Today in Gear: June 27, 2014

Today in Gear: A stylish watch powered by Android Wear, upgraded Nocs speakers, gin distilled the old way, a leather camera strap, and more.

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Norman Walsh UK Exhibition
These running sneakers are drenched in British history. Norman Walsh was crafting shoes before Churchill was Prime Minister; now, his company is being canonized in the footwear world. An exclusive exhibition displaying vintage shoes, photographs, archived documents and more will be displayed at the Northampton Museum & Art Gallery from July 8—27. The only wholly British owned brand left still makes vintage-looking trainers — so if you can’t make the exhibition, order a pair. normanwalshuk.com
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LG G Watch
A murdered-out watch powered by Android Wear — we’re in. The G Watch (which also comes in white gold) has Google Now for answering questions on the fly; its powerful 400mAh battery will last a day on a single charge; it’s compatible with any Android 4.3 or above smartphone; it has 4 GB internal storage with 512 MB of RAM; and it’s IP67 water and dust resistant. $229
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Hardgraft Re-Process Camera Strap
Easily convertible into a camera handle, this functional two-in-one vegetable-tanned Italian leather strap will make even a photography neophyte look like a seasoned (and stylish) pro. ~$166
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NS2 Air Monitors V2
We’ve covered Nocs’s speakers before, but they’ve outdone themselves again by adding Spotify Connect to a set of Active speakers already tricked out with AirPlay and Bluetooth. Capable of 80W peak power, they’ll be available in a kaleidoscope of colors in August. nocs.se
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Wigle’s Barrel-Rested Ginever
“Ginever”, or “Dutch-style”, gin is a traditional version of everyone’s favorite juniper berry tipple that’s still popular over in Europe. Wingle’s Ginever has a grain mash of rye, wheat and malted barley, along with plenty of botanicals, for an interesting, “fuller” gin. $50
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Finn Utility’s Dopp Kit
Hand-crafted from Horween leather, this traditional-looking travel kit with a brass zipper is ideal for carrying bathroom necessities. And if you’re ever bored during a long layover, you can tuck it under your arm and pretend you’re running with a football. $145

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