Boys of Summer


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On the Beach
My radio believe me I like it loud/I’m the man with the box that can rock the crowd.
As LL Cool J expressed in 1985 there’s something fly, dope and fresh about bringing a boom box to the beach. Of course kids these days have all gone small with their music media, which is why staying large and in charge with these wooden replicas is where it’s at. Weighing in at just 2lbs—approximately 198lbs less than original-recipe boom boxes—these Bluetooth-enabled Koa plywood music systems are laser cut and engraved in Hawaii then outfitted with a 15Wx2 amplifier and dual 3” full-range speakers. Bust it! $200 via The Beach Basha from Northcore is everything the discerning beachgoer needs: a changing cabana, towel and snuggly poncho all-in-one. $43.50 at


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By the Pool
It’s hard to know what environment this particular pattern is intended to blend into, but these above-the-knee camo-ish board shorts will make a statement at any pool party this summer. Created in sapphire blue with a mesh lining and signature contrasting stripes on the backside, these low risers by Sundek, $119 at Nordstrom, actually have the perfect rise-seat-inseam proportion (11” x 14” x 6” specifically). Sandals with a high material-to-open-space-ratio are officially being replaced by this offering from the Versace Collection. This leather slide, $450, is crafted in rich leather and sturdy hardware the way your cool European uncle used to wear, but spiced up by electric blue detailing. For those not used to regular pedicures, they provide the right amount of coverage versus open space.


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At the Lake
Keep the sun off your dome in sporty style with this Pique Bucket Hat, $55, by Lacoste. Perfect for pulling down over eyes for a waterfront nap or for scooping up a cooling douse of lake water, the Pique is available in white, navy and black. The traditional PUMA Jagdnicker fixed-blade knife was handcrafted in Solingen—the epicenter of German precision knife making. The full tang blade and staghorn handle show the polish developed during PUMA’s nearly 250 years of cutlery expertise. The Jagdnicker comes with a leather sheath and wooden gift box for $700 at Sockwa G4, $55 at their website, a new breed of footwear, are unbelievably light but still offer staunch protection from submerged stones and other hazards. These highly tactile and minimalist shoes are the most eye-catching way to free your sole.