It’s called the IMCO Super lighter, an Austrian art deco device from the early 20s that’s been in continuous production ever since. Nearly everything’s replaceable—the fluid, of course, but also the flint, the wick and the tank itself. And since it disassembles so easily, it’s a handy item to have for camping—or any other situation in which you need to douse something in lighter fluid...
The venerable Van Hoo distillery in the village of Eeklo, Belgium has been churning out premium spirits for over 250 years, but their assault on America's top shelves is just getting off the ground.
They recently gave their single estate, quadruple-distilled, charcoal filtered vodka a much-needed facelift, and it's one of the best-looking and tasting examples we've ever had the pleasure of drinking way too much of. Packaged in a dashing Art Deco-style octagonal cobalt blue bottle, the yeasty, potent, and somewhat thick, syrupy spirit manages to mix mineral and citrus notes without stirring up a *coup d'état*; quite the opposite, in fact, a match made in some souse's heaven. Not bad for a country where half the population refers to themselves as “Walloons."
With cocktail spots popping up left and right, it’s a good time to brush up on your drink-mixing. (You can never watch *Cocktail* too many times.) But while you’re working on your Sidecar, don’t forget the glassware.
This Angela Adams number calls itself a Martini glass, but its stemless simplicity is more suited to old-school cocktails like a Manhattan or a Dark & Stormy. And the frosted art-deco symbol makes it look like something out of the 20s, the last great cocktail renaissance.
Much as we enjoy the gears-and-glass look of the regular watch, we’ve always had a soft spot for throwbacks.
This one—the Bobby J from Penguin—throws it all the way back to the 30s, with a woodgrain face set against brushed steel and some vertical grooves borrowed from the Chrysler Building. Even the logo—a tasteful autograph in the upper-left—feels like a relic from the early days of branding.
What it’s doing at hipster-lite enclave Urban Outfitters is anyone’s guess. But we’ll take it where we find it.