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Made For You, October 2018

Cheeky neckties; an all-in-one audio hub in a box; a top-flight Tennessee whiskey tour; two new Leica choices; cuff links for real men; and a cherried out Hummer.
By CA Editors | From Alex Rodriguez, September/October 2018
Made For You, October 2018

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.

Bespoke behemoth—Mil-Spec automotive

The vision of Mil-Spec Automotive is the Hummer reenvisioned, and now, with the Truck #002, it adds a customer’s vision. Six of the 12 hand-built units in its Launch Edition series will be tailor-made for each customer. Customizations include a fully adjustable air-ride system and seats that allow heating and cooling, massage selection and adjustable seat supports. The interior is tricked out with plenty of leather and the slant-back top design has a Kevlar texture. Price tag starts at $218,499. milspecauto.com

Round Sound In A Box—Cambridge Audio

Round Sound In A Box—Cambridge Audio

The burgeoning all-in-one home audio hub segment continues to grow with the addition of the Yoyo (L) ($399) from British audio specialist Cambridge Audio. The Yoyo (L) offers powerful, immersive sound courtesy of six speakers nestled inside its stylish, cloth-covered 10-by-10-inch box. Connectivity options include built-in Chromecast, Spotify Connect, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as optical, aux and HDMI wired connections, meaning it can serve as a TV soundbar and also control your favorite music from your phone, without the hassle of pairing. cambridgeaudio.com

Photo Finish—Leica

Photo Finish—Leica

The German maker of precision cameras has new entries. If your groove is collectors’ items with a racy edge, consider the Leica M10 Edition Zagato. Designed by Andrea Zagato, owner of the Italian design house that specializes in automotives, it combines the M10 camera body with a Summilux-M 35-mm lens. Limited to a run of 250, each set goes for $21,600. A little too fast for your blood? Consider the Leica C-Lux, a pocket-sized shooter with a 20-megapixel sensor that goes for $1,050. leica.com

Off The Cuff—Tom Taylor

Off The Cuff—Tom Taylor

The bromide that men don’t wear jewelry is often countered with an argument for watches, but cuff links are the real starting line in male ornamentation. And with Tom Taylor, the New Mexico silver and leatherworks artisan, the adornment will never come off too precious. Motifs range from Maltese crosses and skulls to the kind of star you usually see on a sheriff’s badge. Links can also be inlayed with stones like turquoise. Remember, you’ll need a shirt with French cuffs. The company also makes belts, belt buckles and sturdy leather bags. tomtaylorbuckles.com

Tennessee Tour—Mint Julep Experiences

Tennessee Tour—Mint Julep Experiences

Mint Julep Experiences, the company that made its name providing high-end visits to Kentucky distilleries, is really rolling out the barrel with its Tennessee sour mash whiskey experience. For $65,000 you get a helicopter ride from Nashville to Lynchburg’s Jack Daniel’s distillery, pick a barrel of whiskey to be bottled just for you (approximately 240 bottles), go on $5,000 shopping sprees at Col. Littleton’s Leather Co. and Lucchese custom bootery and stay in the Omni Nashville Presidential Suite. mintjuleptours.com

Tennessee Tour—Mint Julep Experiences

Tie In Cheek—Emerson Bespoke

When suited up, you can only be so cheeky with your jacket, slacks and shirt. Your tie, however, leaves room for expression. Emerson Bespoke makes ties that allow you to express yourself in fun ways. Grand Old Party shows elephants holding Martini glasses. Let’s Cook (pictured) with its blue plume coming from a white and orange RV, pays homage to Walter White, the humble math teacher turned meth lord in the superb AMC drama “Breaking Bad.” The ties are made from silk milled in Como, Italy. emersonbespoke.net

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