1. Far Out!
Ancient cultures around the globe believed stones that fell from the sky held unearthly powers. The sacred rock revered in the temple of Artemis at Ephesus—one of the Seven Wonders of the World—is believed to have been a meteorite. Whether the heavenly rocks that grace David Yurman’s newest collection of men’s signet rings bring wearers superhuman abilities remains to be seen. But they will, most certainly, attract attention because the centerpiece is not just a solid stone. The brand’s skilled craftsmen fuse the meteorites with lustrous 18K gold ($4,900) or cool sterling silver ($950), creating unique designs with every piece. Wondrous, indeed.
2. Rodd Man
Born as a traditional menswear hunting brand in 1946, New Zealand-based Rodd & Gunn has chosen Fashion Island as the place to debut its first United States flagship shop. The brand remains true to its roots on our shores, but with a modern edge—sharply tailored shirts, luxe knits and denim offerings. “It’s weekend-wear for the gentleman who spends weekdays in a suit,” says Creative Director John Prikryl. The piece we’re obsessed with now: Rodd & Gunn’s Jack Reacher jacket ($348). It became an instant best-seller after Tom Cruise donned the look in the hit movie of the same name. Cruise-wear, indeed.
3. Sack It to Me!
We watched with anticipation as Jenni Kayne’s Lido Marina Village boutique came together and then waited with excitement for its opening in the fall. Now, we’re captivated by the offerings—the chic, casual fashions and the ubercool accessories, like the Little Liffner bag ($550) by designer Paulina Liffner. Made of soft goat suede (available in toffee or black) with black croc-embossed leather accents, the bag can be used as a tote or folded over and carried as a shoulder bag. The clean lines afford a modern, minimalistic appeal, with versatility that makes it perfect for travel or just running around town. That’s the beauty of simplicity.
4. Time to Shine
When Shinola burst onto the fashion scene in 2011, fandom ushered in at an almost instant clip. Chalk it up to the brand’s ethos of creating quality products made entirely in America and adding jobs to a struggling Detroit economy by training craftsmen with new artisanal skills. To keep things fresh, Shinola now introduces Gomelsky, a timepiece collection (available at Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza) leaning in with a more fashionable face. Crafted with full-cut diamonds, tiger eye, malachite and lapis in many varied styles, the line defines a new chapter for the lovable brand. As if you needed more enticement, your watch is assured a lifetime guarantee.
5. Timely Tome
Generations of style icons have lent their influence to the esteemed American house of leather we know as Coach—from Lauren Bacall to Zoe Kravitz, from Robert Redford to Prince. They’ve graced the pages of editorial spreads and ad campaigns throughout the brand’s 75-year history. So what better way to celebrate a diamond anniversary than by packaging those pages in a perfect-bound book? Coach: A Story of New York Cool ($75, Rizzoli New York) features 336 pages of sketches, editorial features, chic ads and archival photos of the notables who have donned the Coach label. It’s time to reminisce.