It's hard not to feel like buying secondhand is almost better than buying brand new. Environmental benefits and economic perks aside (though both are definitely important), buying in the aftermarket can be one of the best ways to actually score a true one-of-a-kind grail — regardless of the space in which you're shopping. Whether it's a pre-loved vintage garment (like, say, from L.L. Bean) packed with a patina that could only come with age, or the personal pocket watch of one of the world's most infamous gangsters, there's some things that you just can't replicate in the present. For our favorite product news of the day, featuring archive finds and the latest releases, this is Today in Gear.
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You know (and likely already love) L.L. Bean for its legacy of American outerwear and apparel inspired and shaped by its native state of Maine. Tapping into that legacy, L.L. is hosting its first-ever sourced and refurbished vintage sale, featuring pieces that span from the 1960s to the present. Interestingly, the "Pre-Loved Collection" will be available via Instagram Stories. Talk about past-in-present.
NOMOS' Zürich Worldtimer is a prime canvas for collaboration thanks to its signature city disc. The wheel has proven to be a clever way to highlight partners' and collaborators' respective home cities. Singapore's The Hour Glass shop has honored its hometown with a uniquely gold-dialed Worldtimer, with a reference to the city's nickname ("The Little Red Dot") featured at 3 o'clock.
You've got to love Benchmade's knives. Built to work and guaranteed for life, they’re an easy investment if you're in the market for a rugged blade to use regularly. A great blade's proving ground — the kitchen — serves as the latest inspiration for Benchmade's newest knives, including the multi-use Meatcrafter and versatile Station Knife.
The Nike Air Max 97, a cult classic prepping for its 25th anniversary in 2022, is gearing up for a re-release next year. The inspiration behind its unique silver upper reportedly ranges from Japanese bullet trains to Y2K-era aluminum mountain bikes. We don't know about you, but this classic certainly transcends the current "hype-obsessed" sneaker market. Read more on finding joy in classic and general release kicks (including Nikes) down below.
Admittedly, this dropped at the beginning of the month — but when you have whiskey as good as this, you make sure you let the people know about it. High West's "A Midwinter Night's Dram" has been a consistent fan-favorite. "Act 9" looks no different: It’s a blend of rye whiskeys finished in Ruby and Tawny port barrels. The only negative is that it's exclusively available in High West's home state until it begins rolling out to national distributors gradually through the holiday season. How much is a flight to Utah again?