features minimal hardware and maple shells with a handsomely subtle finish. Filled with clothes and belongings, the kit weighs under 50 pounds—enough to avoid extra...