Magazine article Out

Surveillance

Magazine article Out

Surveillance

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SEPTEMBER

A TIMELESS TIMEPIECE AND A DRINKER'S DOG BED, PLUS PILLOWS, BAGS, BANNERS, AND BUDS

Extra Baggage

Awell-placed scar gives the right man a rugged allure. On fine leather goods, those imperfect vestiges of a steer's former life read as just plain beautiful. Basil Racuk's sumptuous bag collection, handmade over four to six weeks in San Francisco, features custom hardware and Napa hides from California. The former men's designer for Banana Republic's refocused talent - with less mass and more craft - puts him at the forefront of a burgeoning new era in bag making. Soft briefcases, $967; Weekender, $1,044; BasilRacuk.com

DogDay Afternoon

If your tastes run more bichon frise than beagle, you may not roll over for this dog bed by venerable outdoor outfitter Orvis, but oenophiles and environmentalists (and fans of centuries-old craftsmanship) will find it worth putting on display. It's made from a repurposed white oak wine barrel and comfortably accommodates any dog under 25 pounds. Wine barrel dog bed, $219, Orvis.com

From the Bookshelf: American Fashion Designers ai Home

Real estate porn has never looked so fashion-forward, natch, thanks to the Council of Fashion Designers of America and Out contributor Rima Suqi who collaborated on this 3oo-page volume that provides a guided tour of the funky (Bob Mackie), fresh (Francisco Costa), fussy (Tory Burch), frumpy (Oscar de la Renta), and fabulous (Reem Acra, pictured) homes of America's leading fashion designers. Though many won't entirely surprise you with what they've done, others will have you question why you ever entrusted them to fill your closets. $65, Assouline.com

Retro-Grade

KEEPS ON TICKING, INDEED

This fall, the iconic American timepiece manufacturer Timex is re-releasing variations on half a dozen of its most celebrated designs from throughout its 156-year history in a collection called Timex Originals. The finest of the line is this 19703 classic, whose stainless steel case and expansion bracelet have been burnished to an appropriately worn-in patina. (Never mind the anachronistic Indiglo night-light.) Timex Originals, $124.95, Timex.com

Sound Logic

Bang& Olufsen's signature earphones are not so common you see them around much, but not so pricey they're the preserve of the idle rich. …

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