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Shwood Turns Good Wood Into Sunglasses


Shwood creates beautiful wooden sunglasses that take retro styles and give them a natural twist.

Shwood Blanks

In their own words:

A simple experiment with nature. Born from the limb of a Madrone tree, a rusty pair of cabinet hinges, and lenses from the corner store, Shwood has been a curious endeavor from the beginning. An endeavor to create a product that encompasses the individuality and uniqueness that can only be found in natural surroundings. A desire to experiment with design, materials, and aesthetics in the search for something that works. Free from passing trends, the brand’s focus remains that of its roots, innovation and creation. Long live creativity.

Shwood’s in-house manufacturing process merges precision technology with classic skilled craftsmanship to create a timeless art form. Every step from veneering and precision lens cutting, to shaping and finishing is conducted in our own Portland-based workshop to promise an entirely handcrafted eyewear piece. Wood manipulation is kept to a minimum in order to showcase the medium’s natural and unique splendor. All models are accompanied by 100% UVA/UVB protection Carl Zeiss lenses imported from Italy. Polarized lenses are also available.

With collections that range from $125 on up to $195 for limited edition collaborations made with rare and unique woods (including recycled skateboard decks!) there’s a style and a price for everyone, so check out Shwood to see what fits.


Restoration Hardware Aviator Collection Brings Flight Home

Restoration Hardware Aviator Collection

The Restoration Hardware “Aviator Collection” is a new line of furniture that recalls the sleek design of aviation’s Golden Age, with coordinating pieces that feature gleaming, handcrafted metal and supple aged leather, pairing old and new to masterful effect.

With everything from chairs and desks to end tables and sofas, it’s all you’ll need to relive those fantasies of dog-fighting in a bi-plane that you had as a kid, only this time you’ll be doing it from the comfort and safety of your (well decorated) home office.

[Restoration Hardware – Aviator Collection]

…It’s Things Thursday: Sk8 Wallet?

Sk8 Wallet

Do you love skateboarding, and wish you could incorporate that love into every part of your style?

Well then, Sk8 Wallets will bring you one step closer to that dream by turning your favorite board into a custom wallet.

Each wallet is individually handcrafted from a new or recycled skateboard deck, and if you send them yours, they’ll fit it to the wallet’s rectangular shape, plane and edge-sand the deck to its thinnest point, and then fuse it to a high quality black nylon wallet for a fashion accessory that’s both sleek and durable, with endless amounts of custom style.

[Gorilla Vinyl – Sk8 Wallet]

[Via: Uncrate]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Knight XV?

Conquest Vehicles Knight XV

The Knight XV from Conquest Vehicles “defines the future of the ultra-luxurious, handcrafted fully armored SUV. This one-of-a-kind, V10, 6.8-litre, Bio-fuel powered SUV was inspired by the Gurkha military vehicle and features security appointments that are unrivaled in today’s SUV marketplace”.

Designed as “an armored vehicle and not a vehicle that has been armored”, the Knight XV is manufactured using military-grade armoring materials, and sits atop a specially modified Ford super duty chassis, making parts and service easily accessible around the globe in case your tank breaks down and needs a tune-up.

The 6.8L V10 runs on E-85 if you feel like giving the environment a break, and is certified as legal in all 50 US states. 400 horsepower and 498 ft. lbs. of torque are produced by the massive engine, but don’t expect 0-60 times to wow you, because all that power is definitely going to be needed when the vehicle weighs in at over 10,000 pounds!

Conquest Vehicles Knight XV Details

Four wheel drive with locking hubs, a 4.30 ratio limited slip differential, and a 5-speed transmission ensure that you’ll never get stuck when the road gets tough, and 40 gallons of fuel in the tank will ensure that even when the going does get tough, you can just keep on going.

Inside, wool carpeting and leather seating keep the passengers comfy, while TV monitors and a full entertainment system including a PlayStation 3 keep them entertained. Plus, two forward looking infrared radar systems (one mounted front and one rear with separate screens for each) come standard on all Knight XVs sold in North America, so if you need to turn the lights down low, you can still make your way around town in complete darkness without hitting a thing.

All told, the Knight XV takes 1,500 hours to build by hand, and only 100 of them will be made for their ultra rich, ultra paranoid buyers.

Don’t expect luxury and protection like this to come cheap though, as each Knight XV will cost its owner a cool $295,000.

[Conquest Vehicles – Knight XV]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Robb Report ECOSSE Motorcycle?

Ecosse Moto Works Robb Report Titanium Series

The ECOSSE Moto Works’ Robb Report Limited Edition Titanium Series Motorcycle and Timepiece is perhaps the finest piece of two wheeled transportation you can buy today.

Ecosse Moto Works Robb Report Titanium Series Back

Featuring a combination of old-world craftsmanship, computer-controlled accuracy, American muscle, exquisite lines, race-bred components, a supercharged, intercooled, fuel injected, billet motor, and the first-ever all-titanium chassis, the lightweight, carbon-fiber beauty is a sight to behold.

Additional features include hand-painted pinstripes, carbon fiber wheels, a handcrafted titanium race exhaust, Ă–hlins MotoGP-grade suspension, a six-speed overdrive transmission, billet ISR brakes with 12 individual brake pads up front, adjustable ergonomics, and 200+ horsepower on tap at the twist of a wrist.

Ecosse Moto Works Robb Report Titanium Series Detail

Along with the bike, the 10 proud new owners will also receive a BRM watch with an automatic chronograph, brushed-titanium bezel, a two-sided band, and a serial number that matches the one engraved on the bike.

Want one of your own?

Just cut them a check for $275,000, and I’m sure the Robb Report will be happy to deliver.

Ecosse Titanium Series Spec Sheet

[Robb Report – ECOSSE Moto Works’ Robb Report Limited Edition Titanium Series]