SHARP Stuff: A Guide to What Our Editors Are Loving This Month

It’s hard to believe that it’s already April; as the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start shifting gears when it comes to what we wear, what we’re cooking, what we’re drinking, and where our next vacation might take us. Our editors have been working tirelessly on the upcoming spring issue, and to provide the team with a momentary pause we’ve once again turned to them for thoughts on what new product releases have caught their eye since our last digest. As we look to warmer weather it’s clear that adventure is abound — there are a few travel-focused picks that have us eyeing the prospect of global exploration, in hopes that the current wave of COVID doesn’t hamper international adventures.

In the coming months, we’ll continue to update this guide with more of our favourite finds, building it into SHARP’s ultimate compendium of the luxury world’s best and brightest. Rather than replacing existing finds, our picks from past months can still be found further on down the page. For now, here’s a look at what April 2022 brought to the table.

Prada America’s Cup Original Sneakers

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One of the most iconic shoes of the ‘90s, Prada America’s Cup sneakers have made a resurgence in recent years, with archive fashion fans snapping up vintage pairs whenever they can find them. The sneaker, originally inspired by competitive sailing, was a staple of the iconic Prada Sport line (now known as Linea Rossa), which was the forefront of the ‘90’s love of minimal silhouettes with techy details and fabrics. This version from the Linea Rossa SS22 collection revives the original silhouette, along with an exterior made of leather, a breathable bike fabric, and an oversized rubber sole. ($1,100)

Louis Vuitton 2022 Lockit Bracelet for UNICEF

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Are you ready to accessorize — for a cause? Re-envisioned yet again by the late Virgil Abloh, this new collection for 2022 follows his first Silver Lockit collaboration from 2020. The signature details remain the same but new materials (chain, padlock, and Louis Vuitton charm), and colours (neon yellow, rainbow, or black cord) grace this iteration of the bracelet. For every Silver Lockit by Virgil Abloh sold, $100 is donated to UNICEF and since 2016, the fashion house has raised more than $18 million USD for the charity organization. If you’re searching for new jewellery this season, look no further. (New styles from $730)

Bearface Wilderness Series Matsutake Whisky

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While the global world of whisky is steeped in tradition, there are certain freedoms that come from being based out of “newer” regions that dabble in the craft. Scottish and Irish producers in particular are often bound by their respective heritage, whereas newer entrants to the category — British Columbia-based BEARFACE being a perfect example — have proven themselves free to rewrite the rulebook in many respects. Case in point, the brand’s inaugural launch in its brand-new Wilderness Series: the Matsutake Release 01. Using rare foraged mushrooms in the aging process delivers a subtle yet surprising character to this new whisky, making it equally appealing poured neat as it is when mixed in the brand’s signature cocktails. ($50)

Resident Offset Bench

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A well-designed bench is unmatched for its versatility — useful as seat in a hallway or at a dining table, or as a coffee table or TV Stand. This option (available in either natural or umber hues) by British-Canadian designer Philippe Malouin for Resident is a particularly striking option, with a unique silhouette created by its chunky, offset legs. Oh, and it’s made of solid oak, so rest assured that it’s up to the task of everyday life. (From $1,750 USD)

Rado Captain Cook Ceramic Diver

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While much of the focus on the watch industry has been centred around releases from Watches and Wonders, brands that weren’t in attendance at the fair have also been bringing new watches to market in the last month. Rado falls into that category with the release of their latest diver — the Captain Cook High-Tech Ceramic. This latest evolution of the much loved diver melds the brand’s rich history with its penchant for working in advanced materials. Previously offered in steel and bronze, the mixed of both polished and matte ceramic to this dive watch is a welcome change of pace, and its 43mm case diameter makes it a good fit for just about anyone. The material is also rather lightweight, which is always a plus. Offered in black, grey, or green/brown ceramic with a handful of dial colour variants, we expect this new model to be at least as popular as its more conventional counterparts. (from $4,000)

Moscot Miltzen Black Sunglasses With Custom Made Tints

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Spring has sprung which means ’tis the season for warm(er) weather accessories, and sunglasses are first on our list. Protect your eyes with these Miltzen black shades from Moscot with customizable tints. This iconic style was first introduced in the 1930s, is handcrafted using Italian acetate, and is tinted by hand. Choose from a range of shades — from Mellow Yellow all the way to Big Apple Fade — and you’ll surely shield your peepers from the sun in style this season. ($480)

VSSL Camp Supplies Kit

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As the days get longer and just a little bit warmer, it’s hard not to dream about getting outdoors, whether that be canoeing, hiking, or just a bit of car-camping. To help sustain you out in the wild (and to make packing just a little bit easier), Abbotsford, B.C.-based brand VSSL has cleverly packed over 70 survival essentials — from fire starter to a Military GI can opener — into a waterproof, aluminum flash-light. The brand offers a similarly clever First Aid Kit, and even a flask for when you need a post-paddle or post-hike tipple. ($185)

Fogia Big Sur Low

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Swedish furniture brand Fogia’s latest coffee table is all about contrasts, propping a rounded glass surface atop four wood legs. Designed by Simon Klenell and Kristoffer Sundin, the table was reportedly inspired by a visit to Big Sur in California, where the coastal cliffs contrast the crisp blue ocean. (Price on request)

Kiton Geometric Design Bomber From Harry Rosen’s Golf Collection

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Harry Rosen’s “style-driven golf apparel” collection has everything you need for a day on the course — but it’s also filled with stylish selections that double as street, lounge, and even dinner wear. We’re loving the Geometric Design Bomber from Kiton which makes for the perfect spring jacket whether you’re into golf or not. Made from a lightweight fabric for easy layering, it’s also crafted from stretch knit for a comfortable fit, making it an ideal statement piece that stands the test of time. ($1,495)

Hermès Arceau Le Temps Voyageur

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It’s safe to say that, once again, the team behind watch development at Hermès threw us a curveball with their latest release. It’s not a brand that many turn to for watches, but they’ve had more than a half dozen exceptional releases in recent years. Case in point, the Arceau Le Temps Voyageur — a new world timer with a peculiar local time setting feature. The local time is indicated on the smaller subdial (home time is digital at 12 o’clock), and when you adjust the local time (via a pusher at nine o’clock) not only does the local hour jump forward, but the subdial also jumps ahead to align with the local city on the dial perimeter. To develop the caliber, the brand turned to Jean-François Mojon of Chronode, whose resume includes calibers for MB&F, De Bethune, and others. ($28,825 USD)

TUMI Travel Kit

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As people are starting to travel once again — for business, pleasure, or both — it’s only right to invest in some new travel gear, particularly this navy blue travel kit from TUMI’s Alpha Bravo collection, made with sustainability in mind, and crafted from select recycled materials. It has tons of pockets, compartments, and even anti-microbial and water-resistant lining. It can sit on the counter or be hung from a fixture to keep all your toiletries, products, and accessories organized. For personalization and added flair, you can opt for a free classic monogram or a premium monogram so you’ll never lose track of your new handy dandy bag. ($210)

A Pair of Grand Seiko Snowflakes

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It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for Grand Seiko’s Spring Drive Chronograph GMT — a peculiar-looking reference with an unorthodox subdial layout and oversized chronograph pushers — but when the brand announced a new version featuring the brand’s much-loved “snowflake dial” it was pretty much game over. The brand has long been known for delivering way more value in terms of design and finishing than any of its competitors, as they continue to struggle against the trope that “luxury watchmaking is reserved for the Swiss and German makers”. The fact of the matter is, Grand Seiko is a watch lover’s dream, and these two new Spring Drive releases add another layer of diversity to the brand’s ever-changing offering. Both are limited in production, with the SBGC247 chronograph limited to 700 pieces, and the SBGE275 diver GMT limited to 1,500 pieces globally. Both will arrive in Grand Seiko boutiques this month. (SBGC247 – 11,000 Euro, SBGE275 – 7,300 Euro)

Porsche Design 50Y Limited Edition Weekender Bag

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Weekend getaways are about all the travel that some of us can muster, between COVID travel restrictions and the hectic start to the new year. That in mind, a well-made weekender bag is always a good thing to have, and Porsche Design’s new 50th Anniversary collection easily answers the call. The simple and rather timeless design combines supple black leather with the same checked fabric found on the seats of the new Anniversary Edition 911 we covered a couple of weeks ago. While few would stumble across this bag without being a fairly seasoned auto geek, one doesn’t need to be obsessed with cars to appreciate the craftsmanship and care that went into this bag. ($1,250)

JBL L75ms Music System

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The balancing act between high performance audio and the practicality of streaming is a fine line to walk. Most casual listeners want a quality listening experience, however going the route of a complete audio system build — preamp, amplifier, wired speakers, etc — is a less popular method for those outside the audiophile community. This is where the JBL L75ms comes in. JBL’s new unit is designed to work equally well both wired and wirelessly, so whether you want to connect to a turntable or stream from Spotify or other services, you’ll get the quality audio you’re craving. As an insider tip — services like Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz offer an option for higher CD-quality streaming content that’s superior to Spotify’s compressed streaming. ($1,500 USD)

adidas for Prada Re-Nylon Collection

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We’re in an interesting period right now where some people are still consistently working from home and laying low, where others are taking on the city — commuting to work, heading to restaurants, and seeing pals. No matter which one you are, this adidas for Prada Re-Nylon collection is for you. Made using Re-Nylon, an innovative fabric made from recycled ocean plastic — and inspired by both adidas and Prada’s iconic aesthetic codes, with the incorporation of their signature trademarks — this collection has pieces cool enough for coffee runs yet comfortable and casual enough for Zoom meetings. (From $650)

Mattiazzi FILO Chair

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Architect Mies van der Rohe once said, “A chair is a very difficult object. A skyscraper is almost easier.” While the iconic architect was surely hyperbolizing, it is mighty difficult to create a chair that’s not only comfortable but good looking too. The FILO chair — the Bouroullec brothers’ latest design for Italian brand Mattiazzi — eloquently answers the old form versus function conundrum with a cord seat and back that is not only striking to look at but plenty comfortable too.

Lost In The Valley of Death, by Harley Rustad

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The disappearance of Justin Alexander Shelter in the Indian Himalayas ­is the subject of Lost in the Valley of Death, an enthralling new work of narrative nonfiction from Canadian journalist Harley Rustad. Part adventure tale, part true crime investigation, Lost in the Valley of Death will naturally be compared to Into the Wild — Jon Krakauer’s investigation into Christopher McCandless’s death in the Alaskan wilderness in the early ‘90s — although it’s a distinctly 21st century story, ruminating on the contradictions inherent to not only travel in the social media age, but how we live online. Under Rustad’s watch, Shetler is a compelling, complex character: a man simultaneously craving solitude and validation — always searching, in the digital and real worlds alike.

Moccamaster KBGV Select

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Working from home is best accompanied by a big pot of drip coffee. The problem: most drip machines are downright ugly. Not Technivorm’s Moccamaster. Not only is the Moccamaster widely considered the best drip machine that money can buy, its industrial-chic aesthetic — which dates back to the late 1960s and nods to the Netherland’s long history of industrial — makes it a worthy addition to your countertop. ($460)

Dior Double-Breasted Jacket

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Relaxed tailoring is having a moment and if you’re looking to jump in, this double-breasted blazer from Dior is a good place to start. While many double-breasted jackets look stiff and frumpy, Dior’s streamlined silhouette makes for a look that is somehow sophisticated and laid back at the same time. Pair with the matching olive trousers (which are cut perfectly: neither too slim or too billowy) and you’re all set to make an understated style statement come wedding season. ($3,500)

Hydrow Rower

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In case anyone’s New Year’s resolution was to work out more (no shame, we’ve all been there), maybe give the Hydrow Rower a try. It’s sleek and not too bulky or clunky like most workout equipment so it’ll fit nicely in your apartment, spare room or home gym. Its 22″ full HD screen makes it easy to follow along and it pairs with Bluetooth speakers but also headphones in case you want to row without disturbing your significant other. Needless to say, we have a feeling this is going to be your new favourite way to exercise. (Sale price: $2,995)

HAY George Sowden Toaster

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This retro-looking colourblocked toaster is what happens when you blend a kitchen essential with superb design — and we wouldn’t expect anything less from HAY. Founded by a husband and wife in Denmark, the Danish-inspired furniture brand specialities in just that: functional, beautiful, and high-quality pieces. Made from sturdy plastic and stainless steel — and a colour palette inspired by British designer George Sowden — this easy-to-clean and sleek toaster fits perfectly in any nook on your countertop. Don’t you love when cookware doubles as décor? ($125)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Quadriptyque

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In the words of Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel, “These go to 11” — complications, that is. From basic calendar functions to a minute repeater that can chime the time at set intervals, this watch can do just about anything you want. The inside and back of its case track the moon’s movement on no less than three different dials that you’ll probably need an astronomy degree to make sense of. But no matter — we like an investment watch that can keep our attention for a while. (Price upon request)

Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair

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With better days on the horizon, bright colours are back to paint the world with a fresh coat of optimism. Danish furniture brand Fritz Hansen is building upon this celebratory mood by introducing vibrant new iterations of a 1955 classic designed by Arne Jacobsen. With 16 hues to choose from for the shell and upholstery and nine for the base, you have the option to match or create high-contrast combinations. (From $745)

Cloud Bowl by Tom Dixon

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By day, it’s an elegant fruit bowl. But when the time comes for evening festivities, this sculptural silver statement piece — hammered into a unique seed-pod shape by Indian artisans — really comes into its own as a perfect ice bucket. Time to start chilling that bottle of champagne you’ve been saving — the Roaring Twenties have arrived. ($485)

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

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Before dinner party conversations became all about podcasts and prestige TV, they used to be about big fall fiction. The latest novel from literary sensation Sally Rooney — a story about the highs and lows of success and love that plays out through email — promises to resuscitate at least a few dormant book clubs. The jury’s still out on whether it will manage to jump-start any style trends, à la Connell’s chain necklace.

Braun BC21B Digital Clock

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Much has been said about how the iPod and subsequent smartphones took their design cues from a portable radio that Dieter Rams designed for Braun back in 1958. That raises the question: how might Rams design a bedside phone charger? Thanks to this clock combining the classic Braun design language with a wireless charging pad, we finally have our answer. ($175)

Tan Grained-Leather Garment Bag by Brunello Cucinelli

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What better way to mark your return to the sky than by investing in a statement garment bag? Suddenly, the official accessory of business trips and destination weddings feels like the height of cool, communicating that, after a bit of a dry spell, you once again have exotic places to be, stylish things to wear there, and an admirable commitment to avoiding wrinkles along the way. ($5,715, at MatchesFashion)

Concept2 SkiErg

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No matter if you live in the city or somewhere that winter barely exists, with Concept2’s SkiErg, you can experience the lung and muscle-busting workout that is Nordic skiing. Using the same flywheel resistance system as a rowing machine, users pull down on cords that emulate ski poles, building strength and endurance in the process. The “double-pole” technique hits every- thing — arms, shoulders, core, legs — by creating a downward crunch motion. It’s gonna hurt. ($770 USD)

On Any Sunday

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The film that made a million motorcyclists has officially turned 50. When Bruce Brown’s On Any Sunday hit screens back in 1971, audiences were enraptured by the sight of Steve McQueen and his buddies spending their free time tearing across the California desert on dirt bikes. It somehow looked both thrilling and casual, and it helped transform the image of motorcycling as something for outlaws into something for parents and kids to do on weekends. The doc was ostensibly about “motorcycle sport and the men who ride,” but in truth it was — like Brown’s surfing doc The Endless Summer — about people living life well, finding a thing they love to do, and then doing it. It was a powerful advertisement for motorcycling in 1971, and now, blessed with a nostalgic glow, the film’s pull is even stronger. A remastered and digitally enhanced 50th Anniversary Edition of On Any Sunday by Bruce Brown Films is out now in limited release.