Friday, June 30, 2006

Shirts Like None Other
While t-shirts may be plentiful in the handmade/DIY world, a completely unique recontrustructed garment for men is a little harder to come by. I found these button downs by Nicole Styer though that would make a chic contribution to any guy's wardrobe. They are available through Art Star Philly and each is a one-of-a-kind piece.


Thursday, June 29, 2006

Bags, One-of-a-Kind Finds and More

My ever-present quest for man-friendly bags led me to Brooklyn Industries website. They not only have a respectable assortment of messenger bags for the urban guy on the go, they also have an ample men's clothing department offering garments of every kind, including many one-of-a-kind pieces by artists. This site is a great one stop shop for stylish goodies of all kind and definitely worth a gander and bookmarking.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Wake Up Call

If there's one thing I love, it's designers who find a new life for disposable items. That's why I'm recommending this parking meter card alarm clock by iaintgoingthere. This clock is a limited edition item so snap your's up before they're gone.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Move Over Little Black Book

If you still kick it old school and take down ladies' phone numbers in a little black book, you might like Cimorenegal's repurposed cassette liner books. These miniature journals are small enough to be portable and amusing enough to get a giggle from girls. My favorite is this Space Jam R. Kelly cassette liner on the left.


Monday, June 26, 2006

Night On The Town

This card holder by Sugabeats is perfect for a night out. Don't weigh down your pockets with a bulky full sized wallet when you can use this mini version that holds the bare essentials. There are a total of three pockets to keep your cash, credit cards, and ID handy. You even get to specify what colors you'd like your wallet to be and there are several options to choose from.

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Big In Japan

Am I the only one who's completely sick of all the fucking owls and deer? Some days it's a chore to find interesting or stylish goods that aren't an embarrassing cliche of current hipster trendiness. That's why today's find was such a delight. No Star Clothing is a 100% deer and owl free zone; in other words, no cliches here, just funny t-shirts.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Price of Oil

Do gas prices and the White House have you hopping mad? Express your fury with this t-shirt from Destroy Clothing.


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

In Your Pocket

Suit pockets and handkerchiefs go hand in hand but those fancy silk hankies at Brooks Brothers will set you back an arm and a leg. These unique screen printed handkerchiefs by April Fool are a steal though, at just $8.00. Not sure if you need a handkerchief? Check out this blogger's take on the perks of carrying one.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Got Game?

Powerup Tees specializes in funny video game tees. You'll find lots of old school game humor so it's the perfect site for fans of original Nintendo and arcade games.


Monday, June 19, 2006

Recycled Belt Buckles

Love beer? Love the environment? I've found the belt buckle for you. Over at Glitter Workshop you can order belt buckles made from empty beer cans. The buckle below comes with a camo belt but if that's not your style there are a few other designs to choose from.


Friday, June 16, 2006

Man's Best Friend

If you're looking to treat your canine pal try out Bunnigoods' dog treats. These treats are made with natural and organic ingredients and contain none of the preservatives you will find in mass produced treats. You can order dog treat variety packs or even subscribe to the Treat of the Month Club.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Creepy Crawly Toys

You're never too old for toys but it's hard to find good toys for grown ups. I am a fan of blinkybugs though. These electro-mechanical spiders have eys that blink in response to movement, vibrations, or gentle air currents. Constructed from LEDs, wire, and other miscellaneous electronic bits and available for purchase here.


Custom Kicks

If you're a shoe fanatic Squidfire has something unique for you. The artists there offer individually hand-painted Vans based on your specifications. Squidfire also has a pretty good selection of screen printed messenger bags and men's t-shirts.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Deck The Walls

Still coming home to apartment walls clad with Van Gogh posters you bought from the college bookstore? Worse yet, maybe you come home to walls adorned with nothing at all. Starting an art collection isn't as difficult or expensive as you may think. Thanks to the net, you've got access to tons of talented young artists whose work hasn't quite made it to MOMA yet. This means you can start adding to your art collection and turning your pad into a place befitting the stylish sophisticated guy that you are. Here are a few places you can score some some unique wall decor for under $50.00.
  • John Clark - Black and white pop art style portraits drawn on novel pages.

  • Whirr - Offers a pretty nice selection of robot themed pieces.

  • Lizzelizzel - Colorful art nouveau influenced early 20th century style pieces.

  • Nate Williams - Limited edition Picasso-esque silkscreen prints


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What Time Is It?

This clock by Acorn Studios is not only geek chick, it's also eco-friendly -- created from recycled computer circuit boards, rescued from a life in the landfill.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Mixer Friendly: Ya Dig?

If there's one thing I love, it's a clever play on words. That's why I am crazy about these tees from Mixer Friendly, a small San Francisco company specializing in fashion for the hip hop and house music culture. In addition to fantastic t-shirts, the company also has several man-friendly messenger bags.

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If you've finally grown bored with your tighty whities, it's time to check out Joxwear, a Canadian underwear maker putting out breifs and boxer breifs in every color under the sun. Testimonials from customers include professional athletes and firefighters, all swear by the comfiness of this brand.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Out Of This World Wallets

Astronomy geeks and Star Trek fans need look no further than Copacetique for a cool way to cart cash around. Their line of one-of-a-kindvinyl space wallets are made from the salvaged pages of a 1970s children's textbook.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Ties With Style

Dressing up doesn't have to be boring with these screen printed ties by Taylor-Made Clothes (left). I also like the screen printed ties by Tacos n Eggrolls (below). In addition to snazzy ties, both Taylor-Made Clothes and Tacos n Eggrolls offer a pretty good selection of men's t-shirts.

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Fun With Formal Wear

Getting all dressed up is never quite as comfy as lazing in jeans and t-shirts but sometimes it's a necessary evil. To make it a little more fun you might like the handmade cufflinks that I found today on Etsy. Below are nut cufflinks by TVTrayArt and Gameboy cufflinks by Ahchay, an Etsy store that specializes in cufflinks.


Friday, June 09, 2006

Protect Your Shades

The last thing you want is your sunglasses floating around in your manbag and getting scratched up by all the other stuff you've got in there. That's why I recommend these eyeglass cases by FluffyCo. Each of their cases is screened on felt-lined vinyl and large enough to hold bigger shades at about 7" tall by 3.5" wide.

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Rock Out

For guys who want to rock the truly indie way, I recommend these guitar straps by
P-Starr Productions, available for both electric and acoustic guitars. Each strap is handmade with polypro webbing and your choice of fabric. The straps have vegan leather star stiched end tabs, so they're a perfect choice for animal lovers too.

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Thursday, June 08, 2006

Ahoy Matey

Ship Shape Clothing offers men's tees with a nautical theme. Designs available include shirts with ships, sea dragons and of course parrots, a pirate's favorite companion. My personal favorite is the scurvy dog tee (left) featuring an eye patch clad, canine pirate.


Rock N Roll To Go

The bags over at Lifepod have more to offer than just style, these babies are portable boomboxes. The Groovemasta Messenger Bag comes with an Ipod, Nano, Mini, PSP, MP3 or cell phone case attached to the strap. You can also connect your, Satellite Radio or CD player to the built in amplifier by using the included cables. The water-resistant stereo speakers put out 3-watts of solid pure sound, and are powered by 4 AA batteries for many hours of listening.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Score With Hipster Honeys

There's nothing more endearing than a guy who supports the DIY movement, that's why I love this "I Buy DIY" t-shirt by Lady Luck Rules. After you're done talking up the cuties at the next Rilo Kiley show you can slip them a mixtape "card me" card by Rhymes With Twee.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

T-Shirt Amusement

Wearing a Mr. Pickles tee to the bar should get a chuckle out of the ladies before you even open your mouth. Each of their tees features a clever little gag, my favorites are "Mr. Sexy" and "I Used To Be Handsome" (below).


For The Guy On The Go

Flight 001 is an essential shopping site for all you dapper, jetsetting playboys. The company specializes in travel gear -- including garment bags, passport cases, luggage tags and even eye masks and slippers for in-flight comfort. Most of the product line has a masculine look, featuring dark solid colors. In my ever-present quest for good manbags, I was especially impressed with Flight 001's Metro Day Bag -- available in navy, olive and charcoal.


Monday, June 05, 2006

Stash Your Cash

Tinymeat is a small purveyor of handmade vinyl wallets featuring vintage and original art. At just $12 a piece, these wallets make an affordable gift for a pal or an inexpensive treat for you. My favorite designs include the arcade racer (below) and duck and cover -- a design featuring graphic instructions of how to duck and cover in the event of a plane crash. Tinymeat also makes ipod cases, business card cases and passport holders.

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Project Manbag

Call it a manbag, a murse, even a "European Men's Carryall" -- in our age of cell phones and laptops, bags are no longer an accessory just for women. While you could score a bag that looks just like your buddies' bags over at the mall, I'm on a mission here at Fixed Gear to hook you up with something a little more unique and preferrably socially concious. That's why I like this fair-trade messenger bag made from recycled feed bags. The bag is available through Global Exchange, an online store that specializes in fair trade goods. Global Exchange also sells housewares, wallets and other accessories with a tasteful unisex appeal.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

Forget IPod

Stay-at-home dad Pat Misterovich has designed a cool new way to transport your tunes. He's made MP3 players out of Pez dispensers. The little player holds abour 120 songs and runs on a AAA battery. As an added bonus, it comes pre-loaded with a few tracks from indie bands.


Recycled and Reconstructed

Ever find yourself feeling slightly envious of the DIY chic of your girlfriend's cut up Smiths T-Shirts? You know the one, with the sexy off the shoulder neckline and tailored waist -- the one that used to be your's but you gave it to her because it got too small? Wearkifi has you covered. This designer sells reconstructed tees and jackets for guys. In addition to cool, one-of-a-kind Frankensteined shirts, Wearkifi also makes leather wallets and messenger bags. Can't find just what you had in mind? Wearkifi also takes custom orders. Check out his Etsy store or his website.


Friday, June 02, 2006

It was hard to decide which products to talk about from Resource Revival, there isn't anything on the site that isn't amazing. This online shop sells housewares and desk accessories -- all made from bike parts. Of course we fully approve of that sort of thing at Fixed Gear Finds. The shop's offerings include picture frames, bottle openers, clocks, keychains, and even furniture and CD racks! The company not only makes their products from reycled bike parts, they'll even help you take part in the recycling goodness by taking your old greasy parts off your hands. You can read more about that here.

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Eco-Friendly Chic For Your Pad

You want your place to look stylish, not girlie and full of flowery placemats and dainty glassware. Today's finds are not only bachelor pad cool, they're also made of recycled materials. Below you can see coasters made of rubber. They're made by Vulcana, a company that makes all of their wares from recycled tires.

If you're looking for a better way to serve the chips next time you have company, you might like this new take on the record bowl over at Eco-Artware. This bowl's design is much sleeker than the average record-turned-into-a-bowl you see at hipster craft fairs. While you're over there, browse around, the entire website offers nothing but unique wares made of eco-friendly materials.

My favorite find today is juice glasses made from Corona bottles. They're made by Etsy seller Rachel Sudlow


Thursday, June 01, 2006

Good Tees, Good Business Model

The t-shirts over at Oddica are true works of art. The thing I really like about them is that the illustrations are not only beautiful, they also have a cleverness and sense of humor about them. All the tees are printed on sweatshop-free American Apparel and proceeds from the tees actually go to the artists. Unlike other t-shirt sites out there, the artists designing tees for Oddica don't win a flat rate prize or give up their ownership of their work. In addition to upfront cash for their work, Oddica artists receive 41% of the company's net profits. You can read more about their artist friendly policies here.


Funny Buttons, Notepads, Bottle Openers and Novelties

Kate Black's Etsy store serves up some unique takes on functional items. Most of her products are both portable and affordable and include notebooks made from old records, buttons for every interest from zombies to cycling and of course some clever and handy keychain bottle openers. One of the best things about this product line is that many of Kate Black's creations are made from discarded items -- everything from old subway cards to record sleeves finds new life in Kate Black's one of a kind creations.