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.
HERSCHEL TRAIL MAMMOTH BACKPACK
Inspired by mountaineering backpacks but designed to be used around the city, Herschel’s new Trail collection of bags has plenty of performance features subtly incorporated into sleek and modern forms. With waterproof zippers and a water-resistant coating, you won’t have to worry about your laptop getting soaked if a rain storm pops up. And the monochromatic white gives it a sophistication most backpacks lack.
TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ45LV
Price unavailable, fj.co
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the greatest workhorse 4x4’s ever made. And while many people are familiar with classic models like the FJ40 and FJ60, only about 1,000 of these FJ45LVs were ever imported to the U.S. The folks at the FJ Company were able to get their hands on this 1967 model, and when they first got it, the car was fairly rusted out. But one of the previous owners had also procured a slew of original parts, so they were able to restore it (painstakingly) and turn it into this blue-and-white beauty.
JAMESON COOPER’S CROZE
A whiskey’s flavor comes largely from the barrels it is aged in. Jameson’s Ger Buckley is a fifth-generation cooper, meaning he’s the one who makes the company’s barrels, so he was a logical choice to create the first of Jameson’s Whiskey Makers Series. The Cooper’s Croze is a blend of whiskeys aged in virgin American Oak, first fill bourbon, refill bourbon, and first fill sherry casks. The result is a complex whiskey with notes of vanilla and toasted wood.
LEICA M TYP 240
Price unavailable, leica-store.sg
Fans of Leica cameras know they are as prized for the aesthetics of the machine as they are for the rich images they create. So when Leica creates a limited-edition model, it’s usually pretty special. Paying tribute to the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore with its distinct architecture, this M Typ 240 has a brushed silver finish that stands out from the sea of black cameras. The guts of the camera remain unchanged. It has a 24-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor able to capture highly detailed photos and a 35mm lens. Unfortunately, the only way to take pics with this thing is to travel to Leica’s flagship store in Singapore.
ZEEQ SMART PILLOW
From $129, kickstarter.com
Most people don’t put much thought into their pillow beyond whether they prefer it to be hard or soft. But because everything needs to be smart these days, someone went and invented a smart pillow. Zeeq has eight speakers placed throughout it so that the user can fall asleep to music or white noise without disturbing the person sleeping next to you. There is also a built-in microphone, so when someone is snoring too loud, the pillow gently vibrates to encourage the person to change his or her sleeping position (and hopefully stop snoring).