For more than a decade, like clockwork, GQ has been assembling a year-end list of the things we can’t stop thinking about. Our annual Best Stuff assemblage is less gift guide, more mildly random, unabashedly craven wish list on our parts. It’s always been driven by the GQ staff’s whims—a love of thoughtful design, an obsession with fashion, and a mild addiction to the dopamine hit that comes with telling a friend where you found, say, a soap dish that finally solves the problem of soupy, scummy soap. (Yes, we did include one of those this year, and it’s goddamn glorious.)
To that end, our 2019 Best Stuff list isn’t much different than past years', except in one major way: This year we brought in some help. You best know Dan Levy as David on Schitt’s Creek (which, you also probably know, is written by Dan, too). Not only is he playing M.C. by channeling some serious ’80s home-shopping-network vibes (this was our idea first, okay, Netflix?), he pitched in with a few Best Stuff picks of his own. Like David Rose, Dan himself has heat-seeking shopping instincts and an appreciation for investment-worthy designer menswear—though in real life he tends less toward star-themed knitwear and more toward scene-stealing loafers and pants that, in his words, “gave me an ass.”
Without further ado: presenting GQ’s Best Stuff of 2019, starring one of the best guys we know, Dan Levy.
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Tiffany & Co. Barware Collection
Good barware makes cheap liquor taste expensive and expensive liquor taste like the tears of a happy angel. The new Tiffany & Co. barware collection is some of the finest you'll find anywhere, made from the gleaming-est crystal and precious metals (yes, that jigger is made from sterling silver).
▸ Tiffany 1837 Makers Cocktail Jigger, $375, tiffany.com
▸ Tiffany Ampersand Cocktail Picks (set of 4), $875, tiffany.com
▸ Tiffany 1837 Makers Ice Tongs, $500, tiffany.com
▸ Tiffany Diamond Point Old Fashioned Glass, $60, tiffany.com
▸ Tiffany Diamond Point Cocktail Mixer, $575, tiffany.com
▸ Tiffany Diamond Point All-in-One Bar Tool, $400, tiffany.com
Hedi Slimane doesn’t do anything halfway. If he’s going to have art in his stores, he’s going to turn them into the coolest new galleries on the planet. If he’s going to design a plain wool sweater or some basic blue jeans or simple black boots, he’s going to make those things so effortlessly perfect that they look right at home on an A-plus-list movie star. So when it came to the first Celine fragrance line in over 50 years, where a lesser designer might’ve tiptoed in with a scent for him and one for her, Slimane is diving in headfirst with 11 genderless perfumes. They’re all heavy on classic notes like bergamot, tree moss, and white orris butter—each musky (or “powdery,” as Slimane puts it) scent is meant to evoke a distinct aspect of Parisian life—and come packaged in stunning glass bottles. Even the weighty cap is Hedi-esque, clicking satisfyingly into place like the lid of an AirPod case.
▸ Celine Cologne Française Eau de Parfum, $320, celine.com
▸ Celine Reptile Eau de Parfum, $320, celine.com
▸ Celine Black Tie Eau de Parfum, $320, celine.com
A Designer Lamp Duo
The name means "toy" in Italian, but the industrial, whimsical Toio Floor Lamp sits in the permanent collection at MoMA for a reason—it's unique and artful and unlike any other light fixture on the planet. On the other end of the inventive-lighting spectrum, the Noctambule LED Dimmable Floor Lamp has handblown glass cylinders that stack so you can create different configurations—you can even hang one from the ceiling as a pendant lamp.
▸ Toio Floor Lamp, $1,495, usa.flos.com
▸ Noctambule LED Dimmable Floor Lamp, $3,995, usa.flos.com
Hyperice Hypervolt Plus
Humans have spent millennia suffering through tight hamstrings and lower-back pain, but suddenly percussive therapy devices are everywhere—a gift from the heavens to the stiff, washed masses. No longer exclusive to NBA locker rooms, the devices are essentially little massage guns designed to pulverize your muscles, thereby speeding up recovery and lowering your risk of injury. The best of the best is the Hyperice Hypervolt Plus, a power-drill-sized gadget with three different power settings that is, unlike some of its predecessors, library-quiet. Which might actually be a bad thing when you’re moaning like Homer Simpson caught mid-daydream as it pounds a post-run knot into submission.
▸ $449, hyperice.com
Harley of Scotland Crewneck Sweater
When we talk about thick, woolly sweaters like these ones, the focus is normally on all the things that haven’t changed about them. We hold them up as some last sparkling vestige of a time long past, still knit using ancient techniques by somebody’s great-grandmother in a thatched cottage on the coast of a nameless British isle. What’s great about a Harley of Scotland crewneck sweater is all that’s new and modern: The company's got plenty of fine-and-dandy heritage, sure—it was founded in 1929—but the sweater's crafted using innovative seam-free, zero-waste knitting methods that Harley designed itself less than two decades ago. The sweater gives you that old-timey look and feel, leveled up with 21st-century fit and durability.
▸ $175, brooklyn-tailors.com
AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press
Despite looking like the world’s most boring kaleidoscope, the AeroPress has become a beloved tool for coffee professionals and earnest geeks who appreciate that it’s lightweight and unbreakable, and makes excellent, full-bodied coffee without needing anything but your own muscles. The new AeroPress Go is a slightly shrunken, self-contained version of the classic, where all the tools you need—the scoop, the stirrer, the filters, even a mug—pack into it. For java snobs going off the grid or road warriors who can’t be sure the hotel will have a third-wave coffee shop in the lobby, you can brew your own, any-damn-where.
▸ $32, aeropress.com
Dusen Dusen Dog Bed
Look, your dog is unlikely to actually use a dog bed. It's always going to prefer tossing and turning on your perfectly made human bed, sinking its nails into your beautiful leather couch, pawing at the fabric of your Turkish rug. All the more reason for your dog bed to be a marvelous design piece that, empty, makes the room look better. Everything Ellen Van Dusen touches—from towels to throw pillows—turns to Technicolor gold, so it's no surprise that her Dusen Dusen dog bed is absolute magic. Its geometric pattern will draw attention away from the shredded dog toys strewn about your living room.
▸ $184, dusendusen.com
Hoka One One "Ora" Recovery Slide
Maybe you just ran your first marathon. Maybe you're shuffling out mid-hangover to hit up Walgreens for a Vitamin Water. Either way, turn to the Hoka One One "Ora" recovery slide, from the Cali brand famed for putting jumbo-size pillowy soles on its running shoes. The Ora brings that advanced cushioning know-how to a sandal, providing your tired dogs with all the sweet, supportive respite they need to get you back in the game. Even if that game is just watching the game, on the couch, drinking Vitamin Water.
▸ $50, hokaoneone.com
Harley-Davidson Livewire Motorcycle
We’ll give you one thing: The sound is a little weird. When you really push the Harley-Davidson Livewire’s 105-horsepower electric motor to its limit, barreling down an open stretch of road, it’s not not unsettling to hear a jet-like wail instead of a low-octave growl. But you’ll get over it pretty easily, given how bang-on Harley dialed in everything about its first electric motorcycle. The athletic curves, the three-second 0-to-60, the International Space Station’s worth of cutting-edge tech—it all adds up to a ride that makes riding feel brand spankin’ new. Before too long, it’ll be the rumble-and-putter of your other bikes that doesn’t hit your ears quite right.
▸ $29,799, harley-davidson.com
Sunspel Tank Tops
Ever wondered why the white tee is a foundational wardrobe staple? You can thank Sunspel, which traces its origins to the hosiery trade at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution and produced some of the very first T-shirts ever—ever!—circa 1860. The original tees that made the Sunspel name famous over a century ago were cut from super-fine, lightweight cotton, and the luxurious modern versions aren’t all that different—in fact, they’ve been made in the same factory since 1929.
After years of no-show-sock domination, calf-high socks are back on our minds—and feet. Japanese brand Tabio has been around for over 50 years but only started selling in the U.S. last year. What the company does exceptionally right is make socks that are as comfortable and well-fitting as a technical, no-frills pair, but that deliver mightily on the style front with high-end colors and textures. Throw on a pair of Tabio's bright-color ribbed socks and you’ll see what we mean; compliments and comfort. Who can mess with that?
▸ $20, tabiousa.com
This past decade we’ve been evangelizing about trunks (they’re boxer briefs, only shorter) almost exclusively as the best underwear for guys. Boxer shorts were left out of the conversation completely, because there was literally no room for them, particularly during our collective skinny-jeans phase from 2015–17. But big pants have risen again, and with them, big(ger) underwear. The Entireworld slim boxer is the ideal reintroduction: The cut is more flattering and less billowy than your tenth-grade boxers, while the feathery organic cotton will keep things breathable. After all that skin-tight denim, your junk deserves a breather.
▸ $20, theentireworld.com
By Humankind Soap, Mouthwash, and Deodorant
You can't throw a disposable razor in 2019 without hitting a start-up with pastel-tinted ads, but look beyond By Humankind's serif fonts and you'll find a product line that's not only beautiful and natural, but innovative too. By Humankind's mission is to rid our morning routines of single-use plastic (a.k.a. the planet's mortal enemy), which is why the mouthwash comes in tablet form (rather than wasting energy by shipping water), the shampoo manifests as bar soap, and the deodorant is dispensed in a refillable vessel, which is guaranteed for life. This brand might be on trend, but they’re in it for the long haul.
▸ Deodorant, $12, byhumankind.com
▸ Shampoo, $15, byhumankind.com
▸ Mouthwash, $10, byhumankind.com
The jury’s still out on whether the Great Electric Scooter Experiment will upend urban transportation as we know it or just go down as another WeWork-ian example of hubris and scorched capital investment, but scooters sure as hell are fun. If you're in the market to BYOScooter, the Unagi is an upgrade over any of the ones you’ve rented with an app. Sturdier (shout-out all the magnesium and carbon fiber), lighter, and more powerful, it’s able to glide at 15 mph (terrifying yet exhilarating!) on its airless tires. None of that makes a scooter less dorky, but the Unagi’s such a blast, and makes traversing a city so easy, you can almost outrun the radical amount of pedestrian side-eye that comes with being a Scooter Person.
▸ $840, unagiscooters.com
Dan Levy’s Best Stuff: Loewe Crocodile Effect Loafers
“These Loewe crocodile effect loafers are not cheap. But they will last a lifetime, and they will go with anything. I wear them primarily as slip-ons because the back folds down, but if you want to dress them up and wear them out at night in the summertime or in the wintertime with socks, you just flip the back up and you have a loafer. For me, these kinds of investments are tough, because I get anxious when things are expensive. And the Loewe loafers just work with everything. They work with shorts, they work with dress pants, they work with jeans, they work with khakis. For me, that's a worthwhile investment. I'm fortunate enough to be able to invest in those things—but consciously, and quality over quantity.”
▸ $789, farfetch.com
Gold Jewelry’s Reborn
As men start thinking beyond the wedding ring, a grip of young jewelry brands is making handmade, heirloom-quality gold jewelry that has the feeling of ancient treasure. London’s Alighieri, L.A.’s Azlee, and NYC’s Foundrae and Prounis all balance a certain preciousness with designs that declare you’re a man of exceptional taste.
▸ Azlee "Aphrodite" Signet Ring, $1,600, azleejewelry.com
▸ Prounis Tanzanite Fan Pendant, $3,200, prounisjewelry.com
▸ Prounis Small Solo Loop-in-Loop with Fibula Clasp, $1,780, prounisjewelry.com
▸ Alighieri Infernal Storm Necklace, $270, shop.alighieri.co.uk
▸ Azlee Olive Branch & Rose Bud Kite Diamond Coin Charm, $5,000, azleejewelry.com
▸ Azlee Small Circle Link Handmade Chain, $5,500, azleejewelry.com
▸ Foundrae Air Element Bracelet, $3,245, foundrae.com
▸ Prounis Spessartite Garnet Roz Ring, price upon request, prounisjewelry.com
Everybody.World Recycled Cotton Classic Trash Tee
Founded by two American Apparel alumni, Everybody.World set out to replicate the wholesale formula that made the once-beloved basics brand such a (financial) success. Everybody.World’s plan: Make a perfect blank tee—the first-ever 100 percent recycled tee made on a mass scale. Then let designers, musicians, or general dreamers buy them up in bulk and slap their graphics on them. Some of the coolest brands in fashion swear up and down by the thick, boxy, straight-from-the-’90s Everybody.World recycled cotton classic Trash tee. The cramped, fantastical, sometimes inscrutable designs made by Online Ceramics arrive printed on Everybody.World tees, for instance. Great news is, these tees are flawless whether you own a screenprinting machine or just a washing machine. ▸ $39, everybody.world
Beats Solo Pro Noise-Canceling Headphones
If you’ve been holding a grudge about Beats being all sizzle and no steak since they were "by Dre," then pull on the new Beats Solo Pro, breathe deep, and prepare to set your anger free. The big deal here is that Beats updated its best-sellers with noise canceling that’s powerful enough to make subway commutes spa-quiet but smart enough to not warp the music in the process. Beats' trademark sleek sexiness hasn't gone anywhere (with Pharrell pitching in a trio of punchy matte versions), and the construction feels remarkably solid. There are plenty of nifty specs: the special chip that lets them pair fast with all your Apple gear; mics that let you hear the outside world, ensuring you're not left behind when the gate attendant calls for Zone 1; the way the headphones kindly turn off when you fold ’em. But the most important Solo Pro spec is this: They sound straight-up, no-asterisks good. Clear, detailed, even-keeled. The thump remains intact, but the Solo Pro respects a nostalgic emo binge or Vampire Weekend singalong as much as it does a third Jesus Is King audition. Yeah, they're (still) pricey, but as a pair of headphones that deliver everything you'd want in a single package, they need absolutely no apologies.
▸ $300, beatsbydre.com
Vermicular Dutch Oven
This Japanese-designed cast-iron Dutch oven is beautiful, yes—so much so that you’d be hard-pressed not to just keep it on the stovetop. But what sets the Vermicular apart from the competition is all the tiny, imperceptible details—such as the precision of the hand-machined lid (within .01 millimeters!), which allows for an airtight seal to lock in moisture for, say, braises and soups. It’s a design nerd’s dream, particularly if that design nerd loves braises and soups.
▸ $300, vermicular.us
CC-Tapis Double Slinkie Rug
Made in Nepal from a design by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, the CC-Tapis Double Slinkie rug has an unspooled design that breaks the rectangular-rug mold and covers your floor in glorious polychromatic waves of hand-knotted Himalayan wool. Though we wouldn't blame you if you saved it from being trampled and hung it on the wall instead. ▸ $8,048, mattermatters.com
Maaari Banga Stacking Planters
Maaari is a brand that takes indigenous cultural traditions rooted in the Philippines and refracts them through a prism of clean, minimal, and responsible design. The clay Banga stacking planters—inspired by Filipinx women who carried the pots on their heads while sourcing water—are a strong look for every home. Consider them a cheat code for leveling up your plant game.
▸ $240, maaari.co
Kim Hau’s Ceramic Soap Dish
You spend the GDP of a small island nation on some artisan-whittled bar of soap—you know, the kind with little sprigs of herbs stuck in it—that announces to anyone who visits your guest bathroom that you are, indeed, a grown person who has their shit together. And then, after three uses, it’s wallowing in a thin pool of murky water with the scum crusted along the edges of the soap dish. You are supposed to wash us, soap, not the other way around! Blissfully, Colorado ceramicist Kim Hau’s ceramic soap dish has a fix: a spout that drains excess water straight into the sink. Now, all your fancy-boy soaps will dry out and remain soap, like they’re supposed to, and the rustic good looks of the dish itself will further confirm your functioning-adult credentials to any and all onlookers.
▸ $30, Etsy.com
A Coffee Table’s Worth of Books
A room isn’t really finished until it quietly declares how learned and tasteful you are, which is why coffee-table books were invented. This year brought more than a few brilliant ones, but these were four we actually couldn’t put down. For photography connoisseurs, Bruce Gilden’s Lost and Found is a time machine to an older New York, while Antwaun Sargent’s visionary The New Black Vanguard brings a formidable group of new talents under one cover. In fashion, Danielle Levitt captured the daemonic brilliance of Rick Owens for Rizzoli. And for fans of art of any kind, the masterful Kerry James Marshall continues to reshape the art-history canon in his striking History of Painting.
▸ History of Painting, $60, davidzwirnerbooks.com
▸ The New Black Vanguard, $50, aperture.org
▸ Lost and Found, $42, amazon.com
▸ Rick Owens, $31, amazon.com
Rimowa and Louis Vuitton Luggage
Everyone has an opinion about how to optimize the occasionally hellish experience that is traveling in 2019. To your expert packing ritual, comfy outfit, and sleep-management regime, add this failsafe luggage combo: a Rimowa Original Cabin Twist as a checked bag and Louis Vuitton Keepall carry-on. Because when you glide your indestructible royal blue aluminum Rimowa through TSA PreCheck with Virgil Abloh’s new Louis Vuitton iridescent holdall riding on top, you already know you’re going to have a stylish trip. The real payoff is when your first-class luggage lands you an upgrade.
▸ Louis Vuitton Keepall, price upon request, us.louisvuitton.com
▸ Rimowa Original Cabin Twist, $1,150, rimowa.com
San Francisco–based purveyor of upscale home and kitchen goods MARCH makes their distinct collection of splattered dinnerware in a spectacular array of colors and styles. And they do it in the Pugliese region of Italy. Tell that to your snobby dinner-party guests.
▸ March Blue on Blue Medium Splatterware Pitcher, $80, marchsf.com
▸ March White on Terracotta 9-Inch Splatterware Pasta Bowl, $55, marchsf.com
▸ March Blue on Blue Splatterware Dinner Plate, $60, marchsf.com
Luxury AirPods Cases
The one week you own Apple AirPods, before they are inevitably sucked into the wormhole at the bottom of your tote bag, is a great week. They just sync to your phone, no Bluetooth hassles! You can roll calls like you’re in an episode of Succession! And then when the buds mysteriously disappear, you’re back to the Stone Age. Luckily for you, the finest luxury leather goods houses on the planet now make wearable AirPods cases, so you can flex your status as an AirPods owner while keeping them safely hanging from your neck in an intrecciato napa leather case.
▸ Dior AirPods Case, $350, dior.com
▸ Bottega Veneta AirPods Case, $560, bottegaveneta.com
▸ Apple AirPods, $159, Apple.com
Dan Levy’s Best Stuff: Prada Stretch Technical Fabric Trousers
“This is a strange flex, but Prada dressed me for the Emmys. In the process, I tried on these Prada trousers, not really thinking anything of it. They serve a very practical purpose. But in this particular case, not only did they fit perfectly, they actually are so comfortable, and they’re made of this strange, brilliant, dynamic, technical fabric that operates as both a dress pant and almost like…a track pant. You don't feel like you're wearing a dress pant. I wear them with Vans and a T-shirt, and then I can swap out the Vans, put on a dress shoe and a blazer, and I'm wearing dress pants. I would say [I wear them] three days a week. Day and night. It's a price tag, sure. But I feel like if you are interested in investing in multipurpose designer clothing, you'll be able to wear them in so many more ways than a pair of track pants or a pair of black dress pants. And I don't have an ass, and they gave me an ass. So if that's not the magic and the beauty of fashion design, then I don't know what is.”
▸ $690, mrporter.com
CB2 + GQ Kotka Tufted Leather Sofa
The best things in life, we’re told, are free. The second-best things in life, then, are the ones that may have come with those dreaded price tags but that last forever, and get better as they age. Think about the decadent red wine that’s developed over the years or the leather jacket beat up and treasured for decades. The Kotka tufted leather sofa, the result of a collaboration between the good folks at CB2 and GQ, falls in the second-best-things category: the sort of item you’ll have in your home forever and appreciate more in year 10, 20, maybe even 50.
▸ $2,999, cb2.com
Dan Levy’s Best Stuff: Santa Maria Novella Fragrances
“Santa Maria Novella is an apothecary kind of store that sells everything from candles to fragrances to lotions to potions. It was founded in Florence—by Florentine monks, I believe—way, way, way back when. Someone gifted me their tobacco-scented soap one year for Christmas. You know when you have that special soap that you use on special occasions, like a date or something? I would always bring out my tobacco soap when I was trying to get lucky, and it worked a lot of times. Later, I was in the store, and I didn't know that tobacco-scented soap actually came in a cologne, too. That was a game-changer for me. It smells like a sweet, sexy tobacco that keeps me company in the colder months and heats things up in the summer. There's sort of a heat to it. It tends to be on the heavier side when you first use it—don't get alarmed, it will settle.”
▸ $135, smnovella.com
Gucci Leather Belt with Enameled Interlocking G Buckle
Two thousand nineteen will go down as the year designer-logo belts became cool again. And no, not just because Adam Sandler is about to make sleazy style look downright aspirational in the upcoming Uncut Gems. Designer-logo belts are back because they’ve gotten a bit smaller—tasteful, even. Now, the best way to show that you back Gucci designer Alessandro Michele’s provocative fashion revolution is by strapping on this elegant, vintage-inspired belt.
▸ $570 (for similar style), gucci.com
Evan Kinori Single-Pleat Pant
The two most important things when it comes to pants: fit and fabric. San Francisco–based designer Evan Kinori is a master of both. His signature single-pleat pant is perfectly relaxed, with a tapered and cropped fit that looks effortless—especially because it comes in a low-key luxe cashmere-and-lambswool herringbone that's only as fancy as you want it to be.
▸ $425, evankinori.com
Jacques Marie Mage Sunglasses
Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, and Bad Bunny have all graced the pages of GQ this year wearing sunglasses by independent L.A. brand Jacques Marie Mage. The reason why they’ve become a go-to move for GQ’s stylists and staffers is simple: They are the thickest, heaviest, most badass-looking shades money can buy. They’re handmade in Japan in limited numbers—as few as 50 for some frames. They won't make you famous, but they'll make you look like you are. ▸ $575, jacquesmariemage.com
Dan Levy’s Best Stuff: Radiooooo app
”Radiooooo is a miracle. I grew up with music in my house, and there's always music playing as long as I'm awake and puttering around. But it's always the tough decision: What’s the playlist? Do I have to make one? Is there a Spotify? Is there a Tidal? Is there an iTunes? A friend of mine told me about Radiooooo [an app that allows users to play music by country and decade]. We were in Italy this past summer and she recommended it because we wanted to put on old, vintage, sort of Italian pop. We were able to go through the Italian pop of the ’20s, then the ’30s, then the ’40s, then the ’50s, then the ’60s, then the ’70s, then the ’80s. It lasted us the entire trip. It's just so much cooler than anything I could imagine. And now, when I listen [to those playlists], it allows me to sort of feel like I'm back there.”
▸ Free, Try the Radiooooo app for Apple or Android, or in your browser
Seiko 5 Sports SRPD55 Watch
The Seiko 5 line is the Japanese watch brand’s promise-in-product-form to provide everything you need in a watch: an automatic movement, a day and date display, a protected crown at the 4 o’clock position, water resistance, and a near-indestructible case. (Observant readers might notice that’s five pledges.) There’s a sixth unsaid vow, too, which is cause for the Seiko 5 series' cult-like following in the world of watches. Since the line first launched in 1963, the pieces have come at brain-meltingly affordable prices. This year, Seiko refreshed its sports collection, introducing this dive watch for roughly $300. And no, that's not missing a zero.
▸ $295, seikowatches.com
On the surface, the new Sonos Move is the wireless audio company’s first real shot at making a speaker that can wander: to the patio, to the basement, to the shower (it’s water-resistant). That solves a big ol’ gap in the Sonos-scape, since the rest of its speakers have always been glued—well, plugged—into place. At 6.6 pounds and 10 inches high, the Move is too beefy for beach duty, but that size means it can make even the most serene tracks, like on Lana Del Rey's Norman Fucking Rockwell, sound full and powerful. Where the Move’s got another leg up on the rest of its family members is that it also features, for the first time, Bluetooth. If you’ve already bought into Sonos, it’s the missing piece. And if you’ve not, the Move will be the Sonos that gets you hooked.
▸ $399, sonos.com
Martino Gamper’s “Arnold” Circus Stools
Sit on them, fill them with toys, or situate a pair in front of your couch for an elegant coffee-table alternative—the versatility of Martino Gamper’s “Arnold” Circus Stools is what makes them special. Get a few for maximum effect; these durable molded-plastic stools (or buckets, or side tables) come in a wild range of vibrant colors.
▸ $70, martinosshop.bigcartel.com
Mineral Health CBD Oils
The deep, dark secret of both the supplement and CBD-infused health industries is that no one’s actually checking to make sure the products are following through on their very medical-sounding promises and ingredients. But Mineral Health, which utilizes the entirety of the hemp plant (stalks, stems, and buds) to maximize omega fatty acids and vitamins in their extraction process, has been using third-party verification since GQ's wellness columnist, Joe Holder, discovered the brand back in 2016. He uses Mineral Health formulas for sleep, recovery, and pain management. "While training for the Chicago Marathon this year I’d take the sleep supplement, or I’d mix magnesium with some tart cherry juice, which is a natural melatonin source," he says. "It would help me sleep better. And, generally, it helps keep me a little calmer." And this fall Mineral released its first CBD-infused body oil, Sousa, which, like all its formulas, contains small enough traces of THC to be allowable in the States. It won’t get you high, but it’ll make you feel good.
▸ Mineral Health Balance Hemp Oil, $130, mineralhealth.co
▸ Mineral Health Sousa Body Treatment Oil, $70, mineralhealth.co
The third iteration of this pro-grade fitness strap still does what it's always done: measure your heart rate consistently all day, delivering advanced analytics on your workouts and day-to-day health via its app. (Shout-out to the Strain Coach function for flagging potentially bad form.) But where the Whoop 3.0 will really help you level up in 2020 is...in bed. At this point we all understand that sleep is central to, well, everything: mental health, fitness, happiness, and making smart choices. The Whoop's sleep coach lets you set daily goals—whether you want to get by one day or fully peak the next—and the system will let you know how much sleep you should get and when you should go to bed, and then measure how well you actually slept. If a garbage truck ruined your rest before sun-up, the Whoop 3.0 will adjust your workouts accordingly, knowing that maybe your body's better suited to, say, a 10-minute recovery stretch session than a 10-mile run. ▸ $30 monthly membership, whoop.com
Raf Simons x Eastpak Backpack
Generally, when a top-end designer makes a backpack, they deck it out in rich leathers with big shiny zippers to make it feel more luxe and adult. Raf Simons said to hell with all that. Instead, the Belgian design god turned to Eastpak—as in, the beat-to-crap nylon book bag you used to stuff your Trapper Keeper in—to create a range of backpacks that, while clean-lined and elevated, wouldn’t look all that out of place in homeroom. Take this one, for instance: It’s got all the stuff you really need for adult life, like a padded laptop sleeve in its enormous main compartment, but the materials (that hardy, classic nylon) and details (the dangly loops and banana-pudding-hued straps) keep things light and down-to-earth. Carry a briefcase if you want to mean business; backpacks are supposed to feel fun.
▸ $259, endclothing.com
Directed by Danielle Levitt
Still life photographs by Matt Martin
Styled by Jon Tietz
Grooming by Johnny Hernandez
Prop styling by Stephanie L. Yeh
Set design by Eli Metcalf
Motion design by Arjun Ram Srivatsa
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