Skip
Current Issue
This Month's Print Issue

Follow Fast Company

We’ll come to you.

1 minute read

Put Style In Your Lifestyle

  • <p>
Sure, spring is rainy, but why compromise aesthetics with some bright orange Gore-Tex parka that would look more appropriate on the slopes than on Broadway? 7's trench does the job -- with panache. Made of gabardine and cut like a blazer, it's a form-fitting, lightweight and liner-less shell for those blustery, spring-is-coming days. $325.
</p>
  • <p>
In a green world, it's not enough for something to look good; it has to be good. The Singgih Kartono Magno Wooden Radio, made almost entirely of sustainably-harvested wood, is constructed by Indonesian carpenters in low-employment areas of that country. The designer, Singgih Kartono, intends the Magno Wooden radio to be both environmentally and socially sound – and it looks pretty good, too. Since it's compatible with modern MP3 players via inputs in the radio's rear, you won't sacrifice functionality for good conscience.
</p>
  • <p>
Sometimes, subtlety is synonymous with style. Take the Luxury Redefined t-shirt, made from organic, undyed, unbleached, fair trade cotton grown in Peru, with a low water footprint and low-waste production and packaging. Sure, that's a lot of green cred, but it's also a lot of fashion cred; John Smedley is an long-respected knitwear company out of Derbyshire, England. They believe they've created the perfect t-shirt: lightweight, finely knit and guilt-free. But you'd better like white: dyes aren't sustainable, so it only comes in its natural cotton color.
</p>
  • <p>
Sometimes, it's the little things that say the most about a person's style. At least, that's the bet made by Kewi, a leather goods company that makes specially-fitted sheathes for your car key. The little cases, artfully stitched and crafted in a litany of colors, fit snugly over almost any contemporary car key, and are intended to make your most crucial accessory – your keys – seem less like a burden and more like a statement. $36-42.
</p>
  • <p>
There's a certain elegance about touch-screen phones that almost begs for a designer's take. Aptly, Prada and LG have teamed up to produce the Prada Phone, a 12mm-thin beauty that features a bright TFT touchscreen, GSM connectivity, and a handful of tricks you can't get on an iPhone: Java support, multimedia messaging, a MicroSD slot, and of course, the Prada name. $780.
</p>
  • <p>
For every plain leather-band watch out there, there's a big, ostentatious, overly-technical one to counter it. Thankfully, Danish watchmaker Skagen has mastered the middle ground: a stylish, understated watch that, up close, has enough bravado to impress any fashion maven. The best bet in their lineup are their Kaffe Espresso Swiss Movement watches, each of which sport a brushed stainless steel case and a rich, walnut-colored face. The women's version is slightly more luxurious, featuring a mother-of-pearl dial with twelve diamond hour indicators, but both have Skagen's trademark elegance with ultra-thin 8 and 9 millimeter bodies. $295.
</p>
  • <p>
Unless you're planning on playing volleyball, ditch the sport sunglasses when in all but the most casual contexts. Don't worry: entering the realm of fashion sunglasses won't automatically make you look like Paris Hilton. Tom Ford's Dunning sunglasses add a modern touch to the classic aviators -- lest you look like a college kid or a police officer – without most of the European flash usually associated with high style shades. If it's anyone who knows serious style, it's Ford; his collection of prim, fitted suits have revolutionized American men's style. Unisex; $200.
</p>
  • <p>
Mostly, we discovered these using journalistic magic. But it wouldn't be fair if we didn't mention a startup called <a href="http://www.thisnext.com/" target="_new" title="ThisNext.com">ThisNext.com</a>, which abetted our quest when plain magic wasn't cutting it. According to Founder and CEO Gordon Gould, ThisNext exists to solve what he calls a “discovery problem” in online shopping. That problem: how do you find the perfect product if you don't know it exists? ThisNext acts like a social network for products, allowing users to discover cool, niche merchandise without having to be a design maven or a professional shopper. Check it out, but beware – it's addictive, so keep a tight fist on your credit card.
</p>
  • 01 /08

    Sure, spring is rainy, but why compromise aesthetics with some bright orange Gore-Tex parka that would look more appropriate on the slopes than on Broadway? 7's trench does the job -- with panache. Made of gabardine and cut like a blazer, it's a form-fitting, lightweight and liner-less shell for those blustery, spring-is-coming days. $325.

  • 02 /08

    In a green world, it's not enough for something to look good; it has to be good. The Singgih Kartono Magno Wooden Radio, made almost entirely of sustainably-harvested wood, is constructed by Indonesian carpenters in low-employment areas of that country. The designer, Singgih Kartono, intends the Magno Wooden radio to be both environmentally and socially sound – and it looks pretty good, too. Since it's compatible with modern MP3 players via inputs in the radio's rear, you won't sacrifice functionality for good conscience.

  • 03 /08

    Sometimes, subtlety is synonymous with style. Take the Luxury Redefined t-shirt, made from organic, undyed, unbleached, fair trade cotton grown in Peru, with a low water footprint and low-waste production and packaging. Sure, that's a lot of green cred, but it's also a lot of fashion cred; John Smedley is an long-respected knitwear company out of Derbyshire, England. They believe they've created the perfect t-shirt: lightweight, finely knit and guilt-free. But you'd better like white: dyes aren't sustainable, so it only comes in its natural cotton color.

  • 04 /08

    Sometimes, it's the little things that say the most about a person's style. At least, that's the bet made by Kewi, a leather goods company that makes specially-fitted sheathes for your car key. The little cases, artfully stitched and crafted in a litany of colors, fit snugly over almost any contemporary car key, and are intended to make your most crucial accessory – your keys – seem less like a burden and more like a statement. $36-42.

  • 05 /08

    There's a certain elegance about touch-screen phones that almost begs for a designer's take. Aptly, Prada and LG have teamed up to produce the Prada Phone, a 12mm-thin beauty that features a bright TFT touchscreen, GSM connectivity, and a handful of tricks you can't get on an iPhone: Java support, multimedia messaging, a MicroSD slot, and of course, the Prada name. $780.

  • 06 /08

    For every plain leather-band watch out there, there's a big, ostentatious, overly-technical one to counter it. Thankfully, Danish watchmaker Skagen has mastered the middle ground: a stylish, understated watch that, up close, has enough bravado to impress any fashion maven. The best bet in their lineup are their Kaffe Espresso Swiss Movement watches, each of which sport a brushed stainless steel case and a rich, walnut-colored face. The women's version is slightly more luxurious, featuring a mother-of-pearl dial with twelve diamond hour indicators, but both have Skagen's trademark elegance with ultra-thin 8 and 9 millimeter bodies. $295.

  • 07 /08

    Unless you're planning on playing volleyball, ditch the sport sunglasses when in all but the most casual contexts. Don't worry: entering the realm of fashion sunglasses won't automatically make you look like Paris Hilton. Tom Ford's Dunning sunglasses add a modern touch to the classic aviators -- lest you look like a college kid or a police officer – without most of the European flash usually associated with high style shades. If it's anyone who knows serious style, it's Ford; his collection of prim, fitted suits have revolutionized American men's style. Unisex; $200.

  • 08 /08

    Mostly, we discovered these using journalistic magic. But it wouldn't be fair if we didn't mention a startup called ThisNext.com, which abetted our quest when plain magic wasn't cutting it. According to Founder and CEO Gordon Gould, ThisNext exists to solve what he calls a “discovery problem” in online shopping. That problem: how do you find the perfect product if you don't know it exists? ThisNext acts like a social network for products, allowing users to discover cool, niche merchandise without having to be a design maven or a professional shopper. Check it out, but beware – it's addictive, so keep a tight fist on your credit card.

Sure, spring is rainy, but why compromise aesthetics with some bright orange Gore-Tex parka that would look more appropriate on the slopes than on Broadway? 7's trench does the job — with panache. Made of gabardine and cut like a blazer, it's a form-fitting, lightweight and liner-less shell for those blustery, spring-is-coming days. $325.

loading