Over the past few years there's been a wave of Japanese retailers that have entered the American market. In clothing retail there has been Uniqlo and Kamakura. The most recent entrant into the market is Jins. In Japan, Jins is synonymous with eyeglasses. Across Japan and Asia the company operates 350 stores where customers can pop in and under an hour walk out with a set of prescription eyeglasses. The company opened its first store in America in San Francisco's Union Square in April of this year. We recently had the chance to speak with Jins and learn more about their plans. Our interview with Jins and our review follows below.Read More
What humbly began as a professional tool for divers - dive watches - have now become de rigueur for watch lovers. Rolex, Tudor, Omega, or other expensive dive watches, have now become icons of adventure, of expeditions and trips long since passed, promising the wearer with some vestige of its former glory. As a result, their price points have made them inaccessible for most adventure seekers, and instead status symbols.Read More
Pelle Morbida is a Japanese leather goods manufacturer. The company has a unique casual lifestyle approach to its products. We recently had the chance to review its "Brief Bag."
True to its laid back approach, one based on vacations spent aboard cruise ships, the bag comes with a whistle. The bag is made in a rich grainy leather which gives the leather resilience. The handles are sturdy and strong and feel as if they could last for a very long time.Read More
TOKYO bay, founded in 1991, is a watch company based in San Francisco, CA that makes a variety of fashion watches. The company is the brain child of Dory Isaacs and Jun Kobayashi. Dory hails from the UK, and Jun is from Tokyo but both settled and met in San Francisco. The company's very name is a portmanteau of Tokyo and the Bay Area. The watches tend to feature Japanese Miyota Quartz movements, Italian leather bands, and mineral glass faces. They have also recently introduced a "Made in USA" collection. We recently and the chance to speak with Dory Isaacs.Read More
As the "wet shaving" movement gains further ground, many of us - including those at Lyf Consul - have switched to double-edged safety razors. Yet, unlike the typical disposable razor, transportation of safety razors is a bit more difficult. In fact, in our travels, we have accidentally cut our fingers trying to fish out our razor from our dopp kit. Well...no more.Read More
Eye Respect is one the last independent eyewear brands out there. Founded and run by Jonathan van Blerk, the company takes pride in making its glasses by hand. The eyewear industry tends to be dominated by one large company that manufacturers most of the glasses in the world. That said, there are still independent manufacturers that deserve our attention and respect. van Blerk's Eye Respect is one of them.Read More