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Are you the type who gets inspired by a wardrobe essential? So are we. If you can relate to shopping for these items high and low and mixing them with a bit of vintage and tomboy charm, you'll find yourself directly within the bull's-eye of one of our favorite accessory brands: Stance, a sock company that designs for the girl whose wardrobe is full of basics, reinvented. As basic as most socks are, there's nothing basic about Stance's wares, as you'll see in their just-released women's spring video lookbook. Our advice: Get 'em before you see 'em walking away from you, on your bestie. --Crishana Haynes
The snow industry churns out several worthy product collaborations each season, but one of the more intriguing has to be the partnering of iconic musician Pharrell Williams and snowboard giant Burton on the newest Burton outerwear project, the Sustainable Collection. The collection features the revolutionary BIONIC Yarn, a thread that uses 40 to 45 percent recycled content and is 400 percent stronger than conventional yarns. The two parties have worked together before, but this year promises a full line of Burton outerwear highlighted by the Bomber Down Jacket and the 3L Jacket--proven pieces of the Burton family of outerwear. So far we have only seen the two jackets, but Burton expects a full line available by early September. Expect to hear more about the innovative project as the season goes on. --Kade Krichko
Vans and hard rock legend Metallica are at it again with the debut of their new signature shoes in a four-piece collection that hit stores this month. Each member of the metal ensemble--James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammet, and Robert Trujillo--worked with the skate shoe company to create a unique shoe offering based off a classic Vans style. The result is four fresh kicks--the Hetfield inspired Sk8-Hi Deconstruct, Lars' own Era Laceless, Hammet's hemped-up Slip-On, and Trujillo's skate-inspired Escuela.
Each shoe will be introduced in a video explaining the inspirations behind the design and its connection to the collective Metallica whole. The first edition looks at the "Trujillo Trio," which delves into the relationship between Robert and pro skater Tony Trujillo. The second edition dropped Tuesday, featuring a meeting between Kirk and pro surfer Nathan Fletcher.
Stay tuned to vans.com/metallica and metallica.com for more details on the signatures shoes, and for each new video drop. --Kade Krichko
Earlier this year we mentioned the release of the Stanley 100th Anniversary Edition Bottle, but it appears the Seattle-based container company is at it again, collaborating with fellow Seatown company Filson to create the 100th Anniversary Edition Bottle and Shoulder Sling. The bottle is much the same as the original release, with a 1.1-quart vacuum insulated, stainless steel bottle that features a vintage lid doubling as an 8-ounce cup. The bottle also has a recessed 100th Anniversary metal badge to commemorate a century of quality bottle production. Coupled with the bottle is a tin cloth and genuine bridle leather shoulder sling from Filson that has a flannel-lined slip pocket and adjustable shoulder straps for easy use, no matter who is using it. There is an extremely limited supply of these commemorative bottles and slings--1,913 to be exact--so get your hands on them while you can. MSRP $175 --Kade Krichko
Keeping our creative endeavors alive under the weight of life, and all that it throws at us, is becoming more and more of a challenge. As the responsibilities pile up--working a 9 to 5 job, juggling a weekly routine, playing catch-up on the weekends--there never seems to be enough time left to languish in the creative process that was once a much larger part of our existence. If you, too, are feeling defeated by the responsible person that you've become, there may be hope. Enter the Belair X 6-12 Jetsetter camera--the worlds first 6x12 auto-exposure medium format camera. This artful camera offers never-before-seen sharpness, depth of field, and an ultra-wide photo option that might just help us emerge from the monotony. Perhaps as we take a closer look at the day to day, our artistic self will come back to life. After all, life is art--live it up!