The leather motorcycle jacket might seem a little risky—yet, if done right, you’ll spend the rest of fall wrapped in a warm, Brando-esque glow.
And perhaps even some of winter, thanks to this shearling-lined moto jacket from the newly released capsule collection from A.P.C. and leather jacket guru Louis W. Consider it the French translation of Schott’s Perfecto jacket (worn famously by Brando, Dean and other greaser-pioneers), so it’s a bit trimmer and more minimalist, with blue shearling lining, and probably better suited for a sidewalk café than the open highway.
You’ve already put your hog in storage till next summer anyhow...
Web boutiques have been popping up like daisies lately, but we’d like to single out a shop called Builtwell that opened up last week and immediately shot to the top of our list.
It’s a jumble of brands like Tellason, Garbstore and 18Waits, together with company profiles and Art of Manliness-style nostalgia. You could spend a whole afternoon exploring the site—but since you’re busy, we’ve rounded up the three coolest things below.
Photographer Scott Toepfer has been exploring the Western U.S. by motorcycle for the past few years, but he’s finally finished his grand diesel-smelling opus. It’s called It’s Better in the Wind, and it’s a solid 13 minutes of brilliant biker photography, along with some wheezing harmonica and earnest narration. Mountains! Moto jackets! America!
The first pics from Ryan Gosling’s The Place Beyond the Pinesjust arrived online. In a radical departure from Drive, he plays a taciturn, bank-robbing motorcycle expert—but if the platinum hair is any indication, he’s a little more punk this time around.
As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off the sidecar.
You should never be afraid to pick up a passenger or two.
So much as we admire the solitary drive of the motorcycle, we have to admit, it’s missing something. A place for a navigator, or a passenger who doesn’t have to cling to your back all the way through Nebraska. Room for company—otherwise known as a sidecar.
One of our favorite photographers just put up a brace of photos from last weekend’s El Diablo run, a tequila-soaked gathering of motorbikes winding from Temecula, CA down through the Baja haunts of San Felipe and Ensenada. As you might expect, it’s full of tattoos, denim jackets and Harleys. Ride easy, gentlemen.
Cross Dressing: A blogger comes forward with his style secret: wearing women’s ballet socks under boat shoes for a sockless look. The internet at large has yet to heartlessly ridicule him. Well played all around. [A Trip Down South]
Against Food: B. R. Myers has had enough of foodies. We’ll believe him when he pledges to eat nothing but porridge. [The Atlantic]
There Goes Sunday: Criterion comes to Hulu Plus with 400 Blows and a mind-blowing number of Zatoichi movies. [Criterion]
Saddle Up A photoessay of a motorcycle ride to San Quentin. [Apropos Foto]
Electric cars are great in theory, but with the possible exception of Tesla, the tech has yet to produce anything that could be called “badass.” At least, until now.
This three-wheeler, welded together by metal artisan Josh Hadar, is a step in the right direction. At the moment it’s the only one in existence, and it tops out at a barely-street-legal 45 mph…but it’s still just about the coolest electric vehicle we’ve seen so far. Captain America would be proud.