The Essential: A Great Suit for Less Than a Grand

You might not know it looking at our leaders in D. C. or the gang on Duck Dynasty, but we are living in a golden age of suits. Chalk it up to greater manufacturing efficiencies or a greater emphasis on closer (read: correct) fits from even the massest of retailers, but it has never, ever been easier to own a superb-fitting two-piece without spending a ton of money. DKNY has crafted a go-anywhere, do-anything suit in mélange blue cut from the brand’s signature stretch wool, a fabric that benefits a trimmer silhouette, for less than $700. A bargain, sure, but a blessing, too, for those occasions (work, weddings, the odd funeral) when nothing but a great suit will do.

Two-button wool suit ($695) by DKNY

More affordable suiting options, after the jump…


    



Jump Start Your New Year’s Resolution

Why wait until January 1st to start whittling away at your resolution list, when you can get a jumpstart now? The holidays are a frantic time of year with the added pressure of more socializing, which, in turn, means more drinking and eating than usual. Fortunately, the latest edition to P90X has just dropped: P90X3. This new and improved version of P90X has condensed the high-impact workouts into 30-minute sessions that concentrate on muscle building and calorie burning at an accelerated rate. 

And if hitting the gym isn’t the most enticing prospect right now, might we suggest upgrading your workout apparel as a way to motivate you? Despite a tumultuous year, Lululemon is the most recent athletic clothing line to capture our attention. No bells and whistles, just streamlined, functional clothing to help you make it through your next lap around the health club. 

Tech short sleeve shirt ($68) by Lululemon, available at lululemon.com  and surge short ($64), available at lululemon.com


    

AnOther’s Top 10 Heartwarming Films

Benny and Joon still
Benny and Joon still

What better way to spend Boxing Day than snuggled up on the sofa, eating leftovers and watching a brilliant film? Here we bring you our Top 10 Heartwarming Films – from timeless classics and delightful animations to lesser-known gems – to provide some essential viewing inspiration.

1. Some Like It Hot (1959)
Some Like It Hot is the ultimate feel good film to get you in the holiday mood. In an attempt to escape Chicago m…

Kathy Wu   |   http://cargocollective.com/kathy "An imaginary…

Kathy Wu   |   http://cargocollective.com/kathy

“An imaginary brand of chocolate inspired by origami paper and Japanese multi-purpose wrapping cloth called furoshiki. By paying attention to the art of wrapping, we bring moments of fun and beauty into everyday life.”

Kathy studies graphic design at RISD. She also loves fine art, technology, textiles, and prose. She dances likes its the seventies when no one’s looking. Hobbies include writing and rabbit-drawing.

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Willoughby Design   |   http://willoughbydesign.com "Classic and…

Willoughby Design   |   http://willoughbydesign.com

“Classic and nostalgic Christmas critters and icons inspired this holiday season at Panera Bread. All the trinkets and treasures that make opening a stocking so much fun are sprinkled throughout. The playful and exaggerated use of scale and the mix of letterpress typography are combined with jolly and joyful messages to wish customers tasteful tidings and fill them with a dash of whimsy and a bit of fa la la. Share the warmth and experience a little holiday heaven.”

From packaging to retail environments, Willoughby designs brand experiences that leave lasting impressions and create brand believers. We thrive on uncovering insights and helping clients bring fresh, inspiring and innovative ideas to the marketplace.

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Red Circle Letterpress   |   Shop "RCLP in collaboration with…

Red Circle Letterpress   |   Shop

“RCLP in collaboration with some great designers, bring you these Christmas card designs that you can purchase to send out to friends and family. Thanks to Jeff Rogers, John Passafiume, Dan Cassaro, Ryan Feerer (coming soon) and Chris Rushing.”

We love putting ink on paper. We use a historic method of printing known as letterpress. Before the use of computers and digital printing, type was printed using metal or wooden typefaces that would be arranged by hand and printed using a letterpress style printing press. We started our shop by resurrecting one of these old letterpresses. A 1947 Kluge to be exact. After weeks of cleaning and replacing worn out parts, we were able to get our Kluge up and printing again. Its a marvel to see in action. 

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