Friday, November 6, 2015

A Whiskey Glass That Combines The Best Aspects Of The Snifter And Tumbler In One

When it comes to drinking whiskey in style, there are two common types of glassware: the narrow Glencairn snifter, designed for pushing aromas up toward the nose, and the tumbler, which feels more natural to hold. This leaves whiskey snobs with a choice—you can either enjoy your whiskey nose-down, with a snifter that picks up the complexities of your drink, or you can enjoy it socially, with the more casual tumbler in hand.

Brian Fichtner and Shane Bahng, the co-founders behind the recently launched Norlan Glass, don't think you should have to choose. Their whiskey glass, now raising funds on Kickstarter, incorporates the aerating aspects of the snifter with the functionality of the tumbler to create one handsome, double-walled whiskey glass.

For the design the glass, Fichtner and Bahng brought in Icelandic designer Sruli Recht, with whom they had previously worked on a foldable laptop stand they kickstarted last year. Recht, inspired by the way that waves crash onto the beach, designed the inside of the glass to be wide enough for the whiskey to splash up against the sides and aerate faster. He worked with a synthetic biologist to design fins inside the glass that bring up different molecules that give the whiskey a fuller flavor. The outer wall gives the glass a fuller shape and heaviness so it sits nicely in your hand.

You don't have to be a whiskey aficionado to appreciate the level of thought and detail that went in to this design. And at a $45 retail price for a pair ($35 for early bird pledgers), the Norlan Whiskey Glass is pretty affordable as far as whiskey glasses go. (They typically run anywhere from $45-$100).

Dolce & Gabbana’s Couture Headphones With Swarovski Crystals And Pearls

Dolce & Gabbana has made the swankiest earbuds to date in collaboration with Frends; and they can be yours for the staggering price of $7,000 (approx. £4,600).

The fashion house’s recent autumn/winter 2015 show during Milan Fashion Week was inspired by the Italian matriarch, otherwise known as la mamma, celebrating Mother’s Day a bit earlier this year. But not only that, it also celebrated the pleasure of listening to music by taking it to the next level.

The headphones worn by the models are made of leather and are fully covered in the brand’s signature jewellery, embellished with materials like pearls, gold chains, Swarovski crystals and velvet across the earpieces and bridge.

Definitely not your average pair of headphones.
They were initially thought to be catwalk collaboration only, but tech brand Frends has confirmed that two of the original catwalk versions have officially landed on American online retailer Moda Operandi and are ready to pre-order for expected delivery between July and October.

Retailed at $7,095 (approx. £4,700) these are about 35 times more expensive than Frend’s popular Taylor style, which is currently priced at around £150.
These are also much more that what you'd pay for a D&G handbag, with some of its most luxurious designs priced at around £1,000.

The two headphone designs available to buy for that staggering price are a bejewelled red-leather style and a green-leather version.

Since Frends was founded in 2006 by a young group of pro snowboarders it quickly made its minimalist designs a favourite in the fashion world. But by collaborating with the king of bling and superfancy, it has taken its fashion forward spirit to a whole new level.
However, this is not the first time luxe headphones have gone from the catwalk to the shopping bag. Last season Chanel's autumn/winter 2014 show also introduced quilted headphones in partnership with tech company Monster. They were sold for $5,000 in the US and reportedly for £4,170 in the UK.

Still, Dolce & Gabbana’s headphones take the prize.  Although unconfirmed, these might be the world’s most expensive earbuds - and the most blinged out ones too.

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