At Gear Patrol, we think of accessories not as extra flourishes to toss on top of what’s already a perfectly good outfit. We think of them as indispensable, functional elements of a guy’s everyday life. Which is why our list of the best men’s accessories of 2018 includes everything from go-tos like belts, sunglasses and wallets to unexpected inclusions like Knnox’s innovative brass lighter and Todd Snyder’s baseball cap collaboration with New Era. After all, who wants to be caught without the means to start a fire when it’s absolutely necessary — or a good way to keep the sun out of his eyes on bright days?
I-CLIP AdvantageR Leather
While there are many different approaches and preferences when it comes to a wallet, less is usually more. I-CLIP makes a host of minimalist wallets that are no bigger in size than a credit card, making for a compact and slim option. The AdvantageR Leather is made with thick, high-quality perforated leather for a sophisticated look. The leather side opens up to another side constructed from a high-tech plastic composite that features a large card selection window for easy and quick access. Holding up to 12 cards, it also has an integrated money clip for your bills and receipts. Ultra-slim and lightweight, it’s an ideal option for the modern man.
These New Organic Cotton Caps Are Made in America
Outerknown teamed up with FairEnds for a new collection of American-made hats.
This New Fragrance- and Pigment-free Soap Is as Simple as It Is Beautiful
The block of clear, unscented soap comes as a large slab that can be broken into four smaller bars as needed.
These New Limited-Edition Sunglasses Are Somehow Just $95
The limited styles are on the svelter side of chunky.
Your New Go-To Body Wash Is at Target for Only $6
Paraben-free and made by an environmentally-conscious company.
You Can Buy Steve McQueen’s Actual Persol Sunglasses Right Now
Just expect to pay handsomely.
Warby Parker Channels Vintage Military Vibes for Its Newest Shades
One can never have too many pairs of sunglasses, especially when they look this good.
A Legendary Pencil Maker Just Made the Drawing Desk of Your Dreams
In an all-Portuguese collaboration with Digitalab, 111-year old Viarco built a drawing desk with heaps of storage, a huge space to sketch on and wonderful modernist vibes.
Angle Razor Is a Welcome, Modern Update to an Old-School Necessity
Designed with a bend in the handle, rather than in the traditional folding style, the shape of the Angle Razor is meant to keep a man's view unobstructed while he, you know, drags a sharp...
Warby Parker’s Newest Collection Is Its Most Durable Yet
The newest collection from Warby Parker sources materials from the spot where high-quality eyewear has been produced for over 100 years.
Armless Sunglasses Are an Unexpectedly-Awesome Idea
After someone broke his sunglasses by sitting on them, Jensen Brehm discovered that sunglasses don't need sidearms at all. Ombraz Sunglasses employ an adjustable cord instead, and it works.
Ray-Ban Updated the Iconic Wayfarer and the Results Are, Well, Questionable
The new "Blaze" Wayfarer attempts to take a classic accessory to a weirdly futuristic place.
Baseball Season Isn’t the Only Reason to Grab One of These Caps
Todd Snyder's latest collab with New Era uses some of the last Denim made at the legendary Cone Denim White Oak plant.
Aesop’s New Grooming Products Address a Major Skincare Woe
Your face isn't all oily and it isn't all dry. Aesop's new line tries to solve this.
Be Like Lebron James. Pick up this L.A. Brand’s $36 Cap.
A washed cap made in LA.
This Over-Engineered Dopp Kit Won’t Drive You Insane
Thoughtfully-organized and cesspool-resistant.
These New Ray-Ban Aviators Are Straight out of the Archives
Limited-edition Italian made sunglasses.
These Are the Quintessential Adventure Sunglasses
Handmade in Japan.
This Belt Was Inspired by Star Wars but Won’t Make You Look like a Star Dork
You'll like it because it's a scoundrel.
These Shoe Bags for Travel Are Made from Military Parachutes
This is probably the coolest a shoe bag can get.
These Ray-Ban Aviators Are Based On a Historic Model from 1938
Only 500 pairs available.
This England-Made Brass Lighter Combines Form, Function & Flame — And We Want One.
The Knnox lighter is the first to be made entirely within the UK in more than 50 years, and it's a gorgeous statement in minimal design.
Ray-Ban Introduces Japanese-Made Versions of Its Iconic Sunglasses
The Aviator, Round and Caravan now feature beautifully-finished titanium frames.
Downsize Your EDC with This Leather Minimalist Wallet
Two exterior card slots and a one-sided entry interior cash slot.
The Sunglasses From ‘The Big Lebowski’ Just Got Two Big Upgrades
Classic shades, now with a gradient frame and lenses that'll help you see better in low light.
The Family that Makes Proraso and Marvis Just Launched a Line of Hair Products
The Italian makers of some of the best toothpaste and shaving products in the world just turned their attention to your hair.
Gear Repair Is the Goal of Best Made Co.’s New Product
Best Made Co.'s latest collaboration with its parent company, Bolt Threads, is a pocketable stitcher for at-home gear repair.
For a Better National Parks Souvenir, Get a Hat
Most souvenirs are cheap. Not the goods made by Parks Project, an action-minded brand that just launched a new line of hats.
This May Be One of the Nicest Wallets You Can Buy
A Japanese shell cordovan bi-fold.
Upgrade Your EDC with a Desert-Inspired Leather Wallet
Minimal card wallets, bifolds, zip wallets and more.
The Tie Bar Just Dropped an Affordable Collab with One of Italy’s Oldest Mills
The Tie Bar has teamed up with Vitale Barberis Canonico, one of the oldest woolen mills in Italy, on a collection of affordable neckwear.
Warby Parker’s Latest Collection Is Co-Designed By Some Insanely Famous People
All the proceeds go to free vision screenings, eye exams and glass to schoolchildren in need.
Persol Just Brought Back a Very Cool Retro Aviator
One of the oldest sunglass makers in the world.
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