Clothing

The Arctic Trench by Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

Take a walk in downtown Manhattan in the middle of January and you’ll see a few trends in women’s fashion -most notably, the full-length insulated parka. When it’s freezing cold outside, women dress for the occasion. But while the typical quilted parka does a wonderful job of keeping you warm, it’s not exactly the most flattering of options.

Too frequently women are forced to choose between wearing something warm or wearing something fashionable. Either dress well and die of hypothermia or dress warm and look like the Michelin Man. This dilemma was the inspiration for the Arctic Trench. Designed for women in cold urban environments, it offers some serious insulation, but with a refined modern aesthetic.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Making of the Element: By Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

Aether Apparel started out as a Men’s outerwear company, and was formed in reaction to its co-founders own frustrations while shopping. As outdoor enthusiasts living in the city, they felt there was a need for men’s technical performance jackets with a refined urban aesthetic. However, after their first season of Aether, they discovered this combination not only struck a chord with men, but with women as well – who have been asking for Aether Women’s since the company launched.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

The ALTITUDE by Aether Apparel

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

A mix of form and function, the ALTITUDE ski jacket has been designed to combine the highest level of technical performance with a refined aesthetic and tailored fit.

Each winter Jonah Smith and Palmer West, co-founders of Aether Apparel, make a pilgrimage to the Canadian Rockies for a week of CAT skiing at Baldface Lodge. While there they keep a close eye on the different types of gear being worn. They noticed that while many of top-end ski jackets perform phenomenally under the conditions, they left a lot to be desired in terms of fit. Everything was just a little baggy. The jackets were also made from “hard” fabrics that crinkled like wrapping paper in the cold air. After seeing this, Jonah and Palmer decided it was time to make a top-end ski jacket of their own. One that incorporated all the technical features, but one designed with a more refined fit and quieter fabrics.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $675.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Aether Apparel’s Field Jacket

The following post is sponsored by Aether Apparel.

The Field Jacket by Aether Apparel combines the utility of a traditional field jacket with the weatherproof performance of a ski jacket. The design-focused outdoor apparel company came up with the idea after seeing their photographer struggle to carry an assortment of miscellaneous camera equipment during one of their photo shoots. Their solution? Design a tough-as-nails jacket to keep you dry in the backcountry with enough pockets to hold all your gear.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $550.00
Available from: Aether Apparel

Agloves

Welcome back from your Thanksgiving break! Chances are you’ve already taken advantage of those Cyber Monday deals, so we won’t mess with any of that. Instead, shall I suggest these touchscreen-compatible gloves? Agloves use real silver threads to increase warmth and conduct the bioelectricity from your body to your device. No more cold fingers when answering your phone or changing the playlist on your iPod. Might make a good gift for someone on your list too. Also, if you prefer to keep your own gloves, you could just add conductive thread, as this Touchscreen Gloves Kit provides (via swissmiss).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $19.99 - 34.99
Available from: Agloves

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Donna Wilson Hats, Scarves, Gloves

Ms. Wilson, take a break, please. There’s just too much pleasantly patterned cold weather wear to take in. The Circus Arm Warmers, for instance; who knew they needed these until spotting those colorful blocks of stripes and triangles? And the Tip Top Gloves. Our old gloves were perfectly fine, thank you very much, until thinking of waving our fingers around with blue, red, or pink tips. As stated before, it’s a little overwhelming, and it feels like you’ve detonated a quirky/cute bomb on us all without any prior warning.
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Woolfiller Kit

I know it’s just the beginning of fall, but may I ask you to assess your sweater collection? And, if, by chance, you find a few holes or stains in your favorite woolen or cashmere item, do not despair, for there’s a relatively easy solution found in the Woolfiller kit by Heleen Klopper.

It’s easier to show the video (below) than to walk through the instructions, but, trust me, anyone can do this. And, yes, it might be a little quirkier look than you’re used to, but I’d encourage you to try it out on at least one piece of clothing, for you’ll save yourself the time and money of replacing the item completely. Keep in mind that the patches tend to stand out more when the colors are varied (as shown in the image above), but you can mix or match however you want. Also, don’t just stop at sweaters; you can use this kit to repair rugs, curtains, etc.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $37.00
Available from: Sweet Bella

Travelteq Travel Jacket

Clothing isn’t usually featured on BLTD, but this Travel Jacket from Travelteq deserves a mention. It’s a made from a navy blue light nylon and is reversible- one side has more distinguished pockets for a formal look while the other has stitched-on “sporty” pockets for casual outings. Both sides allow you to close the jacket either with a zipper or with buttons. One caveat, though, Travelteq is gauging interest before production, so, if you’d like to see it available for purchase, leave your email address on the product page and snag a lower price (€ 125) if it goes into production.

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Purchase Information:

Price: €250.00
Available from: Travelteq

Superhero Shoes

If you added your name to a petition or called your representatives yesterday to voice your opinion on SOPA, you deserve a pair of these lace on lightning bolts for participating in your government. See, sometimes it works. Actually, these little bolts are intended for little feet, but I’m sure you could make them look just as good on your own shoes, or ask the seller to prepare some scaled exactly to your size (though do be careful about not going overboard). Or you could just get some for your favorite kids.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $17.00 - 22.00
Available from: smallfly etsy shop

Wipe T-Shirt

With its three broad stripes, the Wipe T-Shirt has an eye-catching appeal to begin with, but there’s also a secret to the design. One of the stripes is actually a strip of microfiber cloth, the go-to remedy for wiping down dirty, finger-printed glasses and gadgets. You may get some strange looks wiping your phone on your chest, but the convenience makes it all worth it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Available from: gnr8

Donna Wilson Scarves

If you’re still looking for a special gift for a quirky friend, you could do a heck of a lot worse than one of these scarves from Donna Wilson. Seriously, they’ll keep necks warm and get all sorts of smiles on the sidewalks- it’s a win/win all around.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $83.00 - 90.00
Available from: The Future Perfect

MUJI Touchscreen Gloves

I’m a bit late in the game in posting these, as you’ve most likely seen them before, but it is MUJI and they are touchscreen gloves, so it’s better late than never. Plus, no doubt you’re in danger of a cold snap soon enough… so, protect your little fingers while you use your touchscreen device with these gloves (they have conductive material in the thumb and forefinger).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.95
Available from: MUJI

Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans

I’m currently writing this with a hole in the crotch of my pants. I have three other pairs of pants suffering from the same condition, all from the result of riding my bicycle. Levi’s thinks they could help me with this. Recently launched is their Commuter series, a line of jeans with specific features for urban bicycle riders. Based on the 511 skinny fit jeans, they feature enhancements such as stretch fabric, a water-repellent & anti-odor finish, a built-in U-lock holster, a raised back to help with unwanted skin exposure in the riding position, a reinforced crotch gusset (yeah!),  and 3M reflectors for better night-time visibility.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $$78.00
Availability: Buy Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans here

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Geo/Metric Scarves and Pillows

Pattern! Geometrics! These cotton voile hand screened scarves by Thomaspaul are quite lovely, and available in four different colors (all shown below). Plus, if you wish to accessorize your home with the same geometric patterns, there’s also pillows. Happy days, yes?
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Purchase Information:

Price: $60.00 - 74.00
Available from: 2Modern

LINK x Hennie Haworth

Remember the LINK Furoshiki, the Japanese wrapping cloth that can also be a wall hanging, a scarf, etc.? Well, 100% of sales of that and the LINK x Hennie Haworth will go to Japanese Disaster Relief until the end of March.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $50.00
Availability: Buy LINK x Hennie Haworth here