Made with the finest leather from Horween Tanner in Chicago, Il, and handcrafted in Nashville, Tennessee, this superb Emil Erwin Messenger Bag is designed to last forever. Stitched with mil-spec nylon thread, the bag ($1,100) features stainless steel buckles and rings and copper hardware.

The entire Emil Erwin collection is great, featuring an assortment of fine totes, satchels and briefcases, but the Erwin Messenger I really sparked to. It looks stylish and it says, ‘I mean business’ all at once.

Everything at Emil Erwin is designed and crafted by Emil Congdon in the shop behind his house. His company deals mostly with making items to order, but they do it right, firmly believing in ‘quality without compromise.’

“We won’t cut corners to make a buck,” writes Congdon.

“If we can’t do it right, we won’t do it. Our goal is to create quality products that evoke the same feelings I had as a kid in my Grandpa’s shop; products made by someone who takes great pride in their work; something that your grandchildren will find broken-in for another generation of use.”

Available in brown or black, the Emil Erwin Messenger Bag represents true craftsmanship, high quality design and production top to bottom. [via acquire]

 

The Red Carpet has been walked, or more like sauntered across. Now it’s time to talk about how the ladies looked on Oscar night. Among the beautiful women who hit the Oscar red carpet, Halle Berry, show host Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Williams, Hillary Swank, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman were standouts in our book of Oscar beauties.

The snap judgment here is that there were mostly hits and but a few misses among the sexy gals who strolled into the Kodak Theater Sunday for the show – wearing an array of glamorous gowns and expensive jewelry. Plenty of bright reds to go around, plus varying shades of the popular color.

Not sure f I have a number one, but Michelle Williams scored big points with me in her Chanel gown. Presenter Anne Hathaway looked good in everything she wore!

Oh yeah, about the actual show: for more news about the presenting and accepting of awards, be sure to swing by ScreenCrave to see what our movie-loving siblings have to say about the evening.

In the meantime, check below for a quick peek at some of the best dressed ladies from Oscar night 2011.

 

Ralph Lauren has joined the relief effort in Japan by selling special edition “Japan Hope” polo shirts. Polo Ralph Lauren linked up with the United Way, with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the limited edition polo shirts donated to the humanitarian effort through the Central Community Chest of Japan, a part of the United Way worldwide network.

Trim, modern fit in cotton mesh, the specially designed polo shirts are finished with the iconic, embroidered pony at the left chest, applied flag and embroidered “Japan Relief” at the right chest. Embroidered “Japan”, “Ralph Lauren” and “United Way Worldwide” logo at the back. If you are a Polo fan, then this is ideal – and you are helping out a good cause. It’s a cool way to enjoy a nice shirt and also give back to Japan.

The Japan Hope Polo Shirt comes in two styles, the Japan Hope Skinny-Fit and the Japan Hope Custom-Fit, and in two different colors – white & navy blue (His & hers).

Hackett London also launched a limited edition polo shirt to help the victims of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. All profits are donated to the Japan Society “Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund”. The polo shirt has been designed with traditional Japanese embroidery of the cherry blossom which is an emblem of love and affection. The declaration of ‘Hope’ is embroidered on the polo in English and Japanese characters.

 

Inspired by military pilots of the 1940s and 1950s, the excellent Bell & Ross Vintage series are classic, simply designed watches that feature a beige or black dial and paired with matching leather straps. The collection from the Swiss watch­mak­ers is highlighted by easy-to-read dials and luminescent sand-colored indexes; 41mm wide (100 meters water-resistant).

The vintage collection attempts to find the connection back to the ’40s, when watches were vital instruments for pilots. Like before Auto Pilot. The retro aviation style blends the whole pilot-era narrative into a bunch of sharp-looking watches. One need not be an aviation buff, pining away for the golden ago of aviation, to enjoy these watches ; each sturdy, manly model consists of a high domed crystal watch-case with an anti-reflective coating to make the dial easier to read. The Heritage line’s straps are perfectly vintage-looking and arrives imprinted with the Bell & Ross “ampersand in a circle” logo.

Unveiled at Baselworld in 2010, the price tag runs $2,900 to $4,200. The designs are straightforward and stylish – a luxury watch that’s easy to like. [via british gq]

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, you’ll most likely find yourself faced with the prospect of exercising in the cold at some point. Maybe you don’t have access to an indoor gym, or you prefer getting your fitness on in the fresh (albeit frosty) air. Either way, there’s no reason to let frigid temperatures freeze your progress toward your goals. Whether your activity of choice is running, walking, biking or hiking, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the great outdoors all year round—with some modifications, of course.

Dr. Tim Miller, director of the endurance medicine program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, works with Olympians and other elite athletes who train and compete in sub-zero weather. Using his smart strategy recommendations, you’ll learn how to properly warm up and stay safe no matter how low the temperatures dip outside. Continue Reading

 

We dig a casual-though-still-kinda-upscale loafer or sneaker that goes with just about our entire wardrobe. The new collection from rag & bone definitely fits the bill; the fashion design house recently launched their Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which includes some terrific shoes, including a pair of low top sneakers, the classic leather loafer, the Truro derby shoe and the suede sheffield boot.

I’m definitely keeping an eye on the handmade Venetian moccasin. The moccasin is a classic shape with stitch detailing on the toe and contrast calico bone detailing around the foot. Handmade in Maine from 100% leather, this moccasin has a white camp rubber sole and gold deerskin lining.

But for me, that loafer is where it’s at. Designed with a navy nubuck upper, a sand toe and a brown leather foot strap and heel strip. it features a white midsole and a classic gum sole.

If those weren’t enough, check out the sneaker – designed with a nubuck upper, with contrasting mahogany detailing on the toe and heel. Not bad at all!

The designs are nicely low-key, but provided a boost of style sass with taupe, brown and black colors matched with the high-quality suede and leather. (via shoebuff)

 

At first glance I was not loving the Pineapple Pants from Orvis. I’ve dabbled with sharks and lobsters on my pants, but no fruit to this point.

But it wasn’t long before I was envisioning myself in the pants, accompanied by a crisp, white t-shirt and flip-flops. At a beach bar somewhere, of course. Sure, you have an easy conversion starter with the pineapple-and-leaves print covering your lower half, but these pants are also built for maximum comfort.

The pure cotton-twill pants are designed for long wear and lightweight comfort, notes Orvis. The pineapple pants feature a double-needle side-seam stitching and un-constructed waistband.

The party pants, as they are referred to by Orvis, can be enjoyed in red and navy.

“You’ll be the life of the party in our men’s lively cotton twill pants,” say the team at Ovis. I’m finding it hard to disagree and might have to take them up on their statement soon.

Besides the pineapple pants spotlighted here, Orvis is showing all sorts of nice apparel and accessories for the season, including, shorts, shirts and, yes, comfortable pants. Their Signature Polo caught my eye, a pure cotton, very good-looking shirt that is available in 15 colors. The Straw Fedora also stands out; it just says ‘summertime’ to me. [via selectism]

 

Adidas Originals’ Kuzuki Kuraishi ZX Moc aren’t the most beautiful shoes I’ve seen, but I feel like I’ve gotten a peek in the middle of a design process or at an unfinished prototype, and that excites me. Japanese designer Kuraishi dug deep to come up with a hybrid design that goes from white in the back to a lower, more modern moccasin sneaker displaying quilted areas. A ZX sneaker sole finishes off the sole of these shoes, with self-stitching adding dimension to the uppers without distracting.

Are they attractive or even cool? I feel like I’m looking at something Photoshopped together, but they are getting my creative juices flowing. I like that. Wouldn’t you like to see this concept explored further and worked through with something like a suede shoe or a motorcycle boot? These shoes are soon going to be released by Adidas ObyO stockists, and it’ll be fun to see future reviews by actual wearers. [via hypebeast]

The nutrition world is awash in fish oil worship. Typically, when the entire scientific community, food industry, and more are all singing the praises of an isolated substance or substances (EPA and DHA in the case of fish oil), you can be pretty sure there are some blind spots. And indeed there are.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 are the two predominant types of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats play a role in the production of a wide array of important chemical messengers in our body that control everything from inflammation to bronchodilation. Generally speaking, although there are a couple exceptions that we know of, omega 6 fats lead to the production of more inflammatory molecules, whereas omega 3 tends to lead to the production of more anti-inflammatory molecules.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fats compete in the body more or less, so when there is an excess of omega 6, there is usually a corresponding increase in tendency towards inflammation, bronchoconstriction, vasoconstriction, and so on. Omega 3, with opposite effects, has been shown to help reverse the imbalance, leading to predictable improvements in many conditions. Continue Reading

 

If you want an easy way to punch up a spring outfit, go for stripes. They can be navy-and-white on a striped jersey shirt; they can be thicker and across a blazer body; they can be on an accessory of choice, like a cocked hat or a pair of deck shoes. While tight-to-the-body picks from Jean Paul Gaultier were the looks of choice featured in Schön, you don’t need to shrink-wrap yourself in a pair of tight striped trousers to win. A striped pocket square? That idea we like, along with the collegiate-looking blazer.

Schön’s spread, styled by Ioannis Dimitrousis and photographed by Dimitris Theocharis, explores the side of sailor wear that even includes sailor caps and vintage-style knits. It looks like this is model Sebastian Sauve’s first voyage, considering how fresh and wide-eyed he looks in the magazine… While I wish I could see more footwear in the editorial, I can understand why the camera got closer. In one shot, we looked at a trim pair of white shoes that reminded me of vintage ’50s winklepickers, which would be excellent with white or light pants and a striped shirt inspired by Schön, by the way. [via the fashionisto]