We hate to be alarmists, but you realise Christmas isn’t that far away, right?
Which means only one thing: you’ve got limited time left to spend money with abandon on yourself and only yourself, instead of that Secret bloody Santa. Go forth, dear readers, and treat yourselves—preferably with some of the stuff we’ve picked out below.
Globe + Pantone Limited Edition Box Sets
Globe and Pantone have teamed up for two limited edition box sets paying homage to the Pantone® Color of the Year series, and we dig it. Each deck is a numbered edition of 200 (très exclusif) and dipped in one of the Pantone Colors of the Year from the past two decades. Here’s the specs so you can start figuring out where to hang these in your pad: each deck is 8.25” wide x 32” tall, made from Canadian maple, paint-dipped and engraved with color name and Pantone number, and laser-etched with color story and official collaboration information (including limited-edition individualized numbering on each top).
The Melbourne based, one-woman operation that is Kumhara Clay produces earthy, one-of-a-kind ceramics that we want to stock up on. The mugs are perfect for your morning cup of joe, and the handmade plates look like they deserve to be plated up with the finest Vegemite and avocado on toast your incapable culinary skills can muster.
Charcoal Book Club
We’ve told you about our favourite record subscription service before, and now we’re about to tell you about this sweet photo book club we’ve just come across. As well as functioning as an online bookstore, it’s a subscription service that sends you a signed, first edition monograph and collectable print each month. Their selected books sell out fast, and members who already have the book can swap it for another book on Charcoal Book Club’s online shop, which features a mix of classics from the photographers you know (Gordon Parks, Robert Frank, Joel Meyerowitz) and emerging photographers you should know. A great one to bookmark for Chrissie presents for that freaky little shutterbug in your life.
Crap Eyewear – Nu Bloom
We all know that when it comes to sunglasses, we’re getting royally screwed with the mark-up price. Independent LA brand Crap Eyewear, however, are making good quality, stylish shades at decent prices, and we’re into it. They’ve just released a few great styles, like these unisex pair with a wireframe and deep rose lenses. If these don’t tickle your fancy, definitely go check out the rest of the range—guaranteed you’ll find something you like.
Carhartt WIP Backpages T-Shirt
Can’t afford the new Carhartt WIP x Wacko Maria collab? Neither, so instead we’ll be purchasing their Backpages T-Shirt, available in white and black. Still thinkin’ bout those Wacko Maria garments though.
Kim Gordon: No Icon
If you liked Kim Gordon’s autobiography Girl in Band (you’d have to be mad not to) then you’ll maybe, probably, definitely, like her upcoming release with Rizzoli, No Icon. The personally curated scrapbook includes a foreword by Carrie Brownstein and spans from her childhood in California to New York’s downtown arts and music scene in the ’80s and ’90s where Sonic Youth was born. The book features unpublished photographs, magazine and newspaper clippings, song lyrics, writings, artworks, and all kinds of ephemera from the indie icon herself.
Beats Flex Earphones
Beats makes damn good earphones, and now they’re finally affordable! Hurray! Beats just introduced the new Beats Flex. The brand’s most affordable earphones feature auto-play/pause earbuds, a 12-hour battery life, USB-C charging, and are powered by the Apple W1 chip. Don’t be caught slippin’ on your Zoom calls with shitty gas station headphones. The world will laugh at you, and so will we.
Slowtide x Mark McInnis Towel
Photographer Mark McInnis lost everything as a result of the wildfires that spread through his hometown in Oregon, and here’s how you can lend a hand. Slowtide has designed a towel featuring one of Mark’s stunning surf snaps printed on it, and aside from adding a good looking quick-dry towel made from 100% post-consumer waste to your swim rotation, all the sale proceeds will go directly to Mark.
General Admission When We All Vote Tote
General Admission partnered with Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote organisation, along with Braindead, Brownstone, Mister Green, Kkco, Cereal & Such, Garrett Leight and Varsity Los Angeles, for this new tote and custom buttons. To help raise awareness and funds, they’re giving 100% of sale proceeds to When We All Vote, so make sure you get one before D-Day.
Vans x Anderson .Paak Sid DX
Unlike the rest of the stuff in this post, you’ll have to wait until November 13 to grab a pair, but delayed satisfaction is good for soul in this Amazon Prime consumerist wasteland we now live in. Back to the shoes—they’re from a new collab range with Vans x Anderson .Paak, who’s just been announced as the brand’s very first global music ambassador, which is a huge deal. AP’s got one of the raddest wardrobes in the music industry, so it’s nice to see him bring his distinctive, colourful flair to the new range. But our top pick’s going to be these Sid DX kicks, which pay homage to his 2016 album, Malibu, and feature embroidered chenille pattern uppers and a Flying-V logo embroidered at each side. Yes Lawd!
Keep your eyes out for these dropping November 13 at Vans retailers and online.
RM Williams are the quintessential pair of Aussie boots and they’ll probably last longer than the relationship you’re in right now. But you already knew that, so rather than tell you about one specific pair we’ve been eyeing off, here’s something even better—right now you can bring in your old pair of leather boots and they’ll give you $100 toward a new pair of RMs, or bring in an old pair of RMs and they’ll up it to $150. It’s a handy discount considering the average pair will cost you upwards of $500-700, but they’ll stick with you through the years.
Check out their website for participating stores or to organise a mail-in swap if you’re stuck in lockdown.