To quote Madonna (something I’m not particularly fond of), “We are living in a material world.” To help you figure out which of the millions of material goods swirling around us is worth spending your hard-earned cash on, we have put together The Want List, consisting of the items we really love this week.
FILSON WEATHERPROOF COLLECTION DUFFLE
Filson is well known for its durable-as-hell twill bags that look as good in the city as they do in the field. Now the brand is creating luggage that has the familiar utilitarian design in leather. The product of a partnership with Wickett & Craig tannery in Pennsylvania, the bags feature a unique vegetable-tanned leather that repels rain, snow, and saltwater. Available July 15, this duffle has three interior pockets making it a perfect weekend bag.
FERRARI LAFERRARI SPIDER
If it isn’t the finest supercar ever built, the LaFerrari is certainly in the conversation. There wasn’t much to improve upon the original 2013 version, but the Prancing Horse found a way, by dropping the top. Ahead of the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari revealed the topless LaFerrari Spider. (It comes with a removable carbon fiber hard top and a soft top.) No other specs were revealed, and all versions of the car have already been spoken for. But if you do have the good fortune to ride in one of these, make sure everything is strapped down. You don’t want your hat, or your head, to blow off.
TAKASHI MURAKAMI X NEXT5 SAKE
One key to drinking artfully is to have artful booze. Renowned Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami brought his iconic smiling flowers to this sake from Next5. The gold relief bottle is covered in pure gold and modeled after ones used for export in Japan in the 17th and 18th centuries. Each one is signed by Murakami and contains sake from the Akita Brewery.
TODD SNYDER X TIMEX MOD WATCH
Based on a vintage Timex from the 1970s, the dial on this Todd Snyder collaboration is inspired by a bull’s eye. The grey nylon military style band is a nice compliment to the dial’s red ring which tells the hour in military time. You’ll have a tough time finding a better looking watch for under $150.
SPECTOR FONT COLLECTOR
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I have to admit, I’m a little jealous because I had an idea for a Shazam for fonts a few years ago, but never did anything about it. Fortunately, Royal College of Art graduate Fiona O'Leary wasn’t as lazy. She created Spector, a device that you place over a font to identify its name, type size, and other details. For designers and typeface geeks it eliminates the “What is that?” guessing that occurs when a cool font is spotted in the wild. Right now, Spector is only a prototype capable of identifying just a few fonts. Hopefully it gets developed into something more complete in the near future.