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If you’re looking for some fresh Spring beats, we highly recommend checking out Austrailia’s Tash Sultana.

At just twenty-one years of age, Tash is creating waves and generating massive street buzz by playing sold out shows all over the World. Tash has made a name for herself busking on the streets of Melbourne and having homemade videos go viral getting millions of views online.

Since having her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, the self taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform live. Her vocal shines with a magical quality, she has a natural gift for melody and her virtuosic guitar playing is from another planet. Oh, and it’s just her on all the songs playing every instrument and looping all the beats. Check out the video of her recording her hit “Jungle” in her bedroom and give her debut album a listen below.

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One of my current obsessions after our recent trip to Long Beach are these incredible hats by Nick Fouquet. After moving to Venice Beach in 2008, Nick learned all about the art of hat making from his mentor. Soon after he began making and selling his own hats, which are more like works of art. Made by hand using the finest materials, Nick crafts his bespoke hats using unconventional techniques like pre-distressing, paint splatters and personal touches and add-ons specific to the client, making a hat and it’s owner truly one.

I first found out about his work after watching the incredible video below and after seeing several of his hats around Long Beach and on celebrities like Pharrell, Madonna, Justin Beiber and Lebron James, it’s clear Nick is making a name for himself in the hat world. What I truly love about his hats is how each one is unique, with his distressing techniques giving each at a custom look. Plus, his use of the green matchstick as his personal piece of branding is so dope you can’t help but want to try to slip one into your own hat to see how it looks. The hats aren’t cheap with prices reportedly starting between $400-$800, but they are made to be worn for a lifetime and later handed down to future generations. Next time you are in Venice, I highly recommend stopping into the store and getting one made for yourself. In the meantime be sure the check out his website and Instagram page for more of his designs.

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Hip Hop has always been, throughout it’s existence, deeply intertwined with fashion. Whether it’s baggy pants, fitted hats, street goth, Adidas sneakers and Dookie chains, Hip Hop has been a reflection of (as well as a driving force behind) how people dress. Recently, much to our delight, a more Dandy approach to dress has been seeing an resurgence in the hip hop community, and no one more perfectly encapsulates that than Jidenna with his new song “Classic Man”.

While his look may more gentlemanly, Jidenna’s lyrics remind you that from time to time, one mustn’t be afraid to kick a little ass. The video features some of the most dapper man you will ever see in a rap video including Jidenna himself, who prefers bespoke suits, club collar shirts and a finger wave hairstyle more indicative of the Gatsby era of dress. Beginning as many Dandy’s do, by thrift shopping for suits and having them custom tailored, Jidenna refined his style through out the years thanks to an always impeccably dressed father. Signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, who is always perfectly dressed herself, Jidenna’s new song is sure to be a refreshing hit song for Summer. Check out the video below.

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Milan-based suit makers Caruso recently released a short film demonstrating what it means to be a gentleman: The Good Italian. Prominently featuring their handsomely made clothing (which is available for purchase here), the film follows a young couple who get lost during a bike ride through the Italian countryside near Soragna, where Caruso’s factory is located. A study in the finer aspects of Italy’s much-heralded culture including its cuisine, opera, wine, architecture and of course, fashion, the video is a luscious filmic exploration of the best representation of what it means to be a man.

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In Episode 2 of their Raw Craft Series, Anthony Bourdain and The Balvenie visit the legendary “boxing tailor,” Frank Shattuck, in Upstate New York to learn what it takes to create true “bench-made suits.”

Frank Shattuck is one fascinating dude. He’s a boxer, an actor, and a legendary tailor. He spent over 15 years learning and perfecting his craft under the tutelage of Master Tailor Raphael Raffaelli to make the best suits possible. When asked why he makes life so hard for himself Frank will tell you, “It’s all I know how to do.”

Anthony and Frank are reunited for the first time since a chance meeting at a New York City dive bar in the late 90’s. This episode will take you into Frank’s world as he demonstrates the painstaking craftsmanship that goes into making a beautiful bench-made suit; something Tony has lusted over ever since they first met.

The Balvenie shares Frank’s passion for craftsmanship. Their longstanding alliance with craft is a result of the distillery’s dedication to the five rare crafts of whisky making, which allow them to achieve their distinctive taste and exceptional quality. The Balvenie still grows its own barley, still malts in its own floor maltings, employs a team of coopers to tend its casks, a coppersmith to maintain its stills, and has in its service the most experienced Malt Master in Scotland.

Check out the full episode below.


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A certain type of musical ambiance is required for these foggy, rain-soaked days of Spring. Lord Huron’s newest album, Strange Trails, is the perfect choice for said ambiance. With a slightly darker tone than their first album “Lonesome Dreams”, Strange Trails takes the listener on a haunting journey exploring life, love and longing. The joie de vivre folk sound Lord Huron is so well known for is still prevalent throughout the album, as well as their catchy retro sound which is so perfectly captured in the Pulp magazine-inspired cover art released with each single. It’s perhaps this artwork which reminds me so much of the first time I saw the movie Pulp Fiction; with the ripping guitar intros and kitschy, toe-tapping tunes which introduced me to a whole new genre of music.

After listening to this album pretty much non-stop for the past day or two, favorite tracks include “Fool for Love” and “World Ender”. Give the album a listen and if this is your first introduction to Lord Huron I cannot recommend listening to “Lonesome Dreams” as well, since this was pretty much my go-to soundtrack last Fall. Naturally the album is available on vinyl, but Amazon is running a special where you can get both albums for only $30!

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Chicago-based film maker Daniel Davison spent the day exploring downtown Buffalo after his flight got cancelled this past Valentine’s Day. Shot with a GoPro Hero4, the short film provides a beautifully haunting look of our fair city forever blanketed in snow.

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Salvedge Denim is a new Kickstarter project that designs stylish wallets and tech accessories for the modern adventurer. The startup focuses on 3 things: stylish designs, functional details, and sustainability.

Tired of products in the marketplace that were poorly made, mass produced and with little or no interest in helping the environment, David Chan set out to create a line that not only enhanced your lifestyle, but also benefited the environment. Everything is made to the strictest global standards of eco-friendly production; from their pesticide-free denim to zip holes made of cork. The 12 oz. denim used will age beautifully the more you use it but if it eventually wears out, Salvedge Denim also offers a buy back program. Just fill out their free shipping label to send your product back and it will find new life in bedding for pets, mops and insulation so they never end up in a landfill. With over 13,000,000 tons of textile waste ending up in a landfill each year, anything we can do to reduce that number helps.

The collection includes a Folio Case ($125), Zip Wallet ($55) and Fold Wallet ($45), all which look incredible. For the denim fans out there, these are the products for you. Check out their Kickstarter page to learn more and for a limited time be part of their early bird special  and get the Fold Wallet of for only $35 (limit of 30).

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Navdy

“It feels like driving in the future…” We are all guilty of glancing at our phones while driving. Navdy looks to put an end to this compulsive habit with their device which connects to your smartphone to display all of your pertinant information without having to take your eyes off the road. Controlled by various hand gestures and voice recognition, this is the closest thing to driving in the future we’ve seen. All we need now are these damn flying cars we were promised in Back To The Future Part II. Check out the device in action below.

$300 [Preorder]

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As our unofficial family motto states: “Go Big or Go Home”. Rolex has taken this adage to heart with their commemorative Deepsea D-Blue Dial Diver’s Watch. Built to celebrate James Cameron’s historic solo dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench, the Rolex Deepsea pushes the boundaries of visibility in dark environments with its Chromolight display which is up to two times brighter in the absence of light. With an incredible guaranteed waterproof depth of 3,900 meters (12,800 feet), the watch also features Rolex’s patented Helium Escape Valve with acts as a miniature decompression chamber for the watch and is essential for deep sea saturation diving. One of my favorite features is the gradient on the watch face itself which mimics the colors of the ocean as you travel deeper and deeper down the trench. To learn more about Cameron’s historic expedition, click here, or watch the trailer for the film which he naturally made about the journey below.

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