Take your everyday office gear to the next level with our round-up of 12 workday essentials. We’ve got you covered from what to carry on your commute to the most comfortable socks to wear every day. Check it out below…
Toffee – Slim Leather Sleeve
This versatile leather sleeve from Toffee can securely hold a 13″ or 15″ laptop, or a tablet, or just some documents. The exterior is made from a soft, naturally milled leather, while inside it features a pinstripe lining and slip pockets for extra storage. With a streamlined and slim look, the sleeve is an essential for your office carry.
A good pair of headphones is basically mandatory when you work in an office. They’re a lifesaver when you need to block out external noise to focus on your task at hand. The Sennheiser PXC550 wireless headphones are a great choice. They feature adaptive noise cancellation, offer up to 30 hours of battery life, plus feature comfortable earpads and headband. The headphones conveniently fold away for easy storage when they’re not being used.
The effect that disposable coffee cups have on the environment is staggering. Instead of being recycled, they mostly just end up as landfill. If you’re not willing to give up your takeaway coffee habit (and we don’t blame you), get yourself a reusable coffee cup. Pretty much all cafes accept them, and some even offer a discount if you bring one in. KeepCup is one of the best options; their glass construction keeps your coffee hot while the cork band around it ensures you don’t burn your fingers when holding it.
Bellroy’s Pencil Case carries on the brand’s tradition of creating well-crafted, functional pieces that look good. The pencil case opens out in a tray shape, so you can see everything that’s in there. That means no more items getting lost in the corners, never to be seen again. If you don’t really use stationery anymore, the piece is also ideal for holding cables, earphones, USB sticks, and other little items that tend to get misplaced regularly.
This multi-functional phone case by Mujjo offers a sleek and streamlined cover for your iPhone 7, plus it can hold a few cards too. Being crafted from a single piece of leather means the sleeve has minimal stitching, which helps contribute to an overall super refined look. Thanks to its slim silhouette, the sleeve can comfortably fit into your back pocket without looking bulky.
If you’re an optical glasses wearer, Oscar Wylee is definitely worth checking out. The local company creates nice frames in vintage-inspired styles at accessible prices. Plus, when you buy a pair of glasses from them, they, in turn, help others in need of affordable eye care around the world. Their Sato style is one of our favourites; available in silver or rose gold, the frames sport a D shape lenses and simple browbar.
A minimal style with silver embossed Saturdays NYC on the front, and the brand’s signature slash logo on the back, the Ryan Card Holder is an ideal everyday wallet. Don’t let the idea of your wallet only being able to hold a few cards and some notes scare you; clearing your wallet of all the junk it holds is very cathartic. You’ll realise you only actually need a slim and minimal piece anyway.
Another huge environmental red flag is the disposable plastic water bottle. We know you’ve got to stay hydrated, but carrying a reusable bottle with you, or keeping one on your desk is a way better idea. 24 Bottles make a good option; their Urban Bottle is made from a lightweight stainless steel with an easy to open, leak-proof lid. The bottle is dishwasher proof too, which makes it super easy to keep clean.
Made from Australian merino, Asket’s new socks are ideal for everyday workwear. They’re breathable, so will keep your feet comfortable throughout the day, plus it helps to keep them cool in summer. The socks are reinforced at the heel and toes, where they’re most liable to wear through. Like everything the Swedish brand makes, the socks are made by highly-skilled artisans, found throughout the world. In this case, they’ve been knitted by craftspeople in Brescia, Italy.
Take your run of the mill notebook to the next level with a super sleek Notebook Cover from Bellroy. Made from a soft environmentally certified leather, the cover is an elegant and impressive piece. It initially comes with a Bellroy notebook, but once you’ve scrawled all over those pages, it’ll hold most other A5 size notebooks. Extra storage space within the cover allows it to hold a small tablet or e-reader, and up to six cards too.
Instrmnt’s new K-61 watch looks professional and elegant, but can still be worn casually too. It’s crafted with a vegan rubber strap, plus PVD coated 40mm steel casing, and sapphire crystal glass. The movement is Swiss Ronda 585 3H, and the watch offers 5 ATM water resistance. It’s a sleek piece, especially in the dark grey shade, which is easily styled with different colours.
A great read for the commute or your lunch break, the first issue of Hey Gents magazine contains a guide to Singapore, an interview with the guys behind Venroy, a guide to men’s skin care, plus stories on design, architecture, and heaps more.