Made For You, April 2015

From the Print Edition:
Hugh Jackman, March/April 2015

In a world of fast food and one-size-fits-all sensibilities, how often does something feel made especially for you? The "Made for You" section celebrates those items that are created with such high quality of hand workmanship and degree of customization that they become individual to you.

In each issue, our editors will endeavor to bring you special things from anywhere on the globe, choosing them solely on the basis of outstanding quality. Our goal is to give you guidance on the best of everything.



Bolt With A Jolt—Renovo Motors

A supercar with the look of a Shelby Cobra that blasts from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds is impressive, but when you take into account that the Renovo Coupe runs on an all-electric engine, suddenly it’s an amazing feat. The 740-volt, lithium-ion battery produces 500 horsepower and 1,000 pounds of torque and has a top speed of more than 120 mph. Still, the engine only requires 30 minutes to recharge. An 11.6-inch touch screen, run by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 superprocessor, displays the car’s vitals for easy monitoring.


Large Charge—Phorce Pro

Keeping devices properly stowed and charged is a cross to bear for the technologically up-to-date. Phorce Pro comes to the rescue with a smart bag that will charge three devices with its 26,000-mAH battery Power Core. And it has room to spare for low-tech stuff like business briefs, gym clothes and a bag lunch. The device includes cables for multiple devices. A downloadable iOS or Android app indicates remaining power, and will even alert you when you’ve left your bag behind.


Custom Comes To You—Trumaker

The superior old-school fit and form of made-to-measure clothes meets the convenience of modern technology with Trumaker, the San Francisco–based menswear firm. Its mobile app sends an experienced fitter to your office or home, where you’ll also select from a wide choice of fabrics. Once a shirt specialist, Trumaker now makes blazers as well. Recent expansion has brought its fitters to the New York tri-state area. The service is also available in Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Nashville.


Leather For A Lifetime—Bison Made

Bison Made products range from sleeves that encase the latest smartphones to such throwback technology as a straight razor and leather strop. But the common denominator is quality leather craftsmanship designed to get better with age. No plastic, no rubber, no glue, nor lining befoul this line, which also includes wallets, cases, bracelets and belts. The concept is that you’ll get a lifetime of use. Accordingly, should the stitching fail, you can send it back for repair.


Put A Bow On It—The Bow Tie Book

“Iconoclastic yet conservative, fussily formal but offbeat, geeky but increasingly chic…” so starts the comprehensive tome dedicated to the one male garment that can’t help but stoke emotions. The Bow Tie Book (Universe Publishing, $16.95), with illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock, is an engrossing, heartfelt irreverent paean, filled with photos and pithy quotes, including Dr. Who’s terse “Bow ties are cool” and Dr. Seuss’s practical “You can’t dribble on bow ties.”


Sleek Slicker

Urban executives wanting to stay sharp without sacrificing function should take note of Salence’s Baluster raincoat. Cut from a proprietary wool/polyurethane fabric that’s waterproof, windproof and breathable, the jacket’s acute angles form a sleek look that resembles a blazer. Want to keep it casual? Clip only the lapel and pop the collar. Rain in the forecast? Snap on the removable hood and zip up the taped seams for full-weather protection. An abundance of useful pockets, adjustable cuffs and leather trim round out the charms of this head-turner.

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