Cool New Stuff 2024: The Best Gear Drops, According to GQ Editors


We dedicate an ample amount of time toward surfacing the latest menswear (this is GQ we’re talking about), but our hunt for all things new and notable occasionally takes us elsewhere into the realms of home goods, grooming, and tech. Leave it us to help you find the sickest drops out there, from tech advancements to limited-edition linkups. Here, all the new lifestyle gear worth keeping tabs on.

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January

For Sleepytime Comfort: Purple DreamLayer Pillow

Purple’s newest release isn’t a mattress, but an adjustable pillow so you can rest your sleepy little head however you please. Like its mattresses, Purple ditches the memory foam for an open-weave GelFlex grid, which helps improve air circulation and prevent you from waking up in a pool of your own sweat. It molds to your head for a cradling feeling, and you can adjust the height to best suit your needs.

The Bedroom Upgrade: Thuma Side Tables

Thuma’s quick-assembly furniture has expanded to side tables, whether it’s for your bedside or sofa-side. They’re available in four wood finishes to complement your home aesthetic.

A Pedestal for Your Grails: USM x Afternoon Light Perforated Shoe Rack

USM collaborated with the GQ Home Award-approved retailer Afternoon Light on a three-tier shoe rack that’s available in six colors. It’s about as attractive as the shoes you’re going to be putting on it, and when you expand your footwear collection, cop another rack to place side by side.

The Funky French Press: Bodum Caffettiera

Bodum makes some damn good coffee gear, French presses included. As part of a long-going partnership with the MoMA Design Store, the Danish coffee brand decked out its Caffettiera brewer with some colorful accents, notably on the handle and lid.

For Copping a Squat: Ten Thousand Interval Pants

One of our favorite brands for workout shirts and shorts, Ten Thousand took its popular Foundation short and elongated them into pants. Made for heavy lifting (think deadlifts and squats), the Foundation pants are made of a durable, stretchy fabric, which has been tested to withstand over 95,000 rubs in abrasion testing.

The Office Desk Upgrade: Twelve South BookArc Flex

Your laptop probably doesn’t take up much space just lying around on your desk, but if you’re looking to declutter a bit, Twelve South’s latest BookArc Flex lets you keep your laptop sitting upright to open up some space. And if you connect it to an external monitor, you’ll be able to tuck away the computer so it’s out of the way and you have a bigger, better screen to gaze at.

More Bougie Bedding Options: Article Bedding

The online bedding marketplace is a crowded space, and it’s adding another competitor to the mix in the form of Article, one of our favorite places to buy furniture online. The new bedding collection offers the usual suspects, from duvet covers to sheet sets in breezy fabrics like linen and cotton.

A Do-It-All Stanley Substitute: S’well Explorer Bottle

Another water bottle has entered the Stanley cup war—and this time it’s from the skinny water bottle legends, S’well. For a sleek, sizeable tumbler that doesn’t have a wait list down the block (yet), then the Explorer bottle which comes equipped with a sippy straw may be the next best thing.

For the Smoothie Lover With a Small Space: Beast Mini Blender

For small apartment dwellers with a minimal square footage and an even leaner kitchen counter, Beast just unveiled a scaled-down version of its popular hourglass-shaped blender. The new mini-me is available in five pastel colors, and you can even upgrade to the Mini Plus system that packs in more drinking vessels so you can take your Erewhon-worthy smoothies on the road.

The Snow Day Pick: Snow Peak x New Balance

For the fifth time, Snow Peak and New Balance have partnered up for a pair of shoes you’ll be grabbing whenever the snow actually starts to stick to the ground. These grippy sneaker-boots, which will literally keep you on your toes, are also blessed with a cozy Primaloft lining to keep your dogs warm despite the chill outside.

For the Stylish Bespectacled Guy: Warby Parker Spring Collection

Winter may have just started, but the four-eyed whizzes at Warby Parker are already springing forward with a new collection anchored by streamlined wire silhouettes and punchy acetate styles. Prices still start at $95 for acetate frames and $145 for metal ones, with the new styles serving as a reminder of why Warby Parker is still one of the best places to buy prescription eyewear online.

The Low-Cost, High-Quality Headphones: JBuds Lux ANC

Great noise-cancelling headphones don’t need to be expensive, at least according to JLab. The brand has staked its reputation on affordable tech that punches way above its price point, and its latest drop is a super-cheap pair of active noise-cancelling headphones called the Lux ANC. This over-the-ear model has a whopping 70-hour battery life (or 40 hours with ANC turned on) and a transparency mode for when you want to remain somewhat grounded in reality. One of its rarer features though is the Bluetooth multipoint functionality—something not even available on some high-end models—which allows you to stream sounds simultaneously from separate devices.

The Stanley Cup Competitor: Miir All Day Straw Cup

You’ve seen the all the hooplah over the Stanley cup, but Miir has just thrown down the gauntlet with its own mega tumbler, the All Day straw cup. It’s made of 90% recycled stainless steel, comes with its own reusable straw (obviously), can keep your bevvies chilled for hours, and you won’t even have to queue up overnight at Target to get one.

The Turntable That’s Gone Wireless: JBL Spinner Bluetooth Turntable

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Spinner Bluetooth Turntable

JBL decided to switch things up from its regularly scheduled output of headphones and earbuds by dropping its first-ever turntable recently. This one connects with your speaker via Bluetooth so you don’t have to fuss around with a tangle of wires (though it usually nets better sound quality if you do go the wired route), which makes it an excellent companion to any of the brand’s vast catalogue of Bluetooth speakers and soundbars.



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