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The Art of Roughing It

  • Najib Benouar

Your time to commune with nature is dwindling. (You’ve got about a month, tops, before it’s strictly log cabin weather.) Luckily, the leather experts at Makr—who’ve gone from making the blogger-bait of slim wallets to building a small empire of neo-rustic home goods—just teamed up with the outdoorsmen of Seattle’s Scout for a capsule collection of handsome camping gear. There’s a hickory- and brass-pole tent, an insulated field bed wrapped in selvage denim, bone-handle pocketknives and some rugged hiking boots from Oak Street Bootmakers. It’s more of the handsome, unfussy, low-over-high-tech stuff we prefer—that’ll come in handy should you be planning any last-minute autumnal getaways.

And if you’re worried about staying warm, the tent happens to have just enough room for two.

Surviving the Summer Games

  • Najib Benouar

Olympic excitement has risen to a rolling boil across the pond, and the latest result is this Olympic Survival Kit from British designer Oliver Spencer. It’s a well-appointed selection of essentials (a change of T-shirt, a weather-resistant windbreaker, aftershave, a London city guide and more) for braving the 2012 Summer Games all tucked into a Seil Marschall mini canoe pack that will come in handy long after the competition has come and gone. No word on whether they’ll leave the bag for you at Olympic Stadium’s Will Call.

Scarlett Johansson Has Just Seen a Mouse

Zoos and Avenging: Scarlett Johansson talks with Arianna Huffington about her next few movies, and yes, those photos. [Interview]

In the Country Fair: A tour of what the English countryside actually looks like. There’s less tweed than you’d expect. [Vanity Fair]

A Man and His Blade: A guide to choosing the perfect survival knife. Yes, this is the woodsiest blog post ever. [Art of Manliness]

The Chinstrap: The first pictures of Daniel Day-Lewis in his Lincoln beard have leaked onto the Web. It’s spectacular. [/Film]

Gus Guzzlers, Penguins and a Spot of Tea

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The Princess and The Peacoat: Amanda Brooks has a thing for men in uniform. [Men's Vogue]

Okay, Who Farted?: Gucci and Louis Vuitton unveiled diamond-encrusted, WMD-proof gas-masks at the Bucharest Luxury fair because, really, who wants to survive a ricin attack in just any old thing? [Complex]

So? New?: R29 introduces us to our new neighbors. [Refinery29]

Spin Cycle: Damien Hirst shows no mercy to Levis Jeans. And you thought that cow had it bad. [Gawker]

Long May it Rain: Barbour employees worldwide will enjoy tea and cake tomorrow at 4pm to celebrate the waxed-cotton giant's centenary - and nothing could be more just and perfect. [Vogue UK]

Deal Alert: Again, Racked comes through with discounts on Original Penguin. [Racked]