If you're familiar with Byredo, you're likely well aware of its upscale take on fragrances. The rumor mill is swirling around the luxury label, with a potential acquisition from L'Oréal on the horizon. While Fashion Network did announce that the sale was final (and based on a valuation of €1 billion), L'Oréal did not formally comment or respond to the publication. The same goes for Byredo or its founder Ben Gorham. Fans of the brand are reacting negatively to the news (or, rumors) given L'Oréal's tendency for re-formulating or even dumbing-down acquired brands' biggest products. While we're happy that Gorham's hard work in building Byredo has made it a smart acquisition for a global conglomerate, we hope that the brand's (possible) new owner doesn't change what made Byredo so successful in the first place. This is Today in Gear.
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In honor of the Navitimer Cosmonaute's trip to space on the Mercury-Atlas 7 (allegedly the first-ever Swiss writstwatch in space), Breitling has re-released the (space) pilot's watch. Designed with a 24-hour bezel — a direct request from astronaut Scott Carpenter to keep track of day and night while in orbit — the model also includes the Navitimer's signature circular slide rule for in-flight calculations. Limited to just 362 pieces and dotted with various markings and inscriptions to honor its space race history, if there's one Navitimer to get your hands on — this is it.
Built to do everything around a campsite — including setting up tents, maintaining gear, cooking or just opening a bottle of beer — Gerber's Stake Out is one multitool that's not messing around. The 11 tools on the Stake Out include (but are not limited to) a plain edge blade, saw, scissors, and awl, a bottle opener, a tent stake puller, file and tweezers. With a rugged carabineer attached at the end, this is a piece of kit that can attach to your belt loop or hiking pack; that's helpful given that you'll likely be reaching for it constantly as you enjoy the great outdoors.
The two New York-based labels have teamed up once again; Saturdays NYC and Moscot reveal their latest frame, the Tomo. Cut in a compressed, square-like frame, each pair is handmade with Italian acetate for a one-of-a-kind quality for each frame (at least, when it comes to the Tomo's tortoise shell-inspired pattern). With a roomy "key hole" nose bridge and thicker paddle temples, this is a modern frame with a timeless appeal that should fit the bill (in New York, or otherwise).
A noticeable upgrade from 2014's smart home hub TRADFRI, the IKEA DIRIGERA is ready to work with Google Matter out-of-the-box and is heralding the launch of a new IKEA Home smart app. With the IKEA Home app and the DIRIGERA, the hub should be able to connect and control IKEA's rapidly expanding suite of smart home products, including pieces like the smart lab-bluetooth speaker hybird, the IKEA VAPPEBY. Look out for the DIRIGERA and the new IKEA home app this October.
The Arctis Nova Pro ticks pretty much every box when it comes to a gaming headset. Compatible with PC, Xbox and PS5, the gear is Danish-designed gear utilizes the proprietary Nova Pro Acoustic System; combining 360° Spatial Audio and Premium High Fidelity Drivers, the headset can be fine-tuned with SteelSeries' Sonar Software and Pro-grade Parametric EQ. When you're ready to truly get into the game, this is is certainly one headset that's up to the job.