Archive for May, 2010

Carstache: The Ultimate Car Accessory

Looking to give your ride a little bit more personality?  Forget new wheels or a fancy body kit, what you need is some automotive facial hair.  Yup that’s right, a mustache for your car.  A lot of great men have sported the mustache, so why not put one on your car?  For just $39, you have your choice of 5 luscious colors.  If you want to give your car a studious look, i’d go for the wisdom grey.  If you want to kick it up a notch, the firestache will definitely make your grill pop when you are cruising around town.  Based out of San Francisco and just a month old, Carstache is sure to blow up quick so be the first in your hood to trick your ride out with a Carstache.  Check them out on the web at http://www.carstache.com.

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Square: Mobile Payments Made Easy

Last December, word hit the street about Jack Dorsey’s latest startup Square, which drew a lot of press and excitement.  Yesterday the public version of the product was finally made available.  Square is a smart new way for people to accept credit card payments on a mobile device such as an iPhone.  Once you sign up for a Square account you receive a free card reader that plugs into your headphone jack.  Once you pop on the Square, you can slide a credit card, have the purchaser sign with their finger on the screen, create a secure transaction and email or text a receipt in just a matter of seconds.

I made a transaction through a company that was using a beta version of Square the other week and I was very impressed.  It was easy to use, fast to process and small.  From a local kid running a lemonade stand to a larger company selling products at a sample sale, to your neighbor putting on a yard sale, Square is sure to be used and appreciated by all sorts of people.  Before launch, Square was valued at $40 million so it will be fun to watch its growth and see just how many people are able to benefit from taking mobile payments on their phone.  Although there are other mobile card readers out there, no other reader requires no costs upfront or contract, you simply pay around 3% per transaction when you do use it.

To learn more or sign up for a free account, head to https://squareup.com…….and sorry for now, iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android Devices only

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Warby Parker: Boutique Quality Eyewear For Just $95

Glasses are not cheap.  Anyone who needs glasses knows that by the time you go to the doctor, pick out some stylish frames and get the lenses, you are not walking out the door for less than a few hundred dollars.  That is, if you want something more stylish than the bargain frames at a Lens Crafters.  But why are frames so expensive?  If you think about it, frames are pretty basic and the materials used are not much more than plastic and cheap metals.  It seems like you are mostly paying for the names and the large mark ups that optical shops tack on.

It was only a matter of time before some entrepreneurs saw this and decided to stir up the eyewear world by creating a line of glasses that takes out the middle men and allows you to buy directly through them for under $100, including the prescription lenses.  With Warby Parker, you get boutique quality frames that are retro and stylish for a price that makes sense.  Although I love my Paul Smith frames I currently have, I don’t want to pay $300 for new frames, not including the lenses.  Warby has dozens of options that look just like my Paul Smiths, but at a price I don’t mind paying.  Although you can’t go to a store and try them on, they have a very clever “virtual try-on” feature which allows you to either upload a picture of your face or take one with your webcam and virtually try the frames on.  If you still want to physically try them on, they have a free home try on option where you can select up to 5 frames to be sent to you to test drive for a week and then pick the one pair that suits you best.  Since this is their first collection and it has been met with such a positive reaction, their stock is very low, so if they have the frames you want in stock you are in luck but if not, then hold tight, they will be ramping up their production as they move forward.

Not only are the frames cheap and stylish, they also have a Toms Shoes thing going on where they are giving away a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair that is purchased.  So not only are you getting a good deal, you are helping someone in need.  Oh and if this all doesn’t sound good enough, they also offer free shipping and free returns.  To learn more and order yourself a pair of $95 frames and prescription lenses, head on over to http://www.warbyparker.com.

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Marine Layer Shirts: Cop A Feel

logoSimply put, Marine Layer shirts fit and feel amazing.  A new shirt company started by Mike Natenshon and based out of San Francisco, Marine Layer shirts are sure to become your new favorite shirt.  After his girlfriend threatened to dump out his old college t-shirts, Mike set out to make shirts that had that worn in, comfortable feel, but were new and wouldn’t be thrown out by his girl.  A lot of men take t-shirts and polos for granted, wearing whatever their mom gave them 5 Christmases ago and not really thinking too much about new purchases.  I myself have fallen into the trap of settling on Polos or t-shirts that never seem to fit right and always cost too much.  Marine Layer definitely gives the mens clothing world new hope and a new shirt from them will definitely score points with the ladies and be so comfortable, you won’t want to take it off.  The current lineup consists of an assortment of t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts and polos, all of which are super soft and made in the U.S.A.  The custom fabric is a blend of two yarns, Pima Cotton and MicroModal, produced by Lenzig AG.  Modal is a bio-based fabric that comes from recycled Beech Wood.  The result is a shirt that, as Mike set out to do, feels like an old college favorite but looks a whole lot better.  Not only is the fabric unique and super soft, the fit is guaranteed to be great as well.  As someone who has often found themselves in between sizes, I really appreciate their unique sizes that include smedium and marge.  I could go on and on about how sweet these shirts are, but I will cut this short and suggest that you check them out yourself.  If you aren’t in the area and don’t have a chance to cop a feel for yourself, you can get a free sample of the cloth to see just how nice it is.  With their fit finder, free shipping and free returns, you have no excuse not to try them out.  If you happen to live in San Francisco, their full time office/shop is on Polk St. but for the next 2 weeks they have a pop-up retail shop on Chestnut St.

So check out their stuff and ditch your generic shirts for these super comfortable shirts made by some great guys and manufactured right here in California.  http://www.marinelayer.com

Pop-up Shop Details:

Location: 2209 Chestnut St. between Pierce & Scott
Dates: Saturday May 1st – Wednesday May 12th
Hours: 11am – 7pm

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