A-List: November 2011

BEST BETS FOR NOVEMBER



Published:

 

SACK //

Bicycles don’t allow for junk stashing in the trunk. So bike-riding guys who want to dash and carry need a manly alternative to the handlebar basket. Answering that need in a handsome manner is Coach’s Bowery Leather Frame Bag. Designed with a practical style that reflects Bowery Street’s rugged reputation, it’s large enough to carry a map, wallet, and lunch, and slim enough to contain just your keys. The storage pocket is concealed by a leather flap that wraps around the frame of a standard men’s bicycle and is secured with a stud-snap tab. $198, at Coach stores; coach.com.

 

 

 

 

SPORTING //

Originally created for Nike’s roster of athletes to sport during off-field activities, the high-end, lifestyle-focused NSW collection is a fashionable departure from the brand’s usual fitness-oriented gear. The new 15-piece collection mixes a slightly vintage style with Nike’s athletic know-how. Pieces range from cashmere crewnecks, pants, and trenches to sweaters and wind jackets with a trendy vibe that says: Just wear it. $100-$700. Nike Sportswear, 21 Mercer St., New York; 212-226-5433.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STRENGTHEN //

Black 15in1, a mix of botanicals and silk proteins, promises to moisturize, strengthen, soften, and smooth all types of tresses. After a week of use, the product claims to diminish frizz by 70 percent and protects hair color up to 40 percent more than other products. Our testers found that it did a good job of living up to its “miracle” promise while leaving hair feeling product-free. Another benefit: It’s made by a Farmington Hills-based company. $20. At area salons; black15in1.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPECS //

Years after Jack Kerouac inspired readers to see the world through a different lens, Warby Parker, a start-up retailer of stylish eyewear, sells Kerouac-inspired specs online for $95. Upload a photo of yourself to the website for a virtual fitting, or have up to five pairs shipped to you for a free, five-day trial. Have your prescription and pupillary distance (PD) on hand for faster service. (The company can call your optometrist/ophthalmologist, which adds 3 to 4 days to the transaction.) Warby donates a pair of its spectacles to someone in need for every one sold. warbyparker.com.

 

 

 

SPELL //

Decorating the nursery for a new arrival is as easy as ABC. Using one-of-a-kind, hand-painted and glazed ceramic letters made from low-fire earthenware, display the baby’s name, simple words, or brand-new monograms. Artist Marcia Hovland, a College for Creative Studies grad and Royal Oak boutique owner, can customize the letters or set them into a mosaic. $4/letter, at Marcia Hovland Tile & Jewelry; 248-398-2951, marciahovland.com.

 

 

 

 

SCENTS //

Most of us can’t get anywhere near a celeb, but wearing their signature fragrance can at least make us feel connected. Two scents — Celine Dion Signature and Homme by David Beckham — are the latest entries in the crowded celebrity-fragrance field. Top notes of mimosa blossom and guava and base notes of amberwood and sandalwood characterize Dion’s scent. Beckham’s is marked by a mahogany wood and patchouli foundation, which is lightened by citrus and ginger. 1.7/ounce, $33.50 for the women’s fragrance; $33 for the men’s. At department stores.


If you enjoy the monthly content in Hour Detroit, "Like" us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter for more frequent updates.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

A-List: Plan Ahead

Stylish organization tools for the New Year

A Fresh Take

Elements of modern, Scandinavian, and rustic design inspire this season’s most enchanting tablescapes

All of the Lights

Neutral-colored packaging and warm notes — fall candles make for a cozy night in

A-List: Red Alert

Add some fire to your fall wardrobe with brilliant cherry baubles, moody merlot mules, and more

Your Must-Have Packing List for End-of-Summer Travels

Make end-of-season wanderlust simple with these carry-on essentials
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Makings of the Shinola Hotel
    When the Detroit brand’s first foray into hospitality opens its doors, it’ll offer customers...
  2. My Two Christmases
    An Armenian-Iranian, Detroit-based writer reflects on transposing the holiday across continents
  3. An Hour with ... Carmen Harlan
    Broadcast journalist and founder of the Carmen Harlan Collection
  4. New Year’s Eve, Brooklyn Style
    Tips for celebrating 2019 from the pros at Brooklyn Outdoor
  5. Hour Detroit and Detroit Home’s Downtown Living Tour 2018
    Hour Detroit and Detroit Home’s third annual Downtown Living Tour took place September 7th-9th....
  6. God-Given Talent
    A local choir sings its way to live television
  7. Main Review: SheWolf
    Born in Detroit but inspired by Rome, SheWolf takes diners on a culinary journey
  8. Cocktail Recipe: Toddy Incarnata
  9. Meet the Makers: Tait Design Co.
    How an after-work hobby ascended to a booming business
  10. The Art of Gifting
    Metro Detroit tastemakers from all walks of life offer a glimpse of what’s on their holiday...