For guys, just about everything we put on operates in some kind of rotation. Unless you’re a tech CEO like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg who wears the same uniform everyday and justifies it with some B.S. excuse about how it frees time to focus on more important matters (it really doesn’t take that long to pick out a different shirt everyday), then you are probably swapping out garments each morning from a finite set of options. There’s the basics rotation, i.e. underwear and socks. Then there’s the more visible items, like the sneaker rotation and the T-shirt rotation. But regardless of how varied the clothes you wear are, there are still certain items that you have on your person all day, every day. This is your everyday carry, or EDC, as the internet likes to call it.
Because these pieces are with you everyday, the bar needs to be raised. You can’t have a cheap pen that explodes in your pocket or a wallet that frays at the seams. The entire point of EDC is that you don’t have to think about it, but that it still reflects your style and taste.
So if you are still using a paper clip to hold your license and credit cards together or keeping your keys on the same chain they gave you at the hardware store, it’s time to step things up. These six pieces will upgrade your everyday carry so that you feel on point every time you step out of the house.
FIELD NOTES LUNACY NOTEBOOK
$12.95 (for 3), fieldnotes.com
Aaron Draplin is the design nerd that will make you not hate design nerds. He takes a blue collar, no B.S. approach to his work which yields bold and impressive results. Draplin also co-founded Field Notes, which makes pocket-sized notebooks inspired by those given to farmers by seed companies and tractor manufacturers. They are perfect for jotting down your own creative ideas whenever they pop into your head. Each quarter, Field Notes releases a limited-edition set and the most recent 3-pack features a different phase of the moon on each notebook.
SHINOLA X FISHER BULLET SPACE PEN
What good is a notebook if you don’t have a pen to write or doodle in it? This pen from Shinola and Fisher packs down to a compact size for your pocket, but when the cap is removed and placed atop the pen it becomes a full-sized, perfectly balanced writing instrument. The Space Pen can write underwater, upside down, or in space. You probably won’t do any of that, but it’s cool to know you could. Plus, the sleek matte-black finish looks much better than anything in your office supply closet.
KILLSPENCER QUICK RELEASE KEYCHAIN
Anyone who’s come home after a couple too many adult beverages and fumbled with their keys only to realize they’re trying to open the neighbor’s door understands the struggle. Killspencer’s keychain won’t help you identify which apartment is yours, but it will ease the fumbling thanks to the quick release tab that makes getting the keys off your belt loop easier.
PARABELLUM CASH & CARRY WALLET
These days, when you pay for so much on your phone, a bi-fold wallet can be too big. But a card holder can be too small. Parabellum’s Cash & Carry wallet finds the happy medium with slots for four cards and a center pocket that holds your cash without having to jam it in. It is constructed of free-range buffalo leather, which gives it a rich texture that you don’t typically find in wallets.
CASEOLOGY PARALLAX IPHONE CASE
The iPhone keeps getting thinner and thinner, so at this point you need a case to make it feel more ergonomic in your hands as well as for the protection. Caseology’s Parallax case for the new iPhone 7 has a modern geometric design that will remind you either of the 80s arcade game Qbert or the bags from French luxury brand Goyard.
JAMES BRAND CHAPTER KNIFE
You don’t recognize how useful it is to carry a pocket knife around until you carry a pocket knife around. Whether you’re opening a letter, slicing an apple, or breaking down a UPS box, it will come in handy. And the James Brand’s Chapter knife with its Damascus steel blade is the distinguished way to accomplish all those tasks. The single-blade folding knife has a durable titanium handle and an elegant pattern reminiscent of a sine wave.