Joel and Ethan Coen joined their directorial talents together in 1996 to bring us Fargo ($9). Starring William H Macy, Frances McDormand, and Steve Buscemi, this movie pits a very pregnant Marge Gunderson, a policewoman, against Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) and his bungling band of henchmen. Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership, from which he's embezzled a lot of cash. He then puts into motion a scheme to kidnap his wife to get his father-in-law to pay the ransom. Things go down hill from there. A great dialogue movie with some brutal action scenes including the famous wood chipper scene.
The Japanese believe a tree acts as a link between the heavens above and the earth below. These trees can get a second life as furniture which brings that same feeling to our homes. The Kyoto Stool by The Twig Co. ($175) was designed in this spirit. In creating this stool they've paid meticulous attention to details through simplicity, waste-reduction, and joinery. They start each stool from a large piece of lumber which is dissected, hand-planed and shaped into the individual pieces. The stools can be purchased in either solid walnut or cherry, and each is hand-finished in tung oil.
Set your calendars for Friday 19th, because the NikeLab Free Huarache Carnivore ($TBA) will be hitting stores and if their awesome looks are any indication, these bad boys will sell out pretty fast. These kicks are a nod to the oldschool Air Huarache and Air Carnivore from the early 90s. The first two colorways to be introduced with be all black and all white. Every detail of these shoes is awesome. From the strapped uppers, to the single unit soles. These will be a must have for any collector.
If you're into stripped down cafe racers, then you've undoubtedly heard the name Auto Fabrica. They create some of the most beautiful minimalist machines around. Their latest is the Yamaha SR500 By Auto Fabrica ($CALL). It features a fully customized 15-liter tank, made from a 2mm sheet of aluminum, Marzocchi shocks, a leather seat, and a beautifully balanced black, gray, and white paint job. If you're looking for a great example of minimalist style done right, then look no further than this bike.
The Grainworks AnalogOne.One Custom Bicycle ($6000) isn't just another bike; it's a work of art. Created by Mike Pecsok from Camarillo, Ca, the AnalogOne. One is custom built to fit, from a wood species of your choosing. The base model includes, a Gates CDX belt drive, RaceFace Cranks, Niner Fork and bars, Avid 7 brakes, and Azonic wheels wrapped in Schwalbe Big Apple tires. If you're interested shoot Mike an email.
The Scout Leather Co. is based out of Mountain View, Ca. They create goods for everyday life by using traditional methods with a modern approach. Their latest product is The Scout Hook Keychain ($50). The Scout Hook was inspired by Japanese brass fishing hooks, and includes an inconspicuous bottle opener. Made form .25" solid brass, the hook has a solid feel and will only develop more character with age. When you back their Kickstarter campaign you'll have a choice of two finishes: stonewashed brass and a bright nickel. Each Scout Hook comes with a hand punched leather fob attached with a custom brass jump ring. Because this is a Kickstarter you have 23 days from this writing to back their campaign. The Scout Hook keychain is guaranteed to be one of your favorite EDC items for years to come.