If any of your fall plans involve motoring around in a 1930s open-top roadster with the wind flapping at your driving scarf, you’ll be pleased to hear Bench & Loom has just launched a webshop-within-a-webshop dedicated to old-timey motoring.
Here’s a pretty good claim on the next 30 seconds of your life: Core77 has a sharp roundup of the firemen’s helmets of the world, including some genuinely strange European models. Apparently the classic eagle-topped leather version is still one of the best money can buy. Score one for the old ways.
Our enthusiasm for biking has been dampened by one simple, easily overlooked fact: Bike helmets tend to be incredibly ugly. Luckily, a few newer models have started taking a pointers from the flatter skateboard helmets and—in this case—worked in some actual fabric.
This Lacoste helmet manages the difficult trick of being both eco-friendly and sartorially accomplished. The first count comes from subbing in soft cork for the usual styrafoam. The second comes courtesy of our old friend the flat cap, which they wisely adopted as a style guide. Naturally, this one’s a bit beefier. It’s got a job to do.
The signed cast is one of our more iconic memories of childhood, so it’s surprising no one tapped into it before.
This helmet extends Les Ateliers Ruby’s hitting streak, thanks to a little well-timed design help from Maison Martin Margiela. Splitting the difference between street art and sixth-grade summer camp, we’re guessing it’s got something for just about everyone on a motorscooter.
It may be past its 45th birthday, but the mod look is wearing its age pretty well. Boosted by the Tommy-inspired looks currently fueling menswear—along with Paul Smith’s nostalgic pastels—Swinging London is as strong now as it's ever been.