Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves.
Cook & Gates bags
Cook & Gates is a bag company started by two Brooklyn-based artists, Sara Gates and Ethan Cook. Each bag is handmade in Gates' Greenpoint studio so they are guaranteed to be unique. The tie-dye prints speak to the season and the heavyweight canvas body makes them sturdy enough to schlep all your essentials to the beach. With prices ranging from $40 to $120 (should you opt for the leather strap option), these bags are more than affordable. Most importantly, in a world of bland ecru totes, these Cook & Gates bags are sure to stand out. Tote-ally worth checking out.
North Face Purple Label Mountain Wind parkas
These North Face Purple Label parkas are totally next level. You are either going to love them or hate them, but in my humble opinion they look out of this world. Perhaps growing up in Berkeley has something to do with it: We love an import store and some Nag Champa. These parkas definitely speak to that scene. That said, I really love the whole Purple Label line. Unfortunately, it's not available stateside, so you have to order it from Japan. The prices are a little steep, but the pieces are all Miles Davis-caliber cool. Furthermore, the lack of availability means that you're probably not going to find yourself in the club standing next to some bogan wearing the same African-print jacket as you.
These mountaineering rope-inspired bracelets have been popping up all over the place these days. Bracelets aren't really my thing—I'm more of an anklet man—but I think these Miansai hook bracelets are pretty on-point. Great colors and a sterling silver hook make them worth the price. A perfect way to add some pizazz to your otherwise boring arm. If you don't feel like the piece justifies the price tag, then might I suggest purchasing a bunch of different color shoelaces, wrapping them around your wrist, and safety-pinning them together (a.k.a. "Punky Brewster problem solving").