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Today in Gear: October 7, 2013

John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey There are many ways to honor an historic figure: bronze statues, stadium monikers, tattoos.


John J. Bowman Single Barrel Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
There are many ways to honor an historic figure: bronze statues, stadium monikers, tattoos. But what could be more appropriate for a trailblazing early American pioneer than a powerful bourbon? As the great, great uncle of Abram Bowman (That’s the “A” in A. Smith Bowman), Colonel John J. Bowman served as the first governor and military commander of Kentucky County, though this is a Virginia bourbon, as the distillery is located there. Be a pioneer among your peers and pick up a bottle of this 100-proof spirit to drink a toast. asmithbowman.com

Everlane Indigo Shirt
Everlane’s familiar Oxford button down has a new cousin: meet the Indigo Shirt, perfect for fall days. Featuring the same cut and details as the Oxford, this shirt is made of hardy twill. But the important thing is the deep, rich and vibrant color. It might be out of the rainbow, but indigo is certainly “in”. $55

Muku Shuttr Remote Release For Smartphones
Despite our myriad and constant complaints, smartphone cameras are pretty amazing. Our tiny pocket pals produce images on par with actual cameras — or would, were they equipped with image stabilization like your favorite point and shoot. Muku solves the problem with their Shuttr device, which uses Bluetooth 3.0 to pair with iPhones, Samsung Galaxy and Notes to provide shake-free, touch-free snapshots with just a click of the slick little dongle. $40

Kaufmann Mercantile Convertible Tote
The vegetable tanned leather of this tote is as tough as it is attractive. Hand-waxed and -dyed, the tote is ready for slinging duty, but unbutton the brass hardware on either end and extend the bag’s influence to manage heavier, hardier loads. $295

Lego Architecture UN Headquarters Set
Your kid may be a whiz with plastic bricks, but it takes a dedicated adult to construct a 597 piece replica of the United Nations. Designed in the late ’40s by Le Corbusier and Niemeyer et. al, the structure dominates a chunk of the shore of New York City’s East River; now this recent addition to LEGO’s Architecture series can dominate your study. Or the dining room table, though that could incite some argument. Just, you know, remember to be diplomatic. $50 ()

Revo SuperConnect Digital Radio
Revo have always made excellent looking electronics, but take a gander over this-a-way. With its refined, acoustics-friendly American walnut cabinet, the SuperConnect looks as though it would fit right into Captain Picard’s quarters. The graphical OLED display is easy to read as the Sunday paper and 15W Class-D amp perfectly blends science with nature. It’ll tune in to over 16,000 global internet radio stations via wifi, each listed in the joystick-navigable menu for easy perusal and access. Stream Spotify tunes via your phone or tablet via Bluetooth, or listen to your own music collection if you’ve got a DLNA server or software. Basically, just power on and make it so. $402

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