Fingerprint-Proof Rectangular Recycler $180
Simplehuman's convenient Fingerprint-Proof Rectangular Recycler step trash can has two compartmentsâ€”one for trash and the other for recyclablesâ€”eliminating the need for extra bins cluttering up a tiny kitchen. With a lid that closes slowly instead of banging shut and a 10-year warranty, this will become one as much a classic as your favorite Le Creuset pan.
Heirloom Towels $20-120
A deliciously super-plush collection of organic luxury towels made of natural fibers and materials from Nandina Organics, a company that utilizes a sustainable business model. Bonus: even delicate hand-made elements such as on the Tassel towel promise to machine-wash like a dream on the gentle cycle.
Leather Dopp Kit $150
For pedigreed lads with supreme personal hygiene, this sophisticated Leather Dopp Kit looks just as handsome as its well-groomed owner. Constructed from a pebbled navy leather, as durable as it is stylish, this classic organizational accessory is a must for any dapper gent, and will surely contain a beautifying array of high-end shaving necessities, the essential toothbrush, and any other macho cosmetics your manliness requires.
JOT Smartpen $150
For those sketchbook devotees trapped in a digital world, the Equil JOT smartpen transmits paper scribbles directly to your Apple device, into a highly editable and sharable document. The pen's companion Bluetooth accessory triangulates the position of the pen and records each stroke in real time. Therefore, the type of paper used for digital recording is irrelevant; the JOT can capture hand-drawn musings on any medium, from a bar napkin to a Post-it note, and stands apart from other digital pens on the market.
212 Deadquilt $165
The brainchild of industrious entrepreneur Kristen Wentrcek, Brooklyn-based Wintercheck Factory focuses on repurposing remnants to a new stately form. The one-off 212 Deadquilts are handcrafted from "printed fabrics unearthed from textile warehouses across America," which have been sewn to a super-soft nylon backing. Each handsome quilt is a one-off, rendering this gift truly unique.
Geneva Sound System Model XS $200
Small space. Big sound. The Geneva Sound System Model XS is the perfect travel companion for the music-loving design enthusiast on the go. Made by Swiss masters of modern electronics, this highly portable and transformative speaker was inspired by the classic travel clock, designed to easily fold into a sleek leather-like case. The system's packability and high-quality audio, Bluetooth-capability, and built-in alarm clock make it a convenient audio essential you will never leave home without.
TiVo Roamio $200
TiVo Roamio, available in regular, plus and pro, will keep your roommates and relatives at ease and record up to six shows at once, no matter their current TV obsession. With all that power and over 450 hours of HD recording capability, you can ditch the multi-box household layout for a single, easy-to-use device. TiVo even lets you record season finales and big games while you stream shows, movies and music from Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube and more.
Segment Clock $92
The Segment Clock is handmade from birch wood by New Zealand-based independent designer Nikolai Sorensen. By dividing it into 12 geometric sections and painting a select few, Sorensen creates a clean yet statement-making timepiece that will brighten up any room. Because no numbers are inscribed, the clock can be rotated in any direction you choose, moving the position of the colored segment. The final part of the design lies in your own personal touch.
DryZone DF 20L Camera Bag $150
Ideal for the traveling photographer, this waterproof camera bag from Lowepro is specially designed with a removable internal case for fast access. Whether it's a surprise rain storm or rowdy set, the roll-top closure seals in your precious equipment and keeps the elements out.
Arrow Key Chain $175
Luxury leather craftsmen at Parabellum endeavor to bring back an era when people invested in quality objects that lasted forever and only became more beautiful with age. Their fetching Arrow Key Chain is right on target, crafted from Kevlar-reinforced American Bison hide, trimmed with gloss copper hardware and handmade in Parabellum's Los Angeles studio. This stunning object looks just as good on its own as it does attached to one Parabellum's sumptuous signature totes.
Blood and Tears
Martinique Sunglasses $250
Bored with spotting the same styles across faces in NYC, Holland-born Alex van Klaveren and Washington native Zoe Nightingale took their mutual obsession with shades to launch The Monocle Order. Their limited edition, Martinique frames in fantastic blue on blue are handcrafted in Turkey using zyl acetate (a renewable resource) from Mazzucchelli—a company long known for its investment in plastics R&D. They use a technique which injects pigment into the plastic, meaning they're that much more brilliant and will last that much longer.
Cube Print Pouch $160
Pierre Hardy originally rose to fame with his acclaimed footwear collections for Dior, Hermes and Balenciaga, to name a few, and has since created his own eponymous line of shoes and handbags, known for their graphic aesthetic and sleek architectural lines. The designer's signature cube prints were originally inspired by Florentine stone floors, and are a constant in his coveted collections. Hardy's Cube Print Pouch features this timeless print with just the right amount of graphic interest and refined sophistication, and is sure to get a knowing nod or two from the fashion-elite.
Nimbus Smart Dashboard $130
For those friends who are constantly glued to their phones to stay on top of the info that matters most to them, Nimbus Smart Dashboard comes to the rescue. The digital dashboard tracks and displays up to four quantifiable categories in real-time, providing an easy analysis of your email volume, your commute time, the weather and total recent Instagram likes—all easily viewed with just one glance. As good-looking as it is efficient, the Nimbus promises convenience and liberation.
Askov Finlayson + Faribault Woolen Mill
Zag Blanket $185
Our friends at Minneapolis' Askov Finlayson designed this limited edition, double-woven jacquard blanket with nearby Faribault Woolen Mill, which has been weaving for nearly 150 years. The domestic Merino wool is blended with a small amount of cotton for added softness. Best of all, for every blanket sold one is donated to St. Stephen's Human Services, a local not-for-profit addressing homelessness.
Ultimate Ears Boom $200
Ultimate Ears Boom brings a blast of 360˚sound wherever you may go—even the shower. The portable, Bluetooth-enabled speaker allows two devices to connect at the same time, letting music hogs take turns controlling the groove without interrupting the vibe. Available in a range of colors, the small speaker packs 15 hours of battery life, wireless use from up to 50 feet away and the ability to sync with your smartphone’s morning alarm.
Cast of Vices
Fly Cufflinks $250
LA-based Cast of Vices designs around society's inevitable demise and the "cigarette butts, pills, bottle caps and coke bags" that will be left behind, addressing both our addictions and tendencies toward self-medication. They've include the pesky fly in their collection to signify the nagging and noxious nature of our bad habits. Melancholic metaphors aside, this most irritating of insects takes on a new beauty when transformed into these semi-precious cufflinks, sure to generate some buzz at any formal gathering.