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In Which a Jetpack Races a Car

We’ve been jetpack aficionados since The Rocketeer, but for the most part, science has not obliged us. Great minds have been pushing against the idea since the ’60s, but the dream of a backpack-powered commute has yet to be realized.

But as of this week, we’ve got the next best thing: a jetpack racing a car.

It took place on 400 meters of the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, against a Renault Mégane RS. The pack in question only has 30 seconds of fuel, so it had to be a short race—but it’s still one of the coolest things we’ve seen all year.

See the video after the jump»

The Horse Shoe

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“Alligator” doesn’t always mean alligator. In the case of this pair of laceups from Australia’s Horse Shoes, it means a woven pattern that’s one of the cooler leatherworking tricks we’ve seen all year. The bad news: they aren’t shipping for another three weeks—giving you time to find a sufficiently forward-thinking pair of white jeans.

The Bushman’s Raingear

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It pays to be prepared.

In spring, that means rain. And not just rain: a full-scale monsoon, accompanied by biblical eruptions of wind, lightning and thunder. Your umbrella won’t stand a chance.

The best solution (other than, you know, staying inside) is an enormous, knee-length waterproof coat, kind of like this one from Australia’s Kakadu. It’s roughly their equivalent of the British Barbour coat—only much, much tougher.

It’s reinforced wherever water might leak in, including two linebacker-style patches over the shoulders and an extra flap to cover up the zipper. And since that adds up to a lot of waxed cotton, it might be the heaviest thing in your closet. Use it well.

Clink Chic

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The Sydney Police department just let loose a cache of 20s-era mug shots, showing off a surprising quantity of three-piece suits and grenadine ties. Aussie criminals are pretty snappy dressers, it turns out.

This gent in particular caught our eye for his shoulder-to-shoulder lapels and reckless use of pomade. We like to think he got sent up for some kind of globe-spanning real estate scheme…

Strapping

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There are a lot of bags out there, but we’ve always thought less was more. Which means if you’ve got a bundle with you—maybe a few books, a notebook and an iPod—it may be easier to strap them together into an easy-to-carry brick, possibly with this Australian device. It’s a minimal solution, sure…but those are usually the best ones.

Just in Case

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Laptop sleeves usually stick to neoprene and the occasional hard-plastic shell, so when someone takes a few steps in the briefcase direction, we take notice.

This particular model comes from the Aussie firm Toffee Cases, which took the simple but critical steps of giving the average 13-inch case a textured leather exterior and—most importantly—a handle.

It’s all in the details…

Down Under

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Outside of Cronicles of Never and Ksubi, Australia’s style footprint has been pretty small. But we’re always willing to take another look.

This snap (courtesy of Street Peeper) comes from the opening of Alphaville, Melbourne’s latest Godardian boutique. The jeans are from Ksubi, and look familiar enough, but the rest of his getup comes from labels we’ve never even heard of, including Alpha 60 and The Vanishing Elephant.

Judging from the getup—and the success Ksubi has had with the Soho crowd—we’d say the continent’s ripe for a larger crossover, especially in sunnier climes like California.

We’ll call it the trans-Pacific look.

Cave Man

  • Jared Paul Stern

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A while back we told you about Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia, the latest in a line of rock star offspring to try her hand at modeling. Now comes news from across the pond that rock'n'roll prince of darkness Nick Cave's son Jethro is following suit.

Young Jethro, 18, who lives in his dad's native Australia and bears a striking similarity to the Bad Seed, has apparently ditched his legal (and perfectly fine last name of Lazenby in favor of Cave. He has so far appeared in UK hipster rags *i-D* and *Dazed & Confused*, and was recently flown to Paris to meet with French fashion house Balenciaga. Of course, what he really wants to do is produce (music).

Angels, Aussies, and Lots and Lots of Steak

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Every Time a Bell Rings: A sneak peek at the latest Victoria’s Secret Angel. [People]

Down Under: This casual Aussie line is understandably confused about exactly what “Fall/Winter” means. Damn Southern Hemisphere! [Hypebeast]

The Steaks are High: A handy guide to Esquire’s exhaustive steak coverage. Don’t miss the 10,000 word Worstershire sauce profile. [NYM]

Yesterday’s Car of Tomorrow: A gallery of short-lived concept cars, all of which are more attractive than the Edsel. [Wired]

Don't Try This at Home, The Future Mrs. Moss and Flashing Some Leg

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Say, "Cheese!": Jackass and Terry Richardson—a match made in chucklehead heaven. [High Snobiety]

Waif Wedding: 33-year-old single mother Kate Moss bucks the statistics by declaring her upcoming nuptials. [Jezebel]

The New Demure: Vanity Fair spoofers photoshop the new polygamist-child-abusing chic onto Hollywood's most desired ingenues. [Vanityfair.com]

Heavy Metal: The most exciting thing to come out of Australia Fashion week might be the illegal use of military assets. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Office Space: ACL visits the busy laboratory of Alexander Olch. [A Continuous Lean]

Drop Them Drawers: Remember, kids, tomorrow is "No Pants Day." [Laughing Squid]

The Great White North: The Canadian Olympic team's official gear is designed to combat smog and good taste. [Globe Sports]