31 Jul
The enlarged Cinquecento hits the waves

As of July 26th and continuing on until August 3rd, the Vans US Open of Surfing has hit the shores of Huntington Beach, where every surfer and sponsor is either hitting waves or flossing their goods. Fiat has joined the slew of brands on board with this surf-inspired version of their sporty little 500L utility vehicle, heavily loaded with classic Vans motifs. With a dashboard decked in Vans stickers, a two-board surf rack up top, canvas palm-tree patterned seats and the iconic Vans waffle-sole pattern on storage bins and foot pedals, the Fiat “Vans U.S. Open of Surfing” Concept car closely follows the Vans surfer aesthetic. Other features of the basic 500L include a 4-cylinder, turbocharged MultiAir engine and a six-speed manual transmission on the five-door compact car.

Don’t know which classic color to get your Converse in? Get them all, but only in one pair with the Converse All Star Chuck Taylor “1970 3-panel” high-top sneaker. Branded with all the Chuck Taylor traditions like the star emblem at the ankle, the license plate at the white rubber heel and the two metal eyelets along these 2-ply canvas hightop lace-ups. The tricolor arrangements are green (side), nightshade purple (other side) and red (tongue and heel accent). Step into a sneaker rainbow for $85.

One more look at the Converse “1970 Three-Panel” All Stars after the Jump…


31 Jul
A heavy duty, weather resistant, uber durable carrier

Filson, a Seattle-based company known for it’s durable, rugged goods wants you to feel safe bringing your photographic gear to an outdoor trek. Made from a blend of Tin Cloth and Rugged Twill, their “Original Sportsman” Camera Bag is built with the intention of standing up to crappier weather with your tech held safely and dryly within any of the bags many, many compartments (an eight-slot divider, plus eight other pockets including one with zipper). Other notable attributes of the nondescript camera bag are leather handles and two inch shoulder strap. Two equally neutral color patterns available: tan or two-tone tan with “otter” green. Get the goods on camera while keeping your camera good for $395.

31 Jul
A nuclearized city terrorizer you can cuddle

So the latest spin on Godzilla may not quite be worth its weight in gold (although it is a pretty penny, for sure), but it is down for the teddy-cuddle in the face of even more threatening monsters under the bed. Steiff, makers of toys since 1902 has now teamed up with Godzilla, maker of  menace since 1954. This mohair plushy measures 50cm in length and is only available through the Japan store for about $500. Ouch, that’s a lot of yen but at least this Godzilla Teddy boo plushy can kick your Teddy Ruxbin’s ass.

One more look at the Steiff $500 Plush Godzilla after the Jump…


Five volumes deep in commemorating the world’s most innovative and noteworthy illustrators, Taschen now publishes their latest Illustration Now! book. This compilation of visual genius contains the work of 150 artists from 30 different countries across the globe, with artwork ranging from personal collections to the high-profile work belonging to the likes of The New Yorker and Time. Artists include Craig&Karl, Sue Coe, Agata Nowicka, James McMullan, Youssef Abdelké and many more. Illustrate Now! Volume 5 spans history, styles and levels of accomplishment into a total of 448 pages of a flexicover book with an introduction by design expert Stephen Heller. Pick it up now for $40.

We may be pretty deep into summer by now with luxe fashion house Maison Martin Margiela’s Spring/Summer 2014 footwear collection long since on the shelves, but some new future kicks have been snuck into the inventory. The aptly named Future high-top is a round-toe leather shoe, its lace-up closure with hidden laces and fold-over. The black version, at a slightly lower price tag of $895, has a buffed leather upper with tonal sole, differing from the glossy grained leather and camel-brown rubber sole of both the red and silver versions you can find at SSENSE.

30 Jul
Destroy Alderaan from the comfort of your living room

Drop your star cruiser couch onto the Death Star rug which has kindly been made possible for your bedroom/mom’s basement/womanless nerd shed by Totem rug makers out of Canada. This 6′x6′ circle of awesome may just be the finest accoutrement any part of your house has seen since this Lebowski business. But why be the Dude when you can be a Jedi? Hand-knotted in wool and bamboo for $3,300 — but if that sounds a little steep for decorations from the Dark Side, a smaller version is available.

The Totem “Death Star” Star Wars Rug in action below…


30 Jul
Flipping the script on the traditional flip clock

Back in the 70′s, before telling time went digital, there was a vintage novelty called the flip clock. The flip clock was surely initially created to alleviate the lazy from having to learn how to tell time. Now the flip clock returns, but with text in lieu of numbers — so let’s hope whoever was too lazy to learn to tell time at least learned to read. The The Text Flip Alarm Clock measures 35″ x 7″  x 8 ”, runs on either four D batteries or electricity and will run you $400, because apparently literacy is expensive.

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